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Pakistan’s PCP app declared World’s second best Government application

The Pakistan Citizens' Portal app, which was launched in October last year by Prime Minister Imran Khan, was declared the second best government mobile application in the world at the World Government Summit, the premier announced in a tweet on Wednesday. About 4,646 mobile applications of different categories were submitted by 87 countries in the competition held in Dubai at the WGS earlier this...

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Pakistan launches two rocket carrying satellites in China

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday launched the two indigenously-built satellites from China’s Jiuquan Satellite Centre to meet its imagery requirements in land mapping and natural disaster management. The Foreign Office confirmed that the satellites — Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite-1 (PRSS-1) and Pakistan Technology Evaluation Satellite-1A (PakTES-1A) — were launched through Long March-2C rocket, at 0857 hours (PST), from a satellite centre...

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Huawei says does not expect U.S. sanctions: press

PARIS: China’s Huawei, the world’s largest maker of telecommunication network equipment, does not see itself becoming the target of U.S. sanctions and will keep buying U.S. chips this year, one of its three rotating chairmen told a French newspaper. Huawei HWT.UL, also the world’s third-largest smartphone maker, is a private company but has found itself battling perceptions of ties to...

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Samsung Electronics profit growth slows on smartphone weakness

SEOUL: South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd estimated on Friday earnings grew at the slowest pace in more than a year in the second quarter, as analysts said weak smartphone sales likely offset record high chip earnings. Samsung shares fell 2 percent as the guidance gave investors insight into how badly the decline in smartphone profitability is hurting...

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Apple reportedly to launch new iPhones in blue, orange, and gold colors

Web Desk: Apple is expected to launch larger iPhone models later this year, and they may arrive in a variety of colors. According to details, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting that Apple’s rumored 6.5-inch OLED iPhone will launch in black, white, and a new gold color. The rumored 6.1-inch LED iPhone will also reportedly debut in grey, white, blue, red,...

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Vietnam social activists flock to ‘safe’ social media after cyber crackdown

HANOI: Tens of thousands of Vietnamese social media users are flocking to a self-professed free speech platform to avoid tough internet controls in a new cybersecurity law, activists told AFP. The draconian law requires internet companies to scrub critical content and hand over user data if Vietnam’s Communist government demands it. The bill, which is due to take effect from...

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India asks WhatsApp to curb spread of false messages

MUMBAI: India has asked Facebook-owned WhatsApp messenger to take steps to prevent the circulation of false texts and provocative content that have led to a series of lynchings and mob beatings across the country in the past few months. With more than 200 million users in India, WhatsApp’s biggest market in the world, false news and videos circulating on the...

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Facebook shares drop on report of widened probe on data scandal

Shares of Facebook Inc fell 2 percent on Tuesday, after a report that a federal probe on the data breach linked to Cambridge Analytica had been broadened and would include more government agencies. Facebook shares were down 2 percent at $193.36 in early trading on the Nasdaq, erasing nearly $12 billion from the company’s market valuation. The stock lost about...

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China firm develops ‘laser gun’

A Chinese firm has developed a laser gun designed for police use that can set fire to protesters' hair or banners from a range of almost one kilometre. The general manager of the ZKZM fiber laser company, who asked to remain anonymous, said the weapon would "immediately" produce a "strong pain response" in the target but stressed it was designed...

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Facebook bug unblocks unwanted connections for a bit

Facebook on Monday said it is notifying more than 800,000 users that a software bug temporarily unblocked people at the social network and its Messenger service. The glitch active between May 29 and June 5 has been fixed, according to Facebook, which has been striving to regain trust in the aftermath of a Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal. "We know...

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Apple to rebuild Maps app

Apple is rebuilding the widely used mapping application on its iPhones from the ground up with its own dataset, but Amsterdam-based TomTom NV will continue to be a data provider for Apple’s maps app, Cupertino, California-based Apple told Reuters. Apple did not say how its use of TomTom would compare to its previous use, but TomTom shares fell after the...

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Facebook still not responsive over Cambridge Analytica and fake news: UK lawmakers

LONDON: Facebook continues to be evasive in its answers to a British parliamentary committee examining a scandal over misuse of the social media company’s data by Cambridge Analytica, the committee’s chair said on Friday. Britain’s digital and media (DCMS) committee is examining fake news, and what the consultancy, employed by Donald Trump’s 2016 US presidential campaign, did with the Facebook...

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‘Flying brain’ designed to follow German astronaut launches today

A floating, ball-shaped, artificial intelligence robot, specially trained to follow around a German astronaut at the International Space Station, is scheduled to blast off today on its ground-breaking mission. The basketball-sized device called CIMON — shortened from Crew Interactive MObile CompanioN — was described as a "flying brain" by Manfred Jaumann, head of microgravity payloads at Airbus. It launches from...

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The wait is finally over: Samsung confirms Galaxy Note 9 release date

Web Desk: The South Korean giant company has finally revealed the release date for much awaited Galaxy Note 9 phone and its around the corner. The Galaxy Note 9, Samsung’s traditional mid-of-the-year flagship, will be launched at its Unpacked event on August 9th in New York City, as revealed in a teaser trailer posted on the company’s YouTube channel. Few...

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Google retires DoubleClick, AdWords brand names

NEW YORK: Alphabet Inc’s Google announced on Wednesday the biggest-ever rebranding of its advertising software, retiring the DoubleClick and AdWords brands to streamline entry points for advertisers and ad sellers. Google executives said its fees are not changing, and no services are merging. The company will retain the AdSense and AdMob brands for ad sales technologies that are aimed at...

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Facebook, Google ‘manipulate’ users to share data despite EU law

Facebook and Google are pushing users to share private information by offering "invasive" and limited default options despite new EU data protection laws aimed at giving users more control and choice, a government study said Wednesday. The Norwegian Consumer Council found that the US tech giants' privacy updates clash with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which forces companies...

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Spam Fight: Twitter to confirm new accounts by asking email addresses

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter on Tuesday said it will begin asking for email addresses or phone numbers to confirm new accounts as part of a battle against manipulation, particularly by automated bots. Adding a way to check that a real person is behind new accounts was described by Twitter as being among measures to fight abuse, trolls, and hateful content. "This...

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