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PAKISTAN NEWS:
Moitt forms an authority for updating it education in universities:

The Ministry of IT and Telecommunication is trying to set up a regulatory authority to improve the standard of education and skills development in local universities to meet international standards. This was stated by Minister of IT and Telecommunication, Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui while addressing the media persons on the inaugural ceremony of the 19th ITCN Asia 2019.

Pakistan’s universities produce around IT 25,000 graduates but merely 5,000 of them get employed at leading local IT companies. The other graduates do not meet the selection criteria of the companies because of their irrelevant or outdated education. There is a huge gap between the required skills of professionals in Pakistan and what they learn at different universities. This needs to be addressed to bring them in line with the global standards, said the minister.

Huawei calls for shared responsibility to enable more reliable use of AI:

At Huawei Connect 2019, the Chinese giant released the ‘Thinking Ahead About AI Security and Privacy Protection’ white paper, which outlines the company’s perspective and practices in AI security, privacy issues and related solutions, and proposes a shared responsibility model for AI security and privacy protection governance. Sean Yang, Director of Huawei’s Global Cyber Security and Privacy Office, introduced the white paper at a summit focused on building a comprehensive AI security and privacy protection system.

Redmi k20 pro premium launched:

A few months into the release of the Redmi K20 Pro, Redmi decided to unveil a toned-up variant of the flagship. Redmi has tweaked the internals a little, but most of the specifications and design remain the same. However, the company has taken the aesthetics up a notch by giving the Exclusive edition a look similar to Redmi K20 Pro Avengers Edition. As compared to the Snapdragon 855 SoC used in the Redmi K20, Redmi K20 Pro Premium Edition is powered by the newly launched Snapdragon 855+ which promises better GPU performance. The RAM has been bumped up to 12 GB joined by a massive 512 GB of onboard storage. This smartphone comes in three memory and storage variants.

You can now make a call and access google assistant’s services:

Google under its current operation of making its services available to people without smartphones or data connectivity issues, recently announced a new phone-line service that let’s user access the Google Assistant even if they don’t have access to the internet or mobile data.

Microsoft fixes critical windows defender flaw:

Over the past few years, Microsoft has been working hard to bring Windows Defender at the same level as the other, paid, antivirus software. Unfortunately, in its efforts to improve the security application, Microsoft ended up breaking it. Microsoft recently issued an update to resolve a tiny flaw in the Windows system file checker that caused errors while checking and repairing system files. The fix, released with good intentions, caused a more serious problem.

Lenovo announces k10 plus with snapdragon 632 & triple cameras:

After unveiling the K10 Note earlier this month, Lenovo has quietly announced another device in its K series. The K10 Plus is the more affordable option out of the two and has a similar design and almost identical specifications except for a few key differences. The K10 Plus has average top and bottom bezels with rounded corners all around the screen. At the top, there is a tiny waterdrop notch. The phone features a 6.22-inch HD+ screen with an IPS LCD panel. It has an 19:9 aspect ratio and 414 PPI pixel density. The back houses a fingerprint sensor in the middle and a triple-lens primary camera layout at the top left corner. There’s no word on color options yet, but the pictures revealed so far suggest that there are going to be Blue and Black options.

Google maps incognito mode will let you hide your location data:

If you’re skeptical about Google tracking your location on Maps all the time, you won’t have to worry anymore. Google Maps Incognito Mode was originally announced back in May at Google I/O 2019. As per recent reports, the feature is now being tested and it works exactly like the Incognito Mode in Google Chrome. Just like the incognito mode on Chrome which hides your browsing history, the Google Maps version will hide your location history.

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
Microsoft President: don’t move fast and break things:

Some US tech firms have gained a reputation for being willing to launch products before it is clear whether they could be damaging to society.But Microsoft’s president, Brad Smith, says that it is not good enough for such companies to absolve themselves of responsibility and say that it is solely up to lawmakers to decide what is right and wrong. Mr Smith’s book – Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age – aims to serve as a wake-up call to the industry.

Huawei mate 30 phones launch without google apps:

Huawei has launched its latest smartphones without many of the apps typically pre-installed on Android handsets. The Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro both lack YouTube, Google Maps and Gmail among other software.They also do not feature Google’s Play Store, which is the normal way users outside China install third-party software on to Android 10 phones.To address this, Huawei has pre-loaded new alternative apps of its own. A spokesman for the Chinese firm told the BBC that Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp would all be available via Huawei’s own store, called the Huawei App Gallery. He added that there would also be a way to “side-load” Google’s apps onto the handsets and that phone store staff would advise customers how to do that, although they might not run as smoothly as normal.

Tech entrepreneurs call for more government regulation:

The tech community, once known for being insular and resistant to outside interference, is facing an existential crisis as its members have begun to break ranks and call for fundamental changes at global companies like Google and Facebook.Roger McNamee has been a Silicon Valley insider since Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg was in nappies.

