Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Middle East Indie Jukebox Oct 22

Paul Kelly and Alia'a join me from and we play some of the coolest indie music there is in the Middle East.

The lineup.

Rachid Taha - Rock el casbah

Sandmoon - THINGS

White Cube Shoutout - Esther Eden- gonna be alright

song - Zaed Naes -

Zaed Naes - 3onsor Falat

Zaed Naes - Fogel Ghaim

Sandmoon - THINGS

Balcony Safety Call In October 22

Lara joins me to talk balcony safety in the UAE.

Maybe it is time to ban the building of any balcony in a high rise!

Too many deaths by people falling off balconies, while we are at it lets bolt windows shut!

Here is the podcast of the show.

Here are the basic notes for the show.

Who is responsible for high rise safety?
Is it a tenants responsibility to ensure safety?

Is it the buildings responsibility?

Does the municipality need better building codes?

GetFitRadio October 21

Zelda joins me to talk fitness and we spend a lot of time talking middle aged folks this week!

And the talking notes for the show!

Zelda Higgins
Recreation Coordinator at Zayed University

  1. what is new in the gym, I hear ZUMBA is being asked for!
  2. how to use an exercise bike properly
  3. 3 days rest does the trick
  4. lack of sleep makes you fat?
  5. The must do stretches

5a-the medicine ball is back, did it leave?

  1. Sleep
One thing I learned yesterday at Dr. Sandy Lee’s office that I want to share with you is the link between cortisol (the steroid hormone produced by your adrenal glands) and belly fat. Cortisol is your “fight or flight” response that can get you ready to fight against danger or run for your life! We’re not living in caveman times anymore where we would have to run away from saber-toothed tigers and fight other hunters, but our cortisol levels can still increase in response to chronic, everyday stress. When cortisol levels stay really high for really long, it actually can increase your belly fat too a.k.a. visceral fat.

  1. Pilates in the morning?
That’s Andrea Speir right there, doing Pilates in the morning, of course!
We all know the feeling that washes over you as the repetitive sound of the alarm clock echoes through the bedroom. How can it possibly be morning already?! As a self proclaimed “NOTmorning person,” I will be the first to admit I am envious of those who bound out of bed ready to start the day. Once I am up, I’ve found the first thing I want to do is stretch my arms up and lengthen out my whole body in a big monster of a stretch. It’s almost as if my muscles are so relaxed they are begging me to move them.
For these reasons (in addition to being a Pilates-a-holic), I began to schedule my Pilates practice as a morning workout. I felt so incredible starting my day this way, it soon became routine. There are many added benefits to scheduling this workout before you grab your keys and hit the accelerator on your day.
Here are a couple reasons why you should schedule your mat class for the a.m. …

3 Reasons Why You Should Do Pilates in the Morning

1. It’ll perk you up. One of the most obvious reasons is related to your mood. After a Pilates workout, you feel refreshed, energetic and alive. Pilates moves the body in a style that combines elongation and stretching with deep muscular work. It allows all the deep intricate muscles to work, as well as the larger ones while getting a light sweat going. The workout will not leave you exhausted and feeling “worked.” Instead, it invigorates the body and leaves you feeling refreshed and awake because it moves your muscles from a place of elongation, not compression and not to a place of burnout and fatigue. After a Pilates session you won’t feel done in, but instead ready to rock your day.
2. It’ll set the tone for the rest of your day. When you schedule your day by committing to this style of workout, you are setting your intention for the day. We can all agree that when not busy, we get less done. All the little menial errands on the to-do list get ignored. When we are busy though, we get all the little errands done because we are in go-mode. By beginning your day with a Pilates workout on a mat in your house, you are allowing yourself to work out in a place that doesn’t take driving to so there is a less likely chance to flake. You get up, do it before you can change your mind, and then your workout is in for the day. You feel great, you’re always glad you did it, and the rest of the day follows the path of efficiency and more gets done. You are setting your day up to be one filled with a “go get ‘em” attitude.
3. You jumpstart your metabolism. When discussing this with my clients, I often use the analogy of a burning campfire to explain the metabolism and blood sugar levels. If you go for too long without eating or skip meals in an effort to lose weight, you are actually your own worst enemy. You must fuel the fire, or your metabolism, by feeding it continually so the flame doesn’t burn out. Once the flame is out, it will take much longer to rev it back up. Subsequently, any food you put in after it’s been too long between meals will sit in your system and not get burned at a quick rate. Keep that fire burning by eating healthy meals consistently throughout the day. So how does this tie into Pilates in the morning? Well, in the morning, that fire is low because you haven’t eaten in around 10 to 12 hours. By beginning your day with a Pilates workout, you begin moving the body in a style that oxygenates the muscles by lengthening them while pumping blood through them. This immediately turns on and kicks up your metabolism. Consequently, your breakfast will not be consumed at a slow metabolic rate, because after this style of workout your body is already fired up. Everything you put in your body for the day will be burned at a faster, healthier and more efficient rate.
By doing Pilates first thing in the morning, you are allowing your body to burn fat — not burn the food you have put in it during the day. Once the day starts, you get hungry and begin to eat your meals. This diverts blood to your digestive tract and away from your muscles.

