Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Google Takes Chrome Remote Desktop Out of Beta, Provides Real-Time Audio Feed on Windows

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Google launched Chrome Remote Desktop in beta one year ago to let users controlling their computer from afar.

It helps you do a lot of stuff that is amazingly innovative, for example from adjusting printer settings on your brothers computer to finding a lost file on your sisters laptop, Chrome Remote Desktop via Chrome Browser makes you the family hero by helping you remotely access other computers including your own.

Google has taken Chrome Remote Desktop out of beta by adding some additional features, reported Google Chrome Blog yesterday. It has more features in the works that will make Chrome Remote Desktop even more powerful.

New features include the addition of copy-and-paste between your local and remote computers. It provides a real time audio feed (on Windows) if you want to listen to that MP3 music collection you have stored on a computer at home.

For your new Samsung Chromebook Chrome Remote Desktop is a great companion tool allowing you to remote into your PC or Mac at home while you bring your portable and easy-to use Chromebook with you on the go.

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Microsoft’s New Windows Phone 8

Microsoft has debuted Windows Phone 8, the latest version of the company's smartphone operating system. Microsoft - in a major effort to improve its flagging mobile market share - yesterday unveiled the latest iteration of its Windows Phone software. 

The company talked up a number of new features - along with details and pricing for a range of Windows Phone 8 smartphones from Nokia, Samsung and HTC - each with their own differentiated designs, colors and features.

Microsoft revealed new features including Kid's Corner, Rooms and Live Tiles. As noted above, Redmond highlighted a number of new features during its presentation, including Live Apps, Kid’s Corner, Rooms, Wallet and NFC and an upgraded version of Skype.

Live Tiles allows users to rearrange the Start screen, pinning favourite people, apps, music, games and photos and comes in three sizes and twenty colour choices including cobalt, crimson and lime. 
Essentially, live apps can best be described as a feature that displays relevant information right on the Start screen, such as the Groupon deal of the day, flight information, Facebook feeds and news headlines.

In addition to Live Tiles, Windows Phone 8 features Live Apps which bring information to the Start screen, and Rooms, which allows users to share and chat with one group and create private groups of people who have Windows Phone 8 to easily connect with them.

Meanwhile, Data Sense helps conserve user data allowance by compressing Web images, deferring tasks to free Wi-Fi and automatically adjusting usage as you get closer to your plan limits.

The Data Sense feature enables users to surf the web without worrying about exceeding their data limit by deferring data tasks to free Wi-Fi and automatically adjusting usage as the user gets closer to their data limit. 
The new OS also supports a Wallet and near-field communication (NFC) and a new Skype app. And last, but certainly not least, Windows Phone 8 offers full support for new wallet technologies, including payments via near-field communications (NFC). Essentially, the Wallet can be used to store debit, credit, loyalty and membership card information on your phone.

Nokia, Samsung and HTC have announced an array of phones for Windows Phone 8 including the Nokia Lumia 920, 822, 820 and 810, the Windows Phone 8X by HTC and the Samsung ATIV S and ATIV Odyssey, which will launch in the coming month. The new software is designed to work seamlessly with Windows 8 PCs, Microsoft Surface devices and the Xbox 360 console.

Major mobile operators in the US will start selling Windows Phone 8 in the coming weeks. Verizon Wireless will carry the Windows Phone 8X by HTC for USD 199.99 with a two-year contract and the Nokia Lumia 822 for USD 99.99 on a two-year agreement, both available by Thanksgiving. The Samsung ATIV Odyssey will be available exclusively at Verizon in December. AT&T will carry the Nokia Lumia 920, 820 and Windows Phone 8X by HTC, all going on sale in November. T-Mobile USA will carry the Windows Phone 8X by HTC starting at USD 149.99 for the 16GB version and the Nokia Lumia 810 for USD 99.99, with both devices expected to launch on 14 November. 

The devices will be available in November at AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon in the US, as well as at carriers and retailers around the world.

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Google's New Nexus Smartphone and Tablets

A Nexus device is much more than simply a phone or tablet. It’s your connection to the best of Google—all of your stuff and entertainment, everywhere you go with no hassle.  Now you have three new Nexus devices, a new improved version of Jelly Bean and more entertainment than ever before—all available on Google Play. The playground is open.

Nexus: now in three sizes

People increasingly have more than one device, and they switch between them many times a day. Nexus—Google’s hardware line for Android devices—gets rid of the hassle. Just sign in with your Google Account and everything is there ready to go, whatever device you’re using: photos, emails, contacts, bookmarks, even your entertainment on Google Play.

Three great new Nexus devices in small, medium and large all running a new flavor of Jelly Bean Android 4.2 including the latest version of Google and other great new features were announced by Google Yesterday.

Nexus 4 with Google Now and Photo Sphere

What is Google Now:

Google Now makes life simpler by giving you the right information. For example: flight information, restaurant reservations, hotel confirmations and shipping details.

