Sony tells us about their Jelly Bean and KitKat plans

kitkat4.4_closeup-631x318As the new Android OS is out now, all big OEM’s are deciding to release the update for their flagship smartphones. HTC is planning to update the One series within 90 days, while Samsung is still planning about it. Now we also got to hear from Sony and in past, they have released a set of beautiful Android smartphones. They have announced their plans about Jelly Bean and KitKat. Have a look on what Sony said:

First up, Jelly Bean 4.3

We’re pleased to tell you that we’ll start rolling Android 4.3 for Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR,Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia SP, Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1 from next month.

We also mentioned that a few of our products would be jumping software version â€" so, we can confirm that Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V* will be upgraded to Android Jelly Bean 4.3… also from next month.

And, to Kit Kat 4.4

We’re also happy to tell you about the first raft of Xperia products that we’ll make Android 4.4 Kit Kat available for â€" they are: Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1.

On that, please stay tuned to the social newsroom and @SonyMobileNews, where we’ll update you with specific info on product upgrade timings & software features as things progress.

Well, it seems by the beginning of next year, we might see Sony smartphones on Android 4.4. Honestly, I must say that Sony is now paying attention towards software updates, as in past they were criticized a lot for not updating their smartphones to the latest OS, even if it matches the requirements.

So Xperia users, are you happy?

Source: Sony

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iBooks Can Read Out Your Books To You In OS X Mavericks, Here’s How

EBooks and other book offerings through the Kindle or iBooks remove a lot of that publishing overhead and allow readers to quickly get access to great content wherever they are. The next step in that progression is to remove the need to actually read the book yourself and have it auto-read out loud by the system.

Offering a text-to-speech function within electronic devices is certainly nothing new, even in the electronic book world. Amazon has offered this kind of feature through their Kindle devices for quite some time. Not everyone actually uses the Kindle hardware to consume their digital media however, and it seems to be Apple who are bringing in new users with their iBooks option on iOS and OS X. A workaround to reach a similar reading-out-loud achievement has been to use the Voice Over support with the Accessibility options on the device. This actually works but brings with it a myriad of additional issues.


The great news is that Apple’s decision to offer a native iBooks app within OS X Mavericks means that we no longer have to drop down to an iOS device to use Voice Over. iBooks within Mavericks means that is now entirely possible, and very easy, to have the system read the book out to us with minimal fuss. To see exactly how easy it is to get up and running with this kind of functionality then why not open up iBooks and try it for yourself?

Users are able to launch the iBooks app within Mavericks and get a book open on the screen in as little as three clicks. The process then becomes as simple as putting the cursor on the screen to denote exactly where the internal voice should start reading. The next step is to select the ‘Edit’ menu option from the iBooks menu system, select ‘Speech’ from the fourth list segment and then finally select ‘Start Speaking’. The rest, as they say, is academic. Or magic, depends on how you want to look at it.

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Having the Mac operating system read the book out loud is a great and very handy little feature of iBooks, but it does come with a few little caveats. Mavericks isn’t capable of turning the page so it does require a little user interaction. It will also keep reading until it’s explicitly told to stop, so be aware of that.

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Google Ending Support for Internet Explorer 9 for Gmail and Other Google Apps

Google has announced end of support for Internet Explorer 9 for Gmail and other Google Apps. Google has a policy of supporting only the latest 2 versions of browsers, which includes Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari. 

Dropping support for Internet Explorer 9 might come as a big blow for certain enterprises and organizations where users are still stuck even on IE 8. While the basic functionality for Google Apps still works on some older browsers, end of support means that Google would not be rolling out and testing any fixes for them. 

Google mentions on their support page that users might find the following issues with Google Apps on unsupported browsers: 

Gmail: users would be redirected to basic HTML interface for Gmail. This is a stripped down version which does not support most of the features users enjoy.
Calendar: will be displayed in read only mode. Users would not be able to create new events or make edits to current ones.
Drive: drawing and presentations would not display correctly.

