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WhatsApp to introduce new option while sharing videos, images

#23NewsBulletin – WhatsApp, the meta-owned app, is rolling out a new update through the Google Play Beta Program — bringing the version up to 2.22.3.5 — with some updates for Android, reported by WABetaInfo. The messaging platform, which has more than two billion users throughout the world, is planning to introduce new features for the drawing editor, which have already been provided in the Android 2.22.3.5 update. “The changes are under development, but we can give you a good preview...

Published Date: Jan 15, 2022
Microsoft discontinues making Xbox One consoles

#23NewsBulletin – According to Verge, citing a senior executive in the gaming division, Microsoft has stopped all of its Xbox One consoles manufacturing to focus on producing its next-generation consoles. Microsoft originally discontinued its Xbox One X and digital Xbox One S ahead of the Xbox Series X launch in 2020, according to Verge. In order to capture a pandemic-driven boom in consumer spending on games, the software giant launched two models of its Xbox in November 2020, Series X,...

Published Date: Jan 14, 2022
Consumers might face slow internet during peak hours  – PTCL

#23NewsBulletin – Pakistan Telecommunication Limited (PTCL) announced on Thursday that the consumers may experience slow internet during peak hours due to a fault reported in the international submarine cable. PTCL stated on its official Twitter account that a submarine cable — SEA-ME-WE 4 — in the Indian Ocean has been affected which might downgrade internet access in Pakistan. On the other hand, the internet service provider gave assurance that measures are being taken to provide “uninterrupted internet” and to meet...

Published Date: Jan 14, 2022
More than 2.4B Gaming-Related Tweets were shared in 2021 – Twitter

#23NewsBulletin – Twitter revealed details of how gaming effected tweet traffic in 2021. It was one of the biggest years for gaming ever, with over 2 billion tweets, according to the data.  Genshin Impact tops Twitter’s most talked-about title. Twitter’s gaming coverage increased by 14% over the last year, according to the company’s report. The number was also ten times the amount of gaming tweets that were done in 2017. Rishi Chadha, Twitter’s head of gaming content, said in a...

Published Date: Jan 13, 2022
Sony is making more PS4s to overcome Playstation 5 shortage

#23NewsBulletin – As PlayStation 5 remains in scarce supply due to component constraints, Sony has reportedly extended production of its last-gen PlayStation 4 console. According to a new Bloomberg report, the corporation had planned to stop making PS4 consoles last year but has now told assembly partners that it will continue making the console until 2022. According to reports, the decision will result in the production of approximately one million PS4 units this year, alleviating some of the pressure on...

Published Date: Jan 12, 2022
TikTok ranked third most downloaded app in Pakistan despite months-long ban

#23NewsBulletin –  TikTok, a short-video sharing app, was the third most downloaded app in Pakistan in 2021, despite being blocked for nearly five months due to “immoral and indecent” content. According to data compiled by Mobile Insights Strategist Craig Chapple of SensorTower, the Chinese-owned app was downloaded 26.5 million times in the country during last year. These estimates only include data of App Store and Google Play and do not include data from other third-party Android stores. Meta-owned Facebook topped...

Published Date: Jan 12, 2022
Trump’s non-woke social media app Truth Social to launch on February 21

#23NewsBulletin –  Former President Donald Trump’s new company Trump Media and Technology Group, announced on Thursday that it intends to launch a social media platform on February 21, more than a year after Trump was banned from Facebook and Twitter. An Apple App Store listing for the platform, known as Truth Social, displays February 21 release date (Reuters was the first to report the release date). Developers described a set of features similar to those provided by Twitter: The ability...

Published Date: Jan 11, 2022
Ferrari hires new team to advance electrification

#23NewsBulletin – Ferrari’s new chief executive Benedetto Vigna, on Monday, announced a new organization to sharpen the company’s technology focus and product exclusivity as it pushes toward electrification amid an increase in demand. It was announced in a statement that functions including “Product Development and Research and Development”, “Digital and Data” and “Technologies and Infrastructures” will now directly report to Vigna, who became the CEO of Ferrari in September 2021. Gianmaria Fulgenzi has been appointed chief product development officer as...

