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Paypal Service promotion in Pakistan likely:

Finance Minister Asad Umar stressed that Pakistan needs a reliable online payment gateway in order to promote the needs of the country’s IT and e-commerce sector. To this end, the Finance Minister signaled his willingness to go meet PayPal’s CEO on the next flight, and convince him to consider the Pakistani market.

Huawei Collaborates With HEC to Launch ICT Competition Pakistan:

Huawei is a leading global Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solution provider. Huawei’s Certification System is well recognized and is becoming a standard for ICT talent cultivation. In order to promote ICT industry technology certification, develop ICT industry talent and a strong ecosystem, Huawei is inviting colleges and universities in Pakistan to participate in the Huawei ICT Competition Pakistan 2018-2019.

Xiaomi to Unveils Mi Mix 3 Over Social Media:

Xiaomi is set to launch its next big flagship, the Mi Mix 3, in coming weeks and it might be getting launched much sooner than we expect.It just got teased on Chinese social network Weibo by the company’s President Lin Bin. He posted a picture that appeared some time ago on the internet, and seems like a leaked image instead of an official photograph, which indicates that the Mi Mix 3 might be much closer to its release date.

HTC Teases Exodus, the First Ever Blockchain Based Phone:

HTC Exodus – a blockchain-based smartphone – has been in the news for quite some time now. It is finally nearing its launch date and HTC has started teasing it on social media. The company started an Instagram account for its upcoming phone to keep the people updated on HTC Exodus.

Court Bans Uber from Operating Services It Doesn’t Offer in Pakistan:

Uber has been told not to operate certain services in Sindh and Balochistan after a Pakistani citizen filed a lawsuit against it. According to the petitioner, Uber stole his idea of insurance for a mobile ride-hailing service and had violated copyright laws. The decision was passed by an intellectual property tribunal for Sindh and Balochistan. An interim order was passed on Saturday over the case filed by Zafeerul Haq Qasmi Pirzada against Google, Uber and others. His counsel Kamran Iqbal stated that Pirzada is a Pakistani owner of IP relating to ‘short-term digital insurance.

Scientists Create a Material That Can Suck Carbon Out of Thin Air:

Scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (or MIT for short) have designed a material that grows, strengthens, and repairs itself by reacting with the carbon dioxide in the air. With the recent UN report on global warming urging world leaders to bring ‘rapid and far-reaching change’ for reducing man-made causes of global warming, this development, though on a short scale, can be a sigh of relief.

WhatsApp’s ‘Delete for Everyone’ Gets a Downgrade:

‘Delete for everyone’ feature in WhatsApp was introduced last year, and since then, this handy option has changed lives in a better way for many of us. One of the biggest use cases of the ‘Delete for Everyone’ option is that it allows you to recall a message sent to the wrong chat, or if the message sent contains a mistake or a typo. Deleting messages is fairly recent in WhatsApp, something that has been in other chat apps like Skype and Telegram for a long time.

PTI Moves to Withdraw the Amendment to Cyber Crimes Bill 2018:

Distancing itself from the “Prevention of Electronic Crimes (Amendment) Bill, 2018”, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led government on Friday approached the Senate Secretariat for its withdrawal. The Senate of Pakistan had referred the “Prevention of Electronic Crimes (Amendment) Bill, 2018” to the Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication on September 19, 2018 for consideration and report (Report of the committee to be presented in the house on 19th November, 2018 or before).

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Experiencing the Future of Tech and Visiting Huawei’s $1.5 Billion Campus in China:

There’s a certain point after which numbers start to lose meaning. It happens often when I read about the distances between galaxies or the number of stars in the universe. Closer to home, it happens with companies whose revenues have grown to the size – and have exceeded in many cases – of small countries.

Massive Huawei Mate 20 Pro Leak Reveals All Details Ahead of Launch:

Huawei is set to launch its upcoming Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro flagships next week at its big event in London. We might not need to wait for the big day to know what the new flagships will be bringing to the table. A leak that came out of a German retail website has revealed most of the details related to Huawei Mate 20 Pro days ahead of its launch.

Sundar Pichai: Google ‘exploring’ censored China search app:

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai has said a censored search app in China could serve over “99% of queries,” in rare public comments about the controversial proposal.Mr Pichai told a conference in San Francisco the plan was in the “very early” stages and may not progress. Google’s possible return to China – a market it abandoned over censorship concerns – was first leaked in August.

UK cyber-centre thwarts hostile hackers:

The UK’s top cyber-defence centre has stopped Britain falling victim to almost 1,200 attacks in the last two years, its annual review reveals. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) was currently defeating about 10 attacks every week, it said. Most of the attacks were carried out by state-sponsored hackers employed by hostile nations, it added.

Paul Allen: Microsoft co-founder and billionaire dies aged 65:

Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft, has died aged 65 from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He had revealed the disease’s return only two weeks ago, after previously being treated for it in 2009.He had said he and his doctors were “optimistic” about treatment. His Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said: “I am heartbroken by the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends… Personal computing would not have existed without him.”

Snapchat adds selfie filters for cats:

Snapchat’s augmented-reality selfie filters now work on cats, the photo-sharing app has announced. Previously, its facial-recognition technology could apply the filters to only humans and some breeds of dog. Now, cat owners can use Snapchat’s Lenses to decorate their pet with hats, glasses and slices of bread.

Facebook tool makes UK political ads ‘transparent’:

From today, if you want to advertise a political cause on Facebook in the UK, you’ll have to obey new rules. You will need to prove your identity and location to the company, and each ad will carry a message saying who paid for it. There will also be an online archive, showing all of your previous ads, roughly how much you spent, and who they have reached. The archive can be searched by anyone, whether or not they are a Facebook member.

Bloodhound supersonic car hits financial roadblock:

The project to race a car at over 1,000mph has run into a financial roadblock with the company behind the venture going into administration. The Bloodhound supersonic vehicle is all but built but needs a £25m investment if it is to break records on a dried-out lakebed in South Africa. The administrators, FRP Advisory LLP, have already begun to talk to potential suitors and want to hear from others.

Virgin Media faces ‘power issue’:

Virgin Media says it is investigating a problem which has left many customers in London without internet access and TV services. The company tweeted that the problem “might be fixed this evening”, but said a separate “system issue” left it unable to provide more information. The problems were first reported on tracking website Down Detector at about 16:00 BST.

UK seeks to secure smart home gadgets:

Makers of smart home devices are to be encouraged to make their gadgets secure against hack attacks. The UK has published a voluntary code of practice for manufacturers that shows how they can proof their creations against common attacks. It aims to stop gadgets being hijacked and used to mount cyber-attacks – and stamp out designs that let cyber-thieves steal data.

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