Pakistan Gets Offline Viewing for YouTube; China’s Wild Web of Hackers

Posted September 28th, 2016 at 12:03 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - A Pakistani Internet user surfs the YouTube Web site at a local Internet cafe in Islamabad, Pakistan. (AP)

FILE – A Pakistani Internet user surfs the YouTube Web site at a local Internet cafe in Islamabad, Pakistan. (AP)

YouTube Rolls Out Offline Video Saving Feature in Pakistan

The time that Pakistanis spend watching YouTube videos has more than doubled in the past eight months, according to Google, particularly since January, when the government lifted a ban on the service. Now, Google is adding a new feature that will allow Pakistani users to save the videos they want to watch for offline consumption within 48 hours. The option is already available in other countries where connectivity is unreliable.

Hackers Are Having a Field Day on China’s Wild Web

While the Chinese government often gets accused of quietly sponsoring hackers, a new survey from PWC, a company that provides corporate services, reports a year-to-year increase of 417 percent in detected security incidents in China and Hong Kong. Regional experts say the rapid move to mobile and the government’s restrictions on security technologies are providing hundreds of thousands of criminal hackers fertile ground for their exploits.

BlackBerry, Once a Phone Innovator, to Stop Making Its Own

Once a global household name in phones, Blackberry will no longer manufacture its own smartphones. The company will outsource Blackberry-branded phones to its partners and focus instead on software and security services. Blackberry is still trying to recover after losing much of its business to Apple, Samsung and other smartphone players.


Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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