Science & Tech

2020 Mars rover to have 23 eyes


MNA Science & Tech Desk: NASA said its Mars 2020 mission will have more “eyes” than any rover before it – a grand total of 23, to create sweeping panoramas, reveal obstacles, study the atmosphere and assist science instruments. They will provide dramatic views during the rover’s descent to Mars and be the first to capture images of a parachute ...

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iPhone 8 launched in Bangladesh

iPhone 8

MNA Science & Tech Desk:  iPhone 8, the latest version of mobile phone set of giant Apple brand, was formally launched today here for Bangladesh market with a call for buying the set from authorised sellers to evade from having fake or refurbish sets. Compustar PVT Limited (CPL), the authorised distributor of iPhone in Bangladesh, launched the new iPhone 8 ...

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Now go live with friend on Instagram


MNA Science & Tech: After several weeks of testing, Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram has rolled out a new feature which enables users to broadcast simultaneously with a friend. ‘Starting today, we are introducing a fun way to go live with a friend. Now, you can hang out and go live together, whether you’re just doing homework or catching up on ...

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New cyber attacks hit Russia, other nations

Cyber attacks

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Cyber attacks using malware called “BadRabbit” hit Russia and other nations on Tuesday, affecting Russian Interfax news agency and causing flight delays at Ukraine’s Odessa airport. While no major outages were reported, the U.S. government issued a warning on the attack, which followed campaigns in May and June that used similar malware and resulted in ...

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Google delays white Pixel 2 orders

YouTube TV

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Google has delayed the delivery of some of its newly-launched white Pixel 2 devices by up to a month as it is having a hard time keeping the smartphone in stock. “Some people who ordered a white Pixel 2 and received an estimated ship date of late October are receiving emails saying their order has ...

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Maximum 20 SIMs against one NID card


MNA Science & Tech Desk: State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim on Thursday said a person will now be allowed to register maximum 20 mobile SIM cards against one national identity card. The decision was taken at a meeting held at the Secretariat where Prime Minister’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy was present, Tarana said while talking to ...

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Bongo wins National ICT Award for Bioscope


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Bongo (Stellar Digital Limited), a premier digital entertainment service provider, won the National ICT Award for its service ‘Bioscope’, a live-TV and VOD app for entertainment and sports on the go. The awards ceremony was organized by BASIS and held at the Insitution of Diploma Engineers in Dhaka. The award was handed over by the ...

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Bangladesh 10th at First time online users


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Bangladesh is one of the top 10 economies considering the number of people that went online for the first time between 2012 and 2015. This list was prepared by the Information Economy Report 2017 and released by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), where this encouraging scenario was portrayed. The report revealed ...

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Facebook to launch Oculus Go

doubtful stories

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Facebook Inc plans to release a new virtual reality headset that does not require a separate computer to operate, allowing more mobile uses than the company’s existing Oculus Rift product, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday. Zuckerberg, speaking at a conference for virtual reality developers, said the “Oculus Go” device would cost $199 and ...

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Call 2872 to inform about Blue Whale Game


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has urged people to call at ‘2872’ if any web link, web address, mobile phone apps or any information related to ‘lethal online game Blue Whale’ is found. The directive came from a BTRC awareness message, signed by its senior assistant director M Jakir Hossain Khan, on Tuesday. The message ...

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Balloons to help restore Puerto Rico’s cell networks


MNA Science & Technology: Google’s parent company is set to launch balloons into the Caribbean skies in an attempt to restore telephone networks in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Alphabet Inc., which controls Google, obtained authorization from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deploy the devices — developed from 2013 as part of a project known as “Loon.” It aims to ...

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Google introduced “Babel Fish” earbuds


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Google on Wednesday introduced new Pixel earbuds that the company says are capable of real-time translation of conversations in different languages. A demonstration given as Google unveiled a host of new products infused with its digital “Assistant” smarts got people playfully referring to Pixel Buds as an internet-Age version of alien “Babel Fish” depicted in ...

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All 3 billion accounts hacked: Yahoo

3 billion

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Yahoo on Tuesday said that all 3 billion of its accounts were hacked in a 2013 data theft, tripling its earlier estimate of the size of the largest breach in history, in a disclosure that attorneys said sharply increased the legal exposure of its new owner, Verizon Communications Inc. The news expands the likely number ...

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Galaxy Note 8 wins ‘Gadget of the Year’

Galaxy Note

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Samsung’s flagship smartphone Galaxy Note8 on Friday won the ‘Gadget of the Year’ award at the India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2017 here. Note8, which features ‘Bixby’ digital assistant and enhanced ‘S Pen’, was launched in India on 12 September at Rs 67,900. “With the launch of Galaxy Note8, we have further strengthened our leadership in ...

