Category: Tech

IHC calls PTA’s ban on PUBG void, directs immediate restoration of online game

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has declared the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA’s) move to suspend Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) void and directed the authority to “immediately” restore the online game. The move comes in direct contrast to a Tweet posted by PTA last night, announcing that the game would remain blocked in the country.

Last YouTube ban caused Pakistanis an estimated loss of Rs. 9 bn; a new ban could be even worse

The Supreme Court hinted at another YouTube ban a day ago, completely dismissing the fact that the last three year ban caused an approximate loss of Rs. 1.4 billion in revenues. The people of Pakistan are not happy with the news, as YouTube is not only a source of entertainment for people, but also creates employment opportunities for thousands.

PTA bans live streaming app Bigo, issues final warning to TikTok over obscene content

 Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has decided to ban live streaming application Bigo,citing complaints from people regarding the “immoral, obscene and vulgar” content. Morever, the authority also issued a “final warning” to video-sharing service TikTok over problematic content on the platforms. The PTA said the video sharing apps were having negative effects on the society in general and the youth in particular.

Waqar Zaka to challenge PUBG ban in Sindh High Court

Host Waqar Zaka has said that he will be filing a petition in the Sindh High Court to lift the ban on PUBG. In the latest video on his YouTube channel, Zaka said the move has been made by those who want to “prevent the youth of Pakistan from excelling in e-sports” and also do not want Pakistan to excel in e-commerce. 

Freelancers lose access to millions of dollars after Payoneer freezes cards

Freelancers in Pakistan and around the world are unable to access their money from their prepaid Payoneer card, after a recent 1.9 billion euros  Wirecard scandal in the UK. Wirecard is a subsidiary of the German company Wirecard AG that filed for insolvency on Thursday. All Payoneer Prepaid Mastercard cards are affected considering they are issued by Wirecard UK.

Latest iPhone might be replacing your car keys

Apple, which was once a pioneer of innovations in smartphones, now wants the iPhone to replace your car keys. The tech company announced at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, a new feature that uses the smartphone to unlock and start a car. Apple will first roll out the feature on the 2021 BMW 5 Series, and will eventually expand to other cars.

Pakistan-made ventilators awaiting DRAP approval for clinical trials

Around 48 Pakistan-made ventilators of different designs have been waiting for approval from the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP).  DRAP had previously suggested a few changes, including the addition of artificial lungs. Federal Science Minister Fawad Chaudhry has confirmed that the country will begin manufacturing ventilators for commercial purposes from next week. 

NASA astronauts head for ISS on historic SpaceX flight

Two veteran NASA astronauts were headed for the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday in Elon Musk’s SpaceX flight.. Elon Musk’s SpaceX became the first commercial company to launch a rocket carrying humans into orbit, ushering in a new era in space travel. SpaceX’s two-stage Falcon 9 rocket with astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley aboard blasted off flawlessly in a cloud of bright orange flames and smoke from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center for a 19-hour voyage to the space station.

Arizona takes Google to court for tracking location

The US state of Arizona filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing Google of committing fraud by being deceptive about gathering location data. Arizona attorney general Mark Brnovich said the suit resulted from an investigation launched two years ago. As a media report said that Google had ways of knowing where users were even if they opted not to share location information with the internet firm.

Apple, Google launch digital contact tracing system

Tech giants Apple and Google released an initial version of their software tool that will make it possible for 23 nations to release coronavirus contact-tracing apps. It will alert users when they came into contact with people who were COVID-19 positive. But authorities would have to stop requiring phone numbers from users under the companies’ rules.