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SpaceX blasts off NASA’s new planet-hunter, TESS

SpaceX blasts off NASA’s new planet-hunter, TESS

TAMPA – NASA on Wednesday blasted off its newest planet-hunting spacecraft, TESS, a $337 million satellite that aims to scan 85 percent of the skies for cosmic bodies where life may exist, reports BSS. “Three, two, one and liftoff!” said a NASA commentator as the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) soared into the blue sky […]

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Construction works of 28 hi-tech/IT parks underway

DHAKA –To establish infrastructure for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the country, the construction of 28 hi-tech/IT parks is now underway, reports BSS. “With completion of the construction work, around 300,000 people would get employment in the hi-tech parks,” State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak told BSS here today. He said the government has also […]

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KAIST’s Killer Robots controversy

Benjamin Haas Artificial intelligence researchers from nearly 30 countries are boycotting a South Korean university over concerns a new lab in partnership with a leading defence company could lead to “killer robots”. More than 50 leading academics signed the letter calling for a boycott of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and its […]

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Location tracking introduced to curb VoIP

DHAKA – With the aim to curb the illegal international call termination commonly known as “VoIP” to minimum level, the telecom regulator has introduced location tracking system, reports BSS. The new technology “Telecommunication Traffic Measurement and Anti-Fraud System” is able to detect any kind of illegal call termination along with the accurate call volume, call […]

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Now BTRC mulling over 5G

DHAKA – Amid the introduction of fourth generation (4G) mobile phone service in the country last month, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is now mulling over going for most advanced 5G service as soon as possible, reports BSS. The telecom regulator has started thinking about running the ground work to adopt necessary policy and preparation […]

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Int’l marketing firm for Satellite Bangabandhu-I to be hired

DHAKA – The government is going to hire an internationally recognized and experienced firm to run the marketing activities of the country’s first satellite Bangabandhu-I, reports BSS. The government will do it to grab the maximum financial benefit from both domestic and international market by selling the frequency of the satellite, said officials. Talking to […]

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Planets beyond Milky Way spotted

HOUSTON:A University of Oklahoma astrophysics team has discovered a population of planets beyond the Milky Way galaxy, reports BSS. Using microlensing — an astronomical phenomenon and the only known method capable of discovering planets at great distances from the Earth — the researchers were able to detect objects in extragalactic galaxies that range from the […]

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When AI used in the wrong direction

Alex Hern Advanced machine learning technology is being used to create fake pornography featuring real actors and pop stars, pasting their faces over existing performers in explicit movies. The resulting clips, made without consent from the women whose faces are used, are often indistinguishable from a real film, with only subtly uncanny differences suggesting something […]

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Mobile phone services can play role to achieve SDGs: experts

DHAKA, – Mobile phone industry can play a helping role to achieve the ‘Vision-2021’ and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through indentifying opportunities that maximize business and social impacts, observed experts at a discussion, reports BSS. “The event reinforced the importance of mobile technology in helping the Bangladeshi government to achieve its long-term development goals,” […]

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Hi-tech parks to create three lakh jobs

DHAKA,  – Around three lakh jobs are expected to be created as the government has taken initiatives to set up hi-tech parks/software technology parks in all divisions and districts for the development of IT/IT Enabled Services (ITES) sector, reports BSS. Sources at the Information and Communication Technology Ministry said steps have been taken to set […]

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Assigned to salvage ‘sinking telecom sector’: Mustafa Jabbar

Mentioning that the Prime Minister has assigned him to salvage the ‘sinking telecom sector’, newly appointed Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar on Saturday expressed the hope that he will succeed in the job using his vast experience. “I’ve 30 years of experience in the telecommunication and information technology sector. I hope I’ll […]

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