Stories about WhatsApp

Be pro-Gaza, not anti-Jew

Repeat after me: “All Jews are not extremists.” “All Jews do not hate Palestine.” “All Jews do not want to eradicate Muslim identity.” Each “Jew joke” you share with your Whatsapp friends’ group insults the religious sentiments of at least 13,854,800 people in the world. Each ‘gas-the-Jews’ holocaust meme you forward reduces the inhuman slaughter of 11 million innocent people killed in one of the worst genocides in human history, to a derogatory laugh. The persecution of innocent people in Gaza is the direct result of a horrible territorial conflict. It has very little to do with the teachings of Judaism or Islam ...

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No, I’m not a football fan – bite me Suarez

I don’t follow football! Yes, I don’t have a favourite team – the closest I have ever gotten to it was when I played FIFA video games with my friends or back when Ronaldo had not gotten a hair transplant and was not such a Prince Charming lookalike; oh wait, that’s not the same guy – that explains a lot. By the way, we must limit the number of Ronaldos in one era, so that it’s easy to remember who is who. They are becoming the Khans of soccer. Exactly the way people from Rawalpindi think its cooler to live in ‘Pind’ rather than Islamabad, ...

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Love in the time of Marquez

I woke up today and switched on my cell, a morning ritual. The first ping was a WhatsApp message from fellow journalist and dear friend Shai Venkatraman, “Marquez is dead!” It was followed by an emoticon denoting sadness. I sat up, partly due to disbelief. Illogical disbelief. Gabriel Garcia Marquez was 87-years-old. He was sick and frail. Reports of Alzheimer’s pointed in the direction that the beautiful mind that had given us works that pulled us through our years of solitude had exhausted its reservoir of memories. He had done his job. He had given enough to this world. It was his ...

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Five reasons the iPhone is still better than the Android

I am an ordinary, anti-capitalist consumer who wants the best out of his bucks and believes in value for money, instead of solely in spectacular branding. I am not some jingoistic iPhone fanboy and have been using the Android for a year now in order to truly explore the platform. Therefore, what I’ll point out would most likely be empirical. I won’t be scratching out the long-discussed, stereotypic differences revolving around the typical specs sheet – camera, ram, processor, screen size and the likes – but the spotlight of my reasoning will be focusing on a more important thing, the overall user experience. After ...

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The 19 billion dollar question: Can Facebook compete with Google?

On February 19, 2014 Facebook announced the acquisition of WhatsApp for a whooping sum of $19 billion and the internet went crazy. The internet had to be put on sedatives to calm it down. This post, however, is not about how to sedate the internet; it is about trying to figure out why Facebook spent more money than the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 82 countries to a buy an app that can be downloaded for free. Just in case you were on an exploration mission to outer-space and missed the details, have a look at this and maybe this brilliant commentary too. To answer the 19 billion ...

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WhatsApp acquisition: Facebook smartphone in the making?

Four years ago, Brian Acton (co-founder of WhatsApp) applied for a job at Facebook Inc but he wasn’t offered one. Yesterday, Facebook acquired WhatsApp for a record $19 billion, along with 50 staff members of WhatsApp. Jan Koum, chief executive officer (CEO) and founder of WhatsApp went on to become a member of the board of directors at Facebook. Facebook spent a fortune to buy out WhatsApp, which is perhaps one of the biggest acquisitions ever. To get a better idea as to how big of an acquisition this is, here is an example. Pakistan’s total foreign exchange reserves have recently touched $8 billion; so basically, WhatsApp ...

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Stuck in the concrete jungle of the corporate world, with nowhere left to go…

Pitch black darkness. Darkness so thick. And silence. He tried to say something. But no sound came out of his mouth. He had not spoken to anyone in years. Perhaps, the muscles in his throat had become weak and inactive. He used to talk to himself a lot in the first few days, weeks and months. But then he lost interest even in his own voice and soon silence replaced it all. Silence had become his only companion. Silence accompanied him every minute, every second of the day. He had tried so hard to break the silence at times. He hit his chains and shackles on the walls, ...

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Tanzistan: 10 photos we are all guilty of posting on Instagram

What Twitter, did for news and communication, Instagram is now doing for the likes of budding amateur photographers, an average Joe or for those tech-savvy youngsters of our generation.  If there’s one thing that has proven its efficacy in a short span of time, it’s the social media. It holds a comparative amount of power within itself. It is instant, cheap, accessible to a large amount of people and keeps people connected. It’s an alternative portrait, the other side of the coin for when the conventional media services are so busy presenting the same boring rhetoric. Instagram has given all of us, ...

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Post your BB Pin to Facebook! Seriously, it’s the ‘it’ thing to do!

At the beginning of 2013, when the demise of BlackBerry (BB) was fairly evident, BlackBerry CEO Thorsen Heins first announced, in May 2013, that the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) application will be soon be available to all non-BlackBerry devices as well. This was the final farewell. Or so I thought. By June, rumours of the release date went viral and in mid-October 2013, to the delight of many of my friends and family, BBM became available to Androids and iPhones. Perhaps now would be the best time for me to toss in a disclaimer that I am no tech expert, but the ...

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Connect with God during Hajj, not Facebook, Twitter and Skype

As part of my daily morning ritual, I turned on the TV this morning while having breakfast to catch up with the news on local and international fronts. Soon I found myself tiring not only of the nonsensical and overly dramatic local media, but also of the international coverage which was little more than the US government’s ‘shutdown’. So I began to flip channels and hopped on to Saudi TV network’s Quran channel. A wave of nostalgia swept over me as I sat, transfixed, surrounded by memories of my own Hajj journey exactly two years ago. After the pilgrimage, I ...

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