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Most Pakistanis do not know what the internet is: report

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) Around 69pc Pakistani users between the ages of 15 and 65 do not know what the internet is, revealed an information communication technology (ICT)-based survey launched last week. The survey was conducted by LirneAsia, a think-tank based in Sri Lanka that carries out research on information communication technology. …

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Validity of cryptocurrencies in Islamic finance?

Islamabad (Web Desk) Unlike fiat money, a cryptocurrency is recognised only by members of a certain community or network who agree to regard it as something of value or as a medium of exchange. Thus, the legitimacy of any cryptocurrency is solely based on the consensus among participants of a …

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Alibaba Singles’ Day smashes $25bn sales record

SHANGHAI (Web Desk) Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd smashed the 2017 record for its Singles’ Day sales event on Sunday, surpassing 168 billion yuan ($24.15 billion) sales in under 16 hours and closing the day at 213bn yuan ($30bn). Singles’ Day, also called “Double 11” is the world’s biggest …

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Samsung folding screen lets smartphone open into tablet

Washington (Web Desk) Samsung on Wednesday showed off a folding screen that lets a smartphone open into a tablet, heralding it as the future for portable devices. Senior vice president of mobile product marketing Justin Denison pulled a prototype foldable smartphone from a suit jacket inner pocket at a Samsung …

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Pakistani women less likely to own a mobile phone than men: study

COLOMBO (Web Desk) A new study shows majority of women, less educated and the poor in Pakistan do not own smartphones, lack awareness of and do not have access to the internet. The study Information Communication Technology access and use in Asia and the Global South notes that 37pc women between …

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Banks are evolving to cyber security needs, says PBA

KARACHI (Web Desk) Pakistan Banks’ Association (PBA) has noted that the banks are continuously developing, strengthening and implementing risk-based controls in their environments to avoid exploitation of customers’ data. The association representing Pakistan’s banks said that the sector is moving towards the digital era and continue to consider potential risks and …

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Facebook blocks 30 accounts ahead of US midterm elections

Washington (Web Desk) Facebook said on Monday it had blocked some 30 accounts on its platform and 85 accounts on photo-sharing social network Instagram over concerns they may be linked to foreign entities and aimed at interfering in United States (US) midterm elections. The announcement came shortly after US law …

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Twitter removed accounts discouraging US vote participation

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) Twitter has deleted thousands of automated accounts, many posing as Democrats, that were posting tweets encouraging US voters to sit out Tuesday’s crucial midterm elections, according to media reports. The reports cited a Twitter statement on Friday as saying the social media company had “removed a series of …

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Pakistan’s internet freedom ranking declined in election year: report

KARACHI (Web Desk) The Freedom House has declared Pakistan “Not Free” in terms of internet use for the seventh consecutive year in its global report released on Thursday. The report showed that the country’s ranking had been worsening over the years. The watchdog primarily focused on developments that occurred between June …

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