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Opera mini now supports Arabic, iPad – Banned in Saudi and UAE

Opera mini web browser for the iPhone was updated to be a Universal App with iPad support. Opera mini 6.0 also adds Arabic language support as well as Retina display support and general performance improvements. The app is available in most App Stores except two. Since Opera mini is rated 17+ “You must be at least 17 years old to ...

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Unnecessary Restrictions Imposed on Free Android Apps

Last week Google added “Paid Android Market” access to 99 countries excluding major tech markets in the Middle East such as Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt. These countries were left with the “free global Android Market” which includes most free Android apps (but no first party Google apps such as Gmail, Google Maps). Staring today many popular free Android apps ...

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Android Market in 131 Countries Except Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt

Google recently added support for paid Android apps (and first party app access) to 99 countries bringing the total of countries supporting the full Android Market to 131, beating Apple’s 90 countries in global reach. Middle Eastern countries such as Oman, Bahrain, Morocco and more still has no Apple App Store. Unlike Apple’s App Store the Android Market limits visitors ...

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iPad 2 in UAE, Turkey, Others this Friday. Where’s Saudi?

Apple has announced that the iPad 2 will be available in Japan tomorrow Thursday 28th of April and in the following 11 countries on Friday April 29: United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa and Israel. Saudi Arabia, the biggest IT market in the region, is absent from Apple’s press release. Apple continues ...

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17+ Apps Removed from Saudi and UAE App Stores [censorship]

I noticed recently that updates for some useful apps such as Atomic, iCab Mobile and Skyfire web browsers were not available for download. They only appear if I logged to the US iTunes App Store but when I switch to the Saudi store the apps disappear. Looking closer I noticed that these apps had the following rating: You must be ...

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Saudi Arabia Tops Middle East iPad 2 Sales on eBay

eBay released a chart of iPad 2 auctions in the first 2 weeks of the availability of the device. Almost 12,000 iPad 2 units were sold in these 2 weeks. The chart shows how many units were shipped to each country, the following Middle East countries appeared on the list: • Saudi Arabia 165 units • United Arab Emirates 147 ...

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Confirmed by Apple: No Apple Store in UAE

Update: Apple has contacted Stuff and they posted a clarification post. Stuff Middle East has posted a report claiming there is an “Official Apple Store to open in UAE”. Upon reading the report it turns out that it is just a Virgin Megastore section specializing in Apple products. We reached out to Apple PR and inquired about this report. Apple ...

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iPad 1 Prices Reduced in UAE

iStyle, a premium Apple reseller in the UAE, has reduced the prices of the iPad 1 in anticipation of the iPad 2 release. These discounts are similar what Apple did when the company reduced the price of the iPad 1 by $100. The prices were reduced by $136-$163 depending on which iPad model. The new prices for the first general ...

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iPad 2 on Apple Saudi Arabia and UAE Websites

Apple has updated it’s Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates websites to include information about the iPad 2 that Apple announced last Wednesday. Although FaceTime is mentioned on the main image Apple has removed the FaceTime feature section. The section pictured here was taken from Apple South Africa website. We also noticed a notify-me form on the South African page, ...

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Official iPad Release in Saudi Arabia and UAE

iStyle (authorized retailer by ABM) has announced that they will begin officially selling the iPad in the United Arab Emirates today Friday January 28th 2011. iStyle announced it on their twitter account: We are glad to announce the official launch of iPad in the UAE this coming Friday. Macworld Middle East has published the prices for the iPad in the ...

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