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Genetic make up of locally-transmitted coronavirus may have mutations, say experts


April 2, 2020

A team of researchers in Pakistan, led by Dow University of Health Sciences Vice Chancellor Professor Mohammad Saeed Quraishy, think that the genetic make up of the novel coronavirus may alter in a locally transmitted case. The finding is not final as researchers are still studying the genome sequence of the virus and the research, being conducted in coordination with …

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Google launches new features to aid Pakistan’s anti-virus response


April 2, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Amid lockdowns during the Covid-19 crisis, tech giant Google has launched various features and incentives to ease load on telecommunication providers and to support remote learning and access to correct information in Pakistan. According to a Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) press release issued on Wednesday, Google introduced new features and resources for users in Pakistan to help them stay …

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European experts ready app to halt virus spread


April 2, 2020

BERLIN: A group of European experts said on Wednesday they would soon launch technology for smartphones to help trace people who had come into contact with those infected with coronavirus, helping the health authorities act swiftly to halt its spread. The initiative involves gathering data via smartphones to show who a person with the virus had come in close contact …

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Call for access to quality, affordable internet amid Covid-19 outbreak


April 1, 2020

KARACHI: In light of the rapid shift to digital services during the Covid-19 outbreak, the telecom industry, rights groups as well as students have urged the government to ensure access to quality and affordable internet for all. For the past week, students from tribal areas and Balochistan have voiced their concern over lack of access to internet during the Covid-19 …

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Govt launches virus information service on WhatsApp


March 31, 2020

KARACHI: The government has launched a “WhatsApp Corona Helpline” to combat misinformation and deliver updates on the country’s most popular messaging service. Starting Monday, WhatsApp users across the country can reach out to the health ministry on +923001111166 for credible information, awareness resources, latest statistics, or finding the nearest lab for testing. To contact the helpline, citizens should save the …

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Privacy rights may fall victim to pandemic, fear activists


March 30, 2020

WASHINGTON: Digital surveillance and smartphone technology may prove helpful in containing the coronavirus pandemic — but some activists fear this could mean lasting harm to privacy and digital rights. From China to Singapore to Israel, governments have ordered electronic monitoring of their citizens’ movements in an effort to limit contagion. In Europe and the United States, technology firms have begun …

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App launched for registration of NGOs, daily-wage earners to get rations


March 30, 2020

KARACHI: The provincial government on Sunday established a Sindh Relief Initiative Application with a URL address under which social welfare organisations interested in working with the government would have to get them registered so that rations could be distributed among the needy people and daily wage earners on their doorstep. This was disclosed by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali …

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TECH TALK: An all-in-one real estate startup


March 29, 2020

Have you ever dreaded at the prospect of buying a house from an estate agent just to find out the project is illegal? Newspapers and courts are filled with such listings and cases, from being built on illegal land to good old ponzi schemes straight out of a movie. And claiming to bring in transparency to that is Graana. Graana.com …

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‘Deadly misinformation’: Why the novel coronavirus became a social media nightmare


March 29, 2020

The biggest reputational risk Facebook and other social media companies had expected in 2020 was fake news surrounding the US presidential election. Be it foreign or domestic in origin, the misinformation threat seemed familiar, perhaps even manageable. The novel coronavirus, however, has opened up an entirely different problem: the life-endangering consequences of supposed cures, misleading claims, snake-oil sales pitches and …

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Tech volunteers use 3D printers to make crucial masks


March 29, 2020

EDINBURGH: 3D printer owners across Britain have answered the call of health leaders by teaming up to produce thousands of face visors to protect medical workers from being infected with coronavirus. The project, known as 3DCrowdUK, launched on Monday after medical institutions raised the alarm about potential equipment shortages due to the closure of supply factories affected by the virus. …

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