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A new era for Nokia smartphones – MWC 2017

A new era for Nokia smartphones – MWC 2017

Barcelona, Spain – 26 February 2017 – HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, today unveiled a new generation of Nokia smartphones, setting a new standard in design, quality and user experience throughout the range. The highly anticipated global portfolio features three new smartphones – the new Nokia 6, delivering performance and immersive entertainment in a premium and extremely robust design; Nokia 5, an elegant smartphone that fits perfectly in your hand; and Nokia 3, which delivers an unprecedented quality at an affordable price point. The new range of Nokia smartphones all run Android™ Nougat and offer a pure, secure and up to date experience. The Nokia smartphone range will all feature Google Assistant, a first outside of Google branded devices.  Today also sees the return of a modern classic – the iconic Nokia 3310, reborn with a modern twist on design. The family of products announced demonstrate a belief that every consumer should have access to premium quality, not just those with high-end flagship devices. Combined with a thoughtful design philosophy that focuses on improving the smartphone experience at every level, each technical component has been carefully considered and integrated into the phone design to have the biggest benefit on consumers’ daily lives. Drawing on the hallmarks of the Nokia phone heritage of quality, simplicity and reliability, the range is designed for a new generation of fans. With a commitment to deliver pure Android, users can expect a simple, clean and clutter free experience. Featuring the latest Google services, as well as monthly security updates, Nokia smartphones keep your phone safe, secure and up to date. It was also announced that the world-renowned game Snake will be snaking its way back into people’s hearts with a new version available to play on Messenger, part of Facebook’s Instant Games cross platform experience. The new free Snake game is designed to be played with groups of friends making it even more playable than the first time around. The new Nokia range of Android smartphones unveiled today ahead of Mobile World Congress includes: Nokia 6 is going global – combining superior craftsmanship and distinctive design with immersive audio and an impressive bright and colourful 5.5” full HD screen, the Nokia 6 delivers a truly premium smartphone experience. The unibody of the Nokia 6 is crafted from a single block of 6000 series aluminium. The smart audio amplifier with dual speakers allow consumers to experience a deeper bass and unmatched clarity, whilst Dolby Atmos® delivers an engaging entertainment experience. Available in four colours – Matte Black, Silver, Tempered Blue and Copper – the Nokia 6 will retail at an average global retail price of €229. Nokia 6 Arte Black...

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Samsung Galaxy S8 set to launch on 29 March 2017

Samsung Galaxy S8 set to launch on 29 March 2017

After a lot of debate Samsung have officially confirmed that, they WILL BE launching the Galaxy S8 on 29th March. They have launched a teaser video show casing how Samsung re-defines a “phone”. We will definitely see the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus at the Unpacked event with a few more additions expected to join the fray. According to sources, Samsung will also launch the Galaxy Tab 3 at the...

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How to Enable the hidden Developer Options in Android Devices

How to Enable the hidden Developer Options in Android Devices

One of the best features about Android devices is the fact that you can tweak them as much as you want as per your liking and requirements.  The only issue is that people usually do not know how to get into the developer settings to make the necessary changes. Our friends at Phandroid have taken the liberty to share with us today the benefits of enabling the hidden Developer Mode options that lets you make a number of changes to the system settings . These include our favorite option that happens to be the USB debugging mode which enables you to connect your Android device to any computer using the data cable for seamless data transfers. Besides this, there also exists an option of changing the phones UI animations that has a major impact on the phone’s overall performance. Let us now take a closer look at all the hidden features and how you can use them as per your own needs: Enable Developer Options   Developer Options have been around since Android 4.2, but they’ve been hidden in the same spot ever since. The good news is it’s easy to enable the options, and it works the same on pretty much every Android phone or tablet. The steps below should work on any device that has KitKat or above. The process may be slightly different, but you just need to find the “Build number.” Go to Settings > About phone/tablet (Some phones will have an extra step here. Tap Software info) Find Build number and tap it repeatedly Stop tapping when it says You are now a developer! Go back to the Settings home page You should see Developer options towards the bottom or in Advanced settings That’s it! Why should I do this?   As we mentioned above, there are several nifty tricks you can do with the Developer Options. The trick we always recommend is speeding up animations and transitions. This will make your phone feel faster when you’re opening apps and moving through the UI. Every Android user should know this simple trick. Speed Up Your Phone Follow the steps above to enable Developer options Open Settings > Developer options Scroll down select Window animation and choose .5x Select Transition animation and choose .5x Select Animator duration scale and choose .5x You could completely turn off the animations, but we still like to have a little flash. Once you’re all done, go back to the home screen and turn off the display using the power button. Wake your phone to enjoy a speedier, more clicky fast UI. Make All Apps Use Multi-Window   Android 7.0 introduced native multi-window mode, but not all apps support it. In...

