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Bank Alfalah Clinches Coveted ‘IFM Award’ for its Best in Class Credit Cards Service

Bank Alfalah Clinches Coveted ‘IFM Award’ for its Best in Class Credit Cards Service

Pakistan’s leading banking institution, Bank Alfalah, has bagged the International Finance Magazine Award in ‘Best Credit Card Offering’ category at IFM Awards organized by International Finance Magazine in Singapore for recognizing best-in-class banks and financial institutions. Bank Alfalah is the only bank in Pakistan to have achieved the prestigious IFM Award. The award was presented after thorough evaluation of Bank Alfalah’s credit card service. The service was recognized for its unprecedented innovation, loyalty programs, customer service and number of credit card offered. Bank Alfalah is the largest issuer and acquirer of credit cards in Pakistan. It has introduced the “free forever” credit card in the industry and established exciting and beneficial partner alliances. The Bank aims at enhancing the card value proposition to cater to the evolving transactional and credit needs of our customers. Expressing his excitement over the win, Mr. Atif Bajwa, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bank Alfalah, said, “Bank Alfalah is one of the leading consumer banks of Pakistan and continues its strive to offer the best in value to customers. It’s a privilege to receive the award and I congratulate the team which has worked hard to bring this accolade home. It has strengthened our resolve to continue to innovate in order to introduce and dispense best in classes services to our customers.” Bank Alfalah has been facilitating innovation to introduce a range of digital products and services to promote financial inclusion in the country. The bank, being the leader in financial innovation in the banking industry, has been forging liaisons with businesses and services sector to bring about a greater accessibility and power. A host of ground-breaking initiatives and customer-centric banking culture have won the bank an expansive satisfied customer base, elevating BAFL to the rank of the most preferred banks in...

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Pakistani youth are resilient when it comes to cyberbullying, reveals Telenor survey

Pakistani youth are resilient when it comes to cyberbullying, reveals Telenor survey

Telenor Group’s Multi-market Asia online survey reveals while online bullying and risks are still concerns, Asia’s parents feel that youth are increasingly resilient and responsible. The findings were released by the global telecom giant on the ‘Safer Internet Day 2017’ as part of its efforts to make internet safer for youth as it aims for a large-scale digital inclusion. The survey approached parents and adults across Asia to get their opinion on digital bullying affecting youth and how they deal with it. The survey was conducted over Facebook with 320 respondents primarily from Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and other Asian countries. While cyberbullying exists across all countries, the respondents said that they are discussing cyberbullying with youth and feel that resilience is being built, which may help them tackle digital abuse or better empathize with victims. The survey targeted Facebook users from 18-64 with stated interests in parenting, family issues, child welfare and online security. On the question of whether or not parents talk to their children about cyberbullying and using the internet responsibly, a majority of the respondents (46%) say that they speak to their children ‘all the time’ about internet and online behavior, followed by 39% who discussed this ‘sometimes,’ while 12% said they had never spoken about this topic. When asked about the most common form of cyber bullying children had experienced, ‘Being the target of hostile and rude comments and profanity online’ turned out to be the leading response with 22.5% of respondents; other respondents said they either ‘did not know’ if their children faced cyberbullying, or had not experienced it at all as they are ‘trained how to respond and defend themselves’ against this type of activity. On the question of  how cyberbullying experiences affected the child, the multi-layered answers imply that Asia’s children are increasingly learning how to deal with bullying online, or actively were able to ignore the attacks with no effect on them as they developed a responsible and cautious online behavior. When asked what must be done to keep children safe online, respondents said that the youth should know which websites or social networks are safe or unsafe, must not share personal information online, and must understand that people post anonymously online without fear of repercussions. Internet Safety has been an integral part of Telenor Pakistan’s digital inclusion efforts and the company has many initiatives to its credit when it comes to enabling access to safe internet for all its users, especially the youth. Some remarkable efforts in this regard include ‘Safe Internet and School Outreach Program’ where over 15,000 students and 88 elementary school teachers in Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa...

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Huawei and Saatchi Gallery present From Selfie to Self-Expression from 31st March – 30th May 2017

Huawei and Saatchi Gallery present From Selfie to Self-Expression from 31st March – 30th May 2017

Saatchi Gallery and Huawei, one of the world’s top smartphone brands, announce their joint venture to present From Selfie to Self-Expression. Opening at the Saatchi Gallery on 31st March 2017, the show will be the world’s first exhibition exploring the history of the selfie from the old masters to the present day, and will celebrate the truly creative potential of a form of expression often derided for its inanity. The show will also highlight the emerging role of the smartphone as an artistic medium for self-expression through the commissioning ten exciting Young British Photographers to create new works using Huawei’s newest dual lens smartphones co-engineered with Leica, as part of their artistic practice. Reprising the spirit and energy of the Young British Artist movement first launched 25 years ago; the works of these Young British Photographers will go on display in a gallery dedicated to world-class smartphone photography. In this gallery the focus will shift from Selfie to documenting the world around us as a contrasting form of Self-Expression. From Selfie to Self-Expression will showcase key artworks, many of which feature interactive, digital and user-generated content, by artists as diverse as Kutluğ Ataman, Christopher Baker, Juno Calypso, Tracey Emin, Van Gogh, Mohau Modisakeng, Rembrandt, Cindy Sherman, Gavin Turk and Velazquez. Showing alongside examples of many influential artists’ work will be selfies that have quickly become icons of the digital era – from the beautiful and sublime to the mad, bad and downright dangerous. Huawei’s partnership with the Saatchi Gallery is a demonstration of its commitment to growing its brand presence in the UK and support of creative expression through photography everywhere. It follows the launch last year of the game-changing Huawei P Series smartphones which reinvented smartphone photography with the world’s first dual-lens camera co-engineered with iconic camera brand Leica. The exhibition will open from 31st March – 30th May 2017 and take over one entire floor of the Saatchi...

