Get Listed in Kuwait’s Largest Startup Resource Directory

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Are you a web or an app developer? A designer? A business advisor? A lawyer? An investor?

Are you interested in offering your services to startups but don’t know how to reach them? Well how about you let them find you instead? 

As active members of the startup community in Kuwait we realize how fragmented the market is. We always hear great ideas from people who can’t find the right technical team to build the product. We also know people who have amazing apps and websites but have no clue how to monetize it. So we decided to take action, by connecting people and helping them build awesome startups!

As a first step we are launching a Start Up Resource Directory, a compilation of all local services available for startups. Think of it as a bridge between your SME (or if you’re a big company that caters to the needs…

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Crazy Oculus Game Has One Player Defuse A Bomb While Everyone Else Shouts Instructions

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Aaaand in this weekend’s edition of “Crazy Games Made Possible By Virtual Reality”: here’s Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes .

The premise: you and everyone in the room are part of a bomb disposal team. You’ve found a bomb that is already ticking down, and you’re preparing to defuse it… but you need help.

One player, wearing an Oculus Rift, is responsible for interacting with the bomb. By bringing a Razer Hydra controller into the mix, the Oculus-wearing player is able to bring their hands into the game to emulate things like cutting wires, pushing buttons, and manipulating the bomb.

The catch? There’s no one way to defuse every bomb. The series of steps you need to follow (Cut the blue wire! Punch in “1987″ on the keypad!) changes with each playthrough — and that’s where everyone else comes in.

Everyone not wearing a headset is responsible for tearing through…

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A new option if you want to invest in startups

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MicroVentures Just a decade ago, if you wanted to invest in a startup you had to know someone. A lawyer, an accountant or a friend of friend would give you a referral to a company looking to raise money, or they’d invite you to invest with them. That’s how you got in the door.

You had to have a lot of money to play – often $50,000 or more. And the startups you’d see were from your geographical region. That traditional scenario left a lot of interested angel investors sitting on the sidelines.

Today, it’s a lot easier to become an angel investor, due to crowd funding, micro lending and investment sites like MicroVenture Marketplace Inc., which is opening doors to those looking to invest $1,000 to $20,000 or more.

The way to win at angel investing, of course, is to invest in the right startups. To get there, you…

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Discontinued Windows XP Still No. 2 Desktop OS After Windows7, Windows 8 Lagging Far Behind

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

On the eve of Microsoft’s BUILD developer conference , the folks at Statcounter have published a snapshot of the challenge that Microsoft faces to get its users to adopt its current and future products over its legacy systems. According to the research firm, in the month of March Microsoft’s Windows 7 OS held on to its place as the world’s most popular desktop operating system, with the OS installed on nearly 55% of all machines surveyed. Windows XP, which Microsoft has said it will stop supporting by April 8 , is at a firm number two with 18.6% of all installations.

Meanwhile, Windows 8, the integrated OS that Microsoft has been promoting since last year, remains a distant fourth at 7.9% of installs, with Apple’s MacOSX sandwiched between with 8.6% of all desktops. Even if you add in installations of the Windows 8 update, Windows 8.1, you still get less than 14%…

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iPhone 6 “Air” Concept Imagines A Return To The Glass Back Design

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A new take on the yet-to-be-announced iPhone 6 from an independent designer provides a look at what we might expect from a thinner, larger-screened, next-generation device. This latest one is the most recent in a spate of design takes by Martin Hajek on potential future Apple products and is commissioned by French blog NWE based on recently leaked sketches, which may or may not be authentic. However close this is to what we actually see in September when the next iPhone is likely unveiled, it’s a fun look at what might come next.

iPhone-6-CBAs you can see, this design embraces the glass back Apple did away with on the iPhone 5 in favor of an aluminum enclosure. The edges are matte metal, however, and the key feature here is the nearly edge-to-edge display and the ultra-thin design. It’s sort of like a cross between the new iPad mini with Retina…

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iPhone 6 screens reportedly start production in May, coming in large and XL

Originally posted on VentureBeat:

Now that the latest devices from Samsung and HTC have been announced, expect iPhone 6 rumors to dominate the next few months.

The latest: Apple’s manufacturing partners are reportedly gearing up production for the iPhone 6′s screens in May, which will come in 4.7-inch and and 5.5-inch varieties, reports Reuters.

We’ve been hearing for a while that Apple was considering two new screen sizes for the next iPhone. The 4.7-inch screen would be a significant upgrade over the iPhone’s current 4-inch display, and it would make the iPhone 6 directly competitive to typical Android display sizes. The 5.5-inch screen, on the other hand, would be a grab for the big-screen “phablet” market (phones that are so big they look like tablets).

Reuters sources note that Japan Display, Sharp, and LG are all producing iPhone 6 displays for Apple. While the display manufacturers are reportedly ready to start producing 4.7-inch…

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April Fools’ 2014: The Round-Up Of The Best

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

It’s that time of year again, friends. The day when “up” becomes “down”, lies become truth, dogs become people, and when the Internet becomes a liiiittle bit unbearable for a day or so.

