November 25, 2021

Pakistan is all set to launch e-passports next year

What happened: To make things easier for residents, the federal government plans to start issuing e-passports next year. Details: The decision was made in Islamabad in a meeting chaired by Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed. The secretary of the interior, chairman of NADRA, DG Passport, and extra DG FIA all attended the meeting. IT advancement is […]

November 24, 2021

This girl is the first Pakistani to get selected for Anti Nuclear Weapons Academy

What happened: Komal Ali Shah, 25, has been selected as the first Pakistani for the Hiroshima-ICAN Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Global Security 2021. It was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. Details: ICAN’s Nuclear Weapons and Global Security programme develops global leaders. They advocate for nuclear disarmament and contribute to a more […]

November 18, 2021

The person who hacks into the electronic voting machine will get a cash prize of Rs1 million

What happened: Shibli Faraz, the Federal Minister of Science and Technology, declared a prize of Rs1 million for anyone who can hack an electronic voting system (EVM) Details: During the ARY NEWS programme, ‘Power Play’, he disclosed the reward and stated that he invited numerous hackers to attempt a data breach in the system, but […]

November 18, 2021

Overseas Pakistanis can now vote through electronic voting machines

What happened: The Elections (Amendment) Bill 2021 was passed by a joint sitting of Parliament on Wednesday, with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government receiving 221 votes against 203. The bill gives overseas Pakistanis voting rights and authorizes electronic voting machines (EVMs) to be used in general elections in the future. The bill: The bill, introduced […]

November 18, 2021

Truth, and nothing but the truth – We want ProperGaanda back!

Pakistan The land of pure; people are not letting the country live by its name and we can all accept that, as a journalist in Pakistan, I can testify to this. We love our country, as we should, and that is why we report on everything that is going on here, people can’t turn their […]

November 13, 2021

“Crypto trade is haram for Muslims”: says Indonesia’s Religious Council

What happened: According to Indonesia’s council of religious authorities, Muslims are prohibited from using crypto assets as a form of cash. Details: The National Ulema Council has declared crypto currency haram, or forbidden, since it has aspects of uncertainty, wagering, and injury, according to Asrorun Niam Sholeh, head of the council. He stated that crypto currencies […]

November 10, 2021

This glove translates sign language into speech

What happened: UCLA researchers (@ucla) created a smart glove that translates American Sign Language into spoken English. Details: The glove’s technology was designed by Jun Chen, a bioengineering assistant professor who believes it is more practical and convenient than existing devices that translate sign language. How does the glove work: The glove requires stretchable sensors […]

November 10, 2021

Toll payments will be digitised under a new agreement

What happened: Mastercard has joined hands with One Network, a local provider of intelligent transportation technology, to digitalize the country’s road toll payment system. Details: The agreement was signed in the presence of Frontier Works Organisation, the country’s largest toll collection entity, at the Pakistan Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. Mastercard’s digital payment gateway infrastructure […]

November 1, 2021

Is Jeff Bezos launching a ‘business park’ in space?

Details: Blue Origin has announced a partnership with Sierra Space to create “Orbital Reef,” a commercial space station in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). This mixed-use space station, which is expected to be finished by the end of this decade, will help with business, research, tourism, and the commercialization of low-Earth orbit. What happened: After standing […]

July 24, 2021

Sindh decides to block mobile SIMs of unvaccinated people

What happened: The Sindh health department has proposed to the NCOC to block mobile SIMs of unvaccinated people in efforts to push people to get vaccinated. Details: The department has given a four phase plan to the NCOC for blocking the SIMs. Unvaccinated people will be first issued a warning in the first phase to […]

July 24, 2021

WhatsApp makes group calls even better for iPhone users

What happened: WhatsApp has updated its calling interface and also offered new settings for “archived chats” for iPhone users. Details: The calling screen looks similar to the FaceTime screen which shows everyone who is on the call. Group calls have been also made easier in this update, if somebody was unable to attend the group […]

July 19, 2021

Israeli spyware sold to governments to ‘target activists’ gets leaked

What happened: A software called ‘Pegasus’ was sold by the NSO Group, an Israeli surveillance company, to monitor activists, politicians and journalists from around the world. The network was uncovered by an investigation into a massive data leak by The Guardian, the Washington Post and 15 other media outlets. Backstory: Activists, journalists and politicians around […]

July 19, 2021

World’s richest man Bezos to be launched into space on Tuesday

What happened: Jeff Bezos, the richest man on the planet, is preparing for a rocket-powered, 11-minute 2,300-mph excursion to the edge of space. Details: The world’s richest people are at it again: dedicating large portions of their wealth to rocket development. Blue Origin will launch its first crewed mission on its New Shepard rocket July 20 to […]

July 17, 2021

WhatsApp will suspend or delete accounts if your phone has these apps

What happened: If there are certain applications downloaded on your phone, WhatsApp will first suspend your account and then delete it in-case of non-compliance. At first, the account will be suspended temporarily and then deleted permanently if the user does not delete the applications that violate WhatsApp’s rules. Details: The applications that violate the terms-of-use […]

July 15, 2021

Fleet is fleeting away: Twitter to kill the feature starting Aug 3

What happened: In a tweet, Twitter announced that they were going to kill the disappearing stories feature ‘fleet’ starting August 3. Twitter wrote “we’re sorry or you’re welcome,” acknowledging that they were going to receive varying reactions to announcement. Details: Fleets let users post disappearing photos and messages like Instagram and Facebook “stories” and Snapchat’s snaps. […]

July 12, 2021

Billionaire achieves 17-year space dream, calls it ‘the dawn of a new space age’

What happened: On Sunday, British billionaire Richard Branson flew more than 50 miles above the New Mexico desert on his Virgin Galactic rocket plane and safely returned in the vehicle’s first fully crewed test flight to space. Details: The touchdown occurred at around 9:40am Mountain Time (1540 GMT), about an hour after take-off. It reached […]

July 9, 2021

Usman Khan from Peshawar becomes Charlie Chaplin to lighten up the pandemic gloom

Who is Usman Khan: Usman Khan, a 28 year old, used to be a toy vendor on the streets of Peshawar. Now he is the Charlie Chaplin cheering up Peshawaris. Usman comes from a struggling impoverished family and his role playing Chaplin helps him set aside his own troubles for a while too. Why he […]

July 9, 2021

UK extends its support to help Pakistan fight new COVID19 variants

What Happened: Under the New Variant Assessment Platform (NVAP) programme, UK will assist Pakistan with its expertise to detect new and potentially more dangerous variants of Covid-19, a British High Commission press release said. Details: The British government has announced a new package of genomic sequencing support to help Pakistan fight new variants of Covid-19. […]

July 8, 2021

PM Imran Khan launches first Pakistan-made eco-friendly e-bike

What happened: At the launch ceremony on Thursday in Islamabad, the PM announced the Jolta Electric’s e-bike and stressed the need for environmental protection. The PM explained the importance of electric vehicles in helping lower air pollution levels. Details: The e-bike comes as a first major step towards electrifying the country’s automobile industry. Jolta’s e-bike […]

July 8, 2021

Samsung plans to manufacture smartphones in Pakistan

What happened: Samsung is in dialogue with three investors to establish a mobile manufacturing unit in Pakistan. Details: Sources said out of three parties, one has a franchise from Korea which has already set up vehicle assembling plants in Pakistan under Auto Development Policy (ADP) 2016-21, while other two are different parties. Market sources said […]

July 8, 2021

TikTok launches “video resumes” option for users

What happened: TikTok has launched an option to upload video resumes for its users for US-based jobs raging from entry level positions to more experienced positions. The “TikTok Resumes” option will be open between July 7 till July 31. Details: The launch by TikTok comes as a response to labour shortage in the US as […]

July 8, 2021

First Arab woman to become an astronaut

Who is she: Nora al Matrooshi is a 28-year old mechanical engineer from the UAE who is currently training to become an astronaut. She has dreamt about space since she was a little girl, wanting to explore the space like her ancestors explored oceans. “My mum’s side of the family are sailors. I’d say they […]

July 7, 2021

This Pakistani start-up is helping empower local artists by bringing them online for the first time

What does Vceela do: Akeel Khalid founded the company in 2016 to connect talented artisans with local and international markets. Vceela wanted to support established entrepreneurs and even the upcoming ones. The jobs they created helped not only in terms of employment but also helped save the dying arts and culture. The company has enabled […]

July 3, 2021

At 23, Aruba Faridi becomes the youngest female aerospace engineer in Pakistan

Who is Aruba: Aruba is 23 years old and comes from a family of seven in Karachi. Her father and brother both work in the field of engineering, and this encouraged Aruba to get into engineering herself too. Growing up she didn’t play with dolls but with tools and electronic devices. She loved working with […]

