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Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp went offline for users across the globe, the social media giant said on Monday, as it worked on restoring its services.

Reuters could not immediately confirm the issue affecting the services, but the error message on the webpage of Facebook Inc (FB.O) suggested a problem with Domain Name System (DNS).

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Anti Virus Maker John McAfee Found Dead in Prison Cell

John McAfee, creator of the popular anti-virus software has been found dead in a Barcelona prison cell. This was hours after a Spanish court agreed to send him to the US to face tax evasion charges.

According to the Catalan justice department, medics tried to revive the 75-year-old on the spot but failed to do so.

All the surrounding evidence indicated that McAfee had taken his own life.

McAfee and his company were the first to release commercial anti-virus software. The McAfee anti-virus helped create a multi-billion dollar industry in the computer world, which was eventually sold off to Intel for $7.6 billion.

McAfee was a controversial figure in the tech industry and was arrested in October 2020 for tax evasion. He was accused of failing to file tax returns for four years, despite earning millions from his work.

The US justice department claimed that McAfee was dodging his tax liability by having his income paid into bank accounts and cryptocurrency exchange accounts in the names of nominees. He was also accused of hiding his valuable assets by using other people’s names.

Spain’s National Court had authorized his extradition to the US to face tax charges, soon after which he was found dead.

FBR Orders Facebook, Google & YouTube to Pay Taxes or Shutdown in Pakistan

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has warned digital platforms that it will not allow Google, Facebook, and Youtube to operate in Pakistan without payment of taxes.

This has been stated by FBR Member Inland Revenue (Operations) Dr. Muhammad Ashfaq Ahmed during the meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue held here on Thursday.

FBR Member Inland Revenue (Operations) stated that the FBR has enforced Rs 1.4 billion declaration in the income tax return by Netflix last week.

During the committee meeting, the FBR Chairman and the Daraz team including Ehsan Saya Managing Director Daraz were blaming each other on the issue of taxation of digital platforms.

FBR Chairman and FBR Member inland Revenue (Policy) stated that it was agreed with Daraz that they would act as a withholding agent and deduct only 2 percent tax from the un-registered sellers. Now they are not honoring their agreement. The FBR has reduced the rate of tax from 17 to 2 percent. The FBR had estimated Rs. 10 billion from the taxation of the digital platform, they added.

Ehsan Saya Managing Director Daraz informed that it is impossible to work as a withholding agent on the behalf of the FBR. We are already sharing data of registered and unregistered sellers with the FBR which could be used for broadening the tax base.

Ahsan Iqbal said that the emerging sectors would crash due to such kind of taxation on digital platforms. They should be given some time

The finance committee requested the FBR to defer the proposal for one year.

Fix Now “PC must support secure boot Windows 11” Error

Unable to install Windows 11 due to ‘SecureBoot’ and/or ‘TPM 2.0’ errors? Here’s how you enable both, and a quick workaround that nullifies the need for it altogether.

With the release of Windows 11, users across the globe are all hyped and excited. The new interface seems refreshing, appealing, and quite user-friendly to most. However, before you can make the jump, here are a few things you must know.

Many users have reported encountering errors while installing Windows 11 through the setup? Here’s the reason for it. Windows 11 requires two BIOS settings to be enabled before it can be installed, namely ‘Secure Boot’ and ‘TPM 2.0’.

If you too encountered the ‘This PC Can’t Run Windows 11’ error, here’s how you can fix it on your system.

Enable ‘Secure Boot’ in BIOS

Many users have encountered the ‘This PC Can’t Run Windows 11’ error with ‘The PC must support SecureBoot’ mentioned as the reason.

In this case, you have to enable ‘Secure Boot’ from the BIOS settings. But before you enable it, it’s imperative that you understand what it’s all about.

What is Secure Boot?

It is a standard of security that was developed to ensure that the PC boots only with the software that is trusted by OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). It prevents malicious software or malware from booting when you start the computer. When the setting is enabled, only drivers that have a certificate from Microsoft will load.

