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Instagram admits moderation mistake over racist comments:

Instagram has admitted a mistake in its technology meant racist comments and emojis were not removed.It comes after a flood of racist abuse was directed at England footballers Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho following the men’s Euro 2020 final. Instagram boss Adam Mosseri said content had “mistakenly” been identified as within guidelines instead of referred to human moderators. The issue had now been fixed, he said.

ZTE Blade V30 Launched With 64MP Camera and 5000 mAh Battery:

ZTE has a number of smaller phone announcements ahead of its major smartphone launch. The ZTE Blade V30 is now official with a tall display, a quad-camera setup, and a large battery for $256. There is no word on global availability, but it should not be long before it becomes widely available. The Blade V30 has a 6.67-inch LCD with FHD+ resolution and a centered punch-hole camera. The fingerprint sensor is mounted on the side and a massive camera bump can be seen on the back with 4 lenses.

Now Enjoy Free Snapchat with Telenor:

In line with its ambition of enabling and empowering Pakistanis through innovative products and services, Telenor Pakistan brings free Snapchat for its users. In an industry first, Telenor has formed a strategic partnership with the globally popular social media platform, Snapchat. The development makes Telenor Pakistan the first telco to venture into augmented reality and build interactive Snapchat lenses for Pakistani consumers.

On World Emoji Day, Here is a List of Top 5 Emotions You Showed Careem:

Remember the days when MSN messenger ruled the world of social media? It had everything that one asked for back in the days. From chatbox to status uploads to even a video calling feature that was way ahead of its time. There were even some hilarious tactics to ask for attention, like the almighty ‘Nudge’ button that would literally shake up your entire screen (we are all guilty of using those), and who can forget those funny winks. Man, those were some good old days!

ECC Approves Draft Policy For Auctioning NGMS Spectrum In AJK:

Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue, Mr. Shaukat Tarin, chaired the meeting of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet, which was held at the Finance Division today. The ECC considered and approved the Draft Policy Directives related to the Auction of Next Generation Mobile Services (NGMS) in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK), as submitted by the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication before the Committee. This is the first time that the NGMS will be auctioned in AJK, and it will improve mobile broadband services in the region.

Microsoft CEO Appreciates Pakistani Dev for Code That Enabled NASA’s Mars Mission:

Chairman and CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, has featured a Pakistani developer whose open-source code enabled NASA’s mission to Mars. In his keynote address at Microsoft Inspire Conference, CEO Microsoft praised Ahmad Awais whose contribution on GitHub made NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter Mission possible.

Why is PayPal Not Planning to Launch in Pakistan?:

PayPal is a US-based electronic payment system that acts as a third party for financial payments between two parties. It has a strong position in the online fund transferring market. However, unfortunately, it is not working/coming in Pakistan despite a lot of demand and effort. There are several buzzwords in the market about the absence of PayPal. Money laundering, FATF, and exchange control regime are the most important reasons that have been told in this regard.

Xiaomi Becomes the World’s Second Biggest Smartphone Company:

Global smartphone shipments continued to witness growth throughout 2021, soaring 12 percent during the second quarter of the year. According to global analytics firm Canalys, smartphone demand remains hot across the board amid pandemic-driven work-from-home trends that consumers all over the world have grown accustomed to.

Lucky Motors to Make Samsung Smartphones in Pakistan:

Lucky Cement’s subsidiary company is going to produce mobile phones in Pakistan for the world’s largest smartphone maker, Samsung, by December 2021. According to a notification submitted to the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) on Friday, Lucky Motor Corporation Limited (LMC) – a subsidiary of Lucky Cement Limited, which is currently engaged in the business of the manufacturing, assembly, marketing, distribution, and sales of Kia and Peugeot branded vehicles, parts, and accessories – has recently entered into an agreement with Samsung Gulf Electronics Co., FZE (‘Samsung’) to produce Samsung branded Mobile Devices in Pakistan.

Vivo S10 Series Launched With 44MP Selfie and 108MP Back Cameras:

Vivo has officially launched the all-new S10 series in China featuring the S10 and S10 Pro lineups. Both midrangers sport an impressive spec sheet under all that slim and flat design that Vivo loves to play with. In highlights, the S10 lineup comes with a Dimensity 1100 chipset, huge 64MP/108MP primary camera sensors, 44W fast-charging and big storage.

AI narration of chef Anthony Bourdain’s voice sparks row:

A new documentary about Anthony Bourdain has ignited a debate, after film-makers revealed they had used an AI simulation of the late chef’s voice. Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain was narrated using archive material supplemented by a synthetic voice reading short extracts of writing by Mr Bourdain, who died in 2018.

Finding ‘Grace’: Murder, DNA and ancestry:

A brother and sister were looking for their long-lost sibling. A police department was trying to identify a murder victim. It took 30 years – but a revolution in forensics using DNA and ancestry websites finally connected the dots. The nicest thing about the little town of Bucklin, Kansas, is its cemetery. The grass is neatly cut, the graves well looked after. It was here, last month, that 20 or so mourners stood around a small, white coffin to say goodbye to Shawna Beth Garber.

Valve reveals handheld Steam Deck PC games console:

Gaming giant Valve, which runs the Steam store, has announced a portable console that will play PC games. The Steam Deck has been likened to the Nintendo Switch console in appearance but Valve says it will have the components of a high-end gaming laptop.

The built-in display is limited to high-definition 720p graphics but the console can also be connected to an external display.

Clippy returns – as an emoji:

Microsoft’s much-maligned mascot Clippy is coming back from the dead – but only as an emoji. Clippy the paperclip was a simplistic virtual assistant who offered tips and advice to Microsoft Office users, from 1997 and until the mid-2000s. Its constant pop-ups to suggest “help” with the simplest of tasks – such as writing a letter – annoyed many.

WhatsApp to let users message without their phones:

WhatsApp is testing a new feature that will let people message without using their phone for the first time. At present, WhatsApp is linked to a user’s phone. Its desktop and web apps need that device to be connected and receiving messages.But the new feature will let users send and receive messages “even if your phone battery is dead”. Up to four other devices – like PCs and tablets – can be used together, WhatsApp said.

Cambridge data shows Bitcoin mining on the move:

New data shows Bitcoin mining in China was already in sharp decline before the latest crackdown by the government. The research by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) found China’s share of mining fell from 75.5% in September 2019 to 46% in April 2021. It also revealed Kazakhstan was now the third most significant Bitcoin mining nation. Miners earn money by creating new Bitcoins, but the computing used consumes large amounts of energy.

Microsoft announces Windows 365, a subscription cloud PC:

Microsoft has announced a new “cloud PC” product where users can stream a Windows device from anywhere. Windows 365 will work similarly to game streaming – where the computing is done in a data centre somewhere remotely and streamed to a device. That means all sorts of devices – including tablets or Apple Macs – can stream a full Windows desktop PC. It is being sold to businesses to begin with, as many firms move to a mix of office and remote working.

Facebook adds ‘expert’ feature to groups:

Facebook is rolling out a way to designate topic “experts” inside user-run Facebook groups. The social network says the new feature is designed to help real experts “stand out” in discussions about their field of expertise. Group admins will have the power to give the title to nearly any member they want. That could mean that groups promoting conspiracy theories or fringe views may also be able to designate “experts”.

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