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Turn Up the Color with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd announced the Galaxy Tab S, Samsung’s thinnest and lightest tablet to date. This Super AMOLED tablet combines the most advanced display technology with a full range of premium content for an unrivaled entertainment experience. The Galaxy Tab S is also powered with enhanced productivity features for effortless multitasking, all elegantly housed in a highly stylish, yet practical design. The tablet is becoming a popular ...
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Fitness Pro Launches Polar Loop: Smart, Stylish and Accurate

Fitness Pro, sole distributor for Polar products in the Lebanese market, recently announced Polar Loop, a stylish activity tracker in the form of a smart bracelet, which tracks daily activity and exercise levels, monitors sleep patterns, gives instant motivational feedback and provides alerts to help users achieve personalized daily activity goals. Building on more than 35 years of experience as the worldwide leader in heart rate and fitness assessment ...
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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 different experiences. Some of you who follow me on Twitter might have noticed that I immediately reached out to Uber Beirut upon news of their launch. I am a big fan of the ...
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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 ...
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Roadie Tuner: A Lebanese-brewed Portable Guitar Tuner

For those of you who still haven’t heard of Roadie, It is an automatic tuner for any stringed music instrument. The concept is extremely simple and pure genius, to say the least. It uses the iPhone and a motorized accessory (which totally looks awesome by the way), to tune the instrument. It connects to the Roadie mobile app on the iPhone via low energy Bluetooth. The app then receives the string sound, analyzes it, processes it and sends the ...
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Microsoft NGO Day: Enhancing NGOs Productivity for a Better Lebanon

Under the patronage of H.E. the Minister of Social Affairs, Mr. Rashid Derbass, the Higher Council for Children in collaboration with Online Safety Lebanon organized a Microsoft NGO Day in the aim of enhancing NGOs productivity for a better Lebanon. Following the conference, three workshops took place highlighting the most effective methods to: Enable NGOs and Manage the Success of their Projects, Utilize and Benefit from Information Technology and ...
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A Deep Dive Into DevAppLB’s 12-Hour Hackathon [Official PR]

In what might have been Lebanon’s most intense hackathon yet, dozens of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs gathered on Saturday, May 3rd, to build mobile apps and games in only 12 hours. The DevAppLB 12­Hour Ultralight Hackathon, organized by AltCity with strategic partners Al Mawarid Bank, Beirut Digital DIstrict, and Middle East Venture Partners, aims at kickstarting the mobile app production economy in Lebanon. “Instead of having startups ...
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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 ...
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Huawei Smartphones Now Officially Available in Lebanon

Cherfane Trading Company (Chetraco) launched Huawei smartphones in Lebanon during a press conference that took place at Le Royal Hotel, in the attendance of a crowd of Technology and lifestyle journalists to discover and experience the smartphones which made an impression on the Android market globally. “Today we welcome the Huawei smartphones to the unique, multi faceted national distributor Chetraco family alongside other brands such as kelvinator, ...
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Participate in DevAppLB’s Hackathon and Win Up To $5000 and More

It didn't take long for the DevAppLB 2014 program, which started in March with ideaton workshops across university campuses in Beirut, to kick things into second gear and rally premium partners namely AltCity and touch (alongside its touch Cloud technology provider, Apstrata) to offer Lebanese mobile app developers a unique opportunity to enhance their knowledge through a series of workshops on app design, app development, game development, and ...
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eTobb Is Now Taking Care of Android Users

eTobb is an online platform connecting doctors and patients....etc...etc...etc...Now that we decided to move past the usual intros, prefabricated statements and huge paragraphs that no one wants to read, I can hand it to you in a nutshell. It's as simple as that and it has been taking Lebanon and neighboring countries by storm since their inception. The idea may, admittedly, not be entirely unique or original (think WebMD) but the implementation ...
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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 ...
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Conference: All About BitCoin

Bitcoin, the new technology and digital currency, is taking the world by storm. Bader Young Entrepreneurs Program invites you to the gardens of one of the most vibrant co-working spaces and startup hubs in the city for a casual discussion on Bitcoin technology. The session is Q&A only, with general introduction on the technology and experts. The floor is open for all of your Bitcoin questions so come prepared with them. The session will take ...
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Nokia X, XL Officially Announced in Lebanon

In a fancy "Green" environment, Nokia announced that the Nokia X, part of the new Nokia X family of affordable smartphones that run Android apps, has begun selling in Lebanon. The new devices are the perfect introduction to the world of Android apps, coupled with signature Nokia experiences, and the most popular Microsoft services. Based on a forked version of Android, the X and XL devices gives the option to their owners the benefits of having thousands ...
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Microsoft Lebanon Launches its First Edition of National Cloud Summit

