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Disqus: Are Web Comments a Good Business?

Disqus claims 42% of internet users read the comments after a story or contribute one of their own. And they definitely know what they're talking about, since this figure is extracted from the company’s more than 2 million clients. However, two main schools debate over the impact comments might have on the overall perceptibility of online content, the first school putting comments at the very core of online content appreciation, giving more value to the original content, while the other simply ...
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Makhsoom: The Lebanese Group Buying Success Story

Daily deals are catchy, and having the opportunity to get them twice a day is simply a double shot of awesome. Welcome to the world of Makhsoom. In case you don't know about Makhsoom, it is a group-buying platform based on a website that offers you daily deals at discounted prices for a variety of services and products over a certain period of time. Sounds catchy. We had the joy to meet the man behind the company, Antoun Abou Zeid and have a quick chat with him, to get to know more about Makhsoom. Antoun ...
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Brazil Integrates Barcodes On Sidewalks for Touristic Info

In case you are not familiar with Quick Response Codes (QR Codes), they are matrix barcodes that can contain specific types of information (texts, web links and so on) which can be read by special QR Codes scanners or mobile phone cameras and processed using a specific app in order for them to be translated into their original context. These QR Codes have been widely used for the past years among mobile phone users because of their simple and easy method of use and has been a favorite among companies ...
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Apple Trademarks the Design of its Stores

Apple, the giant with the infamous history of ruthlessly protecting its products (hardware and software) through many patents, is seeking to do the same for their physical stores across the world, where it is seeking to protect their interior designs and layouts through trademarks from the The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Apparently, the USPTO did grant Apple its request last week after previously being reject twice, where the second rejected stated that Apple's design wasn't "inherently ...
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BlackBerry Announces the First BB10 Phones

In an event that took place in New York on Wednesday, January 31, 2013, BlackBerry (previously known as RIM) made several announcements concerning their company image, the new BlackBerry 10 (BB10) OS as well as the initial devices that are going to support it. Enter Blackberry (The Company) Research In Motion (RIM) officially changed its name to BlackBerry and updated its ticker symbol from RIMM to BBRY with the tagline “One brand, one promise.” BB10, a redesigned OS Unlike its predecessors, ...
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HelloSign: A New Way to Sign Your Emails

The HelloSign plugin for Gmail Chrome allows a user to open, edit and sign documents in Gmail and automatically loads the signed and edited document as an attachment to be sent. It is now only available in Chrome but will be added as a plugin to Firefox. What do we mean by signing? Well, as hard copies go, all signed documents become legally binding. These same documents will also automatically be backed up in the user’s HelloSign account. If it's the first time you hear about digital document ...
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Handwriting: Why We Should Still Do It

So, this morning I had to take out my checkbook. I grabbed a pen and started writing it. I slowed down a bit, and noticed something. It suddenly occurred to me how rarely I do write something by hand. The truth is that my handwriting sucks.  Even though I still have lots of Moleskine notebooks I basically use for grounding thoughts down. I barely use them. I use them less and less with each passing month. ... Do we still need to hand write? Did we reach a time when we stopped writing with our ...
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Nintendo Land Review

In a nutshell, Nintendo Land can be described as the WiiU’s version of WiiSports; a game solely designed for showcasing what the WiiU has to offer in terms of new hardware and features. The game consists of a main hub generally divided into three categories: competitive multiplayer, cooperative multiplayer and single player. To be direct and to the point, the single player games are neither Nintendo Land’s nor the WiiU’s strongest selling point. At the end of the day, they mostly feel like ...
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The Raspberry Pi Story

An incredible 100,000 boards ordered on the first day. Today more than 700,000 Raspberry Pi computers have been shipped to developers and modders who are fitting them to various robotic devices, surveillance systems, drones and similar, but also to coders looking to build their first programs. So what, exactly, is the Raspberry Pi? The Pi is a credit card-sized device. What type of device? A computer, one of the lowest-cost ones in fact. Oh, and it looks nothing more than a bare motherboard with ...
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Opera Ice: The New Mobile Browser Is Coming Soon

As first reported by Pocket-Lint, Opera, the popular Norwegian software company is set to release their new browser Opera Ice on iOS and Android very soon. The preview video accessed by the Pocket-Lint (now claimed back by Opera for privacy infringement  shows Opera CEO Lars Boilesen outlining the company’s plans for 2013 before giving the floor to product managers. And well, Opera Ice gets demoed. Running on WebKit instead of Opera’s very own Presto engine, Ice is characterized by its use ...
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Most Anticipated Games of 2013

So now that we've said our farewells to 2012 and honored all that it's had to offer in Tech-Ticker's Game of the Year Award, it's now time to take a look into the future and see what to expect in 2013. While in a few months we'll all be swamped reading up on the reveal of next generation consoles at E3 (and maybe even earlier), let's take a moment to appreciate what one of the final waves of current-gen games has to offer. Here are Tech-Ticker's most anticipated games of 2013 as chosen by each of ...
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Public Universities to Offer Free Online Classes for Credit

In an interesting move among public American universities, around 40 academic institutions have teamed up with Academic Partnerships (a company that assists academic institution in moving their course online) in order to offer worldwide prospective applicants and students the opportunity to enroll in an online course from a specific major for free, in the hopes that those who pass will eventually enroll in their programs and proceed with their educational projects in order to earn their degrees. This ...
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The Firefox OS Phones Are Official

Mozilla, the company behind the famous web browser Firefox, has unveiled two new developer phones with their HTML5-based Firefox OS. The phones, code named the Peak and the Keon, will be sold exclusively to developers and app designers in order for them to start building the ecosystem. Concerning the specifications, the Peak will sport a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory along with a 4.3" qHD IPS display,an 8MP main camera with LED flash and 2MP ...
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Wolfram Alpha Introduces Expanded Personal Analytics

Wolfram Alpha, the online "answer engine" the provides direct answers to queries rather than web page results, has announced an upgrade to its previously released Personal Analytics for Facebook back in August 2012, which provided a detailed in-depth analysis of your Facebook profile in terms of the geographic distribution of your friends, their age distribution, your overall activity in terms of posting pictures and links, liking and commenting on posts, and so on. The generated report was so ...
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PlayStation 4 Controller Design Leaked?

