Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Fun, Fast and Affordable: Nokia Unveils Lumia 625

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Nokia today announced the Nokia Lumia 625, an accessibly priced 4G smartphone to help people see more of what they love. The Nokia Lumia 625 delivers high-speed entertainment to a wide audience with a large 4.7-inch super-sensitive LCD screen and 4G Internet access.

Building on the award winning Nokia Lumia design, the Nokia Lumia 625 includes five brightly coloured changeable shells, which add to the Live Tile personalization brought by Windows Phone 8.

The Nokia Lumia 625 also provides many innovations found in the recently announced flagship Nokia Lumia 1020. These include a range of integrated camera applications like Nokia Smart Camera, offering handy features like removing unwanted objects from pictures, and Nokia Cinema graph, which turns photos into living memories with added movement.

"With our largest smartphone screen to date, the Nokia Lumia 625 is a perfect example of how Nokia is delivering leading smartphone innovation and experiences at every price point," said Jo Harlow, executive vice president, Nokia Smart Devices.

Powered by the latest version of Windows Phone 8 and including the Nokia Lumia Amber update, the Nokia Lumia 625 delivers a richer and easier to use smartphone experience at a competitive price. Live Tiles update direct to the home screen, and People Hub makes it easy to stay connected with friends and family. Windows Phone 8 also includes Xbox Live, Microsoft Office, and 7GB of online SkyDrive storage to simply make life easier.

With access to more than 165,000 apps including Vimeo, Temple Run and WhatsApp, the Nokia Lumia 625 offers faster mobile fun, as well as safer surfing with Internet Explorer 10 - making it ideal for viewing videos, games, and other content. The Nokia Lumia 625 also offers SD memory card support, allowing up to 64GB of additional content storage.

Nokia Music provides unlimited streaming of ad-free mixes without registration or subscription, plus the ability to download mixes for listening offline with the Nokia Lumia 625. Nokia has also teamed with Coloud(TM) to create BOOM(TM) headphones that combine audio prowess with excellent value, and integrated microphone and buttons for voice calls and music control.

With its big screen and super-fast connectivity, the Nokia Lumia 625 offers leading maps and location experiences from HERE, providing free maps, turn-by-turn navigation and public transport guidance.

The Nokia Lumia 625 will be available in a range of colours including orange, yellow, bright green, white and black with an array of changeable shells enabling easy personalization. With an estimated retail price of 220 Euros before taxes and subsidies, the Nokia Lumia 625 is planned to begin selling in China, Europe, Asia Pacific, India, Middle East, Africa and Latin America in Q3 2013.

Data charges may occur from using HERE and Nokia Music services over a cellular network.

Nokia Lumia 625
Operating System
Windows Phone 8
 4.7 inch WVGA @ 201ppi with Sunlight Readability Enhancement, High Brightness Mode, Color Enhancement and Super Sensitive Touch
2000 mAh
1.2GHz, Dual Core
Main: 5MP Autofocus, LED flash ,1080p@30fps, VGA front facing camera
8GB with support for up to 64GB SD card

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

PTCL Deploys Performance Monitoring System from Suntech

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Suntech S.A., a telecommunications solutions provider, has successfully implemented its
SunVizion Network Performance Monitoring system at Pakistan Telecommunication
Company Limited (PTCL).

SunVizion Network Performance Monitoring developed by Suntech will perform the
monitoring of PTCL’s huge and complex multi-technology telecommunications
networks enabling to quickly detect any performance degradation. The system supports areas of Fault Management and Revenue Assurance providing a flexible network intelligence for Network Operation Centers, capacity planners, revenue controllers and executives.

“Suntech’s solution has helped us with increased visibility of our network performance,” says Kamran Sharif, head of NOC at PTCL. “The near real time processing of signaling has helped us diagnose and resolve network problems briskly and we have been able to deliver superior experience to our customers. Furthermore, the developed KPIs have also helped us identify grey traffic injections and through this we have ensured its blockage.”

“Implementation at PTCL is very important for us,” says Wojciech Franczak, Sales Manager of Suntech S.A. “This is our first project in Pakistan and since 2012 we have put our focus on this region of Asia. To successfully compete on this market you have to have a world-class product for reasonable price, and you have to be fast. Thanks to our implementation at PTCL we were able to prove that we poses all these assets.”

