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Karachi: Six more shot dead

Reported by Maryum Razzaq

Staff ReportKARACHI: Another six people were shot dead in separate incidents of firing in Karachi on Sunday. According to reports, Sultan, 27, was gunned down at a barber shop near Anda Morr in New Karachi. A dead body was found dumped in a graveyard in Orangi Town. In a firing incident, Shahzad, 20, was killed near Model Colony Police Station. Two dead bodies were found near Bashir Chowk in New Karachi. The deceased were shot in the heads. Separately, Rangers conducted raids in Baldia Town, Sharafi Goth, Gulistan-e-Johar, Landhi and Ghas Mandi and apprehended 30 suspects, including two alleged target killers. SAMAA

iOS 6 problems kill iPhone 5 features

CNET Analysis: It couldn’t be truer that people will spread the word about iOS 6 problems more than the good things Apple’s new software does, and this is the same for most products and services. If you are unhappy with something you’ll want to tell everyone about it, and the bugs in iOS 6 are spreading across the Internet much faster than all the good things we’ve found after our hands-on with the new iPhone 5 features and iOS 6 upgrade. Apple’s new iPhone 5 features are subtle – there are a number of improvements with the new iPhone 5, see Galaxy S3 vs. new iPhone here , but after using the device since launch it seems the biggest changes are with the design and not with innovation. If you had an iPhone 4 that just ended on a contact then an upgrade to iPhone 5 would seem a no-brainer to most people, but if you’re on a 4S you might be waiting until the new model in 2013. In a nutshell we love the lighter design that also offers a smartphone running considerably cooler than the iPho…

Android apps to run on AMD-powered Windows 8 devices

CNETAnalysis: Chip-maker AMD has announced a deal with the BlueStacks software company to bring half-a-million Android apps to Windows 8 devices. The software will run on new tablets and PCs running on AMD CPUs and GPUs and enable the likes of Flipboard and Fruit Ninja to be downloaded directly to the device via the new AppZone Player. BlueStacks, which won the Best Software award at CES 2012, places a wrapper around popular Android apps like Evernote and Pulse to eliminate compatibility issues. The company said is currently working with manufacturers like HP to get the software factory installed on new AMD machines. Leapfrog BlueStacks told Wired that the partnership gives AMD’s machines an immediate leg-up on those running on Intel processors. Intel-based PCs, reportedly, only have around 2,000 apps available through the Windows 8 Store at launch. “This helps AMD leapfrog Intel by making Windows 8 more attractive on their tablets and PCs,” CEO Rosen Sharma wrote in an email. “We’ve…

Libyans hand over their weapons in arms collection drive

Reported by Maryum Razzaq

BENGHAZI/TRIPOLI: Hundreds of Libyans handed in weapons left over from last year’s war on Saturday, part of a drive by the North African country to rid its streets of arms and crack down on rogue militia groups.As the day went on, a trickle of people turned into longer lines in Tripoli and in the eastern city of Benghazi, where tents were set up in squares for military officials to collect arms, explosives and even rocket propelled grenade launchers.Amid a celebratory atmosphere, women and children looked on as men queued to turn over their weapons as they listened to a military marching band and pop music.“We want our country to be safe and secure … We don’t want to see weapons anymore,” Tripoli resident Mohammed Salama said, as he stood in line to hand over a rifle.“We want to live our lives. The time of war is over.”Libya’s new rulers have struggled to impose their authority on a country awash with weapons, and many Libyans are fed up with militias, formed …

Jayawardene wary of Morgan, Wright in key tie

Reported by Maryum Razzaq

KANDY: Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene is wary of England’s devastating duo Eoin Morgan and Luke Wright and believes dismissing them cheaply in Monday’s World Twenty match is key to maintaining his team’s winning momentum.In the Super Eights, the hosts won a close match against New Zealand for their first win, while a thumping nine-wicket victory against West Indies on Saturday took them to the top of the table in Group One.Sri Lanka meet holders England in their final Super Eight match at Pallekele on Monday.“In any game winning is a good habit, we need to get the momentum. We are excited to play defending champions England,” Jayawardene told reporters.“They will throw us a different challenge and we are looking forward to it.”Despite Morgan’s heroics with the bat, England lost their first Super Eight match to West Indies but bounced back to keep alive their title defence with a six-wicket victory against New Zealand on Saturday.Jayawardene said he was a…

Buying Guide: 10 best job hunting apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

CNETAnalysis: Finding a job can be a tough task at the best of times. Right now, it’s harder than ever – job cuts, lay-offs and mass redundancies mean the job market is more competitive and has more candidates, too. We may all be in it together when it comes to the financial crisis, but when it comes to job hunting, you’re on your own. The process of finding employment can generally be separated into three stages: find a position, apply for it, and then perform at the interview. In many cases, simply finding vacancies is the hardest part of the job hunt. Tracking down the perfect position is, in all likelihood, the most time-consuming and dullest part of the process. Once you’ve found the perfect job with a dream salary at a company you like the look of, you need to create the perfect curriculum vitae; a document that impresses both visually and through its content is essential if you’re to make it to the interview. Happily, your iPad or your iPhone can help you at all three stages o…

Nawaz criticizes dual local bodies system in Sindh

Reported by Maryum Razzaq

Staff ReportJACOBABAD: Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif criticized the new local bodies system in Sindh, saying his party opposes the dual system and stands with the nationalist parties of Sindh regarding the issue, SAMAA reports on Sunday.He also said that his party will continue supporting flood affected people of the province.Sharif has come on a visit to the rain and flood affected areas of Sindh today. While talking with media he said that the government seemed helpless in doing anything to the affected people.The PML-N chief also supported Baloch Leader Akhtar Mengal’s six-points regarding Balochistan’s betterment. He said that the only solution of the Balochistan issue lies in transparent elections. SAMAA

iOS 6 users reporting Wi-Fi connectivity issues

CNETAnalysis: Many iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners, who’ve upgraded to iOS 6 , have been left without basic Wi-Fi connectivity. Users are reporting a number of different issues and have taken to Apple’s official support forums to register their displeasure. In two lengthy threads (150 pages in total, CNET has reported) dedicated to Wi-Fi issues, many users have said their iOS device will connect on some networks but not on others. Other users have been unable to connect to a Netgear Wi-Fi router – a problem which can only be solved by downloading new firmware for the router. Another thread focuses on “persistently slow” Wi-Fi. AirPlay also affected? While this isn’t, strictly speaking, a Wi-Fi problem, the AirPlay connectivity on our iPad 2 has stopped functioning properly since updating to iOS 6, a problem also reflected by posts on Apple’s support pages. The company, which must be feeling pretty beleaguered at the moment given the backlash to Maps and the general malaise surroun…

Vacation Home For Sale at Estero Beach

Reported by Maryum Razzaq

A tour of Estero Beach Resort, Ensenada Mexico. This moblie home is for sale at Estero Beach Resort.

Loreto Bay Real Estate, For Sale – Inside a village home in Loreto, Baja Sur

Reported by Maryum Razzaq Inside a village home in the Loreto Bay resort in Loreto Baja. See the courtyards, views of the Sea of Cortez, mountains and more.

Casa Malecon â Beautiful Ocean View Home For Sale In La Paz Mexico

Reported by Maryum Razzaq

VISIT: This beautiful ocean view home named “Casa Malecón” in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico is for sale. It consists of a large 2 bedroom house with a 1 bedroom guest apartment and a smaller 2 bedroom house.

FCC approves auction of TV spectrum

CNETAnalysis: In a bid to open up frequencies for digital phone and data streams, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously voted on Friday in favor of a proposal to buy back spectrum from television broadcasters to redistribute to wireless carriers. The proposal is largely motivated by recent research released by the FCC indicating that “mobile broadband traffic will increase more than thirtyfold by 2015.” In order to prepare for the largest influx of wireless signals ever in the United States, the FCC is hoping to redistribute the airwaves to avoid poor signal quality and dropped calls. “We’re in a global bandwidth race,” said Julius Genachowski, chairman of the FCC. “It’s similar to the space race in that success will unleash waves of innovation that will go a long way toward determining who leads our global economy in the 21st century.” Airlocked As the vote implies, innovation in the wireless broadcast space is still limited by available spectrum, and the voluntary…

Dual nationality case: SC demands Rehman Malik’s reply till October 3

Reported by Maryum Razzaq

Staff ReportISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has demanded Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s reply till October 3 in dual nationality case, SAMAA reports.A notice has been issued by the Supreme Court to Rehman Malik on Saturday, asking him to appear before the court and present list of dual nationality holder members of the Parliament and provincial assemblies.Rehman Malik said while talking to media that if court will ask then he would present a list of dual nationality holder members, it has been stated in the court notice.The Supreme Court has instructed the Information Secretary to provide draft of Rehman Malik’s press conferences, held on September 20 and 21, with complete record.Two more notices have been sent to MNAs Shenaz Sheikh and Rai Ghulam Mujtaba by the Supreme Court for submitting their clear view points over dual nationality issue. SAMAA

