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PAKISTAN NEWS:
Sindh is Bringing Back Sales Tax on Cellular Services:

Sindh’s provincial cabinet has decided to bring back sales tax on cellular services in its recent meeting on Thursday. What it means is that you will have to pay sales tax on easy load and scratch cards.Government officials, special assistants, advisors, and provincial ministers and the Chief Minister, Murad Ali Shah were also in attendance during the meeting.

Oppo is Working on its Own Processor:

Over the years, Oppo has become one of the most recognized OEMs around the world. It not only has a vast product portfolio but has also introduced a number of innovative designs and technologies to the smartphone world.Earlier this year, the Company announced that it will soon start working on its smartwatch and smart audio devices. We don’t know how that is going but according to recent reports, the company is working on an in-house SoC. The processor will be called the Oppo M1.

Starzplay by Cinepax Partners With Green World International:

Green World International, one of the country’s largest distributors has partnered with Starzplay by Cinepax, Pakistan’s fastest-growing subscription video on demand (SVOD) service, to provide customers easy access to the Starzplay service through the availability of vouchers at select nationwide locations. Starzplay by Cinepax offers full HD quality premium video content to its subscribers which includes an impressive library of top TV shows such as The Flash, Arrow, Vikings, Power and many more. Most of these shows premiere on the same day and date as the U.S. It also has an impressive collection of top Hollywood content including box sets of the Harry Potter series, all 26 James Bond titles, documentaries and much more.

Ufone, PTCL Announce Major Restructuring:

PTCL and Ufone are working on merging their businesses for long, however, due to design and operations of both the operators, the process has remained very gradual.In a new development, announced just now, both the companies have further merged their sales and distribution, marketing, product and pricing, business operations and corporate strategy functions.According to details available with ProPakistani, these departments for both the companies will merge and will be managed by single heads.

Early Resolution of Payment Issues with Etisalat urged:

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance & Revenue Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh has called for an early resolution of all outstanding issues regarding the PTCL privatisation with Etisalat and asked the stakeholders to finalise proposals on the subject within the next couple of weeks.He made this statement while chairing an Inter-Ministerial Committee constituted by the Prime Minister to discuss and resolve the issues related to the PTCL’s Privatisation.

TikTok Becomes the Most Downloaded Social Media App in Pakistan:

According to Sensor Tower, a US-based Mobile App Store Marketing Intelligence, TikTok has become one of the most downloaded Chinese-owned social media applications in Pakistan. Currently, TikTok has been downloaded 16.3 million times in the past 11 months and is on the second position amongst the most downloaded applications overall. WhatsApp, on the other hand, is leading with 18.1 million downloads.

Huawei Teases Its iPad Pro Competitor:

Huawei’s prepping to launch its next flagship tablet dubbed the Huawei MatePad Pro on November 25. There have been leaks showing off the design of the device but now the company has released an official teaser video that confirms several aspects of the tablet’s appearance.The design at the back is concealed with a cover that will likely hold a magnetic keyboard. A dual primary camera can be seen in the upper right corner and the leaked punch-hole front camera has been confirmed by the video as well.

Xiaomi’s New 5G Smartphone Factory Will Make 60 Phones in a Minute:

At the ongoing World 5G conference in China, Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun announced that the company has been working on the construction of its 5G smartphone factory for a while now. The plant is currently in its last stages of development and is expected to start making smartphones by the end of this year. According to Lei Jun, the flagship plant covers 187,000 square meters and will have the ability to build 60 phones in a minute i.e. over 30 million units in a year. If the claims are true, this plant will be 60 percent more efficient than traditional smartphone factories.

Pakistan Ranked Among Bottom 5 Countries in Huawei Global Connectivity Index:

Huawei’s annual Global Connectivity Index (GCI) has placed Pakistan among the ‘Starters’ with the other two clusters being the ‘Frontrunners’ and ‘Adopters’.The categories are defined based on the countries’ scores on factors such as ICT investment, ICT maturity, and digital economic performance. Out of the 79 countries, Pakistan has fared extremely poorly, scoring 27 out of 120, and ranked at 76th spot – one spot below its previous ranking on the index. India is ranked at 65th place with 34 points.

Edotco Group to Expand Investment in Pakistan:

A delegation from Malaysian Tower Company, edotco Group Sdn. Bhd, led by CEO edotco Group, Suresh Sidhu and Managing Director edotco Pakistan, Arif Hussain met the Foreign Minister to discuss opportunities for future investment in the telecom sector and exchanged ideas on the expansion of business in the country.The delegation gave an in-depth briefing to the Foreign Minister about the company’s latest ventures in Pakistan and highlighted that edotco Pakistan has long term agreements with all four telecom operators of the country including Jazz, Ufone, Telenor and Zong. edotco Group plans to expand investment in Pakistan from $200 Million to over $350 million.

