Category Archives: Technology

What You Need To Know About Digital Drugs In Lebanon

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idoser

The last time I heard about “digital drugs” was a couple of years ago when they decided to ban them in Dubai If I am not mistaken. I don’t know why the phenomenon just got to Lebanon, or at least the Lebanese media just found out about it, but I second Gino that you have to be stupid to buy this stuff. Moreover, I am not sure how the Lebanese authorities are planning to ban this thing as it’s impossible to do.

Anyway, if you’d like to waste your precious time reading about these drugs that were a hot topic 3-4 years ago, here’s a couple of links I recommend:
[NowLebanon: The Truth About Digital Drugs]
[Huffingtonpost: Digital Drugs]

A Mobile App For Lebanon’s Independence Day

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cme off shore

CME Offshore is organizing a fun competition for all the geeks and techies out there. All you have to do is build an Independence day mobile app before November 22nd and get the chance to win 2000$ and an attractive job offer.

It would be nice to see what participants will come up with.

Rules of the game:
– Implement a mobile application (IOS or Android) related to the Lebanese Independence Day
– Application must be published on Apple Store/Google Play before Independence Day on November 22nd
– Participant must be university students or must have graduated in the 2013-2014 academic year
– Team size can be one of more
– Teams should announce their application by joining the event on CME Facebook page
– App with most downloads/installs & highest rating by November 30 is advantaged .
– Jury final decision on November 30.
– 1st prize 2000$
– Most technically challenging app will win an attractive Job Offer.
– Apps with inappropriate, religious or politically biased content will be disqualified.

Lebanese Red Cross Najat App Officially Launched

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rc1

I posted about the “Najat” app back in January and it was finally launched today. The app was launched by Alfa as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility strategy and is aimed at helping the Lebanese Red Cross locate people who call them for emergencies and is called “Najat” after Najat Waked, a loving mother who passed away few days ago on her way to the hospital as her family wasn’t able to guide the ambulance driver properly to their house. Najat could have been saved if she had made it 3 minutes earlier to the hospital.

Once you download the app, you are required to register your address (two addresses at the most) along with two phone numbers in addition to his personal number. This will help the Lebanese Red Cross Central Operations room to locate the address easily when receiving a call on its hotline 140. Moreover, all the Red Cross ambulances were supposedly equipped on an earlier stage with free navigation systems and 3G enabled tablets.

This is a great initiative and a much-needed mobile app in a country where we barely have any street names. You can download it for [Android] and [iOS].

Najat App

A Conversation With An Internet Supplier in Lebanon

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l1

One of my friends just moved into his new house and wanted to get a decent internet connection, so he called several companies and chose what he thought was the best plan for him. The internet supplier called him few weeks later and here’s the conversation that took place:

X:Hello

Hi

X: We are contacting you regarding the internet plan you’ve requested. U asked for the 6mb plan right?

Correct

X: Unfortunately ur phone line cannot handle more than 2mb

How come?

X: We r not responsible for that. We just check with Ogero. So which plan do u want? The 4mb or 6mb?

I dont get it. U just told me I can’t have more than 2mb

X: Yes sir but we only offer 4 and 6mb for this plan.

But I can’t use any of them. You just told me that. You want to pay for a speed I can’t use?

X: Of course not but these are the offers we have.

U do realize half of Lebanon can barely get 1 or 2mb right?

X: You should contact Ogero for that. We are not responsible.

Ok I will do and let u know

X: Great so I sign you up for the 4mb plan? Right?

What?

X: I just want to know which plans u r choosing.

Dude Chou ostak? Why would I pay for a connection I can’t use? I ‘ll see what to do and let u know.

X: ok I’ll keep it as 4mb for now.

Whatever. Bye

I am currently signed up at my parents’ place to the 2MB Ogero connection (minimum speed) yet their phone line cannot handle more than 1MB and I’ve been asking for years if we can fix this problem but in vain. The only way to get a decent connection outside Beirut is through a 3G/4G dongle even if it costs more.

