The Day I Met Steve Wozniak in Kuwait

December 15, 2013  |  Apple, Events, Techie

The day I met Steve Wozniak (@stevewoz) was a very very special day! Thanks to an invitation by Zain Telecom, I was invited on November 18th to attend a private conference for Zain Staff & Bloggers presented by Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple Computers.  In this conference we were given another glimpse into the beginnings of Apple and how they started a small business in a garage and it grew to be one of the most successful businesses in this day and age.

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Funny thing though, I was in New York 2 days before the conference and heading back home (the only reason I’ve cut both of my trips to New York short this year was because of the Zain Events really hehe :P) and on my way back I was flying Kuwait Airways.  The moment I stepped on the plane, who do I see right there sitting in First Class, the very first seat?

Steve Wozniak himself!

I was star-struck to say the least and wanted to say Hello, I’m a huge fan but felt a bit shy especially since it’s going to be a long flight and I felt I would be disturbing him and interrupting his personal time.  Hence, I just stayed quiet, found my seat and spent the rest of the flight wondering if I should go up there and say hello, when I finally decided I would I thought I’d see him when we landed at the baggage check-in but something happened and he was whisked away quickly before I got a chance to see him really. But it was one hell of an experience.

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WordPress Releases Version 3.8 – An Insane Change

December 15, 2013  |  Blog News, Techie

Holy Shitzu! WordPress has just released the latest version of its blogging platform, version 3.8 and it has become a RADICAL change! Everything is different, it’s more modern, has a cleaner look, you can customize a bit more stuff and most importantly it should function much better than before.

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I haven’t been more shocked or surprised by a change like this than well when version 3.0 came out I believe.  I am liking it so far.  Also next year’s “IT” theme should be “Twenty-Fourteen”.  I guess this means I should get to cracking on your theme ZDistrict, right? :P

If you haven’t updated be sure to backup your files and then press the update button, nothing bad should happen but in case it should it’s better to be prepared.

Love the Earth, Love Green Gadgets

December 13, 2013  |  Guest Writers, Techie

The US Department of Energy reports the average American household owns 25 consumer electronic devices that are left plugged in and draining energy while not in use. To add to the fire, Americans own billions of electronic products that end up in landfills when used or unwanted, leaching toxins and wasting valuable recyclable materials.

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A good way to stop contributing to e-waste and cut your vampire energy is with green gadgets made from sustainable materials instead of plastic or with new technologies that lower your electricity use while you enjoy your tech toys. If you like your gadgets and have them plugged in all over the house, you might want to compare energy rates for utilities in your area to see if you would do better with a different provider.

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What Makes a Gaming Laptop?

November 19, 2013  |  Guest Writers, Techie

Geeks, gamblers and gamers: get rid of your gear. No, seriously, do it.

If you’re a part of the gaming community who all want the best laptops for what online gaming has to offer, you might want to think about trading in, and upgrading.

There are at least four crucial areas that a highly-functional gaming laptop should perform reliably in — speed, portability, looks, and extra functions. It’s the Usain Bolt-meets Sports Illustrated model-meets MIT geek package deal that all gamers want.

What you choose can depend on what you like more, however. Bigger screens mean less portability. Lots of memory means you’ll need a strong battery life and good memory storage. Because there is no perfect laptop (yet), settling on one laptop that does something really well might mean you sacrifice something else that isn’t as superior.

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Razer Blade 14″ is the World’s Thinnest Gaming Laptop

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Advances in Mobile Technology Driving the Video Games of Today

October 24, 2013  |  Guest Writers, Techie

Just a short few years ago, you could only play a video game on a console system or handheld Gameboy. Nintendo ruled the video game world with their cute and cuddly Mario-esque characters and Mario-inspired game worlds. But time marched on and technology advanced, and with those advancements came stronger processors. Small enough to fit into our telephones, they turned our phones into handheld computers, and today we can’t seem to function without them. Now games are produced with the express intent of playing them on our phones—or, “mobile devices,” as they’re often referred to now. Let’s look at what’s hot in mobile gaming right now.

‘Infinity Blade III’

Apple recently trumped their competition by upgrading their iPhone 5s with a 64-bit processor. This gives them a leg up on future development of next-gen games to play on our phones, as well of the development of phone apps that could take advantage of that extra processing power. Chair Entertainment’s newest offering, “Infinity Blade III,” is one example of a new game that’s going to take advantage of the power of Apple’s 5s.

“Infinity Blade III” is the final chapter in the game’s trilogy, and it takes full advantage of everything the 5s has to offer. Apple’s 64-bit processor easily shows off the games blazing graphics and depth-of-field renderings, and the game’s vignettes look awesome on the 5s’ full-screen mode.

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Is Google Chromecast Worth the Purchase?

October 1, 2013  |  Guest Writers, Techie

Google Chromecast has unleashed the biggest shopping stampede since the iPad, selling out within a day of its release and triggering false rumors of shipping delays until October. Homeowners who haven’t placed an order may be wondering whether their family is missing out on the latest entertainment revolution or whether the frenzy is just sales hype. Is Google’s latest technological toy really worth getting? To answer this, it helps to know what Chromecast does, what it doesn’t do, how it stacks up to competitors, and whether it’s a better buy.

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Kobo Announced New Kobo eReader Lineup

September 12, 2013  |  Books, eReaders, Techie

Last week, just two days before Amazon announced the release of their new Kindle Paperwhite, Kobo opened the curtain on their new eReaders for this upcoming year.  Before I get to naming the devices and their features I’d like to note one thing, I recently jumped on the Kobo bandwagon earlier this year because a dear friend of mine (@NadaFaris) kept on insisting that Kobos kicked every Kindle to the curb and I thought what better way to judge than to try the two platforms out.  Personally, I fell in love with the easy and fun operating system which the Kobo uses, you see it’s more interactive and stuff.  There are Reading Awards to be achieved with everything you do on the Kobo device.  When you turn off the unit, the book cover of the current book you’re reading is right there on the display taunting you and wanting you to come back and finish the remaining percentage of the book.  Ordering books is easier than the Kindle in that it doesn’t want you to be a US user or UK user, you can pretty much be anywhere in the world and use it.  It’s just that easier.

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Back to the point, the press event which took place at the end of August revealed a ‘Pocket’ integration on all its eReader products.  ‘Pocket’ is basically an app which allows you to save articles from around the web to read later on a multitude of different devices, now Kobo’s eReaders can do that. A reading-centric mode has been added to the tablets in order to give users a distraction free environment to reading a book, with this there will be no notifications, easier colors to read and simply a ‘Do Not Disturb’ experience.

Once that announcement was out of the way Kobo unveiled their three new eReaders:

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