IGA to Sign MoU with Microsoft and Thinksmart

IGA to Sign MoU with Microsoft and Thinksmart

IGA, Bahrain’s Information & eGovernment Authority has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Microsoft and ICT training provider, Thinksmart. IGA to Sign MoU with Microsoft and Thinksmart

Furthermore, the aim of this agreement is to upskill government employees for meeting the challenges posed by the global digital economy.

Mohamed Ali AlQaed, chief executive, iGA, said:

Our wise leaders have a vision for this country in which supports achieving the eTransformation in all working fields, in addition to empowering young people to thrive in our shared digital future.

IGA to Sign MoU with Microsoft and Thinksmart

He further added that:

Our collaboration with Microsoft and Thinksmart will help us build the foundations of that success and improve government eServices, accelerate innovation, boost employment and economic growth in the Kingdom. We look forward to working with our partners to enhance the overall competitiveness of the country in line with Bahrain Vision 2030.

MoU terms and conditions shows that iGA, Microsoft and Thinksmart will work together on an initiative known as ‘Forsati for Government Employees.

Microsoft will offer different courses, certifications and technical guidance. Microsoft’s basic tools will be use for training. While, Thinksmart will manage the programme, which it originally designed to enhance youth employability and productivity across the nation.

Sheikh Saif Hilal Al Hosni, country manager, Bahrain and Oman, Microsoft, said:

We have enjoyed a long and fruitful partnership with Bahrain, and our work with the iGA has continued that tradition of committing ourselves to help every Bahraini individual and organisation to achieve more.

He further added that:

Digital transformation has the power to engage citizens, empower government employees, optimise operations and reinvent service-delivery models. It is a vital component of achieving the goals of Vision 2030 and we are delighted to work with iGA and Thinksmart to help government departments realise that vision.

Ahmed Al Hujairy, group CEO, Thinksmart, said:

We exist to upskill the people of Bahrain in the technology talents they will need to be relevant in the new global digital economy.

He further added:

Our government’s economic vision is steeped in the innovative use of technology. Our work with iGA and Microsoft will ensure our public servants are able to work without impediment towards a better life for every Bahraini.

Zong 4G Provides Online Recharge Facility for Customers

Zong 4G Provides Online Recharge Facility for Customers

Zong mobile account users can now recharge online and enjoy Zong packages and offers with Online Recharge service. Zong 4G Provides Online Recharge Facility for Customers

The upgraded Online Recharge Platform, includes an array of new services, aimed at offering convenience to the digitally savvy customers.

Zong 4G Provides Online Recharge Facility for Customers

Leading the innovation in the industry, Zong 4G is at the forefront to rapidly streamline the evolving needs of the customers and with the online recharge facility, the company continues to offer maximum accessibility to the customers, round-the-clock for all bank accounts.

Keeping in focus customers’ convenience and ease, the innovative and user-friendly interface enables users to recharge an amount as small as PKR 50, in just a few clicks. Its 3D secured credit card system ensures a safe and secure experience for users and customers can access the service through Zong’s official website as well as My Zong App.

Furthermore, all postpaid and prepaid bill payments can be made via the online facility, while the MBB device users can also recharge their data using either a debit or credit card.

The company spokesperson said:

The launch of Online Recharge Service is a remarkable step in digitizing and meeting the needs of the customers, by providing them the convenience of recharging their balance from anywhere and anytime across the world. Powered by a customer first approach, Zong 4G will continue to provide our customers with the best-in-class services and solutions for meeting customers’ connectivity needs. We will continue to invest in our network, our customer services and solutions to provide unmatched customer experience.

Through innovative breakthroughs, Zong 4G will continue to lead Pakistan to a technologically sound future and the Online Recharge service is a testament to our commitment.

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Facebook Limits Live Feature

Facebook Limits Live Feature

Facebook was restricting rules around its live streaming feature aimed at restriction online violence in the aftermath of the Christchurch massacre. Facebook Limits Live Feature

According to Facebook, it was introducing a “one-strike” policy for use of Facebook Live. It is temporarily restricting access for people who have faced disciplinary action for breaking the company’s most serious rules anywhere on its site.

Facebook Limits Live Feature

Furthermore, Facebook said that first-time offenders will be suspendedd from using Live for set periods of time. It is also expanding the range of violations that will qualify for one-strike suspensions.

The company is planning to increase the new limitations to other areas over the coming weeks, beginning with preventing the same people from creating ads on Facebook.

