Monthly Archives: July 2009

Jang newspaper has launched its mobile version

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Pakistan’s biggest Urdu and English News Network Jang Publications has entered the ever growing market of mobile phones by launching the mobile version of its news paper. Mobile phones are now taken as the replacement of

Jang has launched mobile version of it's newspaper

Jang has launched mobile version of it’s newspaper

computers for many and it is predicted that with in 10 years there will be more smart phones connected to the Internet than our usual desktop and laptop computers. It is good to see that Jang newspaper realised it and launched the mobile version of its news paper. Hope that other Pakistani newspapers and news networks will follow the trend to enter into a global space from a local space.

This launch will give the news network a global prospect as well as it will get to the users who want access to the latest news from Pakistan, on the move. Remember, the majority of the users of Jang website are from outside Pakistan where networks with more speeds are available.

You can view the mobile version by pointing your mobile browser to:

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How to get flash player on iPhone

As many of you know that getting flash player on iPhone is a tricky business because Apple hasn’t really bothered about shipping flash player with iPhone even in its latest version i.e. iPhone 3GS (if you try to open YouTube through Safari in your new iPhone 3GS, it will open YouTube videos in YouTube application provided by default by O2 in UK). However, there are third party tools available for this purpose. Flash is a really handy interface and is being used by several sites around the world and if you are browsing the Internet by using default Safari browser on your iPhone, you need to install flash player to see videos or other stuff which rely on flash technology to play itself.

However, if Apple can’t do it for you, independent application developers have done it, now there are plenty of iPhone plugins available which you install to get flash working on your iPhone. One of the such handy plugins is, the iMobileCinema plugin. Watch the video below to know how to install and use this plugin. Please remember there is no way to get flash player working in your safari if you want to remain in iPhone OS. iPhone OS is essentially based on FreeBSD Unix and all techniques which are present on the Internet are known as ‘jail breaking’ where you go out of the iPhone OS and force it to accept your alternative packages. Please do every step at your own risk.

In this video, you have been asked to download a package which is known as Cydia and is a jail breaking package. Once you mange to install it, you need to add iMobileCinema plugin to Cydia installation and that will enable flash player for your Safari browser. Please do these steps on your computer as they are not as straight forward as installing applications from Apple app store.

However, which ever plugin you use, it’s a bit mess to go around this problem, iPhone should have flash player installed in it by default and it should poll the adobe website to get the latest version downloaded by itself, whenever one is available. For the moment, stick with the plugin shown here until Apple do something about it.

British mobile phone directory 118800 crashes on launch day

The first British mobile phone directory crashes after too many calls from the users who wanted to remove their mobile numbers from the directory.

118800 Mobile telephone directory service crashes after too many calls from users

118800 Mobile telephone directory service crashes after too many calls from users

This directory has been launched by a company who eventually paid millions to get that directory data from mobile operators. The service is not free and it charges £1 per search but eventually it operates like old-style telephone directories where you just give name or address and you are presented with the matching numbers. However, this is a controversial service as telemarketing is already a problem for UK population. Most of the telemarketers use mind control techniques and tell lies to sell their products and that is just because of their commission in sales. Now with the launch of this new mobile search directory, it has been clear the mobile phone companies do sell their customer data to outsiders which then use that data to trick customers. Please remember the data shared with third parties can only not be just your phone number and your name, that can be your address and even your email address.

My advise will be to visit now and see if it is available do request to remove your phone number immediately. Otherwise you will be bombarded by the telemarketers as soon as tomorrow.