Published Date: Jan 11, 2022
Norwegian designer unveils a Viking inspired superyacht

#23NewsBulletin – A Norwegian designer has unveiled ambitious concept plans for a stunning superyacht inspired by Viking longships and powered by 64,500-square-foot sails. Kurt Stand, a Norwegian currently based in Florida, invented the one-of-a-kind, 528-foot-long design after being ‘always’ impressed by the beauty of Viking ships. ‘The superyacht “Norway” is how I imagine a modern Viking ship would look like today with its space-age technology and patented Falcon rig masts made from carbon fiber,’ Strand said. The massive, 64,500-square-foot sails...

Published Date: Jan 9, 2022
Some Google employees reportedly receive $0 as first paycheck of 2022 due to glitch

#23NewsBulletin – According to Bloomberg, some Google employees found that their entire first paycheck of the year had been sent to their retirement accounts due to a technical error – what one employee dubbed “paypocalypse 2022″ – in the latest high-profile payroll mistake. Google in a notice on its internal HR site, apologized to employees and assured them that the error would be resolved by  Monday, according to Bloomberg; the company did not respond to a request from Forbes to...

Published Date: Jan 9, 2022
German carmaker BMW unveils the world’s first “colour-changing” car at CES

#23NewsBulletin – At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the German carmaker BMW has unveiled the world’s first “colour-changing” car. The BMW iX Flow concept car employs electronic ink technology, similar to that found in e-readers, to transform the car’s exterior into a variety of gray and white patterns. “This is really energy-efficient colour change using the technology E Ink,” said BMW research engineer Stella Clarke. “So we took this material – it’s kind of a thick paper...

Published Date: Jan 7, 2022
Apple becomes first US firm to reach $3 tr valuation

#23NewsBulletin – Apple became the first US company to reach a market value of $3 trillion, briefly reaching the milestone on Monday in the latest demonstration of the tech industry’s pandemic surge. The iPhone maker set a new high near 1845 GMT, reaching $182.88 per share before falling slightly. The tech giant also was the first US company to reach $2 trillion in August 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic, which fueled demand for personal electronics and digital services, such as...

Published Date: Jan 4, 2022
Apple places India iPhone plant ‘on probation’ after mass food poisoning

#23NewsBulletin – Apple said on Wednesday that it has placed its main supplier’s Indian plant “on probation” following mass food poisoning and protests over workers’ living conditions. This month, 250 women at Foxconn’s iPhone factory in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu were treated for food poisoning, with 159 of them hospitalized. This sparked protests against the living conditions at the company’s hostels, which have kept the factory in Sriperumbudur, near Chennai, closed since December 18. Apple said it...

Published Date: Dec 30, 2021
World’s first ‘dual-mode vehicle’ to begin operating in Japan

#23NewsBulletin – The world’s first dual-mode vehicle (DMV), equally at home on road and rail, will make its public debut on Saturday in the town of Kaiyo in Japan’s Tokushima prefecture. The DMV resembles a minibus and runs on normal rubber tyres on the road. When it reaches an interchange, however, steel wheels descend from the vehicle’s underbelly onto the rail track, transforming it into a train carriage. The train wheels lift the front tyres off the track while the...

Published Date: Dec 25, 2021
Pakistan successfully tests enhanced version of home-grown cruise missile – ISPR

#23NewsBulletin – According to the military’s media affairs wing, on Tuesday, Pakistan conducted a successful test of an enhanced range version of the indigenously developed Babur cruise missile 1B. The cruise missile has a range of more than 900 kilometers, which is twice the distance of an earlier missile of the same model, according to the Associated Press. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement stated that today’s launch was witnessed by Strategic Plans Division Director General Lieutenant General...

Published Date: Dec 22, 2021
‘Alternative bandwidth channels arranged’ after fault in submarine cable – PTCL

#23NewsBulletin – Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) on Tuesday announced that it has arranged alternative channels for bandwidth following a fault in the international submarine cable which caused connectivity issues in several areas of the country. “With reference to AAE-1 (Asia-Africa-Europe-1) international submarine cable cut, we have arranged alternate channels for bandwidth to meet the requirement of internet usage in Pakistan,” the PTCL said in a statement. The measure had improved customer experience “without any major impact on services,” the...

