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PAKISTAN NEWS:
3G/4G users cross the 66 million mark in March 2019, Jazz tops complaint charts:

The number of 3G and 4G users in Pakistan reached 66.14 million by the end of March 2019, said Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). The number of mobile phone users in Pakistan reached 159.024 million by March compared to 156.92 million by February, registering an increase of 2.104 million during the period under review.Jazz’s total count for 3G users stood at 13.622 million by March compared to 13.714 million by end of February, registering a decrease of 0.0092 million. Jazz 4G user numbers jumped from 8.144 million by February to 8.774 million in March.

Mobile phone imports decline by 7.6% in first 9 months of FY2019:

Mobile phone imports witnessed a decline of 7.60 percent in the first nine months (July-March) of 2018-19 as they remained at $557.187 million compared to $603.046 million during the same period last year.Mobile phone imports, in March 2019, stood at $79.049 million, registering a 2.64 percent growth as compared to $77.013 million in March 2018.

RapidCompute & Excellence Delivered partner to offer SAP solutions:

RapidCompute and Excellence Delivered (ExD) recently signed a partnership to collaborate and provide SAP Business One solutions to the Pakistani market. The agreement aims to provide customers with the best of both worlds – RapidCompute’s cutting edge cloud platform and ExD’s expertise and operational excellence in implementing SAP solutions. Excellence Delivered ExD is one of Pakistan’s leading IT services providers and has been recognized with the exclusive Platinum Partnership of SAP in Pakistan. The company specializes in providing quality solutions using technology, outsourcing of non-core operations and optimization of business processes.

Zong 4G offers the widest 4G international roaming services to its customers:

Pakistan’s number 1 Data Network, Zong 4G has moved to expand its network coverage beyond borders by ensuring 4G international roaming for its subscribers across 20 countries. Thus, becoming the largest Pakistani 4G cellular operator offering data services both nationally and internationally. In a bid to augment world- class experience for customers, Zong 4G has partnered with renowned operators from all over the globe to provide customers with lightning fast data roaming, optimal services and innovative solutions.

Samsung launches the Galaxy A40s and A60 with affordable price tags:

Samsung’s A-series has been blowing up these days with new phones coming every other week. Just recently Samsung unveiled a Go-edition phone from the A series, which now covers phones from upper mid-range to the lowest of the low. Now, the company has unveiled the Galaxy A60 and A40s in China and they feature some impressive mid-range specifications. The A60 debuts with screencast sound technology while the A40s features a huge 5,000 mAh battery with 15W fast charging.

Major flaw in adblockers has put millions of users at risk:

If you use an adblocker to avoid pesky ads from popping up on your web browser, your security might be at risk. According to security researcher Armin Sebastian, a major flaw was recently discovered in ad blocking extensions commonly used in internet browsers. Most adblockers use a “blacklist” to block certain types of ads that pop up when you open a webpage. This flaw uses the blacklist to inject malware on to a website, instead of simply blocking the ad.

Upcoming Whatsapp feature will disable conversation screenshots:

WhatsApp has been busy working on new features, continuing to add better functionality and improve the overall user experience. Where most of the features make sense and are appreciated, like the ones that block fake news or the Picture in Picture mode, there are some features that make no sense at all.In a recent update for WhatsApp beta on Android (version 2.19.106), the app has added a new option that blocks the users from taking screenshots.

Chinese Apps banned from Play Store for ad fraud:

If you have a smartphone, you most likely download your apps through Google Play Store. It makes sense too, as it’s Google’s own app store with security checks in place to keep you safe from fake/malicious apps.However, some of the malicious apps still manage to get through and might cause problems for you. Recently, Buzzfeed tested more than 5000 applications on Google Play Store for ad fraud and published a long article on it. They found that many popular apps like selfie camera apps are involved in ad fraud.

Facebook is working on its own AI assistant:

Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri need to start preparing for more competition as a new challenger will soon be entering the ring. Facebook is working on developing its own AI voice assistant, similar to Alexa, Siri, and the Google Assistant. The company’s augmented and virtual reality team has been working on this project for more than a year now. The project is being led by Ira Snyder, the director of AR, VR, and Facebook assistant. This team is also responsible for the company’s hardware, including its virtual reality Oculus headsets. So it is safe to assume that the new voice AI assistant might also be targeting the Oculus VR headsets.

Here’s Samsung’s response to the Galaxy Fold screen issues:

Samsung’s new Galaxy Fold is set to come out later this month, the game changer smartphone for the company which is going to be their first foldable smartphone. The company boldly handed out review units to several prominent gadget reviewers, and things looked good at the start. Many were impressed but soon the bad press started coming.Most of the negative reviews appear to be pointing at the phone’s faulty screen. Some report that the screen is irresponsive, flickers on and off, and others even go as far as saying that the smartphone completely stopped working within 2 days of use.

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
Facebook bans UK far right groups and leaders:

Facebook has imposed a ban on a dozen far-right individuals and organisations that it says “spread hate”.The ban includes the British National Party and Nick Griffin, the English Defence League and the National Front. The list also includes Britain First, which was already banned, but this latest action will prohibit support for it on any of the US firm’s services.

Robot news presenter causes a stir on Russian TV:

Russian state news channel Rossiya 24 has introduced a robot presenter for some of its bulletins.’Alex’ has already caused a stir, with some viewers complaining about his appearance and accusing him of peddling political propaganda.The robot was developed by Promobot in the city of Perm. His silicon head is modelled on the face of the company’s co-founder Alexei Yuzhakov.

Facebook copied email contacts of 1.5 million users:

Facebook “unintentionally” uploaded the email contacts of more than 1.5 million users without asking permission to do so, the social network has admitted.The data harvesting happened via a system used to verify the identity of new members, Facebook asked new users to supply the password for their email account, and took a copy of their contacts.Facebook said it had now changed the way it handled new users to stop contacts being uploaded.

The online campaign that ended a beard ban

Three years ago workers at US grocery chain Publix began an online campaign to reverse a ban on facial hair. Seventeen-year-old Brandon Wesley started his Let Us Have Beards campaign on coworker.org, a platform aimed at giving workers who might not be in a union a way to express grievances.Some 12,000 fellow employees, about 4% of the workforce, joined the campaign.Following widespread media coverage, the ban was overturned. Now shop staff can work with a neatly trimmed beard.

Prize to online classes project causes controversy:

The TED talk organisers have announced the Audacious Project, a $280m (£215m) prize fund to be shared across eight projects it feels tackle the world’s toughest challenges.But already one of the recipients of the funding has been criticised. Waterford Upstart plans to provide online pre-school education to 250,000 children in the US.The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) has called on TED to reconsider the award.

Netflix to trial showing top 10 lists to UK users:

Netflix is to start showing UK users a Top 10 list of the most popular programmes on the platform. It will be the first time it has done this anywhere in the world. It will be trialled for several months and show the most popular content over the previous week.In a call to investors, company executives said they expected this would make it easier for viewers to engage in a “public conversation” about shows.One media expert believes the lists will serve as a “promotional tool” by favouring Netflix-produced programmes.

Google to police new app developers more closely:

Android developers new to Google’s phone platform could have publication of their apps delayed for days as more rigorous checks are done on coders. Google said it was stepping up checks on app-makers it had not seen before to thwart “bad faith” developers.These malicious developers often create new accounts to avoid Google’s checks, it said. Others hijack existing accounts to exploit the good reputation which established developers have accrued.

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