The New MacBook Pro: Unfixable, Unhackable, Untenable

The Retina MacBook is the least repairable laptop we’ve ever taken apart: unlike the previous model, the display is fused to the glass—meaning replacing the LCD requires buying an expensive display assembly. The RAM is now soldered to the logic board—making future memory upgrades impossible. And the battery is glued to the case—requiring customers to mail their laptop to Apple every so often for a $200 replacement.

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Want to Start a Company in the World’s Sixth-Most Populous Country? Time to Move to Pakistan [Forbes]

I recently returned from a reporting trip to Pakistan, one of the most fascinating countries I’ve ever visited. My first story, “Into the Fray,” ran in the July 20 issue of Forbes. It’s a profile of Monis Rahman, an entrepreneur who was born in Lahore and educated in the U.S., where he started a tech company during the height of the dot-com bubble. After running out of money in 11 months— and unable to raise more— Monis realized that if he started another venture, he would need to be hyper-vigilant about managing expenses. To do so, he took a drastic step, selling everything he owned and moving back to Lahore. Read below to find out how he did it, and whether his bet paid off.

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Article: How Pakistani bikes will compete against Indian bikes

How Pakistani bikes will compete against Indian bikes, if given the opportunity to get imported. Interesting read!!

Analysis of Pakistan and India bike industry

Irrespective of merits and demerits to our local industry, stake of jobs of thousands of people and future of our huge vendor base after more liberal trade with India – one thing looks certain that consumers may be able to see arrival of used new design bikes of higher engine capacity from India. However, much will depend of the prices of Indian bikes to lure the buyers.

Many consumers have set their eyes on the bright prospects of running high engine capacity Indian made bikes hopefully from next year as the government looks firm to phase out negative list of items between the two countries by December 2012 thus paving way for more entry of Indian goods.

It is not clear what government has planned about the future of our local bike industry which has been showing tremendous growth after the entry of low priced bikes introduced by Chinese bike assemblers.

How the local industry (Japanese and Chinese bike assemblers) will face the influx of Indian bikes as the government has clearly indicated of eliminating negative list by December 31, 2012.

It is a real fact that the auto vending industry of Pakistan during the last 15 years has come a long way in terms of acquiring technologies to manufacture a wide range of hi-tech products not only for domestic market but also catering for export market to some extent.

The localization levels achieved so far by the vending industry are over 90 per cent for motorcycles but surprisingly the price of Japanese CD70cc is Rs 66,000 as its producer continues to increase prices on rising cost of production and appreciating value of Yen against the Rupee.

However, local vendors claim that the high local content in case of motorcycles has made Pakistan, as one of the cheapest manufacturers of this mode of transport worldwide because the cost of parts produced by PAAPAM members is substantially lower than cost of imported parts.