How Huawei Vision S has reinvigorated the living room and made ‘Call my TV’ a new social style

How Huawei Vision S has reinvigorated the living room and made ‘Call my TV’ a new social style
The release of the next-generation TV — the Huawei Vision S — turns the notion of the traditional TV on its head, making groundbreaking cross-screen capabilities and intelligent features broadly accessible. (Supplied)
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Updated 14 June 2021

How Huawei Vision S has reinvigorated the living room and made ‘Call my TV’ a new social style

How Huawei Vision S has reinvigorated the living room and made ‘Call my TV’ a new social style

The household TV used to be the dominant medium for entertainment — but the rapid growth of the internet in recent decades has chipped away at this, even causing many families to cut the cord. Smartphones and laptops have largely taken the place of traditional TVs, and many households have come to regard their TV as a decorative ornament, rather than an essential device.

The release of the next-generation TV — the Huawei Vision S — turns the notion of the traditional TV on its head, making groundbreaking cross-screen capabilities and intelligent features broadly accessible, via the new HarmonyOS operating system. 

Following in the footsteps of texting, voice calling and video calling, TV calling will help usher in an era of distance-proof communications. This new and trendy mode of communication is an excellent example of how technology can bring people closer together, not just by smartphones, but also even with the big screen in your living room.

1080 p MeeTime Full HD Video calls

Take for example cameras and video calls, a feature we have seen more on smartphones, tablets or even laptops. Huawei has taken these and implemented them into the TV segment, seen on the Huawei Vision S, with a few tweaks for optimization. This means that users can enjoy 1080 p MeeTime Full HD Video calls, right from the comfort of their living room, through the Huawei Vision S’ magnetically attached 13 MP camera. However, that is not all, because through this functionality and MeeTime’s support on multiple devices, users can automatically transfer calls from other devices to the TV itself, without breaking the flow of things. Meanwhile, keeping in mind the network limitations and user comfort, this feature also includes automatic network bandwidth adjustment, which detects the strength of the network and reduces the call quality accordingly, without needing to drop the call entirely.

OneHop screen projection: Smooth and seamless

The Huawei Vision S has been designed with the user’s comfort in mind. Its remote control features an NFC tag, which when tapped against by a Huawei phone, the phone screen is projected to the expansive Huawei Vision S display without missing a beat. The image quality on the Vision S is consistently superb, with support for 60 fps high frame rate video, and lag at under 100 ms. The phone and the Huawei Vision S do not even have to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network or paired in order to have content projected. The feature is easy to use, making it effortless to share and showcase your favorite movies, videos, shows and games.

Phone mirror screen controls: A Lifesaver

Huawei Vision S comes equipped with a smart screen control feature that allows you to navigate on the vast display with nimble ease, by having your phone touchscreen serve as the remote control. When the phone screen is mirrored on the Huawei Vision S, the Huawei Vision app and the touchscreen controls take effect on the big screen. The full array of smartphone apps is also at your disposal, putting all of your favorite content on full display. This frees you from having to depend on an unwieldy remote control, allowing you to watch from the comfort of your couch without having to move a muscle.

Huawei Vision app also spares you from having to type on remote control, enabling you to do so on your phone instead, when you are searching for a movie or show to play on your Huawei Vision S. When the phone and Vision S are paired, and the input assistance function is enabled, a pop-up prompt will automatically appear on the phone whenever the system detects that you need to input text, offering unmatched convenience. This makes the seemingly boundless Huawei Vision S screen just as easy to use and navigate as your handheld smartphone.

Distributed gaming, with a phone-turned-gamepad

The Huawei Vision S is as exciting as it is user-friendly. The distributed gaming capabilities enable you to transfer mobile games to the Vision S, and turn your phone into a dedicated gamepad in a matter of seconds, to control the action down to the very last detail. The unique attributes of the Huawei Vision S ensure that gaming graphics are crystal clear, with ultra-low 30ms latency and silky smooth performance. Big screen gaming has never been so easy, or so accessible!

