Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The ME Indie Jukebox June 29, 2016

There is a lot of great musical talent in the UAE and I am not just talking about the 4 of us who host the ME Indie Jukebox!

Here we go with another hour of great tunes and this is part 3 of the best of the year so far series.

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This week's playlist.

Adonis - Eza Shi Nhar [Official Video]  أدونيس - إذا شي نهار 4:46
Blu Fiefer - Jukebox 4:36
Da Vinci Park_Brother I've Known 3:12
Massar Egbari_Cherophobia 3:30
Mo Zowayed_Hibiscus 3:07
Sail Into Night_Parade 3:08
Vandalye_8th Reign 3:53

Meet the CarDoctor June 29, 2016

Glenn Power is new to the show and he is our resident mechanic taking your auto repair questions!

German Automotive Engineering
P.O BOX 666 Dubai, U.A.E
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1. water vs coolant in the rad
-lots of people go water but there is prestone or other brands of coolant out there why might we go that direction

2. oil, synthetic, natural which one and when to change the oil

3. tires how do we know when to change them and why should we care?

4. Service intervals a money grab or a good idea

5 Q every time I put my foot an the brake I hear a screeching and then it goes away what is that all about?

6. Another break question, when I put my foot on the brake the car pulls right why might it do that?

7. at 80 KMh the steering wheel vibrates and then goes away any idea what is going on?

8. agency vs private garage?

9. can I do my own oil changes?

10 Karama parking lot repairs what do I need to asking before I commit to a break job?

TechTalk June 28, 2016

There is, it would seem, an endless stream of tech news on a daily basis and Jatin and I see it as our goal to help you make sense of it.

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The show notes and links!

Fun kids app for ipad to turn pics into speaking pics!

-more dropbox features but only from the iphone mobile app so far!

WhatsApp is pushing!
WhatsApp is keen to stand out amongst its rivals as more than just a messaging app. In an effort to promote its additional features, it has announced some impressive figures in regard to its voice-calling function, which was rolled out just over a year ago.
The app states that its users across iOS and Android now make 100 million calls a day. WhatsApp did the math and worked out that totals a whopping 1,100 calls a second.
The numbers are notable, but hardly surprising. After all, the app boasts 1 billion users, making it the biggest chat platform in the world. It only became a comprehensive communications platform by adding VoIP in April of last year, playing catch up with the likes of Skype, and Viber.

Since its acquisition by Facebook for a staggering $22 billion in 2014, WhatsApp has continued to operate independently under the leadership of co-founder and CE Jan Koum.
Despite dominating the overseas market — in particular India, Brazil, and Africa — WhatsApp is still struggling to gain a foothold in the U.S. where it faces stiff competition from apps including Facebook Messenger, and iMessage. America is high on Koum’s global domination agenda. In fact, he wants everyone who owns a smartphone to use WhatsApp.
“We’re nowhere near that,” Koum told USA Today. “But we hope that over a certain period of time we will get that critical mass.”
WhatsApp is no stranger to mass usage. At present, its users send 42 billion messages, 1.6 billion photos, and 250 million videos each day. So how exactly does Koum plan to overcome the U.S. stumbling block? As always, he’s relying on organic growth.
“As long as our user base continues to grow, at some point it will have critical mass, and at some point it will tip and at some point people will just have to use WhatsApp because their friends are using WhatsApp,” states Koum.

Cool Film editing app
Easy-to-use and High-quality

Use Filmora for Mac(Originally Wondershare Video Editor for Mac), the all-in-one powerful, fun and easy tool to create high-quality projects.

Watching stuff at 160 speed!
A chrome app to help!

Social Media at work still a time waster!

