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PAKISTAN NEWS:
Telenor Pakistan gets ready to bring 5G to Pakistan:

Telenor Pakistan and its network partners have geared up to make the network 5G ready, said a statement issued by the company moments ago.5G is the fifth-generation cellular network technology that offers faster data transfer speeds and enables advanced solutions such as smart homes, smart cities, autonomous driving, automated emergency services, remote medical diagnosis, smart manufacturing, cloud gaming and enhanced content & media experiences to name a few.

Jazz celebrates 25 years in the Pakistani industry:

Jazz, Pakistan’s leading digital communications company, is celebrating 25 years of connecting and empowering Pakistanis beyond just phone calls and messages. From being one of Pakistan’s earliest startups, Jazz now empowers 1 in 3 Pakistanis through the country’s largest data and voice network, which also plays a key factor in digitally enabling the country’s economy. Jazz is celebrating its silver jubilee by highlighting its successes, lessons from failures, key players and its philosophy of being a change agent for the next 25 years.

Zong 4G launches data roaming bundle with whatsapp access for Saudi Arabia:

Zong 4G has extended its services to KSA to facilitate its users by introducing an affordable prepaid data roaming package while they perform Hajj and Umrah. Zong 4G is providing 4G roaming and international voice services to its subscribers, working alongside the biggest operators. This ensures roaming all over KSA and access to network services and the internet on the go. Eliminating the need to change to a local operator’s SIM or locate a Wi-Fi connection just to use the internet while traveling. Zong 4G prepaid data roaming users will have complete access to Whatsapp in the KSA, which will make for a smoother experience especially during the time of Hajj.

Why bank Alfalah’s Alfa app can be your lifestyle app:

Think of all the everyday things you do with your smartphone. Let’s make a list: online shopping, ordering food, booking a movie ticket, paying bills, mobile top-up, food discounts, chatting with friends and so much more. At the moment, you need separate apps for almost all of these things— but from now on you can do all of this using a single app – Alfa! Alfa by Bank Alfalah is Pakistan’s first lifestyle banking app which has successfully digitized offline procedures involved in starting a relationship with a bank, including; modernized conventional banking products and services such as account opening, money transfer, bill payments, savings, investments; while encompassing the ingredients of a modern lifestyle: traveling, enjoying exquisite cuisines, entertainment at theaters, cinemas, staying connected with friends, online shopping and discounts.

Google pixel 4 could have a 90hz display and 6gb ram:

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 may be the center of attention for everyone at the moment, but that hasn’t stopped the leakers from sharing new info about other phones. Plenty has been revealed on the Google Pixel 4 already, but now, folks over at 9 to 5 Google have shared an exclusive leak which extensively details the specs on the upcoming Google flagship. Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL will have 5.7-inch and 6.3-inch displays respectively. The smaller Pixel 4 will feature FHD+ screen resolution and the bigger one will have QHD+ (3040 x 1440p). Both models will have OLED panels.

Ufone offers affordable data packages & whatsapp access for KSA & UAE:

Ufone recently launched Pay G Data Roaming and Data Roaming Buckets in Saudi Arabia & United Arab Emirates. This offer is available on the Etisalat network in UAE & Mobily and STC network in Saudi Arabia.

Upon selection of the offer, users will be able to enjoy free WhatsApp calls and internet services. To activate the package the customer will need to dial *506#Ufone has kept the process of availing the roaming buckets simple and hassle-free. Customers will not have to pay any security deposit beforehand.

Samsung launches Galaxy Book S with a 23-hour battery life:

Along with the Note 10, Samsung also announced its new Galaxy Book S (succeeding the Galaxy Book 2) at the Unpacked event last night. This device aims at giving you the best of both worlds, marrying the long battery life and LTE connectivity of smartphones with the performance and power of a typical Windows 10 laptop. This ultra-light laptop is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx processor designed for laptops which should be more than enough for everyday tasks.

Bykea raises $2 million from middle east venture partners:

Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP) announced today that they have invested $2 Million in Bykea, an on-demand transport, logistics and payments startup which recently secured $5.7 million in Series-A investment. With nearly 2 million app users, Bykea serves urban local needs in a country of 200 million people and differentiates itself from competitors by offering the interface in Urdu. Managing the growing user base, the company needs a steady supply of drivers which is currently fulfilled through referrals, in-app registrations and a network of franchises in the city of operation.

