Khaled rambles technology, tea/coffee, consumer rights and other interest from Saudi Arabia

September 16, 2008

Saudi TechView on your iPhone/iPod Touch

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — Khaled A. @ 4:23 pm

I have just installed WPtouch plugin for WordPress that creates an iPhone/iPod Touch version of this site. You can still switch to the normal site by clicking on “Normal View” at the bottom of the page.

September 10, 2008

New iPods

Filed under: News — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 4:03 am

Apple released a new model of the iPod Touch and the iPod Nano. Hopefully we will see them in Saudi Arabia very soon. They are available on the Apple Store if you wanna order now and have them shipped to you using Aramex or myus.

September 8, 2008

Don’t be fooled by the iPhone 3G sellers in Saudi Arabia

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 1:47 am

I just got an SMS from a person (or probably a store) named T-Virus, it is from the game series “Resident Evil”. The message said the following (in Arabic, I translated):

Arabic iPhone 3G has arrived. 8GB 4599SR. 16GB 4999SR. T: 92000XXXX M: 055161XXXX

I have decided to omit the telephone numbers for 2 reasons: 1) I HATE SMS Spam 2) Those prices are exorbitant. The prices in US$ are $1226.4 and $1333 for the 8GB/16GB iPhone 3G models. I recommend that you don’t buy the iPhone 3G at those outrageous prices!

Edit: Apparently it is a local computer store called Reverse Technology EST. Yet somehow they got the domain t-virus.com.sa which is, obviously, unrelated to the name. What is SaudiNIC doing? That domain goes against the regulations which states:

3-4 For registering any trademark or trade name a copy of the registration with the Ministry of Commerce in Saudi Arabia is needed.

The store’s name is Reverse Technology, not T-Virus or Technology Virus.

June 11, 2008

No iPhone for Saudi Arabia

Filed under: News — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 2:18 pm

With the recent WWDC Keynote announcement. The new iPhone 3G was announced with a price point of (less than $199 in all countries). And over 70 countries will get the iPhone by September 2008. Two of those countries not listed was Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Two of the biggest mobile communication consumers in the region.

As for the UAE at least, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) was opposed to to exclusive deal. Probably because of monopoly issues, which is odd considering that VOIP services are blocked in the UAE.

The only hope for Saudi Arabia users to get the iPhone is that Apple release an unlocked iPhone and sell it at full price. Also note that Arabic support is still missing in the iPhone despite the fact that 3 Arabic speaking countries: Egypt (Orange and Vodafone), Jordan and Qatar are getting the iPhone.

May 11, 2008

Arabic iPhone localization released

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 12:18 pm

Five months ago I blogged about Arabic localization attempts for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Unfortunately just like “iPhone4arab“, iFone4arab also stopped updating his site, and that was before Macworld and the iPhone SDK event. For me, screenshots and videos are not enough, and so I still consider this Vaporware. Vaporware is according to Wikipedia: Vaporware is a software or hardware product which is announced by a developer well in advance of release, but which then fails to emerge, either with or without a protracted development cycle.

I don’t have to comment about iPhone4arab which promised Arab localization for the iPhone which was as far as I’m concerned is Vaporware. And claimed that he invented a method to unlock the iPhone while all he did was implement the iPhone Dev Team’s work.

The only people who are working hard on the Arabic localization for the iPhone as far as I’m concerned are the good people at iPhoneIslam. iTarek have been releasing Arabic character viewer for the iPhone for a few months now. And now they – with the help of a programmed named Waleed – released the application Arabtaller that includes full Arabic keyboard for the iPhone. I consider this the first and only Arabic keyboard for the iPhone. You can install it through the Installer.app and you can find the steps on iPhoneIslam’s site.

Thanks to Waiel at SaudiMac for the info.

December 22, 2007

Arabic iPhone almost here

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 4:29 pm

I managed to get this posted on iPhone Central. Hopefully it gets more coverage and noticed by Apple:

Reader Khaled brought to our attention two separate groups, both working at bringing elements of Arabic language functionality to the iPhone. The first, at iPhone Islam, is aiming to bring Arabic character support to the iPhone via a downloadable application (you’ll apparently need Installer.app to do so). Unfortunately, my Arabic’s a little rusty from a couple years of disuse, so you’ll have to visit the site yourself if you want to figure out exactly what procedure you need to follow. The second, more ambitious project, at iFone4Arab.com has as its goal producing a native Arabic interface for the entire iPhone. While they don’t yet have a working version available, you can check out screenshots at their website, or a YouTube video of the interface in action. Pretty cool. We’re sure there will be official Apple Arabic at some point (presumably by the time the phone hits the Middle East), but in the interim, it might be worth checking out one or both of these if you’re in need of Arabic support on your iphone.

April 20, 2007

And we are back! SaudiMac.com is ready!

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 1:39 pm

My webhost decided to abandon me for no reason. It was Netbunch which was aquired by WebHostPlus. And it seems I wasn’t the only one. So if your hosting company got aquired by WebHostPlus then cancel your account and move somewhere else. I would also like to announce that my second site, SaudiMac Blog has launched. With my rant about last week’s Gitex Riyadh 2007 which was very unimpressive.

January 24, 2006

Apple plans Arabic iPod, OS X

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — Khaled A. @ 1:48 pm

Its about time they pay some attention to this market. Now if they only sell Apple products at reasonable prices! (1600SR=426$ for a 299$ iPod 5G 30GB is too much!).

Apple plans Arabic iPod, OS X: “Arabic iPod users are looking forward to the day when Apple finally manages to release an Arabic iPod.

(Via Macworld UK.)

I bought an iBook recently and I believe I need to talk about it. Apple Middle East needs to get its act together.

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