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Telenor EasyPaisa wins PAS award 2016 for “Best in Digital” Category

Telenor EasyPaisa wins PAS award 2016 for “Best in Digital” Category

Pakistan’s first and largest branchless banking service Easypaisa has won the PAS Award 2016 in ‘Best in Digital’ category. Telenor Pakistan also won the PAS Award 2014 in the same category for its Customer First Day campaign. The picture shows Head of Easypaisa Yahya Khan (second from left) with his team holding the...

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Intel Named a Top Company by NAFE for 7th Year

Intel Named a Top Company by NAFE for 7th Year

Intel has been named among the “Top 60 Companies for Executive Women” by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) for the 7th year. The 2016 list celebrates American corporations that promote women to top executive positions and create cultures that foster talented women through programs and policies. Intel is committed to significantly increase hiring, retention and advancement of women in the tech industry and offers innovative programs that are uniquely designed to help women build meaningful lives and...

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Intel Announces National Science Fair Winners

Intel Announces National Science Fair Winners

Intel Pakistan today concluded its National Science Competition by announcing the winners at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore. The winners will represent Pakistan at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2016, to be held in Phoenix, Arizona in May 2016. The event was graced by Mr. Qaisar Abbas, Director COMSATS Institute of Information Technology as chief guest. Winners Group Projects: Ahmed Bin Abdur Rahman Muhammad Hashim Khan “Solar Powered Hydrogen Vehicle” Division Public School, Lahore. Minahil Mustafa Sameen Mehdi Abdullah Khan Neodymium Wind Turbine Beaconhouse School System, Lahore. Winners Individual Projects: Shahmir Khan Niazi- “A New Spin on Renewable Energy” Beaconhouse School System, Lahore. Khasheaa Nadeem- “Mask that Filters Air Pollutants” Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Karachi. Sarmad Saeed Nasir- “The Effect of Milkaumentar on Production of Milk in Cattle” Engro Grammer School, Ghotki. The National Science Fair showcased more than 110 science projects submitted by 254 young scientists from all four provinces after rigorous competition at district and provincial levels. Winners of the National Science Fair have qualified to compete in the International Science & Engineering Fair, showcasing their talent on an international platform for over $5 million in prizes and scholarships. “The number of students who have qualified for the National Science Fair and the ones who’ve further secured a position in the International Science & Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona are proof that Pakistan has incredible talent. One of the core outcomes of education is to produce productive citizens and role models for tomorrow, which we can only achieve by enabling students in becoming acquainted with and excelling in technology,” said Naveed Siraj, Country Manager, Intel Pakistan. “I wish the best of luck to the students who have participated in the Science Fairs at all the qualifying levels”.   About Intel ISEF The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, sponsored by Intel since 1997 is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, providing an annual forum for more than 1,800 high school students from about 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research as they compete for over US $5 million annually. Student finalists, in grades 9through 12, emerge from a field of approximately one million students who compete in more than 500 regional Intel ISEF-affiliated science fairs around the world.  Intel’s sponsorship of the ISEF is part of the Intel® Education Initiative, which is focused on collaborating with educators and governments around the world to improve the quality of science and mathematics education and to help students develop the higher order thinking skills they need to participate and succeed in a knowledge-based economy. For more information, visit...

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Hello Moto but goodbye Motorola