Happily for the rest of the world, unlike thought leaders, real human beings know that social media in the workplace is still basically a way to goof off. That’s according to a new survey by Pew Research Center, which polled 2,003 adults last September to find out how they use social media at work.
Overall, 34% of respondents said they use social media to “take a mental break” or goof off, while 27% said they use it to “connect with friends and family” or goof off. By contrast, just 24% said they use it to make professional connections, and 20% said they use it to build or strengthen personal relationships with coworkers.
Connecting with coworkers on social media isn’t necessarily an unalloyed positive: while 14% of respondents said they found information on social media that improved their opinion of a coworker, a slightly larger proportion, 16%, said they found information that lowered their opinion (finding out your cubicle neighbor is a Tila Tequila fan = grounds for mental health leave). Both proportions are higher among younger workers, with 23% of workers ages 18-29 saying they found positive information and 29% negative information.
So what do bosses think about all this? Screw ‘em! 77% of respondents said they use social media without regard to any official workplace policy, which may or may not exist, regarding social media. To the degree that social media policies are in place, they may actually have a chilling effect on social media for “enterprise” purposes: just 16% of employees at workplaces with social media policies say they use it for getting work-related information, compared to 25% at workplaces without social media policies.  
Now back to work, you!

  • Facial recognition in store creepy or cool?
  • Targeted messages in physical stores based on beacons and online data are becoming more prevalent and accurate. Consumers are a little creeped out at the prospect of retailers using technologies like facial recognition to identify them, but they don't mind if retailers link a search on their phone to a coupon or discount.
  • RichRelevance Wednesday released its second annual "Creepy or Cool" survey of U.S. consumers. The 2016 study of more than 1,000 U.S. consumers found shoppers expect to use their mobile phones as part of the store experience, but they are not ready to participate in a real-life Minority Report scenario.
  • Some 67% of American consumers use their mobile phone to shop, and the use skews higher for the younger shopping demographic, ages 18 to 29, with 79% shopping on their mobile phone.
  • Some 73% use their mobile phone to research and review products while they are shopping in the aisles, and 23% use it frequently while shopping. Here again, younger shoppers are more likely to turn to their mobile phones, with 84% using their mobile phone in the store.  
  • Age has become a major factor. Millennials express stronger opinions on both creepy and cool features. Facial recognition technology that identify the individual as a high-value shopper and relays this information to a salesperson is definitely creepy. In fact 67% call this tech creepy, with Millennials skewing higher at 71%.

Youtube and lava devouring food odd but can’t not watch!

Marty the connected couch and yes we need one!
The world of IoT and connected objects in the home continues to heat up with the all-in-one connected couch, Marty.
Created by Havas Group and just showcased at Cannes, Marty is the epitome of merging media devices into a single point of control, as well as collecting all of the associated use data.
Marty is the first prototype to come out of also newly announced Havas 18/35, which is a combination of an innovation and fabrication lab and will house the group’s other innovation initiatives Lab 18, Collab and Innovation Lab.
The goal of Marty is to collect mass amounts of rich data and analyze it in order to help brands better serve consumers in the future, according to Havas.
“Currently, 80% of media interactions take place on a couch,” said Raphael de Andreis, chairman and CEO of Havas Group France. “The couch is the nerve center of media use, a place of individual and family habits involving all kinds of behaviors centered on free time, communication and work. And that makes it a fantastic research lab covering all touchpoints.”
Included, or connected, to the couch are the various devices used to consume media today.
Devices included are Amazon Echo voice control, synchronized virtual reality headsets, Bluetooth peripherals (mouse, keyboard, gamepad), connected lighting and beacons.
It also has a built-in projector, mini-fridge and 3D printer.
For the cutting-edge media experiences, Marty also includes exclusive tactile sensations technology through the form of synchronized massage from startup Aurasens.
In total, Marty includes 15 connected devices and services.
Aggregating all of these connections and controls is a custom-designed app that acts as a media dashboard for the consumer.
The edge for marketers and advertisers, however, is in the data behind the app.
In collecting and analyzing behavioral data, Marty can custom tailor the content served to consumers based on contextual relevance of their behavior, mood and preferences. In doing so, Havas says Marty potentially could help companies achieve more accurate emotion-driven marketing.

4$ smart phone hits india

Google planning to make its own phones!