July 1, 2021

Meet EdMatrix, your personalized ticket to acing exams

Are you tired of flipping through monotonous pages without learning anything? Does studying seem like a never-ending job? Are you looking for a place to help you ace exams in a way that you actually like it? Good news, Edmatrix is here to save you. WHAT IS EDMATRIX? Edmatrix is an educational organization that aims […]

July 1, 2021

China has the worst electricity shortage and that’s a big problem

What happened: Due to extreme weather in China, the high demand for power has hit the nation’s electricity grid. There are strict limits on coal usage for power forcing the country to rely on power rationing. This problem could last for months and impact China’s manufacturing and in turn the global trade. Details: This is […]

June 30, 2021

Fawad Chaudhry says his ‘head is spinning’ after latest ban on TikTok

What happened: Fawad Chaudhry the Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting tweeted about the need for judicial reforms after recent high court decision to ban TikTok. He further linked judicial reforms to economic crisis, saying that the economic situation of the country won’t improve without judicial reforms. He also pointed out that the country had […]

June 29, 2021

SHC orders suspension of TikTok for ‘spreading immorality’

What happened: On Monday, The Sindh High Court Monday ordered the Pakistan Telecommu­nica­tion Authority (PTA) to suspend access to TikTok, the popular video-sharing app, in Pakistan until July 8. Backstory: Earlier, a citizen filed a petition against the “immorality and obscenity” spread by content on the mobile app. As a result, a court order was […]

June 28, 2021

Wasfa Kamal honours exceptional Pakistanis through her illustrations

Wasfa Kamal is a young artist who is challenging cultural and societal stereotypes through her art. On 1st June, Wasfa shared an illustration of Arfa Kareem on her Instagram account announcing a 30-day challenge of her celebrating exceptional Pakistanis through her illustrations. Day 01: Arfa Kareem Day 02: Sadequian Day 03: Muniba Mazari Day 04: […]

June 25, 2021

Federal Finance Minister clarifies there would be no tax on internet usage and SMS

What happened: Federal Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin informs on Friday that there would be no tax on internet usage and SMS, however a tax of 75 paisa would be collected for every phone call that exceeds five minutes. Tarin also announced that visually impaired persons will not have to pay taxes on hansets. Backstory: These changes […]

June 24, 2021

Uyghurs and other minorities face “forced -labour” in solar-grade polysilicon factories in China

What happened: Ads for the top producer of metallurgical-grade silicon (MGS), Hoshine Silicon, ask for only applicants who speak Mandarin, have clean political record, and are able to “bear hardships”. According to research, state labour programs recruit residents as a form of forced-labour which applicants can not refuse due to detention and other threats. Muslims […]

June 24, 2021

Pakistani Nuclear Scientists win International Awards from IAE-FAO

What Happened: Pakistan’s Nuclear Institute for Agriculture and Biology (NIAB) and Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) has received outstanding achievement award from International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Backstory: A press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that The International Atomic Energy […]

June 24, 2021

World’s largest aircraft lands in Karachi

What happened: The world’s largest cargo aircraft, known as Antonov An-225 Mriya, landed at Karachi airport on Wednesday. Background: The Russian-made aircraft is said to be the longest and heaviest plane ever built. It is powered by six turbofan engines and has a maximum take-off weight of 700 tonnes, It also has the largest wingspan […]

June 23, 2021

New varieties of “sugar-free” mangoes introduced in Pakistan for diabetics

What are “sugar-free” mangoes: These new mangoes, called Sonaro, Glenn, and Keitt in local markets, have only about 4 – 6pc sugar level. Most mangoes like the Sindhri and Chaunsa have 12 – 15pc sugar level. Backstory: Pakistani experts from M H Panhwar Farms introduced the three varieties of sugar-free mangoes ideal for diabetics after […]

June 23, 2021

Palestinian and Iranian websites seized by the US in attempts to “counter disinformation”

What happened: US government sources tell Reuters and The Associated Press that US Justice Department and Commerce Department have seized about three dozen websites. Details: The websites seized include Press TV, Al-Alam, Houthi and Palestinian websites. Press TV is Iran state media’s English-language outlet while Al-Alam is the state’s Arabic-language channel. Palestine Today, a Gaza […]

June 22, 2021

Like on Instagram, we will now be able to use the “view once” feature on WhatsApp

What happened: According to WABetaInfo, the messaging giant WhatsApp will incorporate the “view once” feature into its application. What this means: You will be able to send and receive images and videos that can only be viewed once. Verification of whether the recipient has opened the media will also be possible. The “view once” feature […]

June 10, 2021

Rise in power outages in Lahore amid high temperatures

What happened: Dwellers in certain parts of the city had to put up with power outages amidst the scorching temperatures caused by a nationwide heatwave. On Wednesday the total demand of the Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) touched 4500 MW and suffered a more than 800 MW shortfall out of their 3,700 MW supply. To […]

May 22, 2021

Two Haval SUVs, H6 and Jolion, simultaneously launched in Pakistan

Car aficionados in Pakistan have been sent into a frenzy as Sazgar Engineering Works Limited (SEWL) recently decided to simultaneously introduce two new SUVs, the Haval H6 and the Haval Jolion in the country. What Happened: Haval is a subsidiary of a large Chinese automotive group called Great Wall Motors (GWM). The brand particularly specializes […]

May 17, 2021

Bitcoin sees record drop as Tesla makes move to sell $1.5 Billion stock

Bitcoin (BTC) has seen a significant decrease in value following Twitter comments by Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, implying that Tesla is all set to sell or has sold its BTC stock due to environmental concerns. The currency saw a record drop, closing in on $43,874 on Sunday. Musk’s disclosure early February that Tesla had […]

May 12, 2021

North Waziristan announces Eid on Wednesday, FIR lodged

In a historic development on Tuesday night, North Waziristan reportedly sighted the Shawaal moon, declaring Eid Ul Fitr on Wednesday morning. This is the first declaration of moon sighting 48 hours before the expected appearance on the Ruet App, as announced by former Minister of Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry. The North Waziristan police lodged […]

May 11, 2021

Tesla may soon accept Dogecoin for payments, hints Elon

Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla tweeted on Tuesday, asking his followers whether Tesla should accept Dogecoin as a payment method. This tweet follows multiple similar instances, where Elon has spoken about the cryptocurrency, leading to an immediate boost in its stock price. What is Dogecoin? Block Chain technology opened up the […]

May 7, 2021

Big segment from Chinese rocket expected to fall back on Earth

The Rocket: The Chinese Rocket, Long March 5 was launched last week as part of the program for the Chinese Space Station. Parts of the rocket were expected to be the future living space for the Space Station. Re-entry to orbit: It is uncommon for rockets to reach the necessary velocity to re-enter the orbit, […]

April 28, 2021

Internet freedom declined drastically in Pakistan in 2020 according to report

The Report: According to the findings of the ‘Annual Pakistan media legal review 2020’ report launched by the Institute of Research, Advocacy and Development (IRADA), internet freedom declined in Pakistan in 2020 due to the consistent blocking of political, social and cultural websites by the government.  2020 saw many different social media bans because of […]

April 22, 2021

Russia in plans to leave ISS and build own space station

Russia’s plans: Russia is in plans to breakaway from the International Space Station and build their own, if approved by President Vladimir Putin. According to Roscosmos, Russia is expected to leave the ISS by 2025 with the aim of launching their own space station into orbit by 2030. This could mark a new era for […]

April 20, 2021

NASA’s helicopter becomes first to fly on another planet

What Happened: On Monday, NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter became the first aircraft to be flown on Mars. The solar-powered helicopter reached an altitude of 10 feet and remained airborne for 31 seconds. The helicopter flew autonomously– the flight was not controlled in real-time. This is the first time NASA has been able to achieve such a […]

March 19, 2021

It’s not you, it’s Facebook

Late on Friday night, WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook and Facebook Messenger went down for close to 30 minutes. On opening Instagram, the app says, “We’re sorry, but something went wrong. Please try again”. WhatsApp is experiencing a similar issue, with messages being sent for some but calls not connecting or going through. As of yet, Facebook […]

March 18, 2021

Pakistan’s cellphone imports increased by over 50%

With the burgeoning demand of low-cost cellphones in the market, Pakistan’s cellphone imports grew by 51.5 per cent to $1.311 billion in 8MFY21 as compared to $865m in the same period last year, according to the data released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday.  This increase could be credited to Korean and Chinese manufacturers who have […]

March 17, 2021

Uber drivers to get minimum wage, paid holidays and pension in the UK

One month after Uber lost a legal battle in the UK that started off in 2016, over drivers’ status, the US firm says it will give its 70,000 drivers in the UK a guaranteed minimum wage, paid holidays and even pensions.  The ride-hailing giant said drivers would earn at least the UK’s minimum Wage, paid to the […]

March 16, 2021

Pakistan’s telemedicine startup Sehat Kahani raises $1 million

A Karachi-based telemedicine startup by two female doctors, Sara Saeed Khurram and Iffat Zafar Aga, Sehat Kahani has raised $1 million in a Pre-Series A round, it announced yesterday.  Investors: The investment came from Islamic Development Bank, 10Pearls Ventures, Mentors Fund, Singapore-based Korean Impact Fund, and Impact Investment Exchange. KASB Securities, Din Group, and some angels also joined the round.  […]

March 16, 2021

The world’s first eco-friendly aircraft engine is designed by a Pakistan female scientist; here’s what you need to know

Dr. Sarah Qureshi has designed the world’s first eco-friendly aircraft engine which is currently under development. It runs via an idiosyncratic pressure-based condensation system that will help in cooling the water vapors in the airplane exhaust. The water will be on the airplane and can also be released as rain if required.  Who is She?: Qureshi is the founder […]

March 12, 2021

TikTok banned again over ‘immoral content’ in Pakistan

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has ordered the internet service providers to straight away block access to TikTok, the popular video-sharing platform, on the directions of Peshawar High Court.  What the PTA said: “In respectful compliance to the orders of the Peshawar High Court, PTA has issued directions to the service providers to immediately block access to the TikTok App,” […]

February 18, 2021

Wondering why the internet is so slow this week?

