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Pakistan News:
Govt to provide the latest version of e-office for provinces:

The federal government has decided to provide the latest version of the e-Office to the provinces. The consensus was reached during a meeting regarding the implementation status of the e-Office chaired by the Federal Minister for Information and Telecommunication, Syed Amin Ul Haque. The Federal Secretary Ministry of IT and Telecommunication, Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui, and the CEO of the National Information Technology Board (NITB), Shabahat Ali Shah also attended the meeting.

ZTE watch live brings heart-rate, blood oxygen tracker and 21-day battery:

The Chinese Smartphone manufacturer ZTE has silently unveiled its new wearable dubbed the ZTE Watch Live in China. Taking after the Redmi Watch launched, the smartwatch comes with a square display, attractive features, and a reasonable price. The ZTE Watch Live is equipped with a 1.3-inch TFT display with 240 x 240 pixels resolution. The square-shaped display is reminiscent of many smartwatches released this year, including the Apple watch and the Redmi watch.

Samsung teases world’s first triple folding phone and rollable tablet:

As far as the folding smartphone industry is concerned, the South Korean smartphone maker, Samsung, is in the lead. The company has already launched foldable phones in two form factors (Galaxy Fold and Z Flip). Reportedly, the Korean company is working on other possible form factors for foldable phones and has recently teased a smartphone with a triple folding display and a rollable display.

Huawei launching IdeaHub in Pakistan to transform workspace:

The Huawei R&D team has been working on a complete solution for this pandemic and is finally ready to launch its new product, Huawei IdeaHub, in Pakistan — a solution that can effortlessly turn conference rooms, executive offices, classrooms, homes, and open areas into smart digital spaces. Huawei has been working towards making lives more convenient with its products and solutions and to transform surroundings into a fully connected intelligent world.

Punjab launches e-license framework for registration of schools:

Taking another step towards digitization, the Punjab government has introduced an e-license framework for the registration of private schools in the province. Education Minister Punjab, Dr. Murad Raas, formally launched the framework in a ceremony that was held in Lahore. While addressing the ceremony, Dr. Raas said that e-licenses will allow private school owners to register schools with the provincial government without having to face the bureaucratic rigmaroles.

Gaming tech can help improve self driving cars:

Self-driving cars are the next step in the evolution of the automobile industry. While they are indeed quite convenient and cost-effective over the long run, their safety has always been a cause for concern. This is why companies including Tesla, Waymo, and Nuro are testing different ways to train their AI to prepare them for different scenarios for further improvement. The theory goes that the more scenarios an AI faces, the more prepared it will be to respond to real-life situations.

Samsung reports highest smartphone profit share in 6 years:

With the ongoing global pandemic, many companies have been facing a hard time trying to keep afloat. However, Samsung was able to record the highest smartphone profit share in the global market in six years. The company also managed to surpass the profits of other major companies in the industry. Samsung, with its high profits, has made overshadowed Apple in the US and Xiaomi in the Indian market. The company has also narrowed down the gap with Apple in terms of smartphone profit share. In the third quarter of 2020, Samsung achieved a profit share of 32.6 percent, which is significantly up from 18.8 percent from back in 2019. This is the highest profit share the company earned in the past six years. The last high was a 37.9 percent profit share back in Q2 2014.

Huawei to use a unique ‘liquid lens’ for its next flagship phone:

Chinese smartphone market leader Huawei is always looking to stay ahead of the competition when it comes to camera quality. This year, the company introduced a new free form lens that promises better results, and newer reports are suggesting that the Chinese brand is in the final phase of testing a new liquid lens. This new liquid lens is expected to greatly improve image stabilization and focus times. According to a report from Chinese media, focus time will be reduced to a few milliseconds, which is on par with the human eye.

LG to form a new company with its sub divisions:

Korean tech giant LG has officially announced that it will spin off some of its affiliates into a new holding company next year. The decision comes as a move to restructure the company at a time conglomerates are growing in size. According to a report, LG’s affiliates will be officially spun off in May next year. Currently, the holding company of these affiliates is LG Corp, and it will reportedly hold assets worth 9.8 trillion won ($8.9 billion). However, the new holding company will have assets worth 900 billion won ($814 million).

Amazfit pop pro smartwatch is coming next week:

Amazfit unveiled a new smartwatch lineup last month called the Amazfit Pop. The watch is now about to receive a Pro model soon and some of its specifications have been officially revealed along with a launch date. The confirmation comes from a teaser poster which shows that the Amazfit Pop Pro will have a square-shaped dial similar to the Apple Watch and a number of other brands. It will have a 1.43-inch OLED screen, NFC support, and 24-hour real-time heart rate tracking. There will be 60 different sports modes and Amazfit’s PAI algorithm will keep you active and motivated.

TCL 20 5G to feature snapdragon 690 and triple rear cameras:

Chinese phone and display making giant TCL has a new mid-range phone coming early next year, details of which have been leaked already. According to tipster Evan Blass, the device will be called the TCL 20 5G and it will be powered by the Snapdragon 690 chipset along with three cameras on the back.

