science and technology

Iran test-fires ballistic missiles on targets at northern Indian Ocean

TEHRAN: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards test-fired ballistic missiles against targets in the Indian Ocean as they wrapped up a two-day exercise. According to the Sepahnews website, the missiles of various classes targeted the enemy’s battleships and destroyed them from 1,800 kilometers

Pakistan witness massive surge in Telegram, Signal downloads

KARACHI: Pakistani users rushed to messaging apps Signal and Telegram after WhatsApp announced a new privacy policy. The number of downloads in the country recorded a massive spike while WhatsApp suffered a heavy decline in usage after WhatsApp‘s new privacy

WhatsApp delays data sharing change after backlash

SAN FRANCISCO: WhatsApp has postponed a data-sharing change as users concerned about privacy fled the Facebook-owned messaging service and flocked to rivals Telegram and Signal. The smartphone app canceled its February 8 deadline for accepting an update to its terms

Pakistan to launch WhatsApp-like app by June 2021: IT minister

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is planning to launch its own WhatsApp-like messaging app by June 2021 which will be equipped with all modern communication features. Federal Minister for Information Technology (IT) and Telecom Aminul Haque said that the ‘Smart Office’ app will

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin aims to fly first space passengers by April

NEW YORK: After years in development, Billionaire Jeff Bezos-owned space company Blue Origin aims to carry its first passengers on a ride to the edge of space in a few months. Blue Origin completed the fourteenth test flight of its

Wikipedia celebrates 20th birthday, aims to reach more readers

(AFP): Wikipedia celebrates its 20th anniversary today (Friday) and the collaborative, volunteer-produced internet encyclopedia aims to spend the next 20 years further expanding free access to information. Founded in 2001 by the Entrepreneur Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia is now the seventh-most

Samsung launches new flagship Galaxy S smartphone

(REUTERS): Samsung has launched the first Galaxy S smartphone today (Thursday) with a stylus for on-screen work called the S Pen, more than a month ahead of its usual annual release schedule. In the United States, the Galaxy S21 price

Samsung to launch new version of ‘Galaxy S series’ today

SEOUL: Samsung, the South Korean smartphone manufacturer is planning to launch smartphones of the ‘Samsung Galaxy S’ series. The announcement of three smartphones would be made by the giant during a Livestream for the Galaxy S21 series including S21, S21+,

Snapchat permanently bans Donald Trump

SAN FRANCISCO: Image-centric social network Snapchat said it has permanently banned US President Donald Trump from the platform, as voices are raised against keeping him off the internet stage. Trump’s access to social media has been largely cut off since

Trump ban sets ‘dangerous’ precedent, says Twitter chief

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter chief Jack Dorsey backed the messaging platform’s ban of US President Donald Trump, but said it sets a “dangerous” precedent and represents a failure to promote healthy conversation on the social network. “Having to ban an account

Punjab to convert several universities on solar power

LAHORE: The Punjab government has directed educational institutions to shift to solar energy under the Clean and Green Pakistan program. The Islamia University of Bahawalpur’s Vice-Chancellor (VC), Dr. Athar Mahboob, in this regard, said that 5,624 solar panels are being

Telegram reports over 20 million new users in 72 hours

NEW YORK: Messaging app ‘Telegram’ has registered over 25 million new users in just three days after WhatsApp’s new privacy policy. The app had over 500 million monthly active users in the first weeks of January and 25 million new

Imran Ali Dina becomes first Pakistani teacher to reach 1mn YouTube subscribers

Imran Ali Dina has become the first Pakistani teacher who has one million subscribers on YouTube. The teacher has not only Pakistani but also Indian students as well. His channel called the ‘GFX Mentor’ revolves around the use of technology

E-sports given status of a sport for first time in Pakistan: Fawad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has expressed that for the first time in the history of the country, e-sports will get the status of a regular sport in March 2021. Taking to Twitter,  Fawad Chaudhry wrote that

PTA to announce strategy for WhatsApp’s new privacy policy

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) will announce a strategy regarding the new privacy policy issued by messenger application WhatsApp in the few upcoming days. According to details, the authority was carrying out a detailed review of the new policy

