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Bykea Offers Telenor Pakistan Mobile Top-ups via Bykea App:

Bykea is now offering Telenor Pakistan mobile top-ups through the Bykea App to drivers who can now purchase the top-up or bundles for themselves and their customers. The signing ceremony for the partnership was held at Telenor Pakistan’s Karachi office to make the Bykea App more convenient for customers. Bykea customers can top-up their Telenor mobile balance and subscribe to a bundle of their choice after the ride.

Lensa: The Trendy Photo App Celebrities are Using is Storing People’s Data:

Lensa, a photo editing app, has seen a huge rise in popularity as people post AI-generated avatars using the app’s latest ‘Magic Avatars’ feature. For an annual subscription of $3.99, Lensa users can get 50 pictures from the artificial intelligence of the app in various different art styles by uploading 10-20 pictures. Before you click the buy button, be aware that Lensa’s terms and privacy policies stipulate that images submitted to create selfies or “Face Data” can be used by the company behind Lensa, called Prisma AI, to train the AI’s neural networks.

WhatsApp Officially Gets Snapchat’s Hottest Feature:

WhatsApp has officially launched customizable 3D avatars for its users on WhatsApp, which can be personalized as per the user’s preferences. The new 3D avatar feature has been added to the messaging app months after its launch in Meta’s other social media platforms, which include Instagram, Facebook, and Messenger.

iQOO Neo 7 Series Gets An Affordable Model Starting at $301:

Alongside the flagship iQOO 11 series, Vivo has also announced the world’s Dimensity 8200 phone, the iQOO Neo 7 SE. As the name says, this model is going to be the affordable sibling in the Neo 7 family. Despite being a mid-range device, the Neo 7 SE features an impressive screen. It is a 6.78-inch AMOLED panel with a smooth 120Hz refresh rate and 1080p resolution. It can hit up to 1300 nits brightness, which is higher than most budget-friendly phones. It also has support for HDR10+ and a fingerprint sensor underneath the screen.

Apple Delays its First Car to 2026 With Limited Self Driving Tech:

Apple is postponing the debut of its smart car until 2026. The automaker is also scrapping its grandiose plans to integrate level-3 autonomous driving in its cars. The company originally planned to launch its first-ever car in 2025. However, Bloomberg claims that a radical change in the company’s hierarchy and a mass exodus of the workforce earlier this year have brought those plans to a grinding halt.

Bookme Partners with The Bank of Punjab in a Step Towards Travel Transformation:

The travel tech company, Bookme, has joined hands with a prominent public sector bank, The Bank of Punjab (BOP), to digitally transform the Pakistani travel industry and facilitate domestic travel & tourism. If you are a BOP customer and have ‘DigiBOP’, or their online banking application on your phone, you will have access to all travel booking options and discounts that Bookme offers.

Ufone 4G Users to Get 1GB Free Data on ‘UPower 120’ Subscription:

Ufone 4G, after the success of its flagship UPower offerings, is further boosting the utility of its UPower 120 offer to deliver enhanced control and enablement to its customers. Going forward, upon subscribing to any of the options in UPower 120, the consumer will be awarded Free 1GB data. The free data will be useable for the top two social media platforms, Facebook and YouTube. The offer has been designed to help users fulfill their entertainment, educational, or work-related requirements, besides connecting with their loved ones.

Realme 10 Pro and Pro+ Launch Globally Starting at $319:

Following a major launch event today, the Realme 10 Pro and Realme 10 Pro+ have been officially launched for global markets three weeks after their debut in China. Since the specifications are no different for global models, we will jump right in with the price tags. Realme 10 Pro starts at $319 for its 8/128 GB trim, while Realme 10 Pro+ will cost $379 for the exact same RAM/storage combination. Both models are available in Dark Matter and Nebula Blue, as well as Hyperspace gradient colors. The two phones are much cheaper in India. Realme 10 Pro’s pricing in India starts at $230 with the 6/128GB trim and $242 with the 8/128GB model. Realme 10 Pro+ will be available at $303 (India) in the 6/128GB version.

‘RR Tech Gadgets’ Keeps You Updated On the Latest Tech:

Technological advancements are being made each day, and for an average consumer, it is almost impossible to keep track, let alone understand what new tech products are and how to properly use them. To help tech enthusiasts, fans, and consumers become more familiar with the benefits of modern technology, Ramiz Raja founded the RR Tech Gadgets YouTube channel. As a professional software engineer and tech expert, Raja wanted to share his knowledge and experience with the rest of the world, and thus RR Tech Gadgets came to be.

