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Now in Egypt: Asus FonePad ME371MG 7″ 8GB 3G Tablet

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Talking of Phablets ( very large screen phones ), the Asus Fonepad is now available for order online in Egyptian online stores like e3050.com for around 2200LE which is a real bargain for this device. It has a 7 inch screen 8Gigs of storage, a single core Intel Atom processor which makes this one of the first commercially available android devices to have an Intel X86 processor. The phone weighs 340 gm has a 1280×800 resolution.

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Mass media sins

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There is more money to be made selling lies than selling truth.
As a person who has worked in the media since 1999, and created Egypt’s largest portal at the time, I can tell you honest media outlets find a tough time selling ads. Not a single human on earth is without bias, but a profitable media business needs to sell ads, compromise. I will hear people telling me it is not so, and that they did it clean. Maybe you did, but most probably you got so good at selling lies that you sold them to yourself.
Remember that title you moved a bit to make people want to read? Or that sensationalism that you justified to get people’s interests? Or that coverage of the rising corporate or political star that was really a bet on him going up and remembering you?
Remember that photo that showed too much but you knew it will help circulation. Remember the amount of retouching done on that photo?

Every day we are fed more lies than truth in media, you eat crap that gives you cancer because big companies pay scientists to discredit whistle blowers. You get medicines with side effects that you never signed in on, because they spent two billions making the drug and spending a few tens of millions to keep it in the market is pocket change for their investment.

But we have gotten used to a world where we never get the sandwich in the photo above its prices, we pay the full price and get a less than what they showed us.

I dare you to get the plate you saw in the menu of any restaurant you go to except Ruby Tuesday in City Stars and Mall of Arabia both in Cairo, Egypt which always serve plates that have more food than what is shown on the menu. I told you a media guy has to make money somehow, what did you expect? I wised up long ago, and now make more money selling food than selling lies.
(Disclaimer:  Osama Heikal is the CEO of UBF the local franchisee of RubyTuesday in those two locations and I am his brother and a shareholder , UBF uses only quality ingredients and generous portions )

 

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Lighten up I can make a serious point and a joke at the same time. Do not believe everything you read, but your stomach will believe me when you try our generous portions I personally Guarantee it.

التجاره بالدين

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اعلاء رايه الدين يستلزم ان نرفع رايه الدين
ولاكن فكر في الاتي
كل من يرفع رايه الدين يتهم بالآتجار في الدين
والله اني لآظن في نفسي انه اذا جآنا سيد الخلق صلي الله عليه و سلم الان لاتهموه بانه يتاجر في الدين لو قرآ قول الله
( إن الله اشترى من المؤمنين أنفسهم وأموالهم بأن لهم الجنة يقاتلون في سبيل الله فيقتلون ويقتلون وعدا عليه حقا في التوراة والإنجيل والقرآن ومن أوفى بعهده من الله فاستبشروا ببيعكم الذي بايعتم به وذلك هو الفوز العظيم ( 111 ) )
لا تنزعج يا اخي ان كان كلامي يناقض فكرك
ولاكن انزعج اذا احسست انك كي تدافع عن فكرك اللذه به تلطخ كل من جاهد في نصره دينك بانه يتاجر بالدين و انك لتفعل ذلك تلتمس الاعذار و تروج كذب ابتدعه الخصوم السياسيون لالتيارات الاسلاميه مثل عبد الناصر اللذي عرف بكذبه لدرجه ان نكسه ١٩٦٧ صورت في الاول انها انتصار
و قبل ان تحاسب الغير
حاسب نفسك بهذه الايه
قَالَتِ الْأَعْرَابُ آمَنَّا قُل لَّمْ تُؤْمِنُوا وَلَكِن قُولُوا أَسْلَمْنَا وَلَمَّا يَدْخُلِ الْإِيمَانُ فِي قُلُوبِكُمْ وَإِن تُطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ لَا يَلِتْكُم مِّنْ أَعْمَالِكُمْ شَيْئاً إِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ (14) إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا بِاللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ ثُمَّ لَمْ يَرْتَابُوا وَجَاهَدُوا بِأَمْوَالِهِمْ وَأَنفُسِهِمْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ أُوْلَئِكَ هُمُ الصَّادِقُونَ (15) قُلْ أَتُعَلِّمُونَ اللَّهَ بِدِينِكُمْ وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَاللَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ (16) يَمُنُّونَ عَلَيْكَ أَنْ أَسْلَمُوا قُل لَّا تَمُنُّوا عَلَيَّ إِسْلَامَكُم بَلِ اللَّهُ يَمُنُّ عَلَيْكُمْ أَنْ هَدَاكُمْ لِلْإِيمَانِ إِن كُنتُمْ صَادِقِينَ (17)
فهل جاهدت بمالك و نفسك
هل قضيت نصف حياتك تتعلم و تحفظ القرآن و السنه لتقول انك ادري بالجهاد
و هل شققت عن صدر خصومك السياسيون اللذين تزعم انهم تجار دين
وهل من يستخدم رايه الاسلام في رفعه ما يراه في نفسه و عقله انه صحيح تجاره بالدين فآن انا تيقنت ان كذا و كذا من الاسلام و قلت للناس ان انتخبوني لان كذا و كذا هو الطريق الصحيح هل ذلك تجاره بالدين
ستقول ان العلامه التي نستند اليها انهم ليس لاهم منهاج واحد و يغيرون مواقفهم
الان سآقول لك اتق الله
ما ولد انسان لم يغير كلامه  ان تغير الظروف اقوي من عزيمه معظم البشر و الاكثر ان المثل الشعبي اللي ايده في الميه مش زي اللي ايده في النار
فما يقول السياسي قبل اعتلاء المنصب هو ليس وعد بالتنفيذ بل هو وعد بمحاوله التنفيذ
وكم من مسلم مؤمن اعطي نفسه اكثر من قدره علي اخلاصه فضن انه يستطيع و لم يستطيع
و الآكثر من ذالك انه اعتلاء الحكم مثل شراء سياره مستعمله

