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Hicon: The Smart Wristband Social Bracelet

Hicon – The social bangle is a huge step forward in the Internet of Things, and is destined to revolutionize people’s social lives in the years to come. The bangle, developed by the company Things-Lab, can be customized with the icons of the wearer’s favourite social networks, meaning it can ‘narrate’ anyone’s identity and encourage social interaction. Indeed, hicon is the first real social display bracelet, which as well as displaying the ...
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Path Launches a New Messaging App: ‘Talk’

Most of us is aware of the social network aggregator app, Path. The idea of Path was bringing exclusivity to social networks, by forcing you to be selective by choosing your closest people, only allowing up to 150 contacts per user. This is history now, as the company decided to back off from its exclusivity angle by removing the friend limit. I personally almost immediately jumped on the Path train back when the service was first launched, ...
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Facebook Launches Slingshot, A Snapchat Rival App

Slingshot, the new iOS and Android app from the Facebook Creative Labs that was born during a Creative Labs hackathon in December, puts a new twist on ephemeral photo and video sharing. Here is how: In order to see a photo or video sent to you by a friend, you have to reply with a photo or video. The photos or videos sent can have text added either right over the image or as a caption. You can draw on the images. There’s even music ...
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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, ...
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Facebook For iOS Now (Sort Of) Works Offline

Facebook today updated its iOS app with three new perks/enhancements: Review what your post will look like and choose whether to remove any suggested links before sharing what you’re reading, watching or listening to. Create posts even when you have no connection or you’re in airplane mode, and they’ll be shared once your connection gets back. Improvements to make News Feed load faster, especially on legacy phones and tablets. The ...
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Roundup: Security in a Week – 4/11 May 2014

Beware of false Facebook hacking websites, don’t be a fool! When you search the web on how to hack a Facebook account, a huge list of websites will pop up and this number is on the rise. Those websites might claim that they are able to get you any Facebook account credentials in minutes, some might claim to do it live in front of you, and some might claim other lies. They can be very good at misleading you and will try anything just to fool ...
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The Art of Choosing Who to Follow on Twitter

There is only one good reason to follow someone on Twitter. When I first joined Twitter, I started following everything and everyone who sounded vaguely Lebanese. I also followed back everyone who followed me, as a form of courtesy and protocole. It was at a time when Beirut Spring was about gathering little nuggets of Lebanese news here and there, and I figured at the time that twitter was a great source of offbeat news. Years have passed and ...
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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 ...
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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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How Small Business Needs to Engage Social Media in 2014

Any business, whether small or large, seeks to find a need and fill it. When there is an area that is being unfulfilled, a competitive advantage can be gained by meeting that need. Despite the ubiquity of social media, according to an analysis of Fortune 500 companies, more than two-thirds of them have no social media presence whatsoever. At the same time, a study released on social media showed that 90% of CEOs felt that social media was extremely ...
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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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The 7 Odd Types of LinkedIn Contacts

Ever since the dot-com boom in the last century, people have sought out to enhance their business presence by using online mediums. It comes to no surprise to anyone, with the emergence of Social Media  as a defacto medium of human communication a few years ago, that the torch would be handed-on to this new age channel. LinkedIn came to be during this gold rush, immediately sweeping away the competition for an array of reasons that, unfortunately, ...
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Facebook Unveils Shared Photo Albums

Usually when you want to upload some photos of a specific social event on Facebook, you are limited to the ones that you have taken through your phone or camera. Other photos that was were shot by your friends will either be in their own photo album on Facebook or given to you so that you upload everything to a single album for everybody to see. And then you start tagging your friends. Every time a new picture needs to be added, the owner of the album ...
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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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Facebook Holding an Event on Thursday March 7

Facebook has just issued its invitations to the press to attend an event on March 7th, 2013 in its Menlo Park headquarters. The invitation (as seen below) specifies that the focus of this event is for people to have a sneak peak at the new design of their news feed. Apparently, a redesigned version of the Facebook's famous timeline has already been tested for a while in New Zealand, which features a new look for the toolbar at the top of the screen, ...
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Your Instagram Feed is Now on the Web

You know that Instagram feed you look at every time you open the app on your phone to see all the new pictures your friends and people you follow have posted? Previously, doing this was only limited to the screen of your phone (or tablet). But starting today, you will be able to do this from the comfort of your web browser as Instagram has announced via its blog. However, this update only allows you to view the feed without being able to upload ...
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Facebook Announces Graph Search

Mark Zuckerberg announced yesterday the release of a new search tool called "Graph Search", which, in short, is intended to help Facebook users in searching through the numerous links and connections that every one has for specific information and common interests. As Zuckerberg puts it, this is "not web search." The new tool is designed to find specific pieces of content from a precise query, rather than web search, which returns general responses ...
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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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Twitter: You Can Now Download All Your Tweets

Twitter Archive at Last Twitter has finally provided its users with the option to download all their tweets via an option called "Your Twitter Archive". This is an option that Twitter's CEO Dick Costolo promised a couple of months ago. Apparently, this feature is being rolled out to users, where some have reported that accessing the "Settings" of their Twitter account provided them with a new option to access "Your Twitter Archive", where they ...
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Google+ New 2012 Winter Arrivals

As weird as it might look, many people do effectively use Google+. We're only saying this because Google+ does seem to drag behind other social networks like Facebook and Twitter in terms of individual user adoption. It might be normal, it's younger. But Google+ is not Google Buzz; It is growing. It is true that it remains a "niche" network, mainly used by Android and Corporate users. But things are changing. Google recently announced that it has ...
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Make Your Own Music Videos with Strum

You want to turn the videos shot on your iPhone into crazy instant music video clips, in a matter of seconds? The guys at Smule will make of your wish a reality, through Strum. Instagram lets you add sepia filters to your pictures, now Strum offers a number of built-in filters for your videos;  That's not all of it: it'll give you the means to add a soundtrack to it as well. How Does It Work? Strum’s filters instantly transform your video ...
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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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A Quick Insight from TEDxBeirut 2012

Following the astounding success of the TEDxBeirut event last year and the amazing build up job done by the organizers including the TEDx Salons roadshow across lebanon over the past year, there was no limit to the excitement of the over 1200 attendees arriving at the Unesco Palace this past 17th of November. The audience this year was strikingly different compared to that of 2011: a much younger, hipper, relaxed crowd, to which the organizers catered ...
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Can Myspace Wake from the Dead?

Originally started in 2003 by Tom Anderson and Chris Dewolfe, Myspace was the (only?) place to be if you wanted to connect with your friends or share things with the larger online community. You might remember it being famous for being that site where supposedly anyone could tweak the design of their profile page simply by modifying the CSS code. That all changed when Facebook rolled into town to swiftly wash out the market, with its simple design ...
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