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The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store


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sarahah for android 4.2.2„The success story of Sarahah really proves that Saudi startups can achieve spectacular gains when properly supported,“ said Nawaf Alsahhaf, CEO of Badir, a government-backed technology incubator that helped Tawfiq.

„Sarahah is the digital equivalent of an old-school suggestion box,“ 29-year-old Tawfiq told AFP, adding that it is built on the premise that stripping users of their identity promotes ruthless honesty.

Fizzing with boyish exuberance, Saudi programmer Zainalabdin Tawfiq could be mistaken for a college freshman, but the popularity of his „honesty“ app has shone a spotlight on the conservative kingdom’s nascent tech scene.

„It is clear oil’s decline and entrepreneurship’s rise are necessarily intertwined,“ the Beirut-based venture capital firm Leap Ventures wrote on its website last year, noting a new growth in disruptive tech innovations in the region.

Tawfiq said he is in negotiations with venture capitalists from the United States, China and the Arab world, without disclosing details, in response to critics who question whether his app can be effectively monetised.

Its mass appeal stems from the appetite in the Arab world – notorious for online censorship – for unfiltered platforms for expression, though Tawfiq said it has also gained a strong popularity in Western countries.

Initially conceived as a tool for soliciting bluntly frank workplace feedback, Sarahah revealer has found its way into the smartphones of millennials worldwide, even as critics have raised alarm about trolling and privacy issues.

Tawfiq catapulted to fame when he took time out of his day job as a business analyst last year to develop an anonymous messaging tool called Sarahah – honesty in Arabic – that subsequently topped the charts for app downloads.

The app has a frugal design and a simple prompt that encourages users to „leave a constructive message :) „, with the recipient not allowed to reply but only share it on social media or block the sender.

In some gender-segregated Arab societies, men have used Sarahah for secret love confessions, but it has also been used by service delivery companies to harvest constructive feedback and psychiatrists in far-away Mumbai to engage openly on subjects such as sexual health.