It’s April Fools’ Day! Yay.

As is something of a tradition around these parts, we’re keeping a big running list of the best (/worst?) of today’s gags from around the vast Internets. Check back throughout the day for the new stuff, as it comes in.

Google:

Always cutting edge, Google actually decided to get the ball rolling with their April Fools’ day stuff yesterday. (Screw it! Lets start April Fools’ day in February. You know what I like to say? ABF. Always be foolin’.)

Pokémon Challenge:

Yesterday morning, The Google Maps’ team tugged at the heart strings of every geek around the world by debuting a video teaser for a video game they’ll never actually release:…

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Article: Google Maps is overrun with Pokémon for April Fools’, and you can catch ‘em all

Google Maps is overrun with Pokémon for April Fools’, and you can catch ‘em all

http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/31/5566854/pokemon-google-maps-april-fools-2014

With Boom Beach, Supercell guns for a third smash hit — and it’s already at No. 2

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Supercell , maker of the insanely popular Clash of Clans and Hay Day, is aiming for a third gargantuan mobile-gaming hit with Boom Beach. The free-to-play title has been out for less than a month, and it has climbed to No. 2 on the iOS free-apps rankings.

The game should be a good test of whether Helsinki, Finland-based Supercell, which had $892 million in revenue last year from just two games, will become a hit factory amid a sea of one-hit wonders. Clash of Clans was so huge that SoftBank invested $1.53 billion in Supercell last year at a $3 billion valuation.

Boom Beach

Boom Beach is the No. 2 free app on iOS.

Boom Beach resembles Clash of Clans in terms of gameplay, but the newer release is set in a fictionalized World War II-style universe. Rather than raiding Viking villages, you attack island fortresses created by the Nazi-like enemies or those…

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Take a moment today to say thanks for Arduino

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Last year, Michael Shiloh , an engineer, tinkerer and lecturer at Bay Area colleges, co-taught an advanced architecture class at California College of the Arts that posed an unusual challenge to students: build a non-standard 3D printer in just one semester.

The class, which was by no means composed of traditional engineering students, came up with some interesting answers. One extruded clay, while another dripped solvent onto foam to create shapes. Another was affixed to the back of a hexapod robot:

“They succeeded in building these machines in one semester,” Shiloh said. “They exceeded my expectations wildly.”

Shiloh attributed part of the students’ success to Arduino, the credit-card-sized prototyping platform on which the bots ran, and which today is celebrating its ninth birthday.

Ten years ago, it would have been a little bit crazy to ask an architecture student to build a robot. Shiloh, who is the education coordinator for Arduino, said…

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Facebook Joins Google In The Hunt For The Future

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We now live in an era when Mark Zuckerberg speed-dials Obama, controls fleets of drones, brokers $19 billion acquisitions in a week, and buys whole virtual worlds. Facebook’s mission has changed. While once it was solely “to make the world more open and connected”, it’s expanded to also “give people the power to share.” And nothing is too crazy if it brings Facebook one step closer to that goal.

If you squint, the strategy looks a lot like the mantra of Facebook’s early days, “Move fast and break things,” but on a much more grandiose scale. Back in the 2000s, Facebook wasn’t afraid to launch sweeping new features like News Feed to the entire user base at once or overhaul privacy without warning, even if it had to apologize and back-track.

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But as Facebook approached its IPO, something changed. All thoughts seemed to turn to monetization. The product itself…

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A Brief History Of Oculus

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The Story of Oculus…
The Beginning of the Virtual Reality World begins now….

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Less than two years ago, Oculus raised 2.5 million dollars on Kickstarter.

Yesterday, they were acquired by Facebook for $2 billion.

To write the words “A Brief History Of Oculus” is a bit funny — because really, the company’s very existence has been brief. From the launch of their Kickstarter campaign to their massive acquisition, just 601 days had passed.

The company has definitely generated its fair share of buzz in its short lifespan — and yet, many, many people are hearing about the team for the very first time this week.

For those people, and for everyone who might’ve missed some details along the way, here’s their story so far.

Early Days:

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Around the age of 15, Palmer Luckey started to fall in love with the concept of virtual reality.

By day, he attended classes at the local community college. By night, he was the founder and admin of…

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Independent Games Festival and Game Developers Choice Awards

Hi there everyone !

Well yes I just opened my e-mail now and I found this following message came from GameSpot:

GDC Awards Show

”GameSpot takes you down the red carpet twice in one night. Grab yourself a front row seat for the Independent Games Festival and then sit tight for the Game Developers Choice Awards. Will your favorite games and developers be honored during this distinguished double bill? Join our livestream at 6:30pm PDT and you’ll be among the first to know.”

Aren’t you excited ?!?! Tune in !!!

