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YouTube Ban in Pakistan Enters its Third Year

By | September 17, 2014 109 Comments

While many Pakistanis still miss YouTube, others have either forgotten the video sharing website or they access it through proxy websites. Google’s traffic stats for YouTube access in Pakistan reveals that 4-5 percent of Pakistanis – who used to access YouTube before September 17th, 2012 – still access the website. This data doesn’t include those sessions that access YouTube via proxy websites or VPNs as [...]

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Misdirected AD Campaigns Resulting into Poor 3G Adoption

By | September 16, 2014 66 Comments

By Brandsynario The highly anticipated third generation ofa mobile telecommunications technology, 3G for short, was perceived to be the next big thing and it was largely expected that this new technology will modernize and upgrade the trend and usage patterns of high speed internet in Pakistan. While it is too early to issue a definitive verdict at this point in time, but early impressions and [...]

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Revolutionizing HD Telemedicine with Satellite Connectivity

By | September 12, 2014 5 Comments

By Nadeem Safdar Imagine a rural town in mountainous Skardu in Northern Pakistan nearly 30 hours drive away from the capital Islamabad. If an elderly relative living in that remote town perceives signs of a stroke, his family would likely rush him to a nearby district hospital. Most hospitals in remote areas have limited staff. Even if the physician on duty is able to identify [...]

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How to Become a Freelance Writer (the Right Way)

By | September 8, 2014 8 Comments

By Hasan Saleem of Freelance writing is a trending job nowadays. Everyone wants to become a freelance writer, start a blog, and get paid simply for having an opinion. But like any other career, it’s not for everyone. There is a common misconception that freelancing — especially freelance writing — is something everyone should delve into just because they can. And while yes, we [...]

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The PC is Reborn

By | August 26, 2014 15 Comments

By Naveed Siraj You may have thought that the big desktop computer with the bulky beige box had disappeared completely but that’s not the case, it’s just had a significant facelift. With the wave of slim, sleek tablets and notebooks on the market today, the PC of old is unrecognisable PCs are going through a transformation towards slimmer designs and touch screens. Customers are leading [...]

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Hafeez Centre: The Home of Tech Gadgets in Lahore

By | August 13, 2014 15 Comments

By Hassaan Ommat Hafeez Centre is one of Asia biggest tech markets and a whole new world in its self. Being a Lahori, I had always heard tales associated with it. The usual one’s, regarding second hands and refurbished goods being sold and the not so usual one’s, of getting a good bargain. In the space of a few weeks I performed pilgrimage thrice to [...]

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Everything You Need to Know to Setup Solar Energy Plant in Pakistan!

By | July 7, 2014 129 Comments

Energy crisis in Pakistan is neither new nor it is going to end any time soon, we know this for a fact. While you may agree that energy situation has just bettered (during Ramzan) but we aren’t sure if it is going to remain the same in coming days or not. I personally suppose that situation may remain uncertain for at least few years. Considering the [...]

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Android Wear Apps Finally Hit Play Store and Get their Dedicated Portion

By | July 4, 2014 8 Comments

While the initial batches of Android Wear devices have finally started to get shipped, Google is making sure users don’t miss out on the fun. To keep users busy, it has created a dedicated section at the Play Store for Android Wear apps specifically. The number of apps currently tops out at around 30, and includes Google Maps, Hangouts, Pinterest, The Guardian, Path and Rustastic [...]

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Disruption Ahead: Mobile Wallets Soon to Disrupt Conventional Bank Accounts

By | June 26, 2014 No Comments

By Qasif Shahid, Head of Digital Banking at MCB What mobile phones have done to landlines in this country is exactly what mobile wallets are about to do to bank accounts. Over the next 3 to 5 years, the numbers of mobile wallets will far surpass the good old bank accounts. Why? Simple. Both landlines and bank accounts are privileges and will remain so. These [...]

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Can You Name a Country on Earth that Doesn’t Censor its Internet?

By | June 19, 2014 110 Comments

P.S. This is part one of series of post that I have planned on internet censorship, its pros and cons and the best practices adopted in the world to achieve it. We will try to figure out if censorship in Pakistan is bad or its the way how we do it is bad. But before that, I want to ask my readers a simple question, [...]

