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Apple officially announces iOS 8 with exciting new features arriving this Fall

Apple officially announces iOS 8 with exciting new features arriving this Fall

Not the ones to be left behind, Apple throughout the years have been seen playing second fiddle to the all powerful and overall dominating Android, but with the launch of its iOS7 last year, the California based company has once again started to re-iterate its name and is making its presence felt running on most of today’s Apple devices. It did happen to tick off a few Android users who felt that most of iOS 7’s features had been borrowed from its Google counterpart and this debate still manages to rage even further. Even though smoke from that fire still rages on, Apple couldn’t wait to start another one within no time with their latest announcement of the highly awaited iOS 8. For those of you who missed out on Apple’s live stream at WWDC 2014, we have a complete round up of what the new OS has to offer. Let us now take a closer look at what new additions and features iOS 8 has to bring to the party and how are they going to stand toe-to-toe with the little green robot. New Keyboard with predictive text / 3rd party keyboard support   Even though Apple are not known for giving their users a taste of free customization like its Android counterpart, it has decided to go with it this time. Previously there was no option for an Apple user to change, customize or replace the custom Apple keyboard with any other 3rd party app but with iOS 8, things are about to change…..hopefully for the good! The news came in as a big surprise and for some it was actually a huge cry of relief especially for those who were tired of using the same old keyboard through out the years. The new iOS 8 keyboard is set to feature “predictive text” made famous by Google and many of the other 3rd party keyboard apps. As far as the 3rd party apps are concerned, we did manage to come across a feature similar to Swype working on iOS 8 that looked quite similar to the one found in SwiftKey. Widgets One of Android’s major attractions besides the customizable home screen and notification bars, are the number of customizable widgets assigned with various apps. These widgets are somewhat different from what we are used to seeing in Android devices though. In iOS 8, the widgets cannot be placed on the home screen instead developers can take advantage of new APIs that they can use to place widgets inside of Notification Center. They’re pretty functional too, showing information like sports scores, weather updates, eBay auctions, stock updates etc Interactive Notifications When it comes to...

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Apple Acquires Music Giant Beats for $3Billion

Apple Acquires Music Giant Beats for $3Billion

What do you get when a tech giant joins forces with one of the best music accessory makers around? Something pretty extraordinary! American tech giants Apple have opened their wallets to acquire Beats for $3 Billion. “Music is such an important part of all of our lives and holds a special place within our hearts at Apple,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “That’s why we have kept investing in music and are bringing together these extraordinary teams so we can continue to create the most innovative music products and services in the world.” No future plans for this alliance, has been yet announced, but most likely be catering to the next gen iPods for one. The deal will be officially closed till the end of the year (Q4). Not to forget though Beats has a partnership with Hewlett Packard as well. So what will happen to that? Will they part hands? Any further news, we’ll keep you updated. If you’d like to read the full press release, then just head on over to the link below. Press...

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Microsoft to finalize takeover deal with Nokia on April 25th – Future phones to be called Microsoft Mobile

Microsoft to finalize takeover deal with Nokia on April 25th – Future phones to be called Microsoft Mobile

Not so long ago we heard news (rumors) about Microsoft’s acquisition of the Finnish Cellular giants Nokia in the near future. Well that news is now most certainly official. The mega takeover deal amounting to $7.2 billion is scheduled to take place onFriday April 25th. In another blockbuster announcement, Microsoft has decided to drop the Nokia brand name and instead rename all their future devices simply “Microsoft Mobiles Oy”. According to a leaked letter in Finland, Nokia Oyj will be soon renamed as Microsoft Mobile Oy. “Please note that upon the close of the transaction between Microsoft and Nokia, the name of Nokia Corporation/Nokia Oyj will change to Microsoft Mobile Oy. Microsoft Mobile Oy is the legal entity name that should be used for VAT IDs and for the issuance of invoices,” the company reportedly said in the leaked letter. Oyj is a Finnish abbreviation for a “public stock company” while the Oy is a term for a “corporation”. The closure of the deal doesn’t really mean the end of Nokia. Instead, it means an end to Nokia as the world knows it. Microsoft is buying Nokia’s mobile phones division, including the teams that make feature phones. But it is not buying the divisions that are responsible for network equipment business and Here maps. The company left behind by Microsoft will also keep rights to its name Nokia though Microsoft has bought the licence to use the Nokia brand name for 10 years as part of its $7.2 billion deal. Additionally, Microsoft has bought rights to use Lumia and Asha brand names. As part of the deal, Nokia has also agreed to not make a smartphone or phone using Nokia brand before the end of 2015. While the name Nokia will be replaced by Microsoft Mobile in the coming days in Finland  and possibly in other countries not much will change for Nokia’s business partners in the immediate future. “Under the terms of the sale, Microsoft will assume all rights, benefits and obligations of the Nokia Devices and Services business, including Nokia’s agreements with suppliers, customers and partners which pertain to the Devices and Services business. Therefore, the purpose of this letter is to update you that the current terms and conditions that you have with the Devices and Services business will not change,” Nokia notes in the leaked letter. Originally, Nokia’s deal with Microsoft was supposed to close before the end of March. But the regulatory approval from Chinese authorities was received just several days ago. Nokia’s problems with Indian tax authorities over the manufacturing plant in Chennai have also reportedly delayed the deal. But there are reports that Nokia and Microsoft may agree to leave the...

