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AYMAN JOMAA SPEAKS AT THE UK HOUSE OF COMMONS

February 5, 2018 - Numbase CEO, Ayman Jomaa, and Chaker Khazaal introduced "Tales of Migration”, a fascinating evening discussing migration and much more.

The event was chaired by Ayman Jomaa and organized by the Conservative Middle East Council at the UK House of Commons, London. Ayman Jomaa speaks at the UK Houseof Commons.

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Numbase Joins SAMENA

Numbase Group has become the latest member of SAMENA Council, the South Asia -Middle East -North Africa region's non-profit international organization that works closely with the public and the private sectors to voice ICT industry issues and sustainability requirements within the digital ecosystem. NUMBASE Group becomes Member of SAMENA Telecommunications Council to Define New Trends in Mobile VAS

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Apple has bought Shazam, the music recognition app

Apple acquires Shazam, one of the world's most popular music recognition apps and gets a treasure trove of music data and a software brand that's mastered the art of recurring revenue. Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for music discovery and delivering great music experiences. As an investor in, and active partner for Shazam entertainment, and an exclusive affiliate of RBT services, Numbase Group is excited about this strategic move that will open a vast range of opportunities for all the involved parties.

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Numbase expands its reach to South East Asia and Western Europe.

More details on this will be shared in the upcoming publications.Numbase expands its reach to South East Asia and Western Europe.

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AYMAN JOMAA SPEAKS AT THE UK HOUSE OF COMMONS

Tales of Migration: in conversation with Chaker Khazaal (introduced and chaired by Ayman Jomaa)

5 Feb 2018 18:00 — 19:00

Palace of Westminster

Born in 1987 as a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon, Chaker Khazaal grew up in Bourj El Barajneh camp in Beirut before immigrating to Canada. He has travelled widely through the Middle East, reported on the refugee crisis and recently released Tale of Tala, a romantic thriller novel touching on on the world of displacement — war, human trafficking, terrorism, and the exploitation of the desperate. In 2015, Chaker was named Esquire Middle East's Man of the Year, and in 2016 he was ranked first by Arabian Business Magazine in the 100 Most Powerful Arabs Under 40.

During this event, Chaker will reflect on his own personal experiences as a former refugee, writer and reporter, to present attendees with a unique first-hand perspective on the current migrant crisis facing the Middle East and Europe.

This event will include a Q&A and will be chaired by Ayman Jomaa

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NUMBASE JOINS SAMENA

NUMBASE Group becomes Member of SAMENA Telecommunications Council to Define New Trends in Mobile VAS

Numbase Group has become the latest member of SAMENA Council, the South Asia -Middle East -North Africa region's non-profit international organization that works closely with the public and the private sectors to voice ICT industry issues and sustainability requirements within the digital ecosystem.

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Apple has bought Shazam, the music recognition app

Apple confirms it has acquired Shazam

By Micah Singleton@MicahSingleton Dec 11, 2017, 12:04pm EST

Apple has acquired Shazam, the company announced today. The deal was first reported by TechCrunch last week and is worth $400 million, according to Recode. Shazam lets users identify songs, movies, TV shows, and commercials from short audio clips.

“We are thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple,” an Apple spokesperson told The Verge. "Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for music discovery and delivering great music experiences to our users. We have exciting plans in store, and we look forward to combining with Shazam upon approval of today’s agreement."

“We are excited to announce that Shazam has entered into an agreement to become part of Apple,” Shazam said in a statement to The Verge. “Shazam is one of the highest rated apps in the world and loved by hundreds of millions of users and we can’t imagine a better home for Shazam to enable us to continue innovating and delivering magic for our users.”

The acquisition cost is far from the $1 billion Shazam was valued at during its last funding round, but the company has had a hard time finding a viable business model, pulling in only $54 million in revenue in 2016.

Despite its low revenues, Shazam can help Apple in a number of ways. The most obvious would be with Apple Music, where Shazam’s team could help improve the experience of the service. If Apple decides to shut down the app, it would also take away referrals to Spotify, which together with Apple Music gets 1 million clicks per day from Shazam. Also, Shazam’s music and sound recognition, which is already integrated with Siri, could gain a deeper integration with iOS, much like Google has done with its song recognition feature on the Pixel.

Apple is also likely interested in Shazam’s augmented reality technology, which could help improve its own offerings. Shazam has visual recognition tech and an AR platform for brands that could help in the development of a Google Lens-type feature and improve its ARKit efforts.

The deal should close in the coming weeks pending regulatory approval.