Gamevil plans to take five Korean mobile games to the global stage

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Gamevil makes hardcore mobile games for the South Korean market. Now it will test whether five of those games deserve to be on the global market.
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Zenonia Online

The Seoul-based publicly traded mobile game company is announcing today at the Game Developers Conference that it will publish five of its games from the Korean market worldwide in the iOS and Google Play app stores. The move is another sign that gaming has gone global and companies that were once content to be regional players are now trying to break into other markets — and other, massive streams of revenue in the multibillion dollar mobile game industry.

Gamevil’s push includes Zenonia Online, a fantasy role-playing game with fast and furious action; Dragon Blaze, a simulation RPG with collectible heroes; Dungeon Link, a puzzle-fantasy RPG that resembles GungHo’s Puzzle & Dragons; Elements Epic Heroes, a classic massively multiplayer online game where you…

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Project Morpheus: Sony announces its virtual-reality headset for PlayStation 4

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Follow all of GamesBeat’s coverage from the 2014 Game Developers Conference here.

SAN FRANCISCO — Virtual reality is coming to the PlayStation 4.

Saying that PlayStation plans to “push the boundaries of play,” Sony Computer Entertainment president of worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida announced today that Sony will be introducing a virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4 called Project Morpheus. With this move, Sony joins Oculus VR and its Rift headset for PCs in the fairly new sector of virtual-reality gaming.

“Virtual reality may well shape the future of video games,” Yoshida declared during the 2014 Game Developers Conference, saying that VR has long been a dream of game developers. Sony first-party studios will make games for the device. Yoshida said one will be Sony’s London studio.

“I’m expecting more studios to work on something good [as more kits come out for development],” he said. “We decided on the name…

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Google Takes The Chromecast Beyond The U.S. — To 11 Markets In Europe & Canada

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Google’s USB dongle, the Chromecast , which plugs into your TV so you can stream Google’s browser/OS over your Wi-Fi network to the big screen to watch terrible quality YouTube clips on your HDTV, has launched in 11 more markets.

The Chromecast debuted in the U.S. last July, costing $35. It’s finally now launching elsewhere, with Google expanding availability — mostly to Europe. The additional 11 Chromecast markets are: Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the U.K.

Google is selling the Chromecast via its own Google Play store in the aforementioned markets, and also via retailers including Amazon, Currys PC World, Elkjøp, FNAC, Saturn and Media Markt.

In the U.K. the Chromecast costs £30 from the Google Play store. So it’s not quite as cheap as in the U.S. (as per usual for gadgetry crossing the pond).

In a blog announcing Chromecast’s European (and Canadian) expansion, Google…

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Setting Boundaries

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arguing

How do I know when
to let go
and when to try again?
The line is not so clear.

When is enough,
enough?
Boundaries need to
be established
for me
and for others
to know how to love
and respect each other.

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Sulon Technologies enters the virtual reality race with a new kind of immersive experience

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Sulon Technologies is unveiling a new kind virtual reality platform that will turn any room into a fanciful virtual space.

Sulon is showing off its demo of The Cortex virtual reality “spatial gaming” platform at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. In doing so, the company is trying to win over the hearts of game developers in what is becoming a fierce competitive battle to define the next generation of gaming. Competitors include Oculus VR and new entrant Sony, which announced its Project Morpheus at the GDC on Tuesday evening.

The Toronto company has taken a different approach from other kinds of virtual reality, said Dhanushan (Dhan) Balachandreswaran, chief executive of the firm. You wear a headset with goggles that cover your eyes. It then uses magnetic technology to detect the borders of the room. It can then take game imagery and virtually paint those images onto the walls of…

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Captain America : Official Extended Clip – Changed

Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.

Release Date: 4 April 2014
Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
Cast: Chris Evans, Frank Grillo, Sebastian Stan
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writer: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures

Gigabit lesson No. 1: Partner in haste, repent at leisure

Originally posted on Gigaom:

First Google offers to build a lucky city a gigabit network. Now new companies are arriving with similar offers. As these offers excite communities nationwide, many may not realize they are on the verge of repeating errors that doomed cities’ muni Wi-Fi dreams in 2007.

There is little doubt Kansas City has reaped many rewards from its deal with Google, and 34 cities are potentially Google Fiber beneficiaries. International investment bank Macquarie Capital is in deep negotiations for a partnership deal with 11 cities in Utah. Ridgeland, Miss.-based C-Spire, a private communications company, just announced a fiber partnership with four Mississippi communities.

This recent spate of high-profile deals may look too good to pass up, but there is an eerie similarity to events leading to the muni Wi-Fi fiasco.

Muni Wi-Fi wasn’t about municipalities

Image 1 for post Only 6,000 WiFi subscribers in municipal Philly network( 2008-05-14 13:56:52) In 2004, Philadelphia announced it was building a citywide Wi-Fi network. It began planning but couldn’t…

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