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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 materials that immediately give a durable "rugged" feel. Jabra Solemate Design, Controls and Functions As its name implies, the Solemate has been ...
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Nokia to Launch New Flagship in Lebanon and the Middle East

In an awesomely Tech-chic setting, we were invited to attend the very first joint regional media event the two brands organize (Microsoft and Nokia), for a wrap-up of the Microsoft-Nokia smartphone lineup and strategy in a sort of “State of the Union” meetup, whereby the two companies announced the launch of three smartphones in the Middle East, namely the Lumia 630, 635 and most importantly, their latest flagship, the Lumia 930. What hit us first was the cool neutral white “loungy” venue ...
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How I Watch Game of Thrones

I’m a big fan of Game of Thrones. In fact, I’m such a big fan that when season 3 ended, I went ahead and read the books, all 5 of them! (on the Kindle of course). Now that Season 4 is coming, I want to tell you about my setup for watching the show on a big tv the day after it’s aired in the US. The Setup Let’s get this out of the way: Everything I’m going to use is for Mac or iOS. If you’re an android/pc guy (or gal), I’m afraid this post is not for you (perhaps the guys at Tech ...
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ArabNet 2014: The Interview With Omar Christidis

With ArabNet 2014 right around the corner, we thought it was a nice idea to have a talk with Omar Christidis. Omar is CEO and founder of ArabNet, the hub of digital marketing and tech professionals based in the Middle East. ArabNet will be holding a three-days conference in Beirut on March 4th to 6th. The Interview Going back to the origins, what exactly is the ArabNet project, and what led you personally down this particular road? The idea for ArabNet emerged when I returned from the U.S., ...
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LittleBits: The Little Circuit That Could

littleBits is an open-source library of electronic modules. The minuscule circuit modules have each a specific function, such as light, sound, sensors, buttons, thresholds, motors and more — that snap together via tiny magnets in order to make larger circuits. All it takes is three simple instructions Start with the generator and then module by module you build your circuit, Add your own materials and finally bring your creation to life. What littleBits adds to the old school construction kits ...
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Picking The Best Phone: How To Minimize Compromise

Here at Tech-Ticker, we bring you some of the most comprehensive reviews of the latest pieces of technology, but despite our subjective nature we try to deliver the facts as objectively as possible, not only because it does the product justice, but by doing so it affects the perception of our readers who, in turn, tend to prefer or even recommend a gadget based on their knowledge. But recommending a phone or another type of products over the competition doesn’t necessarily make it better in every ...
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WhatsApp and Friends: What Are the Best Apps To Replace SMS

SMS is dead. The only things you might still receive as SMS are advertising spam from Lebanese retailers and roaming messages from operators whenever you reach a new airport. We also do know that you're aware of WhatsApp. This is why we'll try to enumerate all chat/massaging apps that can closely do the same. The aim is to try and give you some choices, alternatives. Of course, you're far too addicted to WhatsApp in order for you to ditch it (this will never happen), but still we would have done ...
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State of the Union: What Google Really Is Now

It's been a long way since the very first beginning of the simplistic search engine that Google once was. It does look like Google is taking over, and there's hardly anything anyone can do about it. Taking over what? Taking over where? Practically everything, everywhere. From gaming consoles to smartwatches, going through 4K smartphones, laptops, OS... And we're not complaining. The good news is you won't either. Here's why: Google: Android Gaming Consoles When it comes to gaming, everybody ...
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Silicon Valley Adventure : Help Piotr Yordanov Become a Hero

Crazy people (good crazy type) amaze me. Remember, crazy people are the ones with crazy ideas. And it has been a truly long time since I've read or heard about something that crazy. They made a school (even better, a university) to train heroes. They literally named it the "University of Heroes". Now if your son or daughter came in to you, telling you they want to join a "University of Heroes", would you sign? You would if you knew what it really is. Being a hero is not a common thing. That's why ...
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The Art of Being Too Late: The Tale of Microsoft and Nokia

