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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

PTA blocks 1862 websites containing contents related to impersonation/fake accounts

PTA blocks 1862 websites containing contents related to impersonation/fake accounts

PTA blocks 1862 websites containing contents related to impersonation/fake accounts


Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has processed a total of 1,862 URLs/websites containing contents related to impersonation/fake accounts. In accordance with the Section 37 of Prevention of Electronic Crime Act (PECA), the PTA is empowered to block / remove online content which is unlawful under the act including fake accounts.

The PTA has constituted a dedicated cell ‘Web Analysis Cell (WAC)’ to receive / process complaints requiring internet content regulation. A standard operating procedure (SOP) has been devised to execute the process in an effective manner.

In accordance with the SOP, complaints from individuals and stakeholders (government departments) requiring blocking / regulating web content of different categories including defamation / impersonation are received through an electronic portal, email and postal media.

At present, 30 federal and provincial government organisations / offices are assessing e-portal to register their complaints. For filing of complaints by general public, the PTA has notified a dedicated email address i.e. info@pta.gov.pk.

On receipt of a complaint, the PTA issues necessary directions for blocking / removing the alleged content to telecom licensees. In case any content for fake account hosted on a secured platform like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, the relevant administration is requested to remove the content or block the fake account.

Since laws of Pakistan do not apply on such platforms, therefore, they take action in accordance with their community standards. As far as the content removal/blocking for impersonation / fake account is concerned, the PTA has processed 1,862 such URLs/websites including 106 pages of Dailymotion, 923 accounts of Facebook, 13 of Instagram, 341 Twitter accounts, 268 accounts of YouTube, and 211 others. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has raised a Cyber Wing which reported about 85 fake accounts including 13 Facebook and 72 Twitter accounts.




LG Impresses with New Business Solutions Innovations Led by Micro LED Signage

LG Impresses with New Business Solutions Innovations Led by Micro LED Signage

LG Impresses with New Business Solutions Innovations Led by Micro LED Signage




LG’s B2B Technology Wows Show Attendees with Wide Range of Innovative OLED to LED Solutions

Karachi / ORLANDO, UAE, July 16, 2019 — LG Electronics (LG) displayed its newest exciting business solutions in Orlando, Florida (USA) this week at InfoComm 2019. From Micro LED signage, Transparent OLED signage, Open Frame OLED displays to a diverse lineup of LED products, LG is bringing to the largest professional audiovisual trade show in North America a wide range of commercial display products that is sure to capture the imagination of show attendees.

Welcoming visitors to LG’s sprawling InfoComm booth is the immense LG OLED Falls exhibit that offers a unique, immersive installation of eye-popping Open Frame commercial OLED displays. Open Frame LG OLED displays enable a complete new approach for innovative and flexible digital signage designs. With no separate light source, the displays are extremely thin and lightweight, and flexible enough to be bent.

Making its world debut at InfoComm 2019 is LG’s one-of-a-kind Micro LED signage in all its colorful glory. Portending the future of digital signage, LG’s Micro LED technology relies on arrays of microscopic LEDs that form individual pixels that work independently to express image detail. At less than 50 micrometers, each LED is about the size of a speck of dust or approximately half the width of a human hair.

LG’s new LAPE series uses a specially designed flexible LED display module that supports true concave and convex curvature up to 1000R for virtually limitless design flexibility. The fine-pitch LAPE series delivers vivid images thanks to the Dynamic Contrast Algorithm, LG-exclusive technology for a wide range of color and deep contrast.

LG’s new 130-inch LED screen is designed to be easy to specify, order and install. Considered the ideal replacement for conference-room projectors, this LAAF series screen features embedded speakers and AV connections to meet a host of business needs. In addition to compatibility with leading partners such as Crestron, the screen will be supported by LG Signage365Care for real-time device monitoring and diagnostics.

Another crowd pleaser, LG’s Transparent OLED display is designed to offer a unique customer experience in specialized commercial applications, particularly retail and hospitality. The versatile 55-inch class display (model 55EW5F) delivers LG OLED’s superior picture quality, meaning customers will be able to view video on the screen and simultaneously see objects behind the screen.

