YouTube Will Now Let You Make Money With Licensed Music

YouTube content creators have had a long-standing feud with Google’s video-sharing platform over copyright claims. These claims occur when a YouTube video includes licensed music, resulting in a copyright strike from the owner of that music. Oftentimes, YouTube videos get copyright claimed even if a tiny portion includes licensed content.

YouTube has partnered with more than 50 labels, publishers, and distributors to bring “several hundred thousand” songs to Creator Music. Creators can either use licensed tracks directly or share 27.5% of the money with the artists. The new program is only in beta in the US and will roll out to more countries in 2023.

YouTube’s main motivation may have been to compete with TikTok, but it seems creators on the platform will be benefitting greatly from the growing competition.

Google Chrome’s Incognito Tab Will Need Your Fingerprint to Unlock

Google Chrome’s Incognito mode is about to get another layer of security on Android. iOS devices already had a Privacy Screen feature on several Google apps that required Touch or Face ID for authentication. Now Android devices are finally getting it too.

Chrome for Android will let you protect Incognito tabs with fingerprint authentication. If you have private tabs open and close Chrome, the app will automatically lock them behind biometric verification. This could come in handy when you need to hand your phone to someone else and want to keep your private tabs running.

It is already available on other Google apps such as Drive, Search, Fi, Chrome, and more.

NADRA Rolls Out Digital Payment System to Replace ATMs

The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has rolled out a new e-payment system that could be the answer to all your digital payment and cash needs. Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) might be replaced for good thanks to a new development.

NADRA has announced plans to turn more than 17,000 of its e-Sahulat outlets into full-fledged ATMs with a full suite of digital payment features. These outlets will be able to perform fund transfers, cash-in, and cash-out, public-to-government (P2G) and P2P payments.

This will allow NADRA’s e-Sahulat outlets to double the capacity of more than 16,500 1Link ATMs across the country. As mentioned earlier, this will let people deposit and withdraw money easily.

Malik said that the digital platform will eventually become available in remote areas of Pakistan as well, allowing students to continue their education by earning to pay their fees.

Steve Jobs’ Daughter Mocks iPhone 14 With a Meme

The 24-year-old shared a meme on her social media account soon after the iPhone 14 launched. She used the infamous meme of an old man posing with the same shirt he is already wearing, mocking how the new iPhone 14 is the same as the iPhone 13.

The iPhone 14 and 14 Plus are, in fact, mostly the same as iPhone 13. They have the same design, same displays, and even the same chipsets as last year. The iPhone 14 Pro costs $999 in the US, but the European price tag will set you back €1,299.

The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are the latest iPhones from Apple. The Pro models have a new A16 Bionic chip and a 48MP main camera after 7 years of using 12MP shooters. Dynamic Island is simply the pill punch-hole on the screen that can show notifications and minimized apps.

Recent Floods Causes Over 120 Cuts in Fiber Network Across Pakistan

The optical fiber grid received more than 120 cuts at various locations during the catastrophic floods in the country. Around 250 bridges have been destroyed due to floods across the country, in most of which the flood water has washed away the optical fibers along with the bridges. Optical fibers received cuts at over 120 locations across Pakistan.

The flooding damaged the north-south and center system of optical fiber. Optical fiber rings connecting different parts of the country were also destroyed. Teams from PTCL, Wateen, and worked day and night under the supervision of PTA.

The restoration of optical fiber and communication systems will speed up the ongoing rescue and rehabilitation activities in the affected areas, MoITT has said. Federal Minister Syed Amin Ul Haq has also appreciated the efforts of the telecommunication companies for restoring the communication system in extraordinary circumstances.

ADB Drops $200 Million ICT Development Project for Pakistan

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has dropped the “Pakistan: Integrated Information and Communications Technology Development Project” worth $200 million. The project was dropped in 2019 on the request of the government, however, it is still reflected on the Bank’s website.

