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New “Material Design-Inspired” Version of Google Play

Google has begun rolling out a new, feature-rich layout for the Google Play store on Android, inspired by its new Material Design philosophy; the new UI language already landed for Google’s Docs, Sheets and Slides services on the web, while we’ve seen a revamp teased for Chrome OS. Our latest update is rolling out right now! We're excited to share a sneak peek of what you’ll get in the coming days pic.twitter.com/k5BidxR4Vu — Google Play (@GooglePlay) July 23, 2014 What is it? Well ...
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Facebook Launches Instagram Connect for Select Pages

I am sure many of you are already familiar with the twitter connect inside Facebook which allows you to connect your business page to a corresponding twitter account by visiting this page. With the rise in Instagram's popularity and after it was acquired by Facebook a question lingered on on whether deeper integration was going to happen. This question is still hanging although we saw several areas where the knowledge exchange took place. Brand, however, were still obliged to jump through several ...
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Samsung Launches Its UHD Curved TV in Lebanon

Samsung Electronics Levant, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, and Cherfane Tawil & Co. (CTC) launches its breathtaking 2014 UHD TV lineup in Lebanon including the world’s first Curved Ultra High Definition (UHD) TV. The groundbreaking technology takes viewers one step closer to reality, with its advanced technology and sophisticated design. “At Samsung, we understand that the home entertainment experience is highly valued by our customers, and as such ...
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Gmail for Android Now Has the Ability to Save Attachments to Drive

Gmail for Android has been updated with cool new features: It now has the ability to save attachments to Google Drive. Because space on mobile devices is somewhat scarce, being able to save files to the cloud is something awesome and increasingly practical. It just makes sense. The new update brought along Spam explanations (which presents a message detailing why a certain email has been dumped into the spam folder), improved right-to-left language support (Arabic, Hebrew and Persian) and quick ...
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Google Play Gets PayPal Support in 12 Countries and More

Sales of apps and games on Google Play are up by more than 300 percent over the past year, with two-thirds of Google Play purchases happening outside of the US. It was hence time to broaden the payment solutions coverage to more countries. And that's what happened. Google Play Payments now gained PayPal support in 12 countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, the US, and the UK. What does this practically means? When you make a purchase ...
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Gmail Allegedly Working on a UI/Design Overhaul

It looks like prayers can be answered, after all. Geek and The Verge recently spotted a beautiful new visual overhaul of Gmail’s web interface. And why do we say prayers? The leaked images show a radically simpler inbox with less clutter.A hamburger menu on the top left hides labels and a new button on the lower right reveals a menu that offers user actions. The loathed Stars appear to have been replaced by pins and a snooze function has apparently been introduced. Now about the authenticity ...
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Highlight On: USJ’s Masters Program in Web Science and Digital Economics

Université St Joseph (Beirut) launched this special Masters program back in 2013, and is currently in the recruitment phase for next year.  This comes as an inevitable move to satisfy students and markets needs. Nowadays, the whole economy revolves around the digital sphere: be it in the digitalization of monetary fluxes or in the globalization of all trade and monetary exchanges. So what does this program offer? from fundamentals of Economics to specific related IT tools mastering, digital ...
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Google+ Nearly Reaching The End

Vic Gundotra, the head of Google+, announced his departure from Google today. No obvious reason was stated. But online leaks pointed out that this might have been the direct result of Google backing away from the original Google+ plan. To wrap it up in a nutshell, Google is apparently slowly planning on pulling the Google+ plug: it will no longer be aligned to Facebook and Twitter. It will also not be pushed onto and into every product Google releases. This rumored shift will most probably shake ...
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Facebook Announces ‘Nearby Friends’

Facebook has announced a new feature for users of their mobile apps. Called Nearby Friends, the feature is designed to let you catch up with your friends on Facebook whenever they are close to your location. If you turn on Nearby Friends, you’ll occasionally be notified when friends are nearby, so you can get in touch with them and meet up. For example, when you’re headed to the movies, Nearby Friends will let you know if friends are nearby so you can see the movie together or meet up afterward. Now, ...
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YouTube for Android Can Now Cast Live Videos to Chromecast

An update has been released to the YouTube app for Android that brings in a major addition: the ability to cast live videos to Chromecast. Live videos are... videos of events happening live and not pre-recorded and uploaded. This type of live streams could not be sent through Chromecast; this has been fixed now. Another change is the updated Watch Later UI, now blending in even more with the whole app design. The new update will hit the Play Store anytime now. But if you can't wait, you can ...
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Samsung’s S5 Finally Launches in Lebanon (and 124 Other Countries Too)

Samsung's latest flagship is finally on sale in Beirut, as today the device is available in 125 markets globally. This marks the largest launch of a Samsung smartphone ever - more than double that of the Galaxy S4, which initiated sales in 60 countries a year ago. The Galaxy S5 has been one of the most anticipated products of the season, with a 5.1-inch fullHD Super AMOLED display, quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB of expandable storage, a 2,800mAh battery, running ...
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Facebook App To Lose Chat Functionality, Replaced by Messenger App

Facebook will allegedly soon disable the Chat function from its main mobile app, granting this functionality solely to its Messenger app. It does look like this change is imminent; even now, some users in Europe are receiving a notification of the upcoming change. Soon, Facebook will push an update for its main app, which will redirect the chat to Messenger, if you already have it installed. The company will issue a series of alerts and notifications before the change goes through, but the change ...
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ArabNet: 180 New Digital Businesses Open in The UAE as ICT Investments Boom

