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PAKISTAN:

Moody’s Withdraws Negative Outlook Rating for Jazz:

Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s) on Thursday withdrew Pakistan Mobile Communications Limited’s (Jazz) B1 corporate family rating and negative outlook. According to Moody’s, it has decided to withdraw the rating for its own business reasons.

OPPO Launches Find X In Pakistan:

OPPO, The Selfie Expert and leading global smartphone brand, launched its flagship smartphone, OPPO Find X in Pakistan today. With a Panoramic arc design – 6.42-inch screen with a screen ratio of 93.8% and stealth 3D cameras, OPPO Find X represents OPPO’s innovative spirit. Priced at PKR 129,999. OPPO Find X will be available in Bordeaux Red and Glacier Blue variants from August 4th, across country through offline stores.

Corning Launches Gorilla Glass 6 for Smartphones:

Corning, the company behind the famed Gorilla Glass that has been used on more than 6 billion devices to-date, has announced the sixth-generation of the glass, with a promise of enhanced durability against accidental drops. According to the company, Gorilla Glass 6 can withstand an average of 15 drops from a height of 3.3 feet, before it literally cracks under the pressure.

Xiaomi’s Mi Max 3 Has a Huge Screen, Big Battery and a Small Price Tag:

After a series of unending leaks, Xiaomi is finally removing the curtains off of its big-screen mid-range phone, the Mi Max 3. The phone comes with a massive display, dual-cameras on the back, and an affordable price-tag. This year’s design is bolstered by an 18:9 display and thinner bezels, too.

Fujifilm XF10 is a Sub-$500 Compact Camera With a Huge Sensor:

Fujifilm has announced XF10, a successor to their 2016 X70 with a new fixed-lens in a compact and light body that is travel-friendly. Fujifilm XF10 boasts a wide-angle 18.5mm lens with an aperture of f/2.8 (27.8mm equivalent in full-frame). It has a 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor, which is a pretty large sensor for a compact camera that weighs only 280 grams.

Get Up to 67% Off On Over 700 Titles in Xbox’s Ultimate Game Sale:

The Ultimate Game Sale for Xbox games is now live and offers great deals on over 700 titles. For those with a Xbox Live Gold subscription, there’s a further 10% off on the discounted games. Hundreds of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games will be offered at discounted prices and to further sweeten the deal, the Gold subscription plans have also been discounted. – you can get a 3 month subscription for $10 or a full year subscription for $40 ($20 off from the regular price).

The New i9 MacBook Pro Has A Major Performance Issue:

Apple recently announced the new versions of the MacBook Pro. Both the 13-inch and 15-inch models come with an upgrade in the performance department as they brought new internal configurations, with upgraded CPU, RAM etc. The most noticeable of them all was the 2.9 GHz 15-inch model with a 6-core 8th-generation Intel Core i9 processor. A laptop built with this configuration is definitely meant to be a beast in raw performance.

NIC’s Education Hackathon is Now Open for Applications:

The National Incubation Center (NIC) presents Hacktivate – A Hackathon for Education, taking place at the NIC on the 28th and 29th of July 2018.The National Incubation Center (NIC) is a first of its kind technology hub launched under the public-private partnership of the Ministry of IT & Telecom, Ignite Fund, Jazz & Teamup.

Nokia X5 is a Budget Midranger with Dual Cameras:

After delays to the original event, the new Nokia X5 is finally official, bringing a notched display at a very decent price and dual-cameras at the back. The phone is aimed at lower mid-range users and does a good job of bringing mainstream features to a cheaper phone.

 

INTERNATIONAL:

Google Fined $5Bn by EU, Has a 90 Day Deadline to Halt ‘Illegal Practices’:

Google has been slammed with a record $5 billion penalty by European authorities for abusing its dominance in the smartphone market, and “illegally” pushing its services to people who use Android-powered devices. The European Commission said the firm had used the mobile operating system to illegally “cement its dominant position” in search. The firm’s parent Alphabet has been given 90 days to change its business practices or face further penalties of up to 5% of its average global daily turnover.

Zuckerberg in Holocaust denial row:

Mark Zuckerberg has once again found himself at the centre of a row, after saying posts from Holocaust deniers should be allowed on Facebook. In an interview with technology website Recode, Mr Zuckerberg said that he did not believe such people should be removed from the site.

UK criticises security of Huawei products:

A UK government report into Huawei’s broadband and mobile infrastructure equipment has concluded that it has “only limited assurance” that the kit poses no threat to national security The investigation revealed shortcomings in the Chinese firm’s engineering processes, which it said “have exposed new risks in UK telecoms networks”. It added that “significant work” was required to tackle the issues.

PUBG game apologises for ‘offensive mask’:

The makers of online death match game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) have apologised after the design of an in-game item upset some Korean fans. On Saturday, a pilot’s mask which appeared to feature a rising sun design was added to the game’s store.

Google’s Loon brings internet-by-balloon to Kenya:

A network of giant balloons will soon bring internet access to remote regions of rural Kenya. Google’s sister-company Loon has announced its first commercial deal: partnering with Telkom Kenya to deliver connectivity to the region.

Money to help Trump immigrants rejected:

A software company caught up in the controversy surrounding the US’s now defunct policy to separate migrant parents from their children has drawn more criticism. Salesforce, which helps Customs and Border Protection (CBP) manage its activities, had pledged £1m (£770,000) to charities to aid separated families.

The driving school for ‘flying cars’:

It seems just about everyone has been launching a flying car lately, but the Kitty Hawk Flyer stands out for one big reason: it’s here today. Specifically, it’s in Las Vegas, flying over a big lake. This is where Kitty Hawk – a company owned by Google co-founder Larry Page – has set up a small hangar and training facility.

3D-printed gun blueprints given go-ahead by US govt:

Blueprints outlining how to 3D print a gun can go back online, the US Justice Department has ruled. It follows a four-year battle between the makers of the gun, Defense Distributed, and the US State Department. The first printed firearm was made in 2013. Files showing how to replicate the process were then put online and downloaded more than 100,000 times.

Fortnite: Schools ‘could learn lessons from gaming’:

Techniques borrowed from video games such as Fortnite could transfer to the classroom to make lessons more engaging, says an education expert. The survival and shooting game has proved hugely popular since it was launched in 2017. But some primary schools in Wales have contacted parents to draw attention to guidance about the 12+ rated game.

Apple iCloud: State firm hosts user data in China:

ICloud data belonging to Apple’s China-based users is now in the hands of the Chinese government. The emails, pictures and text messages of users in China are now being managed by a division of the state-owned firm, China Telecom. Privacy advocates have warned that the shift could make user data vulnerable to state surveillance.

Farnborough Airshow: Aston Martin unveils sports car for the skies:

Luxury carmaker Aston Martin has unveiled plans for a personal aircraft dubbed a “sports car for the skies”. The company has teamed up with jet engine maker Rolls-Royce and engineering boffins at Cranfield University on the futuristic project. A concept aircraft was unveiled at the Farnborough Airshow in the United Kingdomj, but the consortium hopes to have a flying version ready for the next show in two years.

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