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Three-man US-Russian crew returns to Earth from ISS

MIAMI (AFP): An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts touched down on the Kazakhstan steppe on Thursday, completing a 196-day mission that began with the first launch under lockdown conditions. NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and

Microsoft teams up with Elon Musk’s SpaceX for space initiative

SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft is partnering with billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk-led SpaceX and others as it expands its cloud-computing platform into space. The partnership would allow Microsoft to connect its Azure cloud computing platform to SpaceX’s network of low-Earth orbiting satellites,

US sues Google for antitrust law violations, eyes breakup

WASHINGTON: The United States sued Google accusing the company of allegedly abusing its dominance in online search and advertising and using its market muscle to hobble rivals. The Justice Department lawsuit could lead to the break-up of an iconic company

NASA probe touches down on asteroid Bennu in historic mission

MIAMI (AFP): After a four-year journey, NASA’s robotic spacecraft Osiris-Rex briefly touched down on asteroid Bennu’s boulder-strewn surface to collect rock and dust samples in a precision operation 200 million miles (330 million kilometers) from Earth. The so-called “Touch-And-Go” or

Facebook unveils machine learning translator for 100 languages

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook has unveiled software based on machine learning which the company said was the first to translate from 100 languages without relying on English. The open-source artificial intelligence software was created to help the massive social network deliver

Instagram being investigated over handling privacy laws

NEW YORK: Instagram is being investigated by Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) over its handling of privacy laws. According to the complaints, Instagram made contact information on business accounts publicly visible to anyone accessing the app. A number of Instagram

PTA lifts ban on TikTok

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has lifted the ban on a popular Chinese video app ‘TikTok’ today. The news was announced by the PTA. The authority took to Twitter and wrote, TikTok is being unlocked after assurance from management

India warns Amazon, Flipkart over country of origin rule

(REUTERS): The Indian government has warned e-commerce majors Amazon and Flipkart for non-declaration of mandatory disclosure, including the ‘Country of Origin’ on specific products. In this regard, the Indian government has informed the e-commerce majors that that sellers on their

No response received from PTA despite efforts: TikTok

ISLAMABAD: The administration of  TikTok has said the company had “received no response from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority despite the regulator’s acknowledgement and appreciation of the company’s efforts to comply with the country’s laws and to increase its content moderation.

Instagram to crackdown on paid social media influencers

NEW YORK: Instagram is set to crack down on social media influencers involved in promotional posting without telling their followers. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it had investigated the issue of hidden advertising and was concerned that Instagram

Pakistani fourth-graders get answers from astronauts, space scientists

KARACHI: A group of fourth-graders from a private school in Karachi was overwhelmed with excitement when real-life astronauts and space scientists from around the world replied to their curious questions regarding space travel. The students’ teacher, in a bid to

Zainab Alert app launched to report missing children

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Human Rights together with Prime Minister’s Performance Delivery Unit (PMDU) has launched the Zainab Alert app so citizens could report any children that go missing.   According to details, the Zainab Alert Bill and its associated

IHC issues notices to PTA, federal govt over ban on TikTok

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday issued notices to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and the federal government over the ban on social media app TikTok. The court directed all the official respondents including the Ministry of Information

Pakistan’s first e-bike sharing service launched in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information Technology and Telecom Syed Amin-ul-Haque has launched the country’s first electric bike-sharing service. The first phase of the service called ezBike will be available in Rawalpindi and Islamabad and would be launched in all major cities

Pakistan, TikTok mulling over steps to curb unlawful content: Minister

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister of Information Technology and Telecommunication Aminul Haque has said the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and TikTok administration are mulling over steps to curb unlawful content. The federal minister reassured that the recently placed ban on TikTok, a

KU launches online research journal

KARACHI: Karachi University (KU) has launched an online ‘Business Research Journal’ at the Vice-Chancellor Secretariat on Wednesday. Karachi University Vice-Chancellor Professor, Professor Dr. Khalid Mahmood Iraqi while speaking at the launching ceremony of a Business Research Journal said the importance

