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Smartwatches: Too clever by half?

If you love gadgets and are tech savvy enough to feel the need to stay up to date at all times, then you are already considering smartwatches. Even traditional watch companies like Fossil are beginning to manufacture these, so why should you stay back from putting one on your wrist? But with any hefty purchase, a little pros and cons ...

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Second satellite to be a hybrid, cost less: Shahjahan Mahmood

Chairman of Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited (BCSCL) Dr Shahjahan Mahmood on Thursday said that a consultant will be appointed within the next 3-4 weeks for launching the country’s second satellite, following in the footsteps of Bangabandhu -1. He informed this at a views-exchange meeting with the Telecom Reporters Network Bangladesh (TRNB) at BCSCL office in the capital. “We have ...

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Facebook removes 3.2 billion fake accounts

Facebook says it removed 3.2 billion fake accounts from its service from April to September, up slightly from 3 billion in the previous six months. Nearly all of the bogus accounts were caught before they had a chance to become “active” users of the social network, so they are not counted in the user figures the company reports regularly, reports ...

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Mini Mercury skips across sun’s vast glare in rare transit

Photo: Mercury, center left, passes between Earth and the sun, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, as seen from Lutherville-Timonium. Mini Mercury skipped across the vast, glaring face of the sun Monday in a rare celestial transit. Stargazers used solar-filtered binoculars and telescopes to spot Mercury — a tiny black dot — as it passed directly between Earth and the sun on ...

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NASA instrument to explore exoplanet clouds on European spacecraft

The U.S. space agency NASA is planning to attach an instrument to a European spacecraft that will explore the exoplanets’ clouds for the first time. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced Friday that the instrument called Contribution to ARIEL Spectroscopy of Exoplanets, or CASE, will add scientific capabilities to the Atmospheric Remote-sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey (ARIEL) mission. The ARIEL spacecraft, developed ...

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Facebook is deleting the name of the potential whistleblower

Facebook says it is deleting the name of the person who has been identified in conservative circles as the whistleblower who triggered a congressional impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s actions. The company said Friday that mention of the potential whistleblower’s name violates Facebook’s “coordinating harm policy,” which prohibits material that could identify a “witness, informant, or activist.” Facebook says ...

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China to meet challenges of exploring asteroid, comet

Chinese space engineers are tackling the key technologies needed to explore a near-Earth asteroid and a main-belt comet with one space probe. The proposed mission is to send a probe around an asteroid named 2016HO3 and then land on it to collect samples, Huang Jiangchuan, a researcher from the China Academy of Space Technology, recently told the first China Space ...

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China’s lunar rover travels over 300 meters on moon’s far side

China’s lunar rover Yutu-2 on the moon surface. Photo: Collected China’s lunar rover Yutu-2 has driven 318.62 meters on the far side of the moon to conduct scientific exploration of the virgin territory. Both the lander and the rover of the Chang’e-4 probe have ended their work for the 11th lunar day, and switched to dormant mode for the lunar ...

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Driver’s licence now fully digital in Australian State

As of Sunday, drivers in the Australian State of New South Wales (NSW) can use a Digital Driver’s Licence (DDL) on their smartphone for proof of identity, proof of age and at roadside police stops. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello announced the statewide rollout as a result of successful trials in a number of ...

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New US rules would require carriers to remove Chinese equipment

US regulators on Monday proposed rules to block telecom carriers from buying from Chinese tech companies Huawei and ZTE, and to remove any of their equipment already in place. The Federal Communications Commission said the rules — to be voted on November 19 — were part of an initiative to “safeguard the nation’s communications networks.” The two Chinese firms have ...

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