If you are unable to use Chrome, which provides the best Google Apps support and experience on any desktop platform, Microsoft recently released Internet Explorer 11 along with Windows 8.1, and soon for Windows 7. 

More details on Google Apps supported browsers can be found here. 

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Interview with Anca Ventura from Nokia

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Remember we said, we will be posting the interview with Anca Ventura (Senior Manager Portfolio, Planning & Analytics, Nokia) soon. Well, here it is. This was taken at the Nokia Lumia launch in Karachi, Pakistan. Let’s get on with the interview now. Q. What is the purpose of this event? The first thing is the [...]

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Firing Spree: Mobilink Lays Off Another 100 Employees

Mobilink Logo1 Firing Spree: Mobilink Lays Off Another 100 Employees

Mobilink, in its second phase of freeing up the resources, has laid off another at least 100 employees from its technical department, we have confirmed with sources.

With squeezing revenues and high CAPEX pressure â€" thanks to infrastructure “Swap” and “Maintenance” deals with Huawei and Ericsson â€" this was seen coming.

Mobilink is reasoning the lay-offs due to a restricting process of its technology division. As a result, the company said, certain operational areas had become redundant, whereas new functions have also emerged.

“Therefore, headcount is being reduced in areas that are redundant, whereas hiring of different skill set is underway”, said a statement issued by Mobilink.

However, it is unclear that why already serving workforce isn’t trained to fulfil the changing needs of the infrastructure, leaving a question mark on the ability of HR department.

On other hands, as we reported before, plentiful of tasks in technical department are being outsourced to vendors with a aim to reduce costs.

Once vendor contracts will be fully in place, Mobilink, as part of group strategy, will outsource major technical activities, while in-house staff will, just be, carrying out level 1 maintenance on site intervention for core network, alarm monitoring and KPI (Key Performance Indicators) review.

If sources are to be believed then more lay-offs are expected at Mobilink in coming months.

Mobilink has said that outgoing employees have been given the benefit of severance packages that are above and beyond the contractual obligation undertaken by the company at the time of hiring.

It maybe recalled that Mobilink had fired around 100 employees earlier in May 2013.

With Alcatel Lucent, Nortel, Motorola and Nokia Siemens Network out of business, these lay-offs by telcos are putting fierce pressure in the sector with growing pool of unemployed resources in the country.

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 heading to US

Samsung has proven its mettle in the smartphone arena and that’s the reason why its sets are so much in demand. It has already set very high standards for its competitors. Its latest avatar Samsung Mega from the flagship galaxy series is ready to take on the market contemporaries and today we bring an exclusive review of this brilliant innovation by Samsung.


Initially which was rumoured to be just a single handset, surfaced two different variants at inception. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Mega 5.8. As their names suggest the only visible difference between them is the screen size.

Both the devices flaunt the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with dual core processors. The latest version of the Android has been coupled with Touch wiz‘s bright and a vibrantly peppy User Interface. There seems to be some nifty changes or additions to the interfaces of the sets, due to which it claims to provide a grand and wonderful experience for the end users. Its home screen looks really clean and tidy. The cosmetic changes have remained the same as there have been no changes adopted in these prospects. Mega 6.3 also enables tabbed browsing which lets you scroll through the screen without much problems or ado. Innovation and sophistication is the natural forte of this handset.

Samsung has taken innovative measures for the next step in the logical manner and have enhanced them with technicality and functionality.  The handset seamlessly lets you handle the functions with the help of two fingers in various drag and drop options. Alongside it features multiple window options which were first visible in the Galaxy Note 2.

Mega 6.3 features the S Translator, snappy camera applications and health applications from S4 etc.  It’s going to come with the connectivity of LTE. But in case your region doesn’t provide you with 4G infrastructure then it will be supporting the connectivity of HSPA. The phone does supports Cat 3 LTE and also to theoretical records; you will enjoy high speed download speeds of around 100 MBPs, and 50 Mbps for uploading.

It has a giant display option available. 6.3 inch display is one of the largest screens which have been visible on the mainstream Smartphone. Its display has the resolution of around 720p which sports pixel of around 233 ppi.

