Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Shop and Ship Extra - A new Amazon website !

I have just received an email from Aramex SnS introducing the new Shop and Ship Extra ! I was surprised to know that Shop and Ship Extra is a new website, more like a service, for us "the mailbox users" where it gives us access to 1,000's of products sourced internationally, under one site. This is more like Amazon, except that I am not sure whether their prices are reasonable or not ! Who knows, this website might be a big hit in the Middle East ! I haven't gone through the website yet, but I can see that it has unusual and unexpected products on sale "like how we expect everything to be on Amazon, even the tissue box !" - Well I have a thing for the tissue boxes so don't judge me :-p

However, this website, and as they say can instantly allow you to find and compare different kinds of products under many categories, such as apparel, electronics, entertainment, fashion & accessories, furniture, sporting goods, auto parts and more. And the main idea behind this website is to connect site visitors to merchants of all types, such as Overstock, Amazon, PC World and Play.com to smaller and local suppliers located in the UK and the US (but not yet in China).

For more details, please visit their website here
Let's hope that this service will convince Aramex to cut down their prices and have more reasonable ones >.>

ilulzBlog on Twitter

Hello everybody

Hope you are all doing well :)
This is to let you know that I am  changing the username of my blog on twitter from ilulz_ to ilulzBlog "I guess it makes more sense this way :-p" 

Enjoy your day !

Zain 4G available for Apple users [iOS 6.1]

January 28, 2013 Apple updated iOS to version 6.1, adding LTE capabilities to 36 additional iPhone carries and 23 additional iPad carries around the world. Meaning Apple users can now enjoy surfing the internet with ultra fast wireless performance, download and share probably 100 times faster than before.

After all, Apple has finally released the first major update of iOS 6 since it was first launched in September 2012. This new update brings more carrier support for 4G LTE service and includes a new feature that allows Siri to buy your movie tickets using Fandango (available in USA only.) It also brings back the option for iTunes Match subscribers to download individual songs from iCloud. On the other side, this update also adds an option to reset Apple's advertising identifier, the "non-permanent, non-personal, device identifier."

This update is available for the below devices "new features might not be available for all devices":
  • iPhone 5.
  • iPhone 4S.
  • iPhone 4.
  • iPhone 3GS.
  • iPad (third & fourth generation).
  • iPad mini.
  • iPad 2.
  • iPod Touch (fourth and fifth generation).

Apple Press Info article
Complete list of supported carriers here

Sunday, January 27, 2013

[UPDATE]: Al Qabas Newspaper Photography Competition

January 20, 2013 Al Qabas Newspaper published the below Ad for "The Best Photo of Kuwait in 2012"

Al Qabas Newspaper in coordination with the Ministry of Information (Media) is holding a competition for the best snapshot taken in 2012 of different aspects of life in Kuwait.
The purpose of this competition is to encourage the talented youth to practice their hobby and motivate them to continue mastering their talent, through publishing their works.

The supervisor of this competitive Mr. Hussain Abdulrahman said: "The committee will be having three judges who will be responsible for evaluating the photos, Dr. Ahmed Dashti - from Kuwait University, Mr. Abdullatif Buknan - Director of Photography Division in Ministry of Information (Media) and Mr. Khalil Albourini - Head of Photography Department in Al Qabas Newspaper."

Participation Conditions:

1. Photo should have been taken in 2012.
2. Each participant is eligible to submit three different photos.
3. The photo should be original and NOT edited by Photoshop or any other software.
4. Photo to be submitted on a flash drive (USB) and printed on an A4 white paper.
5. The participant must write his/her name and mobile number on the flash drive (USB).
6. This competition is open to all,  staff of this newspaper, magazines staff, students, Kuwait citizens and residents.
7. Top 10 winners will get cash prices.
8. Participants must submit their works in Al Qabas reception area - Al Shuwaikh.
9. Last date of submitting the photos will be February 15, 2013. Winner's photos will be published in Al Qabas Newspaper.

For more details contact mobile number 99041556.

Source is Al Qabas Newspaper website

UPDATE: January 29, 2013

Al Qabas Newspaper is pleased to announce that they are planning to extend the photography competition till February, 2013. Meaning this competition will be about the year 2012, January and February 2013. They want to include January and February of the current year as of what Kuwait have witnessed different weather conditions.
The last date of submitting the photos will be March 15, 2013.

Source is Al Qabas Newspaper website

Monday, January 14, 2013

End of an Era: Microsoft kills off Windows Messenger

We are all familiar with this name "Windows Live Messenger" also known as "MSN Messenger" which have began life in 1999 and had more than 100 million users in 2010. We all have had experienced it & shared so many memories with it. But now, and in this year, we will mark the end of MSN Messenger once and for all. Frankly speaking, I am not using MSN anymore, but it does make me feel sad to know that it is going to be terminated ! I mean before Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Whatsapp what we were all using ? MSN, mIRC, AIM, and ICQ. Who does remember all of these amazing social medias.

Now that we are still in the beginning of the new year & we don't know what will be there waiting for us; but we do know one thing now ! 2013 will mark the end of an era for social media fans, "The End of MSN Messenger". To be honest, it is very popular but kind of dead now a days !

Confirming earlier reports, Skype officially announced on November 6, 2012 on their official blog that "Skype & Messenger are coming together !" But how ? Simply, Skype users will be able to reach their messenger friends on Skype, and can easily send instant messages, make video calls or voice  calls with their contacts. This new change was implemented after releasing the last update of Skype V. 6 .0 for MAC & Windows; where there is an option to sign in with your Microsoft account, and your messenger contact will be there.

However, after Microsoft planned in November to close the MSN Service, they have emailed most of the Messenger users on the first week of January to confirm that MSN Messenger would be switched off on March 15, 2013, from when Messenger logins will no longer work. And that their current Windows Live ID's will be unaffected ! As announced earlier, Skype stated that: "We will retire Messenger in all countries worldwide in the first quarter of 2013 (with the exception of mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available)."

Once MSN Messenger users update to Skype, they will get some of the below great features:
  • Broader device support for all platforms, including iPad amd Android tablets.
  • Instant messaging, video calling, and calling landlines and mobiles all in one place.
  • Sharing screens.
  • Video calling on mobile phones.
  • Video calling with Facebook friends.
  • Group video calling.

After all, we can only remember this social media tool and keep it on mind ! I have had so much fun using MSN Messenger and have so many great memories as well !