This Week’s News in Tech


This was a pretty huge week for the tech world as fresh releases paved the way for an exciting 2014 on the mobile front. The Mobile World Congress has touched base with tech’s headliners in Barcelona this year and once again unveiled the devices we’ve been eagerly anticipating. Rumors have been satisfied as mobile leaders to newbies showed off their media buzzers. It has indeed been a hectic past few days, and if you just want the summary of the broadcasts, we’re back with the weekly recap to ease your busy Friday.

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The new Android-run Nokia X line of smartphones was revealed at MWC. The handsets include the Nokia X, Nokia X+, and Nokia XL.

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The LG G Flex makes it to the UAE courtesy of telecom major, Etisalat. With a 6” screen, the new handset comes with about 10GB of storage and 300 flexi minutes.  

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Samsung’s Galaxy S5 was revealed at MWC and features a fingerprint scanner similar to that found on the iPhone 5S. Among its new features, the S5 sports a heart rate monitor and health-related metrics.

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The 6.4mm thin Sony Xperia Z2 tablet was revealed at MWC and is claimed to be the thinnest and lightest waterproof tablet in the market worldwide.


Samsung Gear Fit made its appearance to the tech world this week. Following the Gear 2 and Gear Neo, the fitness wristband is Samsung’s third wearable device. The Gear Fit is the first one of its kind in the market to sport a curved AMOLED display.

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is set to be released in Dubai on April 11, 2014 and will cost around Dhs 2,599 or Dhs 2,699.


The Blackphone was unveiled at MWC this week and comes with a completely secure custom version of Android (PrivatOS), which allows for totally anonymous searching.


Smartphone for $25 anyone? Mozilla did it… or well, is planning to do it. Released at MWC, Mozilla’s prototype smartphone to run on Firefox OS is expected to be sold at the extremely low price.htc.png

HTC’s ‘Power to Give’ initiative is expected to make a huge difference in enhancing research on cancer, AIDS and more. With the idea of using the unprocessed power of Android devices to power a supercomputer, HTC is encouraging the simple download of their new app.

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MWC also featured a very stylish smartwatch prototype, the Creoir Ibis, which is made of stainless steel and crystal to serve as a much less bulky design than the conventional smartwatch designs we’re used to seeing.



Micheline Harbie
Micheline has a a sweet-tooth for dark chocolate and cappuccinos, an almost obsessive-compulsive aversion to dust on Blu-ray discs, and a passion for regularly playing tennis on her Nintendo Wii. Matched with her love of writing, she is the Editor of T3 Middle East's Levant English publication and English website, and the Associated Editor for the GCC English publication.