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Burq Broadband to Offer WiFi Broadband Services Across Pakistan

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ICONDOR Telecom Group from Argentina launched its flagship broadband brand ‘BURQ Broadband’ in Islamabad.

Aimed at offering high-speed broadband services over WiFi, Burq Broadband is planning to start its operations very shortly.

Having footprints in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay since the early eighties as a pioneer in wireless telecommunications, ICONDOR Telecom is all set to spread the expanse of its network across the sub-continent and Middle East with Pakistan being the hub of its core business activities starting with Broadband Internet Services.

Burq Broadband is reportedly going to offer high-speed broadband over WiFi. Down the line, the company has plans to partner with cellular companies to offer their subscribers the broadband services through WiFi but they will be charged based on their mobile-internet subscriptions.

Data channels over WiFi are always proffered when compared with GSM or 3G networks. Similar kind of partnerships are successfully running across various markets.

At the launch ceremony, Ambassador of Argentina, H.E. Mr. Rodolfo J. Martin Saravia during his address as the chief guest said: ‘We are very hopeful that the success of BURQ Broadband will encourage more investment groups from Argentina to invest in various trade sectors in Pakistan and will open new vistas of progress and development for the country’, said the

On this occasion, the Chairman of the Board of Directors ICONDOR Telecom, Mr. Oubay Atassi told the media that BURQ Broadband has been launched with an objective to improve the social strata and allow people to experience seamless service of high speed internet.

Mr. Shahid Mir, CEO ICONDOR Telecom Pakistan said in his opening speech that BURQ Broadband will be rolled out throughout the country.

Mr. Shahid Mir the CEO of Burq Broadband has vast experience in the field of IT and has been associated with PSEB during the eras of Benazir Bhutto and MIan Nawaz Sharif as Prime Ministers during The 90s respectively.

Mr. Sohel Baqai will be the CTO of the company. Mr. Baqai brings with him a rich experience of more than 23 years honed around Multinationals of The Caliber and Magnitudes of ALCATEL Lucent and Mobilink.

Syed Alireza has been given the charge of Marketing and Sales as General Manager and Head. Mr. Ali has worked for Ufone as Regional Manager and his last assignment at Telco was  heading The Scratch Card Distribution set of China Mobile Pakistan (ZONG) under the former Head of Sales at ZONG and the current Head of Sales Ufone Mr. Usman Ishaq.

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Google has been Brining Special Doodles to Celebrate Pakistan’s Independence Day

Since two years, Google has been brining special doodles to celebrate Pakistan’s Independence Day on 14th of August, and so it’s nice to see that this tradition has been carried this year too, as expected.

The new doodle may not be as flamboyant and rich as last year but is again unique in its own right.

Google Doodle on 14th August, 2013

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You get ‘Google’ written in upcase letters with a special dark green font, with ‘L’ being replaced by Pakistan’s national animal, the Markhor, standing at the edge of a cliff.

Between its cockscrewing horns, we have a star and crescent, the same as those on our flag. At the background, K2, the tallest mountain of Pakistan and the 2nd highest peak of the world can be seen.

In case you’ve forgotten, this was the striking doodle Google made last year:

Google Doodle on 14th August, 2012

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…and the comparatively-simple one the year before

Google Doodle on 14th August, 2011

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Google Announces Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

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Google has finally taken the curtains off the latest offering of its mobile OS. Some people might’ve been left disappointed again by Google’s reluctance to announce Key Lime Pie immediately but the new Android 4.3 Jelly Bean isn’t bad by any standards.

The update is largely an incremental one, which brings some performance improvements, alongside some software enhancements.

Here are the most-important features which the update brings:

Multiple-users and restrictions

The ability to make multiple profiles in a single device is a feature already brought in the previous versions of Android but Google has added the feature to restrict the “rights” of any particular profile just now. This is a bit similar to the Kid’s Corner in Windows Phone and here too you can select only a number of apps/features which can be accessed by the profile being restricted.

Different users can also make different environments with their respective widgets, homescreens and customizations.

Better notifications

Android 4.3 brings the ability to view your notifications history. Apps, accessories and games can now take even better control over your notification bar now and can be sent to other paired devices from there.

OpenGL ES 3.0

Android 4.3 brings support for OpenGL ES 3.0 graphics which will be great for games as it improves details. It brings much more complexity in both 2D & 3D (Google also demonstrated this at its event) and adds a real depth to the whole experience.

Things much more complex than Real Racing are coming soon. This feature will be available on the new Nexus 7, Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 as of now.

