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Which is the better one?

We see people walking down the street, each one to his/her phone, minding their own business. They all seem happy with what their O.S has provided them with. No one seems to care, no one feels the urge to show off or compete, until we start approaching a national holiday.

We start seeing commercials on TVs, ads on websites, and huge billboards by the giants displaying the new and upcoming feature of their product.

Those who have that particular phone now have something to show off about for the next three months or so, since that is usually the longest period before the competitors introduce the same or a very similar feature.

Some of the new features you hear about sometimes have nothing to do with the operating system, but more like a hardware change. For instance, the new phone will be slimmer and lighter, it used to be 15 mm in width, but now it’s only 14.5 mm and down from 210g to 202g. As if, my back won’t hurt me as much now that it’s lighter; but my pocket will.

I must admit some features are really interesting, but since we’re the ones paying the full price to buy a new phone or maybe renew a contract with a carrier and be stuck with their crappy customer service just because we want this phone, I think we should have a say in what we would like to see.

No one ever consulted with me for an opinion on what I am paying for. They say the people have spoken and we have listened. Well not in those exact words but in reality I never said a thing and I am part of the people.

What do we really want from our Phones in terms of hardware and software?

To begin with, if you are going to manufacture phones like there’s no tomorrow and you’re going to have updates and upgrades that only work with the newer version; I suggest you think about lowering your prices.

-A single person “might” consider buying a new phone once a year as his/her new year’s gift at the full price which ranges between 400 and 700 usd. If this is your target, then incorporate things that would attract this chunk of the market.

-A couple would find it overpriced to spend the 800 to 1400 usd every year to get the latest and “bestest” as advertised phone out there .

-An entire family would consider this as a disastrous day, a new phone? What do you mean a new phone? We just bought new ones? Has it been a year already? But mine still works fine. Ok, ok I will pass by the bank and get another loan, or sell my blood.

While those giants are competing, they leave their dirty work to the smaller yet huge companies, we call them “the carriers”, I am sure you have heard of them. These days you can’t have a smartphone unless you have a data plan. That’s right, no data means no deal.

It seems the phone manufacturer, the OS developer and carriers have one thing in common and that is the consumer. While they brag every year how they met the criteria or their sales or what their revenues were on the third quarter, we “the consumers” anxiously wait for new updates that wouldn’t have been noticed in the first place and might not even be used by many, simply to say “we have the latest and meanest product”.

Raghid Khalil

Salvador Dali Revisited


Artists are the minds mirror. They have the gift and ability to reflect the intricacies and intertwined synapses of our mind so vividly.

What I like about Salvador Dali is that throughout his life he got influenced by many art movements and expressed each brilliantly. He adapted and changed and grew. This is well reflected in his paintings and expressions.

Dali was born in Figueres, Spain on May 11, 1904.

In the 1920’s he held one man shows and got recognition for his impressionist paintings. His famous was The Basket of Bread.

Salvador Dali-The Basket of Bread-1926 (wikipedia)

1929 highlights Dali’s connection with the Surrealist Movement . His painting, The Persistence of Memory, with the soft melting watches echo space and time; gentle, bizarre, introverted and dangerous. It is as if time adjusts to the circumstance and envelops its existence around it.

The Persistence of Memory-1931

Twenty years later in “The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory” (1952), Dali broke these images. He was fascinated by destructive nature of atomic energy and reflected it in breaking his images as a mere consequence of the knowledge that we possess.

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory-1952

By 1940, Dali was moving into a new type of painting with a fixation with science and religion trying to revive the classic period. Among the best known of these works are The Hallucinogenic Toreador.

The Hallucinogenic Toreador-1940

His health deteriorated after the death of his wife and muse in 1982. Salvador Dali died on January 23, 1989 in Figueres from heart failure with respiratory complications.

Rasha Nasser Khalil

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Apple


They say “behind every successful man, there is a woman.” I say behind every woman there is “Apple”. Why might one wonder? What does apple have to do with it? We all know about their success in iPods, iPads, iPhones and all other “i”s that came along over the past years.

What people have forgotten is the greatest creation of all: that is the “Woman”. She comes in different versions with an intuitive and self-upgrading operating system. She starts off with the basic and simple version “iKnow”, then climbs up the ladder to version “iNeed” until she reaches the highest of all levels “iWant”. All three levels are backward compatible. She can easily switch between them with no lag time.

I blame apple for this, and at this point I ask them to declare what updates of “Woman” they have in store for us.

P.S:
There was one version of “Man” and it hasn’t been updated since. It’s a one-time application that runs under extreme pressure; it’s a very effective application and eventually affects the lives of men running it. It’s the “iDo” app, works best in wedding ceremonies.

Raghid Khalil