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WhatsApp introduces new Snapchat stories like feature called Status

WhatsApp introduces new Snapchat stories like feature called Status

Following the success of Snapchat stories, Facebook wanted to bring their own version of stories which was introduced in Instagram not too long ago and now it has decided to bring the similar feature to its most used messaging app as well. WhatsApp has just launched a new tab that lets users share decorated photos, videos and GIFs that vanish after 24 hours. The featured titled “Status” is WhatsApp’s way of moving away from a traditional messaging app and more towards a social networking hub. All the messages would be end to end encrypted, a feature that WhatsApp is usually well known for. ‘Status’ was first revealed as an experimental feature in November when screenshots surfaced of the app on an Android device showing the tab between Chats and Calls. The new feature lets users scribble on images or add text and emojis – just like Snapchat. The update has already started to roll out on most devices starting from today so if you guys want to give it a try, update your apps today and is available for both Android and iOS...

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A new Honor Gadget Ready to Hit the Market

A new Honor Gadget Ready to Hit the Market

Huawei always causes a stir in the mainstream technology industry by introducing a new age of knowledge and expertise every time it brings any new product into the fray. They have geared up yet again to cater to the trend following intelligence consumer with the upcoming introduction of the new Product in the Honor Series. After the unprecedented success of the Honor 6X Huawei is ready to launch another product under the same banner. A newly released teaser for the product focuses on the slogan “You deserve the best”, consumers can expect a product which will have the best of both features and design. Huawei is being tight lipped about specific details on the product but it is said to be designed for the internet-minded, style-conscious millennial looking for an eye-catching, high-performance and affordable smartphone. The device will embody the same sleek look Honor series is known for and offer snappy performance, supported by a strong battery life, as well as advanced camera capabilities. The Marketing Head of Huawei Mr Salman Javed, stated, “Honor is dedicated to creating devices that match our millennial users’ lifestyles and unique personalities. We are confident that this new device is the best option for those who seek a ‘light’ device without compromising on performance.” Honor is a leading smartphone e-brand under the Huawei Group. This subbrand has seen immense popularity in Pakistan because of its affordability and top of the line features. In line with its slogan, “For the Brave”, the brand was created to meet the needs of digital natives through internet-optimized products that offer superior user experiences, inspire action, foster creativity and empower the young to achieve their dreams. As the Teaser tagline suggests ‘You deserve the best’, Huawei is committed to providing customers with the best, by delivering exceptional services to the rapidly expanding segment of smartphone users in Pakistan, who seek powerful global connectivity and info-tainment, round-the-clock,...

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Xiaomi officially enters the Pakistani market with three new deivces

Xiaomi officially enters the Pakistani market with three new deivces

After months of speculations and numerous rumors, Xiaomi officially entered into the Pakistan market with the launch of their three new devices, Mi Max, Redmi Note 4 and Redmi 4A  along with the Mi Band 2. Mi Max and Mi Band 2 will go on sale later today whereas the budget friendly Redmi 4A will go live on February 25. The main attraction, Redmi Note 4, will be up for sale on March 5. While logistics and deliveries will be handled by online stores, Smart Link Technologies will manage the device warranties. Zong has also announced partnership with Xiaomi and it will be offering free 4G data bundles with Xiaomi smartphones. Buyers will get 6 GB data for 6 months. Daraz, along with other online stores, will be offering Xiaomi...

