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KUALA LUMPUR, July 15, 2018 (News Wires) - The Nokia 3.1 features a 5.2″ HD+ display and it runs on a MediaTek MT6750 processor.

It comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage which is expandable via microSD card of up to 128GB.

Over at the rear, it gets a single 13MP main camera while the front comes with an 8MP f/2.0 selfie shooter that has a wide 84.6-degree field of view. Powering the device is a 2,990mAh battery which charges via MicroUSB.

Out of the box, the Nokia 3.1 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo. Since this is an Android One device, Nokia guarantees that it will receive 3 years of monthly security patches and two years of OS updates.

NEW YORK, July 15, 2018 (News Wires) - Adobe Systems Inc, the maker of popular digital design programmes for creatives, is planning to launch the full version of its Photoshop app for Apple Inc’s iPad as part of a new strategy to make its products compatible across multiple devices and boost subscription sales.

The software developer is planning to unveil the new app at its annual MAX creative conference in October, according to people with knowledge of the plan.

The app is slated to hit the market in 2019, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private product plans. Engineering delays could still alter that timeline.

San Jose, California-based Adobe has been on a multiyear journey to modernise its dominant creative media software.

The company shifted all of its apps to the cloud in 2012, launching a new subscription-based business model that’s on track to more than double sales through the end of this fiscal year and sent the stock soaring more than 700 per cent.

Recently, Adobe has also begun pitching its products to hobbyists, who prefer working on mobile devices rather than PCs. Still, the company has yet to transition full versions of its best-known apps to smaller screens.

Scott Belsky, Adobe’s chief product officer of Creative Cloud, confirmed the company was working on a new cross-platform iteration of Photoshop and other applications, but declined to specify the timing of their launches.

“My aspiration is to get these on the market as soon as possible,” Belsky said in an interview.

“There’s a lot required to take a product as sophisticated and powerful as Photoshop and make that work on a modern device like the iPad. We need to bring our products into this cloud-first collaborative era.”

SAN FRANCISCO, July 15, 2018 (News Wires) - Microsoft’s chief legal officer called for regulation of facial recognition technology due to the risk to privacy and human rights.

Brad Smith made a case for a government initiative to lay out rules for proper use of facial recognition technology, with input from a bipartisan and expert commission.

Facial recognition technology raises significant human rights and privacy concerns, Smith said in a blog post.

“Imagine a government tracking everywhere you walked over the past month without your permission or knowledge,” he said.

“Imagine a database of everyone who attended a political rally that constitutes the very essence of free speech.”

It could become possible for businesses to track visitors or customers, using what they see for decisions regarding credit scores, lending decisions, or employment opportunities without telling people.

He said scenarios portrayed in fictional films such as Minority Report, Enemy of the State, and even the George Orwell dystopian classic 1984 are “on the verge of becoming possible.”

“These issues heighten responsibility for tech companies that create these products,” Smith said.

“In our view, they also call for thoughtful government regulation and for the development of norms around acceptable uses.”

Microsoft and other tech companies have used facial recognition technology for years for tasks such as organising digital photographs.

But the ability of computers to recognise people’s faces is improving rapidly, along with the ubiquity of cameras and the power of computing hosted in the internet cloud to figure out identities in real time.

While the technology can be used for good, perhaps finding missing children or known terrorists, it can also be abused.

CUPERTINO, July 15, 2018 (News Wires) - The new 13-inch and 15-inch Touch Bar Macbook Pro models have just been given a summer boost—getting more power, bigger storage, improved viewing experience and “Hey Siri”—without a change in price tags.

Anyone in the need for speed is going to appreciate what Apple announced—“up to 70 per cent faster performance” for the 15-inch Macbook Pro with Touch Bar feature, which now comes with 8th-generation 6-core processors.

Focusing on the larger MacBook Pro, along with the improved processors, it now also packs up to 32GB of DDR4 memory, enhanced graphics with a Radeon Pro chip, and the storage capacity has doubled from 2TB to 4TB—these types of upgrades should increase performance speed, improvements especially beneficial to ‘pros’ such as developers, photographers, musicians and so forth.

As for the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the new Quad-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processor should provide “performance that’s up to twice as fast” according to Apple. Furthermore, there’s now up to 2TB of SSD storage as well as improved graphics, along new features added to both models.

With True Tone technology, the display and Touch Bar now set the ‘tone’ for the displays of both models by adjusting color and brightness to best suit the viewing environment—a feature already available on recent iPhones, as well as iPad pros.

“Hey Siri” has also finally made it to the Mac. Users can now simply speak to the ‘Pros’ rather than hold down a button as they would with their phones. This is made possible by the new Apple T2 Chip—first seen in the iMac Pro—which also provides a few system security enhancements to avoid malware, such as support for secure boot and on-the-fly encrypted storage.

Lastly, the new third generation keyboard—designed to be quieter—is included but may disappoint users who have experienced issues with their butterfly keyboards not being very dust resistant. Regarding these issues CNET noted that Apple told the site that “it doesn’t include any new engineering or tweaks to address the sticky key issue.”

“The latest generation MacBook Pro is the fastest and most powerful notebook we’ve ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, who also notes “it’s the best notebook for pro users.”

LOS ANGELES, July 13, 2018 (News Wires) - Twitter Inc’s top executive didn’t slide by unscathed in the social-media site’s crackdown on fake followers.

Jack Dorsey, chief executive officer and co-founder, said in a tweet that he lost 200,000 followers, bringing his total down to four million, after Twitter made good on its pledge to remove suspicious accounts.

On Wednesday, Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s head of legal, policy, trust and safety, said the company would begin removing “locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally. As a result, the number of followers displayed on many profiles may go down.” Locked accounts are those identified to have involved sudden suspicious changes in activity.

In his tweet Thursday, Dorsey said, “Action on this starts today.”

The company recently said it’s identifying almost 10 million dubious accounts a week and is putting all accounts through a security check.

The Washington Post reported last week that Twitter has suspended more than one million accounts a day in recent months, and the rate has more than doubled since October, when the company, under congressional pressure, revealed how Russians used fake accounts to manipulate the US presidential election.

Twitter shares fell 5 per cent on Monday on concern that removing millions of fake accounts would impede user growth. The stock gained 3.2 per cent.

CAIRO, July 13, 2018 (MENA) – Egyptian Immigration Minister Nabila Makram and Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat on Friday probed in a meeting the possibility of establishing a unified database to contact expatriates abroad.

During the meeting, the two ministers discussed means of taking advantage of the expertise of Egyptian scientists abroad in supporting Egypt's 2030 Vision for sustainable development, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology said in a statement.

In a related context, Makram reviewed steps to create another database for Egyptian scientists and experts abroad, as part of ongoing preparations for launching an association entitled "Egypt Can", the statement added.

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