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Microsoft have officially acquired LinkedIn for $26bn

Microsoft have officially acquired LinkedIn for $26bn

Microsoft has officially sealed its $26bn (£20bn, €24.5bn) LinkedIn acquisition deal, officially making the the owner of the popular social media platform. The closure comes almost six months after Microsoft’s intention to acquire LinkedIn first made headlines. “Today is an exciting day, one I’ve been looking forward to since June. It marks the close of the agreement for Microsoft to acquire LinkedIn and the beginning of our journey to bring together the world’s leading professional cloud and the world’s leading professional network,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a blog post. “As we articulated six months ago, our top priority is to accelerate LinkedIn’s growth, by adding value for every LinkedIn member,” he wrote. “However, we also see a greater opportunity to help ensure that everyone can benefit from digital technology and the new opportunities created by the digital economy. Technology alone will not solve these challenges, but together, working across private and public sectors, we can create more opportunity for everyone to participate and share in economic growth.” “Today I’m pleased to announce that we’ve just officially closed the acquisition. I’m more confident than ever that our move to join forces with Microsoft will accelerate our mission to connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful, and ultimately help create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce,” LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner wrote in a blog. Despite the massive integration plans, Weiner asserted that LinkedIn will “essentially remain unchanged”. The two firms will now begin to integrate their products and services. Nadella outlined “a specific set of integration scenarios” which are slated to come to fruition in the “immediate” future. These include features such as, LinkedIn notifications within Windows action center, allowing users to draft resumes on Word when updating LinkedIn profiles and more. The integration process will also involve developing a “business news desk” across MSN and other properties, indicating the likelihood of MSN advertisers possibly provided the opportunity to buy space on LinkedIn, which boasts of a 100 million strong monthly visitors, Business Insider reported. The two firms are also planning on collaborating on innovative technology, including working on AI (artificial intelligence), cloud computing, machine learning and more. Source: IBT...

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Microsoft Paint for Windows 10 to get exciting new features including 3D Models

Microsoft Paint for Windows 10 to get exciting new features including 3D Models

Microsoft Paint which happens to be one of the oldest and most commonly used apps (programs as they were called back in the day) has been around since more than three decades now. As my memory recalls, paint was probably one of the first things that we learnt in school and since that day, it has happened to be on of my all time favorite utility tools for the PC. Keeping all the nostalgia aside, Microsoft has decided to revamp their renowned application by adding a bunch of exciting new features that lets you create full 3D based designs and models in a simplistic yet quite effective manner. The new version of Paint is exclusively for devices running on the company’s latest Windows 10 platform. We managed to get our hands on a few leaked tweets by  Twitter user WalkingCat who has shared two videos that clearly highlight the newly added features. We haven’t heard an official announcement from Microsoft as yet, but we are expecting to hear about it at their upcoming event on October 26th. Check out the videos below and let us know how you like the new features....

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Tech Mela – Pakistan’s Biggest Online Festival is starting from 11th Sep 2015

Tech Mela – Pakistan’s Biggest Online Festival is starting from 11th Sep 2015

From 11 to 20 September 2015, the largest online tech shopping festival in Pakistan will be on at www.techmela.com. Dubbed ‘Tech Mela’, this Google-supported online shopping event will last for a total of 10 days and focus on exclusive, special deals and discounts of up to 30% on smartphones, gadgets and data and voice plans that are only available online during this special period. Tania Aidrus, Country Manager South Asia Frontier at Google had this to say:  “Pakistan’s mobile industry is really taking off with more and more people coming online and using their smartphones as their primary Internet device. It is absolutely the right time to hold this virtual shopping festival just before the traditional holiday and festive period of Eid-ul-Adha and what better way than to hold it completely online where the next wave of buyers will be congregating. With Internet penetration growing rapidly and the desire to purchase on the Internet increasing, we hope this initiative will bring more awareness and adoption of e-commerce in Pakistan.” She added: “The majority of digital consumers in Pakistan are already researching online to decide which device to purchase, and for the most part they find online resources more relevant and credible to their purchase journey;” said Tania, “Tech Mela is an initiative to complete the research and purchase loop, and we hope the exclusive deals will spur greater acceptance of e-commerce among even more Pakistanis.”  According to TNS Research, there are 30 million online users in Pakistan, half of whom are using mobile for the purpose. Google is teaming up with e-commerce partner and top online shopping destination Daraz.pk to make Tech Mela happen this week onwards. To make things even more exciting, aside from special deals Tech Mela will also feature deals from Huawei, Samsung and Microsoft and several exclusive mobile device launches to the Pakistan market by companies like Infinix and Injoo. So only 3 days left for the biggest “Online Tech Mela” in Pakistan. Do not miss it! Source: TECH...

