Since I heard the news of his death, I’ve been trying unsuccessfully to gather my thoughts and come to terms with the fact that the person who I was in so awed with is no more. Even though there was no personal connection between us apart from me going crazy whenever I would see an insanely great Apple product, it’s hard not getting emotionally connected with him, his persona and his awseomeness factor.  Before his Stanford 2005 commencement speech, I thought of him only as a cool, billionaire CEO.  Of someone who made the right decisions, did the right thing at the right time.

But then you hear his speech and realize things weren’t always smooth sailing for him. It was that speech which made me a SUPER fan. What he said made sense to me in my personal life as well. There were a lot of times when dots weren’t connecting but I knew they eventually would and now looking back they do! That it was OK to make mistakes and fail. And that life would be fulfilling if you spend doing it what you love. Maybe these are things that all wise men say, but he was a living example of his preaching and it sure was going to leave an impression. I had saved that speech in my pc, email and would read/listen to it whenever life wouldn’t make sense. For me, it was the best piece of motivational, inspirational therapy that anyone could provide. Add to it, that many of my friends and acquaintances would quote from it was an example how his words had touched us and our lives.

It wasn’t just the Stanford speech but his simple take on life, work, loving what you do and think differently that had filled my life with inspirations. Truth be told, I may not be following my heart in all matters and living the way he prescribed but knowing that he did and was successful is such a motivational booster.

Skeptics can’t understand our emotional involvement with a billionaire who just made expensive products and was no in part involved in changing the world! Maybe their world didn’t get changed but anybody who uses a pc, mouse, smart phone, mp3 player their lives have been impacted by the change he has brought to the industry. And as he said, it was never about the money but knowing that you created something wonderful when you went to sleep. He has brought sleekness and class to our gadgets and has been the in the forefront of bringing innovations to our lives.  He introduced the intuitive use of technology and it’s because of him that my niece knew how to use touch phone and iPad much better then the adults even before she started school! It’s because of him that now when we see a product we also see the detail that has been put into his manufacturing. In his limited time, he has brought major changes and made us want what he made because we know that what he made will surely be awesome.

Thank you Steve for all the wonderful, insanely great inspirations and creativity:) We’ll miss you! And hoping to learn something from your life :)

Hey tennis fans, an update of Sports Eye – Tennis  app has been released in Android Market coinciding with the beginning of clay season and most importantly Roland Garros. The app UI has been revamped making the navigation between different categories such as news, blogs, players update more intuitive. The app now features more sharing options too. So if you like to let your friends know about the news, social sharing is just a tap away!

So all those who don’t want to miss any tennis action during the upcoming Grand Slams, Sports Eye – Tennis is a must! And to add to the delight of all you tennis fans, the developers have announced a special discount on the paid app during the French Open season. Yayyy :) !!

The first post of the year 2011 comes with the arrival of the first Grand Slams of the year. And this time I won’t be speculating about whom’s going to add the title to their name but reviewing an Android app focusing on Tennis Grand Slams title ‘Sports Eye Tennis Special.

The Sports Eye Tennis Special comes with loads of bundled feature for a true Tennis fan. It has the ability to gather News from various news sources related to tennis such as Australian Open, ATP, WTA, BBC, CNN, ESPN and allows me to select the source from which I want to keep up with. Same option goes for following Tennis Blogs and remaining in touch with what the experts’ opinions are. But what I loved about the app is their option to view the Player activities by getting their updates from Twitter and Facebook accounts (and yes, Federer is in the list of players:) )! The Players list consists of top 20 ATP and WTA tennis players and being up to date with their activities on and off the court in Melbourne is truly awesome!!! Tweets from official tennis sources such as Australian Open, ATP, WTA, Tennis Channel are available and in that too you have the option to select the source from which to remain updated.

And any AO app won’t be complete without Live Scores so Tennis Special also has the facility to show live scores, draws and schedule of play! And if filtering down sources wasn’t enough, the app also gives me the power to turn off the whole feature so that I don’t get distracted by extra information. From this I mean that if I don’t want to view news, I can de-select it from settings and viola the news tab won’t show in the main screen. Also, I like the fact that all information is available in one view and with a single tap I can browse through different categories of News, Blogs, Players, Scores etc. A widget for home screen is also available.

