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Top 10 online trending bytes

Online journal trendingbytes.com shares the latest digital, web and user insights, as well as social media news, with Communicate Levant.

Nintendo finally aims for mobile games

Nintendo is bringing its games to smartphones, tablets and personal computers after it announced a joint collaboration with Japanese mobile game company DeNa. So far, Nintendo characters such as Super Mario and Pokemon could only be featured on Nintendo platforms like Wii consoles and 3DS portable devices. Read more…

Microsoft offers free upgrades to Windows 10 

The Windows 10 upgrade, making its way to 190 countries this summer, will be available for free for the first year, Microsoft has announced. The company will upgrade Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices, although it has not yet spoken about the software’s price after the first year. Read more…

Uber allows other apps to request cars 

Uber, the transportation service network, is now allowing third-party apps to embed their service so users can ask for a cab without opening Uber, although they would still need to have an account. The company updated its API to allow such interaction between apps, targeting especially Facebook Messenger. Read more…

Android Auto now available on Google Play

Google has announced that Android Auto is finally available on the Google Play Store. It is a smartphone app that allows drivers to make calls, get directions and listen to music, among other options, using a car’s head unit. Read more…

Xiaomi releases a new smart TV for $322

Chinese company Xiaomi continues with the release of affordable technology devices. It just launched its new smart TV Mi TV 2 running a MIUI Android-based OS for a selling price of only $322. The 40-inch full-HD LED panel by Sharp has a 1080p display and the TV reaches 14.5mm at its thinnest. Read more…

Valve gives away HTC Vive VR Developer-Edition headsets

HTC and Valve are now offering their Vive VR Developer-Edition headsets for free to developers who want to create for the platform, inviting them to apply online. After applying, developers approved by HTC and Valve’s program will receive a kit, which includes a headset, two controllers and two base stations. Read more…

Apple Watch Edition owners get the VIP treatment

Those willing to spend more than $10.000 on the Apple Watch Edition smartwatch will get extra luxury services from the company. While regular Apple Watch customers will be waiting in line, these lucky clients will have a private appointment of up to one hour with an expert. Read more…

Facebook launches a web interface for messenger

Facebook just made its Messenger app available on web browsers through Messenger.com. Now, users are able to sign in on the web through their Facebook account with their last conversation threads featured on the left. This is perfect for users who want to log into the social media platform mainly to chat without getting lost in the newsfeed traffic. Read more…

Tinder and Bud Light throw a party in Whatever, USA

What happens when Budweiser and Tinder meet? According to the latest campaign #upforwhatever, they throw a party for people who have trouble finding a partner on Tinder in the US. The first video ad to be featured on the dating app involves one of the beer company’s products, Bud Light, and targets young people aged 21 and above, who are #upforwhatever. Read more… 

The selfie shoes that fooled the world

A shoe brand just pulled off the most successful April Fool’s stunt this year, sending shockwaves across the Internet. Everyone was talking about the selfie shoes that allow taking shoefies, a much better result than the selfie, apparently. Read more…

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Twitter fights “revenge porn” with new policy
The social network is now prohibiting the posting of explicit photos or videos without the subject’s consent, in a list of new rules published in the private information section of Twitter Rules. Users are now able to report the content when they see it online and request to remove the pictures or videos. Read more…

This is the Apple Watch. Finally.
The Apple Watch is finally here with a wide range of sizes and finishes from a Sports Edition with its rubber band to a Gold Edition. The starting price is at $350 and reaches $10,000 for the 18-karat gold. The operating system and interface are the same with a touch screen and two buttons on one side of the watch. Read more…

Prototype of HTC Vive VR headset revealed
People were able to test the HTC’s Vive VR headset during the Mobile World Congress taking place in Barcelona and they reported a fully interactive experience. The Vive comes with a lot of equipment: two laser-tracking boxes, two nunchuk-like controllers and the headset cabled to a Windows PC. The final product will have wireless controllers although the prototype was not. Read more…

Xiaomi’s cam is GoPro’s new rival
GoPro has a serious competitor, the new action camera Yi designed by Chinese company Xiaomi at just $64, half the price of GoPro’s Hero device. Yi’s price, however, is not its most attractive feature. It incorporates a 16-megapixel Sony image sensor and can record 1080p video at 60fps while the GoPro Hero shoots 5-megapixel images and records 1080p videos at 30fps, or 720p video at 60fps. Read more…

