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Apple allows independent shops to repair iphones:

There was a surprising announcement by Apple that it will allow independent repair shops to repair iPhones whose warranty has expired. This is another component of the Independent Repair Program under which shops that are interested in working with genuine Apple hardware will be provided with parts, tools, and training.Currently, the program is only available in North America but it will be expanded to other markets in Europe and Asia soon. Although, for now out of warranty repairs are consigned to issues with the front and/or back glass panels, crack in the camera lenses and other small issues. But this is a huge milestone for Apple users as they will now have more shops from which they can get repairs done.

How PTCL showed that it is ‘sab ka aitebaar’:

For Pakistani brands, 14th August is the most important date in terms of showing solidarity with Pakistan. That is the day when Pakistanis embrace their heritage and unite under one flag to celebrate independence. On this occasion, many companies present themselves as truly national brands through different campaigns. This is usually done by showing happy Pakistanis at historical sites with a patriotic song in the background. With these ads, however, the companies always strive to stand out by trying to convince customers and the audience of their big and creative ideas.

Careem now lets you book rides through whatsapp:

Careem has introduced a new convenient way for customers to book their Careem rides through WhatsApp. Ride-hailing applications like Careem are a relatively new concept and were introduced in Pakistan just a few years ago but WhatsApp is already being used by millions of people. Allowing customers to book a Careem via WhatsApp simplifies the process, provides an alternative for people who aren’t familiar with ride-hailing apps and enables Careem to bring improved mobility to even more people.

Cheetay logistics appoints Majid Khan as CEO:

Cheetay, one of Pakistan’s fastest growing tech-enabled last-mile logistics company, has appointed Majid Khan as the CEO of the company. Based in Lahore, Majid is a graduate of Stanford University and has been working in the US for the past two decades, with a successful career investing in public and private companies globally. Recently, he was a founding Principal at Tourbillon Capital, a $4 billion hedge fund in New York.

Xiaomi updates Redmibook 14 with 10th gen intel processors:

A few months ago, Redmi announced its Redmibook 14 laptops which featured 8th Gen Intel processors. Now, the company has refreshed the lineup with 10th Gen Intel processors and higher storage configurations. The company’s refreshed variant is called the Redmibook 14 Enhanced Edition. Redmi has made no change in the laptops’ design. The only difference in appearance is that the laptops will now come in two new color variants.

Only 8pc Pakistanis use online ride-hailing services:

Ride-hailing services offer great convenience at a marginal cost. There has been a considerable increase in the use of these services in Pakistan in recent times. New data shows that a considerable number of people are using such apps in the country. According to a survey carried out by Gallup and Gilani Pakistan, 8 million (8%) of Pakistani adults have claimed that they use these services once a month at least, while 69% of the respondents said that they have never used ride-hailing apps.

Redmi launches an affordable 70-inch 4k smart tv:

Today, at an event in China, Redmi launched a lot of great devices including the Redmi Note 8/Note 8 Pro, the RedmiBook Enhanced Edition and a huge smart TV. Redmi TV is the cheapest 70-inch TV available on the market which doesn’t compromise on features at all. The Redmi TV comes with a 70-inch HDR display with 4K resolution. As per the company’s claims, it is 60 percent larger than a basic 55-inch panel. The display is backed by a sixth-generation Picture Quality Engine which improves image quality in real-time. Internally, the smart TV is powered by an Amlogic quad-core 64-bit processor clocked up to 1.5GHz with a 750 Mhz Mali-450 MP3 GPU. It also comes with 2 GB RAM accompanied by 16 GB of built-in storage.

Facebook is adding screen sharing to messenger soon:

Screen sharing is not a new feature by any means. It’s mostly used by power users or businessmen during conference calls, however that may change soon thanks to Facebook. The screen sharing option, until a few months ago, was only limited to laptops. This changed when Skype added support for mobile screen sharing, due to growing interest in the feature.

Xiaomi redmi note 8 and note 8 pro are the new kings of midrangers:

Redmi’s Note 8 Series is finally out, and the Note 8 Pro is officially the first smartphone with a 64 MP camera. Succeeding the successful Redmi Note 7 series, the Note 8 duo features top of the line camera specifications and powerful processors. The smartphones were constantly hyped up by Redmi, let’s see what these smartphones have in store for us.