Processor: Nexus 4 developed together with LG is the latest smartphone. It has a super-fast quad-core processor. 

Display: A perfect crisp display 4.7" (320 ppi) for looking at photos and watching YouTube.

Charging: For charging no wires are required with wireless charging you can just set the phone on a charging surface to power it up.
Version: Nexus 4 the simplest and smartest version of Android yet, comes with the latest version of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2.

Camera: Camera comes with Photo Sphere, which lets you capture images, snap shots up, down and in every direction to create stunning 360-degree immersive experiences.

Keyboard: For typing fast it comes with gesture typing letting you glide your finger over the letters you want to type on the keyboard

Wireless Support: With Android 4.2 you can wirelessly watch movies, YouTube videos and play games right on your Miracast-compatible HDTV. 

It has lot of other features to let you enjoy with your Nexus 4.

Nexus 7: Thin, light and now even more portable

Nexus 7 in a slim, portable package that fits perfectly in your hand comes with the best of Google–YouTube, Chrome, Gmail, Maps–and all the great content from Google Play. 

Storage and Price: Nexus 7 comes with 16GB ($199) or 32GB ($249) of storage with HSPA+ mobile data, also available with 32GB and HSPA+ mobile ($299), giving you access to operate on more than 200 GSM providers worldwide, including AT&T and T-Mobile in the US.

Nexus 10: Powerful and shareable

Display: Nexus 10 partnered with Samsung is the highest resolution tablet on the planet with a 10.055" display at 2560-by-1600 (300ppi)

Battery: It comes with a powerful battery that will get you up to nine hours of video playback and more than 500 hours of standby time. 

Speakers: You can watch movies right from your Nexus 10 as it also comes with a set of front-facing stereo speakers. 

Sharing Tablet: With Android 4.2, you can add multiple users and switch between them instantly right from the lock screen. You can have access to email, apps, bookmarks, and more.

Prices of Nexus4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10:

Nexus 4: 8GB for $299; 16GB for $349 

Nexus 7: 16GB for $199 and 32GB for $249

Nexus 10: 16GB for $399; 32GB for $499

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Monday, October 29, 2012

How to Apply/Remove Disqus 2012 and Avoid Comments Count Override

Monday, October 29, 2012

As discussed previously about adding comments counter below post title on blogger and other platforms. I recently decided to use Disqus but faced an issue related to overriding of comments count. By default Disqus adds comments count below post body but since I was using comments counter below post title already, immediately after implementing Disqus on blogger it started showing me two comments counter one below post title and the other below post body. I tried to remove the code of comments count but it disappeared both of them.

I think I am the first who has learned this to do it on blogger blog because I searched the whole web but could not find any tweak to resolve the override issue of Disqus comments counts. But I was not disappointed what I did that I tried to understand the code and implemented it as I thought. Luckily for me it worked like a charm. One thing I would like to request here that DO NOT COPY IT please as it would really hurt me.

There are two parts and we have to do it one by one. So here is the simply tweak that will help you to remove the comment count of Disqus and keep the one that you need already on your blog.

As always Sign in to your Blogger Account, Go to Dashboard, Layout, Edit HTML, Expand Widget Templates. Make sure you backup your template and save a copy of it.

How to Fix the Override Issue of Disqus 2012 Comment Counter on Blogger

Find <div class='post-header'> and put following code immediately after it.

<!-- Disqus Comment Count Start-->

<div style='float:right'>
<a class='dsq-comment-count comment-link commentslink' style='background: no-repeat scroll top left;padding-left:25px;font-weight: bold;font-size:12px; bold;font:Veranda'
expr:href='data:post.url + &quot;#disqus_thread&quot;'/></div>
<!--Disqus Comment Count End-->

<font style='background:transparent no-repeat scroll top left;padding-left:0px;font-weight: bold;font-size:12px;'><data:post.dateHeader/></font> 
<span class='post-comment-link' style='Float:right;'>

Customization for Disqus 2012 Comment Counter

Notice you can also make it float left or right or even center. You can change the font family, font color, font size, you can make it bold or keep it simple and if you wish you can attach an image with it as well.

How to remove Disqus with 2012 Features Comment Counter on Blogger

Once you are complete done with above part, go ahead and remove the comments counter that came with the disqus template by simply following steps mentioned below.

In default layout: Go to Dashboard - Design - Template Designer - Advanced - Add CSS - paste the following code - Press enter after the last character of the last line } - Apply to Blog.

In new layout: Go to Dashboard ('House' symbol) - Template - Customize - Advanced - Add CSS - paste the following code - Press enter after the last character of the last line } - Apply to Blog.

.post-comment-link {

display: none !important; }

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Unverifiable Illegal SIMs Declared Terrorist's Dangerous Weapons in Pakistan: Rehman Malik

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Rehman Malik mentioned that Illegal SIMs are lethal weapons of Terrorists in Pakistan. He has taken action against illegal SIMs and will order all GSM Operators in Pakistan after approval from government to block all unverifiable prepaid SIMs across the country. 

