When you thought the year 2020 couldn’t produce any more blockbusters, it just dishes out an entire series out of the bag.Pakistan on Wednesday announced it is banning the popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds aka PUBG.But the major shock didn’t start here, as earlier this week, India issued a ban to TikTok and 58 other apps that had some connotation with China, a country the Modi government is currently dealing with over the recent faceoff at the LAC.However, PUBG escaped unscathed from the ban, which is believed has something to do with the game’s different origins. But it seems the country is tightening the noose on the popular game.The mobile version of PUBG, called PUBG Mobile, is published by Tencent, a Chinese colossus that owns a huge part of the country’s Internet catalogue.The announcement has no doubt drawn the ire of the gaming community as well as it’s developers.PUBG players in Pakistan have decried the move by the government, terming it unfair and a hurdle to the growth of esports in the country. Some have criticised the government for not banning TikTok(then) and have gone ahead to make references to India’s blanket ban on ByteDance’s TikTok and other apps.But, you just won’t guess the reason PUBG is getting blacklisted, would you?The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has said PUBG has been banned after several complaints from different segments of society against the harmful effects of the game on the player’s health were received. PUBG has also been cited as one of the reasons for cases of suicide in Pakistan.”PTA has received numerous complaints against PUBG wherein it is stated that the game is addictive, wastage of time and poses serious negative impact on physical and psychological health of the children,” said Pakistan Telecommunication Authority in a press release shared on Twitter.The government authority of Pakistan has termed PUBG “addictive” and a “wastage of time” and that it poses “serious negative impact” on the physical and psychological health of players.Some cases of suicide have also been attributed by media reports to the ill effects of PUBG among players, which are under investigation on the orders of Lahore High Court.Oh hell noo!!!However, the ban on PUBG by the Pakistan government seems to be only temporary.Hehehe, I thought you’d say that!The PTA has sought feedback from the public by July 10 on whether PUBG should remain under the ban or should it be reinstated for the public.”The Authority also decided to solicit views of the public with reference to the said online game. In this regard public is encouraged to provide feedback through [email protected] by July 10, 2020.”Though India and major PUBG playing countries have made no comment regarding the ban, it is of no doubt that the 8 days will be crucial if PUBG Mobile and it’s will be reinstated in the country.
Facebook new web interface to become default UI starting September
Just as the updates keep coming thick and fast, Facebook has announced they it will no longer give the option to switch between Classic User Interface (UI) and New Facebook for its desktop version from September.
The development was first noted by Engadget who spotted the change on Facebook’s Help Center. The new Facebook UI redesign had drawn lots of applaud for the simple yet minimal view with offer of dark mode, tabbed home screen and a cleaner profile when it was made available to select users in March.
It’s pretty crazy but this is a social site which has seen the most of redesign along the way.
When the new design for Facebook was officially rolled out globally in May, users had an option to switch between New Facebook (the redesign) and Classic Facebook (the older version) from the Settings option.
However, starting September(couple days to go), Facebook plans to make the new design a default UI for all web users. The updated Facebook UI is already available to Android and iOS users.
“We’ve made improvements to the new Facebook.com and we’re excited for everyone to experience the new look. Before we make the classic Facebook unavailable in September, we hope that you’ll let us know how we can continue to make Facebook better for everyone,” Facebook in its update said.
How to switch from Classic Facebook Version to the New Redesign
As of now, web users trying to switch to the Classic Facebook from the New Facebook, Facebook is first presented with a pop up page asking for a feedback.
Facebook then asks its users if they are “switching back because of missing features?” Once users select Yes, they get a list of features they miss and also get the option to add more features to the list.
Whichever rout the user eventually opts to take, Facebook ensures it balances out the old Facebook features with the redesign.
Talking about features, here’s a list of few notables from the new Facebook redesign.
No arguing the ‘Dark Mode’ had come to stay either for web or mobile users and Facebook also ensured it made that a permanent component in it’s redesign too.
