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Samsung Electronics flags record $14.7 bn Q1 operating profit

SEOUL: Samsung Electronics flagged Friday a first-quarter operating profit of 15.6 trillion won ($14.7 billion), a record for any-three month period, as it benefited from soaring demand for its memory chips for mobile devices. Sales for January to March are expected to reach 60 trillion won, the world’s largest maker of smartphones and memory chips…

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April 6, 2018


Telecom sector grows at rapid pace

ISLAMABAD: The telecommunication sector in the country has grown at a rapid pace and undergone an impressive transformation over the last four years. Introduction of Mobile Broadband Services (3G / 4G/LTE) in Pakistan is one of the biggest achievements of information Technology and Telecommunication Ministry. In 2014 award of four 3G Licenses awarded to Jazz…

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February 13, 2018


Samsung’s Galaxy S8 hits stores

Seoul, South Korea: The world’s biggest smartphone maker Samsung Electronics added more than $1 billion to its market capitalisation Friday as investors cheered positive reaction to its new Galaxy S8 and the device went on sale over the counter. The device, unveiled in New York last month and a challenge to Apple’s iPhone, is the…

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April 21, 2017


Samsung faces ‘biggest test’ with Galaxy S8 launch

SEOUL: The world’s biggest smartphone maker Samsung will unveil its latest flagship model, the Galaxy S8, on Wednesday in New York as it seeks to move on from last year’s humiliating burning handset recall. Samsung Electronics was forced to abandon its premium Galaxy Note 7, originally intended to compete with Apple’s iPhone, after a chaotic…

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March 29, 2017


Smartphone maker Samsung backs away from planned split

SEOUL: The world’s biggest smartphone maker Samsung, assailed by a shambolic recall and embroiled in South Korea’s wide-ranging corruption scandal, on Friday backed away from a planned corporate restructuring. Following the embarrassing recall of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone and under pressure from activist shareholders to improve corporate governance, Samsung Electronics said last year that…

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March 24, 2017


Facebook launches smartphone app for event seekers

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Friday released a mobile app for finding local happenings to enjoy with friends. The Events app tailored for iPhones hit Apple’s online shop, with a version “coming soon” for smartphones powered by Google-backed Android software, Facebook product manager Aditya Koolwal said in on online post. Events is a stand-alone spin on…

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October 8, 2016


After Samsung Note and iPhone7, Google’s smartphone to hit the market

SAN FRANCISCO: Google late Monday sent out invitations to an October 4 event, hinting that the Internet titan will show off a new smartphone powered by its Android mobile software. Emailed invitations revealed only the time and place for the gathering in San Francisco, the message topped by blue, red, yellow, and green dots of colour. Google…

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September 26, 2016


Microsoft to end smartphone manufacturing: union

HELSINKI: Microsoft announced Wednesday it would let go up to 1,850 employees and a Finnish union called it the end of the company’s smartphone manufacturing business, bought from Finnish telecom equipment maker Nokia. “Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday announced plans to streamline the company’s smartphone hardware business, which will impact up to 1,850 jobs,” it said…

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May 26, 2016


Google piecing together a modular phone

SAN FRANCISCO: Google on Friday showed off a modular Android-powered smartphone it said is on track to hit the market next year. Word that Project Ara was moving ahead, and not shelved as some had speculated during the past year, came on the final day of Google’s annual developers conference in the Silicon Valley city…

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May 21, 2016


Google putting machine smarts into new messaging app

MOUNTAIN VIEW: Google on Wednesday unveiled a smartphone messaging application infused with artificial intelligence as it moves to stay in tune with busy mobile Internet lifestyles. “Allo” will be released later this year, along with the “Duo” application for video calls, Google engineering director Erik Kay said at the Internet giant’s annual developers conference in…

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May 19, 2016


FBI paid over $1 mn for iPhone hack

WASHINGTON: The Federal Bureau of Investigation paid hackers more than $1 million to break into the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers, director James Comey said Thursday. Asked at the Aspen Security Forum in London how much the US agency paid for help to get into the phone, Comey replied, “A lot.”…

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April 22, 2016


Twitter adds live Periscope broadcasts to timelines

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter on Tuesday began weaving live Periscope video broadcasts into timelines streamed to its application tailored for Apple mobile devices. “Go LIVE and broadcast straight into Twitter!” the one-to-many messaging service’s chief and co-founder Jack Dorsey proclaimed in a tweet fired off at @Jack. “Huge new distribution for Periscopers around the world!” Twitter…

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January 13, 2016


Smart showerhead aims to save precious water

LAS VEGAS: French engineer Gabriel Della-Monica was at the gala Consumer Electronics Show with a smart showerhead created to stop precious water from going down the drain. Della-Monica had his four daughters in mind — and the hours they spend in the shower — when he set out to create a showerhead that lets people…

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January 8, 2016


YouTube ramps 360-degree video with ‘Spotlight Stories’

SAN FRANCISCO: YouTube on Tuesday added interactive, 360-degree animation video to its line-up, with help from the makers of “Wallace and Gromit.” Dubbed “Spotlight Stories,” the new feature will be viewable on the YouTube app of an array of Android-powered smartphones. Showcasing the technology was a Santa-themed short film from Academy Award-winning studio Aardman Animations,…

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December 23, 2015


Snapchat vanishing video viewing hits 6 billion daily

SAN FRANCISCO: Snapchat on Monday confirmed that six billion vanishing videos are viewed daily at the service in a three-fold surge from early this year. The highly-valued startup declined to comment on what it thought was powering the rapid growth. “It is a huge number for them,” analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group said of…

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November 10, 2015


Cellular operators expanding 3G, 4G with more investments

ISLAMABAD: The year 2014 has seen investment of US $ 1,789.7 million from Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) on account of acquiring and expanding their mobile broadband telecommunication networks. The overall telecom investment during the year reached US$ 1,815 million – almost three times increase from level of US$ 600 million last year. Almost half of…

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September 15, 2015


Tech world waits for iPhone news and hopes for magic

SAN FRANCISCO: The tech world on Wednesday will have its eyes on Apple, expecting new versions of the company’s coveted iPhone but hoping for magic in the form of unexpected innovation.

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September 9, 2015


Apple challenges figures on Apple Music user retention

SAN FRANCISCO: Only 21 percent of users who have tested Apple Music no longer use it, Apple said Wednesday, countering the results of a survey that found defection rates at more than twice that amount. In a survey of 5,000 people in the US, released Tuesday, music industry research company MusicWatch found that 48 percent…

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August 20, 2015


3G, 4G—A most happening revolution in Pakistan

The country is witnessing a telecommunication revolution after 3G and 4G licenses were auctioned. Now, the internet users may avail broadband-like fast speed on their mobile handsets. Faiz Paracha reports from Islamabad.

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May 18, 2014