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NASA and China aren’t the only ones about to reach Mars

February 8th, 2021

NASA’s Perseverance rover and China’s own orbiter/rover combo are expected to arrive at Mars in a matter of days. A third Mars mission, the Hope mission from the United Arab Emirates, hasn’t gotten nearly as much attention, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important.  Hope is the first interplanetary mission to be launched by …

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A Mars mission just launched, but it’s not from NASA

July 20th, 2020

A Mars mission from the UAE just launched to the Red Planet.  The Hope Probe will orbit Mars for a full Martian year, studying the planet’s atmosphere as well as its weather patterns.  Information gathered during the mission could help future crewed missions to Mars, giving travelers an idea of what to expect. A new …

BlackBerry PlayBook rolling out to 16 new countries soon

June 10th, 2011

RIM has announced that the company’s first BlackBerry tablet will go on sale in sixteen new countries over the next month, including Australia, France, Germany, India, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. Its unclear if RIM has any carrier partners lined up or how much the device will retail for abroad. In the …

New UAE smartphone rules will affect others as well, RIM says

April 18th, 2011

The United Arab Emirates’ Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) on Saturday stated its intentions to limit the access its citizens have to RIM’s BlackBerry Enterprise Servers. RIM said on Sunday, however, that new regulations in the UAE will impact all smartphones and not just BackBerry devices. “The TRA has confirmed to RIM that any potential policy regarding enterprise services in the …

UAE and RIM resolve differences, BlackBerry service to continue after October 11

October 8th, 2010

Reuters is reporting that the United Arab Emirates and BlackBarry manufacturer Research In Motion have resolved differences that could have potentially left 500,000 BlackBerry subscribers without data services after October 11. “The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has confirmed that Blackberry services are now compliant with the UAE’s telecommunications regulatory framework,” reported WAM, a state run news agency. “All Blackberry services in …

Bloomberg: Saudi Arabia, RIM close to a deal

August 10th, 2010

There is a bit of a soap opera going on in the Middle East between Canadian handset manufacturer Research In Motion and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The synopsis of the situation goes like this: The Saudi government said it would shut-down BlackBerry messaging services beginning on August 5th. The closure was due to concerns over national security stating …

RIM CEO: the Internet is encrypted, deal with it

August 5th, 2010

If you haven’t been following the soap opera that is going on between the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and RIM let us fill you in. The UAE and KSA will halt BlackBerry data services beginning October 11th and August 5th respectively citing concerns over national security. For the most part, RIM …