Amazon, Google and other tech giants pledge action on fraud:
Fake adverts and romance scams were targeted as technology giants backed an online-fraud charter at a meeting with Home Secretary James Cleverly. Pledges include measures designed to protect users of online dating services from flirting with fakes. Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Google, Instagram, LinkedIn, Match Group, Microsoft, Snapchat, TikTok and YouTube backed the charter. Fraud accounts for about two-fifths of all crime in England and Wales. The joint fraud taskforce, chaired by Security Minister Tom Tugendhat, would hold the companies to account for delivering the actions, the government said. The new Online Safety Act, which applies to search engines and user-to-user services such as social-media platforms, also requires companies to mitigate the risks of fraud and, for some, prevent fraudulent advertising.
Zong 4G Launches Unique IR Postpaid Bundle for Seamless Connectivity in Nine Asian Countries:
Zong 4G, Pakistan’s leading telecommunications provider, has exclusively crafted a one-stop international roaming solution for 9 countries in Continental Asia. This comprehensive offering empowers Zong 4G users to stay connected seamlessly across 9 prominent countries, including China, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Australia, and Sri Lanka. Zong 4G’s IR Bundle for Continental Asia distinguishes itself with the unparalleled advantage of providing connectivity seamlessly. With a single network, users can enjoy hassle-free communication, uninterrupted data access, and reliable SMS services with 60 minutes of talk time, 60 SMS, and 1 GB of Data in multiple international destinations for a total of PKR 5000 + tax.
This Rs. 32,000 Phone is Better Than Others Double Its Price:
Amid massively inflated smartphone prices, it’s rare to see a handset that ticks all the right boxes, especially in the budget segment. This is exactly why the Dcode Bold 3 stands out in the crowd. Launched over 2 weeks ago, the Dcode Bold 3 is priced at only Rs. 32,000 but still brings a 1080p screen, 1080p 60 FPS video recording, a reliable MediaTek chipset, and a glass build, all of which is near impossible to find in this price segment. The screen is a tall 6.78-inch IPS LCD panel with 1080p (2460 x 1080px) resolution and a smooth 120Hz refresh rate. The display can hit a peak brightness of 580 nits and has a punch-hole cutout at the top center for the selfie camera.
Vivo Y100i Brings 512GB Storage and 50MP Camera for $225:
Vivo has just launched its latest budget offering dubbed the Y100i in China. This entry-level handset has support for 5G, ample storage, and a reliable battery capacity. It is set to go on sale in its home country on December 2. The Vivo Y100i boasts a 6.64″ flat LCD with 1080p resolution, featuring a single punch hole for the selfie camera. Notably, the fingerprint scanner has been relocated to the power key on the right side. The screen refresh rate is 60Hz. Under the hood, the Y100i is powered by the Dimensity 6020 chipset, constructed using 7nm technology. Its CPU comprises two performance cores clocked at 2.2 GHz, while the remaining six efficiency units run at 2.0 GHz.
PTA Takes Action Against Illegal Issuance of SIMs in Kasur:
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Zonal Office in Lahore, in close collaboration with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Cyber Crime Circle, conducted a successful raid against a sales channel of a mobile phone company in Kasur. The sales channel was found to be involved in the illegal activation of SIMs and the sale of pre-activated SIMs to criminals. During the raid, 53 active SIMs were seized and one person was apprehended by the FIA team. Furthermore, an illegal SIM supplier network was also unearthed. Earlier, PTA had filed a complaint with FIA based on information regarding the illegal issuance of SIMs by the sales channel.
Redmi K70 Pro Lamborghini Edition Has More RAM Than Your PC:
At Redmi’s recent launch event, the company unveiled the K70e, K70, and K70 Pro smartphones, with the most high-end model also receiving a special edition through a partnership with Automobili Lamborghini Squadra Corse. Marking their decade-long journey in the smartphone industry, Redmi has joined forces with Lamborghini’s racing division to bring forth the Redmi K70 Pro Automobili Lamborghini Squadra Corse Edition. This exclusive version of the K70 Pro, distinct from its standard counterpart, features three key differences, with its design being the most noticeable. Instead of the usual rectangular camera island, it sports an inverted convex pentagon shape, a nod to Lamborghini’s signature sharp lines. However, the back panel remains plastic. The eye-catching two-tone Green or Yellow hues and the carbon-fiber design are actually stickers placed under the protective panel.
Redmi Watch 4 and Buds 5 Pro Launched With Long Battery Life for $70 Each:
Alongside the Redmi K70 series, Xiaomi has also updated some of its wearables including the Redmi Watch and Buds family. The Buds 5 Pro bring a premium touch to the regular Redmi Buds 5 and Watch 4 is the first Redmi smartwatch to get an aluminum alloy casing. The Redmi Buds 5 Pro feature a classic in-ear design and are equipped with dynamic drivers, including 10mm ceramic-coated tweeters and 11mm titanium-plated woofers. These earbuds support LHDC 5.0 Hi-Res audio streaming and have active noise cancellation capable of suppressing up to 52dB of external sound.
Daraz’s 11.11 Sale Draws Unprecedented 34 Million Customers in Pakistan:
Daraz, the leading e-commerce platform in South Asia, has concluded its highly anticipated 11.11 Biggest Sale of the Year, with over 34 million users across Pakistan visiting Daraz. The mission of Daraz is to make e-commerce accessible for everyone by offering the best prices and variety to the local communities. This year, Daraz saw an uplift across all categories including electronics, fashion, beauty, and groceries. Shoppers enjoyed substantial savings on their purchases reaffirming Daraz’s commitment to helping local communities improve ther quality of life.
Redmi K70E Launched With Nearly Bezel Less Display and 90W Charging for Only $280:
The Redmi K70E joins the Redmi K70 and K70 Pro lineup as a more budget-friendly option. Its base model with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB storage is already available on Xiaomi’s online store in China at an attractive price. Setting it apart from its counterparts, the K70E is equipped with the same 6.67-inch display size, but with a slightly lower resolution of 1,220 x 2,712 pixels. Despite this, it remains a high-quality panel, boasting calibrated 12-bit colors (deltaE = 0.43), and supports Dolby Vision and HDR10+. It features a 120Hz refresh rate, and a 480Hz touch sampling rate, and employs high-frequency PWM dimming at 1,920Hz for smooth brightness adjustment, reaching a peak of 1,800 nits. It also has some of the best-looking bezels in the industry.
Here is How You Can PTA Approve iPhone 14 Pro Max on Interest Free Installments:
Just like the iPhone 15 series, you can also get an iPhone 14 Pro Max PTA-approved at Alfa Mall for as low as Rs. 26,500 per month. The total PTA approval cost for the iPhone 14 Pro Max is Rs. 158,999, but this can be broken down into 3 to 6 months of interest-free installments without markup. Here is how you can do it. Keep in mind that this will only work with Bank Alfalah credit cards and Alfa Mall will charge a 6% processing fee for the 6-month installment plan. Simply head over to Alfa Mall and fill out a few details such as your installment plan (3 or 6 months), your CNIC number, and the phone’s IMEI numbers. A phone’s IMEI number is usually found on the retail box or in the phone’s settings menu.
Will Tesla’s truck recover from its shattering start?:
The last time Tesla boss Elon Musk took the stage to promote the electric car company’s planned “cybertruck”, its window ended up being smashed. It was a shattering debut for the vehicle, meant to stake Tesla’s claim to the lucrative US truck market. Four years later, as the company starts delivering the futuristic product to buyers, that problem has been fixed. But questions linger over whether the truck’s unusual design will help or hurt its chances of success. Mr Musk has said the truck – which is angular and made of rocket-like, bullet-proof steel materials – might be the company’s “best product ever”.
Meta takes down China-based network of thousands of fake accounts:
Meta says it recently removed a network of thousands of fake and misleading accounts based in China. The users posed as Americans and sought to spread polarising content about US politics and US-China relations. Among the topics the network posted about were abortion, culture war issues and aid to Ukraine. Meta did not link the profiles to Beijing officials, but it has seen an increase in such networks based in China ahead of the 2024 US elections. China is now the third-biggest geographical source of such networks, the company said, behind Russia and Iran. Hackers are increasing their attacks on Booking.com customers by posting adverts on dark web forums asking for help finding victims. Cyber-criminals are offering up to $2,000 (£1,600) for login details of hotels as they continue to target the people who are staying with them. Since at least March, customers have been tricked into sending money to cyber-criminals. New research shows the sneaky tactics being used by the unknown hackers.
Booking.com is one of the largest websites for holidaymakers, but customers from the UK, Indonesia, Singapore, Greece, Italy, Portugal, the US and Netherlands have complained online about being victims of fraud through the website.
Inactive Google accounts to be deleted from Friday:
If you’ve got an old Google account that you have not used for a couple of years then it could soon be deleted. The tech giant is going to be getting rid of them, starting from Friday, under its inactive account policy. The company said it would take a phased approach, starting with accounts that “were created and never used again”. Simply signing into an account or sending an email should be enough to keep it active. Google said the change was because of security reasons, highlighting that forgotten and unused accounts are more likely to be compromised. A Google account gives users access to most Google products, such as email service Gmail and video sharing site YouTube, using the same username and password.
Drone mail service suspended after device sinks:
A drone-delivery service for mail in Orkney has been temporarily suspended after a drone took a “controlled descent” into water on Monday morning. The drone owner, Skyports Drone Services, said a remote operator deployed the in-built parachute after its system flagged a technical problem. The drone landed in-between the islands of Hoy and Graemsay and has now sunk to the bottom of the sea. A spokesperson said the craft was not carrying any cargo at the time and there was no damage to people or property. A spokesman for Royal Mail said that island residents would continue to receive their mail by the daily ferry service that operates between Stromness, Graemsay, and Hoy.
Elon Musk launches profane attack on X advertisers:
In a profanity-laced outburst, Elon Musk has slammed advertisers that have left X, warning they will kill the social media platform. At an event in New York, he accused companies that have joined an ad boycott of the site formerly known as Twitter of trying to blackmail him. “Go [expletive] yourself,” the billionaire said in an interview. Some firms have paused advertising on X amid concerns over antisemitism, including a post from Mr Musk himself.
More cyber-attacks coming warns Gloucester City Council leader:
A council which had its website knocked out by a cyber-attack was “as well prepared as any other”, according to its managing director. Gloucester City Council’s systems and services were crippled for months by a ransomware attack in December 2021 Hackers sent an e-mail, releasing malicious software which made almost every council system inaccessible. Jon McGinty, the council’s managing director, said it is a case of “when not if” other councils are hit. The breach disrupted housing benefit claims, council tax payments, leisure centre bookings among other things, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.