AdMob gets a new Logo

Google’s mobile ads site Admob has changed it’s logo. Following new logo is now visible on Admob.com website. We were expecting such a change since Admob’s acquisition in2009 but it took quite some time.

Here’s the new logo: admob_logo_v2xx

Facebook Down Worldwide

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Facebook has gone down world wide. The service is down and above message is shown on the website whether you login from web, from mobile or some other device.

The social media site went down at 8:11 am GMT on Thursday 19th July. It’s been several minutes and we still cannot get the site to load around the globe.

Update:
Facebook is now up and running just fine. The outage was for 14 minutes starting at 8:11 GMT and the site came back up at 8:25 GMT. For a short span of 14 minutes, a huge number of Facebook users started flooding Twitter to register the down time.

 

How to watch World Cup Football live in Pakitan

For all the hard core fans of Football in Pakistan, we always need a back-up plan whenever our favorite team’s match is on air. We could have power load-shedding or cable down time any moment and we don’t want to miss our match. Here is how you can watch FIFA world cup 2014 matches live online on your computer, laptop, tablet or mobile.

All you have to do is go to PTV sports live video streaming site and watch it online. If you are on a tablet or mobile, your mobile browser should support Flash to run the live video stream. If you are on PC, most browsers will play the video smoothly.

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Fifa Worldcup 2014 Schedule for Pakistan

FIFA world cup football is starting in Brazil today. While we all have access to some match schedule, I was having trouble accessing a simple schedule according to Pakistan standard time. Here’s a plain schedule for the whole world-cup as per Pakistan Standard Time , that is +5 GMT.

Groups

Teams are divided into 8 groups and here are the teams and their groups.

Group A Group B Group C Group D Group E Group F Group G Group H
Brazil Spain Colombia Uruguay Switzerland Argentina Germany Belgium
Croatia Netherlands Greece Costa Rica Ecuador Bosnia and Herzegovina Portugal Algeria
Mexico Chile Ivory Coast England France Iran Ghana Russia
Cameroon Australia Japan Italy Honduras Nigeria United States South Korea

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24 Hours with Telenor 3G

3G and 4G services have started to commercially roll out in Pakistan. This post is to share my experience with Telenor 3G on the very first day of commercial launch.

1st June, Telenor Pakistan announced commercial launch of 3G services, gives the tarrif out on the website and sends an SMS blast to all to sign up to a package, free trial is over. Pretty much excited, I was expecting speeds and reliability of the 3G connection to improve with the commercial launch, assuming the users will stop using the service the way they were during the free trial. So far, I’ve found myself to be wrong.

Here are the findings.

Speed

Telenor 3G speeds have been similar since the day they launched the trial services. The speed hardly ever goes beyond 1Mbps, hence download speeds of 100 kilobyte per second is the max you’ll attain. Usually the download speed is found to be 2.5 to 3 times higher than that of the upload speeds, so expect around 300kbps uploads when on 3G.

Maximum Download Speed:  1 Mbps (1000 kbps )
Maximum Upload Speed  0.4 Mbps ( 400 kbps )

While these speeds are pretty good as compared to the Edge or GPRS connections we were using earlier, the claims and hype of dozens of Mbps found across social media and forums boils down to this.

Price

Announced 3G packages by Telenor Pakistan are fairly cheaper than that of Ufone 3G , the only other packages announced so far for 3G tarrif. Whether you go with the bundle offers or you let the standard rates charge, Telenor is cheaper for sure.

Coverage

We can’t talk much about the coverage yet as it’s just the beginnging. All networks claiming to be going to a number of cities of Pakistan, tough, when you are in those cities, it’s usually a disappointment to find no 3G signals in most of the cities. You can find Telenor coverage map here for Lahore, Karachi and Rawalpindn/Islamabad here.

Battery Life

My experience has been different with Telenor 3G and Mobilink 3G. Mobilink takes way more battery on 3G as compared to Telenor. Is that because Telenor 3G runs on 5Mhz and Mobilink on 10Mhz? Can someone share there experience?

Please note that these tests were conducted on an iPhone 5 on a pre-paid Telenor sim in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Tried traveling across the city to find locations where the speeds were better and then posted the best scores.

Please share your experience if that is different from mine.