Technology

Facebook, other social media to be banned in Pakistan over blasphemy

MOSCOW—The government of Pakistan may ban Facebook and other social-media platforms over what it considers ‘blasphemous content,’ the country’s Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said at a news conference. The Islamabad High Court (IHC) is hearing a writ petition on Monday that seeks to block Facebook and all other social-media platforms until such time …

Google search may soon be unblocked in Mainland China

MOSCOW–Seven years after Google pulled its search engine out of mainland China over a disagreement on censorship directives, the information giant is negotiating with Beijing to make its comeback to the world’s biggest internet market. Google is currently not available in the country, which boasts 721 million web users, and locals can only access to …

Facebook tool created by B.C. teen to plan homework gains popularity overseas

A Facebook tool that helps students be more productive and keep track of assignments developed by a Victoria teen has gone viral in an unexpected place. Alec Jones, 14, says his chatbot, Christopher Bot, that helps students stay on top of their homework has garnered more than 3,000 subscribers, with many of them based in …

‘Pokemon Go’ or no? Fans glad Niantic addressing complaints

PORTLAND, Maine — Few games have enjoyed both the meteoric rise — and subsequent fall — in popularity as “Pokemon Go.” But the game remains profitable, and people are still playing even if they aren’t the same masses that roamed parks last summer with eyes glued to smartphones, looking for elusive virtual monsters from their …

Review: Nintendo Switch is impressive, but needs more games

When you’re deep in a video game, the last thing you want to do is leave home. If only you could take the game with you for your commute to work or your bus ride to school, or to liven up your lunch hour. Nintendo’s new Switch console tries to address that by letting you …

In-house IT department urged to go from maintenance hub to growth driver

MANILA –A trend among businesses right now is “Going digital” since it boosts overall productivity in the workplace and in the market. It means maximizing new and available technologies and models in the areas of Social Media, Mobility, Data Analytics, Cloud, and Security in order to make work and processes more efficient and effective. TJ …

Nokia launches the all-new 3310

Nostalgia hits the market as the iconic Nokia 3310 was relaunched Sunday in the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. HMD Global, a Finnish start-up company who acquired the rights to Nokia from Microsoft announced the comeback of the phone that started it all; this time with features fitting to the convenience of the modern-day consumer. …

Samsung delays its new phone, and showcases tablets instead

NEW YORK –Samsung’s product showcase Sunday is notable for what’s missing: a new flagship phone. Instead, Samsung is spotlighting new Android and Windows tablets after delaying the Galaxy S8 smartphone – an indirect casualty of the unprecedented September recall of the fire-prone Note 7 phone . The new tablets will carry the Galaxy brand and …

Supreme Court weighs law banning sex offenders from Facebook

RALEIGH, N.C. –Fresh from a trip to traffic court, Lester Packingham Jr. celebrated his turn of good fortune by announcing to friends on Facebook that his pending ticket was dismissed without him saying a word. “No fine. No Court costs. No nothing. Praise be to God. Wow. Thanks, Jesus,” Packingham wrote in a 2010 post …

DICT holds 1st PHL Telecoms Summit March 9-10

MANILA –The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) promises to have a worthwhile exchange of ideas on improving the state of telecommunications in the country as it is set to hold the Philippine Telecommunications Summit next month. DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima reiterated the importance of information and communications technology (ICT)’s contribution to education, governance …

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