Emoji love!

The Dango app is named for a Japanese dessert consisting of sweet dumpling balls on a skewer (and yes, there’s an emoji for it). It sits atop other communication apps like Slack, Snapchat, or the built-in texting app on your phone. It suggests emoji that it thinks fit well with what you’re typing or in response to what someone just typed to you. You tap on the suggestion to add to the conversation.
Rather than simply coming up with word associations (such as a chicken emoji if you type “chicken”), Dango uses deep-learning techniques to try to figure out what whole sentences are expressing and then give you suggestions it thinks are related. For instance, if you type “She said yes!” Dango will show you the emoji for a ring and a bride with veil, among others.
Xavier Snelgrove, Whirlscape’s cofounder and chief technology officer, says Dango has been trained by scanning posts on Instagram, Reddit, and Twitter. The app only works on Android phones for now, since Apple doesn’t allow software developers to build such a tool, Snelgrove says; if it were on the iPhone, it would have to be part of a keyboard app. Separately, Whirlscape does sell a keyboard app called Minuumthat includes emoji prediction, but it’s doing simple word association.
Galaxy Note7 coming

Ramadan Sharing Fridges June 28, 2016

This is a great story.

A group of people in the UAE have organically come together and are placing fridges outside their homes, filling them with food and inviting labourers to came and take what they need!

WOW, with the terrorism, bombing and outright hate in the world this is a beam of hope and optimism and it is happening in the UAE!

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Some notes.

Sumaya Sayed
Janine Bensouda

Initiated by Sumaya sayed
An Australian mother of two is the brains behind an incredible new initiative that allows us to give to those less fortunate than us, throughout the month of Ramadan.

Locations on Google Maps
More than 90 fridges!

Ramadan Sharing Fridges!
22 438 members on FB!

The concept of a ‘sharing fridge’ isn’t new to the UAE – it’s part of Emirati tradition to share food and water, particularly over the month of Ramadan, but the power of Facebook has taken the initiative to a whole new level.
The idea is simple – a fridge is set up, the location is shared, people donate food and drink to the fridge, and people who need it most are encouraged to help themselves, free of charge (the fridges have posters on them telling people to help themselves, often in English, Urdu and Hindi).

Sumaya Sayed, the organiser of the initiative.
“It’s a little more challenging in Abu Dhabi as most people live in apartments, but we are expecting at least two to three fridges to be set up in Abu Dhabi by the end of the week,” said Sayed.
The community-based initiative has residents placing fridges in their garages and front lawns, to make food and drink accessible to construction workers, security guards, and gardeners in their area.
hrough word-of-mouth, more residents were encouraged to set up a Ramadan fridge at their homes, while word spread to workers from across the city.
“I am amazed by the amount of attention and the enthusiasm we are getting from people about getting involved. It’s great to see so many people asking about stocking up, dropping off food, and finding fridges,” explained Sayed.
She pointed out that in most areas, fridges are filling up and emptying out very quickly. “We are trying to keep up with the momentum, and are working round the clock to make sure the fridges are stocked,” she added.
Gulf News also talked to Anne Mulcahy, a resident at the Meadows, who was second to follow the initiative along with her neighbour, Alison Vickery.
“My friend offered her spare fridge, and I offered to place it in my empty garage, and together we set up the second Ramadan fridge location in the Meadows,” said Mulcahy.
Neighbours around the area have been supporting the duo, by dropping off food items along with hot dishes.
“We have a stock ready, and keep refilling the fridge regularly throughout the day. The food items include fruits and vegetables, bottles of juice, and lots of water,” said Mulcahy.
Packs of biscuits and other non-perishable food items are also placed in a box by the fridge.
“We also receive homemade dishes close to the time of iftar, for workers who prefer to end their fast with a hot meal,” said Mulcahy.
The Facebook group has also attracted fridge distributors and companies like Food for Life that have donated over 20kg of fruits and vegetables a day to different Ramadan fridges and an additional 2kg every time an order is made on their website.
Day 3 ramadan sharing reflection - thoughts of 11 year old Ayaan Nadeem
‘No one has ever became poor by giving.’ – Anne Frank. When I woke up, our fridge was lacking food however the only thing that was in the astounding fridge was freezing water. At 8 o’clock a hard working worker approached our fridge in the hopes of finding mouth-watering food, unfortunately we needed refills as fast as possible and the needy man left without nothing. All I could do was say sorry you didn’t get enough, and the answer that he gave was priceless. The innocent man said ‘’ No its more than enough.’’ I was astonished by his answer; he was very grateful by such a small thing. I believe there should be more people like him and he is a great role model and more people should have the trait like him.

