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Samsung stands to ‘lose’ over slow iPhone X demand

Samsung stands to ‘lose’ over slow iPhone X demand

Posted on 20 February 2018 by Usama Hashmi - Total hits: 23

Samsung may have to look for an alternative to buy the company’s OLED panels after reports have suggested Apple has slowed down production of the iPhone X.

The anniversary edition iPhone X uses the expensive OLED panels made by the South Korean giant, unlike other smartphone makers who prefer the cheaper LCD panels.

With Apple currently being Samsung’s only buyer, the South Korean company faces the possibility of seeing its excess OLED displays going to waste.

According to a report by Nikkei, Samsung hoped that after the launch of the iPhone X, other smartphone makers would follow suit and use the expensive panels, which didn’t turn out to be the case.

“Other smartphone makers, who Samsung had hoped would incorporate OLED panels, have been slow to make the transition due to their expense and are sticking to liquid crystal displays,” according to the report.

The report also suggested that in the future Samsung may not be the only producer of OLED panels with Chinese OLED companies catching up swiftly to the technology.

Currently, a Samsung OLED panel costs $100, while LCD panels are available at a much cheaper price.

Apple itself is no stranger to controversy with the company recently confirming that some iPhone 7 devices were facing a cellular service issue.

Previously, Apple faced a backlash after an announcement that the company slowed down batteries for older iPhones. for slowing down batteries. Apple had to apologise for letting down its customers.

The iPhone X’s hefty price tag of $999 has gradually slowed down demand for the device after an initial surge.

Last year, a report for the Wall Street Journal estimated that the South Korean giant earns about $110 on every iPhone X sold and would earn about $4 billion more in revenue by making parts for the iPhone X than it would for its own flagship Galaxy S8 device.

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Snapchat redesign sparks backlash among some users

Snapchat redesign sparks backlash among some users

Posted on 14 February 2018 by Usama Hashmi - Total hits: 29

Snapchat’s latest app redesign, aimed at broadening the appeal of the youth-oriented social network, sparked a backlash from many users complaining about the abrupt overhaul of their preferred service.

More than 578,000 users had signed an online petition by midday Monday calling on parent firm Snap to roll back the update, which was released last week.

“Many users have found that it has not made the app easier to use, but has, in fact, made many features more difficult,” the petition at change.org states.

“Many ‘new features’ are useless or defeat the original purposes Snapchat has had for the past years.”

The update separates the “media content” from that of friends, a move aimed at avoiding problems faced by social media rivals Facebook and Twitter on a proliferation of misinformation.

But a flurry of Twitter comments took issue with the update to Snapchat, which has become a favorite of teens for its disappearing messages but also offers content from various media partners.

“I don’t even wanna use Snapchat till they fix this update, I just immediately get mad when I open the app,” one user tweeted.

Another Twitter comment said, “this snapchat update is the worst thing to happen since U2’s album was downloaded to everyone’s phone.”

Supermodel Chrissy Teigen added her voice to the protests, tweeting, “How many people have to hate an update for it to be reconsidered?”

Some Snapchat users complained the app was updated automatically and may have caused the loss of some messages or archived data known as Memories.

Twitter users offered tips on how to uninstall the update to get the old version of the application.

But the Snapchat support team tweeted that “unofficial workarounds to change the way Snapchat looks are temporary and can result in getting permanently locked out of your account or losing Memories.”

Debra Aho Williamson, an analyst who follows social media for the research firm eMarketer, said it was too soon to judge user reaction to the redesign.

“We’re watching users’ reaction to Snapchat’s redesign very closely, but at this point, we don’t see it having an impact on usage among young people,” she said.

“It’s very possible that once they get used to the new way the app is laid out, they will use it just as heavily as before.”

An eMarketer survey released Monday showed Facebook is losing younger users at a pace faster than anticipated, with many switching to applications like Snapchat or the Facebook-owned Instagram.

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IT ministry asked to ensure broadband connectivity across remote areas

IT ministry asked to ensure broadband connectivity across remote areas

Posted on 13 January 2018 by Usama Hashmi - Total hits: 43

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday asked the Ministry of Information Technology to ensure reliable and cheap broadband connectivity across the country, particularly to remote areas, in order to ensure the spread of digital facilities to the common man.

Addressing a ceremony here at a local hotel for the contract signing of Broadband for Sustainable Development Projects in FATA; Khyber, Mohmand Agency, and D.I.Khan, the Prime Minister commended the initiative and said it would help bridge the gap between the urban and rural areas by providing modern facilities to the people at their doorsteps.

The project for provision of telecom services to the un-served areas was being implemented by the Universal Service Fund, working under the Ministry of Information Technology.

After the launch of the 3G and 4G services, it has provided internet service to 5,896 Mauzas. The new contracts would enable it to extend these services to Khyber, Mohmand and D.I.Khan at a cost of Rs 3.5 billion and facilitate over four million people in 1,187 Mauzas.

