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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

According to new reports, LG is preparing a second-generation G Flex smartphone for launch at CES next year, in early January.

The first Flex device was notable because it featured a curved OLED screen and a back panel that has "self-healing coating" meaning scratches disappear over time as long as they aren't majorly deep. 

Obviously, the details of the new sequel are unconfirmed, but the device is expected to be a "major upgrade" over the first-generation model. The phone is expected to move to a 1080p display, get thinner and lighter, the self-healing coat is significantly improved, and the main components are also expected to see upgrades. 

In addition, the actually flexibility is also supposed to be getting an upgrade, thanks to a new hard rubber chassis. 

There will be much more to know at CES next year. 

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Sony unveils awesome 20th Anniversary Special Edition gray PlayStation 4, in limited quantities

Sony is taking advantage of the 20 year anniversary of the launch of the original PlayStation console by launching a special edition PlayStation 4 in the gray colorway of its two-decade old predecessor.




20 years is a long time! In 1994, many outsiders thought that Sony was slightly crazy to launch the original PlayStation into an incredibly competitive gaming market. Who could blame them? Sony was (and is!) famous for engineering great electronics, audio equipment and many other consumer devices. But game consoles?!

Sony Computer Entertainment, founded by my mentor Ken Kutaragi, was a project borne out of sincere passion and deep admiration for the craft of game development. The mid '90s were an exciting time for game developers, driven by the explosion of powerful but affordable 3D graphics rendering hardware and the birth of many young and adventurous development studios. The original PlayStation was meant to embody that sense of adventure and discovery, that sense that anything was possible.

We sincerely thank you for joining us on our exciting 20-year journey. You have made every bump and scrape we took along the way worthwhile. And there's so much more to come! :D


The special edition console, in the "Original Grey" finish, also comes packaged in a commemorative box, and there will only be 12,300 made in total. The launch price is €499 but Sony hasn't confirmed yet how to purchase the system. 

Windows 10 RTM due early-Fall 2015

Microsoft is targeting a late summer, early fall release of the Windows 10 operating system, according to note from Kevin Turner at the Credit Suisse Technology Conference.


The Redmond giant previously said it would be releasing the updated operating system during the summer next year. According to the note from Turner, the RTM is likely to show up sometime in early Fall. 

"The thing I want to tell you about on Windows 10 is in the Windows 10 timeframe, which we plan to talk about the end-user consumer experiences in the early spring, we'll have a developer preview and be able to talk to that in depth in the early summer timeframe. And then by next late summer and early fall we'll be able to bring out this particular OS. That's the current plan of record." 

According to a Neowin source, Microsoft is targeting release for around August to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the release of the Windows 95 operating system on August 24, 1995. 

Microsoft got killed on that stake they purchased in Nook

Barnes & Noble and Microsoft have unceremoniously ended their partnership in the Nook digital venture of the bookstore.


Earlier this year, Microsoft invested $300 million for a stake in Nook, and today the deal is over, with Microsoft taking a significant loss and no real gains from the partnership. 

Microsoft has sold "all of its $300 million convertible Series A preferred limited liability company interest in exchange for an aggregate purchase price equal to (i) $62,425,006.63 in cash and (ii) 2,737,290 shares of common stock." 

With B&N shares currently at around $21, Microsoft will get to leave with $119 million in equity, down quite significantly from their original investment. 

Of course, the company's stock could go much higher to offset the loss, but things are not looking good for Nook. YoY quarterly revenues decreased 41.3% from 2013 to just $64 million. Device sales fell 63.7% YoY. 

HTC One (M8) and One (M7) Google Play editions get Android Lollipop today

HTC One owners will have a nice start to their Friday, as HTC will be rolling out Android Lollipop OTA update to One (M8) and One (M7).

This brings the latest and best of Android to HTC's flagship owners, whether the flagship was bought in 2013 or 2014. There's one catch: the OTA update will be available only to Google Play Edition phone owners. Others, especially those with operator-locked phones, will receive the update later(or in worst 

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Analyst Kuo: Rumored iPad Pro won't ship until at least Q2 2015

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who specializes in Apple, says the rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" will not ship until the Q3 2015, after going into mass production in the Q2. 
The analyst says the Pro will require an oxide panel to achieve its "high resolution, quick response, and high color saturation," and Apple needs plenty of time to ensure sufficient yield and assembly, pushing delivery time back. 

