Apple unveils limited edition RED iPhone 7 and 7 Plus along with 9.7-inch iPad

Apple has unveiled a host of new devices after staging a surprise product drop.They include a red iPhone 7 and 7 Plus starting at $749 (£699) and a new 9.7-inch iPad costing $422 (£339). The firm also announced a new video-editing app called Clips which will be available for free from April.


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Apple has announced a new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus RED Special Edition smartphone. The iPhone is in recognition of more than 10 years of partnership between Apple and (RED), an HIV charity. A percentage of profits will go towards Global Funds to fight the disease



Apple has today announced two special edition iPhones, in partnership with (Red)

Apple has today announced two special edition iPhones, in partnership with (Red)

  • Red iPhone 7 comes in 128GB at $749 (£699) and 256GB model at $849 (£799)
  • Red iPhone 7 Plus comes in 128GB at $869 (£819) and in 256GB at $969 (£919)
  • Available worldwide from Friday, March 24

Apple has today announced two special edition iPhones, in partnership with (Red).

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have been released in a red aluminium finish to mark 10 years of partnership between Apple and the ethical consumerism brand.

The handset will also feature a stainless steel Apple logo, and will be available in 128 GB and 256 GB versions. 

The special edition iPhone will be available to order online worldwide and in stores from Friday, March 24.

(Red) was set up by U2 front-man Bono and philanthropist Bobby Shriver, and donates funding to worthwhile causes - like The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

(Red)'s work provides access to life-saving HIV/AIDS programs in sub-Saharan Africa, which is home to more than two thirds of the world's HIV-positive population.

One hundred percent of all money raised by (Red) goes directly to Global Fund HIV/AIDS grants that provide testing, counselling, treatment and prevention programmes with a specific focus on eliminating transmission of the virus from mums to their babies.

The special edition iPhone will be available to order online worldwide and in stores from Friday, March 24

The special edition iPhone will be available to order online worldwide and in stores from Friday, March 24

Since it was founded in 2006, (Red) has generated more than $465 million (£373 million) for the Global Fund, with more than $130 million (£104 million) from Apple alone.

Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, said: 'Since we began working with (Red) 10 years ago, our customers have made a significant impact in fighting the spread of AIDS through the purchase of our products.

'The introduction of this special edition iPhone in a gorgeous red finish is our biggest offering to date in celebration of our partnership with (Red), and we can't wait to get it into customers' hands.




The new 9.7-inch iPad (centre) joins Apple's range of tablet devices, including the iPad Mini (left) and iPad Pro (back right)

The new 9.7-inch iPad (centre) joins Apple's range of tablet devices, including the iPad Mini (left) and iPad Pro (back right)

  • Price: Device starts at $329 (£339) for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and rises to $459 (£469) for the model with data
  • Available across the world online from Friday, March 24

Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad features a detailed Retina display and an A9 computer chip with an impressive 64-bit performance.

It starts at $329 (£339) for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $459 for the 32GB with Wi-Fi and Cellular model.

The tablet comes in silver, gold and 'space grey' colours for its thin aluminium casing.

It weighs just 1lb (0.5kg) and has both front- and back-facing cameras that can both record HD video.

The iPad runs on iOS 10 and includes Apple's recent Apple Pay and TouchID features.

It is available to order beginning Friday, March 24, from and will start delivering to customers and arriving in Apple Stores next week.

But Apple fans won't be able to buy through other retailers until April.

KD 292,000 collected as traffic fines in one week


Traffic department collected KD 292,000 as fines from erring motorists during one week, reported local daily. According to daily, this amount was collected during the the Unified GCC Traffic Week – during which the ‘block’ was lifted on those who had committed serious violations and were prevented from driving or processing any documents.

The source said the fines were collected over six days from last Sunday until Friday.


Flights originating or flying onwards from the Kuwait International Airport to the US will have restrictions placed on the transportation of electronic devices larger than a mobile or smart phone will be in effect as of Thursday, March 23, 2017, Passengers can still travel with these items, but they must be packed in their checked baggage 


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ANNOUNCEMENT : Laptops, iPads banned on direct US-bound flights from 8 countries including Kuwait

The US government is temporarily barring passengers on certain flights originating in eight other countries from bringing laptops, iPads, cameras and most other electronics in carry-on luggage starting Tuesday.


The reason for the ban was not immediately clear, and US security officials would not comment. The ban was revealed Monday in statements from Royal Jordanian Airlines and the official news agency of Saudi Arabia. A US official told The Associated Press the ban will apply to nonstop flights to the US from 10 international airports in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia (2), Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (2).