New to LG’s wide-ranging large-format display portfolio for 2019 are advanced IPS In-cell Touch Interactive Digital Boards (IDBs). The 86-inch model in the LG TN3F series is designed to enhance the user experience in meeting rooms, classrooms and other collaborative spaces with easy and reliable touch performance. These IDBs feature intuitive In-cell Touch technology that employs an innovative direct bonding process to eliminate the gap between the LCD panel and protective glass. This combination delivers a faster response time for a realistic writing experience that is perfect for corporate conference rooms and university lecture halls.

“Advances in B2B technologies are opening up new opportunities for digital signage, exemplified by the diverse OLED and LED portfolio LG is featuring at InfoComm,” said Lee Choong-hwoan, head of the Information Display business unit of LG Electronics Business Solutions Company. “Our knowledge and expertise in both OLED and LED displays allows us the privilege of being the only company that can deliver this wide collection of signage solutions to our customers.”




Friday, July 12, 2019

PTCL and LMKT-operated NIC Peshawar makes its Mark at Pakistan Startup Cup 2018-19

PTCL and LMKT-operated NIC Peshawar makes its Mark at Pakistan Startup Cup 2018-19

PTCL and LMKT-operated NIC Peshawar makes its Mark at Pakistan Startup Cup 2018-19







Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) and LMKT (www.lmkt.com), a leading Pakistan-based technology services company, is pleased to announce that National Incubation Center Peshawar startups secured first and third positions in the Pakistan Startup Cup 2018-19, which is the nation’s biggest and most noteworthy startup competition. This is a major milestone for the LMKT- and PTCL-operated innovation platform, funded by Ignite (formerly known and ICT R&D Fund), in such a short span of time.

The Pakistan Startup Cup is organized by TiE Islamabad in Partnership with US State Department and Griffin Worx, USA (which was formerly known as Startup Cup LLC). Since its inception in 2013, the Cup has attracted the best startups from across the country.
 
Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training and His Excellency Paul W. Jones, Ambassador of United States of America to Pakistan were the guests of honor at the prize distribution ceremony. They showed great interest in the pitches of both the startups and appreciated them for their innovation. Nano IT Solutions, which creates immersive virtual reality experiences, took the top prize of one million Pakistani Rupees, while Arpus Technology, a startup that manufactures electro-surgical units secured the 3rd spot.

This is the first time in the five-year history of the competition that KP-based startups have gained top positions. This is especially remarkable as this year the nation’s largest startup competition attracted over 2000 applicants. Approximately, 180 startups from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa participated in a series of workshops and pitches that were held in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and Faisalabad. The startups went through various stages to further qualify during a rigorous 10-month period. The top 3 finalists from six cities presented their pitches to an esteemed panel of judges that comprised top entrepreneurs and business leaders from Pakistan.

On the occasion, Moqeem ul Haque, Chief Commercial Officer, PTCL, said, 
“We are proud of the winners of Pakistan Startup Cup, Nano IT Solution and Arpus Technologies, who have shown excellence and potential to stand out as the leading startups amongst the pool of talent available. We also congratulate NIC Peshawar, with whom we have collaborated to provide a platform for empowering young entrepreneurs.”
“Today is the proud moment for NIC Peshawar and LMKT along with all our partners including PTCL, who believed in providing an enabling platform to shape tomorrow’s business leaders”, 

said Murtaza Zaidi, Director, NIC Peshawar. He added, 

“This is the first time that two Peshawar-based startups secured top positions in a nation-wide competition, which is testimony to the hard work and dedication of all the stakeholders of NIC Peshawar.”

PTCL and LMKT will continue to provide support to startups and realizes the importance of innovation, creativity and initiative for successful transformation of the economic landscape of Pakistan.

OLX Introduces Safe Exchange Point To Faciltate Safe ONLINE Buying and Selling

OLX Introduces Safe Exchange Point To Faciltate Safe ONLINE Buying and Selling

OLX Introduces Safe Exchange Point To Faciltate Safe ONLINE Buying and Selling



Lahore: OLX Pakistan’s number one marketplace, under their initiative to facilitate its users to exchange goods offline from the deal they have made online, has set up a “Safe exchange point” at the Packages Mall in Lahore.

In Pakistan the number of online products and services industry is growing every year, from ride hailing to online shopping, from classifieds to food delivery, Pakistan is on the verge of the technology revolution.

