KSA: Extra official launched iPhone X in Saudi Arabia

Extra held the launch event in Granada Mall last Friday, 3rd of November.

I was there but I didn’t realize that the stage was for the iPhone X launch, because we where at the back of the stage and never bothered to check what the event was all about.

Extra’s pricelist for the iPhone X are as follows; SAR 4,399 for the 64 GB model and SAR 4,999 for the 256 GB model. That’s around Php 60k and Php68k in Philippine pesos, respectively.

Saudi Arabia becomes first country to grant citizenship to a robot

Olivia Cuthbert, writing for Arab News;

A humanoid robot took the stage at the Future Investment Initiative yesterday and had an amusing exchange with the host to the delight of hundreds of delegates.

Smartphones were held aloft as Sophia, a robot designed by Hong Kong company Hanson Robotics, gave a presentation that demonstrated her capacity for human expression.

Sophia made global headlines when she was granted Saudi citizenship, making the kingdom the first country in the world to offer its citizenship to a robot.

Change is coming?!

Huawei Mate 10 now available for Pre-order in Saudi Arabia

For expats and residents, Huawei’s latest flagship smartphone, the Mate 10 is now available for pre-order in Saudi Arabia. You can preorder it from Axiom, Souq, Extra, Jarir Bookstore and Lulu for SAR 2,299.

Huawei Mate 10 Specs;

  • 5.9″ FullView LCD Display, 16:9 AR, 2560 x 1440 resolution @ 499 ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass (Front and Back)
  • HUAWEI Kirin 970 Octa-Core CPU (4*Cortex A73 2.36GHz + 4*Cortex A53 1.8GHz) with Neural Network Processing Unit
  • i7 co-processor
  • Mali G72MP12 GPU
  • Android 8.0 with EMUI 8.0
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB Storage expandable up to 256GB via microSD (uses SIM2)
  • Dual Leica Camera: 20MP Monochrome + 12MP RGB, f/1.6, OIS (Optical Image Stablisation), BSI CMOS, Dual-LED Flash, PDAF, CAF, Laser, Depth Auto Focus, 4K Video Recording
  • Front camera: 8MP f/2.0
  • FDD-LTE, TD-LTE, UMTS(WCDMA)/HSPA + /DC-HSDPA, TD-SCDMA, GSM/EDGE
  • Dual SIM Support
  • GPS/Glonass/BDS
  • Wi-Fi 2.4G/5G, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with Wi-Fi Direct support
  • NFC, BT4.2, support BLE
  • Support aptX/aptX HD and LDAC HD Audio
  • USB Type C
  • DisplayPort 1.2
  • Sensors: Fingerprint Sensor, G-Sensor, Gyroscope Sensor, Compass, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Hall Sensor, Barometer, Infrared Remote Control
  • IP53 Splash resistance
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Dimension: 150.5 mm x 77.8mm x 8.2mm
  • Weight: 186 grams
  • Colors:Mocha Brown, Black, Champagne Gold

King Salman issues decree allowing women to drive in Saudi Arabia

Arab News;

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday said it would allow women to drive in the Kingdom, in the latest move in a string of social and economic reforms underway in the country.

King Salman issued the decree, according to a royal court statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The decree may seem trivial but think about this, Saudi Arabia is the only country where women are prohibited to drive or like at least not give a driver’s license.

I’m placing the link from SPA regarding the decree.

Uber will be available in 7 cities in Saudi Arabia

Uber;

We are thrilled to announce that Uber is now available in new cities around Saudi Arabia: Qatif, Tarut, Jubail, Tabuk, Aseer (Abha, Khamis Mushait, Ahad Rufaidah), Jazan (Jazan, Sabya, Abo Arish) AlBaha, connecting more Saudi cities to safe, reliable and affordable rides.

To celebrate our newest cities, you can enjoy a 50% discount (from Monday Sept. 25, until 11:59pm Sunday, Oct 1st). Just open your Uber app and enter the promo code KSACITIES17 to enjoy 50% off two rides up to SAR50 each in Qatif, Tarut, Jubail, Tabuk, Aseer (Abha, Khamis Mushait, Ahad Rufaidah), Jazan (Jazan, Sabya, Abo Arish) and AlBaha.

Saudi Arabia lifts ban on Skype, WhatsApp, and other messaging apps

Shannon Liao, writing for The Verge;

Saudi Arabia is lifting a year-long ban on Skype and other services like WhatsApp and Snapchat, effective at 8PM ET today. According to a statement from Saudi Arabia’s telecommunications authority posted on Twitter, any voice and video apps that meet the rules will be allowed.

Here’s the tweet from CITC;

You can read Saudi’s CITC official announcement here, the translated version here.

Saudi Arabia block VoIP-based messenger more than 4 years ago. It make sense for the Kingdom to remove the block specially in a state of economic crunch, since an increase in data consumption will be an additional revenue for telecom provider.

Internet video calling apps to be unblocked next week in Saudi Arabia

Arab News;

Internet voice and video calling apps such as Skype, Viber and WhatsApp will be unblocked in Saudi Arabia from next week.

Coordination between the Communications and Information Technology Commission and telecommunications service providers is under way to enable everyone to benefit from applications that provide voice and video communications over the Internet, said Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawahah, the minister of Communications and Information Technology.

VoIP apps like Skype, Viber and WhatsApp have been blocked in the Kingdom for more than 4 years now.