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SKYELECTRIC TO UNVEIL “SMART ENERGY SYSTEM” in Pakistsn

SKYELECTRIC TO UNVEIL “SMART ENERGY SYSTEM” in Pakistsn

SkyElectric, Inc. is ready to launch a Smart Energy System to address the energy challenges for homes and businesses for energy starved countries of the developing world. Given chronic and acute energy shortages in Pakistan, the first Smart Energy Systems will be introduced in Pakistan in March 2017. SkyElectric is a developer of intelligent solar energy solutions based in Florida, USA, and with initial deployment operations in Islamabad and other cities in Pakistan. The SkyElectric Smart Energy System intelligently combines solar, grid and battery energy to provide the cleanest sources of energy and at the lowest possible cost. The Smart Energy System is targeted for homes, businesses and industries and comes in a large variety of power and energy capacities.This intelligent packaging of clean solar energy is intended to solve many aspects of the global energy challenge. According to Ashar Aziz, the Chairman and CEO of SkyElectric Inc., “The mission of SkyElectric is to build a distributed and intelligent solar and energy storage grid, managed via Internet, across the Developing World”. The company and product launch event will be held at the Islamabad Marriott Hotel, on Monday February 27th, 2017. The event will be hosted by Wes Malik, followed by unveiling act. SkyElectric Chairman & CEO, Ashar Aziz will give the SkyElectric company overview and will introduce the Smart Energy System and provide a live demonstration of the product in presence of notable guests which includes, politicians, socialites, businessmen, architects, celebrities and media persons. The event & PR will be handled by Keys...

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Huawei Honor 6X Digital Competition begins on ‘Facebook’

Huawei Honor 6X Digital Competition begins on ‘Facebook’

An informative ‘Digital Competition’ has been started on the official ‘facebook’ page of Huawei Pakistan, to raise awareness and promote the powerful features of the Huawei Honor 6X smartphone. The page also features a video of the famous TV star and Huawei’s brand-ambassador – Sheheryar Munawar. As Huawei continues its tradition of regularly introducing attractive deals for promoting its smart-devices, this ‘Digital Competition’ has been launched to engage the customers and inspire them to gain more information about the Honor 6X device. The same ‘facebook’ page also features Huawei’s newly released teaser-advertisement, where the heart-throb – Sheheryar Munawar is seen asking the fans; if they know enough about the new Honor 6X. In this video-advertisement, Sheheryar Munawar invites the fans to write three key features of the Honor 6X device in the comment section of the facebook page. This contest will conclude with 3 lucky winners, who will be given a fantastic opportunity to win a Free Honor 6X device. Sheheryar has appeared in several Huawei endorsements and was the star attraction of Huawei’s newest TVC campaign for the 6X. Recently, Sheheryar also did a fan meet-up in the fortress square mall Lahore, where he interacted with fans, took selfies with them and spoke about the innovative features of the Honor 6X. This coveted device comes packed with extraordinary features, starting from its revolutionary dual-lens camera, with a wide aperture, 0.3 second focus and low-light, crisp photography. It performs at a remarkable speed due to its 2.1 GHz Octa-core processor, 32GB ROM and 3GB RAM. The device is powered by a large 3340 mAH battery and a handy finger-print sensor. It is available at selected retail outlets all over the country, for an attractive price of Rs. 28,499/-, in vibrant colors like; silver, grey, and rose gold. To get more updates about the ongoing offers and to participate in the contest, you can follow the Facebook and Instagram pages of Huawei...

