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Saving Pacific Islanders from geoengineering

by François Martel SUVA – Geoengineering will save us from the climate crisis, its champions insist. By using technology either to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or to deflect some solar radiation away from the Earth, they claim, we can undo the damage wrought by humanity’s failure to reduce greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. But while it certainly sounds like a ... Read More »

‘Killer Robots:’ Ban treaty is the only credible solution

New International Law Is Essential to Retain Human Control Over Use of Force New York – France, Germany, and other nations that are committed to a rules-based international order should begin negotiations on a new international treaty to ban preemptively lethal autonomous weapons systems, also known as fully autonomous weapons or killer robots. Read More »

Infrastructure + Technology = Resilience

John Kjorstad, September 18, 2019 No one understands the financial risks of climate change better than insurance companies. As I sit down to write this blog on what we need to accelerate and fund the convergence of infrastructure and technology, Hurricane Dorian is parked over the Bahamas wreaking unimaginable havoc. It is tragic — and yet familiar to the masses ... Read More »

Google agrees 945-mn-euro tax settlement with France

US internet giant Google has agreed a settlement totalling 945 million euros ($1.0 billion) to end a tax dispute in France under an agreement announced in court on Thursday. The company will pay a 500-million-euro fine for tax evasion, as well as a further 465 million euros to settle claims with French tax authorities. In a statement, Google confirmed the ... Read More »

India locates Chandrayaan-2 lander on Moon, no contact yet

Dhaka, Sep 8 (UNB) – The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has managed to locate Vikram, the Chandrayaan-2 lander, on Moon’s surface a day after losing contact with the craft. However, Isro is yet to establish contact with Vikram; the space agency lost communications with the lander minutes before it was to land on near the south pole of the ... Read More »

Voice-command ovens, robots for pets on show at Berlin fair

Europe’s biggest tech fair, Berlin’s IFA, is showcasing a flood of product launches until Wednesday. Here are five trends and gadgets making waves. – Fitness trainer for pets – No time to walk or play with your pet puppy or kitten? California start-up Varram showcased a Pet Fitness robot, which plays with cats and dogs at home via smartphone instructions, ... Read More »

Samsung to launch foldable smartphone after major delay

Tech giant Samsung has said it will launch its hotly anticipated first foldable smartphone on Friday, months after faulty screens forced an embarrassing delay of its release. The world’s largest smartphone maker spent nearly eight years developingthe Galaxy Fold, but had to hold its launch in April after reviewers reported screen problems within days of use. It was a major ... Read More »

Huawei denies US allegations of technology theft

Beleaguered Chinese telecom giant Huawei on Tuesday denied accusations reported in the Wall Street Journal that it stole technology from a Portuguese inventor, accusing him of “taking advantage of the current geopolitical situation.” The US Department of Justice is looking into the claim, potentially adding to existing criminal cases against Huawei, the WSJ reported last week. Huawei — considered the ... Read More »

Australia plans to censor extremist online content

Australia plans to block websites to stop the spread of extreme content during “crisis events”, the country’s prime minister has said. Speaking from the G7 in Biarritz Sunday, Scott Morrison said the measures were needed in response to the deadly attack on two New Zealand mosques in March. The live-streamed murder of 51 worshippers “demonstrated how digital platforms and websites ... Read More »

NASA investigating first crime committed in space

US space agency NASA is investigating what may be the first crime committed in outer space, The New York Times reported today. Astronaut Anne McClain is accused of identity theft and improperly accessing her estranged wife’s private financial records while on a sixth-month mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS), the Times said. The astronaut’s spouse Summer Worden filed a ... Read More »

Russian capsule carrying robot fails space station docking

Moscow, Aug 24 (AP/UNB) — A Russian space capsule carrying a humanoid robot has failed to dock as planned with the International Space Station. A statement from the Russian space agency Roscosmos said the failure to dock on Saturday was because of problems in the docking system. It said the space station itself and the six-person crew are safe. Vladimir ... Read More »

