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Cyber crimes increased by 120pc in year:

National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication has decided to carry out post-legislative scrutiny of laws related to cybercrimes in the wake of the increasing magnitude of the cybercrimes and the shortcomings/handicaps in the legal mechanism to address those complaints. The Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication met under the chairmanship Ali Khan Jadoon observed that the laws needed to be reviewed. The issue of fake IDs on social media was raised in the meeting by Gohar Ali, MNA. He said numerous fake IDs of MNAs have been made as well as on the name of all the members of the IT committee.

PTCL’s experia internship preparing students for professional life:

After years of tough assignments, nerve-wracking exams, and putting up with extreme expectations of teachers, it is imperative for a student to be prepared to perform in the industry. The students who freshly graduate after over a decade of education need experience on their resumes. This is where an internship becomes a bridge between a fresh graduate and their ideal company. An internship enables skilled learning, provides hands-on experience, and provides training to fresh graduates to prepare them for professional life. Every company needs a consistent supply of fresh, energized, and technologically aware candidates. Shortlisted candidates, based on their academic backgrounds and hands-on professional experience, are given an opportunity to work in a corporate environment.

Airschool offering exclusive public speaking masterclass course:

Airschool has announced a 4 weeks long course on public speaking for students and professionals who want to learn the art of public speaking through a complete guide based on instructions and practice! The course is conducted by Bilal Khiyani. He is a certified digital marketer and consultant in Pakistan. The fee of the complete course is PKR 3000 only. The course will be conducted in Urdu and Hindi language only. Words have the power to inform, persuade, educate, and even entertain. Spoken words can be more powerful than the written words in the hands of the right speaker. Public speaking is therefore considered very important in businesses, education and public arenas.

Xiaomi has another smartphone camera beast coming soon:

Xiaomi’s upcoming flagship, the Xiaomi Mi10T Pro, has been leaked extensively over the past few weeks. However, none of the images that surfaced on the internet were good enough to show its design and camera specs until now. Recently, the official renders of the forthcoming smartphone surfaced on the internet. As expected, the smartphone flaunts a 108 MP main camera setup. The “108MP camera” label is clearly visible below the large module on top. The smartphone will launch along with a vanilla Xiaomi Mi 10T, which will come with a 64 MP camera setup on the back.

LG unveils a gigantic 163-inch microled tv:

Korean tech giant LG has unveiled a new LED TV, but it is not just any regular model, it is a massive 163-inch microLED TV that comes with a huge price tag but promises exceptional quality and durability. LG Magnit is based on microLED technology, which is a new generation of LED TVs that works with pixels that are a lot smaller. These pixels are up to 100 times smaller but offer a much clearer image, better color reproduction, and improved viewing angles compared to regular LED TVs. They are comparable to OLED TVs but don’t come with their downsides like burn-ins.

Go for Google’s go Android 11 phones:

Earlier this week, Google announced a stable build of Android 11 for smartphones, now Google has launched the Go edition of the OS meant for phones with up to 2GB RAM. The OS is reserved for entry-level devices from a broad range of smartphone OEMs. Apart from this, older devices running on Android Go will also get an update, however, the list has not been revealed yet. Android Go borrows almost all of its key features from Android 11. These features include: Grouped notifications chat applications: It keeps all the notifications of the ongoing conversations grouped in one place, they’re far less likely to get lost among your other notifications. Conversations will be given precedence over other notifications. One-time permissions: Whenever an application prompts the user for permission related to location, microphone, or camera, the permissions prompt now contains an option called Only this time. If the user selects this option, the app is granted temporary one-time permission. Apart from this, Google has promised 20 percent faster app launches as well. Users will be able to run three to four more apps in the background with the new Go-edition OS.

Ayesha Aleem offers a course ‘become an expert negotiator’:

Ayesha Aleem, Uber Deal Lead with global marketing & deal lead experience of 10 years in B2C and B2B space has launched a 4-week course on Airschool teaching the Art of Negotiation Airschool finds immense pleasure in hosting a new course, “Become an Expert Negotiator.”

