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If You Use Firefox You’ll Need to Update it Right Now:

If you are using Mozilla’s Firefox web browser on PC, you should update it to the latest version right now. Mozilla has released security updates Firefox 67.0.3 and Firefox ESR 60.7.1 to fix a critical bug that hackers could exploit to take control of your PC.”A type confusion vulnerability can occur when manipulating JavaScript objects due to issues in Array.pop. This can allow for an exploitable crash. We are aware of targeted attacks in the wild abusing this flaw,” says Mozilla.

FDI in IT Sector Shows Declines by $4 Million in First 11 Months:

Information Technology sector fetched $25.5 million Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in July-May 2019 compared to $29.5 million in the corresponding period last fiscal year, depicting a decline of around $4 million. According to statistics released by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), $25.5 million inflow and $5.5 million outflow was registered in the information technology sector during July-May (2018-19). The net FDI remained at $20 million during this period.

Jazz Continues its Digital Evolution to Become More Leaner Organization:

Jazz and VEON Ltd. are continuing on the path of digitalization by not only offering state-of-the-art services, but also keeping in view global digital transformations by evolving into agile, digital and constantly learning organizations.

This digitalization process has seen the company make a shift in its organizational strategy to introduce more sustained growth. By adopting a leaner, more agile operating model, through automation of various processes, Jazz is not only looking to reduce its cost base, but also improve upon its service delivery mechanism and customer support operations.

All You Need to Know About Facebook New Cryptocurrency Libra:

Facebook has finally revealed the details of its cryptocurrency Libra, which lets you buy things or send money to people with nearly zero fees.

The company revealed its white paper explaining Libra and how it works before its public release in 2020.Once the cryptocurrency launches, you will be able to buy, or cash out Libra online, or at a local exchange point like grocery stores. You can spend it using third-party wallet apps or Facebook’s own Calibra wallet that will be built into WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and as a standalone app.

Xiaomi Teases a Phone With Flippable Cameras:

In November 2018, Xiaomi and Meitu decided to collaborate such that Xiaomi will produce Meitu branded smartphones and in return, Xiaomi will get to use Meitu’s camera patents, since the company is known for its selfie phones.

The phone release marketing, distribution, and support will also be handled by Xiaomi. A poster just surfaced on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo revealing the first smartphone designed under the collaboration. The phone looks like it is specifically designed for women and has a code name ‘little fairy’ with the claims of better and more powerful photography.

Selecto Demo Phones Sale to Go Live on 20th June:

Selecto Demo Phones sale – It’s doubtlessly one of the most highly-awaited sales and it will be going live at 12 am on June 20th. The sale promises big discounts on a large variety of demo mobile phones. Demo phones are the handsets we see at the phone stores and can touch and try before purchasing a brand new handset.

Selecto is a mobile phone retailer company that came into being in 1980 and now operates in over 10 cities dealing a large number of partners. Selecto has added a cherry on the top of the cake by introducing a one-hour flash sale on the mobile accessories on the same day. The demo phones sale is expected to end on 22ndJune or until the stock lasts.

Developers on iOS Store Are Making a Lot More Money Than Play Store:

Publishing applications on Android and iOS is a business that is booming since the past few years. Recently, the mobile market analyst Sensor Tower analyzed the performance of the top 100 publishers in both app stores for the first quarter of 2019.

The results showed that the revenue was again skewed towards the Apple app store. Their publishers managed to pull in 64 percent more revenue than Google Play store publishers.

YouTube Will Let You Try on Makeup Using Augmented Reality:

It’s quite unfortunate when you buy a $20 lipstick and the color doesn’t suit you, especially in countries like Pakistan where we rarely get any testers for high-end brands Huda beauty, MAC cosmetics, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Lancôme, etc. However, it looks like things are going to change.Google is working on a new feature that will let you virtually try on make-up such as lipstick shades, glosses, eyeshades, highlighters, etc. virtually so that you can decide whether the particular product works for you or not.

Convert Your Display TV to a Mini Billboard with Nayatel Digital Signage:

Nayatel, a conventional triple play Fiber to the Home service provider, is moving into the digital world with the launch of its digital signage solution. The diversified moves from a broadband operator, known for its quality services, comes at a time when telcos are feeling challenges of rupee devaluation, increasing costs and regulatory hurdles amid stiff competition.

Nayatel’s Digital Signage converts any TV to a mini billboard that can run photo and video advertisements besides streaming live TV and social media at the same time.

