Zarif Faiaz

Is Dhaka ready to embrace Electric Vehicles?

Is Dhaka ready for Electric Vehicles?

What will the world of tech look like in 2023?

There are a few key areas that are likely to see significant activity and could potentially have a major impact on the tech industry.

Ending the year on a mixed note

Here’s to one more ride.

Why hybrid should be the future of work (at least in Dhaka)

First and foremost, hybrid working allows for greater flexibility and work-life balance.

Best free video editing software for beginners

Here are some great video editing apps to start out with.

ASUS shaping a tech-savvy Bangladesh with innovative laptops

The digital transformation of Bangladesh over the past two decades has been fueled by the increasing convergence of technology with our everyday lives.

How foodpanda is creating a smart q-commerce ecosystem

Bangladesh is changing radically. As the country leaps forward in the digital era, its people are embracing the smart, tech-savvy way of life, day in and day out. Today,

ShareTrip and the rise of smart travelling in Bangladesh

The age of the internet has changed how travellers plan their trips and pick their destinations. Travellers can now research potential destinations online, as opposed to a traditional brick-and-mortar travel agency.

How to set up a budget greenscreen at home

Did you know that you can create your own greenscreen by just using fabric from a craft store?

Power cuts, load-sheddings are hurting rural freelancers

Not too long ago, freelancing was deemed an exciting career prospect for thousands of skilled Bangladeshi youths. The rapid digitalisation of the country, combined with a rising number of skilled, educated, but unemployed workforce—and consistently low market wages—contributed to a freelancing boom in Bangladesh over the last decade. 

Making it into the big leagues

No matter how much it seems like one, this is not an advertisement. Welcome to a world where we influence you to become influencers.

Internet’s greatest art war, and the fight to keep Bangladesh in it

A small community of Bangladeshis on Reddit spent three sleepless nights defending the Bangladeshi flag on a massive open digital canvas called r/place.

Bangladeshis behind global far-right online movements: Here’s what we know

Over the past few weeks, growing protests against Covid-19 restrictions have been crippling Canada-US borders and downtown Ottawa.

Facebook's promised free internet for low-income people was not free after all

Since 2013, Facebook, in collaboration with select carriers and operators, has been offering a free text-only version of its browser that–according to Facebook–wouldn’t use up mobile data. The services were targetted particularly towards developing countries with poor connectivity and as of last October, it has more than 300 million users. But recent internal documents reveal that users of the free version ended up being charged anyway. The worst part–Facebook has no idea how much. 

The never-ending streaming wars

Look, I took a break from binging my latest Netflix show to write this note. You see where this is going? Kidding. Anyway

Metaverse again

It seems like we can’t stop talking about the Metaverse. This week, once again, we talk about the Metaverse but this time, it’s

Exciting (?) times ahead

Ever since the Metaverse announcement, I couldn’t stop thinking about the movie Ready Player One.

Sweet November

November starts on a good note for us. We finally get to take a new ride out for a spin after a zillion years and we’re so happy that we slammed it for the feature story this week. Turn to the centrefold to read us gushing over the new Honda Civic 2022 and drool over all the pretty pictures we took of the car.

Oh, another digital marketing agency? Tell me about it

This week, we mainly talk about the career prospect of that fresh graduate kid whose planning to get into a marketing firm.

Only ‘90s kids would remember

This issue is all about living the ‘90s dream. I mean, we feature a tribute to Grand Theft Auto in the centrefold. Need we say more?

It’s 2021, can we rely on tech yet?

This week, we explore how reliable technology actually is when it comes to personal shopping and other duties.

6 Bangladeshi militant groups, 1 individual in Facebook’s secret blacklist

Facebook has developed a secret blacklist of over 4000 individuals and organisations across the world that the social media giant considers “dangerous”, as a part of its Dangerous Individuals and Organizations (DIO) policy, according to internal Facebook documents, as revealed by The Intercept.

A new day

October’s second issue begins as a new day as we, the toggle helm team, is reduced to a ragtag assembly of two. Quartermaster Nahaly Nafisa Khan jumped ship and it’s just me and the captain holding the deck for now.

