Category Archives: Tech startups

Cash In on the Bitcoin Boom Now

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One bitcoin, which doesn’t actually have a real, physical form, is worth at this moment upwards of $18,000 ,Bitcoin Cash is currently trading at $1,759 per pop, a decline of 5% in the last 24 hours. Its price hit a high of $2,080.41 at 06:59 UTC yesterday. It has a market capitalization of $1.4 billion in the markets.

Ripple is now the third biggest cryptocurrency, thanks to its surging prices. At 17:51 UTC, Ripple was trading at $0.78, up 4% in the last 24 hours. Yesterday its price shot up to as much as $0.89 before paring back its gains. Ripple’s market capitalization is $4.7 billion, as of this writing.

Bitcoin Cash and Ripple are completely different beasts. The former came into existence only this August after a hard fork in bitcoin’s blockchain. With a bigger transaction block size than its parent, the cryptocurrency is aimed at increasing the volume and speed of transactions on bitcoin’s blockchain. It is yet to develop a coherent business model or utility within the cryptocurrency ecosystem

Right now, bitcoin looks increasingly like a tool for speculation rather than a viable, mainstream currency. And one scientific law that math, physics, and economics all share is this: Bubbles pop.

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

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 .

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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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.

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