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President stresses for use of technology by institutions in service delivery

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Monday said that there was a need to utilise modern information technology tools in service delivery by all institutions including Banking Mohtasib of Pakistan (BMP). The president said this while talking to Banking Mohtasib Anisul Hassnain in Karachi who called on him in Islamabad. Arif Alvi was also briefed in detail regarding the activities and performance of the office of Banking Mohtasib. He emphasized that timely implementation of Banking Mohtasib’s findings was of utmost…

India to send three-person crew on landmark space mission

India will send a three-member team into orbit for up to a week when it launches its first manned space mission expected in 2022, the government announced Friday. Indian ministers approved $1.4 billion to provide technology and infrastructure for the programme, according to a government statement. The sum would make India's one of the cheapest manned space programmes, stepping up its space rivalry with China. But the statement said India also hopes to take part in "global" space projects. India will become the…

PM approves to form task force on ‘Technology Driven Knowledge Economy’

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday approved, in principle, constitution of a task force on 'Technology Driven Knowledge Economy'. The decision was taken during a meeting between Imran Khan and Dr Atta-ur-Rehman in Islamabad. The task force is being established with an aim to carry out foresight exercises at regular intervals in order to constantly re-evaluate national priorities and put in place strategies and action plans, with delineated timelines, to build a powerful knowledge economy, said the Prime…

Vietnam release cyber security draft for global technology companies

HANOI: Vietnam on Friday released a long-awaited draft decree on guidelines to implement a cyber security law that global technology companies and rights groups have said could undermine development and stifle innovation. The draft required firms providing a range of services, including email or social media, to set up offices in Vietnam if they collect or analyze data, let their users conduct anti-state actions or cyber attack, and if they fail to remove content deemed anti-state, fake, slandering or inciting violence.…

Law minister stresses on use of technology during investigation process

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Law and Justice Farogh Naseem emphasised on the use of electronic devices during the investigation process. The federal minister on Wednesday chaired a meeting of the task force on criminal procedure code reforms constituted by the cabinet. He said that miscarriage and delay in justice cannot be curtailed without the use of technological support including electronic support, e-mail data, CCTV footage, and such other technological methodology in vogue in the West. Therefore, the minister…

NA Speaker calls for use of technology to help cut expenses

ISLAMABAD: Speaker of the National Assembly Asad Qaiser says the use of the latest technology in the assembly secretariat will help cut expenditures being incurred on papers. He was chairing a meeting on Information Technology and e-governance at the parliament house in Islamabad today. The meeting was attended by officials of the National Assembly secretariat and Information Technology Board. The Information Technology Board briefed the Speaker on e-governance. Asad Qaiser noted that e-governance will help…

Xiaomi announces Redmi S2 and Redmi Note 5 in Pakistan

Lahore, Pakistan, 5 July 2018- Global technology leader Xiaomi announces the launch of Redmi S2,  touted as the best Redmi phone for selfies with a 16MP front camera that is powered by pixel binning technology and featuring AI Beautify.It also sports a 12MP + 5MP AI dual camera, coupled with AI face-unlocking, and is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 625 platform. Best Redmi phone for selfies The 16MP front camera of Redmi S2 captures details in good light and produces high resolution images. In low light…

Cryptocurrencies failing as money, but this technology has future – expert

LONDON: Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are failing as a form of money and have shown clear signs of being a financial bubble, but their technology could improve the financial system in future, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said on Friday. Carney joined a chorus of concern among global policymakers over the rise of digital currencies, saying authorities needed to prevent their use by criminals and new rules were needed to treat them like other assets. Despite the surge in interest in cryptocurrencies, they were…

Amazon paid $90 million for camera maker’s chip technology: sources

SAN FRANCISCO: Amazon.com paid about $90 million to acquire the maker of Blink home security cameras late last year, in a secret bet on the startup’s energy-efficient chips, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The deal’s rationale and price tag, previously unreported, underscore how Amazon aims to do more than sell another popular camera, as analysts had thought. The online retailer is exploring chips exclusive to Blink that could lower production costs and lengthen the battery life of other gadgets, starting…

‘The Year of AI’: Top trends and innovations in science and technology in the year 2017

2017 was an eventful year for innovations in science and technology as the world started embracing Artificial Intelligence , more countries announced ambitious projects for interstellar exploration and block-chain hit banks and business. On the flip side, a growing threat to cyber security and exposure to harmful apps kept scaring users and the sensitive sections of the society with some dubbing this year as the "Year of Blue Whale" after a suicide game in which a secret admin allegedly targeted disturbed  individuals…