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TPL Maps launched Pakistan’s First Street Vision Map

How cool it will be to see any street of Lahore on your smartphone while sitting in Karachi or roaming around Lahore?(Atleast you don’t have to say that never ask for directions in Lahore. If you know what I mean) Or exploring the streets of Islamabad by virtually watching them in your smartphone? That too for free. You just have to download TPL Maps app. 

Pakistan’s first digital mapping solution, TPL Maps has launched the Street Vision feature for Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. The attribute will allow users to virtually view the streets of three major cities through their smartphones. This is the first of its kind feature being launched in Pakistan which is a technology breakthrough by any mapping company in the country.

The street vision comes packed with features which include 60,000+ images and covers a street network of approximately 3,000 kilometers across the three top cities of Pakistan. Consumers can now virtually see their favorite locations such as restaurants, hotels, residential areas, cinemas, parks and other popular public places from almost anywhere around the world via their mobile phones.

”Our Street Vision feature provides people in Pakistan with a unique experience to roam city streets without being physically present at the spot. The Street Vision feature is being launched for the first time in Pakistan and resides as part of our strategy of localization and providing exciting services to our consumers. Our enthusiasm is palpable as this service will be a game changer for students, business and start-ups across Pakistan,” 

said Adeel Hashmi, Head of Maps, TPL Trakker.

“With the launch of this feature, Pakistan can boast of being one of the few countries in the world to have a local street level view. No other mapping service in the country provides such comprehensive street level view experience. Our vision for this digitalization age in Pakistan is to bring continuous innovation in the mapping solutions to create value for individuals and business users of TPL Maps platform.” he added.

The Street Vision feature is expected to expand to other major cities of Pakistan in the future including Quetta, Peshawar, Faisalabad and other cities in the span of next few months.

TPL Maps already offers Satellite View and Night Mode options as part of the free app offering and with Street Vision feature being added, it intends to be the household mapping brand in Pakistan. Soon consumers will be able to add their favorite location on Street Vision which will generate a lot of interest and enthusiasm amongst the digital savvy youth populations of the country.

Q mobile M6 – The power you need

I fell in love with Pakistan’s biggest smartphone brand Q mobile ever since I got my hands on the NoirZ12 (reviewed earlier) and then moved on to the then best, Q mobile NoirZ14. Still using the later one and no complaints what so ever. If there’s anything that a smartphone and social media enthusiast craves for in Android smartphones, it has to be a long lasting battery and no one is understanding this need better than Q mobile. 

The new addition to Q mobile smartphones family is a power packed M6 Android smartphone which is equipped with the most powerful battery. With 5000mAh battery this phone is going to be a must have. How I wanted to get rid of carrying that bulky power bank everywhere. 

At the biggest bridal fashion week of Pakistan- Q mobile Bridal Couture Week 2017, the most stylish Pakistani smartphone brand Q mobile displayed Q mobile M6 for a first hand user experience. From celebrities to common people everyone was discussing the power of M6. Fashion captured through the lens of M6 looks even better. 

The smart finger print sensor makes it even more desirable. QMobile knows the pulse of smartphone users and with such advanced features their smartphones are going to be the super power in your hands.

Look at the specifications of Q mobile M6. Hard to beat price (M6 has been launched for Rs 29,500) with such powerful battery. I am so willing to get it now. 

Q Mobile M6 Specifications:

  • CPU: 2.0GHz Octa-Core Cortex-A53
  • Chipset: Mediatek Helio P10
  • OS: Android 6.0 MarshmallowSupported 
  • Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE; Dual-SIM
  • Display: 5.5” Super AMOLED with 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution
  • Memory:RAM: 4 GB
  • Internal: 64 GB
  • Card slot: yes
  • Camera:
  • Primary:13 MP, f/2.0, face detection autofocus,
  • Secondary: 8 MP, screen flash, beauty mode
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, hotspot, Bluetooth, GPS, Infrared blaster, USB OTG
  • Battery: 5,000 mAh with fast charging support (comes with 18W Turbo Charger)

Are you the one underestimating a Pakistani smartphone brand so far? Take my words, you’ll not be disappointed with the power of Q mobile Noir series as I have personally used it for over an year now and so looking forward to get my hands on the power of M6. 

#YaYvoTech sale is #UpgradingPakistan to celebrate Pakistan Day

If there’s anything that being a woman I can’t resist, it has to be sales and discount offers. This time it is a refreshing change from E-commerce giant Yayvo to come up with Upgrade themed offers like they’re offering such huge discounts that you should consider upgrading your semi automatic machine to automatic one. Who doesn’t want to upgrade their gadgets? And what better time then to avail huge discount offers. #UpgradingPakistan – This is what Yayvo.com is aiming with Pakistan day sales offers on the most popular tech items like smartphones, gaming consoles, home appliances and computer accessories. Upto 70% off sale has been made simply irresistible with payment partners like easypaisa and credit cards.

While browsing through the Yayvo tech sale I came across so many useful gadgets and home appliances at unbelievable prices that I actually wanted to upgrade all of my belongings. The most important ones being the digital camera to DSLR camera  and some car accessories to charge my smartphone wirelessly while traveling with kids. There’s a road trip to Northern areas that we’ve planned for coming month. Perfect time to get useful stuff for my 2 weeks long Road trip. 

