- Mobilink Introduces Mango Powered HTC Radar
- Filtering SMS, What Next? Emails? Calls?
- Pakistani Entrepreneur Makes to Unreasonable Institute
- Mobilink Announces SMS Khazana 7
- Illegal Software Harms Economies: Study
Posted: 18 Nov 2011 06:48 AM PST
Mobilink, while keeping up with the tradition of introducing innovative offers and cutting-edge technology in Pakistan, has introduced the HTC Radar, the first Windows Mango phone to be launched in Pakistan.
The HTC Radar is Pakistan's first officially released Windows Mango mobile handset, the much talked about Windows Operating System.
The HTC Radar is packaged in a compact and sleek aluminum uni-body which weighs only 137g and offers a 3.8 inch S-LCD capacitive touch screen. These amazing features come on top of a 1 GHz processor, a 5 megapixel camera with F2.2 lens and a rich assortment of applications.
And to make the experience extra special, all Mobilink customers who buy the HTC Radar can enjoy three months of unlimited Mobile Internet for free (limited time offer) and a leather pouch!
Price: PKR 37,999
HTC Radar Specifications:
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Posted: 17 Nov 2011 06:53 PM PST
By now, I suppose everyone is familiar with this new determination issued by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority under which mobile phone companies are ordered to setup a system to filter SMS communication to block at least 1,500 keywords from English and Urdu language.
Good indeed, however, don't we have SMS/Call block services in place to tackle such situations? You can check out this image on right side for details.
While we also know that PTA has told all operators to aggressively deal with such obnoxious callers. Even it asked operators to maintain a list of black listed customers and never sell them SIMs again.
Having said this, filtering SMS content means either PTA has failed to protect mobile customers from such offensive messages or there is something else going on behind the scenes.
In case PTA has given up with controlling abusive text messages, and is unable to confine cellular operators to take necessary measures for blocking offenders then one can easily translate this into a situation where PTA's regulations aren't implemented the way they are supposed to be.
I am afraid this SMS filtration regulation can go ugly, real ugly. Anyone from government will be come up and will have his/her share of inputting in the list of banned keywords, especially when we Pakistanis are so good at breaking laws.
Intercepting communication at this level is first of it's kind regionally, even globally, I am wondering what PTA has in mind to filter next, probably telephonic conversations, our drawing rooms? or even bedrooms?
I believe PTA has reached a point where it should stop all this. It has given enough business to this firm, we must not risk our national interests beyond this point or we won't be able to pay the price for the surveillance we have opted our selves.
Posted: 17 Nov 2011 06:49 PM PST
Unreasonable Institute is a mentor-intensive accelerator for startup entrepreneurs hungry to tackle the world's greatest social and environmental problems. Founded in 2010, the Unreasonable Institute annually unites 25 high-impact entrepreneurs from around the world in Boulder, Colo. for six weeks.
During that time, the entrepreneurs live and work with 60 world-class mentors, pitch their ventures to hundreds of investors in San Francisco and Boulder, obtain legal advice and design consulting, form relationships with up to 30 impact investment funds, and prepare to launch financially self-sustaining, globally scalable ventures that can serve the needs of at least 1 million people.
This year too, the program was successfully conducted with the exception that this year HP joined hands with The Unreasonable Institute by being an official partner and assisting TUI in fund raising, training and sending candidates abroad.
Amongst the 27 finalists Saba Gul represented Pakistan from Asia accompanied by 6 counterparts – 2 from China and 6 from India.
Gul had been selected for BLISS – Business and Life Skills School, which is actively promoting entrepreneurship training for girls who were previously driven by poverty to pick work over school.
We had a chance to communicate with Ms. Gul over email, through an agency, and following is what she had to say.
Saba Gul: BLISS provides adolescent girls with an education while simultaneously lifting them out of poverty. Before BLISS, enrolled girls spent 14 hours every day working at carpet looms.
Now, they come to school, learn English, Urdu, Math as well as embroidery and needlework. The embroidered fabric is finished into trendy handbags for sale in global markets. The money goes back to the girls so they can support their families while getting an education—win-win!.
ProPakistani: What inspired you to start this?
Saba Gul: I was troubled, time and again, by the vast social disparities prevalent in Pakistan, where I was born and raised. More recently, as a graduate student at MIT, I was struck by the contrast between myself and the millions of Pakistani girls who would never even get a basic education.
I firmly believe that the world cannot escape poverty if it does not harness the potential of the 600 million girls that live in the developing world today. And the first step is sending these girls to school. The problem is too grave to ignore, and what can be achieved if we see our mission to completion is so incredible, that dedicating my life to this cause became a no-brainer for me.
ProPakistani: Do you have any international partnerships that are helping you achieve your mission?
Saba Gul: Yes, we're partnering with various online retailers based in the US and UK to sell the handbags. We are also working with a team of 4 MBAs from the MIT Sloan School, who will be devising a strategy for launching our products in the US. Our Board of Advisors comprises individuals from all over the world and from all walks of life.
ProPakistani: How do you think the training you received at Unreasonable will help you take BLISS to the next level?
Saba Gul: Unreasonable helped me find new board members, strike valuable partnerships with retailers, and start discussions with our dream funders. Above all, it taught me to not be afraid to think big and never compromise! I am now part of a network of like-minded entrepreneurs who are my best resources and connectors.
ProPakistani: What are your upcoming projects?
