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Xiaomi 4X is Launching on Yayvo Shopping Day

Xiaomi 4X is Launching on Yayvo Shopping Day

The wait is over; Pakistani’s buckle up and prepare to experience digital excellence like never before. The best of both worlds is coming to Pakistan! Yayvo, Pakistan’s leading online shopping store is proud to announce the launch of Xiaomi 4X on Shopping Day, 19th May 2017. In the past, value-conscious customers with a limited budget have had to settle for one of the two options. The first is to purchase an inexpensive smartphone which isn’t built to last or navigate through modern apps, video chat or even games. The second is to settle for a low cost version of top quality smartphones which were released a few years ago, therefore already being obsolete. Now is your chance to get the best of both worlds. A phone jo karai Yay Bhe Aur Vo Bhi! Xiaomi 4X, priced under Rs 20,000 offers an exceptional smartphone experience that comes at a much lower price than high-end phones in the market, but is at par with the best of them. Its battery is packed with a punch owing to its 4100 mAh tank, which ensures the phone works for 18 days on stand-by mode and stays functional for 2 days even for users who prefer hard multitasking. That alone makes it a must-buy for us. Redmi 4X is a synonym for endurance, fashion and speed. A sleek design paired with rounded edges promise a firm grip and a fashion forward look. The first launch is coming in the black color. It’s dressed in all-metal, passed through anodizing process, enhanced shine through diamond polishing and sand blasting to give a silky smooth surface for a velvety touch. The 5 inches screen fits your hand like a glove, it’s easy to glide and swipe through. This palm-friendly handset is covered with 2.5D glass, found typically in high-end smartphones, to handle serious drops even by the most notorious butter fingers. Octa-core Snapdragon 435 gives you unbeatable performance when you’re multitasking and running multiple apps simultaneously without consuming much power. So whether you like to play games, text a ton, video chat, browse the web or just watch videos, you can do it all and more without it lagging. A convenient fingerprint scanner renders Redmi 4X untouchable by everyone other than you! Reentering long codes to unlock your phone is so last year, finger printing works much faster and is that much convenient. Taking photos has never been better. Redmi 4X features a 13 megapixel camera integrated with high-end optical components. It gives you the freedom to capture 360-degree panorama views, shoot in low-light, and take brilliant photos even in the evening with its night image stabilization technology. Xiaomi makes ground breaking technology reachable for everyone with...

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Four Telenor Velocity Startups Acquire Substantial Funding

Four Telenor Velocity Startups Acquire Substantial Funding

Just recently, four Telenor Velocity startups have a raised sizeable funding. These startups span across the accelerator’s current Cohort, as well as its Alumni. They are: Shopsy.pk and MicroPower Labs from Cohort 2, and EcoEnergy and Fori Mazdoori from Cohort 1. The startups have successfully landed sizeable funding from a mix of local and international investors. “I congratulate the Velocity startups on this great achievement and thank the investors for recognizing and placing their trust in our young innovators,” said Irfan Wahab Khan, CEO, Telenor Pakistan. “The development is a testament to Velocity’s serious potential as a launch pad for innovations from Pakistan’s highly gifted young minds. Being the country’s favorite telecom and digital lifestyle partner, Telenor places a special focus on scaling up entrepreneurial ventures so as to materialize our vision of social and youth empowerment. We have a long term commitment in Pakistan and work to promote a digital ecosystem in the country that changes lives through technology. I hope that our startups continue to make their mark on the global innovation map and inspire youth everywhere,” he added. Details of the funding raised for all four startups are as below: SHOPSY.PK Shopsy is an online price comparison search engine founded by Usama Arjumand who is also currently enrolled in cohort 2 of Telenor Velocity. Simply put, Shopsy presents a customer with various versions of a product they’re looking for available on multiple online stores in Pakistan. At the backend the website is essentially a web crawler which scrapes data from Shopsy’s partner sites and displays it to the user’s relevant search results. A customer can search a product, adjust the price range, compare products and then getdirected to the actual online store which sells the product they opted for. Shopsy has successfully raised investment at a valuation of $300,000 from Dot Zero Ventures. “Dot Zero Ventures is delighted to partner with Shopsy. The team brings exceptional talent coupled with strong prior commercial experience. Shopsy will add great value to customers looking to for a cross platform solution for on-line shopping.” Omer Ehtisham, Dot Zero MICROPOWER LABS MicroPower Labs, founded by Abdullah Soomro, is also currently enrolled in Cohort 2 of Telenor Velocity. Their startup focuses on creating next generation devices and gadgets for day-to-day use. Micropower Labs received a funding of $75,000 USD from independent investors based out of Singapore. The money will be used for the next product development and kickstarter campaign. “We are excited to be a part of Micropower labs as we see great potential in rapid charging space. With this partnership, we want help bring more products with a rapid charging technology, to the mainstream market”. The lead investors...