Recently released documents pertaining to what could be the PS4's technical specs and controller design could confirm the PS4's final design. Read all of this with a grain of salt and keep in mind that this is a development kit used to make games, not play them. According to the documents,found by Kotaku, the PS4 will harbor the following tech specs: System Memory: 8GB Video Memory: 2.2 GB CPU: 4x Dual-Core AMD64 "Bulldozer" (so, 8x cores) GPU: AMD R10xx Ports: 4x USB 3.0, 2x Ethernet Drive: ...
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Nintendo Direct Wii U Wrap-Up

Another day, and another Nintendo Direct. Nintendo, as of late, has been using its own social media outlets to prepare or even announce big releases and big news. Earlier this month they announced the new Pokemon games on the 3DS (Be sure to read up on them here) and now they are back. But this time it is all about the Wii U's software applications and game lineup. Wii U Software First up was that, come spring, the Wii U will get a much needed software update to address functionality and loading ...
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Tomb Raider to be Fully Localized in Arabic

Tomb Raider! You of course thought of Ms Lara Croft and her massive guns. By guns I of course mean her actual guns. Not the other melon guns, you naughty silly reader. Well, back to the news at hand. Square Enix has just delightfully announced that the upcoming Tomb Raider game, which deals with Lara's origins and visceral character building, will be the first SE (Square Enix) and Tomb Raider game to be fully localized in Arabic. Karl Stewart, Global Brand Director, said, “We are really excited ...
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7 Movies Every Geek Should be Waiting for in 2013

Iron Man 3 After 2012’s Avengers taught the industry a lesson on what a comic book super hero movie should be, Tony Stark steps back up for round three. Be prepared as Iron Man faces off against the Mandarin in what the trailer promises to be his deadliest fight yet. World War Z If Vampires were last year’s “Flavor of the month” then Zombie season must be coming close. This long awaited book adaptation sees who better than Brad Pitt face off against a worldwide Zombie epidemic. You haven’t ...
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Samsung Families: A Unique Business Model

Rumors rumors, we love them. And we can't live without them, especially when it comes to huge companies like Samsung. Back in CES,  Samsung showed us the eight-core ship, and the bending display. Now rumors are telling us that a new Note might as well be unveiled soon: the Note 8.0 We believe that Samsung will have within this year two major families in their product line, the Galaxy family and the Note family. So the full listing will be: Entry level phones (we state Ace2, S3 mini, Gio, W, ...
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Japanese Building Demolition Harvests Energy

Have you ever thought about how a huge skyscraper is brought down to the ground in the best and most efficient manner? The process of building demolition sounds easy for small structures with 20 floors or less (hint: it gets blown up by experts or slammed with wrecking balls), but what about those tall buildings that reach for the skies? This sounds hard and messy and probably time-consuming. Well, leave it for the Japanese to optimize the professional building demolition business. A Japanese construction ...
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PS4 Announcement, Saving the Best for Last?

  With the imminent announcement of the PS3's and Xbox 360's successors later this year, gamers are on edge to see what they could be gaming on what could be this holiday  season. While these console announcements are usually revealed at E3, rumors have suggested that Sony may be revealing the PS4's hardware at an earlier stand-alone media conference. Doing this would not only be advantageous for Sony by creating early buzz but would also mean an E3 conference focusing mainly on software ...
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Is the iPad 4 Worth Buying?

What does the latest iPad bring into the tablet battleground? What does it add to the experience of current iPad owners? Things are to be analyzed rather meticulously when it comes to older models owners, since those models got rather fragmented, given the release pace of iPads over the past three years, and the multiplicity of sub-models (capacity-dependent, size-dependent, color-dependent...). Is the new iPad worth buying? That depends from where you come from and on what your needs are. For ...
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What’s New in the E-Book Industry?

Where is the e-book industry heading? Is it gaining traction? Is it stalling? Did people truly get used to reading digital copies of their favorite books on their tablets, rather than holding those paperback treasures? It does seen so, globally, judging by the consistently increasing sales of book readers, like the Kindle and other siblings, and tablets. The tablet challenge did ultimately succeed, as Steve Jobs predicted; tablets are indeed harming the laptop computer industry. Another sign of ...
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Facebook Announces Graph Search

Mark Zuckerberg announced yesterday the release of a new search tool called "Graph Search", which, in short, is intended to help Facebook users in searching through the numerous links and connections that every one has for specific information and common interests. As Zuckerberg puts it, this is "not web search." The new tool is designed to find specific pieces of content from a precise query, rather than web search, which returns general responses to a general query. "Web search and graph ...
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CES 2013 Highlights: Mobile Technology

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 came to an end after running for four days from January the 8th till the 11th in Las Vegas, USA. During this time, several innovative technologies were announced that seem to set a new standard among their piers. This article covers the highlights products related to mobile technology in terms of new devices and hardware. Sony Xperia Z and ZL Perhaps the star of show in terms of mobile was Sony, which announced two new devices in their Xperia line for ...
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