Category Archives: Technology

DSL Is Down

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The DSL connections have been down for more than 3 hours now and I am unable to reach Ogero to figure out what’s happening. It seems they were performing some maintenance but it’s taking forever.

Update: DSL was back up on August 14th around noon.

Nokia Appoints Lebanese Ramzi Haidamus As President of Nokia’s Technologies Business

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Nokia appointed Ramzi Haidamus as President of Nokia’s technologies business and member of the Group Leadership team few days ago. Ramzi used to work with Dolby Laboratories where he helped the business grow from a USD 72 million private business into a nearly USD 1 billion thriving public company. He was featured on Forbes as one of the top 10 highest paid marketing executives.

Read the full story [Here].

PS: The story was originally posted on blogoftheboss

Did The Internet In Lebanon Really Slow Down Recently?

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I’ve been told by a couple of people that the internet is really bad lately in Lebanon, but personally speaking I couldn’t relate to what they are saying as I haven’t been experiencing any unusual slowness. My Alfa 4G connection is lightening fast and I’ve consumed the whole 5GB last month before my cycle ended. The 4MB Ogero DSL connection I have at work is very fast and the only issues we had lately were with our router and Ogero who were doing some maintenance a couple of weeks back. The 1Mb Ogero DSL connection I have at my parent’s house is still decent but I still can’t upgrade it due to the old phone cables. Added to that, I upgraded my Touch 3.9G dongle to the 4G dongle (which looks very ugly by the way) and I’ve been using it in different areas without any issues.

I don’t know about other providers like IDM, Sodetel or Wise but I haven’t noticed any change lately. Of course there’s no more free night traffic but this should rather improve the connection than slow it down.

Don’t get me wrong as I am not saying the internet situation is ideal in Lebanon, but I haven’t noticed any changes lately which is a good and a bad thing at the same time.

Lebanese Amhaz Electronics Hit By U.S. Sanctions

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As far as I know, Ahmaz people were not really hiding their political allegiance, so they must have seen it coming. For those of you who don’t know Stars Group, they basically mobile phones to the majority of shops in Lebanon and always get the new phones ahead of others somehow.

As the Treasury Department announced today, the United States targeted a key Hizbullah procurement network by designating brothers Kamel Mohamad Amhaz and Issam Mohamad Amhaz; their business, Stars Group Holding, which is based in Beirut and has subsidiaries in China and the UAE; and certain managers and individuals who supported their illicit activities,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement.

Later on Thursday, a Stars Group manager denied the accusations in remarks to LBCI television, saying his firm had not yet received the sanctions decree in an official manner. “Hizbullah relies heavily on front companies such as Stars Group Holding, which continue to procure dual-use material for the organization to enhance its military capabilities,” the State Department said in its statement.

It accused Stars Group Holding of covertly purchasing sophisticated electronics and other technology from suppliers around the world, including “a range of engines, communications, electronics, and navigation equipment.”

No More Free Night Traffic For Ogero DSL Users

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According to this article, free night traffic is no longer be available for Ogero DSL internet users and will be replaced by a 2Mbps unlimited plan for 75,000LL (50$).

Given that the prices were slashed by more than 80% and the quotas were multiplied by 10 times for some packages, I don’t think taking out the free night traffic will affect a lot of users specially that there’s an unlimited option now for just 50$. In fact, it might improve the internet connection between midnight and 7am as the free night traffic was killing it. What remains to be seen is how this unlimited package works and how the fair usage policy will be applied.

Moreover, a lot of areas in Lebanon still can’t get more than a 1Mbps connection, which sucks and makes the new packages useless for them.

Over 3 Million Internet Users In Lebanon By 2017

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According to a study conducted by Madar Research & Development center, 69.2 percent of the Lebanese population will be using the internet by the end of 2017, as opposed to just 45.1 percent in 2012. That means we will reach 3.2 million users in 2017 and will have the 5th highest number of internet users in the Arab World, after Bahrain (87.4 percent), Kuwait (73.7 percent), Morocco (72.4 percent) and the United Arab Emirates (72.2 percent).

Of course what matters most is that we have an internet as quick and abundant as the ones in other Arab countries and it looks like we are on the right path.

via DailyStar

Lebanese Sam Ghobril’s Mingle App for iPhone

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I read that the app reached the top of the productivity apps list on the App Store but that’s for the Lebanese App store of course. Nevertheless, Ghobril’s app “Mingle” has been performing quick well worldwide as you can see in the below screenshot. It reached the #4 rank in the productivity apps list in France and #5 in the UAE.

Moreover, Mingle has got some pretty cool reviews from Tech Crunch and Minimal Mac among others. Sarah Perez from TechCrunch described the app as “a cleaner and less sluggish type of contacts application”. I don’t know if I would make use of such an app but it’s definitely worth a try.

Sam is still in high school by the way which is pretty cool!

You can check out Sam’s [website] and download the app [Here].

Mingle was built from the ground up to make connecting with your contacts faster, easier, and more enjoyable in every way!

Some of Mingle’s greatest features:

Super fast & intuitive interface
Numerous actions to fit your every need, from Phone to Twitter to Fantastical interactions
Custom actions, where the possibilities are endless

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PS: Thanks Mustapha for the Appannie tip.