Patari: Revolutionizing the Pakistani Music industry.

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Pakistani music site a game changer:

Pakistan’s entrepreneurs are building worthy products .A new arrival in the market has turned things around .While the US and UK have Spotify, Pandora ,TIDAL and India has Saavn,Pakistan now has music streaming website Patari, which has recently gone viral on social media. Patari has an Impressive ,Overwhelming collection of Pakistani music from over the decades. After inking deals with over 80 Pakistani music labels, they currently have the biggest content library of Pakistani music ever assembled in one place. All this content is organized, tagged and made accessible through a breathtakingly simple interface.

Patari has been fortunate to received seed funding from a venture capitalist firm Sarmayacar which has made its first investment last month. It poured US$200,000 into music streaming app Patari, a Pakistani alternative to Spotify. The brains behind this venture is Rabeel Warraich, who’s a vice president at private equity firm GIC Investment Management and based in London.

The journey towards Patari is tainted with sweat, blood, tears and failure,” Khalid Bajwa, one of the co-founders of Patari .

“We thought up the idea about three years ago during a caffeine induced discussion at Gloria Jeans, and a four-month sprint of coding later, we were pitching it to TV networks” .

The Patari ideology: 

An initiative by the Punjab Government known as Plan9 Incubator.The website currently has a collection of over 600 artists and 20,000 songs, which is expected to grow to 40,000 soon. The team has continued to dig deep into Pakistan’s music ecosystem, it occurred to them as to how acute of a need for something like Patari was.

Pakistani music is so wonderfully diverse, so brilliantly textured into layers of magic and it has formed an integral part of those who lived through the ’80s, ’90s and 2000s. Yet, except for the ever-vibrant indie scene, mainstream music had come to a standstill .The aim of Patari is to provide users with a one-stop-platform for all local music and enable them to discover new songs.With the help of the content team, music fans can explore various playlists and recommendations on the site.

Musicians can also promote and monetize their songs on the website. Artists get a 30% cut from Patari revenue. While Patari promotes their music and help them reach their audience. They also plan to make money through Audio Ads; users will get to hear an ad after every 4-5 songs. Patari also offers Premium Subscriptions, so users pay a small amount of money to hear music in higher quality, be able to download it and listen to it ad free. Finally they plan to have sponsored playlists.

The fact that Patari would hit a nerve with music lovers isn’t surprising. What is refreshing is Patari’s commitment to ensuring access to these precious songs.A  lost heritage of the Pakistani nation.Now you can stream it on the go .

Source: Website ,Android ,Apple, Twitter, Facebook

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GDG Kolachi Presents Tensor flow.

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GDG Kolachi teamed up with The Nest I/O incubator ,for a Tensorflow live viewing party. The Team of Eric & Harris along with friends at Love for Data joined hands and presented the future of data ,deep learning and machine learning to a group of enthusiast.

TensorFlow is an open source software library for machine learning in various kinds of perceptual and language understanding tasks. It is currently used for research and production of different teams in dozens of commercial Google products, such as speech recognition, Gmail, Google Photos, and search. TensorFlow was developed by the Google Brain team for Google‘s research and production purposes and was later released under the Apache 2.0 open source license on November 9, 2015.

TensorFlow is a stand out powerful, accessible, functionality, coupled with the stunning growth of its user base. The release of TensorFlow 1.0, Google has pushed the frontiers of machine learning further in a number of directions Smartphones , cloud services. One of the most impressive new capabilities of TensorFlow is that its models can be run on many smartphones. It has been successfully implemented in automated image captioning software, such as DeepDream. Google officially implemented RankBrain on 26 October 2015, backed by TensorFlow.

GDG Kolachi : Twitter , Facebook .

Tensorflow : Twitter , Github .

Role of Startups in the US Presidential elections.

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This new age has been all about smashing the barriers and expanding the Horizons of human thinking. People back in the days refereed a cozy, secure corporate job and follow the same old boring routine day in day after , the smart age millennials are keen on venturing out of their comfort zones and experimenting with new ideas . Startups have become an essential for catering to every single need of a new age millennial, be it for a household requirement or a long-term goal, buying stuff online an or to help politicians win elections. There is a barrage of e-commerce startups serving the former purpose, the political domain is an untapped domain for startups.

Its seen that between the concept of self-driving cars and the Internet of Things, the fruits of innovation seem to be everywhere ,only except the voting booths.Recently a Bandwagon of startups and non-profits have paved way to help make registration easier for voters and to provide them with information about candidates and ballot measures.

Some of the startups taking up lime light include :

1. GroundWork :The Startup Partly funded by Alphabet Inc.’s chair person Mr Eric Schmidt, the startup makes vital use of data analytics and digital outreach to earn votes.

2. Timshel: The aim of the startup is the connection of big data and politics , Timshel is backed by Eric Schmidt, it boasts two dozen clients, including NGOs like the U.N. Refugee Agency, and is an important engine powering the high-tech voter platform for building community, fundraising, and measuring impact.

3. Agora: The Product was a master plan of a five employee startup which spawned at Harvard’s i-lab and is in the process of raising capital. It can be for web and conferencing technology to create the virtual equivalent of a town hall with a candidate or elected official.

4. Follow My Vote The company has developed an online open source voting platform that will allow voters to independently audit the ballot box.

5. BallotReady : BallotReady, is a UChicago-born startup it is a resource for all the candidate information you need heading into the election day. Type in your ZIP code and it promises instant information on every candidate on the ballot in the area

6.  Center for Tech and Civic Life: The Center for Tech and Civic Life is a non-profit organization that looks at ways that technology can modernize how local government engages with the people it serves, and vice versa

7. Brigade: is an “ideas-based” social network that will  asks for provocative questions inorder to generate debates and help users find a suitable candidate. Co-founded by Sean Parker, who founded Napster and also Facebook.

8. Tinder for Politicians :With Tinder founder Sean Rad as an adviser Voter.xyz, users swipe right if they agree with a political statement and left if they don’t. The app offers matchmaking with presidential, senatorial, and gubernatorial candidates, along with personalities like Megyn Kelly and Stephen Colbert.

Following in the buzz the good news is those days are not . when we’ll be fully interacting with elected officials and government digitally . when it comes to voting or communicating with those officials representing us on the world stage .

Source : Inc. , ChicagoInno .

Exponential Medicine the Pulse of “Medtech”.

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If you’ve ever had to go into the hospital for a major medical procedure, your memory of the experience is probably pretty unpleasant. Even when all goes well, the hospital is a nerve racking place for most of us , we would rather choose not be there . But did you know that just by being treated in a functioning hospital and having access to modern care, As stated in the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery’s 2015 report that quotes of over five billion people lack access to safe, affordable Medical care.

How technology can democratize care:

Founded by Dr Daniel Kraft in 2011, Exponential Medicine is an immersive, hands-on program focused on the implications of breakthrough developments such as 3D printing, personalized stem cell lines, point of care lab on a chip diagnostics, robotics, augmented, artificial intelligence, machine learning, large scale bioinformatics, synthetic biology, low cost genomics, gene editing,Sex and Exponential Tech, Drone delivery of medicine ,Mobile health support ,Remote robotic surgery ,block chain and more. These rapidly developing technologies are discussed in the context of the current explosions of digital information, big data, and connected, on demand, distributed healthcare.

Designed for the clinicians, innovators, investors, executives, and makers driving progress in smart ways. Exponential Medicine gathers world class faculty, organizations, and startups from across the biomedical and technology spectrum to present an engaging series of faculty talks, interviews, hands-on experiences, demos and in-depth exploration of what’s currently in the labs, what’s evolving clinically, and what game changing technologies are emerging in the next 2 to 10 years.

Conclusions

The disruption and transformation of medicine is happening right now.