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Bank Alfalah wins Best Loyalty and Rewards Program award at Mastercard MENA Leadership Forum in London

Bank Alfalah wins Best Loyalty and Rewards Program award at Mastercard MENA Leadership Forum in London

Pakistan’s leading banking institution, Bank Alfalah has won  the ‘Best Loyalty and Rewards Program Award’ for its Orbit Rewards Program at the 2017 Mastercard MENA Leadership Forum that took place in London, UK. Hosted by Mastercard, a leading technology company in the global payments industry, the Forum brought together executives from a number of leading banks in the region, to discuss the future of the payments industry and celebrate the success of financial organizations in maximizing the reach of Mastercard’s solutions and programs among their customers. “We are delighted that Alfalah Orbit Rewards has been recognized at this prestigious forum. As a first of its kind rewards program in Pakistan, Alfalah Orbit Rewards is a unique offering that allows customers to earn points on their entire banking relationship while also providing unparalleled and innovative redemption options. We strongly believe that a loyal customer base is the bank’s greatest asset and we continue to expand our efforts to bring them the best and innovative banking solutions and services. The program is a testament of our resolve to develop and deliver customer-centric solutions that firmly positions Bank Alfalah as the bank of choice for its customers,” said Mehreen Ahmed, Group Head Retail South & New Initiatives, Bank Alfalah. “We congratulate Bank Alfalah on winning the Best Loyalty and Rewards Program award at the Mastercard MENA Leadership Forum and applaud the efforts of the team in successfully implementing their unique solutions in their respective markets. As a whole, the region offers tremendous potential for the development of a highly innovative payments and financial sector and we are pleased to see the efforts of our partners in developing products that offer customers the highest level of convenience and safety and security, while also strengthening Mastercard’s reach to a wider consumer base,” said Khalid Elgibali, Division President, MENA, Mastercard. Featuring a packed agenda of industry sessions led by senior Mastercard executives, the forum gathered more 60 attendees from across the Middle East and North Africa region. Bank Alfalah has been facilitating innovation to promote digital and financial inclusion in the country. The bank, being the leader in financial innovation in the banking industry has been forging liaisons with businesses and services sector to bring about a greater accessibility and power. The concerted efforts to bring greater inclusion and empowerment to people have elevated BAFL to the rank of the most preferred bank in...

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Dell launches the OptiPlex 3050 in Three sizes

Dell launches the OptiPlex 3050 in Three sizes

Today we are looking at some cool tech from Dell. Dell launched their new OptliPlex 3050 Desktop, it comes in three form factors a tower, small form and a micro form. OptiPlex 3050 Tower, Small Form Factor and Micro OptiPlex 3050 is a perfect desktop which gives you the most power and opportunity to grow with your business. With its compact design, ultra-sleek look, powerful performance and an abundant USB connectivity, OptiPlex 3050 offers more productivity that will lead to success. Power OptiPlex has an excellent processor and sufficient memory to run all your critical business softwares. Moreover, it offers a lot of power to multitask and run all your necessary programs. Intel® 7th generation processors allow for the fastest OptiPlex yet with support up to Core™ i5. To add on in providing an amazing experience, OptiPlex 3050 offers a 4GB dedicated / optional graphic card. OptiPlex 3050 is an easy to manage desktop that is designed to meet any challenge or professional need. Size The Dell OptiPlex 3050 comes in three form factors including Tower, Small Form Factor and Micro which gives you plenty of sizes to choose from to fit your office’s needs. Display and Design Dell OptiPlex 3050 offers a versatile suite of stand and mounting options to tailor your workspace to max out on productivity and allows you to stay flexible. All the versions of OptiPlex 3050 offer HDMI as a standard port. Tower and small form factor offer Eight External USB Ports and Micro form factor offers six USB ports which provide you with many options for plugging in external devices like flash drives, scanners and card readers. Security Dell’s desktops offer the best in class solutions addressing data protection, identity assurance, and threat protection.With TPM, chassis intrusion switch, Dell Data Protection and cable covers for certain form factors; OptiPlex 3050 will make you work more and focus less on security risks. Apart from that, OptiPlex 3050 is backed by ProSupport Plus which provides 24×7 expert help for hardware, software challenges, accidental damage and other security...