Parking Call-in October 21

It was question time on Nightline and we asked how people are managing the issue of parking across the nation, it is getting much harder to find spaces in congested areas.

Here is the podcast.

And here are some of the resources we used.

Parking in Dubai, How is it going?

Media City?
Mena Bazzare 20 dhs hour in the lot!
Bur Dubai

Dubai has 111,026 paid parking slots and the number is likely to increase by 10,000. A total of 3,916 parking meters control the 103 paid parking areas in Dubai, which are divided into 69 ‘A’ zones, 32 ‘B’ zones, an ‘E’ zone and an ‘F’ zone that covers areas in Tecom.
The situation gets all the more sticky in densely populated residential and commercial areas such as Al Karama, Meena Bazaar, Bank Street, Al Fahidi and Al Mankhool. Those who operate private parking spaces have been taking advantage of the parking shortage by raising their fees from Dh5 to Dh20 an hour.
However, residents and shopkeepers who spoke to Gulf News said they did not mind paying these private car park owners as it saved them wasting time trying to find a municipality paid parking space. If one is able to manoeuvre and find yourself a side street parking in the narrow streets of Meena Bazaar you are considered an efficient driver.

TechTalk Oct 20

Andrew Thomas of is in fine form as we get into the wild world of tech.

This week we put a Sony Z3 and Samsung Note4 up against each other and we realise that it is apples and oranges, they are very different machines.

Weather proof is a big seller!

Here is the podcast.

And the show notes and links!

Sony Z3
-the Sony (2495) has a very nice operating system interface.
-weather resistance is a plus
-feels sturdy

The Samsung (2799), by the stats has the faster processor
-more plastic feel, lighter
-5.7 vs 5.2 inch display
-I love samsung products but like the Sony interface better, camera, tools

Love the 5.7 inch screen but the 5.2 worked well and it is so clear!

-Samsung 32GB internal out of the box!
Sony 16 or 32

IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.2 inches (~424 ppi pixel density)

Yes, up to 10 fingers

Shatter proof glass

- Triluminos display
- X-Reality Engine

Vibration; MP3 ringtones

Yes, with stereo speakers


microSD, up to 128 GB

16/32 GB, 3 GB RAM

Up to 107 kbps

Up to 296 kbps

HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

v4.0, A2DP


microUSB v2.0 (MHL 3), USB On-the-go, USB Host

20.7 MP, 5248 х 3936 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality

1/2.3'' sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama

2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps, HDR,check quality

2.2 MP, 1080p@30fps

Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat)

Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801

Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400

Adreno 330

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email


FM radio with RDS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Black, White, Copper, Silver Green

- ANT+ support
- TV-out (via MHL 3 A/V link)
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- Xvid/MP4/H.263/H.264 player
- MP3/eAAC+/WAV/Flac player
- Document viewer
- Photo viewer/editor
- Voice memo/dial
- Predictive text input

Non-removable Li-Ion 3100 mAh battery

Up to 890 h (2G) / Up to 740 h (3G)

