Category: Tech

Pakistan to set up first artificial intelligence centre for Rs1b

The government of Pakistan is going to create Pakistan’s first artificial intelligence centre with China’s help for Rs1 billion in a bid to set up technology zones across the country.  This is part of its Rs6.26 billion plan to digitise the country. Parliament is also going to be digitised. The IT ministry plans to use technology to record attendance, votes and quorum. This will cost Rs8 million.

Hacker creates a device that can unlock luxury cars

Hacker creates a device called “Keyless repeater” which costs $9,000 allows users to unlock most luxury cars. The hacker also stated that his device can only unlock a limited set of luxury cars having frequencies between 22 and 40k such as Audi and Porsche models released after 2014. Popularly known as “Evan Connect”, the hacker demonstrated his device’s application in a video.

Robots are serving food to quarantined people in China hotel

A hotel in China has employed robots as staff to serve food to guests to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The robots work on all 16 floors and glides across the hallway of the hotel and says. “Hello. Cute Peanut is serving meals. Bon appetit,” according to the translation. Guests wearing masks collect their food and go back to their rooms.

China introduces app to prevent coronavirus from spreading

China has introduced a mobile app, “close contact detector,” allowing people to check whether they were in close proximity to a Coronavirus carrier. The application works by letting users check their status by scanning a QR code using applications like Alipay, WeChat, or QQ. The person is then directed to a page that requires them to enter their name and government ID number. Once all the information is added, the user’s status is displayed.

Imran Khan issues orders for building 40-acre Software City in Islamabad

Prime Minister Imran Khan has reportedly ordered the establishment of a massive 40-acre software city in the country’s capital, Islamabad. In a meeting held with high-profile officials from the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications, Khan discussed various ways to strengthen country’s IT sector and shared his vision to boost the nation’s IT exports to $10 billion over the long term. 

Bill Gates is buying the world’s most expensive hydrogen-powered yacht

One of the richest men on earth, Bill Gates has ordered the first-ever hydrogen fuel cell-based yacht, the Sinot’s Aqua. The “Superyacht” costs $644 million, and is powered by two 1MW motors fuelled by supercooled hydrogen tanks. It has a 17-knot top speed (19.6MPH), it is capable of cross-ocean travel due to its 3,750-mile range.

California allows Uber’s self-driving cars to get back on its roads

Department of Motor Vehicles, California has granted a permit to the ride hailing-company to test its self-driving cars on public roads. The multinational giant was developing an autonomous program to be the next step in its business plan before the horrendous car accident of its fleet. It then drastically scaled back its self-driving car project in yhe face of public and government concerns. 

Apple fined for slowing down iPhones

Tech giant Apple were fined 25 million euros for deliberately slowing down older iPhone models. Critics accused the firm of surreptitiously forcing users to buy phones sooner than necessary. IPhone owners were not informed that installing iOS updates (10.2.1 and 11.2) could slow down their devices, according to the DGCCRF anti-fraud agency’s statement. 

Jeep is Making an Off-road Electric Bike

During the recently concluded Super Bowl, Jeep, the American carmaker, unveiled it’s electric bike in an ad showcasing its Gladiator pickup. As per the ad, the vehicle is an e-bile and is rumored to have one of the biggest-torque electric motors for a bicycle in the market. It will be capable of off-roading and will be fitted with extra-wide 4.8-inch fat tires and will be able to run 64km on a single charge. 

Apple is shutting down all its stores and offices in China temporarily

Apple is shutting down all of its stores in mainland China until February 9 amidst fears of the coronavirus outbreak, according  to an official statement provided to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. Apple has also restricted employee travels to China and has put in new guidelines for the cleanliness of its stores and employee health. They have issued a new revenue forecast statement that is more uncertain than usual due to the virus situation.