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PAKISTAN NEWS:
Customers can reduce their electricity bill by upto 75pc through Mevris App:

Mevris, (Make Everything Smart) is Pakistan’s first IoT and AI-powered application launched by BlueEast, Orient Group of companies. A case study was conducted by team Mevris, which clearly proves that this app can actually cut the cost of air conditioning by 75%.This study was conducted on 10,000 air conditioners, from 2017 till the end of 2019.

Huawei becomes the 2nd best selling smartphone brand despite US ban:

In mid-2019, Huawei overtook Apple and became the second best selling smartphone manufacturer of 2019. Based on recent reports by market analyst firms like Strategy Analytics, Counterpoint Research, and Canalys, Huawei shipped around 240 million phones. On the contrary, Apple came in at third place with just under 200 million shipments. Samsung, on the other hand, kept its lead by shipping approximately 300 million devices. Xiaomi and Oppo stood at the fourth and fifth places respectively.

Leaked images reveal Poco X2’s official price:

After a long hiatus, the Xiaomi owned Poco is all set to launch the Poco F1 successor, the Poco X2 on 4th February 2020.The smartphone is expected to be based on the Redmi K30 and will boast a 120 Hz Reality Flow display. Since the phone will be sold via Flipkart in India, the e-commerce platform has already listed the phone with a few of its specifications. The listing confirms that Poco X2 will come with support for 27W fast charging.

Vivo S1 Pro offers great value for money:

Whether your priority is long battery life, excellent camera performance or a good screen, there’s plenty to choose from. Today we will review the Vivo S1 Pro to help you make a better decision for your smartphone needs. Generally, the Vivo S Series has always been focused on style, finding new ways to present smartphone aesthetics while encapsulating the whole thing in a budget-friendly package. Vivo’s latest launch, the Vivo S1 Pro, falls in the mid-range category, it retails at Rs. 43,999 across Pakistan and features 8GB RAM, a Super AMOLED Display, 48MP Quad Camera, In-Display fingerprint sensor, and a 32MP front camera.

Nokia 9.2 to feature world’s first Under-Display Camera:

Initially, the Nokia 9.2 was promised to launch in the Q1 2020; however, to make it a better competitor in the 2020 smartphone market, HMD Global decided to push forward the launch to Fall 2020.Where this news was very disappointing for Nokia Fans, it gives the company enough time to tweak the internals. HMD Global has decided to shift from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 to Snapdragon 865 that all the other OEMs will be using in their flagship models.

Xperia 2 will have the biggest battery ever:

Based on recent reports, Sony is working on its upcoming flagship, the Xperia2, that is all set to launch at the upcoming MWC 2020 event on 24th February. The smartphone is less than a month away from its launch, so the leaks and rumors are picking up the pace. The most recent leak suggests that the Sony Xperia 2 will boast a 4400 mAh battery. If the information turns out to be true, the flagship will feature a significant upgrade over its predecessor that came with a 3300 mAh battery.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro the most powerful smartphone:

Two days ago, Digital Chat Station broke the news that Xiaomi will be ditching the Mi 10 Explorer edition in the upcoming series. It looks like, the Chinese tech giant has diverted the extra attention and revenue towards the Mi 10 Pro variant that is expected to come with features that are at par with the maxed-out S20 variant.Recently, Twitter by Xiaomishka (@xiaomishka), known for authentic Xiaomi leaks and rumors, posted a screenshot revealing Mi 10 Pro’s specifications.

Tecno to launch its first Pop-Up camera smartphone soon:

Tecno is all set to launch its first-ever Pop-up Selfie camera phone in March 2020. Upcoming model’s name and the price is not yet disclosed but it is confirmed that it will be from Tecno’s Camon series, This Pop-up camera smartphone will have a Quad camera set up on the back, which should be highly appreciated by all camera enthusiasts.

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
Artificial intelligence-created medicine to be used on humans for first time:

A drug molecule “invented” by artificial intelligence (AI) will be used in human trials in a world first for machine learning in medicine. It was created by British start-up Exscientia and Japanese pharmaceutical firm Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma.The drug will be used to treat patients who have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Typically, drug development takes about five years to get to trial, but the AI drug took just 12 months. Exscienta chief executive Prof Andrew Hopkins described it as a “key milestone in drug discovery”. He told the BBC: “We have seen AI for diagnosing patients and for analysing patient data and scans, but this is a direct use of AI in the creation of a new medicine.”

