LATEST STORIES

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Is YouTube really ending in January 2020?

0

This topic has been circulating a lot these days and everybody is anxiously waiting about the current news on it. Many creators on YouTube in USA are talking about it. The issue started and got highlighted recently when YouTube got fined $170 M by FTC for not following the laws. FTC (Federal Trade Commission) is a US department that protects consumer rights. Talking about consumer, a video viewer is also a consumer.



How do YouTubers Earn?

YouTube and Google are American companies under the Alphabet Company. We are all aware of that YouTubers upload videos and viewers view them. Ever wondered how it makes them earn a bunch? They earn through the advertisement videos that come between the videos or at that start of it. So, the advertisements are what makes them earn.

Why did FTC fine YouTube?

The ads shown on YouTube are personalized. Being more clear, YouTube is tracking on you; your interests, channels you watch, time at which you watch etc. The app has got all the information. On the basis of this information, ads are shown to you. This makes sure you only get to see ads of the stuff you seem to be interested in. The law by FTC says that if a viewer is 13 years old or less, don’t grab his/her information.

Chairman FTC, recently debating on this, said that YouTube has been placed under the companies that have to act on the COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act). These are the points he highlighted:

  • FTC imposes substantial monetary judgement of $170 M on YouTube.
  • Orders to notify channel owners of their potential COPPA obligations.
  • Develop a system or mechanism through which channel owners must identify  their child directed content under YouTube platform so that such content can be treated in COPPA complaint manner.
In case the above mentioned requirements are not fulfilled, they will be fined.



What is going to change for the channel owners?

After this, YouTube owners agreed. Now recently, before you upload a video on YouTube, it asks you whether your content is of the interest of a person aged above or below 13 years. If you mention that your viewers can be of the age 13 years and below, your ad revenue will be cut. Personalized ads will not be shown on that video.

Most of the income for the YouTubers comes from the personalized ads. 70-80% of the video ads are personalized ones. You know what does that mean. This means that if a person earns $1000 a month his income will be reduced to $100 or $50 in no time. If FTC will not revert this back, YouTube is going to become a dead place soon.

Fiverr

What does YouTube has to say on this?

YouTube informed their users by making a video in which they told them about the new audience-related setting and that they will use machine-learning systems to help find content clearly made for kids. At the same time, they said that don’t rely on their systems to set content because like all automated systems, it is not perfect. However, the said that if they detect any abuse or error they may set the audience for the creators. In most cases, however, the creators’ audience settings will be relied.

What is wrong with the FTC COPPA policy?

Due to this new law that will be passed till 1st January 2020 by FTC, YouTube will have to make an algorithm to detect which video is for children and which is not. The passing of this law had been delayed for 4 months i.e., until January 2020.

The question arising here is that what if the channel is of the game call of duty or some family content that both adults and 13 years old children are interested in? Also, you never know what a 13 years old is interested in these days. The interest range of a 13 years old is pretty wide in this era. There is a girl on YouTube who says she likes dolls collection and this is what she shows in her videos. For sure, the purpose of her videos is not to attract a 13 years old only. Due to this, channels like this will also be considered for 13 years old ones and their ad revenue will be cut. Not just that, even if the algorithm detects some sort of music or some pinkish colors, anything a child may be interested in, the ad revenue of that channel will be cut. There are multiple family contents and DIY videos on YouTube that a 13 years old maybe interested in but at the same time, the video is not basically just made for him/her. This will affect millions of businesses that YouTubers are running based on their income. No doubt, YouTube based income is the bread and butter to many of the YouTubers.

YouTube already had the app YouTube kids for the child related stuff then what is the need of doing all this? Thus, understanding the consequences after the law is passed, many big YouTubers are coming forward and talking about this.



How can this be stopped?

There is a comment box on FTC’s website. FTC gets the public opinions before they pass a law. You can comment there to let them know of your opinion about this absurd law with a lot of grey areas.