As reported earlier Launch of Cyber-Crime Unit in Islamabad for monitoring activities of terrorists via email/electronic filters and arresting them and PTA Has Allocated 14 LDIs Such as PTCL to Set Up Tracking Equipments. Rehman Malik cancelled the Eid holidays of FIA forensic agents to prevent the country from crime scenes by tracking IMEI numbers and arresting them. 

He also mentioned that Terrorists failed on first Eid day who were doing the remote control bombing by using illegal SIMs. Most of the people appreciated his stance where he requested the general public via his tweets to suggest him if illegals sims be blocked which are unverifiable.

I hv already cancelled the holidays of FIA forensic team to reach crime scene. @Saiif: @SenRehmanMalik track out IMEI numberand arrest them

Request for views if.we may consider to ask the mob service providers to block all the pre-paid sims and reopen subject to verifiable ID .

To me it seems very appealing and all operators will be ordered for sure to block all unverifiable sims in bulk activities and helplines of these operators will suffer from a long queues, where customers will have trouble connecting to them on UANs for complaints.

suggestions on pre paid sims noted assure all ofu that govt will take fool proof measures to block such illegal Sims/lethal weapon.

He also wanted all stake holders of operators to be on board for the blocking action that is going to take place for the first time in Pakistan.

 My appreciation for twitters members for their suggestions on pre paid illegal sims. All stake holders are to be on board before decision

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Islamabad: Cyber-Crime Unit Established to Avoid Local Internet Criminal Offenses

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Though we continue to woe the absence of cyber law in Pakistan, Islamabad police has established cyber-crime unit for avoiding local internet criminal offenses.

Islamabad Police have established a cyber-crime unit to deal with cyber, online and electronic crimes effectively. Following the directions from Inspector General of Islamabad Police Bani Amin Khan This unit has been established, under the supervision of DIG Headquarters Sultan Azam Temuri, reported Dunya News.

According to police sources, this unit will perform as specialized unit of Islamabad Police to deal with all crimes/investigations related to technology. While AIG Operations Tahir Alam Khan and Director-IT will also assist to ensure its smooth functioning.

The major responsibilities of cyber-crime unit includes: 

to exclusively assist the investigating officers in cyber/electronic crimes committed through email, social network or any mean of electronic/website defacement

To be accountable for forensic of digital evidence and its confidentiality.

This specific unit will be connected with CID, Special Division and Functional divisions of Islamabad Police to investigate the internet criminal activities.

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Purchasing of Animals for Sacrifice From The Online Goat Markets

In Karachi, demand for goats and cows for sacrifice has especially been low following an economic meltdown and fears of unrest in the outlying areas of Karachi City. Various animal traders have returned to their native areas including interior Sindh and Punjab without selling their cows because of poor situation of law and order and unstable business in the cattle market of the City, reported The Nation today.

Though traditional animal dealers continue to wait for buyers, a large number of people in Karachi have recommended purchasing animals for sacrifice on the internet due to unsafe situation of law and order in the metropolis.  According to information, purchasing a goat for sacrifice on Eidul Azha has become a lot easier this year. No more boring search for the right choose or negotiating over the cost with the animal traders. Citizens used IT technological innovation to buy sacrificial animal on the eve of Eid as on the internet animal arranging service was first time provided in this city to prevent protection threats and complications.

How Does The Online Selling of Animals Happen:

The new trend of online goat market is providing photos, videos, and other descriptions such as the type and price of animals for sale at different web sites. Atif Babar, a resident of Shadman Town Karachi, who purchased two goats from the online goat market, he told that he had been drawn to the online markets due to option of paying a price based on the actual weight of the animal.

Why Online Goat Market is Better Than Traditional Market:

In the traditional cattle markets the customers are seen bargaining over the prices of the sacrificial animals and the animal dealers normally demand ten times higher prices of their cattle. In the online gallery, details such as the weight, number of teeth, age, photo, price and the name of animal are to help customers select the animal of his choice. The animals’ prices may be a little higher but this is often compensated by the option of having the animal delivered to you.

How Goat Market Websites Won the Trust of the Customers:

A resident of Karachi informed that if the animals are not the same as publicized on the web page, customers have the choice of canceling the deal with dealer.

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PTCL Reduces International Calling Rates To Rs 1.25 Per 30 Seconds To Over 20 Destinations

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has presented an irresistible special offer for its landline customers in which it is providing lowest worldwide call rates.

PTCL has reduced international calling charges to enable its enable so that they stay connected with their loved ones all across the world at most economical prices. With this offer, PTCL users can call at only Rs 1.25 per 30 seconds to over 20 international locations.

International calling is one of PTCL’s strength which it is extremely pleased to provide being the biggest telecom organization in the country, as no other voice operator in Pakistan can go with PTCL’s international connection and voice top quality.

PTCL customers can stay in touch with their friends and family without the worry of high call charges. The extremely affordable call rates are applicable for Australia, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, UK, Canada, China, Hong Kong and USA.

