The first interactive 360-degree 8K YouTube video in the world is from #Dubai #UAE

First 8 k 360 degree YouTube video in the world

YouTube’s first ever 8K resolution fully interactive 360 degree video in the world is now available for viewing and playing around with – thanks to Dubai360.com

On Dubai360.com, you can interact with panoramic video and timelapses from locations across Dubai, including 24 hour timelapses from the very pinnacle of the Burj Khalifathe world’s tallest building, and the Burj al Arab – the world’s only 7 star hotel.

Now, combining the interactivity of 360 video with the astonishing resolution available in 8K – 16 times the number of pixels in regular HD video – Dubai360.com has uploaded a 24 hour timelapse of Dubai Airport.

“When viewing 360 degree video, the available resolution is spread across the entire sphere, regardless of the field of view that the viewer is looking at. This means that for a typical field of view of 90 degrees, even with 4K resolution, there are only 1000 pixels available. With 8K 360 video, that resolution is doubled to 2000 pixels – equivalent to what you see when viewing regular full HD video…”
Ismaeil Al Hashmi
Project Director
Dubai 360

Launched this January, Dubai360.com currently showcases over 1200 pieces of panoramic content – videos, timelapses and still panoramas – from around Dubai.

As of June 2015, there are now over 2000 pieces of integrated panoramic content linked by close to 20,000 hotspots – including a huge tour of Dubai Mall – the world’s largest shopping mall by retail area; multi-gigapixel panoramas from the pinnacles of some of Dubai’s most iconic structures; over 150 aerial panoramas shot from a helicopter, giving a unique perspective on this dynamic city; and a tour of “Old Dubai” showcasing the older areas of the city and its many Cultural and Heritage sites.

PS: The interactivity 360 degree view movable with arrows did not work on Firefox but worked like a charm on Google Chrome.

Tech verdict on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge on Radio Mirchi UAE

Samsung unveiled its smartest and most powerful smartphones to date – the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge – at the Mobile World Congress (MWC2015) in Barcelona.

I was live tweeting Samsung’s presentation at Barcelona on my social media channels and my updates of the outstanding features of the S6 and S6 Edge were picked up by India’s #1 Radio station in the UAE – Radio Mirchi UAE.

RJ Tamanna Wahi connected me to RJ Mohit Dantre who considers himself an “Apple fanboy” – to talk about the Samsung S6 and S6 Edge on his show early next morning.

I had a great chat and gave my tech verdict on prime time radio to RJ Mohit with thousands of people listening in. The subsequent Facebook post with the recording of my interview reached more 70,000 people through my Facebook page alone and was shared by more than 200 fans of Radio Mirchi through their page.

You can listen in to the interview below the Facebook post… your feedback and comments are welcome…

 

You can listen to my tech verdict on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge on radio here:

Samsung unveils Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge at MWC2015 #TheNextGalaxy #Unpacked

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Unpacked at MWC2015 Barcelona TheNextGalaxy

Samsung blew away phone and tech enthusiasts when it unveiled it’s smartest phones ever at the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona on 1 March 2015 – the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge. I was invited by Samsung to an exclusive live stream in Dubai of Samsung’s launch of the year. Here’s how it went.

Arab Social Media Influencers Award Winners with photos #ArabSMIS

The Arab Social Media Influencers Summit in Dubai honoured institutions and individuals leading a diverse cross-section of social media-led activities for their path-breaking contributions as ‘Social Media Influencers’ on 17 March 2015 at Dubai World Trade Centre. The winners include entities and individuals from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and several other Arab nations.

The Arab Social Media Influencers Award attracted huge participation from all over the Arab world. The Organising Committee of the Summit said the largest individual and institutional participation were in the Corporate Social Responsibility category, which honors optimal use of social media in providing services to the society. It was followed by Blogs and Media categories.

Nominations for the first Arab Social Media Influencers Awards were received from 22 countries of which 77 per cent were Arab countries.