The official was not authorized to disclose the details of the ban ahead of a public announcement and spoke on the condition of anonymity. Royal Jordanian said cellphones and medical devices were excluded from the ban. Everything else, the airline said, would need to be packed in checked luggage. It was unclear to what other countries and airlines the ban would apply.
David Lapan, a spokesman for Homeland Security Department, declined to comment. The Transportation Security Administration, part of Homeland Security, also declined to comment.

Royal Jordanian said the electronics ban affects its flights to New York, Chicago, Detroit and Montreal. The Saudi statement said flights from Riyadh and Jeddah would be impacted.

Brian Jenkins, an aviation-security expert at the Rand Corp., said the nature of the security measure suggested that it was driven by intelligence of a possible attack. He added that there could be concern about inadequate passenger screening or even conspiracies involving insiders- airport or airline employees- in some countries.

Another aviation-security expert, professor Jeffrey Price of Metropolitan State University of Denver, said there were disadvantages to having everyone put their electronics in checked baggage. Thefts from baggage would skyrocket, as when Britain tried a similar ban in 2006, he said, and some laptops have batteries that can catch fire- an event easier to detect in the cabin than in the cargo hold.

Most major airports in the United States have a computer tomography or CT scanner for checked baggage, which creates a detailed picture of a bag's contents. They can warn an operator of potentially dangerous material, and may provide better security than the X-ray machines used to screen passengers and their carry-on bags. All checked baggage must be screened for explosives

Stringent measures againts begging in Kuwait

Stringent punitive measures shall be taken against people – individuals, companies or institutions who sponsor people and leave them on the streets of Kuwait for begging for alms. Local Arabic newspaper Al-Rai daily, quoting Director-General of the General Department of Public Relations and Security Media at the Interior Ministry Brigadier Adel Al-Hashash, reported that it is disturbing to see some children are begging for alms pretending to be Syrian refugees.

Ministry of Interior will spare no efforts to address not only security issues but also social which fall within the ministry’s priorities, particularly since the phenomenon of begging harms the civilized face of the country. He added those caught begging will be immediately deported in accordance with Article (16) of the Foreigners Act. 

A man, carrying a concealed knife, disrupted mass at the Catholic Church in Kuwait City

KuwaitTimes  reported that ” A citizen, carrying a concealed knife, disrupted mass at the Catholic Church in Kuwait City Sunday evening”.

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A citizen, carrying a concealed knife, disrupted mass at the Catholic Church in Kuwait City Sunday evening. The man was later arrested by police. No one was hurt in the incident. Interior Ministry officials confirmed that a Kuwaiti man was taken by police after causing a disturbance at the Holy Family Cathedral Sunday evening. Two eye witnesses at the church confirmed to Kuwait Times that the man was carrying a long kitchen knife.

During the service, the man dressed in a traditional dishdasha walked inside the church and went straight to where the priest was speaking. A few parishioners nearby heard that the man was asking “to see the Pope”. The man then walked to the podium and tried to seize the microphone from the priest. Several ushers then came forward and escorted him from the church premises. After being led from the church, the man was handed over to police. When he saw officers approaching, the man dropped the knife that had been hidden inside his dishdasha.

An Interior Ministry official noted that the citizen, in his 60s, suffers from mental health issues. According to the same official, who has that his name not be published, the citizen was taken by police to the Psychiatric Hospital for monitoring, where he already has a file and has been receiving treatment. The official denied involvement of any terrorist organization or threat to the church or its parishioners.

Such incidents are unheard of in Kuwait. As Kuwait is liberal for the faithful to follow their religious beliefs. Kuwait security always keeps everything in check. So i urge the catholic faithful not to be worried but continue to pray for the safety of the church and also to bless Kuwait and its leaders in keeping us all safe.


Saudi Arabia offers 90-day amnesty to visa violators Foreigners staying illegally in kingdom may leave without paying fines


Manama: Foreigners staying illegally in Saudi Arabia have been given three months to leave the kingdom without paying fines or facing legal measures.The grace period will start on March 29, Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Nayef said as he announced the “Nation Free of Violators” campaign to help undocumented expatriates regularise their status. 

All concerned agencies and departments were instructed by Prince Mohammad, who is also Saudi Arabia’s Interior Minister, to ease the departure of all foreigners who wished to leave. Mansoor Al Turki, the spokesperson for the interior ministry, told the media at a press conference on Sunday that any foreigner who was breaking the residency and work laws and regulations would be able to leave the kingdom without paying any fines or being subject to legal action.