With this, OLX saw a growing need for cybersecurity and developing users trust in online products and services, that can only happen if top technology brands in the country are able to bridge the gap between the online and offline world to develop trust and safety infrastructure.

Talking about the initiative, Jawad Zeb OLX brand Manager said, “There are more than 70,000 conversations that are taking place daily on OLX and 70 percent of all items that are posted on OLX are estimated to be sold in the real world. Normally users select neutral locations on the roadside to exchange goods. We always promote and educate safe transaction methods to keep our users safe and encourage them to buy/sell items in public place. This ‘safe exchange point’ is an effort to further educate our users to do their transactions at a public place like malls and cafes.”

He also informed that this is a part of OLX’s global initiative under which OLX exchange points are also being made in Portugal and other European countries where safety is becoming the top consumer requirement. OLX has also formed a global central team to tackle this issue of customer trust and safety where different technological initiatives are taking place in parallel using AI and machine learning algorithms to identify fraud.

OLX is the world’s largest online buying and selling platform powered by a team of 5,000 people, working on 17 brands, from 35 offices across five continents and 40 countries. In Pakistan, OLX is the No.1 Marketplace across 14 different categories. OLX generates more than 20 million page views in a day having five million App downloads. Over 70,000 conversations take place daily on OLX with an ad being posted every two seconds.

A research study by Nielsen stamps this fact by indicating 87% awareness and preference level of OLX in comparison with any other tech company operating in classifieds and shopping category of Pakistan. According to SimilarWeb, OLX is Pakistan’s No.1 web platform (local domain/Engagement/Traffic).




Thursday, July 11, 2019

LG Unveils World’s First One Millisecond IPS Gaming Monitor

LG Unveils World’s First One Millisecond IPS Gaming Monitor

LG Unveils World’s First One Millisecond IPS Gaming Monitor



Newest LG UltraGearTM with Nano IPS Technology and NVIDIA G-SYNC® Delivers Lightning-fast Response Time for Serious Gaming

Karachi / SEOUL, July 09, 2019 — At this year’s E3, LG Electronics (LG) is unveiling the new LG UltraGearTM Nano IPS NVIDIA G-SYNC gaming monitor, the world’s first 1 millisecond (ms)1 IPS display. The UltraGearTM is a gamer’s dream come true, employing Nano IPS technology to achieve phenomenal color reproduction, ultra-fast response time and a refresh rate of 144Hz, overclockable to 175Hz. With blazing speed and stunning picture quality, LG’s monitor is the complete package, enabling players to enjoy the most immersive gaming experience yet.

Available in 38- (model 38GL950G) and 27-inch (model 27GL850) screen sizes, both UltraGear Nano IPS monitors feature fast 144Hz refresh rate, high screen resolutions (38GL950G: 3840 x 1600, 27GL850: 2560 x 1440) and wide color gamut (DCI-P3 98 percent) for incredibly vibrant, flicker-free detailed images. The larger monitor is designed to increase gamers’ sense of immersion with its 21:9 aspect ratio, curved screen, virtually borderless design and the upgraded Sphere Lighting 2.0, RGB lights on the back of the monitor that heighten the ambience when gaming by altering the colors of the lights to match the on-screen action.

The 27-inch UltraGearTM is NVIDIA G-SYNC compatible** and supports HDR10 while the larger 38-inch model supports both NVIDIA G-SYNC processor, VESA DisplayHDR™ 400 and is certified by NVIDIA through over 300 tests for performance and image quality to provide a great gaming experience. Both monitors deliver smooth motion without tearing or stuttering and include gamer-specific settings such as Dynamic Action Sync mode, Black Stabilizer and Crosshair for ultimate accuracy, especially in FPS games.

LG UltraGear Nano IPS gaming monitors are set to roll out next month, with pre-orders for model 27GL850 commencing in the United States on July 1 with availability in key European markets in the third quarter of this year.

Both models will be unveiled at a private event at the NVIDIA exhibit space at E3, the world’s largest annual gaming expo taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 11-13. Parties interested in experiencing LG’s exciting new gaming monitors for themselves should contact bdelrizzo@nvidia.com to book an appointment.