Pakistani twin sisters become Youngest Microsoft Power Platform Certified professionals

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani twin sisters, Zara Khan and Zenubia Khan become the youngest Microsoft Power Platform Certified Professionals at the age of 10. As per details, these twin sisters are the youngest to receive the Microsoft Power platform certification in the world, as reported by

Bluetooth N95 masks, AI perfume showcased at virtual CES

LAS VEGAS: The first day of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) saw cutting-edge products and high-tech advances from around the world on display. The annual tech trade show is one of the biggest and most crowded events and usually attracts

Telegram uses hilarious meme to troll WhatsApp’s new privacy policy

Since its news policy over privacy, WhatsApp, the most popular messaging app, has been facing massive criticism from users. A similar app like WhatsApp, ‘Telegram’ has seen an increase in download rates as many people are using the app instead

We don’t share messages with Facebook: WhatsApp clarifies on privacy policy

SAN FRANCISCO: WhatsApp has issued a new blog post clarifying its privacy policy and reiterating that it does not share private messages or sensitive location data with Facebook. WhatsApp is facing a trust-crisis after it issued an update to its

Twitter suspends 70,000 accounts linked to pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter announced it has suspended “more than 70,000 accounts” linked to the QAnon conspiracy theory following the attack on the US Capitol by a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters. The social network began its purge on Friday,

Facebook has no plans to lift Trump ban: Sandberg

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook’s operations chief Sheryl Sandberg said the world’s largest social network had no plans to lift its block on the accounts of US President Donald Trump. While speaking during a conference, Sandberg, said she was glad that Facebook

WhatsApp’s new update does not change data-sharing practices with Facebook

NEW YORK: WhatsApp has issued a statement stating that the new update does not change data-sharing practices with Facebook. According to media reports, WhatsApp has issued a statement about its new privacy policy in which it stated that WhatsApp will share account

Pakistan plans to develop world-class social networking app

KARACHI: The government of Pakistan has decided to develop a world-class social networking app. According to sources, the social networking app will be developed by the Ministry of Information Technology and IT experts. This modern social networking app will be

‘Strong data protection law’ on the cards to protect citizens’ privacy

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry today (Sunday) has announced that the PTI-led federal government was mulling over introducing a strong data protection law to protect citizens’ privacy. Reacting to WhatsApp’s new Privacy Policy that allows data

Elon Musk urges users to use Signal app after WhatsApp’s new policy

NEW YORK: Tech giant Elon Musk has urged users to use the Signal app after WhatsApp’s new policy was announced. Taking to Twitter, the Tesla owner recommended his followers to use the messenger app ‘Signal’. Use Signal — Elon Musk

Tesla market value crosses $800 billion for the first time

WASHINGTON: The shares of Tesla jumped as much as 5.6% on Friday, pushing the electric-car maker’s market capitalisation to more than $800 billion for the first time ever and inching closer to the trillion-dollar club. Tesla’s rally has helped Chief

Google suspends Parler app from Play Store

LOS ANGELES: Google has suspended the Parler social networking service from its app store, citing posts inciting violence and demanding content moderation from the app favored by many supporters of US President Donald Trump. Apple also gave the service 24

WhatsApp users plan on switching to Telegram after new policy

The users of widely-used messaging application WhatsApp are reportedly switching from the messaging platform to Telegram, an alternative messaging platform. Soon after announcing its new policy, WhatsApp has come under severe criticism that it will share data with Facebook forcing

Elon Musk becomes world’s richest person, passing Jeff Bezos

NEW YORK: Tech giant Elon Musk has now become the richest person in the world, with a net worth of more than $185 billion, surpassing Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The Tesla and SpaceX entrepreneur was pushed into the top slot

Twitter, Facebook suspends Trump’s social media accounts

WASHINGTON: Twitter blocked Donald Trump and threatened a permanent ban for breaking platform rules as social media scrambled to respond to violence in the US capital blamed on the outgoing president’s repeated claims of election fraud. In a rapidly evolving