What happened? Internet services across Pakistan have been disrupted due to a fault developed in the submarine cable system near Abu Talat, Egypt. What you should know The Trans World Associates (TWA) communicated the service deterioration on the international connectivity towards Europe on the SMW5 cable system due to a subsea fault in the cable […]

February 16, 2021

Pakistani fintech Safepay strikes 7-figure (USD) deal with Stripe

What happened Karachi-based fintech Safepay received venture capital funding from the global financial technology platform Stripe. The startup didn’t reveal the exact size of the deal but mentioned to MenaBytes that it’s a seven-figure (USD) amount alongside the participation of other local and international investors. The round also includes Berlin-based Global Founders Capital (which invested last […]

February 12, 2021

Inside Australia’s world without ‘Google’

What happened? In Australia, the tech giant, Google is threatening to unplug its homepage in a standoff with the government. Earlier In December, the government introduced “world-first” legislation which forced tech giants to pay local news outlets for featuring and linking to their stories. Google refused, warning that the proposed news media bargaining code would […]

February 11, 2021

Zong users enjoy free data usage as network temporarily disrupts nationwide

Mobile data network operator Zong’s services shut down in major cities on Wednesday afternoon. The issue was highlighted after customers complained of slow browsing and being unable to make or receive calls on Twitter. Customers based in Lahore said that they were facing issues making calls, while others inquired if the signal issues were a […]

February 10, 2021

‘5G services to be launched in Pakistan in December 2022’

Federal Minister for IT and Telecommunication Syed Aminul Haque announced that 5G services will be initiated in Pakistan in December 2022. He elaborated that the IT ministry is working with the prime minister to launch 5G services in the country. It is the IT ministry’s vision that every Pakistani should have a smartphone, the minister […]

February 4, 2021

This device will charge your phone through air

What is this device? Chinese device-maker Xiaomi published a YouTube video where it revealed its “Mi Air Charge Technology” that is in development, showing off some vague details about its upcoming long-range wireless power system. This innovation from the global tech name will allow its users to remotely charge electronic devices without any cables or […]

January 25, 2021

The Sister2Sister exchange program enables Pakistani female students to study in the US

“The programme will work towards developing mentorship and connecting young Pakistani women to academic and professional networks for educational and career advancement” The Society for International Education, funded by the US Department of State, has opened applications for the selection process of the Sister2Sister Exchange Programme 2021. The website states that the programme “plans to […]

December 19, 2020

Anti-Pakistan social media accounts to be exposed by government

What happened: Federal Minister for Communications and Postal Services, Murad Saeed said that the federal government has decided to expose all social media accounts involved in spreading misinformation against Pakistan. He noted, while addressing an event in Islamabad, that India has started spreading hate and misinformation about Pakistan in order to distract from its own […]

December 18, 2020

What exactly is wearable ketamine?

Wearable ketamine either sounds like a fashion brand named by a teenager or a street name for ketamine cut with other drugs, but in fact it is neither of those things. Wearable ketamine is a medical device for to be used for the purposes of pain management. The wearable version of the anesthetic drug, commonly […]

December 18, 2020

America’s nuclear agency falls victim to hackers

What happened: Officials from the American Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) notified congressional oversight, today, that they have evidence both the DOE and NNSA have been infiltrated by hackers. “This is a developing situation, and while we continue to work to understand the full extent of this campaign, we […]

December 10, 2020

Let’s talk about the POCO M3, which is big on specs but light on the price tag

On Thursday, 10 Dec, POCO Global dropped the brand-new entry-level smartphone, POCO M3, which comes with great specs but more importantly, a reasonable price tag. With its long battery life, FHD+ smartphone display and Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 662 chipset, the POCO M3 is perfect for millennials and Gen Z who don’t want to break the bank […]

December 10, 2020

Companies are now giving workers wearable tech to help them socially distance.

What happened: At Enrico Iori’s Italian factory and U.S. offices, about 150 employees wear bracelets, belt clips and lanyards that illuminate, vibrate and make irritating sounds whenever they get within six feet of each other. Apart from Iori’s company, tech giants including Samsung Electronics Co are one of about 60 companies offering these protective wearables […]

December 10, 2020

‘Shake to Undo’, the iPhone’s most useful but ignored feature

What happened : Fixing mistakes on your iPhone is very easy. While the Mac has Command-Z, iPhone itself has its own feature that rectifies mistakes: Shake to Undo. With Shake to Undo turned on, iOS users can quickly fix mistakes. Shaking your device to go back or undo a mistake has been around since 2009 […]

December 10, 2020

U.S lawsuits aim to break up Facebook

What happened : More than 45 state prosecutors along with US federal regulators have sued Facebook, blaming the social media giants of taking illegitimate actions to buy up competitors and stifle competition. In recent years Facebook has bought some major social media platforms including Instagram and Whatsapp, and this was the cause of growing concern […]

December 9, 2020

Google’s Trending Searches list reveals the most popular gadgets in Pakistan

What happened: On Wednesday, google unveiled its top trending searches of 2020. It says the trending results are searches that had a high spike in traffic over a sustained period in 2020. The ‘Year in Search Pakistan’, is a list which highlights popular searches carried out in the country in different categories throughout the year. […]

December 8, 2020

Aptera launches new EV that doesn’t require charging

What happened : San Diego based Aptera has unveiled a new solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) which has a battery of 100 Kwh and can get up to 1000 miles of range. The new three-wheeled, two-person vehicle has a solar roof array that can provide up to 45 miles of range per day and this set […]

December 3, 2020

Tinder may be banned but Pakistanis are swiping away on Bumble

Online dating has become a firm fixture of the Pakistani dating scene, despite some dating apps like Tinder and Grindr being banned. Far from decreasing the popularity of online dating the Pakistani government’s ban only propelled Pakistanis to migrate to other dating apps, like Bumble. In 2020, between the months of January to September, Bumble […]

December 3, 2020

Four friends in Singapore rent a whole cinema just to play X-box

After both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 launched last month. The new consoles are notoriously hard to get a hold of but one group of friends in Singapore found another way to level up their gaming experience. They actually rented out an entire cinema just to play games for three hours.   Les, who […]

December 3, 2020

VIVO to establish smartphone manufacturing plant in Pakistan

What Happened: On Wednesday, The Federal Minister for Industries & Production Hammad Azhar announced on Twitter that the Chinese smartphone company Vivo has decided to establish a manufacturing plant in Pakistan. VIVO is one of the world’s most popular smartphone companies, it currently has 200,000,000 users around the world and is committed to provide premium […]

December 2, 2020

Lab grown ‘chicken meat’ approved for consumption, for the first time, in Singapore

What happened: Singapore has approved lab grown chicken meat for human consumption. This is the world’s first regulatory approval for ‘clean’ lab grown meat, that does not come from animals. The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) stated that a working group comprising of experts reviewed meat samples, manufacturing control and safety testing of the cultured chicken […]

December 2, 2020

Karachi to get two functional nuclear power plants by end of 2021

What happened: Fuel loading has started for the Karachi Nuclear Power Plant Unit-2 (K-2), on Tuesday. After a fuel load permit was obtained from the Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority the process for loading fuel into the 1,100MW nuclear power plant began. The K-2 power plant, is going through a testing phase right now, and it is […]

November 28, 2020

Swiss tech company Crypto A.G was working as a CIA front in the European region for years

What happened: The Switzerland parliament released a bombshell report, which exposed Swiss-based tech company Crypto AG. This company was actually a front for the CIA and German secret service and have been providing crucial information to them for decades.  What is Crypto AG: Crypto AG is an encryption device maker company which was founded in […]