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Huawei Consumer Business Group predicts to beat 2015 performance

Huawei Consumer Business Group predicts to beat 2015 performance

Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) revealed its expected 2016 annual performance figures indicating a 42 per cent increase when compared to 2015. With anticipated sales revenue of USD $26 billion Huawei CBG is showing steady growth for the fifth consecutive year. Additionally, smartphone shipments reached 139 million units presenting a year-on-year growth of 29 percent. According to IDC, the increasing rate of global smartphone shipments was only 0.6% in 2016, which means Huawei has outperformed the overall market. Mr. Richard Yu, Chief Operating Officer of Huawei CBG commented on the results saying, “Despite tough market conditions Huawei CBG is still growing at industry-leading speed. We believe our success is a direct result of our consumer and innovation-centric approach, as well as our ongoing commitment to building a premium brand. As we reinforce our global channels and ensure consistent, high-quality service, we make our devices accessible and reliable for all Huawei users.” When speaking on Huawei’s plans for the coming year, Yu said: “In 2017, we plan to strengthen our supply chain, channels, R&D efforts, our after-sales services. We will also work to fortify any other areas and to streamline our operations, improve the efficiency of our decision-making, drive our internationalization strategy and proactively develop future capacity.” In 2016, Huawei CBG focused on developing meaningful innovations and made breakthroughs in the areas of operating systems (EMUI based on Android), dual-lens camera technology, artificial intelligence and more. Huawei unveiled EMUI 5.0 – their latest operating system software that is deeply integrated with the Kirin chipset and contains 20 Huawei patented technologies. 2016 also saw the introduction of Huawei’s first dual-lens camera technology featured on a flagship device. These were designed in conjunction with industry expert Leica Camera AG and by the end of the year Huawei had developed two generations of dual-camera technology. This not only set the industry ablaze and established new benchmarks for image quality but also, it made the Huawei P9 and Mate 9 very popular amongst consumers. In September 2016, Huawei also founded the Max Berek Innovation Lab alongside Leica Camera AG. This center will see joint research and development efforts in the fields of optical systems, imaging algorithms, virtual and augmented...

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Huawei ranked among the ‘Most Valuable Global Brands’ by ‘Brand Finance’

Huawei ranked among the ‘Most Valuable Global Brands’ by ‘Brand Finance’

Huawei has been ranked 40th  on the ‘Most Valuable Brands’ list within the Global 500 ranking of 2017, released by the prestigious ‘Brand Finance’ platform. Being a research-based forum – ‘Brand Finance’ specializes in Brand Valuation and the valuation of Intangible Assets. It evaluates the performance of world-leading brands and measures their potential. In 2016, Huawei was ranked 47th in the same ranking report, whereas this year its performance has risen by 7 ranks to take the 40th spot in the list. Last year, Huawei’s Brand-Value was estimated at 19,743 Million US Dollars and in 2017 Huawei’s Brand Value has risen to US $ 25,230 Million. In 2016, Huawei’s Brand Ranking was ‘AA’, which has now risen ‘AAA-‘. This reflects a tremendous improvement in Huawei’s Brand performance, as this global leader in technologies has continued to innovate and create fascinating devices and pioneering solutions, that can meet the fast-evolving needs of the modern-day consumers of telecommunications and digital connectivity. ‘Brand Finance’ calculates ‘Brand Value’ by determining the value a company would be willing to pay to license its brand, as if it did not own it. This approach involves estimating the future revenue attributable to a brand and calculating a royalty-rate that would be charged for the use of the brand. Multiple attributes such as; emotional connection, financial performance and sustainability, etc are taken in to account. The brand performance is bench-marked against competitor brands, while several kinds of financial analyses are also conducted. With its stellar performance Huawei has managed to secure the 40th spot in this prestigious list and with its aggressive growth plans in 2017, It looks well on its way to achieving its 2017 target of becoming the biggest mobile phone supplier in the world in terms of units produced....

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Blackout with Mate 9 – Check out the executive new version

