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PTA may Ban over 1,500 English, Urdu words in SMS

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PTA may Ban over 1,500 English, Urdu words in SMS

Posted on 16 November 2011 by PakBee - Total hits: 19,463

KARACHI: After rumours of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) imposing a ban on porn sites in the country, a new PTA letter floating online orders the imposition of a “system” to ban select words in mobile SMS messages.

A set of two extensive lists in English and Urdu have allegedly been compiled by the PTA. The list of English words crosses the 1,000 figure, while the Urdu list contains over 550 words.

A scan of the letter (dated November 14, 2011) sent from Muhammad Talib Doger, Director General (Services) PTA, states that the filtering of content through SMS must be considered under the scope of “Protection from Spam, Unsolicited, Fraudulent and Obnoxious Communication Regulations, 2009″ and the SOPs laid down to control spamming. The letter is written with reference to a meeting held with mobile phone operators on October 18, 2011 in Islamabad.

PTA has ordered the implementation of the system within seven days of the issuance of the said letter. All operators have been asked to submit a monthly report to PTA regarding the number of blocked text messages.

“Spamming” has been defined as:

The transmission of harmful, fraudulent, misleading, illegal or unsolicited messages in bulk to any person without express permission of the recipient, or causing any electronic system to show any such message or is being involved in falsified online user account registration or falsified domain name registration for commercial purpose.

Download Complete Words List:

English: Click to Download PTA Banned English Words List
Urdu: Click to Download PTA Banned Urdu Words List

PTA SMS Spam Words List

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Dell Streak in Pakistan

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Dell Streak in Pakistan

Posted on 14 June 2011 by PakBee - Total hits: 6,124

Product Description

Streak. It needs no introduction, as this slate’s been gaining a lot of attention amongst gadget lovers around the world. Thanks to the UK launch last Friday, we were one of the first on this planet to procure Dell’s finalized Android 1.6 phone from O2. Yep, you heard right — Engadget’s now in possession of two Streaks, with the older one still in its original and somewhat unstable prototype state. Our new toy sports a matte “carbon” finish instead of chrome (no word on future availability; the red version’s coming in two weeks’ time), and now 399MB of RAM instead of 405MB (according to Android System Info app; it’s actually a 512MB chip). Anyhow, now that we have the real deal, there’s plenty to go through, so join us after the break to see if the Streak’s really going to start a new trend.


Following the conventionally sized Mini 3 / Aero, Dell decided to plunge into an untouched territory with its second-ever smartphone. The result is an unusual form factor — a 10mm-thick slab with a five-inch 800 x 480 LCD (much like the Archos 5 PMP but with capacitive touch overlay), and it’s one damn good screen that’s usable under the sun, too. Of course, we’ve seen it all back in February, but our enthusiasm has not dwindled in the slightest — the final Streak still has the same sexy figure, is still as rigid, and is still as pocketable in our regular-fit jeans. No, really — there’s been a lot of debate on whether people would actually put the Streak in their pockets, but like we said before, as long as you’re not into hippie-tight pants, the slate should happily fit in like a regular phone. The only time that you might struggle is when you’re walking up stairs, but a quick push to the outer side of the pocket should do the trick. More on that in the video below.

Our four-month ownership of the prototype has proven that the Streak’s quite the attention seeker, even before we revealed to the intrigued passers-by that it’s also a phone. We even gave the screen’s Gorilla Glass some real beating, although such toughness doesn’t seem to extend to the plastic parts on the two sides of the phone — we’re already seeing some fine scratches there. But of course, the more important question is: is this form factor practical at all? Well, let’s start with the grip — the rounded edges on the two shorter sides allow us to hold it comfortably like a PSP. We can even hold the 220g (7.76 ounces) device single-handedly that way with little effort, but we tend to hold on the left to avoid accidentally touching the capacitive buttons on the other side. As for holding in portrait position (when making a phone call, for instance), the flat edges mean our finger tips can securely grip onto the phone. We don’t have a preference for either posture, as it really depends on what you’re doing — obviously video playback is best in landscape, whereas web browsing can work both ways depending on the text layout, and e-book reading is ideal in portrait mode due to shorter lines. If you’re all for making phone calls in a more discrete manner, you can always opt for the handsfree kit or a Bluetooth headset (2.0 with EDR) instead.

Apart from the three capacitive buttons (back, menu, and home) and a mic on the right, you’ll find four physical buttons along the top ridge — volume rocker, power, and camera (two-stage button i.e. press half-way to focus). The 3.5mm headphone jack is right next to the volume keys, which can be a nuisance if your headphones rock a straight plug. Luckily, the bundled handsfree kit — with an L-shape plug — has pretty impressive clarity and moderate bass, plus you get three sets of rubber buds to suit your ears. Other accessories include a USB mains adapter (with UK and EU plugs; the US will obviously get something else), USB cable (with clip), and a microfiber pouch (which doubles as a wiping cloth). Disappointingly, the gorgeous HDMI dock — due to arrive in the UK over the next two weeks — is not included, and Dell’s still mum on pricing. Well, at least for now we can tease the company for the artwork blunder on the box — the illustrator somehow assumed the screen does edge to edge. Ah, if only.

Going back to the phone: there’s a front-facing VGA camera between the earpiece and proximity sensor (for disabling the screen while making a call), ready for video chat apps such as Fring and Qik — neither of which were able to use the Streak’s secondary camera just yet. On the back of the phone you’ll see a five megapixel autofocus camera with its dual LED flash (more on the picture quality later), a mono speaker that produces loud sound with less distortion than most other phones, and a sliding battery door (which is now tightened by two little paddings not seen on our prototype). Now, be warned: if you remove the door while your phone’s running, failing to replace it within a few seconds would turn it off. We were told that this is actually a data-loss prevention mechanism, so we’ll assume the phone will actually quit all the processes before killing the power.

Anyway, the chamber underneath the cover houses the SIM card, microSD card (ours came with SanDisk’s Class 2 16GB silicon), and a 1530mAh battery. To grill the battery, we had the Streak connected to 3G (HSDPA) only, continuously played music, had background sync enabled (including the Facebook widget, RSS widget, and Twicca), occasionally browsed the web on it, and took a few photos and videos. Guess what? Surprisingly — especially given the screen size — we managed to get almost ten hours per charge! On a more realistic usage like less music playback and more reliance on WiFi 802.11b/g, we even squeezed out at least 12 hours of sweet battery juice. This certainly makes the HTC Desire look feeble with its mere six-hour gig from a similar usage.

The Streak’s battery life may well be impressive, but what about its performance as a phone? Pretty good, we’d say — last night we made a 25-minute call with the Streak held against our face the whole time, and our hand and arm were still alive after that. We also did our usual noise test and the Streak managed to suppress a fair amount of background noise, as you can see in the video above. That said, we do have some minor complaints about the dialer, but we’ll talk about that later.


Well, here’s the meat. Like we said earlier, this final firmware performs much smoother and is more stable than what we have on our prototype. Dell’s also put on its own skin over the Android 1.6 OS — homescreen icons are put in shaded boxes, the menu drops down from the top and can shrink to a favorites bar, and on the top bar you get a homescreen-switching button, notifications area, plus a status area, all of which can be triggered by just a tap instead of a drag action. Unlike most other Android phones, to remove a homescreen icon on the Streak you have to hold down on it until it goes red, and then press the menu button for the remove option (and some widgets, such as the RSS reader, will also show a “Widget options” button). This makes sense, as dragging an icon across a five-inch screen isn’t really ideal.

As for the phone dialer, we’re slightly disappointed that Dell’s still using the same dull skin as seen on our prototype — we have no issues with the dialpad layout, but the overall style just looks unfinished, plus we’d prefer to see the call log displaying pictures alongside contact numbers. Also, we’re shocked that the Streak doesn’t support smart-dialing, but then again we’ve only seen HTC offering this feature on its Android phones. Of course, provided that you’re in a quiet environment, you can always just use voice search to get to a contact, and you get two options for this: the default voice search app, or the Nuance Voice Control app that can be launched by just holding down your handsfree kit’s button. The latter can even take dictated numbers, although it never worked for us, and we suspect our British accent is to be blamed.

Another preloaded app is QuickOffice, which not only can view Microsoft Office documents (.doc, .docx, .xls, xlsx, .ppt, and .pptx), but also makes a great file browser and can open other file types using their associated apps. Just too bad that it can’t edit Word and Excel files, plus the text on some of the PowerPoint slides didn’t render well, but the app’s there if you need it. Corporate users may also be interested in the 30-day demo of TouchDown suite, which grabs your email, contacts, calendar and tasks via Exchange ActiveSync.

Moving on to the built-in apps, let’s start with the browser: as expected on a 1GHz Snapdragon device, rendering and pinch-zooming are pretty quick and smooth, but we find it strange that we can’t tap to zoom. Also, the text doesn’t reflow to the width of the screen, but given the screen size, most of the time we’re happy with the original text layout. Next we have Google Maps: well, there’s not much to say except that you get so much more real estate than you can on other phones, and we have several pictures to prove it — just perfect for car navigation. Annoyingly, pinch-to-zoom is still disabled in Maps thanks to the 1.6 OS, but we’ll live through it for now.

