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PAKISTAN:

Xiaomi opens new Mi flagship store in Multan & people are loving it:

Good news for Mi Fans in the City of Saints — Multan! Xiaomi has opened an exclusive Mi store in the city that is famous for its Sohan Halwas. Previously, Xiaomi had launched a store in Faisalabad in August last year. The company’s presence — before launching physical stores in Pakistan — was either as an online store or at select Zong dealerships and customer care centers.

Apple and Malala fund partner to help educate poor girls:

Apple has announced distinctive partnership with Malala Fund. The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, is concerned for the education of little girls. According to a press release on the company’s website, 130 million girls are out of school. Poverty and gender inequality only adds to the number. Something has to be done.

Future samsung phones may have selfie cams and more inside the display:

With the race to reveal the first phone with an in-screen fingerprint scanner won by Vivo, the race to have even more clutter-free designs might be warming up, as evident by a new patent from Samsung. The Korean conglomerate has patented a new design which places the rest of the components you see around the display inside. First noted by Lets Go Digital, the included sensors include front camera, the ear piece, and the ambient and proximity sensors.

Whatsapp for business launched:

The internet has become one of the most important platforms for trade and business related activities over the years. Businesses are growing day by day, and in today’s world, a business’s online presence is almost an essential requirement for it to succeed and get the exposure it needs. Many online tools and platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are used by the businesses to keep in touch with their customers. These networks function primarily as recreational platforms but are also utilized for vocational and trade purposes.

Perfect for book lovers: google keep now fetches quotes from images:

Using Google Keep for making book lists is self-evident, but this app has more to offer to make your reading pleasurable. Kindles, phones and laptops run out of battery, and typically don’t last a long day under the shade of a tree. Paperbacks smell nice, make soft rustles and are delightful to the touch. But when you feel the need to transfer a bit of heavenly wisdom from a book to your phone, you dread the typing.

$86 billion were spent on apps in 2017 alone:

As smartphone penetration across the world increases, app downloads correspondingly surge to new heights, too. According to a new report by App Annie, the authority on the matter, 2017 saw users download a record high of 175 billion apps. Also, $86 billion were spent on apps over the past year, which represents a growth of 105-percent over the last year alone.

Careem raises $100k in donations for MENA refugees:

Careem, the region’s leading ride-hailing app, has announced the total amount of donations collected through its region-wide initiative, dedicated to helping MENA refugees in partnership with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The UNHCR car type, which is the same as an economy car type, enables customers to donate a predetermined amount to support refugees through UNHCR. It is active in the UAE and KSA where customers donate AED 3 and SAR 3 respectively. In Jordan, Careem donates 5% of the trip price to UNHCR when customers enter a promo code.

How to fix slow wi-fi with just a smartphone:

A poor internet connection is a downer, often a sad reminder of limited internet connectivity in the country we live in. Unless you actually like to do so, a bad Wi-Fi is the universe reminding you that it’s time to go play outside. A slow and spotty internet can be due to a number of reasons. Plenty of hardware is available in the market which you can use to boost your speeds, but it’s a better idea to make sure where exactly the issue lies and what really is hindering the Wi-Fi connectivity.

Graphic card prices double as nvidia limits supplies in cryptocurrency boom:

Amidst the crypto boom which is causing prices of ordinary graphics card to skyrocket to ridiculous levels, Nvidia is taking measures to make sure the intended audience, gamers, get a steady supply over all others. According to HotHardWare, the company has asked its retailers to limit the number of cards they sell to each customer to just one. As demand among miners continues to rise as more and more people jump on the bandwagon, the prices of ordinary graphics cards have swelled beyond acceptable levels, which has angered gamers as supplies continue to fall short.

LG is working on two foldable smartphones:

After Samsung’s plans for foldable smartphones took a major leap forward at the CES, LG is apparently gearing up to match its Korean counterpart with its own developments in the field. According to recent patent filings, the Korean conglomerate has two different concepts of the foldable phone, though, both are quite similar in nature.

Samsung and apple under investigation for planned obsolescence:

Two of the biggest names in consumer technology, Apple and Samsung, are under investigation for alleged planned obsolescence. The investigation, which is being carried out by an Italian anti-trust authority, was first launched against Apple, though recently a separate one has been launched against Samsung too.

 

INTERNATIONAL:

Google tackles chromecast wi-fi blasting bug:

Google has released a fix for a bug in Chromecast and Android devices which could temporarily knock out home wi-fi networks. The problem emerges when Chromecast and Google Home devices wake from their low power “sleep” state. When waking, the devices can transmit more than 100,000 packets of data, quickly overwhelming home routers.

Facebook to use surveys to boost ‘trustworthy’ news:

Facebook has announced it will prioritze news sources deemed to be more trustworthy on its News Feed. The firm said the social network community would determine which outlets are reliable via the use of user surveys. Founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said news content would soon make up around 4% of what appeared in people’s News Feeds – down from 5% before.

Virigin’s hyperloop: future or fantasy?:

So, here’s the plan – we’re going to load you into a pod, and then shoot you at 700 mph (1,123 km/h) through a vacuum, taking you to your destination in minutes rather than hours. That is the rather unlikely pitch of Hyperloop One. But the remarkable thing that struck me on a recent trip to the project’s test site in Nevada was that nobody thought it was, well, remarkable.

Net firms ‘better’ at removing hate speech:

Net firms are getting better at removing illegal hate speech, according to the European Union. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft all took place in a voluntary EU scheme to monitor their platforms for a six-week period at the end of 2017. On average they removed 70% of material deemed to be offensive. This is up from 28% in 2016 and 59% in 2017.

Data-stealing spyware ‘traced to Lebanon’:

A security bug that has infected thousands of smartphones has been uncovered by campaign group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Working with mobile security firm Lookout, researchers discovered that malware in fake messaging designed to look like WhatsApp and Signal had stolen gigabytes of data.

Alstom testing automated freight train in the Netherlands:

French train engineering giant Alstom is to test automated freight trains in the Netherlands this year. The automated train prototype can travel for about 100km (60 miles) without driver intervention. Automation will free the train driver to focus on supervising the train’s progress.

Apple’s Tim Cook keeps nephew off social media:

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has said he does not want his nephew to be on a social network. His comments come as a survey suggests the wider British public is becoming increasingly distrustful of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The platforms have all acknowledged problems in recent days. One expert suggested technology companies should face tougher regulations despite their efforts to resist the prospect.

Rupert murdoch: facebook should pay for news:

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch said Facebook should pay fees to publishers if it is committed to supporting accurate news. His statement comes as pressure mounts on the social network to quell the spread of misinformation.

Overwatch pro player suspended over homophobic slur:

Professional Overwatch player Felix “xQc” Lengyel has been suspended and fined for using a homophobic slur on a personal live stream. Mr Lengyel was suspended by the Overwatch League for four matches and fined $2,000 (£1,433). Overwatch League is the first major professional e-sports league featuring competitions in 12 cities worldwide.

Boing Boing blog sued over playboy centrefolds link:

Popular blog Boing Boing is being sued by Playboy magazine over a link it shared to an archive of centrefolds. The archive of almost 500 “Playmates” was created by an unknown person from scans of the centrefolds and uploaded to image-sharing site Imgur. Playboy’s lawyers said Boing Boing had “materially contributed” to copyright infringement of its images.

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