California: Facebook’s iOS app now lets you share those animated snapshots on the social network. While viewers will need a device running iOS 9 to see the effect, this could give your friends one more reason to check out your baby pictures. Be prepared to wait a little while to try this, however.
It’s been just under 3 months since Apple debuted “Live Photos” with the iPhone 6s and, slowly but surely, big third parties are finding ways to integrate them. Tumblr picked them up just days ago… and now Live Photos are getting support from the biggest photo sharing beast of them all: Facebook.
Live Photos are still fairly new, Facebook isn’t pushing support out to everyone at once. While some people will see them start popping up in their feeds as early as this morning, many won’t see them until the new year.
Only iPhone 6s and 6s Plus can capture Live Photos right now — but in the case of Facebook, any device running iOS 9 (so anything as old as the iPhone 4S) will be able to view them.
EPTL produces electricity via Thar Coal
THARPARKAR: Engro Powergen Thar (Pvt.) Limited (EPTL) has successfully transformed the vision of producing electricity by means of Thar Coal today.
EPTL – the majority-owned company of Engro Energy Limited, tested and energized the first unit of 330MW of the combined 660MW power plant – located in Thar Block II.
The successful synchronization happened amidst the presence of senior officials of the Company and from China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) – the EPC contractor of the project.
The injection of the electrons produced for the very first time from Thar coal – regarded as the 7th largest coal reserve in the world with 175 billion tons of lignite coal – 1st 330 MW unit of EPTL Plant synchronized with National Grid at 1046 PM tonight!
Relevant: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah says Thar Coal Block II has started adding electricity to the national grid. Speaking to media in Tharparker after visiting Thar Coal Block II today, he said the slogan “Thar Badlega Pakistan” has now become a reality. The Chief Minister said through the production of electricity by coal deposits, the dream of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto has become true. The Chief Minister thanked the Chinese government on the achievement of this milestone. He said there are one hundred and seventy-five million tons of coal deposits in Thar and the royalty of the coal in Thar will be given to Thar Foundation. Murad Ali Shah said this 330 MW power plant will be formally inaugurated by PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on 10th of the next month. Electricity generation has started from Thar Coal and one power plant of 330 megawatts at Thar Coal Block-II and is being added to the national grid. Chief Executive Officer of Engropowergen Thar limited SM Zafar Syed in an interview told our Karachi correspondent Altaf Pirzado that another power plant of 330 megawatts will also start producing electricity from next month. He said Thar Coal Block-II has the capacity of producing five thousand megawatts of electricity which will be available on low rates. He said commercial use of the electricity being produced from Thar Coal will start in June this year.
China Telecom net profits grow 14 pct in 2018
BEIJING: China Telecom, a leading mobile operator in China, reported a 13.9-percent year-on-year increase in net profits in 2018, the company announced Tuesday.
Profits attributable to equity holders totaled 21.2 billion yuan (about 3.2 billion U.S. dollars) last year, with basic earnings per share standing at 0.26 yuan, according to a company statement.
Operating revenue was 377.1 billion yuan, up 3 percent year on year, the statement said.
The company’s mobile subscribers reached 303 million last year, a net increase of 53 million. The number of 4G subscribers hit 242 million, a net increase of 60.4 million.
Meanwhile, the company’s wireline broadband subscribers grew 12.3 million to 146 million.
China’s telecom sector continued steady expansion last year, according to data from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
The sector’s revenue rose 3 percent year-on-year in 2018, with income from mobile data and Internet services, backed by the rapidly-expanding 4G network, up 10.2 percent.
2019 game developers conference kicks off in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO: The 2019 Game Developers Conference (GDC) opened Monday in downtown San Francisco, featuring more than 1,000 speakers from industries and trending products from the world’s top game companies.
Global game developers gathered at the world’s largest event, which is running from March 18 to 22, to exchange expertise on cutting-edge gaming technology via nearly a week of about 800 lectures, roundtable discussions, and networking sessions.
Speakers from Media Molecule, Hello Games and Microsoft will talk about their experiences and challenges in game development, while experts from Harvard University’s Desirability Lab, Walt Disney Imagineering, and San Francisco-based Niantic, Inc., the key developer of the augmented reality (AR) mobile game Pokemon Go, will give a series of mini-keynote speeches to inspire the audience.
During GDC 2019, the Virtual Reality Developers Conference (VRDC) will be staged for the attendees to have an opportunity to learn about Virtual Reality (VR) and AR in game development across disciplines such as design, production, programming, and visual art.
Among more than 550 exhibiting companies at the five-day event are some of the biggest names in electronic entertainment, including Sony, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Capcom, Bungie, Epic Games, and Bethesda Softworks.
Major developers have brought their classic games, such as Command & Conquer, Paperboy, Lemmings, Spider-Man 2 and the Panzer Dragoon series to tens of thousands of visitors at the exhibit.
Internet powerhouse Google has shown a strong interest in the gaming industry for some time and wants to grab a share of the game market.
Media reports said Google is likely to unveil a new video game hardware for its Project Stream platform at GDC 2019.