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Data saving youtube go app now available in Pakistan:

YouTube is undoubtedly the biggest network for uploading and viewing videos of your interest. Pakistan is a vast market for both the viewers and content creators on YouTube, but there are certain limitations of using the app/website in a country where most of the times internet connection isn’t reliable.

Facebook had its slowest quarter of the year yet:

Facebook sustaining its growth for such a long time is impressive, given how many of its early rivals have floundered amidst the crowd. It has, however, gotten increasingly close to its saturation point. Last quarter, the social network registered its slowest growth to-date in terms of active daily users, of which it has 1.4 billion. That’s a slight bump of 2.18% over the 1.37 billion that it had back in Q3 2017.

Alighter google assistant released for android go:

Almost every other smartphone user, relies on virtual assistant apps these days but one of the major hindrances between you and a perfect virtual assistant, can be your phone’s limited hardware resources. Google’s newly developed assistant for Android Go will be work perfectly for entry-level mobile devices, as it won’t bother you much with your phone’s limited storage space or processing capabilities.

February comes with miraculous discounts:

There is no doubt that Mi has received a roaring welcome in Pakistan. The company’s timely launches and expansive product range have impressed Pakistanis from Gilgit to Gwadar while the Flash Sales, Orange Friday and Mi Fest have also won the respect and recognition from the astute Mi fans.

Mountain dew rocks Islamabad with the biggest EDM festival:

Mountain Dew brought the biggest EDM festival — The Mad Decent Block Party to Pakistan — which took place in Islamabad and featured top international and local DJ’s. Hailing from Los Angeles, Diplo also played at the festival and made the night lit! Mountain Dew and electronic dance music go hand in hand since they hosted the biggest EDM music festival back in 2016 under the name of Dew X MOS.

Brick-and-clicks: the current and future retail reality:

There is no stemming the digital tide. 2016 saw digital advertising revenues overtake TV ad spends, with revenues for the former surpassing the latter. Ride this bus or get thrown under: the cultural and commercial imperative to go ‘live’ and be connected has engulfed commerce, and businesses both big and small, whether e-tailers or brick and mortar, have done well to heed this.

Huawei inaugurates its largest experience store in Pakistan:

Huawei has inaugurated its first-ever Experience Store in Pakistan. Nestled in the vibrant city of Karachi, the store is Huawei’s biggest and most-advanced sales and service center in the country. The outlet offers tremendous convenience for people who love to indulge in the amazing Huawei experience.

Red dead redemption 2 gets delayed to October this year:

Rockstar Games is spilling the beans about its most-anticipated release of the year, Red Dead Redemption 2. According to a new update, the game is set to be released on October 26th of this year, roughly ten months from now. The game will be hitting the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms, Rockstar hasn’t announced a PC release yet.

Telenor partners with facebook for ichamp program:

In a globalized world, the importance of internet connectivity can’t be ruled out. Not only is it a great tool to stay updated with the happenings all around yourself, it is also powering the next generation of leaders and professions. But what good is internet connectivity if its benefits and advantages are not accessible to all, especially those from underprivileged backgrounds? Today’s social scientists, policy makers and industry professionals are all constantly working to ensure that this does not become the case.

Google rumored to launch its own console & game streaming service:

Google, in its journey towards becoming the global leader in technology, was missing the essence of gaming. The Information has released a report saying that Google is on its way to release a gaming console and game streaming service of its own, entering the $109 billion strong video game market.

Circle & idea croron ka plan to bring more women investors and entrepreneurs on the show:

Idea Croron Ka has completed two successful seasons helping startups raise a total of Rs. 21 crores. They featured a total of 48 startups and 15 local and international investors to date. For its next iteration, Idea Croron Ka has announced its collaboration with Circle to highlight women investors as well as female-led startups.

Bitcoin to cross $50,000 this year with overall market cap expected to reach $1 trillion:

Cryptocurrency market surely sent chills down everyone’s spine worldwide after a major decline in it’s capital value – but there’s some good news. A prediction by noted experts suggests that the crypto market capitalization levels are expected to touch $1 trillion this year. Only recently, the market fell to rock bottom with the most popular cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, which was worth close to $20,000 per coin two months ago, fell to around $6,000 about two days ago.

