Apple fixes HomeKit bug that allowed remote unlocking of users’ doors

Apple has been forced to fix a security hole within its HomeKit smart home system that could have allowed hackers to unlock users’ smart locks or other devices. The bug within iOS 11.2 permitted unauthorized remote control of HomeKit-enabled devices. Such devices include smart lights, plugs, and other gadgets, but also includes smart locks and garage door openers. An Apple spokesperson said: “The issue affecting HomeKit users running iOS 11.2 has been fixed. The fix temporarily disables remote access to shared users, which will be restored in a software update early next week.”…

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Bitcoin ends dramatic week with 20% slump followed by recovery

Bitcoin rounded off a week of frenzied investor speculation with a day of whipsaw trading that knocked nearly 20% off its value at one point but still left the cryptocurrency changing hands at more than $15,000. The currency, which was likened to Dante’s Inferno by one senior banker this week, rocketed to a new high of $16,660 overnight before slumping to $13,482 by midday on Friday. As the London markets were closing, bitcoin had recovered some of its losses to trade at $15,350 – having started the week at $10,875 and the year…

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Facebook joins effort to boost newspaper subscriptions

WASHINGTON: Facebook announced Thursday initiatives to help struggling news organizations gain paid subscribers, following a similar move unveiled earlier this month by Google. The social network giant said it will test “premium news models” for organizations that deliver their content on Facebook, to enable the publishers to have more control over pricing, subscriber relationships and revenue. “Earlier this year, many publishers identified subscriptions as a top priority, so we worked with a diverse group of partners to design, refine, and develop a test suited for a variety of premium news…

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How to safely watch a Solar eclipse

Miami: Everyone who plans to look skyward when the solar eclipse sweeps across the United States on Monday should have the proper protective eyewear, or risk lasting blind spots, experts warn. Regular sunglasses will not do, the US space agency says. Only eclipse glasses that have a certification with “ISO 12312-2 international standard” are safe for use, according to NASA. Other options are number 14 welder´s glass, or making a pinhole projector that allows a user to project the image of the Sun on paper or cardboard. But with the…

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Japan launches satellite for better GPS system

Tokyo: Japan on Saturday launched the third satellite in its effort to build a homegrown geolocation system aimed at improving the accuracy of car navigation systems and smartphone maps to mere centimetres. An H-IIA rocket blasted off at about 2:30 pm (0530 GMT) from the Tanegashima space centre in southern Japan, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The rocket successfully released the “Michibiki” No.3 satellite about 30 minutes after launching. “The rocket flew as planned, and the agency confirmed that the Michibiki No.3 was released with no abnormalities…

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VEON offers mobile messaging app in five markets, including Pakistan

FRANKFURT: Global telecom operator VEON said on Wednesday it was making progress in its strategy to reinvent itself as an online player by introducing its messaging and mobile services app in four new markets, including its largest in Russia and Pakistan. The messaging app, which is designed to compete with the likes of Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp and Rakuten Inc’s Viber, offers free services to customers via its mobile network without users incurring data charges as other apps do. It was introduced late last year to customers of its Wind Tre…

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Microsoft profit rises on shift to cloud computing

SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft on Thursday reported that its quarterly profit climbed to $6.5 billion, lifted by its shift to computing services hosted in the internet cloud. The US technology giant said revenue in the recently ended quarter rose to $23.3 billion, with $7.4 billion of that due to its “intelligent cloud” offerings. “Innovation across our cloud platforms drove strong results this quarter,” Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella said in a release. “Customers are looking to Microsoft and our thriving partner ecosystem to accelerate their own digital transformations and to unlock…

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Pakistan to become first country to test 5G: Anusha Rahman

ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Anusha Rahman said on Saturday that Pakistan would become the first country in the world to test 5G technology. Addressing a press conference in connection with the award of 4G spectrum license, she expressed the hope that Pakistan would soon acquire the technology. The 4G spectrum license was sold for $295 million. The ceremony was also attended by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. Rehman said the total amount of the auction had been deposited in the government’s account. The minister added that the…

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Pak lady scientist’s work becomes title of international journal

KARACHI: An international prestigious science journal for its cover page selected the work of a Pakistani female scientist. A senior official of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) of University of Karachi said that the work of Dr Sammer Yousuf,  Associate Professor at ICCBS has appeared on the cover page of the June issue of Acta Crystallographica Section C Structural Chemistry. He said that the aforesaid work is the part of research project of her student Ms Ammara Shahid. He maintained that Acta Crystallographica C impact factor…

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EU fines Google record $2.7 billion in first antitrust case

EU antitrust regulators hit Alphabet (GOOGL.O) unit Google with a record 2.42-billion-euro ($2.7 billion) fine on Tuesday, taking a tough line in the first of three investigations into the company’s dominance in searches and smartphones. It is the biggest fine the EU has ever imposed on a single company in an antitrust case, exceeding a 1.06-billion-euro sanction handed down to U.S. chipmaker Intel (INTC.O) in 2009. The European Commission said the world’s most popular internet search engine has 90 days to stop favoring its own shopping service or face a…

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