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SpaceX sends all-civilian crew into Earth’s orbit


September 17, 2021

CAPE CANAVERAL: A billionaire e-commerce executive and three less-wealthy private citizens chosen to join him blasted off from Florida on Wednesday aboard a SpaceX rocket ship and soared into orbit, the first all-civilian crew ever to circle the Earth from space. The quartet of amateur astronauts, led by the American founder and chief executive of financial services firm Shift4 Payments …

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Chinese astronauts return to earth after 90-day mission


September 17, 2021

Chinese astronauts returned to earth on Friday after completing the country’s longest-ever crewed mission, the latest landmark in Beijing’s drive to become a major space power. The capsule carrying the three astronauts was suspended on a parachute and landed in the Gobi desert at 1:35pm local time (05:35 GMT). The crew of the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft were in “good health” after …

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Ufone awarded additional spectrum


September 16, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The government officially awarded additional spectrum to Ufone during a ceremony on Wednesday. Ufone was the only company to have submitted bids for the additional spectrum auction while Jazz, Telenor and Zong 4G — country’s top three mobile operators — had opted to stay away from the process. Sharing his thoughts on spectrum acquisition, president and group CEO of …

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WHATSAPP LAUNCHES TEST OF IN-APP BUSINESS DIRECTORY


September 16, 2021

Facebook’s messaging service WhatsApp on Wednesday launched a new feature to make it possible to search for businesses within its application for the first time. The test in São Paulo, Brazil, which allows WhatsApp users to find shops and services through a directory in the app, is the latest feature in Facebook’s drive to bolster e-commerce on its services. “This …

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‘PFIZER COVID-19 BOOSTERS MAY NOT BE NEEDED, BUT DO IMPROVE IMMUNITY’


September 16, 2021

US Food and Drug Administration scientists said on Wednesday that booster doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine may not be needed, even though the third shot generates a higher immune response in recipients. The FDA staff members said in a document prepared for outside advisors that it is still unproven that the efficacy of Comirnaty – the COVID-19 vaccine Pfizer developed …

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SINOVAC BOOSTER SHOT REVERSES DROP IN ANTIBODY ACTIVITIES AGAINST DELTA


September 16, 2021

A booster dose of Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine reversed a decline in antibody activities against the Delta variant, a study showed, easing some concerns about its longer-term immune response to the highly contagious strain of the virus. The study comes amid concerns about the Chinese vaccine’s efficacy against Delta, which has become the dominant variant globally and is driving a surge …

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Apple doubles down on 5G with new iPhone 13, upgrades iPad Mini


September 15, 2021

Apple Inc on Tuesday unveiled a new iPhone 13 and 13 Mini with brighter screens to entice customers into 5G plans, while also announcing updates to its iPads and watches. The iPhone 13 will have a new chip called the A15 Bionic that will power features like automatically detecting when the phone’s camera is pointed at text. Apple said the …

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South Korea plans to fine Google $177m


September 15, 2021

SEOUL: South Korea’s competition watchdog plans to fine Google at least 207.4 billion won ($177 million) for allegedly blocking smartphone makers like Samsung from using other operating systems, in what would be one of the country’s biggest anti-trust penalties ever. Google said it plans to challenge the fine. It has accused South Korean authorities of disregarding how its software policy …

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In a first, SpaceX to send all-civilian crew into Earth orbit on Thursday


September 15, 2021

Can four people who’ve never been to space before spend three days spinning around Earth after only a few months of training? That’s the challenge SpaceX has set for itself when it launches its first tourism mission on Wednesday, the first time a crew of exclusively private citizens will orbit our planet. A five-hour launch window for “Inspiration4” opens from …

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Social media platforms should respect Pakistan’s laws: PTA


September 14, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) chairman retired Maj Gen Amir Azeem Bajwa on Monday said that social media giants would not withdraw from Pakistan because the country is among top 10 markets of the world and continues to grow at a fast pace. “We want to see this market grow for the benefit of all, but social media companies should …

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