The time when Nokia phone releases used to thrill and kill me is still very vivid in my mind. Nokia was (roughly) all that we had back then, and speaking it truly, all we had was good. It was reliable, it was efficient. Then the iPhone came and changed everything. I know it is too simplistic of a statement, but nevertheless true. In my opinion, the iPhone changed everything not because of a sexy Apple spell that is apparently irresistible to all, but because it did one major thing to the smartphone ...
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Achieve: Get Your Career On

Dear readers, as you may have noticed, Tech-Ticker tries to support other local websites that we find may be helpful to our readers. So today I present to you Achieve, a start-up company that allows you to start your life. With several job websites online, one would wonder, why mention Achieve? Simply because it isn't just another website where you throw your CV and pray for the best; On the Achieve platform the job seeker gets to build a profile, follow their job posts, and manage the recruitment ...
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Retrospective: The Samsung Story

They cracked the screens and cases with heavy hammers. Then they lit a bonfire and threw everything in. Workers lost in the haze of their own sorrow and distress, crying. And still the hardware to be crushed and eliminated kept coming. Snap! Let me draw you a picture of what's happening. Samsung's CEO was disgusted by the low quality product coming out of his factories in the early 1990s and, in a blaze of anger, ordered it all destroyed. This did actually happen. For real. Some twenty years ago, ...
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Is the “Smartphone Fatigue” Plaguing You Too? [Poll]

Being a Technology addict is not the easiest of things. It gets even worse when you become a Technology writer. Do not get me wrong, it's far from being a nightmare, but things can get a little mind-tiring, Tech nausea can start haunting once a certain threshold is crossed. There are days when it's so challenging to be a technology writer that we tend to forget that it must certainly be worse to be a technology consumer. There are hundreds of smartphones you can buy today. And this list grows taller ...
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PayPal Follow-Up Interview With Managing Director Elias Ghanem

Earlier in March this year, my colleagues Malek and Ali conducted an interview with Mr. Elias Ghanem (then the GM of PayPal MENA) where they tackled many rumors concerning PayPal's plans in the region. Mr. Ghanem, who is now the Managing Director of PayPal MENA, has agreed to have a follow-up interview with us where we resumed our conversation from we stopped and approached some broader topics with concern to the current status when it comes to online payment and transactions. 1. In the previous ...
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Eureeca: The First Comprehensive Crowdinvesting Source in the Middle East [Interview]

We first encountered Eureeca when we covered the crowdinvesting campaign and success of Sam Quawasmi, Managing Director and Co-founder of Eureeca Nabbesh earlier this month. We were interested to learn more about Eureeca and the emerging crowd investing universe, so we approached Mr. Sam Quawasmi, the Managing Director and Co-founder of Eureeca for an interview, which will provide you with much insight on the mechanism as well as the potential of crowdinvesting, especially in the Middle East ...
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MarkaVIP: An E-Commerce Success Story [Interview]

At Tech-Ticker, we are interested in all sorts of trends and ventures that are happening on a regional and worldwide scale, and the success of those initiatives fascinate and inspire us. MarkaVIP, one of the biggest e-commerce sites in the Middle East, is one of those success stories that grabbed our interest. Through an interview with MarkaVIP's CEO, Mr. Ahmed Alkhatib, we were able to learn more about the background of MarkaVIP, and all the elements that came into play for it to reach its current ...
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Nabbesh, The First Ultra-Fast Crowdinvesting Success on Eureeca.com

We have already covered Nabbesh.com quest to seek capital expansion through Eureeca, which operates as a marketplace to bring together businesses looking for funding and crowd investors seeking new investment prospects. The $100K target was to be reached within 90 days from the day of launch. However, the good people at Nabbesh were able to achieve this target withing a record time, 12 days! Below is the official press release from Eureeca with the details on this achievement. Congratulation to ...
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Nabbesh.com Chooses Crowdinvesting for Expansion Capital

