ISLAMABAD: Google has introduced an “early adopter programme (EAP)” for its newly Gmail design with features like Gmail offline and nudging.
“To prepare you and your organization for the general availability (GA) launch, the new Gmail is on an EAP and customers can choose to participate (or not) at the domain and organizational unit levels,” the G Suite team wrote in a blog post on Monday.
The announcements technically apply only to G Suite users – that is, people who have paid accounts through their company or organization – and Google declined to comment on whether the changes will be the same for regular Gmail users, The Verge reported.
After the general availability, G Suite admins will have options including immediately transitioning their users to the new Gmail, allowing their users to opt in to the new Gmail at the time of their choice or waiting approximately for four weeks until their users are not allowed to opt in to the new Gmail, G Suite team added.
Sometime in September, everyone will be switched over to the new Gmail design. The option to opt out will still be available for another month but by October, the option will disappear and G Suite accounts will be required to use the new design. The new Gmail launches to general availability from July.
Relevant pieces published earlier:
i) Search engine giant Google, which has been quite heavy-handed regarding attachment sizes on its email feature Gmail, has decided to increase the attachment size from 25Mb to 50MB. While recognizing that “sending and receiving attachments is an important part of email exchanges,” Google on its official blog announced that users will now be able to receive emails of up to 50MB directly. However, Google is still very much wedded to the idea of people using Google Drive as the sending mails remain capped at the same limit as before at 25MB. Still, Google’s decision to increase the receiving limit is a good omen and hopefully, rules will be further relaxed in the future. (4th of March, 2017)
ii) Google has rolled out a new an interesting feature called ‘Gmailify’ for all the non-Gmail users. This new feature will enable the non-Gmail users to access Yahoo, Hotmail, and Outlook.com directly from the Gmail app available on Android. The users can also have the benefit of various Gmail features such as inbox organization, spam protection, Google Now cards and others. In order to use ‘Gmailify’ users need to manually switch it on by linking their non-Gmail account to the Gmail app. The users just need to open up the new version of Gmail app and sign in with their non-Gmail account and enable ‘Gmailify’. The company has not yet revealed as to when the feature will be rolled for iOS users. Gmail is one of the most popular email services with more than 900 million users globally. (20th of February, 2016)
MoIT plans to introduce system to make diagnosis easy
ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications (MoIT) has a plan to introduce Artifical Intelligence (AI) based tool to detect and diagnose most common head and neck cancers, at an earlier stage.
National Technology Fund (Ignite) is funding this system and this would help contribute savings time and money for the victims of head and neck cancers and their families.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ignite, Yusuf Hussain said the motivation behind this project is to target remote areas of Pakistan which suffer from non-availability of basic facilities of many types like a diagnosis of diseases, health, medical care etc. People living in villages do not have access to good diagnostic centers when they fall sick.
When contacted, Project Manager Hassan Aqeel Khan told Media on Tuesday that it is quite common that head and neck cancers are often diagnosed late through this project Artifical Intellegence (AI) based tool will be used for analysis of head and neck cancer. However, with the new technology of Artifical Intellegence (AI), it would be possible to detect and diagnose most common head and neck cancers at an earlier stage, he added.
Hassan said, we need to automate the process partially to reduce the time and efforts consume in the diagnosis of any diseases for that we would Artifical Intelligence (AI) and computer vision jointly.
He said, this system would help in getting samples from remote areas of the country and further the sample of interest will be sent to the doctors present in the other cities automatically after the analysis.
He said, increase in the incidence of oral cancers associated with tobacco and smokeless tobacco products in South Asian countries, especially in Pakistan, oral cancer is second most commonly spreading disease after breast cancer.
Mobile broadband: More investment after 5G!
ISLAMABAD: A new technological era has prevailed across the globe and every country is trying best to keep enhancing technological advancements and capture Information Technology market share which has a value of worth $12 trillion.
Advanced nations are now engaged in a technological trade tussle and trying to become a world leader in artificial intelligence by 2030. The advanced countries had invested and are spending billions of Dollars in technology including next-generation 5G which ensures to download a large size of data within minutes or even seconds. It will give a boost to driver-less car technology and will help to fulfill a dream of shifting scattered cities into smart cities.
China has been investing a great number of dollars in Pakistan under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
On the initiative of land-based connectivity, optical fiber cable is linked between two countries.