Microsoft Lebanon held a workshop on Cloud Technology and its effectiveness of governments and the public sector on Wednesday the 26th of March 2014 at their offices in Downtown, Beirut. The workshop, which incorporated a series of lectures on the benefits of National Cloud in governmental departments as well as public and private sectors in Lebanon, gathered key decision makers in the Lebanese government. Over the past few years, government entities ...
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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 ...
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Touch, Apstrata and AltCity Come Together to Bring Us DevAppLB 2014

With a bit of improv comedy and the fastest hackathon to date, the DevAppLB program certainly takes a new approach to how to help people build light mobile apps and games, and adds a fun twist to the startup scene of Beirut. The DevAppLB program is an initiative of Touch and their new Touch Cloud developer toolkit, working with Technology provider Apstrata, and organized by AltCity, to support the mobile ecosystem in Lebanon and give app developers ...
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Microsoft Experience 2014: Unveiling the Latest Tech Trends

This Wednesday, Microsoft Lebanon held the Microsoft Experience 2014, a networking afternoon event that brought together Lebanon’s technology professionals to discover and experience the latest technologies from Microsoft and its partners. With a plethoric program including an interactive standing conference, a large showcasing area and an augmented magic show, Microsoft Experience 2014 was a must-attend event for professionals and enthusiasts in ...
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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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ArabNet Beirut 2014: Day 2 Wrap-Up

As Arabnet unraveled the second day of its 2014 edition with a visit by government officials most notably H.E. Minister of Telecom Boutros Harb, the agenda of the day promised a rich selection of panels and sessions to attend. We set out by making rounds in the main hall and visiting exhibitors who were spread as usual across the floor representing start-ups, sponsors, telecom operators and other activities. The names present on the floor included: ...
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Official: ArabNet Beirut 2014 Edition Kicked-Off Today

The official opening ceremony of ArabNet Beirut Conference 2014 was held this morning at the Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand hotel, organized by ArabNet in collaboration with the Central Bank of Lebanon, and in strategic partnership with Bank Audi, Beirut Digital District, and Digital Media Services. ArabNet Beirut brings together more than 70 speakers, 40 sponsors and partners, and 600 attendees to discuss the latest trends and opportunities in digital ...
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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 ...
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Maurice Sehnaoui Introducing HEY
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HEY! Is BLC’s New Tool for Digital Payment

BLC Bank introduced this week HEY! the "fastest, simplest, safest and most cost-effective way to pay and get paid". HEY! is a mobile payment solution that has both the merchant and the consumer in mind. It is a free app that can be downloaded on smartphones, allowing users to settle their purchases at points of sale, pay for a delivery order from any location and enjoy the convenience of paying anyone instantly through their mobile phones. HEY! ...
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Twitter Trends Expand to 50 New Locations, Including Lebanon

Twitter has expanded its Trends service to 50 new locations worldwide, including a number of cities across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and beyond. Most importantly, Lebanon has now its own Trend meter. Launched in 2012, Trends showcases topics and hashtags that are popular in a particular location. It is generally seen as a way to increase engagement among users, which makes today’s news noteworthy since Twitter‘s weak user growth figures underwhelmed ...
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Microsoft Lebanon Donates Licenses to Caritas Lebanon’s HOPE Center

In line with Microsoft’s partnership with Caritas Lebanon that was announced two years ago, Microsoft Lebanon recently offered software licenses to Caritas’ HOPE Center for children with learning disabilities. On this occasion, Caritas Lebanon held a ceremony at their HOPE Center in Beit Chabab in honor of Microsoft Lebanon attended by Caritas Lebanon President, Father Simon Faddoul, Microsoft Lebanon Country Manager Mrs. Hoda Younan, Caritas ...
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The New Refreshed RoBoCop Is Nearly Among Us

In this new refreshed RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology.  Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years – and it’s meant billions for OmniCorp’s bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) – a loving husband, father and good cop ...
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Escape From Paradise, The New Game From the Awesome Game Cooks

While reason dictates that Heaven is THE place to be, the hero of Game Cooks' new game Escape from Paradise seems to disagree and is desperately looking for a way out! The story of this game closely resembles our situation in the region – while the Middle East has a Heavenly side to it, we constantly seek to escape it! Game Cooks, developers behind the widely successful games Run For Peace and Captain Oil, have developed this new adventure game ...
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Microsoft Took Holiday Shopping to a Whole New Level

Microsoft, in collaboration with their partners HP, Samsung and Asus, took this last holiday season shopping to a whole new level by revealing a wide variety of Windows devices ideal for both work and play. The holiday campaign came in line with Microsoft’s commitment to delivering unparalleled experiences to their customers by combining devices and services in a unique way. Quoting Hoda Younan, Microsoft Lebanon Country Manager: Software ...
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