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Zong 4g’s unique business model: Customers before revenue!:

Being at the forefront of Pakistan’s digital revolution, country’s largest data network, Zong 4G, has reaffirmed its previously stated position of putting the customers before all other business priorities. Powered by the fastest 4G network in the country, Zong continues to dominate the data market with more than 70% 4G market share.

Google launches datally, an app that saves your mobile data:

Google has announced Datally, a smart and simple Android app that helps smartphone users understand, control, and save mobile data. Datally works on all smartphones running Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and higher, and is available on the Google Play Store globally. Datally helps solve one of the biggest pains for smartphone users around the world — worries about data usage. Google discovered after extensive user research around the world that many smartphone users worry about running out of data.

Telenor Pakistan launches Asphalt 8 Cup in association with Gameloft:

Telenor Pakistan, the second largest telecom operator in Pakistan, announced the launch of Asphalt 8 Cup in association with Gameloft. Gameloft is a leader in the development and publishing of mobile games. It is a unique social gaming, time-limited event in Gameloft’s top racing title: Asphalt 8: Airborne, customized exclusively for Telenor’s users in Pakistan, and will continue till 13th December.

Zong 4g partners with Cine Star Multan to bring exclusive discounts:

Zong 4G has partnered with Cine Star, Multan city’s largest multiplex cinema, to add even greater value for its subscribers. Zong customers can now avail exciting discounts at the premier movie theatre, including a buy two get one free offer for select customers on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

Govt claims loadshedding has ended angers:

According to a recent statement by a government official, the loadshedding is a story of the past now. Many parts of the country will be free from all kinds of electricity loadshedding, the government claims. Claiming that load shedding is history now, Minister for Power Division Sardar Awais Leghari said that 5,297 feeders would be free of load shedding.

PTA admits 12.5% withholding tax on mobile balance recharge is high:

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has admitted that the Withholding Tax of 12.5% on every mobile recharge is high because majority of the subscribers fall below the threshold of being a tax payer and hence, cannot get the paid amount adjusted in their annual tax returns.

Microsoft’s photos app can quickly transfer pictures from mobile to pc:

Microsoft is back with another application that has the capability to transfer photos and videos from Android and iOS devices to PCs in no time. There are several file sharing or file transfer apps available in the respective app stores on both Android or iOS, so what makes Microsoft’s version different? Earlier, Microsoft had also incorporated a similar feature in its OneDrive app, where photos are uploaded and later can be imported into Photos app in Windows 10.

Youtube launches its own version of stories called ‘Reels’:

Snapchat’s original has been copied by many. First it was Instagram, then Messenger decided to have a go, then came in Facebook stories followed by WhatsApp and finally Skype thought it would be cool to include a story-like feature too. This time YouTube is launching its own take on Stories with a new video format called Reels

Vivo unveils 2018 Fifa world cup special edition smartphone:

As the official FIFA World Cup sponsor, Vivo has unveiled a special edition X20 smartphone created for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. 32 teams have booked their places at the tournament, and the Final Draw was held on December 1, 2017 at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow.

Google’s new lightweight search app saves your data:

In order to bring its services to the next billion users, Google is launching its Android suite of apps under the Go umbrella for low-end phones. While the apps mostly include the lightweight versions of regular apps in Android phones, perhaps the most important one is Google Search.

Google launches go edition of Android Oreo for low end phones:

With the Android 8.1 update coming soon, Google has ensured that entry level phones can keep pace with everyone else. In a blog post recently, Google announced Android Oreo Go Edition, which is designed for phones with low RAM, memory and processing power.

 

INTERNATIONAL

Tesla mega-battery in Australia activated:

The world’s largest lithium ion battery has begun dispensing power into an electricity grid in South Australia. The 100-megawatt battery, built by Tesla, was officially activated last Friday. It had in fact provided some power since Thursday due to demand caused by local hot weather.

Nintendo games to appear on rival console:

Nintendo is to release some of its popular games on a rival manufacturer’s console for the first time in decades. Some of the company’s older games from the discontinued Wii console will appear on the Nvidia Shield set-top box in China.

Millions caught in virtual keyboard app data breach:

Security researchers claim to have found the personal data of 31 million Android users of the keyboard app Ai.type after finding an open database online. The app offers themed keyboards for phones and tablets. The researchers claimed data left visible included names, phone numbers, locations and Google queries.

Nissan to trial robo-taxis in Japan:

Carmaker Nissan plans to test self-driving taxis on Japanese roads from March next year. The company is partnering with Japanese software company DeNA, which operates online services for the gaming, healthcare and automotive industries.

Now for young children too:

How young is too young to be on social media? Strictly speaking, only those aged 13 and over are allowed to use Facebook. But the prevention methods are trivial, meaning more than 20 million under-13-year-olds are thought to be using the network.

Apple Mac security issue may reoccur:

A software fix Apple released to close a serious Mac security bug may not have fixed the problem on some machines. The bug meant anyone with physical access to a Mac running High Sierra could get admin access to the machine.

UK government mulls Bitcoin regulation:

Anti-money laundering regulations should be updated to include Bitcoin and other virtual currencies, the UK Treasury has said. The Metropolitan Police says criminals are using crypto-currency cash machines to launder money in London.

Twitter is paralysed by trump’s tweeting:

Once again, Twitter finds itself between a rock and a far-right place. Donald Trump’s retweeting of Britain First’s Jayda Fransen was a truly shocking moment. The British Prime Minister said it was “wrong”. It contributed, as one US news site put it, to Trump’s “darkest day” as President. The leader of the free world retweeting a far-right organization became just another frightful part of what we apparently refer to as the “new normal”.

Barclays axes free Kaspersky product as a ‘precaution’:

Barclays has stopped offering free Kaspersky anti-virus products to new customers following an official warning about Russian security software. The bank emailed 290,000 online banking customers to say the move was a “precautionary decision”.

Cyber-thieves seek to cash in on Bitcoin boom:

Bitcoin’s booming value has driven a huge rise in crypto-currency themed malware, say security firms. In one month, anti-malware software company Malwarebytes said it stopped almost 250 million attempts to place coin-mining malware on to PCs. Symantec said it had seen a “tenfold” increase in the amount of malicious code connected with crypto-cash.

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