Reflecting on the Tuesday morning that changed everything

In life, there are days that we remember vividly as if they just happened even as the years pass. These days can be both good days and bad days. For instance, most people vividly remember their wedding day or the day their first child was born. Conversely, many will remember the day that a loved one passed just as vividly in their mind. Today I am writing about a horrible day that I remember as if it happened yesterday, even though 20 years have passed. That day is September 11, 2001. …


The big lights of a city are no longer the only reason a young star leaves a small market, and it is time that we admit that it’s all about winning

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The first time I ever saw a mirage was when I moved to Amman, Jordan from New York City. In Amman, there are a lot of hills throughout the city. On hot summer days, I would walk up some of these hills only to reach their peak and look down and see what would look like pools of water. …


The title of Samsung’s do-it-all device has changed, an indication of the company’s future mobile direction

One of the phone launches that I will always remember was that of the first Samsung Galaxy Note. The phone stood out from everything else that was available on the market at the time. It sported a massive (for that time) 5.3 inch AMOLED display with a massive battery and a built-in stylus pen. It was big, it was in your face, and it changed phone design forever. …


The reimagined flip phone is more accessible than ever, a sign of Samsung’s commitment to this new category of smartphone design

When a new product category is introduced, there is often a hesitancy. People as a general rule tend to avoid change, the status quo is always more familiar and easier. So when something new is introduced that challenges the accepted norm, there is understandably going to be some push back. But then there is a shift, a device that comes out that makes people rethink their reservations and take the plunge into something new. In the late 1990s and…


In a world where software algorithms are all the rage, Samsung has doubled down on interesting hardware instead

I have always thought that Samsung as a phone manufacturer was in an interesting predicament compared to other phone makers. Throughout the years, companies that have succeeded and failed in the smartphone market have quite often made the hardware and the software that their phones ran on. This gave them a unique experience that was tailored to the companies vision of what a phone should be. Companies from the early days of smartphones like BlackBerry, Palm, and Nokia all made the operating…


It was just Summer League, but the future of the Knicks has never looked brighter

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As a basketball fan, I have always enjoyed the NBA Summer League. It serves as an appetizer for the upcoming NBA season, a chance to see some young talent show that they belong as professionals. The games are quick and fast-paced and feel very pure for a basketball junkie like myself.

Now as a Knick fan specifically, Summer League has always felt like the moment when you have a lottery ticket and you’re anxiously watching the nightly drawing on TV. This is because for years…


Living intentionally has transformed into living cheaply and ignoring innovation. The trend in minimalism to stubbornly ignore mobile technology is equal parts fascinating and foolish.

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One of the beauties of humanity is that people can have multiple interests that rarely ever intersect with one another. A person might be a massive sports fan but at the same time enjoy knitting as a destressing hobby. The two interests may never intersect, but they are important to the person that feels fulfillment by them. This is the beauty of human range and versatility. But what about when two interests have an intersection…


Signing Julius Randle long term shows a player that has bought in and is committed to the revitalized team culture of the New York Knicks

Many Knick fans have a soft spot for Carmelo Anthony. These fans will defend Anthony’s tenure in New York because he was great, yes, but also because he is the one that wanted the pressure of New York and wanted to be a Knick. New Yorkers and Knick fans respect a player that accepts the challenge of winning for a franchise that hasn’t won a championship in decades in such a large market. It is…


Kemba Walker’s homecoming is both a great signing and a showcase of strong team culture from the New York Knicks

Do you have a bucket list? You know, one of those lists of things you’d like to do or places you’d like to visit before you die? Well, when I was 10 I found a bucket list item that has been on my list ever since. You see, I have always loved college basketball but in particular, I loved watching the Big East tournament. This conference tournament took place at Madison Square Garden every year and was an unofficial precursor…


Shelter in place, the rise of e-commerce, and how it forced an entire industry to adapt for the better

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It’s the fall of 2017 in a crowded conference room in Palm Desert, California. I am sitting at a table with a handful of my new work colleagues for a job that I was about to start. I was hired right before the annual company meeting, which meant that I got to experience this before actually working a day at the job. …

Omar Zahran

Freelance technology and lifestyle writer. Lover of all things with a screen. Newsletter: ozoneletter.substack.com

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