In addition, Kuo believes Q1 2015 sales of iPads will be mediocre at best, with Apple expected to sell under 10 million, a 54.5 percent drop year-over-year. 

"We believe that, in a major shift, while Apple (US) used to be able to use new form factor designs to boost demand, it has failed to do so this time around," Kuo said. "The lighter and thinner iPad Air 2 will face strong headwinds in increasing sales in 1Q15, we believe; we also hold that this means that iPad, along with the entire tablet market, is faced with structural challenges characterized by a lack of new applications and market saturation. We don't think these challenges will be easily overcome by upgraded specs, new form factor designs or lower prices." 

Nexus devices starting to see Android 5.0 Lollipop rollout

Google has finally begun rolling out the new Android 5.0 Lollipop update to its Nexus reference devices.
As of this morning, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (both generations) and the Nexus 10 will start seeing the OTA operating system update. So far, the Nexus 9 and the Nexus 6 are the only devices to receive the updates officially via Google. 

In addition, the update has been added to AOSP, so you can download it manually. 

To be expected, the rollout will be done in waves, meaning it should take a few days before everyone gets it. 

Here is the Jolla tablet

Finnish startup Jolla reached their crowdfunding goals for the new Jolla Tablet within 2 hours, and is now close to pushing $1 million in funding.
The device, which runs on the upcoming Sailfish OS 2.0 operating system, will have high-end specs with an interesting design to go along with a price tag cheaper than all current comparable tablets (iPad Mini 3, Nexus 9, Nokia N1). 

Most interestingly about the device, besides the open-source Sailfish OS, is the fact that you can run Android applications, significantly expanding the library of available apps for the device. Sailfish, since being launched last year, has had nine major updates adding 350 new features, and 2.0 should be a lot more stable and offer better performance. 

The Jolla Tablet has a 7.85-inch display with 2048x1536 resolution, a 64-bit quad-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz, 2GB RAM, dual 5MP/2MP cameras, 32GB internal storage (expandable via microSD) and a small-ish 4300mAh battery. 

Jolla was quick to boast about the multitasking ability of the new operating system."Multitasking on Sailfish OS shows all your running apps conveniently in one single view. At a glance, you'll see everything that's going on, as well as easily switch between apps. You can also control Sailfish OS apps directly from the multitasking view – for example, change your music or play and pause your video stream without opening the app in full," reads the page. In addition the tablet will work almost entirely with gestures, making simple tasks easier. 

Microsoft confirms all Windows Phone 8 Lumia devices will get Windows 10

Microsoft, via their Lumia Twitter account, has confirmed that Windows Phone 8 devices will be getting Windows 10 in the future.
When Windows Phone launched, early adopters were screwed when they could not upgrade from the first-gen Windows Phone 7.x to Windows 8.x due to hardware restrictions. Basically, Microsoft told early adopters "thanks for beta testing but now that the OS is good, you have to buy again." Thankfully, that will not be an issue for current buyers. 
Interestingly, the company made sure to note that the update will be Windows 10, not Windows Phone 10, seemingly confirming that the next Windows iteration will be a completely cross-platform option. 

Apple Watch ready for mass production with at least 30 million units expected?

If the latest rumors are accurate, Apple is ready for mass production of its Apple Watch smartwatch, with an order of at least 30 million units already placed.
The device is expected to launch in February, and the rumors come via Apple's east Asian chip manufacturers. 

30 million for an unproven product is certainly a big figure, and rival Android Wear devices have struggled to reach the millions even after months of release meaning Apple appears to be very, very confident. 

For the Apple Watch, the company is using a new system-in-package (SiP) chip called the "S1." The S1 is a custom silicon chip "that stacks and integrates multiple subsystems into an area small enough to fit within a wristwatch's small footprint." Jony Ive has said the S1 is "is entirely encapsulated in resin for superior protection against the elements" but little else is known about the SiP. 