That’s why each year Dr. Daniel Kraft, head of the medicine track at Singularity University, to bring all of the coolest and most powerful technologies together at Exponential Medicine. Singularity University’s annual conference highlights the future of medical technology, and its annual MEDy Awards that’s Medical Entrepreneurship and Disruption help gauge the pulse of medtech startups.

Startups, organizations, and governments are all identifying the needs for consumer oriented medical technology.

Sources:  Twitter  , Med Talks  , Facebook , Youtube 

Bionic hybrid age may well be flickering to life. Naweed I Syed

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Dr. Naveed I Syed is a world renowned scientist of Pakistani origin and the Head of the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute in Canada.He is the first scientist to connect brain cells to a silicon chip. Dr. Syed has travelled worldwide giving lectures and presenting presentations about the human mind and his mini chip. One of the most important contributions of Dr Naweed was to ‘connect brain cells to a silicon chip’, the first scientist to do so.

This opened up a field of unimaginable potential bringing artificial intelligence to the next stage. He estimates that science fiction type ‘Machine Men’ may be developed in one or two decades, with the use of his silicon chip.The discovery ‘Brain on a chip’ is a major step in the research of integrating computers with human brains to help people control artificial limbs, monitor people’s vital signs, correct memory loss or impaired vision.

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Being able to monitor the dialogue between cell and silicon chip is a crucial step toward one day manipulating it, raising the possibility of neurochip implants that can help restore sight or language after a stroke, or repair neurons that malfunction in a wide range of brain disorders, from Parkinson’s disease to Alzheimer’s.

Until now, the Calgary group had conducted most of its research on cells taken from rat and snail brains. Snail neurons, Dr. Syed said, are four to 10 times the size of human brain cells and easier to manipulate on a chip one millimeter square.

“That’s what the dream really is all about .where a man made device can be integrated into living human tissue and become part of it,” Dr. Syed said.The humbling part, he said, has been the complex wiring of the human brain.”A lot of people still think bionics is science fiction,” Dr. Syed said. “It’s not. It’s already here.”

More in the feild of Neuro Genetics. The Man Who’s Building a Computer Made of Brains ,IBM cracks open a new era of computing with brain-like chip .

The Pokébible : Pokémon Go

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What Are Pokémon?

”Pokémon“ is a combination of the words “Pocket” and “Monsters,” and you might remember them from the last time they sparked an international craze. The first Pokémon games were released in 1996 on the Game Boy .Basically, the game takes place in a world full of Pokémon, monsters of various sizes that can be captured by tiny red balls and tamed by Pokémon trainers.The game, which marries a classic 20-year old franchise with augmented reality, has taken the world by storm despite having been launched in only five countries the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Britain and Germany.

So What’s Pokémon Go? 

Last week, Niantic Labs released a new augmented reality game featuring the monsters from the video game series, and it’s called Pokémon GO. The basic premise is the same as the normal games: players have to capture, train and fight Pokemon. The big difference is that thePokémon are now located in the real world, at least, sort of. Pokémon GO is a GPS enabled game that asks the players to walk around their neighborhoods and hunt down Pokémon. Allows you to take photos of Pokémon in all sorts of weird places and then share them.

 It’s geocaching, basically, which you might be familiar with, just with game mechanics and visuals layered on top of it. The CEO of developer Niantic Labs is John Hanke, who is one of the original chief architects of Google Earth. The head of the developer behind Nintendo Co Ltd’s (7974.T) Pokemon GO said he wanted to launch the smash-hit mobile game in roughly 200 countries and regions “relatively soon” and was working on bolstering server capacity to enable the wider rollout.

The Fandom was perfectly set up for Pokémon Go:

 Nintendo has something called the “same generation hypothesis,” which says that certain audiences stick with their childhood games even after they’ve grown out of the perceived target audience. Pokémon was one of those games, and Nintendo saw it in the dataPokémon has been a hugely popular brand for two decades, and that recognition, combined with the novel idea of hunting in your backyard, has caught hold. So when Pokémon Go came out, it already had a massive built in audience of people who had devices that could play the game.

Pokémon GO: Tips, tricks and cheats : 

If you’re looking to get an edge on other players, here are a few tips and tricks that you might find useful.The most common pokémon are found in the 2km eggs, with the rarest in the 10km eggs .which means you’re in for a lot of walking if you want to advance in the game. But that’s where Rusty Cage’s hack comes in. for more on the hacks visit. PokéStops and the world.

Finding Gyms and Pokestops

The portals from Ingress and the Pokestops and gyms from Pokémon Go are at the same locations.Therefore, using the ingress intel map will provide you with your Pokémon Go map. I haven’t found an official map yet, but this has served the purpouse so far.

Or just look for any of the following, as they are typically great hubs:

  • Shopping centers
  • Parks
  • Museums
  • Churches
  • City Landmarks (city hall etc)
  • Historical Landmarks (statues etc)
  • College Campuses
  • Any other tourist location

Pokestops and Gyms in Pakistan

Started by Imdad Khan, a number of helpful Pokemon Go players have pooled their information together to plot all the known Gyms and Pokestops on a map. As of yet, it contains around 65 locations in Karachi, 35 in Lahore, 63 in Islamabad/Rawalpindi, 3 in Multan, 1 in Rahim Yar Khan, 3 in Bhera and 3 in Abbottabad. You can click on the link below to head over to the map.

‘Pokémon Go’ Craze Raises Safety Issues

Advancing in the game involves collecting items such as “Poké Balls,” which are needed to catch monsters, and can be found at “PokéStops.” Players use captured creatures to fight other players at “gyms.” Social media is full of reports of players hurting themselves by tripping and falling while glued to their phone screens.The authorities have warned people not to drive while searching for characters .

The game “could be potentially leading people into areas where they don’t belong,” such as construction sites or shuttered storefronts.Which may lead to trespassing /breach. Law enforcement has warned people to be mindful while exploring. Pokemon Go app craze could be used by pedophiles to lure unsuspecting young players.

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Wukla.com Pakistan’s First Online Legal Solution’s Paltform.

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Pakistan’s First Online Legal Solution Portal . Is bent upon making Law Easy for people . At Wukla, they wish to change things by combining law with technology to make legal services more affordable, simple to use and open to more people than ever before.At Wukla they spend time and resources to make it easy for people to get the legal help they need. They are proud of the service built and hope many people come to rely upon Wukla.

They are offering growing number of customized legal documents, through online resource’s .All you have to do is Creat Agreements, and get them delivered directly to your door across Pakistan, printed on stamp paper ready to be signed. We also know there’s no replacement for qualified advocates.so they have also launched an Ask a Lawyer, your legal problems are passed onto a panel of leading advocates who are there to help. In future, they are to provide even more exciting and useful services but if you need something personalized for your self, get in touch and they will work with you to bring convenient technology based solutions for your legal problems.

Affordable and accessible legal services are at the core of what we do. Many would agree that much can and should be done to improve access to the law by reducing cost and complexity.They invite you to try the service and see Wukla.com.

Source : Twitter ,Facebook ,Website.

Child Friendly Search Engine launched ‘Kiddle’.

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A kid friendly search engine that promises to all but eliminate the possibility of your child stumbling upon adult content. The search engine is NOT owned by Google and has absolutely no association with the tech giant. Kiddle looks lot like the Google search interface we have been familiar with, but includes some cute child like tweaks. Instead of the familiar, white background there’s a fun outer space theme with a robot alien near the search bar. Kiddle uses a Google Custom Search bar which is embedded in the site to filter out adult stuff.

How is Kiddle designed specifically for kids?

It blocks a number of explicit search terms, plus certain celebrities which could lead to adult content being displayed . The site says: “Sites appearing in Kiddle search results satisfy family friendly requirements, as they filter sites with explicit or deceptive content. Kiddle promises your child will be safe in their searching. The logs are cleared every 24 hours and Kiddle collects no personal information. In case some bad words are present in a search query, The guard robot will block the search. If you wish to request additional keyword blocking, please use our keyword blocking form. If you wish to request additional site blocking, please use our site blocking form.