HTC One M9 is a piece of jewelry
There is no doubt that HTC has created the most beautiful smartphones over the last few years and there are no changes with the new HTC One M9. And for its new flagship, HTC took inspiration from the world of jewelry like Montblanc and Rolex, which would explain its new color variants: Gold-on-silver, Gunmetal Grey-on-Grey and Gold-on-Gold. Read more…

Google to launch Inbox for work next month
Google’s Inbox App rolled out last October and changed the way we approach personal email, but enterprises were left out in the cold. Good news, though, Inbox for companies will begin testing for next month with a small group of Google App customers so the makers can “ understand more about how things get done (or don’t) today”, says the director of product management for Gmail and Inbox. Read more…

Vaio returns with two stunning notebooks
After being sold by Sony to focus on its mobile industry, VAIO is back with two new PCs: the VAIO Z and the VAIO Z Canvas, under the new company flagship. What’s most innovative about both devices are their shape-shifting capabilities. Read more…

NSA conducts a global cyberespionage operation
We are in the era of pure “cyberespionage”, according to a Russian cybersecurity firm who confirmed identifying malicious spyware programs that infiltrated computers in multiple countries. The Kaspersky employee found spyware embedded inside hard disks’ firmware, the code that enables the device to run its own basic functions. Read more…

Lenovo forced to remove malicious adware
Lenovo was forced to remove a hidden adware, called Superfish, that was pre-installed on laptops and PCs after users expressed their anger. This hidden software that was injecting adverts on browsers using techniques similar to malware, according to experts, was raising questions on what kind of data was collected by the software. Read more…

The blue-black / white-gold dress that really broke the Internet
Ever since the evening of February 26, the Internet has been divided into two factions over a very important issue to mankind: white and gold or blue and black? If you’ve been offline for a while and clueless about this issue, we’ll try to explain a little. Read more…

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Meet Instagram’s five new filters

Hey selfie-obsessed Instagramers, you’ve been stuck on X-PRO II for a while haven’t you? You probably haven’t heard this before but you will soon get acquainted with the newest filters of the most popular photo-sharing app, which has just reached 300 million users worldwide. Read more…

Google teams up with French space agency

Google is always working on fun projects and one of them is to give Internet to the whole world… using balloons! Guess who kicks ass at balloons? France. The country’s space research agency, the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), has been tinkering with balloons since the ’60s and seemed like a decent candidate for experimentation. Read more…

The city of Portland is suing Uber three days after launching

Yay! Uber made its way to Beirut. And everyone finds its service awesome, but the city of Portland doesn’t seem to agree… The company launched before finalizing the discussions regarding their policy and its compliance to the City and State laws. “Beyond that, though, is the issue of fairness,” says Portland’s transportation director Leah Treat. Read more…

Centcom faces cyberjihad

“American soldiers, we are coming, watch your back.” That’s not the plot of the latest Hollywood blockbuster. This message was featured yesterday on Centcom’s Twitter feed. The tweet was posted after a group of hackers claiming to be affiliated with ISIS took over US Central Command’s Twitter and YouTube accounts. Read more…

Will the UK block WhatsApp and SnapChat in the future?

Have messaging applications become a danger for national security? That’s what the recent statement of the UK’s Prime Minister suggests in the aftermath of the Paris shootings. If re-elected, David Cameron plans to apply a new surveillance plan, which includes the ban of apps like WhatsApp and SnapChat. Read more…

#JeSuisCharlie

Just two weeks ago, two men armed with Kalashnikovs raided the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and killed 12 people. The criminals barged in on the weekly editorial meeting and shot the editor-in-chief and other acclaimed cartoonists, then fled. Read more…

Monster is suing Beats

With all that hacking and the array of new products continuously being announced, we have to admit we missed a good old lawsuit. And once again, one of Apple’s latest acquisitions is in the cross hairs: Beats. Read more…

