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PAKISTAN:

Optix adds Netflix CDN to its data center to make streaming faster than ever:

With the Netflix craze in Pakistan lately – local ISPs are clamoring to improve video streaming for their customers. Together with others, Optix Pakistan has now partnered with Netflix and set up Netflix CDN Nodes based on their OCA (Open Connect Appliances) architecture at Optix Datacenter in Pakistan.

MI Pakistan is turning up the heat with another sale:

Summer season in Pakistan is a harbinger of power and water outages, not to mention bad moods and short tempers. While most brands choose to start their sales after the season is over, Mi Pakistan is turning up the heat this summer with its Garma Garam (hot) Sale just as the season is kicking in. What makes Mi stand out from among other smartphone and accessories company in Pakistan are its customer-centric sales.

Here’s what the bezelless nokia x looks like:

HMD Global, the manufacturer of Nokia phones has been teasing a new smartphone called Nokia X for quite some time now and it has finally been revealed on Baidu – a Chinese social media network. Nokia X, or X6, is expected to be a midrange device and might not offer flagship grade internal hardware. However, the company is going for a premium design to gain attention in the midrange market and the leaked pictures show that it will come with a “trendy” notched display.

Budget friendly Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro 2018 announced:

Samsung has launched an interesting entry-level Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro 2018, which has a superior Super AMOLED display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC. The phone has been launched in India for a very decent price tag. Let’s dig in and take a look at the J2 2018’s specifications.

Jazz, world bank & KPITB collaborate for Digital Youth Summit in KP:

The 2018 Digital Youth Summit (DYS), being held in collaboration with Jazz, World Bank and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB), brings together the next generation of digital innovators in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

Telenor & Qmobile launch a 4g smartphone for just Rs 6,150:

With an ambition to connect Pakistan and empower the Pakistani society, Telenor Pakistan and QMobile have entered into the next phase of their long-standing collaboration ushering in a new era of 4G ecosystem development through the introduction of LT-100, an LTE-enabled low-cost smartphone.

Govt announces telecom sector budget for fiscal year 2018-19:

The government has budgeted Rs6.535 billion for Information and Communication Technology under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for 2018-19. The allocation is aimed to improve capacity of IT industry by further providing infrastructure and facilities for startups and small IT businesses, increasing the quality of skills and capacity of the organizations to consistently deliver high-quality services and products, raising its standard to compete in the international arena, and accelerating the pace of e-government to facilitate citizens to avail public services.

Mobile phone prices set to increase as govt adds a new levy on imports:

Mobile phone handsets prices will increase, as the federal government has announced a new kind of levy of up to Rs 5000 on importing mobile phone handsets. The new levy is going to be applied to mobile phones depending on their import value after duties and taxes are added to the total amount.

TCS & YAYYO launch #IsMay box to deliver change:

#IsMay ab Kia Hai? The mystery box that got us curious last year, is back this year. Last year the #IsMay box was filled with a lot of exciting stuff, and also culminated with the major announcement of Shopping Day, a new and truly unique e-commerce event held just a week prior to Ramazan. This year, the #IsMay box is back, bigger and better than ever.

Apply for telenor youth forum 2018:

Are you the next Telenor Youth Forum delegate? Now open for applications, the Telenor Youth Forum (TYF) is a global programme that is designed and hosted by Telenor Group and the Nobel Peace Center (NPC). This joint initiative is based on our shared belief that young people can use digital technology to drive real change in the world and reduce inequalities with innovative solutions.

Vivo launches V9 Youth and Y71 phones in Pakistan:

After the successful launch of V9 smartphone; Vivo unveiled two new smartphones, namely the V9 Youth and the entry-level Y71 during the media launch event at the Faletti’s hotel in Lahore. V9 Youth offers a similar design as to the V9 and packs high performing hardware at a price that’s more affordable for the masses. The new phone looks amazing from every angle, with subtle accents of champagne gold around the camera and fingerprint pad.

Xiaomi Redmi S2 detailed specs and pic leak:

Xaomi Redmi S2 has been in the rumor mill lately and is highly anticipated by the smartphone community. There has been no word so far by Xiaomi about its launch and its details have only come in rumors/leaks so far. Recently, it appeared in TENAA‘s listings for certification in China, which confirmed that it’s coming soon.

Twitter also sold data to researcher involved in cambridge analytica scandal:

Following Facebook, Twitter has been reported to be involved in selling data. Facebook was under fire for letting public data get leaked in the Cambridge Analytica scandal – a political research company – which used the data to influence US Presidential elections in 2016.

 

INTERNATIONAL:

Zuckerberg’s dating service takes on tinder:

Facebook’s chief has said that 2018 has been an “intense year” for his firm. But Mark Zuckerberg also took the opportunity to unveil a dating service among other new products at his firm’s annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, California. He told his audience that the match-making feature would take privacy issues in mind and would launch “soon”.

Apple extends its winning streak with q1 2018 earnings:

Apple Inc., on Tuesday, beat revenue and profit expectations in its March quarter as it sold 52.2 million iPhones. The Cupertino based company posted a revenue of $61.1 billion for its March quarter, up from $52.9 billion last year. Wall Street expected $60.8 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. The company sold 52.2 million iPhones versus expectations of 52.3 million, according to data from Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S, up from 50.7 million last year.

Fake five-star reviews being bought and sold online:

Fake online reviews are being openly traded on the internet, a BBC investigation has found. BBC 5 live Investigates was able to buy a false, five-star recommendation placed on one of the world’s leading review websites, Trustpilot. It also uncovered online forums where Amazon shoppers are offered full refunds in exchange for product reviews.

Tesla driver banned for m1 autopilot seat-switch:

A driver who moved into the passenger seat after putting his electric car into autopilot while at 40mph on a motorway has been banned from driving. Bhavesh Patel, 39, of Alfreton Road, Nottingham, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at St Albans Crown Court. A witness in another car filmed him sitting in the passenger seat of his Tesla S 60 on the M1 between junctions 8 and 9 near Hemel Hempstead.

13-Year-old game’s youngest professional player:

A 13-year-old boy from Kent says he is living every child’s “dream” after becoming Fortnite’s youngest professional player. Kyle Jackson is part of Team Secret Fortnite, which has four members, playing under the name “Mongraal”. Since launching in July 2017, the survival shooting game, which is free, has been downloaded more than 40 million times.

How to handle the flood of GDPR privacy updates:

Many app users’ inboxes are bulging with requests to review new terms of service and privacy conditions. And it is no coincidence that so many developers have revamped their small print at the same time. In just under a month, the EU will introduce a new privacy law that gives Europeans new data protection rights and threatens giant fines for organisations that do not comply.

Deadlines to amend UK surveillance laws:

High Court judges have given the UK government six months to revise parts of its Investigatory Powers Act. Rules governing the British surveillance system must be changed quickly because they are “incompatible” with European laws, said judges. The government has been given a deadline of 1 November this year to make the changes.

User growth sinks hitting snap shares:

Shares in Snapchat’s parent firm fell 17% after it revealed the app’s controversial redesign had made it less attractive to would-be users. Only four million new users were added in the opening three months of 2018 – just over half the number forecast. And Snap has warned growth and revenue could slow substantially in the second quarter.

Facial recognition to be used at Singapore airport:

Singapore’s Changi airport is testing a facial recognition system it hopes will speed passengers through the facility. It is expanding existing uses of the smart ID system and is looking into ways it can replace passport checks. Reuters reports however, that proposals to use cameras mounted on lamp posts that scan faces to ID passengers has raised privacy concerns.

‘Hate Speech Button’ causes confusion:

“Does this post contain hate speech?” That is the message that thousands of Facebook users have reported seeing on their news feeds. It seems to be only US-based users that can see the question, which is appearing under every post on their Facebook page.

Robot company starship technologies plans 1,000 delivery bots:

A company which specialises in delivery robots plans to expand its operations from two campuses to twenty by 2019 with a fleet of a thousand. Starship Technologies is partnering with the Co-op in Milton Keynes to deliver groceries there. It follows trials with Just Eat to deliver takeaways in South London. One expert told the BBC he thinks it will be a long time before they become a regular sight on normal streets.

Sinclair spectrum designer Rick Dickinson dies in US:

Rick Dickinson, the designer of Sinclair computers, has died in the US while receiving treatment for cancer. The British designer, thought to be in his 60s, worked in-house for Sinclair Research and oversaw the creation of its home computers in the 1980s. He was responsible for the boxy look of the ZX80 and ZX81 and the Bauhaus-inspired appearance of the Spectrum.

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