The phone supports a micro SD card slot through which you can expand the storage capacity to around 64GB.  Users can pick the option of either the 8 GB or 16 GB, toting Galaxy Mega included in it. Due to its expandable memory it will be allowing the user to download FULL HD movies on the hand set supported by a vibrant screen. This enhances the phone’s entertainment quotient to a great extent.

It packs a punch with the 3200 mAh battery, which was earlier considered a “prototype” only. But currently going to face reality.  The back portion of the set is easily removable. You will be able to remove the battery without much fuss. The galaxy is going to please those users who were really waiting for a note-like device but without the additional luggage of S-pen or the ridiculously high price .With a marvellous design it surely looks like a winner at face value. It could be priced somewhere between Rs 25000, to 27000 and is all set to hit the market very soon.

Cell phones which are used extensively ultimately become outdated and are considered useless by the consumers. Therefore, they have a high tendency to land up in waste bins and get stacked away for years in people’s drawers. Such phones which are thrown away find themselves ultimately into public landfills which results in pollution of the groundwater and is thus very harmful for our living environment. Pacebutler is one of the companies which specializes in cell phone recycling and has committed itself for this purpose since more than two decades. Consumers get paid for sending the company their old and discarded phones.  Check out their website to know more in details about the useful work they do for utilizing discarded cell phones and also for benefiting charity organizations. You can also read Pacebutler Corporation Reviews to have an in-depth understanding of the organization.

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Samsung Prods Apple’s iPhone 5 Owners With Two New Galaxy S4 Switcher Ads [VIDEOS]

Samsung just can’t help itself these days. Seemingly more important than extolling the virtues of its own handsets, the bashing of Apple and more importantly, the users of its smartphones, is target numero uno. At least, that’s what you could be forgiven for thinking if you’ve ever seen the company’s new Galaxy S4 ads.

The first of those ads, as we told you recently, centers around a pool party and a group of supposedly uncool parents all using iPhones. The aim of the ad is to get users to switch from their Apple devices to, obviously enough, a Samsung one.

galaxy s4 logo

But Samsung couldn’t just stop there. On it went, ad agency in tow, intent on kicking Apple as fast and as hard as it could. Cue two new ads, both of a similar ilk as their predecessor, and both as irritatingly awkward.

One of the ads sees a suitably confused dad having a Galaxy S4 thrust upon him, with a younger guy trying to smooth over the switch from an iPhone. On this occasion, it’s the S4′s ‘Easy Mode’ that seals the deal thanks to its oversized icons and simplified usability. Another satisfied customer, apparently.

The other new ad sees a mother taking a photo of her son at a graduation, only for one of his so-called friends to photo bomb the occasion. It’s OK though, ‘cos the camera of choice is a Galaxy S4 and its ‘Eraser Shot’ mode lets little old mother erase that nasty young man from her son’s photo. The iPhone can’t do that, apparently, though we’re dubious that there isn’t an app in the App Store that would at least do something very similar. Answers in the comments if we’re right!

Ironically, that’s actually quite a cool feature, if one that we’re not convinced would get that much use. We just wish Samsung would concentrate on telling potential customers about what its phone can do, rather than try to tell them what Apple’s iPhone can’t do. Call us old fashioned, but that’s what advertising is all about.

Maybe we’re just out of touch.

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Dropbox Updates Website, Mobile and Desktop Apps With New Features in Version 2.0

Dropbox has released version 2.0 of its apps for Windows, OS X and Linux with new sharing features and notification improvements as well as an updated sleek design. The new feature set is shared with the website as well as Dropbox mobile apps for Android, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry and Kindle Fire users.

Dropbox 2 0 for OS X and Windows

Users can now receive real time notifications on their desktops when anyone shares a file with them, as well as keep an eye on the changes happening with their files on Dropbox. Whether the user performs any update on their files or someone else does in a shared folder, a newsfeed of sorts is available when you click the Dropbox icon. Accepting or rejecting invites to shared folders is also possible from the same menu.

