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My First Day With Uber Beirut

When I set off to write this post, it was meant to be called "My First Ride with Uber Beirut". However, I chose to rename it for the purpose of fairness and giving credit where credit was due, since I managed to squeeze in two rides on the same afternoon/evening with two very ...
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A Short History of Domain Names

The second half of the nineties was a very exciting time for me, I had just begone learning the ins and outs of the world-wide web. HTML4 was the hottest thing out there and Geocities was the place to have a personal site. It took little time to get the hang of things and my ...
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The Great Versus The Accessible

This morning I stumbled upon this story in Wired about the game Threes on iOS, and it struck me as yet another iteration of a great tech debate that is still ongoing today: What is more valuable to us, a great product that was painstakingly designed, or a good-enough product ...
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Dropbox Freemium
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Is “Freemium” a Viable Business Model?

Freemium is a combination of “free” and “premium”, obviously. As far-fetched as it initially was perceived, the Freemium model has become over the past decade the dominant business model among Internet startups and mobile app developers. A quick reminder on how the model ...
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The 7 Odd Types of LinkedIn Contacts

Ever since the dot-com boom in the last century, people have sought out to enhance their business presence by using online mediums. It comes to no surprise to anyone, with the emergence of Social Media  as a defacto medium of human communication a few years ago, that the torch ...
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The Secret Code of the Web Designer

Design...The ultimate frontier crossed by the mind as it materializes abstract thoughts, desires and passions into the visual realm. Our entire daily existence bathes in design. From the shape of leaves on a tree to the ripples on the face of a water puddle, native designs are ...
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Who Is Tony Fadell?

If you've already heard the name before, you certainly know that Tony Fadell was one of the fathers of Apple's iPod. If you're Lebanese, you've definitely noticed that the name is familiar. And it is indeed: Tony Fadell is "an inventor, designer, entrepreneur, and angel investor" ...
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iPhone 5c Demand: Yay or Nay?

Usually, in the natural life cycle of an iPhone, there is a standard set of questions that get asked around on the Internet: "When will the new iPhone be announced?", "How will the new iPhone be different?", "Is the new iPhone amazing or what?", "How many iPhones were pre-ordered ...
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Google: The State of World Domination

Google already made the shift from a mere search engine to a multi-talented operating system and software developer powerhouse. But now, maturing even a whole lot more, Google is shifting from this to a global Technology provider to the masses. Google did not announce any new ...
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E-Mail Is Not Dead

I have been hearing lately some claims, online and offline, that e-mail is dead. Some ultra-hip articles, visionary thinkers and other similar sources have their periodical prophecy on the matter. Well, I don't see it their way. I don't believe them, neither should you. People ...
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Meet the New 100 US Dollar Bill

The new 100 US Dollar bill is here. You're getting ready for it? Not specially, right? But counterfeiters definitely are. This time around, the Federal Reserve too gave them a tough nut to crack. The Federal Reserve apparently embedded new features rendering the bill even ...
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What Is IMAX?

So we have a new movie theater in Lebanon. VOX Cinemas recently opened its doors to the public; this new complex is located inside Beirut City Centre. What is so special about it? Well, it is equipped with screens and theaters following IMAX standards. But what exactly is IMAX? IMAX (an ...
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AI & Robotics: Where Do We Stand

Similar to our newly launched series about comics, of which we published the first part a few days ago, we are going to be publishing a series of info and trivia articles about general science matters, maths wonders and other interesting stuff, we worked on collecting from about ...
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What Happened to HD-DVD?

HD-DVD and Blu-ray bloomed at around the same time, practically. Of course, Blu-ray is something we're mostly familiar with (I'm writing this piece in front of a full library of Blu-ray movies blue boxes), but HD-DVD is nowhere to be seen. Let me go back a notch to the early ...
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Android, More Than Just a Mobile OS

Think of the word Android and the first thing that pops into your head is probably a list of desserts (Jellybean, Ice-Cream Sandich, etc...). All joking aside, Android has become known as that mobile OS trying to (and almost succeeding) at beating Apple's renowned iOS. However, ...
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Why Mobile Ads Don’t Work

People simply don't like ads on their screens. I mean the screens in their pocket. These small screens they use everyday. In fact, and weirdly enough, people tend to consider their mobile phones as part of their very intimate circle, this circle that includes their car keys and ...
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