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PAKISTAN NEWS:
Windows 10 Preview Gets Password-Free Logins for All Accounts:

In the latest update for Windows 10 Insiders, Microsoft is taking its disdain for passwords to a new level. Microsoft has just released a Windows 10 Preview for Fast ring Insiders that gives you the option to make all accounts on a particular device ‘passwordless’ when logging in. Enabling passwordless sign-in will switch all Microsoft accounts on your Windows 10 devices to Windows Hello face recognition, fingerprint detection, a PIN code or a physical security key.

Govt Mulling Another Reduction in Taxes on Mobile Phones:

In a recent Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication, the members discussed important matters like the implementation of DIRBS, reduction in taxes on mobile phones and recent data theft incidents. The data of 47,017 international travelers was misused for the registration of mobile phones through Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS). This was revealed by Director Cyber Wing of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Afzal Mehmood Butt, while briefing the committee. The committee met with Rubina Khalid in the chair, last week.

New Leak Reveals Sony Xperia 20 Will be Launching Soon:

The Sony Xperia 20 was spotted on the US FCC certification website, hinting that the smartphone might be ready to hit the market. The FCC documents were spotted by a Twitter user named Makul Sharma. They don’t reveal anything substantial, but they do make it clear that the phone might be nearing its launch. The listing reveals that the Xperia 20 is certified to launch in the US market and is going to have a model name ‘PY7-26817E’

OnePlus Remote Control Gets Certified, TV Might be Coming Soon:

OnePlus is famous for making some of the best smartphones in the world. You’d never expect them to come out with a TV, however, that’s exactly what they’re doing, making a OnePlus TV. The company first teased it back in September and later went on to ask fans to help name it. The launch is supposed to be this year or the next year at the latest.

Nintendo’s New Switch Lite is Cheaper & Sturdier Than the Original:

Nintendo has announced a new version of its Switch console, and it’s a whole lot smaller. The Nintendo Switch Lite comes at a $100 less ($200) and also loses some of the features from the regular Switch. The Switch Lite’s display has shrunk to 5.5 inches (down from 6.2 inches on the regular Switch) with the same HD resolution. Additionally, Nintendo claims that there won’t be any performance differences between the two as both of them use the same hardware.

TicWatch Pro 4G Launched With Dual-Screen Tech & More:

Mobvoi, a Beijing based consumer electronics company, in the hopes of ridding you from your phone, has announced a sequel to one of the best Wear OS watches under the moniker TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE. This wear OS powered TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE comes with wireless connectivity to let the users receive voice calls and notifications via the watch.

Infinix Announces Note 6 With an X-Pen and Triple Cameras:

Hong Kong-based phone maker Infinix has recently announced a new phone – the Infinix Note 6.Just like its predecessor, this one also falls into the mid-range category. A unique aspect about this phone is that it comes with a stylus called X Pen which lets you draw sketches and take notes “in any space within reach”. The phone is already on sale in some African countries for just $200 – so the same price point should be expected once it reaches Pakistan.

IBM is Working on a Crazy Smartwatch That Turns into a Tablet:

As we reach a point where every major phone has similar hardware, with only incremental improvements, companies have started experimenting with outlandish and out of the box ideas. From folding phones to punch-hole cameras and even shark-fin pop-up cameras, nearly everyone is trying out something new this year. IBM has done something similar, filing a patent for a smartwatch that folds out into a full-sized tablet. With Samsung’s situation showing how difficult it is to make a folding smartphone and Huawei being mum on the launch details of the Mate X, a folding smartwatch seems anything but practical. Anyway, let’s see what IBM is cooking up.

UberX Riders in Islamabad Will Get to Drive With Ushna Shah:

Uber, the global ride-hailing giant connecting riders to drivers, is now launching its premium car service UberX in Islamabad. UberX offers top-quality ride-hailing services for all those moments that are special, being only the push of a button away. To celebrate the launch, Pakistani actress, Ushna Shah will be taking on the role of an Uber driver-partner for a day. Ushna Shah will be accepting rides from UberX riders on Friday, July 12, 2019. Keep requesting and try your luck to not only meet her but be featured on her Instagram stories too.

Samsung’s Entire Tablet/Wearable Lineup for 2019 Leaked:

Normally, a company’s product roadmap, developed at the start of the year or end of the previous year, is strictly confidential. However, Samsung’s entire tablet and wearable lineup for 2019 has been leaked courtesy of CashKaro. According to the source, the leaked data is authentic and has been acquired via legitimate sources. Samsung’s leaked tablets and wearables are in line with the previous releases from the company, but I would advise you to take this post with a grain of salt.