Nokia’s sub-$30 phone is critical

Do you know that flaw in Open SSL that gave hackers easy access to your personal info and passwords? You may remember it better under the name “Heartbleed Bug” and even though it was patched, there may be other breaches. Google will have none of that! That’s why the company is launching Project Zero. Read more…

Instagram followers take a purge

If you hear Kim Kardashian crying from miles away, it’s mostly because her butt has suddenly lost 1.3 million followers. Instagram has kept its promise to delete all inactive, fake and spam accounts. Some popular Instagrammers have lost hundreds of thousands of followers while some celebrities have seen millions of them vanish. Read more…

Kodak to launch their first Smartphone in 2015

Do you remember old photos before the Smartphones era? Those were the days when Kodak was king. Ever since, it has struggled to stay in the market. Lately, Kodak made a comeback, teaming up with Bullit Group to release a new range of Android Smartphones. Read more…

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New iPads and iMacs?

Hey fanboy, are you not over the iPhone 6 yet? Because Apple has already got some new gear for you… However, this month’s announcements won’t be as exciting as the last ones for Apple. No new device will be launched, but you can expect some updates on iPads, iMacs and the release of OSX Yosemite. Read more…

Legitimate medical advice on the Internet

Goodbye waiting rooms! So long sneeze-fests in cluttered areas! Hello germy keyboards… Soon you won’t have to book an appointment with your doctor to see what’s wrong with you: Google is testing a new service that will connect patients with doctors over a paid video Hangout. Read more…

Could it be the end of USB?

If you’ve ever owned a USB drive, you’ve probably passed viruses around like Buzzfeed articles on Facebook. Two months ago, Karsten Nohl, a security researcher, demonstrated an attack he called BadUSB (which can affect all USB devices and is unpatchable) at the Black Hat security conference, but decided not to release the code. Today, researchers Adam Caudill and Brandon Wilson announced that they have reverse-engineered the said code and will release it to force producing companies to take action. Read more…

Twitter UK launches live TV ratings

Your opinion matters to Twitter, because it is marketable to TV stations and advertisers. And this is why the platform is launching a listening tool (in the UK only for now) that will allow Kantar Media to measure which TV shows are talked about the most, how tweeps feel about the latest episode of their favorite series and a lot more. This is a way for the company to retarget audiences, shuffle schedules and enhance the overall TV experience for users. Read more…

New Google ad format on the way

If you hate in-app ads and wish they’d disappear, you’ve got another thing coming! Here’s the problem with these: They pop-up at any time, often interrupting whatever you were doing and causing accidental clicks. Google is going to war against these nuisances with a new ad format that supposedly only comes up when you’re not active on the app. Read more…

Bash bug puts your Linux and Mac at risk

Ok, so we have to say it: We’ve been seeing more bugs lately than Egypt under the plague. So, listen up Mac and Linux users! Stephane Chazelas, a Unix/Linux and telecom specialist, discovered a new vulnerability in the Bash software, present on both operating systems. In short, the bug allows an attacker to remotely attach a malicious file. Read more…

GM Naming First Cybersecurity Chief

Are you happy with your car’s navigation system and iPhone sync and phone integration…? The longer the list of features, the smarter the car, the higher its chances of getting hacked. Few car manufacturers are doing anything about that issue, but GM is on the move. It has just appointed engineer Jeff Massimilla as Cybersecurity chef, a move that promises both safe and technologically advanced cars. Read more…

Facebook will track you and your habits even further

Yes, Facebook tracks the heck out of your online activity, all the time. But, the privacy invader is taking things further now with its enhanced Atlas System. In a few days, Facebook will launch an automated ad space buying tool, dubbed Demand-side Platform. It will compile data on what websites you check and what ads you see or interact with, and a whole lot more!  Read more…

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus hit 10 million sales on opening weekend

Hey Apple fanboys! We have some news for you to brag some more! After being announced on September 9, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus finally hit the stores on September 16. It took only three days for the devices to hit the 100 million sales mark. What’s even more impressive is that the phones have been launched in only 10 countries so far, China not included. Read more…

The ‘Snappening’ isn’t as exciting as it sounds

Remember all of those disappearing nudies you sent to your boyfriend/girlfriend? Well, they’re still here! Some hacker broke into the database of a website called snapsaved.com that lets you save snaps and pulled – get this – 98,000 hacked files! More than 13GB of pictures and videos were stolen. Read more…