So here’s the “Photos & Videos” app, which is actually ArcSoft Mobile Media Gallery. As you can see above, Dell and ArcSoft have gone for the timeline approach, and have put up 18 sensibly-sized thumbnails at a time. The overall performance is pretty smooth too, but understandably the further down the timeline you go, the more likely you’ll experience some lag while older thumbnails are being loaded. This implementation is great for viewing media captured using the Streak’s camera, but to browse media files that you added manually, you’d best be using QuickOffice to find them. Also, we’d like to see Flickr and Picasa integration here, as implemented by the Desire and Nexus One respectively.

Speaking of media, the Streak’s supposed to support H.263/H.264, 3GP, MPEG4, and WMV videos. Like our prototype, this final Streak played our MP4V-encoded 480p and 720p clips (up to 7.4Mbps bit rate) without a hitch, although for some reason it wouldn’t open full-length films that were encoded the same way, even at 3Mbps and lower. More disappointingly, we had no luck with any of our H.264 clips despite the bit rate limited to 3.2Mbps, so we do wonder if this codec’s supported at all — maybe Archoscan lend Dell a hand? On a brighter note, our WMV clips — both VGA and 720p — came out as good as the MP4V videos. Last but not least, YouTube videos looks great on the five-inch screen, but we’ve noticed a bug: if you have music playing in the background, the YouTube app simply plays video over the music rather than pausing it (like the Nexus One and Desire do). We’re certain that Dell’s team of talents can easily fix this (and we certainly hope that they’re reading this).

We won’t go too deep into the music player as it’s pretty much identical to what we’ve seen before, but we’ve found a couple of new features. Firstly, the app will actually automatically grab mugshots of the artists, so we were a bit surprised to see Lady Gaga flashing her legs on the Artists page. Secondly, we discovered that you can skip a track by clicking the handsfree button twice, but here’s a caveat: we often found ourselves clicking too fast for the Streak to respond properly, whereas the iPhone wouldn’t have a problem with the same click rate. Also, for some reason, you need to have the screen turned on — regardless of phone lock state — for the music player to respond to clicks. Very bizarre, but probably very easy to fix.

Before we wrap up our multimedia rant, we’d like to talk about the lack of FM radio — don’t know about you folks in the US, but us Brits still fancy the occasional live audio shows while commuting, especially in 3G-congested areas. We’re not sure if the hardware’s there, but if it is, a small statue will be made in honor of whoever can hack it. So, it’s time to whine about other things. First of all, the keyboard: it’s not everyday that you see a numeric keypad on a phone’s virtual keyboard, and there’s a good reason for that — it ruins the phone’s ergonomic symmetry as our right thumb has to stretch over the numpad while typing. We were hoping that maybe Dell would put in a numpad-free keyboard as an option in Settings, but as far as we can see, we’ve got nothing. Nevertheless, both keyboards are still pretty responsive. Second thing: while the Calendar app may look delicious on the five-inch screen, we were surprised that the entries in week view mode bear no text description, whereas the 3.7-inch Nexus One (with Froyo) manages to pack in those details. Finally, we’re puzzled by the missing contacts pictures — we were expecting the Streak to pull photos off Facebook, and the box has definitely been ticked for this in Settings. Hopefully our friends in the States won’t be suffering from these bugs next month.


Looking back at our old sample pictures, it looks like Dell’s dialed up the sharpening settings on the five-megapixel autofocus camera. As you can see in the gallery below (with picture quality set to “Fine”), the outdoor shots are pretty good except for the slight over-saturation in general, but nightshots are just hopeless. As for the camcorder, not much has changed for the 640 x 480 clips — picture quality’s acceptable despite the same saturation and nightshot flaws, plus the lack of 720p option puts the Streak slightly behind the game. That said, unlike the latest HTC phones, the Streak’s camcorder doesn’t suffer from reduced frame rate when filming in a dark environment — see for yourself after the gallery.

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HTC Desire HD vs Apple iPhone 4

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HTC Desire HD vs Apple iPhone 4

Posted on 02 April 2011 by PakBee - Total hits: 12,106

 HTC Desire HD vs Apple

The competition in the high end smart-phone is heating up. HTC recently released its Desire HD and talks have it, that it’s an iPhone killer. I’ll take you through a step by step comparison to see if there’s any truth to it.


When it comes to looks, iPhone mostly wins hands down. And the iPhone 4 carries on that tradition. Its currently the slimmest phone in the market, claims Apple. It has a 3.5 inch 640×960 LCD screen that blows away the iPhone 3G when it comes to richness of the colors, brightness, clarity of text and pixelation. But HTC has outdone Apple with a massive 4.3 inch 480×800 LCD screen on the Desire HD. Its dimensions are much larger than the iPhone, but it’s a tradeoff of the huge screen.

Operating system:

Iphone 4: iOS4.1 (Revamped version of iPhone OS)

HTC Desire: Android 2.2

The app store is one of the best features of the iOS4. With over 250,000 apps on sale, one can find an app for anything that can be imagined. The Desire HD on the other hand runs on the open source Android.