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

BlackBerry and Samsung announced a new joint partnership

Earlier this week, BlackBerry and Samsung announced a new joint partnership in which BlackBerry will provide "end-to-end encryption" and expertise on Samsung Knox devices.
BlackBerry's upcoming BlackBerry Enterprise Services 12 platform will be the home of the added Android security, and from most vantage points appears to be a great deal for both companies. While BlackBerry is dead as a hardware maker, it has held onto its reputation for enterprise security. 

Knox, Samsung's security platform for businesses, allows employees to have just one device (rather than a work and personal phone) with the ability to transition between both, securely. Knox even received Pentagon approval last year, alongside BlackBerry's own BB 10 operating system. 

BlackBerry has not provided information on subscription prices as of yet, but there will be more info to come as the platform gets closer to launch in 2015. 

Nokia

Nokia, who sold its phone manufacturing business to Microsoft, has made a return to consumer markets by releasing its first-ever Android device: The Nokia N1.
The Nokia N1 is a 7.9-inch Android tablet, featuring the proprietary Nokia Z launcher as its default UI. The display has a 2048x1536 resolution, an 8MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, 2GB RAM and 32GB storage memory. The exterior is made out of aluminium and the entire device is only 6.9mm thin. In addition, Nokia's latest utilizes the new USB Type C reversable connector. 
Nokia has emphasized the audio capabilities of the device: it ships with Wolfson's audio codec and two 0.5W speakers. 

According to Nokia, the N1 will be cheap at just $249 (excluding taxes) and will be available from Q1/2015 in China with other countries to follow. Pricing is quite aggressive, considering the fact that Apple currently sells its first generation iPad mini for $249, while iPad mini 3prices start from $399. Unlike most other tablet models, there will only be one variety available: 32GB WiFi-only. 


Saturday, 8 November 2014

Every year Google releases a new Nexus reference device and like clockwork the company has a botched launch every year, as well.

This year is no different as the company promised a 10/29 launch but did not provide a time. After the orders went live at 1:15PM (why?) the 32GB model of the phone, in midnight blue, sold out in 20 seconds to be followed by the white model in 45 seconds. 

It is clear that Google has failed another launch, or has clearly not made enough units available for sale. The 64GB models still read as "coming soon" with no time frame for purchase. 

Google, it is time to finally get this right and reward Nexus buyers. For the 5 people who were lucky enough to get one, the shipping time shows as 3-4 weeks. 

HP has introduced a new all-in-one touchscreen PC this week dubbed the Sprout that features a strange new projector/3D scanner and a 20-inch mat that allows you to turn your desk into a tablet.








The company says the Sprout is their first "Blended Reality" device in an "effort to streamline the interface between real and virtual objects."

As a PC by itself, the device is powerful. Base models, which sell for $1900, run on a 3.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU with 8GB RAM, a NVIDIA GeForce GT 745A graphics card with 2GB RAM, a 1TB HDD/SSD hybrid drive, and connectivity includes an SD/SDHC/SDXC card reader, an HDMI port, and a pair of USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports. The display is a 1080p 23-inch LCD screen.

While those are standard mid to high-end specs, the reason you are getting the PC is for the projector. The projector faces downward and projects a touch-sensitive keyboard onto the mat which allows for typing and gestures. In addition, the "HP Illuminator" also acts as a scanner and allows you to move "documents or objects in front of the computer, scan them with the Sprout's 14.6-megapixel and depth-sensing Intel RealSense cameras, and then use the multitouch mat to move those scanned objects around and resize them," reads 
Wired's review.

The Illuminator is also a 3D scanner, however at launch it will be limited to 2D scanning. The 3D scan turntable and HP-built 3D modeling software will be available sometime after May of next year.

Orders begin shipping November 9th.

Microsoft has halted the retail sale of some versions of its still-popular Windows 7 operating system, and of its successor Windows 8.




  Specifically, Microsoft is no longer peddling copies of the Home Basic, Home Premium or Ultimate versions of Windows 7 to customers. Windows 8 is also no longer available at retail from Microsoft, as the Redmond-based giant just wants it to go away at this point. Of course, you can still buy Windows 8.1 from Microsoft, which already has a larger market share than Windows 8. 

Many retail stores will still have stocks of the older versions of Windows so it is not impossible to buy a genuine copy just yet, and probably won't be for a while. Microsoft is hoping that the 2015 launch of Windows 10 will let it put the Windows 8 fiasco to bed and move on, but it also has to convince Windows 7 users that there is a need to upgrade. 