Bahraini teenager killed in Fridayâs protest

Reported by Maryum Razzaq

DUBAI: Bahraini riot police killed a teenager when they fired shotgun pellets during clashes with protesters following a demonstration on Friday, the country’s opposition said on Saturday, the second young protester to die in six weeks.Thousands rallied on Friday in an officially authorised protest called by the main opposition group al-Wefaq, but as the event ended around 100 demonstrators clashed with police.Witnesses on Friday said riot police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse those demonstrators, who, the authorities said, were throwing petrol bombs and wielding iron bars.The police described the incident after the protest as a “terrorist attack” on a security patrol that “targeted the lives of members of the patrol” late on Friday evening. The police had defended themselves “according to their legal authority”, a statement said, confirming one of the protesters had died.

Gmail app for iPhone 5 optimised for 4-inch display

CNETAnalysis: Google has issued an update for its Gmail application to ensure it fits beautifully on the iPhone 5 ‘s new 4-inch widescreen display. TheVerge reports that iPhone 5 owners will be able to see a couple more emails on-screen, while they will not have to exert as much energy thumb-scrolling to read messages. Every little helps. The Gmail update comes after Google released iPhone 5-friendly versions of Chrome and YouTube. The company will also roll out the changes for the popular Sparrow email client, which it acquired in June. Boxed out At Apple’s iPhone 5 launch event, the company made clear that it would be relying on the developer community to update its apps to fit the new screen size. Without these changes apps appear letterboxed on the new device. It seems, despite the ongoing squabbling between the two companies, that Google remains committed to providing the best services possible for Apple’s range of iOS devices. The Gmail app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is a …

Guantanamo’s last Western detainee returned to Canada

Reported by Maryum Razzaq

WINNIPEG: The youngest prisoner and last Westerner held in the Guantanamo military base, Omar Khadr, was sent to finish his sentence in his native Canada on Saturday, the Canadian government said.Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said that Khadr, who was a 15-year-old fighting in Afghanistan when captured in 2002, had been flown to a military base in Trenton, Ontario and transferred to the province’s Millhaven maximum-security prison.Khadr’s case has been controversial both in Canada and abroad given his age when he was captured, the nature of his detention and hearing, and the reluctance of Canadian officials to accept his return.A U.S. war crimes tribunal in 2010 sentenced Khadr, now 26, to 40 years in prison, although he was expected to serve just a few more years under a deal that included his admission he was an al Qaeda conspirator who murdered a U.S. soldier.Khadr pleaded guilty in 2010 to charges that included murdering American Army medic Chri…

T20 World Cup: Dhoni wants fearless batting from teammates

Reported by Maryum Razzaq

COLOMBO: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni wants his batsmen to throw caution to the wind and play their natural attacking game in Sunday’s crucial match against Pakistan to revive their stuttering World Twenty20 campaign.India, who suffered a humiliating nine-wicket loss against Australia in their first Super Eights match, meet arch-rivals Pakistan in a must-win game in Colombo.Batting first, the 2007 champions laboured to 140 for seven wickets before a record opening stand of 133 by David Warner and Shane Watson helped Australia canter to victory on Friday.Dhoni urged his teammates to walk out and express themselves against Pakistan without fearing about the result.“I think if you just see the potential, the team has got the potential and it’s just that you have to implement it on the field,” he told reporters.“Also what’s important for us is to go in and just express ourselves… let’s play the big shots and play with lot of confidence.“And whatever the resu…

Updated: Asus reportedly refutes claims of $99 Nexus 7

CNETAnalysis: Those whose hopes were raised with the promise of a super-cheap Google Nexus 7 may want to come back down to Earth. Digitimes reported Thursday that Asus and Google were working on a $99 (around UK£60, AU$95) 7-inch slate, plus a $199 (around UK£120, AU$191) model upgrade. The site cited industry sources, however it looks like someone who may actually know a thing or two about Asus’ product plans has debunked those rumors. According to Digitimes, Asus has denied the tab-tastic plans for a dirt-cheap Nexus. Still true, maybe? The $99 version was said to be an “entry-level model” while the $199 iteration apparently would’ve been an ultra-thin upgrade to the current model. Though it now sounds like neither of them are truly happening, TechRadar has reached out to Asus to get to the bottom of this 7-inch mystery. Asus’ North American division said this was the first they’d heard of “the issue.” If Asus is just playing coy and the devices do come – presumably in time for the…


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