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YouTube will let your fans donate to you

Hello YouTubers! Are you ready to make some money outside of advertising?
After upsetting users by announcing a subscription-based service for musicians, YouTube wants to help its content creators make more money. The company is testing a feature in the US, Australia, Japan and Mexico, called ‘Tip Jar’, which lets viewers donate money directly to their most beloved YouTubers. Read More…

iCloud hacker leaks celebrity nude pictures

Millions of Internet folk look for celebrity nude pictures, daily and ferociously. These people now have a champion.
A hacker posted a thread on 4chan with hundreds of revealing, nude and semi-nude pictures of actresses, pop stars and other female celebrities that he apparently hacked from the iCloud servers. Read more…

Yo and Motorola screw up their contest

Winning a contest is an exciting and rewarding event, and the most enjoyable part is receiving your prize. Unless the contest we’re talking about is Motorola’s, in which case the prize is the most disappointing part. The idea is simple: Add Motorola to your Yo contacts, send them a Yo and you’ll automatically enter the giveaway. The problem here is that lots of people received notifications saying they’d won. Read more…

Samsung’s Gear S Smartwatch is a game changer

There is a war raging in the wearable tech kingdom and Samsung is leading the attack.
Case and point: On August 27, it announced its new Smartwatch, which is, quite frankly, almost a phone. It features a two-inch curved display, Wi-Fi, phone call service, pedestrian navigation, built-in GPS and runs Samsung’s Tizen OS. Read more…

Facebook replies to Messenger backlash

A couple of weeks ago, Facebook forced mobile users to download the Messenger app to keep chatting.
The problem? First of all, people don’t like being forced to download an app when its function worked perfectly well in another one. Second, authorizations requested by Facebook’s software are quite worrisome: Use your camera, microphone, SMS and call service (‘charges may apply’, seriously?) and more. Read more…

Apple to replace faulty iPhone 5 batteries

If you have an iPhone 5 and the battery life seems to drop for no reason whatsoever, you might be in for a treat, courtesy of Apple. If you listen to Apple’s latest statement, you will learn that a ‘very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently’. Read more…

PlayStation Network under attack by hackers

Security breaches are everywhere these days. Only gaming platforms were left alone, but their time has come. A group of hackers, called LizardSquad, launched a massive raid on the PlayStation Network (PSN). It stayed down over the weekend, a couple of days that most PS4 gamers probably spent of the floor in fetal position eating cheese puffs. Read more…

DERP, the research partnership

What do Reddit, Twitch, Imgur, Fark and StackExchange have in common?
A while ago you could have said ‘not much’, but they’re creating a research collaboration called Digital Ecologies Research Partnership, or DERP for short. Its goal: supporting the academic exploration of communities online for the betterment of the Internet at large (according to its website). Read more…

Tumblr now scans content for brand affiliation

There is nothing like the refreshing smell of advertising in the morning.
Tumblr knows that and is now inking a deal with Ditto Labs, a firm that analyzes photos posted on social media for brand-related data. The blogging platform announced it was not for advertising targeting purposes, but to sell brands info about how consumers interact with their products. Read more…

Girl strikes record deal through Tinder

Hey, do you know that new pop sensation, Ryn Weaver? No? Oh yeah, she’s not famous yet…
When she moved to Los Angeles some four years ago, she met producer Benny Blanco – who has worked with artists such as Katy Perry, Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa – and then lost touch with him. Then months later, her friend found him randomly on Tinder and Ryn seized the occasion. Read more…

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Apple and Samsung drop lawsuits outside of the US

Since their divorce (ie: stopped working hand-in-hand), Samsung and Apple have been waging a relentless legal war against each other. But, it seems like the two giants are willing to make amends. They are dropping all international charges against each other, leaving only the on-going US trials. Read more…

McDonald’s does not understand Instagram

Good news everyone! We have ads on Instagram! Soon everyone will be able to advertise on it, but, for now, only a select few have access to that feature. McDonald’s is one of those chosen brands and just like every marketing newbie on Instagram, they still think the photo-sharing platform is like Facebook, but with only square photos. Read more…