It looks like Kiddle might be the answer to giving kids free reign for a school project without worrying.Are you going to use Kiddle? Let us know in your comments.

Source : http://www.kiddle.co/

Uber and Careem batteling for the crown of South Asia.

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Uber Technologies Inc. launched its ride hailing app in Pakistan on Thursday, as a part of the company’s $250 million investment drive that also includes expanding into Middle East and North Africa. Uber’s launch comes shortly after rival service Easy Taxi, backed by German firm Rocket Internet, pulled out of Pakistan amid a broad exit from Asia, where competition from local ride start ups including Singapore based Grab Taxi and China’s Didi Kuaidi is strong.It launched its low-cost uberGo service across Lahore at Rs13.7 per kilometer.The cost is added to a base fare of Rs100. The safety of both passengers and drivers will also be a major challenge where high crime rates and an intractable militant insurgency are prevalent. Abdellatif said all Uber drivers would go through rigorous screening, as well as undergo mandatory training aimed at raising awareness about sexual harassment. Uber will be launched in Karachi and Islamabad during next few months. Uber said that its launching the service in Pakistan with a cash as well as the usual electronic payment option – one of the first Uber cities globally to do so.

Careem, the taxi booking mobile application launched in the UAE,Founded in Dubai in 2012, Careem currently operates in 25 cities, from Morocco to Pakistan, has secured US$ 10 million investment in a second round of funding led by Al Tayyar Travel Group and existing investor STC Ventures.The cab service has made way to Pakistan .Careem, has signed an important agreement with the Pathfinder Group, Pakistan’s largest private security group, to conduct detailed background checks on the company’s ‘Captains’ (drivers).Coming back to the App ,You Choose the car type that best suits your needs then select from the class required First, Business, or Economy class cars and they will automatically locate your address using GPS.You’ll be able to message or call your Captain, or just sit back and follow them on the map. They’ll be at the location you requested in just a few minutes. We’ll send you an SMS to let you know they’ve arrived.Select your payment method by choosing to pay cash or with a credit card when setting up your account. You won’t have to wait for the Captain to process your credit card. We’ll just put the charge on your file.

Just recently Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas inaugurated A-Taxi cab service in Pakistan ,Lahore on Tuesday. Albayrak Group has launched the service with a fleet of 100 cabs.Similarly to Careem a smart phone application developed for the cab service could be used to book rides.To take up the challange the E Rikshaw is making way to the streets of pakistan .Zar Motors, an environmentally-responsible company that provides Electric Rickshaws and Loader Vehicles with non-combustible engine in Pakistan.All the positives are a graet jesture they are committed to bringing Pakistan’s public transport system at par with international standards.

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Careem : Facebook  ,Twitter

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Hello Alfred killing it in the running errands business.

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Hello Alfred is a weekly subscription service that handles your grocery shopping, laundry, dry cleaning and house cleaning so you can spend your time doing the things you love. Alfred is a smart way to take care of errands without doing them yourself. Your carefully organized, Alfred weekly visits learns to anticipate what you need before you ask. one of the co founders Marcela S says ,

“We built Alfred to find time to do the things we love. With Alfred, we can fundamentally change the way people help each other and get things done.”

By taking care of the many to-dos and errands that come up in life, we allow our members to focus on other facets of their life, like family, friends, work, and play.Having a little extra help in your life should be an affordable luxury for everyone. Extra help equals extra time, and extra time means the freedom to live your life doing exactly what you want to do.You can learn more about pricing here .You’ll only be charged for the cost of goods – no service fees or hidden costs, ever. By combining intuitive technology with human intuition, the longer you have Hello Alfred, the better it gets.

Source: Website  ,Facebook ,Twitter 

Stay updated with the PSL buzz.

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The Pakistan Super League (PSL) is a professional Twenty20 cricket league in Pakistan composed of 5 member clubs. Its slated to be called as the reborn of Pakistani cricket. Headquartered in Lahore, the PSL is considered to become the premier professional cricket league in Pakistan. The First season of league is composed of 5 teams and the PSL regular season runs through the month of February, with each team playing 8 games; the top 4 teams with the best record will qualify for the post season (or playoffs), culminating in the championship game, the PSL Cup.

Stay up to date with the cricket Buzz Download ,The official app for Pakistan Super League the only app that updates you with live match streaming, scores, results, news, and exclusive content. Also you can create your dream team to play Fantasy League and win exciting prizes.

FB :Pakistan Super League , Twitter :@thePSLt20. Tickets :PSL

Sukoon.pk equals home improvement solutions.

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Pakistan’s start up community has shown Blitz speed growth in recent years though there is still vast potential for development , For the initiative, Pakistan Software Houses Association tech incubator Nest I/O is partnering with Google and Samsung and the US Consulate General to support the organisation.

Sukoon.pk a venture of Nest I/o has a mission which is simple to provide a world class experience by offering the broadest range of products and services such as stand by carpenters, plummers ,painters, masons along with superb technical home improvement expertise.  Sukoon.pk  they intent to serve the customers with the highest level of integrity. These core values define the culture and can be experienced each and every day in the way they conduct business with various customers, vendors and fellow associates.

Sukoon.pk Has secured its seed investment, making it the highest valued startup .The round was led by Crescent Ventures as the lead investor, followed by TIE Islamabad Angel Fund and Dotzero Ventures.

Mr Humayun Mazhar, who is also the lead investor, shared his thoughts while signing the deal. “Sukoon is a project founded by passionate entrepreneurs and offers a compelling and much needed innovative solution for a need in the home and office space

Contact Person: Shoaib Iqbal ,Company Name: Sukoon.com.pk

Phone Number: 03242026370 ,Email Address: shoaibiqbal@sukoon.com.pk

Website: https://www.facebook.com/sukoonpakistan/

Faraday Futures’s Electric Super Car to compete with Tesla .

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First unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 4, 2016, the FFZERO1 Concept vehicle is a test bed and a parallel study from which the design and engineering teams continue to draw inspiration and solutions for the future range of clean, intuitive electric vehicles.It is a car of concepts. Explore Faraday Future’s groundbreaking racecar.

The design features a glass roof, which offers a clear view of the white carbon fiber interior and some of the car’s more novel ideas, like a smartphone mount in the center of the steering wheel, the Halo Safety System that supports the driver’s head and neck, and a helmet that feeds the driver water and oxygen. The instrument panel is also designed to gather biometric data about the driver .The goal was to build a car with a sixth sense for its driver’s intentions and needs. One with adaptive personalization, seamless transfer of custom vehicle configurations, access to live images, and real tihina me data visualization.

The Mean machine looks more appropriate for a race track than a city street thanks to a claimed 1,000 horsepower, a 0-60 time under three seconds, and a top speed over 200 miles per hour. Of course, those are all purely theoretical numbers since this is just a concept, though the company teases that it could see “limited production.” . For the powertrain, they started from the ground up with the Variable Platform Architecture (VPA). It features a new battery structure that’s centrally placed for integrity and arranged into modular strings

Sculpted by aerodynamics for driving performance and efficiency, the smooth, flowing surfaces of the FFZERO1 Concept morph from one unique element to another, creating volumes that tightly embrace the driver—ultimately forming an ideal environment for high performance operation.

Source : Faraday Future , FF

Profiling: The Origami Micro bot.

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At the recent International Conference on Robotics and Automation Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Technische Universität München (TU Munich) . Have unveiled a small origami robot that can fold itself, walk around, and even self-destruct. Small enough to sit on a fingertip ,Weighing only a third of a gram, the robot can swim, climb an incline, traverse rough terrain, and carry a load twice its weight.

