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Samsung, Apple keep top market share

WASHINGTON: Samsung and Apple maintained their leadership in the smartphone market in early 2017 while Chinese-based Huawei’s strong growth cemented its number three position, a market tracker said Thursday. Research firm IDC said overall smartphone shipments grew 4.3 per cent in the first quarter, slightly better than its prior forecast, …

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Free internet in five cities

LAHORE: The Punjab government has launched free internet service (wifi hotspot) at over 200 points in five cities of the province. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif formally opened the free internet service for Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Multan, Bahawalpur and Murree at a ceremony held at Arfa Kareem Software Technology Park by …

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Spotify ensures independent artists are on board with fresh deal

Music streaming service Spotify said on Thursday it has renewed a nine-year-old licensing deal with independent digital agency Merlin that has proven essential to its enduring appeal to dedicated music fans even as it has become more mainstream. Merlin represents 20,000 independent record labels in 51 countries around 12 percent …

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SBP mulls anti-cybercrime technology

KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) is currently studying blockchain technology solution model to be adopted by central and commercial banks, as banks the world over try to keep electronic financial transactions protected from cybercrimes, said SBP’s Executive Director-Banking Supervision Group, Inayat Hussain, on Wednesday. With blockchain technology, contracts …

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Facebook wants to augment your reality

Facebook wants you to sit in your bedroom wearing a headset and take a virtual vacation with faraway friends and family. Or use your smartphone’s camera to spruce up your dinky apartment, at least virtually. The promise of augmented and virtual reality was a big focus of Facebook’s annual conference …

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MCB’s new card offers aspiring entrepreneurs collateral-free credit

MCB launches Pakistan’s first SME credit cards. In a bid to boost support for the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) sector in Pakistan and strengthen their credit card portfolio, Muslim Commercial Bank (MCB) have launched the country’s first SME credit card. The launch was announced on December 6 last year, …

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Google to open up Android to rivals in out-of-court deal with Russia

MOSCOW: Alphabet Inc’s Google will open up its popular Android mobile operating system to rival search engines in Russia as part of a deal to settle a two-year dispute with Russian competition authorities. The deal sets a new precedent for the tech giant, which faces multiple complaints worldwide that it …

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152 Facebook pages blocked for featuring blasphemous content: interior ministry

ISLAMABAD: The interior ministry informed the National Assembly on Monday that 152 Facebook pages have been blocked for featuring blasphemous content. The written reply came to the question asked by MNA Sahibzada Tariq Ullah regarding action taken by the government against those involved in the posting of blasphemous content on …

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Samsung Electronics says Galaxy S8 pre-orders exceeded S7

Pre-orders for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone have exceeded those of its predecessor S7, mobile business chief Koh Dong-jin said on Thursday, suggesting many consumers were unfazed by last year’s Galaxy Note 7 fires. The S8, which began sales in South Korea, the United States and Canada …

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Snapdeal founders move to calm employees amid takeover speculation

The founders of India’s Snapdeal told employees in an email on Sunday that the e-commerce company will ensure there is no disruption to staff “as the way forward becomes clear,” as speculation of a takeover swirls. The email, seen by Reuters, tacitly acknowledged that a sale of the company could …

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