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Keeping Up To Date: Five Benefits Of Frequent Technology Updates

Keeping up to date on the latest tech may at first sound like a simple undertaking. Just check out a tech blog or tech section of your favorite news source and see what’s happening, right? However, staying on the cutting edge of what’s happening in the rapidly changing tech landscape is a complex and multifaceted proposition. Software, hardware, security, it all needs to be monitored and a change in one often ripples into changes in them all. Just ...
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Playtech’s New Partnership Increases Platform’s Flexibility

Playtech's gambling platform is set to reach new highs in the coming months thanks to a new partnership with Metric Gaming. Before you latest Playtech game release here, let us give you a rundown of why MetricGaming's services will make the Playtech powered Gala Coral a much more diverse platform. In technical terms, MetricGaming will integrate its Rapid Fire Sports technology into Playtech's portal. In a nutshell, this basically means that sports ...
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The Perfect Premier League Experience

There are 154 live football matches being televised this year after Sky and BT agreed to a monstrous £3bn two-year deal. So with more football than ever you’ll need to have the proper set up to really have unadulterated and unhindered football viewing. Below are some essentials. Betting App Having a bet makes everything more interesting whilst, thanks to the power of the internet, the in-play markets benefit greatly. Being able to bet instantaneously ...
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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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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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Wearable Tech Can Be Gorgeous: Moto 360

Wearable Tech watches trend is on the rise lately. But so far, most of them (more like all of them) is not a true joy to wear, since they are quite obvious and flashy. Not anymore. Motorola hit a finesse shot with the freshly announced Moto 360. The Moto 360 is an extremely elegant and refined smartwatch which aims at keeping you on time and up to date, with a promise not to take you out of the moment nor distract you, telling you what you need ...
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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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Adidas miCoach: The Smart Ball That Makes You a Better Footballer

Adidas launched the miCoach Smart Ball, a football that can allegedly coach you to take better free-kicks, penalties, long passes, shots and corner kicks. Sounds crazy, right? How exactly does the whole thing work? Inside the ball is a small, suspended bundle of sensors that analyze the ball as it moves through the air. Adidas then combines this data with some homemade algorithms taking into consideration where you hit the ball, the speed, ...
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STEP 2014: A Day Designed for Creatives, Influencers and Technology Geeks

You do not want to miss Dubai’s only media, technology and design conference this April 30th. STEP Conference is bringing together creatives, technophiles and innovators for a day full of inspiring talks, interactive experiences and an epic after-party. The conference will occur in the region’s haven for creativity and artistic spirits which is Alserkal Avenue located in Al Quoz. STEP will be flying-in Middle East’s biggest names in the world ...
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How I Watch Game of Thrones

I’m a big fan of Game of Thrones. In fact, I’m such a big fan that when season 3 ended, I went ahead and read the books, all 5 of them! (on the Kindle of course). Now that Season 4 is coming, I want to tell you about my setup for watching the show on a big tv the day after it’s aired in the US. The Setup Let’s get this out of the way: Everything I’m going to use is for Mac or iOS. If you’re an android/pc guy (or gal), I’m afraid ...
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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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The Future Mobile Trends Predicted Today

Mobile technology continues to develop at an almost alarming speed. It’s almost impossible today in a world of smart phones and devices to remember the days when a mobile phone that barely fit in your backpack was considered the device of the future. There’s absolutely no doubt that we live in an era of technology, and while some may think that these advancements must be slowing down, what’s actually happening is that many new amazing pieces ...
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Google and Android Invading Your Car Soon

2014 is starting just the way we want it to. In a blogpost today, Google announced that they are starting to "invade" cars. What does that exactly mean? Some awesomeness in terms of related data gathered, and switching cars will be as easy as sending your personal data to your new car and every dream will become true. Batman, we're coming at you... New Partnership To Bring Android to The Open Road In this multi-screen world, switching between ...
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When Gardening Goes High-Tech

We've seen almost everything, when it comes to Smartphone Technology advancements, as of late. Smartphones of today embed a plethora of sensors and features, starting to enumerate them would be trivial. The latest novelty in the matter are Smartphones that respond to signals from plants. This "green-Tech" does not only affect phones; Can you picture laptops that coordinate irrigation of vineyards? Even more: remote weather stations programmed to text ...
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How the Entire Computing World Will Converge Towards 7-Inch Tablets

The Smartphone era was a game changer bringing powerful computing machines to the palms of the average consumer. To highlight the power of these phones, a flagship smartphone today is as powerful as an average laptop in 2008 and actually much speedier packing an optimized operating system and solid state drive (SSD). But the noticeable trend in smartphones seem to be bigger is better with screen sizes going from 3.5 inch on the first iPhone(which ...
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Drivers: a Thing of Yesterday

Whether it be planes, trains or even cars, the term human drivers will be a noun from the past. Take trains for example; recently Rio has decided to replace their train drivers with automated machines since apparently being a conductor is one of most paying jobs in the country (Around 224,000$ anually!). The plan to launch Robot locomotives was pushed  by Rio Tinto Group to haul iron ore across Australia. The system will be implemented using laser ...
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Retrospective: The Samsung Story

They cracked the screens and cases with heavy hammers. Then they lit a bonfire and threw everything in. Workers lost in the haze of their own sorrow and distress, crying. And still the hardware to be crushed and eliminated kept coming. Snap! Let me draw you a picture of what's happening. Samsung's CEO was disgusted by the low quality product coming out of his factories in the early 1990s and, in a blaze of anger, ordered it all destroyed. This ...
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So What Is 4K TV?