Up to 14 h (2G) / Up to 16 h (3G)

Up to 130 h


Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

1440 x 2560 pixels, 5.7 inches (~515 ppi pixel density)


Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones



microSD, up to 128 GB

32 GB, 3 GB RAM



HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL (N910C)
HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA; LTE, Cat6, 50 Mbps UL, 300 Mbps DL (N910S)

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot

v4.1, A2DP, EDR, LE



microUSB v2.0 (MHL 3), USB Host, USB On-the-go

16 MP, 5312 x 2988 pixels, optical image stabilization, autofocus, LED flash, check quality

Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR

2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, optical stabilization, dual-video rec., check quality

3.7 MP, 1440p

Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat)

Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 (SM-N910S)
Exynos 5433 (SM-N910C)

Quad-core 2.7 GHz Krait 450 (SM-N910S)
Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A57 (SM-N910C)

Adreno 420 (SM-N910S)
Mali-T760 (SM-N910C)

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, gesture, UV, heart rate, SpO2

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM



Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Frosted white, Charcoal black, Bronze Gold, Blossom Pink

- ANT+ support
- S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
- Air gestures
- Dropbox (50 GB cloud storage)
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
- MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
- Photo/video editor
- Document editor
- Voice memo/dial/commands

Li-Ion 3220 mAh battery

(2G) / Up to 20 h (3G)

Up to 82 h


first ads for snapchat

not an app but a good reading of the crazy ipad photographer!

iPad photos are now a bit more sharable!
If Apple's new photo-friendly tablets aren't satisfying enough, iPad photographers just got another tool to up their game.
Photo-sharing platform Flickr rolled out an update Saturday, adding a long overdue iPad application that is iOS 8 and iPad Air 2 ready.


to replace coin

Good Apple News
Below, you can find ReadWrite's complete coverage of the event. You can also read our Twitter feed, @RWW, for our in-the-moment coverage. Here's what we've posted so far:

Credit Card with a fingerprint scanner?
MasterCard MA +0.99% partnered with Zwipe to create the world’s first credit card that combines biometric authentication and contactless payment technology. Financial institution Sparebanken DIN of Norway conducted a live pilot of the Zwipe MasterCard over the last few months.
For security purposes, the fingerprints of the user are stored in the Zwipe MasterCard instead of an external database. The biometric authentication technology built into the Zwipe MasterCard replaces the traditional PIN entry, which means that cardholders can make payments of any amount rather than a prepaid amount. Setting up your fingerprint on the card requires an initial scan as part of the setup. Your fingerprint is used to authenticate each transaction at a payment terminal. The near field communication (NFC) support integrated in the Zwipe MasterCard lets you wave it at compatible terminals instead of having to swipe it.


BBM Dead or up for reinvention?
After a very brief stint at number one in the app store, Blackberry's much-vaunted BBM messaging service — previously hailed as the saviour of the entire company — is now languishing in 462nd place on the App Store. But never fear! Because Blackberry is going to turn its fortunes around, by Snapchattifying its messaging service.
In the new beta version of BBM, Blackberry has announced 'ultra-private' features, which will ensure that "what you share is yours to control – even once it's left your phone." Unless, of course, your friends have heard of screenshots, in which case you're screwed.

Some Netflix Data! Are we watching online if we can and will we pay via a subscription?

  • If you subscribe to a video service, you're more likely to time-shift. Time-shifted viewing is the bane of network programmers' existence since it usually cuts out commercials (in 2007, the cable industry tried to strangle the nascent technology altogether and failed). But the comScore report notes you're much more likely—45 percent of respondents with Netflix and 27 percent of non-Netflixing respondents—to watch your favorite show when you feel like it instead of when it's on TV. You're also more likely to binge-watch, but viewers overwhelmingly prefer to binge on their TV screens than on tablets or smartphones.
  • Of those surveyed, 32 percent subscribed to Netflix. Among millennials, it was closer to 50 percent. Nineteen percent had Hulu, and 9 percent had Amazon Prime.
  • Forty-four percent of Netflix users watch through a bridge device like Chromecast. The rest used computers (27 percent) and gaming consoles/connected Blu-ray players (21 percent). Presumably the remaining few used smartphones or tablets.
  • If you have kids, you're more likely to have a Netflix subscription. Netflix reached 25 percent of households with one to two people, and 40 percent of households with more than three.
HBO Going online!