More than half of all Windows users are running a version of Windows 7 presently, while estimates of Windows XP usage still range around 17%, with some commercial customers finding it tricky to move away from the 13 year old OS.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

The largest of the trio of devices unveiled today by Google is the new Nexus 9 tablet, built by HTC.


HTC, which has struggled to make a hit Android device in the past years, has been given the reigns on Google's latest tablet, an 8.9-inch device that will fit snugly between the company's 7-inch and 10-inch models from 2013. 

Somewhat strangely, the 8.9-in. IPS LCD display will have a 2048-x-1536 resolution (4:3 aspect ratio) which Google says is part of the company's "new focus on productivity." Under the hood is the crazy powerful Tegra K1 64-bit processor, and 2GB RAM. Having tested the K1 on the Nvidia gaming tablet, I can tell you that the processor flies and is very impressive. 

HTC has added dual front-facing stereo speakers for improved audio playback, and added their own BoomSound audio software enhancements. The 6700 mAh battery should give you 9.5 hours of active use, lower than the Retina iPad Mini but much improved from the Nexus 7. 

Running on the new Android 5.0 Lollipop and all its features, Google has included a "tap to wake" option that was seen in the past on LG's tablets as 'Knock On." You have to tap the screen twice to turn on the display without needing to hit the power button. 

Google will make the tablet available for pre-order on Friday, with launch on November 3rd. Priced at $399 for a 16GB model, $479 for a 32GB model, or $599 for a 32GB model with LTE, the tablet is priced equally with the rival iPad Mini. 





Meet Microsoft Band, Microsoft's $200, fitness-focused wrist wearable

Wednesday night Microsoft confirmed what we all expected—that it, too, has an activity tracker that it wants you to wear 24/7, for work and for play. It's called the Microsoft Band. Looking as much like a hospital bracelet as anything else, the $200 Microsoft Band features a rectangular, 320x106 TFT display that hovers over your wrist. Sensors—a continuous optical heart monitor, GPS, UV sensor, and more—track your activity while on the move and at rest, and send the data to what Microsoft calls the Intelligence Engine, aka Cortana’s little brother. The Band is designed to work with third-party apps, including MyFitnessPal, Run Keeper, and even Starbucks, which has developed a “payment” app of sorts.


In all, Microsoft is calling the Band its flagship device of Microsoft Health, a reboot of sorts for a health initiative it tried to establish with products like Health Vault. If you choose, you can store the data the Band collects in Health Vault and share it with your medical provider. Otherwise, Microsoft sees the Band, and Health, as a new way to collect data about you that it can use to improve your day.

How? Initially, Microsoft sees the Intelligence Engine as supplying suggestions on how long to recover from a workout, for example. Over time, the Engine will apparently be able to comment on whether eating breakfast will make you run faster and more effectively. It’s unclear how the Engine will feed data into Cortana, but she’s there: You’ll be able to ask Microsoft’s digital assistant to add calendar entries, for example, or dictate a text. And, of course, the Band will notify you about upcoming appointments, as your Windows Phone already does.

“Imagine you've set the goal that you want to get fit and lose weight as part of your exercise routine,” Zulfi Alam, general manager of Personal Devices at Microsoft, said in a statement. “Based on your burn rate and exercise over one week, we will soon be able to auto-suggest a customized workout plan for you. As you follow that plan – or if you don’t follow the plan – our technology will continue to adjust to give you the best outward-looking plan, like a real coach would do.”

Monday, 3 November 2014

Anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam..


On the eve of 130th birth anniversary of Jinnah, the Founder of Pakistan and commonly known as Quaid-e-Azam, the cadets of Pakistan Military Academy mounted guard at the tomb of the father of the nation on 25 December 2006. But the highlights of the this special guard was that it also included 6 FEMALE CADETS INCLUDING ONE SIKH presently under training at the Military Academy. The president of Pakistan, who was also present on the occasion said that it was the effort of the government to provide equal rights to all, whether minorities or women as every Pakistani was being provided equal rights in line with the principles of Quaid-e-Azam. He lauded the performance of a Sikh cadet saying that for the first time the contingent of Pakistan Military Academy has girls and a Sikh cadet. He also added that he would like to get more of them in future and that he took the opportunity to say how alert and vigilant they all were looking.

