Zimoro is a smart, location aware retail marketing platform for web and mobile. Think of it as your personal, custom tailored lifestyle and shopping magazine. Zimoro uses proprietary technology to keep you informed on the latest promotions, offers, news, and events of your favorite brands and nearby stores. The company was founded by Egyptian entrepreneurs Mohamed Samy and Ahmed Al-Husseiny.
The idea for Zimoro originated when the founders realized that there didn’t exist any dedicated platform for brands to communicate with clients. Instead, both people and brands resort to generic social platforms to fulfil this need. “It’s always interesting to find a need and solve it with technology,” explained Mohamed. So what Zimoro really does is that it isolates and perfects that function, then weaves it back into your social streams. In other words, you can still share any interesting bit of news or offer on any of your social accounts, Twitter, Facebook, and the like using the built in sharing feature, only this time you won’t have to deal with the clutter that these same brands tend to produce on your feeds.
When it comes to purchases made by mobile media users, on the global scale, there has been a slight fall in purchase volumes, or number of purchases - from 70 to 65%. The Middle East marked an exception however. Research has shown that purchase levels held steady at 68% across Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UAE. The same research has also shown that Saudi mobile media users spend more on mobile purchases than another other country, the figure standing at 76%. That’s eleven points above the global average, and seven points higher than the 2012 figure for Saudi Arabia.
Smartphone penetration stands at astounding figures in the UAE and the KSA, respectively first and third highest in the world. All these factors make the gulf market, and Saudi Arabia and the United Emirates in particular, very attractive markets for mobile developers. The budding local scene is growing at a slow but steady pace. Innovation is certainly abundant as well, if you know where to look.
Take Feelit for example, a one of a kind service created by 3 saudi entrepreneurs. Feelit is a social network built around emotions and moods. It’s mission is to help people communicate emotionally. In its current first version, the service seeks to help users quell bad moods or revel in happy thoughts.
Renault, the French multinational vehicle manufacturer, recently unveiled the Renault KWID, a concept off-road car equipped with a built-in drone quadcopter. Renault has taken it upon itself to take the drone craze to another level. Few would have thought up an automobile UAV crossbreed, but this is exactly what the manufacturer has done. Next to cars, vans, trucks, tractors, tanks, buses, coaches and auto-rail vehicles, UAVs will now don its conveyor belt assembly lines.
On February 3rd, Monitise plc, a UK based company that delivers mobile banking, payments and commerce solutions, announced the acquisition of Pozitron Yazilim A.S., a privately-owned mobile technology company based in Turkey that powers next generation mobile money solutions for more than 30 leading enterprises across banking, telecoms, retail and pharmaceuticals in Turkey, the Middle East, and internationally.
Monitise provides services around the globe to more than 350 financial institutions in both developed and emerging market, and has strategic partnerships with Visa Inc., Visa Europe, RBS Group, Telefonica Digital and FIS to develop and deliver Mobile Money services. The company has offices in the UK, the US, India and Asia. Its patented technology to 'bank anywhere', 'pay anyone' and 'buy anything' accounts for $50B of payments, purchases and transfers by 24 million consumers every year.
In its home market, Pozitron’s customers include Turkish Airlines, eBay, GlaxoSmithKline and Hepsiburada.com - Turkey’s equivalent to Amazon - as well as Turkey’s largest bank, fourth-largest private bank, and the country’s national payments switch as financial services partners. In the Middle East, Pozitron’s customers include ANB, one of the largest 15 banks in the Middle East, and QIB, the largest Islamic bank in Qatar.
SOLS is a 3D printing company that specializes in making orthotic insoles. Insoles are the interior bottom of a shoe that sit directly beneath the foot. The bottom part of the shoe is known as the sole. It can be simple, where it would be made up of a single material in a single layer, or it can be complex, with multiple layers and materials. In the latter case, the sole will consist of an insole - the uppermost part-, the midsole, and the outsole - the layer in direct contact with the ground.
Orthotics is a specialty within the medical field concerned with the design, manufacture and application of orthoses. An orthosis is "an externally applied device used to modify the structural and functional characteristics of the neuromuscular and skeletal system".
Now going back to soles, extra cushioning is often added for comfort, whether to control the shape, moisture, or smell of the shoe. They can also be added for health reasons, to counterbalance defects in the natural shape of the foot or positioning of the foot during standing or walking.