Published Date: Dec 22, 2021
WhatsApp to introduce end-to-end encryption indicators

#23NewsBulletin – WhatsApp, the world’s most popular messaging app, according to a WABetainfo report plans to introduce metrics for end-to-end encryption. WhatsApp Watcher stated to incorporate end-to-end encryption indicators into future Android and iOS updates. “Your chats and calls are end-to-end encrypted, so they’re always between you and the people and groups you choose: even WhatsApp and their parent company, Meta, can’t read or listen to them. The report added. The company plans to introduce two indicators in future updates, in...

Published Date: Dec 21, 2021
WhatsApp introduces new voice message preview feature

#23NewsBulletin – Meta-owned instant messaging platform WhatsApp on Tuesday announced a new feature for voice messages enabling users to hear their voice messages before sending it. The meta-owned company said, “now you can preview your voice message on WhatsApp before you send it, perfect for those moments when you want to get your message just right.” Voice Messages are one of the most popular features for WhatsApp users globally. “They bring you closer to friends and family than a text...

Published Date: Dec 15, 2021
Elon Musk named Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ for 2021

#23NewsBulletin – Elon Musk, Tesla founder and space entrepreneur, was named Time magazine’s person of the year on Monday, capping off a roller-coaster year for the technology magnate. This year, the South African-born 50-year-old with grand ambition surpassed space race rival and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to become the world’s richest person. “Musk’s rise coincides with broader trends of which he and his fellow technology magnates are part cause and part effect,” Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal wrote. “The continuing decline...

Published Date: Dec 14, 2021
WhatsApp’s latest feature will make its user chats more private

#23NewsBulletin –  WhatsApp users can make all their new send or receive messages disappear as the world’s largest instant messaging service expands its offerings for what an executive described as the next privacy standard. The Facebook-owned service which has over 2 billion users worldwide, added the option on Monday, which allows users to enable the ephemeral features by default for all new chats. Prior to Monday’s update, users had to enable the ephemerality feature manually for each new chat with...

Published Date: Dec 7, 2021
Uber in talks with Middle East unit Careem over outside investment – Sources

#23NewsBulletin – According to four sources familiar with the matter, Uber Technologies is in talks with the management of its Middle East unit Careem to bring in outside investors. The ownership structure of Careem’s following the planned investment was not immediately clear, though according to sources Uber will remain a shareholder while giving Careem’s management greater decision-making power over its strategy. Two of the sources revealed that the investment would help fund the further roll-out of Careem’s so-called Super App,...

Published Date: Dec 7, 2021
Zoom introduces new feature called “Attendance Status”

#23NewsBulletin – Zoom meetings will now include a feature called “Attendance Status,” which allows hosts to easily track who joined the meeting and who arrived late. Participants who have been invited to a meeting but have not yet joined will be highlighted in the Participants panel under a new “Not Joined” section, along with their calendar response (Accepted, Declined, Maybe, No response). The host can click on “Ask to Join” which will invite the missing person into the current meeting,...

Published Date: Dec 5, 2021
Spotify reveals names of popular local and international singers loved in Pakistan

#23NewsBulletin – Spotify, a Swedish audio streaming and media service that has grown in popularity in Pakistan in 2021, has released a year-end round-up of some of the country’s most-streamed artists and songs. The audio streaming giant revealed some of the popular local and international singers who have been loved and adored in Pakistan in a press release issued on Friday, December 3. Arijit Singh topped the list of Pakistan’s most-streamed artists. Pakistanis have a long history with their neighbouring...

Published Date: Dec 3, 2021
Facebook, Instagram removes Chinese networks due to false COVID claims

#23NewsBulletin – On Wednesday, Facebook and Instagram’s parent company, Meta said it had removed over 600 accounts, pages, and groups linked to a Chinese influence operation spreading COVID-19 misinformation, including one purporting to be a fictitious Swiss biologist. The social media campaign according to Meta, which targeted English-speaking audiences in the United States and Britain and Chinese-speaking audiences in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Tibet was “largely unsuccessful”. In July, Chinese state media widely quoted “Swiss biologist” Wilson Edwards’ claims. After...

