Chinese tech giant let consumers make payments with their palms

Chinese tech giant let consumers make payments with their palms
Chinese tech giant let consumers make payments with their palms

BEIJING – Chinese technology giant now helped consumers to pay amounts by using their palms as a card.

In its report, MIT Technology Review revealed that multinational conglomerate Tencent earlier conducted tests on the first of its type of touchless palm payment which let consumers pay for goods and services without carrying any typical card.

In the country of 1.4 billion, the tech giant’s social media app WeChat hits 1 billion users and is replacing traditional bills across several cities.

In one of the clips on the Chinese short video App TikTok, a consumer can be seen paying for a soda merely using his palm.

MIT Technology Review’s report further stated that the feature was rolled out some time back and had properly been released in Guangzhou, the leading financial center in China.

The touchless palm payment is capable to distinguish the palms of individuals. People can now make payment by waving their hands up to a few inches from the camera, with no facial or fingerprint recognition required.

Despite unforeseen technology advancements, payment by password, fingerprint, and facial recognition technology remain the most popular methods with top brands using them.

China’s rival US has been testing palm-scanning payment technology in Amazon’s Seattle store, per reports. Meanwhile, experts have warned of privacy concerns as such tech requires a large database of biometric information linked to users,

Elon Musk is now owner of Twitter

Elon Musk is now owner of Twitter
Elon Musk is now owner of Twitter

Tesla/SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is finally the owner of the microblogging site, Twitter, as $44 billion purchase deal was finalized on Thursday.

The 51-year-old business tycoon made the announcement on Twitter in an official statement.

In the statement, Elon explained his reasons for acquiring Twitter, saying, “There is currently great danger that social media will splinter into far right wing and far left wing echo chambers that generate more hate and divide in our society.”

“In the relentless pursuit of clicks, much of traditional media has fuelled and catered to those polarised extremes, as they believe that is what brings in the money, but, in doing so, the opportunity for dialogue is lost.”

He added, “That is why I bought Twitter. I didn’t do it because it would be easy. I didn’t do it to make more money. I did it to try to help humanity, whom I love. And I do so with humility, recognising that failure in pursuing this goal, despite our best efforts, is a very real possibility.”

The Twitter bio of the one of the world’s richest persons reads as “Chief Twit”.

Meanwhile, videos circulating on social media shows Elon roaming in Twitter headquarters.

EZ Wage, 1LINK sign accord to digitize payment channels

EZ Wage, 1LINK sign accord to digitize payment channels
EZ Wage, 1LINK sign accord to digitize payment channels

LAHORE – The strategic alliance with 1LINK will enableEZ Wage to access all member banks on 1LINK’s portal and will facilitate 24/7 disbursement in real-time when employees opt to withdraw a portion of their earned wages using the state-of-the-art EZ Wage mobile application.

Singapore-based EZ Wage is one of the first financial wellness platforms in Pakistan that offers Earned Wage Access (EWA), allowing users the benefit of retrieving a portion of their hard-earned money before payday. This revolutionary employee benefit not only boosts the morale and performance of employees but also benefits employers by reducing the workload of their HR/Finance departments and does not tie up their own working capital.

Needless to say, the backdrop of inflation and global recession coupled with rigorous downsizing during the pandemic has spurred people into considering sources of borrowing money, such as friends and family as well as loan sharks which may not necessarily work in their favour in the long run. This renders the future of digitized payments and EWA quite promising in the region.

Present at the occasion were Mr Najeeb Agrawalla, CEO 1LINK, Fatima Batool, Founder of CEO EZ Wage and Mr Hisham Naseem, Global CFO EZ Wage, along with their respective teams. Both parties expressed mutual interest in shifting payments to digital channels so that the end beneficiaries can become more self-reliant and secure when it comes to their money.

Mr Hisham Naseem, Global CFO of EZ Wage commented, “This partnership with 1LINK will enable EZ Wage to fulfil its mission of revolutionizing financial wellness for the masses and will advance women empowerment and financial inclusion in the country.”

Ms Fatima Batool, CEO of EZ Wage, added, “We are honoured to onboard 1LINK as our official Payment Solution Provider in Pakistan. This is another leap towards financial inclusivity and wellness for the masses. We hope that the enablement of real-time withdrawals makes monetary emergencies less daunting for the employees we are catering to. Not only is 1LINK the most secure channel to route funds, but it is also the most reliable.”

The signing of this partnership agreement highlights the move towards financial inclusion in the region as well as the digitization of payments. Owing to EZ Wage’s focus on women and other marginalized segments of society, this alliance is expected to help the underbanked in emerging markets.

OPPO F21 Pro 5G goes on sale in Pakistan

OPPO F21 Pro 5G goes on sale in Pakistan
OPPO F21 Pro 5G goes on sale in Pakistan

LAHORE – The most awaited OPPO F21 Pro 5G is officially available to purchase online and in stores across the country.