HBO to launch web-only offering

Sometime in 2015, HBO is geared to launch an online-only pay TV service, a digital offering that won't require a television subscription.The move is likely to be interpreted as a direct response to the rise of Netflix, which has continued to launch in new territories around the world, contributing to its total user base of over 50 million subscribers.
CEO and editor of Business Insider Henry Blodget doesn't necessarily think that will be the case, however, saying in a later tweet that the two can peacefully co-exist because they have different content and can flourish at the expense of cable.
It is hard, though, to see how the two services couldn't be considered competitors. Both are OTT services offering a mix of syndicated and original content, and since multiple-channels of distribution typically aren't as readily accepted online (see the great Spotify vs. iTunes debate) as they were on traditional television, it is likely consumers will see this as an either/or decision as well.

Just odd at Apple!

At least two companies in the tech sector, Apple and Facebook, are adding egg freezing to the list of benefits offered to employees. The egg freezing perk is estimated to be worth about $20,000 (Facebook also offers a surrogacy benefit). In some cases, the benefits are also extended to spouses.
Is it worth it? Companies say they’re just giving female employees what they want but it’s not unlikely that there’s a more selfish reason: keeping female employees at their jobs a little longer. Statistically, women are more likely to get pregnant at a younger age. As women get older, it can become more difficult for them to get pregnant and potentially, more likely to encounter chromosomal abnormalities. Delaying having children until you’re older – but using younger eggs – may make the choice of when to have children easier.
No matter what the reason for the benefit, offering a perk to employees generally comes with a cost. Not only is there an out of pocket cost to the employer, there may be a tax consequence to the employee as well.

Ebooks are the way !

Over the next five years, the fate of the e-book is set to vary significantly by country. In Germany, for example, it will remain a niche player for the foreseeable future, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers study published by the Economist. Today in the United States, the e-book industry is worth about $5.7 billion while print is worth approximately $10 billion. By 2018, print and e-books will be worth $7.9 and $8.7 billion respectively.

Cool twitter or not?

Twitter launched a new feature for viewing and listening to audio cards directly inside your Twitter stream Thursday.
Product Manager Richard Slatter wrote that the new feature will be called Twitter Audio Cards, and will allow you to listen to music or audio while you continue to browse Twitter.
“With a single tap, the Twitter Audio Card lets you discover and listen to audio directly in your timeline on both iOS and Android devices,” he wrote on the blog.
Slatter said that while many audio partners will follow, the first company to come to Twitter Audio Cards is Soundcloud, the company Twitter onceconsidered buying. While the catalog obviously includes musicians—like Steve Aoki and deadmau5—users will also be able to listen to audio from @NASA,@WhiteHouse, @ThisAmerLife and more.


Just odd but in the world of fonts this is cool.
England insists that the much-maligned font is simply misunderstood. “It’s a mark of sincerity from those who do not have graphic design experience," he says in the video, above. "I’m not particularly enamored with this font, but I don’t think it deserves the flack it gets.”

Things we need to know about Super Mario2

1. If Harvard Business School accepted one different applicant in 1983, Nintendo’s fortunes may be dramatically different today.

Gail Tilden worked at Nintendo of America for over two decades. She helped launch Nintendo Power, the first game magazine of its kind in the west (helped along by a clay-sculpted cover for Super Mario Bros. 2). She was instrumental in taking Pokemon out of Japan and selling it to the rest of the world. Her final task was spearheading the marketing campaign for the Wii. She left the company in 2007, Nintendo at the peak of its innovation and success.
In an interview, she told me that she almost left the company after months. Her husband was awaiting a response to his application to Harvard Business School; she took the job with Nintendo but told her Redmond, Washington-based employer she would have to quit if her husband began school in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Lucky for her, and the House of Mario, Harvard said no.