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PAKISTAN:

PTCL Achieves ISO Certification For Cloud Infrastructure Services Security:

PTCL has become the country’s first telecom operator to achieve two ISO certifications in parallel for its cloud services ‘Infrastructure-as-a-Service’ (IaaS) offering. These are ISO/IEC 27001:2013 and ISO/IEC 27017:2015. The International Standards Organization (ISO) and International Electro technical Commission (IEC) are the authorities for these standards.

Jazz Transfers Its Tech Staff To Ericsson:

Under an agreement between VEON — the parent company of Jazz — and Ericsson, Jazz has transferred its 74 technical staff to Ericsson. This staff was mainly responsible for the overhaul of Jazz technology infrastructure — hardware, functions, and systems. A statement issued by the group said that Jazz’s move is in line with USD 1 billion, seven year, software partnership signed between VEON (then Vimpelcom), Jazz’s parent company, and Ericsson to radically transform the international communications and technology company’s IT infrastructure.

Xiaomi Gives US A Look At The Redmi 6 Pro VIA Official Renders:

Xiaomi has teased the Redmi 6 Pro in rendered images on its official Weibo page. The upcoming midranger is nearing its launch date, we already found out most of its specifications but the new reveal has confirmed its design. The Redmi 6 has been in the rumor mill for quite some time, Redmi 6 Pro’s design was already leaked after some photos of a test unit surfaced online.

NIC Islamabad Opens Applications For 4Th Cohort Of Startups:

The National Incubation Center (NIC) in Islamabad, will start accepting applications for its fourth cohort from June 22nd 2018. Startups from across the country are encouraged to apply to the largest incubation program in Pakistan. Applications for the fourth cohort will remain open until July 15th, 2018.

Oppo Launches Find X And Expands To Europe:

Oppo recently launched the Oppo Find X at the Louvre Museum in Paris. The Find X is Oppo’s first true flagship smartphone in years, with a breakthrough design. It will also be launched soon in South Asia. Oppo also announced a strategic partnership with Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.

Instagram Launches IGTV, A Vertical Video Platform To Compete Against Youtube:

Instagram – a Facebook subsidiary – just launched a new video sharing platform that works just like YouTube other than a few differences. The social media platform is geared towards image/video sharing so this move makes a lot of sense for Instagram. Called IGTV, it has a few key differences from YouTube. For one, it’s vertically oriented – it’s meant to work just like any TV, you have different channels, a whole lot of shared videos, and the ability to watch or upload up to one-hour-long videos but all of it is vertical.

NetSol Closes It UK- Based JV Subsidiary Company:

In a notification sent to the bourse on Thursday, Netsol announced the merging of its joint venture subsidiary company – NetSol Innovation (Pvt) Limited, into the parent company – NetSol Technologies Limited. NetSol Technologies Limited, which is one of the biggest software/IT outsourcing companies in the country announced that as result of the change of ownership of their joint venture partner company in the UK and major shift in the new owners’ business strategy, its operating and net margins became unfeasible for the operation to continue in the current setup.

Xiaomi Teases MI Pad 4 WITH Snapdragon 66O And Dual Cameras:

Xiaomi has not launched a Mi Pad for over a year now, a potential Mi Pad 4 has been in the rumor mill for quite some time. However, we now have confirmation that Mi Pad 4 is indeed launching soon as Xiaomi has already teased it in a promotional Weibo post.

Huawei Launches Second Annual Next-Image Awards:

Building on the success of last year’s global smartphone photography awards, Huawei, one of the world’s biggest smartphone brands, has launched the second annual NEXT-IMAGE Awards, with the support of the International Center of Photography (ICP), the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture.

Facebook Is Testing Subscription Model For Groups:

Facebook has launched a pilot program that will allow some group administrators to charge a monthly subscription fee, letting content creators monetize their users. Group members will have to pay somewhere around $5 to $30, depending on premium community services.

INTERNATIONAL:

Intel Chief Brian Krzanich Resigns Over Relationship:

Chipmaker Intel has announced that its chief executive, Brian Krzanich, is stepping down with immediate effect because of “a violation of Intel’s non-fraternisation policy”. He had been in the post since May 2013. Intel said an inquiry had revealed that Mr Krzanich had had a consensual relationship with an Intel employee, which was against company rules.

Whistleblower Or Saboteur?:

Tesla describes former employee Martin Tripp as a criminal, a man who hacked into Tesla’s systems in order steal information and sully the company’s reputation on safety. Because of this, the company is suing him for $1m. But Mr Tripp – Marty to his friends – says he’s a whisteblower being smeared for speaking out about standards and safety at the company, and deserves protection.

‘Dangerous’ Carbon Monoxide Alarms Removed From Amazon And Ebay:

Dozens of carbon monoxide alarms sold via Amazon and eBay have been taken offline after failing safety tests. Consumer watchdog Which? said some of the alarms seemed identical to ones that had failed tests in 2016. Three of the unbranded devices, made in China, repeatedly failed to sound when carbon monoxide was present.

The Man Who Was Fired By A Machine:

“It wasn’t the first time my key card failed, I assumed it was time to replace it.” So began a sequence of events that saw Ibrahim Diallo fired from his job, not by his manager but by a machine. He has detailed his story in a blogpost which he hopes will serve as a warning to firms about relying too much on automation.

Instagram Star Daryl Aiden Yow Used Stock Image Photos:

A popular Instagram photographer has apologised after being caught posting stock image library content and indicating it was his own work. Singapore-based Daryl Aiden Yow has more than 104,000 followers on the Facebook-owned service.

Fake Fortnite Android Apps Spread Across Internet:

Fake Fortnite Android apps are spreading around the internet, even though the game has not been officially released for the platform. Videos on YouTube with links to scam versions of the popular game have been viewed millions of times, according to security experts.

Xbox Steps Back On Console VR Plans:

Microsoft has stepped back from suggestions it will bring virtual reality games to its Xbox consoles. When the company announced its newest console, in 2016, it said the device would be capable of delivering “high-fidelity virtual reality”. But, now, it says it does not have any specific plans to bring VR to the Xbox.

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