Samsung Hits Breakthrough in Next Gen Batteries for Phones and EVs:
Similar to many other major technology companies, Samsung’s battery division is actively engaged in developing innovative solid-state batteries. Sources familiar with the matter have indicated that the company has achieved significant advancements in this area. Solid-state batteries offer several advantages, including enhanced energy density, enabling larger capacities to be accommodated within the same volume. Moreover, they contribute to the long-term durability of batteries. These advancements are anticipated to herald a new era in smartphone development and electric vehicle (EV) mobility.
Jazz Secures Top Place in Opensignal’s Coverage Experience Report:
Jazz has earned the top place in overall coverage in Opensignal’s new Coverage Experience Report. Opensignal is an independent analytics company specializing in quantifying global mobile network experiences. Opensignal’s new Coverage Experience metric measures the geographic coverage of populated areas on a 10-point scale to represent the experience users receive as they travel around areas where they would reasonably expect to find coverage.
UPower 150: Navigating Your Digital Journey with Unparalleled Control and Flexibility:
The need for high-speed connectivity is growing rapidly with the increasing bandwidth requirements of communication, entertainment, and information services. Nowadays, consumers expect to have access to high-speed connectivity not only at home but also on the go, in the car, or at work. Ufone 4G, Pakistan’s very own telecom company, has emerged as a customer-centric organization that prioritizes customer satisfaction and convenience.
PTA Takes Action Against Illegal Internet Services Companies:
In its continuous efforts to eliminate the rampant proliferation of illegal internet service providers, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in coordination with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), successfully conducted multiple raids. During the two raids conducted at Muslim Town and Multan Road in Lahore, the equipment of illegal ISPs was confiscated. In addition, enforcement action was initiated in Rawalpindi, resulting in the identification and blocking of services provided by an internet service provider that was still operating after the termination of its license.
PEACE Cable Intl. Calls on Jazz:
A high-level delegation from PEACE Cable International Network CO., LTD. (the parent company of PEACE submarine cable system) visited Jazz digital headquarters. Aamir Ibrahim, CEO Jazz, and Ma Yanfeng, VP Hengtong Group, met with their respective teams and discussed possible operational efficiencies through collaboration. PEACE Cable International Network CO., LTD, a Hong Kong-based company that owns the PEACE submarine cable system.
ChatGPT CEO Wants AI Regulations to Avoid Potential Dangers:
Sam Altman, chief executive of the OpenAI firm that developed ChatGPT, called for state regulation of artificial intelligence in Tuesday’s testimony to US Congress. ChatGPT is a chatbot tool that answers questions with human-like responses. OpenAI was founded by Altman in 2015. It has developed other AI products, including the image-maker DALL-E. Altman’s testimony comes a week after two European parliamentary committees voted in favor of draft legislation that aims to set up rules around AI.
Apple is Hosting a “Special Event” in June Alongside WWDC:
Although the primary focus of Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) is on developers, it also serves as a marketing platform. With a widely publicized keynote and the unveiling of new Apple OS versions, the conference generates excitement among iPhone, iPad, and Mac users. This year, in addition to the usual proceedings, there is an intriguingly named “Special Event at Apple Park” scheduled for an entire day on June 5. The nature of this event remains a mystery, leaving everyone curious about what Apple has in store.
HTC U23 Pro Launched With 108MP Camera VR Support and More:
HTC has not given up on smartphones just yet and the new U23 Pro is here to prove that. The company’s latest mid-ranger has arrived in Taiwan for a starting price of $550 and it continues the legacy of HTC’s Viverse VR compatibility. Upfront, there is a 6.7-inch OLED panel with 1080p resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. The screen features tiny bezels all around, except for the sizable chin. The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus and there is a fingerprint sensor on the side atop the power button for quick unlocks. It also has IP67 water and dust resistance.
Vivo V27e Smartphone Rumoured to Feature Impressive 64MP OIS Ultra-Sensing Camera:
Vivo has always placed a high priority on innovation and providing customers with the greatest options. The brand’s famous V series in Pakistan has garnered immense popularity due to its exceptional design and cutting-edge camera technology. Recently, Vivo launched the V25 Series, which received widespread acclaim from consumers due to its impeccable performance, impressive design, and unmatched power, further augmenting Vivo’s impressive product line of industry-leading technologies and design offerings.
Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Launches “Share Pakistan Portal”:
On Wednesday, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari introduced the ‘Share Pakistan Portal,’ a digital platform designed to enhance focused communication between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its 100+ diplomatic missions worldwide. During the launch event, in partnership with the National Information Technology Board (NITB), the foreign minister expressed that this online standardized information system would gather and disseminate the outcomes of public diplomacy initiatives in line with the objectives of Pakistan’s foreign policy. FM Bilawal highlighted his launch of the ‘Foreign Minister’s Change Management Initiative’ aimed at enhancing the Ministry’s capacity to efficiently fulfill its responsibilities through management reforms.
iCloud+ Storage Prices Increased by 2x in Pakistan:
Nearly everything is becoming twice or even thrice as expensive in our country lately and it doesn’t just stop at your regular household items or groceries. Internet services, travel, and other costs are now at exorbitant rates and now Apple is doing the same thing with iCloud+ storage prices. The Cupertino giant has raised prices for its cloud services by 2x in Pakistan. Buying 50 GB worth of storage now costs, Rs. 200, which was previously at Rs. 100. 200 GB storage is priced at Rs. 600 instead of Rs. 300, and 2 TB will cost 1,900, which is Rs. 900 higher than before.
Critics say £1bn for UK chip industry not enough:
Critics have branded the UK government’s delayed £1bn package of support for the semiconductor industry as “insignificant”. Semiconductors, or chips, are inside everything from phones to cars and the government has just unveiled a new 10-year strategy. But it is facing allegations it is not enough – the US and EU have announced support closer to $50bn (£40bn). The PM said the plan would help turn the UK into a technology superpower. Details were released shortly after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak agreed a partnership on semiconductors with Japan.
BeReal v BeReal: Trademark battle set to go to tribunal:
A small business owner who is in a naming rights row with a French social media app that has the same name has hit out at its “threatening” conduct. Batool Zaidi filed to register the name of her womenswear company, BeReal, in the UK in November 2020 – a year before the French namesake filed in the UK. Lawyers from the social media app ordered her to stop using the BeReal name or face “urgent court action”. The two BeReals are set to battle it out at a tribunal later in the month. The French company said it had “endeavoured to find an amicable resolution for all parties”. Based in Old Street, east London, Ms Zaidi’s business doesn’t use models; her ethos is for women to embrace their true form. Her company, which employs just two people, runs pop-ups and also works with big global retailers.
Tears of the Kingdom: How Zelda’s escapism helps some fans:
Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is a certified hit, breaking series sales records and, probably, filling your social feeds with gameplay videos. Its open world, focus on exploration and overall depth has earned it overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics and players. And its new crafting mechanic has spawned dozens of viral videos showing off gamers’ bizarre creations. But for some fans it’s more than just a game. They’ve been telling BBC Newsbeat how Zelda and the communities that formed around it have helped them through difficult times. The series is famous for its sense of escapism – players can spend hours outside the main quest, roaming the world at their own pace. Nintendo fan and Twitch streamer Derby Munns says this element was what drew her in. Last summer, she turned to prequel Breath of the Wild (BotW) as she experienced a “pretty horrible bereavement”. “It made the whole summer feel awful,” says Derby. But she says BotW “was able to take me out of the moment that I was in, in real life, and take my mind off things”.
Protein’s power is being uncovered and unleashed:
The Light Gas Gun at the University of Kent is an unwieldy device which, to me, looks more like a lathe than a gun. Despite its lumbering appearance the gun can fire projectiles at a speed of 1.5km per second, or around 3,500mph, that’s almost twice the speed of a bullet. Today it has been loaded up with a piece of of basalt rock, a bit smaller than a pea, which will be blasted at a very special gel. The gel is made of the protein talin – or at least a version of the protein that has been refined and tweaked to give it an extraordinary ability to absorb impacts, as we are about to find out. We are herded out of the gun room and after a quick countdown the gun operator, Luke Alesbrook, pushes the button, triggering the gun. Back inside smoke wafts from the gun barrel and Mr Alesbrook removes the target. On inspection, the gel has been pushed around a bit but, amazingly, is still intact.
Can you get cheaper broadband deals with social tariffs?:
Up to one million people have cancelled their broadband in the past year because of the high cost of living, a survey by Citizens Advice suggests. But, at the same time, according to the regulator, Ofcom, 4.3 million eligible people are missing out on cheaper broadband deals. Here are some things to consider if you’re wondering whether you could pay less to get online. According to the government, people struggling to pay their bills can access support to stay connected – such as through payment plans or by being allowed to switch to a cheaper internet package without paying a penalty fee. This might mean dropping down to a package with a slower internet speed, though this could present challenges for people in larger households. People near the end of your contract may benefit by switching to a different supplier altogether – or may be able to negotiate down the price of their current package.
BT to cut 55,000 jobs with up to a fifth replaced by AI:
Telecoms giant BT is to shed up to 55,000 jobs by the end of the decade, mostly in the UK, as it cuts costs. Up to a fifth of those cuts will come in customer services as staff are replaced by technologies including artificial intelligence. The headcount reduction from the current workforce of 130,000 includes staff and contractors. “Whenever you get new technologies you can get big changes,” said chief executive Philip Jansen. He said “generative AI” tools such as ChatGPT – which can write essays, scripts, poems, and solve computer coding in a human-like way – “gives us confidence we can go even further”. Mr Jansen said AI would make services faster, better and more seamless, adding that the changes would not mean customers will “feel like they are dealing with robots”. “We are multi-channel, we are online, we have 450 stores and that’s not changing at all,” he said.
Rolls-Royce tests ‘game-changing’ greener UltraFan engine technology:
Rolls-Royce jet engine technology powered by sustainable fuel has completed its first tests at a facility in Derby. The firm says the UltraFan technology is quieter and more fuel efficient than anything it has made before. UltraFan delivers a 10% efficiency improvement over the world’s most efficient large aero-engine in service, the Trent XWB, Rolls-Royce said. Company bosses have described the technology as a “game-changer”. Rolls-Royce said the successful tests meant the industry was a step closer to achieving its target of net zero flight by 2050.