Dropbox 2 0 for Windows

This makes sharing files and keeping track of changes much easier, specially in situations where collaboration is important. However, to share files, you are taken to the website once you click the button. We hope Dropbox is listening and implements some sort of desktop sharing UI so that users don’t have to switch between website and app for such small tasks. The new menu layout also shows the sync status to keep you up to date. In case you want to access the old style menu, hold down the Ctrl button while clicking the icon to see it.

The events feature is also available on the Dropbox website but not on the mobile apps yet. You can get real time push notifications for file sharing invites on mobile apps, just like the desktop apps.

Along with recently announced features such as file previews on the web as well as camera uploads from mobile and desktop devices, Dropbox is integrating itself neatly into many aspects of our workflow. With the new updates, we would rank Dropbox as number with SkyDrive as a close second and Google Drive as a distant third.

Download Dropbox version 2.0  for Desktop

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Saving Lives… Efficiently

Think paperless hospital in Pakistan and the Indus Hospital comes to mind. A pioneer in many areas, the hospital was one of the first in Pakistan to start E-Cardiology,  focuses on monitoring and providing immediate help to any heart patient, electronically. The Cardiology team at The Indus Hospital, with the help of Health Information Management System, makes it possible for any image or video to be transferred from the hospital to the cardiologist’s cell phone within seconds. The staff is now able to transfer an ECG, X-ray image, lab report, coronary angiograms or echocardiograms to the consultant’s phone within no time. This practice has helped save lives reducing the time taken for an expert decision to a few minutes, even during the night. The project, accomplished by the Health Information Management System,  calculates the cost incurred on every image transfer is less than Rs.6.

“It has been successfully used for the past few months and is an accomplishment for The Indus Hospital for initiating emergency electronic cardiac service which facilitates decision making through rapid and effective communication. This has and would certainly make a major difference in providing emergency cardiac care to our patients,” commented Dr Sajid Dhakam, Director Cardiac Services at Indus Hospital.

“A major reason for cardiac mortality in Pakistan is due to delay in detection and treatment of patients with acute heart problems,” added Dr. Imran Iftikhar, Consultant Cardiologist at The Indus Hospital. “An ECG was recently sent to me at night on my cellphone from the Emergency Room and  the relevant medication delivered to the patient within 20 minutes saved a heart attack from happening. We saved a life”

Another remarkable project is the development of an Emergency Response System. An ERS is activated from any computer terminal in the hospital and within a few seconds, not only informs the emergency response team within the hospital but also the on-call cardiologists on their cellphones.

Currently Indus Hospital is in the process of recording individual patient’s heart sounds along with electronic medical record file, a one of its kind database under developed. Pakistan’s first paperless hospital continues to serve its patients and their communities, keeping Information Technology at the center of it all.

About The Indus Hospital
The Indus Hospital can be traced back to 2007, when a group of dedicated doctors and businessmen came forward and pledged their support to make a difference to the disadvantaged communities in Karachi. Their vision was to establish and maintain a free-of-cost hospital that provides high quality, premium health care to people who do not have the means to bear the high costs associated with quality medical treatment. Today, The Indus Hospital is the only one of its kind in Pakistan providing specialized medical care in an impressive, state-of-the-art health center to people in dire need of help, completely free of cost.


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Mobile Phone Service Will Not be Suspended on Election Day


Election Pakistan Mobile Phone Service Will Not be Suspended on Election DayUnlike many of us had feared, mobile phone services are not going to get suspended on Election Day, told Ishtiaq Ahmed, Secretary Election Commission, while speaking with media yesterday.

There were partial guesses about the suspension of mobile phone services â€" at least in sensitive areas of the country â€" on election day, i.e. May 11th, 2013. However, this statement by Secretary Election Commission turns out to be a relief for telecom operators and the mobile phone customers.

PPPP lead, previous government, had heavily used the cellular service suspensions to tackle the terrorism but it appears that the interim government has taken a different and somewhat effective route by not blocking mobile phone services.

It maybe recalled here that experts are predicting terror disruption on Election day.