Samsung just launched the Note 10 and Note 10+:

The highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is finally here. The company goes all out on its Note phones, cramming every feature imaginable and this time is no different. Samsung is launching two different Note phones this time, the regular Note 10 and the slightly larger Note 10+.There are other differences between the two phones under the hood. Let’s see what they’re all about.

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
Whatsapp flaw ‘puts words in your mouth’:

A newly-released tool that exploits a vulnerability in Facebook’s WhatsApp allows you to “put words in people’s mouths”, researchers say.

A team from cybersecurity firm Checkpoint has demonstrated how the tool can be used to alter the text within quoted messages, making it look as if a person had said something they did not. Researcher Oded Vanunu told the BBC the tool made it possible for “malicious actors” to manipulate conversations on the platform.

Three Ireland wrongly bills customers for data roaming fees:

Three Ireland has apologised after adding bogus roaming fees to customers’ bills. In some cases, subscribers had been told they had been charged more than €160 ($179; £147) for large amounts of data use that exceeded their allowance. Many were alerted to the charge by a series of text messages from the firm, and then found that their service had been suspended as a consequence. The company has blamed a system upgrade error. It added on social media that it was currently trying to identify which customers had been affected and would refund them in due course.

Galaxy Note 10: Samsung hopes to strike the right note:

Remember how outlandish the first Samsung Galaxy Note looked when it was unveiled in 2011? It was huge — a smartphone with a 5.3 inch (13cm) screen and a stylus .I remember standing on a Barcelona street with an early version, embarrassed to put it to my ear and make a call because I’d look like something out of a Dom Joly sketch. But it quickly won a sizeable fan base including the kind of people who had owned Psion Organisers or the Nokia Communicator.

NHS to set up national artificial intelligence lab:

The NHS in England is setting up a national artificial intelligence laboratory to enhance care of patients and research. The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, said AI had “enormous power” to improve care, save lives and ensure doctors had more time to spend with patients. He has announced £250m will be spent on boosting the role of AI within the health service. However, AI will pose new challenges including protecting patient data.

Microsoft workers ‘listen’ to some translated skype calls:

Microsoft workers occasionally listen to real Skype conversations that have been processed by translation software, it has been revealed. According to tech site Motherboard, some contractors for Microsoft review such conversations to check the quality of translations. However, the fact that humans may listen in to calls is not explicitly stated in Skype’s terms and conditions. Microsoft said it had users’ permission to collect and process their data.

South Wales police to use facial recognition app on phones:

A three-month trial of a new police facial recognition app which prompted a legal challenge will get under way this month. South Wales Police has said it will give 50 officers the app. The force’s use of facial recognition technology prompted a legal challenge by a man whose picture was taken by officers while he was out shopping. Some other forces have already trialled the technology including the Metropolitan Police.

British airways passengers stranded after it failures:

British Airways says it has fixed the IT glitch which caused more than 100 flights to be cancelled and more than 200 others to be delayed. The airline said flights were returning to normal but warned that there may be “knock-on operational disruption” .At least 117 flights had been cancelled at Heathrow Airport, with 10 cancelled at Gatwick Airport. The problem had caused BA to revert to using manual systems for check-in at airports, causing long queues.

Facebook briefly removes area 51 event ‘by accident’:

A Facebook page encouraging people to storm the so-called Area 51 US Air Force base was removed from the social network at the weekend – but has now been reinstated. It was removed by “mistake”, a spokeswoman for Facebook said. The page’s creator had received a message on Saturday saying his event broke Facebook’s community standards. Two million people have indicated they will attend, but the US Air Force has warned people not to go near the base.

Amazon Alexa: Luxembourg watchdog in discussions about recordings:

Luxembourg’s data privacy watchdog says it is in discussions with Amazon about voice recordings made of customers who have used the firm’s Alexa smart assistant. The regulator is the lead supervisory authority for the company in the EU, meaning that it co-ordinates investigations into the business on behalf of the other member states. At this point it has not launched a formal privacy probe. Amazon declined to comment. But a spokesman for the National Data Protection Commission (CNPD) said that citizens could “file a compliant with our authority or his/her national supervisory authority” if they had concerns.

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