Uber to Record Audio During All Rides:

Uber has confirmed that it is working on a safety feature that will record audio in all rides. The feature will be piloted in some Brazilian and Mexican cities next month. The company wants to test it before bringing it to the US and other countries.Uber has been under fire for a number of safety lapses in the past few years. There have been numerous reported cases of harassment and physical assaults to which the riders have claimed that the company was very slow to respond. To tackle the situation, Uber has been introducing safety features like buttons that allow passengers to call 911 directly from the app and a portal to report safety issues.

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
Tesla’s new Cybertruck smashed during demo:

Tesla has unveiled its “Cybertruck” pickup truck, but not without an embarrassing moment on stage.The truck’s windows were smashed during a demonstration supposed to show how hard they were to break. Mr Musk was heard to swear before joking: “Room for improvement.”The truck was unveiled in Hawthorne, California, where its stainless steel, angular design was greeted with cheers but also bemusement.

General Election 2019: Remain groups ‘rush’ to buy Twitter ads before ban:

Pro-EU groups have rushed to buy adverts on Twitter before a global ban on political advertising kicks in on Friday.Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey announced the ban in October, saying that the reach of political messages “should be earned, not bought”.The move seemed to have had a chilling effect on political parties, with only the Conservatives placing a Twitter ad.However, several pro-Remain campaign groups have run ads on the platform.The BBC found four separate political groups campaigning against Brexit had purchased ads, taking advantage of Twitter’s targeting tools before they were taken away from political causes.

OneCoin lawyer found guilty in ‘crypto-scam’:

A US lawyer has been found guilty for his role in the OneCoin cryptocurrency scam, which raised billions of pounds from investors convinced they were buying into a new digital currency. A New York jury found that Mark Scott helped to perpetrate the scheme, routing approximately $400m (£310m) out of the US while working to conceal the true ownership and source of the funds.Prosecutors said he made about $50m.Mr Scott’s lawyers had said he did not know that OneCoin was worthless. They said he was simply doing the job asked by Dr RujaIgnatova, a co-founder of the Bulgaria-based OneCoin.

Design award for fresh look at smart speakers:

A map showing the amount of human labour, data and resources required during the lifespan of a single device has won a top UK design prize.The Anatomy of an AI system infographic has been named the Beazley Design Of The Year by the Design Museum.The graphic explores the social and environmental impact of producing voice-activated virtual assistants.Judges said the project “makes everyone who sees it think about all the unseen impact of tech hardware”.

Russia bans sale of gadgets without Russian-made software:

Russia has passed a law banning the sale of certain devices that are not pre-installed with Russian software. The law will come into force in July 2020 and cover smartphones, computers and smart televisions. Proponents of the legislation say it is aimed at promoting Russian technology and making it easier for people in the country to use the gadgets they buy.But there are concerns about surveillance and fears that firms could pull out of the Russian market.The law will not mean devices from other countries cannot be sold with their normal software – but Russian “alternatives” will also have to be installed.

Chaayos cafe: Indian cafe’s facial recognition use sparks anger:

Indians have expressed concern after it emerged that a popular cafe chain – Chaayos – is using facial recognition software to bill customers.Nikhil Pahwa, the editor of media watchdog MediaNama, posted a video on Twitter after he said staff took his picture to bill him without consent.”This is unnecessarily intrusive and there was no opt-out option, which is problematic,” MrPahwa told the Media. Chaayos defended its system, saying it was committed to protecting customers.”We are extremely conscious about our customer’s data security and privacy,” the company said.

Apple ‘loses money on phone repairs’:

Apple says it loses more money than it makes when repairing customer devices such as iPhones and Macbooks. Answering questions from US politicians investigating anti-competitive practices, Apple said it had lost money on repair services since 2009.Apple typically charges more than unofficial repair shops to fix things such as smashed screens.

Election ads: Energy group attacks Labournationalisation plans:

An energy industry lobby group has been buying adverts on Facebook attacking Labour’snationalisation policies ahead of the general election.The Energy Networks Association has so far spent £3,215 on 130 ads on the social media site.The lobby group has registered with Facebook as a political advertiser and says it is in discussions with the Electoral Commission about whether it needs to register as a non-party campaigner.The trade group, whose members include National Grid and Scottish and Southern Energy, has bought adverts for a campaign called Securing A Green Future.

Google to restrict political adverts worldwide:

Google is extending a ban on political campaigns targeting advertising at people based on their supposed political leanings.It said political groups would soon only be able to target ads based on “general categories” such as age, gender and rough location.This restriction is already in place in the UK and the rest of the EU but will be imposed worldwide on 6 January 2020.That could have big implications for next year’s US Presidential vote.

BA passengers face delays after ‘technical issue’:

Dozens of British Airways flights into the UK have been delayed or cancelled after what the airline has described as a “technical issue”.Flights from the US, India and Japan were showing up as delayed.”

Our teams are working hard to resolve a technical issue which is affecting some of our flights,” BA said on Twitter, in response to a passenger who had been delayed.Some people have been put up in hotels and booked on other flights, it said.A spokesperson for Gatwick Airport, where a number of BA flights have arrived late, blamed the delays on an issue with the airline’s system for handling flight plans.

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