Bassam Sebti

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The Middle East, version 2.0.

By Bassam Sebti<p>Let’s be honest. The Middle East and North Africa is burning, and in some areas it is literally burning. Conflict and fragility have …

Dubai, the World’s Vegas

A frictionless layover in a non-place of a city.<p>I feel strange admitting this now, so soon after watching that horrific video of a bloodied senior citizen being dragged through the aisle of a United jet, but I actually enjoy air travel. It’s not just that I don’t mind it; I anticipate it with …

See the 22 Most Stunning Images Science Made This Past Year

Using a variety of photography, illustrations, and medical technology, these 22 pictures pay an artistic homage to medical science.<p>For Oliver Burston, Crohn's disease was akin to living like a skeleton—emaciated and overcome by a sense of frailty. Like many people who suffer from chronic illness, …

How to unlock your iPhone to use with a different carrier

If your iPhone is paid off, then you are free to switch networks.<p>Perhaps you moved to a new area where your carrier doesn't have great coverage. Or maybe you simply want to lower your monthly bill and found a better deal from another carrier. No matter your reason, it's perfectly legal to unlock …

Mobile Technology

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Dear friend, It doesn't matter if someone else has shot it before; you haven't shot it before! …<p>Dear friend, In order to become a better …

How To Stand Out Among 2.6 Billion Photographers

Do you have the feeling that, nowadays, almost everyone is taking photos? Not even that long ago, photography was much more exclusive.<p>Despite the …

Delicate Photographs of Loneliness in Tokyo

The street photographer of Tokyo, Yota Yoshida has no training in photography but is inspired by subjects that surround him. This was the case in his …

How to make sure your Facebook Messenger friends don't get read receipts

Read receipts, the small confirmation that lets you know your friends on Facebook Messenger have seen your message(s), are supposed to be a good …

30 years in the life of one Chinese square – in pictures

For three decades, <b>Chen Zhixian</b> has captured the action in the People’s Square of Jincheng. Moving from black and white to colour, then slide film and now digital, the only constant in his photos has been the statue of Chairman Mao

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How to keep your laptop safe under the new airline ban

Whether you wanted to binge watch TV, catch up on work, or keep a toddler from yelling for 15 hours straight, the new rules on checked-in electronics are definitely an inconvenience. But they can also present major safety issues for your hardware and data.<p>The United States announced a new rule that …

Information Systems

How To Do A 5-Minute Meditation In The Morning

Start your day off right.<p>Most people barely have time to get ready in the morning, so fitting meditation into the routine probably feels impossible.<p>But the benefits of a few minutes of mindfulness are clear: Research shows that it helps increase self awareness, lowers stress and improves …

Meditation

How to Choose the Best Cameras for Hiking – AGreekAdventure - Adventure Travel Blog

Sooner or later any avid hiker will want to keep photos from each of their adventures. We are writing this article for best cameras for hiking, since …

How to parent without limitations

Foisting unnecessary fears on to our children can severely limit their futures<p>For 20 years I’ve sat in my therapy room and listened to people. I’ve heard hundreds of stories from childhood that have led to lives of pain and limitation. Some are what you’d expect – abuse, trauma and deprivation – …

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How to Level Up in Your Photography

Dear friend,<p>I will share some thoughts on how to level up in your photography:<p>1. Increase challenges in your photography<p>The first step to leveling up …

My life in Jordan: children share their photos – in pictures

On the sixth anniversary of the Syrian conflict, Jordanian and Syrian children living side by side in Jordan have taken a series of candid photographs that offer a glimpse into their lives.<p>The Hayati (My Life) project, launched by the EU and Unicef, is a collaboration between 20 local photographers …

Middle East

Low Angle Composition

In this series on how to make good photos (in terms of composition) let us explore the benefits of shooting from a low angle:<p>Why photograph from a …

How to write better essays: 'nobody does introductions properly'

Is Wikipedia really a no-go? Should you bother with the whole reading list? And how do you make a convincing argument? We ask the experts<p>As the government begins its crackdown on essay mill websites, it’s easy to see just how much pressure students are under to get top grades for their coursework …

Writing

#DEIMOS1 captured smoke over #Mosul earlier today (March 7), as Iraqi troops push towards the heart of the city. #MosulOffensive #MosulOps https://t.co/NSc7B8Z3Td

Lighting Tips: How to Shoot Killer Product Photography at Home

We’re not entirely sure why, but product photography tutorials are coming hard and fast lately. So in case this DIY lightbox wasn’t good enough, and …

Photography

How to Photograph Lightning: Helpful Tips for Nailing the Shot

Lightning is an amazing subject to try and photograph. Dazzling. Unpredictable. Fulfilling. I’ve been documenting the long arm of Zeus for more than …

How To Sell On Instagram

Emerging Instagram trends and tools for every business owner. Learn to master the skills of social selling.<p>Instagram isn't the first platform you …

Small Business

17 stunning photos that show how Dubai has become the 'Manhattan of the Middle East'

Some are even calling Dubai "the Manhattan of the Middle East," but its year-round sunshine and warm weather is an advantage that even New York City can't beat. Trendy restaurants and bars, water sports, and other attractions keep both the locals and foreigners happy, and its skyline is a new level …

Photos reveal how polluted the U.S. was before EPA was founded

It can be argued that the current presidential administration appears to lack interest in the traditional mission of the Environmental Protection …

Regulation

How to Win More Customers and Influence People in Your Business | Inc.com

The most powerful way to grow your business and your career these days is to become a visible influencer in your domain. People follow influencers on social media to find what they buy, who they vote for, and which social causes they support.<p>You don't have to be the smartest person in the room to …

Customers

This Video Shows You How to Hold a Camera to Avoid Camera Shake

A shaky camera means blurry photos, and while some cameras and lenses come with built-in stabilization, it doesn’t hurt to make sure you’re holding …

How to Understand the Inverse Square Law by Peter Hurley

In this short excerpt from Fstopper's photography tutorial Illuminating the Face, headshot photographer Peter Hurley explains how the inverse square …

Photography

This Is the Most Simple and Productive Way to Lead Your Employees in 2017 | Inc.com

Some critics and naysayers take a hard line on human-centered workplaces that focus on people. It's a counter-cultural trend, so you'll hear incorrect interpretations that it's too soft.<p>You'll also hear misconceptions that leaders at these organizations give up their power and authority too easily, …

Leadership

Plastic pollution blights Bay of Bengal – in pictures

In India, 6,000 tonnes of plastic waste lies uncollected every day. Some of this washes up in Tamil Nadu state, where it pollutes and contaminates the food and water of communities living along the Bay of Bengal<p>All photographs by Jacques de Lannoy

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Camel Crossing Near Abu Dhabi: Pictures

Purple rain: Marilyn Mugot's neon China – in pictures

In cities like Chongqing and Guilin, French photographer Marilyn Mugot finds a China lit up by the rush of modern life

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