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3G, 4G services suspended

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MNA Tech Desk: The government has suspended 3G and 4G mobile internet services for 24 hours in the wake of the ongoing student agitation demanding safe road, reported news agency. The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission issued the order on Saturday evening. Accordingly, mobile phone internet subscribers have started facing the consequence — slow speed of internet — since 7:30pm, some subscribers said. The police, earlier, recommended suspension of 3G and 4G network of mobile internet services as protesting students have been carrying out their demonstrations using social media network, especially Facebook. The BTRC step came after a group of youths ...

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Xiaomi launches ‘best selfie’ smartphone

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Global technology company Xiaomi on Friday announced Redmi S2 to be available nationwide in the Bangladesh market, reported news agency. Following the announcement users can purchase Redmi S2 now from daraz.com.bd, more than 100 Mi Authorized Stores and 1000 retail stores starting Tk 14,999, said a press release. Xiaomi vice president and India managing director Manu Jain said, “We are excited to extend our best selfie smartphone at an affordable price to the entire Bangladesh market. With Redmi S2 also available in offline stores along with online, we hope to extend our share to the ...

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App ‘Joy’ to combat violence against women, children

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MNA Tech Desk: ‘Joy’, a mobile app on receiving emergency support to combat violence against women and children, was launched, reports news agency. The mobile-based Joy application software has been developed by Multi-Sectoral Program on Violence Against Women (MSPVAW) of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs with funding and technical support from the a2i Programme in an attempt to provide immediate assistance to women and children who are already and/or are about to be victims of torture or violence. During an emergency, the app user can instantaneously send distress SMS to the Police Super, Deputy Police Commissioner of the ...

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Google celebrates Feroza Begum’s 88th birthday

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MNA Tech Desk: Search engine giant Google has created a new Doodle on its homepage, marking Bangladeshi iconic singer Feroza Begum’s 88th birth anniversary, reported news agency. Feroza’s voice and ability to convey deep emotion played an important role in popularising Nazrul Sangeet throughout the country. She (28 July 1930 – 9 September 2014) was a Nazrul Sangeet singer. She was honoured with the Independence Day Award in 1979 by the government of Bangladesh. Feroza Begum first sang in All India Radio while studying in the sixth grade. She met National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam at the age of 10 ...

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Underground lake found on Mars

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MNA Science Desk: Using a radar instrument on an orbiting spacecraft, scientists have spotted what they said on Wednesday appears to be a sizable salt-laden lake under ice on the southern polar plain of Mars, a body of water they called a possible habitat for microbial life. The reservoir they detected — roughly 12 miles (20 km) in diameter, shaped like a rounded triangle and located about a mile (1.5 km) beneath the ice surface — represents the first stable body of liquid water ever found on Mars. The researchers said it could take years to verify whether something is ...

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Samsung launches Galaxy J8

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MNA Tech Desk: Samsung has launched a brand new smartphone styled Galaxy J8, the latest addition to its most popular range of J series smartphones in Bangladesh, reported news agency. The world’s leading smartphone manufacturer came up with the new brand with the aim “to bring amazing flagship features within midrange”. “Its design has been engineered to offer improved durability and comfortable grip, without compromising on style,” the company said in a news release issued in Dhaka on Tuesday. The Samsung Galaxy J8 has a 16MP and 5MP dual rear camera setup. “The phone is ideal for low light photography ...

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Snapchat to shut down payment service

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MNA Tech Desk: Photo-messaging app Snapchat is reportedly terminating its digital peer-to-peer payment service “Snapcash” on 30 August, ending its four-year long partnership with US-based mobile payment company “Square”. “Yes, we’re discontinuing the ‘Snapcash’ feature as of 30 August 2018. ‘Snapcash’ was our first product created in partnership with another company – ‘Square’. We’re thankful for all the Snapchatters who used Snapcash for the last four years and for Square’s partnership,” TechCrunch quoted a Snapchat spokesperson as saying late on Sunday. “Snapcash” used the regular number, expiration date and card verification value (CVV) of a debit card, allowing Snapchatters to ...

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Twitter suspended 58m accounts in 4Q

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MNA Tech Desk: Twitter suspended at least 58 million user accounts in the final three months of 2017, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. The figure highlights the company’s newly aggressive stance against malicious or suspicious accounts in the wake of Russian disinformation efforts during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. Last week, Twitter confirmed a Washington Post report that it had suspended 70 million accounts in May and June. The cavalcade of suspensions has raised questions as to whether the crackdown could affect Twitter’s user growth and whether the company should have warned investors earlier. The company has ...

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Apple supports Malala Fund expansion in Latin America

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MNA Tech Desk: Apple launched a new collaboration between its 10 Apple Developer Academies in Brazil and Malala Fund to advance girls’ education opportunities, reported news agency. As part of its new expansion into Latin America, Malala Fund, which works to provide safe, quality secondary education and opportunities for girls, has also offered grants to local advocates in Brazil. The advocates join Malala Fund’s network of Gulmakai champions and will implement projects across the country designed to empower girls, teachers and policymakers through skills development, school enrollment efforts and education advocacy. The challenge will harness the creativity and ingenuity of ...