Authored By Nabeeha Zahid
"Nabeeha Zahid is a curious one by nature, and her determinations to fulfill that said curiosity has turned her into a sophisticated writer and an excellent researcher. Her interests usually revolve around how the human brain thinks, perceives, interprets and understands, ergo, she likes digging around and writing on how the twisted human psychology works. You can contact her at znabeeha08@gmail.com"

Friday, November 22, 2019

Ghaili's Hack story arises a question to Facebook's security claims!

0

One of the biggest Facebook hack news 2019 is this incident that took place on 30th October at 1 am. This was the time when the famous science communicator Hashem Al-Ghaili received an email from the approved fb security mail (authentic fb mail). The mail notified that his account was recently logged in, using an email and confirmation address. A closer look at this mail made Al-Ghaili realize that this wasn’t his email nor did he recently log in from a new device.


The thing suspicious about this email ID was that it contained his birth year, which meant, the hacker knew something about him. The log in was done through Chrome windows browser. You might be familiar of the fact that when such a notification pops up at your fb page, there are two proceeding options; if the you were the one that logged in then just ignore the mail and if you were not the one behind it, disable your account.

As Ghaili was not the one logging in, he immediately tried to reset the password but the reset link was sent to the new email because the hackers had already changed the email and mobile number. Knowing this, he disabled his account.

What are the risks associated with your Facebook page?

So the point to be noted here is that the time between hack and the disabled account was approximately 15 minutes and in this short period of that time, the hackers had already changed a lot of things.

  • They hackers hacked into the What If account.
  • Removed the admins of the page.
  • Added fake people with fake names and IP addresses in business manicure of the account.
  • Changed email, phone number and other personal information.
The actions listed above show what information is under threat when your Facebook account gets hacked. The most important thing here is that this is the hacking of one of the biggest pages at Facebook, also in partnership with Facebook.

In Ghaili’s case, the account had two accounts associated with it; the editor and the admin. If in case the hackers had also hacked the second account and removed it, the entire page would have been lost. Luckily, this did not happen.

What Facebook needs to improve?

Ghaili states that he immediately contacted the Facebook officials reporting them about the problem within 3 to 5 minutes. Here is the point we all need to ponder at, Facebook responded him with only one email a day. You see, here we are talking about the hack of one of the largest pages on Facebook which has easy contact with the Facebook officials. This is how the hack got responded.

The further investigation was done by Hashem Al-Ghaili himself: 

He found through the IP address that the hack was done at a co-working space in Berlin. Co-working spaces are usually closed at 7 pm and the hack took place at 1am. This shows that the hack was planned to be done after working hours and at a time when probably the world is sleeping. The next thing he identified was that someone he knew worked at that place.

As a matter of fact, hackers change their IP addresses by using VPN, which provides them with a random IP address. Logically, this is not possible that the hacker used VPN for hacking the page because the coincidence of VPN generating the random IP address of a place where someone Ghaili knew worked is not believable. Another proof that this was the place the hack took place was that the co-working place organizes networking events and there, the 4G networks do not work. You know why is that so? This is because they use devices that block 4G signals. When there is no 4G network available , it is natural that people will ask for the Wifi password. The hackers carried out all this hacking process by getting the cookie file of the login from their Wifi network, transferring the cookie file to another computer and then logging in. This is what happened in Ghaili’s case.

The next day, the Inside the Living Cell video maker, Hashem Al Ghaili tried contacting that co-working place himself. He called them and the defensive and severe words of the people who answered the call made it clear that they are not interested in sorting out the issue through dialogue. He sent mails to the people incharge of that place but there was no response. The current status of this hack issue is that he is waiting for the police report on this cybercrime issue. Facebook helped him reverse his account by changing the hackers email with a email that belonged to him. This reversing of account took a week for an account that has partnership with Facebook. Just think about what would be Facebook’s response to a random person’s account hack.

What measures should be taken to prevent a hack?