Naveed Saeed, PTCL Senior Executive Vice President (SEVP) Commercial, said that PTCL is leading from the front, the only company providing a complete spectrum of voice and data communication services.

Aasif Inam, PTCL Executive Vice President (EVP) Wire-line said that their aim is to make communication and connectivity as easy as possible for PTCL’s customers.

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Government Likely to Open Access to YouTube in Pakistan

For those of you who are sick of YouTube ban, would appreciate govt concerns over lifting ban from YouTube in Pakistan.

As reported earlier The Blockage of The Entire YouTube Website on protests and pressure from Muslim community in Pakistan due to the anti-Islam film, on orders of PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, the Federal Minister for Information Technology ordered PTA (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority). 

We have been hearing news from different sources which were not giving any hopes of opening YouTube in near future. But I have just heard from reliable resources in ISP's that government is now likely to open YouTube and ban will be removed but only with the blockage of blasphemous material.

It merits mentioning here that YouTube is a source of education and also provides material related to teachings of Islam. As per a user of this blog "Banning Youtube was not a good idea" who commented on my blog on an article Monitoring of Pakistani E-mails, Phone Telephone calls as follows:

They should have banned the CONTENT only. Why am I not supporting the ban on Youtube is because I think it's the only website in the world with unfathomable data on ISLAM. I used to watch some great Islamic videos on it but now I can't. I used to answer to so many of those Atheists and anti-religion people on YouTube when they uploaded something against Islam. But now I can't. Good going PTA and the bloody government.

We have also seen a message about removing access from YouTube from The Interior Minister, Rehman Malik who has posted a tweet on his twitter account mentioning that he will talk to the government regarding the importance of YouTube which no doubt is wealth of knowledge, keeping in mind that it hurted the feelings of all Muslims. He promised to raise the issue in cabinet to open access on YouTube with the removal of Anti-Islam material.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

SECP Strengthens Regulating Environment

Friday, October 26, 2012

Muhammad Ali, Chairman of Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) said that there is strong need for building up of regulating atmosphere in Pakistan for the growth of a contemporary business industry. 

SECP organized the Workshop "Economic Reporting on Financial Development Index" on Thursday. The collaborating partners for the event were AGAHI and CIME, reported DAWN.

The course targeted at briefing the company reporters regarding methods and techniques to research the various economic indicators.  Amir Jhangir, CEO Mishal, Mrs Puruesh Chaudhary, CIME Ambassador to Pakistan. Mature reporters Amir Zia and Ehtisham-ul-Haq provided their demonstrations on reportage of economy.

Briefing the reporters on economical industry changes and regulating structure of the SECP, Muhammad Ali said that the SECP has been developing great conventional of government across the investment industry to produce higher trader confidences.

Muhammad Ali said that in past the government’s mind-set has been to not allow method and businesses and dangerous projects which led to build up of resources with financial institutions and nationwide benefits. He outlined that in Pakistan, economical industry and National Savings have 90% of total resources of the economical industry. In many cases, business owners are not interested by our banking centric financial system and it is not possible to raise money from other resources. In a bid to improve access to finance and create a debt capital market, the Secp has presented various new principles like SME exchanges, pension’s schemes,micro-insurance for crops and livestock and commodity trading service to mutual funds, where the little traders would utilized their savings.

He highlighted on need for increasing people attention and education regarding capital market and mentioned that during last one decade the return percentage was 20% in gold and it was 30% for investment made in currency markets. The other areas, where the SECP has been concentrating are access to investment, increasing of product profile in stock markets, good governance and changes and helping the factors of HR of capital market.

Amir Jhangir, CEO Mishal briefed the members about the process implemented by the World Economic  Forum in the growth of Financial Development Index. Amir said that the Index puts together a number of data to create an evaluation of the different factors of complicated financial systems, such as the institutional environment, the business environment,  financial balance, financial institutions, investment marketplaces, and overall investment accessibility and access.

Senior Correspondent Amir Zia motivated the journalist to use social networking to review their information. He said that the Pakistan has missing its place in World Financial Index in past years and reporters should review on reasons that adding in decrease in Pakistan’s place in Global Financial Index.

Recently, the Global Competition Review (2012-13) from the World Economic Forum has valued the performance of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) as the SECP has been rated 55th in 2012-13, as in comparison to 70th in 2011-12.

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Tax Increase On International Calls Suspended by LHC

As reported earlier MQM Senator Declined to Pay Tax Increase on International CallsThe notification from the government for tax increase on inbound worldwide calls has been suspended by The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday, reported The Nation

Ijazul Hasan heard the case at the LHC. The petitioner’s counsel advised the court that the new tax enforced on inbound worldwide phone calls triggered serious issue among offshore Pakistanis and requested the court to limit the govt from applying the tax.

The bench pointed out that the govt constantly came up with new taxation which was leading to more issues for the individuals. The bench included that the legal courts would avoid the government’s injustices against the individuals.