Apart from the tech stuff for #UpgradingPakistan tour I would definitely like to upgrade my kitchen with the ultimate technology helper. The Roti Maker – been searching for it for a long time now and I guess this is the perfect time to get this useful machine. What say? 

After getting an upgraded Tawa, I think it is a good time to say bye to my semi automatic washing machine. Time to upgrade it with an automatic one. Let’s see if it falls in my budget or not. 

I hope you also have a great buying spree during Yayvo Tech sale which definitely is upgrading Pakistan. Do share what you got from the Tech sale. 

Nokia 3310 is back with a series of Nokia Android smartphones at WMC 2017

I can’t wait to experience the iconic Nokia 3310 again after so long *gets emotional*. That snake game was addictive and it is back with a bang. HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, today unveiled a new generation of Nokia smartphones, setting a new standard in design, quality and user experience throughout the range. The highly anticipated global portfolio features three new smartphones;

  • Nokia 6, delivering performance and immersive entertainment in a premium and extremely robust design; 
  • Nokia 5, an elegant smartphone that fits perfectly in your hand; and 
  • Nokia 3, which delivers an unprecedented quality at an affordable price point.

    The new range of Nokia smartphones all run Android™ Nougat and offer a pure, secure and up to date experience. The Nokia smartphone range will all feature Google Assistant, a first outside of Google branded devices.  Today also sees the return of a modern classic – the iconic Nokia 3310, reborn with a modern twist on design. 

    It was also announced that the world-renowned game Snake will be snaking its way back into people’s hearts with a new version available to play on Messenger, part of Facebook’s Instant Games cross platform experience. The new free Snake game is designed to be played with groups of friends making it even more playable than the first time around.  


    World Mobile Congress 2017 Nokia Announcements:

    Nokia 6 is going global – combining superior craftsmanship and distinctive design with immersive audio and an impressive bright and colourful 5.5” full HD screen, the Nokia 6 delivers a truly premium smartphone experience. The unibody of the Nokia 6 is crafted from a single block of 6000 series aluminium. The smart audio amplifier with dual speakers allow consumers to experience a deeper bass and unmatched clarity, whilst Dolby Atmos® delivers an engaging entertainment experience. Available in four colours – Matte Black, Silver, Tempered Blue and Copper. The Nokia 6 will retail at an average global retail price of €229.

    Nokia 6 Arte Black Limited Edition – celebrating the worldwide Nokia 6 portfolio is the Nokia 6 Arte Black Limited Edition. With 64GB storage and 4GB RAM, this special edition combines the best features of the Nokia 6 family in a stunning black high gloss package and will retail at an average global retail price of €299.

    Nokia 5 – a sleek and compact smartphone that nestles in your hand. The Nokia 5 has been precision engineered out of a single block of 6000 series aluminium to create a perfect pillowed body that flows seamlessly into the sculpted Corning® Gorilla® Glass laminated 5.2” IPS HD display. Powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 430 mobile platform and the Qualcomm® Adreno™ 505 graphics processor, the Nokia 5 brings robust structural integrity, attention to detail and the quality of a high-end flagship to everyone. Available in four colours Matte Black, Silver, Tempered Blue and Copper. The Nokia 5 will retail at an average global retail price of €189.

    Nokia 3 – a stunning new smartphone designed to deliver an outstanding experience with unprecedented value.  With a precision machined aluminium frame forged out of a single piece of aluminium, a sculpted Corning® Gorilla® Glass laminated 5” display and seamlessly integrated 8MP wide aperture cameras (front and back), the Nokia 3 packs a truly premium quality smartphone experience into its compact and elegant form. Available in four distinctive colours – Silver White, Matte Black, Tempered Blue and Copper White – the Nokia 3 will retail at an average global retail price of €139. 

    The big Reveal:

    Nokia 3310- a modern classic reborn. Thin, light and incredibly durable, the Nokia 3310 is a head turning modern twist on one of the best-selling feature phones of all time. Boasting an incredible 22-hour talk-time and month long stand-by, the Nokia 3310’s fresh, colourful, modern design brings it bang up to date. The Nokia 3310 is available in four distinctive colours – Warm Red and Yellow, both with a gloss finish, and Dark Blue and Grey both with a matte finish. The Nokia 3310 will retail at an average global retail price of €49. 

    Accessories – also introduced was a portfolio of Nokia Accessories that follows iconic design philosophy. As perfect companions to these smartphones, the full Nokia Accessories portfolio includes a range of headsets, portable and Bluetooth speakers, in-car chargers, cases and screen protectors

    Arto Nummela, CEO of HMD Global, said: 

    “Nokia has been one of the most iconic and recognisable phone brands globally for decades. In the short time since HMD was launched into the market, the positive reception we’ve had has been overwhelming; it seems everyone shares our excitement for this next chapter. Today’s consumers are more discerning and demanding than ever before and for us they will always come first. Our efforts in bringing together world class manufacturers, operating systems and technology partners sees us proudly unveiling our first global portfolio of smartphones with a Nokia soul, delivering the very best experience to everyone.”

