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How About a Cellphone Users Sidewalk Lane?

How about dedicating walking lanes for people using mobile phones? This new experimental trend has been observed in Washington D.C. a few months ago, but also in Chongqing City, China, where the country’s first “exclusive sidewalk for mobile phone users” has been introduced. Utility? We guess this type of exclusive sidewalk would prevent people …

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, …

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 …

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 …

Electronic Products on the Rise Shows Growth Opportunities in the Test & Measurement Sector

While not all industries are in a growth phase at this point in the global economy, according to TechNavio’s market analysis, the industry using measuring and testing equipment will grow by almost 25 per cent between 2011 and 2015. The reason for this major growth is the fact that global demand for electronic products is on the rise. This growth has …

Down the Curve: What Might Be Big in 2014

Everything in the Tech world looks like promising us that all our screens will be “flexible”, or at least just curved, in the very near future. We do agree that things change. But will we go as far as to believe that was was flat will not be this year? The Earth is not flat, so why should be our displays? This pretty much does seem like the latest …

Polaroid Fits an HD camera Into a One Inch Cube

This little video camera was spotted at CES and captures video at 720p onto microSD card. Its lens covers 120 degrees for wide-angle shooting and it’s waterproof up to two metres. A built-in microphone captures audio. The lens will also capture still images at up to five megapixels and we have to say that this little camera does seem remarkably difficult …

The Future Will Be Wearable: Gadgets Attack

Apple and Google are rocking the boat of the gadget world by recently shifting the battlefield to the ground of wearable Tech. Apple has been rumored to be currently working on a new smartwatch to compliment its current product line. Google made waves with the developer release of their Glass. Either way, we;re witnessing a major shift in Tech trends, …

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 …

2013 Tech: What Should We Expect

2013. Another year to look forward to: new devices to be released, new technologies to be unveiled, ones that may finally go mainstream. And 2013 looks particularly promising. 2012 was the year that saw the unveiling of the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini, Samsung’s Galaxy S3 and Note II, Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, and in the Gaming world, …

Why Traditional Retail Is Dying

After twenty years of big scale presence, where does e-commerce stand? Well, twenty is not a small number. And e-commerce has shown great resilience, the main indicator being that it’s still alive and kicking. Not only did it survive the past two decades, but it also evolved. E-commerce is now a +$200 billion industry in the U.S. alone. The main driver …