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Driverless car tested on UK’s streets for the first time

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MNA Technology Desk: A driverless car took to Britain’s streets for the first time on Tuesday, as part of trials aimed at getting autonomous vehicles onto the roads by 2020, reported news agency. The electric-powered pod – like a small two-seater car – navigated its way around a pedestrianized area in the southern English town of Milton Keynes at 5 miles (8km) per hour, turning corners and stopping as pedestrians crossed its path. The government is encouraging tech firms and carmakers to develop and test autonomous driving technology in Britain, aiming to build an industry to serve a worldwide market ...

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Samsung suspended production of Galaxy Note 7

Galaxy Note 7

MNA Technology Desk: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd postponed manufacture of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, a source said on Monday, after reports of fires in replacement devices added to the tech giant’s poorest ever recall crisis. Samsung did not instantly comment on the production close, while the source – who declined to be recognized because they were not authorized to speak to the media – did not explain whether specific problems had been identified or when production was halted. Samsung told news agency that it was investigating reports of “heat damage issues” and would take immediate action to fix any problems ...

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Bangladesh finally got dot bangla domain

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MNA Technology Desk: Bangladesh has finally got the rights to use dot bangla (.bangla) domain as own, the Internationalized Domain Name (IDM), to express its identity globally. “Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today made the announcement of allocating the .bangla domain in favor of Bangladesh,” state minister for posts and telecommunications Tarana Halim told BSS by phone from Turkey. Earlier, the PDT finalized all the actions from Bangladesh’s side and submitted essential papers as per their (ICANN) condition. But, the ICANN Board is taking time to complete the dealings. The ICANN issued two domains for Bangladesh which ...

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Yahoo secretly searched customer emails for FBI

Yahoo

MNA Technology Desk: Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software programme to search all of its consumers’ incoming emails for precise information provided by US intelligence officials, reported news agency. The company complied with a classified US government demand, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the request of the National Security Agency or FBI, said three former employees of the events. Some specialists said this characterizes the first case to surface of a US Internet company agreeing to an intelligence agency’s request by searching all incoming mails, as opposed to examining stored messages or scanning ...

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8,500 post offices to be e-centres by 2017

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MNA Technology Desk: The government would update 8,500 post offices as e-centres across the country by June, 2017 to circulate information and communication technology services to the rural people, reported news agency. Zunaid Ahmed Palak said this on behalf of state minister of the post and telecommunications Tarana Halim while replying to question from a treasury bench member Jebunnesa Afroz in the Jatiya Sangsad. The government has undertaken various projects to develop the post-offices through introducing express mail service (EMS), online inquiry system for International letters and global monitoring system, he said. He said, apart from modernizing 104 old post ...

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The largest radio telescope starts operating in China

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MNA Technology Desk: The world’s largest radio telescope began operating in southwestern China Sunday, a project Beijing says will help humanity search for alien life. The Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), nestled between hills in the mountainous region of Guizhou, began working around noon, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Built at a cost of 1.2 billion yuan ($180 million), the telescope dwarfs the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico as the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope, with twice the sensitivity and a reflector as large as 30 football fields, it said. FAST will use its vast dish, made up ...

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Facebook apologized for overemphasizing key ad metric

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MNA Technology Desk: Facebook apologized for a mistake in the way it calculated a key metric of video viewership that notably amplified users’ viewing times on its platform, reported news agency. The social media earlier said that a metric for average user time on videos was artificially inflated as it only counted videos viewed for over three seconds. At the time, Facebook had said that the “discrepancy” did not impact advertising billings and introduced newer metrics to replace the previous method. Facebook has made a significant stride into video, which has attracted significant advertising interest and has benefited from the ...

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Google to show off new smartphone

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MNA Technology Desk: Google sent out invitations to an October 4 event, hinting that the Internet titan will show off a new smartphone powered by its Android mobile software, reported news agency. Emailed invitations revealed only the time and place for the gathering in San Francisco, the message topped by blue, red, yellow, and green dots of color. Google fired off a Twitter message with hashtag #madebygoogle and a video of what appeared to be a long rectangular search term box morphing into a silhouette of a smartphone. Industry trackers have been expecting Google in October to show off its ...

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Deal signed to launch Bangladesh’s first satellite

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MNA Technology Desk: Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) signed a Tk 1,400 crore agreement with Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) to build the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 and its launching ground. BTRC chairman Shahjahan Mahmood and deputy chief executive of HSBC, Bangladesh, Mahbub-Ur Rahman signed the deal on behalf of their respective sides at BTRC office in the capital, reported news agency. State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim, French ambassador in Dhaka Sophie Aubert and senior BTRC officials were present on the occasion. Tarana Halim said Bangabandhu Satellite-1 is expected to be launched on the victory day (16 December) ...