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Ufone’s 3G Network Stretched to Nine Cities, Mobilink Eight and Telenor in Four Cities

By | May 29, 2014 111 Comments

Its been slightly over a month now that trial services for 3G were started by cellular operators in Pakistan. Starting with Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Karachi, cellular operators – other than Zong — are expanding their reach to serve their customers with next-generation 3G technology at earliest. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority had made this obligatory for all 3G operators to make 3G services available in minimum [...]

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10 Cheap 3G Smartphones

By | May 28, 2014 111 Comments

We now know that 3G is is already here and in fact few companies have even introduced their packages to the public, but to get the full taste of 3G, you must have a 3G phone in the first place. The following are the phones which are considerably cheap and offer a huge bang for your hard-earned bucks. To keep the list fresh, we’ve tried [...]

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Chinese Smartphones: 7 Compromises That You Make Against Lower Price

By | May 27, 2014 80 Comments

By Hassaan Ommat The recent influx of Chinese smartphones in Pakistan has gathered a lot of attention in the past couple of years. The main reason, just if you don’t know, is the affordable prices that come with these Chinese Smartphones. Nowadays smartphones have changed the way in which most of us communicate and the large inventory of applications has allowed smartphone owners to make the [...]

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Pakistan to Get 12 to 14 Million 3G Users During First Two Years

By | May 26, 2014 57 Comments

Recent polls on ProPakistani, offline surveys, market analysis, feedback from telecom companies, feedback from mobile phone users, early impression of telecom market relating to trial of 3G services and our personal opinion ascertains that 8 to 11 percent of mobile phone users in Pakistan are going to use 3G, during first 2 to 3 years. After early years, or when 3G coverage will expand and [...]

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Living with the Nokia X: Baby Steps

By | May 21, 2014 16 Comments

This is third part of serial posts on Nokia X. Previous posts can be found here: Part 1: Nokia X: The Impressions of a Life-long Android User Part 2: Living with the Nokia X: Getting Productive As you most-probably know, I have been given the task of living with the new Nokia X for 2 weeks, and using it as my primary phone. So far, [...]

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Time to Innovate the Banking Sector

By | May 20, 2014 48 Comments

By Sohail Malik After spending more than a decade (2001 – 2012) in Telecom Industry for various national/multinational companies in Pakistan I was able to build a successful career for myself. Yes, telecoms in Pakistan is a cut throat business but it provides fuel to those who are ambitious and want to grow fast. After reaching the position of Chief Commercial Officer for a leading [...]

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Should Local Talent Worry About Increased Chinese Professionals in Telecom Companies?

By | May 19, 2014 37 Comments

Those who are familiar with telecom trends must have notice the increased number of Chinese professionals working in local telecom companies. These Chinese professionals, who were initially seen at the top slots only, are now increasingly penetrating into md-level and regional positions available in various companies, particularly the Huawei, ZTE and Zong. It was just recently that Prime Minister of Pakistan approved the visa issuance [...]

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Things to Watch Out: Downside of 3G!

By | May 12, 2014 24 Comments

By Amyn A. Ghulamali Everyone has been raving and ranting about the speed they are getting on their 3G enabled phones — even I myself boasted that I had it on my Telenor connection before anyone else — But as we all know things get very old very soon because somehow all the meme’s and speed test screenshots have stopped popping up on social media [...]

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How Social Media is Helping Local Tourism

By | May 10, 2014 11 Comments

Although some people, mostly journalists from the developed world, keep reminding us how alienating social media is and how unhappy it makes us, but it appears that Social Media has had the opposite effect in our part of the world. These social websites have provided many a people with alternative spaces to get to know each other, discuss matters, and plan things — which was previously [...]

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Living with the Nokia X: Getting Productive

By | May 9, 2014 9 Comments

This is part two of serial posts on Nokia X. Part One (Nokia X: The Impressions of a Life-long Android User) can be read here. Believe it or not, a large portion of what you read in my posts is either written on my phone or on my tablet. Not always but very often. Whether it is an idea for a new post or simply [...]

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