Samsung finds a hack to fix the exploding Galaxy Note 7 issue

Samsung to issue software update to Galaxy Note 7 users to limit the battery charge to 60 percent

Samsung has been having a hard time with its exploding Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. It has already lost $22 billion in market valuation for pushing the Galaxy Note 7 through to take on Apple’s iPhone 7. According to reports, Samsung has found a hack to stop further explosions in its flagship product.

Samsung plans to issue a software update for its recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that will prevent them from overheating by limiting battery recharges to under 60%. Samsung announced the software update through a front page ad on Seoul Shinmun, a popular South Korean daily newspaper.  The Samsung advertisement announces the software update plan for any users of the Note 7 who may be disregarding its recall notice and continuing to use the smartphone.

“It is a measure to put consumer safety first but we apologize for causing inconvenience,” Samsung Electronics said. The update for South Korean users will start at 2 am on September 20, it said.

South Korean media earlier reported the software upgrade plan, citing Samsung. It was not clear when the update may roll out overseas. TheYonhap news agency reported that Samsung is in talks with mobile carriers to carry out the same update plan to keep battery power at 60% or below at all times.

Samsung plans to begin issuing new Note 7s with batteries it says will not be prone to overheating beginning on September 19. It has recalled 2.5 million of the devices after dozens of cases of them exploding or catching fire. Samsung says the problem stems from a manufacturing glitch in the batteries.

Ref: Techworm

Three New Skills Every Programmer should know

In a recent interview, Joel Spolsky (the co-founder of StackOverflow) declared that the three things he would advise new programmers to learn are economics, writing and C programming. At first glance, that might seem like a curious choice, yet digging deeper soon reveals the wisdom of those words.

 Spolsky advises learning economics, because “programmers often don’t know that and consequently don’t understand how they add value to a business”. Think about that for a minute. How often do we hear designers and developers complaining about nightmare clients and their unreasonable demands? I’ll give you a clue, it’s pretty often. But while these clients definitely exist, it’s easy to overlook the fact that our primary role as web devs is to bring value to a client’s business. Understanding that makes for a considerably better working relationship.

Additionally, an understanding of economics would help many freelancers to better market themselves (or at least have a better appreciation of the time they spend on something in correlation to the value it brings a client). And it would help them (and web devs in general) convey the value that a successful website can bring to a business when a client turns up with the aforementioned unreasonable demands.

Spolksy also advises learning writing (as well as communication in general), because “essentially, the most successful people are the ones who can explain their ideas the best”. He’s right! Communication is a vital, yet often underrated skill. It doesn’t matter if you’re an ace programmer, if you cannot communicate your ideas with the rest of your team, then you can fugged about it.

And that’s not just true of programming, but of life in general. As an editor I have to deal with a reasonably large number of article pitches. The ones that are clear, articulate and well thought out are the ones that move through fastest.

Spolsky’s final piece of advice is to learn C. When I read that, I was like “What the heck?!” Why would I want to do that when I can program in a language like JavaScript or Ruby—one which offers a more elegant syntax and takes care of things like memory management for me. I don’t need my programs to be blazing fast after all…

Spolsky’s reasoning is thus: “A lot of programmers these days will end up learning a higher level language—such as Python, Ruby or Java—and then not even really have a good grasp on anything that is causing that code in the language to execute and therefore not appreciating why things are slow or weird.” And when you think about it, that too, is true. It’s like advising people who want learn jQuery or a particular JavaScript framework to take a step back and learn the technology that it is built on first. Taking the time to learn the underlying mechanics of whatever it is you are working with, will stand you in good stead further down the road (for example when debugging something that doesn’t work as expected).

Ref: CodeSecurity

Top Websites To Learn Ethical Hacking – 2016

Everybody wants to learn hacking in today’s age. However, this is not an easy task until you have basic knowledge about computers and network security. For beginners to know, there are two types of Hacking Ethical (White Hat) and Unethical (Black Hat). Unethical hacking is considered illegal while ethical hacking may be regarded as legal.

We provide you with a list of websites that offers you white hat content. However, it is important to note that as a beginner to not perform any hacking & cracking tactics that breach any cyber law.

Hackaday

Hackaday is one of the top ranked sites that provide hacking news and all kinds of tutorials for hacking and networks. It also publishes several latest articles each day with detailed description about hardware and software hacks so that beginners and hackers are aware about it. Hackaday also has a YouTube channel where it posts projects and how-to videos. It provides users mixed content like hardware hacking, signals, computer networks and etc. This site is helpful not only for hackers but also for people who are in the field of Digital Forensics and Security Research.

Evilzone Forum

This hacking forum allows you see the discussion on hacking and cracking. However, you need to be a member on this site to check out queries and answers regarding ethical hacking. All you need to do is register to get your ID to get an answer for your queries there. The solution to your queries will be answered by professional hackers. The Remember not to ask simple hacking tricks, the community people here are very serious.

HackThisSite

HackThisSite.org, commonly referred to as HTS, is an online hacking and security website that gives you hacking news as well as hacking tutorials. It aims to provide users with a way to learn and practice basic and advanced “hacking” skills through a series of challenges, in a safe and legal environment.

Break The Security

The motive of the site is explained in its name. Break The Security provides all kind of hacking stuff such as hacking news, hacking attacks and hacking tutorials. It also has different kind of useful courses that can make you a certified hacker. This site is very helpful if you are looking to choose the security and field of hacking and cracking.

EC-Council – CEH Ethical Hacking Course

The International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-supported professional organization. The EC-Council is known primarily as a professional certification body. Its best-known certification is the Certified Ethical Hacker. CEH, which stands for Comprehensive Ethical Hacker provides complete ethical hacking and network security training courses to learn white hat hacking. You just have to select the hacking course package and join to get trained to become a professional ethical hacker. This site helps you to get all kinds of courses that make you a certified ethical hacker.

Hack In The Box

This is a popular website that provides security news and activities from the hacker underground. You can get huge hacking articles about Microsoft, Apple, Linux, Programming and much more. This site also has a forum community that allows users to discuss hacking tips.

SecTools

As the name suggests, SecTools means security tools. This site is devoted to provide significant tricks regarding network security that you could learn to fight against the network security threats. It also offers security tools with detailed description about it.

 

Ref: Techworm

CyberSecurity Tips for Small Businesses

Cybersecurity Tips for Small Businesses

Broadband and information technology are powerful factors in small businesses reaching new markets and increasing productivity and efficiency. However, businesses need a cybersecurity strategy to protect their own business, their customers, and their data from growing cybersecurity threats. Here are ten key cybersecurity tips for businesses to protect themselves:

1. Train employees in security principles
Establish basic security practices and policies for employees, such as requiring strong passwords, and establish appropriate Internet use guidelines that detail penalties for violating company cybersecurity policies. Establish rules of behavior describing how to handle and protect customer information and other vital data.

2. Protect information, computers and networks from cyber attacks
Keep clean machines: having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats. Set antivirus software to run a scan after each update. Install other key software updates as soon as they are available.

3. Provide firewall security for your Internet connection
A firewall is a set of related programs that prevent outsiders from accessing data on a private network. Make sure the operating system’s firewall is enabled or install free firewall software available online. If employees work from home, ensure that their home system(s) are protected by a firewall.

4. Create a mobile device action plan
Mobile devices can create significant security and management challenges, especially if they hold confidential information or can access the corporate network. Require users to password protect their devices, encrypt their data, and install security apps to prevent criminals from stealing information while the phone is on public networks. Be sure to set reporting procedures for lost or stolen equipment.

5. Make backup copies of important business data and information
Regularly backup the data on all computers. Critical data includes word processing documents, electronic spreadsheets, databases, financial files, human resources files, and accounts receivable/payable files. Backup data automatically if possible, or at least weekly and store the copies either offsite or in the cloud.

6. Control physical access to your computers and create user accounts for each employee
Prevent access or use of business computers by unauthorized individuals. Laptops can be particularly easy targets for theft or can be lost, so lock them up when unattended. Make sure a separate user account is created for each employee and require strong passwords. Administrative privileges should only be given to trusted IT staff and key personnel.

7. Secure your Wi-Fi networks
If you have a Wi-Fi network for your workplace, make sure it is secure, encrypted, and hidden. To hide your Wi-Fi network, set up your wireless access point or router so it does not broadcast the network name, known as the Service Set Identifier (SSID). Password protect access to the router.

8. Employ best practices on payment cards
Work with banks or processors to ensure the most trusted and validated tools and anti-fraud services are being used. You may also have additional security obligations pursuant to agreements with your bank or processor. Isolate payment systems from other, less secure programs and don’t use the same computer to process payments and surf the Internet.

9. Limit employee access to data and information, limit authority to install software
Do not provide any one employee with access to all data systems. Employees should only be given access to the specific data systems that they need for their jobs, and should not be able to install any software without permission.

10. Passwords and authentication
Require employees to use unique passwords and change passwords every three months. Consider implementing multi-factor authentication that requires additional information beyond a password to gain entry. Check with your vendors that handle sensitive data, especially financial institutions, to see if they offer multi-factor authentication for your account.

The FCC’s CyberSecurity Hub at www.fcc.gov/cyberforsmallbiz has more information, including links to free and low-cost security tools.

Top Programming Languages To Future-Proof Your Portfolio

With several programming languages available in the market, it is very important to choose the ones that can help you plan your future or plan your development teams. There are constant lists about top programming languages that come out every year.

TIOBE, a Netherlands-based company is one such company that keeps a regular list of the most commonly used languages and assesses code for quality. The company’s list not only shows the relative popular languages that it is testing currently, but also a good picture of the development market as it exists right now.

Another way to figure out which programming languages are currently hot in the market is looking at the companies graph for hiring programmers, which in turn gives us a peek into the future.

Toptal is a company that acts as a broker between developers and the companies that want to hire them. It has a list of the most popular languages used in hiring searches — a list that doesn’t directly track to the TIOBE list.

List of  Top Programming Languages.

Swift

Alvaro Oliveira, VP of talent operations for Toptal said according to their list that the No. 1 language that the companies are searching for is Swift. “Swift is new, so it’s expected for its growth to be way higher than any other languages,” Oliveira said. “It’s also the language that has allowed a lot of people to join the iOS market.”

According to Oliveira, Swift’s growth is coming from two sources: Those moving their programming from Objective C, and those coming into the iOS development market for the first time. “The iOS programming market was always held back by Objective C, which is a language that a lot of people found uninviting,” he said. “But then Swift came along and was much easier.”

HTML

The other language at the top of Toptal’s chart is HTML. “For any web project, HTML is going to be there. Whether it’s a Ruby on Rails or Rython job, HTML will be there. It shows that Web pages are still in demand,” Oliveira said.

Let’s have a look at the languages most commonly used in March 2016.

Java

For the last three years, Java has been an important business programming language for companies, which is no surprise. It’s one of the top languages taught in university computer science programs and known by everyone. It’s both adaptable and powerful, as long as you don’t have to reach down to simple metal for your application.

And if you do need to reach down to bare metal, there’s always …

C

C has come a long way from the time when it started life telling long-distance telephone switches how to work. For the last decades, it has been almost near the top of the “popular programs” list, and doesn’t really show any indication of slowing down. If you need to cut through all the APIs and SDKs and directly influence the hardware itself, then C is powerful and the next best thing to assembler.

Of course, C is a procedural language, which places it one step above carving code into stone for many developers.

If you want the power of C in an object-oriented package, you can always turn to …

C++

In the early 1980s, Bjarne Stroustrup developed a pre-processor that gave C classes and objects, and he called it C++. It’s a cliché to say that the rest is history, but really, there it is.

Since the mid-1980, C++ has given a strong competition to C, and long since been developed as its own language rather than a simple pre-processor for its foundation language. This is another language that is regularly taught in universities.

However, if you need to write code similar to C++ but specifically enhanced for a Microsoft environment, you can turn to….

C#

Microsoft made a tactical decision to develop a language based on C in 2000, which was enhanced for the .NET environment. And the outcome was C#. C# (pronounced “C sharp”) is an object oriented language, which with the help of C-like syntax makes it possible to create well engineered code. Maybe most important for many developers, C# is tied tightly to the Common Language Infrastructure (CLI), which allows a program to be written and compiled once, then executed on multiple different platforms.

There are additional ways to run applications on a number of different hardware platforms.

One of them is to base the application on a Web interface, which brings us to…

Python

One of the languages that divides the difference between being a scripting language and a full programming language is Python. Python is most often used with a powerful framework that allows it to build powerful applications in specific markets. The fact that it rarely stands alone is the thing that most often drives Python over the line into “full programming.”

While Python doesn’t need the involvement of internet, but there’s a good chance that you will find Python wherever you find an advanced Web application.

And in several of those advanced Web applications, you will also find …

PHP

PHP is used as a general-purpose programming language that has crossed over as another scripting language in many organizations. In comparison to Python, PHP is more closely connected to a browser, although it can also live inside a number of application management systems and frameworks.

PHP is an interpreted language, which is a point in favor of keeping it in the scripting language camp for those who keep track of such things. Rather than as the result of a standards effort, it has grown organically which reflects in some of its quirks. In spite of all this, if your aim is to make a living in the software development world, then PHP ranks highly on most lists of “languages you should know.”

If your corner of the software development world is surrounded by Microsoft, in addition to C# you probably want to learn …

Visual Basic [.Net]

The name “Visual Basic.Net” is outdated, as it made sense at the turn of the millennium, when Microsoft was trying to differentiate the language that was part of its .Net framework from what had come before.

Visual Basic is a perfectly suited language for building business process applications, especially if you want those applications to include functionality or an interface from one of the Microsoft Office applications.

Instead of a personal productivity application, if you are interested in a browser interface, then you should look at …

Javascript

Everyone knows that Java and Javascript are not related to each other. Coming just behind HTML in ubiquity, Javascript is one of the foundation languages of the Web. By iteslf, Javascript isn’t going to live outside a browser interface, though it is likely to condense that interface in a program that doesn’t have to invoke a full browser instance every time it runs.

As time goes on, Javascript is becoming more entirely functional with server-side implementations with Javascript in virtual machines taking it step-by-step away from the browser.

Though, in general, it’s a scripting language that carries a Web heritage with it. In that regard it’s rather like …

Perl

A language that pre-dates the Web by half a decade, Perl yet has got connected with advanced Web applications. The connection is mainly because Perl is wonderful at working with text and text objects stored in databases. Despite being clumsy and occasionally ruthless, it is good: Two words mostly used to explain Perl’s method to development are “chainsaw” and “duct tape.”

Mostly used for scripts, Perl is an interpreted language that holds snippets of larger applications together. While it is doubtful one can make a career out of Perl alone, it is however necessary that this language should be in every developer’s toolkit.

The same applies to…

Ruby

Ruby is not primarily a scripting language unlike many of the languages mentioned above. Rather, it is an object-oriented, compiled, full-featured programming language with a syntax that should be known to anyone who is acquainted with Python or Perl.

Ruby has been used to code frameworks and controllers, most notably Ruby on Rails, which offers structures for Web pages, databases, and other complex applications. While they are not the same, the two share language and hence should not be confused for one another.

Besides, the programming languages mentioned above, there are also React and React Native. React is the Javascript framework that lets you build applications with a Facebook interface. A further extension of the concept, React Native allows you to build iOS and Android (and even set-top box) apps with Javascript.

These two frameworks are seen as an incredible growth in the number of companies seeking for programming talent said Alvaro Oliveira. Given their foundation, they make a convincing case for learning Javascript and then adding React as a way to enhance your chances of getting recruited in 2016 and 2017.

Ref: Techworm

Cyber crimes and their punishments

Just in case you missed the news, National Assembly yesterday passed the cyber crime bill that is going to become a law once it’s approved by Senate and then authorized by President of Pakistan.

At this point, when there are new laws relating to internet, smartphones and overall web, it is extremely important for you to know them or you can land yourself into a horrific situation unintentionally or out of ignorance.

Read following carefully:

  • Unauthorized access to anyone’s phone, laptop etc. can put you behind the bars for three months or a fine of Rs. 50,000 imposed or both
  • Unauthorized copying of anyone’s data can put you behind bars for six months or a fine of Rs. 100,000 imposed or both
  • Damaging data of anyone’s phone, laptop etc. can put you behind bars for two years or a fine of up to Rs. 500,000 or both
  • Unauthorized access to critical data (such as govt website) can land you in jail for up to three years or a fine of up to Rs. 1 Million or both
  • Unauthorized copying of critical data can put you behind bars for up to five years or with a fine of Rs. 5 million rupees or both
  • Damaging Critical Data can land you in jail for seven years or with a fine of up to Rs. 10 million or both
  • Glorification of an offense and hate speech (religious or ethnic) can get you jail sentence for up to five years or fine up to Rs. 10 million or both
  • Cyber Terrorism: Whoever commits or threatens to commit any of the offenses such as damaging critical data, spreading hate speech can get you 14 years in jail or up to Rs. 50 million in fine or both
  • Electronic Forgery can get you a jail sentence of three years or a fine up to Rs. 250,000 or both
  • Electronic Fraud can be sentenced with a jail for a term of two years or a fine of up to Rs. 10 million or both
  • Making, obtaining, or supplying device for use in offense can get you jail term for up to six months or a fine of Rs. 50,000 or both
  • Unauthorized use of someone’s identity can land you in jail for three years and a fine of up to Rs. five million or both
  • Unauthorized Issuance of SIM cards can get you in jail for a term of three years or a fine of Rs. 500,000 or both
  • Tampering etc. of communication can get you jail term of three years or a fine of Rs. 1 million or both
  • Unauthorized Interception can land you in jail for a term of two years or with fine up to five hundred thousand rupees or with both.
  • Offenses against dignity of a person: Spreading false information of anyone can get you jail for three years or a fine of Rs. one million or both
  • Displaying or showing a sexually explicit image/video of anyone can land you in jail for seven years or a fine of up to Rs. five million or both
  • Writing or spreading a malicious code can get you in jail for two years or a fine of Rs. one million or both
  • Online harassment, vulgar, indecent communication can get you one year in prison for one year or a fine of Rs. 1 million or both
  • Spamming can get you with a fine not exceeding fifty thousand rupees for the first time. Every subsequent violation shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months or with fine up to one million rupees or with both.
  • Spoofing can get you behind the bars for three years or a fine of Rs. 500,000 or both

You can download the copy of approved bill that was passed by National Assembly yesterday by clicking this link (PDF File – 780 KB)

Ref: ProPakistani

The Most In-Demand Industries for Freelancers

An outcome of recession and subsequent signs of recovery has been a growth in self-employment over the last decade. Developments in genetics, artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, 3D printing and biotechnology are all laying the foundations for a revolution more comprehensive and all-encompassing than anything we have ever seen. The current technological revolution is not just a race between humans and machines but rather it has provided an opportunity for work to truly become a channel through which people recognize their full potential.

Technological, socio-economic, geopolitical and demographics developments and interactions between them have generated new categories of jobs and occupations. It is exciting for people who want to have work fit into their lives instead of trying to find time for life outside work. At present, the ability to work from home is considered a great advantage by many professional in all kinds of different industries. These independent workers are becoming a growing force for U.S and it is really broadening across occupations and industries.

Tech jobs are taking freelancers by storm; they have redefined the traditional freelance work. Flexjobs, an online marketplace, has tracked down 50 industries that hired freelancers from December 1, 2015 till March 1, 2016. It found out the IT and software development categories are up high this year but they have been in the top 10 year over year. These categories are as follows:

  1. Computer and IT
  2. Administrative
  3.  Accounting and Finance
  4. Customer service
  5. Software development
  6. Medical and Health
  7. Project Manager
  8. Research Analyst
  9. Writing
  10. Education and Training

Freelancing is the Future of Work

In recent past years, freelancing has increasingly gained immense importance as the future work. Today, many skilled professionals with many years of experiences are pursuing freelancing as a career. Breaking into any creative field like photography, design or writing, isn’t always easy but freelance work is a great way to get your foot in the door with potential employers.

According to UpWork, an online marketplace, the demand for content marketing skills is up 136%. WooComerce, a direct sales platform, increased 134%, 53% increase was observed by virtual assistants and 51% by electrical engineering jobs.

It is the best time for freelancers to start their work; there are more avenues available to find work, to make contacts, to connect with others, etc. thanks to technology and its ability to network. There is much to learn how you can set up shop but you don’t get to be an artist until you’ve been a salesperson. Companies and employers in today’s circumstances look for freelancers who arrive with skills and knowledge they need. You need to practice with your skills until you are able to produce work which is better than they already have.

The Education Burden

If you aren’t passionate about your work then you shouldn’t be working for yourself. Until you improve your basic understanding of the fundamentals of freelancing, you will continue to have issues working and will see your lack of preparedness spill into over your dealings with clients.

Freelancing is a profession with zero barriers to entry and many people jump directly into self-employment with little to no experience in the actual marketplace. Running your own business is a tough racket and it requires an enormous commitment and takes a perseverance that is impossible to quantify.

The sophistication of jobs is increasing and employers have started demanding freelancers to build out entire technology and content ecosystems for them. Clients more often look for high-quality work as opposed to low price but they are always willing to pay more for a freelancer who has a great reputation and has produced exceptional work.

Opportunities in Development of Pakistan’s Economy

Since the financial crises of 2008, Pakistan has faced incredible security challenges and economic turbulence. If there is one thing that becomes clear when looking at a complex country like Pakistan, it is where there are gaps there are also innumerable opportunities. Filling these gaps through freelancing can be highly profitable, it will be able to provide a valuable boost to our country’s economy and its people by providing solutions to development problems. Pakistan may be still new on the scene when it comes to freelancing but changes are happening quickly.

Generating wealth through freelancing is only one aspect; most importantly it can solve problems. Sizable population of our country is malnourished; many people are unable to feed themselves and their families due to food price inflation and lack of job opportunities. They depend on Government ideals and NGOs and nobody comes forward with an entrepreneurial mindset to make them financially independent.

By choosing freelancing as a career, Pakistani youth has been able to create self-employment. They have created a culture of entrepreneurship by capitalizing on local knowledge. What is particularly heartening is that with changing requirements of the IT world, Pakistani youth has acquired the tools that are necessary to create an enabling environment for entrepreneurship. Many Pakistani freelancers with successful existing startups are using their expertise in the country now. Along with making profits, freelancing path has enabled them to make concentrated efforts to transfer knowledge and technology.

The options are abundant and clear to freelancers and entrepreneurs who want to enrich Pakistan.

Ref: ProPakistani

OneLoad – Revolutionize Mobile Top-Up Market in Pakistan

For years, since top-ups were introduced in Pakistan, retailers have kept five different mobile phones to top-up mobile accounts of consumers. On top of keeping five separate phones, which is a hassle in itself, they maintain separate mobile-balance in all phones to keep their top-up business running. This Rs. 500 billion an year market is going to change now. Keep reading to know the how part.

Highest paying jobs 2016 – 11 out of 25 are in tech

highest paying jobs

Career website Glassdoor today released its 2016 report on the “ Highest Paying Jobs In Demand”. In the list of the top 25 U.S. jobs, 11 were in tech. More than any other industry. Health care and finance were next in line, with three jobs each.

Glassdoor’s list is ordered by average base salary. For a job title to be considered, it had to receive at least 75 salary reports shared by US-based employees over the past year.

Highest Paying Jobs in Tech Industry

Here are the U.S. tech jobs.

  1. Software Development Manager
  2. Software Architect
  3. IT Manager
  4. Solutions Architect
  5. Applications Development Manager
  6. Systems Architect
  7. Data Scientist
  8. Data Architect
  9. Product Manager
  10. Analytics Manager
  11. Information Systems Manager

The first four tech jobs placed in the top 10 of the full list. Software development manager was No. 1 in tech, and it placed fourth overall. Software architect was second in tech but seventh overall. IT manager was third in tech but ninth overall. Product manager was found to be the highest in demand.

Glassdoor’s report is based on what employees anonymously say about their employer. Job openings per job title were counted by adding up the total number posted on Glassdoor over the past three months.

Complete List of Highest Paying Jobs

Here is the full list of 25 highest paying jobs in the U.S.

  1. Physician – 2,064 job openings – $180,000 average base salary
  2. Lawyer – 995 job openings, $144,500 average base salary
  3. Research & Development Manager – 112 job openings, $142,120 average base salary
  4. Software Development Manager – 3,495 job openings, $132,000 average base salary
  5. Pharmacy Manager: 1,766 job openings, $130,000 average base salary
  6. Strategy Manager: 701 job openings, $130,000 average base salary
  7. Software Architect: 655 job openings, $128,250 average base salary
  8. Integrated Circuit Designer Engineer: 165 job openings, $127,500 average base salary
  9. IT Manager: 3,152 job openings, $120,000 average base salary
  10. Solutions Architect: 2,838 job openings, $120,000 average base salary
  11. Engagement Manager: 1,452 job openings, $120,000 average base salary
  12. Applications Development Manager: 263 job openings, $120,000 average base salary
  13. Pharmacist: 4,502 job openings, $118,000 average base salary
  14. Systems Architect: 439 job openings, $116,920 average base salary
  15. Finance Manager: 2,582 job openings, $115,000 average base salary
  16. Data Scientist: 1,985 job openings, $115,000 average base salary
  17. Risk Manager: 1,137 job openings, $115,000 average base salary
  18. Creative Director: 696 job openings, $115,000 average base salary
  19. Actuary: 175 job openings, $115,000 average base salary
  20. Data Architect: 762 job openings, $113,000 average base salary
  21. Tax Manager: 1,495 job openings, $110,000 average base salary
  22. Product Manager: 7,758 job openings, $107,000 average base salary
  23. Design Manager: 510 job openings, $106,500 average base salary
  24. Analytics Manager: 988 job openings, $106,000 average base salary
  25. Information Systems Manager: 147 job openings, $106,000 average base salary

 

Ref: VentureBeat

ShadiBox – A Startup That Makes Weddings Less of a Hassle

ShadiBox Is A Startup That Makes Weddings Less of a Hassle.

Planning a wedding for yourself or for a loved one seems like an exciting experience but in truth, it can be exhausting and hectic. From finding for the perfect tailor to the reliable caterer; it is a frustrating, time-wasting, budget-tightening experience for many. You just wish it could be done and be done with it.

Such was an experience of Talha Rehman, the Founder of ShadiBox, when he had to face numerable hurdles organizing his sister’s wedding. Turning online in the hope of finding services was a disappointment and that’s when the need for a wedding platform emerged in the form of ShadiBox.

ShadiBox: Making Organizing a Shadi Easy

An online wedding marketplace, ShadiBox, aims at tapping into the $15bn wedding industry of Pakistan and become as the ‘Amazon for weddings.’ Based in Lahore and in Beta phase right now, ShadiBox has already made some noise in the industry. It’s a quick and easy way to plan, search and book the most reliable and popular wedding vendors in the city.

Catering to both vendors and users, it brings much-needed features which makes wedding planning a much more easier task. Vendors can connect with ShadiBox and have their portfolio and services uploaded. Users on the other hand, can get services like getting exclusive discounts to availing affordable wedding packages with a number of add-ons, honeymoon packages, car rental, DJ /dance floor services and so on. Users can also directly give reviews of the vendors on the website, therefore removing doubts about reliability.

Using the Website

The website seems simple and user-friendly enough. You get Featured vendors with a dedicated page, that provides users with information about timing availability, types of services, reviews, gallery and of course, online booking too.

Signing Up

While still in Beta Phase, the website will have advanced features such as a custom dashboard for users as well as vendors to ensure both parties are able to meet their needs. We hope to see such a feature soon, because it can make matters much easier and serve the very purpose that’s needed in a wedding-focused startup.

There’s the element of bargaining and negotiating between vendors and customers, a common feature that we witness in the run up to any desi wedding. Something akin to this can help more people use ShadiBox by letting them avail flexibility in finding that perfect wedding package that suits their needs.

 

How Does it Work for Vendors

Vendors will be charged a one-time minimal registration fee (though it’s free for users) after which they can have their business details uploaded on the website. Considering the fact that vendors are now pretty much aware of the basics of online technology, this venture according to the founder is a,  ‘wish come true’ for many vendors as they see now easily expand and reach a vast market without having to invest money in marketing or branding. The team at ShadiBox prides itself over their involvement in visiting and providing self-taken coverage of every vendor listed on their website, which is quite beneficial when it comes to questions about service quality and reliability.

The Final Say

When it comes to weddings, an average Pakistani is usually looking out for the best, cost-effective deals and many have turned to Facebook and other social mediums to search for popular wedding service providers. If the team behind ShadiBox plays their cards right, it’s quite likely to find good traction. Weddings are huge business and anything that simplifies the process is bound to be used and appreciated. Let’s hope this startup realizes their vision and shadi planning becomes as much of a fun-filled experience as the actual weddings themselves!

Ref: ProPakistani