Published on February 18, 2014
Digital Digest Issue 10, Q4 2013
Highlights Facebook publishes MENA data Cairo’s new Tech Park opens Saudi is Twitter’s most active country 45.2% of phone in MENA are Nokia 354 million mobiles live in MENA How UAE loves the mobile web YouTube adds MENA domains Arabic online education platform launches South Korea rules on online gaming 30% of US adults get news from Facebook
Facebook publishes MENA data for the first time 28 million log on daily 15 million via mobile 33 million access their accounts each month via a phone or tablet Qatar Tribune: http://bit.ly/18yrr9s Infographic: bit.ly/1e9BvrS
LinkedIn users in MENA: key demographics published 2 in 5 LinkedIn members in MENA hold Manager positions or above 36% access the site via mobile Tfour.me: http://bit.ly/J0hs2U
Qatar & Bahrain in Top 12 countries for highest Internet penetration Percentage of Individuals using the Internet, Worldwide, 2012 The top 10 countries for Internet usage are all in Europe except New Zealand (8th) and Qatar (10th) Broadband Commission: http://bit.ly/IN87LA
There are 354 million mobile subscriptions in MENA Of the 6 million new mobile subscriptions in MENA in Q3 2013, 4 million were in Egypt Ericsson: http://www.ericsson.com/news/1741771 Ericsson Image, Flickr: http://bit.ly/1bTa8CV
Nokia makes up 45.2% of all phones in MENA In MENA two phones in five are smartphones Smartphone volumes up 16.4% in Q2 2013 compared to Q2 2012 IDC: http://bit.ly/J0pLMd
UAE home to some of the heaviest mobile web users in the world 37% of consumers in UAE use the mobile web for 6+ hours a day Netbiscuits: http://bit.ly/1ffreJV
Mada launches Arab World’s first Assistive Technology Portal This free resource offers AT tools and solutions for people with disabilities; with content in Arabic and English Mada: http://Madaportal.org Digital Qatar: http://bit.ly/1kaNQ0i
A mini Silicon Valley? Cairo’s new Tech Park opens The “GrEEK Campus” will host startups, alongside Egyptian and international technology companies. ZDNet: http://zd.net/1cXL0HB Greek Campus: http://www.thegreekcampus.com/ Image: http://bit.ly/LCjubg
Arabic content online: new stats Now the 8th most used language on the web Music, games and video are the most downloaded types of Arabic content Alarabiya: http://bit.ly/18C6Gfn
MENA users value ads on their mobile Vserv on SlideShare: http://slidesha.re/18jFtxv
Digital advertising in MENA expected to grow +37% a year Online advertising in MENA expected to reach $1 billion in 2017, up from $300 million today Tradearabia: http://bit.ly/J8J5XM Go-Gulf: http://bit.ly/1a2W4GZ
New and existing edX courses to be available in Arabic Launch of Edraak sees first massive open online course (MOOC) platform for the Middle East edX is a virtual education platform founded by Harvard and MIT Harvard Crimson: http://bit.ly/19effLv Edraak: http://www.edraak.org
Online gaming in Egypt is popular 30% of Egyptian adults play online games 21.9% of Egyptian households have gaming consoles Arab Advisors: http://bit.ly/19efeasn Comscore data mine: http://bit.ly/1d6d7nW
YouTube adds more MENA versions With 300m daily views, YouTube plans to add new local domains for Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and Oman Albawaba: http://bit.ly/1byTdDN Image: http://bit.ly/1j0D2E9
South Korea determines online gaming is “addictive” And announces plans to regulate it in similar ways to alcohol and drugs Korean gaming industry makes up 60% of the nation's entire content market 55,000+ people sign an online petition calling for a rejection of the proposals Global Voices: http://bit.ly/1glssX0 The Fix: http://bit.ly/1jHtfRU
The Rise of Android Global Web Index report shows that Android is now the most used operating system, and usage of this o/s is growing fast Global Web Index: http://bit.ly/IClBdm
Tech Savvy Toddlers: How US children aged 0-8 use ICT Common Sense Media: http://bit.ly/19Bk4ed
30% of US adults get news from Facebook Pew Research Journalism Project: http://bit.ly/1gJ8mn6
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