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What Will We Do with the Superfast Internet of Tomorrow?

Certain parts of Japan and Europe already have Internet connectivity which is symmetrical; this means that the upload speed is just as fast as the download speed.  This is different from the tradition of the download speed being faster.  The download speed has always been more important as it allows us to watch or access information quickly.  But there are many benefits to having fast symmetrical speeds. Everyone is equal You might think ...
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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 day job quickly became entirely dedicated to building websites.As is the case nowadays, one of the most exciting moments of building a website is the go-live date. Publishing ...
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Roundup: Security in a Week – 26 April/3 May 2014

Security in a week is a series of articles that is posted each week covering between 10 to 20 security news headlines from around the globe. Have you ever wished to check all security news websites to only find that there's a lot of reading to do and most of the articles are useless for you? Well we will do that for you, doing our best to pick up the most interesting and important bits. Note: I will number the news randomly and not by order of importance. PS: ...
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Facebook Announces Imminent News Feed Cleanup

Facebook today announced plans to clean up the News Feed, through reducing stories that users are reporting as spammy or simply that they don’t want to see. This update will hit three specific post categories: Like-baiting posts: which explicitly asks News Feed readers to like, comment, or share the post. In other words, the goal is to go viral. Facebook says it has surveyed its users and found that they rate the quality of these stories ...
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Heartbleed: A Worldwide Internet Security Bug

Security researchers have discovered lately a new bug in OpenSSL encryption (that protect many websites) called Heartbleed. OpenSSL is an open source implementation of SSL and TLS that secure a lot of what you see on the Internet. Heartbleed is a bug in OpenSSL that can allow anyone on the Internet to possibly get your name, password and any content you send to websites supposed to be secure. PS: This bug has been there for 2 years, so if a website ...
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Perspectives: The Rise and Fall of MonotStreet.com

The Backdrop The year was 2002, I was four years into my career as a web developer and I saw everything in HTML markup and Hexadecimal color codes. I had springboarded myself from working at OGERO the localstate-run fixed-telephony operator towards Cellis, France Telecom's burgeoning mobile operator in Lebanon (currently rebranded as Alfa). I was the first web developer to join the company. Although my job offered me the chance to work on various ...
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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 ...
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Security Bunker – Part 5: Wireless Networks Hacking & Security Tips

Hello Tickers, This is my 7th article in PC Configuration and Security, and the 5th specific article about security. If you missed any of my previous articles, just head toward my author page and check them out. Up until now, we've been discussing PC security and cell phone security… But what about your wireless network at home. If someone brakes in, they will most definitely use your Internet connectivity for free, in addition to being able ...
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Security In a Week – Issue #1

3-10 December 2013 I am back to writing about security, this is my passion after all. So here we are with a totally new article series entitled security in a week. This is a series of article that will posted each week covering security news from all around the globe. Have you ever wished to check all security websites to only find out that there's a lot of reading to do and most of the articles are mainly useless to you? Well no need to worry ...
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BT UK Pulls the Plug on Dialup Internet Service

At the beginning of September, one of the UK’s biggest internet providers had controversially ended its dialup service. BT, who have spent billions on investing in fibre optic technology rolled out across the UK, decided to abandon dialup internet, potentially leaving thousands of customers in the lurch, especially those in rural areas where broadband connections are impossible to arrange. Those left with no internet connection whatsoever by BT ...
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2-Minute Hack: Double SPAM-Proof Your Gmail

No long talks about spam and what it does to your health. Just know that there's a way to strengthen even further your spam protection on Gmail. Why would you want to do that? You'd want to do it every time you subscribe to a mailing list or affiliate link. Whenever you need to subscribe to email updates from a company you don't totally trust, add the following extra layer of protection. Do not enter your normal email address in the online form. ...
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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, ...
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Latest Google Downtime: Worldwide Informational Chaos

Today, the 18/8/2013, from 3:52 PM until 3:57 PM Pacific Daylight Time, the world has witnessed 40% of its global Internet traffic being lobbed off as shown by the graph below.   You are wondering about the reason, well it is pretty simple: Google was out for several minutes. Yes we all thought that anything can go offline but not Google. But this is what actually happened, and during this downtime some services stopped along like Gmail, Google ...
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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 still spend at least half their workday dealing with e-mail, and I'm not talking about a particular region of the world. Where there is office work and business in general, ...
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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 ...
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Music: Let’s Play It Loud and Cloud

So Grooveshark is having hard times lately... in the name of music copyrights and other legal shenanigans. However, this cannot blur the fact that Grooveshark was the very first to bring music streaming to the masses, before being repeatedly beaten down. Google pulled Grooveshark's mobile app from Google Play in early 2011, after Apple had done the same the previous year. Moreover, Spotify launched in the U.S. in July, 2011 with the blessing ...
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Around a Third of Online Time Is Spent on Social Networks

