GOOGLE OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES DATALLY APPLICATION IN KARACHI:
Google has announced a new application in its bid to give better internet experience to its users in developing countries like Pakistan. Datally is a data saving application which will help users take control of how they consume data in daily life and block culprit applications that continue to run in the background and eats up the data bundle.
In the developing countries like Pakistan and India, data bundles are fairly expensive and in order to not eat up data plan in a single go, users have to go through the hassle of time and again checking their smartphones for turning off data.
UBER AND AUGMENTCARE DELIVER SMOG KITS IN LAHORE:
Considering the smog situation engulfing Lahore and neighbouring areas recently, Uber Pakistan partnered with AugmentCare to equip the people of Lahore with tools necessary in combating this health hazard. A part of our approach to be one with the city we operate in, our goal was to improve navigation during the dense smog, while also keeping people, especially those working outdoors, from being excessively exposed.
NAB TELLS FBR TO PLUG HOLES IN ITS TAX COLLECTION SYSTEM:
Chairman of National Accountability Bureau, Justice Retired Javed Iqbal, released a press statement citing the Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) to strengthen the tax collection system by filling all the loopholes in collection procedure.
ZAMEEN.COM TO HOLD ITS 2ND OPEN DAY
Zameen.com is fully equipped to cater to the investment needs of millions of Pakistanis all around the globe. In a bid to present interesting investment ventures for its diverse clientele, Zameen.com now brings you its Open Day at Park Lane from 9-10th December, 2017.
SONY XPERIA XA1 ULTRA: THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE MIDRANGER PHABLET:
Sony’s Mobile Division has launched a few of its Xperia branded smartphones in Pakistan, catering to users with different requirements and budgets. The company’s ranking in the international market were at a standstill and revenues have been falling but it seems like things are getting better with its new crop of devices.
GDG DEVFEST AT NED UNIVERSITY ENDS
The Google Developers Group Kolachi organized yet another successful event, this time it was the GDG DevFest held at the NED University of Engineering and Technology. With over 500 passionate attendees ranging from professionals to students, attended the 2-day event. This year’s enlightening tech-updating sessions were the least to say intriguing with ideas about prospective disruptive technological innovations and revolutions.
THIS PHONE IS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THOSE ADDICTED TO THEIR DEVICES:
Do you own a smartphone? Well that is a stupid question considering this is 2017 and everyone does. Being a smartphone user you would know that smartphone addiction is real. To fight the cravings for using the smartphone all the time, Klemens Schillinger an Austrian designer, has released a series of “smartphones”. These phones imitate different motions of smartphones such as swiping, scrolling and zooming.
PAKISTANI CYCLIST ON A MISSION TO SET A NEW GUINNESS RECORD:
Abdur Rehman Palwa had the passion of travelling on bicycle across Pakistan, his passion soon turned into mission when he decided to target the Guinness Book of World Record. We all stumble and fall before we learn to walk, same happened to Abdur Rehman. His first attempt at breaking the world record was on a motorbike.
A TRULY PAKISTANI RIDE-HAILING SERVICE?:
Ride-hailing apps and services have entered Pakistan in a huge way. Uber, Careem, and many more services continue to advertise their benefits for the Pakistani commuter, hoping to attract them as their preferred transport option.
ARE YOUR CHARITABLE, DONATIONS GOING TO THOSE WHO NEED IT THE MOST?:
Farq Parega is an initiative taken by like-minded individuals who wish to raise awareness about the benefits of safe charity. The idea behind this initiative is to help people realize that when they donate blindly, their donations may end up in the wrong hands. And those wrong hands could use their donations to harm society
FONEPAY MAY JUST BE THE ONLY BANKING APP YOU NEED:
FonePay (powered by Masterpass), is a solution that allows consumers to make simple and secure digital payments across devices and channels. It combines a user’s bank account, mobile wallets and payment cards including debit, credit and prepaid products on one platform. The hassle-free solution significantly increases the speed, convenience and security of day-to-day transactions using a fast, secure and cost-effective solution, allowing users to make purchases by simply scanning a QR code. FonePay provides hundreds of use cases, allowing users to pay at retail locations, on websites, and in-app.
80% OF POSTAL MINISTRY’S BUDGET GOES TO SALARIES & PENSIONS:
The Standing Committee on Postal Services was informed that Rs 4.6 billion worth of business transactions were made through Pakistan Post on a daily basis through receipt and issuance transactions. The meeting of the Standing Committee on Postal Services was held in Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan.
The Ministry of Postal stressed upon the need to enhance its budget as 80% of the current budget was allocated for the pensioners and salaries of the employees. The remaining 20% is not enough to meet the operational challenges.
TWITTER IN MELTDOWN AS NAWAZ SHARIF SAYS ‘LOOTA MAIN NAIN TO TUMHAIN KYA’:
Nawaz Sharif has been in hot water since the Panama scandal and it hasn’t been easy for him ever since. From being named in Panama Case to the disqualification from the post of prime minister, Nawaz Sharif has had a tough time, and it’s not getting better anytime soon. The leader of Pakistan Muslim League (PML) N has been in the news for a long time now and not for any good reason. The comedy of errors, one after another, surrounding the Sharif family has haunted them real bad.