فآني اتذكر احد معارفي انه حلم بشرء سياره

BMW

مستعمله بحاله سيئه  و انه ظن انه ممكن ان يصلحها بالقليم من المال و كثير من الجهد و لاكنها طلعت مقلب اكثر مما ضن بكثير
وحتي هذا المثل ليس قوي بما فيه الكفايه لان السياره لم تعارضه و ترهق اقتصاد البلد ب٣٠٠٠ اعتصام و كانت صابره عليه ولم تنادي بمشتري جديد

و كفي بنا ان نعرف اننا بشر

وكفي بنا ان ندمر كل من اراد اصلاح باتهامه انه منافق يتاجر بالدين
و هل كنت قاضي او تحررت صدق ما سمعته عنهم ام انك فريسه لمن كذب عليهم او خلط بعض الحق ببعض الكذب مثل عبد الناصر و ماذا تتوقع ان يقوله خصومهم السياسيون و الاعلاميون اللذين لا يشاركوهم فلسفتهم
فالمقوله ان الاسلاميون يتاجرون بالدين هي كآنك تقول ان اللبراليون يتاجرون بالحريه
و كما ان الدين ليس حكرا علي فيصل اتخذ الجهاد بانواعه المختلفه في سبيل الله بدل   التخاذل مثل عامه الناس فان المناده بالحريه ليست حكرا علي اللبراليون اللذين تحرك بعضهم افكار استوردوها من حضارات عادت الاسلام تاريخيا و بعضها لا يزال يعاديه
فالحقيقه الواضحه ان تهمه التجاره بالدين استخدمت اساسا من الخصوم السياسيون للتيارات الاسلاميه و تعلمها  و رددها العامه و ان اي كلام من خصم سياسي مشكوك فيه  بالآصل و انه من الاحري البعد عنه لانتهمه  التجاره بالدين هو رمي الناس بالنفاق
و هنا سيتضح لك الكثير عن نفسك و التزامك بدينك او بالمثل العليا
فلنا في رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم  اسوه حسنه

 فآن الرسول كان يعرف المنافقين لآن ربه اخبره بهم ولاكنه لم يقول اسمهم
و الاحري بالمسلم الصادق تحري الصدق فيما يسمع و فيما يقول و ان يعرف ان كلمه التجاره بالدين عندما يستخدمها فيصل ضد فيصل آخر هي نفسها تجاره بالدين و يزيد عليها انها اتهام بالنفاق و محاوله في دخول ضمائر الناس
و الافضل لآي مفكر ان يري من يقول المقوله و يروج لها من قبل ان يصدقها و ان يعلم ان اتهام الناس بالتجاره بالدين هو نفسه تجاره بالدين و دخول في نفوس الناس
واني استغفر ربي لما صدر مني بآتهام بعض الشيوخ من التيار السلفي اللذي لا انتمي له ولا لفكره  الا بآني ملتحي اني مع الوقت عرفت ان بعض فتواهم التي انكرتها عليهم و اتهمتهم بالعماله و هذا كان دخول مني في نيتهم واني اتوب من ذلك لله و لو فابلت واحدا منهم لاعتذرت له
واني انصحكم يا اخوتي بعدم ترديد عباره التجاره بالدين لانها نفسها تجاره بالدين و رمي الناس بالنفاق بدون دليل قاطع و الظن لا يغني عن الحق

Me and Myself in the mirror

ان من يرمون الناس بالتجاره بالدين يتاجرون بالدين

Rumor:Sony releasing the largest phone to date Xperia ZU

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The race for larger screens on phones is getting pretty tense. Sony is rumored to be releasing a 6.4 inch phone which would put it on the list of largest phones and phablets. The leaked specs are impressive.