Specifications:



27GL850
38GL950G

Picture Quality
Display
Nano IPS
Nano IPS
Size
27-inch
37.5-inch
Resolution
QHD (2560 x 1440)
WQHD (3840 x 1600)
Brightness
350 nits (Typical)
450 nits (Typical)
Color Gamut
DCI-P3 98 percent
(sRGB 135 percent)
DCI-P3 98 percent
(sRGB 135 percent)
Color Bit
1.07B
1.07B
Refresh Rate
144Hz
175Hz (OC)
Response Time
1ms GTG
1ms GTG
HDR
HDR10
VESA DisplayHDR 400
Adaptive Sync
NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible **
NVIDIA G-SYNC
Connectivity
HDMI
x 2
x 1
DP
x 1
x 1
Headphone Out
O
O
USB3.0 Hub
1 up / 2 down
1 up / 2 down
Feature (Bias Lighting)
Sphere Lighting 2.0




Google Workshop: Pakistani women successful corporate leaders of tomorrow

Google Workshop: Pakistani women successful corporate leaders of tomorrow

Google Workshop: Pakistani women successful corporate leaders of tomorrow


Google recently conducted the Women Will Lead workshop for the first time in Pakistan to discuss the progress of young working women in today’s corporate and business environment.

The Women Will Lead Workshop in Karachi is a training program organized by Google Partners and focused on career development and cultivating female leadership skills within digital and marketing landscape of the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Country Manager, Pakistan & South Asian Frontier Markets, Farhan Qureshi said: “Every day more and more Pakistani women are becoming part of our corporate landscape; and in many cases leading big teams and brands. Pakistani women over the years have proven that they are more than capable in leadership positions and in particular, the advertising, marketing and creative industry has the opportunity to lead Pakistan in developing future talent, particularly with regards to rising female stars.”

The highlight of the event was a panel discussion of notable women personalities from Pakistan’s corporate landscape: Dr. Ayesha Khan, CEO and Country Head, Acumen Pakistan; Ms. Sultana Siddiqui, CEO Hum Network; Ms. Sima Kamil, President & CEO UBL; Ms. Shazia Syed, CEO Unilever Pakistan along with Google’s Farhan Qureshi were amongst the panelists. Sarah Liu, Founder & Managing Director of The Dream Collective, flew in from Australia to moderate the event.

The highly accomplished panel of women leaders shared their stories and viewpoints on the subject. The challenges they faced on their road to success were of interest to the audience and the panelists also gave career tips to the aspiring women professionals in the audience.

Women Will is a Google initiative to help women everywhere, with the aim of equipping them with the knowledge and tools to succeed. The initiative focuses on helping women to realize their true worth as professionals and to inspire them to dream and pass the phases of grind with their heads held high.

Apart from inculcating a deeper understanding of gender disparity and how it manifests in the work environment, the event also helped women to expand their network by connecting with peers, mentors and sponsors who can support their career.



Friday, June 21, 2019

World’s No. 2  LED TV brand TCL launches home appliances in Pakistan

World’s No. 2 LED TV brand TCL launches home appliances in Pakistan

World’s No. 2  LED TV brand TCL launches home appliances in Pakistan



TCL, the world’s No. 2  LED TV brand, has announced it is entering into the home appliance market with the launch of their air conditioners in the Pakistan.

With global revenue reaching $17.85 Billion and a brand equity estimated at $13.1 Billion, TCL Electronics has seen achieved record setting numbers in 2018. Locally, TCL has grown to become one of the major players in Pakistan’s TV market with a significant market share in the industry.

Globally, TCL is among the largest manufacturers of Air Conditioners with six production bases and an annual total production capacity of 13 million sets. Their entry into the home appliances sector is part of TCL’s increasing investment in Pakistan.

Speaking about the launch Sunny Yang, General Manager TCL Pakistan stated, “Pakistan has been a very strong market for us, where we have achieved rapid growth in excess of 20% Year on Year for the past 3-4 years. And moving forward, Pakistan plays a crucial role in our global growth strategy.  Air Conditioners is a very sizeable consumer  market in Pakistan and TCL’s entry into the HA market with it’s air conditioner range is our next step in building on our previous success in the TV market here.”

