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PAKISTAN NEWS:
Pakistan finally develops its own e-voting machine:

The Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, recently announced that Pakistan has built an electronic voting machine to ensure impartiality and transparency in elections while obliterate rigging. The National Institute of Electronics (NIE), which is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Science and Technology, has developed the machine in collaboration with the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) and the COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI).

Samsung confirms 4 years of updates for galaxy phones:

Samsung has committed to providing up-to-date security for up to 4 years in older as well as newer Galaxy devices. The company will be offering security updates to phones released in 2019 and also for its most recent phones and tablets. All Samsung Galaxy devices that fall under the Z, S, Note, A, M, XCover, and Tab series released in 2019 will be receiving security updates for up to 4 years. This list currently includes more than 130 devices.

Spotify is launching in Pakistan within the next few days:

The long wait is finally over. The highly popular Swedish music streaming service Spotify is finally coming to Pakistan. The company officially announced it on Twitter and Instagram. Spotify is planning to launch in 80+ new markets including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, and more. Once the streaming service is launched in these new markets, it will be available to more than a billion people around the world.

Punjab govt launches rescue cadet corps mobile app:

Punjab government has launched Rescue Cadet Corps (RCC) mobile application to promote rescue and safety culture in the province. Governor Punjab, Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, officially launched the RCC Mobile application in an inauguration ceremony that was held at Governor House Lahore. According to details, the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) has developed the RCC application in collaboration with Punjab Emergency Service (PES).

Google pixel 5a looks exactly like pixel 4a:

Google launched its budget-friendly Pixel 4a handset in September last year and is already gearing up to launch its successor the Pixel 5a. Last week, a few renders of the upcoming Google handset were leaked online disclosing a very Pixel 4a-like design. Some people might even not be able to tell the handsets apart. According to the leak, the handset measure 156.2 x 73.2 x 8.8 mm (9.4 mm at the camera hump) which is larger than the Pixel 4a but smaller than the pixel 4a 5G. The device has a unibody construction which, considering the previous pixel phones, will be plastic.

Nintendo switch pro with 4k support soon to be launched:

Japanese gaming giant Nintendo is rumored to launch a newer version of the Nintendo Switch this year called Nintendo Switch Pro. A new insider report has revealed that the Pro model will support 4K resolution. The report also claims that the Nintendo Switch Pro will be released later this year. However, it does not mention a launch date and there is no official word from Nintendo.

Bitcoin witnesses its biggest single-day collapse in history:

There’s blood on the crypto streets as a mammoth market sell-off exceeding $300 billion has caused the blockchain industry to retreat. On Sunday, the global market cap stood at a record high of $1.76 trillion. In less than 48 hours, it’s down to $1.46 trillion and looks set to pile-drive towards an even steeper downwards trajectory.

ZTE demoes next-gen under-display camera:

ZTE unveiled the  world’s first Smartphone with an under-display selfie camera last year. Although the commercialization of the device marked the first step in a whole new arena, the camera quality wasn’t anything to write home about. However, in a recent announcement, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer claimed that it was able to improve the technology and the new under-display camera will debut with the Axon 30 Pro 5G at MWC Shanghai with much better quality.

Redmi note 10 pro appears in official renders with retail box:

The Redmi Note 10 series is set to debut in the first week of March. The lineup is expected to include the Redmi Note 10, the Note 10 Pro, and for the first time, a Note 10 Pro Max. The design of the Pro version seems to have been leaked already thanks to a new post on Weibo. Redmi Note 10 Pro seems to have its camera setup inspired by the Xiaomi Mi 10T series. It has a similar rectangular module, but with larger lenses inside and a metallic ring around the camera at the top.

Huawei launches mate X2 with a Samsung galaxy fold-like design:

After launching its first foldable device in 2019, Huawei has now launched the all-new Mate X2, a successor to the original Mate X. As expected, the handset has undergone a radical redesign featuring an inward folding form factor. This time around, Huawei has followed Samsung’s approach and has added an external secondary screen for when the consumers want to use the handset in its folded form. As far as the specifications are concerned, the handset is loaded with flagship-grade features including a 5nm SoC, 50 MP quad-sensor cameras, and a high-density OLED display.