The award received submissions from Arabs living in foreign countries such as Germany, Canada, Britain, India and Italy. The UAE, Egypt and Saudi Arabia figured top in the list of countries with the largest number of participations in all categories. Institutional participation for the award was biggest from the UAE, while the largest number of individuals participated from Saudi Arabia.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, commended the outstanding achievements of the winners of Arab Social Media Influencers Award and their valuable contribution to increase awareness about issues of concern in the Arab region. “You are the pride of the Arab nation, because you sensed the needs of your community and you searched for the optimal usage of social media platforms to fulfill your noble purposes. We are proud of you, and this recognition you won today is a tribute for the Arab people, who do get deterred by challenges but look through them for prospects of excellence, achievement and innovation.

Arab Social Media Influencers Award – Winners in Institutions category: 1. MBC Group:


Winner in Media category. MBC Group is one of the leading Arabic media groups. MBC Group uses social media to raise awareness about social and humanitarian issues. Through its #Gared_balkheer, a Twitter campaign, MBC Group collected more than SAR 990,000 to provide food for Syrian refugee children.

2. Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives:

Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015

Winner in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) category. Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives launched ‘Bab Rizk Jameel’ as a social initiative to encourage people through social media channels to participate in volunteering activities as well as to offer employment opportunities. It offers loans up to SAR 300,000 for Saudi youth without interest and 5 years repayment period.

3. UTURN channel:

Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015

Winner in Entertainment category. UTURN produced a number of famous TV series such as ‘Ashe Elly’ and ‘Ala Al Tayer’, and highlighted some major topics on its social media channels. UTURN is the most followed channel in the Arab world on social media with more than a million followers.

4. Ascia and Ahmad:

Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015

Winner in Blogs category. Ascia and Ahmad are the owners of the Hybrids, a blog that focuses on fashion and is considered to be one of the most popular Arabic blogs.

5. THINK UP:

Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015

Winner in Youth category. THINK UP helps Gulf talents, especially UAE citizens, in finding job opportunities in different companies. The company has started a hash tag on Twitter “#ThinkUPGCC” to encourage young people to serve the society, and the initiative has attracted huge social interaction.

6. SOUQ.com:

Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015

Winner in Shopping category. SOUQ.com is the largest shopping portal in the Middle East that uses social media channels to market goods through short films that explain how to purchase the goods on the site. The portal has more than 6 million social media followers.

7. #MyDubai:

Winner in Tourism category. #MyDubai, an initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, aims to explain to residents and visitors about the lifestyle in Dubai by posting images in social media channels. The initiative has received considerable attention from government and private entities as well as individuals with more than 1.8 million photos posted in a short period. 8. NAFHAM: Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015 Winner in Education category. NAFHAM is an innovative electronic online service offering free 5-20 minute educational videos based on school curriculum in Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Algeria. The initiative has so far broadcasted more than 8,000 educational videos. 9. Alhoush – Electronic Gate: Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015 Winner in Arts category. Alhoush displays the works of Arabic artists and designers on social media, offering purchase services through the internet. The initiative helps artists gain funding for their projects. 10. Bey2ollak: Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015 Winner in Safety and Security category. Bey2ollak application uses social media channels to share information about roads and traffic in all Egyptian cities. The initiative also gives the followers opportunity to chat about the existing projects in Egypt. 11. National Geographic Abu Dhabi: Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015 Winner in Environment category. The channel broadcasts movies and documentaries about nature, sciences, civilization and history, using social media channels to spread the best information in the Arab world. 12. Reyali Program: Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015 Winner in Economy category. Reyali is One of the most important programs launched by SEDCO Holding Company to promote financial awareness among Saudi society, especially young people, and develop their skills and provide them with the knowledge to face life’s responsibilities. 13. Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015 Winner in Public Sector category. The Ministry is responsible for the UAE’s foreign affairs initiatives. The ministry has set up social media channels to communicate with citizens, raise awareness about the ministry and respond to UAE citizens’ concerns all over the world. 14. Coca-Cola: Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015 Winner in Private Sector category. Coca-Cola, a global leader in the production and distribution of soft drinks, has launched many innovative social media initiatives such as ‘Sahrek Lebanon’ and ‘Free Calls’ initiative for workers in the United Arab Emirates. 15. Al-Hilal S FC: Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015 Winner in Sports category. Al-Hilal Saudi Football Club, one of the most prestigious football clubs in Saudi Arabia, publishes diverse news about the club through its social networking sites. 16. Web-Teb: Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015 Winner in Health category. Web-Teb is a website that aims to provide comprehensive medical information to the Arab community through the Internet. It publishes medical advice, articles and the latest health information and medical developments on its social networking sites which have more than 3 million followers. 17. Tech-Pills institution: Winner in Technology category. Tech-Pills monitors news coverage on technology around the world. Its social networking sites provide news and information on modern technologies, software, and applications and offer an analysis of the possible benefits to society from these technologies. 18. Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR): Winner in Politics category. ECSSR specialises in political studies and conducts research on issues related to national security and and the economic situation in the Gulf region and the UAE in particular. 19. Fikr Jaded: Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015 Winner in Entrepreneurship category. Fikr Jaded is a non-profit initiative that sheds light on successful projects in the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation. It also offers opportunities to share success stories in entrepreneurship. The initiative established the Fikrstan platform to present ideas and contribute to dissemination of knowledge. Arab Social Media Influencers Award – Winners in Individuals Category: 1. Turki al-Dakhil: Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015 Winner in Media category. Turki al-Dakhil is a Saudi TV presenter, journalist and column writer. He presents the Eda’at programme on Al-Arabiya channel and manages Almesbar Center for Studies and Research and Madarek Publishing House. He has a number of fans on social media channels with more than 2 million followers. 2. Fayez al-Maliki: Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015 Winner in Community Service category. Fayez al-Maliki is a Saudi artist, and ambassador of Insan Association for Orphans and also the ambassador of UNICEF in Arabia. Fayez employs social media channels to support a number of humanitarian initiatives, and promote awareness about rights in the community. 3.Rashid Al-Fawzan: Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015 Winner in Economy category. Rashid Al-Fawzan, director of Arab CNBC in Saudi Arabia, is a writer in Al Riyadh newspaper. He keeps his social media fans engaged on the latest economic developments and offers analysis on a number of topics related to economy. 4.Abdullah Almaghlooth: Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015 Winner in Tolerance category. Abdullah Almaglot, is the producer and presenter of ‘Yeshbahak’ programme on YouTube, which has succeeded in employing social media channels to promote tolerance among its fans. 5.Ghanim Almuftah: Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015 Winner in Youth category. Ghanim Almuftah, which is known as ‘Ghanim the Winner’, is a positive character and has won several achievements in sports leagues. He created Ghanim the Winner Association for Wheelchairs, and is the author of a book on his experiences. 6. Bader Saleh: Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015 Winner in Entertainment category. An artist with more than 2 million fans on his YouTube channel, Bader’s ‘Ish Elly’ has topped the list of programmes on social media channels, and is the most watched in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the GCC. 7. Areej Al-Kharafi: Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015 Winner in Shopping category. Areej has established a website specialised on shopping in 2007 and established a series of online shops called “Fortunate Cookie”, which includes the most prestigious brands. Through her social media channels Areej has highlighted her experiences in the field of entrepreneurship and shopping, utilising her brand to raise awareness about goods sold in her stores. 