Saturday, October 29, 2011

Bookstores in Cairo, Egypt

Virgin Megastore
The famous Virgin Megastore at City Stars in Madinet Nasr is an important place to find many books from children's to scientific, art, literature and personal development books. They get the latest released editions of both Arabic and English books. Offers are available during some seasons. Virgin also sells music, DVDs, electronics, etc.
Go to Virgin if you are looking for a new book or edition.

Dar Al-Shorok
Can also be found at City Stars mall (first floor). They have a wide variety of Arabic and English books. Some people think their prices are better than Virgin but I never really compared, I go there directly if I'm looking for books published by them.

American University in Cairo (AUC) Bookstore
Address: 113 Kasr El-Aini St., in Hill House on the Main Campus, Downtown. Telephone: +20-2357-5377 / 1.

Alef Bookstore

"Alef" is the first letter of th eArabic alphabet. They have many nice offers and events. Can also be found at City Stars, Zamalek (2 Taha Hussien St., Zamalek) and other locations, check the website for their addresses.

Found in Talaat Harb, Downtown or El-Batal Ahmed Abdel Aziz, Mohandeseen.

Diwan Bookstore

Another prominent bookstore in Cairo. Has a few branches, check the website for addresses.

Soor el Ozbakeya
This is a very special place in Cairo where you can find all types of Arabic and non-Arabic books for amazing prices. You can find used books in very good condition, rare books, old books, academic textbooks, everything! It is a wide area where many kiosks sell hundreds and hundreds of books. To get there, use the underground (metro) towards El Ataba station.

Check this link for a list of Bookstores and their addresses.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

HTC Desire S video sample

This is a video test/sample taken by the HTC desire S at 720p HD. The scene is from part of the Egyptian countryside, which have some really beautiful scenery, bu that's another story.

The HTC Desire S can shoot HD at 720p but only at 15 fps (frames per second). There is no autofocus during video recording but you can manually focus on any part of the video by touching the screen at the part /object you want to focus on during recording the video.

You can zoom while recording and you can choose whether to turn flash on or off. Please note that using the flash very near to a person may be annoying to their eyes and may burn out the image. You can also use the front camera to record video.

Overall the quality of the video is good and sufficient although I didn't like it at night.
I'll be uploading more video samples soon.

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