Technology Archive

Pakistan, Facebook join hands to fight Covid-19

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Facebook have partnered to fight Covid-19 as the world’s prominent social media platform has provided Marketing Partner Support and Ad Credits for campaigns against the deadly virus and helped the government increase its engagement rates with the public on …

Online marketplaces decry 17pc tax on transactions

ISLAMABAD: Online Marketplaces (OMs) operating in the country have reacted strongly against the changes proposed in the Sales Tax Act 1990, fearing that the bulk of businesses would shift away from these online sale platforms and give rise to unregistered sellers. The Finance …

Bitcoin slumps in wake of China crackdown

Bitcoin tumbled as much as nine per cent on Monday as recent volatility in the cryptocurrency market showed no signs of dampening down, with market players citing thin liquidity and China’s expanding crackdown on Bitcoin mining. Bitcoin fell as low as $32,288, its lowest …

China launches first crew to live on new space station

Under bright blue morning skies, China launched its first crewed space mission in five years on Thursday, sending three science-minded military pilots rocketing to a new orbiting station they’re expected to reach around midafternoon. The astronauts, already wearing their spacesuits, were seen …

BoI launches online platforms to assist investors

ISLAMABAD: The Board of Investment (BoI) on Monday launched three platforms to provide local and foreign investors ease of online registration for zone enterprises as well as a comprehensive database of existing and potential investors that will promote business activities. The three …

Pakistani startups win £668,000 GSMA grant

ISLAMABAD: The GSMA Innovation Fund for Mobile Internet Adoption and Digital Inclusion announced three Pakistani startups as winners out of the 597 applications received from 44 countries. The winning Pakistani startups — Vceela, Knowledge Platform and Orenda Pakistan — will receive a …

China successfully launches cargo resupply spacecraft

SHENZHEN: China on Sat­­­­u­­­­­r­­day successfully laun­ched an automated cargo resupply spacecraft to rendezvous with an orbiting module, in the second of a series of missions needed to complete its first permanent space station. The Tianzhou-2, or “Heav­enly Vessel” in Chinese, bla­sted off …

Cash wallets are the future of fintech

The recent growth in IT and telecom amid Covid-19 lockdowns and social distancing has benefitted the microfinance sector not only in terms of improvements in loan disbursements but also in the opening of new venues for earnings. The main challenge for the …

Online assessment platform for students launched

ISLAMABAD: The Inter-Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) and Learning Pitch that uses technology and modern practices to promote education, have launched a free online assessment platform to aid students during the pandemic. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between IBCC Secretary …

19 companies authorised to manufacture mobile sets

ISLAMABAD: As the mobile sets assembling licences are set to expire next month, the Pakistan Telecommunication Autho­rity (PTA) on Tuesday issued Mobile Device Manu­facturing Authorisation to 19 foreign and local companies for the production of mobile devices locally. The licences have been …