With the sole promise of reducing glare, the low brightness will be easier on the eyes with contrast and vibrancy. The dark mode also proves advantageous to desktop users using Facebook in low light.
In addition to this, the layout has been tweaked, too, to get better watching experience. Facebook users will have the option to switch to the dark mode only with the redesign.
The layout is cleaner with streamlined navigation through tabs and this will be on top of a home screen. The site will be decluttered as the fonts are likely bigger with neater layouts.
Facebook has also added a Preview option in the new UI wherein users can see what a group or a page would look like before actually creating it.
More focus would be laid upon the service’s Groups features, and emphasis would be upon Facebook’s Watch, Marketplace, and Gaming sections in its top navigation bar as their buttons appear right on top in the new interface.
Facebook had noted that the new redesign will bring with it features that will help its users find or navigate things conveniently. Be it groups, games, people or pages, the redesign will help users discover things faster. The pages will load faster and that the desktop experience will be close to using Facebook on mobile.
However, my experience with the new interface was pretty jagged as it loaded quite lazily from my PC making me feel this lot would not only have problems functioning appropriately on a low-end gadget but also will be packing a barrage of cache files on your system.
WhatsApp reportedly will let users Sync and access chat history across multiple devices
Who fancies a day we’ll be having a conversation on WhatsApp supporting synchronizing chat history and contact’s on multiple devices?Not meHowever, information circulating the web suggests that a feature that enables users WhatsApp chats to be backed up across multiple devices once the multiple device feature is live.So, this means, you should be able to continue a chat from another device, once you are logged in on multiple devices. This has for long been a present feature on Facebook Inc. other apps – Instagram and Facebook but entirely missing on WhatsApp.Recently it was reported that a user will be able to use his WhatsApp account across multiplied devices. The limit for these devices will be 4. It looks like when a user logs in on these devices, his/her chat will be backed up across all the devices.The complications with implementing this has so far looked unattainable buy then, you never know in the world of tech.
WhatsApp Chat History Multi Device Sync – How possible?
Up until at least this latest reveal, a user could only use a WhatsApp account on a single smartphone. Else, one would’ve to uninstall or sign out of a particular device to be able to use on another due to the encryption system which WhatsApp utilizes.Things however looks set for a memorable change if WhatsApp could engineer an Adobe Creative Cloud kind of Sync system.Although the option to use WhatsApp for web by scanning a QR code on the desktop app via the mobile app to create the sync has proven to be a worthy addition since.The multiple device support will be across Android and iOS devices. According to wabetainfo , “When someone adds a new device in his WhatsApp account, you will be notified because encryption keys change”.Wabetainfo further adds that WhatsApp could do with a minor addition to its push notifications system. When someone adds a new device in his WhatsApp account, you will be notified because encryption keys change.Moreover, Whatsapp allows for chat backup to either Google drive or custom cloud storage and that could eventually be a deal breaker. This still would need some refinements here and there and ultimately looks a way off public release any sooner but, you never write of the tech ecosystem.One could wake up tomorrow to a solemn endpoint app that just about solves this problem.Also WhatsApp has been working on adding new features for its users, releasing couple significant additions to its user experience as well as the interface at large.Reports suggest WhatsApp is rolling out a new feature called ‘search the web’ to fight fake news. The new feature the source said is an easy way to verify any forwarded message on WhatsApp, however, it is not available to global users yet.WhatsApp is also reportedly working on a Mute Always option so users can mute a group or chat forever if they like. Till now, users have had to resort to a minimum of 8hr mute or maximum 6month mute option for those silly broadcast. This feature however negative it might seems can still be revoked from the Unblock user session present in WhatsApp setting.WhatsApp has also increased the limit of group video calling from 4 people to 8. They did this when the every nation went into hibernation and subsequent lockdown and people were using video chat options to stay in touch with family and friends in addition to colleagues for work.However, remember, to be able to talk to 8 people, all of them need to update the app.What do you make of WhatsApp imminent feature? A miss or one hell of overdue Integration? Let’s hear in the comments section.