Meet Chef Jagveer-who has helped us cook hundreds and hundreds of biryani packs every day - I happened to mention that various newspapers/ magazines are writing about the fridges and he very innocently requested if his pic can be featured in anyone of them❤️❤️ I humbly requested Pam Shakil and she confirmed we will try to make his wish come true- small gestures to motivate a hard working person to continue doing good deeds😇🙏🏻🙏🏻

GetFitRadio June 27, 2016

If you are trying to get fit or stay fit or maybe thinking it is time to think about a bit of exercise then this is the right place to be for the next 45 minutes!

This week Carmen Bosmans joins the show from and it is all about fitness, motivation and your questions!

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Cross Fit Regionals thoughts?

What is new in your training?

Thoughts on before and after pictures on Instagram, helpful or…

Advice for staying on track while traveling?

How do I get through a plateau?

What do you think of taking TRX when traveling?

What is the most common question you get from clients?

How often do you reset your goals and reassess those of your clients?

Thoughts on these workout mistakes

What is your diet ?

Do you think we are ab/stomach obsessed? Fitness for vanity

When do you think the best time to work out is?

Does plank really do anything?

CarTalk June 27, 2016

It seems that on a daily basis there is another cool car to talk about and if there is one thing that we have an opinion on it is what is better to drive.

To help navigate the quagmire of car news the journalists from join us in the studio to take you questions and give their humble opinion on what is hot and what is not!

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And here is what we set out to speak about.

Oh boy! Please find attached a press release titled “All-New 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition Pays Homage to Historic Livery on 1966 Le Mans Winner” along with images for your review.
Note to the Editor:
·        All-new Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition with unique black and silver-stripe livery celebrates 1966 Le Mans-winning GT40 Mark II race car driven by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon
·        Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition honoring historic No. 2 race car limited to 2017 model year only
·        Limited-edition Ford GT  features exclusive race-number graphics, and unique interior colors, materials and appointments
-will we get the ridgeline here?
-what a car Our Alfa Romeo Giulia review
-oh yea! Camero ZL1 has burnout mode

-some leaked ideas about jeep and ford fiesta

-give me a flex!

-nice car comparison!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Middle East Indie Jukebox June 22, 2016

Every week I sit down with Adam and Paul from and we talk abiut the Middle Eastern indie music scene.

The Podcast Link.

The Playlist.

Interbellum - Brian Wilson
Edd Abbas_HipHop (Prod Ameen Al)
Serge Yared_Holy Toothbrush
Amal Murkus_A Womans Voice
El Far3i - Tghayarti
Takh - Sekeena
WeSpeakInColors_Hey Kezia

The Work Hours Call-in June 22, 2016

The question this week was simple.

In Dubai we are working Ramadan hours and the job is getting done, because we are more focused. Because we are more focused and we are spending more time with family we are happier!

So what are we wasting our time on at work and why couldn't we have Ramadan hours all year long?

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The Show Notes.

How do you waste your time at work?

About a year ago, the Harris Poll and CareerBuilder conducted a survey of thousands of managers and workers, hoping to find out the biggest time-wasters at work, and, in cases where people are choosing to slack off, exactly what they're doing to waste it. The results of the survey are both instructive and entertaining.
It's perhaps no surprise that the survey revealed that, yes, people report a lot of wasted time at work. And the things they do or hold responsible are probably no big surprise either. Here are the top 10, along with the percentage of people who cited them as a cause of wasted time. As you can see from the numbers, many people listed more than one of these.

