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Pakistan to launch 5G technology by July 2023: IT minister

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  • Compared to 43 ministries, highest increase in exports has occurred in IT and telecommunication.
  • Exports of information telecommunication and telecommunication have increased by 47.44%.
  • IT minister says technology is being embedded very rapidly in every sphere of life.

Federal Minister for Information and Technology and Communication Syed Aminul Haque on Thursday announced that Pakistan will launch 5G technology by July 2023.

The minister made the announcement while addressing a gathering at the UBIT Career Fest 2022 organised by the Department of Computer Science, University of Karachi. He was invited as a chief guest there.

The event was held at the UBIT Garden in which more than 30 software houses participated to short-list candidates after conducting tests and interviews.

As compared to the other 43 ministries of Pakistan, the highest increase in exports has occurred in the IT and telecommunication sector and the exports of other ministries have increased by 2% to 3% only, while the exports of information telecommunication and telecommunication have increased by 47.44%.

Haque said that future needs can be met with the cooperation of IT industries and universities and shared that in the year 2019-20, US$75 million was allocated for the start-ups whereas the next year the amount was increased to US$373 million.

The federal IT minister acknowledged that a large number of female students are enrolled in computer science programmes at various universities and said that he is glad to see their role in this regard.

He said that society can progress by empowering women and informed the audience that there is no sign of corruption in the Ministry of IT and Communication and that whoever is found involved in corruption will not remain in the ministry.

“When I took over the ministry, our exports were US$1.4 billion dollars and today it has increased to US$2.6 billion dollars while our target is US$5 billion dollars.”

He also said that today is the era of information technology because technology is being embedded very rapidly in every sphere of life, such as architecture, defence systems, space sciences, health, and other sectors. Syed Aminul Haque added that we have to work hard to achieve the goals of 2050.

On this occasion, the KU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Khalid Mahmood-Iraqi said that universities are usually the centre of developing creative thinking, innovation, and research.

“There is no lack of intelligence and creative thinking among our youth, but it is necessary to support them and provide facilities to implement their creative thinking and creations.”

Earlier, the Chairman of the Department of Computer Science, Dr Nadeem Mahmood, shed light on the career fest and shared its aims and objectives.

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The recall AI feature rollout by Microsoft will be delayed.

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A computerized history is created via the Recall feature, which records everything from phone conversations to web browsing. This way, even months later, the user may search through it for remembered actions.

In a blog post, Microsoft announced that recall, which was originally going to be widely available for Copilot+ PC users on June 18, will now only be available for a preview on its Windows Insider Program (WIP) in the next weeks.

As to the statement from the Redmond, Washington-based company, the decision is “founded in our dedication to offering a reliable, safe, and comprehensive experience for every client and to obtain more input before releasing the feature to all Copilot+ PC users.”

An artificial intelligence (AI) feature-rich class of personal computers called Copilot+ PCs was introduced in May.

Millions of “Windows biggest fans” can sample new improvements for the operating system through the WIP, a public software testing initiative.

According to the business, following feedback from the WIP community, the Recall preview will soon be accessible for all Copilot+ PCs.

Shortly after the feature’s release, billionaire technologist Elon Musk opened a new tab and referred to it as a “Black Mirror episode,” drawing parallels to the Netflix series that examines the negative effects of advanced technology. However, some social media users expressed concerns about privacy, saying that it could allow for spying.

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TikTok plans to introduce an image search capability in order to directly compete with Google.

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TikTok, a Chinese short video platform, is now conducting a trial of a novel functionality that enables users to capture or submit images in order to discover comparable products within the TikTok Shop, as reported by TechCrunch.

TikTok, the current leader in social media, is now aiming to enter Google’s domain in the field of search, indicating a direct competition against Google’s control in visual search.

The functionality, originally observed by user Jonah Manzano, is presently accessible to users residing in the United States and Southeast Asia. Users that have access to the feature will see a camera symbol that is integrated.
This feature allows users to effortlessly search for products by capturing or uploading photographs, eliminating the requirement for written descriptions.

For example, if you are eating at a restaurant and like the dish that is presented on a certain plate, you can take a fast photo using the TikTok app to discover comparable goods that you can buy.

Similarly, if you come across an expensive item while shopping online, you can save its image and use TikTok’s image search feature to locate similar, more affordable options.

Although TikTok Shop has previously utilized conventional search methods, this new advancement represents a notable deviation by harnessing the capabilities of visual search, similar to Google Lens.

TikTok’s decision is a calculated maneuver aimed at not only attracting users’ interest in finding new products but also promoting sales within its e-commerce network.

This development is not only a criticism of Google or Amazon; it is a more extensive effort to rival other participants in the field of visual search and e-commerce, such as Klarna and rising businesses like Cherry.

TikTok’s shift towards e-commerce is apparent in its recent announcement that TikTok Shop accommodates more than 15 million vendors worldwide, including a significant presence in the United States.

The company has made significant investments in platform safety, dedicating more than $400 million and establishing a staff of 7,500 personnel to guarantee the integrity of TikTok Shop.

TikTok continues to pursue its e-commerce goals, while encountering regulatory obstacles, especially in the United States.

TikTok’s momentum remains unaffected by President Biden’s recent measure, which indicates a possible prohibition if ByteDance does not divest the platform.

However, the corporation regards e-commerce as a strategic source of income and a method to maintain consumer involvement within its ecosystem.

TikTok is continuously expanding and improving its TikTok Shop to encourage more user interaction and spending. This will help establish TikTok as a strong competitor in the e-commerce industry.
in the search bar of TikTok Shop.

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Pakistan experiences substantial expansion in the information technology sector.

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Pakistan experienced significant development in the exports of its IT sector, reaching a total of $2.283 billion, as stated in a recent Economic Survey Report.

The increase in exports emphasized the rising global demand for IT services from Pakistan and the sector’s impact on the national economy.

The survey demonstrated that IT freelancers contributed $35 million in remittances, highlighting their significance in the IT industry.

The study data indicates a significant rise in the number of broadband and telecom customers nationwide, with broadband users reaching 135 million and telecom users growing to 194 million.

Earlier this week, the federal government has suggested a substantial 357 percent rise in the budget for the IT sector for the fiscal year 2024-25.

As to reliable sources, the Ministry of IT has been granted a budget of Rs 27.43 billion in the development budget, out of which Rs 6.28 billion has been allotted for the implementation of 15 new projects.

The government has additionally suggested allotting Rs 21.15 billion for projects that are currently in progress, as well as Rs 3.5 billion for the Digital Economy initiative.

Additional noteworthy allocations consist of Rs 1 billion for fostering innovation in the IT sector, Rs 50 million for the digitalization of the national assembly, and Rs 300 million for the implementation of smart office projects in government ministries.

The government has additionally suggested investing Rs 9.92 billion for the Islamabad Technology Development Park and Rs 6.78 billion for the creation of an IT park in Karachi. The budget additionally comprises a proposition for an allocation of Rs 1 billion for the Cybersecurity Fund for the Digital Pakistan initiative.

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