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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