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Jazz commences super 4g experience bus tour:

Jazz has commenced a nationwide experience bus tour in promotion of its Super 4G service. Three Jazz branded buses have begun a two-month long tour of universities and public places in the North, Central and Southern regions of the country. For this purpose, a launch ceremony was held at Jazz Digital HQ under the presence of Aamir Ibrahim, CEO – Jazz.

Daraz Pakistan day deals offers up to 70% off:

In commemoration of the 78th Pakistan Day, Daraz is proud to present the Pakistan Day Sale, from March 20th to March 26th with discounts up to 70%. Top deals and amazing discounts across all categories will be offered. The Pakistan Day sale will offer price reductions and discounts applied to all categories site-wide.

Singularityu Islamabad chapter holds first event on technology for the greater good:

SingularityU Islamabad Chapter organized the first of its quarterly series’ events hosted by COMSTECH Secretariat and supported by IGNITE (National Technology Fund) in Islamabad. Singularity University (SU), the global learning and innovation enterprise that educates individuals and organizations on accelerating technological change, had established a new Chapter in Islamabad in December 2017.

Uber offers discounts to Jazz users and a chance to be PSL “fan of the match’:

Jazz, Pakistan’s most popular Telco, and Uber, the global smartphone app that connects riders to drivers, have joined hands to provide discounts to all Jazz customers taking Uber rides across Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Hyderabad and Gujranwala. This offer will last for three weeks.

Fitbit launches the budget versa smartwatch:

People who had never considered Fitbit as an alternative to the Apple Watch may finally have something to sway their opinions. Fitbit, which had acquired Pebble (maker of the first popular smartwatch) recently, is releasing the Versa smartwatch with a special attention towards fitness tracking.

Here’s what ant financial’s entry in Pakistan will mean for a common man!:

Pakistan’s economic situation has become better over the past decade with the country’s GDP hitting $304 billion in 2017, up from $170 billion in 2008. While these growth trends are in line with regional markets — well, marginally lower than neighboring China and India — the size of Pakistan’s GDP is quite insignificant when you compare it with its potential.

Parents beare: youtube kids app is suggesting conspiracy theory videos tou your children:

YouTube specifically designed the YouTube Kids app to scrub the vile content and keep it away from kids. However, recently the Kids app suggested loads of conspiracy theory videos that are even hard for adults to digest. YouTube designed the app using training algorithms to filter and remove the content that is otherwise considered inappropriate for kids.

Shopping express.pk celebrates International Women’s day with a special sale:

To celebrate International Women’s day, Shoppingexpress.pk announced a flat 15% off on all Women’s health-related products. The sale began from March 8-12, 2018.For the whole week, buyers got to avail amazing offers on all women health-related products such as maternity products, women health supplements, and nursing products.

Startup applications open for the first ever Durshal cohort:

If you think you have what it takes to revolutionize the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and contribute to the digital economy then don’t miss this chance as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board is now accepting applications for incubating potential startups at Durshal Community Innovation Labs at Peshawar, Mardan & Swat.

Best practices need to be part of PTA’s telecommunication licensing framework:

Licensing Framework is one of the fundamental building blocks of telecommunications regulations. Currently, PTA is in the process of reviewing its existing framework in the light of Telecommunication Policy – 2015. An international consultant has been hired for the purpose and he has been mandated to come up with his recommendations on the following aspects.

Mygerry’s resolution day sale brings upto 70% discounts:

In commemoration of the Pakistan Day, myGerrys.com has launched its Resolution Day Sale 2018, featuring mega deals, with up to 70% off across categories, from March 16 to March 26, 2018. MyGerrys is offering great discounts on phones and tablets, beauty and cosmetics, fashion, home appliances and many more categories. Customers can expect some discounts in beauty and cosmetics from brands like Tony & Guy, Revlon, Nicka K, Colour Pop and W7 at a flat 15% off.

Ufone Balochistan football cup: teams battle it out in Noshki for a place in the quarterfinals:

The knockout stage and qualifiers of Ufone Balochistan Football Cup are underway. At Noshki, Azad Baloch Football Club (FC) and Government School Mengalabad battled it out for a place in the quarterfinals. In a one sided contest played at Mengalabad Football Ground, Azad Baloch FC won the match beating Government School Mengalabad by 3-0.

Zong 4g’s recycling initiatives help the underprivileged:

Zong 4G’s New Hope volunteers conducted an activity based on electronic waste management by sharing their knowledge on recycling and utilizing their skills to contribute to the environmental sustainability along with the students of an underprivileged school in Islamabad.

MI Pakistan launches new products:

Mi Pakistan is back with new and amazing product launches. This time, the products are centered on improving your everyday life in your home as well as office. First up, Mi is launching the Mi Sonic Elektriese Tanderborsel, its an electric tooth brush. This rust-free, metal-free brush will surely last longer than traditional ones.

HTC unveils desire 12 and 12+ with tall displays & midrange specs:

HTC is back to the midrange market and has announced two new additions – HTC Desire 12 and Desire 12+.Both phones have 18:9 bezel-less displays, however, Desire 12+ comes with more features and better hardware as compared to Desire 12.

IphoneX inspired Huawei P20 lite announced:

After creating an intense hype and rumors in the smartphone world, the mid-range Huawei P20 lite (launched as Nova 3E in China) is finally here; a week earlier than the flagships Huawei P20 and P20 Pro. So why the hype? Huawei was expected to bring a tri-cam set up, first of its kind, and a bezel-less display with a notch on top, just like the iPhone X.

World’s largest SSD comes with 100tb of storage space:

For people who can’t get enough storage for their PCs or Laptops comes an SSD from Nimbus Data. The company is out with the world’s largest SSD (in terms of storage space) the ExaDrive DC100 which comes with 100 TB of storage. The target audience for this SSD would be large enterprises and businesses as regular Joe’s won’t need that much in the first place.

Alibaba is in early negotaions to acquire daraz.pk:

Alibaba is considering acquiring Pakistan’s largest online shopping platform, Daraz.pk. According to a Bloomberg report citing a source close to the matter, the Chinese giant is in early price negotiations with Rocket Internet. Daraz.pk is the subsidiary of the German-based internet company, Rocket Internet. Daraz isn’t the only company to gather the attention of Chinese e-commerce giants. Ant Financial, the world’s most valuable fintech company, recently bought 45% stake in Telenor Microfinance Bank for $184.5 million.

 

INTERNATIONAL:

Trump campaign data firm accused of harvesting facebook data:

The attorney general for the US state of Massachusetts is launching an investigation into alleged harvesting of Facebook profiles by a firm employed by Donald Trump’s election campaign. Investigations by the Observer and New York Times newspapers claim details from 50 million profiles were gathered without the users’ knowledge.

Hacker who gave up wikileaks source dies:

Adrian Lamo, a computer hacker best known for passing on information that led to the arrest of Chelsea Manning, has died aged 37. In online messaging conversations, Manning confided in him, describing confidential military material Manning had sent to Wikileaks.

Biohacker fined for travel card implant:

A biohacker in Australia has been fined A$220 (£120, $170) for removing the chip from a travel card and implanting it into his hand. Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow (real name) also has to pay A$1,000 in costs. The case was brought by the New South Wales transport authority which issues the contactless Opal card.

US punishes 19 Russians over vote meddling and cyber-attacks:

The US has imposed sanctions on 19 Russians, accusing them of interference in the 2016 US election and alleged cyber-attacks. They include 13 individuals charged last month by Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin accused the Russians of “destructive cyber-attacks, and intrusions targeting critical infrastructure”.

Warrant sought to inspect company:

The UK’s Information Commissioner says she will seek a warrant to look at the databases and servers used by British firm Cambridge Analytica. The company is accused of using the personal data of 50 million Facebook members to influence the US presidential election in 2016. Its executives have also been filmed by Channel 4 News suggesting it could use honey traps and potentially bribery to discredit politicians.

Facebook under fire in escalating data row:

Politicians in the US, Europe and the UK are calling on Facebook to explain how data on millions of its users was harvested. US senators have called on Mark Zuckerberg to testify before Congress about how it will protect users. The head of the European Parliament said it would investigate to see if the data was misused. His company has been accused of failing to properly inform users that their profile information may have been obtained and kept by Cambridge Analytica, a data firm widely-credited with helping Donald Trump win the 2016 US presidential election.

Robots and automation: how Africa is at risk:

Within less than two decades it will be cheaper to operate robots in US factories than hire workers in Africa, a new report warns. Falling automation costs are predicted to cause job losses as manufacturers return to richer economies.

School bomb threats: disgruntled minecraft gamer ‘behind hoax’:

A disgruntled gamer is thought to be behind a hoax email sent to about 400 schools in England threatening to bomb school grounds if money was not paid. A number of schools were evacuated but police said there was no evidence the threats were terror-related.

Delete Facebook trends in response to Cambridge Analytica:

“We all moved on from MySpace. We can move on from Facebook too.” This was a typical message found on Twitter in the wake of accusations over Cambridge Analytica using personal data from 50 million Facebook users to influence the US presidential election in 2016.

BBC wants to keep FM radio for longer:

The BBC says it wants to keep FM radio for the foreseeable future rather than switch over entirely to digital. BBC director of radio and music Bob Shennan said that “audiences want choice”. “We need to do more in the UK before we consider a switchover and for that to be genuinely led by the audience,” he told a conference in Vienna.

Finnish govt acquires shares in Nokia:

In order to “stabilize” and strengthen the country’s control in the company, the Finnish government has acquired three percent shareholding in Nokia – the largest company in Finland which specializes in telecommunication and information technology.

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