Facebook explains why it enabled Safety Check for Paris but not other recent attacks

  In the immediate aftermath of the Paris attacks on Friday, many with loved ones living in the city received a new type of notification from Facebook. The social network activated a relatively new tool called Safety Check for the attacks, letting people in Paris easily tell their friends and that they were safe.
While the feature has been helpful for many, some pointed to its use in Paris but not for other recent attacks — like a twin suicide bombing that killed over 40 in Beiruit on Thursday — as yet another example of western bias that apparently values certain lives more than others.

On Saturday, Facebook saw fit to respond to those accusations in a blog post written by the company’s vice president of growth, Alex Schultz. In it, Schultz notes that this is the first time the company has enabled Safety Check for anything other than a natural disaster, events which the tool was originally designed for when it was released last year.

Like a natural disaster, he notes, during the attacks “Facebook became a place where people were sharing information and looking to understand the condition of their loved ones.” After discussing with Facebook employees on the ground, the company decided it was a good idea to turn on Safety Check. “There has to be a first time for trying something new, even in complex and sensitive times, and for us that was Paris.”

Now that Facebook has set a precedent for using Safety Check for terrorism and other violent events, it will need to figure out when and where to use the feature. From Schultz’s comments, it’s not clear if the team would have enabled it for Beruit. He includes the Lebanese city among “other parts of the world, where violence is more common and terrible things happen with distressing frequency. ” And he notes that “During an ongoing crisis, like war or epidemic, Safety Check in its current form is not that useful for people: because there isn’t a clear start or end point and, unfortunately, it’s impossible to know when someone is truly ‘safe.'”

That said, Schultz writes that “We want this tool to be available whenever and wherever it can help,” adding, “We will learn a lot from feedback on this launch.”

Top 10 Most Viewed “Adele – Hello” Covers on Youtube!


Right after Adele posted her new hit song “Hello” on Youtube; fans, artists and Youtube singers from around the world started uploading covers of the song.

As of this moment, the original video has almost 298 Million views, but the covers are getting a bigger hype, and the following are the best covers on Youtube sorted by the number of views:

Top 1: 7 Million Views in 4 Days

Top 2: 6.7 Million Views in 1 Week

Top 3: 2.3 Million Views in 1 Week

Top 4: 1.5 Million Views in 2 Weeks

Featured: 680K in 2 Days! Noel Kharman – Hello Fairouz Mashup!

Top 5: 900K in 1 Week

Top 6: 860K in 1 Week

Top 7: 740K in 3 Days

Top 8: 640K in 2 Weeks

Top 9: 630K in 1 Week

Top 10: 570K in 1 Week

Here’s how Siri sounds in Arabic! Coming soon in iOS 9.2!

Siri Arabic

Apple has released iOS 9.2 as a Public Beta, and one of the features alongside the bug fixes and installed extensions for safari tabs in third party apps, is that Siri now understands the Arabic Language and it replies in Arabic too!

Here’s a video that demonstrate this feature:

The final version of iOS 9.1 was only sent out to the public last week, so you should probably expect a few more betas before iOS 9.2 is finished.

Uber Recycle Now in Beirut!

Beirut_uberRECYCLE_blog_960x540_r2While people are discovering Earth 2.0, Lebanese people are facing a serious trash problem!

In an effort to make Beirut a better place, Uber partnered up with Live Love Beirut & Advanced Car Rental who will be passing around for a full week in vans to collect on-demand recyclable waste via Uber for FREE. All material will be handed over to arcenciel who will handle the recycling process.



BLUE: Plastic (i.e Water bottles, detergents, shampoo bottles, beverages…)

BLACK: Paper (i.e Newspapers, magazines, cardboard, boxes…)

PINK (or a 3rd colour): Metal (i.e Tins, cans, metal caps…)

  1. Open your Uber app between 3pm to 8pm from July 29th through August 4th
  2. Select the UberRECYCLE optionBeirut_uberRECYCLE_half-screenshot_r1
  3. A van will pass by to collect your bags (Please make sure bags are properly sealed)
  4. All pickups are FREE of charge

Don’t wait, start bagging waste today because we’re coming to your doors as of this Today!

Thank you Uber! At least someone is doing something!