Majid Niazi, Marketing Manager TCL Pakistan added, “We are highly optimistic about the launch of our air conditioner series. Building on the success of our brand in Pakistan, we are initially launching two models with 3 varying BTU capacities. And while we are branching out into new industries, we are continuing to stay true to our philosophy of offering premium products to our customers.

TCL is one of leading players in the Global Consumer Electronics industry with a global presence in over 150 countries. TCL has emerged as one of the Top 3 Leading LED TV Brands in Pakistan in 2018 with a particular focus in High End 4K UHD and Big Size TVs, in which it has a significant market share.




Thursday, June 20, 2019

Pakistan cyber security is not managed as a risk -  A new survey by ACCA reveals

Pakistan cyber security is not managed as a risk - A new survey by ACCA reveals

Pakistan cyber security is not managed as a risk -  A new survey by ACCA reveals


Not a day goes by without a breaking news story about data breaches or personal data theft from large organisations. Cyber crime is one of the biggest risks to businesses to date and globally its estimated costs will reach $6 trillion by 2021.

ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) has teamed up with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Macquarie University and Optus to launch the report Cyber and the CFO. The global survey, which features views from 1500 ACCA and CA ANZ members, including their members in Pakistan, finds cyber security is not managed as a risk to businesses and is too often left to IT specialists to handle.

Highlights from the report show:
  • Almost 60 percent of CFOs and finance leaders rank cyber security as the most important or top five business risk
  • However, a third of respondents did not know whether their organisations had been the subject of a cyber attack. Few survey responses showed a recovery plan that included much beyond the hardware.
  • Over 20 percent of finance professionals admitted they had no involvement whatsoever in cyber security within their company.
  • And 10 percent of respondents did not know who in the business was responsible day-to-day for cyber security.
  • Larger businesses placed a higher priority on cyber risks (8 percent), but small businesses were marginally (5 percent) less concerned or aware of such security risks.

Cyber-risk is becoming ever more complex with the integrated nature of supply chains.  Only 19% of survey respondents said they regularly audited their supply chains.

It is noteworthy that more respondents in Pakistan than in any other country surveyed see cyber security as the most significant business risk, whereas overall its significance as a ‘top five’ business risk was lower than in the other major respondent countries.

Sajjeed Aslam, head of ACCA Pakistan says:
‘Finance professionals in Pakistan need to understand and play their full role in managing cyber risk in their organisations. Weakness in cyber security is a significant business risk across all organisations. The ACCA Qualification ensures that our students and members in the country are developed and assessed in digital and technology competency to be in a position to lead organisation into the digital future.’

ACCA’s head of business management, Clive Webb, says:
‘The increasing use of technology within businesses to create commercial advantage comes at a price and that price is cyber risk. The finance community cannot stand by and leave cyber security to others in the business to manage. It is very complex, but it is essential for finance leaders to familiarise themselves with the issue.’

The report highlights the changing nature of the cyber threat. It establishes the financial and operational risks that arise and in that regard the finance community needs to keep abreast of the evolving nature of the threat and ensure it is managed appropriately.




Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Pakistani startup Tello Talk wins a spot in Google’s Demo Day Asia finals in Bangkok

Pakistani startup Tello Talk wins a spot in Google’s Demo Day Asia finals in Bangkok

Pakistani startup Tello Talk wins a spot in Google’s Demo Day Asia finals in Bangkok


From an imaging device for early breast cancer detection to making solar energy more accessible while improving educational opportunities for kids, there were a large number of top-notch startups with impactful ideas that applied to be part of Google’s second Demo Day Asia.

This year, we’re pleased to welcome eleven startups from around the APAC region as finalists.

Among them are Tello Talk, a startup incubated at The Nest i/o — an instant messaging application that allows people to exchange messages, interact in group chats, use the push-to-talk feature for walkie-talkie functionality, share images and files.

The finalists will travel to Bangkok next month where they’ll take part in our Google for Startups Demo Day at the Techsauce Global Summit. As part of this, they’ll experience three days of mentorship, programming and networking to help them grow their businesses. This will culminate in a much-anticipated pitch, where the finalists will have a chance to share their business propositions with our distinguished judges, including Shannon Kalayanamitr from GOBI Partners and Justin Nguyen from Monk’s Hill Ventures.