How to avoid overheating problem of iPhone 3GS

Couple of days ago I wrote a blog post about the overheating problem of iPhone 3GS due to its batteries, until then I didn’t experienced it personally but thanks to the London weather in last couple of days (32 degree Celsius), I noticed it well. Then dugged through Apple’s website and this is what I got.

iPhone is supposed to work under these conditions:

  • In the temperatures between 32 Fahrenheit to 95 Fahrenheit
  • Should be stored in between -4 degrees Fahrenheit and 113 degrees Fahrenheit (temperature in your car when you leave your iPhone in the dashboard, can be exceedingly more than 113F)

Symptoms of overheating

  • Temperature warning screen could appear
  • iPhone can loose or weakens the carrier signal
  • Screen can go less bright
  • Your iPhone screen can freeze

How to avoid overheating

  • Don’t leave your phone in your car on a hot day
  • Don’t listen to songs, use GPS or other use battery intensive apps for extended periods of time on a hot day
  • Avoid using your iPhone in direct sun light

These are mostly a common problem with any electronic device. Remember when you are watching a movie or playing a game on your Laptop, it heats up and its fan run faster than usual and when you are using a MS Word, it just keep on running smoothly, same is the case with iPhone, the more you use it on a hot day, it processor will emit more heat and that will degrades the performance of your phone.

Unlock application for iPhone 3GS has been released

A 20 year old hacker has found the mechanism to unlock new iPhone 3GS. George Hotz who was the first to unlock iPhone 3G claimed on his block that an app to unlock new phone is ready to use.  The application name is “purplera1n” and you have to have latest iTunes to install it.

Hacker says on his blog that jailbrake for Mac based computers is also on the way. Hotz claimed that he do not generally make the software for public use and users should back-up their data before trying to unlock. iPhone Dev team is yet to find unlock code.

I have figured out following 3 points:

  • Even the unlock application “purplera1n” is not free
  • It is still in beta version so can cause instability to your phone
  • It do not free you from current carrier

The last point is very important if you see it in broader sense, most of the people unlock their mobiles so they can use them when abroad with other carriers. What is the point to get your iPhone unlocked when I will not be able to choose any other carrier plus I will loose all the services given to my by my carrier here in UK, the O2. The best service I like is free Youtube. The unlocking will only return my iPhone to default factory settings leaving me out of all benefits given by my carrier.

P.S The Author is an avid iPhone user. You can reach him by leaving comments under this post.

Microsoft to include Twitter Posts in Bing search results

There is a news guys for the twitter family, we all know Microsoft very well, mainly because of its dominance on OS market. We all also know that despite its luck clicked when it launched its most easy to use OS back in 90s, this company arrives late to every party. So, is with the search market, it first tried to cope with search market through its flagship MSN search, then its changed its name to Live Search and now the same search is branded as Bing Search.

Bing is adding twitter posts to its search

Bing is adding twitter posts to its search

Now that was a bit of background but now finally Microsoft is taking a first step in search market which is a bit controversial but can be of very good value of proper algorithms can be applied to this. Yes, I am talking about including twitter posts in the search results. Twitter community already knows about the amount of spam already making its way into the site but if included properly into the search results, twitter is a gold-mine of content for any search engine.

Each entrepreneur who came on twitter after its launch knows the power of twitter as its not just a thread board with stressed lonely people updating status messages on it, its a whole platform and it gives the concept of micro-blogging at its best, people know that this is the voice of other people like them, as we have seen in Iran protests, twitter and youtube was ahead of CNN and BBC to know what is actually happening there in Iran. As for any good mind, if you capitalize on twitter that means you can have user-generated news and content right in the comfort of your home, straight from the scene of happening and you know its not manipulated, its the thought of a user actually going through the situation.

Initially, Bing will only be following few thousand people on twitter with the highest follow count and number of updates and then gradually it will be extended to others and no it is not a new concept, search market was hyped around the user of twitter and its user generated content, since its popularity sky-rocketed but finally Microsoft with it’s Bing came first to the party.

There are concerns around this sort of search as everyone in twitter community knows that majority of the users with thousands of followers are search marketers with the exception of celebrities and nearly every 2nd post by them contains a link which they try to market. Will those amount of link will change the search results and that will be included in link popularity? That is still to be seen that how Bing deals with that.

As of Bing popularity itself, its still slowly growing, it managed to increase Microsoft’s share of search market by 1% but it is still lagging behind Yahoo and Google with Google having more that 78% of total U.S search market share.

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