It has the option of Background Sync of information when you get connected to the internet, notification about new information and offline viewing of the news so that you don’t need to be on the net all the time just to read updates.

With the AO starting in just two days time, Tennis Special is going to be my source of information about the happenings in Melbourne and especially in Rod Laver Arena. And if you have an Android phone, do download the app from the Market and watch AO right from your cell.

Seems like we’ll have to wait another four months for 17th Slam title…

Roger Federer leaving the court after losing to Novak Djokovic at US Open men's semi final, 2010

Roger Federer leaving the court after losing to Novak Djokovic at US Open men's semi final, 2010

It was an unbelievable run. They were amazing records set in terms of Pakistan tennis history. In the end, the finals were awesome. And the cherry on top was the message in the speech. Aisam you truly made us proud and in no way you let us down in the last two days. If anything, you let us up. News about your winning matches in US Open 2010 has been the best news coming from Pakistan in the last two weeks. And we loved the way you not only spoke about tennis but about floods effecting our country, and emphasizing about Pakistani being friendly, loving and caring.

Aisam ul Haq Qurieshi at Men's Double Final at US Open

Aisam ul Haq Qureshi at Men's Double Final at US Open

The final was very well played; Rohan and u, gave the Bryans tough competition. Even in your loss, the Indo-Pak Express has won the hearts of people of Pakistan-India and world over. I believe it must have been the first time Indian and Pakistanis both must have hoping and praying for player of across the border to win a match!! Looking forward to seeing you lift the trophy next time inshAllah:)

Aisamm ul Haque and Kveta Peschke, Semi Final US Open 2010

Aisamm ul Haq and Kveta Peschke, Semi Final US Open 2010

Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) and  Kveta Peschke (CZE) have reached the finals of the US Open Mixed Doubles. It’s a proud moment for Pakistan as it’s the first time any Pakistani has qualified for the final of a Grand Slams event. They’ll face either number 1 seeded Liezel Huber(USA)-Bob Bryan (USA) or the 4th seeded Bethanir Mattek-Sansds (USA)-Daniel Netsor(CAN).

In the men’s double, Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Rohan Bopana have reached the semi finals stage. Their opponents in that stage will be Eduardo Schwank(ARG) and Horacio Zeballos (ARG) (match scheduled today).  In their path to the SF they have beaten the 2nd seeded Daniel Nestor-Nenand Zimonjic in a shocking defeat in straight sets (3rd Round) and 10th seeded Wesley Moodie (RSA) and Dick Norman (BEL).

Rohan Bopanna and Aisam ul Haq Qureshi, Quarter Final US Open 2010

Rohan Bopanna and Aisam ul Haq, Quarter Final US Open 2010

Aisam is proving that age is just a number and perseverance can bear fruits. Coming from a country where tennis is followed by a few and there’s no support and even media coverage, it’s a commendable effort by Aisam to reach high levels at such auspicious events. In the time where sports and sports men from Pakistan are in the lime light for all the wrong reasons, Aisam is the ray of hope and given us something to be cheerful about.

Hoping to see him win both doubles titles inshAllah :)

Update: Aisam ul Haq and Rohan Bopana have reached the finals of the Men’s Doubles at US Open. They’ll play against top seeded Bryan brothers in the finals. The finals of the Mixed Doubles between Aisam ul Haq(PAK)/Rohan Bopanna(IND) and Liezel Huber(USA)-Bob Bryan(USA) is scheduled today and will start after noon (US Time) and after 9PM PST.

Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) and Rohan Bopanna (IND) seeded 16th are through to the Quarter Finals of Men’s Doubles of the US Open Championship, 2010. They beat second seeded Daniel Nestor (CAN) and Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 in the third round to reach the QF stage. They’ll face 10th seeded Wesley Moodie (RSA) and Dick Norman (BEL) in the next round. It should also be noted that earlier they ended the winning streak of Bryan brothers of 62 titles in Washington, DC.

Also, Aisam is in the Quarter Finals round of Mixed Doubles where he has paired with Kveta Peschke(CZE). They’ll face Gisela Dulko (ARG ) and Pablo Cuevas (URU) in that match.