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Any.do is an award winning, devilishly handsome to-do list app available on Android, iOS, and as a Chrome app. It is in fact part of a family of productivity apps produced by an eponymous development company, all under the motto: “Productivity through play. Control through balance. Good day, every day.” In addition to the task list app, the portfolio includes Cal, a calendar app already available in beta, in addition to two planned email and notes apps.
Any.do features quite a few nifty features: cloud sync, speech recognition, snooze tasks, gesture support, and so on. Moreover, its functionality is not limited to within the app itself, but permeates to other apps and features on your phone. At its core though, it’s a simple and straightforward task list manager.
On Sunday, Amazon announced that it is experimenting with unmanned drones as delivery vehicles for its products. The crazy thing is that it doesn’t sound that crazy. The drones are coming.
Earlier in the week, Bezos specified on 60 Minutes that the autonomous machines will be able to deliver packages of up to 2.3 kilograms (5 pounds) over a 16 kilometer distance (10 miles) in 30 minutes time. He also admitted that the system, named “Prime Air”, won’t be available for at least 4 to 5 years.
Customer loyalty platform UrbanBuz just announced that it has closed over in $700,000 Series A funding from investors in the United States, Jordan and United Arab Emirates. Founded in October 2012 in the UAE, UrbanBuz is the Middle East’s only digital customer loyalty solutions platform that focuses on small and medium sized enterprises, mainly in the retail and services sectors. The investment will go towards accelerating the company’s growth and expanding its presence both within the UAE and across the region.
TypeStage, a platform dedicated to Arabic web fonts, just launched its service offering high quality fonts specially designed to fit the web and content standards. The service supports Arabic, Urdu, and Persian, and promises to be “the easiest way to use real Arabic fonts on your website.”
The service was created by Syrian born Otba Mushaweh, whose experience spans over ten years in the design field. Prior to TypeStage, he founded Logos Guide, a private creative studio, in 2006. Later in 2010 he launched Logo Talks, an online magazine for student and professional designers focused on logo design, brand development, typeface creation, and typography techniques.
According to Otba, the three main problems with current Arabic fonts are: aesthetics, readability, and ease of use, specially when it comes to long pieces of text. TypeStage will collaborate with sponsors in developing fonts that address all three persistent issues.
Tomorrow, December 3, 2013, ten of the most promising startups in Saudi Arabia and the Arab world will take the stage during ArabNet Riyadh 2013 to showcase their products and services and expose their talents in front of a large audience of investors, industry leaders, digital experts, and influential people.
A panel of judges will evaluate the pitches to select the top 3 startups, who will be awarded the 'PITME Labs Middle East Impact & Ingenuity Award.' This prestigious award will grant the winners a chance to travel to Silicon Valley and partake in the PITME Labs program!