science and technology

Fawad Chaudhry welcomes usage of technology in court proceedings

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry has said that the use of technology in court proceedings is a welcoming sign. On a social media website Twitter, the minister further said, an accountability court is going to indict former

Brain chips can be hacked: Experts

LONDON: Experts fear that Tesla founder Elon Musk’s brain chip could be hacked. The scientists are working to create a brain-computer interface, also known as a brain chip. It will have ten times smaller threads than human hair, which will

Facebook employees to work from home until July 2021

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook will allow employees to work from home until July 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak and will provide an additional $1,000 for home office needs. The company joins other big technology firms that have taken similar steps

Trump imposes ban on US transactions with WeChat, TikTok

WASHINGTON: United States President Donald Trump announced sweeping bans on transactions with China’s ByteDance, owner of video-sharing app TikTok, and Tencent operator of the WeChat app within 45 days, The executive order is a major escalation of tensions with Beijing

Samsung launches new foldable phone

SEOUL: Samsung unveiled its latest Galaxy Note smartphone and a new version of its foldable phone, the Z Fold 2, as the smartphone market begins to recover from its coronavirus slump. Samsung launched its previous premium model, the S20, in

Instagram launches new TikTok-like feature

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook rolled out its own version of social media rival TikTok embedding a new short-form video service called Reels as a feature within its popular Instagram app. The product is available in the United States and more than

Uber buys UK taxi software company Autocab

LONDON: Uber has agreed to buy the British tech company Autocab to expand in areas where it does not currently operate in the United Kingdom. The firm said the acquisition will allow it to link people who open their Uber

Google removes 2,500 China-linked YouTube channels

SAN FRANCISCO: Google has deleted more than 2,500 YouTube channels tied to China as part of its effort to prevent disinformation on the video-sharing platform. The company said the channels were removed between April and June “as part of our

Facebook, Twitter remove Trump’s posts over coronavirus misinformation

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook took down a post by United States President Donald Trump which the company said violated rules against sharing misinformation about the coronavirus. The post contained a video clip, from an interview earlier in the day, in which

YouTube plans to replace Google Play Music

SAN FRANCISCO: YouTube, the world’s biggest online video-sharing platform, has announced to replace Google Play Music in December this year. YouTube announced that after months of efforts, they are now ready to migrate Google Play Music users to YouTube Music.

Google launches new feature to rival Apple’s AirDrop

WASHINGTON: Google is officially rolling out its Apple AirDrop-like nearby file sharing feature for Android. The new feature allows users to share files, photos, and links between devices easily, and automatically select the best way to send data similar to

Google unveils cheaper Pixel smartphone

SAN FRANCISCO: Google unveiled a new more affordable Pixel smartphone and said it would launch models tailored for super-fast 5G networks later this year. The Pixel 4a boasts core features popular that made its top-of-the-line predecessor popular like a sophisticated

Japanese startup invents speech translation smart face mask

TOKYO: Japanese startup Donut Robotics has developed a face mask with smart capabilities, including the ability to translate what the wearer is saying into eight different languages. According to details, the C-FACE Smart Mask contains cutouts on the front and

SpaceX brings NASA astronauts home safely in milestone mission

WASHINGTON: US astronauts who flew to the International Space Station in SpaceX’s new Crew Dragon, splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico after a two-month voyage that was NASA’s first crewed mission from home soil in nine years. The successful

First US recipient of partial face transplant passes away

WASHINGTON: The first US recipient of a partial face transplant has died at age 57, according to Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic, where she underwent the delicate operation nearly 12 years ago. The health centre listed no cause of Connie Culp’s death

Astronauts on SpaceX craft depart ISS for Earth

WASHINGTON: The two astronauts on board the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft at the International Space Station have begun their journey back to Earth. NASA footage showed the capsule drifting slowly away from the ISS in the darkness of space, ending

President Trump announces ban on Chinese-owned video app TikTok  

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump has announced that the United States will ban Chinese-owned video app TikTok due to security concerns. TikTok, especially popular with young audiences who create and watch its short-form videos, has an estimated billion users worldwide. The

PTA lifts ban on PUBG after meeting with game’s data controller

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has lifted the ban on a popular online game Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) today (Thursday). According to a press release, a meeting was held between PTA and legal representatives of the game’s data controller,

Pakistan to get PUBG’s official discord server

ISLAMABAD: Popular online game (PUBG) has launched an official discord server for Pakistan. Pakistan and most of the community relies on Facebook groups, Twitter pages, and other social media platforms to socialize and find squads to play with.   Through this,

PTA denies role in disruption of Amazon Web Services

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has denied any role in disrupting Amazon Web Services, saying an impression was created on social media that it was related to the ban on PUBG. “With regards to the disruption in Amazon Web Services

PTA terms PUBG a wastage of time

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has termed the popular online game (PUBG) a wastage of time. The PTA while releasing a press release on Twitter wrote that it has issued a detailed order regarding blocking of online game PlayerUnknown’s

PUBG to remain blocked in Pakistan: PTA

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has said that the ban on the online game PUBG would remain in place as the game developer has not responded to the authority about its suitable framework to address key concerns. On 24

US tech initiative to digitalise Pakistani workforce launched

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Digital Pakistan, Tania Aidrus has said that the US tech giant, International Business Machines (IBM) launched a tech initiative in Pakistan to digitalize the workforce of the country. On a social media

India bans 47 more Chinese apps over security concerns

NEW DELHI: India has banned 47 more Chinese apps, weeks after blocking 58 Chinese apps including TikTok over national security and privacy concerns. “We have banned 47 mobile apps from China in this ongoing exercise which highlights the government’s seriousness

Smartphones will be twice as hard to break in 2021

LONDON: A company named Gorilla Glass has unveiled that their smartphones will be twice as hard to scratch or break. Not only is Victus twice as hard to scratch, however, it can also withstand a 2-meter fall compared to its

First electric vehicle charging unit installed in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s first electric vehicle charging unit has been installed at Jinnah Avenue in the federal capital today (Sunday). Pakistan is gearing up to make electric vehicles the new normal. The development came after the federal government approved the policy

Locally developed drones to benefit agri, security systems: Fawad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has informed the made in Pakistan drones will not only be used in the agricultural sector but could be used for the improvement of the security system in the country.

IHC orders PTA to lift PUBG ban

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to unban online game PlayerUnknown’s Battleground (PUBG). According to details, the IHC Justice Amir Farooq nullified the decision of the PTA regarding the ban on PUBG and

PTA decides to maintain ban on PUBG

ISLAMABAD: Users have shown displeasure over Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)’s decision to maintain the ban on online game PlayerUnknown’s Battleground (PUBG). Earlier today, as per the PTA’s tweet, the authority decided to continue the ban on the game and refused

China launches first Mars mission

WENCHANG: China has launched a Mars probe, aiming to complete orbiting, landing, and roving in one mission. A Long March-5 rocket, China’s largest launch vehicle, carrying the spacecraft with a mass of about 5 tonnes, soared into the sky from