Saturday, December 31, 2016

We Are All Aleppo Call-in December 21, 2016

Every week we ask you to join the show with the call-in program.

This week we asked what you would say to the people of Aleppo if you had the opportunity.

This was a very powerful show full of emotion.

December 21

What do we say to people in Aleppo or who have just gotten out?

The Dubai Indie Jukebox December 21, 2016

There is a lot of great music coming out of Dubai and every week Joshua Williams from RecordProRecords joins the show and we shine a spotlight on local talent!

This week is a great show.

Monteath, Jonas Desai and Reiner Erlings is in for a conversation also!

TechTalk December 20, 2016

Everyone is wondering about this and that in the world of tech and Nightline has the longest running tech program in the Middle East and the podcast!

The notes!

Dec 20
Have you got a sevenhugs remote on order?
(jatin answer: actually i do, ordered it already!)
Facebook and the metric mess!
2. Android and IoT is going to get easier.
3. Facebook ads filters to photos! Like Snap(not on my app yet)
4. WordPress allows VR  and 360 publishing!
5. Coke bottle cap allows 30 second audio recording
6. Foot locker launches audio tours of its shoes in store with the people who created them talking! Like a museum tour sort of but phone enabled!
7. Experia EarUAE can now pre-order Xperia TM Ear; Sony’sintelligent personal assistantXperia Ear is available to pre-order exclusively from theTechmall online store for a special price of AED 799All pre-orders receive a unique AED 100 voucher,redeemable against purchase of Sony Mobile accessories
Dubai, 19 th December 2016: Sony Mobile Communications today announced that Xperia Ear is available to pre-order for consumers, exclusively at Techmall online. Xperia Ear is a smart product from Sony Mobile, an in-ear personal assistant to help communicate and get thingsdone via conversational voice interaction and simple head gestures.
It’s designed to bring a new way of communicating, without compromising on enjoying the world around you. It provides useful information such as your schedule, weather and the latest news to keep you up-to- date on the go. Powered by Sony Agent Technology; an adaptive platform, Xperia Earresponds to verbal commands, so you can ask it to make a call, perform an internet search, dictate a message or navigate to a certain location.
Xperia Ear reads out incoming texts, WhatsApp or Facebook messages and allows you to initiate a response with a simple nod and then reply instantly with your voice. Xperia Ear has a full-day of battery life and, most importantly, doesn't feel uncomfortable when it's placed in your ear.
Jason Smith, Vice President, Middle East & Africa at Sony Mobile Communications, said: “Xperia Ear enables you to be aware of and in touch with the world around you. It gives you a liberating feeling of not being tied to a smartphone. You can travel and work as it assists you inseveral tasks on the go. Besides calls and messaging, it schedules and manages appointments, provides navigation to reach meetings and searches for information. Xperia Ear enables you to fully immerse in your world, it gives you the freedom to look up from your smartphone.”
Priced at AED 799, the Xperia Ear will be available to pre-order from 1 st
January 2017 for a period of two weeks. In addition, all pre-orders will
receive a voucher for AED 100 for any Sony Mobile accessories purchased
at Techmall online.
From 15 th January 2017, Xperia Ear will be available in-store, at Sony
Boutique (Dubai Mall), Sharaf DG (Times Square), Jumbo Electronics (Mall
of the Emirates) and at Dubai Duty Free.
To pre-order Xperia Ear and see the specifications, please visit
8. The real future of tv is streaming!
9. Google maps notes if a site is wheelchair accessible!

10. Motorola blog is a blogspot site and they had a hackathon for phone mods!
11. Who isn’t FB hitting at, SNAP and now Skype!
12. Google Home (Andrew likes it) getting more connections in the US!
13. Samsung 9 laptop!
14. Samsung may  use arch rivals batteries LG in phones rumour is apple thinking about its customers?

CarClinic December 20, 2016

Everyone needs to keep the old car running and Glenn Power is on the show to answer your car repair questions!

If you want to contact Glenn this is how.

P.O BOX 666 Dubai, U.A.E
T: +971 4 3412344 | F: +971 4 3412734
Tel: +971 56 926 9393
E-mail :

Here are the questions we had in the show notes.

Q. from a mechanics perspective how often should I change the oil in my car?

Q. I am told that repairs can be an issue with Chinese cars  any thoughts is that a myth?

Q-repair wise which car would you recommend because you see it the least in the garage?

