28 Aug

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Gold … Paper … Bitcoins

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The economy of mankind has developed from a simple Barter system, the use of gold and silver coins to the banknote and paper money stashed in maximum security vaults.  The process took thousands and hundreds of years and now as we’re developing, very rapidly if I may say, into a digital world, we are faced with the novel notion of virtual coins and the rise of Bitcoins.

Bitcoin was first introduced in a research paper written by an unknown person with the alias Satoshi Nakamoto. It was adopted as an open source software in 2009. It’s basically a software system for online peer-to-peer payment with an electronic currency that is called Bitcoin and all payments are recorded in a public ledger (Block Chain). It allows for direct anonymous transactions between two parties without a bank or any financial institution.

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25 Aug

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Keep IT Green

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We leave a print on the environment every day as we move through life. However it’s not only us as humans who affect the environment, no, we own things. We own cars, home appliances and these days, lots and lots of electronic devices. I have two smartphones, a tablet, a laptop and a TV, and that’s not counting what I have in the office. It’s a lot of devices, isn’t it?

According to Qatar’s 2014 ICT Landscape report: “92% of the mainstream population has a smartphone in their household. High penetration of smartphones is coupled with equally high ownership of laptops—96% of the mainstream population has a laptop at home.”

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24 Aug

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Shopping via Social Media

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shoppingClearly, social media plays an essential role in our lives. We post updates about the activities we participate in, interests we have, and important life events like starting a new job or graduating or marriage. Just the other day I was invited to a friend’s engagement party through Facebook. But is shopping among the many tasks we carry out through social media?

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19 Aug

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Selfie…Self…Cell-ph!

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Have you ever thought about selfie and selfieing? What does it really mean to take a selfie? Is it old? New? Old-new? Does it reflect narcissism? Loneliness? Self-esteem? Reflects nothing at all? Is it a big deal? Is it a harmless fun or dangerous obsession? Is it really worth the noise? I will be brainstorming about that in the following lines.

Well…no way to ignore it as a new word, fad or phenomenon, or to overlook what it is all about as selfieing has eventually become part of many people’s digital lives, be them celebrities or not. The Oxford English Dictionary in 2013 inducted “selfie” into its collection… Continue Reading