Low Energy Bluetooth mode and AVRCP

Bluetooth Smart is a new feature which interacts with accessories and will use the same technology to conserve the battery. Also added is Bluetooth AVRCP 1.3 which sends additional information to the audio device paired with your phone.

Better performance

Performance has been Android’s Achilles Heels but Google hasn’t made a secret that it has waged a war against it. The performance enhancements which were brought in Jelly Bean are built upon here. Vsync, touch latency, CPU input boosts, and others will make working on the OS smoother than before.

The rendering performance across various fronts have been improved drastically too.

Support for RTL Languages, Keyboard

Android 4.3 also brings support for languages which are written from right-to-left. The notifications bar, dialpad and lists, all are reworked for these specific keyboards. That will also be supported by a lot of pre-installed apps. Unfortunately, this is not available for Urdu yet but hopefully that will change in the future.

Emoji Keyboard also comes along with the system now and is activated by a long press on the spacebar key.

Software additions

Google is adding a Google Play Games app from Android 4.3 onwards which is a bit like Apple’s Game Center, where you have a leaderboard showing yours and your friend’s progress and the achievements you have accomplished.

Google Keep is yet another app which will be coming pre-installed and Hangouts will be replacing Talk officially. Several new additions like a separate menu for your disabled apps have been added as well.

Convenience for developers

Android 4.3 brings great convenience for developers. Apart from OpenGL ES, it also brings a vastly better Systrace tool which will give the developers an even better idea of their app’s performance.

When will it roll out?

The new Android 4.3 is already being rolled out to the Nexus 10, Nexus 4, Galaxy Nexus and the original Nexus 7 worldwide. Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Editions will follow later. Other phones not running on stock-Android will be receiving the update through their respective manufacturers in the coming few months.

Android version 4.3 is a great step forward for both users and developers. Features like OpenGL ES don’t only open new doors for app-developers, but also make sure that users will get even better stuff in the future.

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How to Make USB Bootable to Guide Install Windows Step by Step Guide

Many a times you get into a situation where your PC’s security is compromised due to some viruses. At those times you may need to format your whole PC and install the operating system again. But what if you don’t have the OS / Windows CD or DVD to install the OS or maybe the DVD drive or the CD drive is damaged and not working. In that situation the only option left is to install the OS from a Pen Drive i.e. a USB drive. This post talks about how to make USB bootable to install Windows from it.

How to make USB bootable ?

There are mainly two ways to make USB bootable

1. Using Command Prompt in Windows: But this method may not be suitable for all users and sometimes may not work.

2. Using some software: There are many softwares available out there which help us to make USB bootable. All you need to do is to download the software and install it and use it.

This method works for all Windows including Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Windows 8.

Here also we are going to use a software named: WinUSB by Joshcellsoftwares. Follow the below steps to make USB bootable:

1. Download WinUSB by JoshCellsoftwares from the link below:

Download WinUsb

2. You will get a ZIP file after downloading. Extract the ZIP file. And then open the extracted folder and you will find an exe file with the name WinUSB Maker.exe. Plugin the USB drive / Pen Drive and then Run WinUSB Maker.exe. You will see something like the screenshot below:

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3. Select the USB drive which you want to make bootable by clicking on the Drop-down button. See the screenshot below:

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4. Now on the left hand side there are many options. Click on Setup to USB.

5. On the next screen choose whether you want to use an ISO file to make USB bootable or you want to use any directory or folder containing Windows files to make USB bootable.  Now click on Select an ISO or directory. And browse to the ISO file or the directory containing the Windows files.

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6. Now click on the button saying Make USB Bootable on the bottom right corner.

 

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7. It will ask if you want to format the USB drive and continue with the process. Click on Yes.

8. Now just wait for some time. The process may take time so do not cancel in between. Wait for at least 15-20 minutes or may be some more time depending on your PC’s configuration and the size of the ISO file.

9. When it’s done the program will show Process Completed. And voilà !! You now have a bootable USB drive.

Now remove the USB drive from the PC and your bootable USB drive is ready for use.

You can install OS on any PC using this bootable USB drive. As I wrote above that this method works for all Windows so you can use this USB drive to install any Windows from this bootable USB drive.

Hoping that this method will help you to make your USB drive bootable and install Windows from that bootable USB drive. If you face any problems in the above mentioned steps then do comment and let me know. I will help you out. Queries and comments otherwise are also welcome.

 

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Viber Desktop Version Released for Free PC to Phone Calling

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Viber, primarily a multi-platform app that allows voice and text chat between phone users, has now released its desktop version of app for Windows and Mac.