Facebook hacked, how to fix:
  • Enable the two-factor authentication option of your account. This means that you will be asked to approve the login from a new device through your phone number or app. (Hashem Al-Ghaili said he had not enabled this option in his account before the hack otherwise, this might have helped prevent the hack).
  • Don’t trust everybody with your account details.
  • Use an email for your account that is unpredictable (The credentials should not be your date of birth or any other obvious information).
  • Do keep a stand up email (second email) as a recovery email for your account.
  • Avoid using Wifi at unknown places.
An insight to this hack incident makes us conscious of all the threats our Facebook account faces and what measures can help us stay safe in such a condition. In addition to this, this also makes us alarmed of the Facebook efficiency to solve such security issues as well as how secure a Facebook account is.

Authored By Nabeeha Zahid
"Nabeeha Zahid is a curious one by nature, and her determinations to fulfill that said curiosity has turned her into a sophisticated writer and an excellent researcher. Her interests usually revolve around how the human brain thinks, perceives, interprets and understands, ergo, she likes digging around and writing on how the twisted human psychology works. You can contact her at znabeeha08@gmail.com"

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Why is this High Time to invest in various sports for Pakistan ?

0

Muhammad Asif (Snooker), Inam But (Wrestling), Muhammad Waseem (Boxing), Rabia Shehzad ( Weightlifting), Mahoor Shehzad ( Badminton) and many other athletes and players are making Pakistan proud around the world with their talent in recent days.


Rabia Shahzad - Pakstani Weightlifter - First from Right

Undoubtedly Sportspeople are always considered true ambassadors especially when they shine with their success and character. World acknowledge their achievements whole-heatedly; nevertheless, that nation comes under the spotlight for producing such diamonds.

Pakistan is a country that is blessed with talent in almost every sport but just because of missing basic infrastructures, insufficient coaching and training facilities, inadequate planning and management, this talent is being wasted. Except for cricket, the rest of the games are missing sufficient financing from sponsors as well as from Government. Corruption in some of the federations has been highlighted but strong actions have not been taken against it so far.

Some of the games demand a certain level of financing for players just to buy basic equipment of the game they tend to play for, but their finances don’t allow them to pursue their dreams further and they left their dreams shattered in the hands of their luck. Some carry them with some financial support from their friends and families that remain restricted to some level.

Despite having all the above stated hurdles, we hear in the news off and on about players who are not only representing this country at individual levels with their expenses but also showing their class of talent to the whole world. Below are some of the recent examples.


In this article, our main purpose is to highlight the names of these people who did not only become a shining star but also makes us proud of their talent and victories in different games around the world.  We should not only remember these names but also appreciate and support them in our capacities.

However, the point of concern is that why such talent is not being recognized the way it deserves? Why are they not able to get the support from the Government? With proper recognition, motivation, and financing, Pakistan can be able to raise its flag on top in various games again and again. Moreover, this will also spread a positive message around the world that Pakistan is a healthy and sports-loving country that is producing such talented people.

Another positive aspect we should understand that many such examples are coming from female players in different games. If timely action will not be taken to safeguard this talent by Government authorities, sooner we will be losing it and miss the opportunity to show the brighter side of our country.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Mind Blowing Hologram Technology Introduced by Microsoft !

2

AI has continued to amaze the masses with its awesome features. This time the new technology introduced by Microsoft is ready to be the new apple of eye for the users. This new launch enables you to speak any language in your own voice. Previously, the Google Translate was one of the company’s most used products in the market. This time the Google AI recent blog gave us an overview of this new launch and the exclusive idea behind it. The Google AI basically, decided to invade beyond its old photo to language translation and voice to language translator services.


What does Google have to say about this?

Here is what Google mentioned about the launch:

“Dubbed Translatotron, this system avoids dividing the task into separate stages, providing a few advantages over cascaded systems, including faster inference speed, naturally avoiding compounding errors between recognition and translation, making it straightforward to retain the voice of the original speaker after translation, and better handling of words that do not need to be translated.”