He tasked the Ministry of Information Technology to complete the project in the next four months and provide connectivity at affordable rates.

The Prime Minister stated that e-services were a rapidly evolving field and could provide health, education and business opportunities to the people in the remotest areas of the country.

He said at a later stage it could also help in e-voting and help cut down the cost of holding elections.

The Prime Minister also mentioned the initiative by the Universal Service Fund for the provision of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for girls and delivery of IT and e-services in un-served and under-served areas.

Under the USF Project “ICT for Girls”, Microsoft has collaborated to train young girls to empower them to participate in the socio-economic development of the country. So far 100 computer labs have been established in Bait-ul-Maal’s Women Empowerment Centers across the country that would train 35,000 students.

Prime Minister Abbasi termed the development as the tip of the iceberg and said it would empower the women and enable them to earn a respectable income from the comfort of their homes.

Minister for Information Technology Anusha Rehman said the USF was also providing ICT training to young girls at government schools in Islamabad through 226 computer labs. Microsoft would train 202 teachers who would impart training to over 70,000 girls.

She also pointed to the project for empowerment and creation of economic opportunities for Small and Medium Enterprises and Artisans through e-commerce. She said such technology would help improve social and economic growth and make it easier to provide e-health, e-education and several other facilities.

Since 2013, contracts have been awarded for providing mobile broadband services in Kalat, Sibi, Zhob, Kohistan, Dera Bugti and Kharan-Washuk she further stated.

The Prime Minister earlier witnessed inking of the Contracts between the USF and the service providers of Ufone and Telenor.

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Samsung Gear VR: The Best Low-Budget Oculus Powered VR Around

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Samsung Gear VR: The Best Low-Budget Oculus Powered VR Around

Posted on 01 April 2016 by PakBee Team - Total hits: 1,814

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Samsung Gear VR is the company’s low-budget virtual reality headset that was developed in partnership with Oculus. Unlike the native Oculus headsets, Gear VR doesn’t cost as much and also doesn’t need a computer for operation. Instead, all you need is one of the Samsung flagships (S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, S7, S7 Edge or Note 5) which can easily be plugged into the headset.

Even though the Gear VR has been available in U.S. for quite a while now, it is soon going to be officially available in Pakistan as well. Every one who pre-ordered the Galaxy S7 will get a free Gear VR with it while others should be able to buy it from Samsung outlets. Price of the Gear VR is expected to be somewhere around 20,000/- PKR.

Gear VR Unboxing

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To keep the Gear VR’s cost at a bare minimum, Samsung packs the headset in a lost-cost, simple packaging. Outside is a cardboard box with a plastic tray inside. Front of the cardboard box has the Samsung Gear VR logo, “Powered by Oculus” logo, a list of compatible Samsung devices and a render of the headset itself.

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The back is same as the front with the addition of some basic information regarding the headset, plus a few health and safety warnings.

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Inner plastic tray of the packaging contains the Gear VR headset, two straps and a manual.

Gear VR Setup

Setup process of the Samsung Gear VR is fairly easy. To get started, I simply inserted my phone (microUSB side first) into the Gear VR headset. Then, I pushed down a little until the clip on the opposite side of the VR headset gripped my phone.

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Once my phone was inserted for the first time, it prompted me to take my phone out again and go through the setup wizard. This took a while since my internet speed was slow and it was trying to download about 120MB of Oculus goodness onto the phone. Once that was done, I had to signup for an Oculus account and it downloaded a few basic VR applications. Finally, it asked me to put my phone back into the headset to get started.

Putting my phone back into the headset, the Oculus software took me through a basic tutorial on how-to get around in virtual reality. After which I landed onto the Oculus Home for the first time and I was totally amazed (more on the experience later).

Gear VR Hardware

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Like other VR headsets, Gear VR isn’t exactly small. However, since it’s an accessory for your phone, Samsung has tried making it as portable as possible. It is quite lightweight and has velcro straps which are easily fold-able (or even removable). Moreover, it is comfortable to use because of the cushion around the edges of the headset.

Samsung’s Gear VR is different from other VR headsets in the sense that it provides an untethered experience. It has an array of sensors on-board — Accelerator, Proximity, Gyro — which reduce the latency in the VR world. Not only that, but it also has a some basic controls which eliminate the need of the controller if you’re only looking forward to watching movies on the headset.

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Almost all of the controls are located on the right side of the VR headset. There is a 4-way scrolling trackpad, a back button and the volume rocker.

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Not to forget, there is a wheel up top which allows you to adjust focus according to your eyesight. Even though the Gear VR headset has a lot of space to accommodate glasses, I’d recommend that you try using the VR without them for more comfort.

