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Experts at a seminar have stressed the need for creating knowledge based networks and working out cost-effective solutions to address the problems of the developing world. They also resolved to direct the efforts of COMSATS' International Thematic Research Group towards benefiting the masses in the developing countries using modern ICTs.

Over 200,000 passengers have used Emirates' free onboard Wi-Fi since October this year, taking advantage of the airline's service to connect with family, friends or colleagues when they fly. On most Emirates A380s passengers can access 10MBs of free data, enough to send emails, blog, tweets, posts on Facebook, or browse the Internet.
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday restrained Inter-Ministerial Committee for Evaluation of Websites (IMCEW) not to block access to any website without its permission. A single-member bench headed by Justice Athar Minallah resumed hearing of a writ petition filed by a local NGO, Bolo Bhi, through its counsel Advocate Babar Sattar, challenging the legality of the IMCEW and pleading the court to declare it unconstitutional.
The government will continue to keep the YouTube blocked for an indefinite period as currently no technical solution is available which can block 100 percent objectionable contents on the social website, it is learnt. Official sources told Business Recorder that currently there is no technical solution which could block 100 percent objectionable contents on YouTube and the government is not ready to take any risk by officially opening the social website without a foolproof mechanism in place.
AutoSoft Dynamics, an industry leader in bank automation IT solutions, has signed an agreement with Commercial Bank of Djibouti to provide its robust AutoBANKER software to automate their core banking operations in the Republic of Djibouti. The popular banking solution was chosen over other software solutions based on its ability to meet the banks requirements with minimal customisation and the company's track record for expediently implementing its systems at new banks.
Intel held the second of two-year end sessions on Thursday. The year-end sessions recapped key moments from 2014 and a look ahead at predictions for the coming year. Naveed Siraj said that it has been another breakthrough year for Intel and the IT industry as a whole, with the Asia Pacific and Japan region being a major driver for significant change.
"With advancements in technology from mobile devices and Internet of Things (IoT) to backend IT infrastructures - the rapid pace of innovation will continue in 2015," Naveed Siraj, Country Manager Intel Pakistan said this while addressing a gathering of media personnel here on Tuesday.


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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
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WeeklyDecember 18, 2014
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