Let’s dig into what the Translatotron has to do in this. It preserves the features of the voice of the person whose voice is subjected for the translation from one language to another. This has great application for dubbing purposes in films and TV. Researchers have said that the hologram model performing translation may not be that accurate but performs the translation fully well and further improvements will soon be made.

How Hollywood movie “STAR WARS” has changed the thoughts of generations?

A number of applications like SayHi and iTranslate have been launched and seen on the app stores, willing to perform the same function of translation of voice but the results have not turned out to be as smooth.



An insight to the launch

The Microsoft’s CVP, Azure Marketing, Julia White in Las Vegas showed the demo of the launch to the people. She mentioned that, “this technology is made by the intermixing of two of the most amazing AI technologies; the Azure AI services and mixed reality.” The game changing experience was then showed to the audience that consisted of a hologram of her delivering the speech in Japanese language.
It was a truly ravishing experience and a blow to the vision to see how the hologram portrayed the woman, standing right there, giving the speech in another language. In this particular launch, cutting the intermediary from the process of translation has enabled the speech to be directed in your very own voice. Hence, making it all smoother, more user-friendly and attractive. The Google representative, while presenting the demo briefed the audience of its advantages by saying that she wondered while travelling into different nations, interacting with people of different cultures, we often will the weak connection due to the middle man. This new technology, will process the voice input from your microphone detecting it and then converting it to the required language.

Another question that may arise while going through the details of the new Microsoft launch is that how is it better in comparison and more useful when we already had the Google Translate and TTS (text-to-speech synthesis). The Google Translate provided the translation to different languages, depending on the fact that your pronunciation is appropriate and whether your voice clarity. The availability of your own voice and personal existence in the communication however, lacked, which has now been made up by the smart intermix of hologram and Google AI.  The company has showed masses the demo and the technology will soon be available for use after the required testing and critical improvements.
Undoubtedly, the AI field is expanding cross thought and expectations. Providing you the comfort and attracting everyone out there, increasing its users smartly, Microsoft has a lot more stuff to show in the near future.

Authored By Nabeeha Zahid
"Nabeeha Zahid is a curious one by nature, and her determinations to fulfill that said curiosity has turned her into a sophisticated writer and an excellent researcher. Her interests usually revolve around how the human brain thinks, perceives, interprets and understands, ergo, she likes digging around and writing on how the twisted human psychology works. You can contact her at znabeeha08@gmail.com"

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Jaun Eliya The Famous Poet of This Age

0

Jaun Eliya, the famous poet. Although he has died but his poetry is still rousing the young civic. He had vast knowledge about Sufism, Muslim divine, science, western prose, because of this knowledge he has gained massive popularity in Urdu Poetry. Jaun Eliya has taken Urdu poetry to virtual reality. He is most googled Urdu poet due to his significant poetry.

His poetry is still renowned among youth, His poetic style is so modest that everyone recognizes his emotional state when he was writing and can relay himself/herself with the poetry. It was mirrored from his poetry that he was fed-up of disloyalties. His heart was so pure which made him  trust every person, in return he only got betrayals which made him depressed, but he still did not say wrong even to his enemies. He never held hatred for individuals who had mistreated him.

Mere Sare Qatal Muj Par Jan-o Dil Se Aashiq Thay
Mai Ne Hi Khud Ko Mara Khair, Sab Ka Bhala Ho Sab Ki Khair

Jaun Eliya
  
Jaun Eliya has faced so many disheartening situations, and had been tested by hardships of life. His life was full of melancholies. He feels himself very isolated in this entire world, after all he presumed that no one is faithful to you but yourself. He was sufficient for himself and confided himself in a circle. He quotes:-

Ganwai Kis Ki Taman’na Mein Zindagi Mein Ne
Wo Koon Hai Jisey Dekha Nahi Kabhi Mein Ne

Above inscribed verse reflects his simple style yet profound style of poetry. His poetry is deep; the reader must have a deeper vision to understand it. The depth of his Urdu poetry shows his desolation. His life wasn’t bed of roses for him, he faced many difficulties and challenges and he became used to this bitterness.

