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Google launches Slack competitor Hangouts Chat

SAN FRANCISCO: Google released an update to its internet chat tool Hangouts on Wednesday, aiming to make it suitable in workplaces so the Alphabet Inc unit can compete with business software makers including Microsoft Corp and Slack Technologies Inc, reported Reuters. Hangouts Chat supports instant messaging across devices between workers, including group conversations. It also…

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Report on ‘The Reality of CPEC: Facts VS Fiction’ launched

NEWS DESK: A research report on ‘The Reality of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project (CPEC): Facts Vs. Fiction’ was launched in Islamabad on Monday, reported Radio Pakistan. It aims at removing misconceptions about the CPEC project and provides factual insight of the project. Rejecting the impression that Pakistan will not gain any economic benefits from the…

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Uber’s Chinese rival Didi Chuxing recruits in Mexico ahead of launch

MEXICO CITY: Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing has advertised online for a range of jobs in Mexico as it prepares to break into the country, one of rival Uber’s regional strongholds, reported Reuters. Didi Chuxing plans this year to launch a smartphone app in Mexico and to recruit drivers to the platform, Reuters reported last…

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Bitcoin hits bigger stage as exchange giant CME launches futures

NEW YORK/SYDNEY: Bitcoin futures received a lukewarm reception at its launch on the CME Group Inc on Sunday, although market experts believe a recent rally in the cryptocurrency has further to go, reported Reuters. The CME bitcoin front-month futures contract did open higher at $20,650, but dropped 6 percent within the first half hour. The…

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Pakistan’s first optical remote sensing satellite to be launched in 2018

KARACHI: Pakistan’s first optical remote sensing satellite PRSS-1 would be launched in 2018. This was announced in a statement by the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) on Wednesday. It said that the World Space Week 2017 commenced on Wednesday and the inaugural ceremony of the event was organized by SUPARCO. It was…

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Apple launches $999 iPhone X in bid to regain innovation lead

CUPERTINO, Calif: Apple Inc on Tuesday rolled out its much-anticipated iPhone X, a glass and stainless steel device with an edge-to-edge display that Chief Executive Tim Cook called “the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone”, reported Reuters. The launch contained few surprises, with leaked details on the phone and other products including an updated…

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Apple’s to launch three new iPhones mid-September

NEWS DESK: Apple’s iPhone release date might finally have been revealed, reported The Independent. The launch event will take place on September 12, according to French website Mac4Ever, which said that it had heard the news from phone networks. That means the phone itself is likely to open for pre-orders the Friday after – the…

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Cold Stone Creamery opens its doors at Zamzama!

By: Filza Jawad Hai What could be more awesome this summer than having a startling ice cream outlet unlocked in the city? One of the fastest emerging franchises comes all the way from Arizona to Pakistan. Kahala Brands brings the premium American ice cream chain, Cold Stone Creamery, to Karachi. The exceptional services at the…

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SpaceX postpones rocket launch due to engine glitch

MIAMI: SpaceX scrubbed its planned Dragon cargo launch to the International Space Station just seconds before liftoff on Saturday due to a technical issue with the Falcon 9 rocket engine. “We did abort today,” a SpaceX spokesman said, describing the move as having been made “out of an abundance of caution.” Engineers plan to “take…

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PM felicitates nation, armed forces on successful test of SLCM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Monday congratulated the nation and Armed Forces of Pakistan on the first successful test fire of Submarine Launched Cruise Missile (SLCM) Babur-3, having a range of 450 kilometers. The prime minister, in a statement said the successful test of Babur-3 was a manifestation of Pakistan’s technological progress and self-reliance….

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British Council Library reopens in Karachi after 15 years

KARACHI: Bookworms in Karachi will have a new wonderland to retreat and ponder over things as British Council Library reopened its doors to Karachiites Thursday. The library is located at Shahrah-e-Iran in Clifton and features more than 10,000 books in its shelves. It has reopened after a span of some 15 odd years. A high-end…

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Russia loses advanced military satellite after launch: reports

MOSCOW: Russia has lost communication with a newly developed military satellite after it apparently failed to separate from the booster rocket after its launch, a source in the country’s air and space forces told TASS state news agency on Monday. “The spacecraft… is recognised as lost since it is impossible to use it according to…

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Japan rocket launches its first commercial satellite

TOKYO: A Japanese rocket lifted off Tuesday with the national space programme’s first commercial satellite as Tokyo tries to enter a business dominated by European and Russian companies. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries oversaw the launch from Tanegashima Space Center in southwest Japan. The launch of the H-IIA rocket was originally…

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Apple under fire for factory conditions as iPhone launched

HONG KONG: A labour rights group marked the launch of Apple’s latest iPhone Friday with a report accusing one of the smartphone giant’s Chinese suppliers of exploiting factory workers. Hong Kong-based Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) say Lens Technology, which makes touchscreen glass, used forced overtime, withheld wages and risked workers’ health after…

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SpaceX delays next launch after blast

LOS ANGELES: SpaceX said Monday it has delayed by a couple of months the return to flight of its Falcon 9 rocket, following an explosion on the way to the space station in June. The company’s chief executive, Elon Musk, had said previously that the rocket would launch no earlier than September, after a failed…

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Sharjeel directs to launch Sindh-wide plantation campaign

KARACHI: Over one million saplings in Karachi and more than three million saplings would be planted during July and August in a plantation campaign, on the directives of Sindh Information and Local Government Minister, Sharjeel Inam Memon. According to a statement issued Thursday, he has announced to launch the plantation campaign to stop environment degradation…

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SpaceX rocket explodes after launch

MIAMI: An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida, following what was meant to be a routine cargo mission to the International Space Station. “The vehicle has broken up,” said NASA commentator George Diller, after NASA television broadcast images of the white rocket falling to pieces. “At this point…

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Lettuce, worms, parking gear aboard SpaceX ship for Sunday launch

MIAMI: Worms, lettuce and a massive parking station for future spaceships are aboard SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo capsule, poised for a Sunday launch. The blast-off of the white, gumdrop-shaped spaceship atop the California-based company's Falcon 9 rocket is set for 10:21 am (1421 GMT) from Cape Canaveral, Florida.  Shortly after launch, SpaceX will make a…

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Microsoft to launch Windows 10 on July 29

NEW YORK: Microsoft on Monday announced that the latest version of its Windows operating system will be available July 29 for computer and tablet users. The new Windows 10 software will come as a free upgrade to people who already use Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 and will be available in 190 countries. Windows 10…

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Sindh Govt to launch $1.2bn Karachi Light Rail project

KARACHI:  The Sindh Government has decided to launch a $1.269 billion Karachi Light Rail, Brown Line project on war footings so that it could be completed by the beginning of 2018. For the purpose, a committee has been constituted to remove all the bottlenecks so that the proposed project could be gifted to Karachiites. This…

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Giggles galore over Pak-China think tank name 'RANDI'

ISLAMABAD: Chinese President Xi Jinping's two-day visit to Pakistan has been replete with flowery rhetoric extolling mutual love between both countries, but the name chosen for a new joint think tank has left some social media users in titters. Dedicated to research on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a $46 billion dollar plan linking China's restive west…

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