Archive for June, 2009

Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

Friday, June 26th, 2009

For mobile geeks only: talking to Nokia’s Levant marketing head about the N97, Amman’s missing map and Ovi

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

The N97 has been on sale in Amman for the past few days (apparently for JD 450, US$ 633). There is a lot of Nokia and activity and buzz these days. I’ve been invited to attend its launch in Beirut but couldn’t go. Instead, I caught up with Bruce Howe, the marketing head for Nokia [...]

Islam Samhan: poetry, jail and the limits of Jordanian “tolerance”

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

It seems that Jordan’s tolerance and moderation can’t include a 28 year old poet who “dared” to use a fragment of Quranic language in one of poems in a way that a religious authority found offensive. The news that a Jordanian court has sentenced the poet Islam Samhan to one year in prison plus a [...]

Has anyone heard of Blink Communications (and their 5 to 500 Mbit bandwidth)?

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Yesterday, I received a comment on one of my posts from someone who said he’s from a company called Blink offering internet for business plans from 5 500 Mbit on their own infrastructure! Has anyone heard of them or dealt with them?

Abu Dhabi’s ‘The National’ discovers Jordan’s tech startup scene

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Over the past week or so, several stories have been published in The National, Abu Dhabi’s quality English language daily, about Jordan’s technology scene, with a special focus on Jordanian web startups and the emerging culture around them. Reporting from Jordan, The National’s Tom Gara has been firing off one article after the other, featuring [...]