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Xiaomi Mi A1 ‘Special Edition Red’ to launch in Pakistan

LAHORE (Press Release) — To celebrate a brilliantly successful run so far in Pakistan, Xiaomi is partnering with Smart Link Technologies to launch Mi A1 in a breath-taking and sleek red color for its fans. Mi A1 Special Edition Red will come with two variants. The 32GB variant is priced at PKR 26,999 while the 64GB version is locked at …

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UAE inaugurates first ‘talking’ ATM for blind, visually impaired

SHARJAH – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has inaugurated the first talking ATM (Automated Teller Machine) for the blind and visually-impaired in Sharjah. It has been launched by Sharjah Islamic Bank (SIB) at Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS). The ATM contains a large Braille keypad in Arabic and English coupled with a voice-assisted interface (also in both languages) that …

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Japanese astronaut apologises for ‘fake news’ of height increase

(Reuters) – Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai, on a mission to the International Space Station, apologised on Wednesday for saying he had grown 9 cm (3.5 inches) while in space and expressing concern about whether he’d be safe on his return to Earth. Most astronauts “grow” during protracted space missions because their spines extend in the absence of gravity, but the …

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Google being sued for ‘male discrimination’

(Web Desk) – A lawsuit has been filed against tech giant Google by two former engineers accusing the company for discriminating against conservative white men. According to BBC, the former staff stated that the lawsuit against Google is not only representation of them but they also want to represent all the staff which feels discriminated due to their “perceived conservative …

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Human muscle tissue grown from stem cells: study

(AFP) – Working human muscle has been grown from stem cells in the lab in a breakthrough that holds promise for sufferers of degenerative muscular diseases, scientists said on Tuesday. The team from Duke University in North Carolina said they were the first to achieve this feat using adult skin or blood cells which were “reprogrammed” into a juvenile, versatile …

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Smart robot falls dumb as LG touts ‘connected life’

(AFP) – A cute, table-top robot packed with digital smarts fell dumb on stage at an LG Electronics event touting “connected” lifestyles where machines obey spoken commands and anticipate needs. The ignoble demo failure came before an audience packed with journalists and analysts on the eve of the official opening of the annual Consumer Electronics Show gadget extravaganza here on …

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moking iPhone battery causes evacuation in Zurich store

GENEVA (AFP) – An overheated and smoking iPhone battery forced the evacuation of about 50 people from an Apple Store in Zurich on Tuesday and left an employee slightly injured, police said. Staff at the store near Zurich s central train station called police after noticing the smoke and sprinkled the battery with quartz powder, a statement from police in …

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Chinese startup unveils ‘car of future’ for $45,000

LAS VEGAS (AFP) – A Chinese startup unveiled its vision for the automobile of the future Sunday, promising to deliver an “intuitive and intelligent” car to global markets starting next year from around $45,000. The electric-powered concept car shown by Byton at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is touted as a computing device on wheels, equipped with a …

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Virtual aide market a ‘wildfire’ at CES gadget show

(AFP) – Voice-commanded virtual assistants packed into speakers and other devices will be a “game-changing” trend this year, Consumer Electronics Show researchers said Sunday. Sales of smart speakers are expected to nearly double in the US, to $3.8 billion, from last year according to Lesley Rohrbaugh and Steve Koenig, researchers with the Consumer Technology Association, which organizes the annual CES …

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