Distributed multi-device collaboration brought to life

Huawei’s distributed all-scenario intelligence is the product of years of painstaking R&D, and designed to distribute intelligence across every facet of daily life. The distributed architecture that forms the bedrock for the Huawei Vision S facilitates seamless connections between all of the devices at the user’s disposal — matching each scenario encountered with the right device, so that services and features are fluid, rather than walled off on separate devices. This also inspires a myriad of newly immersive and interactive user experiences, including multi-screen collaboration, which connects the Huawei Vision S with the user’s smartphone, for effortless video calling and a range of other engaging services.

Huawei Vision S represents the next natural stage, following the evolution from traditional TV sets to internet TV to smart screens. It blazes a trail for other smart screen and TV products to follow, offering an ahead-of-its-time paradigm in which next-level intelligence flows to and from the living room, engaging and entertaining the entire family. 

Price and availability

The Huawei Vision S is now available in the Kingdom in two different sizes: The 55-inch model is priced at SR3,499 ($933) and the 65-inch model is priced at SR4,499, with gifts worth SR2,042 that include a Huawei Watch GT, a three-month Huawei Video subscription, a three-month Starzplay subscription, a three-year warranty and a special entertainment gift. You can purchase it through the online Huawei Store, Huawei’s flagship store in Riyadh Park, Huawei Experience Stores and eXtra Stores. 


Cercle to host live concert on castaway island at W Maldives

Cercle to host live concert on castaway island at W Maldives
Updated 25 July 2021

Cercle to host live concert on castaway island at W Maldives

Cercle to host live concert on castaway island at W Maldives

If you throw a concert in the middle of the Indian Ocean and there is no one around to hear it, does it still make a sound? You bet it does. W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, has announced a collaboration with Cercle, a French media company known for filming and broadcasting music performances in the world’s most awe-inspiring places, to host an unforgettable live concert at Gaathafushi — the private castaway island at W Maldives. Streaming live on July 26, the hour-and-15-minute set will feature a performance by Berlin-based electronic musician Monolink with the island’s white sandy beach and turquoise lagoon serving as the stage. 

“From our Sound Suite recording studios to our intimate Living Room stages and DJ booths, there is always live music happening at a W hotel somewhere around the world,” said Carly Van Sickle, senior director, global brand marketing, W Hotels Worldwide. “For our next act, we’re excited to be collaborating with the visionaries at Cercle to celebrate the beauty and wonder of one of our most beautiful escapes — W Maldives — through the power of music.”

Cercle has produced and live streamed some of the most jaw-dropping musical performances ever filmed. From a hot air balloon above Cappadocia, Turkey and the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt to Glacier 3000 in the Swiss Alps and Mont Saint-Michel island in France, Cercle productions have amassed millions of views online. At sundown on July 26, Gaathafushi Island at W Maldives will join this list of iconic locations, becoming the first hotel to serve as the site of a Cercle show. 

“Cercle is all about great aesthetics, culture, nature and music, values which are shared by W, making this collaboration a groundbreaking no-brainer. When two entities have the same goal and vision, everything flows and expectations are exceeded,” said Pol Souchier, head of communication at Cercle. “That’s why we wanted to collaborate with W Maldives and the resort’s magnificent Gaathafushi Island. It’s a location we’ve been eager to feature on Cercle, and with Monolink, an artist long-awaited on the channel, we’re thrilled to celebrate the power of music with our loyal fan base alongside W.”

Electronic singer-songwriter Monolink is known for combining melodic techno with dreamy guitar-led folk. His performance will be live streamed via Facebook, Twitch, and Oculus Venues. Cercle will then work their magic to release the official performance video on their YouTube channel in August, which will be broadcast at select W Hotels around the world. 

This performance is meant to honor Gaathafushi, the remote island a stone’s throw away from W Maldives. Guests can take a two-minute speedboat ride to the secluded beach and enjoy more than 76,000 square feet of tropical playground by swimming in the surrounding lagoon, indulging in a candlelit meal on the beach prepared by a private chef, or simply relaxing and stargazing under a thatched-roof hut. W Maldives also offers an “Island Takeover” package where guests can book the entire W Maldives property, including Gaathafushi, for the ultimate castaway island experience. The resort is also home to one of the best reefs in the destination with vibrant colors of the coral forest and captivating, diverse marine life right at guests’ doorsteps.


