4 local mobile operators shortlisted for 3G auction

The bids of four mobile operators of Pakistan qualified for the auction of 3G and 4G licenses, Chairman of Pakistan Telecommunications Authority, Ismail Shah, told Dawn on Thursday.

Shah said that the four companies, namely Mobilink, Telenor, Ufone and Zong, were not defaulters of the government and the legal aspects of their bids had been . . . → Read More: 4 local mobile operators shortlisted for 3G auction

A much needed shift towards science

The most important rule in Islam is “judgment on anything is a branch of conceptualising it”. To determine whether a belief can be accepted by a Muslim or not, this is the first and most often repeated principle. However, when it comes to matters scientific, this indispensable rule for correct judgment is . . . → Read More: A much needed shift towards science

Mobile Web Surfing Has Died: People spend more time on smartphone apps than on web surfing

By Jay Yarow

Everyone is freaking out about this chart from mobile analytics company Flurry on Twitter today. It shows people spend 86% of their time on iOS and Android devices in apps. The mobile browser only accounts for 14% of our time now. A year ago, 80% of time was spent in apps, and 20% was in the mobile . . . → Read More: Mobile Web Surfing Has Died: People spend more time on smartphone apps than on web surfing

Facebook befriending drones

Company founder Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook’s ambitious plan to bring Internet access to the parts of the world without it through drones. Its Connectivity Lab could become a major competitor with Google’s Project Loon

Facebook is friending drones.

The social network’s founder Mark Zuckerberg revealed Thursday that the company’s ambitious plan to bring Internet access to . . . → Read More: Facebook befriending drones

Leading writers around the world urge for greater freedom of expression in Turkey

Leading writers from Turkey and around the world have expressed grave concern regarding the severe threats to free expression in the country in an open letter published today

Influential writers including Orhan Pamuk and Günter Grass have joined PEN, the international association of writers, to call on the Turkish authorities to respect freedom of expression as a universal and fundamental . . . → Read More: Leading writers around the world urge for greater freedom of expression in Turkey

The Price Of Development: Erdogan’s powerful AKP government invites wrath of Turkey’s public with Social Media bans

Turkey’s leaders should acknowledge that banning social media sites is neither feasible nor conducive to developing a more advanced economy.

On March 20, one day after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened “to root out Twitter,” Turkish users were inexplicably blocked from accessing the popular social media site. According to the New York Times, the prime minister’s office . . . → Read More: The Price Of Development: Erdogan’s powerful AKP government invites wrath of Turkey’s public with Social Media bans

It’s been EIGHT YEARS since Apple introduced new technology that made it easier for humans to interact with computers!

Steve Jobs used to tell a story about how he first became inspired by the idea of what computers could do.

He’d say that once, when he was a kid, he was reading a science magazine and he found an article ranking animals by the efficiency of their movements.

At the top of the list, there were . . . → Read More: It’s been EIGHT YEARS since Apple introduced new technology that made it easier for humans to interact with computers!

25 things about the Internet that many people don’t know about

1). The importance of “permissionless innovation”

The thing that is most extraordinary about the internet is the way it enables permissionless innovation. This stems from two epoch-making design decisions made by its creators in the early 1970s: that there would be no central ownership or control; and that the network would not be optimized for any particular application: all . . . → Read More: 25 things about the Internet that many people don’t know about

Facebook to use drones

It may hard to believe with the Bay Area’s omnipresence of Internet access, but around five billion of the seven billion people on this Earth are without the ability to connect.

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg, however, has plans to reduce that number to zero.

. . . → Read More: Facebook to use drones