Introduction – How to start making 3D Games

Game Development WorkshopJust like last year, I gave a talk about 3D Game making this summer as well. It was great to see a big audience totally interested in game making, mostly comprised of students and game enthusiasts. All who attended and even those who missed, keep following this blog or follow me on twitter @bastij  and we’ll announce a follow up training session on this very soon.

Thanks all for making it a success.

Remember, you can start developing today!

 

Here are a few photos from the event:

How to download Windows 10 DVD Image ISO without hassle

 

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If you are waiting for a notification, an automatic update, an icon to click in your task bar or any other intimation from Microsoft for a free Windows 10 upgrade, you may be out of luck. Some of us have received the download but for those who are still waiting for a way to download Windows 10, the method is actually pretty simple. This is how I am doing it right now:

Here wo go…

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iOS 7.1.2 is here

Look what Apple sent me today. A new version of iOS.

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I got this on my iPhone 5 in Pakistan. Did you get an update too ?

Android on Nokia, my dream come true!

 

Nokia X

I always wanted Nokia phones to run Android OS. Here comes the day when the dream comes true. Now begins an era of Nokia’s hardware strength and Android’s OS marvel to work together and the phones will soon be in the hands of end users (yes you).

While Nokia is trying to keep themselves as far as possible from Google services for obvious reasons, this does not mean the users, developers and even phone sellers have anything to loose here. This is an amazing development where Nokia is trying to help drive more and more users to Microsoft services including Skype and Sky Drive (recently renamed to OneDrive)  using Google’s Android OS.

So if you are a grumpy Nokia users and a loyal customer, grab a Nokia X phone in near future and I’m sure you’ll have way better set of software apps available on Nokia X than your old Symbian or Nokia OS phone. Win-win for the Nokia user, whether you pick a Windows Phone or Nokia X (Android) phone.

For developers, it creates a whole new market too. Time port your apps to Nokia X fellows, just visit this site to get started.

 

 

4gb ram coming to the the smartphones in 2014

Samsung RAMThe smartphones are getting more and more powerful everyday and the requirements of the users are also increasing as the users want everything to be done on the smartphone from gaming to the office work, to fulfill the needs of the users the smartphones RAM is increasing rapidly day by day to fulfill the customers needs. 2014 has started and 4 GB RAM phones may release this year. It is really an amazing news.

Samsung this Monday announced that they have developed a 8 gigabit 1 GB low powered DDR4 memory chip. The chip offers a 1 GB on a single die and uses 20nm process. It is named as Low power double data rate 4 mobile DRAM(LPDDR4). This means that the 4 GB ram phones may be coming soon which will be a formed by combining a 8GB chip to offer one single 4 GB LPDDR4 package. The ram contains the Low Voltage Swing Terminated Logic(LVSTL) which allows data to be transferred at 3200 Mbps per pin. This speed is twice as compared to the LPDDR3 DRAM and it uses 40% of energy and achieve 50% higher performance than the DDR3 RAM chips that runs on 1.1 volts.

So get ready for the 4GB ram smartphones on which you will be able to play Videos, play games, do your office works and so many things in better and faster way. So enjoy the new year with this great news.

 

The dilemma of Form-R for iOS developers in Pakistan

If you are an iOS developer based in Pakistan and use your iTunes connect account for selling paid apps, you must have seen this email from apple. From now onwards you have to fill this Form R and submit it every month to receive your payments. Every month, you heard it right EVERY MONTH.

Why Form R?

Actually it has something to do with State Bank of Pakistan or some similar authority not letting the payments directly land to the developers’ account. Barclays bank is Apple’s partner bank in the country and they distribute payments to all developers every month. To process these payments now, Barclays bank needs a filled Form R from all developers every month. Big pain?

How to fill Form-R?

While I was freaking out about it, this still doesn’t seem to be that bad at all. Here is the process you have to follow:

1. Log in to your iTunes Connect account and note your payment amount and payment date. You have to send this Form R within 2 weeks of this payment date.
2. Get hold of a copy of Form R. If you have not received it from Apple, you can download Form R from www.basitali.com/downloads/docs/PKFormR.pdf
3. Print form R and print it out.
4. Provide following addresses in “Sender” field on Form R

— Apple Inc., 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA 95014
— iTunes S.a.r.l, 31-33 rue Sainte Zithe, Luxembourg L-273, Luxembourg

5. Mention the amount you can see in iTunes Connect’s Payment section (done in step 1).
6. In the end provide your name, address, telephone number and email address in the beneficiary section. Make sure you include all this information so that Barclays bank can process your payment.
7. Sign the form
8. Put this form R in an envelop and Courier this to following address:
— Barclays Bank PLC, Pakistan, 13 – C, College Road, F- 7 Markaz, Islamabad
Hint: If you are being lazy and don’t wanna go drop it at a courier outlet, you can call Call Courier Service at 111-786-227 and they’ll come and pick the letter from you 😉

What is Form R?

As the title says, Form R is a declaration of foreign remittance receipt above Rs. 10,000 for purpose other than Export and family maintenance. Well, while it says Rs. 10,000 on the title, Apple tells us to make sure to fill the form for whatever amount is coming in. Moreover, while I could put iTunes payment under software export, the banks are actually going to differ with my opinion here. And I also like the year 1947 on the title of the form 🙂

I’m sure this is going to work out and if you follow this process every month, you’ll be receiving your payments on time every month. Please do share your experience with me whether you succeed or you have any issues. Drop me a line on @basitj.

 

Another Beginning

While I’ve been running my own start up and have been involved with a couple before that, I’ve recently joined a friend to go for yet another start-up, a brand new company based in DHA Lahore and this is yet another beginning, yet another exciting action packed start-up and yet another dawn for the new dreams. Continue reading “Another Beginning”

Duddoo aur Dhobi – First step in the right direction

 

Like any other parent having a young child, my worries are beginning to rise as my son has  access to media, music, cartoons, games, entertainment and education that is either in a foreign language or it’s localized in an incorrect way. While it is great to access English, Spanish and French content, there has been a big gap when we talk about Urdu content, especially in interactive education, games, cartoons, stories and edu-tainment apps. No I do not like my son watching Hindi content, that is not Urdu beware. There have been several serious efforts like ToffeeTV to fill the gap but we need to speed up the efforts now.

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