As we saw at our first ever Demo Day Asia last year, there is an incredible amount of innovation happening in this part of the world, and we’re thrilled to give these talented entrepreneurs the opportunity to shine. Our countdown to Bangkok is on, and we can’t wait to highlight and support the next great tech champions of the region.



Friday, May 31, 2019

Technology an enabler of spiritual, social and commercial activities in Pakistan during the holy month of Ramadan

Technology an enabler of spiritual, social and commercial activities in Pakistan during the holy month of Ramadan

Technology an enabler of spiritual, social and commercial activities in Pakistan during the holy month of Ramadan


New online survey commissioned by Facebook shows majority agree technology help them follow Islamic practices during Ramadan 

Islamabad, 30 May 2019: During the holy month of Ramadan and in the run up to the celebrations for Eid, people in Pakistan are adopting new technology to observe timeless traditions in modern ways.

Results of an online survey by Facebook show that 57% of respondents observing Ramadan, in Pakistan and who also own a mobile phone agree with the statement: “Mobile phones help me to follow Islamic laws and practices during Ramadan.” Almost three quarter of respondents (71%) agreed that mobiles helped them stay more closely in touch with friends and family during the holy month. Being connected is important, most respondents agree (68%), as it helps them know more about what is happening during Ramadan.

Facebook commissioned Kantar to conduct an online quantitative research study in Indonesia, Turkey, USA, UAE, Egypt, Pakistan, UK, France and Nigeria to understand how people observe Ramadan and how their daily routines change during the holy month. The research was conducted in April 2019 and included 954 respondents from Pakistan.

Majority of Pakistani respondents (99%) agreed that Ramadan is more important when compared to other occasions with 94% of Pakistani parents saying it is important to share traditions with their children. Eighty per cent of respondents agreed that they experience a stronger sense of community during Ramadan. 

Umar Qamar, Founder of Pakistan based fashion house Export Leftovers (elo), agreed that the holy month of Ramadan was a significant one not just for the business but also for the community. “The holy month of Ramadan and Eid  is anxiously awaited by Muslims around the world and it is the same in Pakistan. During this auspicious month, Allah Almighty not only opens His doors of mercy and forgiveness upon all of us but also blesses us with countless opportunities.”

Along with the focus on spirituality, the survey shows that Ramadan also has an important social side -  61% of respondents agree that it is a time to spend quality time with family and friends. This is also reflected in the way that Pakistanis use social media during Ramadan. Eighty-five per cent of Pakistanis surveyed said they use the Facebook Family of Apps during Ramadan, with WhatsApp emerging as the most used service with 73% of respondents using it during Ramadan. Connecting with friends and family is one of the top reasons for accessing Facebook services during Ramadan, along with discovering spiritual content - from participating in prayer groups on WhatsApp to sharing religious quotes and sermons on Messenger.

“The key takeaway is that Ramadan is a time of great spiritual importance and community and that technology is increasingly integrated into rituals for the holy month. It also has an important social side and brands have an opportunity to forge meaningful connections with their audiences at this time through inspiring and relevant content,” said Ali Khurshid Ahmed, Client Partner-South Asia, Facebook. 



The survey also shows that during Ramadan, people tend to focus on purchasing food, clothing and household items. Sixty-one per cent of respondents agree that Ramadan is a time for good food, 37% say it is the best time to find good deals and 37% agree that they like dressing up for the occasion. “The holy month of Ramadan signifies new beginnings and is the biggest occasion of the year to shop for everything from clothes to makeup and platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp have become key tools of marketing for us today.” said Mr Qamar.  

A quarter of respondents said they spend the same or more time than usual researching what to buy during Ramadan. Of those who plan Ramadan purchases  in advance, thirty-four per cent of respondents said they use Facebook and Instagram for research on clothing and fashion and 30% of respondents who plan in advance said they use Facebook and Instagram to research household appliances. 

Ramadan observers are open to brand communication through the Facebook Family of Apps. According to the survey, 40% or respondents prefer Facebook as a channel for communication with 33% being open to communication on WhatsApp and 15% being open to a brand approaching them on Instagram. “At elo, we have successfully used Facebook and WhatsApp to promote and sell our products and have witnessed a significant increase in business orders as we offer Ramadan sales through our Facebook page,” added Mr. Qamar.     

