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Facebook’s new feature allows users to explore Messenger, Instagram notifications in one place

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CALIFORNIA: Social networking giant Facebook has released the latest feature which combines all the famous apps together including Messenger and Instagram.

The company announced the development in a blog post.

“The latest feature, appearing only for selected iOS users, illustrates Facebook’s attempt to bundle notifications for Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram in one place,” the post read.

This symphony is definitely welcoming for avid social media users as they will no longer have to close and open apps to see their notifications and can just flip through from the newsfeed.

“Users who have the feature on their iPhones can check out the change in the icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen, which instead of the Messenger logo shows your profile picture with a notifications tab to take you to all of your separate handles.”

Tapping on the notifications tab, a new menu will pop up, allowing you to check your Instagram, Messenger, and Facebook notifications.

“We are conducting a very small test to make it easier for people to discover and connect with the people and things they care about,” Facebook said.

“We’re exploring ways to help people switch more easily between their Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram accounts.”

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EPTL produces electricity via Thar Coal

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THARPARKAR: Engro Powergen Thar (Pvt.) Limited (EPTL) has successfully transformed the vision of producing electricity by means of Thar Coal today.

EPTL – the majority-owned company of Engro Energy Limited, tested and energized the first unit of 330MW of the combined 660MW power plant – located in Thar Block II.

The successful synchronization happened amidst the presence of senior officials of the Company and from China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) – the EPC contractor of the project.

The injection of the electrons produced for the very first time from Thar coal – regarded as the 7th largest coal reserve in the world with 175 billion tons of lignite coal – 1st 330 MW unit of EPTL Plant synchronized with National Grid at 1046 PM tonight! 

Relevant: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah says Thar Coal Block II has started adding electricity to the national grid. Speaking to media in Tharparker after visiting Thar Coal Block II today, he said the slogan “Thar Badlega Pakistan” has now become a reality.  The Chief Minister said through the production of electricity by coal deposits, the dream of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto has become true. The Chief Minister thanked the Chinese government on the achievement of this milestone. He said there are one hundred and seventy-five million tons of coal deposits in Thar and the royalty of the coal in Thar will be given to Thar Foundation. Murad Ali Shah said this 330 MW power plant will be formally inaugurated by PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on 10th of the next month. Electricity generation has started from Thar Coal and one power plant of 330 megawatts at Thar Coal Block-II and is being added to the national grid. Chief Executive Officer of Engropowergen Thar limited SM Zafar Syed in an interview told our Karachi correspondent Altaf Pirzado that another power plant of 330 megawatts will also start producing electricity from next month. He said Thar Coal Block-II has the capacity of producing five thousand megawatts of electricity which will be available on low rates. He said commercial use of the electricity being produced from Thar Coal will start in June this year.   

 

 

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China Telecom net profits grow 14 pct in 2018

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China Telecom net profits grow 14 pct in 2018

BEIJING: China Telecom, a leading mobile operator in China, reported a 13.9-percent year-on-year increase in net profits in 2018, the company announced Tuesday.

Profits attributable to equity holders totaled 21.2 billion yuan (about 3.2 billion U.S. dollars) last year, with basic earnings per share standing at 0.26 yuan, according to a company statement.

Operating revenue was 377.1 billion yuan, up 3 percent year on year, the statement said.

The company’s mobile subscribers reached 303 million last year, a net increase of 53 million. The number of 4G subscribers hit 242 million, a net increase of 60.4 million.

Meanwhile, the company’s wireline broadband subscribers grew 12.3 million to 146 million.

China’s telecom sector continued steady expansion last year, according to data from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

The sector’s revenue rose 3 percent year-on-year in 2018, with income from mobile data and Internet services, backed by the rapidly-expanding 4G network, up 10.2 percent.

 

 

 

 

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2019 game developers conference kicks off in San Francisco

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2019 game developers conference kicks off in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO: The 2019 Game Developers Conference (GDC) opened Monday in downtown San Francisco, featuring more than 1,000 speakers from industries and trending products from the world’s top game companies.

Global game developers gathered at the world’s largest event, which is running from March 18 to 22, to exchange expertise on cutting-edge gaming technology via nearly a week of about 800 lectures, roundtable discussions, and networking sessions.

Speakers from Media Molecule, Hello Games and Microsoft will talk about their experiences and challenges in game development, while experts from Harvard University’s Desirability Lab, Walt Disney Imagineering, and San Francisco-based Niantic, Inc., the key developer of the augmented reality (AR) mobile game Pokemon Go, will give a series of mini-keynote speeches to inspire the audience.

During GDC 2019, the Virtual Reality Developers Conference (VRDC) will be staged for the attendees to have an opportunity to learn about Virtual Reality (VR) and AR in game development across disciplines such as design, production, programming, and visual art.

Among more than 550 exhibiting companies at the five-day event are some of the biggest names in electronic entertainment, including Sony, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Capcom, Bungie, Epic Games, and Bethesda Softworks.

Major developers have brought their classic games, such as Command & Conquer, Paperboy, Lemmings, Spider-Man 2 and the Panzer Dragoon series to tens of thousands of visitors at the exhibit.

Internet powerhouse Google has shown a strong interest in the gaming industry for some time and wants to grab a share of the game market.

Media reports said Google is likely to unveil a new video game hardware for its Project Stream platform at GDC 2019.

 

 

 

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