This landmark announcement was made yesterday after which Viber is now officially in line to take on Skype that has around or over 600 million users.

Viber said that it has over 200 million users from various platforms, and this user-base is likely to grow exponentially after the introduction of desktop version and nine new languages that were added to the pool just recently.

Viber said that it adds 400,000 new users every day, while 60 million users were added in 2013 only.

Viber said that it will allow Video-calling for those using the app from desktops. Video calling feature is currently in beta and will be rolled out to mobile app versions in near future.

Desktop version users will have to simply use their mobile account to login to Viber. Desktop version of Viber is designed in a way that users can cross communicate (voice, SMS, MMS, video) between platforms. All contacts and other data is also set to seamlessly sync between mobile app and the desktop version.

Here are other main selling features of Viber Desktop:

  • Best-quality HD voice calls
  • Video calls
  • Free text and photo messages
  • Group conversations
  • No registration, passwords or invitations required
  • Contacts and messages sync between your mobile and Windows
  • Transfer ongoing calls between devices

You can download Viber here: http://www.viber.com/

It maybe recalled here that Mobilink has partnered with Viber to allow its 36 million subscribers unlimited Viber usage at a fixed daily charge. Mobilink is likely to start offering the Viber bundle by the end of this month.

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Ematic Announces Chepest Android Tablet

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Now here’s another company you most probably haven’t heard of. Ematic, just another manufacturer which specialises in making “disposable” tablets has released its new tablet.

Called the Genesis Prime, the tablet will probably be one of the cheapest Google-certified product you’ll ever see, costing only $80.

Of course killer specs can’t be expected at this price and needless to say, the tablet offers just that. It is powered by a measly 1.1 Ghz processor along with dedicated graphics, has a 7 inch screen with resolution of 800 x 480, VGA front camera and 4 GB internal storage which also happens to be expandable thanks to a microSD card slot onboard.

And by the way the OS running is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The Genesis Prime is available in a wide range of colors. Being Google-certified, it will be able to access Google Play legally without any hacking or rooting. For $80 this is one of the easiest ways to get the Android membership. And for that price too it offers Android 4.1. That’s not too bad is it?

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Google Unveils New Nexus Smartphone and Tablets

Google announced its new line of Nexus Smartphone and Tablets, all powered by New Android 4.2, a new flavor of Jelly Bean operating system that was planned for launch yesterday in an event which got cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy.

Nexus 4 is next in line Google smartphone, manufactured in by LG, that comes with a quad-core processor, a 4.7″ (320 ppi) display and wireless charging – a technology that is getting momentum these days.

While Nexus 4 is seemingly powerful enough under the hood, it also features the latest version of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2— claimed to be the simplest and smartest version of Android yet.

Here are other specs of Nexus 4:

 

  • CPU: Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait
  • Chipset: Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon
  • GPU: Adreno 320
  • OS: Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Design:
    • Dimensions: 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm
    • Weight: 139 g (4.90 oz)
  • Display:
    • Type: Gloria Glass protected true HD IPS Plus capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
    • Size: 768 x 1280 pixels, 4.7 inches (~318 ppi pixel density)
  • Memory:
    • 8 or 16 GB storage
    • 2 GB RAM
    • No card support
  • Connectivity:
    • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, NFC, USB v2.0 (MicroUSB)
  • Camera:
    • Primary: 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
    • A front facing camera too
  • Battery:
    • Standard battery, Li-Po 2100mAh
    • Stand-by: Up to 390 h (3G)
    • Talk time: Up to 15 h (3G)
  • Price:
  • 8GB for $299;
  • 16GB for $349;
  • Available unlocked


Nexus 7:

Nexus 7 comes with 800 x 1280 pixels, 7.0 inches display with corning glass protection.

Nexus 7 is built by ASUS and comes with a NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad core processor. Patented 4-PLUS-1™ design gives you processing power when you need it while it will save battery when power isn’t required by the device or apps.

Nexus 7 comes with over 9 hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing or e-reading, and up to 300 hours of standby time. Nexus 7 can be charged wirelessly too.