Q. do cars still use fuses like in the 80s? I don’t see a place for them are they now hidden?

Q. Alignment of the tires, yearly?

Q. brake pedel feels like it is vibrating when I brake hard is that a brake issue or something more?

Q. Car really chigs when I 1st start it in the morning, fuel issue? Spark plugs? What could it be?

Q. Jump started the car today and it immediately died when we took the jumper cables off, ideas?

Q. signal lights only work if steering wheel is straight think this is an easy fix?

Q. when I turn off my car the engine does not die immediately it chugs on and then dies, what am I looking at do you think?

CarTalk December 19, 2016

Here it is the last CarTalk show of 2016, which means 2017 is on the way and that can only mean bigger and better from

Here are the show notes and links.

December 19

-What are you driving?
The Figo is delightful!
-simple, understated, delivers, value
-1.2 litre engine is surprisingly good on the highway
-not the car you want to speed off the lights, but when you are at 3000rpm it has capability
-instrument panel is thoughtful
Bluetooth, CD player, thoughtful controls.
-no cameras, who needs them
-the wipers, signals slightly different steering column function but easy to use and figure out.
Good back seat room
-6 speed
-power assist steering
-6 airbags
-power locks

I will own one!

-Compare Tiguan and CRV and RAV4

-Compare Mazda 2 and Tiida

-Do we get the polo here?

-BMW and HoloActive touch debut at CES!

Camero ZL1 WOW

Sante Fe did ok in the desert!
You've seen Range Rovers in the desert, but have you seen...a Hyundai Sante Fe?!

Here's a short clip of one of our runs with the official Ferrari driver up Jebel Jais in the new Ferrari GTC4 Lusso. Apologies for the shaky footage, as it was shot from a good old phone. Great road, perfect weather, excellent chassis and engine. Four wheel steering will take a bit of getting used to though.

GetFitRadio December 19, 2016

Phil joins the program from Innerfight Gym,, and we are talking fitness.

What is great about this program is we actually go to the gym and talk fitness.

Coming up to the holidays there are a lot of questions to be answered and many people getting ready for the January push.

We had a wonderful collection of questions this week and we are including a few of the links to content we were reading.

DubaiFitness championships

-lessons learned?
-what do you bring back to your coaching from the competition?

8 weeks of crossfit open workouts! It is that time!

  1. Gifts for fitness person?
  2. How to keep on track?
  3. Q. this is going to sound silly but do I need to do any additional prep for a winter workout in the UK? Thinking to avoid injury
  4. Q I want to get into weight lifting any suggestions on where to start ? What is the starting point and who do I go to it seems pretty specialized?
  5. Recommend any fitness holiday reading?
  6. Q. does muscle memory work against me as I try to change my movement?
  7. Q. how do I tell my coach I don’t like their music selection during a workout?
  8. Q. how do I train the abs, yes I am thinking of summer and the shirtless car washing!

Just good reminders to combat stress!

6 New Year’s intentions that stick!

6 Reasons you are not hitting your goals

  1. Q? Best bodyweight exercises I can do at home?
  2. Q? What are your tips for training for the Dubai Standard Chartered Marathon?
  3. Q? Are nuts healthy?
  4. Q? Should I talk about the meds I am on with my fitness coach?
  5. Q? Can’t seem to get rid of stubborn belly fat suggestions?
  6. Q? I read traditional situps are bad for me, thoughts?

Saturday, December 17, 2016

The ME Indie Jukebox December 14, 2016

Music is the lifeblood of a community and there is plenty of it to go around in Dubai, yet we hear so little of it on the radio.

Nightline and Joshua Williams of RecordProRecords are bringing you some great local Dubai artists and some wonderful conversation.

This week!

Elvis and Ben Coutts into the studio and we are playing Adam Baluch, 13 Daze, Fidgit, MuhaisnahFour, Fat Randal.

Holiday Stress Callin December 14, 2016

Do the holiday's stress you out?

We asked the question and it was pretty quiet!

Maybe people are too stressed or as the last caller suggested maybe Syria is on our minds?

Some notes.

Does the holiday season stress you out?
New years, parties, gifts, plans, family , money…
How do you make the festive season work?

Click here for the podcast!

TechTalk December 13, 2016

Technology is all around us and it seems everyone I know has an opinion about which tech is good or bad.

But there is only one Digigeekster and he joins Nightline to talk about what is hot and what is not.

Here are the notes!

