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Hisense Enters Pakistani Market With Its Locally Produced LED & Laser TVs:

Chinese LED TV manufacturer, Hisense, has announced to start its production and sales in Pakistan. Tri-Angels Electronics established its first assembly line while its “Clean Laboratory” is under process and will be completed in January 2019. Tri-Angels Electronics has made a 2.8 million investment to establish Hisense’s production and sales network.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is Here!:

The smartphone that we have been waiting for quite a while is finally here. Meet the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, featuring beefed up hardware and battery and pretty much the same design from last year. As rumored, the design hasn’t changed a lot over the Note 8. It still features the same glass sandwich, rectangular-ish form factor with a huge display up front. At first glance you probably won’t be able to tell the difference between the two.

British Council Inaugurates Digital Library Wall in Abbotabad:

The British Council, Pakistan has set up its digital library wall at Tech Valley Abbottabad and Sir. Hugh Catchpole Library at Abbottabad Public School. The launch ceremony was held at Tech Valley Abbottabad on Tuesday, 31st July, 2018 which was attended by Rosemary Hilhorst – Country Director, British Council Pakistan.

DarazAzaadiBox Details Its Journey Across Pakistan:

For as long as I can remember, I have always felt a close connection to Pakistan. I’ve finally gotten a chance to visit, all thanks due to the Daraz App. I don’t usually keep a diary, but then again – it isn’t everyday you get to make a round-trip across Pakistan. Who am I? I’m the Daraz AzaadiBox. An assortment of all-things-Pakistani. I’m comprised of aspirations and dreams; memories and recollections; quirks and curiosities. I’m a reflection of those who were, those who are and those who will be.

Xiaomi is Launching a New Smartphone Brand Called Poco:

Rumors have been flying around for a few weeks that a new series of smartphones from Xiaomi will be revealed somewhere in August but no confirmation or any kind of press release was made, until now. Today, Jai Mani, the product manager for Xiaomi in India shared a Tweet saying that he’s excited to start sharing details of work that he has been doing, ending the Tweet by tagging two relatively new Twitter accounts, @Indiapoco, and @Globalpocophone.

You Can Now Instantly Translate English to Urdu Offline Using Google Translate:

Google Translate is perhaps one of the best free tools out there for translating languages on the go, whether online or offline. The translate application just simply works and does what it’s supposed to do without any fuss, and the translations are accurate for the most part and work well. English to Urdu translation has been available for a while now with voice translation being added a while back while translating from either language.

Even After Spending Rs 57 Billion USF Fails to Provide Telecom Services in Areas of Balochistan & KP:

The Universal Service Fund (USF) has spent Rs 57 billion but failed in providing telecommunication services across the country, as most of the un-served and under served areas in Balochistan, Khyber, Mohmand, South Waziristan and Kurram still lack access to basic telephony and mobile broadband services.

HTC’s Troubles Continue with Another Depressing Q2 2018:

HTC’s harsh times continued to offer no respite in the last quarter, as the company slides further into losses. The Taiwan-based company recorded revenues of NT$6.8 billion (US$221.9 million) in the last quarter (54% lower than last year), recording an operating and net loss of NT$3.4 billion (~US$111 million) and NT$2.09 billion (~US$68 million), respectively.

Vulnerabilty in Whatsapp Can Compromise Your Messages and Identity:

One of the more sophisticated WhatsApp hacks in recent times has been discovered by the security firm Check Point, which detailed the findings in a video. The hack pertains to the way the app is handled and synchronized between the mobile version and the web client. It stands out because of the far-reaching way it can manipulate the messages and their sender’s identity. Not only can a hacker change the content of the message completely (in the video, the message “Great!” was changed to “I’m going to die, in a hospital right now!”), but also the username of the sender.

 

INTERNATIONAL:

This rigged charger can hijack your new laptop:

A neat feature of many modern laptops is the ability to power them up through the USB port. Unlike the rectangular USB ports of old, the newer type — USB-C — can carry enough power to charge your machine. That’s great news: it means you don’t need to add a separate port just for charging. And when the USB port isn’t being used for power, it can be used for something useful, like plugging in a hard drive, or your phone.

Warning over satellite security bugs:

Satellite systems used on aircraft, ships and by the military contain bugs that could let hackers take control of them, a security researcher has warned. The worst bugs could let attackers overcharge satellite antenna to damage the equipment or harm operators. And others could be used to betray the exact location of military forces in crisis zones, the researcher said.

Can you speed-read these news stories?:

The BBC is experimenting with a way of delivering the news more quickly on smartwatches. Technology reporter Chris Foxx took a look at the prototype and asked the BBC’s Cyrus Saihan whether the idea was practical.

Apple removes ‘wrong apps’ in gambling purge:

Apple has been accused of accidentally removing apps from the App Store in a crackdown on gambling content. Several developers complained via social media that their apps, which they said had nothing to do with gambling, were taken down. The affected apps included a Polish magazine, a gif-sharing service and a platform for sending clips of Xbox games to friends.

Chinese ‘robocall’ scam hits US weather office:

An unexpected message — in Chinese — has been broadcast over a public address system at a US National Weather Service office in Maryland. It was also received on individual desk phones. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said it was a scam automated call, known as a robocall.

PGA Championship servers hacked and files locked:

Hackers have broken into servers belonging to PGA of America, which runs the PGA Championship golf tournament. Files containing marketing materials for that competition as well as the Ryder Cup in France have been locked, pending payment of a ransom. A Bitcoin address was provided, but the hackers did not specify a desired amount, according to sports magazine Golfweek.

Warning over ‘panic’ hacks on cities:

Security flaws have been found in major city infrastructure such as flood defences, radiation detection and traffic monitoring systems. A team of researchers found 17 vulnerabilities, eight of which it described as “critical”. The researchers warned of so-called “panic attacks”, where an attacker could manipulate emergency systems to create chaos in communities.

IGN sacks writer amid YouTuber plagiarism controversy:

Prominent gaming news website IGN has apologised and sacked a writer who was alleged to have plagiarised a game review. The company was criticised after YouTuber Boomstick Gaming found similarities between his review of Motion Twin’s multiplatform title Dead Cells and IGN’s review of the same game.

Emma’s Diary fined £140,000 over data sale to Labour:

A parenting advice site has been fined £140,000 after it was accused of illegally collecting data and selling it on for use by the Labour Party, which used it to profile new mums. Emma’s Diary gathered data on more than a million people, according to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which issued the fine.

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