November 27, 2020

SMOG season is here! These air purifiers can help clear the air indoors

Smog season is upon us. And it has already made the air quality so bad that on some days the air quality in Lahore, especially, crossed unhealthy to become actually hazardous. So, if you want to breathe easier and are looking to make sure you’re taking care of your health then invest in an air […]

November 27, 2020

Apple’s head of security in hot water after allegedly trading ipads for gun permits

What happened: Tom Moyer, Apple’s head of global security, has been indicted in a bribery scandal revolving around trading ipads for concealed carry gun permits. Two Santa Clara police officers are also involved in this bribery scandal. Santa Clara County undersheriff Rick Sung and Captain James Jansen withheld 4 concealed carry permits from Apple, until the […]

November 25, 2020

Fawad Chaudhry announces gaming and animation programme for the youth

What happened: The Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry announced a government programme for video game and animation enthusiasts, via a tweet, on the 25th of November. In his tweet Fawad Chaudhry stated, “If you are not interested in reading, instead you are interested in video games on your phone, then get ready, […]

November 23, 2020

Breaking down Pakistan’s new social media rules for dummies

The Government of Pakistan has recently passed new laws to regulate social media. However, these laws been the subject of much criticism by digital activists and major social media companies. The Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) said, “The Rules would make it extremely difficult for AIC members to make their services available to Pakistani users and […]

November 20, 2020

Tech companies threatens to pull out of Pakistan over govt’s new social media rules

What happened:  On Thursday, the Government of Pakistan presented some rules that define how social media will be governed. After the decision came out many big tech companies announced that these regulations would make it difficult for them to continue their operations in the country. Tech companies are threatening to pull out their stocks from […]

November 18, 2020

Anonymous hacked Sindh Govt. Investment Department website for the 4th time now

What happened: On Tuesday evening, a government website (https://sindhinvestment.gos.pk/) belonging to the investment department of the government of Sindh was hacked by Anonymous hackers as a result of a cyber-attack. Hacked By Anonymous. This is a warning message to Pakistan Government,” screams the message when you opens https://sindhinvestment.gos.pk/ “Student Lives are no joke! Shut the […]

November 18, 2020

Are deepfakes the next big weapon in the misinformation war?

If you’ve seen the video of Prime Minster Imran Khan and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif singing the 80s hit ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’ then you know what deepfakes are. For everyone else, deepfakes encompass audio or video content that has been manipulated to look different but just as realistic as the original. It is […]

November 17, 2020

The U.S military is being accused of tracking muslims through religious apps like Muslim Pro

The U.S military has been buying data on people’s everyday movements, which has been mined from popular apps on their phone. One of the sources of data is an extremely popular Muslim prayer app, Muslim Pro, which has been downloaded 98 million times. Apps that appear to be innocuous like Muslim pro, a weather tracking […]

November 16, 2020

PUBG launching Urdu voice packs for Pakistani players

Player’s Unknown Battleground (PUBG Mobile) announced, via twitter, that they will be launching Urdu language voice packs for Pakistani players. The voice packs will make the gaming experience better for players as they will be able to navigate the game easily and understand things quicker. Players will also have the opportunity to win a free […]

November 16, 2020

Is music streaming giant, Spotify, finally coming to Pakistan?

On the evening of the 15th of November Pakistani music lovers discovered a verified Instagram account for Spotify Pakistan. The account has no posts yet, and Spotify has not officially commented on their potential entry into the Pakistani market either. However, the verified Instagram account has garnered a lot of buzz on Pakistani social media, […]

October 23, 2020

Facebook’s Supreme Court: How and why?

Facebook as a social media app has expanded itself into every sphere of life dramatically. From political mobilization to cultural sensitivity, facebook has impacted our way of seeing and interpreting everything. There are two extremes of facebook, either it can be just an app to find old school friends or it can be an ideal tool […]

October 21, 2020

PG Exclusive: Pakistan’s entrepreneurs: The Viral Camper

PG Exclusive: Pakistan’s entrepreneurs: The Viral Camper. Mansoor Mustafa, a 26 year old resident of Balakot, appeared in a video on the Facebook page ‘Survival Man’ four days ago. He came on to speak about his small car camper named ‘teardrop trailer’ and has been overwhelmed by the feedback since then. Being a start-up ourselves, […]

October 19, 2020

Everything You Need to Know About the Hafeez Centre Fire

What Happened: A huge fire broke out at Lahore’s most famous tech bazaar, Hafeez Centre. The fire erupted on Sunday morning, October 18, and raged on until 9:00 PM. The Punjab Emergency Service, Rescue 1122, said that they received the fire call at 6:11 AM, which means the fire ravaged Hafeez Centre for about 15 […]

August 31, 2020

The most affordable MacBook you can buy in 2020

Apple’s computers just never lose their appeal, despite the fact that there are other laptops out there capable of competing – and even beating – the MacBook in terms of performance. Whether it is their longevity, design, or simply the Apple branding, nearly everyone in 2020 wants to buy a MacBook. The only kicker? The […]

August 20, 2020

Is TikTok really a poisonous trend we need to get rid of?

TikTok has been blamed for a lot of things during its rise to the top. One of the greatest on-going grievances people raise is that it pollutes minds and encourages toxic behaviour. Created in 2016 by a Chinese company, TikTok steadily gained popularity over the years to the point that it is now expected – […]

August 20, 2020

A tech guru’s dream: Abu Dhabi’s Artificial Intelligence university is offering 100% aid to every student

The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence is the first of its kind: offering graduate level research-oriented Masters and PhD degrees in the up-and-coming field of AI. Although it was originally set to open in September, its launch has been postponed to January 2021 presumedly due to the worldwide pandemic. The university will be […]

August 5, 2020

Samsung’s bean shaped Galaxy Buds Live look cooler than the Airpods, but are they better?

In Samsung’s unpacked event, streamed live from South Korea, the company unveiled more than 5 new devices, including the Galaxy Note 20 models, Galaxy Buds Live and the Galaxy Watch 3. While the majority of the releases cost upwards of a thousand dollars, the Galaxy Buds Live will be available on Aug 6th for $169.99 […]

July 28, 2020

Improving mental health requires investment, not censorship

It is amazingly tone-deaf that Pakistani authorities think that the best way to improve mental health in Pakistan is censorship and restricting freedom instead of actually investing in and reducing the stigma against mental healthcare.  The classic example of this is is the PUBG ban imposed by the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA). In its detailed […]

June 13, 2020

Solar eclipse to be seen in Pakistan on Sunday, June 21st

An annular solar eclipse will be visible to Pakistanis on Sunday, June 21, according to the Pakistan Meteorological Department. Annular solar eclipse? A solar eclipse is when the moon covers the sun. An annular eclipse occurs when the moon covers the center of the sun, leaving a “ring of fire” to be seen by spectators. It […]

June 10, 2020

Indian cyber company spied on email accounts across the world

Indian-based cyber company BellTroX InfoTech Services helped clients spy on over 10,000 email accounts, reported Reuters. What did the cyber company do? The firm offered its hacking services to clients to spy on email accounts throughout the world. Thousands of messages were sent to email accounts between 2013 and 2020, aiming to trick victims into […]

June 9, 2020

PIA CEO: Airline is losing 6 billion every month

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) CEO Air Marshal Arshad Malik revealed in a meeting with Imran Khan that his company has been making a loss of Rs. 6 billion every month since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Why is this loss happening?  The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a massive decrease in air-travel as countries […]

June 3, 2020

Facebook removes accounts and pages associated with alleged hate groups

On Tuesday, Facebook announced that they shut down pages and accounts associated with alleged hate groups including American Guard. The group allegedly discussed bringing weapons to protests occurring nationwide against police brutality and racism. The Anti-Defamation League accused the group of having connections to “anti-immigrant extremism, hatred and violence”. Facebook also removed accounts linked to the […]

May 27, 2020

Comments condemning Chinese Communist party get automatically deleted on YouTube

Video giant attributes automatic deletion of criticisms to an error in its systems. Upon receiving censorship complaints, YouTube is investigating the automatic deletion of comments criticising the Chinese Communist party. The company claimed that the filtering was “an error” resulting from a greater reliance on automated systems during COVID-19, considering its human checkers had been […]

May 27, 2020

11 news stations run scripted propaganda piece praising Amazon for ensuring employees safety

Almost 11 TV stations aired an identical propaganda piece written and produced by Amazon’s PR team. Local news stations across the U.S. aired the same segments that praise Amazon’s role in reaching necessary groceries and cleaning supplies amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and its agenda to do so while  “keeping its employees safe and healthy.” The […]

May 26, 2020

A planet is born: Scientists capture space giving birth

The recent image could be the only existential evidence of a planet’s birth in interstellar space, according to study published in Astronomy & Astrophysics. AB Aurigae – a star found some 520 light years from Earth- has gripped scientists because it is surrounded by a thick disk of dust and gas, creating the ideal conditions […]