Moreover, the court instructed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to file a response on the matter in the first week of Nov.

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Punjab Govt: Shahbaz Sharif To Run Offices On Solar Energy

Due to the deepening energy crisis in the country, The Punjab government has decided to run its offices on solar energy.

With Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, a selection to the impact was made at a conference organised on Friday. The chief minister instructed that a extensive plan should be developed with respect to using solar panel technology in govt workplaces, such as the provincial secretariat. He said that the program would originally start from Lahore, Rawalpindi and Multan and would be extended to other areas and places later reported Dawn today.

Shahbaz Sharif also mentioned this on his twitter account that a comprehensive plan will be formulated regarding the utilization of solar energy in government offices, including the provincial secretariat.

The conference also discussed the improvement of the hydro-power tasks and investment in hydro-power.

Shahbaz also sought completion of tendering process of Ujala Program instantly under which free solar panels would be offered to the inadequate and solar power lighting to boy and girl students of matric living in backward and far flung areas.

He told the conference that a China company had offered a financial commitment of $50 million in the power industry and instructed the government bodies concerned to hold talks with the company.

Shahbaz Sharif is ready to take up the task of cleaning the political field. Talking to the media after opening the sanitary landfill site at Lakhudair, The chief minister Shahbaz said if given a chance he would accept the challenge of clearing this filth, alleging that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has submerged in the filth of corruption. 

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Students of PU Still Without Laptops - Wont Vote for Shahbaz Sharif

As we already know that Shahbaz Sharif distributed 13605 laptops among students from over 70 departments of the Punjab University that were registered by the Punjab government during the first phase of the laptop distribution ceremony that was held on March 23 this year. But still thousands of students of Punjab University who were registered in the first phase of laptop distribution are still without laptops, reported Pakistan Today on Friday October 26, 2012. 

According to the criteria which the Punjab government had announced Students of evening and replica were registered. The officials concerned continue to beat about the bush and the students are still without laptops. 

Huma Ejaz, a student from the Mass Communication Department said, “I keep getting calls and SMSes from the chief minister but what is the point if I haven’t got the laptop.

Some students also held protests but to no avail. The names of the students are also registered on the website.

As per PU official, the department had even sent a reminder three times. They sent all the documents to the department and the delay is on their end.

As per students, these laptops are just a political game and the Punjab government has distributed them to get votes. Having said that Punjab government is just trying to overcome the issue through the Punjab Youth Festival as they are not taking PU students seriously. 

As per officials there is a shortage of laptops so the students will have to wait.

PU Students claim that they will never vote for CM Shahbaz Sharif because the Punjab govt has not taken them seriously and 6,000 students are still without laptops.

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Dais - AG’s Urdu News Channel Hiring Bright Talent

Dais and its associated electronic and press media businesses are looking for motivated, accountable and multi-skilled experts who value precision, perspective and effort, and who can hold up against a high-pressure but fulfilling workplace, reported newsweekpakistan. They are encouraging both experienced journalists and aspiring ones to apply.

Dais, an Urdu-language news channel with its head office in Lahore, is an Associated Group (AG) venture being released with broadcast affiliate partner CNN. Who claims to hire people nationally.

If you think Dais and AG may be the right fit for you, please email your résumé to dais@newsweek.pk by Oct. 31, 2012. Dais will respond to all applicants, and the shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in the first week of November. We encourage both experienced journalists and aspiring ones to apply.

For those of you who think Dais and AG may be the right fit for you, shoot e-mail your curriculum vitae to dais@newsweek.pk by Oct. 31, 2012. Dais will reply to all candidates, and the shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in the first week of next month.

All choosing will be done specifically by AG, which is an equivalent opportunity  employer and does not differentiate on the reasons for age, competition, sex, creed, impairment, belief, or governmental organization.

So go ahead and grab the opportunity. 

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SHC Disallowed Govt From Suspending Mobile Phone Services

Regardless of the losses that occurred due to the suspension of mobile services in Pakistan, we have heard from Interior Minister Rehman Malik, that cellular services are likely to stay suspended on Eid ul Azha and govt will bless us another mobile-free Eid. 

As you already know that earlier during Eid ul Fitr, mobile services were stopped up in Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Multan and some other areas. 

The Sindh High Judge (SHC) on Friday prohibited the govt from suspending cell phone services, reported DawnNews yesterday.

The high court ordered that if it is necessary, the government can implement this security measure only with the approval of the president, after listening to a case that requested the court to bar the govt from suspending cell phone services.  

Sources also informed that the ministry had received signals from security agencies about probability of occurrences of terrorism during Eid ul Azha and terrorists may use cell mobile phones to detonate intense devices and connect with each other to arrange attacks.

Previously on September 23, sources in the interior ministry had said that cell phone services may be suspended in some areas during Eid ul Azha days because of threats of terrorist attacks.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Need a Fix of Security Issues and Bugs Related to ProPakistani.PK

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

As written previously About ProPakistani.PK SMS Service to get the issue fixed related to late delivery of messages sent by ProPakistani. I am a fan of this site and keep visiting it to observe all the new happenings on this blog. On this post Aamir responded to me and resolved the issue as quickly as one could imagine.