FB Events App on Android! Was asked why I didn’t create a FB Event for CreativeMornings!
Facebook’s standalone Events app that launched in October on iOS is launching on Android today. The app will go live on Google Play soon. The Facebook Events app helps you browse nearby happenings, see the dates of your upcoming Facebook Events as well as imported calendars and aggregates wall posts and alerts from Events to declutter your main app’s notifications.

  1. Amazon Echo and Google Home how are the mics for pickup and the speakers for hearing? This was an email question.

What is SnapChat up to?
Last week, Snapchat's Discover section—already chock-full of content channels from the NFL, MTV, Food Network and others—added Bleacher Report to the U.S. version of its app, while striking a larger deal with the sports publisher's parent, Turner Broadcasting. The two partners will collaborate on original-scripted and reality-based video programming from Turner properties such as TBS, Adult Swim and truTV. What's more, Snapchat this week will reveal that Discover is also adding MitĂș, a popular English-language content platform focused on Hispanic-American youth culture.
"You will see videos [on Discover] that are freestanding as well as ones that belong to an episodic series," explained Mike Su, chief product officer at MitĂș, which averages 160 million viewers a month. "It is definitely going to be video-heavy."
That should fit in well on Snapchat, which gets 10 billion-plus daily video views and has been transforming into a TV disrupter. During summer, the company inked deals with NBC, ESPN and CNN to create shows for the app. And in late October, parent company Snap Inc. posted a job listing for an in-house development manager of original shows.
"Snapchat is a brilliant, mobile-age Comcast or Time Warner in terms of being an always-on content delivery platform," remarked Scott Symonds, AKQA's managing director of media. "The nonsocial content is very traditional media content."

Indeed, Snapchat's largely Gen Z and millennial users, which total 150 million daily, are not only drawn to Discover content but even more so to their personal channels, where—via wacky filters and other digital overlays—they and their friends are the stars. "Snapchat is everyone's personal reality TV show," said Zach Glass, vp of digital advertising at RED Interactive Agency.
Snap chat groups for 16 peeps

3. Facebook Metric errors! I have issues with metrics and the fact we rely on them so much

4.Apple can do no wrong even when it does wrong.
David Lysgaard of Denmark emerged victorious in a court battle against Apple, but this case has nothing to do with patents and everything to do with how Apple conducts its business when it comes to replacing devices, reports MacRumors.
According to Apple’s warranty and AppleCare policies, any repairs or exchanges might involve devices that are either new or “equivalent to new in performance and reliability,” the latter of which is often defined as refurbished. These refurbished models are likely to contain new and recycled parts, something that Lysgaard and the Danish court that handed down its decision against Apple took issue with.
According to the court, the refurbished iPhone 4 that served as Lysgaard’s replacement handset might have a lower resale value, since it might contain recycled parts. Furthermore, the court saw the replacement phone as going against Lysgaard’s “legitimate expectation” of getting a new iPhone equivalent to his original purchase.

Apple airpods :)

6.The most pirated show ever!

According to data from industry analyst Muso, and published by the Daily Mail on Sunday, pirates illegally downloaded the first episode 7.9 million times, the second episode 6.4 million times and the third 4.6 million times. A lion's share of the downloads (13.7 percent of the total) originated in Britain. Muso figures that Amazon lost £3.2 million on the first episode alone. "It is the most illegally downloaded program ever," Chris Elkins, Muso chief commercial officer, told The Guardian. "It is off the scale in terms of volume. It has overtaken every big show, including Game Of Thrones, for the totals across different platforms."

7.Uber and rogue one!

8. Netflix on google daydream!
Daydream got a long list of new apps and services last week, including HBO Now, but Netflix was listed only as “coming soon.” Now, the Netflix VR app has arrived, as a separate, standalone app that works with Daydream VR headsets, including the Google Daydream View.
The VR version of Netflix for Daydream looks very similar to the one that was previously available for Samsung’s Gear VR, which is not surprising given that it’s probably easy to leverage tech built for that for Google’s own virtual reality platform. Basically, it puts you in a simulated cabin with a big screen TV for your Netflix watching pleasure.
Unfortunately, as of this writing it doesn’t appear to support offline downloads, since the app is separate from the main mobile Netflix app for Android, and you also have to sign in separately. Hopefully this is coming in a future update, since it would be great to strap this thing on during a transatlantic flight and just binge like it’s the end of the world and you’re all alone in your mountain-top chalet.