Hello Moto but goodbye Motorola

With a heavy heart let us all convey our goodbyes to our beloved Motorola but at the same time lets rejoice and say Hello Moto to the future !! In a major announcement made at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Lenovo, which bought Motorola Mobility from Google in 2014, is unifying its two phone businesses under the Lenovo name. It’s going to use Motorola’s Moto brand for high-end products and its homegrown Vibe brand for budget devices. The Motorola name isn’t completely gone. It will live on from a corporate perspective as a division of the Chinese consumer-electronics giant, said Motorola Chief Operating Officer Rick Osterloh. Though the iconic M “batwing” logo will remain, consumers will stop seeing the Motorola name on Moto products. Instead, they’ll be branded Moto by Lenovo. “We’ll slowly phase out Motorola and focus on Moto,” Osterloh said in an exclusive interview Thursday at the CES conference in Las Vegas. The phase-out is notable because Motorola once represented the pinnacle of wireless technology. The company did invent the cell phone, after all. At a point in the mid-2000s, you couldn’t turn your head without seeing the ultrathin Razr flip phone, which came with a “Hello, Moto” ringtone. Older folks will remember the Motorola DynaTAC as one of the first true mobile devices. But times change. Google bought Motorola’s phone business in 2012 and sold it two years later. “It’s our treasure,” Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing said after the deal. “We plan to not only protect the Motorola brand, but make it stronger.” Lenovo wants to use its corporate brand to unify the products. Phones such as the Moto X will prominently feature the blue Lenovo logo. Motorola’s iconic M “batwing” logo will still be used. Lenovo’s branding makes sense. Motorola has seen its business take a beating. Nowadays, you’re more likely to nab the latest Apple or Samsung phone than you are to look at a Motorola device. Motorola said it removed its name from the packaging in 2013. Still, some bemoan the loss of such a significant name. “Lenovo does not have a bad brand but Motorola stands for a lot, especially in mobile,” said Carolina Milanesi, an analyst for Kantar WorldPanel. “It would be a shame to move away from that.” The decision is likely a play to use the Moto lineup, which is popular with Android enthusiasts, to get people more acquainted with the Lenovo brand. While Lenovo is the world’s largest PC maker, it isn’t front of mind for phones and other mobile products. Source:...

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Netflix officially launched in Pakistan and 130 countries worldwide

Netflix officially launched in Pakistan and 130 countries worldwide

Its finally official guys !! Netflix, the US based online video streaming service have officially gone global and is now accessible in more than 130 countries including Pakistan, India and Russia to name a few. Previously, the service was only available in the US, Canada and 60 other countires but now the company have finally decided to expand its services in other parts of the world as well. That being said, users can now enjoy a wide variety of content that includes movies, TV shows, special programs catered especially towards the younger generation, documentaries among a host of other things. The service is available in three categories: Basic, Standard and Premium costing US $7.99, $9.99 and $11.99 respectively consisting of different features such as multiple logins, HD and ultra HD streaming. Netflix is offering its users a free trial for one month’s time after which they would be prompted to either renew their subscription or cancel it anytime so for those of you are interested in giving it a try then head on over to their website and start your free month...

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Mobilink Foundation is helping women study in KPK Region

Mobilink Foundation is helping women study in KPK Region

  Mobilink Foundation, under its ‘Make Your Mark’ initiative, has teamed up with The Institute of Social and Policy Sciences (I-SAPS) and GuarantCo for ‘SMS-based Adult Female Literacy Programme’, which is enabling learners to receive ICT based education in close proximity to their homes. Through this initiative, Mobilink Foundation with its partners is educating around 4,050 women in eight rural districts of KPK, including Mardan, Swabi, Nowshera, Malakand, Haripur, Mansehra, Kohat and Buner. “Our m-Literacy project started with 250 female learners, and as of now, it has changed the lives of more than 10,000 women across the country. Success of the program is based on the utilization of mobile as an educational tool, enabling us to reach areas without any formal schooling systems. Another factor is the customised curriculum for sustained and practical learning, which gains interest of the learners. The focus of our program is on facilitating these women to manage domestic finances in a better manner and play a more productive role at community, family and individual levels,” said Omar Manzur, Head of Corporate Communications – Mobilink. “The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has reiterated their full support for this program, and will facilitate with the on-ground execution of the initiative” he further added. Since community mobilisation was deemed a cornerstone to make this initiative sustainable, Mobilink Foundation’s partner I-SAPS created ‘Village Education Support Committees’ throughout the eight districts, whose members include respected elders and influential individuals. As a result, I-SAPS not only had an all-out community support in identification of teachers and learners in each of the 154 villages, but also managed to establish 160 easily-accessible Adult Literacy Centres, where adult females of ages between 15 and 35 have been enrolled and imparted basic literacy skills. “Given the traditional constraints in the KPK province, our success has been dependant on navigating through the cultural barriers effectively by community mobilisation and the innovation of infusing literacy with ICT in the close proximity of the learners’ homes,” said Ahmed Ali, Senior Research Fellow – I-SAPS. Under the ‘SMS-based Adult Female Literacy Programme’, learners gain some level of literacy during their five-month basic literacy coursework along with the provision of a mobile phone in order to practice and further develop their newly acquired skills. The ‘Make Your Mark’ initiative is a key element ofVimpelCom’s corporate responsibility strategy, with the objective of ‘Helping young people shape their future’.  It aims to provide young people with technology tools, support and mentoring, and in some cases access to basic education, to help them tackle these challenges at an individual, community and national level – to shape their...

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