Apple’s iPhone 12 Mini is a win-win?

Reviews are out of the iPhone 12 Mini and while it is the smol phone to beat (Wired), the shortened battery life is a compromise. Which starts a whole new conversation. Not all reviews have been worried by it, and not all reviews see it as more than a middling problem. It’s worth knowing about, but it’sContinue reading “Apple’s iPhone 12 Mini is a win-win?”

Google’s New Hardware Is Out

Google launched its Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G, new Chromecast with Google TV, and new Nest Audio at its short and sharp event yesterday.  We didn’t get many surprises but that’s not a knock against Google, given the times we’re living in. And Google’s mercifully fast 30-minute presentation did show some unexpectedly good details from the new Google TV andContinue reading “Google’s New Hardware Is Out”

Dubai Lifts Veil on Debt, Showing It Owes Less Than Thought

Dubai made a rare foray into public bond markets, revealing along the way that its debt burden is now a lot smaller than estimated by analysts only months ago. A prospectus that accompanied Dubai’s planned offering of bonds and Islamic securities on Monday showed the government’s outstanding direct debt stood at 123.5 billion dirhams ($33.6Continue reading “Dubai Lifts Veil on Debt, Showing It Owes Less Than Thought”

Samsung’s #GalaxyUnpacked: The Verdict

The biggest announcements from yesterday’s Samsung Unpacked 2020 event were not exactly under wraps if you’ve been following the leaks, news and my previous post. But Samsung came to the party with the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, the Galaxy Tab S7 tablet series, Galaxy Watch 3, and the Galaxy Buds Live, alsoContinue reading “Samsung’s #GalaxyUnpacked: The Verdict”

“Order Food” via Instagram stickers now in the US, will that happen in MENA?

Yes, you can now order food for delivery or takeout through Instagram. The next time a restaurant posts a video of some lust-worthy food on Instagram, you may be able to have it delivered in a couple of clicks. The social media app has partnered with the ChowNow food ordering platform in the US to create anContinue reading ““Order Food” via Instagram stickers now in the US, will that happen in MENA?”

5 things that will change during and post COVID-19

Many people predict different things – all we have is data and our hunch to depend on. Pessimists will come and say: We’re walking back into the worst recession in centuries. Small business has been wiped out in some sectors. Consumer confidence will be at an all time low. Conspicuous spending will be hard –Continue reading “5 things that will change during and post COVID-19”

That McDonald’s Ad you can’t skip

Leo Burnett Moscow’s hand-washing ad has 120 million views and you’ll appreciate it. Having fun with the skippable (or unskippable) aspects of an ad is a years-old tactic in the world of video advertising, but it’s a gimmick that’s still worth pausing to appreciate when done well. McDonald’s Russia, released this: Made by Leo BurnettContinue reading “That McDonald’s Ad you can’t skip”

Are you on Facebook Gaming?

Facebook’s dedicated streaming app is here. It might be a Twitch copycat. Basicallty, they joined Amazon’s Twitch, Google’s YouTube and Microsoft’s Mixer streaming services, and it’s been rushed out two months ahead of schedule to meet pandemic demands (or, perhaps, big tech’s need to do everything). Facebook Gaming is a dedicated mobile app now launched widelyContinue reading “Are you on Facebook Gaming?”