Wednesday, 20 Jan, 2021

Tech

Deal signed for consultancy service to launch Bangabandhu Satellite-2 

Bangladesh Satellite Company Limited (BSCL) has signed an agreement with a France-based company, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Advisory, SAS for consultancy services to launch Bangabandhu Satellite-2. BSCL Managing Director (Additional Charge) Shahriar Ahmed Chowdhury and PwC Space

Samsung chief jailed for 2.5 years over corruption scandal

A South Korean court sentenced Samsung Electronics vice chairman Jay Y. Lee to two and a half years in prison on Monday, which could delay the group's ownership restructuring following the death of Lee's father in October. The ruling also cements a major shift in South

Samsung unveils Galaxy S21 phones without charger, headphones

Samsung has revealed its latest range of flagship mobile phones in the Galaxy S21 line-up. The Galaxy S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra all feature new camera tech, 5G capabilities and an elegant new design - but won't come with a charger or headphones in the box. Samsung took the wraps

YouTube suspends Trump’s channel

YouTube said on Tuesday that it had suspended President Trump’s channel over concern about “ongoing potential for violence,” the latest move by one of the large tech companies to limit the president online. In a tweet on YouTube’s official account, the

Twitter suspends tens of thousands of accounts dedicated to sharing QAnon content

Twitter Inc said it has suspended more than 70,000 accounts since Friday that were primarily dedicated to sharing QAnon content after last week's violence in Washington when supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol. "Given the violent events in Washington,

Twitter permanently suspends Trump's account

US President Donald Trump has been permanently suspended from Twitter "due to the risk of further incitement of violence", the company says. Twitter said the decision was made "after close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account". It comes amid

Trump bans Alipay and seven other Chinese apps

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order banning transactions with eight Chinese apps. The apps include popular payments platform Alipay, as well as QQ Wallet and WeChat Pay. The order, which takes effect in 45 days, says that the apps are being banned because they

Apple and Hyundai in talks over electric car tie-up

Hyundai has announced it is in early discussions with Apple to work together on self-driving electric cars. The South Korean car firm's share price rocketed more than 20% on Friday when the news was announced. "Apple and Hyundai are in discussions but they are at an early

Elon Musk becomes world's richest person

Elon Musk, the maverick boss of Tesla, has overtaken Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to become the world’s richest person, after shares in the electric car company he co-founded soared on hopes that a Democrat-controlled US Senate would usher in a new green agenda. A 4.8% rise in

Amazon pledges $2B for affordable housing in 3 US cities

Amazon has announced $2 billion in loans and grants to secure affordable housing in three US cities where it has major operations, including a Seattle suburb where the online retail giant employs at least 5,000 workers. Amazon said it would give $185.5 million to the King County

Elon Musk close to toppling Jeff Bezos as world's richest

Elon Musk, the outspoken entrepreneur behind Tesla Inc. and SpaceX, kicked off the new year by homing in on a characteristically audacious title: the richest person on the planet. A 2.8% rally in the electric carmaker's share price Wednesday boosted Musk to within $3 billion of

Wall Street to kick out Chinese telecom giants

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) said it will delist three Chinese telecommunications firms based on claimed links with its military. China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom Hong Kong have all been targeted by the Trump administration. Shares in the telecom giants will be

Bangladesh moves up 8 notches in global cyber security index

Bangladesh has advanced eight notches in the global cyber security index measured by UK-based National Cyber Security Index (NCSI). Bangladesh ranked 65th with a score of 44.16 among 160 countries in the index. In the 2018 Index, Bangladesh ranked 73rd with an overall score of

 Jupiter-Saturn 'Great Conjunction' tonight 

The 'Great Conjunction' of Jupiter and Saturn will take place today.  The Jupiter and Saturn pass each other nearly once every 20 years but today's celestial extravaganza is truly extraordinary.  The NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) says,

Google sued again over anti-competitive search practices

Google is being sued by 38 US states, accused of trying to make its search engine as dominant inside cars, TVs and speakers as it is in smartphones. This follows a landmark lawsuit by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) over a similar issue in October. It is the tech giant's

Google ad practices under fire in new lawsuit

Ten US states, led by Texas, are suing Google, accusing it of taking illegal steps to preserve its monopoly over the online advertising market. The alleged moves include striking a deal with Facebook to manipulate online advertising auctions, the states said. This is the latest

China's Chang'e-5 mission returns Moon samples

China's Chang'e-5 mission has returned to Earth with the cargo of rock and "soil" it picked up off the Moon. A capsule carrying the materials landed in Inner Mongolia shortly after 01:30 local time on Thursday (17:30 GMT, Wednesday). It's more than 40 years

Gmail, YouTube, other Google services hit by massive outage

YouTube has given a statement on this matter, as per ANI. "We are aware that many of you are having issues accessing YouTube right now – our team is aware and looking into it. We'll update you here as soon as we have more news: Team YouTube." Google’s major

Facebook, Messenger and Instagram down globally

Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp have stopped working for millions of users across the globe from Thursday afternoon. People started to face widespread problems around 3:30 pm yesterday, according to downdetecotor data.  Among the reported problems from

Facebook takes action against 2 Bangladeshi hacker groups

Social media platform Facebook has taken action against two Bangladeshi hacker groups who mainly targeted the accounts of social activists, journalists, and religious minorities including migrants. Facebook Head of Security Policy Nathaniel Gleicher and Cyber Threat Intelligence