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Huawei asks court to deem US security law unconstitutional

Shenzhen, May 29 (AP/UNB) — Chinese tech giant Huawei filed a motion in U.S. court Wednesday challenging the constitutionality of a law that limits its sales of telecom equipment, the latest action in an ongoing clash with the U.S. government. Huawei’s chief legal officer Song Liuping said at press briefing that Huawei had filed a motion for summary judgment asking ... Read More »

Monkey experiments offer clues on origin of language

Green and vervet monkeys live on either side of Africa and their evolutionary paths diverged 3.5 million years ago, and yet the two species share a hard-wired vocabulary when faced with danger, clever experiments have shown. The new research, published on Monday, sheds light not only on how primates — including humans — respond to threats, but also on the ... Read More »

Within a parallel universe – monsters of the Dark Web

By Jan Lundius Stockholm / Rome, May 27 2019 (IPS) – Human existence includes dreams, thoughts, ideas, music, stories, religion, and other immaterial ”things”. They constitute an important part of our habitat, i.e. the dwelling place of any living organism, consisting of both organic and inorganic surroundings. I learned this when I many years ago found myself among the undulating ... Read More »

Facebook plans crypt to currency launch next year

Facebook has been in contact with US and British financial regulators with a view to launching its own cryp to currency next year, the BBC reported on Friday. “GlobalCoin” would work with a new digital payments system in about a dozen countries, starting in the first quarter of 2020, the broadcaster said on its website. Previous reports have said Facebook ... Read More »

Nobel-winning physicist Murray Gell-Man dies at 89

Santa FE, May 27(AP/UNB) — Murray Gell-Mann, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist who brought order to the universe by helping discover and classify subatomic particles, has died at the age of 89. Gell-Mann died Friday at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His death was confirmed by the Santa Fe Institute, where he held the title of distinguished fellow, and ... Read More »

Mona Lisa ‘brought to life’ with deep-fake AI

Image copyright Samsung Image caption A YouTube video explains how the researchers brought Mona Lisa to life The subject of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa painting has been brought to life by AI researchers. The video, achieved from a single photo, shows the model in the portrait moving her head, eyes and mouth. The latest iteration of so-called deepfake ... Read More »

SpaceX launches first satellites of its internet network

SpaceX on Thursday launched a rocket containing the first 60 satellites of its “Starlink” constellation, which is intended to provide internet from space and could one day number 12,000 satellites. One of the company’s Falcon 9 rockets took off without incident from Cape Canaveral in Florida around 10:30 pm (0230 GMT). The second stage of the rocket will begin to ... Read More »

Facebook: Fake account removal doubles in 6 months to 3B

San Francisco, May 24 (AP/UNB) — Facebook removed more than 3 billion fake accounts from October to March, twice as many as the previous six months, the company said Thursday. Nearly all of them were caught before they had a chance to become “active” users of the social network. In a new report, Facebook said it saw a “steep increase” ... Read More »

Google says services on Huawei phone still will function

Beijing, May 20 (AP/UNB) — Google is assuring users of Huawei smartphones the American company’s basic services will work on them following U.S. government restrictions on doing business with the Chinese tech giant. Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., said Monday it is complying with and “reviewing the implications” of the requirement for export licenses for technology sales to Huawei ... Read More »

Huawei has immediately lost access to Android and Google

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday, in a blow to the Chinese technology company that the U.S. government has sought to blacklist around the world. Holders ... Read More »

BD central bank raises mobile banking transaction ceiling

Dhaka, May 19 – Bangladesh’s Central Bank has raised the transaction limit of banking through mobile financial services (MFS). According to a Bangladesh Bank circular issued on Sunday, an account holder can do cash-in on five occasions a day and the total amount of cash will be Tk 30,000 instead of existing Tk 15,000. The total number of monthly cash-in ... Read More »

Work underway to discipline online media: Info Minister

Chattogram, May 18 (UNB) – Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Saturday said the government is working to bring online media under discipline and sought cooperation from journalist unions and press clubs to this end. “One opens an online portal and gives cards to five others…this can’t happen. Online media should be brought under discipline and work also began in ... Read More »

After Moon, people on Mars by 2033…or 2060

On December 11, 2017, US President Donald Trump signed a directive ordering NASA to prepare to return astronauts to the Moon “followed by human missions to Mars and other destinations.” The dates fixed by the space agency are 2024 for the Moon and Mars in 2033, but according to experts and industry insiders, reaching the Red Planet by then is ... Read More »

How to govern a digitally networked world

By Anne-Marie Slaughter and Fadi Chehadé Washington, DC – Governments built the current systems and institutions of international cooperation to address nineteenth- and twentieth-century problems. But in today’s complex and fast-paced digital world, these structures cannot operate at “Internet speed.” Recognizing this, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres last year assembled a high-level panel – co-chaired by Melinda Gates and Alibaba ... Read More »

Dhaka e-commerce fair for online shopping promotion

Dhaka, May 18 – A two-day e-commerce fair organised to promote online shopping in the country ended in the city on Saturday. Bangladesh Post Office and e-Commerce Association of Bangladesh (e-CAB) jointly arranged the exposition on the GPO premises as part of a series of divisional-level e-commerce fairs. On the last day of the Dhaka fair, prizes were distributed among ... Read More »

Ensure technologies not used to mislead public: UN chief

Dhaka, May 17 (UNB) – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday urged everyone to work together to ensure that the digital economy delivers for all. “We must also recognise our shared responsibility to ensure that these technologies are not used to incite violence, to fuel hatred, or to mislead the public,” he said in a message marking the World Telecommunication ... Read More »