It merits mentioning here that mobile phone services â€" after departure of Mr. Rehman Malik â€" are blocked only once and that too in Lahore for a brief period of time.

Almost all cellular companies reported huge losses in their last quarter (of 2012) due to forced service suspensions and other regulatory pressures from the government.

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Get the new Facebook Graph Search for your Profile


In a special event today Facebook has announced Graph search which is a new way to sort through your list of friends and connections and Facebook.

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Graph Search will appear as a bigger search bar at the top of each page. When you search for something, that search not only determines the set of results you get, but also serves as a title for the page. You can edit the title â€" and in doing so create your own custom view of the content you and your friends have shared on Facebook.

Graph Search and web search are very different. Web search is designed to take a set of keywords (for example: “hip hop”) and provide the best possible results that match those keywords. With Graph Search you combine phrases (for example: “my friends in New York who like Jay-Z”) to get that set of people, places, photos or other content that’s been shared on Facebook. We believe they have very different uses.

Another big difference from web search is that every piece of content on Facebook has its own audience, and most content isn’t public. We’ve built Graph Search from the start with privacy in mind, and it respects the privacy and audience of each piece of content on Facebook. It makes finding new things much easier, but you can only see what you could already view elsewhere on Facebook.

The Graph Search beta starts today. Go to to get on the waitlist.

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Two Weeks Later: An iPhone User’s Take On The Lumia 820 / Windows Phone 8

If you cast your minds back a couple of weeks, you may remember my tentative pledge to take on the challenge of using a Windows Phone 8 device for an entire two weeks, in place of my beloved iPhone. This, on its own, is not much to shout about, but considering I had never previously acquainted myself with Windows Phone in any way, shape or form, I suspected my fortnight with the Nokia Lumia 820 would be one of trials and tribulations.

It all began on the 8th of January. I took the SIM out of my iPhone, and cut it completely out of my life. The first few hours were tough, to say the least, but, sensing it was merely the fear of the unknown, dived in head first.

The Device

In this case, Nokia was kind enough to provide us with a Lumia 820, and although it doesn’t offer as sharp a display, slick a form factor, or precise a snapper as the Lumia 920, it offers a fairly good representation as to the current state of play in the Windows Phone market.

Needless to say, it’s a capable handset, but it’s relentlessly mid-range. Almost as though it was meant to be high-end, but Nokia purposely crippled it in order to sway the market towards the flagship device. It makes perfect sense from the company’s point of view, but means the 820 is so very nearly a great device.

Windows Phone 8 design

The cheap, plastic back cover, which pops off to reveal the microSD, SIM and battery housing, doesn’t feel nice to hold, but that’s not the main quibble. Much has been made of both Lumias’ abilities to operate through gloves, but if you’re wearing normal, wool gloves, holding the device is almost impossible. In short, it’s slippery, but since the back cover is removable, I presume it isn’t too difficult to pick up an alternative â€" preferably one with more friction than a bar of soap.

Windows Phone 8 Design 2

Aside from the cheap build, I have been very pleased with the Lumia 820. The display isn’t the best, nor is the camera, but if you’re not much of a photography enthusiast, this device will serve you just fine.


There’s no doubting Windows Phone 8 is pretty to look at, but what’s really compelling, is that it actually works. The resizable, Live Tiles adapt to your preferences, and having become accustomed to the uniform arrangements of iOS and Android (save the occasional widget), the versatile, aesthetically-pleasing look of WP8 served as a refreshing change.

Nokia 820

There’s a slick finesse about the way Windows Phone 8 jumps in and out of apps, which makes it feel like a premium service. It airs off a sense of enthusiasm, and with Live Tiles constantly keeping you in the loop, it never seems to be taking a break, or sitting idly.

Windows Phone 8 UI

While Android and iOS are seen by many as fairly similar in terms of looks, Windows Phone 8 is vastly different to both. At first, I thought WP8 would be impossible to adapt to, but it’s not overly complicated at all. In fact, within half an hour, most of the functions felt like second nature, and all those reservations I’d previously had about leaving my iPhone were gone.