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Microsoft Teams gets a free version

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MNA Tech Desk: Taking on professional collaboration tool Slack, Microsoft’s Teams is now available for free in 40 languages worldwide, reported news agency. Currently, more than 200,000 businesses across 181 markets globally use Teams-a hub for chatting, sharing documents, video and voice calling in Microsoft 365 — to collaborate and get work done. “Whether you’re a freelancer, a small business owner, or part of a team inside a large organisation, you can start using Teams today,” Ron Markezich, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft, said in a statement on Friday. The free version, that can be used in a organisation with ...

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Samsung opens world’s biggest smartphone factory

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MNA Tech Desk: Samsung opened the world’s largest smartphone factory in India on Monday, a move Prime Minister Narendra Modi said would help transform Asia’s third-largest economy into a global manufacturing hub, reported news agency. Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in inaugurated the giant assembling plant — an expansion of an existing Samsung facility — in the city of Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi. “The Noida plant has now become Samsung’s largest smartphone manufacturing unit,” Moon said, as the company announced that it planned to eventually manufacture 120 million smartphones a year at the factory. The decision ...

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India slams WhatsApp over toxic rumours

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MNA Tech Desk: India has told WhatsApp to take “immediate action” after a spate of horrific lynchings sparked by false rumours being shared on the hugely popular smartphone messaging service, reported news agency. More than 25 people have been killed in India in recent months after rumours were spread on smartphones about child kidnappers, thieves and sexual predators. The attacks-usually targeting outsiders-have left authorities scrambling to mount an effective response, with awareness campaigns and public alerts having limited effect. A stern statement issued by the electronics and IT ministry late on Tuesday expressed the government’s “deep disapproval” to the senior ...

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Apple rebuilds mapping app

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MNA Tech Desk: Apple Inc is rebuilding the widely used mapping application on its iPhones from the ground up with its own dataset, but Amsterdam-based TomTom NV will continue to be a data provider for Apple’s maps app, Cupertino, reported enws agency. Apple did not say how its use of TomTom would compare to its previous use, but TomTom shares fell after the news. Apple said it is completely rebuilding its Maps app – the most frequently used app on its iPhones – with data gathered by its own fleet of sensor-equipped vans and with anonymous data from iPhone users ...

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Longest lunar eclipse of the century in July

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MNA Science Desk: The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century is just a month away. The total phase of the “blood moon” eclipse of July 27 will last 1 hour and 43 minutes, during which Earth’s natural satellite will turn a spectacular red or ruddy-brown color. From start to finish, the entire celestial event will last nearly 4 hours. The eclipse won’t be visible to viewers in North America, except via webcasts. But observers in much of Africa, the Middle East, southern Asia and the Indian Ocean region will get an eyeful, given cooperative weather, according to lunar ...

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PayPal launches debit card

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MNA Tech Desk: PayPal Holdings Inc said it is launching a debit card for users of its mobile app Venmo in a bid to broaden its reach with younger users, reported news agency. Venmo, which has been part of PayPal since 2013, is one of the more popular mobile applications for person-to-person payments in the United States. Users of Venmo’s Mastercard debit card can pay in stores using the balance on their app rather than having to transfer funds to their bank account, it said. The San Jose, California based company in October rolled out the ability for Venmo users ...

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Researchers create smallest ‘computer’

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Researchers at the University of Michigan (UM) in the US have come out with the world’s smallest ‘computer’ — a device measuring just 0.3 mm to a side, completely dwarfed by a grain of rice. Unlike traditional desktops that retain their program and data with or without a power back-up, these new microdevices lose all prior programming and data as soon as they are switched off, news agency reported. In addition to the RAM and photovoltaics, the new micro-computing device — Michigan Micro Mote — has processors and wireless transmitters and receivers. As the Motes ...

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Intel CEO resigns over consensual relationship with employee

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Intel says CEO Brian Krzanich has resigned after the company learned of a “past consensual relationship with an Intel employee.” “An ongoing investigation by internal and external counsel has confirmed a violation of Intel’s non-fraternization policy, which applies to all managers,” the company said in an announcement on Thursday. Chief Financial Officer Robert Swan will serve as interim chief executive officer, effective immediately. A source familiar with the matter said the company has a strict non-fraternization policy that prevents managers from engaging in relationships with employees. Employees who see inappropriate workplace behavior are required to ...

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Scientist hunts for ‘monster DNA’ in Scotland

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Tales of a giant creature lurking beneath the murky waves of Loch Ness have been around for more than 1,500 years — and one academic hopes the marvels of modern science can finally unravel the mystery. Neil Gemmell has travelled from the University of Otago in New Zealand to collect water samples in the Scottish lake, in the hope of finding out more about the creatures that inhabit its depths. “Over 1,000 people claim that they have seen a monster. Maybe there is something extraordinary out there,” he told news agency, as he dropped a ...

