Stories about phone

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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Why isn’t my father home yet?

It’s getting late; I wonder why Baba hasn’t come home yet. I ask Ami if he’s called, she says no. My brother hasn’t heard from him all day either. My mother’s face doesn’t betray any anxiety, but I see her stealing glances at the clock every five minutes. I pick up the phone, and dial his number. It rings a few times, and then the lady on the phone – that I always took to be Benazir Bhutto when I was a child – says the number I’m trying to reach isn’t answering. She asks me to please try ...

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The devil of miscommunication

You’re talking to your best friend and despite the fact that he’s taking out the time to be with you, he’s constantly alert when that familiar red light blinks on his smartphone. You get annoyed and refuse to go on and an altercation ensues. The time you expected to spend catching up and having fun invariably becomes about how he’s always reaching for his phone. Sounds familiar? It really has become the story of our lives. We have stopped living in the moment and are constantly glued to the mini-screens on our phones. After losing out on three very close relationships, I ...

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No, I don’t want ‘fraandship’ with you

Most people reading this, especially women, probably already know the drill. If you happen to be a female in Pakistan and if your age just so happens to fall between the range of 16- 30, then you are liable to have already accumulated a respectable (sic) variety of cell-phone stalkers and perhaps a handful of the corporeal variety. The jury is out on which brand tends to be more abhorrent.  What is particularly interesting about cellphone and/or Facebook stalkers in Pakistan is the consistency of their attack and the belligerence with which they continue to assume that the word ‘no’ means ...

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On ringtones and shaving highly emotional facial hair

The blasphemy law keeps being cited for reasons beyond understanding. While some cases are indeed based on fact (your personal position on the law itself aside), the majority of them have little more than an iota of religion behind them. Recently, some 30 clerics in Lahore wanted a blasphemy case registered against the population welfare department for offending beards. The moulvis are apparently still recovering from the threat to facial hair put up by a ghastly event in Karachi last year, when the world’s leading razor-blade manufacturer was forced to cancel “Shave it and Break it”, an event aiming to ...

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19 reasons why I’d rather text than talk

According to a PEW report quoted in the New York Times one in three teenagers sends more than 100 text messages a day, and a whopping 72 per cent are now official ‘text-messagers,’ compared with just 51 per cent in 2006. Sure enough, messaging has now become the most popular method of communication – beating not just phone calls, e-mails and the much-hyped social networking sites, but face-to-face communication as well.. What is the unvarnished truth? Many of us prefer exchanging text messages to having an actual conversation. Now ‘prefer’ is a strong word; it shows that given an option, the average teenager would ...

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Nokia E7: Beautiful, robust…and slow

The Nokia E7 is a beautifully designed piece of hardware; one would be hard pressed to think that it has anything but metal inside it. The fantastic keyboard The QWERTY slider is the latest feature in the Nokia communicator series of phones that began with the Nokia 9000 communicator back in the mid-nineties. This device is different from most Nokia phones in that it’s QWERTY keyboard slides out horizontally and not vertically and resembles more or less a small laptop when the flipped out. The hardware seems sturdy to the touch and the hinge mechanism is so solid that if one applies ...

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My Blackberry and me: A love-hate relationship

I was meeting my friend after 18 months. We hadn’t seen each other since our college days and athough we had kept in touch, Skype is really not an adequate substitute for a face-to-face conversation. Needless to say, I was looking forward to meeting and catching up. Conversation started, we laughed, we talked but she devoted an absurdly large amount of attention to her BlackBerry. Every three minutes there would be a ‘ting’ after which she would pick up her phone and read something, smile, giggle or frown, and type furiously. The first few times, I waited patiently and listened to ...

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Will the Nokia-Microsoft partnership work?

For 10 years Nokia dominated the smartphone industry. But in the fourth quarter of 2010, Android overtook Symbian as the most used smartphone operating system (OS) for the first time. This may not come as a shock but if you look back a year, you’ll notice that at the end of 2009 Nokia had 44 per cent of the market share while Android had a mere 9 per cent. How did Nokia react to this? Simple: they killed Symbian. The start of Symbian’s troubles Since the iPhone brought about the touch revolution, Symbian looked like it was in trouble. Nokia first embraced this fact ...

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Sex for sale: Where are we heading?

On a recent trip to a juice shop in Lahore, my husband and I noticed a huge black Cygnus car stop at the turn across the road. After closer observation, we saw two women, both around the age of 25, dressed in bright silk step into the jeep that careened off. Two other women were left behind. After some 20 minutes, they too stepped into a Camry and sped off. My husband and I looked towards each other simultaneously – we knew what we just saw but did not have the guts to admit what was going on so openly at ...

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