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Nokia and HTC finally come to terms on LTE patents; ending months of fighting

Nokia and HTC finally come to terms on LTE patents; ending months of fighting

After months of relentless fighting and legal battles, it seems like the (never ending) patent wars between Nokia and HTC are finally coming to a halt. In a recent turn of events, the Finnish cellular giants have agreed to sign a new “technology and collaboration agreement” with HTC. According to a press release by Nokia, both companies have mutually agreed upon HTC’s LTE patent portfolio along with a few other patents that had initially started the war between two of the world’s leading cell phone giants. Even though there was no mention of an official fees being paid by the Taiwanese company to its Finnish counterpart but what we do know is that they finally had to withdraw from the fight for a number of reasons that need to remain confidential.Here’s what HTC had to say in their official press release; “As an industry pioneer in smartphones with a strong patent portfolio, HTC is pleased to come to this agreement, which will enable us to stay focused on innovation for consumers.” After witnessing the long running feud between Samsung and Apple, its a good sign to see Nokia and HTC to finally call it a day between the two as far as the patent wars are concerned and just go along with their own respective ideas and innovations for shaping and changing the...

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Nokia in Partnership with Telenor Pakistan announces new range of Nokia Asha 500, 502 and 503 budget phones

Nokia in Partnership with Telenor Pakistan announces new range of Nokia Asha 500, 502 and 503 budget phones

The Nokia Asha series since the last year or so have been in the limelight not only for their trendy designs and funky colors but also due to the fact that it gives people certain options to buy a good budget phone without burning a big hole in their wallets. With that said, Nokia has recently come up with their latest range of Asha devices that got launched in Pakistan today. Nokia Pakistan in affiliation with Norwegian based cellular company Telenor have announced the launch of the new Nokia Asha 500, 502 and 503 available for purchase in Pakistan with 6 months free Telenor Talkshawk Internet. The new phones extend the boundaries of affordable smartphone experience with their innovative Fastlane home screen, attractive new design and a deeper integration with social networks. The new Asha series is a technological marvel coupled with the outstanding manufacturing quality of Nokia and an extended battery life. Commenting on the new Nokia Asha range, Arif Shafique, country general manager, Nokia Pakistan said: “With the expansion of the Nokia Asha family, we bring three exciting smartphones for our consumers to suit their budget needs. The new Asha series has a stunning new design, a plethora of social networking apps and enhanced imaging quality. This way, millions of consumers across different price points will get access to smartphone technology”. Irfan Wahab Khan, chief marketing officer, Telenor Pakistan said on the occasion: “This is yet another example of the successful collaboration between Telenor Pakistan and Nokia. Introducing high-quality yet affordable smartphones with a very user-friendly social experience is in line with Telenor Pakistan’s ‘Internet for all’ strategy. We believe in bringing the internet experience to the masses of Pakistan, and Telenor’s free 6 months’ internet offering with these new Asha devices is aimed at encouraging people to utilize the true benefits of internet”. With the launch of the latest range of Asha smartphones, Nokia introduces the unique ‘dual shot’ design which combines an inner layer of bold, bright coloured shell surrounded by an outer layer of crystal-clear transparency. This distinctive combination enhances the durability of the device and surely makes the smartphone user stand out of the crowd. The high-end design brought to this price point is a clear difference maker, as are the craftsmanship and attention to detail. The Asha 500 offers a 2.8-inch screen, a 2-megapixel camera and 2G telephony while the Asha 502 comes with a 3-inch screen, and a 5-megapixel camera with flash. At the top of the current family is the Asha 503, which has a 3-inch screen made from curved Gorilla Glass, a 5-megapixel camera with flash, and 3.5G speeds. The Asha 500 and 503...

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Nokia Lumia 1020 Now Available in Pakistan

Nokia Lumia 1020 Now Available in Pakistan

Nokia in an official Press release has announced the availability of the Nokia Lumia 1020 all over Pakistan – the smartphone that sets a new benchmark in smartphone imaging. The Lumia 1020 is able to produce some of the sharpest images possible by any digital camera thanks to Nokia’s innovative PureView technology, including a second generation 41 megapixel sensor, ZEISS optics with six lenses and optical image stabilization; allowing people to capture, edit and share photos and videos of professional quality. The phone is available at all Nokia Care Centres and partner franchises across Pakistan.  The Nokia Lumia 1020 reinvents zoom, enabling people to shoot first and then zoom later to discover and rediscover stories that contain more detail than the eye can see. With a beautiful interface that visually demonstrates how settings will affect the final photo or video, Nokia Lumia 1020 simplifies features usually reserved for professional cameras and teaches people how to take better photos. “The Nokia Lumia 1020 marks a giant leap forward in smartphone photography. With its 41 megapixel sensor and extensive range of photography apps, the Nokia Lumia 1020 boosts creativity and makes it easier to shoot, edit and share pictures of unrivaled clarity,” said Arif Shafique, country general manager, Nokia Pakistan. The Nokia Lumia 1020 is the most versatile digital camera available. Its unique dual capture feature simultaneously takes a high resolution 38 megapixel image for endless editing opportunities, and creates a 5 megapixel picture that is easy to share to social networks with Windows Phone 8. Delivering crystal clear pictures even in low light conditions, the Nokia Lumia 1020 also captures blur-free videos with stereo sound even at the loudest concerts thanks to Nokia Rich Recording, which handles sound pressure levels six times louder than conventional smartphone microphones. With over 165,000 apps, the personal nature of Windows Phone makes it the perfect platform for the Nokia Lumia 1020, showcasing live images on the Start screen with the Photos tile, quick sharing to social networks, and easy access to files across a number of devices with SkyDrive. With the dedicated camera button, Windows Phone is designed with imaging in mind.  The Nokia Lumia 1020 is available in yellow, white and black along with its custom made accessories to enhance the user experience. When are you booking yours...

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