Saturday, August 25, 2012


(For PCWorld Pakistan)

PM Orders Mobile Services Security

In a statement, Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Raja Pervez Ashraf has asked the Interior Minister, Rehman Malik, to take measures to address the mobile service security issues. The orders were given at a meeting with Rehman Malik at the PM house.

It was advised that measures should be taken to avoid any further disruption in the cellular services as mobile has become an important requirement of daily life.

The Interior Minister briefed the Prime Minister about the security measures that were taken on Eid-ul-Fitr to avoid any potential threats. The cellular services were blocked in Karachi, Lahore, Multan and Quetta on the auspicious occasion of Eid.

The Prime Minister praised the efforts of Interior Minister in maintaining the peace during Eid-ul-Fitr.

Pakistani Social Activists Caused Social Unrest in Assam, Claims India

In an on-going cyber war between India and Pakistan, India accused Pakistan for causing unrest in Assam through the social networking websites.
Sources have reported that Indian Home Minsiter, Sushilkumar Shinde blamed that the Pakistani elements on the social networking site are circulating morphed pictures and false comments. He has asked Pakistan’s Interior Minister, Mr. Rehman Malik, to take action. Mr. Malik has denied the allegations and demanded evidence in turn.

India alleged Pakistan for causing the disruptions in Assam where clash between Muslims and Bodo tribes has caused thousands to abandon their homes after receiving death threats from Muslim groups. Nearly hundreds of people have been killed in the violence that erupted a month ago.

Sources have reported that Indian security agencies have found Pakistan’s involvement in uploading morphed images on social networking websites and other web pages hosted in the country.

Indian Government has also asked Google, Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites to remove the controversial content from their networks. Facebook and Google acknowledge their participation; however, Twitter and some other websites have not confirmed it yet.

Pakistani authorities demanded the evidence to prove the accusation. Indian government has given 90 days time period to its security agencies for collecting the evidence.

Pakistani Interior Minister, Mr. Rehman Malik, responded to the scandal this way: “Pakistan has policy not to interfere in the internal matters of other countries.”

Apple Wins Battle Over Samsung

Apple has recorded a major win over its arch-rival, Samsung, in the greatest patent battle ever between the technology giants. The US court ruled in favor of Apple saying Samsung violated several patents of Apple’s iPhone and iPad. The court ordered the South Korean Company to pay Apple $1.05 billion in damages.

The verdict will result in banning of key Samsung products and will make strong the position of Apple in the Smartphone and tablet market. The victory is also a big blow for Google, responsible for Android Software in Samsung products.

The jury took three days for deliberations on seven Apple patent claims and five Samsung patent claims before the final verdict. Since the jury found it ‘willful’ infringement, Apple could seek triple damages.

Samsung termed the outcome of the verdict as “a loss for the American consumer”. Apple has filed lawsuits around the world to block the copying of its inventions.

A professor at Santa Clara Law School, Brian Love, termed the verdict a crushing victory for Apple. He said, “This is the best-case scenario Apple could have hoped for.”

6th September’s Event by Amazon Sparks Speculations

Speculations are high that a new Kindle fire will be revealed after sent out invitations for a Press Conference to be held on September 6. The world’s largest retailer has not disclosed the nature of the conference to be held near Los Angeles, but the event will be organized by its Kindle business.

A tablet analyst, Pete Finalle, at Frost and Sullivan said, “There’s been a lot of rumors about another potential Kindle tablet.”

The company intends to expand its mobile platform. According to Demos Parneros, President of US Retail for Staples, the company will introduce up to five or six tablet SKUs ( Stock Keeping Units), including a 10-inch model.

Amazon had launched its Kindle Fire in 2011 that eventually became the second best-selling tablet in the market. Recently Google launched Nexus 7, which is seen as tough competitor for Kindle Fire. Finalle said, “The existing Kindle Fire is due for an update given Google’s new tablet. The hardware could use a refresh.”

He also said, “It might be beneficial for Amazon to have more than one tablet device in their repertoire. Having a larger tablet that comes in at a lower price point than Apple’s iPad would be particularly beneficial.”

It has been a year since speculations are high that Amazon will launch a tablet that will compete directly with the iPad, with several blogs reporting the device is code-named ‘Hollywood.’





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