Category: Tech

Bazaar, Pakistan’s online marketplace raises $6.5 mln seed round, second largest in MENA

Bazaar, a Pakistani online marketplace that connects retailers directly to wholesalers and manufacturers, has raised a $6.5 million seed round, the second largest ever in the Middle East and North Africa region and the largest in Pakistan, one of the venture capital firms that invested in the project said. Last year, Bazaar raised $1.3 million in Pakistan’s largest ever pre-seed round.

WhatsApp update forces users to share data with Facebook for continued usage of app

WhatsApp users are receiving an in-app notice regarding the service’s new terms and privacy policy. Among the updates, the messaging service has updated its terms regarding the data of users. These changes will go into effect on February 8th, and users will have no choice but to accept these changes if they wish to continue using WhatsApp.

60-foot Gundam Robot in Japan has now entered testing mode

An upcoming amusement park Gundam Factory Yokohama in Japan has created an 18-meter (60-foot) life-sized replica of the RX-78 mecha (crewed) Gundam robot from various anime TV series and manga. Back in July, the robot took its first tentative steps along the road to being fully functional. During that test it appears no weight was put on the legs of the robot, which has now been rectified in a new test.

A remote-controlled car race on the lunar surface is due to take place in 2021

A remotely-controlled car race will now be held on the Moon in 2021, reports New Atlas. Moon Mark, a multimedia and education content company in collaboration with Intuitive Machines, the global leader in commercial space and airborne systems are pulling in some extraordinary resources to plan the race. The two racecars will be partially designed by high school kids, and McLaren P1 designer Frank Stephenson.

Internet giants threaten to leave Pakistan under the new social media rules

Leading tech companies may be unable to operate in Pakistan under the country’s new social media rules, Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) said in a statement. The rules notified by the government, require social media companies to block access to unlawful online content within 24 hours — or in emergency cases, within six hours — after being reported by a government authority.

PUBG Mobile Pakistan announces challenge with a Rs. 10 Million prize pool

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) has announced a PUBG Mobile Pakistan Challenge 2020, with a prize pool of Rs. 10 million. The registration process for PUBG Pakistan Challenge 2020 will start on 9 November and will close on 15 November. PUBG Mobile is increasingly recognizing the love and support the Pakistani gaming community has shown to the game and announced to introduce dedicated Urdu voice packs in the game.

Do most of your friends suddenly own a PS5? Here’s how its happening

The highly sought after PlayStation 5, is suddenly owned by quite a few of your friends and pictures have started popping up on Instagram. However, the real reason is that people are using a filter to trick their friends into believing that they’ve got their hands on the console early. An Instagram filter called PS5 BOX allows users to turn boxes into PlayStation 5.

Zong carries out first-ever 5G video call experiment in Pakistan

Zong has successfully carried out the first-ever 5G video call experiment in Pakistan.  Federal Minister for IT and Telecommunication Syed Amin-ul-Haque, using Zong 4G network, made a 5G video call to Beijing and enjoyed the excellent voice and video quality,  a unique feature of 5G. The inauguration ceremony of the experimental 5G video call was held at Zong Headquarter Islamabad. 

TikTok to invest half-million dollars for training of content producers in Pakistan

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Monday revealed that Tik Tok will invest half-million dollars for the training of content producers, after the app was blocked for immoral content. PTA also revealed that Tik Tok has blocked 4 million videos during the last three months and suspended 25000 accounts. This was revealed before the Senate standing committee on Information and Technology.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority asks YouTube to block objectionable content

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has asked YouTube to “immediately block vulgar, indecent, immoral, nude and hate speech content for viewing in Pakistan”. The PTA said viewing such content has “extremely negative effects” and can foster “repugnant discord”. YouTube did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and PTA declined to speak about the authority´s next step if YouTube does not comply.