Facebook has removed 1.5 million videos globally that contained footage of the attack in the first 24 hours after it occurred. It said in a blog post in late March that it had identified more than 900 different versions of the video.

WhatsApp Requests Users to Upgrade App after Spyware Attack

WhatsApp Requests Users to Upgrade App after Spyware Attack

WhatsApp advised users to upgrade to the latest version of its app after getting a report of spyware attack. WhatsApp Requests Users to Upgrade App after Spyware Attack

Furthermore, according to Whatsapp, users couldd be vulnerable to having malicious spyware installed on phones without their knowledge.

A spokesman said:

WhatsApp encourages people to upgrade to the latest version of our app, as well as keep their mobile operating system up to date, to protect against potential targeted exploits designed to compromise information stored on mobile devices,”.

WhatsApp Requests Users to Upgrade App after Spyware Attack

He further said that:

We are constantly working alongside industry partners to provide the latest security enhancements to help protect our users.”

According to a report, vulnerability in WhatsApp let attackers to add spyware on phones by ringing up targets using the app’s phone call function. The same report said that the spyware wass developed by Israeli cyber surveillance company NSO Group.

NSO said its technology iss licensed to authorized government agencies “for the sole purpose of fighting crime and terror,” and that it does not operate the system itself.

The company said:

We investigate any credible allegations of misuse and if necessary, we take action, including shutting down the system. Under no circumstances would NSO be involvedd in the operating or identifying of targets of its technology, which is solely operated by intelligence and law enforcement agencies. NSO would not or could not use its technology in its own right to target any person or organization, including this individual.

Telenor Pakistan Publishes Sustainability Report for 2017-18

Telenor Pakistan Publishes Sustainability Report for 2017-18

The country’s leading telecom operator, Telenor Pakistan has revealed its Sustainability Report 2017-18. Telenor Pakistan Publishes Sustainability Report for 2017-18

Furthermore, the purpose of this report is to highlight the company’s transformative efforts towards building Pakistan’s economy and society. Additionally, Telenor Pakistan remains a step ahead to make significant contributions to the country’s socio-economic progress.

Telenor Pakistan Publishes Sustainability Report for 2017-18

The report explain Telenor Pakistan’s investments in the country. It also delivers awareness into the company’s role as one of Pakistan’s leading employers with thousands of direct and indirect employees. It also shows the powerful social impact of Telenor Pakistan’s digital interventions in critical domains of life.

Kamal Ahmed, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Telenor Pakistan, said:

The Sustainability Report 2017-18 effectively summarizes our efforts and testifies to our progress being in the right direction. As we envision empowering the communities that we operate in, the report helps us keep good track of our journey towards sustainable, transparent, efficient, and innovative business practices in the country. At Telenor Pakistan, we stay committed to helping shape Pakistan’s future through sustainable development in all areas and will continue to explore more innovative ways to serve the country better.

You can download the complete Telenor Pakistan Sustainability Report 2017-18 here

OPPO Launches A1k with 32GB ROM

OPPO Launches A1k with 32GB ROM

The fashion-forward, innovative smartphone brand OPPO has unveiled its latest smartphone, OPPO A1k. Boasting a 32GB ROM and long battery life, A1k features the year’s most popular waterdrop screen, as well as a stylish metallic texture back cover. With a robust 4000mAh battery, OPPO A1k leverages AI algorithm optimization to reduce power consumption, delivering exceptional long battery life. OPPO Launches A1k with 32GB ROM

4000mAh battery and 32GB ROM: Better Configuration for a Better user experience on the OPPO A1k

Powered by a 4000mAh large-capacity battery, OPPO A1k also employs APCF material on the screen. Under the same power dissipation level, the screen gets higher brightness, allowing you to see more clearly while lowering power consumption. Moreover, thanks to AI algorithm optimization, its MTK6762 CPU enables several applications to run seamlessly at the same time, effectively eliminating freezing and serving multiple user scenarios while reducing power consumption. All in all, A1k supports up to 17 hours of daily usage, delivering exceptional long battery life.

OPPO Launches A1k with 32GB ROM

Besides, A1k features 32GB ROM, making for a more satisfying daily usage experience. As well as providing a smoother user experience, A1k comes with larger storage space so you can save more photos and personal data.    

With this combination of 4000mAh battery and 32GB ROM, A1k promises to deliver a better user experience among same price segment smartphones.

Stylish exterior, waterdrop screen, and metallic texture back cover

With a sublime 6.1-inch LCD waterdrop screen plus 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a 1560×720-pixel resolution, OPPO A1k’s screen design draws its inspiration from a water droplet on the verge of falling. Thanks to relentless innovation in both technology and manufacturing, an earpiece, camera, and light sensor have all been integrated into the waterdrop at the top of the screen. This makes possible the 87.43% screen-to-body ratio and creates a waterdrop screen that is both beautiful and practical. From gaming to watching videos to just plain web browsing, users can enjoy an unparalleled and immersive experience. Above that, A1k employs Corning Gorilla Glass, so the screen is stronger to better resist unexpected drops and scratches.

OPPO A1k applies a metallic texture design to its back cover. Just like light flowing on a large and flat mirror, the design offers an overall refined and pure finish. To ensure that the smooth mirror surface rests comfortably in the palm of a hand, OPPO A1k leverages a packaged back cover, with multitesting bringing you the best radian to look thinner and more pleasing than a normal 2.5D back cover. The OPPO A1k comes in two options: Black and Red. This two decided high-end colors of the A1k are selected from hundreds of color options, continuing OPPO’s reputation of leading design aesthetics in the industry. Reactive and rich with variation, the final effect is nothing short of outstanding.

Rear camera and front beauty camera for an even better portrait

As the beloved camera phone brand of young people, OPPO devices are known for their exceptional photo performance. OPPO A1k’s rear camera uses a 5P lens and multi-frame anti-vibration technology to precisely control the light path, creating a sharper image that offers more stable and smooth video shooting. Additionally, the front camera, F2.0 aperture and beautification will make selfies more natural. OPPO A1k also enables excellent Bokeh Effect, the background blur, to help users stand out in their brilliant portrait photos. Also with HDR technology, every detail is clearer especially in low light and backlight environments, again making your portrait shots stand out even more. 

OPPO Launches A1k with 32GB ROM

Live smarter with ColorOS 6.0

Last but not least, A1k is equipped with ColorOS 6.0, OPPO’s latest update to it’s intuitive operation system. The new innovative borderless design further increases speed and overall ease of use. In addition, ColorOS 6.0 has multiple ‘smart’ functions, including Notification Bar, Smart Assistant, Riding Mode and Gesture Navigation, allowing users to experience a smarter lifestyle. Especially worth mentioning is the intelligent Smart Assistant function. Smart Assistant provides users with a one-stop service portal, which directly presents the most important information in the form of a card on the Home screen. Users can view and use it at any time with no need to install a large number of Apps. Supported card features include: Shortcuts, Favorite Contacts, Schedules, Step Counter and a lot more.

Oppo A1k Pricing and Availability

A1k with the 2GB RAM + 32GB ROM configuration is available in Black or Red, priced at PKR.20999 and is available all across Pakistan.

Google to Introduce New Browser Tools on Privacy

Google to Introduce New Browser Tools on Privacy

Google is planning to introduce new internet browser tools. Google to Introduce New Browser Tools on Privacy

According to Google, it will limit how users’ web activity is tracked by advertising companies. The new browser tools will also give greater understanding into why certain ads aree shown to users.

Google to Introduce New Browser Tools on Privacy

Prabhakar Raghavan, Google’s senior vice president for ads and commerce, said:

Our experience shows that people prefer ads that are personalized to their needs and interests – but only if those ads offer transparency, choice and control.

Users will be able to delete cookies, which are virtual tracking chips that some companies use to document browsing behavior with these new browser tools. It will also enable to remove cookies that allow easy log-ins to websites.

According to Google, they also added a way that would limit some possible methods websites may use to avoid the new tool. A separate add-on will list the companies involved in delivering an ad to a user. This add on will run in multiple browsers.

Batelco to Complete Sale of Kuwait Unit to Viva

Batelco to Complete Sale of Kuwait Unit to Viva

Bahrain’s Batelco has completed the sale of its 90% shareholding in its Kuwait subsidiary, QualityNet General Trading and Contracting Company, to Kuwait Telecommunications Company (Viva). Batelco to Complete Sale of Kuwait Unit to Viva

According to Batelco, the sale has been done as per the signed share purchase agreement (SPA) dated April 9, 2019.

Batelco chairman Shaikh Abdulla bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, said:

The sale of QualityNet for KD25.5 million provides peak valuation for Batelco’s shareholders and allows us to focus on redeployment of funds to a number of areas including acquiring synergistic growth opportunities in existing markets, funding the expansion of our current operations into selected adjacent businesses and funding investments in high growth digital adjacencies.

Batelco to Complete Sale of Kuwait Unit to Viva

Batelco CEO of International Investments Ihab Hinnawi said:

QualityNet, one of Batelco’s earliest overseas acquisitions, has been a very strong asset for Batelco for more than 20 years and has contributed significantly in providing value creation for shareholders.

Ihab Hinnawi further added that:

The telecommunication industry in Kuwait has been going through a transformational phase in recent years with a focus on consolidation of fixed, mobile and broadband providers. QualityNet is the first, largest and leading ISP in Kuwait, and this deal supports the best strategic interest of all parties.”

He further added:

In line with our strategic objectives, developed to create the best value for our shareholders, the sale of QualityNet comes at the right time and supports our investment plans for Bahrain and all our operations footprints,”

Hinnawi concluded:

Going forward, we will continue to assess all our investments and explore a number of opportunities with a view to strengthening our portfolio and capabilities,”.

New Siemens App Links Expo 2020 to IoT

New Siemens App Links Expo 2020 to IoT

Siemens has revealed a new cloud-based app which will support Expo 2020 Dubai. It has already linked part of the site’s infrastructure to the Internet of Things (IoT). New Siemens App Links Expo 2020 to IoT

The app will help to digitally optimize Expo 2020 Dubai. Additionally, it will also enhance the visitor experience. This app iss designed to reduce energy and water use during the six-month event. The app will gather, monitor, associate and analyze data from the site, and visualize it to allow real-time monitoring and control of infrastructure from static and mobile devices. The app is in a test phase at the Expo Site Project Office. Eventually it will be connected to the full Expo ecosystem, creating the most connected Expo in history and demonstrating its ability to integrate a city’s infrastructure into the Internet of Things.

New Siemens App Links Expo 2020 to IoT

Dr Roland Busch, chief operating officer and chief technology officer, Siemens AG, said:

This new digital application will support Expo 2020 Dubai in becoming the most connected world fair in history; a great step forward as we continue to explore how digitalization and IoT technologies can address urban challenges,”

Dr Ronald further added that:

By integrating the infrastructure of the largest-ever event in the Arab world with the Internet of Things, we have the potential to inform the development of future smart cities around the world.”

Mohammed Alhashmi, chief technology officer at Expo 2020 Dubai said:

Siemens’ app is a perfect example of what we’re trying to achieve as we prepare to host Expo 2020 – providing a test bed for our partners to deploy innovation at scale and explore the potential for new technology to deliver enhanced operations and experiences, in line with our sub themes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.”

Furthermore, the new app will grow with the Expo 2020 Dubai site, incorporating the ability to make use of machine learning and artificial intelligence to support predictions.

Huawei Signed MoU to Finance First Cloud Centre in Pakistan

Huawei Signed MoU to Finance First Cloud Centre in Pakistan

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan wass assured by prominent Chinese businessmen of ‘massive scale’ investment in the private sector. Huawei Signed MoU to Finance First Cloud Centre in Pakistan

New 14 MoUs weree signed between Islamabad and Beijing during his four-day-visit to China. Furthermore, these MoUs weree signed financing the setting up of the first cloud centre. The other basic theme behind these MoUs were for co-operation between Huawei and Airlink Communication in the media industry.

Huawei Signed MoU to Finance First Cloud Centre in Pakistan

According to an official press release, Prime Minister Imran Khan also met with the Chief Executive of Huawei. The founder of the company assured that he has an extensive plan of making a huge investment in Pakistan.

He said

The company has already set up a regional service centre with over 600 IT professionals enrolled.

Prime Minister Imran Khan also met with the Chief Executive officers of Rainbow Agritech Group, Challenge Apparel, Lee and Fin Corporation and Photo Corns.

Imran on the occasion shared that he wants every impediment in the way of investment to be eradicated promptly.

Flanked by Adviser to the PM on Commerce and Textile Abdul Razzaq Dawood and Chairman Investment Board Haroon Sharif, Imran directed the chairman of the Investment Board to assure extending facilities to the Chinese companies on a priority basis.

The Investment Board Chairman Haroon Sharif shared that China’s investment in private companies has grown in Pakistan. Additionally, he met with the Chief Executive officers of Orient Group, Snowform and Challenge Apparel.

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