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Digital Innovation fair from 1 Apr

Digital Innovation

MNA Science & Tech Desk: A three-day long ‘Divisional Digital Innovation-2018’ fair is going to be held from April 1 in Rajshahi. The divisional administration will arrange the fair at Rajshahi College auditorium to encourage people to use Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Latest ICT products, multi-media classroom, mobile banking and e-learning items will be displayed in 54 stalls of the fair. Deputy director of Local Government division Parvez Raihan disclosed this in a press briefing held at Teachers Conference Hall of Rajshahi College on Wednesday. Deputy director of Department of Information Md Shamsuzzaman, editor of Daily Sonali Sangbad Liakat ...

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Galaxy without dark matter discovered

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Stupefied astronomers on Wednesday unveiled the first and only known galaxy without dark matter, the invisible and poorly-understood substance thought to make up a quarter of the Universe. The discovery could revise or even upend theories of how galaxies are formed, they reported in the journal Nature, reported news agency. There are 200 billion observable galaxies, perhaps more, astronomers estimate. Some 65 million light-years from Earth, NGC1052-DF2 — “DF2” for short — is about the same size as our Milky Way, but has 100 to 1,000 times fewer stars. Dark matter’s existence is inferred from ...

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Facebook data scandal widens


MNA Tech Desk: A scandal engulfing Facebook over the use of its data by political consultants widened on Tuesday when a whistleblower said Canadian company AggregateIQ had developed a programme to target Republican voters in the 2016 US election. Christopher Wylie, who previously revealed that consultancy Cambridge Analytica had accessed the data of 50 million Facebook users to build voter profiles on behalf of Donald Trump’s campaign, said AggregateIQ (AIQ) had built software called Ripon to profile voters. Wylie was giving evidence to a British parliamentary committee over the scandal, minutes after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg declined to appear before ...

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Zuckerberg apologises for FB data debacle

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has apologised for the data debacle that has upended the social media giant and said he was ready to testify before Congress, a media report said. “The short answer is I’m happy to if it’s the right thing to do,” Zuckerberg said in a CNN interview on Wednesday night. “What we try to do is send the person at Facebook who will have the most knowledge. “If that’s me, then I am happy to go,” he added. Although Facebook employs a small army of lawyers and lobbyists in Washington, Zuckerberg himself ...

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GP launches ‘Audio Conferencing’ solution


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Mobile phone operator Grameenphone introduced a new cloud telephony solution “Audio Conferencing” for its enterprise customers. Deputy CEO and Chief Marketing Officer of Grameenphone Yasir Azman launched the solution at GP House in city’s Bashundhara, said a press release on Tuesday. The Grameenphone Audio Conferencing supports simultaneous voice conferencing with up to 1,000 participants and comes with a host of conferencing features, such as PIN-based secure access. This cloud-based service is hosted at Grameenphone’s own Data Center and offered through a number of channels, such as web portal, iOS/Android mobile apps and Microsoft Outlook plug-ins ...

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Google bans cryptocurrency advertising


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Google said on Wednesday it was banning advertisements for cryptocurrency and initial coin offerings, the latest internet company to clamp down on the sector amid growing concerns about scams. Google’s action, which takes effect in June and follows a similar move by Facebook earlier this year, sent the price of the best-known cryptocurrency, bitcoin, down more than 10 percent to its lowest in a month. Interest in cryptocurrencies has surged in the last year as their prices rocketed. That growth has spawned online advertising used by hundreds of companies trying to raise funds by launching ...

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France to take legal action against Google and Apple


MNA Science & Technology Desk: France will take legal action against Google and Apple for “abusive business practices”, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Wednesday as transatlantic ties threaten to be riven by a trade war. “I believe in an economy based on justice and I will take Google and Apple before the Paris Commercial Court for abusive business practices” against French start-ups, Le Maire said on RTL radio. He said start-ups face conditions imposed on them when selling their apps on Google and Apple. It is unclear if European nations will obtain waivers, with Trump having singled out the ...

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Physicist Stephen Hawking passes away

Stephen Hawking

MNA Science Desk: Renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking, whose mental genius and physical disability made him a household name and inspiration across the globe, has died at age 76, a family spokesman said Wednesday. “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today,” professor Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim said in a statement. “He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.” Hawking defied predictions he would only live for a few years after developing a form of motor neurone disease that left him confined to a ...

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NASA space tech makes it to Oscars


MNA Science & Tech Desk: The company that takes credit for the shine in the coveted Oscar trophy is using a gold coating technology that NASA has helped it improve, the US space agency has said. “Our telescopes and the #Oscars trophies are both plated with the same gold!” NASA said in a tweet. Brooklyn-based Epner Technology has been using the improved technique for its varied commercial clients, NASA said in a statement released over the weekend. In 2016, Epner’s reputation for durable and brilliant gold coatings, built in part through its many years working for NASA, brought a new ...