BACK FROM THE DEAD: UMAR AKMAL CONFIRMS HE’S ALIVE:
While social media keeps us up-to-date on latest happenings around the world, it also spreads hoaxes from time to time, which makes it utterly difficult to get to the bottom of the situation. Another such example is the recent controversy surrounding Umar Akmal and his death. A picture of a victim, of a person who looked like Akmal, circulated on social media. But now, it has been confirmed that it wasn’t Akmal but some old photo of someone else.
HUAWEI HONOR V10 OFFERS FLAGSHIP GRADE PERFORMANCE ON A BUDGET:
Huawei has announced a new higher-end midrange phone in its Honor lineup, the V10. The phone comes with a 18:9 aspect ratio screen (also called edge to edge or bezelless), borrowing elements features from the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro.The phone comes with a 18:9 ratio 6-inch display on the front with FHD+ resolution. It looks strikingly similar to Mate 10 Pro due to the fingerprint sensor at the front. The design of the V10 consists of metal unibody and will be available in Black, Gold, Red and Blue.
DARAZ BREAKS ALL RECORD IN BIG FRIDAY SALES:
In what is a first for ecommerce, Daraz scored Pakistan’s first 3 billion rupee sale in revenue, securing 4 times more orders compared to last year’s sale, powered by 3 times more traffic on the ecommerce portal.What makes Big Friday, big? While this might sound an obvious question, it is a no less instructive one to consider when reviewing the year’s single biggest sale phenomenon. Daraz’s annual sale is best seen as a tent pitched to attract not just millions of digital-savvy prospects, but a consortium of top brands and thousands of sellers across the country.
TWITTER BLOCKS NEW YORK TIMES BY MISTAKE:
Twitter has acknowledged that a day-long block of one of the New York Times’s accounts was imposed in error. The @nytimesworld team, which covers international events, has about 1.9 million followers and is recognised by the social network as being a “verified account”.
IMGUR CONFIRMS 1.7 MILLION USERS HIT BY DATA BREACH:
Image-sharing website Imgur has confirmed that the emails and passwords of 1.7 million users were compromised in 2014. The data breach has only recently come to light after being discovered by security researcher Troy Hunt.
ETHICAL HACKERS TO BOOST NHS CYBER-DEFENCES:
The NHS is spending £20m to set up a security operations centre that will oversee the health service’s digital defences. It will employ “ethical hackers” to look for weaknesses in health computer networks, not just react to breaches. Such hackers use the same tactics seen in cyber-attacks to help organisations spot weak points.
OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE CLUB MEMBERS FACE HARD DISK THEFT:
Members of an exclusive club restricted to selected graduates of Oxford and Cambridge universities are being warned that computer data containing their personal details is feared stolen. The Sunday Telegraph reported that the club believed a “back-up” hard drive had been taken from a locked room inside its London headquarters.
COMPUTER SCIENCE GCSE IN DISARRAY AFTER TASKS LEAKED ONLINE:
The new computer science GCSE has been thrown into disarray after programming tasks worth a fifth of the total marks were leaked repeatedly online. Exams regulator Ofqual plans to pull this chunk of the qualification from the overall marks as it has been seen by thousands of people. Ofqual said the non-exam assessment may have been leaked by teachers as well as students who had completed the task.
APPLE RUSHES TO FIX MAJOR PASSWORD BUG:
Apple has said it is working to fix a serious bug within its Mac operating system. The flaw in MacOS High Sierra — the most recent version — makes it possible to gain entry to the machine without a password, and also have access to powerful administrator rights.
FACEBOOK’S AI WIPES TERRORISM-RELATED POSTS:
Facebook has said that efforts to use artificial intelligence and other automated techniques to delete terrorism-related posts are “bearing fruit” but more work is needed. The firm said that 99% of the material it now removes about Al Qaeda and so-called Islamic State is first detected by itself rather than its users.
BITCOIN CROSSES $10,000 MILESTONE:
The value of one bitcoin has gone past $10,000 (£7,493). The virtual currency reached the benchmark for the first time, just days after it passed $9,000. It caps a remarkable rise in value for the crypto-currency, which was trading below $1,000 at the start of the year.
WORLD POWER ‘THREATENED’ BY CHINESE AI:
The economic and military balance of world power could be altered as China rushes to develop artificial intelligence technology, a US think tank has warned. The report cites examples of how AI tech is being used in a military setting. In July, China announced its national plan for AI, calling for the country to catch up with the US.
UBER AND WAYMO TRIAL DELAYED AFTER EVIDENCE ‘WITHHELD’:
The US trial between self-driving car giants Uber and Waymo has been delayed after the judge said that Uber had withheld evidence. The trial was due to start this week. San Francisco-based Judge William Alsup said it would be a “huge injustice” to begin the trial so soon, after new evidence had come to light.