The course is priced at PKR 4000 only. For those looking to build careers in business development, and client servicing, as well as seeking to optimize the result of their daily interactions, this course is just what they need. Starting from the basics of negotiation skills, and then moving towards the process of deal-making and client management, this course would cover both professional as well as personal interactions of one’s daily life.

The focus areas of this course include Art of Deal Making, Negotiation 101, Listening Skills and Deadlock, 5-Step Guide to Client Management, and Case Studies and Skill Implementation. By the end of the course, you would come out as a confident negotiator and deal maker. This course is designed in such a way that not only would the instructor deliver a lecture but would also ensure that an interactive environment is supported. General discussions at the end of each lecture and exposing learners to real-life examples are key tools to facilitate this objective.

OPPO’s Reno4 series available:

OPPO has launched four devices in a grand virtual launch event for the OPPO Reno4 series. The virtual launch was hosted by the talented Sanam Saeed and Ali Rehman and live-streamed on OPPO’s Official Facebook and Youtube at 8 PM. The event had a few exciting activities lined up for the viewers, making them feel like they were physically present at the event. As a value addition, the launch event also had the energetic performance by Kashmir the band making it a night to remember. The soulful voices of the singers took the viewers into the infinite world of possibilities as they enjoyed the performance in the comfort of their homes. The hosts also gave away OPPO Reno4, OPPO Reno4 Pro, OPPO Enco W51, and OPPO watch to the lucky winners.

Huawei offers harmonyos & EMUI 11 without Android 11:

Last year, after the US trade-ban on Huawei that led to restrictions in using Android in its smartphones, the Chinese company announced its very own operating system, the HarmonyOS. Now, at its developers’ conference last week, the company CEO Richard Yu quoted as announcing HarmonyOS 2.0 as well as EMUI 11 (not based on Android 11).

Motorola launches midranger Moto G9 plus:

Motorola’s mid-ranger, the Moto G9 plus, following a couple of leaks, has finally been launched. The smartphone comes with a powerful GPU but a lower-midrange RAM specification in comparison to Smartphones from other manufacturers in the same price range. Design-wise, the Moto G9 Plus follows the typical Motorola smartphone suite. The quad-sensor rear camera sits on a rectangular camera bump along with the LED flashlight. The fingerprint sensor with Motorola’s logo on it is mounted on the back.


International News:
England and Wales’ contact-tracing app gets launch date:

A new Covid-19 contact-tracing app will be launched across England and Wales on 24 September, the government has announced. The app will let people scan barcode-like QR codes to register visits to hospitality venues and will implement Apple and Google’s method of detecting other smartphones. Businesses are being asked to display QR code posters to support the app. Health Secretary Matt Hancock described the launch as “a defining moment”. The first version of the NHS contact-tracing app, intended for the whole of the UK, was trialled on the Isle of Wight in May but later abandoned.

Huawei to shift phones to its own harmony operating system from 2021:

Huawei has announced plans to pre-install its own Harmony operating system on its smartphones from next year. The Chinese company said it would also offer the software to other manufacturers to use as an alternative to Android. Huawei is currently the world’s second bestselling handset-maker, after a brief time in the top spot. But others have tried and failed to challenge Google and Apple’s dominance.Google’s Android accounted for 85.4% of smartphones shipped last year, according to research company IDC, and Apple’s iOS the remaining 14.6%.

Govt must safeguard arm’s UK hq:

The British government should step in to ensure that Cambridge-based chip-maker ARM keeps its headquarters in the UK, Labour has said.

SoftBank, which bought ARM in 2016, is in advanced talks to sell the company to US-based Nvidia. The government should obtain “legally binding assurances” about ARM’s location, Labour’s Ed Miliband said. A government spokesman said any takeovers representing a threat to the UK would be investigated.ARM is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microprocessors used in smartphones and other devices.

