StormFiber and Peshawar Zalmi come together to bring the Yellow Storm to PSL:
Peshawar Zalmi has pulled off yet another coup, joining hands with StormFiber as its official broadband partner for Pakistan Super League #PSL4.StormFiber is a leading provider of premium broadband services, powered by 100% fiber backbone.
This was followed by official announcements on StormFiber and Peshawar Zalmi’s social media platforms. Peshawar Zalmi has been promoting #YellowStorm in all its posts this season. Seems that this storm has been brewing for a while, if you get our drift!
PTCL collaborates with Careem to offer discounts for Its customers:
PTCL has collaborated with Careem to offer discounts on rides for its customers across Pakistan. This agreement was signed at PTCL HQ in Islamabad. PTCL customers will get up to 100% credit back (up to Rs. 250) on their first ride with Careem. Those customers who are already using Careem App, will also receive 50% discount (up to Rs 125) on Careem’s Go+ and Business Rides. The exclusive discount promo codes will be delivered to PTCL customers through their PTCL monthly bill, sms and email.
Xiaomi officially confirms its dual foldable phone:
Foldable phones are much closer to getting launched, and some of the biggest names in the smartphone industry like Samsung and Huawei are working on their own iterations. Xiaomi, too, is setting up to launch its own foldable phone in the near future, as the company has already teased it in a hands-on video and also talked about it on other occasions. However, the days of leaks and teasers are now seemingly coming to an end.
NIC celebrates its 2nd year & applauds its winning startups:
The National Incubation Center (NIC), Pakistan’s premier incubation center, is excited to announce that three of its startups recently won awards under the social impact category at events held in Karachi and Islamabad. DeafTawk, Mauqa. Online and Stipple are three of the winning NIC startups which participated and won the Engro Foundation’s “I am The Change Impact Award” (IATC) and World Bank’s Pakistan@100 Innovation Hackathon.
Pak Railways new app allows real-time tracking of trains:
Pakistan Railways has rolled out “Pak Rail Live”, an app that enables train users in tracking the exact location of trains across the whole network. Pak Rail Live is a free application for the general public which provides Real-Time train tracking along with schedule updates, estimated arrival at stations and pre-arrival notifications.
Mistore.pk launches new range of Mi Eco-Products in Pakistan:
After a streak of successful launches, Mi Pakistan is all set to take for new invigorating products with honest pricing followed by the exceptional after-sale service by Smart Link Technologies. The Mi Casual backpack features a classic design with a checked pattern that gives it a school look. The casual backpack is made of 600D polyester which makes it thick, durable and it has an anti-splash body. With a super light weight of just 400g, comfortable and durable sandwich-style back, the plate provides good support to gadgets. It is available in Blue, Pink, Orange and Black Color for Rs. 1,599.
Telenor biggest upcoming tech trends:
Following a successful year for technology, Telenor Group’s research arm, Telenor Research identified seven tech trends to study up on in 2019. Bjorn Hansen, Vice President at Telenor Research, gave insights on upcoming developments in the IT sector and how they are going to shape the way people interact, consume, connect, and perceive the world around us this year.
Uber VP meets with Asad Umar and other govt officials:
Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, Uber’s Vice President and Regional General Manager for Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, visited Pakistan recently to meet up with key government stakeholders in a bid to reaffirm Uber’s commitment to the local economy and explore mutually beneficial avenues for further growth. For this purpose, meetings were scheduled with the Finance Minister Asad Umar, Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunications Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Commerce Advisor Razzaq Dawood, Chairman Board of Investment Haroon Sharif and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Finance Taimur Saleem Jhagra.
Careem partners with police to highlight importance of road safety:
To highlight the importance of road safety, Careem in collaboration with the Traffic Police initiated a campaign of distributing free helmets to motorcyclists in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad. According to Motorway Police, around 15000 people die annually in Pakistan and 50 percent of the accidents are of bike riders, which could have been avoided with the use of helmets.
PTCL reports full year revenue growth for the first time since 2014:
Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), the country’s leading telecom and ICT services provider, has announced its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2018, at its Board of Directors’ meeting, held in Islamabad on February 12, 2019.PTCL Group’s revenue for the year 2018 has grown YoY by 8 percent to Rs. 126.2 billion as a result of positive contribution by all group companies. PTCL Group’s revenue growth in the fourth quarter accelerated to 13% YoY.