The robot’s design was motivated by a hypothetical application in which tiny sheets of material would be injected into the human body, navigate to an intervention site, fold themselves up, and, when they had finished their assigned tasks, dissolve.They also possess skills that may come in handy to combat human ailmentsExperts believe this new technology can be used to help doctors perform key medical operations from within the patient’s body.

A multi-stage folding process can also be achieved by heating the robot at varying degrees. Low heat can give the shape-shifting robot one form, but placing it back on the heating pad and raising the temperature can result in a secondary design. The Only component is a permanent magnet affixed to its back. Its motions are controlled by external magnetic fields. Its amazing self folding powers can be attributed to the sheet of polyvinyl chloride embedded within each of the several prototypes created by its inventors to find the optimal material. The commonly found plastic contracts when subjected to temperatures of about 150° F.

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Instead using a set of wires to make the robot move, it uses an external magnetic field made up of four coils to guide it along its path. These magnets power its movement by cycling on and off at 15 hertz. MIT graduate student Cynthia R. Sung, co-developer of the robot says unlike traditional robots, all these motions are “embedded into the mechanics of the robot body.” This means that it does not need external “legs,” motors, or other movement enabling appendages to be mobile.

This causes the magnet that the robot is attached to oscillate back and forth, and the robot oscillates as well. As this happens, the front and back legs of the robot alternately contact the ground, and the asymmetry of the design combined with the intentionally off-center balance point causes the robot to walk forward. None of this works with the robot in its unfolded, flat configuration: it has to be folded into this shape to walk at all. The Smaller robot could be inserted into an individual’s body, navigate through the bloodstream, perform medical tasks and then eventually dissolve in the stomach.

The technology could also be used for planetary explorations. The robot could be programmed to collect various soil samples or even journey through small cracks in the ground.

Adapted : MIT 

The Thiel Deal #ZerOtoOne.

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Peter Thiel hardly needs an introduction; his name has been tied to some of the most successful companies of our time ,He is an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist,hedge fund manager, and social critic.He also co-founded Palantir, of which he is chairman. He was the first outside investor in Facebook .Over the span of his career, he has had the chance to watch companies make it and break it, he taught a class at Stanford University covering everything he knew about startups.The class,was developed out of Founders Fund and specifically, notes taken by a student led to the publication of his book, Zero to One.

Here is its description of “zero to one”: 

“Zero to One” describes the process of creating something radically new and taking it to the first step (Horizontal or intensive growth). The phrase is used in contrast to the term “1 to n” (Vertical or extensive growth), which means creating incremental improvements to what is already familiar. The aim of the phrase is to encourage more “zero to one”, or entrepreneurial, behavior. There are Three kinds of innovation:

  • Performance-improving innovations that replace old products with new and better models.
  • Efficiency innovations that help companies make and sell mature, established products or services to the same customers at lower prices.
  • Market-creating innovations that “transform complicated or costly products so radically that they create a new class of consumers, or a new market.”

By Contrast Market creating innovations are the most important of these, because they usually generate whole new industries, new jobs and new economic growth.Peter-Thiel-Zero-to-One-700dpi

Thiel speaks from experience. He was involved in a number of successful market creating firms. He cofounded PayPal, which was sold in 2002 for $1.5 billion. The team that he put together at PayPal is known in Silicon Valley as the “PayPal Mafia.” It included a number of entrepreneurs who have gone on to launch successful startups. “Elon Musk has founded SpaceX and co-founded Tesla Motors; Reid Hoffman co-founded LinkedIn; Steve Chen, Chad Hurley , and Jawed Karim together founded YouTube; Jeremy Stoppelman and Russel Simmons founded Yelp; David Sacks co-founded Yammer. Thiel also helped fund the launch of Facebook.

The core philosophy of his book is ,If  you do what has never been done and you can do it better than anybody  else, you have a monopoly and every business is successful exactly  insofar as it is a monopoly. But the more you compete, the more you  become similar to everyone else. From the tournament of formal schooling  to the corporate obsession with outdoing rivals, competition destroys  profits for individuals, companies, and society as a whole.The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique.Not all truly innovative design is completely “zero to one”, however. Facebook was not completely “Zero to One”, as it built on ideas that were improvements over Friendster and Myspace. But it is important to note that Facebook’s improvements were not incremental improvements rather it started doing things differently from a new zero ground.

I think we can all agree that some types of work have more “zero to one” characteristics than other types of work. For example, the creation of the Thiel Fellowship was definitely a “zero to one” event, and Peter Thiel’s creation of the fellowship was partially inspired by the need to inspire more people to do truly “zero to one” work.

Socio Economic Startups,Profiling The Latitude Project

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The two sisters Alanna & Jennifer Tynan grew up in the small mountainous town of Nelson, Canada BC .Causing trouble and playfulness of the mountains, rivers and lakes. As children they had spent many winters in small villages in latin America, Mexico seeing firsthand a reality much different from their own. Though the culture was vibrant and the people were jovial, it was impossible to ignore the poverty.

They came to understand that things are done differently around the world but we recognized that basic needs transcend physical borders. The need for clean water. Sanitary living conditions. Access to health services. Basic education. Basic human rights that people in many areas of the world do not have the means to access. This lead for them to start the Latitude Project so that they could partner with communities and do what they can to help.

There Adventurous personalities lead them to go on ventures the love for  campfire, spontaneous road trips and being part of something much bigger than there selves. They clame not to be a couple of Mother Theresas there imperfect humans with a desire to leave the world a little better than it was when they got here. There lovers of this fragile and wonderful life and staunch believers in the sentiment that to improve and enjoy the world are not mutually exclusive. And luckily,There not the only ones.

They explore, listen and respond. Communities express what they need and they work together to achieve that change. This way, projects are locally embraced and sustained over time. Each unique project is reflective of differing customs, cultures, and ever-changing needs. 100% of public donations fund projects on the ground without trickling through administration fees: from education facilities to medical initiatives, roofs to clean water, Latitude helps people meet their basic needs so they can live their own adventures.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/thelatitudeproject ,Email info@thelatitudeproject.com,

 

E-Retail Jousting,Future of Mobile payements

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Its here one of the biggest weekends for online retailers and eCommerce companies .Top Electronic retailers have launched cyber Warfare this weekend marking thanks giving . Following the black Friday, Cyber monday trend set by DarazHomeShopping is offering White Friday discounts on the same day as their competitors. White friday as in white and pure .Similarly Kaymu revealed their Black Friday discounts yesterday as well.

And it says shop on grab Garments ,Electronic ,Appliances and numerous other Discounted products.Not only will this sort of a battle spree promote online shopping, but the customers will be the major beneficiaries to avail massive discounts. Pakistan is set to invite global online payment giants PayPal and Alibaba to offer their services in the country. And its set to launch an era of Mobile payments and easy on the go online shopping capabilities with grade a security . Opening Numerous e commerce options and advances in the mobile internet industry .

Alibaba has pioneered the eCommerce industry by recently scoring the highest turnover for one such online sale strategy the Guanggun Jie in other words know as the Singles’ Day. Bet it Black Friday  or any other shopping fest it has become the busiest shopping day of the year as retailers offer huge discounts and customers wait for that time throughout the year. This increases business and profits as a whole.

Source: http://www.kaymu.pk/early-bird/https://www.daraz.pk/ ,http://homeshopping.pk/

 

 

 

Startup halloween, maniac style.

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Maniac Pumpkins are locally grown in the states ,they are REAL pumpkins.Throughout each step of the creation process, the carvers take utmost care to ensure the highest quality products. Founders, Marc Evan (@marcmaniac)and Chris Soria (@chrissoria), have been collaborating creatively for over 20 years, creating all manner of artistic wonders. The roots of Maniac go back to while Marc and Chris were still in high school. Each year they spent weeks transforming a section of the school into a series of successfully terrifying Haunted Houses.

