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Under fire Huawei and foldable screens in focus at top mobile fair

Phone makers will focus on foldable screens and the introduction of blazing fast 5G wireless networks at the world´s biggest mobile fair starting Monday in Spain as they try to reverse a decline in sales of smartphones. Huawei will also be in the spotlight at the four-day Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona as the Chinese telecom giant fights US...

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PTA implements phone registration, identification system

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has activated its Device Identification Registration & Blocking System (DIRBS) to crack down against counterfeit mobile phone usage and discourage phone theft. The authority, in a press release, said, “The aim of DIRBS is to curtail the counterfeit mobile phone usage, discourage mobile phones theft and protect consumer interest and in line with Telecom...

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NASA chooses nine companies to bid on flying to Moon

WASHINGTON: The US space agency on Thursday announced nine private companies, mostly start-ups, that will bid on $2.6 billion in contacts to build spacecraft to carry payloads to the Moon as early as 2019. The move is part of NASA’s goal of sending people to the Moon in the next decade, for the first time since the Apollo era of...

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Google workers demand end to censored Chinese search project

SAN FRANCISCO: More than 200 engineers, designers and managers at Alphabet Inc’s Google demanded in an open letter on Tuesday that the company end development of a censored search engine for Chinese users, escalating earlier protests against the secretive project. Google has described the search app, known as Project Dragonfly, as an experiment not close to launching. But as details...

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Anxiety at NASA as Mars InSight spacecraft nears Red Planet

NASA´s top scientists admitted to sleepless nights, sweaty palms, stomach aches and moments of pure terror as their $993 million Mars Insight spacecraft approaches a high-drama finale Monday: landing on Mars. Mars Insight´s goal is listen for quakes and tremors as a way to unveil the Red Planet´s inner mysteries, how it formed billions of years ago, and by extension,...

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Video gaming fiends with an itch hit Twitch

PARIS: Seven years on from the rebranding of its original incarnation Justin.tv, video game live-streaming platform Twitch boasts more than a million people tuned in at any moment and interest is rising. Today’s top “streamers” are celebrities who can earn fame and a healthy living from competitive video gaming — but co-founder Emmett Shear says his lightbulb moment came back...

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Government to block Smuggled cellphones after Dec 31: Fawad

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Friday announced that all cellular phones smuggled into the country after December 31 will be blocked. Addressing the press conference after federal cabinet meeting, Fawad Chaudhary said mobile phones worth around Rs2.5 billion are illegally brought to Pakistan every year. The minister also said that the government was mulling to impose ban on the...

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Zuckerberg says he is not considering quitting Facebook

WASHINGTON: Embattled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he has no plans to resign, sounding defiant after a rough year for the social platform. "That’s not the plan," Zuckerberg told CNN Business when asked if he would consider stepping down as chairman. He also defended Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, who has drawn criticism over her handling of the social...

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Facebook And Instagram Service Goes Down In Major Parts Of The World

Web Desk: Social media websites Facebook and Instagram were reported to be down across the world today. Outages were reported on Tuesday afternoon in Britain and continental Europe, and on Tuesday morning in North America. On downdetector.com, a site where users can report website outages, reports flowed in from as far as away Ethiopia, Australia, and the Philippines. Thousands of...

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Google study sees $240 billion Southeast Asia internet economy by 2025

Southeast Asia’s internet economy is expected to exceed $240 billion by 2025, a joint study by Google and Temasek showed, a fifth more than previously estimated, as more consumers use their smartphones to go online. The study, first published in 2016, encompasses ride-hailing, e-commerce, online travel, and online media. The latest report released on Monday adds new sectors such as...

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Facebook says steep rise in data requests from Indian govt

Facebook says there was a steep rise in data requests from India's government in the first half of this year as compared to the previous two years. The company, in a report released on Friday, said that it received 16,580 data requests from the government in the January-June period as compared to 22,024 requests in all of 2017 and 13,613...

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Nepal’s first robot waiter is ready for orders

KATHMANDU: "Please enjoy your meal," says Nepal’s first robot waiter, Ginger, as she delivers a plate of steaming dumplings to a table of hungry customers. The poor Himalayan nation is better known for its soaring mountain peaks than technological prowess, but a group of self-taught young innovators are seeking to change that. Local start-up Paaila Technology built Ginger, a 1.5...

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FB shuts more accounts designed for political meddling

Facebook on Tuesday said it shut down more accounts aimed at influencing the US midterm election and that it is exploring a possible link to Russia. "As we've continued to investigate, we detected and removed some additional Facebook and Instagram accounts," head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel Gleicher said in an update posted at the social network. While stressing the challenge...

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After conquering the world, smartphones facing uncertain future

WASHINGTON: What is next for the smartphone, which has become the hottest-selling consumer device around the world in just over a decade? Even as top makers like Apple and Samsung unveil new handsets with new features and improved performance, smartphone sales have flattened with most major markets largely saturated. The next catalyst for smartphones could be the possibilities offered by...

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How to drive a robot on Mars

GREENBELT, United States: Some 78 million miles (126 million kilometers) from Earth, alone on the immense and frigid Red Planet, a robot the size of a small 4x4 wakes up just after sunrise. And just as it has every day for the past six years, it awaits its instructions. Around 9:30 Mars time, a message arrives from California, where it...

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Twitter cuts suspect users from follower counts again, blames bug

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter made another attempt to make users’ tallies of followers more accurate, subtracting millions of suspicious followers which had reappeared on the social media service since a major purge in July. Twitter is under pressure to tackle its problem of fake users, which are a turn-off for investors and advertisers and have led to scrutiny from US Congress....

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FB stops requiring arbitration of sexual harassment claims

Facebook on Friday said it will no longer require employees to resolve sexual harassment claims via arbitration, mirroring a move by Google. The change of workplace rules at the world´s leading social network will allow complaints of such improprieties to be aired openly in court. "Today, we are publishing our updated Workplace Relationships policy and amending our arbitration agreements to...

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