Yes, I’m a rebel

When we were growing up in the ’80s, we neither had mobile phones nor cable TV and there was certainly no concept of social media in those days. When we returned home from school, we would either watch cricket or

Facebook restores news for Australian users after media deal

MELBOURNE: Facebook restored access to news for its Australian users after reaching an agreement with the government on a landmark law requiring it and other tech firms to pay for journalistic content. The Facebook pages of Australian news outlets were

Facebook pledges $1bn in news investments over 3 years

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook pledged to invest at least $1 billion to support journalism over the next three years as the social media giant defended its handling of a dispute with Australia over payments to media organizations. Nick Clegg, head of

Facebook blocks news content in Australia

SYDNEY: Australia slammed Facebook’s decision to impose a news blackout over a law that would force it to pay for content, warning the ban showed the immense power of internet giants. Facebook and other tech firms have pushed back hard

Rising cost of living

An increase in electricity prices has a direct effect on the cost of living. A major chunk of our income goes to major household expenses and paying electricity bills. This rise in power tariffs also increases the cost of production

AstraZeneca seeks registration of COVID-19 vaccine in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: UK-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has sought approval for its vaccine from Pakistan after China’s Sinopharm. According to sources, AstraZeneca has applied for registration to the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) through a Pakistani pharmaceutical company. The pharma company has

PSL-5 playoffs resume after eight months

KARACHI: The play-off of the Pakistan Super League 5 will resume on Saturday after an eight-month pandemic-enforced break. Karachi plays Multan in the first qualifier, with the winner advancing to the final. The loser will have a second chance to

Appointment of state broadcaster’s channel incharge challenged

ISLAMABAD: A citizen in Karachi has challenged the appointment of the channel in-charge at the state-owned Radio Pakistan. The citizen has filed an application against the appointment of News and Current Affairs Channel in-charge Muhammad Tariq Chaudhry. The application was

State broadcaster unlawfully disburses stipend to retd employee

ISLAMABAD: The state-owned Radio Pakistan has been providing a monthly stipend to retired former controller news Riazuddin Mehmood in violation of rules and regulations. The current controller news, Tariq Chaudhry, had violated the organisation’s policy to provide the funds from

Apple rolls out TV, music, news in subscription bundle

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple said it is putting TV, music, news and more in a subscription bundle as it increases its push into services tied to its iPhone ecosystem. An Apple One bundle that will be available later this year will

New camera takes 70 trillion pictures per second

WASHINGTON: The world’s fastest camera has been designed in a bid to capture a whopping 70 trillion frames in a second. The special camera has been designed by the researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). The camera could

Australia to force Google, Facebook to pay for news content

MELBOURNE: Australia has announced it will begin forcing Google and Facebook to pay news companies for content, in a landmark move aimed at shielding traditional media from the tech giants’ digital dominance. Australian treasurer Josh Frydenberg said a mandatory code

Turkey blocks Saudi, UAE state news websites

ISTANBUL: Turkey has blocked state news websites of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, days after the sites of Turkish state broadcaster and news agency were blocked in Saudi Arabia. The moves come four weeks after Turkish prosecutors indicted twenty

China slams Hong Kong attack on state media office

BEIJING: Chinese state-run media on Monday called for a “tougher line” on democracy protesters in Hong Kong as it denounced a “terroristic” attack on a state news agency during another weekend of violence in the semi-autonomous city. Hardcore demonstrators in

Facebook unveils ‘news tab’ to prevent fake news

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Friday began rolling out its dedicated “news tab” with professionally produced content — the latest move by the social network to promote journalism and shed its reputation as a platform for misinformation. The tab, being tested

Australia adopts new methods to catch drivers using phones

CANBERRA: The Australian government is trying to convince people to shutdown their smartphones while driving by rolling out cameras to indict distracted drivers. Andrew Constance, New South Wales Roads Minister said on Monday that Australia’s most populated state is the first

India threatening Sri Lanka not to play in Pakistan: Fawad Chaudhary

Islamabad: Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhary on Tuesday has said India is using cheap tactics. He further claimed that India has threatened Sri Lankan players over not to play in Pakistan. In his tweet, Chaudhry said, according

Eight-year-old boy found dead in sewerage

Lodhran: The body of a missing eight-year-old child was recovered from sewerage on early Monday morning.  The family of the deceased said that the child had gone missing from outside his house in Lodhran’s Quaidabad Colony on September 5. His

Heatwave in France leaves 1500 dead

PARIS: France was hit by two heatwaves this summer. It claimed more than 1,500 more lives, Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said on Sunday. The death toll was significantly lower than the unfortunate summer of 2003 when an estimated 15,000 people

Cashless shopping: Facial payment on rise in China

SHANGHAI: China’s consumers are increasingly purchasing goods with just a turn of their heads as the country welcomes facial payment technology. “In a country where mobile payment is already one of the most advanced in the world, customers can make

Apple borrows $7 bn despite sitting on a $200 bn cash pile

San Francisco: The cash-rich company is looking to grab a piece of ultra-cheap money by releasing corporate bonds at the all-time low borrowing rates. The tech giant, Apple Inc., is releasing bonds in the cash market at all-time low borrowing