Experimenting and developing their own styles and techniques with a new art medium, Marc and Chris, began to push the boundaries of what had previously been achieved with pumpkin. Word of mouth spread about the carvings. And after a couple of very flattering stories in the press, bigger clients like the New York Yankees, Food Network and Martha Stewart began to request their services.  It was then, that Maniac Pumpkin Carvers was formed with the mission of creating the best pumpkin artwork available. What started in a basement apartment has now grown to a full creative studio, with a dedicated team of talented artists and pumpkin carvers.

They now offer several services ranging from Advertising, Weddings and special occasion, Promotions, Costumes, Custom work,Works of Art,Portraits ,Special requests (carving for Museum of Modern Art, Queens Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum, and many top agencies, galleries) ,Celebrity Icons, Branding, Photography also participate in live carving events and offer special Classes to learn the trait.

Maniac Pumpkins are perishable, but with proper care, can last two weeks or longer.

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 Source:http://www.maniacpumpkincarvers.com/ ,https://www.facebook.com/maniacpumpkincarvers

For $100,000 Sooam offers new life for your Dog.

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Sooam’s Biotech headquarters in Seoul,where Dr. Hwang Woo Suk, 61,runs the only facility on earth that clones dogs for customers willing to pay $100,000. He is known to have led the team that cloned the first dog in 2005,he then produced more than 550 cloned puppies since, increasing efficiency of an already complicated process to a point where he guarantee an exact genetic copy of a client’s dog, provided he has healthy tissue to work with.

In 2005, Hwang was named Korea’s first “Supreme Scientist.” By 2009, he was “penniless and devastated

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The Joint Aim of Sooam Labs and BoyaLife a fast-growing Chinese biotechnology company is Targeting the Rare breeds, dogs cloned for devoted owners, those specialized working dogs for police and bomb-sniffing other medical related uses will be a part of that business. And Ultimately moving onto Cows ,Panda’s. A Different dimension suggests work is underway Ironically on a 40,000 year old Mammoths and Eventually Humans.

Beyond that, the research facility intends to explore the various biomedical applications of cloning and stem cells, another area of focus for Sooam and BoyaLife . At Sooam a technique known as the somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), in it the nucleus of an oocyte (egg cell) is removed and replaced by that of a somatic (body) cell from the mature specimen being cloned. These cells are fibroblasted. They’re taken via skin biopsy from the abdomen and cultured in a lab. Once the cell nucleus is in place,electricity is used to fuse the nucleus and oocyte together into a reconstructed embryo that’s implanted into a surrogate mother. Dogs have some complicated reproductive traits that make the species difficult to clone; most problematic, the ovulation cycles are irregular, and the eggs are in a mature state and optimal for cloning for only a few hours.

BioPremium K9, an another such startup making into the Clone animal market They provide premium grade canines that are able to protect and save the lives of our citizens.

Notes:http://en.sooam.com/dogcn/sub01.htmlhttps://www.facebook.com/sooambiotechhttp://www.boyalifegroup.com/english/introduction.aspxhttp://premiumk9.com/

Tech Mela to hit the Shores. #TECHFEST

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Google has initiated its support and has announced the largest web shopping festival in Pakistan,Referred to as the ‘Tech Mela’ or like i would say a TECH FEST!! , the online shopping fest will be ,the first of its kind in the country’s already gigantic e-commerce market.Tech Mela is scheduled to run for a duration of 10 days, starting by the September 11 and will end on September 20. Tania Aidrus,Country Manager South Asia Frontier at Google says;

“Pakistan’s mobile industry is really taking off with more and more people coming online and using their smartphones as their primary Internet device,”

She added ,It is absolutely the right time to hold this virtual shopping festival just before the traditional holiday and festive period of Eid ul Azha and what better way than to hold it online where the next wave of buyers will be congregating.

Tech Mela will focus on exclusives, special deals and attractive discounts on smartphones, gadgets, data and voice plans that will only be available online during the duration of this event.

Notes: http://techmela.com/ ,https://www.facebook.com/Tech.Mela/

How to Split Share with a Refugee and Crowdsource the Rent

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The Idea behind the Startup Flüchtlinge Willkommen better know as Refugees Welcome ,Is Why shouldn’t refugees in your country be able to live in shared flats or other normal housing situations instead of mass accommodation highlighting a major Humanitarian Refugee crises. Flüchtlinge Willkommen matches refugees and families willing to house them.The website Dubbed as the GermanAirbnb‘ online service which links refugees and citizens willing to share their accommodation has won an overwhelmed support.The website based in Berlin has helped 134 people and more to find a home in Germany and Austria but more than 780 Germans have now signed up showing support.

The Site came about after a 28-year-old Mareike Geiling left Berlin to spend a semester teaching in Cairo and decided to donate her vacant room to a Malian refugee named Bakary by crowdsourcing his portion of the rent.Eurpoe know faced with a serious Refugee crises ,She along with her boyfriend concluded to start a platform dedicated to help the refugees. After few sessions and exchage of ideas over Skype her boyfriend, Jonas Kakoschke,with a social worker friend the trio launched together a WordPress site to encourage others to do the same.Few months later, Refugees Welcome was live and taking applications from both refugees and potential hosts.

Jonas Kakoschke says “we think that the refugee should live under the same conditions as the rest of the flatmates”.

The response was overwhelming ,Geiling says, “it exploded”. She and Kakoschke now work full-time on the initiative,which is currently active in Germany and Austria,and it planned for expansion into several other countries. The issue of accommodation and respectful treatment of refugees she says is not a German question,neither a European question it’s a worldwide question.

Notes: http://www.refugees-welcome.net/,https://www.facebook.com/fluechtlingewillkommen,hello@refugees-welcome.net,http://www.fluechtlinge-willkommen.at/

Oshkosh Corp builds Humvee successor ,The JLTV

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The JLTV part Humvee part tank is the next in line of tactical vehicle chosen by the US Army , Marines ,special forces .Oshkosh Corp has beaten out current Humvee builder AM General and the defense giant Lockheed Martin for the honor of replacing the military’s workhorse.

It has been a long ,bumpy road for Oshkosh Corporation and its L-ATV vehicle, The Wisconsin-based US defense contractor has won a three-year competition. And has been handed over a $6.75b contract to build a new breed of military’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (LATV), the successor to the long-serving High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, better known as the Humvee.

It’s no small sum, but the Oshkosh JLTV is a thoroughly modern war machine, one that outperforms the Humvee in every way. Design requirements called for a new vehicle that was tougher, more capable, more versatile, easier to transport, easier to fix and above all, more protective of the soldiers and Marines who will operate it.

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U.S. Army Awards $6.7 Billion Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Contract to Oshkosh Corporation
August 25, 2015 05:36 PM Eastern Daylight Time
OSHKOSH, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) has awarded Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company, a $6.7 billion firm fixed price production contract to manufacture the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). The JLTV program fills a critical capability gap for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps by replacing a large portion of the legacy HMMWV fleet with a light tactical vehicle with far superior protection and off-road mobility. During the contract, which includes both Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) and Full Rate Production (FRP), Oshkosh expects to deliver approximately 17,000 vehicles and sustainment services…
More from the Press release can be found (BUSINESS WIRE)
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Majestic Pakistan .Glimpses into the lives by Brandon.

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Brandon Stanton famous for running a pictorial blog (Human’s of Newyork) has visited Pakistan, he reached  in July 2015  and started posting pictures of pupil living in pakistan detailing there lives. The latest pictures on his page are from the beloved Mega Metropolis the city of Karachi . A premier Tourist , Fun and Dinning Destination.

