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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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Disney eyes new app aimed at millennials

NEW YORK: Disney announced Tuesday it was launching a free video app with original content aimed at millennials, who are targeted by advertisers. The app -- called "Oh My Disney" -- will be a variation of the site of the same name, which publishes editorial content and short videos on the world of Disney, Mickey and Marvel superheroes. This is...

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WhatsApp co-founder to quit in loss of privacy advocate at Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO: The co-founder of WhatsApp, a messaging service owned by Facebook Inc with more than 1 billion daily users, said on Monday he was leaving the company, in a loss of one of the strongest advocates for privacy inside Facebook. Jan Koum’s plan to exit comes after clashing with the parent company over WhatApp’s strategy and Facebook’s attempts to...

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T-Mobile, Sprint say $26bn deal would give US tech lead over China

T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp said Sunday they had agreed to a $26 billion all-stock deal and believed they could win over sceptical regulators because the merger would create thousands of jobs and help the United States beat China to creating the next generation mobile network. The agreement caps four years of on- and off- talks between the third...

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NASA cuts only moon rover: Report

TAMPA: In a move that shocked lunar scientists, NASA has cancelled the only robotic vehicle under development to explore the surface of the Moon, despite President Donald Trump´s vow to return people there. Scientists working on the Resource Prospector (RP) mission, a robotic rover that had been in development for about a decade to explore a polar region of the...

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Donald Trump, Apple CEO Cook discusses trade at White House

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump met with Apple Inc Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook to discuss trade issues on Wednesday as the technology industry grapples with a US tariff spat with China, a manufacturing hub for the iPhone maker and other companies. Trump, in a tweet ahead of the meeting, said the two would discuss other issues but gave no details....

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Facebook will not testify at U.S. House hearing on social media

WASHINGTON: Facebook Inc said Wednesday it has declined an invitation to testify at a U.S. House of Representatives hearing Thursday on filtering practices by social media companies, a company spokesman said. The company said that even though it will not appear, it looks “forward to a continuing dialogue with members of the committee about Facebook’s strong commitment to being a...

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Can genetically modified mosquitoes eradicate Malaria, Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue?

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |   Web Desk: The small, dark female mosquito transmits deadly viruses, like dengue fever, chikungunya, malaria and the Zika virus. The Aedus aegypti can be termed the 'Ultimate Pest'. Aedes aegypti, the yellow fever mosquito, is a mosquito that can spread dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika fever, Mayaro and yellow fever viruses, and other disease agents. The mosquito can be recognized by white markings on its legs...

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Facebook unveils appeal process for when it removes posts

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook said Tuesday it will give users the right to appeal decisions if the social network decides to remove photos, videos or written posts deemed to violate community standards. Plans to roll out an appeals process globally in coming months came as Facebook provided a first-ever look at internal standards used to decide what posts go too far...

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Flying taxi start-up hires designer behind Fiat 500, modern Mini

Lilium, a German start-up with Silicon Valley-scale ambitions to put electric “flying taxis” in the air next decade, has hired Frank Stephenson, the designer behind iconic car brands including the modern Mini, Fiat 500 and McLaren P1. Lilium is developing a lightweight aircraft powered by 36 electric jet engines mounted on its wings. It aims to travel at speeds of...

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Careem hit by cyber attack, data breach affected up to 14 million users

Web Desk: Ride hailing platform Careem has said on Monday it has faced a cyber attack by online criminals and up to 14 million users data in the Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan and Turkey has been stolen. On January 14, the company detected the breach in the computer systems which hold the account data of customers and captains. According...

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Google launches Chat app to rival iMessage and WhatsApp

Web Desk: Google is to bring Apple iMessage rival to market with the launch of its ‘Chat’ app, that will be based on the Rich Communication Services (RCS) standard. And it seems that Google is also ‘pausing’ its investment in its artificial intelligence powered chat app called Allo, which was launched on Android and iOS smartphones back in September 2016....

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Put the toolbox away – new robot assembles IKEA chairs

Sick of struggling with incomprehensible instructions and a baffling array of planks and screws? Help is at hand in the form of a new robot that can assemble an IKEA chair in minutes. The robot, developed by scientists at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University, can put together the wooden IKEA chair in just eight minutes and 55 seconds -- a swift...

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Cambridge Analytica to launch digital currency

NEW YORK: Cambridge Analytica was planning to raise money by issuing a new type of digital currency before it became embroiled in a scandal surrounding the misuse of Facebook personal data, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The British data analytics consultancy had approached a firm that advises companies on how to structure an initial coin offering, an increasingly...

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‘Suspicious groups bought divisive Facebook ads’: study

Most of the political ads about divisive issues that ran on Facebook before the 2016 US presidential election were sponsored by “suspicious groups” with no publicly available information about them, according to a study released on Monday and based on a database of five million ads on Facebook. One in six of those groups was linked to Russia, according to...

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Snapchat launches new face filter features

Web Desk: Social media giant Snapchat has introduced seven face filters to let creators build face filters for the first time. Snap is releasing seven new templates into Lens Studio to let creators build digital masks. The templates, which range in complexity, include virtual baseball hats, face paint, and tools to attach three-dimensional objects to a user’s head. Few months...

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US, Britain accuses Russia for global cyber-attack

The United States and Britain on Monday warned of a global cyber attack targeting routers and other networking equipment, blaming Russian government-backed hackers for the campaign on government agencies, businesses and critical infrastructure operators. Washington and London issued a joint alert, saying the widespread, global campaign began in 2015 and could be escalated to launch offensive attacks. The alert comes...

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