Published Date: Dec 2, 2021
Samsung begins manufacturing mobile phones in Pakistan

#23NewsBulletin – Samsung, one of the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturers, has finally begun production in Pakistan, raising hopes among officials and industry that this will reduce the country’s import bill in the coming months. “We were informed that Samsung has formally started its production,” Chairman of the Senate’s Standing Committee on Industries and Production Faisal Subzwari told a local newspaper. Subzwari led a delegation of Senate panel members to Samsung’s production facility on Tuesday, where top executives briefed them...

Published Date: Dec 1, 2021
Reddit plans to discontinue its TikTok-like platform, Dubsmash

#23NewsBulletin – Reddit is discontinuing its TikTok-like platform, Dubsmash, the social network announced on Tuesday, just a year after purchasing it for an undisclosed sum to bolster its video creation tools. The standalone Dubsmash app will no longer be available for download after February 22, according to Reddit, as it adds a new camera and editing features to its video tools. Tiktoks’ huge success with short-form videos has prompted other social media networks to adopt the format, with Snap introducing...

Published Date: Nov 24, 2021
Pakistan’s IT exports increased by 39% to $830 million in July-October

#23NewsBulletin – Syed Aminul Haque, Minister of Information Technology and Telecommunications revealed that Pakistan’s IT exports increased by 39% to $830 million during the first four months (July-October) of the current fiscal year 2021-22. IT-related exports totaled $596 million from July to October of the previous fiscal year. “The net exports for the period — July-October — were $630 million which was 75.9 percent of $830 million in exports,” Haque said in a statement. Net exports were $423 million, or...

Published Date: Nov 21, 2021
Apple to launch Self Service Repair program

#23NewsBulletin – Apple announced Self Service Repair, which will provide customers who are comfortable completing their own repairs with access to Apple genuine parts and tools. Self Service Repair will be available first for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 lineups, and will soon be followed by Mac computers equipped with M1 chips. It will be available in the United States early next year and will expand to additional countries throughout 2022. Customers will be joining over 5,000 Apple Authorized...

Published Date: Nov 18, 2021
Foodpanda conducts a test flight for drone-based food delivery

#23NewsBulletin – Foodpanda, Pakistan’s most well-known food delivery company, launched a pilot project in Islamabad on Friday to deliver food via customized ‘Pandafly’ drones. In collaboration with the office of Deputy Commissioner Islamabad, the Pandafly drone was tested in Islamabad’s F-9 Park. According to Nauman Sikandar Mirza, CEO of foodpanda, his company’s basic idea is to constantly innovate, exceed limitations, and harness technology in order to meet people’s changing needs. There are still a number of technological, operational, and legal...

Published Date: Nov 13, 2021
Facebook intends to remove sensitive ad targeting options from Jan 2022

#23NewsBulletin – #Meta, the parent company of #Facebook, announced on Tuesday that it will no longer allow ads to be targeted at users based on “sensitive” topics such as race, religion, sexuality, or political party, citing abuse concerns. The company’s deep understanding of its users’ interests is valued by advertisers looking to reach a specific audience – and is a driving force behind its multibillion-dollar ad business – but it could be used to influence or exclude groups. The company,...

Published Date: Nov 10, 2021
WhatsApp web introduces new features

#23NewsBulletin – #WhatsAppWeb has recently introduced its multi-device beta feature available to all users. #WhatsApp can now be accessed on browsers via WhatsApp Web, independent of the main phone app. This means that WhatsApp Web users will be able to use the Web client even if their phone is not connected to the internet. It allows you to use the app on four additional devices without being connected to your primary phone. This means you can now use WhatsApp Web...

Published Date: Nov 9, 2021
WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger, and Facebook have start showing ‘Meta’ branding

#23NewsBulletin – On both #Android and #iOS devices, #WhatsApp, #Instagram, #Messenger, and other Facebook apps have begun to display the company’s new ‘Meta’ branding. The announcement comes just a week after Facebook announced that it was renaming its company, #Meta. The renaming is intended to go beyond traditional social media and better reflect the company’s ongoing investment in an immersive experience known as the metaverse.’ Along with Facebook, #Microsoft and other technology companies are developing their own metaverse-focused offerings. #MenloPark,...

Published Date: Nov 6, 2021