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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …