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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

HTC Aero release date, price, specs and rumors

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HTC isn't an - ahem - HTC One trick pony: the incoming and quite possibly code-named Aero will supplement the mighty One range, and according to HTC it's a "hero product". So what will it do, what will it cost and will you be pushing shoppers out of the way to get your hands on it? Here's everything we know so far about the HTC Aero price, release date, specifications and features.
HTC Aero Hasan Kaymak concept 1

HTC hasn't been having the best time of late. The HTC One M9 hasn't been selling as well as might be expected, and it hasn't had universally positive reviews either. As the Android marketplace becomes ever more crowded, it's becoming harder and harder for firms to truly impress. Will the Aero change that? 

HTC Aero release date

HTC hasn't confirmed the HTC Aero release date just yet, but it's down for a late-2015 release. We're hearing October, which ties in nicely with the lucrative pre-Christmas shopping period. 

HTC Aero price

We're expecting the HTC Aero price to be somewhat lower than the current HTC One, because while HTC tells us that the HTC Aero will be a "hero product" the handset will be targeting the mid-to-high range rather than supplanting the One as HTC's flagship. On Twitter, serial tech leaker @ricciolo1 says that "it's hard to BEAT htc in terms of design,+new"ONE"is truly HEROIC...the real trick? the PRICE.. ;) #HTCAero". The tweet has since been deleted, possibly by the typing police.

HTC Aero design and build quality

The HTC Aero will not be a "cheap-looking phone", HTC tells us, but it won't be similar to the HTC One devices either. While it'll follow the HTC aesthetics in terms of design approach and engineering, the HTC Aero should look and feel quite different to HTC's other handsets. 
HTC Aero concept renders by Hasan Kaymak

HTC Aero: display

Rumors say that the HTC Aero display will be a 2,560 x 1,400 Quad HD display behind the fourth generation of Corning's Gorilla Glass, but there's no indication of just how big that display will be. 

HTC Aero: processor and specs

The HTC Aero is expected to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor along with 3 or 4 GB of RAM.

HTC Aero: camera

A tasty rumor comes via, who reports that sources out of Vietnam "have suggested [the] HTC Aero will bring a revolutionary new camera technology." That makes sense given HTC's adventures in camera tech so far, which have included UltraPixel sensors and the HTC One M8's depth sensor. Vietnamese website HTCViet predicts a camera with an impressive f/1.9 aperture and RAW file format, which is a firm favorite among pro photographers. 
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HTC Aero: software

A late-2015 release surely means Android M, presumably with a flavor of HTC's TouchWiz on top. 
What would you like the HTC Aero to look like, to include or to be? Share your favorite ideas in the comments!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015


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Mullah Omar
The leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Omar, has died, Afghan officials say, but the militant group has not commented on the claim.
The reclusive leader died two to three years ago, Afghan government and intelligence sources said. No further details were released.
A Taliban spokesman contacted by the BBC said the group would issue a statement shortly.
There have been several reports of Mullah Omar's death in the past.
However, this is the first to be confirmed by top sources in the Afghan government.
Mullah Omar led the Taliban to victory over rival Afghan militias in the civil war that followed the withdrawal of Soviet troops.
Taliban fighters on parade in Kabul
His alliance with al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden prompted the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington.
Mullah Omar has since been in hiding, with a $10m US state department bounty on his head.
Over the years, the Taliban have released several messages purported to be from the fugitive leader.
The latest of these statements, from mid-July, expressed support for peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government.
However, the message was in the form of a text published on a Taliban website, rather than an audio or video recording - fuelling rumours that the leader was dead or incapacitated.

Mullah Mohammed Omar

  • Taliban say he was born in 1960 in the village of Chah-i-Himmat, in Kandahar province
  • Fought in resistance against Soviet occupation in 1980s, suffering a shrapnel injury to his right eye
  • Forged close ties to al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden
  • Became "Supreme Leader" of Taliban movement in 1996
  • US-led forces overthrew his government in 2001; US state department has a $10m bounty on him
  • Earlier this year the Taliban published a biography of him saying he does not own a home and has no foreign bank account, and saying he "has a special sense of humour"
  • source:bbc

Saturday, 11 July 2015

How To Get Android Lollipop Interruptions Feature On iOS 8

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Choosing one platform over the other doesn’t necessarily mean that iOS can’t learn from specific Android features and vice versa. Android Lollipop for example, introduces a very handy feature called ‘Interruptions,’ which is something that iOS didn’t benefit from until the Stunden tweak hit the Cydia store for jailbroken devices just recently.
Interruptions is essentially part of Android’s new revamped notification system that ships with Lollipop. It comes with various modes and basically allows rules to be set for incoming notifications based on which mode is currently active. Think iOS ‘Do Not Disturb’ but a bit more advanced and with a bit more flexibility. Stunden doesn’t exactly replicate the Android Interruptions feature, but it does provide a very quick and convenient method of accessing iOS’s native Do Not Disturb functionality.
As you can see from the interface, Stunden is invoked using an Activator gesture and provides a stylish but simplistic user-interface to quickly access the system volume, Do Not Disturb settings, and a quick access toggle to turn on or off. It also provides a method for deciding whether Do Not Disturb should be active indefinitely or whether a specific set time should be in place before it turns itself off.
In addition to hooking directly into the Do Not Disturb settings of iOS, Stunden also comes with its own settings panel that is accessible via the native Settings app. Settings such as Countdown Style, Appearance, while offering options of a Dark or Light user-interface, and whether animations should be toggled on or off are all present.
Stunden is a commercial package available as a $1.00 purchase through the default ModMyi repository in Cydia. The tweak itself requires a jailbroken device running iOS 8.0 through to iOS 8.4 and has a dependency on Ryan Petrich’s Activator package which will also need to be installed.

Samsung To Release Galaxy Note 5 In August Ahead Of Apple’s iPhone 6s Debut

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Samsung, creator of the famous Galaxy S Series of devices and one of the largest smartphone vendors in the world, is reportedly so anxious about the upcoming release of Apple’s iPhone 6s that it’s rushing to try and hit the market with its own next-generation “phablet” – theGalaxy Note 5.
Apple’s new iPhones have been lately following the September release timetable. Recent reports have suggested that the Cupertino giant has requested suppliers to manufacture arecord breaking number of iPhone 6s units to fulfill high depend the company is expecting for next generation iPhone models. Today’s reports suggest that Samsung is extremely keen to try and capture the plus-sized device market before that happens with a Galaxy Note 5 launch in August, a month ahead of Apple.
Recent financial earnings have shown that poor sales of Samsung’s flagship device, the Galaxy S6, have once again contributed to a seventh consecutive quarterly decline in profits. Something needs to provide the Korean giant with a boost, and it could be the Note 5. It stands to reason at this point that Samsung would want to get yet another flagship smartphone of 2015 out in the market to get a lead on Apple’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus scheduled for release in September. Last year, Samsung took a dire hit in terms of sales when the Galaxy Note 4 went on sale after the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, resulting in overall poor sales of the device.
When it launches, the Note 5, which carries the SM-N920 model number, will reportedly feature a 5.67-inch Super AMOLED display serving up a 2560 by 1440 pixel resolution, or 2K as it is commonly known in the tech world. Rumor has it that the device will be all about power, thanks to an octa-core Samsung Exynos 7422 processor built on the 64-bit architecture, with a design that is very similar to Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.
Consumers will also have the choice of purchasing the phablet in a range of colors, with black, silver, gold, and white variants rumored to be in tow. Of course, this could purely be educated speculation at this point in time, but it makes perfect sense that Samsung would want to recoup some of its market share considering Apple is predicting upwards sales of 85-90 million iPhone 6s units by the end of the year.
(Source: WSJ)

Our Samsung Galaxy S6 was disfigured and ruined by a faulty battery

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Several weeks ago, we discovered a shocking problem with our in-office Galaxy S6. For no known reason, the back cover began peeling off. After several weeks of inquiry and chasing Samsung, we've been told that the source of the problem was a faulty battery. Read on to hear what Samsung had to say about the issue.
For the most part the Galaxy S6 has been a hit, but there have been a few pretty shocking hardware issues reported here and there. In Korea, for example, a Galaxy S6 user reported a couple of months ago that a swelling battery disfigured his device.
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The mystery of why our Galaxy S6 back cover came unstuck has been solved. / © ANDROIDPIT
Initially, when the rear of our Galaxy S6 came unstuck, we thought it was to do with poorly applied adhesive (read more about it in our Galaxy S6 problems piece). But now, Samsung has told us that our issue was indeed the same one as that reported by the Korean user. Here is the official statement from Samsung (translated from German):
"July 10, 2015 - Thank you again for your inquiry and submission of your S6. After testing in our laboratory, we have found that the cause for unsticking the back of your Galaxy S6 was a minimal expansion of the battery.
Expansion of the battery had occurred very rarely during pre-production. The defect was fixed prior to series production of the Samsung Galaxy S6."
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Despite our traumatic experience, the Galaxy S6 remains one of our favorite phones. / © ANDROIDPIT
So there we have it. Apparently our Galaxy S6 review sample was anomalous, although there have been a few reports of it happening for other Galaxy S6 users around the world. We always thought that the Galaxy S6 would be better off with a removable back cover, so the lesson learned here is 'be careful what you wish for'.
Has this issue made you think twice about the Galaxy S6? Or are you still going to take the (very small) gamble and get one? Based on our Galaxy S6 review and how much we loved it, we'd probably still take the punt.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Download: Microsoft Office 2016 For Mac Released

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Following a successful beta trial period that began in March, the final version of Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac is now available for download to the general public. After taking into account invaluable feedback from the Office community, Microsoft has made significant changes to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote apps in order to release the latest versions into 139 countries in 16 different languages.
Today’s release of Office 2016 represents the first major Mac release in the last four years, bringing with it significantly improved versions of the major apps that all offer Retina optimized visuals and have been built specifically with Apple’s OS X in mind. Microsoft is describing the software as offering the best of both worlds for Mac users by bringing “the familiar Office experience paired with the best of Mac.” Thankfully, there isn’t a great learning curve for those who may be coming to Office for Mac from other platforms, such as Windows or even iOS and Android.
The five main apps – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote – come equipped with the familiar Ribbon interface and powerful task panes, as well as offering fantastic integration with Mac, such as full-screen handling and extensive multi-touch gestures that allow for powerful interaction with any of the running apps.
Word for Mac benefits from a new Design tab that provides quick and efficient access to designer-quality layouts and customization tools throughout the working document. Microsoft’s engineering team has also concentrated on collaborative working that allows teammates to work on the same document. This is evident throughout all of the new apps.
Excel 2016 introduces a great new chart preview tool that exists to recommend the best chart that is suited to the given data set, and even has a powerful autocomplete and formula building solution to save time with those cumbersome calculations.
Updates to PowerPoint aim to put the presenter of a particular Slide Show in full control. The current slide, next slide, speaker notes and a timer present on the Mac screen all form part of the improved Presenter functionality within the app. The addition of an animation pane also helps fine-tune and design animations to make those presentations really pop.
Office 365 subscribers can get the newest version of Office for Mac immediately, whereas students can potentially get their fill of the suite for free or with a heavy discount at More info on Office for mac is available at:
Already an Office 365 customer? On your Mac, just browse to your account page (, sign in and follow the installation instructions.
Are you a student? You may get Office 2016 for Mac for free or at a substantial discount. It takes only 30 seconds to find out at
Otherwise, go to or buy an Office 365 subscription at your local retailer.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

NBA Player Matt Bonner Blames iPhone 6 For His Elbow Injury

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We’ve heard some weird and not-so-wonderful excuses for poor sporting performance in the past, but this gem from NBA player Matt Bonner is probably one of the best. Having suffered with a poor shooting percentage throughout the past NBA season, Bonner decided to set the record straight as to the reason. Apparently, it’s Apple’s fault. And no, we’re not making this one up.
Speaking with the Concord Monitor, Bonner said that the reason his shooting percentage dropped from 42.8% to 32.4% was a case of tennis elbow which, oddly enough wasn’t caused by spending too much time on the court. Instead, he said, it came from using his iPhone. That’s right, a phone got blamed for poor performance here.
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“Everybody is going to find this hilarious, but here’s my theory on how I got [tennis elbow],”Bonner begins. “When the new iPhone came out it was way bigger than the last one, and I think because I got that new phone it was a strain to use it, you have to stretch further to hit the buttons, and I honestly think that’s how I ended up developing it.” You’re right Matt, we do find it hilarious. And somewhat unbelievable. But hey, who are we to argue here right?
It’s not exactly clear which new iPhone model, 6 or 6 Plus, was Bonner using. While both the new iPhones are larger than the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s which came before it, they both ship with Reachability feature that makes it easy to use the large-screened phones one-handed. Also given the fact that Bonner is a good 6ft 10-inches tall, we can’t help but think the man probably has some sizeable hands as well. Especially considering his chosen profession as a basketball player.
Who knows though. Maybe he’s the only NBA star with hands smaller than a three-year-old’s and his particular new iPhone is the size of an iPad.
Or he’s just been trying to use an iPad as a phone. You know what these NBA stars are like for being larger than life!
But come on, seriously? Who blames a phone so bluntly like that, right? Hilarious nonetheless.
(Source: ConcordMonitor)

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Apple Planning To Shift 90 Million iPhone 6s Units This Year, New Color Option In Tow

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In an attempt to capitalize and follow on from the successes that came attached to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple is reportedly planning a production run of record proportions for its next-generation smartphone. According to a new report, The Wall Street Journal is not only adding weight to the speculation that manufacturing of the iPhone 6s began back in June in preparation for a fall launch, but it’s also suggesting that Apple is demanding suppliers to ramp up production to produce a record number of iPhone 6s handsets in time for the official launch date later in the year.
If the numbers quoted in the article are to be believed then it seems that Apple could be looking to shift 85 to 90 million iPhone 6s units during the final financial quarter of the year. The Cupertino company managed to hit the spot with consumers with the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, resulting in approximately 74.5 million units flying off the shelves during the same quarter of 2014. That success, coupled together with the potential integration of new features, has led Apple to believe that it can shift even more units of the next iPhone.
In addition to discussing the supply chain, the source also pretty much confirms the existence of a number of previously speculated feature additions. Although the next-generation hardware is expected to be visually identical to the iPhones that we already have and interact with on a daily basis, it does look certain to be manufactured with a display complete with Apple’s Force Touch technology that is already present in the Apple Watch and latest range of MacBooks. It’s almost certain that the iPhone 6s will also ship with a dramatically improved rear camera component to serve up photography improvements to enthusiasts.
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One surprising addition to the iPhone 6s lineup could be the existence of a new color option to compliment the Space Gray, Gold and Silver options that already exist. It had initially been suffused that Apple would continue with the gold theme by introducing a Rose Gold option that differs slightly from the existing gold. However, certain corners are suggesting that the additional color option could be more of a pink solution than rose gold.
With production starting just last month, we should only have to wait until September to see exactly what Apple has in store for us.
(Source: WSJ)

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 price, release date, specs and rumors

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Samsung has made some of the finest phablets in the world with its Note series. The Galaxy Note 4 was one of the best Android phones of 2014, but will its upcoming Galaxy Note 5 deliver? Read on to find out what we know so far about the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 price, release date, specs and features.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 design

A leaked 3D CAD video depicting what we think might be the design blueprint for the Galaxy Note 5 has appeared online courtesy of This follows a recently leaked render from which depicted a Galaxy S6-like device inside a case and the device design appears to be the same in both the previous image and the new video. 
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As you can see, the device looks like an enlarged Galaxy S6 with a stylus. The same protruding camera sensor beside the flash and heart-rate monitor can be seen on the rear with similar button placements and speaker grill (though this has been moved, apparently to accommodate the stylus holder). 
Of course, these are currently only rumors. But if they're real, what do they say about the Galaxy Note 5?
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The suspected Galaxy Note 5. / © nowhereelse
The Galaxy Note 5 in the image above appears to be housed in the same materials as the Galaxy S6. This premium-feel aluminium unibody would suggest the device won't come with a removable rear panel or a removable battery.
Though the material is unclear in the video render, the device does appear to lack a 'nail gap' (for want of a better way to describe it) to easily pull apart the device cover, adding further weight to the 'non-removable' rumors. 
Fans of Samsung's Galaxy series disapproved of this design decision in the Galaxy S6, so we'd expect this revelation to be similarly disappointing, if not exactly unexpected. This is not to say that Samsung won't surprise us all, but based on Samsung's current design trajectory, I'd say it's unlikely to expect a removable battery or expandable storage. 
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Do you think this the design of the Galaxy Note 5? / © @OnLeaks
A patent published by the US Patent and Trademark Office, regarding an automatic-ejection system for a smartphone stylus, recently appeared online and is believed to belong to the Galaxy Note 5. Images from the patent, uploaded by Patently Mobile, show off a concept device with a striking resemblance to the Galaxy Note 4.
The patent suggests that the new technology would allow the stylus to be "ejected" from the smartphone using a gesture or voice-command, instead of just pulling it out like on older Galaxy Note devices.
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Will the Galaxy Note 5's S Pen be able to eject automatically? We'll see. / © Patently Mobile
While it's not a vitally important addition, it might make you feel a little more James Bond-like when retrieving your stylus, if this rumor proves to be true. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 features

Samsung submitted a patent application file on June 30 for a new feature entitled "Write on PDF", which Sam Mobile suggests could be implemented for the Galaxy Note 5. 
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The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge had a curved display and S-Pen features. / © ANDROIDPIT
The Galaxy Note 4 includes a 'Screen Write' feature which lets you draw over what's on screen, but to do so on top of a PDF requires you to take a screenshot first. This new trademark would allow the user to write on PDFs simply by activating Screen Write. 
There's nothing to say that the patent relates to the Galaxy Note 5, or that its functionality will be as we suggest, but it seems like the logical conclusion. 
While it's not a groundbreaking feature per se, it is indicative of Samsung's desire to make the Galaxy Note 5 the most convenient phablet it has ever produced. 
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The Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy Note 4 had a removable battery. Will the Galaxy Note 5? / © ANDROIDPIT
Samsung's stylus, known as the S Pen, is something which sets the Galaxy Note series apart from the competition. While it is performing the best it ever has on the Note 4, there is still a lot of potential for this technology and Samsung is almost certain to deliver some improvements (like the auto-eject feature mentioned at the top of the page).
The handwriting recognition and usability has been improved in the latest version, but can the classic feel of pen on paper be surpassed by a smartphone? Possibly. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 display

A rumor picked up by has suggested that the Galaxy Note 5 will arrive with a QHD (2K) display, rather than a UHD (4K) one. This was based on news from Chinese site, which also speculated that the device will feature a USB 3.1 Type-C connector. 
We'd previously heard that Galaxy Note 5 display would come in at 6 inches, and Samsung said at Analyst Days in 2015 that 4K smartphones will exist by the end of 2015, so the Note 5 is probably the last chance to deliver on that claim. 
The Galaxy Note 5 will pack a mean display. / © ANDROIDPIT
Though Samsung is always keen to be at the forefront of display technology, a 4K display for the Galaxy Note 5 does seem unlikely at this point.
It would create a huge strain on the battery life (even with the fast-charging expected on the Note 5), it would be expensive, and Samsung already has one many believe to be the best looking smartphone display in the world on the (QHD) Galaxy S6. It might be an unnecessary risk to include a UHD display on one of Samsung's phablets this year. 
As for USB Type-C, this is going to become the standard for all Android devices before long, so it's entirely likely to appear on the Galaxy Note 5. According to gforgames, it's also expected to be paired with the USB Power Delivery v2.0 specification to charge your phone much faster than before.
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Will the Galaxy Note 5 go for the QHD display of the Galaxy S6 (pictured)? / © ANDROIDPIT

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 price and release date

A Samsung executive might have inadvertently revealed that the the Galaxy Note 5 release date will be in September. Rhee In Jong, Samsung's executive vice president, said that Samsung Pay was due to launch in September alongside its next high-end smartphone, according to a report from Bloomberg. This suggests that the Galaxy Note 5 will land at IFA 2015, as the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 4 did at IFA 2013 and IFA 2014 respectively. 
The Galaxy Note 5 price will likely to come close to 1,000 USD off-contract. The Galaxy Note series is known for delivering cutting-edge smartphone technology, and with the Galaxy Note Edge coming in at around 1000 USD when it was introduced last year, and the same for the Galaxy S6 Edge this year, there's every chance the new Note could reach this price too. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 camera

It seems likely that the Galaxy Note 5 will house some impressive camera tech, given that Samsung tends to prioritize this for its flagship devices. The Note 5 will probably house a wide-angle front-facing camera for all of those "welfies" that people are clamoring for, hopefully in the region of 8 MP. As for the primary camera, expect at least 16 MP and optical image stabilization.
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This image from a concept video shows a large 20 MP camera sensor. / © Note5Galaxy

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 specs

Little has been leaked about the Galaxy Note 5 specs so far, but Sam Mobile suspects it will have an updated Exynos 7422 processor. You can count on 3 GB or 4 GB of RAM and a battery in excess of 3,000 mAh. 
Expecting anything more than a day on a single charge for the Note 5 will be asking a lot. With an big, ultra-bright screen and lightning-fast processor, the Galaxy Note 5 specs are going to put the battery under some serious strain.
Two-day battery life was something of a headline last year, but this year the focus seems to have shifted to fast-charging - essentially an admission that super long-life batteries are still some way off. We think the Note 5 battery will be a fast-charger rather than a long-liver, and will likely charge wirelessly too.
What would you like to see in the Galaxy Note 5? Let us know in the comments below.

Monday, 6 July 2015

DJ Butt threatens to take PTI to court

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Imran Khan with DJ Butt. PHOTO: @ALIKANCHWALA
Muhammad Asif aka DJ Butt, an entertainer whose beats punctuated political rhetoric at the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) sit-in in Islamabad last year, claimed on Monday that the party owes him Rs80 million.
“My total payment for playing music at the PTI sit-in was Rs140 million but I have only been paid Rs60 million so far,” DJ Butt said, while speaking to Express News.
“I will go to court if my payment is withheld,” he said, adding the party still owes him Rs80 million.
Further, Butt, who has been working with PTI since 2010, said, “My daily pay was Rs0.6 million.” He added he owes Rs50 million to people for services.
In September 2014, during the sit-in, Butt was arrested by law enforcers on charges of abetment.
Soon after the news broke, #JusticeForDJButt started trending on Twitter:

A copy of DJ Butt’s bills can be viewed here:

I have no links with any political leader: Ayyan

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RAWALPINDI: For the first time since her arrest, supermodel Ayyan has taken the stand in court to proclaim her innocence, saying she has no connections with any political leader, Express News reported.
“I have not committed any crime,” Ayyan was quoted as telling a customs court on Monday.
Denying allegations that she maintains links with political leaders and was laundering money for them, the supermodel said, “I have no connections with any political leaders.”
“Pakistan is my country after getting bail, I am not going to run away,” she went on to add.
The customs court once again extended Ayyan’s judicial remand and adjourned hearing in the money laundering case till July 11.
Ayyan was expected to be indicted in the money laundering case on Monday. However, the court accepted the defence counsel’s argument that he was not provided with the complete challans pertaining to the case.
During the court proceedings, Ayyan’s counsel, Sardar Latif Khosa, pleaded the court to adjourn the hearing in money laundering case as a bail plea for her release had already been filed in the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, the court adjourned the hearing in the application of Customs intelligence to register a new money laundering case against the suspect till July 16.
Earlier in the day, the model was presented before the court in a police armoured personnel carrier amid strict security.
On June 29, Ali’s bail plea against her detention by customs officials in the Lahore High Court was rejected. Earlier that day, the Rawalpindi customs court had extended her judicial remand till July 6 and directed senior lawyers of the accused to attend the next hearing.
On March 14, Ayyan was arrested by customs officials from Islamabad airport for alleged money laundering. Ayyan was caught with $500,000 which she was allegedly smuggling to Dubai.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Pakistan, India to start process of joining China security bloc

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BEIJING: Nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India will start the process of joining a security bloc led by China and Russia at a summit in Russia later this week, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Monday, the first time the grouping has expanded since it was set up in 2001.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) groups China, Russia and the former Soviet republics of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, while India, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and Mongolia are observers.
“As the influence of the SCO’s development has expanded, more and more countries in the region have brought up joining the SCO,” Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping told a news briefing.

“…India and Pakistan’s admission to the SCO will play an important role in the SCO’s development and it will play a constructive role in pushing for the improvement of their bilateral relations.”
The SCO was originally formed to fight threats posed by radical Islam and drug trafficking from neighbouring Afghanistan.
Cheng said that the summit, to be attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping, would also discuss security in Afghanistan.
Beijing says separatist groups in the far western region of Xinjiang, home to the Muslim Uighur minority, are seeking to form their own state called East Turkestan and have links with militants in Central Asia as well as Pakistan and Afghanistan.

China says that Uighur militants, operating at the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), has also been working with Islamic State.
“It can be said that ETIM certainly has links with the Islamic State, and has participated in relevant terrorist activities. China is paying close attention to this, and will have security cooperation with relevant countries,” Cheng said.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

How To Use LED Flash On Your iPhone As A Notification Light For Alerts

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Accessibility is an important aspect of any modern day operating system, and it may even be more important when it comes to mobile devices like iPhones and iPads. Apple takes accessibility as seriously as any technology maker does and venturing into the depths of the Settings app on any iOS device will unveil a raft of options to be toggled on and off with more seemingly being added with each and every new version of iOS.

