Middle East Digital Digest, Volume 2

This is a cross post from Digital Qatar, a blog for technology enthusiasts launched by ictQATAR in 2009 with the purpose of providing a platform for genuine thought and conversation in Qatar around everything ICT.

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Digital Digest, Volume 2

by · July 18, 2012

Last month we published our first Digital Digest, a round-up of the very latest digital trends and developments impacting Qatar and the MENA region. That edition has been viewed over 1,200 times in the past four weeks.

Thank you to everyone who read and shared it.

A lot has happened in the intervening month, from the launch of new tablets by Google and Microsoft, through to the publication of a range of new research about mobile and Internet use.

It was revealed that Saudi Arabia is Twitter’s fastest-growing marketpercentage-wise month on month and the network was also home to a campaign –  #UAEDressCode – which provoked heated discussion across a range of social networks.

Meanwhile, French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) launched its iPad app in Arabic and Turkish based games company, Peak Games, became the world’s No. 3 social-gaming company in terms of daily active users. Are you one of their 9.4m daily players?

Finally, with Ramadan fast approaching, a designer from the U.K. has created a prayer mat, known as EL Sajjadah, that lights up when it faces Mecca. We would be interested to know what Digital Qatar readers make of the idea.

As always, please feel free to share these slides. You can email the link, tweet about specific stories or embed the full slides on your own site (NB, from here). We would also love comments and suggestions for future editions too, so feel free to contribute below.

Thanks for reading and Ramadan Kareem.

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