2.2Ghz snapdragon 800 quad core processor

Full HD ( 1080P ) IPS LCD screen.

2GB Ram and 16 GB storage.

8mp Camera.

No Stylus.

Is this enough to kill the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 before it is born? I do not think so, but if it is splash and water proof like the rest of the Z series it could be a great buy.

Samsung announces Galaxy S4 Zoom a camera that is a phone.

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Here in Egypt people love their phones to the extent that digital cameras are nearly dead. But you can not get decent photos or a good zoom with a phone. This is all about to change. The new Galaxy S4 Zoom is more of a camera than any other phone. It has a dedicated zoom lens just like mid-level digital cameras.

As you can see from the photo the zoom in the Galaxy S4 zoom is big, the phone is also much thicker than normal galaxy phones.

zoom

Other than the zoom the S4 Zoom is a good phone, not at all in the same league as the S4, since it has a dual core and less ram and smaller screen, but still it has decent specifications. There is no word on when it will be available in Egypt yet.

Asus to release a 6 inch Galaxy Note like phablet

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Asus announced the Fonepad Note FHD 6 which is a 6 inch phone/tablet ( phablet ) with a stylus just like the Galaxy note 2. It will have a full HD display and an intel Atom Z2560 dual-core processor. I doubt very much that it will come to Egypt but at 6 inches this is really testing the boundaries of phone size.

Bitcoin in Egypt? Go directly to Jail?

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Do not pass go and do not take any bitcoins.

For those of you not in the loop bitcoin is a new digital currency. There have been many currencies that started on the internet and have survived for a long time. e-gold for instance survived from 1996 till 2009 when the USA government closed them down for money laundering and “operation of an unlicensed money transmitting business”. E-gold was backed by gold, that is for every currency in circulation the company had gold to backup the currency and the price of e-gold moved more or less with that of gold. Of coarse such a currency was a threat to countries that now give people unbacked pieces of paper as wages their hard work, the paper itself is worthless. E-Gold as such was in reality worth more than dollars, and when the company had to close due to the actions of the USA government, the company has started the process of returning money to people as they have on their blog at blog.e-gold.com. It is important to see that the USA did not charge them on counts of fraud which would have been the case if they did not acually have gold to back the e-gold currency. But the “operation of an unlicensed money transmitting business” is clear that the USA does not like non-government currency and I think they especially do not like any parallel currency backed by gold or precious metals since that exposes the real weakness of our current economical system.

Now back to bitcoins, bitcoins is a new currency that is very strange. It is not backed up by gold or anything tangible yet as of 2013 the bitcoins in circulation have a one billion dollar exchange value. Now bitcoin is not backed by gold but by cryptography and computing power. See bitcoin has learned from e-gold, as a digital currency it was easy to close e-gold because it had a central company backing it up, but bitcoin is a peer-peer currency that operates like torrents. If you do not know what a torrent it it will be very hard to imagine this. Bitcoin has no central server, nearly anybody can be a bitcoin server and issue and manage bitcoin transactions!

So how does the supply of bitcoins work if anybody can run a bitcoin issuing server. Well bitcoins are very special “numbers” that you need to discover or as they prefer to call it mine for them. Now if you know anything about the internet you know that there is something called a secure server, such servers are usually used for e-commerce and they have addresses that start with https://. Now the technology that makes https servers run is very close to bitcoins. See the https uses ciphers to make sure that the server you communicate with is actually the server you put in the URL of the browser and that no one in the middle can steal your data or pretend to be the server you want.

These ciphers or magical numbers have to be found, and finding them requires a lot of computing power, and their amount is not huge, the more ciphers you discover the harder it becomes to discover new ciphers, and hence the significance of using them as a digital currency is two fold. First they are in themselves the guarantee of their authenticity that is no normal “numbers” can be used as ciphers, and ciphers only can be used to guarantee authenticity of financial transactions. Second, the very scarcity of these “numbers” and amount of effort it takes from supercomputers to find new ciphers, guarantees that their supply is not too abundant and yet not too scarce.

But the real genius of bitcoin is that it is secure enough even though there is no central server. In reality it will be very difficult for a government to close bitcoin because of that. Also since the people that make money from discovering new bitcoins are not the people that invented it, the ability to persecute people becomes harder.

Still if a bitcoin exchange opened in Egypt, what would you expect will happen. It will be closed very soon after it opens and the people running it will be labeled as frauds.