6,000 trees to be equipped with QR codes in New Delhi

It is a good news for students, tree lovers, morning walkers and research scholars as they would be able to know detail information about the trees planted beside roads and parks since authorities are going to tag trees with Quick Response (QR) codes. New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has taken the decision of tagging the trees with QR codes recently ... Read More »

Russia to send ‘Fedor’ its first humanoid robot into space

Russia was set to launch on today an unmanned rocket carrying a life-size humanoid robot that will spend 10 days learning to assist astronauts on the International Space Station. Named Fedor, for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research with identification number Skybot F850, the robot is the first ever sent up by Russia. Fedor was to blast off in a Soyuz ... Read More »

Spacewalking astronauts add parking spot to space station

Cape Canaveral, Aug 22 (AP/UNB) — Spacewalking astronauts added another parking spot to the International Space Station on Wednesday. NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Andrew Morgan successfully installed a docking port delivered by SpaceX last month. It will be used by SpaceX and Boeing once they start launching astronauts to the orbiting lab late this year or early next year. ... Read More »

India’s Moon probe enters lunar orbit

India’s Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft entered lunar orbit on Tuesday, executing one of the trickiest manoeuvres on its historic mission to the Moon. After four weeks in space, the craft completed its Lunar Orbit Insertion as planned, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said in a statement. The insertion “was completed successfully today at 0902 hrs IST (0332 GMT) as planned, ... Read More »

Facebook rolls out new privacy settings for groups

Facebook is homing in on Facebook groups to help crack down on harmful content on the platform. In a tandem of blog posts this week, Facebook detailed two major changes to its user-created groups feature — one of which will simplify privacy settings across the platform. According to the company, groups will now have just two privacy settings, public or ... Read More »

Samsung unveils premium-priced Galaxy Note 10

Samsung  unveiled a new-generation Galaxy Note large-screen handset yesterday  starting at $950 and said it will work closer with Microsoft so that services function better across its array of devices. The Note 10 “phablet” which is set for release on August 23, comes in two sizes, with the larger beginning at $1,100. The price puts the model at the premium ... Read More »

Privacy watchdogs warn Facebook over Libra currency

Global privacy regulators joined forces Tuesday to demand guarantees from Facebook on how it will protect users’ financial data when it launches its planned cryptocurrency, Libra. The watchdogs from Australia, the US, EU, Britain, Canada and other countries issued an open letter calling on Facebook to respond to more than a dozen concerns over how it will handle sensitive personal ... Read More »

Japan’s NEC shows ‘flying car’ hovering steadily for minute

Japan, Aug 5 (AP/UNB) — Japanese electronics maker NEC Corp. on Monday showed a “flying car,” a large drone-like machine with four propellers that hovered steadily for about a minute. The test flight reaching 3 meters (10 feet) high was held in a gigantic cage, as a safety precaution, at an NEC facility in a Tokyo suburb. The preparations such ... Read More »

Privacy missteps cast cloud over digital assistants

A series of privacy missteps in recent months has raised fresh concerns over the future of voice-controlled digital assistants, a growing market seen by some as the next frontier in computing. Recent incidents involving Google, Apple and Amazon devices underscore that despite strong growth in the market for smart speakers and devices, more work is needed to reassure consumers that ... Read More »

Nagad app now on IOS

The digital financial service of Bangladesh Post Office, Nagad today announced it’s available on IOS platform, which would enable the iPhone and iPad users to have the app. The IOS version of the app, which previously was available only on the android platform, will have similar features of the other version, said a Nagad release. Through the app, customers can ... Read More »

What is cloud seeding?

by Sahana Ghosh on 1 August 2019 Dreaming of a perfect blue-sky and rain-free wedding day? A luxury travel company promises to do just that for a price with the help of cloud seeding, a commonly used technique in weather modification. By artificially popping up clouds a day before the D-day and making it rain, the company guarantees a flawless ... Read More »

Apple will face tariffs on components imported from China

President Donald Trump warned  yesterday that he would snub Apple’s requests for tariff exemptions on device components imported from China, as he put pressure on the tech company to shift production to the United States. “Apple will not be given Tariff wavers, or relief, for Mac Pro parts that are made in China. Make them in the USA, no Tariffs!” ... Read More »