Spain passes taxi law on Google news links

Europe has been all up in Google’s business lately. The newest Google-related law comes from Spain, where the government saw fit to let publishers request payment whenever Google News features one of their articles. Read more…

Apple is laying off 200 Beats employees

When you talk company acquisitions, you have to consider layoffs. And now that Apple has finalized its purchase of Beats, it’s time for “the talk”. Two hundred Beats employees will see their positions terminated. Apple states: “Because of some overlap in our operations, some offers are for a limited period and we’ll work hard during this time to find as many of these Beats employees as we can another permanent job within Apple.” Read more…

Twitter just had an impressive quarter

After spending months in the rough, Twitter’s quarterly report finally gives investors hope. Well that’s an understatement. With a 124 percent growth in revenue when compared with last year, $312 million in revenue and a $0.02 profit per share, the company beat former expectations by far. Read more…

OkCupid publishes results of undisclosed experiment

Did you think that Facebook was the only one running experiments on you without your consent? OKCupid recently altered matches and results to see how users would react. Three tests were devised: in the first one, they obscured profile pictures; in the second one, the site hid profile text to see how it would affect ratings; and, in the third, they mismatched potential daters. Read more…

Project Zero: Google’s answer to security breaches

Do you know that flaw in Open SSL that gave hackers easy access to your personal info and passwords? You may remember it better under the name “Heartbleed Bug” and even though it was patched, there may be other breaches. Google will have none of that. That’s why the company is launching Project Zero. Read more…

Instagram launches Bolt, upsets other Bolt app

Ephemeral messaging is the new trend and Instagram is not immune to it. Case and point: It has just released Bolt, its version of Snapchat (although it’s closer to Mirage). The problem here is that Bolt is an exciting app that aims at competing with your voice carrier’s call and SMS plan. Read more…

SoundCloud baits record labels to avoid lawsuits

We all enjoy some free music streaming, like on SoundCloud, for instance. However, we tend to forget that a lot of it is illegal, as they violate copyrights. To avoid lawsuits, the platform engaged in negotiations with major record labels, such as Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group just to name a few. Read more…

Twitter may become the next shopping platform

Somehow, Twitter manages to be one of the most important social media platforms and yet generates very little revenue. The company has been trying to find monetization solution for months and it might finally be onto something lucrative. Some users have seen a new section in its settings called “Payments and Shipping”. Read more…

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Deep linking: how Facebook is changing the future of apps

Deep linking is a very complex procedure that lets you open an app from another one without going to the home screen. Facebook just made it easy to implement free and open source with their new websiteAppLinks.org. It helps you integrate your links in other apps across all platforms (iOS, Android, Windows 8), provides open source reference software development kits and more. Read more…

YouTube unrolls new features for creators

Content creators of YouTube, hear us out! Yesterday at VidCon, the company announced their upcoming updates for creators. In the next few weeks you will see new features, such as YouTube Creator Studio, an application that allows you to view analytics, where you can manage your videos and more. Read more…

Google unveils a working prototype of its modular phone

Have you ever dreamt of a customizable phone? Well, now it’s a reality. While Google’s I/O conference was running its course, new details about their upcoming projects emerged. Project Ara, Google’s modular phone, was the star this month as it made its first public appearance. The demonstration was not a complete success as the phone is still in the early stages of development, but it gave a deep insight into the futuristic device. Read more…

Image-based analytics are on the way

We’ve come a long way since the text-based web; now, most of our browsing is image-based. As search engines continue to crawl tags to find content, the amount of tagless images keeps rising by the minute. Curalate is one of the many tech companies trying to make sense of the image-based web. They were able to build a system for clustering similar images together, allowing a computer to sort large numbers of photos into groups and find similar ones. Read more…

How Google analyzes trends to make perfect tweets

You know how you’ve been trying to make your tweets go viral for ages but it never worked? Well Google is way ahead of you on this one! The company’s data scientists have been analyzing the trends and how people respond to them, then using this data to craft tweets that go viral, especially when it comes to the World Cup. Read more…

