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Nokia 6 2018 launched in Pakistan:

Nokia came back strong to the phone market, on the back of its solid mid-range lineup. Nokia 6 was among them, and now Nokia is refreshing it with new features, keeping the overall formula same as last year. Unlike other phones available in this price range, Nokia 6 2018 comes with the familiar 5.5-inch 16:9 aspect ratio Full HD (1920 x 1080) display with an IPS LCD panel. What’s changed from last year is the fingerprint sensor, which has been moved to the back. The bezels have also been trimmed a bit.

Urdubit. the local bitcoin exchange is shutting down for good:

Pakistan’s pioneer cryptocurrency exchange, Urdubit, is shutting down. The decision by the exchange comes in after State Bank of Pakistan barred all financial institutions from all cryptocurrency related transactions. Urdubit was first launched in 2014 as cryptocurrency saw a boom and its value skyrocketed. It became first-ever Bitcoin exchange platform to open its operations in Pakistan.

PTA readies spectrum sharing framework for more efficient use of existing spectrum:

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has prepared the “Spectrum Sharing Framework” aimed at using the existing spectrum more efficiently, moving beyond simple frequency or spatial separation. In order to meet the growing demands of radio frequency spectrum, the regulators have focused on latest trends in spectrum management. The objective of spectrum management is to maximize the social, economic and technological benefits from this natural resource.

Huawei Y7 prime (2018) is now available:

If you’re looking for something new yet affordable in the smartphone realm, look no further. Huawei’s Y7 Prime 2018 is now officially available in Pakistan. The new series was announced at an event at Faletti Hotel, Lahore. Manager of Huawei Consumer Business Group Blueking Wang said, while talking about the new Y Prime series.

State Bank bans cryptocurrencies in Pakistan:

State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has warned the general public against using virtual currencies/coins/tokens such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, Pakcoin, OneCoin, DasCoin, Pay Diamond, etc. on Friday. Any person found using virtual currencies/coins/tokens for the purpose of transferring money outside Pakistan will be subject to prosecution as per applicable laws.

Dell experience roadshow showcases its unique range of products in Pakistan:

At the Dell Consumer #DellExperience Roadshow held in Lahore, Dell unveiled a new suite of world class products to address the myriad ways people work and play. In addition to showcasing some of the latest devices that represent style and power, Dell also highlighted the incredible innovations embedded within these products that are intended to improve performance, functionality and the overall user experience.

Jazz super 4g experience bus tour reaches Lahore:

Recently, Jazz commenced a nationwide experience bus tour in a bid to raise awareness for its Super 4G service. Three Jazz branded buses are currently on a two-month long tour of universities and public places in the North, Central and Southern regions of the country. For this reason, one of the Jazz Super 4G buses went to University of Management and Technology (UMT) in Lahore, where Aamir Ibrahim, CEO – Jazz was also present.

No new taxes will be imposed on telecom sector:

No additional tax will be imposed on the telecom sector as the government of Pakistan wants this sector to grow, said Haroon Akhtar Khan, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Revenue in a meeting with CEOs and other high level representatives of telecom companies working in Pakistan here at the FBR House.

Youtube under fire for illegally collecting kids data:

If Facebook’s scandal wasn’t enough, YouTube has found itself facing similar allegations. The popular video sharing platform has been blamed by several advocacy groups for illegally collecting data about its juvenile viewers. They demand that YouTube should to pay a hefty billion-dollar fine and improve its content policies for underage children.

Bezelless Vivo V9 brings perfect selfies and a notch:

Around 6 months ago we reviewed the Vivo V7+. It was a good mid-range phone with decent performance and one of the best front-facing cameras in its category. However, no one else seems to be pushing the boundary of bezel-less smartphones in the mid-range market as much as Vivo with their new V9. The V9 boasts a screen size of 6.3-inches but still manages to keep the overall dimensions on the smaller side. However, it comes with a notch, something that not a lot of people are fond of.

Haier’s new feature packed 40″led tv comes with an amazing 3d sound experience:

Haier has just introduced a 40″ Music LED TV (E1000 Series) that features amazing sound specs based on 3D Sound technology. Music buffs can enjoy their favorite music videos and games with sound that takes TV entertainment to a whole new level. This model features a high powered sound system, based on a pair of high quality (15 Watts each) speakers capable of 6 dimensional / 30 watts sound output. It is designed to enhance and enrich your music, movie and gaming experience.

Major youtube hacks defaces popular music videos including despacito:

Hackers find it interesting to hack major corporations and international giants. In the latest round of hacks, several videos on YouTube have been defaced and subsequently taken down. Among them was one of the most popular videos, Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito”. The video’s thumbnail was changed, showing a group of masked people holding guns. The description was also altered by the hackers, calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi’sh.

Islamabad united brings PSL trophy to PTCL headquarters:

To celebrate their momentous victory with their leading official partner, the Islamabad United team – champions of PSL 2018 – brought the winning trophy to PTCL Headquarters. Dr. Daniel Ritz, President and CEO, PTCL, Ali Naqvi, Owner of Islamabad United, along with other PTCL and Islamabad United Management members were present on the occasion.

Xiaomi redmi note 4 (64gb) discounyed on daraz.pk before the MI flash sale:

Xiaomi launched yet another intriguing device – the Redmi Note 4 (64GB) – in Pakistan and it hit the markets with a bang. No one steals the show like Mi does. As if one reason wasn’t enough to bring the Mi fan together; Mi Pakistan is now ready to launch its Flash Sale and take the market with a storm. The sale is all set for April 12, 2018. The Redmi Note 4 can be yours at the pre order price of Rs. 19,999 while the retail price is Rs. 25,900.

Meizu pro 7 is the first dual screen smartphone in Pakistan:

The smartphone industry in Pakistan welcomes yet another flagship, the Meizu Pro 7. It also comes with dual-screen technology. Here are some of the reasons why Meizu Pro 7 may catch the eye of smartphone buyers in Pakistan.

Huawei P20 pro teardwon reveals the secret behind its triple cameras:

Following a flagship smartphone’s release, it has almost become the norm to see teardowns, torture/drop tests for them in the next few days. This time we have the Huawei P20 Pro with a first of its kind triple camera design. Huawei managed to pack three cameras in the smartphone, which is slightly smaller than its dual-cam predecessor, Huawei P10.

Apple is now 100% powered by renewable energy:

Apple just announced that all of its global facilities are now powered by 100 percent renewable power sources – these include offices, retail stores, data-centers and co-located sites in 43 different countries across the globe. Moreover, the company is off to set examples and has already been promised by nine of its suppliers, including Quadrant, ECCO Leather, and Finisar to make their products using renewable energy sources.

Zong 4g educates students on digital innovation at CMPAK headquarters:

Zong 4G, opened the doors of its headquarters for a delegation from Roots Millennium School. Under its ‘New Hope’ employee volunteer program, Zong 4G has been bridging the digital divide to make a meaningful impact on the wider community and contribute towards its commitment of a more digitalized Pakistan.

 

INTERNATIONAL:

Facebook suspend AIQ data firm used by vote leave in brexit campaign:

Facebook has suspended a Canadian data firm that played a key role in the campaign for the UK to leave the EU. The social media giant said AggregateIQ (AIQ) may have improperly received users’ data. It cites reported links with the parent company of Cambridge Analytica (CA), the consultancy accused of improperly accessing the data of millions.

How the internet is clogging up city streets:

Traffic in New York is slowing down. Jams are endemic in Manhattan, especially in its business districts. Daytime traffic in the busiest areas now moves almost 20% more slowly than it did five years ago. It seems a place ripe for wide use of ride-hailing apps that, you might think, would alleviate some of the congestion.

Russia seeks to block telegram messaging app:

The Russian government has started legal proceedings to block the Telegram messaging app in the country. The Roskomnadzor media regulator is seeking the block because the firm has refused to hand over encryption keys used to scramble messages. Telegram, which is based in Dubai, was given a deadline of 4 April to hand over the keys.

Facebook halts medical data sharing plan:

Facebook has halted plans to collect patient data from hospitals and match it up with its users’ information. The social network confirmed the idea had been discussed but had been “paused” while the company dealt with its privacy crisis. Facebook has faced scrutiny after the data of millions of people was improperly shared with the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

Zuckerberg barely breaks a sweat:

The hearing is still rolling on, and Zuckerberg has barely broken a sweat after several hours of grilling. After a nervy start, he almost seems to be enjoying himself. To recap, he apologised to US senators for allowing several other firms to misuse his platform’s personal data for political ends. He said it was his personal mistake.

Cambridge analytica data had private messages:

Facebook has confirmed that private messages were included in data involved in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The social network said that about 0.5% of the 305,000 people who installed a personal data-harvesting app had given permission for it to access their Facebook inboxes. However, many more would have been affected as the haul would have included conversations with others.

Despacito youtube music video hacked plus other vevo clips:

YouTube’s music video for the hit song Despacito, which has had over five billion views, has been hacked. The clip’s cover image was replaced with a photo showing a group of people wearing masks and pointing guns. The video was temporarily taken offline until the problem was fixed. But videos by more than a dozen other artists posted by the music hosting service Vevo – including Shakira, Selena Gomez, Drake and Taylor Swift – were also affected.

Westworld trolls reddit with spoiler video:

Westworld’s creators have fooled fans of the TV show and much of the media with an offer to reveal spoilers about its next season ahead of broadcast. Two show-runners took part in a Q&A on discussion site Reddit in which they said they would publish a video laying out the plot of the second series if enough people voted in favor. They said they believed the move would help protect the programme’s secrets.

Ransomware tops malicious attack charts:

Ransomware has become the most popular form of malware used in cyber-attacks, suggests a study. Almost 40% of all successful malware-based attacks involved ransomware suggests the annual Verizon data breach investigations report. The types of systems compromised were changing too, it found, with criminals trying to hit databases not just PCs.

What remains of Edith Finch wins Bafta’s top games award:

What Remains of Edith Finch has scored an upset, winning the top prize at the Bafta Games Awards. The first-person mystery adventure was developed by the US indie studio Giant Sparrow. It had not won any of the other categories before taking Best Game.

Fake Obama video creator defends invention:

A researcher who created a fake video of President Obama has defended his invention at the latest TED talks. The clip shows a computer-generated version of the former US leader mapped to fit an audio recording. Experts have warned the tech involved could spark a “political crisis”. Dr Supasorn Suwajanakorn acknowledged that there was a “potential for misuse”.

Fortnite hit by server outage:

A lengthy server outage that prevented gamers playing Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode has been resolved. The title, which was developed by US-based Epic Games, began experiencing problems on Wednesday. It has more than 45 million players worldwide. The issue meant that some gamers were unable to play the last-player-standing challenge on Xbox, PlayStation, PC or mobile.

Mark Zuckerbergs’ dreaded homework assignments:

Over two days, almost 10 hours. If you watched every moment of Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony in front of Congress this week, you’ll know he rolled out one phrase an awful lot: “I’ll have my team get back to you.” Now some of these were bits of data Mr Zuckerberg simply didn’t have to hand – such as why a specific advertisement for a political candidate in Michigan didn’t get approved.

Technology reveals fear and other emotions:

The fear levels of an audience have been measured to show how machines are beginning to reveal people’s deepest feelings. The demonstration was part of a talk given by Dolby Labs chief scientist Poppy Crum at the TED conference in Vancouver. The ability to hide emotions is becoming “a thing of the past”, she said.

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