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Supreme Court reinstates taxes on mobile phone cards:

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has reinstated all the previous taxes on mobile cards, local media reports claim. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa was hearing the case pertaining to taxes on mobile phone scratch cards. The bench also included Justice Azmat Saeed and Justice Qazi Faez Isa. According to reports, the top court has withdrawn its previous stay order issued on June 12, 2018 – which ordered to abolish all taxes on mobile top-ups.

Zong 4G partners with PTCL for network expansion in remote areas:

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) and Zong 4G have entered into a strategic partnership for network expansion in remote and far-flung areas of Pakistan. The collaboration will ensure the provision of VSAT services by PTCL to further support and expand the network coverage across the country. The agreement was signed by Saad Muzaffar Waraich, Chief Technology & Information Officer, PTCL, and Li Wenyu, Chief Financial Officer, Zong 4G, during the ceremony held at Zong 4G Headquarters in the presence of the senior management and officials of respective companies.

Vivo Y17 launches with a 5,000 mAh battery and mid-range price:

Vivo joined the triple-sensor camera trend in December 2018 with the launch of its flagship smartphone, Vivo NEX. Later on, Vivo started using the tech in their mid-range phones as well, with the Vivo V15, and now the Y17.The phone is now officially available. Its triple sensor camera and large battery are its main attractions.

Huawei Y5 2019 announced with an ‘Anti-Fingerprint’ back:

It seems that most of the Chinese vendors are out on a race to get as many budget smartphones out as possible.This time we have Huawei Y5 2019, which is the latest addition in Huawei’s Y series and a successor of the Y5 2018. It features a unique faux leather rear and all the decent specs you could expect from a budget Chinese phone.

Telenor Pakistan wins ‘Diversity and Inclusion Best Practices’ award by HR Metrics:

Continuing its streak of recognition for diversity & inclusion efforts and practices, the country’s top digital and telecom services provider, Telenor Pakistan, has won the ‘Diversity & Inclusion Best Practice Award’ in Category 1: D&I Vision, Strategy and Business Case of the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB). The award was conferred to Telenor Pakistan at the HR Metrics’ Annual Diversity & Inclusion Conference and Awards 2019.

Xiaomi Redmi 7 launched with entry level specs and affordable price:

Xiaomi, along with the Redmi Y3, took the covers off of Redmi 7. This budget-friendly phone brings entry-level specifications to the table and is currently available in two variants.The phone was already launched in China and has some attractive features in terms of screen size, high capacity battery, and good value for money.

Check out who wins a speed contest between Samsung Galaxy S10+ & Huawei P30 Pro:

The test was carried out between Samsung S10+ and Huawei P30 Pro. Both the phones were unveiled side-by-side with only a week’s difference. Both are flagship models, and both cost a fortune. Hence, the speed test is justifiable. During the test, both phones showed commendable speed and were pretty competitive but towards the end, Samsung S10+ took a lead of 7 seconds.

Policemen banned from using Facebook in Multan:

Police personnel in Multan have been barred from using Facebook as City Police Officer (CPO) has directed all policemen to uninstall the application from their smartphones. The directions were circulated in the form of an official letter which advised all the members of the police force in Multan to uninstall Facebook with immediate effect. Policemen found guilty of violating the directions will be penalized, as per the letter.


UK to let Chinese firm help build 5G network:

After months of uncertainty, the UK appears set to allow Huawei’s telecoms equipment to be part of the country’s 5G networks — with some limitations. The move would put the UK at odds with the US, which has been pressing other nations to ban use of the Chinese firm’s kit on security grounds. It could also cause tensions with Australia, which last year blocked its networks from using Huawei’s 5G gear. The US wants its allies in the “Five Eyes” intelligence grouping — the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand — to exclude the company.

Microsoft Paint: Fans rejoice as art app saved ‘for now’:

Fans of low-fidelity art app Microsoft Paint are rejoicing after it was confirmed it would remain a part of the Windows operation system “for now”.In 2017, Microsoft had said that Paint would be deprecated but it survived. Confusion returned in recent weeks as users questioned whether Paint would be part of the next Window 10 update, which launches in May. A Microsoft developer confirmed that Paint would be included to the relief of many.

Google Wing drones approved for US home deliveries:

Drone home delivery company Wing has been approved as an airline by the US Federal Aviation Authority.It means the company will start delivering goods in rural Virginia within months. Wing, owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, says the drones will carry food and medicine from local shops.In order to receive the certification, it said it had proved that its drone deliveries carry a lower risk to pedestrians than those made by cars.

Dick Barnes, pioneer behind oldest working computer, dies:

One of the co-designers of a machine later recognized as the world’s oldest working digital computer has died. Richard “Dick” Barnes helped to create the Harwell Dekatron, which was first put to use in 1951 by Britain’s fledgling nuclear research establishment. He was also involved in the 2.5-tonne machine’s restoration, which saw it switched back on in 2012.

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube told off by MPs:

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have faced tough questions from frustrated MPs about why they are still failing to remove hate speech on their platforms. Facebook was challenged on why copies of the video showing the New Zealand mosque shootings remained online. Meanwhile, YouTube was described as a “cesspit” of neo-Nazi content. All three said they were improving policies and technology, and increasing the number of people working to remove hate speech from their platforms.

Donald Trump meets Twitter’s Jack Dorsey at White House:

US President Donald Trump has met Twitter’s co-founder Jack Dorsey at the White House to discuss social media.In a statement, Twitter said the pair spoke about “protecting the health of the public conversation” ahead of the US 2020 general election. Earlier Mr Trump had accused the platform of being “very discriminatory” towards him. Mr Trump tweeted a picture of Mr Dorsey and him in the Oval Office and called it a “great meeting”.”Lots of subjects discussed regarding their platform, and the world of social media in general,” he wrote.

Google ‘retaliating against harassment protest organizers’:

Organizers of a series of walkouts in protest at Google’s treatment of women have said they have since become victims of retaliation by the company.In November, 20,000 employees walked out of their offices demanding several key changes in how sexual misconduct allegations were dealt with at Google. Now, in an internal email published by Wired, two of the employee activists behind the protest accuse Google of retaliating against several organisers.

Netherlands ‘hosts most child sex abuse images’:

Almost half of the child sexual abuse images reported to the Internet Watch Foundation last year were hosted in the Netherlands, the organization says. It confirmed more than 105,000 web addresses were connected to illegal images in 2018, with 47% of the content hosted in the Netherlands. It warned that the country was becoming a “safe haven for child sexual abuse”. The Dutch government has acknowledged an increase in reports of child abuse images and has pledged to tackle it.

Ban on social media in Sri Lanka:

Shortly after the bombings in Sri Lanka, and the spread of inaccurate stories began, the government took the drastic decision to block social media. To stop the spread of “false news reports”, Facebook, Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat and Viber were all banned. The government has not said when the ban will be lifted. But it comes at a time when social media firms are battling to rein in the spread of misinformation.

New Zealand and France commit to ending online extremism:

New Zealand and France have agreed to bring together the world leaders at Paris Summit next month to prevent the use of social media for the organization and promotion of terrorism. The two countries have called the global leaders and tech company executives in the meeting that will be chaired by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on May 15.

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