With YouTube already shuttered in Pakistan, Google is now reportedly facing an all-out ban in that country, according to The Times of India.
The country’s new IT and telecommunication minister, Anusha Rahman Khan, announced that unless Google removes “blasphemous and objectionable material” from YouTube, the country will block access to all Google sites.
“It all depends on our negotiation clout,” Khan said, according to The Times of India. “If they persist with their stance, we can block Google in Pakistan as a last resort as there are many alternative search engines available on the Web.”
YouTube was originally blocked in Pakistan on September 17 after the Middle East erupted in protests in reaction to “Innocence of Muslims,” a video on YouTube that depicts the prophet Muhammad as a buffoon.
However, this wasn’t the first time that Pakistan has blocked YouTube. The country previously sought to block access to YouTube videos in 2008 after a video criticizing Islam was posted.
Pakistan has also banned other tech sites. In May 2012, the Pakistani government blocked access to Twitter over potential “blasphemous” caricatures of the prophet Muhammad. Two years earlier, the government temporarily pulled the plug on Facebook after a page popped up called “Post Drawings of the Prophet Mohammed Day.”
Khan said that she will end the 9-month-long YouTube ban if the video sharing site adds filters to its service in Pakistan.
“Our ministry is responsible for policy decisions, so it’s our job to ensure reopening of YouTube as soon as possible with thorough screening of objectionable material,” Khan said, according to news agency Dawn. “We will pump in extra money if needed and do whatever is in our capacity to bring YouTube back to Pakistan without compromising our ethical values.”
However, Google does not have a filtered version of YouTube for Pakistan, as it does for many other countries, according to Pakistan’sDaily Times.
“We offer a localized version of YouTube in 49 countries around the world. In each localized country, we offer local content that is more relevant to users in that country and we also abide by that country’s laws,” Google Malaysia communications and public affairs head Zeffri Yusof told the Daily Times. “When we are notified that a video is illegal, we will restrict access to it in that country after a thorough review.”
According to the Daily Times, the main reason Pakistan doesn’t yet have a localized version of YouTube is because it takes time to research local laws and reach out to local content creators
Upgraded TECNO SPARK 3 Series with AI Bright Camera launched.
Upgraded TECNO SPARK 3 Series with AI Bright Camera launched.
By Staff Writer
It’s that time of the year when phone manufacturing companies come up with different handset models. TECNO Uganda has today officially launched its newest Series smartphones, the TECNO Spark and the Spark 3 Pro at Sheraton Hotel.
According to Tecno, the two new handset Models are said to be the latest of the Spark Series with improved Camera features among other awesome things. The Camera comes with Artificial intelligence technology (AI Tech) as opposed to their predecessors that is the Spark 2 and 2 Pro.
Both phones run a 9.0 pie Android operating system with a 6.2-inch display LCD capacitive touchscreen with a Trendy and classy appearance. The phones come with improved storage capacity and run 4G LTE.
Definitely the new Series tick the boxes its predecessors failed to.
Some of the Specifications of the spark 3 include:
- 6.2-inch capacitive display touch screen with an aspect ratio of 19:9
- Runs Android 9.0 pie operating system (pre-installed on the phone)
- 4G LTE
- Face ID
- 32GB internal storage
- Quad-core 2.5GHz Media Tek Helio A22 with up to 2GB RAM minimises lagging of applications and renders multi-tasking possible respectively.
- Finger print Sensor
- 3,500 mAh Li-ion battery
- 8MP selfie camera and 13MP + 2MP rear cameras with a LED flash for Bright and better Crisp pictures in poorly lit areas.
Other specifications include Bluetooth V5.0, 3.5mm earphone jack, Wi-Fi, sensors i.e. fingerprint sensor, proximity sensor, G-sensor and Ambient Light sensor, powerVR GE8320 GPU stationed on the phone chip provides quality graphics.
“The success of these latest series Spark 3 and 3 Pro respectively is deemed to surpass its predecessors” narrated the Tecno mobile Uganda Marketing Manager, Gladys Liu speaking at the launch at Sheraton Hotel.
These comments come in review with a positive shift in the sales performance of the Spark 2 and 2pro
The Tecno Spark 3 Series are available in 4 colors; Midnight Black, Bordeaux Red, Aqua blue and champagne Gold.
The smartphones are now up for sale in various smartphone online stores and shops with price tag of UGX429,000 and UGX 489,000 respectively effective of today Monday 6th 2019.
New hair brand launched in Uganda
By Our Reporter
Brenda Atai, a Ugandan beauty entrepreneur based in the UK, has launched her hair brand in Uganda. Dubbed “Ms Atai”, it was unveiled during an intimate cocktail evening held at Holy Crepe on Tuesday.
Speaking at the launch, Atai revealed that she has always been passionate about making hair and now wants to share her passion with the rest of the world.
“I have always loved my hair and taken pride in it. I want to share my knowledge with my fellow Ugandan women,” she said. “I want them to feel confident and empowered whenever they wear my hair brand.”
The hair brand which was started in London in November last year comprises of premium virgin human hair in a variety of styles such as curly short bobs and straight shoulder skimming tresses among others.
According to Atai, every wig is hand custom-made and currently only available on her online store. “Each piece is created by hand because every customer is different, and I want each of them to feel special,” she added.
Meanwhile, she plans to eventually set up a beauty shop where customers can get all-hair products as well as salon services.
New WhatsApp update stops users from taking screenshots of private chats
A new WhatsApp update seems set to stop people screenshotting their private conversations.
It doesn’t appear to block someone taking screengrabs of your chats, perhaps to avoid them being shared with other people, according to WABetaInfo, the blog that first reported on the changes. Instead, it means that you turn on the app’s highest security settings, you won’t be able to take grabs of your own.
The change comes as part of an authentication feature that has been long rumoured but is yet to appear within WhatsApp. That feature allows people to set fingerprint access to conversations, adding a further layer of security so that people can’t get access to your phone and read or send private messages.
However, enabling that fingerprint security feature also turns on the conversation screenshot blocking option, meaning that it isn’t possible to take pictures of your own chats.
It is not clear why the feature works that way, and WABetaInfo expressed confusion about the way it works.
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