With fans swooning over its incredible design and fastest internet connection due to 5G enabled, 6nm processor, and camera capabilities, the OPPO F21 Pro 5G has been very well received since its launch.

With its exquisite style and unique Mega lens & Mega portrait feature, the phone has witnessed huge anticipation across the stores on its first sales day.

Powered by Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 695 5G Mobile Platform built on a 6nm process, slim and sleek design along with good battery life, OPPO F21 Pro 5G ensures an exceptional user experience. The phone has a powerful 4500mAh battery that comes with 33W SUPERVOOC Flash-charging technology. With 128GB of ROM and 8GB RAM, which can be extended by 5GB from OPPO’s RAM expansion, promising great power efficiency.

It comes in two stunning colors including Cosmic Black and the unique Rainbow Spectrum. It is available to purchase in stores and at ‘Daraz’ for a retail price of PKR 69,999/-.

With an aim to enhance the quality of calls and fast connection through VoNR technology and VoLTE, the phone is equipped with such features through which users can experience enhanced 4G+ performance with 5G as well if it is available in their respective location.

The new OPPO F21 Pro 5G handles data privacy and information security at levels that exceed industry standards. Smart Notification Hiding helps protect your privacy when using your phone in public areas.

The powerful camera system by OPPO is going to change the reel dynamics. The features include Bokeh Flare Portrait, Selfie HDR, AI Scene Enhancement, and AI Color Portrait. It features a 64MP High-Res Main Camera, a 2MP Macro Camera, a 2MP Depth Camera, and a 16MP Front Camera.

Moreover, browsing and consuming information has never been easier thanks to smart AI sensing algorithms and intelligent translation on OPPO F21 Pro 5G.

With the Air Gestures on ColorOS 12, you can mute a call with a swipe-up gesture or scroll up and down on pages within apps like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok without touching the device.

Over the years, the OPPO F series has made significant advancements, including the introduction of VOOC charging, improved camera capabilities, innovative design, and unique color options.

With an incredible design, this new device combines cutting-edge technology with a vibrant style and chic design. The phone is available for purchase at and in stores nationwide.

Shot on vivo X80 — ‘Imtehan’ under Hamza Lari’s Direction Officially Released in Pakistan

Shot on vivo X80 — ‘Imtehan’ under Hamza Lari’s Direction Officially Released in Pakistan
Shot on vivo X80 — ‘Imtehan’ under Hamza Lari’s Direction Officially Released in Pakistan

vivo, the leading global smartphone brand recently launched its latest device in the X Series — vivo X80.

With the launch, the brand also announced a campaign under the theme ‘Stories. Redefined.’ where it partnered with filmmaker to produce the art of storytelling on screen via smartphones. vivo also invited people across Pakistan to share their stories. vivo then collaborated with Hamza Lari — a well-respected director in the industry to empower users to make the best out of vivo’s leading technology, channelize their creative talent and explore vivo’s X80 to make films. With the launch of vivo X80, the brand has now officially released short film named “Imtehan” today on through its official media channels.

While all the stories were outstanding, Ahsan Rahim — a famous actor, writer & director selected the most relatable and heart-warming story and refined it to document for the audience. Then Hamza Lari brought the story into reality with vivo X80.

Discussing his experience of using a smartphone to make films and vivo X80’s camera features that were most used throughout the filming, Hamza Lari said “It has been an absolute pleasure partnering with vivo for this filmmaking project. The X80 is a truly magnificent smartphone and gem for both aspirational and professional videographers. During the shoot, I would constantly explore different features, filters and lighting to set the mood. What I love about the device is its user-friendliness. The whole process was so simple to understand that I quickly grasped my way through the device. As a filmmaker, I enjoyed both the creative and the technological process of shooting thanks to vivo X80. Another impressive detail is vivo’s genius collaboration with ZEISS. vivo smartphones in any case are known for their camera’s versatility but the ZEISS Professional Imaging has ensured that users experience professional photography at its best”.

Mr. Muhammad Zohair Chohan, Director Brand Strategy at vivo Pakistan said, “The wonders of X80 have added yet another feather to vivo’s cap and we couldn’t be prouder of this achievement. Partnering with a well renowned director like Hamza Lari has been such an honor because minds like his are not only creative but are equally passionate about the entire process. As a team, we are so proud to bring a smartphone master like X80 to the market because of its superior camera capabilities. Watching Hamza Lari engrossed in the device, thoroughly enjoying himself at work has made us extremely happy. It has also doubled the happiness of watching the short film because this is a result of all our continuous efforts. We also hope that ‘Storied. Redefined.’ inspires youngsters today to chase after their dreams because if a smartphone can evolve with high level professional photography abilities, everything is possible.”

vivo’s coming of age short film is now available to stream on vivo Pakistan’s official social media handles. Do watch the film and share your thoughts in the comments section.

Why is vivo X80 currently the top flagship smartphone in Pakistan?

Global smartphone brand, vivo, has recently come up with its latest X Series smartphone that has instantly become the talk of the town. The smartphone industry has been particularly praising vivo’s camera system among other features. Here’s a quick look at its most mentioned features for users to know and make an informed decision.

The true star of X80 is the new vivo V1+ Chip. With innovation at the epicenter of vivo’s strategy, the chip is quite an advancement thanks to the vivo’s R&D program. vivo V1+ Chip has a built-in AI system for professional-level visual improvements with features such as the AI Video Enhancement.

Equipped with a great camera system, vivo X80 boasts a 50MP Ultra-Sensing Sensor Camera,12MP portrait camera, and a new 12MP wide-angle camera on the main panel that has made professional imaging a reality. On the front is a 32 MP front camera, a dream for all selfie lovers.  The 50 MP main camera also makes use of a new ultra-sensing IMX866 RGBW sensor that delivers images in greater detail and improves the camera performance in dark and low-light scenarios.

Moreover, vivo’s X series cannot be mentioned without the brand’s long standing series partnership with global optical technology leader, ZEISS. With ZEISS, comes ZEISS Professional Imaging which includes an array of features that enhances the camera system surpassing user expectations.

A first in the industry, the ZEISS Cinematic Video Bokeh creates oval flares in film-standard 2.39:1 aspect ratio, creating a widescreen cinematic lens effect that can capture highly aesthetic and expressive videos. The main camera also shows a ZEISS T* Coating stamp that informs users that photography in dim lighting will not be a problem. The stamp means that vivo enhances light transmission in dark environments that reduces ghosting and produces clear, bright images at the same time. vivo’s X80 also poses the ZEISS Superb Night Camera that combines with the Pure Night View to deliver natural looking pictures at nighttime.

When it comes to smartphone designing, vivo has been acing the game. With the X80 too, the brand has left no stone unturned in producing a smartphone that becomes an instant eye-turner. Its futuristic appearance and classic color schemes make for a handsome device. The smartphone is available for purchase in two classic shades of Urban Blue and Cosmic Black truly depicting the uniqueness of the day and night skies respectively. Additionally, the Cloud Window 2.0 balances a round camera on a square plate that brings out the elegance of the entire look. Plus, the Fluorite AG Glass design not only offers a super look but also a perfect grip and in-hand experience.

Much like its enthusiasm for design and camera, vivo focuses extremely on how well its devices perform. The brand understands that with the X series comes more expectations. In order to satisfy its customers, vivo has equipped the device with MediaTek Dimensity 9000 Processor which ensures swift and smooth functioning for users. Switching between apps, playing heavy games without lags and an unhindered streaming experience has become possible thanks to the processor.

The device runs on a large 4500mAh battery life that comes with an equally large fast charging capacity. The 80W FlashCharge guarantees that the user will be able to continuously use their device without any unnecessary interruptions or battery warnings.

Moreover, X80 also seeks the attention of gamers. Having installed a large X-Axis Linear Motor, supported by vivo’s self-developed vibration algorithm that allows for quiet but powerful scene-based vibration. In addition, X80 also boasts of a Dual Stereo Speaker balanced with powerful bass to magnify the sound quality.

The device is now out in the Pakistani market for purchase for a price of Rs. 159,999.

Elon Musk buys Twitter for $44 billion, vows to curb spam bots

Elon Musk buys Twitter for $44 billion, vows to curb spam bots
Elon Musk buys Twitter for $44 billion, vows to curb spam bots

SpaceX founder and business tycoon Elon Musk has secured a deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion, a move that will bring the control of key social media platform in the hands of the world’s richest person.

The development comes as the microblogging site, which is used by millions of users and global leaders, is facing multiple challenges.

“Under the terms of the agreement, Twitter stockholders will receive $54.20 in cash for each share of Twitter common stock that they own upon closing of the proposed transaction. The purchase price represents a 38% premium to Twitter’s closing stock price on April 1, 2022, which was the last trading day before Mr. Musk disclosed his approximately 9% stake in Twitter,” read the official statement.

After clinching the deal, the Tesla co-founder in a statement said: “Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated”.

He also vowed to reshape the social media platform with the help of new features and open source algorithms that will defeat the spam bots.

“I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans. Twitter has tremendous potential – I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it,” Musk said.

Twitter officials earlier met the SpaceX founder on weekend over negotiations as the latter came up with a $43 billion offer.

In its statement, the company said Musk secured $25.5 billion of debt and margin loan financing and is providing a $21 billion equity commitment. However, details about the breakup fee and who would head the company were not divulged.

It was not immediately clear what the breakup fee would be or who would run the new company.

Twitter who handled an average of 1.6 billion search queries per day, initially snubbed Musk’s approach following a series of negotiations.

Tensions are also running high as users of the platform, including many global firms and leaders, are contemplating what the service could look like under the watch of the world’s richest person.

WhatsApp rolls out another shortcut for Android users

WhatsApp rolls out another shortcut for Android users
WhatsApp rolls out another shortcut for Android users

WhatsApp has introduced another shortcut “search message”, improving the experience for its users, WABetainfo reported.

The feature is part of the redesigned contact info interface the widely popular messaging application launched last year.

Initially, it will be available to certain beta testers on Android, the report said, adding that the new option can be view by tapping on the +1 icon as it can be seen in the photo.

“Unfortunately, the search shortcut doesn’t seem working so well,” the WhatsApp news tracker said, adding that the company would resolve the glitches in future updates.

TikTok removes over six million videos in Pakistan for violating community guidelines

TikTok removes over six million videos in Pakistan for violating community guidelines

TikTok removes over six million videos in Pakistan for violating community guidelines
TikTok removes over six million videos in Pakistan for violating community guidelines

TikTok, a widely popular short-video sharing app, announced that it had removed 6,019,754 videos over violation of community guidelines in Pakistan in the third quarter (Q3) of 2021.

The China-based firm on Monday released its Community Guidelines Enforcement Report, providing details about the content removed from the platforms for violating the Community Guidelines and, reinforcement of TikTok’s public-accountability.

TikTok, which was blocked for five times in Pakistan, in a statement said: “To protect the safety of the community and the integrity of the platform, 91,445,802 videos were removed globally, between 1st July and 30th September 2021, comprising around 1 percent of all videos uploaded”.

“Nearly 95 percent of those videos were removed before a user reported it, while 88 percent before the video received any views and 93 percent were removed within 24 hours of being posted.”

With 6,019,754 videos removed, Pakistan is now ranked fourth in the world for the largest volume of videos taken down, TikTok said.

“In addition, 73.9 percent of content promoting harassment and bullying were proactively removed, while 72.4 percent of hateful-behavior videos were also removed before anyone reported them,” the statement added.

Fun-filled TECNO-HiOS event concludes in Lahore

Fun-filled TECNO-HiOS event concludes in Lahore
Fun-filled TECNO-HiOS event concludes in Lahore

LAHORE – TECNO HIOS FANS Cafe was successfully held in Lahore on Sunday with dozens of young fans, well-known mentors, industry pacesetters, and tech developers. The event was held to announce and celebrate the latest HiOS 8.0 Update in the latest Camon 18 Series.

The event was filled with fun activities. The session started with a training session by the national trainer, Arsalan Zahid, where an Introduction of HiOS Update, Utilization, and Functions were explained in detail. The participants were thoroughly communicated about the usage and importance of these new updates. Zahid said,

“This is a great initiative from TECNO and HiOS. Through the new updates, Ella, the Voice Assistant allows controlling your whole device with a single voice command. It helps you take better snaps for documents so that they come out at the right angle, and also helps users in better at Video Making. It also brings improved features such as the Always On Display and Phone Cloner.”

After that, a KOL Briefing on HiOS Updates and Experience was also conducted by one of the top Tech YouTubers – Nouman from Tech Hoz. He explained how HiOS updates will be useful for video makers, Vlogger, YouTubers, etc. These sessions followed an engaging Q&A session and distribution of Gifts among participants. The fans experienced CAMON 18 Premier’s HiOS 8.0 update and shared their remarks as below.

“I’m loving the Ella voice assistance update”, “I’m a job person and can’t check my phone every time, but HiOS 8.0 update is offering an always-on display which helps me with notification updates so I never miss out on anything”, “I love making videos. And HIOS 8.0 update has come with film making inbuilt feature.” Fans enthusiastically expressed their joy at the scene.

Moreover, a passionate Drum Circle had been arranged for the participants which hyped up the event with mystical music. The event was all filled with learning, wisdom, and then fun for the participants. A group photo was taken with the fans as a remembrance of this great event.

Kelvin Zeng, CEO of TECNO Mobile Pakistan, shared his view of the event

“This is an exclusive experience we have brought for our fans in collaboration with the HiOS team. We want the younger generation in Pakistan to better understand the technology and help them use it fruitfully. As the Camon 18 Premier comes updated with the latest HiOS 8.0, fans got a chance to use its first-hand today.”

The event ended on a warm note, rightfully achieving the objective of the gathering. Every participant was enlightened and more aware of the usefulness of the new updates.

HiOS Fans Cafe is an event that has come to stay with fans cordially. Every of our fans are special to us. This event ended on a warm note, rightfully achieving the objective of the gathering. Every participant was enlightened and more aware of the new products.