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SCO & Ufone Sign a Bilateral Roaming Services Agreement:

Special Communications Organization (SCO), the largest telecom service provider in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB), and Ufone, the only Pakistan origin cellular network operator, have signed a Bilateral Roaming Services Agreement at PTCL HQ, Islamabad.

The ceremony was attended by Major General Ali Farhan HI (M), Director General SCO, Mr Rashid Khan, CEO Ufone & PTCL, including senior officials from both sides.

Vivo V17 Pro Launches in With First Ever 32MP Dual Pop-Up Camera:

Vivo has unveiled the new V17 Pro smartphone in Lahore where Vivo’s first Brand Ambassador in Pakistan, Fahad Mustafa, along with other celebrities, fashion icons, tech KOLs and Vivo’s business partners attended the event.

The V17 Pro sports the industry’s first 32MP Dual Pop-up Selfie Camera, a powerful upgrade to Vivo’s iconic Pop-up Camera. It houses cutting-edge features such as the FHD+ Super AMOLED Ultra FullView Display, 48MP AI Quad Camera, plus stunning makeover features to compliment the lifestyle of today’s young and stylish consumers.

Oppo Launches an Affordable Gaming Phone With 64 MP Camera:

Alongside the release of Reno Ace, Oppo also unveiled the Oppo K5 at a launch event in China this week. Unlike Reno Ace, the K5 is a mid-range device that is the direct successor to the Oppo K3, which was launched earlier this year.

Some of its highlight features include a Super AMOLED display, Samsung’s Bright GW1 64MP sensor, UFS 2.1 storage, and the Snapdragon 730G SoC which delivers near flagship-grade performance.

OnePlus 7T Pro & McLaren Launched With Snapdragon 855+ & Better Cameras:

OnePlus has finally launched the upgraded version of its flagship, the ‘OnePlus 7T Pro’. To our surprise, the smartphone comes with negligible upgrades, nothing like we saw in the basic 7T upgrade. In other words, those who already own a OnePlus 7 Pro are not missing out on much. OnePlus, following the traditions, also released a McLaren Edition of the phone that draws inspiration from the British motor racing team, McLaren.

Nokia Unveils Industry-First Integrated Intent-Based Solution for Ultra-Fast Broadband:

Nokia has unveiled the industry’s first fully-integrated intent-based solution that completely changes how operators build fixed access networks to deliver ultra-broadband services. With Nokia’s new intent-based Altiplano Access Controller operators will be able to flexibly move toward software-defined access and gain more intuitive and automated control to deliver a gigabit experience to users everywhere.

Oppo Launches Reno Ace With 90Hz Display & 65w Fast Charging:

Oppo Reno Ace, the latest addition to the company’s Reno series of smartphones, brings all the top-tier flagship specifications one would expect. It has a 90Hz display, Snapdragon 855+ SoC, and the fastest charging speeds currently available on the market.All of this is available for less than $450.

The display is a 6.5-inch FHD+ AMOLED panel with a 90Hz screen refresh rate and a 20:9 aspect ratio. It features an optical under-display fingerprint sensor and a waterdrop notch at the top. We have seen other companies, and even Oppo itself, remove the notch by either using a pop-up camera or punch-hole at this price point. But Oppo has omitted this in favor of a 90Hz display.

Google Employs Machine Learning to Avoid Repeating Ads:

Ads, no matter how annoying, are one of the main sources of revenue through the internet. In the past, consumers have grown tired by all the advertising and as a workaround to prevent ads from popping up now and then, have installed anti-tracking or ad-blocking software on their devices. This has cost every agency or company that relies on ads for their revenue. Advertisers pay the company either on a ‘Cost per click’ basis which means every time an ad is clicked, the company gets a certain amount or by ‘cost per mille’ basis which means the company gets a certain amount every time an ad reaches 1000 views. In both conditions, repeat ads can have a negative impact since showing the same ad to the same user again and again will not add to the revenue.

What’s Wrong With the Pakistan’s Startup Ecosystem:

Normally I would avoid reacting in public to the negative criticism faced by the National Incubation Center, but recent posts have encouraged me to respond in an attempt to share the “other side of the story”. As the saying goes “every coin has two sides” so please allow me to present an alternate view where I not only try to validate the great work being done, but also invite all the naysayers to share their valuable suggestions on how we can genuinely improve the Pakistani startup ecosystem to support our local entrepreneurs.

Oppo Launches Reno A With an In-Display Fingerprint Reader for $330:

Oppo Reno A, the OEMs latest mid-range smartphone, has just launched in the Japanese market. The smartphone packs a Snapdragon 710 SoC, an in-display fingerprint sensor, a 6.4-inch AMOLED display, and 128 GB onboard storage.

Unlike other Reno smartphones, Oppo Reno A does not boast anything spectacular. It’s almost as if the company has run out of ideas. Anyways, let’s get to the details.Reno A comes with the typical sleek body design and matte finish metallic back, reminiscent of Oppo’s other older mid-rangers. At the back, the dual-sensor camera is horizontally aligned on the top left. Reno A also comes with an IP67 rating for water and dust protection. It will be available for sale in blue and black colors.

PUBG Mobile is Adding ‘Ledge Grab’ & New Vehicle:

PUBG Mobile’s next big update is all set to go live next week. Patch 0.15.0 will introduce a variety of new items and features, as well as a whole new movement ability that will breathe new life into the core movement mechanics of the game. Ledge grab was a highly anticipated feature for PUBG Mobile which has now been confirmed by the developers.