Facebook busts Israel-based campaign to disrupt elections

Jerusalem, May 17 (AP/UNB) — Facebook said Thursday it banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation. Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, told reporters that the tech giant had purged 65 Israeli accounts, 161 pages, dozens of groups and four ... Read More »

SpaceX postpones launch of its first internet network satellites

SpaceX postponed a launch of 60 satellites into low-Earth orbit that was scheduled for Thursday night, possibly until next week, citing a need for software updates. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch from Cape Canaveral was to be the first of potentially thousands in its Starlink project to beam broadband internet across the planet. “Standing down to update satellite software ... Read More »

Eid festival Bus tickets on online bdtickets.com platform

Dhaka, May 16 (UNB)- The online ticketing platform, bdtickets.com, will start selling advance bus tickets for the Eid vacation from tonight (12am). Airtickets for all domestic airline routes from all the airline operators is also available in the website, said a press release. Payments can be done from the website through debit or credit or mobile financial services. Customers can ... Read More »

Beximco launches satellte tv system AKASH DTH

Dhaka, May 16 (UNB)- Beximco Communications Limited has launched a world standard Direct to Home (DTH) service in the country under the brand name- ‘AKASH’ on Thursday. AKASH, is the first and only legal DTH operator in the country aiming to change the game and take the Pay TV industry of Bangladesh to a new era of excellence. It was ... Read More »

Eiffel Tower’s 130th birthday: Laser show for Iron Lady

Paris, May 16 (AP/UNB) — Paris wished the Eiffel Tower a happy birthday Wednesday with an elaborate nighttime laser show retracing the monument’s 130-year history. Earlier in the day, the monument invited 1,300 children to a giant “snack time” beneath the tower known as the Iron Lady. After nightfall, a 12-minute laser display began flashing across the facade in shows ... Read More »

San Francisco bans facial recognition use by police

San Francisco on Tuesday became the first US city to ban use of facial recognition technology by police or other government agencies. Backers of the legislation argued that using software and cameras to positively identify people is, as city councillor Aaron Peskin put it, “not ready for prime time.” All but one of the nine members of San Francisco’s board ... Read More »

WhatsApp discovers spyware that infected with a call alone

Spyware crafted by an “advanced cyber actor” infected multiple targeted mobile phones through the popular WhatsApp communications program without any user intervention through in-app voice calls, the company said. The Financial Times identified the actor as Israel’s NSO Group, and a WhatsApp spokesman later said “we’re certainly not refuting any of the coverage you’ve seen.” The malware was able to ... Read More »

icddr,b launches AI-based diabetic retinopathy detection

Dhaka, May 13 (UNB) – icddr,b in collaboration with Eyes For All PLC, United Arab Emirates and DIAGNOS Inc, Canada on Monday launched an artificial intelligence (AI) based technology for the detection of diabetic retinopathy in Bangladesh. Deployment of the industry leading FLAIRE technology based Computer Assisted Retina Analysis (CARA) artificial intelligence platform will commence its operation from Tuesday at ... Read More »

Combined online college admission for 1mln students in BD opens

Online college admission seekers at the Dhaka Education Board office on Sunday - UNB.

Dhaka, May 12 – A combined online admission process for Class XI (session 2019 – 2020) began on Sunday. The admission under nine general and madrasa boards will continue till May 13. Students who passed Secondary School Certificate and equivalent examinations can apply for Higher Secondary Certificate college admission via official website www. xiclassadmission.gov.bd. Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hasan ... Read More »

The age of the Internet calls for younger leaders

ACCRA, May 10 2019 (IPS) – Days before Algeria’s 82-year-old strongman president Abdelaziz Bouteflika was ousted from power, the country made one last ditch attempt to keep control: it shut down the internet. A few weeks later, 75-year-old Sudanese president Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s rule ended with a picture of mainly female protestors going viral on social media platforms. If there has been any common ... Read More »

Huawei unveils Y Max phablet in BD on the occasion of Eid

Dhaka, May 8 – Huawei has unveiled its new attraction Y Max phablet in Bangladesh with extra facility for gaming and watching features. The hybrid fabulous device, combining the size format of smartphone and tablet, is equipped with super large dewdrop display, strong battery support, high-performed processor and powerful RAM. Huawei Y Max phablet, the new device of the world’s ... Read More »

Grameenphone launches Tonic Booths in eight centres

Dhaka, May 8 – Grameenphone recently launched Tonic Booth in eight Grameenphone Centers (GPC) in Dhaka and Chattogram. Tonic Booth services are available in 6 GPCs in Dhaka which are GPC Gulshan, GPC Mirpur, GPC Dhanmondi, GPC Motijheel, GPC Farmgate and GPC GP House. It is also available in Chattagram at GPC GEC and GPC Agrabad. Grameenphone customers can visit ... Read More »

Chinese researchers try brain implants to treat drug addicts

Shanghai, May 8 (AP/UNB) — The sound of doctors boring through his skull to feed electrodes deep into his brain made Yan tremble. “The drill was like bzzzzzzz,” he later recalled. “The moment of drilling is the most terrible.” Yan is a methamphetamine addict. The hope is that technology will extinguish his addiction — quite literally, with the flip of ... Read More »

e-shopping booms in Bangladesh ahead of Eid

Dhaka, May 7 – Online shopping has started gaining momentum in Bangladesh ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr amid its growing popularity with the boom in internet access across the country. An increasing number of people, mostly city dwellers, choose e-shopping to save time as well as avoid traffic chaos and other hazards in the busy city life. Like regular shopping malls and ... Read More »