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PAKISTAN:

Uber’s bike-hailing service is now available in Karachi:

Uber, the global smartphone app that seamlessly connects riders to drivers, has launched its bike sharing service uberMOTO in Karachi. This service follows the extremely successful launch of uberMOTO in Lahore last month, giving thousands of people access to quick, convenient and affordable transport at a push of a button through the Uber app.

Sony’s “3d creator” app now lets you post 3d selfies on facebook:

Sony has launched a new update for its 3D Creator App, giving the users more control over the photos captured in 3D. The update allows users to snap 3D selfies, post them directly to Facebook and even 3D print them. Sony has also taken up cloud processing to allow more back up options. The new Creator App renders selfies in more detail and lets you create Apple’s Animoji styled animated characters and avatars.

Fiberlink officially launches in Rawalpindi:

FiberLink’s lightning fast internet is now available in Rawalpindi. You can get a FTTH or Fiber to The Home connection with a Fiber-optic wire coming all the way to your home for an uninterrupted connection. Packages range from 16 Mbps, going all the way up to 500 Mbps. A few months back, it became the first ever company to launch a 500 Mbps connection with the speed going up to a staggering 1 Gbps during the night, so you won’t have to worry about waiting for YouTube to buffer your favorite video.

Leaked Samsung Galaxy S9+ mini is actually called dream-lite:

Remember the S9+ Mini that got leaked a few days ago? Turns out its another phone altogether. The so-called Samsung S9+ Mini is actually going to come with different specifications than previously announced, and will be called Samsung Galaxy Dream-Lite. It won’t be a part of the S series after all.

Telenor presents ‘motorcycle girl’, a film based on the life of Zenith Irfan:

‘Motorcycle Girl’, a biopic on the achievements of Zenith Irfan, the first female biker to take a solo journey to Pakistan’s northern areas, was premiered in Karachi. Showcasing the feat of a young girl challenging stereotypes, the movie fits perfectly with Telenor’s brand philosophy of empowering Pakistanis so that they become the better version of themselves.

IT ministry demands rebates, promises to increase exports to $10 billion:

Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication has proposed the government to give rebate on exports of IT & enabled services and separate it from other services in the upcoming budget 2018-19 to increase the sector exports to $10 billion by 2020.

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Telenor brings Pakistan’s first-ever super Kabaddi league:

In an effort to encourage Pakistani sports, Telenor Pakistan is bringing Super Kabaddi League (SKL), Pakistan’s first-ever international sports league to be played entirely on the Pakistani soil. A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Telenor Pakistan as the main partner and Strawberry Sports Management, the league owner, in this regard.

Pre-book your Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (32gb) for Rs 17,000:

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (32GB) has been dubbed a ‘beast’, a ‘killer’ and a ‘phone with great performance at a very affordable price’. And rightly so, because it is not easy for any company to provide flagship features at a mid-range price.

Steam starts removing links from mega in fight against piracy:

Steam has been actively censoring links to MEGA – a popular cloud storage service – and preventing users from sharing MEGA URLs in Steam chats or forums. All links that directed to the cloud-service were automatically taken down because Steam believed MEGA links to be potentially “malicious” for its users.

Youtube has removed 8.3 million videos during last 9 months of 2017:

After a rough year, YouTube has been forced to take a bunch of preemptive measures to change how the service is perceived. In a first for the company, YouTube is detailing the processes it undertakes to remove harmful/objectionable videos, in its first-ever quarterly moderation report. According to this report, the site removed 8.3 million videos in the last three quarters of 2017.

Swiftkey keyboard now supports roman Urdu as a language:

SwiftKey, one of the biggest third-party Android/iOS keyboards available right now, has been updated to finally support Urdu. It can now autocorrect Urdu words written in English, also called Roman Urdu at times.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 could be the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 pro killer:

ASUS is launching a new smartphone in its ever-expanding portfolio of mid-range phones. The new Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes in a variety of options which means almost everyone could find a version suited to their liking.

Google chat is supercharging plain old SMS with new features:

Google is working on a new service for the Android Messages app called Chat. It seeks to replace WhatsApp as the go-to app for sending messages and will offer traditional cellular SMS when you don’t have internet access. Text messages or SMS used to be customary but have now replaced by instant messaging services that also offer additional features such as media sharing, delivery confirmations, typing indicators, etc.

Mobile phone imports increase by 15% in first 9 months of fy2017-18:

Mobile phone imports witnessed a phenomenal growth of 14.99 percent in the first nine months (July-March) of 2017-18 reaching $603.075 million compared to $524.442 million during the same period of 2016-17 (July-March). Mobile phone imports in March 2018, stood at $77.042 million increasing by 18.41 percent compared to $65.062 million in March 2017, and increased by 10.41 percent compared to $69.779 million in February 2018, revealed the latest data released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).

 

INTERNATIONAL:

‘Facebook in pr crisis mode’, says academic at heart of row:

The academic at the centre of the Facebook data scandal has said the social network is in full-on “PR crisis mode”. Aleksandr Kogan’s remarks came as he faced a grilling over his role from MPs. The social network was fully aware that its platform “was being mined by thousands of others”, he said.

Canada developing quantum radar to detect stealth aircraft:

Canada has invested $2.7m (£1.93m) into developing quantum radar – a new technology that would greatly improve the detection of stealth aircraft. The technology is being developed by the University of Waterloo to replace existing Arctic radar stations. Quantum radar can theoretically detect objects with a greater level of accuracy than conventional radar.

BBC iPlayer streams sport in 4k HDR for first time:

The BBC has broadcast a live event in 4K resolution and high dynamic range (HDR) colour for the first time. Its iPlayer service streamed a full rugby match on Sunday, which was made available to the public but not promoted in advance. BT began screening live sport in 4K in 2015, and Sky followed a year later.

Ransomware infects Ukraine energy ministry website:

Hackers have used ransomware to take the website of Ukraine’s energy ministry offline and encrypt its files. The website currently contains a message written in English, demanding a ransom of 0.1 bitcoin – worth $927.86 (£664.98) by today’s exchange rate. Ukranian cyber-police spokeswoman Yulia Kvitko said the attack is an “isolated incident” and no other government websites have been affected.

Vodafone rated worst mobile provider by which?:

Vodafone has been rated the worst mobile phone provider for the seventh year running in an annual customer survey by consumer lobby group Which?. The other leading providers, EE, O2 and Three, also scored badly, with service judged “average” and “disappointing”. Of the small providers, Utility Warehouse ranked highest for value for money, incentives and customer service.

TSB online banking chaos continues despite apology:

TSB’s IT fiasco is heading for a fifth day, with angry customers still locked out of their accounts and unable to make payments. The bank said it would take down its mobile app and online banking “for a few hours” on Tuesday and hoped to restore services by the afternoon. But it now looks unlikely the issues will be resolved until Wednesday.

Facebook explored unpicking personalities to target ads:

Facebook has considered profiling its users’ personalities and using the information to target adverts. A patent filed by the social network describes how personality characteristics, including emotional stability, could be determined from people’s messages and status updates.

Youtube publishes deleted videos report:

YouTube’s first three-monthly “enforcement report” reveals the website deleted 8.3 million videos between October and December 2017 for breaching its community guidelines. The figure does not include videos removed for copyright or legal reasons. Sexually explicit videos attracted 9.1 million reports from the website’s users, while 4.7 million were reported for hateful or abusive content.

Spotify tests filter to block swearing in songs:

Spotify, the UK’s biggest music streaming service, has started testing a way of filtering out songs which have explicit lyrics. The feature has been introduced on its iPhone and iPad apps – six years after being requested on its online forums.

Police ‘visit funeral home to unlock dead man’s phone’:

Police in Florida have been criticised for allegedly entering a funeral home in a futile bid to unlock a dead man’s smartphone. Linus Phillip, 30, was killed while trying to escape from police at a petrol station in Largo on 23 March. After his body was released to the Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, his family say, two police officers tried to use his finger to unlock his mobile phone.

Robot helps Jack Mclinden, 14 to be Everton Mascot:

A 14-year-old Everton fan has made history by becoming football’s first “remote” match-day mascot – with the aid of a robot. Jack McLinden, who has multiple health conditions, experienced joining his heroes on the pitch before their game against Newcastle United on Monday. Everton captain Phil Jagielka carried the robot, which fed panoramic live images and sound back to Jack’s tablet.

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