9. This Nike Ad is great!

10. Dolby Atmos coming to Xbox!
This is cool!

Google’s head of diversity, Nancy Lee, is retiring from Google after several years of leading the company’s global diversity and inclusion team, TechCrunch has learned.
Lee, who originally joined Google’s legal team back in 2006, has been working on diversity at Google for the last few years. She started her diversity efforts as director of people operations in 2010, and became vice president of people operations in 2013.
As head of people operations, Lee has overseen a number of initiatives, like diversity trainings and a Googler in Residence program that places Google employees at historically black colleges and universities. She’s also led the charge to increase diverse representation at the company.
In Google’s latest diversity report, we saw that overall representation of women went from 30 percent female in 2014 to 31 percent female in 2015. But the overall percentage of black and Hispanic people did not increase at all, with overall representation of blacks remaining at 2 percent and Hispanics remaining at 3 percent. In 2015, only 4 percent of Google’s hires were black and 5 percent of its hires were Hispanic.

Google has reportedly shelved its long-standing plan to develop its own autonomous vehicle in favor of pursuing partnerships with existing car makers.
The Information reports that Google’s self-driving car unit — known internally as Chauffeur — is working with establish automotive names to develop cars which will include some self-driving features, but won’t ditch the steering wheel and pedal controls. The firm is already working with Fiat Chrysler, per a partnership announced in May, and that could be the start of others to come.
Google first set out to do away with the steering wheel and pedals approach, but this backtrack is from Alphabet CEO Larry Page and CFO Ruth Porat who found the original approach to be “impractical,” according to the report. That’s despite Google’s autonomous vehicles clocking over two million miles of tests on public roads.
While Google may be taking its pedal off the gas for self-driving vehicles, The Information’s sources suggest it still harbors ambitious plans and is working to introduce an autonomous taxi service before the end of 2017. Google has long been rumored to move into the on-demand car space — it offers carpooling via its Waze business — and this would bring it into direct competition with Uber. Uber began trialling self-driving taxis in Pittsburgh this year, while another, younger company Nutonomy is conducting similar tests in Singaporeand Boston so Google is very much playing catchup here.
The company is hosting a media event around its self-driving car business in California on Tuesday, so we have more details soon.
13. Machine learning and trademarks!A visual search engine for trademarks!
A company’s logo is an important part of its identity, but the process behind defining, registering and protecting these trademarks is a convoluted and rather archaic one. A startup called TrademarkVision aims to simplify it by replacing that laborious and arcane process with what amounts to a machine-learning-powered reverse image search. This isn’t in some lab, either: The EU just switched their whole image trademark system over to it.
Most people probably haven’t had to do many trademark and logo searches. Well, why don’t you take the USPTO’s version for a spin so you know what it’s like? Try to find the Nike “Swoosh” or something.
Oh, back already? Probably because TESS looks and operates like it was built in the late 1990s. You can get the hang of it in time, but for complex or broad operations like, for example, looking for logos like the Swoosh, it’s useless. And if you want to know what’s out there that’s like an image you have but isn’t in the database? Forget about it.
And it isn’t just the website. The whole system of describing and classifying trademarks is clumsy and outdated. Because it was created decades ago, it relies on words, not images, and numerical codes to indicate something like a box or letter inside a circle.
Only robots will understand.
“These words — every system has a different meaning for them. You need to know a coding system for the country you’re in, and you’d have to check one country at a time,” explained founder and CEO Sandra Mau.
“There are the ‘Vienna codes,’ the U.S. uses the ‘design codes,’ Australia uses keywords… this non-uniformity has caused a lot of problems for years,” added Cameron Mitchell, the company’s COO.
That’s where TrademarkVision saw opportunity. Its engineers applied similar machine-learning technology to what the likes of Google and Facebook are using, but with a different purpose.
“All that has been centered around captioning for photos,” Mau said — for example, identifying faces and locations so images can be categorized or indexed efficiently. “We’re the first in the world to caption what’s in a logo.”

14. Anyone using opera browser?
f you always hated having to open a new browser tab just to do your currency conversions, Opera is going to make you a lot happier this holiday season.
The latest update to the company's desktop browser will feature a built-in converter that's easily accessible by simply highlighting an item's price and the browser will display the converted rate above.
Do note, however, that the rates are from the European Central Bank and you may get a different rate from your bank's credit card.
The update to the browser follows other improvements announced earlier this year, including a free built-in VPN service to let users bypass geo restrictions as well as for watching videos in HD quality (1,280 x 720 pixels).