The display will be a 6.67-inch panel with FHD+ resolution. It is uncertain whether it will be an LCD or an AMOLED panel, but since the fingerprint sensor is on the side atop the power button, it is safe to assume that it will be an LCD. There is also an assistant button on the left side.

International News:
Your data and how it is used to gain your vote:

Even limited information can be used in surprising ways, the ICO report found. For example, buying someone’s name can lead to making guesses about their income, number of children and ethnicity – which is then used to tailor a political message for them. The report suggests that the Conservative Party is doing just that, using so-called “onomastic data”: information derived from the study of people’s names which could identify their ethnic origin or religion. It has done that for 10 million voters, most of whom will be unaware of exactly how their information is being used. Political parties can legitimately hold personal data on individuals to help them campaign more effectively. But sophisticated data analytics software can now combine information about individuals from multiple sources to find more about their voting characteristics and interests – something some people may find disturbing.

Is Tesla really worth $500 billion?:

It was the week when Elon Musk soared past Bill Gates to become the world’s second richest person, as Tesla’s value topped $500bn. On Tech Tent, we ask just why investors think the electric car company is worth so much more than it was a year ago. At the beginning of 2020, Tesla was valued by the stock market at around $80bn — and even then, sceptics thought that was a high price for a business that was barely profitable. Throughout the year its shares have soared, and its valuation climbed above $500bn on the news that the business was going to be included in the S&P 500 index of leading companies.

Balenciaga to unveil new collection in video game:

Luxury fashion house Balenciaga is to unveil its autumn/winter 2021 collection in an original video game. The firm said players would navigate through a virtual realm, completing tasks and meeting characters clad in the label’s new designs. Afterworld: The Age of Tomorrow, which will launch on December 6, will be playable in web browsers.

The Covid-19 pandemic has sparked a shift in the way global fashion brands showcase their lines. Burberry unveiled its latest collection in September via Twitch, and Gucci enlisted singer Harry Styles to help showcase its latest collection line in a seven-episode mini-series. In April, clothing brand 100 Thieves made its entire streetwear collection available in Nintendo Switch game Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Public sector urged to be open about role in decision-making:

Public sector bodies must be more open about their use of algorithms in making decisions, ministers have been told. A government advisory body said greater transparency and accountability was needed in all walks of life over the use of computer-based models in policy. Officials must understand algorithms’ limits and risks of bias, the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation said. Boris Johnson blamed a “mutant” algorithm for the chaos over school grades in England this summer. Ofqual and other exam regulators across the UK were forced to back down following a public outcry over the use of a computer program to determine A-level and GCSE grades after the cancellation of exams.

Manchester united will not say if they have received ransom demands over cyber attack:

Manchester United will not say if they have received ransom demands over the cyber attack on the club last week that forced them to shut down their systems. United said on Friday they had been hit by a “sophisticated” attack, and the issue is still causing disruption. While the issue is still causing the club major disruption, including emails not working throughout this week, it is understood investigative and recovery work aimed at ensuring their internal systems are safe is at an advanced stage.

Why bots will beat you to in-demand gifts:

Black Friday and the Christmas shopping rush is here. But any great deals on a new games console or hot-ticket piece of electronics will probably be snapped up by an army of bots working for those looking to make a profit. Bots are constantly-running software programs that have hit online retail for years. But the pandemic means higher demand for lots of items, and many more people shopping online. And that’s just “the tip of the iceberg”, says Thomas Platt, from the bot management firm Netacea. Everything from cuddly toys to film collectibles are seeing bots snap up the stock, he reports. If there’s a “niche audience” or high-profile launch, “those industries are being targeted”, he adds.

Amazon web outage breaks vacuums and doorbells:

An outage with Amazon’s web infrastructure left smart-home enthusiasts unable to use basic household items. Amazon Web Services is a huge part of the company’s business and the backbone of the internet’s most popular sites and services. A widespread US outage late on Wednesday disrupted many of those services. Robot vacuums and smart doorbells suddenly stopped working in people’s homes.

UK to impose new rules to limit tech giants’ power:

The UK will impose new rules next year aimed at preventing Google and Facebook from abusing their market dominance. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said the two firms accounted for around 80% of the £14bn ($18.7bn) spent on advertising online in 2019. The new regime will attempt to give consumers more control over their data. It will also “help small businesses thrive, and ensure news outlets are not forced out by bigger rivals,” according to the government.

The photographers capturing buildings and biscuits in 3D:

When the first lockdown was eased in June, David Fletcher picked up his digital camera and got to work. Save for a few police officers and builders, he says, London’s streets were deserted. But that suited him just fine. He wanted to take photographs without people getting in the way. Mr Fletcher takes thousands upon thousands of images of a façade or area and later uses computer software to stitch these images together as a 3D model. The process is called photogrammetry and while he’s been dabbling in it for many years, he’s been able to indulge his hobby to an even greater extent during the pandemic.

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