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Warid Telecom and Edhi foundation arrange Iftar for underprivileged

Friday, July 12, 2013
Warid Telecom, leading innovator in Pakistan’s telecom industry, has collaborated with the Edhi Foundation to share the blessings of Ramzan with fellow Pakistanis. Warid Telecom has sponsored iftaris to be held at Edhi homes for approximately 6000 people during the month of Ramzan.

Commenting on the collaboration Warid Telecom’s Senior Manager Marketing, Mr. Shahab Hafeez said, “We at Warid believe that it is our duty to provide for the underprivileged members of our society. During this blessed month we would like to do as much as we can for our fellow Pakistanis and that is why we have collaborated with Edhi foundation for this initiative.”

Warid Telecom has initiated various social projects throughout the month of Ramzan to cater to the needs of various sectors of the society.

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Zoom, Reinvented, Nokia Lumia 1020 arrives

Today, Nokia established a new benchmarkin smartphone imaging with the arrival of the Nokia Lumia 1020, boasting a second generation 41 megapixel sensor. Unlike any smartphone in the market today the Nokia Lumia 1020 reinvents zoom, enabling people to discover more detail than the eye can see. With Nokia’s innovative PureView technology, including optical image stabilization, the device is able to produce some of the sharpest images possible by any digital camera.

This is made possible by leading hardware technology combined with a new application called Nokia Pro Camera, which makes it easy for anyone to take professional quality images. Either before a picture is taken or after it has been shot, the zoom capability enables people to discover and then rediscover the personal stories each image can tell. With a beautiful interface that visually demonstrates how settings will affect the final photo or video, Nokia Pro Camera makes it easier than ever to capture, edit and share photos and videos with unrivaled clarity.

Using a new feature called dual capture; the Nokia Lumia 1020 simultaneously takes a high resolution 38 megapixel image for endless editing opportunities, and creates 5 megapixel pictures that is easy to share to social networks with Windows Phone 8.

The Nokia Lumia 1020’s 41 megapixel sensor features leading ZEISS optics with six physical lenses, plus optical image stabilization,deliveringcrystal clear pictures even in low light conditions. It also captures blur free videos with stereo sound even at the loudest concerts thanks to Nokia Rich Recording, which handles sound pressure levels six times louder than conventional smartphone microphones.

“We want to take people on a journey from capturing pictures to recording and sharing their lives,” said Stephen Elop, President and CEO, Nokia. “The Nokia Lumia 1020 will bring new meaning to pictures and continues to strengthen Nokia’s leadership in imaging.”

Nokia also released a new imaging software development kit (SDK) that provides key image editing features of the Nokia Lumia 1020 to developers. The SDK is available today at developer.nokia.com with a number of developers including Vyclone, Yelp and CNN integrating these features into future releases.

Hipstamaticshowcased Oggl PRO, an exclusive application for the Nokia Lumia 1020 offering the most advanced smartphone camera controls for their creative community. It was also announced that popular applications Path and Flip board will soon be available on Windows Phone.

Adding further professional capabilities and additional battery life, Nokia announced the new Nokia Camera Grip. This is an accessory that complements device features usually reserved for stand-alone cameras, like the Nokia Lumia 1020’s built-in xenon flash and mechanical shutter. The Nokia Camera Grip also has a tripod mount.

The personal nature of Windows Phone makes it the perfect platform for the Nokia Lumia 1020, showcasing live images on the Start screen with the Photos tile, quick sharing to social networks, and easy access to files across a number of devices with SkyDrive. With the dedicated camera button, Windows Phone is designed with imaging in mind.

To help people see what’s around them and discover new places to take photos, the latest developments in Live Sight will be available in HERE Maps soon. The Nokia Lumia 1020 also comes with ad and subscription free Nokia Music streaming.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 will be available in yellow, white and black.

