New Arab News app launches at Arab Media Forum

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The app has installed a state-of-the-art voice recognition system which allows readers to vocally ask the application for the news. (AN photo)
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Arab News deputy editor-in-chief Tarek Mishkhas.
Updated 20 April 2019
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New Arab News app launches at Arab Media Forum

  • Deputy Editor-in-Chief Tarek Mishkhas: ‘This comes as yet another stamp of making our newspaper more global, more digital’

DUBAI: During a special announcement at the Arab Media Forum, Arab News, the Middle East’s leading English language daily, announced the launch of its revamped smartphone news application for android and iPhone.

The application was announced by the deputy editor-in-chief Tarek Mishkhas.

“We are pleased to launch our new smartphone app today at the Arab Media Forum. This comes as yet another stamp of making Arab News more global, more digital and more accessible. I thank the digital team for their impressive efforts,” he said.

The application offers readers a variety of options and widgets that allow for a smoother, and more in-depth news experience.

Apart from displaying the news of the day coming directly from the website, and notifying consumers of breaking news that’s happening in real time, the application has installed a state-of-the-art voice recognition system which allows readers to vocally ask the application for the news.

“It is in essence an app that delivers news, but we thought we give it something extra; An app that can “Talk to you”, you ask it for news and it reads it out for you,” Arab News head of digital transformation Eslam Refaat said, adding that, “you fill your news basket with all the interesting articles and read it all later. Or even better, ask the app to read it all for you one by one.”

Arab News is part of the regional publishing giant Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG). It has been the English newspaper of record for Saudi Arabia and the region for over 40 years.


Lebanon PM closes TV channel run by his family over funding

Updated 31 min 52 sec ago

Lebanon PM closes TV channel run by his family over funding

  • Employees at Future TV had been staging strikes for months over unpaid wages
  • Earlier this year, Hariri ceased the print edition of Al-Mustaqbal newspaper, also owned by his family, turning it into a digital newspaper

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s prime minister says he is temporarily closing a TV network owned by his family, following a years-long financial struggle.
In a statement Wednesday, Saad Hariri described the move as suspending work until the Future TV network could be re-launched after a financial restructuring.
Employees at the station had been staging strikes for months over unpaid wages. The station was launched in 1993 by Hariri’s father, former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who was assassinated by a massive truck bomb in 2005.
Earlier this year, Hariri ceased the print edition of Al-Mustaqbal newspaper, also owned by his family, turning it into a digital newspaper.
Several Lebanese newspapers have stopped printing in recent years as they struggle to compete with digital media.