Telco Investments Stop as Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan Fail to Solve Disputes:

Investment in the telecom sector was affected as the provincial government failed to appoint representatives to resolve right-of-way disputes. The problems of the telecom sector increased as the provincial governments failed to nominate representatives to resolve the right-of-way disputes. Sources in the telecom industry told ProPakistani that despite the passage of 17 years, no government except the KP government has been able to appoint its representative to resolve the issues of right-of-way, due to which the investment in the telecom sector is feared to be affected.

Fired Twitter cleaning staff ‘treated like garbage’:

Cleaners at Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco have told the BBC they were sacked without severance pay. One of them told the BBC a member of Elon Musk’s team had said their jobs would be replaced by robots. A California state senator said Mr Musk was treating the former staff “like garbage”. San Francisco’s city attorney, David Chiu, said he’s investigating if Mr Musk broke the law. Twitter has not responded to a BBC request for comment.

Second-hand tech booms as shoppers look for bargains:

“We’re lucky, to be a family with two full-time working adults. Still, we’re turning the thermostat down and putting extra jumpers on. We’ve switched to budget supermarkets to save money.” Anna Cargan, 35, lives with her husband and three young children in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. She started saving for Christmas in January. “We’ve really noticed how expensive things have got this year. We’re having to think about what we’re spending more than ever before.”

Activision Blizzard: US seeks to block Microsoft’s $69bn acquisition:

The US is entering a legal battle with Xbox-maker Microsoft to block its plan to purchase the gaming firm behind hit titles such as Call of Duty. Regulators cited competition concerns, saying they feared that if the deal went through, Activision Blizzard’s games would stop being offered on non-Microsoft gaming consoles. The Activision purchase was set to be the biggest in Microsoft history. The company said it would fight to complete the $69bn (£56bn) deal. Microsoft president Brad Smith said the company had “complete confidence in our case and welcome the opportunity to present our case in court”.

How to check if your Instagram posts are being hidden:

Instagram has launched a new tool to let you know if your posts are barred from being recommended to other users. Previously, people were not told if intervention by a platform meant posts did not appear in other people’s feeds – a process known as “shadow banning”. Instagram does not use that term. It says the new tool will inform users if there are restrictions on their account because they broke certain rules. Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram, said the decision was about “transparency”.

Conwy council tracks people’s phones to monitor footfall:

A council is using people’s mobile phone movements to get an insight into shoppers’ habits on high streets. Conwy council’s pilot tracks people who use its free wi-fi services as they move around Llandudno’s Mostyn Street. The information will inform decisions around business hours and where further investment might be needed. But the issue has sparked fierce debate, with Llandudno councillor Harry Saville raising concerns about how the project may affect people’s privacy.

Broadband: Family living half way up Snowdon connected:

“It’s a bit of miracle really that it’s finally got here.” Eira Morris said access to the internet has changed daily life in her isolated home where she raised four children without even a landline. “We can watch normal television, Netflix, everything that everyone else can get down in the village,” she explained. Hafodty farmhouse on Yr Wyddfa, also known as Snowdon, is Wales’ highest home. It now has some of the fastest broadband speeds in the UK as part of a project to get fibre broadband to the summit of the mountain.

Drone captures aftermath of Portsmouth terraced house collapse:

Two people, believed to be the residents of the home, were first treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken on to hospital. Neighbouring properties were evacuated, Portsmouth City Council said its structural engineers were working to make the affected homes safe.

Life after one week with robots in Leeds:

Robots that deliver food from a nearby supermarket have been deployed in areas around Leeds as part of a trial. BBC reporter Jacob Tomlinson went to Adel in West Yorkshire to see what the community thought of the robots one week after being introduced. One resident said: “They’re the cutest things I’ve seen” whilst another said they have been “causing chaos”. The robots navigate themselves and are programmed to stop for traffic and people.

Elon Musk turns Twitter into ‘hotel’ for staff:

The BBC has been given photos of Twitter office space that has been converted into bedrooms, which San Francisco authorities are probing as a possible building code violation. One image shows a room with a double bed, including a wardrobe and slippers. An ex-worker said new Twitter boss Elon Musk has been staying at the headquarters since he bought the firm. He last month emailed all Twitter staff saying they “will need to be extremely hardcore” to succeed. San Francisco’s Department of Building Inspection has confirmed it is investigating potential violations following a complaint.

Wales’ highest house gets fastest broadband:

A farmhouse halfway up Wales’ highest mountain now has some of the fastest broadband speeds in Britain. The isolated property on the slopes of Yr Wyddfa, also known as Snowdon, has been connected to ultrafast fibre optic cable. Until now, the family home has been firmly off-grid without even a traditional landline phone. The house has been brought into the 21st Century as part of a project to get fibre broadband to the summit of the mountain.

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