First Look: The New Apple iPhone 6

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I got to try out the new iPhone 6 last week and I am really glad that Apple decided to go for bigger screens. The iPhone 6 looks huge when compared to the iPhone 5 and 5s and even though some iPhone users may disagree, I think Apple did the right thing by making the screens larger. The iPhone looks and feels great and the screen resolution is quite impressive. It’s also curvy and more comfortable to hold but it’s also easier to drop now. The camera is great as always and the phone is a bit faster than the iPhone 5s. The battery life is also slightly better.

I am not going to go into detailed reviews since there are tons of websites who have already reviewed the iPhone 6 thoroughly but I do recommend you upgrade from the iPhone 5 or 5S to the new iPhone 6 as it’s a whole new experience.

PS: I asked my friend if I could try and bend it but he say no.

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Here’s how the iPhone 6 looks like next to the Samsung S5 and LG G3.

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Thanks Jimmmy!

48 Hours Around Lebanon With LG

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LG is organizing a really cool journey for 10 Lebanese bloggers (myself included) around Lebanon in 48 hours. The journey will include a lot of fun activities like paragliding (if the weather permits it), camping, jet ski, ATV and sightseeing and will end on Sunday night in Beirut. We were all handed the new LG G3 on Thursday to test it out during our trip, and I will be giving away a really cool gadget once I am back so stay tuned!

I will be uploading cool pictures on my instagram so you can follow me [here] to check them out.

So The iPhone 6 Bends …

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bent via cnet

Some iPhone 6 users are complaining that the phone bends under pressure or when they leave it in their pocket for a long time. I’ve seen a couple of photos online and someone actually did the bend test. I remember the issue was raised as well with the iPhone 5s but I don’t remember what happened back then.

In all cases, Apple has not commented yet on the #BendGate but that’s a serious design flaw if it turns out to be true and applicable on all new phones.

Update: Here’s an article by cultofmac on the matter.

[YouTube]

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Is The Internet Really Slower Than Before In Lebanon?

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I asked the same question back in August but Ogero was undergoing some maintenance works so I got mixed answers. I’ve experienced slowness on my Ogero connection few times and on my 4G Touch dongle few times as well but otherwise it’s as fast as before. My Alfa 3G/4G data plan is also very quick and the only issues I’ve had were with lines dropping for no reason. This used to happen when 3G was first launched and is now back for some reason.

I think the Telecom Ministry should do a general assessment and let us know what’s happening because it seems the problems are in certain areas or related to specific providers. Did Ogero complete the maintenance work they started? Was the bandwidth increased as needed? What happened to the fiber optic cables? We all deserve to know.

l1 Speedtest from my Ogero 4MB connection

My Favorite Lebanese Blogs Aggregator Just Got Better!

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lb2

I am a regular reader of LebaneseBlogs and the latest added features just made it better for me as a blogger and a reader. As a blogger, I can now include for example my food posts under the “Food & Health” section instead of having them only under “Society” as that’s how the blog is currently categorized. Moreover, I can edit posts as well on LebaneseBlogs if I need to. As a reader, I am able to sign in with Twitter, Facebook & Google and follow the pages I want (I prefer Follows to Favorites) and like the posts I wish to read later. Added to that, the page looks nicer and loads faster now.

I love the work Mustapha is pulling as LebaneseBlogs is organizing the Lebanese Blogosphere in a user-friendly and smart way and encouraging bloggers to post more!

Check it out [Here].

iPhone6 and iPhone6 Plus Will Be Available To Order In The UAE On September 27

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iphone

I wasn’t expecting the new iPhones to be available that soon in the Middle East but according to Apple’s UAE store, they will be available to order starting September 27th, a week after the official release date. The iPhone6 starts at 700$ and the iPhone6 Plus at around 815$.

As far as Lebanon is concerned, you can expect the iPhone6 and iPhone6 Plus to be over $1000 in the first few weeks, so I recommend you wait a little bit till prices settle.

I followed the #AppleLive event yesterday and it’s great to finally see an iPhone with a big screen at last. The Apple Watch is nice but it looks big to be honest and expensive at 350$. There’s even more expensive edition that has a watch case crafted from 18-karat gold. Something tells me this edition will sell big in the Middle East.

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If you are an Apple fan, my friend Jad posted everything you need to know about Apple’s new products [Here]. You can also check AbsoluteGeek’s post [Here].