A Chinese company may lead Pakistan to its first ever 5G technology. However, 5G is more expensive than 4G. Therefore, the future government may have to work hard to introduce it in its full spirit as next evolution comes in form of 5G that will offer attractive data rates and more than that the fastest speed ever.
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is going to launch 5G standards in 2019 and on the whole, a vast number of trials and experiments already being held in different parts of the world including Pakistan.
Zong and Telenor might be the first companies to introduce 5G. Up to a point, Zong also introduced 4G service in Pakistan before any other company. The company also requested Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to take permission for the testing.
The question arises how 5G will be different from its preceding generations and when what of 5G for Pakistan is still unclear. The most publicized aspect of 5G is the introduction of new frequency spectrums, broadly categorized into frequency range 1 (FR-1) and range 2 (FR-2).
Recent 5G trails conducted abroad have already demonstrated the speed of 9.3 Gbps over 24 GHz spectrum, nearly 10 times faster than the theoretical maximum data rate for 4G.
When contacted, official sources said policy directives for test and development of technologies for fifth generation (5G) wireless networks in Pakistan has been issued last year which would be implemented by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).
The next generation mobile services (3G/4G) are continuously gaining momentum in Pakistan since their launch in mid-2014 while the demand for data services is growing along with the subscriber base which has crossed 58.56 million with a teledensity of 28.08 during last five years. The Basic Telephony subscriber reached three million with 1.30 percent teledensity while on another hand the number of cellular subscribers crossed 151 million by end of August this year.
The official said 4G network roll-outs continued across the country. Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunications, Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui has also hinted introduction of 5th Generation (5G) service from next year to attract foreign investment.
“We need to introduce more innovative services in a mobile broadband arena not only to facilitate the consumers but also attract precious foreign investment and meet modern requirements,” said the Minister.
The Minister had said, “The world is changing very swiftly and to compete with other nations we need to adopt new technologies.” He hoped that keeping in view of the importance IT sector in Pakistan foreign companies would approach themselves to launch the modern 5G service.
As per operator-wise data issued by PTA regarding the number of 3G and 4G subscribers, Mobilink Jazz’s total count for 3G users stood at 15.04 million by August 2018, as compared to 14.54 million by January 2018. Jazz 4G user numbers jumped from 2.23 by January 2018 to 5.07 million by Aug 2018.
Zong 3G subscribers decreased to 9.03 million by August 2018, from 9.08 million in January 2018, while the number of 4G users jumped from 5.07 million by January end to 8.13 million by Aug 2018.
The number of 3G users of Telenor decreased from 10.75 million in January 2018 to 10.21 million by August 2018. The number of 4G users jumped from 1.88 million in January 2018 to 3.59 million by August 2018.
Ufone’s total 3G subscribers reached 7.47 million by end of August 2018 as they were 6.630 million in January 2018.
It is imperative that we should remain proactive in ensuring market readiness for the next wave of mobile communications i.e. 5G which would open a new arena for smart devices and ensure employment and investment opportunities in Pakistan during coming years.
EU tells Facebook ‘patience at limit’ on consumer rules
BRUSSELS: The EU warned social network Facebook on Thursday to bring “misleading” consumer terms in line with the bloc’s rules by the end of the year or risk financial penalties.
“My patience has reached its limit,” EU Justice and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Vera Jourova said in a statement. “It is now time for action and no more promises.”
Jourova said she would call on consumer protection authorities across the 28-country bloc, which requested the changes last year, to act swiftly and sanction the company if Facebook failed to comply.
“While Facebook assured me to finally adapt any remaining misleading terms of services by December, this has been ongoing for too long,” she said.
The commission said that proposals made by the Mark Zuckerberg-led company were “very limited”, even after the company changed its conditions in April.
These new terms of services “contain a misleading presentation of the main characteristics of Facebook’s services”, the Commission said.
The commission meanwhile said that rent-a-room giant Airbnb has made the necessary changes to its consumer terms after also being under fire in Brussels.
The bloc’s executive arm has been at the forefront of a regulatory crackdown on US tech giants, having also slammed Google with huge anti-trust fines.
The commission has been cracking down on what it sees as risks for European consumers using the services of US internet giants like Facebook, Google, Amazon, Uber, and others.
Facebook also came under the microscope after this year’s Cambridge Analytica scandal in which the company admitted that up to 87 million users may have had their data hijacked.