Four weeks of fun & learning at Dubai summer camp

Four weeks of fun & learning at Dubai summer camp
Updated 25 July 2021

Four weeks of fun & learning at Dubai summer camp

Four weeks of fun & learning at Dubai summer camp

Dubai Culture and Arts Authority is returning with a comprehensive version of its summer camp from Aug. 1-28 under the theme “Our Summer is Culture and Creativity” to inspire the imaginations of children and adults during the summer vacation through its creative camps across Dubai Public Libraries branches. The camp will take place in virtual and physical formats and will present the youth with a rich package of innovative activities that will put them on an exploratory journey in the fields of arts, literature, heritage, technology and entertainment.

Over the course of four weeks, the Public Libraries Department at Dubai Culture has prepared an entertaining and cultural atmosphere to enhance the knowledge of young people aged 3-18 and enhance their creative skills through a variety of workshops, in addition to inspiring sessions and workshops distributed across Dubai Public Library branches in Al-Rashidiya, Al-Mankhool, Al-Safa, Hor Al-Anz, Umm Suqeim, Al-Twar and Hatta.

Dubai Culture has allocated a theme for each of the four weeks, where the first week from Aug. 1-7 revolves around the arts, providing participants with various artistic workshops focusing on developing their artistic and creative skills. 

The second week from Aug. 8-14 revolves around literature and is filled with rich reading activities that will develop the art of storytelling accompanied by workshops. In addition, participants will learn the arts of Arabic calligraphy as well as how to make a digital story, enjoying silent film shows, creative writing and other literature-related activities. 

The third week from Aug. 15-21 revolves around the theme of “Heritage and Museums,” which will take participants on a journey rich in Emirati heritage through popular games, traditional dishes, puzzles, heritage and cultural sites as well as interesting competitions, a virtual tour of Hatta, and knowledge of the different cultures around the world.

The summer camp will conclude with “Various Programs and Events” from Aug. 22-28, which will provide participants with an educational experience full of suspense, including in the fields of technology, designing digital games and space science, puppet theater, filmmaking, preparing healthy dishes, drawing with threads and other targeted activities.

Eiman Al-Hammadi, acting manager of Libraries Affairs Section at Dubai Culture, said: “In this year’s summer camp, we are keen to provide a unique experience for all family members as well as to help make their vacation enjoyable and useful at the same time.”


Alibaba provides cloud pin for journos at Olympics

Alibaba provides cloud pin for journos at Olympics
Updated 25 July 2021

Alibaba provides cloud pin for journos at Olympics

Alibaba provides cloud pin for journos at Olympics

Alibaba Group, a worldwide TOP partner of the International Olympic Committee, has unveiled the Alibaba Cloud Pin, a cloud-based digital pin, for broadcasting and media professionals at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The pin can be worn either as a badge or attached to a lanyard. The digital wearable is designed to enable media professionals working at the International Broadcasting Center (IBC) and Main Press Center (MPC) to engage with each other and exchange social media contact information in a safe and interactive manner during the Olympic Games between July 23 and Aug. 8. 

“The Olympic Games has always been a thrilling event with opportunities for media staff to meet like-minded professionals. With this unprecedented Olympic Games, we want to use our technology to add new exciting elements to the Olympic pin tradition at the IBC and MPC while connecting media professionals and enabling them to maintain social interactions with safe distancing,” said Chris Tung, chief marketing officer of Alibaba Group. 

“As a proud worldwide Olympic partner, Alibaba is dedicated to the transformation of the games in the digital era, making the experience more accessible, aspirational and inclusive for broadcasters, sports fans and athletes from across the world.”


Aston Martin launches new online configurator

Aston Martin launches new online configurator
Updated 24 July 2021

Aston Martin launches new online configurator

Aston Martin launches new online configurator

Aston Martin has launched a new configurator, designed to elevate the luxury brand’s online digital experience for customers, fans and dealer partners.