8. HE Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah: Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015 Winner in Public Sector category. HE Dr. Tawfiq is Minister of Commerce and Industry in Saudi Arabia and has been an assistant professor at King Saud University, Director General of Information and Communication Technology in the Arab Authority for Investment, and Director General of Saudi Industrial Cities. Through his account on Twitter, HE Dr. Tawfiq has raised awareness about the activities of the ministry and other events, in addition to providing economic advice supported with studies and statistics. He has more than 800,000 followers on social media 9. Omar Samra: Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015 Winner in Tourism category. Omar is the first Egyptian and youngest Arab to climb Mount Everest and has been chosen by the AXE Apollo Space Academy for a trip to space. Omar founded the Wild Qguanabana company for trips and adventures around the world and is working to organize a number of humanitarian and social initiatives in conjunction with these trips. He is also working to shed light on these trips and activities through his social media channels. 10. Dr. Anwar Al Hammadi: Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015 Winner in Health category. Dr. Anwar is a consultant and head of Dermatology Center at the Dubai Health Authority. He has authored a book titled ‘300 Q & A for Skin Diseases’ and is working on his second book in the same field. Dr. Anwar devotes part of his time in educating members of the community through social media channels 11. Ghada Ghoneim: Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015 Winner in Education category. Ghada is a Saudi Arabian student who is doing doctoral study in the United States. She is one of the founders of the site ‘Saudis in America’, which aims to help Saudi students on scholarships to integrate into the American society by offering a comprehensive guide to the most important universities and institutes in the US. The site works to enhance communication between the Saudi students in America and provide them with support and advice. 12. Abdul Rahman Mohammed: Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015 Winner in Arts category. Abdul is a Saudi artist and musician who offers through his YouTube channel a number of songs and poems in an innovative way, accompanied by music on the guitar. His performance of the musical poem ‘Osabk ishkan’ by Yazed bin Muawiya achieved more than 10 million views. 13. Fadi Ghandour: Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015 Winner in Private Sector category. He is the Founder and Vice Chairman of Aramex, and the Co-Founder and Director of MENA Venture Investments, a seed capital investment company focusing on early stage tech companies in the MENA region. He is also a member of the Board of The Abraaj Group. He participated in many inititaives to support digital content and social media channels. He is also the Chairman of Wamda and Founding Investor in Maktoob.com. 14. Sami Al Jaber: Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015 Winner in Sports category. Sami was the manager of Al-Hilal football club, and a well-known player in the Saudi national team. Sami Al Jaber is one of the most followed sports star on social media in the Gulf, especially Saudi Arabia. More than 3 million people follow his posts about sports news, specially football, and Al-Hilal football club. 15. Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa: Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015 Winner in Politics category. Sheikh Khalid was one of the first Arab politicians to have a Twitter account. He posts his political opinions as well as discussions and personal photos in his Twitter page, and interacts with more than 200,000 followers. 16. Amine Raghib: Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015 Winner in Technology category. Amine is the owner and founder of Almohtarif blog, which won Best Morrocan Blog 2012/2013. It is also ranked as one of the best 10 Arabic blogs according to ICFJ. Through his YouTube channel, Amine presents weekly lessons about various sectors related to technology. 17. Kaswara Al-Khatib: Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015 Winner in Entrepreneurship category. Kaswara is a Saudi businessman and Chairman & CEO at UTURN Entertainment. He is one of the top entrepreneurs and founders of innovative and successful creative projects in Saudi Arabia. Kaswara presents on YouTube many professional and interactive programs. He was chosen by Forbes Middle East as one of top entrepreneurs in the kingdom. 18. Abdullah Al Dhaheri Blog: Arab Social Media Influencer Summit Award ArabSMIS Winner 2015 Winner in Blogs category. The Blog been launched by Mira Ahmed Al Dhaheri in the name of her brother, Abdullah, who suffers from Down syndrome. The blog provides specialised information in Arabic to raise awareness about Down syndrome, and carries stories of this disorder from around the world. The Blog has championed several campaigns, including ‘Do Not Let Me Down” campaign which aims to promote community awareness on this disorder.

The first event of its kind in region, Arab Social Media Influencers Summit brings together more than 1500 social media experts from Arab countries and across the world. As many as 38 leading speakers and influencers at the Summit will inspire young Arabs to employ their innovative ideas to serve the Arab community through optimal use of social media channels. The Summit concludes on March 18.

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Sennheiser MOMENTUM headphones review – Middle East Edition

When you first set your eyes on a set of Sennheiser Momentum headphones, you will not be able to look the other way.

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It sounds the way it looks: Rich. Clean. Premium.” is what the brand claims for this breathtaking and impeccable range. So when I had a chance to test out the range, I gladly obliged… even though I am more of a technology buff than an audiophile. A review unit arrived in due course and it was truly worth writing about. Here’s more on my moments with Momentum…

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