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Youtube: ‘Where fiction outperforms reality’

Youtube: ‘Where fiction outperforms reality’

Paul Lewis There are 1.5 billion YouTube users in the world, which is more than the number of households that own televisions. What they watch is shaped by this algorithm, which skims and ranks billions of videos to identify 20 “up next” clips that are both relevant to a previous video and most likely, statistically […]

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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 […]


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,” […]


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 […]


Smart umbrella for Hajj pilgrims

Born in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Kamel Badawi has served Hajj pilgrims as a volunteer every season since he was a young boy. More recently, he turned his attention to innovation, cooperating with a Palestinian designer to create a ‘smart umbrella’ with solar cells — not only to protect pilgrims from the sun, but also to […]

Nanotech to treat e-waste

Madhukara Putty: Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are best recycled by pulverising them into nanosized particles to easily recover valuable constituents such as polymers, oxides and metals, say Indian researchers. The new method, described in a study published in Materials Today in March, is scalable and environment-friendly, said researchers from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, […]


China builds first national lab for monitoring atmospheric environment

HEFEI,- China started building its first national engineering laboratory for atmospheric environmental monitoring on Sunday in Hefei, capital of east China’s Anhui Province, reports BSS. Jointly launched by the Hefei government and Hefei Institute of Physical Science under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the lab aims to develop advanced monitoring technology and equipment for […]


Google opens AI centre in China as competition heats up

BEIJING,  – Google announced Wednesday that it will open a new artificial intelligence research centre in Beijing, tapping China’s talent pool in the promising technology despite the US search giant’s exclusion from the country’s internet, reports BSS. Artificial intelligence, especially machine learning, has been an area of intense focus for American tech stalwarts Google, Microsoft […]


Gaming platform ‘MyPlay’ launched

DHAKA,  – Mobile phone operator Robi introduced gaming platform ‘MyPlay’ today in a city hotel. Both Robi and Airtel users can enjoy this amazing gaming platform MyPlay that is accessible through APP or WAP or WEB. Robi has partnered with Gakk Media for the gaming platform which contains more than 21,000 games, said a press release, reports BSS. Robi’s Chief […]