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Microsoft Office 2019 to be released in 2018

Bangla version

MNA Science & Tech Desk: The next version of Microsoft Office — Office 2019 — will be released in the second half of 2018 and its previews will start shipping mid-year. The release will include perpetual versions of the Office apps including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook and servers including Exchange, SharePoint and Skype for Business, Microsoft said in statement ...

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Australia to launch national space agency

national space agency

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Australia on Monday committed to creating a national space agency as it looks to cash in on the lucrative and fast-evolving astronautical sector, reported news agency. The announcement came at a week-long Adelaide space conference attended by the world’s top scientists and experts including SpaceX chief Elon Musk. It brings Canberra—which already has significant involvement ...

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Uber ban challenged online by 500,000


MNA Science & Tech Desk: A petition organised by Uber against London’s decision not to renew its operating license has gathered 500,000 signatures, little more than 24 hours after the decision was announced, a website monitoring its progress showed on Saturday. The online petition was started on Friday after transport authorities in the British capital deemed Uber unfit to run ...

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Facebook bans Rohingya militant group

hate speech

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Facebook said it has banned a Rohingya militant group from its site, designating it a ‘dangerous organisation’ as information on the deepening crisis is muddied by claims, counter-claims and hate speech on social media. The social network is a key tool in the information war taking place over violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, which has ...

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Google honours Samuel Johnson with Doodle

Samuel Johnson

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Google today come up with a doodle marking 308th birth anniversary of British lexicographer Samuel Johnson, acknowledged for his lasting contribution to the English literature. Called Dr Johnson, he was a poet, moralist, literary critic, essayist, lexicographer, biographer and an editor as well. After nine years of work, Dr Johnson published an English dictionary in ...

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iPhone X, iPhone 8, 8 Plus unveiled

iPhone X

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Apple unveiled three new iPhone models — iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus — on Monday, including a top-of-line handset described as “the biggest leap forward” since the original iPhone 10 years ago. Apple chief executive Tim Cook announced the premium iPhone X—pronounced 10 — as well as a new iPhone 8 and 8 ...

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Facebook to stop info over suicide challenges

hate speech

MNA Science & Tech Desk: At a time when reports of suicides linked to the Blue Whale challenge internet game are sending shock waves through the country, Facebook on Friday said it is working with suicide prevention partners to collect phrases, hashtags and group names associated with online challenges encouraging self-harm or suicide. “We offer resources to people that search ...

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Nokia Android phones to receive Oreo update


MNA Science & Tech Desk: HMD Global has now confirmed that all of the company’s Nokia-branded Android smartphones will be receiving the Android 8.0 Oreo update going ahead. While the company has already provided regular updates to its smartphones and the handsets are relatively new, it is good to get official confirmation from the company regarding the update to the ...

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Huawei unveils mobile AI assistant


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Chinese electronics giant Huawei on Saturday unveiled its first mobile personal assistant with artificial intelligence in Berlin, in hopes it will rival the dominance of Samsung’s Bixby and Apple’s Siri. Internet giants have been investing heavily in creating software to help machines think more like people, ideally acting as virtual assistants who get to know ...

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Huawei releases NFV assurance white paper


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Huawei has released a new technology white paper entitled ‘Next-Generation Assurance in NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) Networks. The white paper analyzes in detail Communication Service Provider’s (CSP) NFV assurance and maintenance technique requirements during digital transformation, says a press release. NFV offers a new way to design, deploy and manage networking services. Also decouples the ...

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Mark Zuckerberg welcomes second daughter

second daughter

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced the birth of their second daughter, releasing a family photo on Facebook, reported news agency. The couple named the child August after the Facebook founder’s wife gave birth earlier this month. In a post on the social network on Monday evening that attracted hundreds of thousands of ...

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Smart umbrella for hajj pilgrims

smart umbrella

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Every year about 25 lakh Muslims gather in Makkah city for hajj and these pilgrims will be excited to know that an Arabian scientist has invented a smart umbrella. The weather in Makkah is hot and dry. People coming from abroad find it hard to cope up with such weather. The inventor of the umbrella ...

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Rare total solar eclipse spreads wonder

solar eclipse

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Millions of people looked skyward in awe through protective glasses, telescopes and cameras on Monday as the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in a century marched from the US Pacific Northwest to the Atlantic seaboard. After weeks of anticipation, onlookers from Oregon to South Carolina whooped and cheered as the moon blotted out the sun, ...

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