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PAKISTAN NEWS:
South Karachi district to become completely wireless soon:

In an attempt to end the nuisance for commuters and restore the marred beauty of the city, Karachi’s District Administration has launched a project to place the overhead telephone and television cables under the ground. Sanctioned by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), 18 private telecom companies will collaborate to complete the project that would incur a cost of Rs. 4 billion.

PUBG mobile ban lifted:

Islamabad High Court has recently decided to lift the ban on the popular game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) Mobile, sparking a wave of happiness among the youth. Justice Aamir Farooq ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to unblock the game with immediate effect, declaring the regulator’s decision null and void.

Jazzcash, ignite partner to facilitate freelancers:

JazzCash, Pakistan’s leading mobile wallet, has partnered with Ignite to facilitate the Ministry of Information Technology & Telecom’s (MOITT) national level training program, Digiskills.pk. Ignite CEO Syed Junaid Imam and Mobilink Microfinance Bank President Ghazanfar Azzam signed the MoU in the presence of Federal Minister for IT & Telecom Syed Amin Ul Haque, Secretary IT & Telecom Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui and JazzCash CEO Erwan Gelebart.

Corning’s new gorilla glass victus might make your phone unbreakable:

Corning, known for its specialty glasses, just announced the toughest gadget glass the company has ever created. According to Corning, Gorilla Glass Victus is the first glass in six years that will meaningfully improve your phone’s ability to prevent scratches. Moreover, the glass will greatly increase the smartphone’s survivability when falling on hard surfaces. Over the years, Gorilla Glass’s ability to protect smartphone displays has been pretty stagnant. Although Gorilla Glass 3 was better at resisting keys and coins as compared to its predecessor, its successor Gorilla Glass 4 performed worse in most tests. Gorilla Glass 5 was a slight improvement, and Gorilla Glass 6 almost felt like a rebranded Gorilla Glass 5. All this time, Corning was focusing on helping your phone survive small tumbles and scratches.

Samsung Galaxy A11 video review – does justice to the price tag:

In March this year, Samsung unveiled one of its cheapest entry-level smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy A11. It features a triple camera setup at the back, the Infinity O display at the front, and fast-charging at a reasonable price tag of PKR 26,000 However, the question here is whether the smartphone makes a good choice for someone who wants to invest in an entry-level smartphone or not. The smartphone features a typical Galaxy entry-level aesthetic with a glasstic back. The triple sensor rear camera sits on the top left beside an oval-shaped fingerprint sensor.

Intel in serious trouble with 7nm chips:

After years of delay, the American chipmaker Intel launched its 10nm chips on the market in 2019. The company is facing similar delays with its upcoming 7 nm chipsets as well. Along with the release of its Q2 2020 earnings report, Intel delivered bad news to its investors, announcing that its plans for 7nm chips have slipped another six months, which means the yields are now running one year behind the original projections. Originally, the Intel 7 nm process chipsets were planned to arrive by the end of 2021. This delay has pushed the approximate arrival to the end of 2022 or early 2023.

Facebook will use AI to moderate comments:

Facebook has come up with a new way to curb harmful behavior on the platform such as bullying, scamming, spreading spam, selling weapons and drugs, etc. The social media giant is training AI powered bots by simulating the actions of bad actors on a parallel version of Facebook with hopes that they will one day prevent such behavior. The simulator is called WW and it runs on Facebook’s real code base. Facebook engineer and head of the research Mark Harman told journalists that the simulation tool is quite flexible and can be used to simulate a wide range of negative behavior. The engineers created a group of bad bots that would target a group of innocent bots with bad behavior. They ran the simulation trying to find different ways to stop the bad bots and train the AI on how to deal with them.

BOE unveils next gen displays & under screen cameras:

The DIC Expo took place in Shanghai where the Chinese display manufacturer BOE unveiled some innovative display technologies. The firm showed off flexible AMOLEDs, Mini LEDs, and under-screen cameras. Mini LED is a new display technology that brings improved contrast and deeper blacks compared to regular LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes). Diodes smaller than 0.2 mm are classes as Mini LEDs.

OLX to launch a self-serve ad platform for small businesses:

OLX is preparing to launch a self-serve ad platform in Pakistan for small businesses. “It’s the next evolution in marketing for small businesses,” said Aneeb Faizi, Head of Digital Advertising at OLX Pakistan, in an exclusive interview with Media. The first-of-its-kind tool in Pakistan will allow users to devise their own targeted campaigns based on desired outcomes like the number of clicks, downloads, or branding and filter OLX’s audience based on budget, campaign days, and other metrics. This tool is designed by keeping small businesses in view who are looking for a targeted approach. At present, it is in the process of automation and it will help in the evolution of small businesses.

Lenovo launches its first ever gaming phone:

The Asus ROG Phone 3 has another major competitor to look out for, the Lenovo Legion Duel, which is the Chinese company’s first gaming focused smartphone. Like the Rog Phone 3, it also maxes out on specifications such as the Snapdragon 865+, 144Hz display, but comes with a unique design of its own and much more aggressive price tag.

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
China’s first Tianwen-1 mars rover rockets away from earth:

China has launched its first rover mission to Mars. The six-wheeled robot, encapsulated in a protective probe, was lifted off Earth by a Long March 5 rocket from the Wenchang spaceport on Hainan Island at 12:40 local time (04:40 GMT). It should arrive in orbit around the Red Planet in February. Called Tianwen-1, or “Questions to Heaven”, the rover won’t actually try to land on the surface for a further two to three months. This wait-and-see strategy was used successfully by the American Viking landers in the 1970s. It will allow engineers to assess the atmospheric conditions on Mars before attempting what will be a hazardous descent. Tianwen-1 is one of three missions setting off to Mars in the space of 11 days. On Monday, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched its Hope satellite towards the Red Planet. And in a week from now, the US space agency (Nasa) aims to despatch its next-generation rover, Perseverance.

