Category Archives: Technology

A fast internet connection is not enough in Lebanon

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Picture via MayaZankoul

There are tons of videos I’d like to upload and share on the blog, many YouTube documentaries, courses and tutorials I’d like to watch but that’s not possible not just because of the internet’s speed but because I could waste my 500MB 3G quota or 2.5GB DSL quota in a day or two.

Just like Mustapha said, we need a fast, abundant and cheap internet and so far we’re doing it wrong and falling behind.

The sad truth though is that even if the internet in Lebanon is very fast, the fastest in the world even, that’s not what is important. What really matters, what makes a big difference is that we have a fast, abundant and cheap internet. The internet should be so fast, so cheap and so abundant that people won’t think twice before hitting play on an online video that could teach them new things. There should be so much internet around that people will casually download 10 iPad educational apps for their kids (1GB each), decide which one they liked most and then delete the others (because they can always download them later). Backing your entire hard drive online should be as casual as eating breakfast. There should be no feelings of guilt for “wasting” the internet. Unlike water, bits can be infinite. And yet because of a short-sighted government policy, the Lebanese still treat the internet like a scarce resource. [BeirutSpring]

Read the full article [Here].

PS: I can upgrade to a better DSL plan to 10 or 20GB download caps but due to the lack of a proper infrastructure in Keserwan, I cannot have more than 1 MB speed so it’s like I am paying money for more Gbs with the same speed which is absurd.

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BaytBaytak is a map-based website that links directly home buyers and renters to the property owner. The idea was launched back in September 2012 and the first version of BaytBaytak has become available today!

You can search by range of prices, number of bedrooms and apartment sizes. I am sure those of you looking for an apartment (Rent or Sale) will find it very useful and will be more than happy not to pay brokers. Too bad BaytBaytak wasn’t there when I needed it 2 years back.

Posting new listings is not yet available but there’s a considerable number of entries already.

Check it out [Here] and follow updates on BaytBaytak’s Facebook Page [Here].

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Be the Minister of Telecom for 1 day or Win 1 of 200 4G Pilot Dongles

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Why is there an ‘e’ at the end of Pilote?

I wonder if the competition is implying one has to be James Bond to replace the minister for one day or make the 4G pilot dongle work. I entered the competition and will be hoping to be a minister for one day and test the 4G.

You can enter the competition [Here].

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W Motors to unveil the LykanHypersport 2013 hypercar at the Qatar Motor Show

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Picture via LuxuryLaunches.com

The LykanHypersport is priced at 3,400,000 US dollars, making it the most exclusive and expensive sports car in the world, with only 7 units produced. I couldn’t find any news on the potential buyers but I am assuming the Qatari Emir already booked one to his name.

LykanHypersport 2013, the Arab world’s first high performance luxury sports car is all set to be introduced at the Qatar Motor Show, opening on the 29th January. Priced at $3.4 million, only seven units of the car will be produced making it the most exclusive sports car in the world. The salient features of the car are its uniqueness, high performance and luxury quotient. The car has the potential to go from 0 to 100 kms per hour in 2.8 seconds to reach the maximum speed of 390 kms per hour (242 mph), over 100 kmh (62 mph) faster than the take off speed of Airbus 380, the world’s largest commercial jet. [Source]

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The exclusive car is the outcome of six years of hard work of distinguished names in the automotive industry including RUF automobile, Studiotorino, Viotti, Magna Steyr Italia and ID4MOTION; all of them Italy based, a land with the heritage of producing the most iconic sports cars. LykanHypersports 2013 by W Motors is said to make its first delivery in September this year and the seven lucky owners will be rewarded with a Special Edition Cyrus Klepcys watch, worth over $200,000. [Source]

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Mobile phone prices across the Arab world

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Graph via Executive-Magazine

Lebanon has the highest average price per minute for voice calls in the Arab world, followed by Morocco, Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. It’s probably that high because we also have the best network coverage in the Arab world.

Unlist your number from Truecaller

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As most of you probably know, Truecaller is a popular phone app where you can look up anonymous numbers to see who they belong to. I honestly never used it because I don’t like the idea of sharing all my friends’ contacts with millions of Truecaller users as I am sure some value their privacy, including myself.

Having said that, there is an easy way to get your number unlisted from Truecaller’s database by simply going to the following [Link] and inserting your number. Once done, you get a notification like the one shown above. If you want to make sure your number no longer exists on their database, log in an hour later and search for it on the main page [TrueCaller].

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TIME’s Top 10 of Everything 2012

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Top 10 pictures of 2012. Picture taken by Goran Tomasevic. Azaz, Syria. Aug. 15, 2012.

I always enjoy reading Time’s Top 10 lists from year to year. Check out the 55 wide-ranging lists [Here].

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The HuffingtonPost has a bigger album of 2012′s best pictures that you can check [Here].