Brandon, Started his journey from the North of the city the Hunza, traveled across into the South towards Islamabad ,Lahore and Karachi shared Beautiful stories from his own lens of day to day lives of Pakistanis craving love and affection . His work was appreciated by many Pakistanis who had thanked him at presenting a positive picture of Pakistan, the work which our media has failed to accomplish over several years. We Pakistanis will always remember the positive work Brandon did for us .His pictures shared that Pakistanis unlike the most nations of the world are  similar and demand and strive for peace. Not only Pakistanis, but foreigners too thanked Brandon for showing them the brighter side of Pakistan.

See his posts Pictorial galley below ( All Rights Reserved ):

We thank Brandon for the blissful visit that he paid donot forget us spread love and peace . An anonymous source, quoted by The Express Tribune and The Nation claim that not only has Stanton visited several cities in Pakistan he has already left too. We bid him farewell for those interested in Helping and Assisting the pupil in need can send advise and generous donations at email: honypakassist@gmail.com. Thanks love from Pakistan.

Notes:

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Pakistan/TravelGuide-Pakistan.html

https://www.facebook.com/hunzaonfoot?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/humansofnewyork?fref=ts

https://twitter.com/humansofny

http://www.humansofnewyork.com/

http://www.embassyofpakistanusa.org/consa6.php

The Great Indian Takeover of America Tech Edition.

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  1. Mr. Pichai, who was born in the Chennai,has joined Google in 2004 as a vice president of product management, overseeing search and consumer products such as iGoogle, Google Toolbar, Desktop Search and Gadgets, Google Pack, and Gears.This IIT Kharagpur grad has been named new Google CEO as of August 10 ,2015. He will be heading Google’s Android Business .A New umbrella firm  Alphabet has been announced of which Google will be a part with Larry Page himself at the helm.
  2. Mr Satya Nadella After more than two decades of working at Microsoft, Hyderabad-born Satya Nadella was named the company’s third CEO in 2014. He was integral in shifting the company to cloud computing.
  3. Ms Indra Nooyi Consistently featuring in Forbes ‘The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ she has been running the comapny for the last decade, is the CEO of Pepsico. Born Indra Krishnamurthy in Chennai, the 59-year-old has led the company’s global strategy for more than a decade now.
  4. Mr Rajeev Suri Leading the Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia is India-born .Mr Suri has been working with Nokia since 1995, and previously headed the Nokia Solutions and Networks division bringing big profits for the company.
  5. Mr Shantanu Narayen After beginning his career at Apple,originally from Hyderabad went on to become the CEO of Adobe in 2007. Joining the well-known software company in 1998 as vice-president of worldwide product research, Mr. Narayen moved up the ladder to COO by 2005 and CEO in 2007.
  6. Indian-origin Francisco D’Souza currently heads Information Technology giant Cognizant. He was named president and CEO in 2007 after working in the sector for more than 20 years.
  7. Mr Sanjay Mehrotra He Co-Founded ScanDisk in 1988 and served as its Vice President of Engineering, Vice President of Product Development, Director of Memory Design and Product Engineering and the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer .

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https://www.google.com/about/company/facts/management/#larry

Wicked Cristiano Ronaldo ‘ROC’ headphones by Monster.

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Soccer legend Cristiano Ronaldo went into ‘El Disguise’ Mode to master transform him self into a overly hairy Street performer, He took to the streets of Madrid ,Spain. Took on locals with quick dribbling and crazy footi skills,Shortly people took notice and quickly drew a large crowd for his playful soccer moves and footwork.

Ronaldo revealed his identity to a young fan. The stunt was part of the “LIVE LIFE LOUD” campaign for Ronaldo’s newest venture ROC by Monster headphones and speakers, which you can check out here.

The collection features the wireless on-ear ROC Sport Freedom ($250), wireless in-ear ROC Sport SuperSlim ($170) and the wired over-ear ROC Sport Black Platinum ($300). All three models carry glossy black and gold aesthetics and plenty of Monster and ROC branding.

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http://www.ebay.com/rpp/roc

Corporate Cat Calling .

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Sofia Ashraf, a young female rapper from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu who rose to fame by riffing about social justice while wearing a burqa,released a new single this week about corporate responsibility.In her new rap, posted online by Jhatkaa, a nongovernmental organization that leads campaigns for social justice.

she calls on the multinational corporation Unilever to help former workers at a thermometer plant that its Indian subsidiary closed years ago, after mercury contamination was discovered there.The contamination continues to impact forests and groundwater.The workers cannot afford private healthcare. They have been fighting for Unilever to clean up the toxic contamination and compensate them for their medical expenses as a result of mercury for many long years.

The rap song is part of a wider social media campaign aimed at shaming Unilver. Here Watch,share on different social media and sign the petition to increase the pressure asking for Unilever to clean up the mercury poisoning in Kodaikanal: http://www.jhatkaa.org/unilever/

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https://www.facebook.com/sofia.ashraf

https://www.jhatkaa.org/

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“Large, powerful, but regal, Cecil was known for being comfortable around humans—and simply for having a name, say those that knew him”

Cecil the Lion was a majestic creature, known for his gentle nature and instantly loved by all who saw him. He was killed by Mr Walter palmer, a Minnesota dentist who shot dead Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe has sparked major outrage globally, Cecil was a male Southwest African lion who primarily lived in the Hwange National Park in Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe. He was a major attraction at the park and was being studied and tracked by Oxford University as part of a larger study.

The killing of Cecil the lion has provoked outrage worldwide, with Zimbabwe has started extradition proceedings and hopes the United States will cooperate, said Oppah Muchinguri, the African nation’s environment minister. A Gold plating company Goldgenie has created a special version of the HTC One M9 dedicated to the memory of Cecil the lion to raise funds for a charity dedicated to the conservation of animals in Hwange National Park where he lived.

Many including me would recommend to donate any means of support towards ,Friends of Hwange which is a charity that is working hard towards the conservation of wildlife in Hwange National Park, the home that Cecil was cruelly lured from.

Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve and faces many challenges such as developing and maintaining water resources, protecting the animals from poachers and maintenance of roads.  The Friends of Hwange Trustees emphasize that 100% of donated money is used in the Park for the good of the animals as the trust does not incur any running expenses outside of the Park and all work done by the Trustees is done so on a voluntary basis. For further information or to make a direct donation to the charity, please visit the charity’s website.

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https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfHwange

http://friendsofhwange.com/

http://www.goldgenie.com/

http://www.htc.com/us/

Barbaric Murder of Cecil / Htc Connection.

Textile Juggernaut aka ‘Kapray’ making head way.

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As his twitter handle says ,Kapray the brands CEO and Seasoned Entrepreneur Mr Faisal Saya , commented, “My vision was to create a brand that could not only compete with, but out do the international brands that everyone looks forward to in Pakistan. He is a visionary who has had numerous years of experience leading Al-Rahim Textile which is a leading textile manufacturer and exporter from Pakistan with a modern, state of the art plant & machinery to produce quality products, towels, bedding and kitchen linens.

Kapray is basically a clothing brand that covers everyone’s needs, includes Men, Women, kids and Home ranges in its collection including but not limited to shoes, bags, stitched clothes and unstitched fabric.Kapray is an seamles channel brand offering trendy ,fast fashion retailer. Since Kapray controls its processes in the supply chain starting from fabric construction to the finished product,it ensures high quality and aims at exceeding customer expectation.

After numerous years of planning and getting the formula right .Kapray launched its first ‘MEGA STORE’ on 5th July 2015 in Dolmen Mall Clifton Karachi. The launch event featured a star studded red carpet event attended by a host of glamorous celebrities /models including Abbas Jaffery, Sarwat Gillani, Ahsan Khan, Azfer Rahman, Kiran Khan, Rubab Ali, Nadia Hussain to name a few.

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https://www.facebook.com/kaprayonline/timeline

http://www.kaprayonline.com/index.html

https://twitter.com/Kapray_Online

https://instagram.com/kaprayonline/

Internet.org an Opportunity calling .

