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Even in the brave new world of education, you can’t beat discipline and rigour

Moral education can help bring the nation together. Reem Mohammed / The National These are exciting times for the UAE education sector. As this newspaper reported last week, the country’s schools will follow a new common education system in a major shakeup. The changes are the result of directives from President Sheikh Khalifa, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai and ... Read More »

“I cannot imagine life without the internet”: Yep, that basically describes Indians

It is exhaustively slow or exceptionally expensive, but Indians love their internet. According to a recent survey, 82% of internet users in the country agreed with the statement “I cannot imagine life without internet.” The poll, by market and opinion research firm Ipsos, included 18,180 adults across 23 countries and was conducted between Sept. 12 and Oct. 11, 2016. The availability ... Read More »

The Internet Comes To Fruition 17 Years After The Bubble Burst

In the last half of the 1990’s investors fell in love with internet stocks. Companies with no earnings were accorded billion dollar valuations because of their potential to change the way business is conducted. After years of failing to live up to that potential, investors lost patience and the internet bubble burst in 2000. Fast forward 17 years and the ... Read More »

SURVIVING THIS SUMMER ON THE INTERNET

On the August afternoon that a white supremacist drove a car through a crowd of peaceful protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia, I was perched on a bar stool in a café near my home, sipping a glass of rosé while reading a novel and daydreaming. It was one of those rare, near-perfect New York days when the light streamed through a wide-open ... Read More »

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Has the Best Smartphone Display Ever Tested, Says DisplayMate

HIGHLIGHTS Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s display is the brightest yet The Galaxy Note 8 comes with a record 1,200 nits of brightness DisplayMate said that Galaxy Note 8 has almost 3K resolution Samsung once again grabbed thousands of eyeballs when it unveiled its second flagship, the Galaxy Note 8 last week. The Galaxy Note 8 features a stunning 6.3-inch super AMOLED QHD+ display with ... Read More »

Will consumer tech companies rule the enterprise world?

I often get asked whether consumer technology companies take over the enterprise world. The argument usually is very simple and goes like this — the consumer tech giants have more cash, can attract the best engineers, know how to build great products and were built in the cloud, so why would they not win in the enterprise. I am probably ... Read More »

Who Owns the Internet?

On the night of November 7, 1876, Rutherford B. Hayes’s wife, Lucy, took to her bed with a headache. The returns from the Presidential election were trickling in, and the Hayeses, who had been spending the evening in their parlor, in Columbus, Ohio, were dismayed. Hayes himself remained up until midnight; then he, too, retired, convinced that his Democratic opponent, ... Read More »

HTC U11 vs Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs Google Pixel: Which Is the Best Camera Phone?

HIGHLIGHTS The HTC U11 boasts of a 12-megapixel sensor with OIS Samsung also uses a 12-megapixel sensor with a f/1.7 aperture The Google Pixel boasts of a 12.3-megapixel sensor and EIS The Samsung Galaxy S8+ (Review) and the Google Pixel (Review) are two of the best smartphones you can buy right now if a great camera is what you’re after in a phone. We saw this ... Read More »

Why Is the iPad Pro a ‘Computer’? Because Apple’s Courting the Business Market

HIGHLIGHTS Ming Chi-Kuo says there will be three new iPad models in 2017 There is growth in the “detachables” category Microsoft released a commercial calling Apple’s “computer” claim into question Apple, it seems, would like to see more tablets in briefcases next year. A new report from MacRumors cites noted Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, who says there will be three new iPad ... Read More »

How Technology Is Shortening the Road to Fame

It wasn’t that long ago that Justin Bieber was discovered on YouTube by Usher. Katy Perry, Macklemore, Psy and Lana Del Rey are others who used this online video platform to get noticed when music industry executives wouldn’t pay attention to them. Thanks to this social media platform and mobile technologies, the road to fame has changed and helped many artists, including ... Read More »