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”

BlackBerry 10 – This better be good.

I’m intentionally writing this post today, BlackBerry 10 launch is just a few hours to go. BlackBerry Z10 is the first device on the given platform and there’s a fair bit of excitement around the RIM and BlackBerry neighborhoods. This has been pretty much down hill for RIM for quite some time and in my opinion this is their last chance to bounce back.

They better get this done right, and they are doing pretty much everything they can to bring back the lost glory to RIM and BlackBerry platform and devices but I’m afraid this may be too little too late. RIM has been missing back to back deadlines and eventually we reach a point where they cannot miss any more opportunities.

I’m sure RIM has been working hard to do a lot of things but here is my wish list of what RIM should do to make it right from here onwards:

* Launch at least 8 devices in 2013 positioned at different price, markets and user levels.
* Break free from networks, allow users to use BlackBerry without using BlackBerry package
* Push popular app makers to bring their apps to BlackBerry 10 ( like Skype 🙂  )
* Devise a mechanism to repel junk apps from their app store, they’ve already got quite a many out there already.
* Wake up and bite the reality, they are nowhere near the industry leaders, so they gotta grow slow and steady.
* Launch BlackBerry N10 as quickly as possible. The bigger chunk of existing BlackBerry fan club is qwerty users.

This list could get longer but it’s enough for now I guess.

In the end I wish luck to RIM and team BlackBerry and as a die hard BlackBerry fan/user/addict myself, I’d love to see RIM to do a real come back.

 

BlackBerry PlayBook Announced – An iPad rival?

BlackBerry playbookWell this is pretty much following Apple’s footstep and launching a 7 inch tablet is really not very innovative but its a cool addition to the available tablet options. This is a very moderate start to announced the launch a very exciting product actually. BlackBerry lovers around the world are excited at the launch and we see some serious competition in the tablet market now.

It’s not only the devices but the BlackBerry tablet OS is also a big announcement at the BlackBerry Devcon in San Francisco today and those who’ve seen it are going crazy I can tell you.

The unveiling video clearly shows the camera capability, multi-tasking, flash in the browser and several other features that are definitely winning against the iPad. Though they are not the first ones to launch the lovable tablet, I’m sure they will definitely grab some market.

Features that really make me go WOW include the HDMI video output for presentations, movies and browsing, full 1080p video playback capability, dual camera for video and still photos and a dual core 1 GHz processor.

I’m sharing here some more specs of the product but if the specs are not enough to impress you, you can scroll down to the bottom of the post to see the unveiling video of the new, dashing BlackBerry Playbook tablet.

Following are the key features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook:

  • 7″ LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording
  • Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
  • Audio playback: MP3, AAC, WMA
  • HDMI video output
  • Wi-Fi – 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB, charging contacts
  • Open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java
  • Ultra thin and portable:
    • Measures 5.1″x7.6″x0.4″ (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
    • Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g)
  • Additional features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook will be shared on or before the date this product is launched in retail outlets.

Apple’s press conference – Nokia and RIM unhappy

Apple on Friday released the video of their press conference. Steve Jobs has presented his case and made some good point and then demonstrated how other popular phones also loose signal when held tight in the user’s hand.

RIM and Nokia have objected the way their phones have been mentioned in this session. The press conference video shows three different phones that loose signal when held tight in the user’s hand, one of them was BlackBerry Bold 9700. Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, founders and co-CEO of RIM have objected by saying that Apple is dragging RIM into their self made debacle.

Jobs also mentioned in the session that you can find pictures all over the internet of Nokia phones saying “Dont touch here”. Nokia has responded to that by saying that Nokia has spent thousands of man hours researching the way people hold their phones and they have been pioneer in making internal antenna featuring phones.

In addition to leg pulling and dragging, there were some concrete announcements in the press conference as well. Apple has announced free bumper cases to solve the antenna problem so that nobody gets to touch the metal border on iPhone 4. Moreover, Apple has also waived the return fees for unsatisfied iPhone 4 customers. These two measures are good enough, why on earth they had to be drag other phones into the scene? They’ve sold all of their phones already, haven’t they?

You can watch the Apple’s press conference video by hitting this link.

Entrepreneurs can do anything!

Just came across this video and it’s so inspiring. The video comes from USA and focuses on US entrepreneurs as such but every bit of it makes sense in it’s international perspective too. Thanks Jehan for the wonderful dig.

ROFL @Apple – How do you hold your Nokia?

There have been news and posts all around that Apple has advised iPhone 4 owners not to hold it in a specific way to avoid any signal dropping issues. I’ve not tried the new iPhone (nor am looking forward to) but Nokia has posted a comprehensive post on “How to hold  your Nokia” and they make the point absolutely clear that you won’t lose any signal, no matter how you hold the phone. Sarcasm at it’s best!

Following is the number of ways in which you can hold a Nokia phone :p

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Win a Free Nokia E73 – Nokia Scavenger Hunt

Nokia E73 Mode
Nokia E73 Mode

Win a newly launched E73 querty phone with a Symbian Series 60 OS, Qwerty keyboard, 5 Megapixel camera and a host of standard features you’ll expect in a Nokia Smartphone. The phone is scheduled to start shipping on 16th of June in US on T-Mobile. If you want to buy it in US, it will cost you just $69.99 with a two years contract and if you want to get it for free, you should head to the Nokia scavenger hunt that is giving away a free Nokia -E73 in US. The competition is not limited to USA. If you are outside US, you can win a good phone (identity not revealed yet) by playing this hunt.

To win the phone you have to give answer to 10 simple quesionts and email them to NokiaE73Mode@ovi.com . Make sure you send it from your ovi account, or  you will disqualify. Here’s the list of the questions you have to answer.

Best  of Luck!

Do let us know if you win this phone. Nokia is good at giving away free phones. I remember winning a Nokia N82 in a competition a couple of years ago.

***Update ***

This has been confirmed. Those who take part in this competition outside US have a chance to win E72. That’s a decent device to win for free 😉