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WhatsApp starts new feature that allows users to photos or videos vanish after they are seen

WhatsApp has started a new feature that allows users to have photos or videos vanish after they are seen. After the recipient opens the image for the first time, "view once" deletes it, without saving it in phone. However, it is possible for a user to take a screenshot or screen recording of the message when it is first opened...

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PM Khan approves launch of Corona Tiger Force mobile app

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday approved the launch the “Corona Relief Tiger Force” mobile app, while hailing the digital approach of the team in the fight against the novel coronavirus. The prime minister met with Special Assistant on Youth Affairs Usman Dar who briefed the premier on how digital technology can contribute in the effective functioning of the Tiger...

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Pak Nigehbaan app launched by NCOC regarding availability of ventilators

The National Command and Operations Centre launched an application called Pak Nigehban regarding the availability of ventilators in hospitals across the country. The app can be downloaded from mobile app stores, said an official statement. It is also available at Google Drive and Covid.gov.pk. The statement said that around 1,110 hospitals around the country will be associated with the app....

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Waqar Younis asks Afridi and Gambhir to end social media feud

The national team's bowling coach and former fast bowling legend, Waqar Younis, has called on Shahid Afridi and Gautam Gambhir to end their social media war, and for India and Pakistan to resume playing cricket. After being fierce on-field rivals, Pakistan's Afridi and former Indian opener Gambhir have become involved in heated social media exchanges over the troubled Kashmir region....

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PTV’s Official Channel suspernded by YouTube

The official YouTube channel of Pakistan Television, PTV Home, has been deleted down due to violation of copyright laws, but the management of PTV has a few days left to appeal against the copyright claim. According to the details, there are many dramas which were aired on PTV Home and its satellite channel but PTV did not have the digital...

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Waqar Younis leaves social media after Twitter account got hacked

Pakistan's bowling coach Waqar Younis has announced to quit social media on Friday after an obscene video was liked from his verified Twitter handle to which he claimed that his account was hacked. "I have to say with regret that some 'Allah ka Banda' hacked my Twitter account. When I woke up this morning, I found out that an obscene...

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PPP moves FIA against blogger Cynthia Ritchie for ‘ ‘derogatory, slanderous’ tweet on Benazir Bhutto

ISLAMABAD: The PPP has requested the Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA) Cybercrime Wing to take immediate action and initiate proceedings against a Twitter account operated under the name 'Cynthia D. Ritchie' for making "extremely derogatory and slanderous remarks" about former Pakistani prime minister and late party leader Benazir Bhutto. In a letter to the FIA, Shakeel Abbasi — an advocate at the Islamabad...

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Twitter labels President Trump’s false claims with warning in a first

Micro-blogging site Twitter for the first time has put a warning label on a tweet by President Donald Trump, warning users that his claims about mail-in ballots were false and had been debunked by fact checkers. The move marked a dramatic shift for the social network, Trump’s primary tool for getting an unfiltered version of his message out to his...

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Apple, Google launch coronavirus contact tracing platform

US tech giants Apple and Google said on Wednesday they were offering health authorities around the world their platform for coronavirus contact tracing, a key tool in trying to tame the pandemic. "The work public health officials are doing around the world humbles us all," the two companies said in a statement. "Google and Apple are clear that this is...

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Three major Pakistani telecom companies becomes target of Iranian hackers

A group of Iranian hackers has targeted three telecom firms in Pakistan and breached data servers, revealed a cyber security company, Symantec. While the report does not reveal the names of the companies that were targeted, it discloses that the group uses virtual “tunnels” to stay connected to the victims’ machines without a trace. Using virtual tunnel technique, they can...

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Social media influencer who licked toilet seat for COVID-19 challenge says she is positive

Ava Louise, the social media influencer who licked a toilet seat in an airplane to start a “Coronavirus Challenge,” says she has Covid-19. Louise shared the infamous video of her licking the toilet seat of an airplane in March, and it has garnered millions of views on social media. Here is the video: https://twitter.com/realavalouiise/status/1238915362470625292 During an interview with the Australian radio show The Kyle and...

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What’s contact tracing and how can it fight coronavirus?

When a forest fire is raging out of control, firefighters are forced to use blunt measures, such as trenches and aerial bombardment, to contain it. But they must also find and extinguish hidden hot spots to make sure the inferno doesn’t blaze up again. A pandemic isn’t entirely different. Broad lockdowns are a strategy for bringing the novel coronavirus under control....

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White House unfollows Indian PM Modi on twitter

The White House unfollowed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter, leaving Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi 'dismayed' at the American administration's decision. Indian media reported on Wednesday that The White House, which has 22 million followers on Twitter, followed the Indian prime minister till April 11, unfollowed him recently. "The official Twitter account of White House, the residence and workplace...

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Coronavirus ‘trace and track’ system to be introduced with ISI’s help: PM Khan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday announced a "track and trace system" for coronavirus cases which will be introduced throughout the country with the Inter-Services Intelligence's (ISI) help. Speaking to social media influencers and journalists, the prime minister said that the system will help in identifying areas where there were numerous coronavirus cases. "We will lock down those areas...

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Ministry of Science and Technology member included in Ruet-e-Hilal Committee in a first

ISLAMABAD: For the first time in history, a member of the Ministry of Science and Technology has been included in the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee on Wednesday. Dr Tariq Masood, the joint secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology, has been appointed to the committee as a technical expert, according to a notification from the Ministry of Science and Technology....

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Ministry of overseas Pakistanis launches website for Pakistanis stranded abroad

The ministry for overseas Pakistanis has launched a website ('Air Travel' section on covid.gov.pk) to assist Pakistanis stranded in various countries due to suspension in flight operations. According to the ministry, an initial schedule for special flights being conducted has been posted on the site and a complete schedule will be put up soon. The schedule shows that two flights...

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PTA extends deadline for blocking of IMEIs by 30 days till May 19

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has extended the deadline for blocking unregulated IMEIs for an additional 30 days. According to the publication, PTA has given the extension due to the coronavirus pandemic to provide relief and facilitation to the public and ensure social distancing during this time. The blocking of mobile devices that are not compliant with PTA regulations will...

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