Gear VR Experience

If you’re trying a VR headset for the first time or maybe you’re coming from a Google Cardboard, you’ll find the Gear VR experience to be totally amazing. I simply snapped my Galaxy Note 5 into the headset and was taken to Oculus Home from where I could access my library of VR content. I’d recommend that you use some good quality headphones — like I did — with the VR for a totally immersive experience.

Once I started playing the content, I found myself totally engaged with the virtual reality. Being the Iron Man in an “Avengers: Age of Ultron” fight scene was super cool. Running from the temple while I could see a big monster chasing me was a totally new way of experiencing Temple Run. I also did have fun watching a few episodes of “Shadowhunters” on Netflix, feeling as if I was in nicely furnished living room with a big TV.

Below are a few videos of the different experiences I had using the Gear VR headset.

Watching 360 Content

Virtual Tour

Watching Movies

Playing Games

Despite the totally amazing experience offered by the Gear VR, there is one thing which can’t be ignored and that is the display quality. It isn’t exactly great but it isn’t too bad either. The pixels are easily noticeable but don’t hinder your experience once you are immersed into the content.

Nevertheless, I would’ve loved to see a Samsung flagship this year with a 4K display for a better Gear VR experience but unluckily — at the moment — S6 and S7 flagship line-up offers a pretty similar virtual reality experience.

Gear VR Wrap-up

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Below is a summary of our key findings from the Samsung Gear VR review:

  • Best low-budget VR headset powered by Oculus.
  • Fairly easy to setup and get started.
  • Portable enough to throw in a backpack and carry around with you.
  • Comfortable to use, even for long times.
  • More than 100 apps and games on the Oculus Store.
  • Display quality isn’t exactly mind blowing but is good enough.
  • Small list of compatible Samsung smartphones (S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, S7, S7 Edge and Note 5 only).

If you already own a compatible Samsung smartphone and have cash to spare, I’d recommend that you get a Gear VR immediately. For what it costs and what it offers, I’d definitely say that the price tag is justified by the experience.

If you don’t own a compatible smartphone but would like to experience VR, I’d recommend that you look into Oculus Rift or HTC Vive which are coming out later this year. They do carry much heftier price tags but will also offer a superior experience in comparison to the Gear VR.

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Top 8 Apps Of Pakistan

Top 8 Apps Of Pakistan

Posted on 08 July 2014 by Ariel Sharoon - Total hits: 3,469

There is no limit of topics about which you can find free as well as paid Apps in Android Google Store and download them on your Phones and Tablets. There are are also a large no. of awesome Android Apps Available in Google Play store related to our great country Pakistan. Mostly these Apps are related to News and General Information of Pakistan.

Here is A List Of 8 Nice Android Apps Related To Pakistan That You Must Download If You Are A Pakistani:

 

All Newspapers Pakistan:

Download this app if you want to read Pakistani newspapers for free daily. you can read almost 70 Pakistani newspapers in this one application for free. all famous newspapers like Jang, Dunya, Khabrain, Insaf, Daily Waqt can be read on this App for free. I love using this app daily to get news about Pakistan. size of this app is just 280 KB.

 

 

Beautiful Pakistan:

Download and Use this awesome app to explore the beauty of Pakistan through pics. awesome land scrapes, nature, mountains and other beautiful places of Pakistan are shown in this app. This app was launched in 2011 and its size is 7.8 MB. this app represents positive side of Pakistan unlike Media which always shows negative side.

 

 

Pakistan Sim Check:

If you want to check how many Mobile Sims are on your name in Pakistan then get this app. we all know problem of fake Sims registration is so common here in Pakistan. People gets Mobile Sims on NIC of others. but this app will help you if someone known person is using a Sim on your name. App size is just 622 KB so no issue of storage.

 

 

ATM Locator:

Find locations of ATMs near to your current location. If you are present in a market or unknown place and want to withdraw some cash but don’t know where nearest ATM is located then this app will help you find it. This App will also tell you contact details with driving directions of these ATMs so you can reach there easily. App size is 806 KB only. those people who mostly goes to new places very often must download it.

 

 

5 Pakistan Dialing Codes:

Find dialing codes of different areas of Pakistan with this app. you will have to include 0 yourself at start of every dialing code. App size is very small just 22 KB. you don’t need internetaccess to use the app.

 

 

Pakistan Income Tax Calculator:

This app will greatly help you to calculate your tax. Pakistanis pays very less tax and one of the reason is they don’t know correct mechanism of calculating their taxes. but this app will make things really easy for you. Just enter your income and found the amount of tax.

7 Geo News:Read latest news of Pakistan on this official Geo News app. Geo News is the largest News and TV Network of Pakistan and brings latest news before other News groups. This app has news in English. you can also watch latest headlines and Videos.
8 Pakistani recipes: Learn how to make different Pakistani recipes with help of this free Android app. This app is really useful for the Women who wants to learn new recipes. Size of App is 188 KB.

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