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Do not become a victim of this new Gmail Phishing scam. Be careful and stay safe!!

Do not become a victim of this new Gmail Phishing scam. Be careful and stay safe!!

Security researchers have identified a “highly effective” phishing scam that’s been fooling Google Gmail customers into divulging their login credentials. The scheme, which has been gaining popularity in the past few months and has reportedly been hitting other email services, involves a clever trick that can be difficult to detect. Researchers at WordFence, a team that makes a popular security tool for the blog site WordPress, warned of the attack in a recent blog post, noting that it has been “having a wide impact, even on experienced technical users.” (See these people, whose accounts were targeted.) Here’s how the swindle works. The attacker, usually disguised as a trusted contact, sends a boobytrapped email to a prospective victim. Affixed to that email, there appears to be a regular attachment, say a PDF document. Nothing seemingly out of the ordinary. But the attachment is actually an embedded image that has been crafted to look like a PDF. Rather than reveal a preview of the document when clicked, that embedded image links out to a fake Google login page. And this is where the scam gets really devious. Everything about this sign-in page looks authentic: the Google logo, the username and password entry fields, the tagline (“One account. All of Google.”). By all indications, the page is a facsimile of the real thing. Except for one clue: the browser’s address bar. Even there, it can be easy to miss the cue. The text still includes the “https://accounts.google.com,” a URL that seems legitimate. There’s a problem though; that URL is preceded by the prefix “data:text/html.” Via WordFence  In fact, the text in the address bar is what’s known as a “data URI,” not a URL. A data URI embeds a file, whereas a URL identifies a page’s location on the web. If you were were to zoom out on the address bar, you would find a long string of characters, a script that serves up a file designed to look like a Gmail login page. This is the trap. As soon as a person enters her username and password into the fields, the attackers capture the information. To make matters worse, once they gain access to a person’s inbox, they immediately reconnoiter the compromised account and prepare to launch their next bombardment. They find past emails and attachments, create booby trapped-image versions, drum up believable subject lines, and then target the person’s contacts. And so the vicious cycle of hijackings continues. Google Chrome users can protect themselves by checking the address bar and making sure a green lock symbol appears before entering their personal information into a site. Because scammers have been known to create HTTPS-protected phishing sites,...

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iDroidUSA introduces new range of affordable smartphones and wearables

iDroidUSA introduces new range of affordable smartphones and wearables

Time and again we have seen new OEMs making their mark in the smartphone industry and are continuing to do so. Some of the major players in the market that include Xiaomi, Amazon, OnePlus, Huawei, Infinix among others have been creating major strides in recent times. One such name that even though is unknown in this part of the world is iDroidUSA. For our readers who are residing in the United States, iDroid is a common name but for the rest of us especially those living in other countries like Pakistan, iDroid is a relatively new brand. The concept of the brand was initiated by a group of four IT entrepreneurs who launched the company in 2014 in the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, USA. The company has now expanded its operations across the United States, Canada, EU and Latin America and has offices in Philadelphia, Vancouver, Houston, Amsterdam and Dubai. What started of as an idea behind the most user friendly tablet PC in the world quickly transformed into  an entity which is now manufacturing not just smartphones but a plethora of other devices including smart wearables, feature phones, accessories and VR headsets. The one area which the company likes to put their major focus on is the masses and for that reason have come up with devices which are not only easily affordable but at the same time offer excellent value for money. Some of the honorable mentions in their lineup include the Tango A5, iDroid Miami Mi5, the iDroid Apache G6 which not only pack a serious punch as far as the device’s hardware is concerned, but also at the same time provide most of the features that are available in other flagship devices that are available in the market. So what do you guys think about iDroidUSA? Would you like to get your hands on of one their devices if it comes to Pakistan? We would certainly like to hear from you guys so feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments below. Cheers!! For more information on iDroid, feel free to visit their website . To find out more, click here:...

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Kingston have launched the world’s first 2TB portable flash drive

Kingston have launched the world’s first 2TB portable flash drive

CES 2017 kicks off today in Las Vegas and we simply cannot wait to see what exciting gadgets the different companies have in store for us. Kingston for example decided to make a major announcement a day earlier when the company announced the new DataTraveler Ultimate GT which is the world’s first 2TB USB flash drive. The sleek looking device sports a flashy design with a zinc-alloy metal casing, which the company claims improves shock resistance. The drive has the capacity to store 70 hours of 4K video content. “With the DataTraveler Ultimate GT, we empower users to increase their data storage mobility in a highly manageable form factor,” Jean Wong, Kingston’s Flash business manager, said in a news release. “This is a terrific follow up to our 1TB drive released in 2013, and by doubling the capacity, users can store and carry even larger amounts of data easily.” Along with a 2TB model, the DataTraveler Ultimate GT also comes in a 1TB capacity. The flash drive is about 2-¾-in (72mm) x 1 1/16-in (26.94mm) x ¾-in (21mm) in size. The thumb drives come with a five-year warranty and is compatible with Windows 7 (SP1) and higher, Mac OS v.10.9.x+, Linux v.2.6.x+, and Chrome OS. Both the devices would start selling from next month. As far as pricing is concerned the 2TB variant is expected to retail between $800-$900 when it hits the shelves next...

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