Jo Guzari Na Ja Sake Ham Se
Ham Ne WoZindagiGuzariHai


Jaun Eliya illuminates every aspect of life through His poetry. Whether , it’s ishq-e-mizaji, ishq-e-haqiqi or about his disappointment, perfidies or disloyalties of his known people. While we read his poetry we consider that poet must be in love and the one he loved is cold and stone hearted, as the poet himself says :

Shayad Muje Kisi Se Mohabat Nahi Hui
LekinYaqeen Sab Ko Dilata Raha Hun Me

Without insight we can’t get to know what Jaun Eliya’s Poetry tells us. It was written in easy words but very deep. In his poetry several times he questioned himself about the sullenness of the world.  When he gets depressed he usually asks GOD about the self-interest of folks.

Umr guzre gi imtihan mein kya
dagh hi denge mujh ko dan mein kya
meri har baat be-asar hi rahi
naqshai kuchh mere bayan mein kya

Jaun Eliya is very illustrious poet in the world of urdu poetry. His poetry is a masterpiece. Readers enjoy the poetry and can relate to it. We can sense the soreness of poet by reading his poetry. He was born with distinctive talent of mesmerizing readers by his words.

Authored By Iqra Alvi
"Iqra Alvi is an enthusiastic writer, loves to write on social issues, current affairs, books and T.V reviews, currently working for Urdu Shayari Blog"

Saturday, September 28, 2019

How Smaha Jahangir has become a proud lady for Pakistan with one Photo !

0

An optometrist by profession, Smaha Jahangir is the first Pakistan's female photographer whose digital work had been selected for National Geographic magazine’s July 2019 edition



Photography is an art and those who have bestowed with this unique talent, always keep themselves busy in finding the best place to portray it. Some of them have stunned people already with the first glance of their work. They always are admired not just because of showing beautiful colors of nature in digital form but also every picture of them gives a sense of liveliness. Furthermore, they also know how to captivate the minds and indulge people with their artistic work.

Smaha Jahangir is one of such names whose work has been recently acknowledged by Nat Geo Magazine and published one of her pictures in their July 19 edition. It was not just the honor for her family but also the proud moment for the whole of Pakistan. 

Therefore, we got the curiosity after hearing this news and stumbling upon her work on Instagram, get ourselves in a way of serenity. Every single picture was showing deep perfection with strong hidden messages.

Here are some observations we concluded after witnessing her work on Instagram.

Passion speaks

We observed the finest details in every picture which indicates the time and efforts behind it. Consequently, such masterpieces cannot be generated without passion and full dedication.


Happiness in the colors

In every picture, we can see the colors dancing with some sober happiness and depicts the true nature of every object with its unique color.


You will get the feel of everything while reviewing her pictures whether it shows humans or any object. Moreover, it will surely give you lively and fresh feelings.


Message in the pixels

Every bit of her work or through every angle, you will be getting some deep messages undoubtedly which will inspire you.



Being honored like her is a dream of many but to get someone reaches this level, we always need to be self-motivated, passionate enough and fully dedicated towards our work with no lust of money and fame.

If you first fulfill all real attributes in your work, you will not only get the recognition one day but will also see the money on your way.

If you have an interest in photography or any other field and want to show your talent, then first get some inspiration from people like Smaha and start learning the skills. Without knowing the basics, you will not bring yourself to perfection. Learning is a continuous process so never thinks that you have the best skills or enough knowledge, keep searching for new techniques and inventions in your desired field of work and keep mixing them with your skills. This will boost your confidence as well as bring more maturity in your work.

If you don’t have time to attend photography school but have passion to learn more, here are some online courses available on Udemy with reasonable prices. You can improve your skills by following advises from these experts.