OpenAI Launches Free GPT-4o Version with Multimodal Capabilities

OpenAI has introduced GPT-4o (omni), a major upgrade to its ChatGPT, now available for free. Announced during a recent event, GPT-4o enhances capabilities in text, vision, and audio, making it a fully multimodal model. Mira Murati, OpenAI’s CTO, highlighted that GPT-4o is significantly faster and offers improved functionality across multiple input forms.

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Easypaisa’s Rifah Qadri Wins ‘The Courageous Client Award’ for Audio Nikahnama Campaign

Easypaisa’s innovative ‘Audio Nikahnama’ campaign has achieved significant recognition, winning several accolades at the Caples UK Awards. The campaign earned a bronze in the ‘Not for Profit’ category, a silver in the ‘Mobile’ category, and a gold in the ‘Audio’ category. Rifah Qadri, Head of Marketing & Communications at Easypaisa, became the first Pakistani to receive the prestigious ‘Courageous Client Award’ for her role in the campaign.

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Pakistan Prepares for MM1 Satellite Launch to Boost 5G Capabilities

After the landmark success of its first lunar mission, iCube-Qamar, Pakistan is gearing up to launch another satellite, named MM1, on May 30. This initiative is a collaborative effort involving SUPARCO and the National Space Agency, intending to enhance the country’s communication infrastructure and support the burgeoning demands of the telecom sector. 

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Punjab Introduces Satellite Internet in Educational Institutions

On Friday, Punjab launched a satellite internet initiative targeted at schools, inaugurated by Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz at DPS Model Town. This event also saw the presence of a UAE delegation led by Sheikh Ahmed Dalmouk Al Maktoum. The initiative, demonstrated at the DPS Digital Lab, is part of the government’s broader strategy.

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Sam Altman Clarifies OpenAI’s Upcoming Plans, Denies Rumors of a New Search Engine

OpenAI’s CEO, Sam Altman, has addressed recent speculation by confirming that the company is not developing a new search engine to compete with Google, nor are they planning to launch GPT-5 anytime soon. This clarification came after reports from Bloomberg and Reuters suggested an impending announcement from OpenAI about a Google-rivaling search engine.

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Google Offers 45,000 Scholarships for Pakistani Students to Develop AI Skills

Google has launched the Google AI Essentials course, designed to broaden access to AI competencies and meet future technological demands. This initiative is part of Google’s commitment to democratize AI knowledge, emphasizing that education is a crucial first step. To support this mission, Google is offering up to 45,000 scholarships for its Google Career Certificates in 2024.

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Government Establishes National Cybercrime Investigation Agency

The Pakistan federal government has initiated the National Cyber Crime Investigation Agency (NCCIA) to specifically address and manage cybercrime within the nation. This new entity will operate under the guidelines of the Prevention of Electronic Crime Act of 2016. It takes over from the Federal Investigation Agency, which previously managed cybercrime investigations.

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PTA Develops E-Waste Management Guidelines for the IT Sector

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is actively addressing the growing concern of electronic waste (e-waste) in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector by crafting comprehensive guidelines. These guidelines aim to promote sustainable disposal and recycling practices within the sector.

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Uber Ceases Operations in Lahore, Shifts Focus to Careem

Uber has officially terminated its services in Lahore, the last city in Pakistan where it was operational, following earlier exits from Islamabad, Karachi, Multan, and other cities in 2022. Without prior notice, the ride-hailing app became non-functional in Lahore, marking the end of Uber’s direct presence in Pakistan. 

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