Tuesday, 04 September 2018 06:56

Clean Air in Classrooms Improves Student Performance

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by TR Ganesh, General Manager, Blueair Middle East


After a long summer break, it's time for the kids in the Middle East to head back to school and focus on classes, sports and other after-school activities. It is a time of transition, not only for children but for parents. Besides being anxious about the regular and recurring worrying thoughts such as – does my child have the right uniform? will they need extra help in the classroom? or what am I going to pack for lunch every day?, parents have some deeper concerns around sending their kids back to school, one of which is their child’s health.

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 06:47

3D Printers in The Wild, What Can Go Wrong?

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Blog by Xavier Mertens, a senior handler for the SANS Internet Storm Center (ISC) and Freelance Cyber Security Consultant


Richard wrote a quick diary yesterday about an interesting information that we received from one of our readers. It's about a huge amount of OctoPrint interfaces that are publicly facing the Internet. Octoprint[1] is a web interface for 3D printers that allows to control and monitor all features of the printer. They are thousands of Octoprint instances accessible without any authentication reported by Shodan:

Words by Brooke Boyschau and Sophie Cooke


Looking for a PR agency? If you've started diving into the research phase, you'll know they come in all shapes and sizes, and prices. One important thing to keep front of mind when reaching out to prospective agencies and embarking upon the tender process is that there is no "one size fits all" when it comes to PR. Therefore selecting the best agency to meet your expectations, fit in with your brand culture and effectively deliver the results that will propel your business forward is a process you need to dedicate time and serious thought to.

Thursday, 30 August 2018 08:15

Your ‘cant-go-home-without’ grocery list

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How many times do you find yourself walking through a grocery aisle randomly putting stuff in your trolley, most of which may be unhealthy and unrequired? Grocery shopping is one of those unavoidable chores where you are spoilt for choice and at most times confused with the options available. Therefore not only is it important to prepare a grocery list but also ensure that what goes into it is good for you and your family. But this is not an easy feat.

Thursday, 30 August 2018 07:04

Digitize Documents to Remain VAT Compliant

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By Chris Govier, General Manager, Xerox in the Emirates


With the introduction of the 5 percent value-added tax (VAT) law in the UAE, companies today face the challenge of digitizing and securing their business transaction history. The federal law mandates organizations maintain accounting records – like sales invoices, import and export records, accounting books and purchase invoices – in paper or electronic format for a period of at least five years post each financial year. However, storing transactions’ information in a paper format creates a lot of administrative work, inefficiencies and additional costs.

By April Bourne, LSS Black Belt, Xerox Manager Sales Enablement and Training, Research & Product Development


There’s a big difference between gaining successful entrance to the king’s castle (Authentication) and what you are allowed to do once you are inside (Authorization). Chances are, as a visitor, your actions and movement will be restricted and for good reason. Just because you got through that big iron door does not mean you are allowed to do whatever you please.

By Andrew Morris, Partner in Dubai law firm advises SMEs on avoiding cashflow problems


Cashflow is one of the biggest dangers to businesses – a statement backed by a 2017 US Bank study, which found it the cause of 82 per cent of small businesses failing. Debt collection – arguably the key component of cashflow management - continues to be a challenge for companies operating in the UAE, which ranks as one of the most difficult countries for collecting debt, just behind Saudi Arabia, in a recent poll conducted by international credit insurance company Euler Hermes.

Organizations are coming to realize that merely a user name and password are not enough to secure their cyber existence. A Zero Trust security approach is increasingly gaining acceptance, explains Kamel Heus, Regional Manager - MEA from Centrify


The concept of Zero Trust is as profound in cybersecurity as the sweeping transformation generated by the arrival of cloud, mobility, agility, and availability. Gartner projects that worldwide security spending will reach $96 billion this year, yet we continue to read headlines validating that companies can’t address the threats fast enough, regardless of the growing list of vendors and solutions available. What’s even more surprising is that less than 10 percent of that spend is allocated for identity and access management. Repeated mega breaches in cybersecurity have forced experts and vendors to relook at the basic underlying best practices and assumptions that have been adopted in the past and question their viability.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 05:39

Five tips to beat a creative block

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Words by Medy Navani, Founder and CEO of Design Haus Medy


Whether you are writing content for a pitch presentation or conceptualising the look of a space, thinking creatively is essential in most industries. A poll conducted by IBM found that sixty percent of CEOs stated that creativity was the most important leadership quality to have in order to be successful. However, coming up with innovative solutions is not always easy - many professionals from time to time find themselves facing a creative block, unable to move forward with the task at hand. So what should one do if they find themselves in limbo between wanting to think of a more refined concept but not knowing where to find the inspiration? Medy Navani, CEO and Creative Director of Design Haus Medy, offers his expert advice to beating a creative block.

Friday, 17 August 2018 19:19

Heading Back To School: Are You Ready?

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By Hussein Al Atoli - Station Manager at Pearl FM


It’s time to head back from summer vacation and start preparing for the Back To School season! Like new year resolutions, we all make back to school resolutions and hardly ever follow through – this time, let’s look at some simple tips to make school life fun and give your brain a boost for all the homework that’s going to start pouring in.

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