Cisco Reports UAE Business Ready to Integrate AI Tools

Cisco Reports UAE Business Ready to Integrate AI Tools

With generative AI advancing leaps and bounds in terms of efficiency and effectiveness, its impact across businesses, governments, and the economy across the UAE and the world is poised to be enormous. According to Cisco’s AI Readiness Index, 95% of the respondents have an AI strategy in place or under development, but only 14% are…

OSN and AFAC Announce Winners of Writers Room Program

OSN and AFAC Announce Winners of Writers Room Program

OSN and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) have announced the Writers Room mentorship program winners today. Launched in May 2023, the program entailed the incubation of projects until the development of a fully-fledged limited series and provided mentorship support and input from specialists and experts during and in-between residencies. The Writers Room…

AI Conference DeepFest at LEAP 2023 in Riyadh Expects Massive Turnout

AI Conference DeepFest at LEAP 2023 in Riyadh Expects Massive Turnout

Around 20,000 attendees are expected to visit DeepFest, the premier meeting place for the global Artificial Intelligence ecosystem. The event will be co-located with LEAP, the Saudi-based tech event, and will take place from March 4-7 at the Riyadh Exhibition and Convention Centre. The conference aims to take attendees through a themed programme journeying through…

Best Games to Play in Feb 2024: Suicide Squad, Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, and More

Best Games to Play in Feb 2024: Suicide Squad, Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, and More

January was a surprising month for game releases, with several big releases hitting their mark and starting off the year with a bang. Ubisoft’s Metroidvania, Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown, came out to bat first and was quickly lapped up by critics and audiences alike for its refined platforming, smooth combat and many small…

Bollywood Film Fighter Banned in UAE and Other Gulf Countries

Bollywood Film Fighter Banned in UAE and Other Gulf Countries

Top Gun-inspired Bollywood flick Fighter, which stars Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone and Anil Kapoor, has been banned across the Gulf, including the UAE. While the movie was outright blocked from release in the majority of the Gulf countries, the UAE Media Council had approved its release for January 25, according to The National. However, things…

Xbox Lays Off 1,900 Staff from Blizzard, Activision

Xbox Lays Off 1,900 Staff from Blizzard, Activision

After its $69 billion acquisition of Call of Duty makers Activision Blizzard, Microsoft is laying off 1,900 staff members across its Xbox studios, including Activision, Blizzard and Zenimax. In a message to staff (as viewed by IGN), Xbox CEO Phill Spencer called it a “painful decision” but a necessary step to execute a plan “with…

The Pokemon Company to “Investigate” Palworld’s Alleged Plagiarism

The Pokemon Company to “Investigate” Palworld’s Alleged Plagiarism

Palworld, Pocketpair’s phenomenally successful survival adventure, might soon come under fire for its alleged use of the Pokemon property. The game, which has sold more than 8m copies in six days and crossed 2m concurrent players on Steam, is a survival action-adventure where players must craft tools and weapons, build shelters, and participate in combat…

Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth Review Roundup

Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth Review Roundup

Yakuza series stalwart Kazuma Kiryu and Yakuza: Like a Dragon protagonist Ichiban Kasuga join forces in Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, and judging from the reviews, it seems their Hawaiian adventure is quite a romp. The overhauled combat system is a welcome change, say critics, along with a manageable difficulty curve, varied new job classes,…

Palworld Slammed for Plagiarism and AI Use Amid Massive Success

Palworld Slammed for Plagiarism and AI Use Amid Massive Success

Palworld, lovingly dubbed by the community as ‘Pokemon with guns’, has been a tremendously successful venture for Japanese studio Pocketpair. The survival game, which takes liberal influences from Nintendo games like Zelda and Pokemon, has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide and achieved a peak concurrency of over 900k players on Steam (via Insider…

Xbox Direct 2024: All The Big Announcements and Reveals

Xbox Direct 2024: All The Big Announcements and Reveals

Microsoft hosted its first Xbox Direct for 2024, drawing a clear picture of what fans can expect from Xbox as the year unfolds. The presentation unveiled Indiana Jones and The Great Circle, Machine Game’s upcoming first-person adventure game, as well as the dropped release date for HellBlade 2, a deeper look into Obsidian’s Avowed, an…

Radio Thmanyah can help Middle Eastern Podcasters monetize their shows

Radio Thmanyah can help Middle Eastern Podcasters monetize their shows

Thmanyah, a leading Saudi media technology company, has introduced a new mobile platform called Radio Thmanyah, which allows creators to host their podcast shows and access monetization opportunities. Thamnyah was founded in 2016 and is an award-winning platform featuring podcast shows like Funjan, Socrates, and Swalif Business, as well as newsletters and documentaries with a…