Blackout with Mate 9 – Check out the executive new version

The global technology leader – Huawei has now launched an exquisitely designed ‘Black’ version of its flagship device – the Mate 9 in Pakistan. The discerning consumers in search of an ultra-powerful device with a sexy sleek design which reflects their personalities will truly be overwhelmed by its inspirational appearance. The Mate-9 Black reflects a dazzling first impression that lasts, as its timeless design portrays a lot about its users taste and class. The Matte Black version’s design looks amazing in any light. The glare-effect is a result of countless nano-ink “lenses” on its 5.9 inch screen, giving a light-beam effect to highlights the beautiful aesthetics. The Mate 9 Matte Black is a perfect blend of beauty and brains delivering unmatched performance. Mate 9 is the first device in Pakistan to deliver Artificial-intelligence. Enriched with a special ‘Machine Learning Algorithm’, it understands the users behavior with patterns and preferences, whereby increasing the speed and responsiveness with the passage of time. The revolutionary camera on the Mate 9 has been created by ‘Leica’ – the world’s most sophisticated camera producer. It is powered by a battery that lasts up to two days, on-the-go.  It is also enriched with a super-fast-charge technology, allowing users to multi-task for the whole day after only 20 minutes of charging. Huawei’s 25 years’ of experience of creating sophisticated products is evidently reflected in the creation of this technological masterpiece.The soft sandblasted texture and the dazzling Matte Black color, further accentuate its classy design. It is constructed using 50 unique processes, including one hour of CNC milling, which results in a high-precision uni-body metal frame. Huawei has deeply focused on maintaining symmetry with beautiful curves, to make the Mate 9 feel great in the hand and appeal to the natural senses. Besides promising swift multi-tasking and powerful performance on-the-go, with the most powerful Kirin processor, the device is also enriched with a larger 5.9” full HD display. The screen delivers a great visual experience, while the user is watching movies in HD, reading a book, or simply surfing the digital world for info-tainment. Apart from razor sharp features in speed, camera and charging, modern users want an accessory that enhances their profile and the highly executive matte black version of Mate 9 delivers exactly that. The Huawei Mate 9 Matte black delivers a dazzling first impression that lasts with its timeless and classic design built to speak volumes about the holder. The pr-bookings for this device have been extremely well received and only limited numbers are left. Consumers can get their hands on the Mate 9 Matte Black version at all Huawei brand outlets or...

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Pakistani youth are resilient when it comes to cyberbullying, reveals Telenor survey

Pakistani youth are resilient when it comes to cyberbullying, reveals Telenor survey

Telenor Group’s Multi-market Asia online survey reveals while online bullying and risks are still concerns, Asia’s parents feel that youth are increasingly resilient and responsible. The findings were released by the global telecom giant on the ‘Safer Internet Day 2017’ as part of its efforts to make internet safer for youth as it aims for a large-scale digital inclusion. The survey approached parents and adults across Asia to get their opinion on digital bullying affecting youth and how they deal with it. The survey was conducted over Facebook with 320 respondents primarily from Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and other Asian countries. While cyberbullying exists across all countries, the respondents said that they are discussing cyberbullying with youth and feel that resilience is being built, which may help them tackle digital abuse or better empathize with victims. The survey targeted Facebook users from 18-64 with stated interests in parenting, family issues, child welfare and online security. On the question of whether or not parents talk to their children about cyberbullying and using the internet responsibly, a majority of the respondents (46%) say that they speak to their children ‘all the time’ about internet and online behavior, followed by 39% who discussed this ‘sometimes,’ while 12% said they had never spoken about this topic. When asked about the most common form of cyber bullying children had experienced, ‘Being the target of hostile and rude comments and profanity online’ turned out to be the leading response with 22.5% of respondents; other respondents said they either ‘did not know’ if their children faced cyberbullying, or had not experienced it at all as they are ‘trained how to respond and defend themselves’ against this type of activity. On the question of  how cyberbullying experiences affected the child, the multi-layered answers imply that Asia’s children are increasingly learning how to deal with bullying online, or actively were able to ignore the attacks with no effect on them as they developed a responsible and cautious online behavior. When asked what must be done to keep children safe online, respondents said that the youth should know which websites or social networks are safe or unsafe, must not share personal information online, and must understand that people post anonymously online without fear of repercussions. Internet Safety has been an integral part of Telenor Pakistan’s digital inclusion efforts and the company has many initiatives to its credit when it comes to enabling access to safe internet for all its users, especially the youth. Some remarkable efforts in this regard include ‘Safe Internet and School Outreach Program’ where over 15,000 students and 88 elementary school teachers in Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa...

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