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Google doodle observes Begum Rokeya Day

Begum Rokeya

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Search engine giant Google has come up with a doodle to pay tribute to Bengali pioneer for women’s rights Begum Rokeya, marking her 137th birthday and 85th death anniversary. The doodle shows an image of Begum Rokeya carrying some books. Another book lies open on a divan. The logo of the Google is divided into three, with the ‘Go’ giving a deeper meaning of Begum Rokeya’s journey beyond the contemporary tradition and setting a precedent in her era. Clicking on the doodle will bring the visitors to search result page for Begum Rokeya’s life and ...

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17th APICTA Awards begins in Dhaka

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: The 17th edition of APICTA Awards, which is called the OSCAR of ICT, kicked off in Dhaka on Thursday. Department of ICT of the ICT Division and Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) are jointly organising the event. The event will be held between 7 and 10 December. Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) is working for the ICT sector development in Asia Pacific region. Bangladesh is organising this mega event for the first time. Australia, Brunei Darussalam, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, Srilanka, Thailand and Vietnam are also ...

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PM opens Digital World exposition

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday inaugurated the four-day Digital World, the biggest ICT exposition in Bangladesh,at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre here with the slogan ‘Ready for Tomorrow’. ICT Division in collaboration with Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) organised the exposition. State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Post, Telecom and Information Technology Ministry Imran Ahmed, BASIS President Mostafa Jabbar and Secretary of the Information and Communication Technology Division Subir Kishore Chowdhury were present at the inaugural session. Some 170 companies, ...

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Saudi citizen ‘Sophia’ arrives in Dhaka

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Saudi citizen ‘Sophia’ has arrived Dhaka without any passport at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at about 12:39am on Tuesday. The robot known as ‘Sophia is the world’s first artificially intelligent robot. It will appear in public at the first day of the four-day Digital World Exposition that begins Wednesday at Banganandhu International Conference Centre in the city. The creator of the first ever social robot, David Hanson, was also invited to the programme. Visitors can meet Sophia on the opening day of the festival on the event titled ‘Talk With Sophia’ at the Hall of ...

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UK warns agencies not to use Kaspersky


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Britain’s cybersecurity agency has told government agencies not to use antivirus software from Moscow-based firm Kaspersky Lab amid concerns about Russian snooping. Ciaran Martin, head of the National Cyber Security Centre, said ‘Russia is acting against the UK’s national interest in cyberspace.’ In a letter dated Friday to civil service chiefs, he said Russia seeks ‘to target UK central government and the UK’s critical national infrastructure.’ He advised that ‘a Russia-based provider should never be used’ for systems that deal with issues related to national security. The agency said it’s not advising the public at ...

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Kaspersky ‘Safe Kids’ in Bangladesh


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Cyber-security and anti-virus provider Kaspersky Lab has introduced ‘Safe Kids’, a security tool to monitor children’s communications as well as keeping a watch over incoming and outgoing calls and texts on their Android phones and tablets and public Facebook activities, in Bangladesh. The Moscow-based multinational cyber-security provider’s marketing office in Bangladesh, Office Extracts, made an announcement in this connection at a press conference on Wednesday. Kaspersky has brought the tool, thinking about its social responsibility and the demand of this type of new services in the country, said Office Extract chief executive officer Prabir Sarker. ...

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Robot Sophia to arrive on 5 December

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: A robot with artificial intelligence, Sophia, is coming to Bangladesh during this year’s Digital World exhibition, said state minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak. At a press conference at the secretariat Palak said, “People will be able to meet and talk with Sophia, the human like robot on the first day of Digital World exhibition on 6 (from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm) December at Banganandhu International Conference Centre in the city.” “On the occasion of this year’s Digital World Expo, we invited the first ever social robot Sophia and its creator David Hanson, they ...

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‘Bookmarks’ to help users save tweets


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Twitter is testing a new feature named “Bookmarks” that will help its 330 million monthly active users privately flag tweets for viewing at ease when they have time. In October, the micro-blogging platform announced that it is developing a bookmarking feature to save tweets. “News from the #SaveForLater team! We’ve decided to call our feature ‘Bookmarks’ because that’s a commonly used term for saving content and it fits nicely alongside the names of the other features in the navigation,” Tina Koyama, a staff product designer at the company, tweeted. The feature will help users keep ...

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Microsoft appoints Sonia as MD for BD, Nepal, Bhutan, Laos


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Microsoft has announced the appointment of Sonia Bashir Kabir as managing director for Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and Laos. In her new role, Sonia will lead Microsoft’s business in developing and driving strategies for all product lines, services, and support offerings in the four countries, while working closely with partners and local governments to help accelerate the digital transformation across these markets by bringing people, data, and processes together to reinvent business values, provide personalised experience to customers, and transform education in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. ‘Digital Transformation in emerging markets is an important priority for ...

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NASA launches next-gen weather satellite

MNA Science & Tech Desk: NASA on Saturday launched a next-generation weather satellite into space designed to monitor weather around the world and help improve forecasts. The satellite, called the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1), is a joint venture between the US space agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which provides weather reports and forecasts. The satellite was launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket as scheduled at 1:47am (0947 GMT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. It will orbit the Earth 14 times each day from one pole to the other at 512 ...