May 26, 2020

Hackers release a jailbreak that works for all iPhones

Hackers release the first public jailbreak for Apple’s iOS operating system that they claim works on all iOS devices. A hacker who worked on the jailbreak mentions that it works by capitalizing on a vulnerability in iOS that Apple is not yet aware of. According to iOS security researcher Pwn20wnd, who uncovered Apple’s vulnerability, this […]

May 26, 2020

Research says climate change in deep oceans to be 7 times faster

Even if greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions were reduced, rates of climate change in the Earth’s sea could be seven times higher than current degrees by the second half of this century, says new research. Varied global heating at variable depths could significantly impact marine wildlife, creating discord as interdependent species are forced to move. Professor […]

May 26, 2020

Robot barista’s help serve customers in South Korea

A cafe in Daejeon, South Korea has hired a robot barista responsible for recording and serving orders to implement the South Korean government’s distancing protocols. As customers lean in to grab their drinks from the trays installed within its large computer, it says “Here is your Rooibos almonds tea latte, please enjoy. It’s even better […]

May 21, 2020

A mysterious galaxy formed 1.5 billion years after the Big Bang may change how we look at the universe’s timeline

A disk galaxy in the early universe, just 1.5 billion years after the Big Bang, somehow formed during a time of chaotic cosmic conditions. According to previous estimations, disk galaxies should take 6 billion years to form, reports VICE. The galaxy DLA0817g is informally known as the Wolfe Disk Disk galaxies, like our own Milky […]

May 16, 2020

Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter allows employees to work from home indefinitely

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told employees in an email that they would be allowed to work from home indefinitely, even after COVID-19 shutdowns end. Dorsey also said Twitter’s offices wouldn’t be reopened until September at the earliest, BuzzFeed News first reported. Twitter told employees to start working from home in March, but the offer doesn’t extend to […]

April 28, 2020

U.S. Pentagon officially releases three UFO videos taken by Navy pilots

The Pentagon on Monday released three declassified videos that show US Navy pilots encountering what appear to be unidentified flying objects. The grainy videos, which the Pentagon says depict “unexplained aerial phenomena”, were previously leaked, with some believing they show alien unidentified flying objects (UFOs). The Pentagon said it released the footage to “to clear up […]

April 27, 2020

Pirated movies and streaming spike during quarantine

The pandemic is driving users to pirated movie websites in greater numbers than ever before, according to piracy tracking firms. Data provided to Vice by London-based Muso TNT show that between February 20 and March 20, visits to pirated movie websites by users in both the U.S. and UK jumped 31 percent. The data shows similar growth […]

April 25, 2020

Facebook’s Messenger Rooms to allow 50 people to hold video chat

Facebook has added a wave of new video-calling features to WhatsApp, Messenger and its main app, following increased demand for social video calling. New Messenger Rooms will let people start group video chats that can be joined by up to 50 people. The company told the BBC it released the features earlier than planned due […]

April 25, 2020

Almost 50% of twitter accounts tweeting about coronavirus are bots: Report

Nearly half the “people” talking about the coronavirus pandemic on Twitter are not actually people, but bots, according to new research from Carnegie Mellon University. And many of those bots are rapidly feeding Twitter with harmful, false story lines about the pandemic, including some inspiring real-world activity, such as the theory that 5G towers cause COVID-19, […]

April 23, 2020

Traffic lights determine bathroom breaks for factory workers in Italy

In a world hit by Covid-19, bathroom breaks are to be determined by traffic lights in keeping with the requirements of social distancing and other protective measures. How it works A yellow and green traffic light system was installed to keep the bathrooms safe in the ISA factory in Italy. Employees are required to flip […]

April 23, 2020

Turns out the first optically imaged exoplanet was not a planet but a result of space rocks collision

More than a decade ago, the Hubble Space Telescope spotted a Jupiter-scale planet orbiting Fomalhaut, a star about 25 light years away from our solar system. The discovery marked the first time that an exoplanet, a world that orbits another star system, had ever been directly detected in visible light wavelengths. However, when András Gáspár, an assistant […]

April 22, 2020

Japan’s nuclear station faces threat of another tsunami

Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) is assessing a government report about the threat of another tsunami headed towards its wrecked Fukushima nuclear station. Tepco is in the process of cleaning up its Fukushima Daiichi plant since it was hit by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Now, there is a chance that the plant could […]

April 22, 2020

WhatsApp to add new feature allowing up to 8 members to hold group video chat

WhatsApp is planning to expands its group video chat function to allow up to 8 members. The app is currently in beta, but testers on iOS and Android can download it. Earlier this month, WhatsApp started offering video calls of up to 4 people and now it plans to extend the limit twofold. However, given […]

April 20, 2020

Love in the time of COVID-19: New York couples can now get married over Zoom

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed an order allowing online marriages, as many weddings are cancelled under lockdown restrictions. From now on, people in the US state will be able to apply for marriage licences remotely and clerks allowed to conduct ceremonies virtually. Mr Cuomo joked that the decision meant there was now “no […]

April 18, 2020

Paranormal enthusiasts on Reddit are using astral protections to escape quarantine

According to a group of paranormal enthusiasts on Reddit, astral projection could be the vehicle we need to go out in the lockdown. Reddit’s /R/AstralArmy is a focal point for the psychically curious to embark on out-of-body “missions” to off-limits locations, including military bases, Wuhan, the Pentagon, and supposed hives of paranormal activity like Skinwalker Ranch. The idea […]

April 17, 2020

Showing love during the time of social distancing: Facebook’s care emoji

The new Facebook update has added a new “care” reaction to the existing six reactions as a means to show appreciation for loved ones.   When can I “care” react? The new emoticon, to be added alongside the thumbs up, the heart, laughter, shock, sadness and anger, will make its debut on Facebook and Messenger […]

April 17, 2020

Smartphones become latest weapon in the fight against coronavirus

Many governments around the world have tapped into new data in smartphones that will allow them to track the spread of the virus. This tactic also allows governments to track whether social distancing measures are being followed and if people are at risk of exposure to Covid-19. How it works Facebook provided a map which […]

April 17, 2020

Tiny robots are delivering food in a town in Britain to minimize human contact

A robotic delivery service in Milton Keynes could prove to be the future of locked-down Britain, as miniature autonomous vehicles bring food deliveries to almost 200,000 residents of the town. Starship Technologies, an autonomous delivery startup created in 2014 by two Skype cofounders, has been testing its beer cooler-sized robots in public since 2015. The small, white, […]

April 17, 2020

You can now impersonate celebs in Zoom and Skype video calls with this deepfake program

With more people than ever using zoom to work from home, users are finding new ways to spice up endless remote meetings and group hangs by looping videos of themselves looking engaged, adding wacky backgrounds, and now, using deepfake filters for impersonating celebrities when you’re tired of your own face staring back at you in the front-facing […]

April 16, 2020

Apple is making a cheaper iPhone as pandemic curbs spending

Apple is releasing a new iPhone that will be vastly cheaper than the models it rolled out last fall when the economy was booming and the pandemic had yet to force people to rethink their spending. The second-generation iPhone SE introduced Wednesday will sell for as little as $399, a 40% markdown from the most […]

April 15, 2020

In pictures: Here’s how you can unlock your iPhone with Face ID while wearing a mask

While iPhone users can still unlock their phones by entering their six-digit passcode, that process is less convenient. Hence, people usually prefer using the Face ID. However, unlocking iPhone with Face ID during coronavirus times has become difficult. But there is a way around to it. Researchers at Tencent Xuanwu Lab have discovered how to […]

April 14, 2020

NSO Group, Israeli spyware company, might be using the the pandemic as an excuse to expand it’s spying capabilities

NSO Group was implicated in the hacking and spying of activists in Mexico. Although the company strongly denies it, it’s alleged to have helped the Saudi government in its brutal operation to kill and behead Washington Post journalist Jamal Khasshoggi. Now, the company says it’s adding its surveillance expertise to quell the current pandemic. NSO Group, the infamous […]

April 14, 2020

Scientists have found the most powerful supernova ever seen

Astronomers have discovered the brightest supernova ever observed, which blasted out at least twice as much light as the next biggest star explosion on record. First spotted on February 22, 2016 by the Pan-STARRS observatory in Hawaii, the gigantic detonation emitted the “largest radiated energy for any confirmed supernova,” according to a study published on Monday in Nature […]

April 14, 2020

After its worst months in China due to the virus slump, Apple shipped 2.5 million iPhones in March

Many smartphone makers are now hoping that sales in China can cushion declines in overseas markets in coming months. Sources report Apple Inc (AAPL.O) shipped roughly 2.5 million iPhones in China in March, a slight rebound after one of its worst months in the country ever, according to government data published on Friday. Chinese retailers […]