Whether it is related to replacement of gadgets or placement of ads on different places on the site I love it all. I also keep reporting issue to Aamir Attaa personally but sometimes I like to go public to make things social with other users as well so that visitors can also know what I have spent enough time to learn about. These are facts behind how ProPakistani website has become attractive and that’s why we love its appealing look that makes us a regular user of this website. 

Above all what I want is the security of ProPakistani to save it from hackers and other relevant people who might broke into it due to the bugs and issues I have mentioned below. I think if I am not going to reveal it, they might not know about it. This is us users who see these issues and I consider it my duty to inform them. They have done a great job over the recent years and all members of it Pro Pakistanis as they write.

Today I have observed that ProPakistani is hosted on WordPress that makes it easy enough to customize things on the site. However also found some bugs and issues which needs to get fixed. Out of no way the dashboard of WordPress started appearing on my chrome page while I was reading one of ProPakistani article today tilted “Telenor Posts 11% Revenue Growth in Q3 2012”

I have pasted the screenshots below so that you can take a look at and share your views what exactly happened. 

Previously I have also been looking to see the stats of the site on daily basis so that I can have an idea about how and where is all the traffic coming from on ProPakistani. Being a non-technical on this stuff, I look forward to learn this from Aamir and I am wondering how come thousands of comments are pending for moderation. I think they are spam comments.

Focus in the header bar and look for yourself:

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Partnership of PayPal and MoneyGram Brings Together PayPal, Pakistan and Online Worlds

Tired of waiting for PayPal services in Pakistan? 

Well thanks to MoneyGram and PayPal partnership which is all set to get your started receiving your money from PayPal account and that too without bank account or credit card, announced Dan Schatt, Head of Financial Innovations PayPal.

MoneyGram has an international reach through its 284,000 local agents across 196 nations and areas that gives you real versatility and comfort. So with MoneyGram you’re never far away from a quick and simple cash exchange.

You can also receive money with MoneyGram at Bank Al Falah, MCB, KASB, Bank Al Habib, Bank Islami,Soneri Bank, Habib Metropolitan Bank, Tameer Bank, Wall Street Exchange, Paracha Exchange, Royal Exchange, Dollar East and anywhere you see the MoneyGram sign.

Receive Money Using MoneyGram via PayPal in Pakistan PayPal clients will be able to put money in and take cash out of a PayPal from any nearest agents of MoneyGram’s 284,000 places around the world, providing comfort to a wide range of different companies and clients. This contains clients who would like to use their money to spend off-line or online wherever PayPal is approved, or for suppliers that want immediate access to the money obtained in their PayPal account. It will also provide a fast and protected way for clients with immediate money transfer needs, like mother and father requiring to deliver money to their kids in college, reported PayPal Official Blog on Monday OCTOBER 22, 2012.

For those of you without a credit card or bank account will now be able to use this service for easily converting your cash into payments. All you will need for this is your mobile number or email address.

Step 1

Ask the person who is sending you money to give you your reference number – this will help speed up your collection.

Step 2

Visit a MoneyGram agent (locate one using Find Us), taking some identification* and your reference number with you.

Step 3

Complete our simple ‘receive’ form and show your identification – you will then be given your money, usually in your local currency.

The service is predicted to be channeled in the US in beginning 2013, and progressively distributing worldwide.

Following is the statement from the official PayPal Blog.

In addition to the ease and convenience this will offer to new and existing PayPal customers, we are also excited about how our new relationship with MoneyGram will benefit our collective partners.  For instance, our bank partners will be able to offer real-time money movement capabilities to be picked up at any
MoneyGram location, and our retailer partners will benefit from the ease by which PayPal consumers and businesses can now access their cash to engage and shop more across all channels.  The service is expected to be piloted in the US in early 2013, and gradually rolled out in the US and beyond. 
This latest initiative with MoneyGram is another example of how we’re enabling our digital wallet to work across multiple platforms and devices, online and offline, in order to offer consumers more control, flexibility and functionality when interacting with their money. At PayPal, we aspire to help people get more of what they want through better, simpler financial services and products.
Stay tuned for more!

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A Complete Guide For Hosted Data Center Services In Pakistan

A Data Center (DC) is a controlled facility used to house full data storage or application based solutions using mission critical computer systems and associated components. The vicinity of a data center caters full control in terms of environment, data and resources such as air conditioning, fire suppression, redundant/backup power supplies, redundant data communications connections and high security.

Why Hosted Data Center is Better

Being hosted means all software and hardware runs in organization’s own data centers, and users access it using the internet, requiring only a PC client, internet connection/VPN connection. Because it is hosted, it eliminates the cost and complexity of building and maintaining a state-of-the-art system and allows any business on any budget to run a sophisticated data center for a fraction of the traditional cost. It can be implemented quickly, and provides tremendous flexibility in the locations and scalability. 