Blackbaud hack: universities lose data to ransomware attack:

At least 10 universities in the UK, US and Canada have had data stolen about students and/or alumni after hackers attacked a cloud computing provider. Human Rights Watch and the children’s mental health charity, Young Minds, have also confirmed they were affected.

The hack targeted Blackbaud, one of the world’s largest providers of education administration, fundraising, and financial management software. The US-based company’s systems were hacked in May. It has been criticised for not disclosing this externally until July and for having paid the hackers an undisclosed ransom. In some cases, the data was limited to that of former students, who had been asked to financially support the establishments they had graduated from. But in others it extended to staff, existing students and other supporters.

NVIDIA is planning to buy smartphone chipmaker arm:

Last week SoftBank, the British silicon ship designer ARM’s parent company, reported that it was looking to sell some or all of its Arm Holdings operations. Considering the successful operations of the company, a number of conglomerates are interested in acquiring the England-based firm. According to a recent report from Media, NVIDIA has approached SoftBank regarding a takeover deal. The company is reportedly negotiating Arm’s operations with Nvidia, as of now. This news comes from Bloomberg’s internal sources who have asked for anonymity on the matter.

UK and US say Russia fired a satellite weapon in space:

The US and UK have accused Russia of testing a weapon-like projectile in space that could be used to target satellites in orbit. The US State Department described the recent use of “what would appear to be actual in-orbit anti-satellite weaponry” as concerning. Russia’s defence ministry earlier said it was using new technology to perform checks on Russian space equipment. The US has previously raised concerns about new Russian satellite activity.

Twitter says hackers viewed 36 accounts’ private messages:

Twitter has revealed that hackers viewed private direct messages (DMs) from 36 of the accounts involved in last week’s hack. It did not disclose who they belonged to beyond saying one was owned by an elected official in the Netherlands. But the Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders quoted as saying in the BBC that this was a reference to his account. Twitter has said that it does not believe any other former or current politicians had their DMs accessed. It is not clear how many of the accounts overlap with the 45 that tweeted a Bitcoin scam.

Apple co-founder sues youtube over bitcoin scam:

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is suing YouTube for allegedly allowing scammers to use images and videos of him to defraud people. The scam, similar to one used in a Twitter hack, requested people send cryptocurrency, falsely promising they would receive twice as much back. Mr Wozniak accused YouTube of failing to deal with the problem. In response YouTube’s owner Google said that it took abuse “seriously” and took action quickly on scams.

Northern ireland contact tracing app getting ready:

A coronavirus contact tracing app for Northern Ireland will be launched next week, the health committee has been told. Dan West from the Department of Health said the release of Stop Covid NI was supported by the executive. The app will supplement the phone-based contact tracing programme already in place. Northern Ireland will be the first part of the UK to have a contact tracing app.

The Republic of Ireland’s app launched earlier in July. Both apps have been designed by the company Nearform. Mr West, a chief digital information officer at the Department of Health, said the NI app would notify close contacts automatically. It would also identify people at risk of infection who would be impossible to trace through the traditional method.

Premier league club almost lost £1m to hackers:

A Premier League club came close to losing £1m during a transfer deal because of cyber hackers. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said it was only the intervention of the unnamed club’s bank that stopped the theft. It was one of several incidents highlighted as evidence that sport needed to improve its cybersecurity.

“The impact of cybercriminals cashing in on this industry is very real,” said the NCSC’s Paul Chichester. A new report from the NCSC says the email address of a Premier League club’s managing director had been hacked during a transfer negotiation, leading to the attempt to steal the £1m. The report also says that a Football League club was targeted by hackers who cut off its security systems, blocking turnstiles and almost resulting in a fixture postponement.

Apple digs in over its app store fees:

Apple has defended the fees it charges developers to sell their digital products via its App Store. The iPhone-maker says a study it commissioned shows content makers give away a similar cut to dozens of other online markets, and an even bigger share if their goods are sold offline. Apple is facing complaints about the matter on both sides of the Atlantic. The EU launched a competition probe in June, and chief executive Tim Cook will give testimony to Congress on Monday. He will appear before the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee alongside counterparts from Amazon, Facebook and Google. The tech giants all face claims that they have abused their market-leading positions. It has emerged that ahead of the hearing, Microsoft’s president briefed the panel that his firm had concerns about the way Apple operated the App Store.

The great contact-tracing apps mystery:

Germany and Ireland have both trumpeted their success in rolling out contact-tracing apps. But is there any evidence that they are doing what they are designed to do – warning people they could be infected with the virus? Not yet – and the privacy-conscious way in which they are designed could mean we will never know how effective they have been. Last month, the UK government announced that it was abandoning a centralised NHS contact-tracing app for England and switching to a decentralised version, based on the Apple-Google toolkit. This model has been favoured by privacy campaigners because the matching process takes place on users’ smartphones rather on a central computer, providing a greater degree of anonymity. But the government stressed that the new version would not arrive in a hurry, and Boris Johnson told the House of Commons that no country in the world had a functioning contact-tracing app.

Trump posts misleading ad using Ukraine photo:

A post by Donald Trump’s official Facebook account purports to show violence in the US but is in fact of an event in another country. The advert shows one image of Mr Trump in a calm setting talking to police officers beside another of a security official being surrounded by protesters, saying: “Public safety vs chaos and violence”. However, the image is a photo from a pro-democracy protest in Ukraine in 2014. Facebook have told the Media they won’t be taking any action against the post but gave no further comment.

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