April 11, 2020

Apple and Google partner up to track coronavirus spread through smartphones

Apple and Google announced Fridayan unprecedented collaboration to leverage smartphone technology to help trace and contain the spread of coronavirus. The collaboration will open up their mobile operating systems to allow for the creation of advanced “contact-tracing” apps, which will run on iPhones and Android phones alike. The apps would work by using the Bluetooth technology in mobile phones […]

April 10, 2020

Coronavirus lingers in air longer than previously thought, scientists warn

Particles carrying the coronavirus can remain in the air longer than previously thought, according to researchers. Scientists in Finland have released a 3D model showing how coronavirus is transported through extremely small airborne aerosol particles when a person coughs, sneezes or talks. They said their findings “emphasise the importance of avoiding busy indoor spaces” during the COVID-19 pandemic. The […]

April 9, 2020

Aga Khan University launches CoronaCheck self-screening app

The Aga Khan University has launched a new mobile application, ‘CoronaCheck’, enabling people to safely evaluate coronavirus symptoms with an in-home screening tool of the application. The application also provides guidelines for people to look after themselves if they are having any sort of symptoms of the highly contagious disease. How does it work? According […]

April 8, 2020

Jazz pledges Rs1.2 billion towards coronavirus relief efforts

Digital service provider Jazz has pledged PKR 1.2 billion support towards coronavirus relief, a statement from the company said on Wednesday. The support will include short to mid-term initiatives aimed to limit the negative impact of the pandemic, primarily for the most vulnerable communities, the company said, adding it will provide support to leading welfare […]

April 7, 2020

Whatsapp to limit forwards & add feature to help fact-check messages in a bid to curb fake news

To curb the spread of fake news through its platform, WhatsApp has added a new feature that will allow users to share frequently forwarded messages to only one chat at a time. Frequently forwarded messages are indicated with a double tick on top on WhatsApp.  The Facebook-owned company is also working on a new feature which will let users verify forwarded […]

April 1, 2020

‘Zoombombing,’ coronavirus and security leaks-should you be worried?

The coronavirus pandemic has not only changed the way we socialise but also the way we work. At the forefront of the change is Silicon Valley based video conferencing app Zoom.  Zoom launched in 2013 and has steadily become the preferred video conferencing app for businesses, overtaking the likes of Skype and Google Hangouts. The […]

April 1, 2020

Zoom is leaking some user information including email addresses and photos

Popular video-conferencing Zoom is leaking personal information of at least thousands of users, including their email address and photo, and giving strangers the ability to attempt to start a video call with them through Zoom. The issue lies in Zoom’s “Company Directory” setting, which automatically adds other people to a user’s lists of contacts if […]

March 28, 2020

With everyone working from home, Zoom has become a necessity

Zoom, a video conferencing app has become an essential for all businesses worldwide during the hard times of the ongoing pandemic. Video conferencing is how everyone is holding meetings these days. Be it official business meeting or school lectures, zoom has become the must have app for everyone. All this though happened overnight. As the […]

March 28, 2020

Google cancels its infamous April Fools’ jokes this year due to pandemic

April Fools’ Day is one of the most annoying internet traditions, but this year Google — infamous for its numerous elaborate pranks that typically touch on nearly every major product the company makes — won’t be participating due to the serious threat of the coronavirus that continues to impact the entire world. According to an internal email obtained […]

March 28, 2020

US lab unveils portable 5-minute COVID-19 test for use almost anywhere

Abbott Laboratories is unveiling a coronavirus test that can tell if someone is infected in as little as 5 minutes, and is so small and portable it can be used in almost any health-care setting. The medical-device maker plans to supply 50,000 tests a day starting April 1, said John Frels, vice president of research […]

March 11, 2020

This app will let you know if your iPhone gets hacked

A security firm has released a new app iVerify that promises to detect when your iPhone gets targeted by hackers, but the devil is in the details.  Know more iVerify, now on the iPhone App Store— is one of the first ever apps that promises to catch iPhone hacks to be approved to be on […]

March 10, 2020

More than a billion Android smartphones are about to get hacked

A billion Android devices are at risk of being hacked because they are no longer protected by security updates. The vulnerability could leave users around the world exposed to the danger of data theft, ransom demands and other malware attacks. Anyone using an Android phone released in 2012 or earlier should be especially concerned, the […]

March 10, 2020

A black hole that can blast a hole through galaxies is pointed at the Earth

US Scientists have discovered the oldest and most distant “blazar,” Super massive black hole that spews out mind-boggling amounts of light, at the edge of space and time. It is said that the object is nearly 13 billion years old, but scientists were able to detect it because it is so “radio-loud,” meaning it is […]

March 6, 2020

Report: Pakistan has the highest male-female gap on cell-phone ownership registered

Pakistan has the highest male-female gap in terms of cell-phone set ownership among 15 countries, said a report issued on Thursday by the GSMA, an organisation representing the interests of mobile operators worldwide. According to the report, the gender gap over mobile internet usage in Pakistan is even higher. The report highlights that among all the 15 […]

March 4, 2020

Twitter encourages employees to work from home to prevent coronavirus spread

Twitter has announced that it will be “strongly encouraging” all of its employees around the world to work from home “if able,” as the company seeks to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus causing COVID-19. The company hasn’t said how long it will be encouraging employees to stay home. The request for employees to work at […]

March 2, 2020

NASA wants students’ help designing tech for the Moon and Mars missions

NASA has reached out to everyone — including school students — in a bid to make its Moon and Mars missions a success, tech website End Gadget reported. According to the publication, NASA commenced a new round of its Moon to Mars Exploration Systems and Habitation Academic Innovation Challenge (M2M X-Hab) that challenges university students to study […]

February 27, 2020

Apple prohibits fictional villains from having iPhones on camera – but real life baddies are okay

The secret is out of the bag and we have Director Rian Johnson to thank for it. During an interview with Vanity Fair discussing a scene from Knives Out, Johnson shared, “Bad guys cannot have iPhones on camera.” Apple is hyper sensitive about its brand image and the idea that a fictional character holding the […]

February 25, 2020

Sara Qureshi, a Pakistani scientist invents world’s first eco-friendly aircraft engine

Pakistan is set to unveil the world’s first-generation contrail-free aircraft engine between mid-to-late 2020, the technological marvel’s inventor Dr Sarah Qureshi revealed on Tuesday. Qureshi has been working on the project since 2018 to eliminate the negative impact of commercial air carriers on the stratosphere that contributes to global warming. The Pakistani scientist explained the […]

February 21, 2020

Violinist played her instrument as surgeons removed a brain tumor

Dagmar Turner wasn’t just showing off when she played the violin during her brain surgery at King’s College Hospital in London Surgeons asked the 53-year-old to play her instrument to ensure that the professional violinist’s musical abilities were not damaged during tumor removal. The tumor, in her right frontal lobe, was dangerously close to areas of her […]

February 21, 2020

Pakistani – American scientist invents world’s first portable MRI Scanner

MRI scanners are always confined to specially built rooms to accommodate the massive components of these scanners. However, this is about to change altogether as a New York-based company called ‘Hyperfine’ has acquired 501(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the world’s first-ever portable MRI scanner. Hyperfine is an initiative of a […]

February 20, 2020

Computer guy who invented ‘cut, copy and paste’ dies

Larry Tesler, the inventor of ‘cut, copy and paste’ and a pioneer of early computing has died at the age of 74.  Who was Tesler? Tesler, born in the Bronx (New York) in 1945, started working in Silicon valley in the 1960s. He studied at Stanford University in California and specialised in interface design. Starting […]

February 18, 2020

Sindh Governor launches app for women empowerment

Sindh Governor Imran Ismail on Monday launched ‘Baytee’ (daughter), a mobile phone application meant to empower the women by helping them become aware of their rights and providing them other facilities. The inauguration ceremony was held by the federal information technology and telecommunications ministry at a local hotel in which the governor told the audience […]

February 13, 2020

WhatsApp tops two billion users worldwide

Messaging app WhatsApp has hit 2 billion users, the company said in a blog post Wednesday.  “We know that the more we connect, the more we have to protect,” the post said. “As we conduct more of our lives online, protecting our conversations is more important than eve.” Facebook has been grappling with how to monetize the service […]

February 12, 2020

China launches coronavirus tracking app as death toll rises

China has launched an app that allows people to check whether they have been at risk of catching the coronavirus. The ‘close contact detector’ tells users if they have been near a person who has been confirmed or suspected of having the virus. People identified as being at risk are advised to stay at home […]

February 12, 2020

Senate on human rights rejects PEMRA’s move to regulate web TV content

Earlier this month, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) called for regulating web television and over-the-top (OTT) content services in the country. However, recent reports suggest that the Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights has rejected the proposed move. After the committee called PEMRA Chairman, Saleem Baig, for a briefing about the authority’s recent proposal, […]

