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PAKISTAN NEWS:
Mobile ecosystem contributes $16.7 billion to Pakistan’s economy:

The mobile ecosystem in Pakistan plays an increasingly important role in economic growth, contributing around $16.7 billion (equivalent to 5.4% of GDP) according to a research report launched by the GSMA. GSMA is an international trade body of mobile network operators. It recently launched “the power of mobile to accelerate digital transformation in Pakistan” report, which examines the transformative opportunities presented by mobile-enabled digital services in Pakistan.

OPPO launches the Reno 2 series:

OPPO Pakistan has launched the new Reno2 Series at Faletti’s Hotel in Lahore on Thursday. The Reno2 and Reno2 F models are the latest iterations of OPPO’s popular Reno series, coming packed with photography-enhancing features.The quad-camera setup includes 5x Hybrid Zoom allowing users to get far closer to a subject, ultra-clear night shots even under the nearly-no-light condition on Ultra Dark Mode and super-stable video shooting on the go thanks to Ultra Steady Video.

Samsung is making a phone with an under-display camera:

According to a recent report by a Korean Media Publication, Samsung is ready to start the mass production of its under-display cameras. The Korean giant has been working on the technology for a while now. If everything goes according to plan, Samsung will start building at least 30,000 units every month for an upcoming smartphone. These numbers make it clear that the units are not being manufactured for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S11. Since the smartphone will have a much higher sale rate. However, the new technology might make its way to the 2nd generation Galaxy Fold.

Daraz hires 3000 delivery personnel for its upcoming 11/11 sale:

Daraz is gearing up for the upcoming GyaraGyara sale and has hired 3,000 more Daraz Express (DEX) heroes (delivery riders) to ensure swift management of the millions of orders the platform expects to receive during the sale event.

As Daraz prepares for the sale, the platform is also focusing on enabling customers to make informed purchasing decisions, making their shopping experience convenient and empowering sellers to make the most of the sale.

Younis and Jason endorse Zong 4g’s coverage leadership campaign:

Zong 4G has launched its new campaign, ‘Coverage Leadership’, with cricketers Jason Roy and Younis Khan endorsing the No. 1 Data Network. The TV advertisement is a blend of cultural heritage, traditional music and the openhearted hospitality of the people of Pakistan, linked with Pakistan’s craze for cricket.

The stars of the campaign are Pakistan’s highest ever Test run-scorer Younis Khan and Jason Roy, England’s opening batsman. The TVC reiterates Pakistani traditions of warmth and friendship, through the country’s largest and widest 4G network, Zong 4G.

PUBG mobile will get rewards for updating before October 22:

PUBG Mobile update 0.15.0 arrived on October 16 and introduced a bunch of new features including ledge grab, an all-new Payload mode, Halloween mode, and a variety of other new changes.However, there is another good reason to grab the update as soon as it rolls out. Game publisher Tencent has announced that anyone who downloads the new update before October 22 will be rewarded with multiple new cosmetic items and a decent amount of in-game currency.

Over 300 million 5g phones will be sold in 2020:

5G development is in full bloom. Based on reports from a number of analysts, full adoption of 5G smartphones and services will commence next year. Currently, the high prices of 5G devices and scarce coverage is deterring the users. However, if reports are to be believed, affordable 5G phones are on the way and telecommunication companies are also working on improving 5G network penetration. TSMC, the world’s largest dedicated independent semiconductor foundry, has predicted that the demand for 5G smartphones will rise to 300 million units next year, based on the demand for 5G modems for smartphones.

MIT scientists discover a way to recover details from blurry images/videos:

A group of researchers at MIT have discovered a way to recover lost details in blurred images or videos and create a clear image out of it. The research team managed to develop a “visual deprojection” model that uses a neural network to combine data from both clear and blurred parts of the photo/video to learn its patterns and create a clearer image. For example, if there is a blurry moving object in the video, the visual deprojection model will be able to create a version of the video that shows the blurry regions clearly.

Xiaomi ready to launch the MI Note 10 series:

Last week, @iceuniverse, a famous leakster, tweeted that Xiaomi will be reviving its Mi Note-series at the end of October.The last smartphone from the lineup was launched in 2017, its successor was nowhere to be seen last year and in June this year, the company, while redesigning its product line strategy, announced that the Mi Note-series and the Mi Max-series will not be getting new models.

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
Facebook chief rules out banning political adverts:

Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg has said he does not think it is right for a company to censor politicians or the news in a democracy. He was giving a speech in Washington DC following weeks of criticism over the firm’s decision not to ban political adverts that contain falsehoods. He added he had considered barring all political ads on his platforms. But he said he believed the move would favor incumbent politicians and whoever the media chose to cover. And Mr Zuckerberg said that even if he had supported the idea, it was not clear where his firm would draw the line.