Inside the Facebook blackout: How the social media giant lost $7bn in a day

On Monday, around 10 PM BST, Facebook and its other services--including WhatsApp and Instagram--went completely down, in a massive outage that’s thought to be the worst since 2019. The websites were restored nearly 12 hours later, after an unprecedented interruption in global communications and the internet economy. 

Offline Siri, 3D maps, screen sharing: Here’s what’s new in Apple’s iOS 15

Apple has finally released the iOS 15 for the public and it’s available to download now in Bangladesh. We have received our first update and here are the key highlights:

The future is now, old man!

The future is upon us. I mean, soon, as everything looks almost set for us to step into the EV era. So, this week, we explore where our electric future stands.

Time to get back in the world

This new normal is here to stay, that much we know for sure. But as the world around us slowly starts to open up following mass vaccination drives and whatnot, it’s time to prepare ourselves to get back into the world. We, as much as you lot, missed

All about living the good life

In the constantly shifting digital world, it gets tough to keep track of what’s new on the market every now and then. But as brands race each other to grab your attention, we are here to streamline that process for you.

At long last, a ‘Foundation’

Originally published as a series of short stories in the 1940s, the Foundation series—expanded later with a string of prequels and sequels—became Asimov’s greatest contribution to the genre and remains, to this day, one of the greatest reads for any SF connoisseur. 

Do users really need those?

Social media users are seemingly sceptical of the government’s move to introduce home-grown alternatives to Facebook, WhatsApp and other digital platforms.

Twitter launches new tools to report covid misinformation

Users will be able to report misinformation in the same way that they can report harassment or other harmful content, starting today, via the dropdown menu at the top right of every tweet.

Gender gap in mobile phone usage remains to be closed, study finds

GSMA, an industry organisation that represents the interests of mobile network operators worldwide has recently published a report on the gender gap in mobile use.

A very different beginning

As I write this note, I have lost count of how many days it has been since we’ve resorted to home-office. It takes a toll on your mental health, and I can’t begin to imagine what a different world it must be for those who are just beginning their careers.

Jamuna’s investment in Evaly: What does it actually mean?

Since yesterday, one of the most talked-about topics in Bangladeshi social media is industrial conglomerate Jamuna Group’s announcement of investing up to Tk 1,000 crore in the e-commerce platform Evaly. The sheer figure astounded many as it is the largest amount of investment the country has ever seen in its e-commerce industry. Initially, Jamuna Group will invest Tk 200 crore, and the rest in phases. 

Facebook gets into the newsletter game with ‘Bulletin’

With a new service called Bulletin, Facebook is getting into the subscription newsletter business, allowing writers to create free and paid newsletters that can be shared across

How a group of rural freelancers made internet available at flat rate across the country

On June 6, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), fixed the maximum tariff for broadband internet across the country at Tk 500 a month for using a broadband connection with a minimum internet speed of 5 Mbps. Behind the scenes, the credit goes to a small community of freelancers in Kushtia who have been campaigning for internet equality for the last 5 years or so. This is their story.

It’s all about finding your worth

This week, we ask an ages-old question: are unpaid internships worth it? Do you really want to spend your valuable time (and money, in some

Army of the Dead: Zack Snyder’s new zombie flick is ridiculously fun to watch

It’s 2021, and shooting a zombie in the brain is still fun. Throw in a little Dave Bautista, a dash of mindless action, and a bit of slo-mo, and you have Zack Snyder’s latest Netflix flick, Army of the Dead.

The Palestinian struggle on the tech front: A case for digital apartheid

Since the beginning of the conflict, Palestinians have taken to Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #SaveSheikhJarrah to protest and highlight the extent of the brutality by Israeli forces in Sheikh Jarrah. But many found their posts, and even their accounts blocked.

Twitter attempts to get into news subscription service by acquiring Scroll

The Scroll service is a clever hack that tells websites not to serve you advertisements by using third-party cookies or browser extensions. It’s not exactly an ad-blocker, but it does give a portion of your subscription fee to the websites you visit that participate. It will no longer welcome new signups now that it has been purchased by Twitter.

Work, when does it end?