February 10, 2020

Samsung revealed a new foldable smartphone during the Oscars

Samsung revealed a new foldable smartphone in an ad during the Oscars on Sunday night. The new foldable wasn’t given a name during the ad, but it is rumored to be called the “Galaxy Z Flip.” The company will announce more details during its Unpacked event on February 11, where the company is also expected to reveal its new premium […]

February 8, 2020

Apple fined for slowing down old iPhones

Apple has been fined 25 million euros (£21m, $27m) for deliberately slowing down older iPhone models without making it clear to consumers. The fine was imposed by France’s competition and fraud watchdog DGCCRF, which said consumers were not warned. In 2017, Apple confirmed that it did slow down some iPhones, but said it only did […]

February 7, 2020

NASA astronaut Christina Koch returns to Earth after record-setting stay in space

Astronaut  Christina Koch made the return trip from the International Space Station (ISS) early on Thursday, along with ESA  astronaut Luca Parmitano and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov. The three boarded a Soyuz capsule docked at the ISS at around 12:50 AM EST, and had a safe landing as planned at around 4:12 AM EST (3:12 PM local time) […]

February 5, 2020

Britain will ban petrol and diesel car sales by 2035

A ban on selling new petrol, diesel or hybrid cars in the UK will be brought forward from 2040 to 2035 at the latest, under government plans. The change comes after experts said 2040 would be too late if the UK wants to achieve its target of emitting virtually zero carbon by 2050. Boris Johnson […]

February 3, 2020

20-year-old Pakistani listed among richest pro gamers in the world

As reported by The Express Tribune, 20-year-old Sumail Hassan Syed has been listed as one of the top-earning players with around $3.6 million earnings to date. Hassan made history in 2015 when he helped his team, Evil Geniuses’, claim the Defense of the Ancient 2 (Dota 2) Asian championship in China. He is also the youngest gamer to surpass the $1 million […]

February 3, 2020

Pakistani teacher, student get married after ‘indecent’ TikTok video goes viral

A teacher and his student have contracted court marriage a week after they were both expelled from their college after an ‘improper’ video of them was posted to TikTok. According to The Express Tribune, Rafqat Hussain, 38, an English teacher at the Government Postgraduate College Haripur married his student Zainab Ali, 24 at a local […]

February 3, 2020

WhatsApp stopped working for millions of phones: Here’s what to do

Several Android and iPhone devices which only support outdated operating systems were no longer be able to run WhatsApp from February 1. If it is currently active on your iOS 8 device, you were only able to use it until February 1, 2020, according to an update from the instant messaging platform. iPhone users will […]

January 23, 2020

Apple expected to start production of new low-cost iPhone in February

Apple is set to roll out a new, lower-cost iPhone as the company looks to retain a competitive edge in the global smartphone marketplace, particularly against Android-enabled devices, with its suppliers already prepping to begin production. Citing people familiar with the company’s plans, Bloomberg reported that the Cupertino, Calif.-based company’s suppliers and manufacturers have received plans […]

January 23, 2020

U.N. Suggests Bezos’ phone was hacked using device sold by the NSO Group,Israeli spyware company

A UN report published Wednesday places a secretive, billion-dollar Israeli spyware company at the center of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s alleged hack of Jeff Bezos’ personal phone. The UN report found that Crown Prince Mohammed and Bezos exchanged messages on WhatsApp in spring 2018, before Crown Prince Mohammed sent Bezos a malicious video file, after […]

January 22, 2020

PM Imran invites tech companies to invest in Pakistani youth

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday met with several heads of digital and technology firms, including Christian Klein, the chief operating officer of SAP — a European software cooperation, Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube and Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens. In the meeting held on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Klein “expressed SAP’s commitment […]

January 22, 2020

India’s Telangana to test facial recognition in local elections

The southern Indian state of Telangana will use facial recognition software in local elections on Wednesday, authorities said, the first such use of the technology in the country despite growing concerns about privacy and surveillance. Facial recognition software will be used to verify voters in 10 polling stations in the Medchal-Malkajgiri district to “reduce impersonation cases”, the […]

January 21, 2020

Self-healing bacteria bricks could help build on the moon or Mars

Future buildings may be teeming with bacteria, with scientists developing a hybrid construction material, made of microbes, that may be capable of repairing itself or even pulling carbon dioxide out of the air. Wil Srubar, a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, headed up an interdisciplinary team that used bacteria to create a durable […]

January 21, 2020

Zomato Buys Uber’s Food Delivery Business Uber Eats In India For $350 Million

Zomato said Uber Eats in India will discontinue operations and direct restaurants, delivery partners and users to the Zomato platform from Tuesday Uber has sold its online food-ordering business in India to local rival Zomato in exchange for a 9.99% stake in the startup backed by China’s Ant Financial, limiting its exposure to a crowded market where it has struggled […]

January 20, 2020

Clearview app lets strangers find your name, info with snap of a photo

A startup called Clearview AI has made it possible for anyone to find out your name through only one snapshot. The app is currently being used by hundreds of law enforcement agencies in the US, including the FBI, says a report in The New York Times.  The app works by comparing a photo to a database of […]

January 13, 2020

Seven WhatsApp hacks you should know in 2020

WhatsApp has become the world’s most popular social media messaging app with over one billion users worldwide. Like most applications, WhatsApp goes through routine changes and updates to it’s features which can make it difficult to keep up with the important features. Here are some of the major WhatsApp hacks that every user should know. […]

January 11, 2020

Facebook will remove all pro-Soleimani content following US sanctions on Iran

Social media giant Facebook said on Friday that it would be removing content posted in support of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani from their platforms in order to comply with United States sanctions on the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), reported CNN.  As part of its compliance with US law, a Facebook spokesperson said the company removes accounts run […]

January 9, 2020

Twitter is testing out letting users block comment to limit trolling

Twitter is trying to crack down on its trolling problem. The social media firm announced it’s testing a way to let users block all replies to their tweets – one of four planned options aimed at letting the platform’s users personalize who can reply to their tweets. The other three options are: Anyone can reply; […]

January 8, 2020

Sony unveils an ‘electric’ concept car called Vision-S

The Japanese company, Sony, which is best known for its PlayStation games consoles and high-end televisions, revealed the Vision S concept saloon. The prototype boasts 33 sensors to monitor inside and outside of the car, as well as an ultra-wide monitor which will be used for entertainment and information purposes. Sony chief executive Kenichiro Yoshida […]

January 4, 2020

Uber completes its acquisition of Careem

It was confirmed on Friday that Uber has officially completed it’s acquisition of Careem. According to a press release from Uber, “Careem Networks FZ-LLC has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Uber, preserving its brand”. The statement said that Careem co-founder and CEO Mudassir Sheikha “will continue to lead the Careem business, which will report to […]

November 22, 2019

Elon Musk Unveils $39,900 Tesla Cybertruck

Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, unveiled an electric pickup truck and quad bike at an event in Los Angeles. “Trucks have been the same for like 100 years,” stated Musk. “We need something different and we need sustainable energy now. To solve sustainable energy we have to have a pickup truck.”  The Tesla Cybertruck and ATV […]

November 14, 2019

The Moto Razr Is Back After 15 Years

There is probably no other phone on the market that was as iconic as the Motorola Razr. It was the ultimate statement and the phone everyone wanted. Motorola Razr was to teens in the 2000s what Supreme is to millennials these days. Almost 15 years after the original, the Razr is back for the newer […]

October 25, 2019

Govt To Impose A Strict Web Monitoring System

The government will be using the services of an international company called ‘Sandvine’ to enforce a web monitoring system that will identify and block any content perceived as ‘unlawful’ According to Coda Story, the Canada based company will be providing equipment to monitor and analyse all incoming and outgoing traffic in Pakistan. Reports of a […]

October 23, 2019

Local Startups Boost Pakistan’s Ranking On Global Poll For Business Growth

Efforts by new businesses in Pakistan seeking solutions to social problems have made the country one of the best performers in a global poll on social entrepreneurs Pakistan becomes one of three countries whose overall ranking in the global poll has improved the most since 2016. The country has advanced 18 spots and is now […]

October 21, 2019

Plan9’s Zero Equity Tech Incubator Is Now Accepting Applications

Punjab Information Technology Board’s technology incubator Plan9 is accepting applications for Launchpad 14 The Launchpad is a legitimate platform for aspiring startups who have brilliant tech ideas to improve or introduce a service or a product for Pakistan. If you have an idea that is solving a problem leveraging technology and has the potential to […]

