Archive for January, 2010

Nokia does it! Free navigation (in Amman) and all over the globe

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Now this is just AMAZING. Nokia has decided to stop charging for GPS navigation on its phones. Voice navigation for driving and walking is now FREE. If you have an NSeries, ESeries, XpressMusic 5800 (or a bunch of other devices which have maps/navigation) you basically have just been give a GPS navigation device that works [...]

A Lebanese man walks in Amman..

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

This might sound like the the first line of a joke waiting for a punch line. But this Lebanese man is not the star of a funny joke but the writer Hazem Amin, who one evening found himself as “Amman’s only pedestrian, stumbling over its sidewalks“. That’s the title of his article in Al-Ghad today [...]

Web freedom in Jordan shouldn’t be sacrificed because of a bunch of sleazy rumor spreaders

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Watch this video by Aramram. Many of us defending web freedom in Jordan are doing it because we care about the country’s development and the benefits of free speech online for society, for government, for Jordan’s international image and for business and investment. After 15 years of liberal internet policy in Jordan, it would be [...]

Abu Saleem Al-Almani Al-Ammani

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Any name that starts with “Abu-something” and ends with a “ni” or “we” sound, might remind us of militants is Afghanistan.. But this Abu is different. Meet Abu Saleem the German-i. He may be no turbaned militant. But he has a bit of a beard. And he’s fighting for a cause: Environmental awareness in Jordan! [...]

Keeping Jordan’s web open and free

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

One of the best things about Jordan is its liberal and open attitude toward the internet. In an Arab sea of restrictiveness (Lebanon is the exception) our open internet policy has enabled Jordanians to access all of the web (with the exception of one site: the US-based This openness says something important about how [...]

Jordanians want it easy!

Monday, January 11th, 2010

There are few certainties in life: the sun will rise from the east and set in the west. Objects tend to fall back down when thrown up. And Jordanian Tawjihi (Secondary final exam) student will complain about the ‘difficulty’ of the math test. Another certainty: they will find a journalist to write about the complaints. [...]

SYNTAX gets its own Word Guru

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

For me, design and writing are the same thing, and I do quite a lot of both. Sometimes I tell people that what got me into design was some weird passion for publishing (like doing a newsletter for our household when I was aged 12 or something like that). At our company SYNTAX, content and [...]