A key component of the brand’s transformation plan “Project Horizon” is the rejuvenation of the customer journey, and the new configurator is an important part of that process.

The new configurator simplifies the specification process, allowing customers to intuitively create their most desired Aston Martin. New technologies have enabled the brand to remove the mundane and replace it with a pleasurable experience that offers greater flexibility and a level of convenience that is hugely valuable. For customers who wish to create a unique Aston Martin, the configurator also offers a full suite of personalization, which includes unique options and an extensive selection of paints, leathers and alcantaras.

Offering immersive 3D ultra-high-definition environments, the Aston Martin configurator provides customers with the ability to zoom in on the fine details of the car, which can then be viewed in a cinematic video that clearly shows the full exterior and interior specification chosen. A choice of beautiful backdrops, from a studio environment to real locations helps customers visualize their perfect car. This new, streamlined customer journey can even pick up the exact specification of a car that a customer has seen in an advertisement, recreating the exact look of the selected car.

The configurator is designed to engage, excite and enable the brand’s customers, wherever they are in the purchase journey. At any point in the online process they will be able to switch to personal interaction and schedule an online session with their local dealer who can assist with their configuration. Customers and fans can download a personalized brochure of their configuration, share their favorite configurations to social media and also choose to book a test drive at any point in the process.

Developed in partnership with the digitization experts MHP, the new configurator offers a highly personalized and visual experience, providing the ability to explore all options and custom features at an unprecedented level of detail and in real-time.

Aston Martin CEO Tobias Moers said: “We will go above and beyond to deliver perfection to our customers. The experience of buying an Aston Martin should be as pleasurable as owning one and our new configurator has been created with this in mind. Our customers are very busy people, so it is our job to make the buying process as simple and as enjoyable as possible. This new configurator does that. Like many businesses, a proportion of our customers switched over to online buying during the pandemic, so we have improved this process to allow remote customers to receive the full Aston Martin experience.”

In 2020, the Aston Martin configurator saw more than 2 million sessions and this number is expected to grow for 2021.


Sharjah’s date festival draws large turnout of farmers

Sharjah’s date festival draws large turnout of farmers
Updated 24 July 2021

Sharjah’s date festival draws large turnout of farmers

Sharjah’s date festival draws large turnout of farmers

The activities of the Al-Dhaid Date Festival, organized by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), attracted a large number of applicants for the “Ratab Al-Khalas” competition, which was divided into farms of the Northern Emirates regions and farms in the emirates of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The festival runs from July 22-25.

The second day was dedicated to the “Ratab Al-Khezini” and the “Ratab Al-Shishi” competitions, while the last two days are dedicated to the “Mazayna” competition of lemons and “Mekhrafa” competition for women.

The fifth edition of the Al-Dhaid Date Festival, which began on Thursday, saw the introduction of two new competition categories, one for local mango and the other for yellow and red figs. The festival’s organizing committee allocated a special pavilion to showcase the products of the 2021 season from the two new categories. On the fourth day of the festival, winners of the local mango and yellow and red figs competitions were honored.

This year’s edition, which is held under the theme “Authenticity of the past and glory of the present,” includes 23 stands for displaying various types of dates. The organizing committee also urged the public to follow the festival’s accounts on social media platforms to learn more about the raffle draws that have several prizes such as iPhone 12 Pro smartphones. Al-Al-Dhaid Date Festival has become one of the most important annual events for palm growers in the eastern and central regions of Sharjah as well as in the other emirates of the country, said Mohammed Musabeh Al-Tunaiji, general coordinator of the festival. He said the festival plays a key role in improving the quality and diversity of local dates through its various competitions.

Therefore, the SCCI was keen to increase the value of the prizes given out in the festival, in addition to introducing new categories that contribute to maintaining the significant position of palm trees and encouraging their cultivation. The festival also aimed to highlight the various types of crops that Sharjah and the other country’s other emirates are known for, Al-Tunaiji added.