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MONTHLY ARCHIVES: January 2013

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …