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Personal data sharing via official Apps may lead to data theft, warns Saudi Arabia


May 7, 2021

Saudi Arabia has warned against the deliberate sharing of personal data with others via official applications such as Tawkalna and Umrah, it said on its Twitter account. “Sharing data with others may lead to impersonation, identity theft, or abuse of any service delivered by official applications, such as Tawkalna and Umrah,” the Saudi Prosecution said in a statement It added …

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Situationer: To Amazon, with cautious optimism


May 7, 2021

“WE don’t even have Amazon or PayPal” is usually how a majority of the discussions on the state of Pakistan’s technology sector start. Either that, or the regulator banning one app or the other. So naturally, when Commerce Adviser Abdul Razak Dawood tweeted that Pakistan will soon be added to Amazon’s list of seller countries, there was jubilation all around. Until recently, …

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India authorises 5G trials without China’s Huawei, ZTE


May 6, 2021

India has authorised trials of super-fast 5G wireless technology, giving access to international companies with the notable absence of Chinese equipment makers Huawei and ZTE amid lingering tensions between the Asian powerhouses. South Korean technology giant Samsung, Finland’s Nokia and Ericsson of Sweden and the Indian government’s own C-DOT research and development centre will help four Indian telecom service providers …

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Official warned of contempt in internet access case


May 6, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday hinted at initiation of contempt of court proceedings against the secretary of the Ministry of Defence for delaying a summary related to internet access in tribal districts. IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah was hearing the petition filed against internet service ‘black-out’ in the tribal areas. The counsel for the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority …

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Debris from China’s rocket likely to fall in international waters


May 6, 2021

BEIJING: Debris from a Chinese rocket that sent part of a planned space station into orbit last week is likely to fall in international waters, China’s Global Times reported on Wednesday, amid concerns it could cause damage on re-entry to Earth. The Long March 5B blasted off from Hainan island on April 29 carrying the Tianhe module, which contains what will become …

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S&P Dow Jones brings bitcoin, ethereum to Wall Street


May 5, 2021

The S&P Dow Jones Indices launched new cryptocurrency indexes, it said on Tuesday, further mainstreaming digital currencies including bitcoin and ethereum by bringing them to the trading floors of Wall Street. The new indexes, S&P Bitcoin Index, S&P Ethereum Index and S&P Crypto Mega Cap Index, will measure the performance of digital assets tied to them. The list will expand …

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Italy unveils new hi-tech floor design for Colosseum area


May 5, 2021

The ancient Roman Colosseum is once again going to have a floor thanks to a new, hi-tech project announced by the culture ministry on Sunday. “It is an extraordinary project,” said Culture Minister Dario Franceschini, detailing the plans to create a flexible floor to give tourists a clearer idea of how the arena would have looked when gladiators fought to …

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Over Rs4bn received by freelancers from abroad since January 2020


May 4, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The country’s freelancers have received more than Rs4 billion since January 2020 using a tech-based solution amid the Covid-19 pandemic, said Ghazanfar Azzam, president and CEO, Mobilink Microfinance Bank, on Monday. Sharing details at a media talk, he said, “Freelance work by IT professionals increased under the circumstances but they were facing the issue of remittances of very small …

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ISS astronauts splash down off Florida on SpaceX craft


May 3, 2021

WASHINGTON: A SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying four astronauts back to Earth splashed down off Florida early on Sunday in Nasa’s first nighttime ocean landing in more than 50 years. The crew reported they were feeling well after their arrival back on Earth following a nearly six-month mission aboard the International Space Station, Nasa said. The capsule splashed down at …

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