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Karandaaz signs three agreements to improve International Remittance Solutions under Innovation Challenge Fund

Karandaaz signs three agreements to improve International Remittance Solutions under Innovation Challenge Fund

The country’s leading promoter of financial inclusion, Karandaaz Pakistan has signed agreements worth PKR 148 Million with three prominent players in the international remittance market under the DFID-funded Innovation Challenge Fund. Karandaaz Pakistan launched the first round of the Innovation Challenge Fund (ICF) in September 2016. The ICF is funded by UK Department for International Development (UKAid).  Market players were invited to propose innovative solutions for improving the current international remittance products and services for overseas Pakistanis who send about $19.9 B into Pakistan. Following a rigorous selection process, Karandaaz has signed agreements with three finalists: Telenor Microfinance Bank (previously Tameer Microfinance Bank), Samba Bank & Global Financial Systems (consortium), and Bank Alfalah & Paysys Labs (consortium). The proposed initiatives will receive funding of up to PKR 148 Million. The projects are expected to enable overseas Pakistanis to send money more conveniently and at lower cost and will give implementers an opportunity to enhance financial inclusion by promotion of mobile wallets, bank accounts and other financial services. Speaking at the occasion, CEO Karandaaz Mr. Ali Sarfraz explained that Karandaaz was implementing the DFID-funded Innovation Challenge Fund using a theme based approach where each round has a specific theme linked to a complex challenge. He commended the signatories of ICF Round 1 and appreciated their initiatives to introduce new services in an important market segment. The second round of ICF will launch in May 2017 and will focus on a priority area for Karandaaz Pakistan and DFID, by supporting improved access to technical and financial support for Pakistani women entrepreneurs. In ICF Round 2 Karandaaz will invite applications from incubators, accelerators or similar organizations to propose an innovative mentoring program that caters specifically to female entrepreneurs....

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Telenor Microfinance Bank & Inov8 join hands to further promote the mobile financial services industry

Telenor Microfinance Bank & Inov8 join hands to further promote the mobile financial services industry

Telenor Microfinance Bank’s mobile money platform, Easypaisa, and Inov8 Limited have signed a strategic agreement to offer Easypaisa’s vast distribution network to all commercial banks who are signed up with Inov8 technology.  The agreement was signed by the President & CEO Telenor Microfinance Bank, Ali Riaz Chaudhry and Co-Founder and Co-CEO Inov8 Limited Bashir Sheikh, in presence of respective management teams. Under the agreement, Telenor Microfinance Bank has licensed Inov8 Limited’s latest financial technology product, i8 ServiceBus (i8-SB), which will allow the mobile financial services provider to integrate with all Inov8 Limited deployments, offering their industry leading agent network for use by other banking players. The first bank has already been integrated as part of the implementation with others to follow soon. Easypaisa has the largest agent network across Pakistan, while Inov8 Limited has the most widely deployed technology in the country for mobile and branchless banking, making this a natural synergy that can help the industry grow. Sharing his thoughts at the signing ceremony, Ali Riaz Chaudhry, President & CEO, Telenor Microfinance Bank, said: “Easypaisa’s mission is to provide the underbanked of the world with instant access to relevant, convenient and affordable financial services. In that respect we are delighted to partner with Innov8’s cutting edge technology used by multiple Banks. This is our way of showing that Easypaisa, world’s largest bank-led mobile money program, supports all Commercial Banks in offering their customers the country’s largest distribution network. Together, we can empower our societies much faster.” Bashir Sheikh, Co-Founder and Co-CEO Inov8 Limited, stated: “We created i8-SB to allow seamless integration between MFS platforms. One of the biggest use cases in our market is connecting new branchless and digital banking players to agent networks. We are proud to have the largest agent network in the country, and one of the largest MFS providers in the world, Easypaisa, as a...

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