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Most of Ferrari cars will be hybrid by 2022: CEO Louis

MARANELLO (AFP): Most of the cars made by Ferrari will be hybrid petrol-electric by 2022, the Italian sports car manufacturer said on Tuesday, including its first SUV.

“By 2022, nearly 60 per cent of the models we produce will be built around hybrid powertrains,” new CEO Louis Camilleri said at the company’s Maranello headquarters.

The company known for its low-slung aerodynamic sports cars will also launch its first SUV — Purosangue — after the end of the current business plan in 2022.

Gas-guzzling Ferraris are faced with more and more anti-emission regulations around the world, as well as increasingly environmentally aware would-be owners.

Ferrari stock tumbled 8 per cent in August as investors wondered if the company could stay on track for its profit targets after the death of historic boss Sergio Marchionne.

Announcing the SUV, former Philip Morris boss Camilleri said he initially abhorred the idea.

“It just does not sit well with our brand and all that it represents,” he admitted, but insisted that the new design will “redefine expectations”.

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WhatsApp likely to roll out ‘dark mode’ feature

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NEW YORK: Social messaging service WhatsApp is expected to roll out a new dark mode feature in its upcoming update.

The new User Interference (UI) will provide a dark background to the traditional WhatsApp interface; this can be useful at night, as it reduces the strain on users’ eyes.

According to WABetaInfo, the new UI will require several improvements before an official update is rolled out and this is the first major cosmetic change in the app since 2009.

There are many important secret references in recent updates!

Be patient to see it out, hoping it will be FULL OLED friendly for Android phones, iPhone X and newer!

The new update will also consume lesser battery especially for devices running OLED and AMOLED displays, as each pixel is essentially an individual LED in case of such displays. The LED pixels are turned off when displaying blacks, which in turn results not only in better contrast ratio but also power saving.

The shift from repetition that the ‘Dark Mode’ provides has become part of various social media applications since the recent past, such as Twitter and YouTube.

Moreover, the Facebook-owned company is also likely to roll out swipe to reply feature in its Android application.

The new feature allows Android users’ to swipe the message to reply instead of tap and hold the message.

The Swipe gesture has been available in iOS for quite some time now.

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Galaxy S10 to have ‘significant’ makeover claims CEO

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ISLAMABAD: After the launch of Galaxy Note 9, all eyes are now on Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S10 that might release next year. However, Samsung’s CEO has claimed that the phone will go through a significant makeover.

While speaking to Chinese media, tech giant Samsung’s mobile business CEO DJ Koh said that people should expect ‘very significant’ design changes for the upcoming flagship Galaxy S10. However, he did not really specify what the changes will be, as per Sam Mobile.

A month after Note 9, Samsung sends invites for another Galaxy event

Though Koh did not mention more details, he did say that the 10th anniversary device will be released in some ‘amazing’ colors. However, reports suggest that the new color might be a variant of green, a color that was last seen on its Galaxy S6 Edge. As per rumors, more colors include black, white, pink and silver, wrote Android Headlines.

Moreover, rumors till now state that the Galaxy S10 will feature three rear cameras with an in-display fingerprint sensor. Also, it might announce three models of the phone with two of them sporting triple rear camera. The smartphone is expected to be announced in the first quarter of 2019 most likely at the MWC trade show.

At present, Samsung is prepping up to release new gadget next month on October at its ‘A Galaxy Event’ for which it has already sent the invites.

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Samsung to reveal new Galaxy device at Galaxy event

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ISLAMABAD: We all know that Samsung had already launched the most important products it regularly brings to market in the second half of the year. Those devices include the new Galaxy Note series phone and a brand new smartwatch.

The company has just announced another Galaxy event. The upcoming Galaxy event will be held on October 11. The event is just two days after Google unveils its new Pixel phones. The company unveiled that A New Galaxy Device is on its way to the market.

Samsung’s New Galaxy Device May Be A Camera Oriented Smartphone

LG, Huawei, and Google had already announced to launch their flagships in the coming October. Samsung is the fourth smartphone company that will reveal a major device next month. However, the invite doesn’t tell us too much about the upcoming device.

Samsung has just announced that the device will launch at the Galaxy Event. They further added that:

“It is bringing more ways to express yourself than ever before.”

“We can capture the fun with Samsung as the company celebrates the launch of the new device.”

The “4x fun” tagline suggests that Samsung will launch a camera-oriented smartphone. Obviously, we can’t even be sure that it’s a phone that we’re talking about. It could be a new tablet as the invite has used the word “Device”. In addition to that, Samsung has not shared any info that can hint to the foldable phones. So, it will remain a mystery until its launch. The only thing we know is that something interesting is coming soon.

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‘German companies lost billions to cyber attacks’

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BERLIN: Cyber-attacks and industrial espionage have caused a loss of €43 billion ($50 billion) for German companies in the last two years, a new study has revealed.

Sixty-eight percent of German companies have become the victim of a cyber-attack, sabotage, data theft or espionage, German digital association Bitkom said on Thursday.

“Many German companies are worldwide market leaders which makes them very attractive for criminals,” Bitkom’s president, Achim Berg, told a news conference in Berlin.

According to Bitkom’s study, in about 63 percent of the incidents, current or former employees of the companies were involved in the cyber-attack or the industrial espionage.

In 29 percent of the incidents, hobby hackers were believed to have been responsible for the attacks, while foreign intelligence services were identified in 11 percent of the cases. (AA)


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Apple unveils new iPhones and Watch Series

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CALIFORNIA: Apple just announced the new iPhones (XS, XS Max, and the XR) and the Apple Watch Series 4.

The world’s most valuable company today unveiled new products in the Steve Jobs Theater at the company’s brand new Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino, California.

Apple Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), along with the Chief Operating Officer (COO) Jeff Williams announced the launch of the new products from the stage to an audience that was on the edge of their seats.

The iPhone XS is water-resistant and comes with a 5.8-inch OLED screen — the same dimensions as last year’s iPhone X. The new handset is the sequel to the company’s 10th anniversary iPhone X announced at last year’s product event, and further adds to the company’s high-end product line.

The iPhone XS offers a new processor, storage space up to 512 GB, improved display for better colour representation and a new gold colour.

Apple is also rolling out its largest handset to date: the iPhone XS Max with a 6.5-inch OLED screen.

As rumours expected, the new models ditch the home button in favour of the iPhone X’s edge-to-edge display with Face ID facial recognition replacing the Touch ID fingerprint scanner.

Both phones have the company’s faster A12 Bionic processors as well as improved water resistance. Storage will start at 64GB of storage with other options available including a 512GB variety.

Apple also unveiled a new Watch, the Series 4. It will ship with better fitness tracking and new health features, Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams announced Wednesday. The screen is 30 per cent larger than the last Watch generation, core apps have been updated and redesigned, and users can customize a brand new watch face.

The new Watch comes with advanced heart monitors and can detect and alert emergency contacts when the wearer falls and doesn’t get up.

The new Watch Series 4 starts at $399 — $499 for a Watch with cellular connectivity — and is available to order starting Friday.

Apple’s Senior Vice President (SVP) Lisa Jackson announced that Apple is run on 100 per cent renewable energy, and said that Apple’s next goal is to use 100 per cent recyclable materials. “The company’s not there yet, but the XS includes some changes to push that way, like using tin in the logic board, and recycled plastic in the speaker enclosure”, she added.

Apple later on, towards the end of the presentation announced the iPhone XR. The iPhone XR integrates breakthrough technologies from iPhone XS in an all-screen glass and aluminium design with the most advanced LCD in a smartphone featuring a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display and six beautiful finishes.

iPhone XR brings the powerful A12 Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine, the TrueDepth camera system, Face ID and an advanced camera system that creates dramatic portraits using a single camera lens.

According to Apple’s website, the iPhone XR will be available to pre-order beginning Friday, October 19 and in stores beginning Friday, October 26.

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Vodafone broadband adverts banned

LONDON (BBC News): Adverts for Vodafone broadband have been banned for misleading customers over speeds and reductions in bills. The television and radio ads, featuring actor Martin Freeman, stated: “Vodafone guarantee your home broadband speeds or money off until it’s fixed.”

But the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) upheld complaints – including from rival BT – that the claims could not be substantiated. Vodafone said it was “disappointed” by the ASA’s ruling to ban the ads.

The ads featured Mr Freeman playing an online video game, only to have his internet “drop out” at a key moment. His opponent in the game tells him to “just get Vodafone” and on-screen text tells viewers they can claim a discount if speeds are below certain thresholds.

And Vodafone’s website stated: “Our Ultimate Speed Guarantee means you get the best broadband speed available to you, or we’ll give you a discount off your monthly bill until we can get you there.” But the ASA said consumers would interpret the ads to mean that Vodafone could guarantee minimum speeds fast enough to avoid common issues such as buffering.

The regulator said customers experiencing buffering and lower speeds might not qualify for the discount on bills.

The ASA said that it had told Vodafone to ensure its advertising did not mislead customers in the future.

A Vodafone spokeswoman said the company was “disappointed” by the ruling and added the ASA had “misunderstood” the offer.

She said the guarantee “is still unmatched in the market as no other major brand offers a promise like this across their entire range, nor do they apply discounts directly to customers’ bills if they don’t deliver”.

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PTCL upgrades its CharJi 4G LTE network

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ISLAMABAD: In order to provide hi speed and seamless internet experience to its customers, PTCL has recently implemented major upgrade of its CharJi 4G LTE network in Karachi, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Peshawar. As part of this process, 3G EVO services in these cities will stop working from 17th September 2018.

PTCL 3G EVO customers can visit any PTCL shop, retail outlet or distributor to exchange the 3G EVO device by giving Rs. 2,500 and get a new CharJi 4G LTE device. Along with that, they will get one month of unlimited internet free on their new CharJi 4G LTE device. Customers can call at 1218 for further information. PTCL has upgraded the CharJi 4G LTE network considering the ever-growing high speed internet requirements of its customers. The new CharJi 4G LTE device will connect up to 10 devices at the same time.

This offer allows subscribers who upgrade, to browse and stream to their heart’s content for the entire first month. From the second month onwards, the customers will be able to select from a variety of economical and tax-inclusive monthly packages that cater to a diverse range of needs & lifestyles.

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ITU Telecom World 2018 conference underway in SA

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JOHANNESBURG: Discussions on several technological developments are underway at the International Telecommunication Union Telecom World 2018, which opened in South Africa Monday. “We are at the dawn of a digital revolution that will reshape the way we work, the way we live and the way we relate to each other,” President Cyril Ramaphosa said at the opening of the conference in the coastal city of Durban.

This is the first time the conference is being held on the African continent, where latest developments in technology, including preparations for 5g networks, are being discussed.

“Technological change is proceeding at a pace far greater than anything humanity has experienced before,” Ramaphosa said.

The South African leader said technology should assist in overcoming unemployment, but not exacerbate it.

“It is our task to ensure that the 4th Industrial Revolution improves the human condition and that no one is left behind,” he noted.

Ramaphosa said it is their task as leaders to ensure that the digital revolution responds to the needs of the developing world.

He said the rapid expansion of broadband reach and accessibility is a priority for South Africa because it is a key determinant of economic inclusion.

“There are currently 20 million South Africans who do not use the internet, for a range of reasons such as unaffordable data prices, lack of internet-enabled devices and lack of access,” he added.

Ramaphosa said his government has decided to accelerate the licensing of radio frequency spectrum to hasten the growth of mobile communications as a result.

The conference has attracted about 7,000 delegates, including senior government officials, leaders of multilateral organizations, regulators, and entrepreneurs. The International Telecommunications Union is a specialized agency of the UN responsible for information and communication technologies. (AA)


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Trump tells Apple to make products in US

NEW YORK (Reuters): US President Trump tweeted on Saturday that Apple Inc (AAPL.O) should make products inside the United States if it wants to avoid tariffs on Chinese imports.

The company told trade officials in a letter on Friday that the proposed tariffs would affect prices for a “wide range” of Apple products, including its Watch, but it did not mention the iPhone.

Trump, speaking on Friday aboard Air Force One, said the administration had tariffs planned for an additional $267 billion worth of Chinese goods.

Trump tweeted that “Apple prices may increase because of the massive Tariffs we may be imposing on China – but there is an easy solution where there would be ZERO tax, and indeed a tax incentive. Make your products in the United States instead of China. Start building new plants now.”

Apple declined to comment.

The technology sector is among the biggest potential losers as tariffs would make imported computer parts more expensive. Apple’s AirPods headphones, some of its Beats headphones and its new HomePod smart speaker would also face levies.

“The burden of the proposed tariffs will fall much more heavily on the United States than on China,” Apple said in its letter.