Asteroid Dust Collected by Japan Probe Arrives on Earth

Tokyo, Dec 5 (AFP/APP): In a streak of light across the night sky, samples collected from a distant asteroid arrived on Earth on Sunday after being dropped off by Japanese space probe Hayabusa-2. Scientists hope the precious samples, which are expected to amount to no more than 0.1 grams of material, could help shed light on the origin of life and the formation of the universe.

2020 could be the last year for the Galaxy Note series phones!

Lahore, 2nd December: Samsung’s Galaxy Note is one of the most popular smartphones that has made large screen devices popular around the world. The first Galaxy Note had a 5.3-inch screen that looks small today but was the largest at the time with the introduction of new technology in the form of a stylus or S-Pen.

Spain to Invest 600 million Euros in Artificial Intelligence

Madrid, Dec 2 (AFP/APP): Spain is to invest 600 million euros (725 million dollars) in developing artificial intelligence over the next two years as part of plans to transform its national economy, the premier said Wednesday. The programme would run from 2021 to 2023, starting with an initial injection of 330 million euros, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said.

Swiss company involved in scandal, sold encrypted devices?

GENEVA (30th Nov, 2020): International politicians have expressed outrage following reports that the United States and Germany have employed a Swiss enterprise for spying on governments across the world.  According to reports of Baaghi TV, Swiss politicians have demanded an investigation into the matter that a Swiss encryption company has been used to allegedly spy on international governments by the CIA and its counterpart in Germany.

UN Experts Sound Alarm Over AI-Enhanced Racial Profiling

Geneva, Nov 26 (AFP/APP): Countries must do more to combat racial profiling, UN rights experts said Thursday, warning that artificial intelligence programmes like facial recognition and predictive policing risked reinforcing the harmful practice. Racial profiling is not new but the technologies once seen as tools for bringing more objectivity and fairness to policing appear in many places to be making the problem worse.

Huawei Roots for 5G Technology Amid Growing Cyber Attacks

NAIROBI, Nov 13 (Xinhua/APP), Nov. 12: Chinese technology firm Huawei has called for increased adoption of 5G technology amid growing cyber-attacks. Mika Lauhde, Huawei's global vice president for cybersecurity and privacy, told a virtual meeting that 5G is much more secure than 4G and earlier technologies such as 3G and 2G and comes with other benefits of speed, capacity and latency.

China Launches the First 6G Satellite

12th November 2020: Whilst engineers in most countries are still trying to install 5G networks, China has sent the ‘world’s first 6G’ test satellite into orbit. As per reports from RTT, China has successfully sent 13 satellites into orbit this month with a single rocket, including the world’s first 6G experimental satellite. RT correspondent John Huddy looks at Beijing’s space ambitions.

South Korea Tests Unmanned Drone Taxis in Downtown Seoul

SEOUL, Nov 11 (Yonhap/APP): South Korea has tested an unmanned air taxi service in its Seoul as it seeks to commercialize urban air mobility services by 2025, the transport ministry said Wednesday. The government has tested six drone taxis in Yeouido, western Seoul, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said in a statement. It’s the first such test in a densely populated city.

Need Stressed for Network Access Control in Academic Campuses & Enterprises

FAISALABAD, Oct 30 (APP): Speakers at a training workshop emphasised that Network Access Control (NAC) must be used in academic campuses and enterprises to control illegitimate users' access over the organisation network. The workshop is being organised keeping in view the very thin representation of women in the field of Cyber Security, which is a growing sector with great potential to create massive number of job opportunities,

Pakistan Earns US $ 286 million from IT Services Export

ISLAMABAD, Oct 25 (APP): Pakistan earned US $ 286 million by providing different information technology (IT) services in various countries during the first two months of fiscal year 2020-21. This shows growth of 35.58 percent when compared to US $ 210.940 million earned through provision of services during the corresponding period of last fiscal year 2019-20, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) reported.