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
Google finds ‘indiscriminate Iphone attack lasting years’:

Security researchers at Google have found evidence of a “sustained effort” to hack iPhones over a period of at least two years. The attack was said to be carried out using websites which would discreetly implant malicious software to gather contacts, images and other data.Google’s analysis suggested the booby-trapped websites were said to have been visited thousands of times per week.

Half of UK parents ‘want mobile phones banned in schools’:

Just under half of UK parents, 49%, think their child’s school should ban mobile phones, a survey by price comparison site uSwitch suggests. One in eight parents said their child’s school had already done so. The survey, of just over 1,000 people, also suggested that the average value of gadgets taken to school by each child was £301.

Last year, the then-culture secretary Matt Hancock said he admired schools that had enforced mobile phone bans. However, some have argued that bans prevent children from learning how to “self-regulate” their use of electronic devices such as smartphones.

Elon musk and jack ma disagree about AI’s threat:

Alibaba’s Jack Ma and Tesla’s Elon Musk took opposing views of the risks and potential rewards of artificial intelligence at an event in Shanghai. The Chinese entrepreneur said he was “quite optimistic” about AI and thought it was nothing for “street smart” people like them to be scared of.”I don’t know man, that’s like famous last words,” responded Tesla’s chief. Mr Musk added that technology was evolving faster than our ability to understand it. The two did, however, agree on one topic: that one of the biggest problems the world is facing is population collapse.

Anti-groping stamp lets victims mark assailants:

An anti-groping device aimed at tackling sexual harassment on public transport has been launched in Japan. It allows victims to mark their assailants with an invisible ink stamp in the shape of a hand. People can then use the device’s black light to identify those who have been marked. The firm involved says it wants to help tackle the crime. But one sex abuse charity is concerned that the tech could place an added burden on victims. Japanese firm Shachihata says it developed the stamp to help deter groping on trains in the country.

Huawei’s next phone will not have google apps:

Huawei’s next flagship smartphone will not come with Google’s popular apps including Maps and YouTube. Google confirmed that due to a US government ban on sales to Huawei, it could not license its apps to the Chinese smartphone giant. It also means the next Huawei phone will not have access to the Google Play app store, which could leave customers without access to other popular apps.

Analysts suggest Huawei will struggle to sell a phone without Google’s apps. The US government restricted American companies from selling products and services to Huawei in May, citing national security concerns, which Huawei rejects. President Donald Trump said last month that some exemptions would be allowed.

Apple ‘sorry’ that workers listened to siri voice recordings:

Apple has apologised following revelations that it paid third-party workers to listen to voice recordings of Siri users. The practice known as “grading” has been used by several tech firms as a way of improving the quality of speech recognition. However, Apple, Google and Microsoft all halted such work recently, following public outcry.Apple said it plans to resume grading — but only for Siri users who opt in. The firm added that in the future only its own employees will be able to access recordings, not third-party workers at contracted firms.

Pinterest to direct vaccine searches to health sites:

Pinterest users searching for vaccine-related information will be directed to results from “public health organizations”. Last year, the social platform stopped showing results for vaccine searches to tackle the spread of misinformation. Social media companies are facing increasing scrutiny over how they moderate content on their sites.In recent months, other firms including Facebook have taken some steps to address vaccine misinformation.

Under the new policy, Pinterest said searches for “measles,” “vaccine safety” and other related health terms will return results from public health bodies including the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centres for Disease Control and the WHO-established Vaccine Safety Net.

Facebook tightens rules amid 2020 US election fears:

Facebook has unveiled new political advertising rules ahead of next year’s US presidential election amid fears the platform will be exploited. Political advertisers will now have to verify their identity before being given a “confirmed organization” label. It marks the latest in a series of attempts to address incidents where users placed misleading or inaccurate ads to influence voters. The rules will also apply to Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. Paid-for Facebook ads have become a popular tool for political campaigns and other organizations to target voters.

LG’s new AI notifies about appliance problems before they happen:

Earlier this year at the CES 2019 conference, LG teased a new AI aimed at improving customer care and, according to them, “changing our lives”. Now a few days ahead of the IFA 2019 event, LG has announced the Proactive Customer Care service that can warn you about appliance problems before they occur. It will be available in Europe this year and will later be expanded to North America and Asia in 2020.

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