Archive for May, 2009

Amman is looking for its stories. Now YOU can write them..

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

I am very excited, as just a few minutes ago, the pre-launch page for the Amman Centennial website has gone live. This is not a ‘coming soon’ page, but an open invitation to all Ammanis (and expatriate Ammanis, of course) to share their stories of THEIR Amman. The last 100 years of Amman’s history, since [...]

Wolfram Alpha: computing history was made last night

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

It’s almost like the “super computers” we see in science fiction movies. You ask the computer a question and the computer gives an answer. The question can be a request for historical data, a mathematic equation, the current temperature of a city, and so on. The thing is: the computer “understands” the question. But this [...]

Nokia N97 to hit the UAE next month

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

First, here is a video of Nokia trying really hard to be cool. Mind you, their new flagship device, the N97 is pretty cool and Nokia seems like it will deliver another hit. But I think they are going overboard with this video.. Abu Dhabi’s The National newspaper is reporting that the N97 will hit [...]

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Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

A brand, a celebrity and a tweeting chicken: KFC goes KGC with Oprah

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Yesterday, Oprah created an internet phenomena. She bought lunch for America at KFC. People went crazy over this and millions of people downloaded the free meal coupon on Oprah’s site. Now, I am a KFC fan. If you grew up in Amman in the 80′s, KFC might have been your first encounter with American fast [...]

Are you a young creative: Make an ad.. Go to Cannes this June

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Just received this announcement from a loyal 360east reader (hi Dina!) about a competition by the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival that will take the winner to attend this prestigious ad event and compete in the Young Lions Film Competition. MAKE AN AD At midnight on 15 May (GMT), YouTube will release a brief on www.youtube.com/canneslions [...]

Imagining The Dubai-ification of Baghdad

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Monocle’s Tyler Brule shares a thought on the Invest Iraq conference held in London a couple of days ago: FT.com / Columnists / Tyler Brûlé – Between Iraq and a marketplace: I couldn’t see any indication of where the Iraqi leadership was heading next, but I imagine their global tour has quite a bit to [...]