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Gary R. Bunt

Swipe Like An Egyptian: Harmonica

BBC News, The dating app built for young Egyptians
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Doroob Navigator

Reuters, Palestinian app helps drivers avoid Israeli checkpoint bottlenecks
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MENA Unicorns

Al Jazeera, From start-up to unicorn in the Middle East
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China Surveillance App

Raymond Zhong, NYT, China Snares Tourists’ Phones in Surveillance Dragnet by Adding Secret App Discover More…

Islamic Apps

Deen Developers have an interesting thread on various app developments here Discover More…

Hussein Kesvani Interview

i-D, how our online world is changing what it means to be a muslim in 2019
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Qibla Finder

Ilm Feed's Review of Google's Qibla Finder Discover More…

Xinjiang under Surveillance

aljazeera, HRW: China using mobile app for surveillance of Uighurs
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Yemen blood app

Al Jazeera, Phone app links patients to blood donors in war-torn Yemen This is a fantastic idea: Discover More…


The New Arab, 'Want to track and detain your wife or sister? There's a Saudi app for that' Discover More…

Iran Messaging Apps Policies

Radio Farda, Iran To Tighten Grip On Cyberspace, Messaging Apps, 6 Dec 2018 Discover More…

Muzmatch campaign

Muzmatch campaign

The dating agency Muzmatch, who I discuss briefly in
Hashtag Islam, have a new advertising campaign that picked up some traction on social media. See this article: Birmingham Mail, Why these new Muslim dating ads featuring Adele and Lionel Richie are making people laugh in Birmingham, 19 Sep 2018

Muzmatch campaign

SalamBrowser in Malaysia

I discuss Islam-friendly apps and browsers in 'Hashtag Islam', and here's a new option: The Star Online, Syariah compliant web browser aims to make the Internet a better place, Sep 28 2018 "… SalamBrowser, touted as the world’s first syariah-compliant web browser, which Salam Web claims will eliminate inappropriate content from the search results." There have been several attempts at this kind of browser product before, so it will be interesting to see how effective it is compared with mainstream products.
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