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The dilemma for overseas Pakistanis: To invest more, or to return home?

Pakistan is a nation brimming with talent – talent that frequently shines, not just within the country, but on international forums as well. Pakistanis working abroad are rated highly by their employers in comparison to workers from other countries. These overseas Pakistanis are serving the nation in their own capacity, particularly by sending remittances back to Pakistan. One does not really need to wonder why these Pakistanis leave Pakistan. Many go abroad for higher education, seeking new opportunities due to the lack of avenues at home. Unfortunately, many a times, they end up staying for good, for there is no ...

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Fundamentalism: When a woman has to prove her ‘purity’ by balancing a rock on her head

August 2015 fell on South Asia’s shoulders as an overbearing weight and a massive shock – as preparations for Independence Day on both sides of the Pakistan-India border were underway. Pakistan’s largest child abuse scandal surfaced, wherein some 400 children had been victims to the perverted fantasies of sexually depraved men. There has been much debate and dissent as to what the rationale behind rape is, and everyone pretty much knows what drives a rapist to rape. What is more important to note here is the nonchalance of the police force and the deformed laws that govern the heinous crime that rape is. From across the border, ...

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What they didn’t tell you about Pakistan: Seven common myths dispelled

Pakistan may be one of the most misunderstood countries around and it is certainly easy to see why when you hit the layman’s ceiling of knowledge in about 10 seconds. What most people don’t see is what lies beyond the media coverage, highlighting just the challenges the country is facing today. There is a lot more to Pakistan than what meets the eye, so prepare for some enlightenment and let’s go bust some myths. 1. Pakistan is no place for women A young girl from Kailash in native dress. Photo: Asfandi Yar. Contrary to the stereotype, not all Pakistani ...

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The top 10 smartphones of 2015 to get your hands on

Almost 38 % of mobile phone users use smartphones as a primary device to communicate, and it seems Pakistanis are following the same trend. After the launch of 3G and 4G facilities in Pakistan, the demand and usage of smartphones has increased by a large amount. Choosing a suitable smartphone for ourselves from a wide range of devices is not an easy task and we end up going through various lengthy reviews before taking our pick and making the purchase. I have selected the best smartphones available in the Pakistani market, which offer the best features, ranging from the camera focus to design and performance. These ...

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Does David Cameron want to spy on the companies spying on us?

David Cameron recently pledged to potentially block encrypted online messaging platforms such as Whatsapp and iMessage. He claimed that the British government should not have to tolerate companies that encrypt their users’ data to the extent that even the national security agencies could not access user communications. While this proposed idea by Cameron might seem radical at first, it is more of a tactical ploy out of frustration in an effort to gain bargaining power over the companies. And this is not exclusive to England alone. Commercial entities such as Whatsapp currently take information from consumers without knowledge or meaningful voluntary consent. These companies ...

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Walter Isaacson’s ‘Steve Jobs’: The definition of perfectionism

Did you know that Xerox was the first company to invent the three-button mouse and use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)? Also, to add on to your knowledge, the original design for Mac in 1984 was inspired by Tiffany, Cuisine Art, Sony and Porches and Bill Gates, who made an investment worth $150 million in Apple to help it avoid going bankrupt. You will find all these facts and a lot more in Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs. After Benjamin Franklin: An American Life and Einstein: His Life and Universe, Steve Jobs is Isaacson’s third biography, based on 40 interviews conducted during Apple Inc.’s cofounder’s severe cancer ...

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NSA and PRISM: Say a wrong word and you’re on the watch list

Edward Snowden, a former employee of the National Security Agency (NSA), has created a nightmare for the United States government by leaking information about a programme called ‘PRISM’. The programme, run by the NSA, essentially aims at comprehensively monitoring all calls in and out of the US. It sifts through huge amounts of user data collected from cyber big wigs such as Apple, Microsoft and Facebook. Once the agency has this wild amount of data, it uses a sophisticated tool called ‘Boundless Informant‘ to make sense of it. I must admit, the uproar as a result of the PRISM leaks is ...

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Windows Live messenger is soon to be dead

Reports from Microsoft have confirmed that indeed the famous Windows Live messenger is coming to an end in favour of Skype. Skype already has a storming figure of 280 million users from Microsoft’s latest earning report. The news is that Microsoft will discontinue Windows Live messenger for good. Ah, we do hate endings don’t we? The feeling that I had when I heard the news can perfectly be painted by this quote. “The leaves of memory seemed to make a mournful rustling in the dark.” (The Fire of Driftwood) Tony Blates, the President of Microsoft, explained that in favour of its Skype division, and to ...

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Windows 8 is great!

I didn’t expect Windows 8 to be very good. Why? Because Windows 7 was excellent, and as longtime Microsoft consumers understand, the Redmond based software giant hasn’t released two quality iterations of Windows in a row. Not until now, that is. Windows 8 has been a pleasant surprise. It looks quite gorgeous, runs lightning fast, and best of all, is rock solid. For the $15 upgrade price I purchased it for here in Pakistan, it is an absolute steal for an officially licensed operating system. Over the years, whenever Microsoft has tried to take revolutionary steps with Windows, the initial results have ...

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Nokia Lumia smartphones: A strong comeback!

On the morning of September 5, Nokia and Microsoft unveiled the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 smartphones -the new flagship models running Windows Phone 8 operating system. The presentation wasn’t as amazing as those we are used to seeing at Apple events. The phones, however, surpassed all expectations. I believe that these two models, along with the upcoming tablet from Nokia, will mark the revival of Nokia and here are just a few reasons I believe so. Top three key differentiators : 1. Photography: Don’t bother about the megapixels; they don’t really matter. The main camera of ...

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