science and technology

NASA astronauts reach space station in milestone mission

MIAMI: NASA astronauts entered the International Space Station on Sunday after a landmark 19-hour journey on the first crewed US spacecraft in nearly a decade. The arrival completed the first leg of the trip, designed to test the capabilities of

SpaceX successfully launches NASA astronauts into orbit

MIAMI: SpaceX became the first commercial company to launch a rocket carrying humans into orbit after two veteran NASA astronauts were headed for the International Space Station, ushering in a new era in space travel. SpaceX’s two-stage Falcon 9 rocket

Google postpones unveiling Android 11

SAN FRANCISCO: Google on Saturday said it has postponed next week’s planned unveiling of the beta version of its latest Android 11 mobile operating system. “We are excited to tell you more about Android 11, but now is not the

Pakistan’s intelligence agency to track COVID-19 patients

ISLAMABAD: The government has sought help from the Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) in tracking the coronavirus patients in order to curb virus which has affected more than 64,000 people in the country. The government has asked the ISI to track

Scientists develop robot conducting COVID-19 tests

COPENHAGEN: The researchers have developed a robot capable of carrying out COVID-19 screening tests. The researchers from the University of Southern Denmark explained that using a 3D-printed disposable arm that is automatically swapped after every patient, the robot can take

Facebook to launch new audio call app ‘CatchUp’

NEW YORK: Facebook’s NPE (New Product Experimentation) team has released ‘CatchUp’ app that will help you stay in touch with the people amid maintaining social distancing due to coronavirus. The audio call app is currently being tested in the United States

Pakistan to acquire new flight operations control from Turkey

ISLAMABAD: Following Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crash in Karachi, Pakistan has decided to import new state of the art flight operations control system from a Turkey-based IT company to avoid plane accidents in future. According to a press release

NASA, SpaceX ready to launch astronauts into space

WASHINGTON: This week, astronauts will take off from American soil for the first time since 2011, riding aboard a SpaceX capsule in a historic test flight to the International Space Station. As per details, On May 27 at 4:33 pm

Man fatally stabs father during Zoom chat in New York

NEW YORK: A gruesome murder occurred in a New York suburb after a man stabbed and killed his father who was attending a Zoom conference that included about 20 participants. Dwight Powers, aged 72, was participating in an online meeting

COVID-19 patients may experience cardiovascular problems: Study

LONDON: A recent study has stated that a few COVID-19 patients may experience serious cardiovascular complications. Researchers recently started paying attention to the relationship between the disease and cardiovascular symptoms as they assessed data from people who received medical care

Twitter’s new feature lets users limit who can reply to their tweets

NEW YORK: Twitter is testing a new feature that will allow users to choose, tweet by tweet, who can respond to their posts in its attempts to improve conversational health. The new feature was announced by the platform in a

Facebook launches new shopping feature to help online stores

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook is launching Shops, a service that will allow businesses to display and sell products on the world’s largest social network’s platforms, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said. The move to build up e-commerce offerings follows Facebook’s launch last

Man sentenced to death via Zoom call in Singapore

SINGAPORE: A man has been sentenced to death in Singapore via a Zoom video call for his role in a drug deal, the city-state’s first case where capital punishment has been delivered remotely. Punithan Genasan, a 37-year-old Malaysian, received the

LHC directs PTA to decide over banning PUBG

LAHORE: A petition has been filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) seeking a ban on the online multiplayer battlefield game PUBG in the country. Petitioner Faizan Maqsood, a citizen of Lahore in his petition demanded a ban to be

Former Disney executive named TikTok boss

BEIJING: Former Disney executive Kevin Mayer will become the head of TikTok and chief operating officer of the popular video app’s parent company. Mayer’s surprise jump from one of the entertainment industry’s most venerable companies is another victory for buzzy