1. Cell phone/texting (50 percent)
2. Gossip (42 percent)
3. The internet (39 percent)
4. Social media (38 percent)
5. Snack or smoke breaks (27 percent)
6. Noisy co-workers (24 percent)
7. Meetings (23 percent)
8. Email (23 percent)
9. Co-workers dropping by (23 percent)
10. Co-workers putting calls on speaker phone (10 percent)
Even more interesting are some of the particularly novel ways that people have found to do anything they could at work besides work. Here are some of the best examples:
  • Blowing bubbles in sub-zero weather to see if the bubbles would freeze and break
  • Married employee looking at a dating website
  • Caring for pet bird that employee smuggled into work
  • Shaving legs in the women's restroom
  • Lying under boxes to scare people
  • Having a wrestling match
  • Sleeping, but claimed he was praying
  • Taking selfies in the bathroom
  • Changing clothes in a cubicle
  • Printing off a book from the internet
  • Warming her bare feet under the bathroom hand dryer

The 2014 data is in from, who gathered the responses of 750 employees. Their verdict: the challenge of wasted workplace time is even worse than before.
A year ago, 69% of respondents said they waste at least some time at work on a daily basis. But the number of people who now admit to wasting time at work every day has reached a whopping 89%. Employees are spending longer periods than ever before “wasting time.” Employers, be prepared for alarm as you review the newest statistical breakdown:
  • 31% waste roughly 30 minutes daily
  • 31% waste roughly 1 hour daily
  • 16% waste roughly 2 hours daily
  • 6% waste roughly 3 hours daily
  • 2% waste roughly 4 hours daily
  • 2% waste 5 or more hours daily

The simple truth: People waste time at work
Whether it’s web surfing, engaging in personal phone calls, searching for new job opportunities, gossiping by the water cooler, shopping online, exploring social networks or checking personal email, a great deal of working time slips away. Of all workplace distractions, the Internet is the greatest productivity drain.
Sixty four percent of employees visit non-work related websites each day. In this category, the amount of time wasted per week on non-work related websites is as follows:  
Time Wasted               Pct of Employees
<1 hour="" nbsp="" span=""> 39%
1-2 hours                            29%
2-5 hours                            21%
6-10 hours                          8%
10+ hours                            3%
Contributing to these percentages are social media networks. The winners for the time-loss warp are Tumblr (57%), Facebook (52%), Twitter (17%), Instagram (11%) and SnapChat (4%).
How much is too much?
Imagine an employee who works 2,080 hours per year (260 days). If she is in top the bracket of time wasters, she wastes 520 hours per year. That’s 25% of her total hours at work spent on unproductive activities. Clearly this costs your company capital.
In addition to the conscious wasting of time, companies also squander salary and benefits on distractions such as watching and following national sports. Workplace contests such as March Madness can be detrimental to time management and focus. Some 86% of employees will spend at least some time at work following March Madness this year.
While employees congregate around TV screens, they’re not answering phones or supporting clients on emails. March Madness alone, for example, costs U.S. companies $175 million in wasted time in just the first two days.
Why do employees waste so much time?
When you hire employees, you expect them to be efficient and do the job right. The employees who seek you out most generally ramped up their resumes, interviewed, and wanted their job. So why, once they get the job, do they slip into habits of time wasting and self-entitlement?
According to recent data from, employees give the following responses:
·   34% of employees say they are not challenged
·   34% say they work long hours
·   32% say there’s no incentive to work harder
·   30% are unsatisfied with work
·   23% are just plain bored
·   18% say it’s due to low wages
As dismal as these reasons may be, all of them contribute to a lack of productivity. With no drive to work hard, employees simply plod through their work unfocused and unmotivated and get little done each day. Menial tasks become accepted as a way to fill time.