Global Mapping Giant HERE & TPL Maps to Become Technology Partners:
TPL Maps (Pvt) Ltd, Pakistan’s first and largest mapping company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with HERE Technologies, a global leader in mapping and location platform services. Leadership team members of both companies met in Berlin to discuss a potential partnership between TPL Maps and HERE Technologies.
Apple rolls out iOS latest update:
Apple rolled out the latest update for iOS, namely iOS 12.1. Among the useful bits like fixing the charging issues plaguing the iPhone XS and XS Max, it came with a rather nasty surprise. Contrary to its previous statements, the company has brought back the infamous “performance management feature” for iPhone8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X.
Unknown Chinese Company Beats Apple, Samsung & Huawei to First Foldable Smartphone:
In the race to launch the world’s first smartphone with a foldable display, Samsung and Huawei have been dropping hints and teasers since the last few months. Despite being two of the biggest smartphone makers on the planet, they were beaten by a relatively unknown Chinese company in the foldable phone race.
You Can Now Report Fake Accounts and Bots on Twitter:
Twitter has rolled out a new feature, which lets you report accounts that might be bots or someone impersonating someone or something else. It has recently announced the update in its reporting process via the official safety account. The update is available now on both mobile and web versions of Twitter.
Vivo Y93 Launched With Waterdrop Notch, Snapdragon 439 & Huge Battery:
Among all the sliding phones releasing today, it’s a breath of fresh air to see a “normal” looking smartphone launch. Vivo has taken the covers off the lower mid-range Y93, which is also the first phone to come with the Snapdragon 439 processor. The design of this mid-ranger is reminiscent of higher end Vivo phones (like the V11 series released earlier) which is a good thing. At the front, the Y93 has a 6.2″ LCD with an HD+ resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio due to the waterdrop notch.
Samsung Will Show Off Its Foldable Phone Concept:
Brace yourself for Samsung’s take on a brand new type of a smartphone. The company has all but confirmed that it will be showing off the user interface for its upcoming foldable phone. The South Korean giant might not be showing off the hardware itself (for now) but it is definitely giving avid techies a peek at how it will operate and function once it sees the light of the day.
Lenovo Z5 Pro is a Premium Midranger With an All-Screen Slider Design:
Following up on the numerous teasers and leaks, Lenovo has finally revealed the Z5 Pro. Like the Honor Magic 2 and Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, Lenovo Z5 Pro is one of the few slider smartphones on the market with an all-screen display. Lenovo didn’t pull any punches in the design department. The Z5 Pro has a 4-sided curved glass back and a 6.39-inch Super AMOLED display (sourced from Samsung) with a Full HD+ resolution and a mind blowing 95% screen to body ratio.
WhatsApp to Show Ads Very Soon:
Your ad-free WhatsApp usage is going to end soon, as the company has decided to put ads on the app’s status section. These options include the said Status ads, charging money after a specified number of messages, or selling analytics. It seems now that the company has settled upon the first option.
Honor Magic 2 is a Full Display Slider Phone with 6 Cameras:
Slider phones are back in the spotlight thanks to Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. Now, Honor has also unveiled a slider smartphone, with it’s own unique features. Called the Honor Magic 2, the slider mechanism works pretty much the same way as the Mi Mix 3, but there’s more going on the inside. Starting with the design, Honor Magic 2 features a glass build with an aluminum frame on the sides. It has a 6.4″ OLED display with a Full HD+ resolution at a 19:9 aspect ratio, going up to an impressive 91.5% screen to body ratio.
Google is Giving Away $25 Million to Those Who Want to Use “AI for Good”:
Google is holding a $25 million competition for developers to find better ways to use artificial intelligence for societal good by 2019. The competition is a part of the tech giant’s AI for Social Good Program. The event is being called “Google AI Impact Challenge”, which will allow selected organizations to take funding from a $25 million pool (arranged by Google.org) as well as credits and guidance from Google Cloud.
Private messages from 81,000 hacked Facebook accounts for sale:
Hackers appear to have compromised and published private messages from at least 81,000 Facebook users’ accounts. The perpetrators told the BBC Russian Service that they had details from a total of 120 million accounts, which they were attempting to sell, although there are reasons to be sceptical about that figure.
‘Hologram’ lecturers to teach students at Imperial College London:
University classes are set to be given a futuristic spin by letting lecturers appear as hologram-like apparitions beamed in from afar. Imperial College London will show off the technology at a special event later on Thursday before deploying it more widely. It believes it will be the first academic body to do so regularly.
Google staff walk out over women’s treatment:
Staff at Google offices around the world have staged an unprecedented series of walkouts in protest at the company’s treatment of women.
The employees are demanding several key changes in how sexual misconduct allegations are dealt with at the firm, including a call to end forced arbitration – a move which would make it possible for victims to sue.
Apple falls below $1tn despite revenue and profit rise:
Apple briefly lost its $1tn valuation on Thursday when its shares fell 7% in after-hours trading despite posting record results. The tech giant’s strategy of charging more for its phones has paid off, with revenues jumping in the last three months despite relatively flat sales. Revenues rose 20% to $62.9bn year-on-year, and profits rose 31% to $14.1bn.
Samsung agrees to payouts after worker deaths:
The death of a 23-year-old former Samsung worker has led to the company agreeing a major compensation deal. Hwang Yumi died en route to hospital in 2007 after developing leukaemia. Her father led a campaign to shame the company into making payouts for other cases of the disease, miscarriages and other ailments linked to chemicals used at its South Korean factories.
Fake Cambridge Analytica ad hits Facebook:
A fake advert purporting to have been paid for by scandal-hit Cambridge Analytica has been posted to Facebook. The ad, now removed but still visible in Facebook’s new ad transparency portal, uses the logo of EU referendum campaign group BeLeave, which, in July, was found to have broken electoral law.
Royole’s bendy-screen FlexPai phone unveiled in China:
A little-known California-based company has laid claim to creating the “world’s first foldable phone”. Royole Corporation – a specialist in manufacturing flexible displays – unveiled the FlexPai handset at an event in Beijing. When opened, the device presents a single display measuring 7.8in (19.8cm) – bigger than many tablets.
Eurostar resets customer passwords after hack attack:
Eurostar has reset its customers’ login passwords after detecting attempts to break into an unspecified number of accounts. The rail service said it had notified those whose accounts had been targeted. Other passengers will be told they have been blocked the next time they try to log in and will be asked to reset their details.