Truecaller Users Can Now Call Each Other For Free:

Truecaller, an application best known for screening unknown numbers and spammers has been expanding its functionality over the years. A few years back, we saw the SMS feature added to it, with users being able to send free texts to other Truecaller users. Recently, the application was found testing VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) or voice calls for its premium users. The Stockholm based firm rolled out the feature on 10th June, but the official announcement was only made on 18th June.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is Getting a New Camera and Display Design:

As we get closer to the launch of the highly-anticipated Galaxy Note 10, more and more leaks are pouring in, giving us an idea about what to expect from Samsung’s upcoming flagship.

After a series of 3D render leaks on the Galaxy Note 10, we now have some images for a basic silicone case and screen protectors which are allegedly made for the device.

Intel, Qualcomm and Others Want the Huawei Ban Lifted:

Huawei’s American chip suppliers, including Qualcomm, Intel, and Xilinx are quietly pressing the US government to ease its ban on the Chinese tech giant. Executives from the top US chipmakers Intel and Xilinx attended a meeting in late May with the Commerce Department to discuss a response to Huawei’s placement on the blacklist. Qualcomm argued in favor of Huawei too.

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
China loses ground in top supercomputer list:

China has fallen behind slightly in the list of the world’s top 500 supercomputers, which is published every six months.

The US maintained its position, holding first and second place with the two most powerful computers in the world. At number one is Summit, with peak processing power of 200 petaflops – 200 quadrillion calculations per second. The number of US supercomputers within the 500 has increased since November, from 109 to 116.

Unseen 9/11 photos bought at house clearance sale:

Archivists who bought a stash of CDs at a house clearance sale found 2,400 photos of Ground Zero in New York taken following the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

They appear to have been taken by an as yet unidentified construction worker who helped to clear up the wreckage of the World Trade Center towers and surrounding area.The CDs were in poor condition but the data was ultimately retrievable.

The digital albums include images of Ground Zero itself taken both at ground level and from above, construction staff at work and the damaged interiors of the blocks surrounding the towers.

Fortnite makers grilled by MPs over game safety:

The makers of Fortnite, one of the most popular video games ever, have been quizzed by MPs over what measures are taken to protect players of the game.Epic Games representatives were asked how it ensured users did not spend too much time or money on the game.Legal counsel Canon Pence said this was not something the company currently tracked.This was “extraordinary”, said Damian Collins, who chairs the Digital, Culture Media and Sport Committee.

Facebook ‘mysteriously locks out Hungarian users’:

Facebook has been accused of disabling a large number of user accounts in Hungary. One user, David Butykai, told BBC News his Facebook and Instagram accounts had been blocked and between 30 and 40 of his friends in the country had experienced the same issue.A number of Hungarian media outlets have also said that affected users have contacted them.

Four ads banned from Looney Tunes app:

Gambling ads that appeared on an app “appealing to under 18s” have been banned by the advertising watchdog. The ads for LottoGoEuroMillions, William Hill Vegas, Betfair Bingo and Dunder came up in the Looney Tunes World of Mayhem app in February.All four firms say they have since stopped working with affiliate company Tapjoy, which placed ads on the app.The ASA ruled the ads must not be used again without limiting the risk of children being exposed to them.

Should we dislike the ‘Like’ button?:

Leah Pearlman draws comics about ideas like “emotional literacy” and “self-love”. When she began posting them on Facebook, her friends responded warmly.But then Facebook changed its algorithm – how it decides what to put in front of us. When social media is a big part of your life, an algorithm change can come as a shock.Leah’s content was being shown to fewer people, and her comics started to get fewer likes.

US and Russia clash over power grid ‘hack attacks’:

Russia has said it is “possible” that its electrical grid is under cyber-attack by theUS. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said reports that US cyber-soldiers had put computer viruses on its electrical grid was a “hypothetical possibility”.His comments came in response to a New York Times (NYT) story which claimed US military hackers were targeting Russian power plants.

Samsung TVs should be regularly virus-checked:

Samsung has advised owners of its latest TVs to run regular virus scans. A how-to video on the Samsung Support USA Twitter account demonstrates the more than a dozen remote-control button presses required to access the sub-menu needed to activate the check. It suggested users should carry out the process “every few weeks” to “prevent malicious software attacks”.The suggestion surprised cyber-security specialists, who said the public would be unlikely to go to the trouble.

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