At this point of time the Android store has 100,000+ apps. But the number of apps offered for the android is rapidly increasing and the app store will have a worthy competitor very soon.

But for now, in the apps category, the iPhone has the edge. Another thing worth mentioning is that, most of Android apps are open source (around 67%), and app installation is much easier than on the iPhone, on which it can be downright hectic.

User Interface:

The iPhone 4 has a simple and elegant user interface. It’s easy to navigate and everything is presented as simply as possible. And it manages to do that while retaining its smooth and crisp transitions for the animations. In addition now apps can be organized into folders and it also supports multi-tasking.

The Desire takes a different approach; you can have 7 different home-screens which make up a scene. And one can have 20 different scenes. Mind you, each of these home-screens can be customized with widgets, icons and apps to your hearts content.

It does a wonderful job of managing your social networks amongst other things. While Apple users may get restricted as to the amount of tweaking they can do, the range of customizations available for the Desire HD are countless.

Functional capabilities:

Both have 1Ghz processors which performance wise, are equal. Although the iPhone uses a customized A4 Chip. Apple have been known to under-clock the processor to save on battery power so the main difference between these devices is that the Desire HD offers 768MB of RAM compared to 512MB RAM in the iPhone. So it packs more punch than the iPhone.


The iPhone is available in 16GB and 32GB. And the Desire comes with 1.5GB built-in memory and a 8GB microSD card which is upgradable to 32GB.


The iPhone has a 5MP camera but the Desire HD once again outclasses it with a 8MP camera. In addition it has dual flash and a lot of options to play with the photos. Both phones are capable of shooting video at 720p.

Another plus for the Desire HD is its ability to play flash content and support for FM radio. In the sound department, the Desire HD once again takes the cake with the addition of Dolby Surround Sound which enables you to listen to crystal clear sound.


On paper, the iPhone should last longer than the Desire but chances are that with normal to heavy use you’ll have to recharge the phone everyday. That being said, the iPhone does have a longer lasting battery. But you can always swap the current battery for a high capacity one in the Desire HD. However one can’t do that with the iPhone non-removable battery.

Using these phones in Pakistan:

Both these phones support 3G technology as well, since one of the most prominent features of the iPhone is video-calling and 3G isn’t available in Pakistan, forget about it. The iPhone can be used for video calling in Pakistan. It requires Wifi and works over 3G as well as EDGE, the latter being available here. However you’d require iPhones at both ends to use the video calling feature.

Desire HD can be used with Google maps to use as a GPS navigator, and Google has most of Pakistan’s major cities almost fully covered. There is a reception problem reported with the iPhone 4, but it’s with 3G networks so you don’t really need to consider that when buying it.

By the time 3G will be introduced in Pakistan, which will be soon I hope, since in IT we are progressing by leaps and bounds, the error will have been fixed. Because Apple claim it’s a software based error and it will be addressed in the next firmware update.

Price &Conclusion:

  • The HTC Desire HD priced at around Rs. 65,000 PKR (Factory Unlocked), while HomeShopping.PK is selling it at Rs. 51,990
  • iPhone 4 is available at around Rs. 62,000 PKR (Software Unlocked), while HomeShopping.PK is selling iPhone 4G it at Rs. 63,990

The prices will of course vary from dealer to dealer and depends on where you live. One of the better online places to get these phones is

This site has been reviewed at propakistani before. And I know from personal experience that they provide competitive prices.

Lastly, I know that the Iphone holds a special place in the hearts of many people, with many opting for it because of its cool factor; there are good alternatives to it too, with the Desire HD leading the race.

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Apple iPhone 5 Design: 10 Hot Features We Expect to See


Apple iPhone 5 Design: 10 Hot Features We Expect to See

Posted on 25 March 2011 by PakBee - Total hits: 3,035

Apple and Verizon Wireless offered another sweet piece of the Apple mobile pie when they announced the iPhone 4 would be coming to the Verizon network Feb. 10. But iPhone fans are already counting down the days to the usual June unveiling of the next-generation iPhone. No official details are available yet, though media reports are beginning to zero in on some of the features the new device and platform are expected to have. One item we believe you can count on as sure as the night is dark is that the next iPhone will include Near-Field Communication capabilities.

NFC is the short-range wireless communications technology that enables wireless phones to communicate with sensors in posters, signs and even point-of-sale contact terminals. In other words, such technology will make the iPhone an electronic wallet. Expect the iPhone 5 to include a chip and for iOS5 to include an NFC controller software stack homegrown and patented by Apple. But there will be more, lots more. In this slide show, eWEEK speculates on a bunch of other new features for the iPhone 5 this summer.

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