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Samsung urged Note 7 users to switch off phones

Note 7

MNA Technology Desk: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Saturday urged users of its Galaxy Note 7 phones to turn in their handsets as soon as possible as part of a recall aimed at limiting the damage caused by the fire-prone devices, reported news agency. The world’s top smartphone maker said last week it would exchange all Note 7 phones in 10 markets including South Korea and the United States, a costly setback for a company that was counting on the 988,900 won ($892.73) model to bolster sales momentum as rivals such as Apple Inc launch new devices. Reports that the ...

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Eid-selfi contest announced by bdtickets.com

Eid-Selfi

MNA Technology Desk: The online ticketing platform, bdtickets.com, has announced an Eid-Selfi contest for its customers, reported news agency. Anybody purchasing bus, launch or movie tickets from bdtickets.com over the Eid-ul-Azha vacation will be competent to take part in this competition, said a press release. Ten winners of the selfi competition will get iPhone 6S smartphone. Starting from 10th September, the competition will run till 18th September. In order to take part in the selfi contest, the purchaser needs to first purchase a ticket from bdtickets.com. If someone has bought a bus or launch ticket from the platform then they ...

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LG unveiled flagship V20 smartphone

LG unveiled

MNA Technology Desk: South Korean consumer electronics titan LG unveiled a flagship V20 smartphone aimed at internet age “storytellers” on the eve of an Apple event expected to start a new iPhone, reported news agency. LG introduced the V20 in San Francisco, highlighting camera and audio capabilities aimed at bringing professional-level production quality to even casual of moments captured on smartphones. “The V20 was built with storytellers in mind; the visual generation,” LG mobile communications director Frank Lee said while introducing the handset. The V20 was touted as the first smartphone to ship with a new Google Nougat operating system ...

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Messaging app ‘Alapon’ for public servants

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MNA Technology Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday launched a secure communications messaging app ‘Alapon’ for the public servants which will facilitate messaging and folder sharing. The mobile app is developed by the government’s ICT Division. The prime minister launched it before the weekly Cabinet meeting. Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told reporters that through this app the government officials will be able to converse with each other, much like Viber. The Prime Minister immediately spoke with Barisal’s deputy commissioner through the app. Earlier on 2 August, authorities of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) launched a mobile application ‘Nogor’ ...

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NASA published photos of Jupiter’s North Pole

NASA published

MNA Technology Desk: As news agency reported, NASA published the first-ever images of Jupiter’s North Pole and its southern aurora, taken during the Juno spacecraft’s first orbital flyby of the gaseous giant. Juno came within 2,500 miles (4,200 kilometers) of Jupiter on 27 August during a six-hour transit from the north pole to the south. “It looks like nothing we have seen or imagined before,” said Scott Bolton, principal investigator of Juno from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. “The largest planet in our solar system is truly unique. We have 36 more flybys to study just how unique ...

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Apple to pay up to 13 billion euros to Ireland

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MNA Technology Desk: EU antitrust regulators ordered Apple on Tuesday to pay up to 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in taxes to the Irish government after ruling that a special scheme to route profits through Ireland was illegal state aid. The massive sum, some 40 times bigger than the previous known demand by the European Commission to a company in such a case, could be reduced, the EU executive said in a statement, if other countries sought more tax themselves from the US tech giant. Apple, which with Ireland, has already said it will appeal the decision, paid a tax ...

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Facebook changed Trending feature

Trending

MNA Technology Desk: Facebook Inc changed its popular Trending feature, which shows users the most-talked about topics of the day, to make it more automated and further eliminate the potential for human bias, the company wrote in a blog post on Friday. The update is Facebook’s latest attempt in recent months to stress its neutrality as its influence grows. The feature came under scrutiny in May after a news report alleged it suppressed conservative news, which prompted a demand from Republican members of the US Congress for more transparency. Facebook said an internal probe found no evidence of bias. To ...

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Twitter closed 360,000 accounts

360,000 accounts

MNA Technology Desk: Twitter has closed 360,000 accounts for threatening or encouraging terror activities since the middle of 2015, the twitter authority confirmed it on Thursday. The micro blogging stage has formerly come under fire from Washington and third-party groups for not doing enough to stop accounts linked to Islamic State militants. Since February, it has closed an additional 235,000 accounts, after halting 125,000 accounts since the middle of 2015, most of which were linked to Islamic State. Though it said an algorithm cannot recognize terrorist propaganda, it relies on spam-fighting tools to help identify repeat offenders, including those who ...

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Mustafa Jabbar will lead new BASIS executives

Mustafa Jabbar

MNA Technology Desk: IT entrepreneur Mustafa Jabbar will lead new BASIS (Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services) executives for IT and software over the next three years. BASIS said on Monday that Jabbar had been elected President of the body for the 2016-19 term at elections held on Saturday. Russell T Ahmed of Team Creative was elected Senior Vice President, while M Rashidul Hasan of Systech Digital Limited and Farhana A Rahman of UY Systems Limited became Vice Presidents. Jabbar is best known for being the creator of software Bijoy. He published the Bijoy Bengali Keyboard, the first Bengali ...

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