Google pixel 4 face unlock works if eyes are shut:

Google has confirmed the Pixel 4 smartphone’s Face Unlock system can allow access to a person’s device even if they have their eyes closed. One security expert said it was a significant problem that could allow unauthorised access to the device. By comparison, Apple’s Face ID system checks the user is “alert” and looking at the phone before unlocking.Google said in a statement: “Pixel 4 Face Unlock meets the security requirements as a strong biometric.”

Speaking before the launch, Pixel product manager Sherry Lin said: “There are actually only two face [authorisation] solutions that meet the bar for being super-secure. So, you know, for payments, that level – it’s ours and Apple’s.”

Samsung: anyone’s thumbprint can unlock Galaxy S10 phone:

A flaw that means any fingerprint can unlock a Galaxy S10 phone has been acknowledged by Samsung.It promised a software patch that would fix the problem.The issue was spotted by a British woman whose husband was able to unlock her phone with his thumbprint when it was stored in a cheap case. When the S10 was launched, in March, Samsung described the fingerprint authentication system as “revolutionary”.

Netflix feels the pressure as competitors circle:

As the famed and admired early-mover in the high-quality streaming industry, Netflix has built a formidable business worth in the region of $125 billion. In the past three months, it added 6.7 million new subscribers, bringing its total userbase to 153 million worldwide.But the next three months will prove to be its most challenging yet.

Recently, Netflix wrote to investors to tell them that competition would be a good thing. The rising tide of streaming services would just tempt more people away from “linear TV”, as they term it, and into streaming services.

Moreover, Netflix just released its Q3 financial report which discloses 4 main points. Compared to previous reports, the domestic subscriber growth is pretty weak as compared to last year’s. In the first nine months of 2019, Netflix saw 2.1 million net additions domestically while in 2018, the net additions were 4.1 million.

Banning out-of-hours email ‘could harm employee wellbeing’:

Banning staff from accessing their work emails outside office hours could do more harm than good to employee wellbeing, a study suggests.University of Sussex researchers found while a ban could help some staff switch off, it could also stop people achieving work goals, causing stress.Companies are increasingly curbing email use to tackle burnout.

France has even legislated on the issue.But human resources body CIPD said it agreed with the university’s findings.According to the research, strict policies on email use could be harmful to employees with “high levels of anxiety and neuroticism”.

League of legends: boss says it’s ‘not for casual players’:

Riot Games know a little bit about appealing to gamers. After all, 100 million of them play their game League of Legends. This week LoL celebrated its 10th birthday, and marked the occasion with a string of announcements. With new games, big updates and even a TV show, the company is hoping to stay relevant for the next 10 years. And the company’s boss Nicolo Laurent told Newsbeat the best way to do that is by staying true to their roots. “We’re making games for players who see gaming as a meaningful life pursuit, we don’t make games for casual gamers,” he told us.

Google and BBC scrap VR projects:

The BBC has disbanded the team it created to make virtual reality (VR) content, saying its funding has ended. It comes as Google halts sales of its Daydream View headsets, admitting it does not see a future for smartphone-based VR.There have been questions over the long-term future for the technology which has failed to become a mass market product.

One analyst said it could be several years before VR lived up to its hype.In a statement, the BBC said: “The VR Hub had funding for two years so is now wrapping up its production and commissioning.

Three phone services restored ‘for majority’:

Mobile network Three has acknowledged “technical difficulties with voice, text and data” that left many customers unable to use their devices.

The problems appear to have started on Wednesday night, according to the Down Detector website. By late Thursday, the company said it had managed to restore service for most of its subscribers. Three apologised for the problem and said it was “sorting this out right now”.

Unmanned ship to go on 400-year-old journey across the Atlantic:

A fully autonomous ship tracing the journey of the Mayflower is being built by a UK-based team, with help from tech firm IBM. The Mayflower Autonomous Ship, or MAS, will launch from Plymouth in the UK in September 2020. Its voyage will mark the 400th anniversary of the pilgrim ship which brought European settlers to America in 1620.IBM is providing artificial intelligence systems for the ship.

Robot hand solves Rubik’s cube, but not the grand challenge:

A remarkable robot, capable of solving a Rubik’s cube single-handedly, has demonstrated just how far robotics has advanced — but at the same time, experts say, how far we still have to go. OpenAI’s system used a computer simulation to teach the robot hand to solve the cube, running through routines that would take a single human some 10,000 years to complete. Once taught, the robot was able to solve a cube that had been slightly modified to help the machine tell which way up it was being held. Completion time varied, the research team said, but it generally took around four minutes to complete the task.

Xiaomi unveils affordable gaming monitors & wireless mouse:

Xiaomi is expanding its portfolio of gaming products with the introduction of its first-ever gaming monitor lineup. The two monitors in the lineup feature 34-inch and 24.8-inch display sizes. The higher-end model features up to 2K resolution and 144Hz screen refresh rate for super-smooth gameplay. The Mi Surface Display is the higher-end model out of the two with a large 34-inch curved QHD display. The screen refresh rate on it is 144Hz and the aspect ratio is 21:9. It supports AMD Freesync, low Blue light mode, and support for 121% of the sRGB color gamut.

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