The violator will also be able to return later to work legally in Saudi Arabia since he would not go through the fingerprinting process usually applied to deportees who would not be allowed back into the kingdom, he said.  “The Nation Free of Violators campaign targets foreigners who have no residency or work permits or have not renewed them as well as those who entered Saudi Arabia with Haj, Umrah, visit or transit visas and failed to leave before their expiry,” Al Turki said. “Those who have broken the residency and work laws should first settle their personal rights and dues and then start the process of leaving through the websites of the labour ministry or the passport department. Those who have overstayed their Haj, Umrah, visit or transit visas do not have to contact any government agency or authority and may head to any exit point and leave the country.” 

Foreigners who have absconded and have been reported as missing by their employers should contact the nearest expatriates’ department to complete the departure process, he added. In 2013, then King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz gave a 90-day grace period to allow foreigners staying illegally in Saudi Arabia legalise their status or leave the Kingdom without any penalty or fine. According to the General Authority for Statistics, more than 12 million of the 32 million people who live in Saudi Arabia are foreigners.


Instagram App now lets you save live videos to watch anytime

Instagram announced the update, which has been rolled out worldwide today, in a blog on its website. The blog said: 'While live videos will continue to disappear from the app when you're done, this update gives you the flexibility to hold onto your video and re-watch it later, especially if something exciting happens during your broadcast that you want to remember or share.'

At the end of a live video, a 'Save' button will now appear in the upper right corner. Users will only be able to save the video itself, not the comments, likes, number of viewers or any live interactions. After saving, tap 'Done', and the live video will be saved to your camera roll.

The video will no longer be available on the app. The blog added: 'We are excited by how our community is using live video to connect with their friends and followers in the moment. 'This is just the first of many improvements we'll be making to live stories this year.' The update is available in Instagram version 10.12 for iOS, and for Android in the Google Play store.

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At the end of a live video, a 'Save' button will now appear in the upper right corner.

Users will only be able to save the video itself, not the comments, likes, number of viewers or any live interactions.

After saving, tap 'Done', and the live video will be saved to your camera roll.

The video will no longer be available on the app.

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To broadcast live, users simply need to swipe right from their feed to open the camera, and tap 'Start Live Video'.

They can then broadcast for up to an hour.

Viewers know when someone is live by the 'live' badge displayed over a person's Story icon at the top of the app.

Instagram's feature is very similar to Periscope and Facebook Live, in that you are able to comment and tap the Heart button to send a sea of floating hearts into view. 

Kuwait lawyer seeks driving ban for expats

A Kuwaiti lawyer filed a lawsuit Monday seeking a temporary driving ban on millions of expatriates to ease traffic congestion in the oil-rich Gulf state. Lawyer Mohammad al-Ansari called for a temporary suspension of their driving licences and a total ban on issuing new licences for expats.
He filed the lawsuit on behalf of a number of Kuwaiti citizens affected by traffic problems, Ansari told AFP in a written statement.

"The traffic problem in the country has reached an unbearable phase," said the lawyer, adding that the government had failed to resolve it. Ansari said the suspension should stay in force until new regulations are introduced to curb traffic jams, although certain professions should be exempted. Around 3.1 million foreigners, most of them Asians, live and work in Kuwait alongside 1.35 million citizens.

For the past decade, authorities have imposed very strict rules on expatriates to obtain a driver's licence. Most foreigners are required to hold a university degree, earn 600 dinars ($2,000) a month and have lived legally in the emirate for at least two years before a license is issued.

Their high number has been criticised by lawmakers and activists, with several MPs calling for it to be lowered to the same level as Kuwaiti citizens within five years.Others have called for taxes to be slapped on their money transfers out of Kuwait.



Beauty and the Beast pulled from cinemas in Kuwait

Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast has been pulled from cinemas in Kuwait after censors raised concerns over the film’s content. The film, which has grossed more than $180 million overseas, has what has been called Disney’s first “gay moment” for a character.

Beauty and the Beast had been showing in the predominantly Muslim country of Kuwait since Thursday, but those who’d purchased tickets to see the movie Monday received text messages from Kuwait’s National Cinema Company informing them that screenings of the movie were cancelled due to “unforeseen difficulties.” Duaij Al-Khalifa Al-Sabah, a board member at the National Cinema Company, which operates 11 of Kuwait’s 13 movie theaters, told The Associated Press a newly edited version of the movie may be back in theaters later this week. (AP)



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