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Optimus moves to new HQ

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Optimus Technology and Telecommunications, a regional value added distributor (VAD) of IT and telecommunications products, recently relocated its regional headquarters from Jebel Ali Free Zone to its new offices in Hawai Towers on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai. The move to the new location, according to the VAD, will help the company expand and streamline its regional operations and consolidate its fast growing business. The existing JAFZA office will act as Optimus’ regional support and service centre for it channel […]

Toshiba intros new notebook

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As Toshiba celebrates the 25th anniversary of the world’s first mass-market laptop, the Toshiba T1100, the vendor has used this milestone in computing history by announcing three new products. These include the lightest and thinnest, full-function 13-inch laptop, an Android-based mobile internet device, and a limited edition dual-screen Windows device. This announcement marks a significant milestone in Toshiba’s ever-expanding list of product innovation. Since the launch of the world’s first mass-market laptop computer, the Toshiba T1100, April 1985, Toshiba has […]

AOC unveils new monitor array

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AOC, part of Taiwan based TPV Technology Limited has announced the launch of its latest Ultra Slim and fashionable LED Monitor AOC e2240Vw with its unique design and key features it targets business as well as fashion and environmentally cautious customers in the Middle East and Africa region. The monitor incorporates multi-ECO technology along with intelligent energy saving functions such as eSaver and eSensor, which allows the monitor to save nearly 50% on energy consumption as compared to the conventional panels. The monitor comes in wide range of sizes ranging from 18.5inch to 24 inch.

Saudi Xerox upbeat about KSA growth prospects

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Saudi Xerox has reported 20% growth for 2009, this is despite a challenging economic year. The solid growth achieved in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) underscores Xerox as one of the top performing vendors in the Saudi market with further plans to aggressively expand across the Middle East region. Ehab Guindi, GM of Saudi Xerox said, “The strong growth achieved in 2009 reflects our strength in providing proven and advanced printing and document management solutions to the local market […]

Dell appoints UAE country manager

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PC powerhouse Dell has appointed Nazih Moufarrej as regional sales manager for Dell in the UAE. Based in Dubai, Moufarrej will be responsible for growing Dell’s commercial business across the region and will work closely with the channel community to deliver simple, flexible, high-value solutions to large enterprise and public sector customers. In his new role, Moufarrej will continue to build on the established strong relations with Dell’s VARs and customers, supporting the Dell customer experience across the full storage, […]

Yahoo Middle East launches new Yahoo Maktoob brand

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Following the acquisition of Maktoob.com last year, Yahoo! Middle East has today unveiled the new brand ‘Yahoo! Maktoob’. The new brand, which is showcased throughout the website, further emphasizes the Yahoo! brand values, enabling a wider reach across the region and ensuring that Yahoo! Maktoob is at the centre of people’s online lives. The Yahoo! Maktoob main website, the home to news, finance, sports and available in both English and Arabic, further incorporates the Yahoo! look and feel with updated […]

Cisco seals Tandberg acquisition

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Cisco has announced it has completed its voluntary offer for Tandberg, a global provider of video communications solutions. The close of this transaction, and the consequent creation of an extensive combined product portfolio, accelerates Cisco’s vision of changing the way people communicate and collaborate by delivering simple, unique and interoperable collaboration experiences. Under the terms of the tender offer, and following the completion of the compulsory acquisition of shares, Cisco will have purchased all of the outstanding shares of Tandberg […]

Emitac Distribution appoints GM

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The Emitac Group, a regional provider of IT, communication technology and healthcare products, solutions and services, has announced the appointment of Patrick Mulligan as General Manager of Emitac Distribution. Mulligan will be responsible for the management and reporting on all areas of Emitac Distribution’s activities in the region. In his new role, Mulligan will redefine and execute Emitac’s business development strategies, drive sales support and marketing activities and build, maintain and strengthen relationships with vendors and channel partners. “This is […]

Lenovo has new GM

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PC vendor Lenovo, has appointed Ali Al-Amine as the new Regional GM for the Middle East, Egypt and Pakistan (MEEP) region. The appointment, which is effective 1st April, sees Al-Amine who has been Lenovo’s transactional business director since mid-May 2009 and has over 15 years of experience in the technology market assume responsibilities for Lenovo’s operations in 13 countries across the Gulf, North Africa and Levant, as well as Pakistan. “In his previous role, Al-Amine has built a very credible […]

Stargate retains GDS distributorship

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Travel technology service provider Stargate Cyber Active has been reappointed distributor for the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria of Worldspan and Galileo global distribution systems (GDS) from Travelport. Under the multi-year agreement, Stargate retains exclusive rights to distribute Worldspan technology and services to travel agencies in the three countries. It is effective from this month. “Our relationship with Stargate in the UAE and Saudi Arabia dates back more than a decade and continues to move from strength to […]

ZOTAC, Golden Systems seal distribution deal

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ZOTAC International, a global manufacturer of graphics cards, mini-ITX motherboards and mini-PCs, has signed a distribution agreement with Golden Systems Middle East, a components solutions distributor of in the region. In terms of the agreement, Golden Systems will promote and distribute ZOTAC’s award-winning products through its extensive channel and reseller network across the Middle East region. Carsten Berger, Marketing Director, ZOTAC International said the Middle East market is very important for ZOTAC and over the last two years, the company […]

Canon Club’s Morocco launch

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 Diffazur, Canon’s Middle East’s channel partner in Morocco has launched the first Diffazur Canon Club, designed to support Morocco’s rapidly growing IT industry and provide essential customer feedback and market intelligence. The Diffazur Canon Club gathering was characterised by team building activities and hosted a total of 42 tier-two partners that included mass markets, power retailers and IT resellers, who have helped shape Canon’s presence in that country. The Diffazur Canon Club forms the cornerstone of Canon Middle East’s Channel […]