With a number of key indicators pointing to strong growth in startups and other new digital businesses in the UAE, the region’s hub for digital investment and innovation is to again host the region’s key digital event, the ArabNet Digital Summit. “The digital opportunity in the GCC is undoubtedly here and that’s precisely the opportunity we’ll be exploring at the ArabNet Digital Summit in Dubai,” said Omar Christidis, CEO and Founder of ArabNet. The Summit is set to convene more than ...
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Hair-Growing Cells Can Now Be Made From Ordinary Skin Cells

Regrowing hair from our own skin cells is now a possibility. A team of stem cell scientists (a team from the University of Pennsylvania and the New Jersey Institute of Technology) took adult human skin cells and transformed them into a particular type of cell that people lose when they lose their hair, called epithelial stem cells. After creating the epithelial stem cells, the scientists transferred them onto the skin of mice, which then grew human skin, human hair follicles, and the beginnings ...
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Fadi Ghandour Announces The Launch of ‘Wamda Research Lab’

The latest of Wamda is here, and it is called Wamda Research Lab (WRL). WRL is focused on publishing research and insights on regional entrepreneurial activity, with the singular purpose of informing policy makers, investors and other stakeholders on the critical challenges and gaps in this space. Fadi Ghandour and Wamda's belief is that entrepreneurship can offer powerful solutions, creating economic opportunities, generating wealth, expanding markets and empowering citizens, especially when ...
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Google Now Cards Available in Chrome, on Desktops

Google today announced Google Now is being pushed to Chrome for Windows and Mac “starting today and rolling out over the next few weeks.” This means Google Now notifications will finally be available to desktop and laptop Chrome users, in addition to Android and iOS users. All you need to do is sign in to Chrome with the same Google Account you’re using for Google Now on mobile. If you use Google Now on multiple devices, you will need to manage your location settings for each device independently ...
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Valve Releases ‘Free To Play’, a Documentary About Gamers

Valve released the new Free To Play movie which is a documentary about the Dota 2 game. You can watch it from Steam as well or from Twitch TV at 4pm GMT if you like to have a more E-sport like experience. Free To Play follows three professional Dota 2 players - Benedict "HyHy" Lim, Clinton "Fear" Loomis, and Danil "Dendi" Ishutin - as they compete for the million dollar prize of Valve's first International tournament. This documentary is a must watch for every gamer out there. And if you are ...
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Enter the Konami Code in Google Voice Search for ‘Unlimited Free Searches’

Now here's a funny one for you Android chaps out there. Do you geeks remember the infamous Konami Code? Yeah... right. It is that sequence of button inputs that unlocks secrets and cheat modes in classic retro games such as Gradius, Contra and Castlevania. This sequence has grown above and beyond the gaming world, to become part of the Interwebz tradition and memorabilia: it’s been used as an ‘Easter egg’ on sites such as Digg and Facebook. It has now been quietly introduced for Android ...
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Ericsson Brings Capacity With ‘Small Cell as a Service’

In the Networked Society, where connectivity is the starting point for new ways of innovating, collaborating and socializing, there are few things more important than network capacity. In environments such as stadiums, busy streets and multi-story office blocks, large numbers of people gather – and they expect to be able to connect with one another and access information using mobile devices. At times, these dense concentrations of users place so much demand on the network that quality of service ...
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Motorola Hops Onboard Wearables Train, Saying Competitors Products Are “Ugly”

Motorola, which is being acquired from Google by China’s Lenovo, is clambering on board the industry’s primary bandwagon with plans to launch a wearable device later this year, branding existing rivals as “ugly”. Speaking at a press conference, Rick Osterloh, SVP product  management, indicated there was a gap in the market for a more aesthetic product. “There are some real user problems [with existing product], such as there is no wearable you want to wear, all of them are extremely ...
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Ericsson and Facebook Create Innovation Lab for Internet.org

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and Facebook today announced the creation of a joint innovation lab supporting the Internet.org initiative. The Internet.org Innovation Lab, an Ericsson-Facebook collaboration, will provide an environment and expertise for optimizing applications, networks, devices and services for the next five billion Internet users. Expected to open in the second half of 2014 on Facebook’s campus in Menlo Park, California, the new lab will tackle the most critical aspects of the Internet.org ...
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MWC: BlackBerry CEO Opens Up on Mistakes and Future Strategy

BlackBerry announced two new smartphones borne of its recent alliance with Foxconn, as CEO John Chen updated on his turnaround strategy for the troubled vendor. Asked when he would know if his remedies would succeed, Chen answered: “If all actions are successful then [we will] get back into break-even in this fiscal year and profit in the next fiscal year. I am steadfast in going after that.” This was a reaffirmation that targets will be achieved in some part through BlackBerry’s enterprise ...
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Ericsson and Philips Unite to Brighten Cities with Mobile Broadband Connectivity/Street Lighting

City populations grow by 7,500 people per hour and mobile data traffic is expected to grow ten times by 2019, increasing the need for sustainable lighting and enhanced mobile capacity and coverage in cities New connected street lighting model solves two issues simultaneously: offering city officials an innovative way to afford next generation energy efficient LED lighting to meet sustainability goals, and enabling network operators to offer improved city-wide mobile broadband and app coverage Called ...
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Facebook to Buy WhatsApp for $16 Billion

It's all over the Internet today, Facebook is buying WhatsApp, the popular instant messaging app for $16 billion dollars in cash and stock, according to a filing made on Wednesday of this week. There terms are (according to the filing mentioned above): Facebook has agreed to pay $12 billion in stock and $4 billion in cash for the company Facebook has also agreed to pay an additional $3 billion in restricted stock units to WhatsApp's founders and employees as part of the deal WhatsApp ...
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