Tech world gets first taste of new Mate 9

LAHORE (PR): Huawei hosted an exclusive first-hand experience event to introduce its latest revolutionary smartphone - the Mate 9 and its exclusive features, at the prestigious Nishat Hotel in Lahore. It was attended by the top management of Huawei, including Fraz Khan, Deputy General Manager of the Device Division, Pakistan. Prominent personalities of the tech industry along with social dignitaries and media icons also graced the occasion. The tech-media representatives had also gathered to check out and personally experience the fascinating features of this device.

The Mate 9 is equipped with a groundbreaking UX and second generation Leica dual-lens camera with Hybrid focus and Hybrid Zoom. Huawei’s Mate Series sets the standard in lightning fast performance and exceptional style. The HUAWEI Mate 9 Series boasts the premium Kirin 960 chipset with Huawei’s Machine Learning Algorithm, which delivers a fast and smooth experience, and is designed by Porsche.

The HUAWEI Mate 9 combines a 4000 mAh high-density battery with its all new SuperCharge and power-saving technology that increases battery life to provide over two days of uninterrupted performance.

Ten minutes of charge provides enough power to watch two full movies. Most importantly, the battery is equipped with Super Safe 5-gate protection.

The second generation dual-lens camera, co-engineered with Leica to fine-tune and enhance optical performance of the camera module, which now includes a 12MP -megapixel/F2.2 RGB sensor, a 20MP -megapixel/ F2.2 monochrome sensor and enhanced image fusion algorithms that work in concert to produce stunning photography.

Mate 9 will be available in the gorgeous colour palette, including space gray, moonlight silver, champagne gold, mocha brown and ceramic white. It is the result of refined craftsmanship.

With the introduction of EMUI 5.0, the HUAWEI Mate 9 reimagines the native android operating system using Linux. Mate 9 becomes more intelligent and efficient over time by understanding consumers’ behaviour patterns, and ensures the highest priority applications are given preference concerning system resources.

NBP, 1 Link sign agreement on PayPak card

KARACHI (PR): In continuation of National Bank of Pakistan’s journey towards future banking, NBP has signed an agreement with 1 Link to launch Pakistan’s first domestic card brand “PayPak”.

NBP President Syed Iqbal Ashraf signed the agreement with 1 Link CEO Najeeb Agrawalla in the presence of senior management from both sides, including Mudassir H. Khan, SEVP/Group Chief CRBG; Azfar Jamal, EVP/Head-Payment Services and Asif Durrani, Business Head of 1-Link. The NBP thanked 1 Link for spearheading the domestic card scheme, which is aligned with the National Financial Inclusion Strategy of the government of Pakistan and the State Bank of Pakistan. He emphasised that technology was shaping the future for banking and NBP was cognizant of the future banking needs, hence the NBP had embarked upon various technology initiatives aimed at provision of multiple delivery channels. He said this agreement was part of the journey.

Speaking on the occasion, Mudassir H. Khan stated that the new card scheme would compete in the domestic market with international payment schemes, although its usage was presently limited to Pakistan. He said that Paypak card would be utilised for customer segments that required local usage only as a low cost option. He stated that this was an affordable and secure platform that would help enable financial inclusion. The 1 Link CEO informed the audience that with the launch of PayPak scheme, Pakistan had become one of the few countries who had their own payment scheme.

He endorsed the commitment of 1 Link to provide banking solutions to the banks aligned with the long term vision of financial inclusion.

“PayPak” has been introduced by 1Link, which is already providing interoperability services for ATM transactions as well as interbank fund transfers and utility bill payment facility. With the highest rural penetration of NBP branch network, this partnership is surely going to enhance plastic transactions in the Pakistani rural market.

Canada adds 10,700 jobs, unemployment drops to 6.8pc



Canada's unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage points to 6.8 percent in November, as the economy added a modest 10,700 new jobs, Statistics Canada said on Saturday. The lower unemployment rate came despite a slowdown in job creation and as there was an overall decline in the labor force. In October, 44,000 new jobs were added to the economy, and 27,600 more Canadians were looking for work than last month. The November figures exceeded expectations by economists, who had forecast unemployment would remain unchanged at 7 percent with no job creation.

ob growth was fastest in the services sector, especially in finance, insurance and real estate, but declined sharply in the manufacturing and construction sectors. Most of the new jobs are part-time positions, as the economy lost 8,700 full-time jobs in the month. There also were 31,000 fewer self-employed workers than in October. The private sector has created three times as many jobs as the public sector.

Employment grew mostly among men age 25 and older, while it dropped the most for women 55 and older.

The economy grew in the third quarter thanks to a rebound in exports, especially of oil and gas, with the Canadian gross domestic product growing at a 3.5 percent annual rate.

At the regional level, the western province of Alberta, hit in the spring by massive forest fires and a drop in oil production, lost 13,000 jobs last month, with the unemployment rate jumping 0.5 point to 9 percent.

On the other hand, Ontario, the country's most populous province, saw a slight increase in jobs and a drop in the unemployment rate to 6.3 percent. British Columbia had the lowest unemployment rate at 6.1 percent, followed by Quebec, where it was at its lowest level in 40 years at 6.2 percent.