Sonos apologises for revealing customer email addresses:

Speaker-maker Sonos has apologised after accidentally revealing the email addresses of hundreds of its customers to each other. The firm upset people last week by saying it will stop issuing software updates for its older devices from May.A staff member was emailing customers who had complained about the decision. But instead of using the blind copy field, they used the regular copy all one, which meant that recipients could see each other’s email addresses.In a statement to the BBC, Sonos said: “Earlier today, an email was sent in response to a number of customer inquiries that included email addresses. No further information was included.

Nintendo Switch overtakes 1990s SNES console in sales:

The Nintendo Switch has become the company’s third best-selling home console, overtaking the old Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES).In total, more than 52 million Switch consoles have been sold since the device was launched in 2017. The SNES was introduced in 1990 in Japan and went on to sell 49 million units worldwide. However, the company has warned the console’s production has been affected by the coronavirus outbreak in China.

Facebook settles facial recognition dispute:

Facebook has settled a long-running legal dispute about the way it scans and tags people’s photos. It will pay $550m (£421m) to a group of users in Illinois, who argued that its facial recognition tool was in violation of the state’s privacy laws. The case has been ongoing since 2015, and the settlement was announced in its quarterly earnings. It comes as facial recognition use by the police, and in public spaces, comes under intense scrutiny.

Technology giants join China shutdown:

Google is temporarily closing all of its offices in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan as a result of the coronavirus. Other tech giants, including Amazon and Microsoft, have also taken action to protect staff from infection. This week global corporations have been shutting operations in China and advising overseas staff not to visit the country. Many employees are being asked to work from home or extend their Lunar New Year holiday. Google said it is stopping staff travelling to China and Hong Kong, while employees currently in the country have been advised to leave as soon as possible and then work from home for a minimum of two weeks.

BT to charge people £50 for keeping old wi-fi routers:

Broadband provider BT will charge new customers up to £50 if they do not send their router back at the end of their contract, in an effort to reduce waste. Since December, BT’s contracts have stated that the company retains ownership of the wi-fi routers and TV set-top boxes it sends to customers. The company told the Financial Times that it would “refurbish” the returned equipment so that it could be reused. Rival Virgin Media already operates a similar policy.BT told the BBC the change would eventually apply to its EE and Plusnet subsidiaries too.

Microsoft issues second ‘final’ Windows 7 update:

Microsoft has issued a fresh update for Windows 7, just days after it said it would provide no more patches for the ageing operating system. It made the U-turn after it emerged there was a bug in its “final” patch. It caused “wallpaper issues” for users who configured their computers with the stretch option for their background desktop, causing a plain black screen to be shown when Windows was restarted. And users took to Reddit and Microsoft own support forums demanding a fix. Security consultant Graham Cluley tweeted: “That didn’t take long. Microsoft backs down on ‘no more updates for Windows 7’ in order to fix stretched wallpaper bug.

Facebook adds more ad-tracking controls in the UK:

Facebook has launched a new tool that lets people see which apps, businesses and websites are sharing their information with the social network. Many companies track what people do online and share that information with Facebook, to target adverts at them.The new tool lets people “clear” this “off-Facebook activity” data from their account and opt out of the information being used for targeted advertising.However, the data will not be permanently deleted.

Amazon’s Christmas sales soar as other retailers struggle:

Amazon sales soared over the Christmas season, rising 21% from the previous year, in sharp contrast to weakness reported by other retailers. The e-commerce juggernaut said it earned $87bn (£66bn) in sales in the last three months of 2019, well ahead of analyst expectations. The news sent the firm’s share price up more than 10% in after-hours trade. If prices hold it would return Amazon’s market valuation to above $1 trillion, joining Microsoft, Apple and Google. Amazon’s growth has come as traditional stores and malls suffer, with a decline in foot traffic blamed in part on online shopping.

Transgender flag and women among new emojis:

A new batch of emojis to be released in 2020 includes men in wedding dresses, and a gender-neutral Santa. The list, released by Unicode Consortium, contains 117 new symbols, expanding what can be said through pictures and symbols. In 2019 it released emojis of same-sex couples, but received some criticism for not including the transgender flag, which is now being added. The new release was met with a mostly positive response on social media. .Anna Lytical, a self-described drag queen, said the new emojis were representative of a broader range of people and a gave a voice to marginalised people.

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