New mask allows you to unlock phone with facial recognition

BEIJING: Chinese tech company Huami is working on a face mask that will allow mobile users to unlock their phones while wearing a face mask due to the coronavirus outbreak. Huami, best known for its Amazfit wearable devices, is working

Global cooperation on digital technology essential to defeat COVID-19: UN chief

LONDON: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that international cooperation on Information Technology essential to defeat the COVID-19 outbreak. In a video message on World Telecommunication and Information Society Day which falls on May 17, Guterres said: “World Telecommunication and

WhatsApp now allows to schedule messages

NEW YORK: WhatsApp has reportedly introduced a new feature that allows us to schedule messages for both Android and iOS users. WhatsApp is one of the most popular instant messaging platforms in the world with over two billion users. Steps

Facebook buys Giphy to integrate with Instagram

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook is acquiring Giphy, a popular website for making and sharing animated images, or GIFs, and will integrate it with the Instagram photo-sharing app. Facebook and Giphy declined to disclose the cost bu it has been placed at

Jeff Bezos could be the world’s first trillionaire by 2026

NEW YORK: Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of e-commerce giant Amazon, is likely to become the world’s first-ever trillionaire within the next six years. That’s according to an analysis of yearly growth percentage by Comparisun, which advises small and medium-sized

Pakistan’s IT export remittances surge to $901.486 million

ISLAMABAD: The country’s information technology (IT) and IT-enabled Services (ITeS) export remittances have surged to $901.486 million at a growth rate of 23.94 percent during the first nine months (July-March) of the fiscal year 2019-20 compared to $727.353 million during

Facebook apologises for its role in Sri Lanka’s 2018 anti-Muslim riots

NEW YORK: Facebook Inc has apologised for its role in Sri Lanka’s 2018 anti-Muslim riots after an investigation found that hate speech and rumours spread on the platform may have led to violence against Muslims. In early 2018,  the riots erupted

Twitter allows employees to work from home permanently

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter became the first major tech company to allow employees who can work remotely to do so indefinitely, as the coronavirus outbreak forces unprecedented changes in work culture across the world. Twitter will allow its employees to work

US President backs Tesla on reopening plant amid coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AFP): United States President Donald Trump has backed Tesla on reopening plants after company chief Elon Musk said that he was defying local authorities. The US President took to Twitter today (Tuesday) and said, “California should let Tesla and

Twitter launches labels, warnings on misleading COVID-19 information

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter will add labels and warning messages on some tweets with disputed or misleading information about COVID-19 as part of a new approach to misinformation that will eventually extend to other topics. Twitter’s new labels will provide links

Huawei delegation meets Federal Minister for IT Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Huawei delegation led by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Huawei Pakistan Saif Chi on Monday met with Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Syed Amin Ul Haque. As per details, the minister welcomed the Huawei delegation and matters related

UVC lamps may help in curbing COVID-19’s spread: Study

NEW YORK: The recent study has shown that Ultraviolet-C (UVC) lamps could be used to kill the coronavirus, which had affected 4.1 million people globally. The researchers at Columbia University have been working on the analysis of and the current

Google honours Manto on his 108th birthday anniversary

LAHORE: Google has released a doodle, illustrated by Lahore-based artist Shehzil Malik, honouring renowned author, journalist, playwright, and screenwriter Saadat Hasan Manto on his 108th birthday anniversary. Known for his candid and often provocative narratives, Manto has been widely credited

Pakistan’s first COVID-19 patient recovers from plasma therapy

KARACHI: Pakistan’s renowned hematologist has claimed a successful clinical trial of passive immuinisation after a coronavirus patient recovered through plasma therapy. Dr. Tahir Shamsi, head of the National Institute of Blood Diseases, said, “The first coronavirus patient treated through passive

Govt to trace cases, identify virus hotspots through technology: Asad Umar

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar has asserted that the government will use technology to trace coronavirus cases and identify virus hotspots throughout the country in a bid to enforce a smart lockdown. Addressing a press conference today