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

March 1, 2010

Sandstorm alert in Riyadh on March 1st

Filed under: News — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 11:54 am

Last year’s Sandstorm was a big one, and apparently there is another one heading to Riyadh as we speak!

According to Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME)‘s early warning page (there is no English warning page, so you might as well go out?): A sandstorm is approaching Riyadh and Horizontal visibility of 1 meter!

تحذير رقم(2)من الساعة(10:30)صباحا الى الساعة(12:30)ظهرا ليوم الاثنين الموافق 15 ربيع الاول 1431ه شبه انعدام فى مدى الرؤية الافقية حيث تتدنى الرؤية الافقية الى اقل من (1)م بسبب العوالق الترابية على المناطق((الشرقية – الرياض – القصيم ))….لذلك يجب اخذ الحيطة والحذر.

Schools have already started sending students home. Hope everyone will be safe.

Image from American Bedu.

January 7, 2010

Native Arabic support for Google Android

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — Khaled A. @ 8:02 pm

STC was the first company to introduce an Android based cellphone in the region. The phone was the HTC Magic however native Arabic support is only available for Android OS 1.5 while the latest OS version for the Magic is 1.6 (HTC are working on 2.1 update to be released this year). Arabic support is not available in 1.6, 2.0 and 2.1.

I should contrast this to the iPhone: iPhone OS 3.0 added support for many languages including Arabic. You do not need to download additional software to add Arabic to the iPhone and you don’t need to change anything if all you needed is to read Arabic. Apple did that in less than 2 years and all of their iPhones support Arabic by now. As for Android you should be able to add Arabic by visiting a site such as XDA Developers.

Which brings us to the ArDroid website that specializes in helping the Arabic speaking community use Google Android phones. They started a feature request to have better Arabic language support:

I bought an Android phone and I said since you already made the locale adding the Arabic language will be easy and fast , but now I have the phone for 5 months and no Arabic support still , we have two available Android phones in my country and two are coming in a few months , I had an iPhone but I sold it to buy an Android phone , so I think I’m wrong in selling the iPhone , anyway please Google add the Arabic support and Prove Me Wrong .

Support this by voting for this issue to be resolved which you can do by simply clicking the star on the left (you might need a Google Account for that).

I should remind Google that Nokia is a major market-share holder in Saudi Arabia, BlackBerry comes in second place. So they are the major competition for Android phones here, not the iPhone.

Image from here.

November 5, 2009

Mobily iPhone 3GS prices and release date

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 6:02 pm

Update: iPhone 3GS in Saudi Arabia on November 7th. If you did not receive an SMS from mobily then you might have a problem with your pre-order!

Mobily’s iPhone 3GS will be sold in Saudi Arabia this Saturday November 7th 2009. The prices are out for the iPhone 3GS 32GB and 16GB models as well as iPhone 3G 8GB and can be found on SaudiMac.

Only people who reserved an iPhone 3GS on mobily’s site will be able to buy it on the first day.

October 24, 2009

iPhone 3GS by Etisalat October 27th

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 3:53 pm

UAE’s Etisalat has posted on their website that the iPhone 3GS will be released on October 27th. This confirms what I said earlier that the iPhone 3GS by Mobily will be released on the same day.


Follow SaudiMac (English) and (Arabic) sites for more updates.

تابعوا آخر التحديثات من موقع سعودي ماك.

October 17, 2009

Riyadh Region Traffic website suspended

Filed under: News — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 3:32 pm

Riyadh Region Traffic – the Offecial web site (yes, Offecial, not Official) has been suspended! This is nice, a government site contracted to an inefficient web provider (in this case it’s Sites4Arab – copyright 2002!).

The error message is “This account has been suspended. Either the domain has been overused, or the reseller ran out of resources.“. Ironic to see Traffic police being suspended, ha ha.

Apparently the nserver was now changed from to Nournet‘s website is also comforting copyright 2006! We seriously need better local web hosting providers!

October 16, 2009

iPhone 3GS in Saudi Arabia from Mobily on October 27th

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 11:44 pm

Update 6: This could be the final update. iPhone 3GS in Saudi Arabia on November 7th. If you did not receive an SMS from mobily then you might have a problem with your pre-order!

Update 5: Mobily iPhone 3GS prices and release date. SaudiMac is having server problems from the webhost and we are working with them to get it back up.

Update 4: Mobily did not send an SMS regarding the iPhone 3GS until now, so there is a possibility that the iPhone 3GS won’t be released October 27th as expected. Did Etisalat UAE decide to abandon their Saudi partner?

Update 3: Mobily is now taking orders for the iPhone 3GS. موبايلي فتحت باب حجز جوال الآيفون الجديد في موقعها.

Update 2: Mobily issued a press release that they will release the iPhone 3GS (nothing new there).

Update: Etisalat has confirmed that they will launch the iPhone 3GS on the same day.

It is all but officially confirmed, the Apple iPhone 3GS will be available in Saudi Arabia officially by Mobily.

Etisalat and du in UAE are taking pre-orders for the iPhone 3GS. Du made a deal with Axiom, which is odd considering that Axiom is decieving Mobily and Apple in Saudi Arabia.


I will keep you updated with what’s going to happen regarding the Saudi iPhone 3GS on SaudiMac and the Arabic edition سعودي ماك.

August 31, 2009

STC is having problems with their billing system

Filed under: News — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 2:09 pm

Hopefully it’s not a huge problem. But many people are reporting that their STC bills are inaccurate. That’s due to the fact that STC is upgrading their ancient billing system and with that upgrade they will start releasing bills by the end of this month.

The initial rumors were that STC has lost the customer data during the upgrade, but let’s hope they are smarter than that.

Here is one of many Twitter messages about it: “Believe it or not #STC lost its Data, I just called them and my old bill is exactly the same with my new bill, how com??”.

June 10, 2009

We Want Apple Saudi Arabia

Filed under: News — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 1:08 pm

apple-saudiIt’s about time that Apple opens an office in Saudi Arabia. It’s time we stop relying on crappy distributors that offer a crappy warranty. Yes I am talking about you, Arab Business Machines. So the “We Want Apple Saudi Arabia” project is now active.

WeWantAppleSaudi aims to petition Apple inc to have real presence in Saudi Arabia. Just go to the site and sign the petition!

May 29, 2009

Just rambling

Filed under: News — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 2:19 pm

After jumping from many different site titles I finally settled on this current title. I will share my ramblings with you and I hope that you will enjoy them. You can also follow me on twitter: @khaled.

And yes I will change this theme eventually …

May 18, 2009

A new home for Saudi TechView

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 12:37 am

I have decided to move Saudi TechView from it’s old location at this website to the new domain: Saudi TechView will handle technology related news and links that usually interest users in Saudi Arabia. As for this site it will be more of a personal website now.

This site’s current RSS feed will be handled by this link while the new Saudi TechView will be handled by the old feedburner link, so no need to change anything.

I hope this did not cause any inconvenient and I hope that you will find this new website and format informative and useful. Thank you. ~Khaled.

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