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PAKISTAN:

Incentives package to boost IT industry:

The Ministry of Information Technology is working on a comprehensive incentives package for IT/ITeS Industry to boost Pakistan’s IT Exports. IT/ITeS industry is currently a flourishing sector in comparison to other sectors of the economy. In order to enhance this growth momentum and to take the sector to the next level, Ministry of IT is diligently working on an incentives package for the sector, in collaboration with relevant government stakeholders.

PTCL smart cloud certified on international security standards:

Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL) has reached another milestone in Digital Services as it has attained Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCIDSS) certification v3.2 for its Infrastructure-As-A-Service (IaaS) offering – PTCL Smart Cloud. PCI DSS certification is a landmark achievement for PTCL Smart Cloud services, which assures maximum security compliance as per international standards.

Cabinet division takes notice of illegal administrative decisions at PTA:

The Law and Justice Division has advised the Cabinet Division to withdraw/review administrative decisions, appointments, postings, transfers taken at Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) as orders were issued without lawful authority after expiry of the tenure of former Chairman PTA.

Top executives at telenor campus discuss business challenges of digital age:

Telenor Pakistan in association with Corporate Pakistan Group (CPG), a coalition of corporate leaders, hosted an exclusive forum led by Stephen Brobst, the global Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Teradata Corporation, on digitization & leadership in the digital age. This session is in line with Telenor Pakistan’s emphasis on becoming a hub of leadership, innovation and collaboration.

Ufone’s exclusive offer for idd calls to Afghanistan:

Ufone remains true to its promise of “It’s all about U”,  by focusing on the needs of the customers and empowering them with the most convenient communication tools and services, enabling them to remain connected, at a price that suits them the most. Ufone’s new offer validates this claim as Ufone consumers can now call on all Etisalat Afghanistan numbers for as low as Rs. 0.11 + tax/second.

SCO gets AGP’s nod on starting cellular operations:

The Attorney General of Pakistan has put conditional weight behind the Military-run Special Communication Organization (SCO), supporting it to get a license to operate on commercial basis, saying there is no impediment in the grant of license provided it is confined to the business being carried out by the SCO.

Vivo to unveil world’s first smartphone with an under-screen fingerprint scanner:

Vivo is all set to launch the first smartphone with under-display fingerprint scanner at the CES 2018. Vivo’s full-production, soon-to-be-announced smartphone will be equipped with Synaptics optical in-display fingerprint scanning technology. Vivo Pakistan’s official Facebook posted a teaser, that confirms a phone launch a CES with something “Revolutionary”.

Sony ups the Ante for midrangers with Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 ultra:

Alongside the Xperia L2, Sony is also updating its previous mid-range phones with the new Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra. The phones swap MediaTek processors in favor of Qualcomm, come with Oreo out of the box, and finally feature fingerprint scanners.

Telenor offers 50pc discount on 4g wingle devices for big bazaar sale:

With the introduction of Big Bazaar, Telenor is jumping the discount bandwagon with a flat 50 percent saving on Telenor 4G Wingle enabling superior internet experience for cheap. According to Telenor’s official Twitter handle, this offer is valid till 18th January 2018.

USF projects worth Rs 10 billion launched to bring broadband to far-flung areas:

More than Rs.10 billion Broadband Sustainable Projects were awarded by the Universal Service Fund (USF) in 2017 to various telecom operators in the underserved and far-flung areas. These areas mainly include those in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA.

Hers’s why careem thinks 2018 is the year of women:

Whilst there’s much talk about whether 2018 will be the Year of Women, Careem is the first ride-hailing app in the region that has started ramping up its efforts to empower women and in its own right join the movement. Women in our region represent a huge untapped potential and empowering women is necessary as it helps achieve gender equality and promotes social justice and development. By empowering women, we are driving growth, productivity and innovation – creating a better world in the process.

 

INTERNATIONAL:

Research proves one in every eight people is attracted to intelligence:

The idea of being attracted to intelligence is not at all unseemly, but research has come close to proving the existence of sapiosexuals — people who are aroused by brainpower. Research published in the Intelligence journal by Gilles Gignac of the University of Western Australia has revealed that intelligence is one of the most highly desired qualities in a partner.

Sticky note printer created for technophobe mother:

A Canada-based entrepreneur has created a sticky note printer inspired by the challenge of keeping in touch with his mother in China. The gadget is one of many quirky new products on show at the CES tech trade show in Las Vegas.

Intel’s swarm of drones lights up vegas night sky:

More than 200 drones are dazzling audiences in Las Vegas with a night show over one of the city’s most famous hotels. The dancing quadcopters are intended to show how swarms of the flying machines can be deployed without crashing into each other.

Boxer floyd mayweather ducks crypto-controversy:

Boxing legend Floyd “Money” Mayweather has made a celebrity appearance at the CES tech show to promote the use of virtual reality in gyms branded with his name. But he proved defensive when the matter of his promotion of crypto-currencies was raised by the media,

Youtube cuts ties with logan paul over Japan suicide video:

YouTube has cut business ties with Logan Paul, the hugely popular blogger who posted a video showing the body of an apparent suicide victim in Japan. Paul’s channels were removed from YouTube’s Google Preferred program, where brands sell ads on the top 5 percent of the platform’s content creators.

LG robot Cloi repeatedly fails on stage:

A robot created by LG to help users control their smart home repeatedly failed on stage at its CES debut. Cloi was meant to be the centerpiece of the South Korean firm’s presentation where it was supposed to show how new artificial intelligence tech could enhance use of kitchen appliances.

Samsung launches modular tv called the wall:

Samsung has announced a giant 146in (396cm) TV called The Wall at the CES tech show in Las Vegas. The TV features a micro-LED display, which is pitched as a superior alternative to OLED because it offers both deep blacks and bright highlights.

A clunky chat with Sophia the robot:

Sophia the robot is a celebrity in its own right. It has been on chat shows, given speeches and was even made a citizen of the UAE. Before I “met” Sophia, I was given a sheet of guidelines by the company behind it, Hanson Robotics.

HTC unveils ‘pro’ virtual reality headset:

HTC has unveiled an enhanced version of its Vive virtual reality headset at the CES tech fair in Las Vegas. The Vive Pro has two OLED screens that have a total resolution of 2880 by 1600 pixels, which is 78% more than the current model. This is designed to make graphics and text much sharper for the wearer.

Passenger drone thwarted by light drizzle:

The SureFly passenger drone, due to make its maiden voyage on Monday, stayed grounded over safety concerns. The mild drizzle in the cool Nevada air apparently proved too much for the craft touted, by the company at least, as the future of commuting.

Byton unveils futuristic ‘truly smart’ car:

A new car designed by former BMW and Apple employees has been unveiled. The Byton — which sports a huge touchscreen dashboard — reimagines what it feels like to be inside a car. While on paper the electric vehicle doesn’t quite match Tesla on performance or price.

LG display shows off large rollable tv screen:

LG Display has created the world’s first large, rollable, ultra-high definition screen. The 4K display uses OLED technology, allowing it to be more flexible than a conventional LED television.

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