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Every person joining the internet has a story to tell. Here’s a story from a student in Colombia who is using the internet to learn.Internet.org is a partnership between social networking services company Facebook and six companies (Samsung, Ericsson, MediaTek, Opera Software, Nokia and Qualcomm) that plans is to bring affordable access to selected Internet services to less developed countries by increasing efficiency,and facilitating the development of new business models around the provision of Internet access .
A year after its successful launched of free basic services in Zambia.Today, more than one billion people in 17 countries can use Internet.org. An application tool that has allowed people to connect to the web in the most remote of areas in order to improve and further there lives. Now, more people are getting online, using these free tools for health, education, jobs and communication putting an end to poverty, and discovering the value of the internet.
After launching free basic services, mobile operators are seeing people adopt mobile data 50% faster than before. More than half the new people coming online through Internet.org choose to pay for data and access more internet services within the first 30 days. In June, people used Internet.org to access online health services more than one million times.
Studies show that for every 10 people who gain access to the internet, around one person is lifted out of poverty. If we can connect the 4 billion people with internet access, we can help raise hundreds of millions out of poverty. An application for the free service can be found here for Android & IOS platforms .Alongside the app launch, Internet.org is also experimenting with drones and satellites to deliver internet to remote areas.
To continue making progress, we’re expanding free basic services to even more operators by making it easier for them to offer Internet.org. We also recently announced the Internet.org Platform to help any developer worldwide offer their services.
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Hip New Chika’s shaping Technology

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This Article aims to encourage Women locally / Abroad to take up the Appropriate education,empowerment of women. which will lead to a prosperous Nation Pakistan.

Many women have contributed to Pakistan’s technology industry and have made a name for themselves,The concept of Women in Technology or towards Entrepreneurship in Pakistan is a new one. There are several examples of women leading the way in Technology and towards Entrepreneurship.This has lead to the growth of the economy from over last few years.

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The presence of these enthusiastic women have brought prosperity,welfare and as role models have encouraged numerous others to stand up and strive for stunning achievements. Here is the list of few Pakistani game changers and their stories.

1. Ms Jehan Ara is the mastermind behind PASHA (Pakistan Software Houses Associations).She is an entrepreneur,speaker,motivator,Human Rights activist and writer for various Industrial publications. A President of P@SHA Tech Incubator,The Nest I/O .

2. Ms Sara Haider is of Pakistani heritage,live’s in San Francisco,Is a Software Engineer at Periscope the new live broadcast /streaming app making head way. An Inspiration to women locally that engineering is not a dying field.

3.Ms Fiza Farhan is the Co-Founder and CEO of Buksh Foundation in addition she is also the Director of Buksh Energy Pvt Ltd runs .A micro finance institution that brings clean energy projects to poor and rural areas. She made it to Forbes’ international list of 30 Under 30 social entrepreneurs was also selected as a “Future Energy Leader” at the World Energy Council.

4.Ms Mona Mahtani from Hyderabad, Sindh has received International N-Peace Award from Judy Cheng-Hopkins, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki-Moon, N-peace Network is a multi-country network of peace advocates in Asia working on the advancement of women and peace issues .She is an advocate of Inter faith harmony and spends her time running a school and other similar projects advocating peace and educational the youth.

5. Ms Shiza Shahid is a young, female Pakistani educational advocate .A Stanford Grad and former McKinsey consultant; she became Ms Malala Yousafzai Chief Strategist and is the driving force behind The Malala Fund. And has even made it to Forbes.

6. Ms Kalsoom Lakhani is founder and CEO of Invest2Innovate (i2i) , LLC, a global social enterprise intermediary that matches investors with social entrepreneurs in emerging markets beginning in Pakistan and (soon) Bangladesh. By her venture she supports entrepreneurs, engaging mentors & investors, and partnering with local stakeholders, work to build a better enabling environment in Pakistan to encourage investment & entrepreneurship.

7. Ms Saba Gul did her Bachelors, Masters from MIT. She studied Computer Sciences and Economics. She is a successful entrepreneur that runs a nonprofit organization Popinjay, which helps girls, and their families of Pakistan, living below the poverty line to get education.

8. Ms Salma Jafri is who founded her own Content Marking Firm named as WordPL.net in 2008 and now she is working currently with Fortune 100 Companies as a Services Provider.

Notes:

http://www.smeda.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=236&Itemid=574

http://codeforpakistan.org/programs/women_and_tech/

http://www.mizlink-pakistan.com/About-Us.html

KAZam equals KAZbrella .

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The KAZbrella is a revolutionary Umbrella more appropriately (an Inside Out umbrella) .We’re currently experiencing in my home country of karachi .Dare I say it a real summer this year with temperatures soaring all time high linking to countless deaths, The revolutionary design can help numerous here and world over from the direct heat and ultra violet radiations . And eventually from the rain when it comes. So, despite the lack of rain (for the next 72 hours at least) it’s still worthwhile speaking to you about KAZbrella.

KAZbrella is a patented Inside out Umbrella

The Device was invented by 61-year-old Jenan Kazim from Hertfordshire ,UK . It is a one of a kind revolutionary design that has several benefits .Mr Kazim, is an aeronautical engineer,he came up with the idea after his mother in law complained her regular umbrella had dripped all over the floor of her house.The idea started as a mere concept seven years ago and in May 2015 the family run business launched a campaign through Kickstarter to fund the manufacturing process.

SO WHAT’S EXACTLY IS A KAZBRELLA?

KAZbrella has challenged an age long umbrella design and know it turns inside out, similar to how a flower opens vice versa to the original design of the umbrella.There are many benefits from the reverse folding mechanism .

Some of the features discussed in the video above are:

  • Drip free.
  • Dry to hold.
  • Opens and closes easily in confined spaces.
  • Avoids poking people in the eye.
  • Doesn’t easily break in strong wind.

To close the umbrella you pull it up, instead of pulling it down as is the case with a normal brolly. The KAZbrella has been designed to operate for the user in the same way as a conventional umbrella. All you need to do is open and close the KAZbrella as you would a regular umbrella.But it has resolves some of the problems that have been lingering on with conventional umbrellas.

They successfully raised £265,397 and expect to deliver the first batch of KAZbrellas in October (2015) .The KAZbrella is currently being manufactured. It will be available to purchase from this website (www.kazbrella.com) in the second half of 2015. If you would like to be added to our mailing list please email info@kazdesigns.co.uk with the subject on details in relation to the product.

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http://www.kazbrella.com/

Startup Visas: The New Fad Attracting Entrepreneurs

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ShutUpStartUpThis post is a repost of an article from Josephine Goube @ Migreat

It’s a good time to be an entrepreneur!

Governments have launched start-up visa schemes this year,Countries are joining the list of specific immigration and tax policies targeted at entrepreneurs. Here is an updated list for 2015 .

Most Entrepreneur visa schemes ask for entrepreneurs to show investments in the range of $40,000 to $100,000. Start-Up Chile is a program for those who want to accelerate and develop a world-class startup in Chile, while helping to shape the local culture and embrace entrepreneurship. Applicant to the Chilean visa with it comes a grants of 20 million pesos (approx $35K).

French Minister of State for the digital economy Axelle Lemaire announced a new entrepreneur visa package called the French Tech Ticket. With this package,foreign entrepreneurs could get a work visa, a $14,000-$28,000 grant (€12,500-€25,000) for each team member, free office space in an incubator in Paris as well as an English-speaking administrative advisor. Announced at La French Touch Conference and limited to 500 applications for now, teams who want to apply need to be co-founders, with at most three co-founders and one French founder who lives abroad. They need to work on a startup, speak English and stay at least six months in France. The French Government is partnering with the city of Paris for the incubator part of the package. entrepreneurs-welcome-english-may-2015

Start-up Visas programs spreading like mushrooms:

So far in 2015 Denmark, France and the Netherlands have already launched national programs to attract foreign entrepreneurs to start companies.Their visa schemes have a few things in common,which is to offer fast-track and specific processes to foreign entrepreneurs with special guidance from local incubators to navigate the system. Denmark and France have put quotas in place. The Netherlands (wisely) has not. Ireland just reformed their immigration system to lower the minimum funding requirement to apply to the visa, and have passed a law to make it easy to recruit foreign talents for startups in hope to better attract global global talent to its tech industry.

