Stories about iPad

Parenting in Pakistan: An unhealthy mix of care and competition

Having lived abroad for nearly five years, I have become a keen observer of certain behavioural differences between Pakistani children, and those raised in the US or the UK. I firmly believe that cultural differences in early childhood decide who we become in our adulthood. A lot is determined by how parents and family members react to a child’s behaviour in his initial years of life, thereby instilling in him either a rightful or an inappropriate sense of what is correct or wrong. Each year during my annual trip to Pakistan, I noticed aggressive behaviour in Pakistani children which people in our country conveniently term as ...

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5 things I learnt after moving to Pakistan

When I made the decision to move to the notorious land called Pakistan, because of my husband’s job, there were mixed reactions from the community (to say the least). My non-Pakistani and non-Muslim friends were terrified for my safety and were keen on reminding me of the short list of communities; their concerns involved my husband’s salary, the tough humidity, and the eternal inconvenience of load-shedding.  Ignoring all concerns, I decided to take on the adventure and assured my friends that I was happy and ready for anything. Boy did I lie. I was terrified – but very much in love. I had ...

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9 effective packing tips for your summer vacation

Summer is just round the corner, which means almost every one of us is in their ‘vacation-planning’ mode. Summers are usually the most convenient time for people, especially families, to take a vacation – mainly because of their children’s long summer break. Whenever I plan a trip, I try to make sure I do as much sightseeing as possible during the limited time that I have. And one of the ways to do so is by travelling light – a challenge that most of fail to accomplish. Being desis, I think it adds on to the struggles of travelling light, as we have a tendency ...

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We will remain a generation of idiots, unless we get it together

During my holiday in Singapore, I had the chance of seeing the world-renowned show Songs of the Sea at Sentosa Island. In between the show, I noticed a teenager sitting beside me. I turned to him and said, “You could have watched this on Youtube if you had to watch it through an artificial lens.” He was a tourist, just like me, except he was recording the entire show on his iPhone from the moment it commenced till the end. He looked at me as if I were a disinhibited moron, talking nonsense to strangers. With the advent of digital photography, the opportunities to take infinite pictures ...

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Is your online life more ‘real’ than your reality?

Your online identity has seen you do a bunch of crazy things from naming yourself after your favourite Star Wars character to putting up highly fantasised pictures of your human self on Bitstrips.  Bitstrips has become a craze among the young and old, with people creating pictures of their human selves online. Photo: Bitstrips (Facebook Page) However, what started as fun and games has long since existed to be only that. You are now as much of an amalgamation of your online experiences as your real-life ones and who is to say which one is what? With phone alerts punctuating ...

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Rest in peace Blackberry, you were a good friend!

“…those were the days! I used to be the most sought after person. My number was on the speed dial of almost all high-ranking executives of public and private corporations in the town! They would even wake me up in the middle of the night…” This is how a corporate account manager of a large telecom company described his golden days. The big fish would call him directly whenever they wanted to buy a new BlackBerry or had an issue with their existing one. In return, they would oblige him in different ways. BlackBerry was a craze among the affluent, it ...

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iOS7: What’s all the hype about?

A recent tweet had me in hysterics: “Daddy, why has your phone gone all funny?” – A 6 year old’s reaction to the iOS7.  And that’s the new hype on online sites these days – The new Apple iPhone and iPad software upgrade – the iOS7. There were so many posts and tweets that I actually got confused because I thought Apple had launched the iPhone 6 so soon after the launch of iPhone 5c and 5s! However, after installing the new software and talking to people who have installed it, I realised that it is a major overhaul by Johnny Ives, ...

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So, which tablet should you buy?

Back in April, 2010 when Apple launched the iPad, no one had a clue what to do with it! Today more than 140 million people around the world are using these tablets for a number of things. The tablet category is growing faster than laptops and desktops and is expected to surpass laptop shipments by 2016. It is evident that tablets are the growth engine for computer manufacturers for the next few years until the next innovation comes along. While Apple and Google enjoy a duopoly on the software front, the competition on the hardware front is intensifying and opening ...

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The lucky generation?

The nagging drawbacks of generation gap become clear when one observes activities of today’s children. I feel that today’s fast-paced living has deprived children of the real joys of childhood. Spending all their time indoors, children now remain hooked to the internet on hi-tech gadgets and barely ever see the light of the day. A stark contrast with my generation’s childhood: we pulled pranks at school and spent time interacting face-to-face with several of our friends. Our little pleasures were about pulling faces at the teacher while she turned around, and making the class laugh. Our childhood was about running ...

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My iToddler

The other day, my mum came merrily into my room brandishing her brand new iPad. “I can’t wait to use it! Now, how do I switch it on?” she asked, putting it in front of me.  My two and a half year old sauntered over, slid his finger across the screen, tapped an app and started taking pictures of himself in various poses. We both burst out laughing. Louis Armstrong’s It’s a Wonderful Life’s verse “They’ll learn much more… than I’ll ever know” has never been truer today. A recent YouTube clip showed a one-year-old girl merrily clicking away at an ...

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