Nokia Lumia 1020

Operating system
Windows Phone 8
HERE location services
Free global HERE Maps and HERE Drive+;Free HERE Transit available in the Store
4.5” AMOLED WXGA (1280x768), 2.5 D sculpted Corning Gorilla Glass 3, PureMotion HD+, ClearBlack, high brightness mode, sunlight readability, super sensitive touch, Nokia Glance Screen
2000 mAh battery, wireless charging supported via cover
1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4
Main camera
PureView 41 MP with optical image stabilization, Resolution: 7712 x 5360. Includes Nokia Pro Camera. Xenon flash for still images, LED flash for video
Front facing camera
HD 1.2 MP wide angle
2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory; 7 GB free SkyDrive cloud storage

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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Dell and Intel Launch Second Experiential Center in Karachi

Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Dell and Intel Pakistan have jointly launched their latest experiential marketing centre in Karachi. The centre, called the Experience Center, is the second such location opened by the international computer giants in Pakistan. The first
Experience Center opened in Lahore on 13th April 2012 to considerable acclaim as the first experiential computing centre in Pakistan.

Speaking on the occasion Country Manager Dell Pakistan, Shahzad Aslam Khan said, “Technology is now evolving at a much greater pace than at any moment in the past. Understanding this fast-evolving tech environment we at Dell are bringing our latest products under one roof for our customers to experience. Through the launch of this Experience Center we intend to offer the people of Karachi an unmatched buying experience.”

The store aims to be a one stop shop for offering exceptional customer service and a diverse range of value based solutions for home users, professionals, entrepreneurs and SMEs alike.

Sharing his thoughts at the occasion, Naveed Siraj, Country Manager, Intel Pakistan said, “Intel is very excited about this new venture that will bring compelling, natural and immersive experiences to life. This collaboration with Dell is a realization of our vision for helping customers, organizations, governments and ISVs in Pakistan to maximize the growing market opportunities and drive new projects forward. The store will give consumers the opportunity to experience latest technology first hand.”
With an in-store lounge, a designated hotspot and special promotions on available products, customers are able to experience Dell products and solutions first hand.

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Microsoft Pakistan Empowers Businesses Through Technology Innovation

A media gathering was organized by Microsoft Pakistan at their liaison office in Karachi where the Country Manager, Amir Rao was introduced to the media. The meet-up featured a technological trend analysis of Pakistan and a discussion about Microsoft’s role in transforming the way organizations and individuals work today. The session was attended by leading journalists from electronic, print and digital mediums.

The discussion was targeted for the business sector of Pakistan which is gaining momentum as the economy is gearing up for a recovery. At such a significant juncture, the use of technology can optimize operations and enhance the efficiencies of enterprises operating in any field.

“The advent of technological solutions for businesses has opened a new front for companies to gain a competitive edge in the market.” This was stated by Amir Rao, country manager, Microsoft Pakistan. He further said, “Microsoft offers a wide range of software tailored for the business sector which can significantly enhance the productivity of a company and thus appreciate the ROI. We believe that in order to take this country forward, we must stay abreast with all the technological innovations because these advances promise a sustainable economic future and an enhanced lifestyle for the employees and customers of a business.”

Microsoft’s mission has always been to help people and businesses throughout the world to realize their full potential. The company delivers on this promise by striving to create technology that is accessible to everyone in the shape of Windows 8, Office 365, Windows Azure etc. Leading companies such as Dawood Hercules Corporation and Serena Hotels have deployed Office 365 to gain a seamless integration of all their operational components. Microsoft leads the industry in accessibility innovation and in building products that are safer and easier to use. The company puts a special focus on cloud computing and believes in constantly evolving its products to increase the benefits to its consumers and to keep ahead of the competition.

The Country Manager asserted that Microsoft Pakistan aims to invest deeply in such endeavors in the upcoming fiscal year to promote technology enablement for a prosperous Pakistan.

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Friday, July 05, 2013

Warid Telecom contributes to Ramzan blessings

Friday, July 05, 2013
Warid Telecom, leading innovator in Pakistan’s Telecom industry, has added to the joys of Ramzan. Warid now offers free calls throughout Ramzan to customers availing Warid’s ‘Ramzan Sim Jagao offer’. All customers who have not used their SIM before the 1st of June, 2013 can benefit from this offer by sending "FREE" to 3733 and recharging Rs. 100 or more in one go. Free calls are available for On-net and On-net Friends and Family numbers at a call setup charge of Rs.0.25+tax between (11pm till 8pm) every day.

Warid Telecom will also bring distant loved ones closer this Ramzan through their lowest International Direct Dialing rates, of 20 paisas per second, to Saudi Arabia. To activate this offer Warid subscribers have to send ON in an SMS to 3333. This offer is Valid for Warid’s Prepaid and Glow customers.