Apple to investigate Saudi app:
A Saudi Arabian app that can be used to track women and prevent them from travelling will be investigated by Apple, its chief executive has said.
In an interview with NPR, Tim Cook said he wasn’t aware of the Absher app but would look into it. The app, which offers access to government services, has been criticized by human rights groups.
Former Apple lawyer charged with insider trading:
US prosecutors have charged a former top Apple lawyer with insider trading. Gene Levoff is accused of using confidential information to trade the firm’s securities for personal gain. Mr Levoff, who was responsible for ensuring compliance with Apple’s insider trading policies, is accused of breaching those policies on several occasions. Apple fired him last year after being contacted by authorities and conducting an internal investigation.
Favourite player’s injured? Get a refund:
Any sports fan will know, or at least appreciate, the disappointment of going to watch your team only to find that a top player has been left out.
But what if you could pay an extra bit of money for your ticket – say, 5-15% on top of the normal price – and insure the cost of your ticket against such a situation? If your favourite player does not play, for whatever reason, you get your money back.
Overwatch and Call Of Duty maker to cut 800 jobs:
Video games publisher Activision Blizzard has announced it will lay off about 800 people, despite reporting record revenue in 2018. The company made $7.5bn (£5.8bn) last year, up from about $7 billion in 2017. Its chief executive, Bobby Kotick, said the results were “the best in our history” but did not “realize our full potential”. Titles published by the Activision Blizzard group include Call Of Duty, Overwatch and Candy Crush Saga.
Elon Musk named as Twitter boss favourite:
Elon Musk has been named as Twitter boss Jack Dorsey’s favourite tweeter in an interview about how to tackle abuse. The singling out of the Tesla boss has raised eyebrows because Mr Musk’s tweets have often proved controversial. One tweet about taking Tesla private saw him lose his job as chairman, while another has led to a defamation case.
Teen has vaccinations after asking Reddit:
Ethan Lindenberger from Ohio asked social media site Reddit if he could have vaccines without parental consent. His mother would not give her permission, he wrote in the post, which had thousands of reactions. He learned he had to wait until he was 18 – which he did, and has now had five vaccinations so far. However, he told the Media his mother still does not agree with his choice, and also apologized for the way he described her online.
Is new game Apex Legends a threat to Fortnite?:
Apex Legends – a new Battle Royale game – has had over 2 million concurrent players and over 25 million downloads in its first week. The game, released at the start of February, has a similar narrative to Fortnite. But Apex’s new spin has taken the gaming world by storm, leading people to question whether it will be a threat.
DJI makes drone safety improvements:
Drone-maker DJI is improving the technology that prevents them being flown near airports. The changes come after drones disrupted flights from the UK’s Gatwick airport in December. A more sophisticated geo-fencing system will create a 3D no-go zone surrounding runway flight paths and other sensitive facilities. This improves on the simple circular structures previously used to block such areas.
MPs immerse themselves in VR questions:
Experts have called for more regulation of immersive technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).It comes as UK MPs open an inquiry into the effects of such technologies on individuals and society. They will also examine whether social media and gaming are addictive and harmful. In the first hearing on the issues, MPs were told more studies were needed on the effects of VR.
Ligue du LOL: Secret group of French journalists targeted women:
Several senior French journalists have been suspended or fired for allegedly co-ordinating online harassment through a private Facebook group. The largely-male Ligue du LOL (League of LOL) mocked women, including other journalists, with rape jokes and photoshopped pornographic images. Dozens of women have spoken out since the group was uncovered by the major French daily Libération. Libération’s online editor Alexandre Hervaud is among those suspended.
Russia considers ‘unplugging’ from internet:
Russia is considering whether to disconnect from the global internet briefly, as part of a test of its cyber-defences. The test will mean data passing between Russian citizens and organisations stays inside the nation rather than being routed internationally. A draft law mandating technical changes needed to operate independently was introduced to its parliament last year. The test is expected to happen before 1 April but no exact date has been set.