The proposed project outputs were:

  1. An IT park set up as a benchmark model in Karachi
  2. National IT parks strategy developed
  3. Smart city strategy developed and piloted
  4. ICT skills in the higher education stream strengthened with technological readiness for a knowledge-based economy

These outputs were supposed to result in the following outcome: strengthened holistic development of the ICT sector in Pakistan. The project will be aligned with the following impact: ICT industry contribution to inclusive growth increased, as outlined in Pillar VI of Pakistan Vision 2025. The investment is also in line with the government’s mid-term IT development policy, the Digital Pakistan Policy 2017.

Pakistan’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector has been upgraded from basic to high-tech status. The project was part of the government’s vision for a knowledge-based economy by 2025. Pakistan has about 2,000 ICT companies and call centers and more than 300,000 IT professionals.
The ICT industry in Pakistan is constrained by the absence of a holistic system that operates in an end-to-end manner. The constraints can be attributed to (i) inadequacies in policy frameworks, (ii) poor infrastructure and facilities, and (iii) weak institutional capacity.
Pakistan’s software industry recorded $560 million in export revenue in 2015. A study by Forester suggested that export revenues of $6 billion could be achieved by 2020. Pakistan can leverage international investments in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) with ICT infrastructure as one of the key areas.
Pakistan’s urban population is expected to grow from the current 40 percent to 50 percent by 2025. With an increased urban expansion, there is an additional demand created for the delivery of public services. Effective urban planning and governance will be key to ensuring effective urban infrastructure in Pakistan.
The government is committed to addressing the issues through smart city solutions, which will enhance the delivery of integrated public services. This requires a calibrated approach starting with the development of a national master plan for smart cities. Further undertaking limited smart city pilots will provide insights into IT requirements applicable to the country’s context.

Jazz Shines at GSMA Mobile 360 Asia Pacific

Pakistan’s leading digital operator has won the Digital Nation Video Creativity Award at the GSMA Mobile 360 Asia Pacific organized recently in Singapore. Videos from 11 countries were received, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The #SuperForChange campaign showcases how digital enablement can positively impact the lives of marginalized communities. Asif Aziz, Chief Commercial Officer, Jazz said, “We believe in developing an inclusive digital ecosystem” and thanked the GSMA for recognizing the campaign’s achievements.

Jazz has won the GSMA’s Digital Nation Video Creativity Award for their #SuperForChange campaign. The video tells the story of how 4G provided the platform to elevate people’s voices on discrimination.

KP Launches Relief App for Flood Victims

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has launched a new app that aims to provide relief to those affected by floods. The smartphone application was launched on Monday with special instructions from KP’s Minister for Science and Information Technology Atif Khan.

Flood victims can request food, water, medicine, evacuation, or other assistance through the app. Users do not need to know their location as the authorities will be able to find them.

The KP flood reporting app is available on our website. It is only compatible with Android phones and shows you how it works. If you are looking to donate to flood victims around the country, we have a detailed article that covers the topic. Follow the link below to find out how you can donate.

PTA Launches Travel Advisory SMS Service in Wake of Floods

The purpose of the advisory is to exercise caution while traveling on highways and motorways to flood-affected areas. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has started a travel advisory SMS service for mobile subscribers in collaboration with National Highways and Motorway Police (NHMP).

Deaths from widespread flooding in the country have passed 1,000 since mid-June. Nearly 120 people have lost their lives in flood-related deaths in the last 24 hours. Almost 150 bridges have been wiped out due to floods while roads with a length of 3,451 km have been damaged or destroyed.

Instagram Denies Sharing Your Location Data With Followers

Instagram users have to re-set their location settings after new iOS update made it possible for people to find your exact location via location tags. This prompted many people to go into settings and disable location permissions on the photo-sharing app.

Instagram’s “Precise Location” feature is only meant for location tags and map features. People can share their location data with their followers if they want to, but the information is not displayed publicly.

Location Services is a device setting on smartphones and not a new feature from Instagram. It can easily be turned off in your phone settings. Instagram head Adam Mosseri also clarified that Location Services was an iOS update, not an Instagram-only feature for users’ phones.

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