The title is pretty explicit. The figure is pretty much amazing too, even though some of you out there (hardcore social networks addicts) might find it a bit low. Why? Because you're effectively aware of the fact that most of your internet time is spent on Facebook, Twitter or Google+, amongst others. You can hardly remember where you effectively do go on the Internet aside of these social media hubs. Let us segregate it geographically now. Social ...
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Touch Cloud PitchFest Pre-Event

Whether you've heard of it before or not, the news of Lebanese telecom company, touch, breaking through the virtual world of "the cloud" never ceases to amaze. Described perfectly on their website, touch Cloud is described as: "A set of scalable, on demand web services that allow developers to build web and mobile apps in a fast and reliable way, for use on any phone or computer, any operating system, in any country, and with any operator. " What ...
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At The Pool: The New “Anti-Facebook”?

At The Pool is a Los Angeles-based social discovery platform, or maybe did you know that. Target:  to provide “similar” or “substitute” services to the ones provided by Facebook, taking advantage of the latter's potential attrition in the near future. To do that, At The Pool focuses on “getting you offline and connecting you with new people.” At The Pool launched back in July 2102 serving exclusively the Los Angeles market. However, ...
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Did You Know There’s a Map of the Internet?

Peer 1 Hosting have just released a map of the Internet that combines cartography and connectivity in one geeky canvas. The map is released to users everywhere through an app (available for iOS and Android) with a pretty simple concept: to show the connections between bandwidth providers around the world. Utility? Well, you can now play around with the map in a global view or a network view. The global view is like one of those satellite images of ...
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Online: How Companies Adopt Different Sales Models

Websites. You know, these things we head to in order for us to... to what exactly? In fact, when thinking about what we actually do on the Internet, things boil down to a few activities, in the end: we conduct some random searches to find out more about a word, a recipe, a product or an event, we consult our social networks pages, we read news here and there, we check our emails, we buy things, and basically, that's for it. Hence websites can be ...
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Google Readying a Physical Password

Passwords are starting to grow weak. Weak and rather predictable. A few combinations of known names, pet names, birthdays dates, and initials are hardly a good protection for your online accounts and identities. This is why Google is working on making future passwords require, well... physical proof. How this can be reached? There are multiple alternatives, of which embedded chips in smartphones (pretty probable) or rings worn on the finger (rather ...
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What’s New in the E-Book Industry?

Where is the e-book industry heading? Is it gaining traction? Is it stalling? Did people truly get used to reading digital copies of their favorite books on their tablets, rather than holding those paperback treasures? It does seen so, globally, judging by the consistently increasing sales of book readers, like the Kindle and other siblings, and tablets. The tablet challenge did ultimately succeed, as Steve Jobs predicted; tablets are indeed harming ...
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Total Domains Pass 246 Million Worldwide

Some Internet talk now. Have you ever wondered how many registered domains are there, whether active or dormant? We did, so we peaked at the latest Domain Name Industry Brief report from Verisign. 5 Million Domain Names Registered in Q3 of 2012 The third quarter of 2012 closed with a base of more than 246 million domain name registrations across all Top- Level Domains (TLDs), an increase of 5.7 million domain names, or 2.4 percent over the ...
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The Nielsen Brief – Issue #4

Mobile phone history got itself a new milestone this year: Smartphone owners became the majority of mobile phone users for the first time ever, growing from 49 percent in Q1 2012 to 56 percent by Q3 2012. As far as online brands are concerned, Google remained the top Web brand, with a monthly average 172 million unique visitors for the firs ten months of 2012, followed by Facebook, with an average of 153 million visits each month. Now, for a quick ...
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Let’s Get to Know More About Cookies

We browse the internet. We browse the internet quite a lot. We go everywhere; but statistics show that we tend to visit a "bouquet" of habitual websites and portals (you know, Facebook, our Webmail portals, Twitter, and our interests' bookmarks). And as we browse, our browser stocks on our computer's hard drive bits of the Internet. Those bits are named cookies - We're positive you've already heard about them somehow. These cookies are designed ...
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SoundCloud Gets a Massive Refresh

SoundCloud is different now. In fact, it is different since last Tuesday. The result is a more social experience that makes of SoundCloud the YouTube of audio. The main modifications have been done to its user interface. The whole platform is now cleaner, with a vastly simplified navigation. Two navigation buttons instead of the old five, flanked by a redesigned search box. Not everything is in UI The entire website and its set of services has ...
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Progress Report: Lebanon Ministry of Telecoms

In an unprecedented gesture, the Lebanese Telecom Ministry published some weeks back its yearly progress report, encompassing years 2011 and 2012’s statistics, figures and results. We found this to be a very thoughtful and nice approach, and encourage every Ministry to do so, on a regular and consistent basis. We hope this becomes a trend and finds a way to establish itself as a rule. We will try and compile a summary of it, but we do encourage ...
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