How technology could keep football fans safe at stadiums:

With the Premier League and EFL kicking off this weekend, eyes will not only be focused on the pitch but also on the surrounding stands. The 2019-20 season reached its conclusion without supporters in stadiums, and the new one is about to begin with no fans as well. Trial games,  overseen by the DCMS, such as the recent friendly between Brighton and Chelsea, have taken place with reduced numbers, with just 2,500 at the 30,000-capacity Amex Stadium. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the intention to return fans to stadiums from 1 October will be reviewed, as part of wider restrictions to tackle the spread of Covid-19. Pilot test events in September will now be restricted to 1,000 fans.

TikTok sale deadline won’t be extended, says Trump:

The Chinese owner of TikTok has until 15 September – and not a day longer – to find an American buyer for the video-sharing app, or face being banned in the US, according to President Donald Trump.”There will be no extension of the TikTok deadline,” Mr Trump said. The president has given the Chinese owner of the app, ByteDance, 45 days to sell it. TikTok declined to comment on Mr Trump’s statement.If ByteDance doesn’t sell the app, then US firms will be barred from doing business with it after the deadline has elapsed.”We’ll see what happens. It’ll either be closed up or they’ll sell it,” said Mr Trump on Thursday, when explaining that the deadline would not be pushed back.According to Mr Trump, TikTok and other Chinese apps that collect data on US citizens pose a national security threat.

The man who owned 3,000 cameras:

One of the largest camera collections in the world is hidden away in a village hall in a Fife coastal town – but hardly anybody knows it is there. At least 3,000 cameras, including some dating back well over a century, belonged to the late Neville “Jim” Matthew. He retired to the picturesque East Neuk village of St Monans after a career that took him around the world. He took over the former Salvation Army hall to store his treasured collection. Inside the hall, row after row of cameras, accessories and memorabilia fill the shelves.

Gaming can be ‘more personal’ than movies:

Thor spins his hammer Mjolnir, and smashes a robot from outer space to smithereens. He’s defending planet earth, a job he’s been doing for nearly 50 years in comics, on TV and – most notably recently – in films.But this time, the Thor on screen looks and sounds a bit different. And he’ll behave differently depending on who’s playing. Because this isn’t the movies. It’s a new game featuring the Avengers. But according to the actor bringing Thor to life for it, this isn’t just a poor imitation of the hugely successful Marvel blockbusters. Travis Willingham tells Radio 1 Newsbeat: “To me… it’s making your own film.”Rather than just being in a sort of passive viewer perspective.”

Russia, China and Iran hackers target Trump and Biden, microsoft says:

Hackers with ties to Russia, China and Iran are attempting to snoop on people and groups involved with the US 2020 presidential election, Microsoft says. The Russian hackers who breached the 2016 Democratic campaign are again involved, said the US tech firm.Microsoft said it was “clear that foreign activity groups have stepped up their efforts” targeting the election.Both President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden’s campaigns are in the cyber-raiders’ sights.

Google and twitter vow to block voting misinformation:

Google and Twitter have said they are clamping down further on misinformation online ahead of the US elections. Messaging platforms expect a flood of false claims and misleading posts ahead of the November vote. Twitter said it plans to more aggressively label and remove election-related tweets that are inaccurate. Search engine Google said it would screen more auto-complete results to avoid voters being misled, particularly over reports claiming an early victory.

‘Scammer cloned my business on instagram’:

In the last weekend of August, when Emma Heathcote-James had been looking forward to a relaxing bank-holiday break, she instead found herself fighting to save her company’s reputation. She had just discovered the Instagram page for her beauty-product business, which she had spent 12 years building up, had been cloned.”For some reason the scammers tagged me in one of the photos, which seems like it was probably a mistake,” she says. And this alerted her to the cloned page, where the only discernible difference from the legitimate Little Soap Co’s page was an extra “o” at the end of the name.

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