LG and Samsung to provide displays for foldable iphones:

Apple is reportedly planning on launching its own foldable phone by 2022. The company is working on developing a foldable with a display thinner than its rivals and is collaborating with LG and Samsung to develop the panels for the device. According to reports, Samsung will be the main supplier for the foldable panels and the first foldable iPhone will use Samsung’s LTPO-based OLED panels. Meanwhile, LG will be the secondary supplier. Cupertino is hoping its collaboration with LG can guarantee increased production and volume capacity and reduce costs.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
Facebook reverses ban on news pages in Australia:

Facebook has announced it will restore news content to its users in Australia.The tech giant has blocked news to Australians on its platform since last Thursday amid a dispute over a proposed law which would force it and Google to pay news publishers for content. Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg had told him the ban would end “in the coming days”, after the pair had talks.

Dating apps scam committed by criminal from inside prison:

“It’s one of the easiest ways to get money to be honest. If you’ve got a girl and she works and she’s into you, why not ask her to send over money? Lawyers are the best obviously.”Jamie — not his real name — is in his early 20s. For the last few years he made money by scamming women, usually those a lot older than him, who were looking for love. He did this while in prison for an unrelated crime, using an illegal mobile phone he had hidden.

Clubhouse confirms data spillage of its audio streams:

Audio-only social network iPhone app Clubhouse has confirmed that it experienced a data spill last week. The app allows users to join and participate in pop-up public or private audio chatrooms, promising that conversations are not recorded and have to be experienced live. But US cyber-security researchers tweeted that a user had found a way to stream audio to another website.

Whatsapp to switch off messages for all who reject new terms:

WhatsApp users who do not accept its updated terms and conditions by the 15 May deadline will be unable to receive or send messages until they do so.Their account will be listed as “inactive”. And inactive accounts can be deleted after 120 days.Calls and notifications will still function for “a short while” but, TechCrunch reported, probably only a “few weeks”. WhatsApp announced the update in January.There was a backlash among many users who thought it meant the company was planning to change the amount of data it shared with its parent company, Facebook.

Spotify to expand into more than 80 new markets:

Streaming platform Spotify is to launch in 85 new markets, bringing the service to more than a billion extra people.The announcement came via a livestreaming event featuring Justin Bieber, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Spotify has also announced a new higher sound-quality subscription service and a new advertising marketplace for podcasts. Most of the new markets are developing countries in Asia, Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean.

Epic’s bid to sue apple over Fortnite in UK rejected:

The maker of Fortnite, Epic Games, will not be able to take Apple to court in the UK as part of a high-profile row, a tribunal has ruled. Fortnite was pulled from Apple and Google’s app stores worldwide after it broke rules — which it claims are unfair – about in-app purchases. Epic had wanted to take both US companies to court in the UK, alleging they broke competition law. But the Competition Appeal Tribunal gave it permission to pursue Google.That case will relate to specific claims about how Fortnite was pulled from Android’s Google Play store.

Entire school board resigns after accidental public livestream:

An entire California school board has resigned after making disparaging remarks about families in an online meeting which they did not realize was being publicly live-streamed. “They want to pick on us because they want their babysitters back,” one member said about parents. Another implied that parents wanted their children out of the house so they could take drugs during the day.Parents, however, had been joining the public call as it progressed.

Drones to carry covid samples:

Drones are being used to carry Covid-19 samples and test kits in some parts of Argyll and Bute – in what has been described as a UK first. Following a trial last year, the project has been expanded, with medical cargo now being carried up to 40 miles (64km). Flights from Mull, Clachan-Seil and Lochgilphead to Lorn and the Islands Hospital in Oban have been authorised. NHS staff will be able to request drone deliveries. The drones can carry a payload of up to 3kg (6.6lbs) and cover distances faster than they can be by road. Some of the road journeys also involve a ferry crossing.

Margaret Mitchell: google fires AI ethics founder:

Google has fired the founder and co-head of its artificial intelligence ethics unit, claiming she violated the company’s code of conduct.In a statement, Google said an investigation found Margaret Mitchell had moved files outside the company.The ethics unit has been under scrutiny since December, following the departure of another senior figure, TimnitGebru. Both women had campaigned for more diversity at Google and raised concerns about censorship within the company.

Parents alerted to NurseryCam security breach:

A webcam system that lets parents drop in and watch their children while at nursery school has written to families to tell them of a data breach. NurseryCam said it did not believe the incident had involved any youngsters or staff being watched without their permission, but had shut down its server as a precautionary measure. The Guildford-based company quoted as saying in the BBC its service was used by about 40 nurseries across the UK.

It said it had also notified the ICO.Under UK rules, the Information Commissioner’s Office must be told of a breach if it has “significant impact” within 24 hours.

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