Women’s Education in Pakistan

The situation of women in Pakistan


"No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you; we are victims of evil customs. It is a crime against humanity that our women are shut up within the four walls of the houses as prisoners. There is no sanction anywhere for the deplorable condition in which our women have to live."
                                 
Mohammad Ali Jinnah, 1944.        

Women’s Education in Pakistan




Pakistan has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world. The picture of educational conditions is grim in Pakistan. More than 40 percent of girls never enroll in school. “The situation is especially alarming in rural areas due to social and cultural Obstacle.
More specifically in KPK and Baluchistan women are severely bound by cultural constraints and prejudices. They are involved in productive, reproductive and community work for 14-18 hours, in these areas the female literacy rate stands between 15 per cent and 25 per cent. a day as well as in northern tribal areas the education of girls is strictly prohibited on religious grounds. Those girls who go schools their attendance rates in primary, secondary, and post secondary schools are lower than boys.”This is a gross misinterpretation of Islam.


Pakistan is a Muslim’s country;
The dominant religion is Islam about 96 per cent of the population is Muslim, which like all religions urges men and women to acquire education. In Islam, it is clearly mention that it is obligatory for every man and woman to receive quality education. This clearly states that women should receive education.
There are several issues and causes of education problems for girl children in Pakistan

Problems of Access to Education: 
Inaccessibility of primary education is a result of distance, child labor, male preference, scarcity of teachers, local leaders’ fear of loosing power and frequent policy changes. The problem of access applies to both girls and boys; however it is more serious for girls. Girl’s schools are far away from their homes in many rural areas, Girl child because culturally they are supposed to stay close to home and they cannot travel alone in our society freely, many families cannot afford traveling expenses for their children. Those who can afford transport it is often not available in rural and backward areas. Moreover, teachers that do not belong to the same community are sometimes unable to attend school daily because of above-mentioned problems.

Problems of Separate Schools:
In our society coeducation is not accepted even in primary schools. Family and parents don't allow their girls to study in coeducation schools due to several reasons. The government often failed to take measures to provide separate school and classrooms for girls.

Child labor:
Children often do not attend school because they are working to support their families for their survival. Million of children under the age of 14 are laborers at brick kiln factories, the carpet weaving industry, agriculture, small industries and domestic services across Pakistan.

Male preference: Parents favor the education of their sons over their daughters. Whenever there is a trade off between boys and girls for sending school; parents prefer to expend on boys education as they are they future earning hands of their families. Typically, education of a boy is desirable even for the most disadvantaged people and those who live beyond the designated settled areas. However, education of a girl is not necessarily desirable because any investment made would not bear fruit for their family since girls leave to live with the family of their husband.

Fear of extremists:
In Pakistan, particularly in the KPK militant group have blasted thousand of schools, especially girl schools, thousand of student have lost their lives during studying. Extremist groups are against girls and women education as well as they have given threats and threatening letters to several Governments and private girl schools for stopping girl education. Women are not allowed to step out of their houses. If they are allowed to go out they have to be covered in heavy burqas from head to toe. In short, women, which are 51 percent on the country’s population, have been forced to just bear children for their husbands and remain within their houses for cooking and cleaning.

Fear of losing power:
local landlords oppose girls’ education out of fear of losing power. Whenever the Government and non-government take steps to open formal and informal schools in rural and backward areas where they rule, the landlords oppose such measures, apparently out of fear that people who become literate will cease to follow them with blind faith. In this condition unfortunately, the government has not so far taken any steps to promote literacy or girls education in these areas. It is even reluctant to help NGOs or other small political or religious parties do the job, because in order to maintain control, it needs the support of these landlords and chieftains who, as members of the political parties, are regularly elected to the national assembly.

Frequent changes in education policies: 
Our governments have announced different plans and policies to promote literacy, especially among women, as Governments have announced various programs to achieve its educational objectives but they have been unable to translate their words into action because of various social, cultural, economic and political obstacles.

Solution of Above Problem:
Change of mind of leaders and local landlords,
Change the policies of education,
Bring change in local level through awareness and practical action,
Equal access of education male and female.