Facebook messenger now shows your status in emojis:

In the pursuit of allowing users more ways to express themselves, Facebook is introducing “Your Emoji”, a new way of showing your friends your current status on Messenger, as reported by Tech Crunch. Once placed, they’ll be displayed next to your Messenger Profile Pic for up to 24 hours. This should act as a way for people with similar interests and hobbies to spur conversations and share their activities.

 

INTERNATIONAL:

Uber v google: self-drive tech clash heads to court:

A trial pitting two of the biggest players in self-drive technology against each other has begun in San Francisco. Ride-sharing firm Uber is being sued by Waymo, the self-driving company spun out of Google. Uber is accused of stealing and using trade secrets relating to Lidar (light detection and ranging) – one of the technologies that enables an autonomous car to understand what is happening around it.

Lauri Love case: hacking suspect wins extradition appeal:

Alleged computer hacker Lauri Love has won his High Court appeal against his extradition to the US. Mr Love, 33, from Stradishall, Suffolk, was first arrested in October 2013 on suspicion of hacking into FBI, US Central Bank and Nasa systems.

New spectrum vega + promises follow funds threat:

The team behind a controversial video games console has given a fresh delivery date pledge after the crowdfunding platform it used threatened to recoup backers’ funds. The Sinclair ZX Vega+ handheld was originally scheduled for delivery in September 2016, but has been repeatedly delayed.

Bitcoin puzzle worth $50,000 solved after nearly three years:

A secret code hidden in a painting that gave access to an online wallet containing Bitcoin worth $50,000 (£35,500) has been cracked after nearly three years. The artwork, by Rob Myers and @coin_artist, who uses a pseudonym, was first published online in early 2015.

Firms warned on technology ‘distractions’:

Technology can distract workers rather than make them more productive, suggests a survey carried out by software giant Microsoft. Many of the 20,000 European workers questioned said a steady stream of emails, messages and notifications kept them from concentrating.

Facebook executive has ‘incurable’ cancer:

A British Facebook executive has revealed she has a form of blood cancer called follicular lymphoma. Writing in the Sunday Times Magazine, Lady Mendelsohn said she had been diagnosed with the disease in November 2016. She said telling her children she had cancer had been the hardest thing she had ever done.

Google-nest merger raises privacy issues:

Tech giant Alphabet is merging its Google and Nest divisions together. The firm suggests the move will aid its efforts to build hardware and software to “create a more thoughtful home”. Nest had run as a standalone unit since its $3.2bn (£2.3bn) takeover in 2014. Its smart home products benefit from gathering data about its users.

EE’shoebox’ to tackle broadband not-spots:

Telecoms company EE has revealed plans to sell a 4G antenna that promises to bring fast broadband internet to thousands of homes in rural areas. EE’s Simon Till said the “shoebox-size” antenna would let more people access the company’s 4G broadband service. The company said it had delivered speeds of 100Mbps to homes during a trial in Cumbria.

Facebook moderator: I had to be prepared to see anything:

“It’s mostly pornography,” says Sarah Katz, recalling her eight-month stint working as a Facebook moderator. “The agency was very upfront about what type of content we would be seeing, in terms of how graphic it was, so we weren’t left in the dark.” In 2016, Sarah was one of hundreds of human moderators working for a third-party agency in California.

Cambodia facebook feud hits California courts:

Lawyers for exiled Cambodian opposition figure Sam Rainsy have filed legal action against Facebook, in a case that highlights how the quest for “likes” has gripped the small Southeast Asian country’s leading politicians. The petition in US federal courts asks the social media giant to disclose information related to the popularity of the Facebook page of Sam Rainsy’s rival, Prime Minister Hun Sen, whose Facebook page ranked third in global engagement among world leaders, according to public relations firm Burson-Marsteller.

Internet pioneer John Perry Barlow dies, aged 70:

Influential internet rights pioneer John Perry Barlow has died, aged 70. Mr Barlow was a co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) that campaigns on digital rights issues and was a director of the organization for many years. He was an advocate of free speech and wrote about the net’s potential for making society more representative.

Twitter posts its first quarterly profit as ad sales rise:

Twitter has reported its first quarterly net profit helped by a rise in video advertising sales. The news gave a massive boost to Twitter’s shares which closed 12% up on the day. Twitter posted fourth quarter revenue of $732 million, up 2% year-over-year and reversing the trend of declining top-line numbers over the past few quarters.

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