In case you needed a stern reminder, where here to tell you this week that work from home does not mean working 24/7. We get it—there’s

Apple’s new privacy feature pits it against Facebook over user data

The new feature makes a big change when it comes to app developers tracking user data to sell it to advertisers.

Ah, here we go again

Another lockdown, another day of working from home. While it may get tiring for many, there are those who have embraced this lifestyle even before the pandemic hit.

Imagining a better world

It’s hard to imagine one, especially when you live in a society that is a far cry from any and all sorts of inclusivity. But today’s Toggle is not about sounding any more grim than the world already is.

You don’t turn 50 everyday

At Toggle, we often spend a good portion of our content planning times thinking about what special days align with our Fridays, so we can come up with a good looking themed issue.

Twitter is changing itself with new products in pipeline

Twitter’s major shift in its product lines was hinted with the introduction of Twitter Fleets last year – a feature that resembles Snap, Instagram and Facebook stories. In recent months, Twitter has rolled out an audio chat service called Twitter Spaces;unveiled plans for a newsletter product, and announced a new feature called Super Follows, which will let people subscribe to special content.

Everything’s changing

For starters, our editor. And now apparently social media, as we know it, is about to change as well.

Is the future of social media audio only?

Social media, as we know it, might be headed for a big change. In the world of texts, photos and videos, an old trick is making a silent, but stomping comeback – audio chat rooms.

November 6, 2020
November 6, 2020

“Winter is here”

Like the disappointing 8th season of Game of Thrones, winter is finally upon us, bringing the scare of a second wave of Covid-19 along with it.

October 27, 2020
October 27, 2020

The man who built Samsung: A tale of strategy, controversy, success

Lee Kun-hee, Chairman of Samsung Electronics and the man widely credited for transforming Samsung into a global giant, breathed his last on Sunday in Seoul, South Korea. He was 78 at the time of his demise and was admitted in a hospital for the last six years following a heart attack, according to a statement released by Samsung.

October 23, 2020
October 23, 2020

Yet another attempt at exercising

Since the lockdown started, most of us have taken an attempt at starting a proper workout routine at least once. It’s safe to say that, most of us haven’t stuck to it. But despite that, the failed attempts go on to show that people are starting to take fitness more seriously and with Covid-19 bringing a major shift in our lifestyle, perhaps this enthusiasm is here to stay.

October 16, 2020
October 16, 2020

Get up, stand up

The past week has been a weary one. From being overwhelmed with news of violence against women to a nationwide eruption of protest against

October 9, 2020
October 9, 2020

From Trump to K-Pop

We knew the big ‘rona isn’t going away any soon, unlike Donald Trump. And that is why we have decided not to bow down before the virus.

September 25, 2020
September 25, 2020

“The Social Dilemma” exposes the ugly truth about social media with a stark warning

What sets The Social Dilemma apart from contemporary materials on the dangers of social media, is its simplistic and straightforward narrative that aims to explain complex algorithms in layman's terms. Coupled with honest, exclusive interviews of former Big Tech employees and a fictional second storyline that shows how a regular American household slowly disintegrates thanks to the influence of social media; The Social Dilemma desperately tries to tell a true horror story that's stranger than fiction.

August 16, 2020
August 16, 2020

73 years later, partition victims find their way back in virtual reality

After seven decades, many of the victims of 1947 partition are getting a chance to get a glimpse of their ancestral lands once again, thanks to a virtual reality project by a team of tech and history enthusiasts from Oxford University. Here’s the story of Project Dastaan, and of people yearning to go back home.

June 26, 2020
June 26, 2020

Coronavirus: Where and how to get help in Dhaka

At the time of writing this article, the number of COVID-19 infections in the country has crossed well beyond the 100,000 mark, with over a thousand dead and the number rising rapidly. While many doubt that the current scoreboard is far from the actual picture, these numbers are enough to scare even the most optimistic ones.

June 12, 2020
June 12, 2020

Oppo F15: Big on style, ageing chipset

Earlier this year, before everything went up in flames, Oppo launched its latest in the camera centric F series-F15. We got our hands on one and here’s our thought.

May 15, 2020
May 15, 2020

The flying stuntman of Netrokona

The flying stuntman of Netrokona and his Maruti 800 on the wall of death.