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Saudi Arabia bans 47 video games after children’s death

Saudi Arabia banned 47 popular video games after the reported suicide of two children under the influence of an online game, according to Gulf News. The Saudi General Commission for Audio-Visual Media said Monday it was banning 47 games, including Grand Theft Auto V, Assassins Creed 2 and Witcher, for unspecified violations of rules and regulations. The ban materialised after the …

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Donors urged to assist Pakistan

Finance Minister, Dr. Shamshad Akhtar Monday urged world donors to assist Pakistan in its efforts to make the country climatic and disaster resilient as it had been facing direct implications of severe global environmental changes despite the fact that its contribution to green house emissions was very nominal. “We have been bearing the brunt of climatic change and there are all …

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Silicon Valley eyes Africa as new tech frontier

LAGOS: With its colourful hammocks and table tennis table, a new tech hub in the Lagos metropolis wouldn´t look out of place among the start-ups on the other side of the world in Silicon Valley. But the NG_Hub office is in the suburb of Yaba — the heart of Nigeria´s burgeoning tech scene that is attracting interest from global giants …

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A solar startup sees a market where the lights don’t shine

EcoEnergy is a Pakistani startup that provides solar energy to areas that are not on the national grid, along with helping their customers with basic financing needs. In a country with around 14-19 per cent off-grid population as per the World Bank’s Electricity Access in Pakistan report of March 2016, this means a maximum market size of approximately 30 million …

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South Africa’s MeerKAT to help unlock mysteries of universe

CARNARVON, South Africa: A scientific mega-project to unlock cosmic conundrums from dark energy to detecting extraterrestrial life was given a boost on Friday, when the 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope was inaugurated in the remote South African town of Carnarvon. Built at a cost of 4.4 billion rand, MeerKAT will be incorporated into the complex Square Kilometre Array (SKA) instrument, which …

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Microsoft seeks regulation of facial recognition technology

Microsoft Corp on Friday called for government regulation of facial recognition technology and for laws governing its acceptable uses. “We believe Congress should create a bipartisan expert commission to assess the best way to regulate the use of facial recognition technology in the United States,” Microsoft President Brad Smith wrote in a blog here post. In May, US civil liberties …

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First space tourist flights could come in 2019

WASHINGTON: The two companies leading the pack in the pursuit of space tourism say they are just months away from their first out-of-this-world passenger flights — though neither has set a firm date. Virgin Galactic, founded by British billionaire Richard Branson, and Blue Origin, by Amazon creator Jeff Bezos, are racing to be the first to finish their tests — …

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Facebook App down, complain social network users

The users of Facebook have complained of crashing social network App across the world when they are trying to access. The Facebook has confirmed the issue the users are facing, British media reported. The social network said they were working to fix the issues and get things back to normal as soon as possible. Earlier, Facebook users complained that social …

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Microsoft eliminates jobs in its international sales force

Microsoft cut the size of its international sales force this week, laying off a small percentage of its employees, according to a person familiar with the matter. The staff reduction is smaller than the round of layoffs a year ago, said the person, who didn’t know the exact number of cuts and declined to be named because the announcement hasn’t …

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