Enabling Secure Boot in BIOS settings. Now that you have a fair understanding of the concept of ‘Secure Boot’, it’s time we walk you through the process to enable secure boot.

  1. Shut down your PC and then press the power button to turn it On. As soon as you see the display light up, press the ESC key to enter the ‘Start Up’ menu.
  2. In the ‘Start Up’ menu, look for the keys to enter the ‘BIOS Setup’. It’s generally the F10 key, however, if it’s different, you will easily be able to identify the one in your system. It’s also possible that you could enter BIOS settings directly from the boot screen by pressing either F8 or F10 keys.
  3. In the ‘BIOS Setup’, there will be multiple tabs listed. Select the ‘Advanced’ tab.
  4. Next, select ‘Boot Options’ from the list.
  5. Now, you will be presented with the various boot options. Locate the ‘SecureBoot’ option and tick the checkbox next to it.
  6. Finally, click on the ‘Save’ option to apply the new BIOS settings.

After enabling ‘SecureBoot’, you might not be able to boot the system, as was the case with me. Therefore, enter the ‘Start Up’ menu after restarting the system, select ‘Boot Device Option’, select the USB drive you flashed Windows 11 on, and proceed to the installation.

Enable TPM 2.0 support in BIOS Settings

One of the other minimum system requirements for Windows 11 is support for TPM 2.0. The Windows 11 installer shows the “The PC must support TPM 2.0” error when you’re running the installer from within Windows only, not through a bootable USB. There it may only show the “This PC can’t run Windows 11” error.

Thankfully, it’s easy to enable TPM 2.0 in the BIOS settings. But before you move forward with enabling ‘TPM 2.0’ in the BIOS, let’s first also verify its current status in the system.

To verify the status of ‘TPM 2.0’, press WINDOWS + R to launch the ‘Run’ command, enter tpm.msc in the text box, and then either click on ‘OK’ or press ENTER to launch the TPM Management dialog.

Next, check the ‘Status’ section. If it shows ‘The TPM is ready for use’, it’s already enabled.

If you see ‘Compatible TPM cannot be found’, it’s time you enable it in the BIOS settings.

Note: The process may be different for different manufacturers, it’s recommended that you visit the support page of your hardware manufacturer in case the following steps don’t apply to your system.

  1. To enable ‘TPM 2.0’, restart the PC and press the ESC key to enter the ‘Startup Menu’ as soon as the screen lights up. You will be presented with the various key options for the different menus. Identify the one for ‘BIOS Setup’ and press it. In my case (HP Laptop), it was the F10 key.
  2. You will now find multiple tabs listed at the top. Navigate to the ‘Security’ tab.
  3. Now, locate ‘TPM Device’, click on the option next to it, and select ‘Available’ from the list.
  4. Finally, click on ‘Save’ to apply the new settings.

How to Bypass ‘Secure Boot’ and ‘TPM 2.0’ Requirements of Windows 11

If you are just hesitant to make changes in BIOS settings, or if you have an old computer that doesn’t even have options for ‘Secure boot’ or ‘TPM 2.0’ in the BIOS settings, then there’s a simple workaround for you.

You can skip enabling ‘Secure boot’ or ‘TPM 2.0’ on your computer and bypass the Windows 11 security requirements and continue with the installation without any hassle.

What’s the workaround? We’ll use the Windows 10 ISO, mount it on the system, and then copy the appraiserres.dll from the ‘sources’ folder to the ‘sources’ folder of the bootable Windows 11 ISO USB drive. This will bypass the new security checks in the system requirements of the Windows 11 installer.

To get started, download the Windows 10 ISO file from Microsoft. Then, right-click on it, and select the ‘Mount’ option from the context menu. The process may take a while.

Next, navigate to the mounted drive and open the ‘sources’ folder.

Find and copy the appraiserres.dll file from the Windows 10 ISO ‘sources’ folder.

Next, navigate to the USB drive where you flashed Windows 11 and open the ‘sources’ folder. Then, right-click on the vacant part and select ‘Paste’ from the context menu. You can also use the CTRL + V keyboard shortcut to paste the files.

