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Launching of Bangabandhu-1 deferred again

Technology Desk : Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology (ICT) Minister Mustafa Jabbar on Wednesday said the launching schedule of Bangladesh first satellite Bangabandhu-1 is likely to be deferred again. The Minister came up with the information at a roundtable discussion title ‘Bangabandhu Satellite: Possibility in Space’. “The authorities concerned of US company SpaceX has fixed the possible date on May ...

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Shanghai gets automated bank with VR, robots, face scanning

Technology Desk : Missed paying dues on your Communist Party membership? There’s a bank for that – and it’s fully automated. A state-owned Chinese bank has opened an automated branch equipped with facial-scanning software, a virtual reality room, a hologram machine, talking robots and touchscreens for paying utility bills and Communist Party fees, among other functions. The branch opened last ...

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NASA’s Tess spacecraft embarks on quest to find new planets  

  Technology Desk : NASA’s Tess spacecraft embarked Wednesday on a quest to find new worlds around neighboring stars that could support life. Tess rode a SpaceX Falcon rocket through the evening sky, aiming for an orbit stretching all the way to the moon. The satellite — the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or Tess — will scan almost the entire ...

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Launch delay for NASA’s newest planet-hunting spacecraft

Technology Desk : NASA’s newest planet-hunting spacecraft will have to wait another couple of days before lifting off. Two hours before Monday evening’s scheduled launch, SpaceX announced it needed more time to check its rocket, which will carry the satellite to orbit. The next attempt will be Wednesday night. The satellite known as Tess will survey almost the entire sky, ...

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New Gmail update will include self-destructing emails

Technology Desk : The upcoming, redesigned Gmail looks like it will have several new features to protect the privacy of your emails. One of these, according to TechCrunch, is self-destructing emails. Following the update, you’ll be able to set emails you send to “expire” after a certain amount of time. That means they’ll disappear from your outbox, and from the ...

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Google, Facebook, YouTube be brought under tax net: HC

Technology Desk : The High Court has ordered the government to collect revenue from internet-based service organisations for all types of transactions, including advertisements, domain selling and licence fees. Google, YouTube, Facebook, Yahoo and Amazon are named as such organisations. An HC bench of justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and justice Md Ashraful Kamal came up with the order on Thursday ...

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NASA Tess spacecraft to prowl for planets as galactic scout

  Technology Desk : Look up at the sky tonight. Every star you see — plus hundreds of thousands, even millions more — will come under the intense stare of NASA’s newest planet hunter. Set to lift off early next week, the Tess spacecraft will prowl for planets around the closest, brightest stars. These newfound worlds eventually will become prime ...

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Launching of Bangabandhu-1 now May 4

  Photo: Bangladesh’s first commercial satellite Bangabandhu-1. Mirror Desk :  After a couple of rescheduling, Bangladesh’s first commercial satellite Bangabandhu-1 will be flying to space on May 4. Bangabandhu-1 project director Md Mesbahuzzaman confirmed the new schedule to Reporter over phone on Wednesday. “US company SpaceX who will put Bangabandhu-1 into orbit has sent us a letter confirming the new ...

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Hardly ‘friends’: Zuckerberg fends off senators on privacy

  Technology Desk : Under fire for the worst privacy debacle in his company’s history, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg batted away often-aggressive questioning Tuesday from lawmakers who accused him of failing to protect the personal information of millions of Americans from Russians intent on upsetting the U.S. election. During some five hours of Senate questioning, Zuckerberg apologized several times for ...

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Facebook admits to secretly deleting CEO’s texts

Technology Desk : Facebook has been secretly deleting some messages CEO Mark Zuckerberg sent through its Messenger application, an option that hasn’t been available to most of the social network’s 2.2 billion users. The company says it has been removing Zuckerberg’s messages from the inboxes of various people for several years. The recipients of Zuckerberg’s messages weren’t informed before that ...

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