World Bank approves $12 billion for COVID-19 vaccines

WASHINGTON: The World Bank has approved $12 billion for developing countries to finance the purchase and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatment. The financing aims to support vaccination of up to a billion people, the bank said in a

Eight nations sign Artemis agreements for moon exploration

WASHINGTON: Eight countries have signed an international pact for moon exploration called the Artemis Accords, NASA announced. The accords, named after NASA’s Artemis moon program, seek to build on existing international space law by establishing “safety zones” that would surround

Apple launches iPhone 12 with 5G, HomePod Mini

(REUTERS): Apple Inc today (Tuesday) has launched the iPhone 12 with faster 5G connectivity, which the company hopes will spur a wave of upgrades. CEO Tim Cook unveiled the new generation of iPhones in a virtual event, saying that all

Ban on ‘TikTok’ challenged in SHC

KARACHI: A ban on popular Chinese video app ‘TikTok’ has been challenged in the Sindh High Court (SHC). In his petition, the petitioner Munib Ahmed, a TikToker, stated that more than 20 million people use this application. “The government’s move

PTA, TikTok discuss resumption of services in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Monday held a meeting with Chinese-owned app TikTok’s senior management to discuss the video-sharing platform’s services’ resumption in the country. According to a press statement by the PTA, a virtual meeting was held

Plea moved in LHC over use of ‘TikTok’ through proxies

LAHORE: A petition has been moved against the use of the popular Chinese video app ‘TikTok’ through proxies at the Lahore High Court (LHC). The petitioner in his petition stated that despite the ban on the TikTok imposed by the

Twitter flags Trump’s tweet for violating rules on COVID-19 information

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter has flagged a tweet by Donald Trump in which the US President claimed he was immune to the coronavirus, saying it violated the rules about misleading information related to COVID-19. “A total and complete sign off from

NASA delays launch of SpaceX Crew-1 mission until November

NEW YORK: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has delayed the launch of the SpaceX Crew-1 mission until early- to mid-November, the agency announced. According to a statement, NASA said, “Originally scheduled for October 31st, the planned six-month mission was

Will lift ban on Tiktok after removal of ‘immoral’ content: Aminul Haque

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister of Information Technology and Telecommunication Aminul Haque has said PTA will lift the ban on Tiktok after the removal of ‘immoral’ content. Talking to the media the federal minister Aminul Haque explained Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s step yesterday

PTA bans TikTok in Pakistan over ‘obscene’ content

ISLAMABAD: Popular Chinese video app ‘TikTok’ has been banned in Pakistan over ‘obscene’ and ‘indecent’ content. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority on Friday banned the TikTok in view of complaints. As per the authority,  the app was given significant time to

Facebook removes up to 270 fake profiles

NEW YORK: Facebook has recently removed up to 200 accounts that used fake profiles across the US. The move was of removing 276 accounts, prompted that a pro-Trump group known as Turning Point Action was paying teenagers to post coordinated,

SSUET to plan offering 5 percent honorarium for researchers: VC

KARACHI: The Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Vali Uddin of Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET) has said that the varsity is considering offering a 5 percent honorarium to the researchers in addition to their regular facilities and privileges. While

Online token tax payment system launched

ISLAMABAD: The Excise and Taxation Department (ETO) Islamabad has launched an online system for the payment of token tax. Talking to M.M News, Director Excise and Taxation Bilal Azam informed that the online payment service had been launched to facilitate

Most-awaited iPhone 12 to be launched on October 13

NEW YORK: The most-awaited iPhone 12 will be launched this month on 13th October. The phone will be launched with a special AR event for it.    #AppleEvent AR 👉 https://t.co/YeMtNBDMwg pic.twitter.com/W6ZyCQNhwX — Ben Geskin 📸📱⌚️ (@BenGeskin) October 6, 2020