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Cellular networks partially suspended across Pakistan

Web Desk: Mobile phone service has been partially suspended in several cities across the country, including Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar, on Thursday to maintain law and order situation during Muharram  According to details, Cellular service has been suspended on the routes of the 9th Muharram procession. The cellular service will resume, in cities after the conclusion of processions in respective areas, most...

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Computer chip ‘flaw’ sparks security debate

WASHINGTON: A newly discovered vulnerability in computer chips raised concerns Wednesday that hackers could access sensitive data on most modern systems, as technology firms sought to play down the security risks. Chip giant Intel issued a statement responding to a flurry of warnings surfacing after researchers discovered the security hole which could allow privately stored data in computers and networks...

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How Facebook could stop a disease outbreak

PARIS: Facebook accounts and telephone records can be used to pinpoint the best individuals to vaccinate to stop a disease outbreak in its tracks, researchers said Wednesday. Such people would be "central" in their social networks, and thus likelier to spread disease-causing germs from one group to another. Assuming there is an outbreak, and not enough vaccines for every person...

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WeChat denies ‘storing’ user chats

HONG KONG: Tencent Holdings’ WeChat, China’s most popular messenger app, on Tuesday denied storing users’ chat histories, after a top businessman was quoted in media reports as saying he believed Tencent was monitoring everyone’s account. “WeChat does not store any users’ chat history. That is only stored in users’ mobiles, computers and other terminals,” WeChat said in a post on...

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WhatsApp messaging service returns after global outage

WhatsApp, a popular messaging service owned by Facebook Inc, suffered a global outage for about an hour on Sunday before the problem was fixed. “WhatsApp users around the world experienced a brief outage today that has now been resolved”, a WhatsApp spokeswoman said in an emailed statement. The cause of the outage, about an hour long, was not immediately known....

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Iran temporarily restricts access to social media

LONDON: Iran will temporarily restrict access to some social media and messaging apps to control protests, Iranian state television quoted an informed source as saying on Sunday. “It has been decided in the highest security level to restrict access to Telegram (messaging app) and Instagram,” the source said. Reuters

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Twitter and Facebook threatened in UK’s ‘Fake News’ probe

Both Twitter and Facebook may face sanctions as long as they continue their stonewalling of parliament over the Russian interference found in the European Union’s referendum, said the Commons inquiry chair. Damian Collins, the chair of the UK’s Department of Culture, Media and Sports committee, is probing “fake news”, which has given both companies the deadline of 18 January to...

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Apple and Amazon in talks to set up in Saudi Arabia: report

RIYADH: Apple and Amazon are in licensing discussions with Riyadh on investing in Saudi Arabia, two sources told Reuters, part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s push to give the conservative kingdom a high-tech look. A third source confirmed that Apple was in talks with SAGIA, Saudi Arabia’s foreign investment authority. Both companies already sell products in Saudi Arabia via...

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Self-healing glass: a cracking discovery from Japan

TOKYO: A Japanese researcher has developed -- by accident-- a new type of glass that can be repaired simply by pressing it back together after it cracks. The discovery opens the way for super-durable glass that could triple the lifespan of everyday products like car windows, construction materials, fish tanks and even toilet seats. Yu Yanagisawa, a chemistry researcher at...

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Apple faces lawsuits after saying it slows down aging iPhones

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple Inc defrauded iPhone users by slowing devices without warning to compensate for poor battery performance, according to eight lawsuits filed in various federal courts in the week since the company opened up about the year-old software change. The tweak may have led iPhone owners to misguided attempts to resolve issues over the last year, the lawsuits contend....

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Apple suppliers drop on report of weak iPhone X demand

BEIJING: Shares in several of Apple Inc’s Asian suppliers fell for a second straight day on Tuesday, hurt by a report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily and some analysts saying that iPhone X demand could come in below expectations in the first quarter. Apple will slash its sales forecast for the iPhone X in the quarter to 30 million units, the...

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Meet Zanco Tiny T1, world’s smallest mobile phone

A Kickstarter campaign for the mobile phone named Zanco Tiny T1 which claimed to the world’s smallest model has caught the eye of people as several thousands of dollars have been collected for its release. The 13g tiny phone has a 0.49-inch OLED display – the same OLED display used in today’s smartphones but in a very smaller size. The...

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China has shut down 13,000 websites since 2015: Xinhua

China has shut down or revoked the licenses of 13,000 websites since 2015 for violating the country's internet rules, state media reported Sunday. The news comes as the Communist country continues to strengthen its already tight regulation of the internet, a move which critics say has picked up pace since President Xi Jinping came to power in 2012. Platforms have...

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Apple finally reveals that why IPhone suddenly become slow

The tech giant has revealed why it has to intentionally reduce processor speed in “aging” versions of their smartphone line. Many iPhone users have recently been left puzzled trying to figure out why their smartphones have suddenly become "very slow" for no obvious reason. It turns out that Apple has a new feature that slows down older iPhones on purpose,...

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China gives Google and Facebook an ultimatum

That is according to Chinese regulators. In the past year, China's Communist Party has tightened cyber regulation. Firms must store data locally and accept data surveillance. The Chinese government also cracked down on VPNs, or virtual private networks, that allow users bypass the country's "Great Firewall". Google and Facebook are blocked in China, along with Twitter and most major Western...

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Samsung seems to reveal Galaxy S9 in March to rival iPhone X

Samsung is expected to debut its next smartphone in March, giving Apple’s iPhone X some fierce competition earlier than anticipated. According to Bloomberg, the South Korean company plans to introduce its new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus models as soon as late February, and release the devices as early as March, according to their anonymous sources. The S9 will...

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Twitter to put warnings before swastikas, other hate images

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter Inc said on Monday it would begin putting a warning in front of pictures that show Nazi swastikas and other items it determines are hateful imagery, as well as ban their use in any profile photos on the social media network. The step is one of several that Twitter said it would take to crack down on...

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