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Robot Restaurant launched in Dhaka

Robot Restaurant

MNA Science & Tech Desk: The first-ever Robot Restaurant of Bangladesh has been launched in Dhaka. The restaurant located inside the Family World Convention Center at Asad Gate, Mirpur Road will use robots to serve food to customers, said a press release. It will be open to the customers on Thursday. China-based robot-making organisation HZX Electronic Technology Company provided technical support to the ‘Robot Restaurant’. Representatives from both the organisations attended the press briefing in Dhaka. Primarily, the restaurant has installed two humanoid robots to serve food to customers, it also said. Max Schwarz, CEO of HZX Electronic Technology Company, ...

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Vodafone rebounds into first-half net profit


MNA Science & Tech Desk: British mobile phone giant Vodafone rebounded back into first-half net profit, it said Tuesday, after the previous year’s performance was skewed by a vast Indian writedown. Earnings after taxation hit 1.131 billion euros ($1.318 billion) in the six months to the end of September, it revealed in a results statement. “We are able to report a strong financial performance, with substantial … profit growth, and we are raising our financial outlook for the year,” said chief executive Vittorio Colao. Vodafone had suffered a spectacular net loss of 5.129 billion euros in the same part of ...

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WhatsApp to introduce app for iPad users


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp may be working on an app for iPad users as references of WhatsApp for iPad are spotted on latest WhatsApp desktop app. According to a tweet from popular WhatsApp change tracking website WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is gearing up for a dedicated application for iPad. “Great news for all WhatsApp users having an iPad device. Our rumour about a WhatsApp for iPad app was real (real like our other rumours as WhatsApp Business and the Facebook infrastructure),” WABetaInfo tweeted. WABetaInfo also stated on Twitter the WhatsApp Desktop 0.2.6968 app references for an iPad ...

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Uber to develop flying taxis


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Uber unveiled a partnership with NASA that will see it develop flying taxis priced competitively with standard Uber journeys. It also announced Los Angeles will join two other previously revealed “UberAIR” pilot schemes in Dallas Fort-Worth, Texas, and Dubai. California and Texas are the US states with the largest number of cars. Uber wants to “explore other collaboration opportunities with NASA” with a view to open “a new market of urban air mobility,” said a statement. The first demonstration flights are expected in 2020, moving into commercial operations by 2023 — in plenty of time ...

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Twitter to double tweet limit to 280 characters


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Twitter announced Tuesday it would double the limit for tweets to 280 characters, a bid to draw in more users and boost engagement at the social network. Giving users twice the space to voice their thoughts ushers in a new era for the online platform, whose hallmark 140-character cap had encouraged users to craft succinct missives. “We’re expanding the character limit! We want it to be easier and faster for everyone to express themselves,” tweeted the site, which started testing an increase to its limit in most languages in early September. The changes will be ...

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Yamaha unveils motorcycle-riding robot


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Yamaha Motor Company unveiled its latest ‘Motobot’ robot, capable of riding a motorcycle on its own around a racetrack. Yamaha has been advancing its research and development basing on its unique development ideal, the latest being an autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot that brings together Yamaha’s motorcycle and robotics technology, reports news agency. Although Motobot still hasn’t beaten MotoGP star Valentino Rossi’s lap time, he has significantly narrowed the gap and now sees Rossi in the distance. Motoroid autonomously performs the movements and positioning especially when balancing is most difficult, like when starting off or at ...

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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 as it opens on another planet. There will even be a camera inside the rover’s body, which will study samples as they are stored and left on the surface for collection by a future mission, NASA said on Tuesday. When ...

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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 at a ceremony at its Gulshan office here, said a press release. While speaking at the launching ceremony, CPL Chairman Raquibul Kabir described various features and benefits of buying the latest version of the iPhone. Kabir urged the mobile phone ...

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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 your day,’ Instagram said in a blog post. To use the new feature, users need to tap the new icon on the bottom right and tap ‘Add’ to invite anyone who’s currently watching. Once they join, ‘you’ll see the screen ...

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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 what some economists estimated are billions of dollars in losses. The attacks are disturbing because attackers quickly infected critical infrastructure, including transportation operators, indicating it was a “well-coordinated” campaign, said Robert Lipovsky, a researcher with cyber firm ESET. More than ...

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Google delays white Pixel 2 orders

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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 been delayed by up to a month,” a report in The Verge said late Monday. To make up for the delay, Google is now offering these customers a free Live Case, which normally sell for $40. Based on Reddit reports, ...

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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 news agency. Earlier in September, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) revised its previous decision allowing a person to register highest five SIM cards against one NID card. The state minister also said the 4G mobile phone service will be launched ...

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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 Chief Guest Honorable State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak, MP, ICT, Ministry of Posts, Telecommunication and Information Technology. Bongo received the award for Media and Entertainment Technology. It was also announced that BASIS will be hosting the upcoming APICTA, the region’s ...

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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 that between 2012 and 2015 some 15 million people went online for the first time in Bangladesh. India got the highest number of new online entrants during the period under the review. Some 178 million Indian went online for the ...

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Facebook to launch Oculus Go

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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 ship early next year, too late for this year’s holiday shopping season but likely ahead of rivals. Facebook has invested heavily in virtual reality hardware in hopes the technology, which offers a 360-degree panoramic view of faraway or imaginary spaces, ...

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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 also urged the parents, teachers of the educational institutions and all concerned to be aware and keep children and young generation under strong surveillance while using internet. The BTRC has not yet found any allegation or identified any pacific link ...

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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 temporarily re-establish Puerto Rico’s cellular network — where 83 per cent of cell sites were still out of service Friday, according to FCC figures. “More than two weeks after Hurricane Maria struck, millions of Puerto Ric a statement. ans are ...

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