Since the appraiserres.dll file that we are pasting would also be present in Windows 11 ‘sources’ folder, you’ll get a ‘Replace or Skip FIles’ dialog box, make sure you click on the ‘Replace the files in the destination’ option and wait for it to complete. It’s critical that you replace this file.

Once the file is replaced, restart the computer and install Windows 11 through the ‘Boot Device Options’ in the ‘Startup Menu’ as planned. You wouldn’t encounter the error pertaining to ‘Security Boot’ and ‘TPM 2.0’ anymore.

Now that there’s no hindrance whatsoever, you can install Windows 11 and enjoy the refreshing and appealing interface it has to offer. Also, you would be amongst the first few to have hands-on Windows 11 experience. Be prepared to brag about it!

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PayFast Becomes First Pakistani Payment Gateway that Get Commercial License from SBP

PayFast — the indigenous payments solution by APPS (Avanza Premier Payment Services) — is now the first payment gateway in the country to receive a commercial license from the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) under its rules for the Payment System Operators/Providers (PSO/PSP).

APPS is approved for pilot operations by the SBP, and it empowers the multi-instrument acceptance of Scheme Cards, Mobile Wallets, and Bank Account Numbers through its payment gateway PayFast.

PayFast enables merchants, billers, and aggregators to receive payments from their customers through a variety of methods like bank accounts, wallets, and domestic and international payment schemes.

The gateway operates with state-of-the-art security, thereby mitigating risks for its customers through PCI-DSS certification and a data-driven fraud monitoring system.

PayFast addresses merchant pain points while accepting orders online, which has seen a striking escalation since the pandemic. The number of e-commerce merchants registered with banks has increased from 1,400 to almost 2,500 in a year, contributing to Pakistan’s exponential growth in e-commerce, which is poised to cross $3 billion by the end of 2021.

This growth can also be attributed to increasing connectivity and internet access, allowing businesses to thrive online. The number of3G/4G subscribers has jumped to 100 million.

Therefore, PayFast enhances the acceptability of payments for these merchants by offering a diverse range of instruments at competitive fees.

The CEO of APPS, Adnan Ali, said in a statement, “APPS was founded with the primary aim to revolutionize the digital payments services in Pakistan and expand as a regional fintech player. We are thankful to the State Bank for continuing to support us and creating a space for Fintechs, and especially the Payment Systems Department”.

The Chairman of the Board for APPS, Arshad Raza, said in a statement, “When we invested in this startup envisioned by Avanza Solutions, we always believed that Pakistan’s payments market would be immensely lucrative and would see an unmitigated performance in the coming years”.

He added, “This commercial license is a testament to that vision. It is with great pride that we celebrate this day as part of the revolution in transforming Pakistan into a cashless society”.

There are eleven other Authorized Payment System Operators (PSOs) and Payment Service Providers (PSPs) under the Rules for PSOs and PSP, currently operational in Pakistan, according to the SBP data. Their details can be found here.

Xiaomi Patents Foldable Smartphone With 100% Screen to Body Ratio

Recently, a Xiaomi patent filed with CNIPA under the number CN112839115A surfaced on the internet. The publication details a “flexible screen module,” featuring nearly a 100 percent screen to body ratio.

In the patent, Xiaomi also briefly explains the tech behind the module. The device has two display areas, i.e., the main display and a sub-display. Both are connected via a hinge mechanism and the camera system is installed on the sub-display

The camera also moves along with the hinge mechanism. Through this movement, the second display of the device can be used as a regular front display and can even uncover the cameras for rear photography.

Thanks to this mechanism, the smartphone will only have a single camera system that will be used for selfies as well. This will not only save space but will also save the added costs of a selfie cam. Moreover, since the phone ditches the front camera, it can easily achieve a near 100% screen-to-body ratio.

The patent does not reveal any more information about the device. Moreover, there is a high chance that Xiaomi has only patented this idea and will not turn it into a real device. Most patents are usually left lying on the shelf.