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Amazon to stop selling all Nest products

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Nest products won’t be sold by any longer once current stock runs out, according to a report from Business Insider. Amazon last year declined to offer some of Nest’s newer products like the Nest Cam IQ and latest-generation smart thermostat. After weeks of simply ignoring the products and being unresponsive to Nest, Amazon informed the company of its decision by phone late in the year and said the directive “came from the top,” something Nest took to mean it had been handed down by CEO Jeff Bezos. There has been no direct confirmation of ...

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Google raises price of YouTube TV

YouTube TV

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Alphabet Inc’s Google is raising the price of its YouTube TV online service for new customers as it adds channels from Time Warner Inc’s Turner, National Basketball League and Major League Baseball, the company said Wednesday. Less than one year after launching YouTube TV, the company is increasing its pricing to $40 per month from $35 per month as it adds Turner’s channels, which include TNT, CNN and TBS, and soon will be adding MLB Network and NBA TV, the company said. Google is expanding its offering at a time when a growing number of ...

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Microsoft launches Bangla version ‘Kaizala’


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Marking the International Mother Language Day, Microsoft has introduced the Bangla version of ‘Microsoft Kaizala’, a mobile application designed for large group communication, work management, reporting and analytics. Kaizala is designed to optimise productivity in a world with intelligent cloud and intelligent edge, particularly in the emerging markets, said a press release on Tuesday. The app, which has a simple chat user interface, allows up to five million people to join one group, and users to communicate in a structured way. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in Bangladesh has already started using Microsoft Kaizala in ...

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Tiny Pacemakers – Game Changers for Heart Patients


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Tiny, new pacemakers are making headway around the world. One type, the Micra, is keeping 15,000 people’s hearts beating in 40 countries, according to manufacturer Medtronic. One of those people is Mary Lou Trejo, a senior citizen who lives in Ohio. A healthy heart has its own pacemaker that establishes its rhythm, but people like Trejo need the help of an artificial device. Trejo comes from a family with a history of heart disease. Her heart skipped beats, and she could feel it going out of rhythm. Trejo wanted to do something to advance heart ...

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Google doodles with Valentine’s Day twist

Day twist

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Google’s Snow Games Doodle on Day six came up with a Valentine’s Day twist on Wednesday. Google is supporting Winter Olympics by displaying a doodle every day until February 25 (total 17 doodles). The event is currently happening in South Korea and is scheduled from February 9 to February 25. But, to celebrate the day of love and romance deserves to be celebrated and Google agreed. The doodle for today displays two lovebirds skating on an ice rink but with an adorable twist. “On this brrr-eezy day in PyeongChang, we’re joined by athletes from all ...

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GP, Banglalink get spectrum for 4G


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Two leading mobile operators –Grameenphone and Banglalink — acquired 15.6 Megahertz of 4G spectrum with a price of $463.6 million in auction today. Banglalink took 10.6 MHz spectrum from different two bands – 2100 and 1800, with a price of $308.6 million while Grameenphone took 5MHz from only 1800 band with a price of $155 million. With the spectrum fees, operators will have to pay 10 percent extra as VAT, if the finance ministry accepts the proposal recently sent by National Board of Revenue. Otherwise, they will have to pay 15 percent VAT on two ...

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BTRC overturns internet outage plan


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Bangladesh has reversed its plan to block the internet as part of an effort to stop SSC questions leaking on Facebook and other social media sites after a brief outage on Monday morning. Telecom regulator BTRC sent instructions to mobile internet and ISP providers to suspend the limitation on the speed of the web.  Internet providers had tested a 25 kilobit per second limit on bandwidth from 10pm to 10:30pm on Sunday, effectively cutting off internet access for a half hour. The BTRC had also instructed the internet speed be restricted for two and a ...

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Facebook launches $10m community leader awards

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Facebook launched a community leadership programme on Friday that will award $10 million in total to more than 100 people who have successfully built groups on the social network as part of its push to create ‘meaningful’ interactions. The initiative, announced at a Facebook Communities Summit in London, will give five people with a track record in creating groups up to $1 million to fund a project, Facebook’s Jennifer Dulski said. Another 100 leaders from around the world will receive up to $50,000 each, she said in an interview. ‘We are looking for communities that ...

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JAXA launches world’s smallest satellite


MNA Science & Tech Desk: The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched on Saturday the world’s smallest rocket with the ability to put a micro-satellite into orbit, following a failed attempt and several postponements over the last year. The launch of the low-cost rocket — with a height of 10 metres and 53 centimetres in diameter — took place from the Uchinoura Space Centre in Kagoshima prefecture and was aired live on YouTube, news agency reported. The rocket, an improved version of JAXA’s SS-520, was carrying a micro-satellite weighing three kilograms and was developed by the University of Tokyo to ...

