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Successful 5G trials conducted in Pakistan

China Mobile Pakistan (CMPak, popularly known as Zong) on Thursday successfully conducted 5G trials in Pakistan, a press release issued by the company said. After conducting the trails, Zong has become "the first and only operator to officially test 5G services in the country", the statement added. "This success marks an important milestone in Pakistan's telecom sector," said Zong CEO...

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Successful 5G trials conducted in Pakistan

China Mobile Pakistan (CMPak, popularly known as Zong) on Thursday successfully conducted 5G trials in Pakistan, a press release issued by the company said. After conducting the trails, Zong has become "the first and only operator to officially test 5G services in the country", the statement added. "This success marks an important milestone in Pakistan's telecom sector," said Zong CEO...

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Google, Facebook, Amazon condemn French digital tax as ‘discriminatory’

WASHINGTON: American tech giants Amazon, Facebook and Google joined forces on Monday to decry the French digital tax as retroactive and discriminatory. President Donald Trump is considering retaliating against the tax -- approved July 11 -- with punitive tariffs on French wine imports, prompting an investigation by the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR). The so-called GAFA companies appeared...

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Pakistan takes up issue of IoK supporters’ account suspension with Facebook, Twitter

Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor, through his personal Twitter account, on Sunday said that Pakistani authorities have taken up with Twitter and Facebook the alleged suspension of Pakistani social media accounts posting in support of Kashmir. He also invited social media users to share information about accounts that have been suspended. https://twitter.com/peaceforchange/status/1162859253683695617 Maj Gen...

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Huawei launches own operating system to rival Android

Chinese telecom giant Huawei unveiled its own operating system on Friday, as it faces the threat of losing access to Android systems amid escalating US-China trade tensions. Richard Yu, the head of Huawei's consumer business, told a press conference in the southern city of Dongguan that the new system, called HarmonyOS or HongMeng in Chinese, would "bring more harmony and...

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Earth’s strongest creatures may be residing on Moon

WASHINGTON: There might be life on the Moon after all: thousands of virtually indestructible creatures that can withstand extreme radiation, sizzling heat, the coldest temperatures of the universe, and decades without food. These terrifying-sounding beings aren’t aliens but instead microscopic Earthlings known as tardigrades, who likely made it out alive following a crash landing on the lunar surface by Israel’s...

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Two US senators raise privacy concerns over Facebook’s Messenger Kids

Democratic US senators Edward Markey and Richard Blumenthal have written to Facebook Inc questioning whether there was a “worrying pattern” of poor privacy protection for children using its Messenger Kids app. The senators were "disturbed" to learn that the application allowed thousands of children to join group chats in which not all members of the group were approved by their...

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PTA Chairman suggests govt to block social media websites over blasphemous content

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Chairman retired Maj Gen Amir Azeem Bajwa on Friday told a Senate panel that the government should either increase the body's "technical capabilities" or block social media websites in the country in order to stop the circulation of "blasphemous content". While briefing the Senate Special Committee to examine purported grievances, Bajwa said: "[Dealing with] blasphemous content...

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First Pakistani Astronaut in space by 2022: Fawad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will send its first citizen into space by 2022 with the selection process to find the right astronaut set to begin next year. In a tweet, Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry said on Thursday the election process to send the first Pakistani into space will begin from February 2020. https://twitter.com/fawadchaudhry/status/1154293483504619520 “Fifty people will be shortlisted —...

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UAE’s du says US ban on Huawei not an issue for 5G network

DUBAI: United Arab Emirates telecoms company du has discussed US restrictions on Huawei with the Chinese company and believes they will not hamper its 5G network, its chief executive said on Wednesday. American companies were banned in May from selling most US parts and components to Huawei without special licences, raising concerns about the company’s supply chain. Du uses Huawei...

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Viral app ‘FaceApp’ causing fears of invasion of privacy

A Viral app named 'FaceApp' has been giving people the ability to change their facial expressions, looks, and now age for several years. But at the same time, people have been giving FaceApp the authority to use their pictures — and names — for any purpose it wishes, for as long as it wishes. The app has been downloaded by...

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Instagram hides ‘likes’ from more users

SYDNEY: Instagram started hiding "likes" on its platform in Australia, Brazil and several other major markets Thursday, saying it wanted to ease pressure on users, following criticism about its impacts on mental health. The Facebook-owned social media giant's trial changes mean users in the six countries will no longer be able to see the number of likes other people's posts...

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Senate to grill Facebook over plans for Libra cryptocurrency

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK: US lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are set to grill Facebook Inc on its cryptocurrency plans on Tuesday, as the project continues to draw intense scrutiny from financial regulators and politicians across the globe. Facebook is fighting a rearguard action to get Washington onside after it shocked regulators and lawmakers with an announcement on June 18...

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India delays lunar mission due to ‘technical’ embarrassment

BENGALURU: India’s space agency said it delayed the launch of its second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, in the early hours of Monday due to a “technical snag” which was observed less than an hour before the scheduled liftoff. “A technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at T-56 minute,” the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), said in a tweet. “As...

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Trump rips tech firms at ‘free speech’ summit

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump welcomed prominent conservative social media provocateurs to the White House on Thursday and said that along with himself, they are being treated unfairly by big tech firms, which he says suppress conservative voices. Trump said he has told his administration to look for regulations and legislation that could protect free speech - though he did not...

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Moonwalkers tell what it’s like on the Moon

Twelve American men walked on the Moon between 1969 and 1972, with most describing in great detail their experiences on the dusty, low-gravity world lit by the blinding light of the Sun. Here are their impressions, collected from a series of oral history interviews by Nasa during the 1990s and 2000s, unless otherwise stated. Right after landing "That's where you...

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Facebook not invited to White House social media summit: company

WASHINGTON: Facebook Inc said on Monday that it had not been invited to a White House summit on social media being held later this week. The White House has repeatedly declined to say who will attend the July 11 event. White House spokesman Judd Deere said last month the meeting would “bring together digital leaders for a robust conversation on...

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