Xiaomi Launches Another Backpack for Business Professionals:

If you’re in the market for a new business backpack or a bag that just screams generic, then you’re in the right place. Xiaomi has launched another lifestyle product by one of its crowdfunded subsidiaries and this time it is a business backpack. It’s not one of a kind, rather it’s a part of its casual business backpack lineup. This is the second-generation casual business backpack specifically designed to fulfill the needs of businessmen/women and students alike. The key selling feature of this backpack is its practicality, security and modest price tag.

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
France passes tax on tech giants despite US threats:

France has approved a digital services tax despite threats of retaliation by the US, which argues that it unfairly targets American tech giants. The 3% tax will be levied on sales generated in France by multinational firms like Google and Facebook. The French government has argued that such firms headquartered outside the country pay little or no tax. The US administration has ordered an inquiry into the move, which could result in retaliatory tariffs. The new tax was approved by the French senate on Thursday, a week after it was passed by the lower house, the National Assembly.

Facebook heralds its ‘superhuman’ poker-playing AI:

Facebook’s artificial intelligence team has made what it describes as a “superhuman” poker champion, a bot with the ability to beat world-leading human pros.

Facebook is heralding the AI bot, named Pluribus, as a major breakthrough: the first capable of beating as many as six players, in a game that involves “hidden” information – the cards that are yet to be revealed. The team’s research also makes humbling reading for any poker players proud of their ability to spot a “tell”.

Google’s DeepMind goes undercover to battle gamers:

Gamers in Europe are being invited to take on a bot developed by some of the world’s leading artificial intelligence researchers. But there’s a twist: players will not be told when they have been pitted against it. The tests are being carried out by DeepMind, the London-based AI company that previously created a program that defeated the world’s top Go players. In this case, the challenge involves the sci-fi video game Starcraft II. It is seen as being a more complex task, since players can only get a partial overview of what their opponent is doing, unlike the Chinese board game Go where all the pieces are on show.

Apple Watch bug allowed iPhone eavesdropping:

Apple has disabled the Walkie-Talkie app on the Apple Watch, because of a flaw that let users eavesdrop on other people’s iPhones. The Walkie-Talkie app let two people who had accepted an invitation send and receive short audio messages. But Apple said it had been “made aware” of a flaw that “could allow somebody to listen through another customer’s iPhone without consent”. It has disabled the feature and apologised for the inconvenience.

UK watchdog plans to fine Marriott £99m:

The UK’s data privacy regulator has said it plans to fine the US hotel group Marriott International £99.2m.The penalty relates to a data breach that resulted in about 339 million guests having had their personal details exposed. The incident is thought to date back to 2014 but was only discovered in 2018.It comes a day after the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said it planned to fine British Airways £183m over a separate breach.

Trump blocking Twitter critics unconstitutional, court rules:

President Donald Trump is violating free speech laws by blocking critics on Twitter, a New York federal appeals court has ruled. It follows a case brought on behalf of seven individuals who had been blocked by the president. Officials using social media accounts were not allowed to silence people who disagreed with them, the judge said. President Trump’s lawyers argued that his Twitter account was a personal one and not subject to those rules.

Mobile app ‘finds anti-cancer molecules in food’:

An app that harnesses the unused processing power of idling mobile phones has been used to identify anti-cancer molecules in a range of foods. The research identified carrots, celery and oranges as having the highest number of cancer-fighting molecules. The DreamLab app, which has now been downloaded 83,000 times, works while users sleep and has so far performed more than 10 million calculations. One expert said there was a “long road ahead” to develop treatments. The app uses an algorithm to measure the properties of more than 8,000 everyday foods against a comprehensive database, looking for molecules that have successfully tackled cancer in lab tests of cell cultures or animals.

Snapchat snaps up shows from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maddie Ziegler:

Actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and teenage dance star Maddie Ziegler are among the celebrities who will front their own shortform shows on Snapchat. The social media giant has launched Creator Shows, which are filmed in a vertical format. Schwarzenegger’s show is called Rules of Success and features him giving motivational advice. More series will premiere this summer from the likes of comedian Kevin Hart. Teenager dancer Maddie Ziegler — who has performed in music videos with Australian pop star Sia — and tennis star Serena Williams will also host their own shows.

US Govt Will Issue Licenses to Companies for Trading with Huawei:

It looks like Huawei will be getting a small reprieve from the US ban soon. The US government will now issue licenses to companies that want to do business with Huawei, as long as there is no threat to national security.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced last week “we’re still unsure which American products fall into this category, or whether Huawei can resume working with Google as before”. Ross also said that Huawei will remain on the banned Entity List, and the government can still deny a license request if need be.

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