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One accessibility feature that has been present in iOS for a while now is the ‘LED Flash for Alerts’ option that can be found in the Settings app. Enabling it takes just a few taps and once you have, all incoming alerts will be met with a flashing LED on the back of your iPhone. If you leave your iPhone face-down on a table, the flashing LED will certainly catch your attention and it will continue to flash whether your iPhone is in silent mode or not.
Enabling LED Flash for Alerts is very easy indeed, and here’s how you can do just that in a few easy steps:
Step 1: Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Now tap on General.
Step 3: Next, tap Accessibility.
Step 4: Finally, toggle the ‘LED Flash for Alerts’ setting to ON.
And that’s all there is to it. Pretty easy wasn’t it? We’re sure you’ll agree.
The option to have an iPhone’s LED light flash when an incoming alert is received is a big one if you are hearing impaired, but it’s useful regardless. There is one thing to keep in mind while this option is enabled though, especially if you’re an Apple Watch owner. For example, if your Apple Watch is paired to your iPhone then this option won’t work, as all notifications are pushed to your wrist and the iPhone’s LED won’t blink in that case, because Apple assumes that you won’t ever miss a tap on your skin. Ever. We don’t know why that is so, but there’s that to keep in mind.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

President Barack Obama shuts down a heckler at gay pride month reception at the White House

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Vice President Joe Biden, left, watches as President Barack Obama responds to a heckler a
BARACK Obama wasn’t going to let this guy get away with interrupting him while he was a guest in the President’s house.
Obama was speaking at a gay pride month reception at the White House.
Obama’s remarks were interrupted by a heckler protesting the detention and deportation of gay, lesbian and transgender immigrants.
The president sharply rebuked the protester, saying it was “not respectful” to interrupt someone after being invited to their house.
President Barack Obama shakes hands after speaking at a reception to celebrate LGBT Pride
President Barack Obama shakes hands after speaking at a reception to celebrate LGBT Pride Month in the East Room of the White House. Picture: AP Source: AP
He said regardless of how the Supreme Court rules in an upcoming decision on gay marriage, there has been an undeniable shift in attitudes across the US.
He also said he is closely watching the decisions the High Court will announce in the coming days, which include a case that could affirm the right of gay couples nationwide to marry.
The president singled out discrimination facing transgender Americans as an area where more progress needs to be made.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Cydia 1.1.17 For iOS 8.3 Jailbreak Released, Here’s How To Update Now!

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Saurik has just taken to Twitter to announce an update to Cydia with support for iOS 8.3 jailbroken devices. Now up to version 1.1.17, the new Cydia update fixes “cannot identify your device” error on iOS 8.3 running devices.
Cydia 1.1.17 fixes the “cannot identify your device” error on iOS 8.3. (No: this is not a Substrate update; TaiG says they are fixing that.)
It is important to note that this isn’t the Cydia Substrate fix that you have been waiting for to run your favorite jailbreak tweaks on iOS 8.3. That according to Saurik is still coming from TaiG team, hopefully soon.
Here’s the full changelog of Cydia 1.1.17:
Cydia 1.1.17 is a bug fix release
Update Cydia to Support iOS 8.3
On iOS 8.3, Cydia would report that it “cannot identify your device” while trying to access your account. This was due to changes on iOS 8.3 and has been fixed.
Support file:/// Repository URLs
Recent versions of Cydia have rejected local repository URLs. This was due to an overly-limited filter on acceptable URLs. You can now again use local repositories.
To update to the latest version Cydia 1.1.17 on your device, Simply launch Cydia and wait for it to completely load. Once loaded, tap on Changes tab > Refresh button. Cydia will now prompt you with “Essential Upgrade” message. Tap on ‘Complete Upgrade’ and wait for it to download and install the latest update. Once done, it will automatically respring the device straight into the Lock Screen with updated version of Cydia ready to go.
Released only yesterday, TaiG 2.0 jailbreak is currently available for Windows only and is compatible on all iOS devices running either iOS 8.3, iOS 8.2 or iOS 8.1.3.