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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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Uber tests First of its kind Flying taxi service

Los Angeles (Web Desk) Uber today has given the first look at design models for its new air taxi, which it hopes to fly by 2020. They will be on display at the Uber Elevate Summit in Los Angeles.The design looks a bit like a drone, with multiple propellers and …

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Chinese tech giant Alibaba breaks into Pakistani market by acquiring Daraz

Beijing (Web Desk) China’s biggest e-commerce company, Alibaba Group, broke into the Pakistani market on Tuesday by fully acquiring the Daraz Group. “With the acquisition, Daraz will be able to leverage Alibaba’s leadership and experience in technology, online commerce, mobile payment and logistics to drive further growth in the five …

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ECP commissions software for online scrutiny of nomination papers

Islamabad (Web Desk) The Election Commission (ECP) of Pakistan on Monday instructed the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) to create a special software for online scrutiny of nomination papers to be filed by candidates taking part in the upcoming general elections. The orders were issued to Nadra during a …

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Apple and Buffett saw value, and acted

SAN FRANCISCO (Web Desk) Apple was not the only one to leap on a chance to buy its stock at a fat discount last quarter as Warren Buffett stepped in to scoop up an additional 75 million shares for Berkshire Hathaway at the same time. Between them – the two biggest …

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