Up-Front Infrastructure Costs for HDC

Most of the Hosted Data Center in Pakistan like Wateen Telecom  and PTCL allow you to rent data center functions over the Internet/VPN, with no infrastructure hardware or software costs except initial setup and configuration. 

Hosted Data Center Can setup a Multi-Site Data Center

This is the ideal solution for quickly setting up a fully functional, affordable, multisite data center. Multisite capability means clients can log in anywhere, with just an Internet connection/VPN connection-at a home or office location. 

Hosted Data Center Saves Money

Hosted Data Center saves you money up front, and ongoing. There is no infrastructure investment required up-front - no capital, no build outs, and no rewiring or cable pulling except initial setup or configuration cost. Ongoing, you don't pay maintenance fees or upgrade costs-that's all included in the monthly user fees. You pay for the capacity you need - no more. And HDC's solution requires no expensive technical staff to manage and maintain it.  

Meets The Need to Substantially Increase Data Center Requirement in Future

Hosted Data Center is built from the ground up to scale to your changing needs. In fact, this is one of the strengths of this design. This system provides a truly "on demand" scalability, enabling you to ramp up or down to meet business needs. And, since it offers a fully hosted, Internet-based solution, you'll never need to upgrade hardware or software, or hire IT staff to support the solution. 

HDC Service System is Reliable and Secure

HDC ensures the highest reliability by housing its applications on carrier grade hardware that resides in multi-layered security patrolled, disaster-proof facilities. It uses best practices including encryption to secure applications across the Internet and ensure communications with your customers are not at risk. 

Co-location and Managed Servers

Co-location allows you to place your server in a rack in HDC data center and share its bandwidth as your own. Once you have a server set up, you physically bring it to its location and install it in a rack. It provide IPs, bandwidth and power to your server. Once it's up and running, you access it much like you would access a web site on a hosting provider. The difference being that you own the hardware.

With co-location, you can reduce your traffic back-haul costs and free up internal networks for other uses. Moreover, by outsourcing network traffic to a HDC’s one like Wateen Telecom and PTCL which have greater bandwidth capacity, web site and server access speeds should improve considerably. With Managed Server Services, you can access the robust, secure, redundant, infrastructure you need, without a significant up-front investment. Then tap into built-in scalability that lets you add middle ware or services at any time.

Managed Storage

Managed Storage Services provides on demand storage capacity, monitoring and management services for clients’ disk, backup and restore, and archive infrastructures in a security-rich environment. Combining best-in-class networking technologies with world-class service management helps enable highly available, cost-effective storage management. 

Storage denominator could either me GB (Gigabyte) or TB (Terabyte). A gigabyte (GB) is a measure of computer data storage capacity and is "roughly" a billion bytes. A gigabyte is two to the 30th power, or 1,073,741,824 in decimal notation. The term is pronounced with two hard Gs. The prefix, "giga" comes from a Greek word meaning "giant."

A terabyte is a measure of computer storage capacity and is 2 to the 40th power or approximately a thousand billion bytes (that is, a thousand gigabytes).

Premise Based Data Center:

  • Traditional premise based systems require hosting of all data center equipment on customer premises and has following disadvantages:
  • Large up front investment for data center equipment and infrastructure.
  • Dedicated technical resources required for operations & maintenance of the equipment and facility.
  • Continuous investment required to keep technology current, as technology life cycle is very short and becomes obsolete in a matter of a few years. 
  • Lack of quick scalability and provisioning for the customer.

Total Cost of Ownership Analysis: 

Premise versus Hosted Data Center System

Return on investment evaluations are most often based on a number of tangible and intangible benefits. 

While hosted data center solutions bring a number of benefits to the table, their impact on cost reduction contributes most effectively towards creation of a compelling business case.

Users of Hosted Data Center Services in Pakistan

  • Telecom, Media & IT
  • Banking & Financial Services
  • Services, Distribution, Health & Education
  • Manufacturing & Construction
  • Government & Defense
  • SMEs and SMBs

HDC Benefits to SME’s 

  • Budgetary constraints for premise based systems are not applicable to hosted.
  • No requirement for in-house data center technical resources and expertise. 
  • Top-of-the-line, functionally rich solutions available on a rented model. 
  • Access to the best  data center expertise and support without the high start-up, implementation and operating cost.

HDC Benefits for Large Enterprises 

The principal attractions of Hosted Data Center offering for large enterprises and institutions are:

  • Lower total cost of ownership.
  • Rapid deployment that requires few in-house technical resources.
  • Ability to “pay as you go” within a limited operating budget.
  • Minimal impact on capital budget and investment protection.
  • Eliminates the need for costly and disruptive system upgrades.

HDC Benefits for Government Agencies 

Government agencies often struggle to obtain funding for necessary projects, particularly those involving large up-front capital investments. Excellent way to keep data center-related government projects within tight budgetary constraints.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Wateen Entertainment Portal Closed Down

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

As most of you already know the launch of Wateen Portal over the recent months for its customers that brings movies to download, entertainment, music, fashion and much more, has just gone down temporarily.

