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Facebook launches user review, potential bans for advertisers

SAN FRANCISCO (Web Desk) Facebook said on Tuesday it would allow users to review businesses that advertise on the social network and possibly ban those that receive the most negative feedback.The move is aimed at cracking down on businesses whose ads mislead users into buying low quality goods or services …

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Google seeks users help to spot spam in Search

SAN FRANCISCO (Web Desk) Google took action on nearly 90,000 user reports of spam in its Search in 2017 and has now asked more users to come forward and help the tech giant spot and squash spam.According to Juan Felipe Rincon, Global Search Outreach Lead at Google, the automated Artificial …

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Best new features coming to iPhone, iPad with iOS12

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) Apple on Monday unveiled software upgrades that would let older iPhones run faster, help parents limit their children’s screen time and make its Siri voice assistant work more like a rival feature from Amazon.com.The new features were announced at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose …

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Long-soaring smartphone market heading to earth

SAN FRANCISCO (Web Desk) After a decade of sizzling growth, the smartphone market has suddenly cooled.Surveys show smartphone sales last year shrank slightly for the first time since the 2007 debut of the iPhone, and preliminary data this year suggests further deceleration.Analysts say several factors have hit the smartphone market …

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Facebook to pull plug on ‘Trending’ topics feature

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) Facebook said on Friday it will remove the ‘Trending’ topics feature that compiles popular news from its social network, as it seeks to ensure users see news from trustworthy and quality sources.The move, effective next week, comes at a time when the world’s largest social network is …

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Smartphone market to stay cool this year

SAN FRANCISCO (Web Desk) International Data Corporation forecast Wednesday that global smartphone sales would cool this year before heating up with help from new 5G networks and India’s vibrant market.An IDC Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker expected smartphone sales to slip two-tenths of a percent this year to total 1.46 billion …

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Millions of British teenagers banned from using WhatsApp

LONDON (Web Desk) WhatsApp is more than a messaging app for many. And soon after the introduction of strict European data privacy laws, the use of the app has now become age-restricted in the UK.Users will be asked to confirm they’re 16 when they agree with a new terms of …

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India Uber president to head Asia Pacific operations

NEW DELHI (Web Desk) Uber’s India President Amit Jain has been promoted to head of the global ride-hailing firm’s Asia Pacific operations, which includes Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong and India, the company said in an emailed statement.Jain will continue to lead India until a successor is found, an …

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YouTube to launch music streaming service next week

LOS ANGELES (Web Desk) Google’s YouTube will launch a music streaming service next week, it said on Thursday, looking to use its popular internet video brand to tap the growing market for paid music streaming. YouTube Music, which will offer both ad-supported and $9.99-per-month versions, will compete directly with services from …

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Chinese private firm launches first space rocket

BEIJING (Web Desk) A suborbital rocket was launched into space on Thursday by a start-up in China’s burgeoning commercial aeronautics industry, as private firms snap at the heels of their dominant American rivals. OneSpace, the Beijing-based company behind the launch, is one of dozens of Chinese rivals jostling for a slice …

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