A few of you tweeted some general recommendations of apps, tips, and I have to say, you guys really helped me out. The first thing you notice when you make the leap from a platform like iOS or Android, is that Windows Phone is still rather bereft when it comes to app count. But whereas Oliver had a bit of a struggle finding anything noteworthy for his Lumia 800 last year, I found, with a little digging, there are plenty of gems out there.

Lumia 820 Apps

Twitter is a service that depends on well-developed apps, and having used a bunch for iOS and Android, Windows Phone’s collection is certainly on par. There aren’t as many, but the few that do exist are invariably of the highest quality, and the one I ended up falling in love with was mehdoh. Pronounced “meadow”, and costing $0.99, it does everything you could want and more, allowing effortless sliding between mentions, timeline and messages.

Windows Phone 8 Twitter

In terms of games and general productivity apps, I ran into many, but the shortcomings of WP8’s apps are still, unfortunately, evident in places. For example, like an increasing number of people, I use my smartphone for banking. I can move money between accounts in seconds, which is great not only for management of funds, but means I can quickly empty my account if I lose my bank card. The Windows Phone Store has no banking apps whatsoever, at least there is none for my bank in UK, and while Microsoft continues its quest to beef up the numbers of apps, the company really needs to concentrate on plugging these basic holes, which can and will turn out to be deal-breakers to many. Yes I Know there’s a native Wallet Hub in Windows Phone 8 for purchasing store gift cards, managing coupons, credit cards, making transactions using NFC and more, but it isn’t exactly what I’m looking for.

Windows Phone 8 Store

So, on the whole, the WP Store has certainly improved dramatically, and if I didn’t do my banking on the move, I might even have said something crazy, like “Windows Phone is a viable alternative to iOS / Android”. While I cannot do that, and while you will almost certainly have to make one or two sacrifices in order to adopt the enticing Windows Phone platform, you should no longer approach the topic with the kind of fear I initially did.


Browsing the Web on the mobile version of IE was a pleasure. The gulf between browsing on a larger device versus the iPhone should not be understated, and although the iPhone 5 offers a larger longer display over previous iterations of the iconic Apple smartphone, it is still, in my opinion, no match for the larger handsets on the market.

Windows Phone 8 Browsing

The quality of the display meant more zooming was necessary than I would have liked, but on the whole, I felt more compelled to browse the Web on the Lumia 920 than I ever have on an iPhone.


To my surprise, I really didn’t miss my iPhone a great deal. Sure, this was helped dramatically by the fact I could still use iMessage on my MacBook â€" and I have to admit to missing a couple of my favorite games â€" but all in all, it was no real hardship.

The Lumia 820 was a pleasure to use â€" aside from the aforementioned niggles â€" so if you’re considering a Windows Phone 8 device, I certainly recommend you pick one of these up. If you want something high-end, then obviously opt for the 920, but if your budget doesn’t agree with your techie desires, this is a worthy alternative.

I cannot veil the fact that Windows Phone 8 will likely throw you an obstacle or two in the apps department, but the platform is stable, the devices are appealing, and I am rather excited about the possibility of Microsoft breaking the current two-horse race.

As for me, I’m strongly considering taking the plunge and grabbing a Lumia 920. I could go for more of this!

RP Rating: 7.5/10 (Loses for points for display, back cover texture, lack of apps, and general mediocrity in build quality.)

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Carnitine Tweak for iPhone Lets You Automatically Enable WiFi For Selected Apps

Apple weren’t wrong when they first announced that there’s an app for just about everything on the iPhone. As it turns out, having a jailbroken iPhone just strengthens this statement tremendously. We keep seeing amazing new Cydia tweaks pop up every other day which just make your iPhone even more useful. Carnitine is yet another example of how jailbreaking can increase the usefulness of your iDevice.

Most of us run into situations where we launch an app and realise that we need WiFi for this one. For example, in my case, I never use YouTube on 3G thanks to the expensive data package by my cellular service provider. Carnitine comes handy in such a situation. It automatically turns on WiFi, when you access certain apps on your iPhone.

