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PAKISTAN NEWS:
Pakistan has the 33rd cheapest mobile data in the world:

Pakistan is ranked 33rd in the global index for cheapest mobile data rates. This has been revealed by Cable.co.uk after analyzing 6,313 mobile data plans in 230 countries between October 23 and November 28, 2018. The analysis has taken into account the average cost per 1 GB and ranked the countries based on it. As per the ranking, Pakistan stands 33rd among countries having the cheapest mobile data plans. Its average cost per 1 GB is Rs. 258.73, i.e., $ 1.85.

PTA to record user data from public WiFi Hotspots:

As the number of Wi-Fi Hotspots at public places keep increasing, PTA has come up with regulations to facilitate service providers and its users through proper check and balances. Last year, the authority published a draft and asked for public comments. The draft has now been finalized and notified to the appropriate stakeholders. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has notified ‘Data Retention of Internet extended to WiFi-Hotspots Regulations, 2018’ aimed at facilitating service providers.

Oppo announces F11 and F11 Pro with 48 MP cameras and more:

Affordable smartphones with good cameras are taking over the market. Oppo F11 and F11 Pro are also made official and guess what? They have high-end cameras installed.F11 and F11 pro have the same specifications overall except that the F11 pro comes with a pop-up selfie camera like the Vivo Nex, that too, at a reasonable price.

Facebook doesn’t let you block its ‘Phone Number Lookup’ feature:

Recently, Jeremy Burge, bringing users’ attention to Facebook’s lookup feature, tweeted that adding your cell phone number for the two-factor authentication enables the lookup features on your profile. That means anyone can search for your profile using your mobile number. Even though the phone number can be hidden, the lookup feature cannot be disabled. You can change its privacy from everyone to friends of friends or only friends, however, it does not give you complete security.

The Internet is now one step closer to a password free future:

Web authentication API, also known as WebAuthn, has been declared official by the World Wide Web Consortium. They’ve now launched a stable version that can be implemented by websites without fear of major changes in the future. This standard is already supported in browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari and is also natively supported in Android 9.0 Pie. Hence, there will be no need to get new devices or software to get WebAuthn compliancy.

USB 4 promises faster transfer speeds and universal thunderbolt 3 support:

After the release of USB 3.2, its subsequent rebranding efforts and complex specifications like 3 different transfer rates, USB 4 seems like a promising addition to the tech world. With the release of USB 4, Intel will be fulfilling its promise of making Thunderbolt 3 royalty free. Even though the final draft of standards has not been made public, an initial draft has been released showing us what the USB 4 standard will offer.

Zong 4G and ZTE launch the world’s first Commercial X-Site+4T4R Solution:

Zong 4G and ZTE Corporation have successfully launched the world’s first 4T4R site solution based on X-Site scenario (referred to as X-Site+4T4R) in Pakistan. Zong 4G has become the first operator to commercially launch 4T4R in Pakistan. Zong 4G is committed to 4G technology leadership. It completed deployment of more than 10,000 4G sites in Pakistan by the end of 2018. It is a leading 4G network with regards to coverage and ranked as a top operator in Pakistan’s 4G market.

Yayvo to refund all Lahore tickets for PSL 2019, including shipping charges:

Due to substantial operational and logistical challenges in the delivery of HBL PSL 2019 matches scheduled for Lahore, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to shift all matches to National Stadium, Karachi. For its customers, Yayvo.com made the decision on Monday to fully refund everyone who purchased their tickets for Lahore matches.

The affordable Realme 3 comes in beautiful gradient colors:

After a number of leaks, Realme 3 has finally hit the market. Featuring a large 6.2-inch display, it also comes with a new design and upgraded hardware. Realme phones are known for their good quality and cheap price. Realme 3 is the same, rather it has taken the specifications to the next level. After Realme 2, Realme 3 looks like the real deal. Whether it is the processor, the display or the battery.