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‘Blue blood’ lunar eclipse Wednesday


MNA Science & Tech Desk: A total lunar eclipse will take place in Bangladesh on Wednesday. In Dhaka, the partial eclipse will start at 5:48 pm after the moonrise and the total lunar eclipse will start at 6: 51 pm. The maximum eclipse will occur at 7:29 pm and the total eclipse will end at 8:07 pm. The duration of the full eclipse is one hour and 16 minutes. The penumbral eclipse will end at 10:08 pm, said a press release of Anushandhitshu Chokro Science Organization. Another total lunar eclipse will be visible in Bangladesh on 27 July 2018, it ...

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Samsung to debut Galaxy S9 on 25 Feb

Galaxy S9

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Samsung will unveil its latest flagship -Galaxy S9 – on 25 February in Barcelona, media reported. The smartphone will be launched at an event called ‘Unpacked’ which take will place a day before Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 kicks off. “We knew Samsung was saving the reveal of its next flagship smartphone for the MWC conference in Spain which officially runs from 26 February to 1 March,” reported news desk. The South Korean tech giant has also posted a short teaser video on Twitter which focuses on the upcoming device’s camera. Following the company’s tradition ...

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Teletalk to launch 4G service


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Post telecommunication and information technology minister Mostafa Jabbar Wednesday said state-run mobile operator Teletalk is likely to launch fourth generation (4G) mobile service in May. “The state-run mobile company, Teletalk, has a plan to launch 4G service at all divisional cities across the country with its own finance of nearly Tk 2 billion in May 2018,” said the minister while responding to a query by treasury bench lawmaker Didarul Alam of Chittagong-4 at parliament. “To increase the number of subscribers of the Teletalk,” he said, “the government is implementing two projects for increasing network coverage ...

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FB gets biometric ID verification startup

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Facebook has acquired a biometric ID verification startup named Confirm that specialises in remotely verifying IDs like drivers licenses. The startup offers an application programming interface (API) that helps verify government-issued identification cards. “We’re excited to announce that we have agreed to be acquired by Facebook! This is the culmination of three years of hard work building technology that will keep people safe and secure online,” Confirm said in a statement on Wednesday. The acquisition, for which financial details were not disclosed, is part of Facebooka’s effort to minimise the presence of fake profiles on ...

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Drone saves swimmers for first time


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Two teenage boys were rescued by a pand new lifesaving drone in Australia while lifeguards were still training to use the device. The swimmers, aged 15-17, had got into difficulties off the coast of Lennox Head, New South Wales (NSW). A member of the public spotted them struggling in heavy surf about 700m (2,300ft) offshore, reported news agency. Lifesavers instantly sent the drone to drop an inflatable rescue pod, and the pair made their way safely to shore. John Barilaro, the state’s deputy premier, praised the rescue as historic. “Never before has a drone fitted ...

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Super blue moon on 31 Jan


MNA Science & Tech Desk: For those who missed the full moon treat on 1 January, a rare celestial treat awaits you on 31 January, marking the last in a trilogy of super moons. The first happened on 3 December 2017, NASA said in a report. A supermoon is a full moon at its closest point to the Earth on its orbit — known as perigee. The 31 January full moon is special for three reasons: it’s the third in a series of “supermoons”, and about 14 per cent brighter than usual. It’s also the second full moon of the ...

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Drug dealers using Facebook

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Drug dealers are openly using Facebook to target children, a Daily Mail investigation reveals. Scores of criminals are freely touting for business on the site and other social media giants including Instagram and Twitter. Many are offering cannabis for sale. One dealer, when contacted, offered to sell cocaine. A reporter posing as a teenage boy found dealers on Facebook willing to supply him with drugs even when they knew he was still at school. The social media sites were accused of failing to shut down ‘blatant’ law-breaking and of ‘aiding and abetting’ the sale of ...

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Facebook emphasizes friends, not news


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Facebook Inc began to change the way it filters posts and videos on its centrepiece News Feed, the start of what Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said would be a series of changes in the design of the world’s largest social network. Zuckerberg, in a sweeping post on Facebook, said the company would change the filter for the News Feed to prioritize what friends and family share, while reducing the amount of non-advertising content from publishers and brands. Facebook, which owns four of the world’s most popular smartphone apps including Instagram, has for years prioritized material ...

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Facebook to stop virtual assistant ‘M’


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Facebook is shutting down its text-based virtual assistant called ‘M’ that helped researchers train an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system. According to a report in The Verge, ‘M’ which was available through a bot on Facebook Messenger and it was available to only about 2,000 people. ‘M’ was first introduced in August 2015. The final day of the virtual assistant will be 19 January. “We launched this project to learn what people needed and expected of an assistant, and we learned a lot,” Facebook said to media. Facebook had described ‘M’ as a “beta” and suggested ...

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