Carnitine for iPhone Cyda Tweak

How it works is that it asks you on first launch of the app if it should enable WiFi every time you open it. If you allow it, it wouldn’t bug you again but automatically enable WiFi, which you would have had to do so from the Settings app otherwise. Not only would this save you from extra data costs, it’ll save you from a few extra taps. Best thing about Carnitine? It’s free.

Carnitine for iPhone Cyda Tweak 2

One issue with the app, and we hope the developer takes this into consideration in the next release is that WiFI doesn’t turn off automatically after you’re done using the app. This can potentially impact your battery life if you don’t disable it manually by yourself.

Carintine will save you from situations sush as updating an app on 3G in the App Store and later regretting it. We highly recommend this tweak!

Carintine works with iOS 4 and above and is available for free from the BigBoss repository.

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Nokia Global Launch in Pakistan: First Time Ever!

We are invited to a number of launch events and we have almost attended all of them, and being in Pakistan we have always been part of launch events for devices that are about to be launched in Pakistan.

Thanks to Nokia Pakistan, for the first time ever, a new Nokia phone announcement was made from Pakistan at a global launch event held at Marriott Hotel, Karachi last week.

This was a media event held just for the traditional media, newspapers/magazines and online media (this is where we come in!). Sizzled Core, along with a bunch of other bloggers around Pakistan were invited to be a part of this grand event.

Nokia’s decision to choose Pakistan for the global launch of their upcoming devices was a clear sign of how important Pakistani market is for Nokia. Nokia envisions to connect the next billion people with the newly launched Nokia 110 and Nokia 112. Great presentations, and overview of how strong the telecommunications industry is in Pakistan, dance, music, fireworks… This was all part of the Nokia event.

Nokia has the biggest app store in Pakistan which includes 2,000,000+ weekly downloads on average! Almost all of media fro mPakistan is accessible on the Nokia Store â€" apps include: Geo, Aaj TV, Dawn News, Express Tribune, ARY News, Radio Pakistan etc.

Some really cool local applications are also available, such as Cricket, Ludo, Toffee TV etc. Islamic apps on the App store have millions of downloads. There are over 400 local apps, with 200+ Pakistan developers contributing to the Nokia App store which bring the download count of the Pakistani content to over 17 million!

These statistics and figures were shared by the three key speakers of the main event â€" Imran Khalid Mahmood, Saulo Passos and Calin Turcanu. The event had global and regional spokesperson from Nokia to share their thoughts on emerging markets and the new devices. Let’s take a brief intro to each of these speakers.

Imran Khalid Mahmood

Imran Khalid Mahmood is the VP, Near East, Nokia Corporation. In his line of duty he is responsible for heading the sales strategy for Nokia in this region. He is the frontrunner of all measurable KPIs and maintains a strict vigilance over them which are the main reason for Nokia’s success and popularity in this region.

Saulo Passos

Saulo Passos is the Global Director Mobile Phone Communications at Nokia, based in London, England. As part of the global Mobile Phones leadership team, his main focus targets the Next Billion strategy, a Nokia effort to connect more people to the internet, using a mobile device as the leading path.

Calin Turcanu

Starting from August, 2011, Calin Turcanu is the Head of Mobile Phones Business Unit, Nokia India, Middle East & Africa and overseessales, marketing and business development of Nokia devices in the region. Calin is actively involved in developing business strategies to ensure market success of key Nokia devices and strengthen Nokia’s brand presence in the region at the same time.

Remember the dance and music I mentioned earlier? Check out the photo below.

We’ll try to get a full video coverage for you to watch it as well. This performance was just before the Nokia team unveiled their new Nokia 110 and Nokia 112.

These new devices will be available in Pakistan and soon after into rest of the world, starting from the end of May. Prices of these new Nokia phones were one of them ain concerns by the attendees there. Nokia 110 is priced at Rs. 3800 and Nokia 112 will be available for Rs. 4000. Very affordable, isn’t it?