The venture capitalist has built a name for himself as a big-thinking investor and a kind of sounding board for some of the valley’s biggest names in the ’80s and ’90s, including Bill Gates.McNamee remembers this period in Silicon Valley fondly, recalling how people like Steve Jobs promoted a kind of “hippie-libertarianism” that believed in tech’s ability to make the world a better place.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos promises climate-change action:

Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos has promised to make the company carbon neutral and meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement by 2040.More than 1,500 Amazon employees have pledged to stage a “walkout” protest against the company’s environmental record, on Friday. It will be the first walkout by staff at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters. Organisers have welcomed Mr Bezos’s promise but say it does not go far enough.

Huawei announces Gaussdb development program for academia:

At Huawei Connect 2019, David Wang, Executive Director of the Board, and President of ICT Strategy & Marketing gave a speech at the summit in the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center. During its presentations on Empowering Converged Data Infrastructure with Kunpeng, Huawei proposed three solutions for converged data infrastructure powered by Ascend and Kunpeng processors: data lakes, Storage-computing synergy, and data edges. Huawei and industry partners also announced the establishment of a Database Industry Working Group based on the Kunpeng Intelligent Data Industry Alliance. The group will launch the GaussDB Golden Seeds Development Program for Academia to promote the database industry ecosystem.

Booking.com still duping customers:

Booking.com is continuing to mislead its customers despite a crackdown by regulators.

The Competition and Markets Authority ruled this year that booking sites must review the way they rank and display rooms, over pressure-selling concerns. An investigation by Which? says Booking.com is still giving false accounts of the popularity of rooms. However, the site told the BBC it has “worked hard to implement the commitments” agreed with the CMA.Which? carried out spot checks on six leading hotel booking websites, which were ordered to make changes earlier this year.

Facebook device plugs into your tv:

Facebook has updated its “Portal” range of video chat devices, including a new version that plugs directly into a TV. Portal TV, available in the US from November, sits on top of — or at the bottom of — the screen and, like other Portal devices, features tracking technology to follow people around the room. But the company also revealed it had resumed the use of human contractors to review and transcribe audio clips gathered through its Portal devices.

Data collection and storage was suspended last month following controversy over the practice, which some argued was not properly disclosed to users. But as of Wednesday, clips gathered through the use of Portal’s voice assistant would again be heard and analysed by humans, unless users choose to opt out. Human review of audio captured by Facebook’s Messenger mobile app was still “paused”, the firm said.

Airbnb plans to list shares next year:

The home rentals site Airbnb plans to list on stock exchanges next year, in what is expected to be one of the highest-profile share sales of 2020. One of the earlier so-called sharing economy sites, the Californian firm is facing criticism for hollowing out communities in popular destinations. City governments around the world are exploring ways to curb its use.This week Airbnb said second quarter revenue reached $1bn (£800m), but did not say whether it made a profit.

Google swallows deepmind health:

Last November the pioneering London AI firm DeepMind announced that its health division was being transferred to its parent company Google.Now, 10 months later, the move is finally happening, the delay a measure of how controversial and painful this process has been. When the restructuring was announced last year, DeepMind was accused of breaking a promise not to hand over any NHS data to the American search giant.Google said the transfer to its global health division would give DeepMind’s Streams app, which helps doctors and nurses to monitor patients with a severe kidney condition, the resources it needed to expand internationally.

Instagram clamps down on diet and cosmetic surgery posts:

Body positivity campaigners are celebrating after Instagram announced new rules for posts about weight loss products and cosmetic surgery. Some posts will be hidden from under-18s while others promoting “miraculous” weight loss products will be removed. There have been increasing concerns over the impact promoting diet products can have on young people. Actor Jameela Jamil said the move was a “huge win” in the fight against the diet and detox industry.

Huawei reveals intelligent campus ecosystem plan:

During Huawei Connect 2019, Huawei introduced its Intelligent Campus Ecosystem Plan and the intelligent HiCampus solution jointly developed with partners for enterprise customers in China and beyond. The announcement came during an intelligent campus summit themed around “bringing digital to every campus for pervasive intelligence.”

More than 1,000 customers and ecosystem partners from all over the world gathered at the summit to explore the road to intelligent campus innovation and better industry development. The summit was addressed by a wide range of intelligent campus experts including Yan Lida, President of Huawei Enterprise Business Group; XiongSidong, President of Soochow University; Zhang Yahong, Vice Director at Beijing Municipal Administration Center of Parks; Dr. Yang Ou, Executive Director and CEO of China Overseas Property Holdings Limited; Jing Yongsheng, CEO of BeiMing Software Co Ltd and Dr. Su Baohua, President of Intelligent Campus Business Dept of Huawei Enterprise Business Group.

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