Category: Tech

Mobile phone tax exemption given to international travellers to be withdrawn

The facility of registration of one mobile phone on one international passport will soon be revoked by the government. The decision has been taken to generate additional revenue as well as to stop the misuse of the baggage rule after the DIRBS system, that aims to curtail smuggling of mobile phones failed to achieve the desired results.

Punjabi among five new languages to be added to Facebook ad breaks

As number of users watching original videos on Facebook has reached around 720 million, with 140 million people using the service daily, the social networking website is now looking to compete with YouTube and other rivals. Hence, ad breaks have now been made available in Canada, and support will be added for five more languages — Kannada, Marathi, Punjabi, Swedish and Telugu. 

Facebook investors want to oust Mark Zuckerberg as Chairman

Facebook’s independent investors are disgruntled with the way Mark Zuckerberg handled a series of Facebook scandals last year, which caused huge drop in Facebook’s share price. In Facebook’s annual shareholders meeting, 68% of outside investors voted for a proposal to oust Mark and hire an independent Chairman. However, Mark Zuckerberg, who owns 60% of the voting rights, rejected the proposal.

Amazon wants Pakistani manufacturers: Amazon.pk in plans

Officials from Amazon U.S. have reached out to enablers.pk to initiate the process of getting Pakistan listed on Amazon’s approved country list. Amazon wants to facilitate and on-board Pakistani manufacturers, especially, in home, bed linen and furnishing category. Officials also disclosed that Amazon.pk is certainly on the cards and expansion similar to Indian market is being planned for Pakistan.

Apple’s iPhone 11 might have a squared triple lens camera system

As Apple gears for the launch of iPhone 11 this fall, market speculations about the new phones suggest that Apple will introduce three new iPhones with minimal design changes. Following Samsung’s and Huawei’s recent launches, Apple is expected is introduce a round square shaped triple lens back camera system to the new iPhones, along with the ability to charge other device.

Huawei quietly launches 5G lab in South Korea

Chinese tech giant, Huawei, in a low-key ceremony, has launched first open 5G services development center at Junggu district of Seoul, South Korea. Huawei plans to invest $5 Million in this open 5G lab that will allow them build a 5G ecosystem through cooperation with a number of South Korean ICT companies and small-and-medium enterprises. The company kept other details discreet.

Alibaba looking for second listing in Hong Kong

Bloomberg news have reported that US -listed, Chinese e-commerce leader, Alibaba Group is exploring a potential second listing in Hong Kong, as early as the second half of 2019, that could raise $20 billion as Beijing seeks to encourage its tech titans to list closer to home. This listing is intended to help Alibaba “diversify funding channels and boost liquidity.”

Fawad Ch. says Huawei has almost launched 5G in Pakistan

Fawad Ch. believes that Huawei, China’s biggest smartphone and technology manufacturer, has almost launched 5G technology in Pakistan. In a recent press conference, while talking to media about the benefits of 5G technology and its revolutionary impact, he said, “when 5G tech will arrive, not arrive but it’s almost launched by Huawei in Pakistan, they are building the basics”. 

Apple is not even trying with this new iPod touch refresh

Apple announced an updated version of the iPod touch with an A10 Fusion chip, same processor used in iPhone 7, along with a new 256GB storage option. This is the first update to iPod since July 2015, and aside from those two changes, Apple is leaving the rest of the iPod touch alone. New iPod has the same bezelled 4-inch display, home button, and cameras.

TikTok reportedly working on it own smartphone

Financial Times has reported that Bytedance, TikTok’s parent company, is planning to develop its own smartphone to increase user acquisition channel via pre-installed smartphone application. TechCrunch reports that there seems to be an urgency from Bytedance to find more user acquisition channels as the company has failed to hit its revenue target last year amid slowing ad spending in China.