Nokia is continuously working on making the value rich features affordable to all price points â€" Nokia 110 and Nokia 112 are great examples of how even the entry-level Nokia devices don’t just offer optimized and affordable internet but at the same time flaunt a stylish design that will cater to a variety of lifestyles.

These devices will prove to be a true enabler in providing the people of Pakistan and the consumers from other growing economies with their first internet experience on mobile phone. Having internet on mobile phone opens up doors for new opportunities for the masses and helps them follow their dreams.

Now, we expect Nokia to make a bigger global launch announcement from Pakistan next time!

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Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 Now Available in Pakistan


lumia820920 Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 Now Available in Pakistan

Left: Nokia Lumia 920 â€" Right: Nokia Lumia 820

Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone device Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 are now available in Pakistan.

Both the smrtphones boost super fast dual core CPU and 1GB RAM while they run on Windows Phone 8.

Nokia Lumia 920 is bigger (4.5″) with higher WXGA (1280×768) resolution vs Nokia Lumia 820 with 4.3″ WVGA (800×480) resolution. Lumia 920 is IPS LCD (PureMotion HD+) while Lumia 820 is RGB AMOLED (CBD). Both come with Super Sensitive touch screen technology

Nokia Lumia 920 has 8.7MP BSI sensor PureView camera with Carl Zeiss lens with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) while Nokia Lumia 820 has a more standard 8MP camera with bit slower Carl Zeiss lens and no OIS.

Lumia 920 has a bigger non-user-replaceable 2000mAh battery while Lumia 820 has a user-replaceable 1650mAh battery.

Now about the price, Nokia Lumia is officially available in Pakistan with warranty for Rs 62,000 while Nokia Lumia 820 is available for Rs. 48,000 in Pakistan.

Here are detailed specs for both the Phones:

Nokia Lumia 920
  • Best possible video and pictures with PureView camera, even with shaky hands or at night.
  • World’s brightest, fastest and most responsive touchscreen â€" even if you are wearing gloves or have long fingernails
  • World’s first smartphone with built-in wireless charging capabilities

Here are the rest of the specifications:

  • Microsoft’s latest OS Windows Phone 8 running
  • 4.5 inch 720p display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels & PureMotion HD+ display*
  • New ClearBright technology makes this the brightest smartphone display ever
  • IPS LCD capacitive multitouch touchscreen and Corning Gorilla Glass protection
  • Super sensitive touch technology allows you to use the phone with almost anything
  • Thickness: 10.7mm
  • Weight: 185 grams
  • 1.5 Ghz dual-core Krait processor with Adreno 225 GPU
  • 1 Gb RAM with 32 Gb non-expandable storage& 7 GB memory through SkyDrive
  • 8.7 megapixel camera with LED flash and 1080p Full HD video recording
  • PureView camera technology
  • Floating Lens technology for better image stabilization and low light performance
  • 1 megapixel front-facing camera
  • Nokia Drive, Nokia Lens and offline maps besides other special Nokia apps
  • Bluetooth 3.1, microUSB 2.0, USB-on-the-go, NFC
  • Available in Black, Yellow, Red and Gray versions
  • 2000 mAh battery with wireless charging
  • Price in Pakistan: Rs. 62,000

(PureMotion HD+ is a new technology which enables blur free scrolling.

Nokia Lumia 820
  • Windows Phone 8 OS running
  • Thickness: 9.9 mm
  • Weight: 160 grams
  • 4.3 inch ClearBlack AMOLED display with a rather 2010 resolution of 480 x 800
  • Multi-touch capacitive display
  • Super sensitive touch technology which allows the screen to be used with almost anything
  • 1.5 Ghz dual-core Krait processor with Adreno 225 GPU
  • 1 GB RAM with 8 GB expandable memory via memory card slot
  • 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, LED flash and 1080p Full HD video recording
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • Bluetooth 3.1, microUSB 2.0, NFC
  • Available in Red, Yellow, Blue, Gray, Black, Violet and White colours
  • 1650mAh battery
  • Price in Pakisan: Rs. 48,000

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