    Florian Seiche, President of HMD Global, said:

    “Strategic and meaningful partnerships are essential to our success, both for the products and manufacturing. Equally we are committed to building the right kind of partnerships at a market level so we can reach and service all of our fans. The encouragement, support and excitement we have felt from the operators and retailers we’ve met globally so far has been humbling. The excitement and anticipation for our first global family of smartphones has been tremendous, and we’re delighted to offer fans the ability to register their interest for the new range at nokia.com/phones.”

    Pekka Rantala, Chief Marketing Officer of HMD Global, said: 

    “Consumers today are seeking relationships with brands that they can trust. The Nokia brand has over 150 years of heritage giving it an authentic, differentiating experience which we are proud to introduce to a new generation of fans.  Our new Android Nokia smartphone portfolio, together with the return of the iconic Nokia 3310, is a real statement of our ambition and commitment to honouring the hallmarks of a true Nokia phone experience.”

    Brad Rodrigues, interim President of Nokia Technologies, said:

    “What HMD has created is remarkable. We’re excited to see the launch of a new family of smartphones, built to the standards that Nokia is known for. We believe that their strong design and quality will appeal to Nokia fans around the world, and the return of the Nokia 3310 has us smiling too!” 

    Enrico Salvatori, SVP and President, Qualcomm EMEA said: 

    We are pleased to have collaborated with HMD on the Nokia 6 and Nokia 5 and look forward to working closely with them on future devices. The Nokia brand has a rich heritage in advancing mobile technology and to see new Nokia smartphones on sale is a welcome sight.  Both devices are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 mobile platform which offers a rich feature set for smartphones: integrated X6 LTE, cutting-edge camera technology with dual-Image signal processors, next-generation Qualcomm Adreno 505 GPU all means Snapdragon 430 supports fast downloads and uploads, stunning graphics and photos with battery life to spare.”

    The new portfolio of Nokia smartphones and feature phones is on display at Mobile World Congress.  Local availability will be announced in markets in Q2 2017. To get hands-on with the full range of Nokia phones, visit HMD at the Nokia stand (Hall 3, stand 3A). 

    Register on nokia.com/phones for more information.

    PS: All phones launched will be available in single SIM and dual SIM variants.
    These are global average estimated retail prices and local prices will vary depending on duties, taxes and currency exchange rates.
    All products will be available in Q2, 2017 in APAC, India, Middle East, Africa and Europe.

    Hashmanis can make your life Chashma Free

    Chashma – An accessory that you have to sport if you’re suffering from refractive errors like short & longsightedness. Ever since I’ve been diagnosed with shortsightedness a pair of glasses reside on my nose permanently. There’s no turning back whether you like a chashma or not, you have to flaunt it. Be called by your peers as chishmish or nerd, chashmulli or whatever. Chashma has to be there with you. Sometimes I really wonder how many glasses I’ve broken so far? For the past 15 years of my chashma life, there’s an average of 6-8 pair of glasses per year. Since birth of my kids the number of broken glasses has exponentially increased, like seriously. Now imagine the cost of maintaining a chashma in your life.

    Sometimes I really wonder how to get rid of this thing. Like can u ever live a chashma free life? Luckily I found the answer to be Yes & maybe. Confused? Let me explain it to you. Hashmanis in Pakistan are the only one to offer the most advanced laser guided eye surgeries like Femto(Blade less) or Lasik and they’re the most recommended hospital if you ask anyone around for eye care treatment suggestions. Hashmanis Topo-guided LASIK surgery is the most trusted one as the hospital has performed it considerable number of times. The procedure needs extremely efficient advanced equipment and technical expertise of surgeons and Hashmanis really ace in it (50K Lasik surgeries is a huge number). Clearly the best in ophthalmology in Pakistan are The Hashmanis.img-20170218-wa0025.jpg

    Luckily, I was part of a bunch of people being invited by Dr. Sharif Hashmani to demonstrate the most advanced refractive error surgery called Topo-guided Lasik surgery. The procedure is the most advanced eye surgery that only Hashmanis are offering in Pakistan and guarantees to make your life CHASHMA FREE. You only need to go through certain tests like topography before the procedure to know if your cornea qualifies for the surgery or not. 30% population won’t be able to go through the procedure for various medical reasons.

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    Keep in mind that Topo Guided Lasik surgery is a cosmetic procedure and not everybody needs it but it definitely is an option to live life Chashma Free, if you’re like me who is fed up of buying new glasses every month or so. So, yeah why not?


    Live Topo Guided Lasik surgery at Hashmanis Hospital

    First, I was kinda excited to see the procedure. Then I got a bit scared and watched it on screen instead of going inside the theater and then I got so mesmerized by the skill of the Dr. Hashmani that the procedure was being done with such precision. It took only 3-6 minutes to finish the surgery and you’re good to go home (certain precautions though).

    Isn’t it amazing? How fascinating is the idea of having a clear vision again after all those Chashma years. Can’t wait to get myself under the knife and live a Chashma free life.