Here are other specs for Nexus 7:

  • CPU: Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A9
  • Chipset: Nvidia Tegra 3
  • GPU: ULP GeForce
  • OS: Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.1.2
  • Design
    • Dimensions: 198.5 x 120 x 10.5 mm (7.81 x 4.72 x 0.41 in)
    • Weight: 340 g
  • DISPLAY: LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size: 800 x 1280 pixels, 7.0 inches (~216 ppi pixel density)
  • Memory:
    • Internal: 16 or 32 GB storage
    • 1GB RAM
    • No cardslot
  • Connectivity:
    • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, NFC, USB,
    • Cellular support: No
  • Camera: 1.2 MP rear camera
  • Battery:
    • Standard battery, Li-Ion 4325 mAh
    • Usage:  Up to 10 h
  • Price:
  • 16GB for $199
  • 32GB for $249

Nexus 10:

Google trusted Samsung for building its power tabled. Nexus 10 is the highest resolution tablet on the planet with a 10.055″ display at 2560-by-1600 (300ppi), that’s over 4 million pixels right in your hands.

 

It comes with a powerful battery that will get you up to nine hours of video playback and more than 500 hours of standby time.

 

With a set of front-facing stereo speakers, you can watch movies right from your Nexus 10 and they simply sound awesome.

 

With Android 4.2, you can add multiple users and switch between them instantly right from the lockscreen.

 

Here are other specs of Nexus 10

 

  • CPU: Dual-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A15
  • Chipset: Exynos 5250
  • GPU: Mali-T604
  • OS: Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Display:
    • LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
    • Size: 2560 x 1600 pixels, 10.1 inches (~299 ppi pixel density)
  • Memory:
    • Internal: 16/32 GB storage,
    • 2 GB RAM
    • No cardslot
  • Connectivity:
    • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth NFC, USB
    • Cellular support: No
  • Camera:
    • Primary: 5 MP, 2592х1936 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
    • Secondary: 2 MP
  • Price:
    • 16GB for $399
    • 32GB for $499

 

 

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Google has launched online music store at Android Market

Google has launched  online music store, available online or through Android Market. The new online music store offer more than 13 million tracks from various artists EMI, Sony music Entertainment, Universal music group, its include independent labels , Matador Records, Warp Record, XL Recording,  Merge Records and Nexos.

Google is also integrating its new service with Google plus social network. Users will be able to share songs with their circles who can listen to the full length of the tracks one time without making a purchase

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Pakistan has been included in the list of top 12 countries with highest number of SPAM

Pakistan has been included in the list of top 12 countries with highest number of SPAM over the world.

Sophos, an IT security and data protection company, revealed this in it’s latest research the top 12 countries responsible for spreading SPAM messages, especially through emails.

Before we go into details, here’s the ranking with their share of SPAM in the world:

1.United States 11.3%
2.S Korea 9.6%
3.India 8.8%
4.Russia 7.9%
5.Brazil 5.7%
6.Taiwan 3.8%
7.Vietnam 3.5%
8.Indonesia 3.3%
9.Ukraine 3.1%
10.Romania 2.8%
11.Pakistan 2.0%
12.Italy 1.9%
13.Others 36%
So clearly United States leads the chart with worst offender, but Pakistan has been creeping up the wall by originating 2 percent share of World’s total SPAM.

This share of SPAM from Pakistan is considered alarming high, given the size of internet users in the country is way low than those in other regions.

For time being this SPAM in Pakistan is largely in form of annoying adverts, mostly done through mass emailing system of Google Groups, but experts anticipate that fraudulent activities, such as phishing, Trojans, identity theft etc., may go on the rise in coming years.

We, here at ProPakistani, were able to identify those SPAM marketing emails even from big brand names, let alone those SMEs who carry these kind of activities fearlessly.

It merits mentioning here that analysts estimates 94 percent of SPAM emails coming through those specialized Google Groups which were specifically made for marketing SPAM emails. However, lately, Google has restricted Pakistani Groups from adding any user in Google Groups. Earlier, any group could add up to 100 individuals per day into their group to send them marketing emails.

If not legislated by Government of Pakistan, this number of SPAM can grow large in coming years.

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Pakistan on the Top for WikiLeaks Searches

Pakistan has again led the world for internet searches, this time for a better term “WikiLeaks”, after the releases of secret diplomatic cables by whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.

This is revealed by Google Trends, a utility offered by Google to measure the number of searches sent from different countries to Google.

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Google Trends show that Pakistanis have searched for WikiLeaks far more than any other county in past 7 days. Italy captures the second slot with 18 percent lesser searches. Third comes the Finland, far behind the Pakistan.

Google trend thumb Pakistan Tops the Global Charts for WikiLeaks Searches

Pakistanis are taking WikiLeaks very seriously, and rightly so as Pakistan has been discussed notably in secret cables released so far.

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