Critics cry foul over govt’s sweeping rules to control social media

Critics cry foul over govt's sweeping rules to control social media

The federal government’s new “Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight, and Safeguards) Rules, 2020” under the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016 (PECA) have invited strong criticism from internet service providers, digital rights activities, and tech giants alike. Originally named the “Citizens’ Protection (Against Online Harm) Rules, 2020”, the rules were devised … Read more

Want to change your Zoom background? Here’s how to do it

Want to change your Zoom background? Here's how to do it

Zoom app’s logo. — AFP/Files The coronavirus pandemic forced people to work and learn from home, causing a surge to connect via the internet — here’s when Zoom came into play and helped people remain connected. The app has an exciting feature of changing a user’s background, from outer space to the San Francisco Golden … Read more

Stakeholders up in arms as social media rules notified

Stakeholders up in arms as social media rules notified

The Ministry of Information Technology on Wednesday notified social media rules that all other stakeholders, including internet service providers as well as digital rights activists, have rejected, terming them draconian and violation of cyber laws of the country. The rules titled, “Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight and Safeguards) Rules 2020,” have … Read more

Apple may launch iPhone 12 with 5.4 inch display

Apple may launch iPhone 12 with 5.4 inch display

The upcoming iPhone 12 could cost somewhere between $699 to $749 while the iPhone 12 Max could be priced around $799-849, however, all four iPhone models are expected to feature OLED displays and 5G support. Photo Courtesy: Bloomberg (Representational Image) Apple is preparing to launch a small-screen iPhone 12 with a 5.4-inch display along with … Read more

Halloween: PUBG announces spooky surprises for players via new gameplay

Halloween: PUBG announces spooky surprises for players via new gameplay

Popular multiplayer game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, has announced multiple “spooky” surprises for its loyal players via a new themed gameplay on the mobile version as the Halloween season starts with a shriek! Introducing a new “Halloweeks Mode,” a new themed gameplay mode on the classic Erangel map, the company also launched themed outfits to amp up … Read more

Nintendo’s Switch console faces French claim of ‘planned obsolescence’

Nintendo's Switch console faces French claim of 'planned obsolescence'

Nintendo’s wildly popular Switch console has had issues with “Joy-Con drift”. — AFP/Files PARIS: A French consumer advocacy group said Tuesday that it had filed a “planned obsolescence” claim against Nintendo’s Switch console, claiming the Japanese giant knew some controllers were failing too quickly. The group based its complaint on a 2015 law that established … Read more

Govt plans to launch electric train from Islamabad airport to Murree

Govt plans to launch electric train from Islamabad airport to Murree

Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry, announced on Monday that the government is studying a proposal to run an “electric automatic train from Islamabad airport to Murree”. Taking to Twitter, the federal minister said that with the electric buses project for Islamabad reaching EOI level, a plan to launch an electric train from … Read more

Apple announces to open first online store in India next week

Apple announces to open first online store in India next week

Its renewed push into India comes as Asia’s third-largest economy has hit a record slump due to a months-long coronavirus lockdown. — AFP/Files MUMBAI: Apple said Friday it will launch its first online store in India next week, in a bid to cash in on New Delhi’s festive season and grow its tiny share of … Read more

Car transforms into flying vehicle ‘in less than three minutes’

Car transforms into flying vehicle ‘in less than three minutes’

A company, Klein Vision, has managed to transform a car into an aeroplane in Slovakia after 30 years of research and development on a prototype, called ‘AirCar’. The company run by Professor Stefan Klein made the announcement for the completion of successful test flights of the two-seat AirCar that weighs 1,100 kg and can carry … Read more

Facebook curbs content on private groups spreading misinformation

Facebook curbs content on private groups spreading misinformation

Facebook says community standards “apply to public and private groups, and our proactive detection tools work across both”. — AFP/Files Facebook on Thursday said it had started to clamp down on private groups where hate or misinformation is shared among members. The move comes amid a wider crack down on malicious and false content at … Read more