It will let players climb buildings to reach new spots and attack from new angles. This will allow for easy access to vantage points for sniping, and will also come in handy for escaping hordes of zombies in zombie mode.


Dyson has scrapped its electric car project:

Dyson, the technology company best known for its vacuum cleaners, has scrapped a project to build electric cars. The firm, headed by British inventor Sir James Dyson, said its engineers had developed a “fantastic electric car” but that it would not hit the roads because it was not “commercially viable”. In an email sent to all employees, Sir James said the company had unsuccessfully tried to find a buyer for the project.

The division employs 500 UK workers. Dyson had planned to invest more than £2bn in developing a “radical and different” electric vehicle, a project it launched in 2016. It said the car would not be aimed at the mass market. Half of the funds would go towards building the car, half towards developing electric batteries.

Blizzard gamers complain they cannot boycott firm over China:

Gamers are complaining they are unable to delete their Activision Blizzard accounts, as they attempt to show solidarity with an e-sports competitor. The US publisher caused controversy by placing a 12-month ban on a player who had voiced support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong on Sunday.

Users say they get error messages when they try to erase their accounts. Some suggest it could be deliberate. But the firm has indicated a technical problem is to blame.”There’s an issue affecting the site which our engineers are currently addressing… it’s a priority for us to have this resolved,” one of its North America accounts tweeted.

Youtube deletes more ‘pick-up artist’ videos:

YouTube has deleted more videos by so-called “pick-up artists”, who teach men how to pick up women. Another seven videos have been deleted and three channels have been terminated due to “violative sexual content”.

On Sunday, YouTube removed over a hundred videos for violating its rules on nudity and sexual conduct. The platform deleted the videos a day before a BBC Scotland investigation into the global seduction industry was published.

Apple drops Hong Kong police-tracking app used by protesters:

Apple has removed an app that protesters in Hong Kong have used to track police movements and tear gas use, saying the app violated its rules. The company said the app, HKmap.live, had “been used in ways that endanger law enforcement and residents”. Apple initially rejected the app — which uses data from protesters on the ground — from its store. When it later appeared on the App Store, there was a sharply-worded response in official Chinese media. The removal then came after “many concerned customers in Hong Kong contacted us”, Apple said. “We have verified with the Hong Kong Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau that the app has been used to target and ambush police,” Apple said.

Stalker ‘found Japanese singer through reflection in her eyes’:

A Japanese man accused of stalking and sexually assaulting a young pop star told police he located her through the reflection in her eyes in a picture, according to local media reports.

The man said he had identified a train station reflected in the singer’s eyes in a selfie she posted online. The 26-year-old then waited at the station until he saw his victim and followed her to her home, police said. The case has prompted debate about the threat of cyber-stalking. The suspect, named by police as Hibiki Sato, is accused of following the woman home on the night of 1 September and molesting her.

Google offers tool for cities to measure emissions:

A tool Google offered in the US to help cities measure pollution and emissions levels is now available in Europe. It compiles transport and building data from Google Maps with publicly available information about emissions. Google will initially offer the tool to Birmingham, Manchester, Wolverhampton and Coventry, Dublin and Copenhagen. It plans to add more cities on other continents in coming weeks and any city can to nominate itself via an online form.

Liverpool is home to the ‘chattiest mobile phone users’:

People in Liverpool have longer mobile phone calls than the residents of nine other major British cities, an Ofcom survey has suggested. Liverpudlians spend six minutes and 51 seconds on a single call, on average. That’s more than 40% longer than Londoners, who came second in the survey results. People in Bradford had the shortest conversations on average, at three minutes and 15 seconds. Data for the survey was gathered from 150,000 mobile phone users between 1 January and 31 March this year. The survey did not consider calls made via Skype or WhatsApp and similar apps. The research also found that people who used their phones for online services mostly stuck to wi-fi. Mobile data services such as 3G and 4G were used for less than a third of such activity.

Cookie monster eats data from sesame street store:

The official Sesame Street online store, along with thousands of other retailers, has been targeted by a credit card-stealing hack. Card details were collected by a piece of malicious software, dubbed JavaScript Cookie. The code was found in shopping cart software built by Volusion, which has 20,000 small business customers. The issue was spotted by a security researcher while shopping for toys on the Sesame Street store. Volusion said that it had resolved the issue “within a few hours of notification” although its statement came a day after the revelations.”We are coordinating with authorities on this matter, and continue to enhance our systems that detect and prevent unauthorised access to user accounts,” it told the BBC.

LG launches 5g-ready dual-screen v50s ThinQ:

Last month, LG announced its revised take on the dual-screen snap-on case with the G8X ThinQ smartphone. The company has now launched the 5G version of the same device in its domestic market but has made it a part of the 5G V lineup. The dual-screen smartphone will arrive soon in the European and North American markets and will make its debut as LG’s first dual-screen product in the Canadian and US market.

How Oppo reno 2 pushes the boundaries of smartphone photography:

With the Reno2, Oppo is bringing the next generation of its photography-focused smartphones. Reno 2 features upgrades in every aspect and is sure to blow you away. The recent promotions for the Reno 2 boast specifications like the multifunction quad camera, with a wide variety of features for every scenario. Among the new features, some of the most intriguing ones are 5x Hybrid Zoom and the up to 20x Digital Zoom. These allow you to choose different angles for videos with various focal lengths while achieving super-clear results. To add to all that, there is also better video stabilization that works hand-in-hand with the Hybrid & Digital zoom to make shaky videos a thing of the past.

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