The (near) future of TV is among us. Earlier this year, Sony, LG and lately Samsung unveiled their new 4K giant TV sets. And with this, they all threw HD TV decades backward, rendering it obsolete. Unfortunately, this does mean that we all will have to upgrade our TVs at some point in the near future, even though we just did invest in the latest 3D Smart Full HD LED TV. So what exactly is 4K? What does this new standard and Technology bring to the ...
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Google: The State of World Domination

Google already made the shift from a mere search engine to a multi-talented operating system and software developer powerhouse. But now, maturing even a whole lot more, Google is shifting from this to a global Technology provider to the masses. Google did not announce any new gadget, any new device at its latest I/O this year; but what it did undeniably imply was way more revealing: its bid to become... the "Nexus" of your Technology-centered life. ...
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Just In: Robotize Your Home

Home automation is at everyone's reach nowadays. Over are the days when only the rich and nerdy would have access to automatic thermostats, automatic switches and other home-controlling gadgets and equipments. Smartphones, WiFi, and ever-shrinking Tech can easily turn your pad into a web-connected smart palace. We've selected three utilities that will come in handy whenever you feel it is time to turn your house around and robotize it, finally. Belkin ...
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Should Our Kids Be That Exposed to Technology?

I often hear the same words from my friends talking about their young kids: They trail into the sitting room and wander around, throwing their eyes everywhere, scanning for an iPod Touch or an iPad, craving for some Tech time. Most of the time too, these kids are so young, they do barely know how to speak! But it looks like Technology doesn't ask for an age. Well, it probably should. At least, parents definitely should. I still remember the days when ...
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Do We Still Need Physical Tech Retail Stores?

These days, everything tends to become digital. Of course, one of the biggest examples being newspaper and books. And services: booking services, billing, even financial services. Our music has gone digital too, in two phases though, migrating from an analog physical support to a digital, then swapping physical support to become cloud-embedded. Movies and series too. And as we already stated in our previous article, shopping and retail also hit the ...
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Want To Live and Die on Mars? Apply Now!

Mars One has officially begun its worldwide search for astronauts who will fly to Mars in 2023. A tiny detail though:  They will never come back. From what we can see so far, it does look like the first humans on Mars will most probably be reality TV stars. Why? Looking at the whole "selection" process did remind us of currently ongoing reality shows casting phases: select 24 to 40 candidates willing to travel to Mars in groups of four, the ...
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What Is IMAX?

So we have a new movie theater in Lebanon. VOX Cinemas recently opened its doors to the public; this new complex is located inside Beirut City Centre. What is so special about it? Well, it is equipped with screens and theaters following IMAX standards. But what exactly is IMAX? IMAX (an abbreviation for Image Maximum) is a motion picture film format and a set of cinema projection standards created by the Canadian company IMAX Corporation. ...
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Introducing the iBeetle: A Volkswagen Car with an Apple Touch

At the annual Shanghai auto show, Volkswagen, the famous German car maker, introduced the iBeetle, a "modified" iconic Beetle vehicle with a special iPhone dock which integrates into the vehicles function. Not to be confused with an iCar (which we hope will eventually come to existence), the iBeetle will feature an interface that allows the iPhone to integrate into the vehicle's functions via a specially developed app called the“Volkswagen Car ...
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UVeBand: Your Friendly Sunscreen Reminder

Summer is warming up its engines and will be here in no time. Some time in the sun is what you'll do best in a few weeks. Better be careful then, keep your sunscreen nearby. This time around, you'll have a new sunbathing companion: UVeBand. This new Kickstarter project can protect you from the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays. UVeBand is a slap bracelet that monitors exposure to the sun and vibrates when you need to apply more sunscreen. ...
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AI & Robotics: Where Do We Stand

Similar to our newly launched series about comics, of which we published the first part a few days ago, we are going to be publishing a series of info and trivia articles about general science matters, maths wonders and other interesting stuff, we worked on collecting from about everywhere, be it on the internet, or even offline reference sources. The article we're proposing to you today will deal with some facts and figures about Artificial Intelligence ...
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What Happened to HD-DVD?

HD-DVD and Blu-ray bloomed at around the same time, practically. Of course, Blu-ray is something we're mostly familiar with (I'm writing this piece in front of a full library of Blu-ray movies blue boxes), but HD-DVD is nowhere to be seen. Let me go back a notch to the early days of both. These formats came as an alternative to the back then (and still nowadays) popular and mainstream DVD format. Main motivation to have a new format was technological ...
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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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Tech Transitions: Encyclopaedia Britannica Case

Encyclopaedia Britannica ceased production of their famed physical volumes about one year ago. Of course, as we can witness it in our daily life, the vast migration of information from ink and paper to bits and screens has begun. But imagining and realizing that a massive publication such as Britannica would cease production is not an easy thing to do. Why? Because the publication lived through nearly 250 years unharmed. For most of us, news like ...
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