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
Huawei to sue US govt over the ban:

Huawei hasn’t been doing all that well on the other side of the Atlantic. After getting banned in the US for supposedly providing a backdoor to the Chinese govt, the phone and network equipment manufacturer has been facing tough times in the country.The lawsuit itself will be filed in the Eastern District, Texas where Huawei’s US headquarters are located. The suit will deal with Huawei’s 5G infrastructure equipment getting banned and the US govt stopping its officials from using Huawei smartphones.

Zuckerberg outlines plan for ‘privacy-focused’ Facebook:

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has said he believes secure, private messaging services will become more popular than open platforms.

In a blog, Mr Zuckerberg outlined his vision to transform Facebook into a “privacy-focused platform.”Facebook owns Messenger and WhatsApp, but message encryption limits its ability to make money through targeted adverts. The social media giant has come under fire for a series of privacy scandals.

Uber ‘not liable’ for self-driving death:

Uber will not face criminal charges for a fatal crash involving one of its self-driving cars. Prosecutors have ruled that the company is not criminally liable for the death of Elaine Herzberg, 49, who was struck as she crossed a road in Tempe, Arizona. The car’s back-up driver could still face criminal charges.A police report has previously called the incident “entirely avoidable”.

Chinese hackers fish for naval secrets:

Chinese hackers are alleged to have targeted universities around the world in a bid to steal naval secrets. A total of 27 institutions, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are understood to have been singled out by a cyber-espionage group. Security research company iDefence says hackers sent malicious emails to their targets.

Gamers suggest ways to combat addiction:

Gaming “addicts” have been talking to MPs about the dangers of spending too much time online. One told them that parents should set a three-hour-a-day limit on their children’s gaming. It is part of an inquiry into technology addiction, being held by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.

Jibo robot signals its own demise with a dance:

Owners of the “social robot” Jibo say the device has been telling them its servers are soon to be switched off. Jibo had ambitions to be “the world’s first family robot”, and boasted advanced facial and voice recognition technology. It had raised nearly $3.7m (£2.8m) on Indiegogo when it was launched as a crowd funding project in 2014.In December, it was reported that Jibo Inc had sold its assets to an investment firm.

Mystery as Quadriga crypto-cash goes missing:

Efforts to recover millions in crypto-cash from the digital wallets of a man who died without revealing passwords to access them have hit a snag. The wallets have been found to be empty. The discovery was made by a firm appointed to oversee QuadrigaCX after the death of founder Gerald Cotten. It expected to find the wallets full of C$180m ($137m; £105m) in crypto-cash deposited by the coin exchange’s customers.

Saudi app used to track women ‘not against’ Google rules:

Google has remained silent over reports it told a US congresswoman that a controversial app was not in breach of its terms and conditions. Saudi app Absher can be used by men to track women and prevent them from travelling. The office of Jackie Speier confirmed to the BBC that a verbal conversation took place with Google after she co-wrote a letter of complaint about the app.

India beats UK and US on mobile data price:

A study into the amount people pay for mobile data has found that the UK has some of the most expensive prices in Europe. The research, from price comparison site Cable.co.uk, found that one gigabyte (GB) of data cost $0.26 (£0.20) in India but $6.66 in the UK. The US had one of the most expensive rates – with an average cost of $12.37 for the same amount of data.

Sony offers refunds over Anthem game glitch:

System crashes caused by bugs in the Anthem video game have led Sony to offer full refunds to players. Many people reported on social media that a serious bug had led to their PlayStation 4 console switching off. When the machine rebooted it warned of possible memory corruption and other problems if such an abrupt shutdown happened again.

The end of Sony handheld gaming?:

Sony has officially ended production of its PS Vita games console. The handheld console has been gradually phased out over the past few years – and this weekend Sony announced it would be discontinuing the Vita’s final two models. The PS Vita struggled against rival devices as well as a surge in the popularity of mobile gaming. With no plans for a successor, games critics say a Sony version of the successful Nintendo Switch is unlikely.

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