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FB to offer interactive game shows

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MNA Tech Desk: Facebook said it is offering a series of new formats for its online video platform including interactive game shows, quizzes and polls, reported news agency. The new formats will be available to those creating video content on the social network, which is searching for a niche to compete against rivals ranging from Netflix to Google-owned YouTube. One of the features from Facebook will allow interactivity, which could be used for live game shows or challenges which offer cash prizes. “We believe that watching video doesn’t have to be passive, and that many types of traditional entertainment formats ...

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Google to invest $550m in JD.com

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MNA Tech Desk: Google will invest $550 million in Chinese e-commerce powerhouse JD.com, part of the US internet giant’s efforts to expand its presence in fast-growing Asian markets and battle rivals including Amazon.com. The two companies described the investment announced on Monday as one piece of a broader partnership that will include the promotion of JD.com products on Google’s shopping service. This could help JD.com expand beyond its base in China and Southeast Asia and establish a meaningful presence in US and European markets. Company officials said the agreement initially would not involve any major new Google initiatives in China, ...

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Apple closing iPhone security gap

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MNA Tech Desk: Apple is closing a security gap that allowed outsiders to pry personal information from locked iPhones without a password, a change that will thwart law enforcement agencies that have been exploiting the vulnerability to collect evidence in criminal investigations. The loophole will be shut down in a forthcoming update to Apple’s iOS software, which powers iPhones, reported news agency. Once fixed, iPhones will no longer be vulnerable to intrusion via the Lightning port used both to transfer data and to charge iPhones. The port will still function after the update, but will shut off data an hour ...

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People switching from Facebook: Study

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MNA Tech Desk: Many people are switching from Facebook to closed forums like WhatsApp to discuss daily news because of worries about privacy, fake stories and toxic debates, a survey said on Thursday. The latest Digital News Report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism found that news consumption via Facebook is falling, particularly among the young, who prefer WhatsApp, Instagram and Snapchat. Facebook remains the most popular social network for news, with 36 per cent using it in the last week. But it has lost ground to other apps, especially WhatsApp, which has tripled in popularity as ...

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Google won’t deploy AI to build weapons

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Google will not allow its artificial intelligence software to be used in weapons or unreasonable surveillance efforts, the Alphabet Inc unit said Thursday in standards for its business decisions in the nascent field, reported news agency. The new restrictions could help Google management defuse months of protest by thousands of employees against the company’s work with the U.S. military to identify objects in drone video. Google will pursue other government contracts including around cybersecurity, military recruitment and search and rescue, chief executive Sundar Pichai said in a blog post Thursday. “We want to be clear ...

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Pickaboo pre-booking starts for Samsung

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MNA Tech Desk: Pickaboo online has started the pre-book of the brand new Samsung Galaxy J6. The Galaxy J6 is bringing the infinity display for the first time in Samsung’s most popular range of J series smartphones in Bangladesh. Customers can pre-book this Smartphone exclusively from Pickaboo.com from 22nd May to 30th May 2018. With every pre-book, customers will get a free football jersey, EMI facility for 12 months at zero interest, and free home delivery. The delivery of the pre-booked Galaxy J6 will initiate from June 1st Week, 2018. The smartphone will be available in black, gold and blue. ...

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Egypt bans YouTube for one month

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Egypt’s top administrative court ordered on Saturday to block YouTube streaming website for one month over hosting a video that denigrates Prophet Muhammad of Islam, the Egyptian lawyer who filed the lawsuit said. “The ruling is final, unappealable and enforceable,” Xinhua quoted lawyer Mohamed Hamed Salem as saying. A lower administrative court has previously ordered the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) to do so, but the latter appealed against the ruling, citing it was hard to implement. The top administrative court rejected the NTRA appeal on Saturday and upheld the temporary ban as a final, ...

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BS-I reaches orbital position

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Bangabandhu satellite -I (BS-I), Bangladesh’s first geostationary communication, has reached the desired location (orbital slot) 10 days after of it was launched from Florida. “Our satellite has taken its position and started functioning normally,” Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited (BCSCL) Managing Director Md. Saiful Islam told news agency. The BS-I was successfully launched from the historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida of United States 16:14 local time (02:14 BST) on May 11. Most modern rocket “Block 5” version of the Falcon 9 of SpaceX has lifted the BS-I for the ...

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Apple to bring accessible coding for blind

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: With an aim to offer students with disabilities an opportunity to learn the language of technology, Apple is bringing an accessible coding programme to schools serving the blind and deaf communities, first to the US and then to more schools around the world. Beginning this autumn, US schools supporting students with vision, hearing or other assistive needs will start teaching the “Everyone Can Code” curricula for Swift-Apple’s intuitive programming language, the Cupertino, California-headquartered tech giant said in a statement on Thursday. “Apple’s mission is to make products as accessible as possible,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s ...

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