Category Archives: Technology

Whatsapp’s Latest Update

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Since people have been asking about Whatsapp’s latest update, here’s what changed: Whatsapp introduced the blue double check feature which means that the message has been read. So now one grey check means the message has been sent, two grey checks mean it’s been delivered and the two blue checks mean it’s been read.

So now you can’t pretend you didn’t read the message anymore lol!

Update: Here’s Stoli Lebanon’s funny take on this update.

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Updated (11/05/2014): The latest version of WhatsApp (2.11.43) now officially incorporates this feature, although it may not work on all smartphone models. In other words, a grey check means the message has been sent, two grey checks that it’s been delivered to the recipient, and two blue checks that it’s been read.

Until now, the tick marks accompanying your WhatsApp messages indicated one of two things: one tick to show that the message had been sent to the recipient and two to show it had been correctly delivered, which did not imply it had been read. The myth that the double check=message read eventually became so widespread that the company had to clarify how the ticks actually work on their official Twitter account.

The iPhone 6 To Be Released Officially soon in Lebanon

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According to 9to5mac, Apple’s next iPhone 6 rollout will include Lebanon among others and will take place on November 14th. Back in March, we heard that the iPhone will be officially released in Lebanon but these things take time so let’s hope it works out this time.

I will try to get further updates and will keep you posted.

If you’ve been eagerly waiting for the iPhone 6 to go on sale in your country, you may be in luck. While Apple has not yet made an official announcement of the next phase in its rollout of the iPhone 6/Plus, we’ve so far spotted that the new phones are scheduled to go on sale in at least ten (and counting) new countries on November 14th. Local carriers have so far announced the November 14th availability of the new iPhones in: Brazil, Philippines, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Uruguay, Guatemala, Lebanon, Kenya and Nigeria, with Malaysia also looking set to see the phones around the same time …

What You Need To Know About Digital Drugs In Lebanon

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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 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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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].

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A Conversation With An Internet Supplier in Lebanon

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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.