But this has to lead you to think, what is money ? Why is paper printed by a government more valuable than ordinary paper? Some might sneer at this question but it is a very valid one.  To make a point here are some things in history that might make you think a bit.

1-In WW2 Germany printed counterfeit British Pounds, these pounds where found in Germany after it was defeated, they said it was very good counterfieting. Well the German government had the same technology and ability of the British government to print it, so I guess the counterfeits where amazingly good. The Germans did this to induce inflation in Britain. How much of that currency was actually used, the British say none or so, but I doubts it.

2-After the defeat of Germany it was cheaper to burn German bank notes than use it to buy wood to burn for heating!

3-Even corporations can “print” money, think of it, if the shares of say apple go from 100 to 200 dollars, the total value of the company has doubled. In billions of dollars that previously where not there in the economy!

4-The USA has the largest debt at 16 trillion and moving up every day, that is 16 thousand billions. The USA can not realistically pay back these loans, this simple fact is not being addressed at all by the economic world.

In today’s world value is in the eye of the beholder. Currency is only an illusion as strong as the belief in the illusion. Once people stop believing in the paper they own they loose its value!

In such a world it is dangerous to allow the people rather than the governments to issue currency from the perspective of governments that issue paper that we believe has value.

The true value of a currently is only as strong as the amount of belief you have in it. If you

The comedy of USA visa forms

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One of the stupidest questions in the universe is “Are you a serial killer?” I mean really, will you believe him if he says no? And what will you do if he says yes? When such a question is asked by a person well you can blame is on low IQ, but when similar questions are being asked by the USA in its application for a visa you got to wonder how these guys actually built the atom bomb? ( Hint Eisenstein was not American ).

Here are some of the Questions on their form copied word for word.

Have you ever been involved in, or do you seek to engage in, money laundering?

Yes I forgot money in my jeans many times and put them in the washer, had to dry them afterwards. Guilty as charged.

Do you seek to engage in espionage, sabotage, export control violations, or any other illegal activity while in the United States?

Really you want to ask me that question and expect me not to reply, “My name is Bond, James Bond”. Too bad I neither drink it shaken nor stirred :)

Have you ever ordered, incited, committed, assisted, or otherwise participated in genocide?

How nice of you to ask me if I was a mass murderer? Well if you count using pesticides to kill cockroaches then yes!

Have you ever committed, ordered, incited, assisted, or otherwise participated in torture?

Now you really got me, yes I tickle my children until they can not take any more. Muhhhaaaaahhhhaaaa. But what is torture is having to answer all your stupid questions, really, do YOU need to torture me such?

Have you ever been directly involved in the coercive transplantation of human organs or bodily tissue?

Well I once spit in my brother’s mouth, does that count?

And now for the big one!

Do you seek to engage in terrorist activities while in the United States or have you ever engaged in terrorist activities?

I mean seriously do you think that this question has ever been answered truthfully by any terrorist before hand? Really just for the sake of argument, what do you do to someone that answered yes to this question? Do you give him the Visa and arrest him? Do you deny them the visa on grounds of stupidity?

 

Android phones with keyboard

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The first Android phone the G1 had a physical keyboard, I had one, and it was amazing. Keyboards are easier to write on than touch screens and faster too. But the main strong point of a physical keyboard is that the screen is visible fully for virtual touch keyboards usually eat half the screen making things harder to see if you are doing anything serious like typing a blog post like this.

Android phones with keyboards

Motorola DROID 4 ( Dual Core )

LG Mach ( not GSM compatible dual core )

Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II ( dual core )

Lower end android phones with keyboard

Motorola Defy Pro ( single core, low res screen )

 

As you can see the state of keyboard android phones is very sad, there are no high end phones with keyboards not a single quadcore phone to the best of my knowledge has a keyboard.

List of phablets ( big screen phones )

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If you are like me, then you love big screen phones. These phablets have one main advantage, they can be used as a true productivity tool. So I am assembling a list of phablets for me and like minded people. They are also much more suitable for the usage of people that are above 50 years ( for farsighted or longsighted people ).

list of phablets (big screen phones )

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (5.5 inch 2012, Quadcore with stylus)
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega ( 6.3 and 5.8 inches, 2013, Dual core )
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8 ( 8 inch, 2013, Quadcore with Stylus) ( More of a tablet with a phone than a phablet )
  • Asus Phone pad ( 7 inch, 2013 )
  • Huawei Ascend Mate ( 6.1 inch, 2013, Quadcore )

( I do not consider a phone of 5 inches to be a phablet, the Samsung Galaxy S4 has made the 5 inch size mainstream ). If you have other phablets to put in this list use the comments below and I will add them.