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3g/4g users reach 49.46 million in Pakistan:

The number of 3G and 4G users in Pakistan have reached 49.46 million by the end of January 2018, states Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). Number of mobile phone users in Pakistan reached 145.99 million by the end of January 2018, compared to 144.52 million by December 2017, which registered an increase of 1.47 million users during the period under review.

Thanks to Zong, network shutdowns are now illegal:

Islamabad High Court decided in favor of a petition filed by Zong 4G by terming the forced network closures/shut downs illegal in the country. The decision by Islamabad High Court also held that the Federal Government and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority are not vested with power and jurisdiction to suspend or cause the suspension of mobile cellular services or operations on the ground of national security except as provided under section 54(3) of the Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) Act, 1996.

Samsung’s new galaxy S9 & S9+ come with revolutionary camera upgrades:

The wait is finally over as Samsung takes the covers off its most anticipated flagship phone of the year. Meet the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, with upgraded cameras, stereo speakers and more. Samsung Galaxy S9 comes with a 5.8 inch Quad HD+ (2960 x 1440) Super AMOLED display while the S9+ bumps that up to 6.2 inches. The bezels have been trimmed a bit from the top and bottom, making the screen look more immersive than before.

Nokia unveils 4 phones including flagship & a nostalgic feature phone:

Nokia has announced four new Android phones, the Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus, New Nokia 6 and Nokia 1. Delivering the craftsmanship you expect from a Nokia phone, each new smartphone offers durability and reliability as standard.

PTCL and Jazz lead consumer complaint charts:

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) received 3,705 complaints from telecom consumers against different telecom operators including (cellular operators, PTCL, LDIs, WLL operators and ISPs) during January 2018. According to data from PTA, PTCL leads the charts with 1,115 complaints while Jazz (Mobilink + Warid) stands at second as the telecom operator with the most complaints (940).

Samsung to build qualcomm’s 7nm 5g chips:

Qualcomm will be using Samsung’s technical prowess in the chip fabrication process for its first batch of 5G chips, set to be released next year. The chips, which will be built on a 7nm procedure, will be manufactured using the Korean company’s Low Power Plus (LPP) Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography (EUV) technology for the first time.

AMD under fire for ignoring users despite knowing about security issues:

AMD is facing heat for the way it handled the entire Spectre episode, and for continually selling its processors while the drama unfolded. The latest round of class-action lawsuits have been filed on behalf of disgruntled consumers, who claim to have been kept in the dark regarding performance hits and security concerns.

Telenor group joins telecom infra project:

Telenor Group has now officially joined the Telecom Infra Project (TIP). The global mobile operator will contribute to two TIP project groups focused on wireless networking: OpenCellular and mmWave. The news that Telenor Group became a member of TIP was announced at a press event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today.

Jazz introduces its first 4g enabled feature phone for Pakistan:

Jazz, one of Pakistan’s leading telecommunications provider, has launched Jazz Digit 1 – a 4G enabled ‘smart’ feature phone for customers across the country. The launch is in line with Jazz’s commitment of introducing affordable products and services in a bid to bridge the prevalent digital divide.

Samsung galaxy J7 core 3gb variant launched in Pakistan:

Samsung’s ‘J series’ is quite popular in Pakistan for its affordable price range and mid-range specifications. The company is now rolling out Galaxy J7 Core with 3 Gigs of RAM as opposed to 2 GB in the original variant.

Huawei Matebook X Pro is sleek, sturdy and brings something new to the table:

Following the success of Mate 10, Huawei is bringing the trend of ultra-slim bezels to its laptops too. The new MateBook X Pro could be the company’s best entry in the market to-date and checks all the right boxes.

Canon unveils new mirrorless camera with 4k video for new users:

Canon is raising its mirrorless camera game to meet the demands of an increasingly competitive market. The new EOS M50 adds 4K video in a camera which should appeal to new users. The camera comes with a 24.1-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, with Dual Pixel technology (which allows for faster autofocus). It is accompanied by a new DIGIC 8 image processor and has an ISO range between 100 and 25600 (51200 via extension).

INTERNATIONAL:

Nokia reveals ‘unbendable’ 8 sirocco and matrix 8110:

An Android smartphone billed as being almost impossible to bend by hand has been added to Nokia’s line-up, alongside a simpler slider model that plays on nostalgia for the 1990s. The flagship Nokia 8 Sirocco features a steel frame and lays claim to being one of the toughest models on the market.

Why do smartphones look so alike?:

Is smartphone hardware treading water while industrial designers wait for bendy screens and other flexible, futuristic components to make more radical models possible? And will sales continue to decline until they do? Samsung is casting a long shadow over this year’s Mobile World Congress. The technology industry get-together in Barcelona is set to be dominated by the launch of its Galaxy S9 and S9+ handsets.

Facebook drops shooting game demo at conservative event:

Facebook has said it regrets promoting a virtual reality shooting game on its stand at a US conservatives’ event. The game allows the player to shoot imaginary weapons against enemies in a public train station.

Apple founder’s 1973 job application going on sale:

A 1973 job application filled out by the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is expected to sell for $50,000 (£36,000). The questionnaire, filled out by Jobs three years before starting the company that would make him billions, is riddled with spelling errors. The one-page document shows Jobs’ aspirations in technology before breaking into the industry.

Airbnb aims to woo wealthier travellers:

AirBnB is offering new services aimed at wealthier travellers as it seeks to compete in the luxury travel market. The accommodation site will offer a dedicated section for boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts and more unusual locations such as treehouses and boats. The firm also announced ‘AirBnB Plus’, a stamp of approval for locations it has inspected.

Sony phone adds rumble to games and films:

Sony’s latest top-end smartphone vibrates in time with movie and TV action scenes and video games. The Xperia XZ2’s rumble tech adapts a feature originally developed for the firm’s PlayStation controllers. It also records “super-slow-mo” videos at a higher resolution than Samsung’s Galaxy S9.

Social media firms ‘failing’ to tackle cyber-bullying:

Social networks’ failure to tackle cyber-bullying is risking the mental health of young people, a Children’s Society survey has found. Almost half of 1,089 11 to 25-year-olds questioned for the Safety Net report had experienced threatening or nasty social media messages, emails or texts. Two-thirds said they would not tell their parents if they experienced something upsetting online.

Intel did not inform us before chip flaws were made public:

Computer-chip-maker Intel did not inform US cyber-security officials about the Spectre and Meltdown security flaws before details leaked to the press, it has been revealed. Letters sent by seven technology companies to US senators reveal that US authorities found out about the flaws only through the media. Details were first leaked to technology news site The Register on 2 January. The flaws were discovered by Google Project Zero’s security researchers.

Apple loses legal battle with French tax activists:

Apple has lost a legal attempt to ban French protestors from demonstrating in its main Paris store. Tax campaign group Attac has put on protests at Apple shops in Paris and Aix-en-Provence, claiming the firm had tried to avoid paying the tax it owed. Apple sought a ban on protestors, saying the demonstrations risked the safety of customers and employees.

Smarter everything at Barcelona show:

Discussions on artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT), virtual reality and the latest gadgets including smartphones are some of the things reviewed in this year’s Mobile World Congress, Europe’s biggest annual technology industry gathering in Barcelona. Cameras, the more the merrier, are all the rage, with some phone models boasting four to five built-in cameras. The exhibition halls in Barcelona are buzzing with talk of ultra-fast mobile video, connected cars, factory automation, digital health and smarter cities. Also, 5G, long the subject of arcane technical debates and an elusive search for concrete applications, is finally getting down to business.

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