For those interested in learning more about Ramadan insights across the world, you can visit https://www.facebook.com/business/m/sharedbyfacebook






Wednesday, May 29, 2019

ZapBuddy Finally Launches on Android: And that is great news for Privacy Conscious Users.

ZapBuddy Finally Launches on Android: And that is great news for Privacy Conscious Users.

ZapBuddy Finally Launches on Android: And that is great news for Privacy Conscious Users.


It has been almost a year since we covered the upcoming chat startup- zapbuddy. We liked it for a number of reasons mainly because there hasn’t been something new and good in the highly competitive world of chat apps. The world of Chat Apps has been a very limited one with many new entrants failing to make an impact and rise up to the big players. This startup felt one of the best challenger to the main stream apps, and that is a feat that very few apps have achieved so far. 

We really liked it and were impressed by the hard work done by the team, given the fact they were working with jobs with the team divided between Melbourne and Islamabad. It was an extraordinary story and it was exciting to see the next garage success story happening before us. How a small team manages to work between different countries and jobs yet still strives to work on new features is truly amazing. Most exciting part was that unlike many apps with no adds, data capitalization was not a part of their business plan and that is good to know considering the impact of such strategies around the globe. The team also had patents focused around privacy and that shows the strategic direction of the company.

The app was amazing, but with one big caveat, there was no android version. Now finally the team has launched their android version and we can get to try the app on both platforms. 

The flow in android takes very little getting used to and is neatly laid out. As the team pointed out, one of the most difficult tasks was to make it look simple and easy. As we mentioned earlier as well, the team has patented many new features with the focus on privacy. However, one of the best surprise has been the lock screen. Something we did not expect to catch on, but with whatsapp offering a similar feature, it feels like this is here to stay. 

What we love the most- Privacy Control


The most simple yet extremely useful feature has been the privacy control for display image and location and frankly this is the feature we can see ourselves using the most. The display image can now be set for different users depending weather they are in your phone book or not and even if they are, you can also manually set a different image specifically for them. This is something we haven’t seen in any other app and in today’s world and given the complexity around privacy concerns specifically in our region, this can be a handy feature for users who may have their display images ending up seen by the users they may not want to show to. 

Similar treatment has been done with the locations as well.

WHATS DIFFERENT

AR Location


The AR location is fun to begin with and we can locate places easily around. Whilst it is not beneficial for places we already know about, it can come in handy when navigating new places. This is a fun new feature which seems to be pretty basic at the moment but has a lot of development potential in our opinion. 

Group Features 


Group Chats are almost what we have accustomed ourselves to, however the party piece is the function which lets users have the option to join or decline BEFORE becoming a part of a group. This is a feature which is beneficial for users like us whose number is in a lot of blogging circles and get added into many new groups almost on daily basis and feel bad about leaving the group and not hurting the people who have added me. 

Smart Notifications 

Along the same set of problems is another feature that I personally can use a lot is the “exceptions”. Keeping all the groups quite and creating an exception for selected group like family and team is very useful instead of manually having to silence many number of groups Im already a part of and that can be a daunting exercise. 

Finally, we get to try our hands on Audio and Video calling and it has left us impressed. The quality is at par with the likes of whatsapp and that is a big goal to achieve. We haven’t seen that many apps which have successfully delivered the clarity and for that we would give them thumbs up.

WHATS STILL MISSING

Even though the team has done a great job in successfully creating a very very good chat app that we are happy to see, there are a couple of things we feel still need to be done. For example ability to reply to a specific message is something we have dearly missed in this app. Furthermore, ability to recall the message is also something which needs to be there before making it a full fledged alternative to the established apps. The graphics still feel more refinement here and there but overall satisfactory.

In summary, the long awaited android version has proven to be worth the wait as we have loved the smooth interface, the calling quality, simplicity of adapting and getting used to the new features and new ideas that are honestly benefiting to every day usage. 

Its been fun using the app and quite frankly can see ourselves using it in the long run. The issues we mentioned need to be addressed and hopefully more speedily now. The basics are good to begin with, but there is still work to be done to truly able to rise up to the established competition. For now, we are glad to be observing one of the best challenges we have seen so far to the likes of whatsapp, FB messenger and Line. 

For Video Summary check out the video link below:


Check the website out for more details about the app. 





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