September 24, 2019

Careem Has Been Fined Rs. 50,000 Over Faulty Service

A total fine of Rs. 50,000 was enforced on Careem this Monday, on the basis of ‘faulty service’ provided and ‘mental agony’ caused to a customer. Advocate Mehmood Ahmed Khan had filed complained to the court about a ride that he booked with Careem from Gulistan-i-Jauhar to Saadi Garden on May 26. The complainant stated […]

September 18, 2019

Facebook Loses Chief Control Over Content Decisions

Facebook has finalized its charter for its Oversight Board, which is being set up to adjudicate appeals about whether to leave up or take down specific content independently of Zuckerberg or the rest of the Facebook administration. Zuckerberg has confirmed in a statement that the autonomous panel would have the final say on what belongs on […]

September 18, 2019

Karachi-Based Women Entrepreneurs To Represent Pakistan At Singapore Startup Weekend

The winning team will attend the Global Startup Weekend Women by Techstars in March 2020, where other winners from all across the world will also be representing their respective countries. The event in Karachi was organised by tech incubator The Nest I/O, where more than two hundred ambitious women from diverse backgrounds participated to develop […]

July 30, 2019

Everything That Has Happened In The Last 24 Hours

LOCAL 1 woman killed while 7 injured in latest ‘unprovoked’ ceasefire violation by Indian troops across the Line of Control  According to Muhammad Zaheer, a disaster management officer in Haveli, Indian forces began shelling and firing in the Nezapir sector at about 3:45pm and in Khurshidabad sector at around 6pm on Sunday “without any provocation”. […]

July 29, 2019

Australia plan to launch the world’s first office dedicated to scrutinising algorithms used by tech giants like Facebook

The idea is to reveal how these companies match adverts to users. A new, special branch of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is to carry out the work. The announcement came just days after US authorities announced separate plans to investigate the tech giants. “These companies are among the most powerful and valuable […]

July 29, 2019

WHO announced that Electronic cigarettes are “undoubtedly harmful” and should be regulated

The growing popularity of e-cigarettes, battery-powered devices that enable users to inhale addictive nicotine liquids, has raised fears among policymakers worldwide of a new gateway addiction for young people. While vaping exposes users to lower levels of toxins than smoking, the World Health Organisation said the devices still pose “health risks” to users. “Although the […]

July 29, 2019

European boys win $30 million at the Fortnite World Cup Duos tournament

The Duos half of the $30 million Fortnite World Cup has come to a close on July 27, with Cooler Esport’s Nyhrox and Aqua clinching first place and taking home a whopping $3 million. After five weeks of grueling qualifiers, the duos that managed to qualify for the World Cup Finals gathered at the iconic Arthur Ashe Stadium […]

July 26, 2019

Samsung all set to relaunch Galaxy Fold in September

The South Korean giant, Samsung has announced that it is expecting to launch the delayed Samsung Galaxy Fold in September. The foldable phone which was supposed to be released on April 26th faced a massive delay due to several issues that appeared in the display. Samsung in an attempt to become the first smartphone company to launch […]

July 26, 2019

A study have found that even if your data is anonymized, there is still a huge risk that anyone can re-identify it

Your personal data including your browser history, online transactions, health care information, and credit scores is that kind of information that needs to stay anonymous. But according to this new research, re-identifying or unmasking these personal data packets is much easier than you think. The researchers from Imperial College have also published a tool that […]

July 26, 2019

A French inventor has failed in his attempt to cross the English Channel on a jet-powered flyboard

Franky Zapata, a former jet-ski champion, had been hoping to cross from northern France to southern England in just 20 minutes. But the 40-year-old fell into the water halfway across as he tried to land on a boat to refuel. He took off from near Calais on Thursday morning and was heading for St Margaret’s […]

July 25, 2019

Mobile phones imports in Pakistan witnessed a decline of over 10% in last fiscal year

Mobile phones imports saw a decline of 10.87% in the last fiscal year (July-June) 2018-2019 and stayed at $755.545 million compared to $847.654 million during the same time period of 2017-2018. The cell phone imports in June 2019 were $57.733 million, which is a 34.18% negative growth as compared to $87.717 million imports previously in […]

July 25, 2019

Virgin’s Hyperloop One company has signed a deal with the government of Saudi Arabia to build a test track

The hyperloop concept involves a pressurised pod with a vehicle carrying passengers or cargo up to 10 times faster than current rail. A 35km track will be built, alongside a research and development facility and manufacturing plant, north of Jeddah. Some remain sceptical that hyperloop travel can become a reality. Virgin Hyperloop One said the […]

July 25, 2019

United States regulators slapped a record $5 billion fine on Facebook for privacy violations

The Federal Trade Commission said the penalty was the largest ever imposed on any company for violating consumers’ privacy and one of the largest penalties ever assessed by the US government for any violation. “Despite repeated promises to its billions of users worldwide that they could control how their personal information is shared, Facebook undermined […]

July 24, 2019

Google Assistant tests a feature that allows users to send texts without unlocking their phone

We know that Google has been storing our voice data via its Google Assistant. But it didn’t allow users to interact with their Android device when the screen is locked. Well, it may sound like a potential threat to users’ privacy, some people think that this feature would be really cool. Anyhow, Google is currently […]

July 24, 2019

Apple to buy Intel’s 5G modem business for $1 billion

You thought that two leading tech giants, Apple and Intel would just part ways for 5G business and things will cool down eventually. Well, this is not the case, at least according to a new report by The Wall Street Journal that claims Apple may be closing in on a deal to buy up Intel’s now abandoned 5G […]

July 24, 2019

Grand Theft Auto V has opened an in-game casino where real money can be spent on gambling chips – but they cannot be converted back into cash

The new feature was launched as regulators grapple with whether in-game wagers should be treated as gambling. In GTA Online, players can buy in-game “dollars” with real currency, and then convert their virtual dollars to gambling chips. The game is rated for ages 18 and over, but remains popular among young teens. The in-game currency […]

July 23, 2019

Careem launches “Live Chat” feature in its app

If you live in Pakistan, it’s very likely that you have booked a Careem for daily commutes or going out with friends. When you don’t feel like spending 15 minutes looking for parking, Careem is often the hassle-free way to get where you’re going. To make this experience even smoother, Careem has just announced in […]

July 23, 2019

The French army has created a team of sci-fi writers to predict future threats

The French army is to create a “red team” of sci-fi writers to imagine possible future threats. A new report by the Defence Innovation Agency (DIA) said the visionaries will “propose scenarios of disruption” that military strategists may not think of. The team’s highly confidential work will be important in the fight against “malicious elements”, […]

July 23, 2019

Instagram will now warn users in danger of being banned

Instagram introduced this change in a blog post, which is a notification process that will inform people if their account is at risk of being blocked. This notification will contain all those posts, comments, and stories that were deleted from the user’s account and also the reason for their removal. The blog post said, “If you […]

July 22, 2019

Saudi govt announces free SIM and internet facilities for Hajj Pilgrims

In order to better facilitate the pilgrims coming from far away places, the Saudi government has announced one million SIM cards and free internet facility as a gift for the Hajj pilgrims arriving at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, as reported by Arab News. The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah earlier this week said in a […]

July 22, 2019

India’s space agency said it will launch a spacecraft to the south pole of the moon today

The Indian Space Research Organisation said that the Chandrayaan-2 launch is now rescheduled at 2:43pm on Monday. It said on Thursday that an expert committee identified the root cause of the previous technical snag and all corrective actions were now implemented. The mission was called off less than an hour before liftoff of the 640-ton, […]

July 19, 2019

British Government says Security Agencies Should Suspend Use of Automatic Facial Recognition Technologies

The House of Commons Science and Technology committee added there should be no further trials of the tech until relevant regulations were in place. It raised accuracy and bias concerns And it warned that police forces were failing to edit a database of custody images to remove pictures of unconvicted individuals. “It is unclear whether […]

July 19, 2019

Instagram is Hiding the Number of Likes on Posts in Order to “Remove Pressure” on Users

At the moment, Instagram users see a running total of people who have liked a post. In the trial, users will see a user name “and others” below posts. Instagrammers can still view the number of likes their own posts receive. There is concern social media platforms can contribute to low self-esteem and feelings of […]

July 18, 2019

Google’s Controversial Plan to Launch a Censored Search Engine in China has been “Terminated”

The project was reported to have ceased late last year but rumours that it remained active persisted. “We have terminated Project Dragonfly,” Google executive Karan Bhatia told the US Senate Judiciary Committee. Buzzfeed, which reported the new comments, said it was the first public confirmation that Dragonfly had ended. A spokesman for Google later confirmed […]

July 18, 2019

Personal Data Belonging to Millions of Bulgarians Has Been Stolen in a Cyber-Attack on the Country’s Tax Agency

According to a local cyber-security researcher, most adults in the country of seven million people are likely to have had some data compromised. Bulgarian authorities have arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of involvement in the attack. Among the stolen data were names, addresses and even some details of personal income, local media reported. The […]

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