Microsoft won’t support Windows 7 anymore

Remember how Microsoft pulled the plug on support for Windows XP? Well, in six months, they will do the exact same thing with Windows 7. Starting January 13, 2015, Microsoft will stop providing free support such as security updates. Extended (paid) support, however, will still be available until 2020, mostly for businesses. Windows 8 will face the same fate by 2018, which hints at a Windows 9, codenamed “Threshold”, to be released in 2015. Read more…

Amazon’s 3D phone is finally here

We’ve previously announced Amazon’s 3D phone, and now it’s finally here! There’s a lot to say about the Fire Phone, so let’s talk about what makes it different. Its 3D screen actually shows you “dynamic perspective,” which lets you view images in various angles on your phone. For example, if you’re shopping for clothes online and see an item you like, tilting the phone will show you different sides of the garment. Read more…

Hacktivists take down World Cup-related websites

June 12 witnessed the opening ceremony of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. But the preceding weeks had not been easy. Riots and protests against the rising cost of living, corrupt politicians and police brutality have been all over the news, but nothing was done. So hacktivist group Anonymous took matters into their own hands. Read more…

You are Facebook’s test subjects

Facebook has been taking a lot of heat over privacy issues, but their new stunt is by far their worst. In an effort to make social media creepy, a Facebook employee working on the Core Data Science Team altered the timeline of almost 700,000 users for a week to see how negative or positive content would affect the subjects’ mood. Read more…

Adidas, the world champion of social media

Have you ever wondered why brands are so fast on Twitter? Well, wonder no more! Adidas has been preparing for months on end; they even had their Twitter strategy ready since December 2013! Adidas’ social media agency, We Are Social, spent the past year stocking 1,000 images and 160 videos that the brand could use to react as fast as possible on what was happening in the games. Read more…

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Apple helps you to confuse location trackers

The NSA, Facebook, advertisers, market analysts and many more are after your MAC address.
Why? Because it is a signal that your phone sends out continuously, provided your Wi-Fi is on. Each device has its own MAC address and uses it to register on wireless networks. It’s easily traceable, but iOS 8 has made a tiny change to the process.  Read more…

This year’s World Cup will be more social than ever

If you haven’t started tweeting about the World Cup yet, you’re already late.
The 2014 World Cup’s opening ceremony, which took place on Thursday, June 12, has already seen more posts about it than the entire tournament in 2010.
When Lionel Messi, Twitter’s most followed sportsman with more than 26 million followers, tweeted Nike’s ad, it bumped the YouTube views to 70-plus million in a matter of days. Read more…

OpenSSL is vulnerable again… as usual

Now that your passwords are safe, OpenSSL would like to inform you of another bug.
Just a short two months after the Heartbleed bug, developers have found new vulnerabilities that allow hackers to intercept and modify information before it is sent. One out of six problematic codes was implemented in 1998 and is deemed far more dangerous than Heartbleed. Read more…

Facebook launches advertising bootcamp

If you don’t like Facebook ads, you might not like what’s happening.
Facebook posts from brands are all over the place, but many small businesses don’t even know how many people have seen their adverts. This is why the company is launching a bootcamp, which will teach small business owners about the advertising features of Facebook. Read more….

Iron Man-like vision is on the way

You may not have Jarvis and a super lab, but soon, you’ll be able to see the world as if you were in an Iron Man suit. A team of 50 people, occupying a 20-acre real estate property in Silicon Valley, is working on Meta, a pair of augmented reality glasses. The idea is simple: put on a pair of Meta goggles, and they will digitally render around you and allow you to interact with them. Read more…

China blocks Google before Tiananmen Square anniversary

If you live in China, you probably don’t use Google very much.
The Chinese government has made it very difficult to use Google products, which has reached a point of complete block at the dawn of Tiananmen Square’s 25th anniversary. What happened there 25 years ago was a complete massacre when students rioted against the corrupt government. Read more…

Google will launch drones and satellites to give Internet to the world

Two thirds of the planet does not have access to the Internet.
There are 4.6 billion people that can’t go online and that’s a huge number, despite the Internet being pretty common for most of us. Google is acting on it by spending more than $1 billion (and up to $3 billion) to send 180 satellites that will give Internet access to all regions of the world. Read more…

