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KuwaitInstagramI’m really disappointed of how the “Instagram Stars” think of offering crazy prices to promote/market/advertise on their Instagram account. I sat in a meeting with one of my friend (owner of a restaurant). He was talking about Instagram and how he could build up a successful Instagram account for his restaurant. Through our conversation, he told me their people called Instagram Stars which could help us with building our account.

He also said one of the Instagram Star takes:

700KD per advertisement post

1000KD per post / if the star photo-shoot himself inside the restaurant

Come on. Let’s say the highest star got 400K. Most of the followers are individuals, businesses, comedy accounts, spams and companies. This would equal 40% of the population in Kuwait. Then, if the business owner could promote his restaurant in newspaper (Starting from 500KD per advertisement), then I think it would be a great outcome as each newspaper own more than 1.5 million subscriber.

Startups or companies thinks that promoting on Instagram would increase their sales. Well of course not as a high percentage but it depends on the target audience. But spending 1000KD per post for one Instagram star would create a high expense.

InstagramPopularHashtagI sat last night to comparing number of posts on Instagram between GCC Countries hashtags. Founded that #Kuwait got the first top number of posts on Instagram. I actually see most of the people in our community using Instagram daily as their best social media channels in communication, businesses, family, friends and individual.

Microsoft OneNote AppMicrosoft finally released Microsoft OneNote app for iPhone and iPad users. OneNote is app similar to Microsoft Office but capable to smart-devices. With OneNote, you can capture that flash of genius, that moment of inspiration, that list of errands, or that plain old note that’s too important to forget. Whether you’re at home, in the office or on the go, your notes/document travel with you.

Key Features:

  • Sync your notebooks across computers and devices
  • Your notes look the same on all your devices including formatting and ink notes from pen enabled devices.
  • Bold, italicize, underline, highlight, increase indent, decrease indent – format notes the way you want
  • Search your notes and files for anything you’ve captured by just typing a keyword or phrase. Sync your work notes stored on SharePoint or on Office 365 with your iPad.

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NokiaPhoneToday, during lunch I was using my iPhone and texting one of my friends on Whatsapp. My mam started to laugh, I told her “What makes you to laugh”. She said, “Here is your first phone I kept it in my cupboard, when you moved in to our new home”.  I also did laugh when I saw my first mobile phone.

This is Nokia phone (without GSM & SIM Card). My father bought it for me when I was 9 years old. This was during the trend of Mobile Telecommunication Company (Zain Kuwait Now) when they started opening for citizens to own a mobile phone. I remembered back when I carry this phone with my friends for show-off and my name tagged on it. What a lovely days!.

InstagramSecureI knew that their were some Instagram stars accounts hacked. I would like to provide some tips to insure your Instagram account safe and to avoid hack.

  • Make sure you change the passport every 1-2 months
  • Don’t include your email in the account profile
  • Choose a password that includes letters, numbers and symbols such as (Q8@P1a3th)
  • Don’t choose the same password for your other accounts
  • If you received any emails to reset your password from Instagram without your request. Don’t answer to the email and don’t click to any link.
  • Don’t login to your account through any public PC or any phone that don’t belong to you.

I hope these tips could help.

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HTC planned to organized today March 25th the press event of HTC One M8. Briefly, the HTC One M8 phone operate by Android KitKat 4.4.2, 5-inch screen, 2600 mAh Battery, HTC Sense, SD Card and capable for all network. Find the full review of the phone by CNET.

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Two new watches with Android Wear smashed the technology world. Motorola recently announced Moto 360 watch. With this watch you can connect with people. control, track and find the time. From the product description, I think Moto 360 would be effective to use and will smash up the world. Will be available this summer. Find more at Moto 360 website.

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Android Wear is the latest operating system Google (Android) created specially capable for smart-watches. Motorola and LG officially will be using Android Wear for Moto 360 and LG G watches.

InstagramKuwaitInstagram is one of the apps and social media channels were Kuwaiti’s use it daily. Men, women, kids, businesses and organizations moved to Instagram to provide business/commercial promotions or exchange. There are number of people on Instagram who are called “Instagram Stars” who own large followers, provide marketing services such as promoting brands, products or services on their account with high prices.

While ago, Instagram soft-launch ”Sponsored” services were advertisements appears in between your account timeline. Still this service is under development by Instagram.

I’m thinking back how could Kuwaiti Instagramers “Instagram Stars” life could be after Instagram officially kick-off their ads services internationally. I believe, we could find number of stars will disappear and number of accounts will be closed down. I hate to see the same advertisement posted in different accounts on Instagram who powered by one of the company. Instagram is a social media channel were the “social/communities” could share up their photos/videos together and not to promote each other businesses.

SlowShutterCamI recently downloaded couple of photos & videos apps last night. Slow Shutter Cam one of the apps I bought from the AppStore. I used the app and founded that it is the best app to use. You can capture HDR freeze control, light trails and motion blurs photos directly from your iPhone. I recommend you to purchase this app and snap some amazing photos for your Instagram account.

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AppleiOS7.1Apple releases the latest update of iOS 7.1. The update is packed with interface refinements, bug fixes, improvements, and new features. As well, the iOS 7.1 is compatible for Apple CarPlay, Siri knows when to stop listening, iPhone camera automatically enable to HDR. I liked the new interfaces changes and looking forward to see upcoming updates in technology.

To update your iPhone: Go to Settings, Select General and Tap Software Update.

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Google celebrates International Women’s Day of 2014. “Women have historically been underrepresented in almost all fields: science, school curricula, business, politics — and, sadly, doodles. In addition to our continued effort for doodle diversity and inclusion, this truly International Women’s Day doodle features a host of over a 100 inspiring women from around the world”.

Find more [Google Website]

AppleCarPlayApple officially announced the first kind of cars innovation technology. CarPlay is available on new select of new cars in 2014. With CarPlay is smarter and safe way to use your iPhone in the car. While driving you can get map directs, make calls, send/receive messages, listen to music and use Siri. 

CarPlay features Siri voice control and is specially designed for driving scenarios. It also works with your car’s controls — knobs, buttons, or touchscreen.

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Here is a demostraction of Apple CarPlay in a Ferrari FF ay The Geneva Motor Show. It looks really cool, I loved the interface, features and the syncing functions.

CarPlaySo if you got a brand old car, it is time to move to a brand new smart car. Apple Carplay will be available on Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes Benz and Volvo 2014 models. Coming up in future cars of Nissan, Mitsubishi, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki, Jaguar, Land Rover, Kia Motors, BMW and Toyota.

Apple CarPlay is available as an update to iOS 7 and it will work with iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5. Apple you done a great success with your smart technology innovations.