Global trend of startup visas this year 2015 has attracted France, Denmark, Netherlands and South Korea; and more are to come (Israel and US). South Korea isn’t the first country in Asia to offer a visa or other type of residency permit specifically to entrepreneurs. Hong Kong’s investment visa, Singapore’s EntrePass, Japan’s visa extension for entrepreneurs, and the Philippines’ investor and employment generation visas all serve similar functions.

In the US, strong business and tech lobbies have been pushing for an immigration reform that would introduce a US start-up visa. President Obama announced that the US will make it easier and faster for entrepreneurs to come to the US and start businesses but nothing has yet happened.

Which countries have the easiest Entrepreneur Visa process? 

It is difficult to say, as rules are not always matching reality. On paper, the Italian, Dutch and Spanish visa look very attractive. Both countries promise a quick processing turnaround (30 days maximum). In Spain, all documentations submitted have to be translated in Spanish. In Italy,the application is reduce to the strict minimum: sending electronically a CV and filling out an online application form. The application form can be filled in English.

The “cheapest” Entrepreneur visa is in Chile where you are not asked to bring investment to the country, quite the opposite: they provide you with funding! This said, it does not mean it is easy to get because you will have to get accepted in the very selective Startup Chile Accelerator.

Only Canada offers a permanent resident visa. All other countries provide only a temporary visa to Entrepreneurs. It positions Canada Entrepreneur visa as the most welcoming. For European countries such as France ,Spain or Italy, the visa is a temporary one but easily renewable.

Conclusion

Interning or working at a startup overseas is a great way to hone your professional skills while immersing yourself in an exciting, new city. As we all know, in today’s post-recession world, a Bachelor’s degree no longer guarantees solid employment. But here’s the silver lining: Just as important as the piece of paper you receive upon graduation is your real-world experience, and international exposure can really set you apart.

Most visas are easier to get if you have been accepted in an accelerator. Entrepreneurs have to prove their business and achieve the renewal requirements in terms of job created and revenue generated. It also has a flexible immigration system that makes it easy and simple for start-up to hire foreigners.The programs could well provide the spark for the US and or the EU to launch programs that attract talent, create jobs and foster innovation on a larger scale.

Originally published on Migreat Blog http://wp.me/p2rYvz-fE .

Red Hot : Iron Man-themed Galaxy S6 edge

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Samsung has teamed up with Marvel and has launched the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Iron Man Limited Edition smartphone in select countries. The handset will reach South Korea on May 27th 2015 along with China and Hong Kong in June. The firm has not mentioned the price of the smartphone or if it will reach other markets or not. The limited edition smartphone comes as a part of Samsung-Marvel tie-up for the Avengers: Age of Ultron movie. 

With Samsung being an active promoter of Marvel’s latest Avengers movie, it’s no surprise to see the tech giant releasing some sort of special edition product to sweeten the deal. The metal of the Galaxy S6 edge sports a red color on the front and back with a gold trim around the sides which are Iron Man’s signature colors.

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Samsung and Marvel have partnered on multiple projects over the last few years. For example, Samsung gave away four limited edition Avengers cases for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in the past. There is also a Battle For The Avengers Tower experience available for the Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headset. Samsung also offers anAvengers: Age Of Ultron theme for the Galaxy S6, which includes a set of wallpapers, lock screens and icons.

As far as the specifications are concerned, it all remains the same.  The Galaxy S6 Edge boasts a curved Quad HD display with the sides acting as a secondary display where you can view notifications and launch applications with one hand. As for the design, it boasts a body made out of Gorilla Glass 4 and metal.

It is powered by a  Exynos 7420 octa-core processor with 64-bit capability and 3GB of RAM. The Iron Man Limited Edition offers 64GB internal storage, 16-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera, and a non-removable 2,600mAh battery. On the software front, it runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop out-of-the-box wrapped under an overhauled TouchWiz UI.

Cyber Crime

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Cyber CrimeWHAT EXACTLY IS A CYBER CRIME

Cyber crime is one of the biggest threats all over the world. A Cyber crime is Any activity commissioned via computer, digital devices and networks used in the cyber realm, and is facilitated through the internet medium. It can include the distant theft of information belonging to an individual, government or corporate sector through criminal tress-passing into unauthorized remote systems around the world.

It includes from stealing millions of rupees from online bank to harassing and stalking cyber users. Cyber Crime also includes sending viruses on different systems, or posting defamation messages. Cyber crime has now surpassed illegal drug trafficking as a criminal moneymaker . Somebody’s identity is stolen every 3 seconds as a result of cyber crime .  Staying on the identity theft organization such as AASHA which means “hope” are working , helping to root out harassment against women of all ages from the society . “It is unfortunate that people are not educated in respecting other people’s privacy, specifically of women,”

Governing Bodies: 

FIA under NR3C  National Response Centre for Cyber Crimes has the exclusive authority to pursue cyber crimes under PECO, the Pakistan Electronic Crime Ordinance 2007, one of two laws that monitor Pakistan’s cyber space. The other is ETO, the Electronic Transaction Ordinance 2002, that provides for “legal sanctity and protection of e-commerce locally and globally”

Pakistan is one of the few countries where cyber crime laws are still in the pipeline waiting for implementation . Pakistan is currently facing the following types of cyber crimes .

Financial crimes
Cyber/Child pornography
Sale of illegal articles
Online gambling
Intellectual property crimes
Email spoofing
Cyber stalking
Forgery
Unauthorised access to computer systemsnetworks
Theft of information contained in electronic form
Virus/worm attacks
Logic bombs
Trojan attacks
Internet time theft
Password cracking
Buffer overflow

The offences appearing are triable by Court of Sessions, are non-bailable, compoundable and cognizable. Except the offences punishable with imprisonment of seven years or more. The punishment is for persons, groups or organizations who commit terroristic acts with terroristic intent using computers or computer networks.

All these offences are triable by the Information and Communication Technologies Tribunal whose principal seat would be at Islamabad and may hold sittings at other places. Till the time the tribunal is not established all the cases, proceedings and appeals offences appearing below will continue to be heard and decided by the competent forum existing under any law for the time being in force

 Conclusion: 

In the absence of Clearer Cyber Crime laws through which punitive action can be taken against those committing crimes on the cyber world in Pakistan, people are increasingly becoming victims of abuse on social media sites, internet frauds, etc. The complaint of fake Facebook profiles is the most rampant complaint where people created fake a profile of any person, in most cases of girls but men were no exception to this crime.

PML-N legislator Anoosha Rehman Khan, who is a member of the parliamentary committee on technology, receives many complaints of misuse of social media and harassment of women.

“I am very much on to address such concerns,” she said.

She admitted glaring loopholes exist in the legal field regarding child pornography, but said a select committee has been formed in the National Assembly to look into the revival of PECO 2007.

“All un-addressed abuses against women and children and other segments of society, whether through social networking sites or any other form of electronic means, will be addressed in the new PECO,” she assured Dawn newspaper .

However she could not provide a timeline for the urgent task.

http://cyber-crime-law.com/cyber-crime-news-pakistan-it-security-internet-network-information/

http://www.nr3c.gov.pk/faq.html

http://www.nr3c.gov.pk/cybercrime.html

http://www.aasha.org.pk/about_aasha.php