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Our Gift Guide to a Geeky Christmas

Here we go again. It’s Christmas time, there’s no need to be afraid. As usual, we’ve got your back for when it comes to handpick some cool and ultra-geeky stuff to buy this season. This is not your typical gift list; it has a special crazy taste to it, and tries to fit everybody’s passions and hobbies. No more delays, here it comes. Outdoors …

So What Is the New Nokia All About?

The Nokia N1 tablet is still fresh news. And when it came out, it surprised most people, me being among them. The N1 announcement got me all puzzled, leaving me standing open-mouthed, not really grasping the essence of what was going on. I thought Nokia was off the pitch for good. But things do not seem to be that simple. I hence tried to perform a …

Q&A With IDM-Cyberia CCO Bassam Jaber

The best thing about attending events like BDL Accelerate 2014 is that you get to bump into many of the tech leaders in the country. Although they are usually surrounded by the organizer who are trying to get them to meet other decisions makers during the event, I managed to get a quick and exclusive Q&A with Bassam Jaber CEO of Cyberia and CCO …

Why It’s Always 9:41 in iPhone Ads

Have you ever noticed how iPhone screens always display the same hour in official ads? The timestamp is always the same. 9:41. And that is, like pretty much else at Apple, by design. Here’s why. You can trace the origins of Apple’s perma-clock back to January of 2007, when Steve Jobs gave his much-anticipated keynote at the Macworld Conference …

Tweaking the SIM Card: Apple’s Hidden Agenda

Apple gets what Apple wants. So far, this statement has been pretty correct. In terms of innovation, market disruption, setting new standards, etc. Everything went the way the Cupertino company wanted things to go. Following the iPad event last week, we pondered upon one particular aspect that perfectly illustrates this phenomenon. Apple’s approach …

Why Chinese Smartphones Will Undeniably Rule The Future

The Chinese Smartphone phenomenon is not new. We’ve been witnessing -from afar until now- the blooming age of Chinese smartphone manufacturers. We began hearing about Huawei, then ZTE, then Oppo, followed by the craze of Xiaomi and OnePlus, to name but a few. Thing is, we do not fully grasp what this blooming age truly is, and what it represents now, …

“Your Last Smartphone”: Project Ara

A perfect world for me is one where -among other things of course- I don’t have to upgrade my phone every few months. And the good news is the modular chameleon that might be the ultimate portable gadget is finally here. Meet Google Project Ara. It does look likewise: our mobile phones just won’t be one single piece of gadgetry, in the near future. …

It Might Be Time To (Really) Wave Nokia Goodbye

Microsoft is apparently moving its Lumia phones to a new home. Reports have been insistingly suggesting that the software maker will kill off the Nokia and Windows Phone brands this holiday season. Things are beginning to look more serious, as Microsoft has now started to move Nokia.com to Microsoft.com. The plan? To prepare and launch a whole new …

Treading on the Competition: Jabra’s Solemate Review

When we were handed Jabra’s Solemate family of Bluetooth speakers for us to review, we couldn’t but remember Jawbone’s Jambox – the last standalone Bluetooth speaker we tested – as we still can recall, it did not really impress. But things are different with the Solemates: they have a distinct, footwear-inspired design with extremely high quality …

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 different experiences. Some of you who follow me on Twitter might have noticed …