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PAKISTAN NEWS:
Unregistered mobile phones set to be blocked

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), last week, notified to block all unregistered mobile phones by December 31, 2018 that are not PTA verified. The deadline for registering these phones is December 1, 2018. As per the notice, non-compliant mobile devices (having SIM/IMEI functionality) that are active on Pakistani mobile networks till December 1, will remain operational without service interruption.

Taxes on mobile cards now go to dam fund

While mobile phone customers in Pakistan have been enjoying tax-free mobile telephony and mobile internet, Chief Justice of Pakistan has proposed that the taxes on mobile cards should be re-instated and a portion of these taxes should go to the Prime Minister & Chief Justice of Pakistan Dam Fund.

Engagements with etisalat likely to yield positive results soon:

Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said that a breakthrough is expected in the dispute with Etisalat with regards to $800 million outstanding dues on account of privatization of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL). The Minister told the Senate’s Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication that recent engagements with Etisalat were very positive and likely to yield positive results soon.

LG’s foldable phone might have the most practical design yet:

Presently, there is a race between the smartphone manufacturers to make foldable phones as soon as possible. LG has also joined the contest and word has it that it may introduce its foldable phone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2019. The company has not rolled out any teasers or information till now. However, its latest patent describes a lot about its plans. The South Korean manufacturer has laid out a design quite similar to a tablet, but the smartphone can be made smaller.

Oppo realme U1 brings 25mp selfie camera & waterdrop notch:

Oppo’s budget Realme series is getting a new phone called the Realme U1. Following in the footsteps of its ‘selfie expert’ brethren, Realme U1 features a 25 MP camera on the front. Starting off with the display, Oppo Realme U1 has a large 6.3″ Full HD IPS LCD display with an impressive 90.8% screen to body ratio. The front camera is housed in the waterdrop notch on the front. The front is very similar to recent Oppo phones like the F9 or A7.

Codematics was Pakistan’s only featured alpha startup at web summit 2018:

Codematics was featured as an Alpha Startup at one of the biggest tech conferences, Web Summit, held in Lisbon, Portugal between November 5-8, 2018. It’s another milestone that the company has achieved in an International Tech Platform to make Pakistan feel proud. Prior to this, Codematics was the only IT company from Pakistan that had a strategic partnership with Google Inc. in the Asia Pacific region.

Uber Launches Its Flagship Partner Support Center in Karachi:

Uber has launched its flagship partner support center, also known as Green Light Hub (GLH), in Karachi to bring new driver partners on-board, in addition to providing in-person support to the current partners who will benefit from a fixed destination for all inquiries related to the driving experience. Launch of the flagship partner support center showcases Uber’s desire to increase its footprint in Pakistan on the back of exponential growth.

Youtube is removing video annotations from January 15:

You are not going to see the annotations in the YouTube videos from January 15 onwards. As per an announcement made by Google, the parent company of the video-sharing service, YouTube will not display video annotations amid a decline in the audience that watches annotated videos.

PTCL’s ‘Fun & Sports Gala’ 2018 Concludes:

Pakistan Telecommunication Limited (PTCL) organized a week-long Fun & Sports Gala for its employees and their families in Islamabad. The event comprised of various sports categories including cricket, badminton, table tennis, lawn tennis and squash. There were also some exciting recreational activities like jumping castles, slides, horse riding and face-painting for children. The North Zone won the grand finale of cricket, which was held in F-9 Park, Islamabad. The Guest of Honor, former national cricketer Mohammad Waseem, along with Dr. Daniel Ritz, President & CEO, PTCL and Syed Mazhar Hussain, Chief Human Resource Officer, PTCL, distributed the trophies amongst the winners and runner-ups.

Fortnite breaks records with 200 million players:

Fortnite has just crossed 200 million registered players, five times more than what it had in January, i.e., 40 million players. The number of players has increased by 60 percent from 125 million in June. However, not all of these players are active. Yet, Epic Games’ battle royale still has an impressive 8.3 million concurrent players. Among the 200 million users, even if some users played the game once, many others are playing it frequently.

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
5G Will Cover 40PC of the World by 2024:

5G is the next big thing in mobile communication. Being the next generation of wireless technology, it will reach more than 40 percent of the world’s population in the next few years. The latest mobility report from Ericsson, a telecommunications giant, has revealed that 5G will be available to 1.5 billion people by the end of 2024.5G is said to offer drastically enhanced speed and responsiveness. Word has it that we’ll see the first 5G smartphones by 2019.

Uber Faces $1.2 Million Fine Due to Data Breach:

Massive cyber attacks and data breaches are becoming commonplace these days. Uber is the latest to join the likes of Facebook and Amazon in the growing list. However, in this case, the attack happened back in 2016 and wasn’t disclosed until now. This is quite a similar situation to LinkedIn’s data breach, which saw millions of users’ data getting compromised years ago (2014) and the company not disclosing it until recently.

One Planet York: ‘ethical hacker’ exposed council app flaw:

A council is seeking to reassure residents that a flaw in a council app allowing personal data to be breached was discovered by an “ethical hacker”. A developer for a Leeds-based digital agency found phone numbers, addresses and encrypted passwords of One Planet York users could be found on the app. City of York Council initially warned 5,994 accounts contained in the app could have been breached.

Google urged to drop Chinese ‘Dragonfly’ project:

Staff at Google have called on the search giant to end work on a controversial search engine project for China. Called Dragonfly, the search engine would be a censored version developed with the aid of the Chinese government. In a letter published online, 60 employees said the project would only help state surveillance.

Uber fined pound 385,000 for losing UK customer data:

Uber has been fined pound 385,000 for letting hackers steal data on 2.7 million UK customers. The full names, addresses and phone numbers of users went astray in the 2016 attack. The data had been stolen thanks to “avoidable data security flaws”, said the Information Commissioner’s Office. Uber has also been fined 600,000 euros (pound 532,000) by data regulators in Holland over the same breach, as it also affected 174,000 Dutch customers.

Google challenged over location tracking:

Google has been accused of flouting European data protection laws when it tracks users’ locations. A coalition of seven consumer organisations is filing complaints with local data protection regulators over Google’s tracking system. The complaints draw on research by one coalition member, which alleges people are forced to use the location system. Google said tracking was turned off by default and could be paused at any time by users.

NZ bars Huawei 5G kit on security fears:

New Zealand has become the latest country to block a proposal to use telecoms equipment made by China’s Huawei because of national security concerns. Spark New Zealand wanted to use Huawei equipment in its 5G mobile network. However, a NZ government security agency said the deal would bring significant risks to national security. The move is part of a growing push against the involvement of Chinese technology firms on security grounds. A press release from Spark, the New Zealand company involved, said it had been deemed that the deployment posed “significant security risks” — a polite way of saying that Beijing might use the technology to spy on the country or disrupt its communications in a future dispute.

‘Fraudsters exploited my angry tweet’:

A bank customer was tricked into transferring money by fraudsters who pretended to be responding to his angry Twitter post about poor service. Writer Mike Tinmouth was furious with the process and time taken to open a business account with Barclays. He expressed his frustration in a public tweet — which was seized on by fraudsters who posed as the bank in an attempt to trick him out of £8,000.

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