IT & IT Enabled Services Export Remittances Surge in July-September

ISLAMABAD, Oct 23 (APP): The IT & IT enabled Services (ITeS) export remittances comprising of computer services and call center services have surged to $379.251 million at a growth rate of 43.55% during the first three months (July-September) of FY 2020-21. The export was $264.187 million during the during the first three months of FY 2019-20, according to the performance report of Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB)

Chinese Smartphone Maker Vivo to Enter Six European Markets

GUANGZHOU, Oct 22 (Xinhua/APP): Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo has announced to launch its business in Poland, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and Britain, extending its fanbase in European markets. The Guangdong-headquartered company set up its European offices in November 2019, and its European headquarters in Dusseldorf, Germany, currently has employees from 16 nations.  

Saudi Arabia Launches National Artificial Intelligence Strategy

RIYADH, Oct 22 (Xinhua/APP): Saudi Arabia launched a national strategy on Wednesday to become a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) by 2030, Saudi Press Agency reported. Abdullah bin Sharaf Alghamdi, president of the Saudi Data and AI Authority, announced the launch of the National Strategy for Data and AI at the Global AI Summit, which kicked off virtually on Wednesday.

18 Reserve Astronauts Selected for China’s Manned Space Program

WUHAN, Oct 22 (Xinhua/APP): China's manned space program has entered the mission preparation stage with the selection of a new group of 18 reserve astronauts. According to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA), the reserve astronauts, including one female, have been selected recently from 2,500 candidates. Among them are seven spacecraft pilots, seven space flight engineers and four payload experts.

Google Study Outlines Challenges of Onboarding for New Internet Users

Google study outlines challenges of onboarding for new internet users; finds ‘informal teachers’ pivotal to learning October 21, 2020 — The Research and Insights group at Google’s Next Billion Users initiative has released a white paper on the challenges new internet users experience when learning to go online for the first time and encourages technology creators to actively discuss how it can build digital services that can add to the current learning system,

PTCL Appoints Matthew Willsher as President CEO

ISLAMABAD, Oct 18 (APP): The PTCL Board of Directors has appointed Matthew Willsher, currently CEO of Etisalat Afghanistan, to the post of CEO PTCL Group (PTCL & Ufone) effective 1st December 2020. He succeeds Rashid Khan, who was President and CEO of the PTCL Group since March 2019 and decided to leave due to personal reasons, said a press release issued here.

IT Ministry & Microsoft to Jointly Explore Investment Avenues

ISLAMABAD, Oct 16 (APP): The information technology (IT) ministry and Microsoft will work jointly to explore investment avenues. This was agreed in a meeting between Microsoft Country Director for Pakistan Shahzad Khan and IT Secretary Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui here on Friday, said a press release. Such collaboration between the IT ministry and Microsoft would help Pakistan in employment generation.

2 Million Beneficiaries in Punjab Pay Taxes through E-Pay Punjab App

Lahore, Wednesday 14 October, 2020: e-Pay Punjab, the first-ever government payment aggregator for citizen facilitation and improving ease of doing business has collected over PKR 10 Billion in tax revenue from two million beneficiaries across Punjab since its launch in October last year. This was conveyed in a progress review meeting of Punjab Information Technology Board.

Germany Installs Space Debris Tracking Radar

BERLIN, Oct 14 (Xinhua/APP): After five years of development and construction, Germany's first space radar was installed near the city of Koblenz, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) announced on Wednesday. The technology, worth 44.5 million euros (52.3 million U.S. dollars), is designed to detect and monitor space debris in low Earth orbit, according to the DLR.

Doctors & Nurses Condemn Discontinuation of Corona Health Allowance

KARACHI, Oct 12 (APP): OPDs in different public sector hospitals in Karachi were closed for two hours (10 am to 12 noon) Monday as part of a token strike against the provincial government's decision to stop, with immediate effect the Covid Health Allowance for doctors, nurses and paramedics.  

2nd OIC Summit on Science & Technology in December

ISLAMABAD, Oct 11 (APP): The next Science and Technology (S&T) Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) would be held online in early December due to the continuing pandemic situation and organized by the Government of the United Arab Emirates. It was said to be an opportunity for member States to reaffirm their commitment towards cooperation in science and technology.