Two months ago Facebook launched The Bots for Messenger Challenge. They asked developers across the Middle East and Africa to team up in threes and compete to create innovative bots for Messenger under the following categories: gaming and entertainment; productivity and utility; and social good. Facebook has selected 60 finalists from the hundreds of entries it received from across the Middle East and Africa. The 60 finalist teams (10 per category in the Middle East, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa) each…
Many people are always worried about their mobile data consumption, some are constantly going over their subscription limits and paying extra charges for data overage. Add to that some are getting notifications from iCloud or Google Drive that they need to increase their cloud storage plan as it is getting full. Here are some tips to help you better manage your mobile data consumption and costs:
I am a big supporter of tech-related projects that aim at educating kids. Today, technology is no longer a luxury; it's a way of living, integrated into everything we do. Teaching kids how to code will surely give them an advantage and make them better equipped for the future. Code Angel is a small project on KickStarter with big potential. Its financial goals are modest; they have already reached their initial objective. But, this is a project worth backing. The…
If you didn't get the chance to follow up on Facebook's F8 event, here's a round-up of the most important announcements from Day 1: Social VR - Facebook Spaces: Social VR — Facebook Spaces is launching in beta for Oculus Rift, giving people a new way to connect in VR. Facebook Spaces is a place where you can be in-person with friends and family in VR, having a fun and meaningful experience, no matter where they are. Camera Effects: Camera Effects Platform — Putting…
Beirut, alongside Amman, Cairo, Casablanca and Dubai will be hosting F8 Meetups on April 18th in celebration of Facebook's F8 (Facebook Developer Conference) the company's biggest tech event. F8 is a 2-day event that will be held on April 18-19 in San Jose, California, where developers and businesses come together to explore the future of technology, discuss new tools and features. Here's the full event agenda
Carter Wilkerson man from Nevada who clearly loves chicken nuggets (as stated on his Twitter profile) asked Wendy's, the fast-food chain, how many retweets are needed for him to get a year worth of free chicken nuggets. Wendy's reply was a staggering "18 Million" in an attempt to make the quest impossible as the highest number of retweets is 3.2 Million was held by Ellen Degeneres' celebrities selfie at the Oscars in 2014. Wilkerson's reply was: "Consider it done"
Mira El Khalil is not a painter, illustrator, photographer, musician or singer. She is all of them together; she is a holistic young artist. The most interesting part for me is that she doesn't practice art professionally nor does she work in an art studio. It is a personal hobby, her way of expressing her thoughts of the world around her.
I am still trying to process the laptop ban on flights. Passengers flying to the US and the UK are not allowed to take any phones, laptops, or tablets larger than a standard smartphone (16cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm). I am a frequent flyer; whether I am flying for business purposes or pleasure, my constant travel companion is my laptop along with my iPhone, iPad Mini, or Kindle. In addition to that, If I am traveling with my kids, I need an iPad for the trip as it is the only thing that keeps them glued to their seats and entertained. (Airlines need to re-examine their whole entertainment offering, now more than ever).
A while back I had the opportunity to be part of a project that aimed to protect the rights of persons with disabilities. The most important thing I learned, is that the majority of these people don't need nor want special treatment. They just want to live, eat, drink, love, go to school, have fun, move, go to work and experience everyday situations like any other person without having to face inequalities in their daily lives.
If you still didn't find a cool gift for your mom, wife, or friend, then avoid the cliche gifts this mother's day and get her something cool, functional and trendy. Here's a list of some cool tech gifts for the modern day mom: