Mega discounts on 12.12 sale – TCL and Daraz ends the year with a bang!

Mega discounts on 12.12 sale – TCL and Daraz ends the year with a bang!
Mega discounts on 12.12 sale – TCL and Daraz ends the year with a bang!

TCL, Pakistan’s No.1 LED TV brand in collaboration with Daraz e-commerce giant of Pakistan gears up for the last major online sale of 2020. This sale extravaganza will kick-off at midnight on December 12, 2020. From 12th to 18th December, users can enjoy one week of Super promotions on the entire range of TVs, ACs and soundbar with Free home delivery nationwide.

Also, today, TCL will be offering massive discounts on its official store on Daraz on account of TCL brand day for its valued customers.

TCL is going all out to bring its consumer’s unbeatable promotions and upsized flash deals. In this exhilarating sale, the brand promises to bring huge discounts, high-quality products, and a unique shopping experience in the comfort of users’ homes. All TCL TVs and ACs will be available on Daraz for purchase.

While commenting on this grand sale, Majid Khan Niazi, Marketing Manager TCL said, ” We at TCL are overwhelmed with the response of our valued consumers in the 11.11 sale that encouraged us to bring more exciting offers to our users in this year’s 12.12 sale. We endeavour to provide superior customer experience to our buyers”.

TCL is a locally No.1 LED TV brand in terms of sales and 2nd largest TV brand worldwide with a global presence in over 150 countries. The brand is swiftly emerging as an innovative technology brand, striving to deliver high-quality products to the users in Pakistan at very competitive prices.

Ufone’s digital payment options: quick and hassle free solution

Ufone’s digital payment options: quick and hassle free solution
Ufone’s digital payment options: quick and hassle free solution

Islamabad – The exponential increase in Covid-19 cases across Pakistan has once again created a difficult situation for citizens. Being a people-centric brand, the safety and security of customers is of utmost importance to Ufone. Hence the company is providing online balance recharge service so customers can avoid unnecessary visits to retailers or service centers.

Various options have been provided to customers including payment through UPaisa, My Ufone App using, Ufone website, online banking tools & other mobile financial services.  The company aims to facilitate as many people as possible through these channels.

You can buy any Ufone bundle or recharge your balance using My Ufone App through Debit/Credit Cards or through your UPaisa account. Customers can download My Ufone app from Google Play Store or Apple store. Once the payment is made, a confirmation message will be sent.

Ufone’s online recharge can even be done through the official website which is a secured payment option and allows you to recharge your Pre-paid account or make Post-paid bill payments.

Another viable option is the UPaisa service. Customers can pay their Postpay bills or buy Prepaid recharge and bundles by simply dialing *786#.

With UShare service, customers can share PKR 600 per transaction and maximum of four transactions can be made every day making the cumulative transaction amount up to PKR 2,400 with another Ufone customer. Ufone subscribers can simply dial*828*Recipient Number*Amount# and share balance with ease & comfort. A service charge of PKR 2.99 applies per transaction.

Ufone customers can even benefit from online internet banking channels, other mobile financial services, partners like Daraz & Careem to perform recharge transactions or subscribe to their favorite bundles & offers.

All methods of online payments are kept simple so people do not face any problem. The step has been taken to encourage people to perform online transactions instead of stepping out of their homes for payments. A smooth online transaction system will eliminate the hassle of going to the bank while ensuring safety. This is particularly important now considering that Covid 19 cases are once again on a rise and all possible precautions have to be taken to avoid a further surge in numbers.

OPPO F17 Pro — a gaming device takes lead in market

OPPO F17 Pro — a gaming device takes lead in market
OPPO F17 Pro — a gaming device takes lead in market

LAHORE – The mobile gaming experience is heating up with famous games making their way to smartphones. Gaming on smartphones has become the new talk of the town and OPPO is touting the gaming capabilities with its latest smartphone OPPO F17 Pro.

Let’s have a look at what OPPO F17 Pro offers that will make you a pro gamer.

Powerful Chipset

A high-performance chipset renders smooth graphics while providing good frame rates to manage system resources. OPPO F17 Pro packs the MediaTek Helio P95 – an upgraded chipset designed for fast processing. The powerful chipset maintains a perfect balance between efficiency and performance. The brand claims its latest edition to have MediaTek HyperEngine that provides intelligent networking, vivid visuals, and rapid touchscreens making it a smartphone built from the ground up for gamers.

High-end Display

While the chipset plays the most crucial role, the display is where the action takes place. OPPO F17 Pro optimizes every millimetre of the notch surrounding the two front cameras allowing for as much space as possible on an indulgent FHD+ 2400 x 1080-pixel high-resolution screen. It’s 6.43″ Super AMOLED Screen works like magic giving a cinema-quality viewing experience.

Long-lasting Battery 

When considering gaming-specific features, another important feature is an efficient battery. OPPO F17 Pro’s 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0 goes beyond traditional fast charge to bring fast charging in short periods allowing users to get more out of 4000 mAh battery. For example, 5 min charge gives 36 minutes of PUBG gaming allowing users to have a continuous gaming experience.

Anti-Lag Algorithm

Another important aspect usually overlooked is the anti-lag algorithm which is a crucial part of smooth gaming. The anti-lag detects and clears data that causes memory errors, making stutters and freezes less likely allowing users to play like a pro.

With these 3 features, you can enjoy an endless gaming experience without any hassle. The smartphone is now available and can be booked online to experience the ultimate game then!

Amazon Prime Day 2020 is happening on October 13

Amazon Prime Day 2020 is happening on October 13
Amazon Prime Day 2020 is happening on October 13

Speculations about Amazon Prime Day are happening for weeks, but on Monday morning this week, the e-commerce giant confirmed, “The shopping holiday will occur on October 13 and 14th this year, with select pre-Prime Day deals already available to shop right now. The timing shift was due to a delay in the supply chain for crucial products. This might as well be good news for buyers looking for a cheap holiday gift. And for those who aren’t already, a member should consider signing up for a 30-day free trial.

Amazon says the two-day shopping event will showcase “over one million deals across every category,” including brands like Panasonic, Roborock, Keurig, Under Armour, Coleman, Adidas, Lacoste, Marvel, Ticwatch, and more. Moreover, the e-commerce giant aims to support small businesses by providing Prime members with a $10 credit usable on Prime Day by spending $10 on Amazon’s individual small businesses.

Usually, Amazon hosts Prime Day in July, but it got delayed this year because of the Covid-19 global pandemic. The event usually makes excellent money for the company – confirming that Amazon sold more $6 billion worth of products. The Prime Day will start at 3AM ET on Tuesday, October 13 and will be held in the US, UK, UAE, Spain, Singapore, Netherlands, Mexico, Luxembourg, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, China, Canada, Belgium, Austria, Australia, Turkey, and Brazil.

Apple is now officially listed as $2 trillion Company

Apple is now officially listed as $2 trillion Company
Apple is now officially listed as $2 trillion Company

Yes, you heard right, Apple has been officially declared a $2 trillion company, making it the first company to hit a score this high in the history of US. Not only that, but they were also the first to reach a market cap of $1 trillion in the year 2018.

It took Apple 44 years to reach the $1 trillion mark, and just two years to go up to $2 trillion. Whimsical, yet magnificent, reaching this milestone sounds impossible with the ongoing pandemic. But Apple was capable enough to double its company value in just a year, granting a ruling over the world economy. What’s more astounding is how the world is facing a setback due to the global pandemic ever since the year began and Apple is paving the road to becoming a tech giant.

However, Apple is not the first company to reach the $2 trillion market. Saudi Amraco – an oil and gas giant, was the first one to be there. But since December 2019, it has fallen below, making Apple the only current $2 trillion giant.

As of 4th August, Apple hit the jackpot when its share reached 1.4 percent to $468.65, endowing Apple its $2 trillion value. Despite the current global situation, Apple had a decent performance in comparison. Since the beginning of June, the company’s stock had been increasing at an average of 3.5 percent every week. A much more significant jump was observed in July when sales hiked up to $59.7 in revenue, making up to an 11 percent increase.

Apple now shadows over other huge tech companies, primarily Microsoft, which is worth $1.7 trillion, Amazon for $1.6 trillion, and Google valuing $1.1 trillion. At this worth, Apple’s market value is way more than the GDP of various developed countries like Russia, Canada, Brazil, South Korea, and these are just a few.

Apple’s rapid success causes bewilderment, since, from the past few years, they have stopped relying on groundbreaking inventions like other tech companies. Instead, it has focused on building moneymakers in the tech market who focus on communication and sales relative to innovations.

Perhaps Apple is a giant now in the tech industry, but they happen to face certain legal shortcomings. For instance, there have been speculations that Epic games – the creator of Fortnite, is suing Apple for Fortnite from iOS after Epic games tried to avoid payment systems by Apple. It is also said in the complaint that a 30 percent cut on transactions is extortionate.

Regardless, it’s clear that Apple has been holding up high despite Covid-19 and its detrimental impact observed globally. Other tech giants are doing remarkably great, too, like Microsoft and Amazon, that are climbing the ladder to reach the $2 trillion milestones.

Huawei AppGallery unveils payments App Easypaisa

LAHORE – HUAWEI AppGallery, the world’s top third app marketplace is growing by leaps and bounds. Since its global launch in April 2018, the AppGallery is available in over 170 countries/regions, with 420 million monthly active users globally as of March 2020. In Pakistan alone, Huawei has been bringing the top 100 apps based on user reviews on its AppGallery, with the most recent addition of Pakistan’s No. 1 Payments App Easypaisa.

The inclusion of Easypaisa on the HUAWEI AppGallery had long been anticipated. Now, Huawei users can access their Easypaisa wallet and do all their expense transactions, pay bills, accept remittances – to truly adopt a digital way of life. The arrival of Easypaisa heralds a feat as the HUAWEI AppGallery advances on porting leading financial apps from Pakistan on its marketplace.

As Pakistan’s No. 1 Payments App Easypaisa went live on the HUAWEI AppGallery, Scott Huang, Country Manager, Huawei Pakistan observed: “Our consumers have shown a growing interest in the HUAWEI AppGallery by using it to download apps and revel in the true Huawei experience. The HUAWEI AppGallery has swiftly grown to become the top third app marketplace around the world, bolstered by Huawei’s global domination as the No. 01 smartphone brand in Q2 2020. In Pakistan alone, we have seen more and more people use the HUAWEI AppGallery to not only get their favorite apps but also submit their wish lists for apps to be ported to the platform. Therefore, we are elated to bring Pakistan’s leading digital payment platform Easypaisa on the AppGallery to give our consumers a remarkably convenient experience.”

Huawei has been hard at work to bolster its AppGallery for its consumers, while the applications on the platform got a total download of 210 billion times within 2019. Consequently, the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) Ecosystem has achieved rapid growth globally. By July 2020, Huawei has over 700 million monthly active device users. The number of registered developers worldwide has reached 1.6 million while more than 81,000 applications have integrated with HMS Core.

While sharing his thoughts on the development, M. Mudassar Aqil, President & CEO of Telenor Microfinance Bank remarked: “Being Pakistan’s No. 1 Payments App means that we are available to anyone who wishes to gain access to the Easypaisa wallet. Therefore, our inclusion on the HUAWEI AppGallery is synced with our aim to increase the Easypaisa customer base, of which we saw notable growth in the year 2019 with 6.4 million mobile wallet users. The collaboration between Telenor Microfinance Bank and Huawei proclaims our growing relationship with the latter’s consumer base – a bond that we look forward to nurturing, much like the association with all our customers across Pakistan.”

Huawei also debuted their Petal Search Widget – Find Apps, which is already available for download via HUAWEI AppGallery. The new search tool offers Huawei users an open gateway to a million apps – with convenience and ease to download and install them right away. This search tool is the one-stop solution for all your application needs on a Huawei device. You can find apps like HBL, Daraz, ARY News, Askari Bank, Geo News, My Zong, Hum TV, Zameen, Pakistan Railways, and much more! Meanwhile, hundreds of major new apps continue to be added to the AppGallery every week.

All new Tecno Spark 6 with G70 processor is soon going to hit Pakistani smartphone market

Ever since its arrival, TECNO phones are changing the dynamics of smartphones and keep up the legacy of producing rich features phones at an unexpectedly low price. Now TECNO is all set to surprise its customers once again with the debut of Spark 6, another valued addition to the most popular Spark series.

Spark 6 is an upgraded version of Spark 5 which has already experienced a record-breaking sale in Pakistan. TECNO encouraged by the profuse response is now gearing up to launch Spark 6 soon.

This phone is expected to be equipped with the world’s class finest features but the most striking feature which makes TECNO fans drooled over the upcoming device is its rumored 6 upgraded specs.  Though other features of Spark 6 are not yet revealed it is believed that this time TECNO is heavily investing in its processor segment and planning to come up with a powerful, predictably G70 advanced processor.

With the elevated consumer’s expectation bar it is yet to see how Spark 6 will help TECNO to consolidate its top position in the market. TECNO is excited to bring next-generation smartphones, with 6 upgraded features and empowering consumers with meaningful experience. It is expected that this new model will also create buzz and will give a tough time to its rivals.

TikTok updates community guidelines in Urdu for its Pakistan users

KARACHI – As the leading global platform for short videos, TikTok has grown increasingly popular in Pakistan by offering a space for fun and creative expression. While users enjoy creating content on TikTok, with it comes the responsibility to keep users safe on the platform. Addressing this, TikTok has released an updated publication of the Community Guidelines in Urdu that will help and maintain a supportive and welcoming environment on TikTok for users in Pakistan.

The Community Guidelines provide general guidance on what is and what is not allowed on the platform, keeping TikTok a safe place for creativity and joy, and are localized and implemented in accordance with local laws and norms. TikTok’s teams remove content that violates the Community Guidelines and suspends or bans accounts involved in severe or repeated violations.

Content moderation is performed by deploying a combination of policies, technologies, and moderation strategies to detect and review problematic content, accounts, and implement appropriate penalties.

Technology: TikTok’s systems automatically flag certain types of content that may violate its Community Guidelines, enabling it to take swift action and reduce potential harm. These systems take into account things like patterns or behavioural signals to flag potentially violative content.

Content moderation: Technology today isn’t so advanced that a platform can solely rely on it to enforce our policies. For instance, context can be important when determining whether certain content, like satire, is violative. As such, TikTok has a team of trained moderators to help review and remove content. In some cases, this team removes evolving or trending violative content, such as dangerous challenges of harmful misinformation. Another way the TikTok team moderates content is based on reports that it receives from its users. There is a simple in-app reporting feature for users to flag potentially inappropriate content or accounts to TikTok.

In the recent release of its Transparency Report, TikTok shared the global volume of videos removed for violating its Community Guidelines or Terms of Service, which showed that Pakistan is one of the five markets with the largest volume of removed videos. This demonstrates TikTok’s commitment to remove any potentially harmful or inappropriate content reported in Pakistan.

PTA extends VPN registration deadline till Sept 30

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has decided to further extend the VPN registration deadline for a period of two months till September 30, 2020 to facilitate businessmen and the general public for registration of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).

This action has been taken in light of recommendations by the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT), Pakistan Software Export board (PSEB) and Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT and ITeS (P@SHA), according to a statement issued by PTA on Monday.

PTA had initially issued the public notice mandating the registration of VPNs on June, 17 with the deadline of June 30. Afterwards, the deadline was extended to July 31 and now for the second time, the deadline has been pushed ahead until September end.

Legitimate VPN users are requested to approach their internet service providers for initiating VPN registration process.

China’s Huawei ‘becomes world’s largest smartphone vendor in Q2’

BEIJING – Huawei has overtaken Samsung to become the number-one smartphone seller worldwide in the second quarter, making itself the largest smartphone vendor in the world, industry tracker Canalys said.

According to Canalys, Huawei shipped more smartphones worldwide than any other vendor for the first time in Q2 2020. It marks the first quarter in nine years that a company other than Samsung or Apple has led the market, China Economic Net (CEN) reported over the weekend.

Canalys said the embattled firm, which is still facing US sanctions, shipped 55.8 million devices, down 5% year on year. But second-placed Samsung shipped 53.7 million smartphones, a 30% fall against Q2 2019.

“Its (Huawei’s) overseas shipments fell 27% in Q2. But it has grown to dominate its domestic market, boosting its Chinese shipments by 8% in Q2, and it now sells over 70% of its smartphones in mainland China,” the report noted, adding that China has emerged as the strongest from the coronavirus pandemic, with factories reopened, economic development continuing and tight controls on new outbreaks.

“This is a remarkable result that few people would have predicted a year ago,” said Canalys Senior Analyst Ben Stanton.

“If it wasn’t for COVID-19, it wouldn’t have happened. Huawei has taken full advantage of the Chinese economic recovery to reignite its smartphone business. Samsung has a very small presence in China, with less than 1% market share, and has seen its core markets, such as Brazil, India, the United States and Europe, ravaged by outbreaks and subsequent lockdowns.”

“Taking first place is very important for Huawei,” said Canalys Analyst Mo Jia.

“It is desperate to showcase its brand strength to domestic consumers, component suppliers and developers. It needs to convince them to invest, and will broadcast the message of its success far and wide in the coming months.”

“But it will be hard for Huawei to maintain its lead in the long term. Its major channel partners in key regions, such as Europe, are increasingly wary of ranging Huawei devices, taking on fewer models, and bringing in new brands to reduce risk. Strength in China alone will not be enough to sustain Huawei at the top once the global economy starts to recover,” Jia added.