Last update: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11pm

IT and Computers: Pakistan


The massive theft of Yahoo user data disclosed last week came from "professional" hackers seeking to profit from the breach, according to an analysis by security researchers. The analysis published Wednesday by the security firm InfoArmor, which claims to have seen some of the data, contrasts with Yahoo's claim that the attack was likely "state-sponsored," but did suggest that stolen data was sold to a state-sponsored group at one point.
In keeping up with the excitement of online shopping in the country, the Great Online Shopping Festival (GOSF) - Pakistan's biggest online shopping festival will be held from September 28-30, 2016 at www.gosf.live. The festival, supported by Google, JazzCash, Yayvo.com, Goto.com.pk and powered by Interlink Multi Media, will see more than 50 e-commerce partners participating. Users can shop for jewellery, shoes, apparels, books, kids wear, gadgets, watches, computer accessories, health & fitness equipment, home decor products and a host of other things and can expect generous discounts up to 70 percent from the participating e-tailers.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) and Intel Corporation announced that ULTRA, SPHE's 4K movie streaming service, will debut on computers powered by 7th Gen Intel Core processors beginning Q1 in 2017.
Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar Wednesday said that Swedish capability in Information Technology (IT) sector could be utilized to provide increased financial services to the people in various parts of the country. The Finance Minister was talking to Swedish Ambassador Ms Ingrid Johansson who called on him here. Finance Minister briefed the Swedish Ambassador about the turnaround in the economy over the past three years which had resulted in a growth rate of 4.7%, record low inflation and increase in foreign exchange reserves.
Oracle has introduced the broadest array of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offerings in the industry, which include bare metal cloud servers that are 11.5X faster and 20 percent cheaper than the fastest solution offered by the competition. The new additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform enable customers to get the best of both multi-tenant and single-tenant environments and include Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services, Oracle Ravello Cloud Service, Oracle Container Cloud Service and enhancements to existing Oracle Cloud services.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) and Intel Corporation has announced that ULTRA, SPHE's 4K movie streaming service, will debut on computers powered by 7th Gen Intel Core processors beginning Q1 in 2017. Coinciding with the expanded availability of the service, ULTRA will add new features like 48-hour rentals and free 10 minute previews, allowing customers to experience a sample of any film on the service in full 4k resolution before buying.
The Punjab government has decided to create the posts of District Information Technology Managers, Tehsil Information Technology Officers and Information Technology Managers at departmental level in the province. Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has accorded approval in this regard and constituted a special committee headed by the Additional Chief Secretary Punjab Shamail Ahmad Khawaja to chalk out the job description of all the IT Managers to be appointed at District, Tehsil and Departmental levels.