Lebanese handisports champion crowd funding his way to the 2016 Paralympics

After a fall, it is best to get back up, even if not physically.
Edward Maalouf is a Lebanese contractor that fell and was paralyzed, after which he discovered handi-marathons, which transformed his life. He dedicated his life to handisports, having won the Hand-cycle Marathon in New York in 2006, the silver medal in the Disability Cycling World Championships in Bordeaux in 2007, the Beirut Marathon in 2012 and two bronze medals in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. Read more…

Beats and its first model as part of Apple

Let’s face it, if you want bass-like sounds, Beats is the way to go, but if you like hearing middle and high frequencies, you should look elsewhere. However, that’s the issue Beats has addressed with its latest model; the new drivers have been tweaked to reach better quality for higher pitches and subtler bass sounds. Read more…

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid: World responds in real time on Twitter

Even if you don’t care about football, you’ve probably heard about the UEFA Champions League final Madrid showdown.
Saturday, May 24, marked the final game of the championship, an all-out match between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. The world was watching and tweeting as the game was happening, and someone was listening. Read more…

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Etihad Airways takes the first class to new heights

Traveling by air can be tiresome, even when you’re in first class. However, Etihad’s Residence, its new and posh on-board suite offering, has won the appreciation of many. Read more…

Sky Italia uses social media data to tailor TV schedules

It may sound like an airline, but Sky Italia is actually Italy’s major satellite television provider.

Just like other providers, the brand used cable box data to create its TV schedule. However, after moving to digital and on-demand streaming, the company partnered with IBM Data and Analytics to check what shows were being discussed on social media platforms (with an emphasis on Twitter). Read more…

Google’s smart contact lenses will soon monitor diabetes

Google never stops targeting our eyes. With two new patents secured last week, Google’s new tool is well under way.

To make it short, Google is developing smart contact lenses that will monitor your diabetes level by analyzing your lacrimal fluid content. It is still under development, but could create a real improvement in the lives of concerned people. Read more…

Amazon to launch its first smartphone with 3D screen

Smartphone aficionados of the world, this one is for you. Amazon will announce the launch of its first smartphone in June and make it available in September. But, why should you be excited about it? It features a 3D screen that is said to be capable of tracking your eye movements and then move the screen accordingly. Read more…

Dr Dre will soon be the first billionaire hip-hop artist

You’ve seen Beats, you probably own Beats and, if not, you’ve at least tried a Beats headphone.

Dr Dre’s headphones and earphones brand is huge in the market and is about to get even bigger. To strengthen its position in the hardware and music business, Apple made its first ten-figure acquisition by offering $3.2 billion for the brand that took the market by storm. Read more…

Forty four percent of Twitter users have never tweeted

Whether you use Twitter for information or selfies, chances are you’ve tweeted at least once – but that’s not the case with everyone.

According to Twopcharts.com, a website that tracks Twitter users by language and city, approximately 44 percent of the 974 million users on Twitter have never tweeted. Read more…

Twitter gives music another shot

After Twitter’s #Music app failed in an epic way and was pulled from the App Store, the social media site is already back on track.

According the The Journal, Twitter is working on “music incorporation and content”. Sources indicate that discussions with Beats are already under way, as well as with Vevo and Sony Music, to incorporate “bite-sized music videos”. Read more…

Internet Explore is a gateway to your PC

Internet Explore (IE) users, stay on your guard. A security flaw in all IE versions (IE6-11) has been discovered.

And it’s a big one: hackers can gain full user permissions over your computer, allowing them to install programs, view and delete data and much more, simply by visiting a website. Read more…

#BringBackOurGirls or how Twitter moves governments

We tend to say, “your selfie with a hashtag on a piece of paper won’t do much, you know” and, sometimes, we’re proven wrong.

Three weeks ago, more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped from their boarding school by armed Islamist militants. The event has become an issue of international importance, with a $300,000 cash reward offered to anyone who can help locate and rescue the girls. Read more…

NYPD’s photo contest gone wrong

Twitter is on the rise and even the New York Police Department knows it.

It recently organized a photo contest to broadcast how friendly and nice the police force really is. But, can you guess what happened? Exactly the opposite. New Yorkers started uploading pictures of violent arrests and policemen’s wrongdoings. Read more…

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