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PAKISTAN:

Flash sale: grab Xiaomi products with flat 25% discount:

One of the world’s largest smartphone makers, Xiaomi has managed to establish a strong footing in Pakistan with its feature-rich, pocket-friendly smartphones. Of late, the company has been holding a series of smartphone flash sales that have greatly helped Xiaomi garner a loyal fan following nationwide.

National incubation center inaugurated:

As part of Ignite (previously National ICT and R&D Fund) mission of establishing National Incubation Centers in all provincial capitals, the National Incubation Center (NIC) Lahore was inaugurated by Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunications, Ms. Anusha Rahman Khan at a ceremony held at Lahore University of Management Sciences.

Mi fans meet up in Lahore:

Mi Fans in Pakistan recently had a meet up at Smartlink Technologies’ Head Office here in Lahore. Announced on the Social Media Mi Fan Group, the meet up turned out to be a great tech event, although it was planned and executed within a short space of time.

Pakistan need innovative science education at the national level:

The persistence of outdated teaching methods in science in Pakistan’s classrooms, coupled with a lack of emphasis on developing qualified science teachers, is holding back the country’s potential to excel in science and technology, according to public and private sector experts speaking at a policy dialogue at the Aga Khan University’s Institute for Educational Development.

Comsats & UN economic and social commission to collaborate on research:

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding, last week, to provide a framework of cooperation and to facilitate collaboration.

HMD global celebrates one year as the new home of nokia phones:

With the ambition of being truly global from day one, HMD Global has already released its new portfolio of six Nokia smartphones and five feature phones in over 80 markets with activations in 170 countries, delivering websites in 48 languages and setting up solid foundations for future growth.

Huawei mate 10 pro: a premium flagship with some odd omissions:

When Huawei launched in Pakistan, they were known as a brand that mostly dealt with budget smartphones and even their flagships were not up to the standards that people expected at that time. However, times have now changed and leading the innovation front nowadays is Huawei.

PIA’s christmas stunt tops reddit in a day:

We are all aware of the countless controversies surrounding the PIA or Pakistan International Airlines. But its recent PR blitzkrieg on Christmas became the talk of the town and the internet if Reddit is to be believed.

Five Pakistani innovators win awards from UN’s clean energy program:

In this regard an award distribution ceremony was held to reward the most promising Pakistani innovators in the field of clean technologies, said a press release. This year, GCIP granted 5 awards under different categories; the first prize went to a team “Modulus Tech” who innovated a new design for low cost, energy efficient houses.

Supreme court summons vcs of 9 universities over substandard education:

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar has ordered Vice Chancellors of Nine universities to appear before the court on 20th January. This is a result of an ongoing case in Supreme Court against substandard law colleges operating in the country.

IHC calls all media authorities to control derogatory remarks on judiciary:

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) recently called out electronic and print media institutions for derogatory remarks regarding Pakistan’s judicial system. Notices were issued to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA), All Pakistan Newspaper Society (APNS), Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE), and Pakistan Press Foundation.

Canada to soften visa policy for some Pakistani tech startups:

The Canadian government is all set to provide a 52-week work permit or a permanent residence to Pakistani tech startups. According to Amir Jafri, who’s the founder of Momentum Pakistan, the representative of Accelerator Centre Silicon Valley North has revealed the features of the visa program for the entrepreneurs and Pakistani tech startups to Momentum Pakistan 2018.

 

INTERNATIONAL

Reindeer hunted by wolverines get safety app:

Reindeer, who fall prey to wolverines, wolves and lynx, are being fitted with sensors to protect them. It makes it easier for herders to track the animals across the remote Lapland forests where they roam. Sensors around the necks of the female reindeer are linked to the herders’ smartphones, allowing them to rescue hurt animals more quickly and identify the cause of death for those killed.

What a year for Bitcoin:

What a year it has been for the crypto-currency, which started 2017 worth less than $1,000 and by last weekend had climbed to within a few dollars of the $20,000 mark. For all of that period, sceptics have been predicting that the bubble would burst and in the past 24 hours it has seemed at times that this was happening.

Apple face lawsuits over slowed Iphones:

Two class action lawsuits have been launched against Apple in the US following the tech giant’s admission that it slows down older models of the iPhone as they age. Apple has said that it did this to “prolong the life” of the devices and maximise diminishing battery power.

Tesla’s Elon Musk promises pick-up truck and new features:

Tesla’s chief has pledged to make a pick-up truck as part of future plans for the electric vehicle-maker. Elon Musk made the promise on Twitter after asking his followers for suggestions about how the firm could improve. He said the open-backed truck would follow the Model Y – a yet-to-be detailed car, which is expected to be based on its Model 3 sedan.

Edward Snowden’s haven app ‘catches spies’:

US whistle-blower Edward Snowden has helped create an Android app designed to protect the possessions of journalists and human rights defenders. The software uses sensors — including a phone’s camera, microphone, gyroscope and accelerometer — to detect intruders tampering with someone’s possessions.

Obama warns against irresponsible social media use:

Former US President Barack Obama has warned against the irresponsible use of social media, in a rare interview since stepping down in January. He warned that such actions were distorting people’s understanding of complex issues, and spreading misinformation.

Vietnam army hires censors to fight ‘internet chaos’:

The Vietnamese military has built up a force of more than 10,000 internet censors, according to local reports. A People’s Army leader is quoted as having said that the “cyber-troops” had been tasked with tackling “wrongful views” and anti-state propaganda.

Go player to take on Chinese AI in match:

The world’s top Go player will take on an artificial intelligence opponent again this spring, but this time it will not be Google’s DeepMind that provides the machine rival. Ke Jie had previously vowed never to play against AI again after repeatedly losing to DeepMind’s AlphaGo.

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