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Microsoft Concludes “Jeet Ka Khazana Competition” – Winner gets a BMW!

Microsoft Concludes “Jeet Ka Khazana Competition” – Winner gets a BMW!

Microsoft Mobile Devices & Services Pakistan has successfully concluded the national campaign of “Lumia Jeet Ka Khazana” with the announcement of winners of the second and final lucky draw. The draw was held on June 29th, 2015 where the winner of the grand prize, a brand new BMW 2016 Model 318i, was announced followed by the winners of 10 prizes of PKR 100,000, and two prizes of PKR 500,000 during the draw proceedings. The campaign was a huge success and created excitement in both consumers and trade. The winning added to the joys and festivities of the Holy month of Ramadan and greater fervor for Eid for the winners. The winner of the brand new BMW 2016 Model 318i is Mr. Umair from Karachi. The winners of PKR 500,000 Prizes are Mr. Muhammad Shahid from Islamabad and Mr. Irfan Ali from Karachi. The winners of PKR 100,000 prizes are Aqeel Ahmed from Karachi, Mirza M Fayyaz from Karachi, Hafiz Zain ul Abideen from Lahore, Adeel Nasir from Lahore, Osama Tariq Saleem from Rawalpindi, Zafar Ali from Islamabad, Afshan Ahsan Ali from Multan, M. Abid Afzal from Islamabad, Syed Rizwan Shah from Islamabad and Junaid Azam Khan from Abbottabad. Kamran Masood Niazi, Communication Manager for Pakistan and Emerging Asia said “We are overwhelmed with the response we’ve received from Lumia Jeet Ka Khazana. The latest portfolio of devices launched recently such as Microsoft Lumia 640XL, Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM (DS) and Microsoft Lumia 430 Dual SIM (DS) is a testament to our commitment to the growing Windows phone community of bringing them most innovative products at most affordable rates. This campaign was first of its kind by a phone manufacturer where we introduced the latest BMW 2016 Model 318i and other lucrative cash prizes. I congratulate Mr. Umair on winning this luxurious car and the rest of the winners. Microsoft has always cared for its loyal customers by bringing new offers that excite them. Through this campaign, we have given back to the windows phone users for their ultimate support and loyalty towards Microsoft Mobile Devices”. An independent third party audit firm was also taken on board by Microsoft Mobile Devices & Services Pakistan to ensure the legitimacy of the campaign whereby lucky draw process was being scrutinized under its watchful eye to ensure that the distribution of prizes to the winners is absolutely...

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Microsoft Cortana coming to Android Next Month