Saba Gul: We have some really exciting ones! We're very close to launching our financial literacy and business curriculum for the girls, which will allow them to also participate in other parts of our value chain e.g. marketing. We are designing a new line of handbags, with assistance from students at the Naqsh School of Art in old Lahore. We are also looking to scale to other cities.
ProPakistani: What have been the challenges?
Saba Gul: Our two biggest challenges have been building a world-class team on a shoe-string budget, and streamlining operations and quality control to bring top-quality products to market.
ProPakistani: What milestones have you achieved?
Saba Gul: We have enrolled 30 girls in Attock, Pakistan, and hired local staff. An attendance rate for the girls at these schools is now almost 90%. Our first line of 65 handbags launched in May 2011, where our stock was sold out. We are now struggling to meet the overwhelming local and global demand for our handbags.
ProPakistani: Do you have a message for our readers?
Saba Gul: As the American writer Joseph Campbell would say: "Follow your bliss". Life is too short to spend it doing what you don't love or feel passionately about.
To read more, click: Pakistani Entrepreneur Makes to Unreasonable Institute
Posted: 17 Nov 2011 06:47 PM PST
It appears the SMS Khazana deal has been viable for Mobilink as it won't stop offering this SMS khazana draws for it's customers.
After 6 earlier draws, Mobilink is now up with SMS Khazana 7, promising plenty of prizes for Mobilink customers.
Like always, the contest is based on answering trivia questions to raise the prize value of daily and Sunday prizes and then win them through a lucky draw. The more questions a customer answers, the higher his/her prize would be.
In addition to the lucky draw mechanism, Mobilink is also introducing the "Top Scorer" GOLD prizes for the first time in SMS Khazana campaign, "Top Scorer" prizes will be awarded to the customers who have scored the most points either on a daily or on a Sunday basis. So it's not only the luck thing involved this time, you can play hard to win something great.
Apart from the daily & Sunday prizes customers can also win 1st Month, 2nd Month and Grand Prize via lucky draw.
How To Play
The participant will send "JK" to 5555 to enter the contest. The users can send in any other key words or blank message to 5555. It will be accepted as well.
The participant will receive a Ringtone along with a welcome SMS (ringtone will be sent within 24 hours)
The quiz mechanism consists of multiple choice questions where participants should answer in order to raise the value of the prize money of the specific day, increase their possibilities to become a winner and as well as accumulate points to win the 1st Month,2nd Month and Grand Prize at the end of the campaign.
The participant will send the answer he/she believes is the correct one by sending 1 or 2 to 5555 in order to raise the prize value for daily and Sunday prizes and as well as earn points for 1st Month, 2nd Month and Grand prize. Once answered, user is notified if the answer was correct or incorrect. In case the user does not respond with option 1 or 2 or sends any other text/number, he /she will get an invalid reply message.
For more details, here's the official page
Posted: 17 Nov 2011 06:45 PM PST
Manufacturing companies in Brazil, Russia, India and China that choose to use illegal software steal more than $1.5 billion from their in-market competitors that choose to play fair by using genuine software.
Microsoft today released the findings of the first-ever study that examines the financial impact using illegal software has on the competitive landscape within developing economies.
In support of the inaugural Play Fair Day, a global initiative to emphasize the importance of utilizing legitimate software, this commissioned study quantifiably proves the harm software piracy has on businesses that choose to play fair.
As part of this study to examine the broader economic impacts of software piracy, analysts from Keystone Strategy evaluated the illegitimate competitive advantage of companies that use illegal software.
In China, manufacturers that "play fair" with legal, licensed software lose more than $863 million to companies using pirated software. This translates to more than $1 billion each year that cannot be reinvested into the economy in the form of 500 new manufacturing plants; or 65,000 new machines; or 200,000 additional employees in China alone.
"It is a well-established fact that economic growth is thwarted by piracy. Pirated software does not create jobs for students, developers or IT professionals. This fact alone should be reason enough for the economies to play fair, regardless of the other inherent dangers pirated software brings to a business," said Kamal Ahmed, Country General Manager, Microsoft Pakistan.
"The total commercial value of unlicensed software reached US $ 59 billion in 2010, which translates to loss of economic activities and jobs. What's more, when companies use pirated software, it hinders job opportunities and stifles innovation. It is also just plain wrong."
According to Microsoft's research, unfairness from piracy creates a staggering $3 billion of competitive disadvantage per year across manufacturers in Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe and Asia-Pacific regions. In specific countries, Microsoft was able to determine exactly how much pirated software costs competing manufacturers in Brazil ($278 million), Russia ($92 million), India ($344 million) and China ($863 million).
"Software piracy is widely prevalent in Pakistan and immensely damaging the commercial and intellectual growth of software development in the country. I became a victim of software piracy when I was sold a pirated copy for the price of original software. This menace cannot be curbed without the concerted efforts of citizens and public institutions. I feel that a much effective response can be achieved if other entities like Microsoft and the Intellectual Property Organization can also put their efforts in curbing the menace of piracy," said, Mr. Husain Qazi, a victim of software piracy working as PR Manager at FWO.
Microsoft released these findings as part of Play Fair Day, which aims to educate businesses, consumers and governments to play by the rules, learn about the benefits of using legal software and build respect for intellectual property. Microsoft is holding activities in more than 50 countries around the world in order to educate businesses, governments and consumers that the decision to utilize fake software is one that is not only dangerous to personal information, but dangerous to the economic landscape as well.
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