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Oracle bought Sun

This is pretty big news. The headers on the websites of both Sun and Oracle are as shown below. Not saying the same thing exactly.

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Click here to read what Sun is saying about it.

Pay electricity bill every month. The horror!

My building haris (caretaker) informed me today morning that there’s a notice from the ministry saying that electricity bills must be paid every month.

People from almost every other country in the world must think its the most natural thing, but here in Kuwait we are used to paying our bills once a year or even once every two or three years! If this is the case, I hope they enable online KNET payment otherwise it would totally suck having to go there early in the morning, get the guy to come home and take the meter reading and go back to make the payment – every month!

Explosion in Ahmadi, Kuwait

I just got a call from my folks in Karachi asking if everything was alright and that a local news channel (Geo News) mentioned that there was an explosion in a mosque here with 5 people stuck inside the rubble and some injured.

Turns out its a Huseiniya in Ahmadi and caused by a gas cylinder exploding. More details are not yet available but you can check the below links to catch up on what people are saying.

Geo News KUWAIT: An explosion shook a mosque in southern Kuwait, hurting an unspecified number of people, Kuwait’s private Al Rai television said on Sunday.

It said five people were reported to be trapped under the rubble in the building in the town of Ahmadi.

[Geo Link]

[248am Link]

Update: Some pictures of the scene can be found here.

Viva, Wataniya and Zain – Free Incoming Calls!

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Pick up that land-line phone and call me.

Finally, with the arrival of the 3rd Telecom Operator in Kuwait (Viva), the consumers are finally getting the benefit. All three operators have announced free incoming calls today (technically, Viva is yet to announce it). To my knowledge, this covers both international and local incoming calls. That’s pretty big news and people have been waiting for this for a long, long time.

I guess we owe it to Viva to revitalize the competition in this market. Happy call-receiving everybody!

Now I wonder if they are going to put a charge on outgoing local calls in Kuwait other than the yearly fixed amout of K.D.30. If not, then this is very surprising news indeed.

Sources for this news

Wataniya – I received the SMS myself.

Zain – Its all over the media.

Viva – Its not announced yet but this is the insider news so far and it makes sense too.

Nokia Unveils the N97

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So its the Nokia N97! I must say it looks pretty impressive. It also looks roughly about the size of the iPhone going by this image, albeit a little taller and narrower. That takes care of my concerns about it looking like a pencil box.Though with a full keyboard hidden underneath the screen, I’m guessing it won’t be that thin.

Primary features:

  • A 3.5″ resistive touch-screen
  • A-GPS
  • 5 MP camera
  • HSDPA
  • Wifi
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 32GB onbard memory expandable to 48GB. Now that’s a lot!
  • A QWERTY keyboard

This is looking suspiciously close to my dream cell phone.

They say it will go for around $693 (excluding subsidies and taxes) and is expected to be out by H1 of 2009. Certainly not cheap, but then again; it is their flagship model as of today.

Check out the Nokia link below for the details available so far.

[Nokia link]

Nokia Countdown

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Roughly another hour to go before Nokia lets the cat out of the bag. I’m curious to see what they’ve got up their sleeves that’s getting the whole mystery treatment. They certainly have my attention, I just hope its not another iteration of their pencil-box look-alike series (aka the Communicator).

[Nokia link]

Apple Black Friday sale – Tomorrow!

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The subject says it all. I’ve got my eyes on the new iPod Touch 2G and hope Apple gives a great discount so I can pick one up.

Detailed below is the respective price comparison of Apple vs Amazon prices on the new iPod Touch 2G:

8GB: $229 vs $210

16GB: $299 vs $270

32GB: $399 vs $360

Apple [Link]

Amazon [Link]

Update: Its not looking very encouraging with the discounts they have put up on their Australian site.


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