We have already spoken about Nabbesh.com, the job search site that allows freelancers to find the best opportunities through matching their skills to jobs, without having to rely on a predetermined list of keywords. This fast-growing start-up that was launched in Dubai back in 2012 by Loulou Khazen Baz is now seeking capital expansion through Eureeca, which operates as a marketplace to bring together businesses looking for funding and crowd investors seeking new investment prospects. Eureeca ...
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Tech-Ticker’s Lumia 720 Giveaway

We're at it again. Giving a brand new phone away to you, our readers. Because without you we're basically... nothing. This giveaway was long due, since we promised you to run it some while ago; but hey, here we are. This time around, Nokia Lebanon had the extreme generosity of handing us a Lumia 720 (the newly released Windows Phone 8 wonder) to offer to our readers. Our full review of the Lumia 720 will be published in the next couple of days, which might help you truly appreciate this awesome ...
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Sociatag: Lebanon’s Very Own Social Media Tool

First catching my eye at Beirut's Social Media Awards held earlier this year, SociaTag is a new tool that aims to integrate current social media networks, such as Facebook and Foursquare, into one social media platform. Below is an interview Tech-Ticker had with Wassim Hakim, Sociatag's founder. First, could you please introduce yourself and what your role on the team is? (Feel free to introduce other key team members)  Briefly, I'm the founder and CEO of Sociatag. I hold a Masters Degree in ...
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Spotlight: Maya Zankoul Brings Us Wezank

This week we happily bring you an interview with Maya Zankoul, co-creator of the new digital service Wezank. To those of you who still don't know what Wezank is, here's a neat little explanation video straight from the creating team's collective mouths. Maya was nice enough to answer a couple of questions about Wezank and future projects. How did you get into the world of graphic design and illustration? I've loved the world of arts and crafts ever since I was young, but the specific choice of ...
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Nabbesh.com, Your Skills Virtual Marketplace

Are you a freelancer with a specific set of skills (not Liam Neeson from Taken hopefully) and are looking for a job that makes benefits of your assets in the Middle East region? This usually is a little bit tricky to find, as most recruitment agencies and job search sites don't provide users with such opportunities, as they are more focused on the general job market. Enter nabbesh.com (for our non-Arabic users, Nabbesh roughly translates to look for thoroughly), a job search site focused on allowing ...
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Interview with Microsoft: Windows 8, the MENA Region and More…

So as we promised, ArabNet offered us a chance to interview a lot of industry leaders. Here, we present you with the second interview we were able to score. An interview with DPE Lead at Microsoft Corporation, Mr. Ghassan Chahine. Read below to see how people are adopting Windows 8, what developers can do with the help of Microsoft, and what is in store for the hopeful students in the region. Malek Teffaha: Can you please give us a brief introduction about yourself? Ghassan Chahine: I'm Ghassan. ...
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Artist Spotlight: An Interview With Omar Al Fil

We turn the spotlight on young Lebanese illustrator Omar Al Fil as he talks about his passion for comic book culture and his own local contribution to the art. 1.       How did you get into comics and the world of illustration? I've been drawing ever since I was a child, it’s always been a part of who I am. As for comics, I had been exposed to the medium itself since childhood as well, but I recall really getting into them around 2001, when my mom got my brothers and me three random comics ...
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PayPal Interview – Dispelling Rumors and Online Expansion Advice

So as we promised, during our coverage of the ArabNet 2013 event, we managed to snag a couple of fantastic interviews with some of the biggest industry and market leaders. Here we present you with the first of many. An interview with PayPal MENA GM, Mr. Elias Ghanem. Read below to see whether the rumors of PayPal's Lebanese arrival were true or not, and why is it taking so long, as well as offering fantastic insight into the difficulties of taking businesses online and advice on how to avoid major ...
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