Wateen Telecom claims it was a beta version which has provided a positive feedback. Now they are developing the new version of it and will be live again with a lots of fun for its customers.

Here is the link of Wateen Entertainment Portal www.wateen.com/portal

Some of you might think that they got down due to pirated stuff upload by them. However as per Wateen officials these HD movies and other stuff are uploaded by themselves and are not pirated. Instead this is their own property. 

Backed by a large ISP, it is an excellent attempt to carry ahead the regional content. Every day there is a lot of new stuff on the portal that is extremely appreciated by the users.

Everyone deserves to chill and relax! There are loads of crazy movies, music, online games and lots more waiting for you at Wateen Entertainment Portal.

So let’s wait and see how is the new release going to look like.

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Get Wateen Selfcare Portal Login Issues Fixed

It has been reported by some Wateen users that Wateen Selfcare Portal is not working properly when they try to login to recharge their account or when they want to check account usage details. 

Login Issue of Wateen Selfcare Portal

Well I have not found any issues with both the selfcare portals www.selfcare.wateen.net and www.selfcare.wateen.com. Be aware that if you are accessing selfcare.wateen.net on any WiMAX device of Wateen, you don’t need to login as this portal is binded with the MAC address of your registered Wateen device. 

You will notice that once you open this portal, you will be auto logged in and you can recharge your account and check usage details as well. 

For those of you having login issue on selfcare.wateen.com, be aware that Wateen has added @wateen.net just next to the box where you enter your username. What most of Wateen customers do is that they enter complete username for example ahmad.raza@wateen.net which is wrong because this makes it a duplicate of @wateen.net and therefore you end up facing issue logging in. 

What you need to do is only enter the first part of your username as ahmad.raza and then enter your password in the password box and hit enter. You will be logged in.

Prepaid.wateen.net is No Longer Working

Also note that prepaid.wateen.net is no longer active as Wateen has changed its selfcare portal address. Some of the customer also try to access Wateen prepaid portal because on old Wateen Cards (WCards) still www.prepaid.wateen.net is mentioned. 

You should also note that selfcare.wateen.com will not be accessible from Wateen device if your account is in negative state. For as long as negative you will only have access to selfcare.wateen.net. But once you recharge your account, you will be able to open it. 

It merits mentioning here that selfcare.wateen.net is not full of features that other Wateen selfcare portal selfcare.wateen.com offers. For Instance with selfcare.wateen.net, you are limited to only a couple of options as redeem voucher and check usage details. Whereas with selfcare.wateen.com, you can have access to all the features of Wateen selfcare portal. For details keep reading. 

Visibility and Access of FNF Addition/Deletion on Wateen Selfcare Portal

  • Add your favorite Friend and Family (FNF) numbers on your account for calling international numbers (US, UK and Canada) on cheapest rates
  • View your calling history of FNF
  • Check your balance, data usage and voice usage

Add Request for Change of Wateen Package

You can not only view your current package but also forward your request for change of package yourself.

Visibility of Complete Account Details on Selfcare Portal

You can view your Customer ID, Internet Username, Internet Package, Telephone Number, Voice Package, Billing Date, Billing Type, Platform, CPE Type and MAC Address. 

You can see all the messages sent out to you by Wateen, view your profile details that are available with Wateen as your provided service and billing address. From this portal, you can select your preferred IVR language (Urdu, English and Pushto) when you can call helpline 111 365 111. You can generate new complaints and view previous complaint history. View your payment history and line rent details. You can also change your password from this portal.

You can also view all the updates released by Wateen on this portal as Wateen has recently impose an increase of Rs. 50 on all Wateen WiMAX accounts. Just above the header you can view these latest updates.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Mubasher Lucman's Website Gets Hacked

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Mubasher Lucman, television talk show Host and a columnist having 150,590 followers on twitter and 1511 likes of his Facebook page just got hacked his website http://lucman.net/ again by some one called Jr. r00t. 

Hacker seems to have done it already when I saw his Mubasher's message on his Facebook page. Where he mentioned that his site was hacked by someone however he deleted the account of hacker by his power.

Someone Hacked My Page And Was Posting Something Bad In It Now I Again Taken This Page From That Boy Who Hacked My Page And Through My Power I Deleted His Account?

I think the hacker accepted the challenge to take revenge and in anger he has taken away his website again. Previously when his website was hacked, the hacker used vulgar language. But I have not seen anything showing bad as of now except the following message.

Hacked By Jr. r00t
y0 PhuNk Ass Leet, waNNa Be Hackers.. aha... Go HoMe ... and cya NeXt tiMe... SoMe 1 challengd, SeRver caNNot be hacked By any 1.. lol>
- = - [ J r . r 0 0 t ] - = -

Looks like someone is targeting his site deliberately. I think he really needs to get some security parameters to keep his website live.

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