Microsoft Cortana coming to Android Next Month

Have to admit it guys, we were a bit surprised when we heard the news ourselves. Microsoft has made some huge announcements regarding their upcoming (and supposedly quite revolutionary) Windows 10 OS for multiple devices. Part of that announcement included the launch of its renowned voice assistant service, Cortana for Android and iOS devices. Microsoft’s personal assistant is all set to make its debut on both platforms by the end of June. For those of you who are not aware of the personal voice assistant (considered by some including myself as one of the best voice assistants when being compared to Siri, S voice or Google Search + Google Now), Cortana does a number of things besides just sending out reminders and setting up your daily alarm. The Cortana app can do most of the things it can do on your PC or on a Windows phone. You can have Cortana remind you to pick up milk the next time you’re at the grocery store, and then your phone will wake up and buzz with the reminder. You’ll be able to track a flight using Cortana on both your phone and your PC, and get the updates on the device that you’re on so you don’t miss anything.  Everything in Cortana’s Notebook will show up across all your devices and any changes you make on one device will be reflected when you use Cortana on any of your other devices. The Cortana companion app will help you complete tasks you begin on your PC wherever you are, on your phone. Want to see more?  Watch the video below for a demo:   Although the functionality will be very helpful, because it’s “just an app” there will be certain things that Cortana does on Windows phones that won’t work on Android devices or iPhones.  Some features require access to the system that aren’t currently possible with iOS or Android, so things like toggling settings or opening apps won’t initially be available in the Cortana companions for those platforms.  Similarly, the ability to invoke Cortana hands-free by saying “Hey Cortana” requires special integration with the device’s microphone, so that feature will be limited to Windows Phones and PCs. Key Features of Cortana: You can have Cortana remind you to pick up milk the next time you’re at the grocery store, and then your phone will wake up and buzz with the reminder. You’ll be able to ask about the weather. Or sports scores. Or anything else you would head to a search engine for. You’ll be able to track a flight using Cortana on both your phone and your PC, and get the updates on the...

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Infinix Mobility in partnership with Daraz.Pk, debuts with the launch of ‘Hotnote’ Smartphones in Pakistan

Infinix Mobility in partnership with Daraz.Pk, debuts with the launch of ‘Hotnote’ Smartphones in Pakistan

Infinix, the fast-growing mobile technology brand in Europe, Africa and Middle East has announced the launch of their new smartphone Infinix HotNote in Pakistan. Designed in Paris and shanghai, with a novel selling concept, the device will be made available through the county’s leading online retail store Daraz.pk. HotNote runs on android 4.4.2 KitKat, equipped with an immense 4000 mAh super capacity battery and exhibits innovative super-fast charging speeds. Charging the device for just 20 minutes, would result in operational battery life of up to 7 hours. The device with its unsurpassed technology, gives 2 days of extreme smartphone usage, it can run up to 600 hours in standby and provides consumers with almost 21 hours of talk time. Infinix is bringing a revolution to the smartphone industry of Pakistan. Jean Alexis,Vice Presidentat Infinix said “We are incredibly excited about this new device. The size, superior battery life and overall performanceof the Infinix Hot Note allow the consumers to enjoy the big screen, superior performance with a prolonged battery life. The device bridges the gap between smartphones and tablets, pleasing consumers across all touch points.” This ‘factory-to-consumer’ model, Infinix’s exclusive partnership with the country’s largest e-commerce platform significantly reduces the channel costs, meaning that consumers are able to enjoy this high tech device at a modest price of PKR. 12,900/- Muneeb Maayr, CEO of Daraz.pk commented on its exclusive partnership: “Daraz.pk is proud to be the online retail partner for Infinix Mobility, due to their unique selling approach we are quite optimistic to see a shift in boosting ecommerce business in Pakistan. HotNote has already gained significant traction on leading digital forums through its unique initial campaign leading to the great response we have received. Along with Infinix mobility, we are delighted to begin this new chapter in online retail in country.” Infinix HotNote comes with dual SIM and dual slot support for both 2G & 3G. It has a 5.5 inch HD IPS screen, with 16GB ROM and 1GB RAM combined with a 1.4GHz Octa Core processor that makes it lightning fast and allows it to run games in high resolution, play music and HD videos, and multitask without any strain on performance. HotNote has a front camera of 2MP enabling users to capture 75 degree wide-angle shooting for selfies, and comes with an 8MP back camera with advanced imaging sensor, allowing users to capture HD video at 30 frames per second.The device comes with metallic premium finishing in four different colours Anthracite Grey, Champagne Gold, Copper Brown and Mint...

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