Most of you have heard of Google’s latest acquisition, but not all of you may know that a Lebanese-American is behind Nest Labs. His name is Tony Fadell and he’s mostly known for being the iPod ‘Godfather’ back when Apple decided to launch the famous music player.
Fadell is a brilliant Lebanese-American entrepreneur, inventor and designer. He was acknowledged in 2013 as one of Business Insider’s Top 75 Designers in Technology, Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People, and CNBC’s Top 50 Disruptors.
Read more about him [Here] and on why he decided to join Google [Here].
Google has expanded its presence in consumer homes by buying Nest Labs, a connected device company which makes smart thermostats and smoke detectors, for $3.2bn. The internet search giant announced an agreement to acquire Nest on Monday, signalling a deeper push into a new market of app-controlled household devices.
“They’re already delivering amazing products you can buy right now – thermostats that save energy and smoke/CO alarms that can help keep your family safe,” Google CEO Larry Page said in a statement. “We are excited to bring great experiences to more homes in more countries and fulfill their dreams!” Google’s stock increased 0.53% after the announcement. [TheGuardian]
I’ve been waiting for months to get my hands on the Nokia Lumia 1020 and it’s finally here. I love taking pictures and my Samsung S4 camera is one of the best I’ve used so far, but I doubt that it will match the 1020’s six-lens 41-megapixel PureView camera paired with a Xenon flash.
Stay tuned as I will be posting a full review next week. I will also be posting throughout the week pictures on my Instagram @LeNajib.
PS: Instagram is available for Windows Phones now. It’s called Instagram Beta.
Note: The app is almost a year old but I only heard about it after reading some article about 600 speed tickets issued yesterday (I thought they stopped doing so)
There’s an app available for Android and iOS now to check speeding tickets in Lebanon. Speed Ticket Lebanon basically retrieves the data from the ISF website. To be honest, I thought radars stopped working in Lebanon months ago.
You can download it for [Android] and [iOS].
The two advantages these glasses have over Google Glasses are that they are 3D and they are lighter. The Atheer One is scheduled to ship in the fourth quarter of 2014, while the ADK is expected to ship in the first quarter.
You can check out a demo [Here].
Move over, Google Glass. A Lebanese entrepreneur and his cofounder have just debuted a pair of wearable glasses that displays augmented reality in three dimensions as opposed to Google’s two.
The glasses, built by Soulaiman Itani and Allen Yang at Atheer Labs in Mountain View, bring fantasies to life, allowing wearers to exercise with virtual targets, conduct conferences calls while browsing data online, and play three dimensional games, thanks to hand sensors and an advanced algorithm.
Those who were wowed by Pranav Mistry’s TED Talk about Sixth Sense technology will likely go gaga for Atheer, which also offers a 65 degree field of view as opposed to Google’s 12 degree frame in the corner of one’s view.
Today, it’s available on Indiegogo, for only $350; all it’s missing is precognition.
With a lightweight design and integration with Android such that it runs any and all Android apps, the glasses are designed for the everyman, founder and CEO Itani explains. While Google’s SDK allows developers to build apps for Google Glass, Atheer allows the million or so existing Android apps to function already within its platform, without any further work. Yet the company also has a custom-built SDK for those Android developers who do want to take advantage of its 3D functions. This, Itani explains, allow users to create virtual objects that they can leave in their environment or send to another location. [Source]
Roadie Tuner is a device created by Lebanese entrepreneurs (Bassam Jalgha and Hassane Slaibi) and manufactured in China. The device is fixed on a guitar’s tuning knob and using bluetooth technology, the guitarist can read on his smartphone the sound as a string is plucked. According to Jalgha, “it is three times more accurate than what the human ear can distinguish in terms of frequency.”
The Roadie Tuner app is already available on iOS and the device will sell for $79 on their Kickstarter platform, and $69 for earlybirds, and should be delivered in six months.
If you are interested in reading more about it, check it out [Here].
Best of luck to both Bassam and Hassane!
Designed for guitars, or any similar stringed instrument, the handheld tuner works by fixing to a guitar’s tuning knob. Using Bluetooth technology, a user’s smartphone reads the sound as a string is plucked and the device’s motor turns the knob to the right tuning, which, Jalgha explains, is “three times more accurate than what the human ear can distinguish in terms of frequency.
The team will spend the next few months in the U.S. demonstrating the product at tradeshows – including CES in Las Vegas and The NAMM Show – and pitching in Silicon Valley, before returning to build their company between Lebanon and China. They are also currently securing new distribution channels and retail partners in the U.S.
I got this email from a friend a couple of days ago and I remembered an old post I had written about “reporting harassing phone calls or text messages in Lebanon“. Even though the service provided by this marketing company is different from harassing texts and call, the common point is that someone has access to our numbers and we can’t do anything about it.
I don’t know if there are 4 million lines in Lebanon but where did that company get these numbers from? Who’s providing these lists and why aren’t the concerned parties doing anything about it?
As stated previously, there should be a hotline or website shared by the Police and Telecom ministry dedicated to reporting such issues, specially those related to harassment. Moreover, there should be a law that prohibits marketers from spamming us with messages without our prior approval.
Ayah is the founder and CEO of Littlebits. She’s an MIT graduate and was also named number 33 on Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business for 2013.
You can check out the full list [Here].
Ayah Bdeir was 12 when her dad signed her up for programming lessons. The only problem: “I wanted to be an architect,” she says. Today, Bdeir has merged the two disciplines and created littleBits, Lego sets for the 21st century that let tinkerers build their own electronics. Her neon-hued components snap together magnetically to form circuit boards, making it easy–and, more important, fun!–to construct anything from a remote-control car to an alarm clock to a talking puppet. LittleBits has caught on in the art and design worlds–this spring, New York’s Museum of Modern Art stores featured an installation of littleBits creations–and Bdeir envisions her kits as tools for prototyping real products. “Everyone is creative,” she says, “and everyone is a techie.”
Here’s a small interview with Ayah where she talks about Littlebits.
As expected and stated earlier, it turned out to be “an over-exaggerated and politicized matter that will be resolved swiftly by the Telecom Ministry”.
Moreover, and as stated by Minister Sehnaoui, Lebanon was never under threat of loss of internet bandwidth as, since April 2013 we have full redundancy through the Qadmos/Alexandros cables.
Update: No Internet Outage tomorrow. Read more [Here].
Lebanon might be facing yet another internet crisis next week as we might be cut off the Consortium IMEWE cable after having failed to pay our dues. As always, the political bickering between the Telecom Ministry and Ogero is the reason for this problem, as every side is blaming the other.
Al-Akhbar reported that Ogero chief Abdel Menhem Youssef waited until yesterday to inform the Telecom Ministry of the warning sent by Consortium, while MTV stated that Ogero had warned the Telecom Ministry back in May. However Al-Akhbar did mention that Ogero was no longer responsible for that cable since 2012.
To sum it up, if we fail to pay 1.85 million dollars by next week, we might lose 60% of our Internet capacity. Let’s hope it’s just an over-exaggerated and politicized matter that will be resolved swiftly by the Telecom Ministry. I will try to ask Minister Sehnaoui today and see what he has to say about that.
Alfa’s CEO Marwan Hayek tweeted an updated Alfa 4G Coverage Map reaching most areas on the coast between Beirut and Jounieh. You only need to have a 3G subscription and 4G-enabled device to be able to connect to the 4G network.
Here’s the 4G Coverage Map for Touch which covers relatively less areas.