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Daraz’s big home makeover is now live with discounts up to 80%:

You’ve changed; so should your home. Daraz BigHomeMakeOver sale is here with the opportunity to do just that. A makeover is an opportunity to change your perspective and make a few bold lifestyle changes. Perhaps you’ve gotten too comfortable with the same couch in its usual corner. Perhaps you need to inject a dose of fresh inspiration in your living area. There’s an estimated 1.1 billion people around the world who don’t officially exist as they were never registered at birth. One third of the population in Pakistan is effectively invisible because of this, living without access to education or healthcare.

If you do not check facebook everyday, you are in the minority:

Social media is connecting people from all over the world. Doesn’t matter if you have an aunt in the US, a cousin in Australia or a friend in Africa, with a push of a button, the entire world is on your finger tips. According to the stats, the number of monthly active users on Facebook (the users who have logged in to Facebook during the last 30 days) in the fourth quarter of the year 2017 was 2.2 billion. It is currently the biggest social networking service based on global reach and total active users.

Xiaomi, Nokia and 16 other companies to launch 5g smartphones in 2019:

4G technology already seems to be getting old with Qualcomm’s announcement of turning the 5G dream into a reality. Besides the company’s flagship Snapdragon 8xx processor series, the Snapdragon X50 modems will be rolling out for faster 5G connectivity.

Facebook is testing a ‘downvote’ button for comments:

Facebook’s idea of introducing reaction buttons instead of a single dislike button was pretty successful, as using only the dislike button would have been a very negative approach. However, the downvote button has its own importance and Facebook is reportedly introducing it too. The button will be placed separately from the reactions options, below the comments section to be exact.

Huawei confirms three camera setup for p20:

Another day another phone – as the mobile industry slowly made the dual-cam trend more common with some really cool smartphones, Huawei has something else in mind for the P8 and P10’s successor. The Huawei P20 is confirmed and will launch in Huawei’s official press conference scheduled to be held in Paris next month.

Windows 10 to get ultimate performance mode for laptops and tablets:

Windows 10 is currently the most popular OS used all across the world (in more than 42% of the PCs as per recent estimates). Microsoft is all too aware of this fact, and keeps on pushing for more improvements in user experience with a regular slew of updates. Its upcoming however, promises something really good for power users and tablet owners alike.

Covalent to organize Pakistan’s first fintech hackathon:

Covalent, in collaboration with TPS and Access Group, is bringing Fintech Hackathon by Momentum Tech Conference 2018 to Pakistan. Momentum Tech Conference is a platform where over 200 Startups will get the opportunity to project themselves and connect with Incubators, Accelerators, and Investors from all across Pakistan and abroad.

Tajori comes to Karachi with up to 80% off on various brands:

Tajori, an ecommerce platform, is working very hard to deliver their best quality product to their customers and meet their expectations. The company claims that it has secured a place in the top 10 online shopping websites in Pakistan. To celebrate this milestone, and its entry to Karachi, the ecommerce platform is offering up to 80% discount on various products categories at Tajori that includes: jewelry, toys, home accessories, clothing, watches, electronics, mobile phones, furniture, cosmetics, sports and much more.

Here’s how you can purchase tickets for PSL’s eliminator rounds 1 and 2:

The start of spring in Pakistan has cricket junkies excited, because of the upcoming Pakistan Super League. The starting of PSL in Pakistan was a very significant milestone because it reopened the gates of international cricket in Pakistan which had been closed due to security reasons.

Zong added the highest number of consumers in 2017:

Amongst all the network service providers in Pakistan, Zong 4G added the highest number of customers in 2017. The company claims to be the first choice for Pakistani mobile users by offering the best, reliable and most affordable state-of-the-art 4G service. With over 70% of the 4G market share, the company continues to remain, “No. 1 Data Company” thanks to affordable rates and the fastest internet speeds. In a statement issued by the Zong 4G, it said that it managed more than half of all data traffic of Pakistan in 2017.

Panasonic lumix GX9 gets massive upgrades with 4k video and more:

Panasonic has updated its high-end, mirrorless, GX9 camera with a variety of new features, while also reducing the space it’ll take in your back pocket. The new Micro Four Thirds camera comes with a new 20.3 MP sensor on the front, with a Venus Engine image processor allowing continuous shooting at up to 9 fps.

Ringcaptcha is a perfect solution for verifying users through voice and sms:

User verification is an important first step in your online relationship with your users. By verifying that a new user is who they claim to be, you reduce spam and fraud while also showing your concern for the user’s security. Email verification has, for years, been the go-to verification step during an online signup process. However, nowadays, it has become all too easy to create a new email address in a matter of minutes.

Millions of android phones may have been hacked by crypto-miners:

Cryptocurrency mining is popular these days and every other guy wants to get in on it. While the genuine miners have invested millions in this business all over the world, some hijackers like to choose the other route.

 

INTERNATIONAL:

Uber settles with Waymo on self-driving:

Uber and Waymo have reached a settlement over claims Uber stole trade secrets from the self-driving company. As part of the agreement, Uber is giving a 0.34% Uber stake to Waymo, worth approximately $245m (£177m).

New sega mega drive game made on ‘90s kit:

A new game for the Sega Mega Drive console has been developed using the original tools, 20 years after the games console was discontinued.

Youtube drops ads from Logan Paul channels:

YouTube has suspended advertising on video blogger Logan Paul’s channels owing to his “pattern of behavior”. In December, he was criticized for uploading a video of a dead body recorded in Japan’s so-called suicide forest. He later apologized. Since his return to YouTube, he has made a video in which he fired a taser at a dead rat, and joked on Twitter about eating detergent capsules.

Twitch to ban users for ‘hate’ on other platforms:

Twitch has updated its guidelines so that abuse taking place on other platforms can contribute to a suspension on the streaming site. Directing “hate or harassment” towards someone on Twitch using other services will be considered a policy violation.

Apple confirms iphone source code leak:

Apple has confirmed that some of the source code for its iOS mobile operating system has been leaked online. The boot-up source code used on its older iOS 9 operating platform was posted on code-sharing website Github.

Snapchat petition attracts one million signatures:

One million people have signed a petition calling on Snapchat to roll back its latest redesign. The changes were intended to separate interactions with friends from branded content – including that of celebrities and influencers.

Apple’s homepod speakers leave white marks on wood:

Apple’s new smart speakers can discolour wooden surfaces, leaving a white mark where they are placed, the firm has acknowledged. The US company has suggested that owners may have to re-oil furniture if the HomePod is moved. The device went on sale last week after having been delayed from its original 2017 release date.

Crypto-currency craze ‘hinders search for alien life’:

Scientists listening out for broadcasts by extra-terrestrials are struggling to get the computer hardware they need, thanks to the crypto-currency mining craze, a radio-astronomer has said. Seti (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) researchers want to expand operations at two observatories. However, they have found that key computer chips are in short supply.

Search tool accesses firms’ documents in the cloud:

A website created by anonymous hackers has been launched that allows anyone to search for sensitive data stored in the cloud. Buckhacker is a tool that trawls servers at Amazon Web Services (AWS), a popular cloud computing platform. AWS provides data storage to private firms, governments and universities, among others.

Youtube and instagram face russian bans:

YouTube and Instagram face being blocked by Russian internet service providers as a result of a standoff between one of the country’s richest businessmen and an opposition leader. Russia’s internet censor blacklisted material on both services after a court ruled that it violated billionaire Oleg Deripaska’s privacy rights.

Salon magazine mines crypto-cash with readers’ PCs:

News organisations have tried many novel ways to make readers pay – but this idea is possibly the most audacious yet. If a reader chooses to block its advertising, US publication Salon will use that person’s computer to mine for Monero, a cryptocurrency similar to Bitcoin. Creating new tokens of a cryptocurrency typically requires complex calculations that use up a lot of computing poawer.

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