Warid subscribers travelling to Saudi Arabia will also enjoy lowest roaming rates by selecting “Mobily” as their roaming partner. These roaming rates are valid for all Warid subscribers both postpaid and prepaid.

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Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Nokia Expands Portfolio of Highly Affordable, 3G Mobile Phones

Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Nokia today expanded its range of classically designed mobile phones with the launch of three new, high-performing handsets. The Nokia 207, Nokia 208 and Nokia 208 Dual SIM combine the familiar 'candybar' design with Nokia's signature bold colors and 3.5G-capable Internet speeds. Popular social apps, smarter imaging and productivity features such as Internet-sharing and Mail for Exchange support make these phones some of the most versatile at their price point; perfect for people balancing work and play.

"The Nokia 207 and Nokia 208 are designed for people who like a classic phone and traditional keypad but don't want to miss out on smartphone experiences, like staying connected to social media and accessing the Internet," said Timo Toikkanen, executive vice president, Mobile Phones, Nokia. "As our most affordable 3G devices yet, the Nokia 207 and Nokia 208 offer a perfect balance of performance, features and quality."

Smarter features deliver greater versatility 

The Nokia 207 and Nokia 208 are ideal for use on-the-go, with a familiar, alphanumeric keypad for speedy texts and messaging, and Mail for Exchange for staying on top of work email and calendar appointments. The Transfer app, available today in the Nokia Store, allows people to sync contacts directly from their smartphone* and transforms the Nokia 207 and Nokia 208 into secondary or companion devices, perfect for travel. The Nokia 208 Dual SIM has the added benefit of Nokia's Easy Swap technology, allowing people to change SIM cards without turning off the device, to take advantage of more favorable tariffs. 

Consistent with devices across the Nokia Mobile Phones portfolio, the Nokia 207 and Nokia 208 offer faster and more affordable mobile Internet experiences. Support for 3G coupled with the data compression available with Nokia Xpress Browser help people enjoy rich mobile experiences at lower cost. These experiences include top social apps such as WhatsApp**, Facebook and Twitter, alongside video streaming through YouTube and Vuclip. For even greater versatility, people can also use the Nokia 207 and Nokia 208 as a portable modem, simply by connecting the device to their laptop via a USB cable for Internet sharing anywhere, anytime. 

Playful imaging features and Nokia durability add to versatility

The smart camera features of the Nokia 208 make taking pictures more enjoyable, with voice-guided self-portrait, sequential shot and panorama mode giving people more playful imaging options. Sharing photos is a breeze with the Slam feature that allows people to share images with another Bluetooth-enabled device in just a few clicks.

The Nokia 207 and Nokia 208 deliver outstanding battery life - up to 33 days of standby time for the Nokia 207 and Nokia 208, and up to 20 days of standby time for the Nokia 208 Dual SIM - helping people stay connected for longer. Easy to clean and scratch-proof, the handsets are durable for everyday use as well as more extreme conditions, such as  hot or dusty environments.

The Nokia 208 will be available in single SIM and Easy Swap Dual SIM variants. The Nokia 207 will be available as a single SIM option without a camera in Europe. Available colours include red, cyan, yellow, white and black. The estimated retail price for the Nokia 207 and Nokia 208 is 68 USD (52 Euros) and they are expected to start shipping during third quarter of 2013.

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wi-tribe aims to redefine Customer Experience

Pakistan’s no. 1 broadband provider, wi-tribe, is taking active steps to strengthen their foundation by enhancing the overall network capacity. These steps are directed towards further improving the quality of service provided to their customers and are consistent with wi-tribe’s commitment to enhance customer experience.

Speaking about the capacity enhancement, wi-tribe spokesperson said, “wi-tribe is continuously taking steps to improve its services because we believe in paying special attention to customer feedback. Our core values are commitment to customer experience excellence and technology innovation based on customer feedback and industry evolution”

The expansion of wi-tribe’s network capacity will improve their service experience and ensure better coverage to its existing network. The solutions being evaluated are video optimization, site addition and capacity enhancement.

As Pakistan’s no. 1 broadband service provider, in terms of customer satisfaction, wi-tribe is always focused on optimizing its services to delight its valued customers with the provision of not just reliable services but those which cater to their evolving needs.

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