Thursday, 20 Jan, 2022

Tech

China threatens closure of mobile news apps

DHAKA: China on Monday launched a crackdown on several mobile news applications that provide news information services without approval from government regulators, threatening to shut down those who refuse to ‘rectify’.The ruling follows a government campaign to curb ‘online

Author pleads not to buy books on Amazon

DHAKA: Author Jaime Clarke’s new novel “Vernon Downs” requested his reader to buy “Vernon Downs” straight from the publisher and not from Amazon.In a Web site aptly named pleasedontbuymybookonamazon.com, Clarke lays out his call to support independent publishing and push back

Infighting led to BlackBerry’s downfall

DHAKA: In the end, BlackBerry’s leadership may have been its own worst enemy.The struggling handset maker suffered from infighting at its executive level that hobbled its ability to compete in the mobile market and led to its eventual downfall, according to an investigation conducted by

Techie brothers

DHAKA: They make an adorable pair in their neat formal suits and shoes. And when they start talking, they have crowds hanging onto every word they say, often having them in splits with their experiences.Shravan Kumaran and his younger sibling Sanjay Kumaran are perhaps India`s youngest

Grameenphone launches 3G

DHAKA: Country’s the largest private mobile phone operator GrameenPhone (GP) Limited launched third generation of mobile communication technology 3G on Sunday.Tele-Communications Minister Sahara Khatun inaugurated GrameenPhone 3G service at GrameenPhone’s main corporate office GP

Giant balloon to study Comet ISON

DHAKA: Exploring the heavens with spaceships and fancy orbiting telescopes like the Hubble is pretty routine stuff for NASA. But the space agency is going low-tech to get a good look at an eagerly anticipated comet.The space agency plans to launch a balloon -- yes, a balloon -- to study

Yahoo in recycled email privacy row

DHAKA: Yahoo email addresses reassigned to a new owner are receiving personal emails intended for the previous owner.One man told news site Information Week that he had received emails with some highly sensitive information in them.In June the web firm announced Yahoo addresses and IDs

Apple releases iOS 7.0.2

DHAKA: Apple’s released yet another supplemental update for iOS 7, a little more than a week after the software was first released.The 7.0.2 update, which went out Thursday morning, fixes a bug that would let users bypass the passcode security on the lock screen. That security issue was

Gates says IBM missed PC’s early potential

DHAKA: Bill Gates’ latest Harvard talk has rightly honed in on his acknowledgment that the control-alt-delete login was “a mistake.” Good for a headline, but there’s another big one buried in what was a fascinating interview conducted before a live audience with David Rubenstein,

Google retools internet search engine

DHAKA: Google has quietly retooled the closely guarded formula running its internet search engine to give better answers to the increasingly complex questions posed by web surfers.The overhaul came as part of an update called ‘Hummingbird’ that Google Inc has gradually rolled out in

Twitter launches emergency notification service

DHAKA: A new service from Twitter allows government agencies and non-governmental organizations to send emergency messages directly to users` phones during natural disasters or times of crisis, the company announced Wednesday.Users that sign up for the service called Twitter Alerts will

Nokia Lumia available on October 11 in India

DHAKA: Nokia has launched its new flagship smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 1020, in India.The Lumia 1020 will be available with retailers across the country starting October 11, and Nokia will only be revealing the cameraphone`s price a day before that, on October 10.The new Lumia 1020 comes

CNTs made computer unveiled

DHAKA: A group of Stanford researchers on September 25 unveiled the first computer built entirely with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) which would open the door to a new generation of digital devices.“Cedric” is only a basic prototype but could be developed into a machine which is smaller,

Jesus was the world`s first tweeter: Vatican

DHAKA: Jesus Christ was the world`s first tweeter because his pronouncements were "brief and full of meaning", Vatican cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi said Wednesday.Christ "used tweets before everyone else, with elementary phrases made up of fewer than 45 characters like `Love one another`",

Amazon New Kindle Fire tablets

DHAKA: Amazon unveiled its new line of three new Kindle Fire tablets consists of the redesigned Kindle Fire HD (2013), the Kindle Fire HDX 7, and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 for 2013.Look for the HDX 7 to ship on October 18 starting at $229 ($329 for 4G, shipping November 14) with 16GB of

Remotely lock your lost Android devices

DHAKA: Worried about data from your lost Android phone or tablet getting into the wrong hands? You can now lock down your device remotely.Released in August, Google’s Android Device Manager is a handy service that allows you to see the location of a lost or stolen Android device. You

Banglalink to introduce 3G in Oct

DHAKA: Banglalink, one of the largest mobile telecom operators of the country, has officially launched 3G on test demonstrating the services in real time.The telecom operator also introduced the 3G service in October this year. Chief executive officer of Banglalink Ziad Shatara launched

Shipments set to hit 450mln in 2014

DHAKA: China`s smartphone market is set for an explosion over the next year, according to new data from research firm IDC.By the end of this year, total smartphone shipments in China will hit 360 million, according to data obtained by Reuters from IDC. Next year, that figure will rise to

BlackBerry lay-off 4,500 staffs

DHAKA: The BlackBerry, once the most coveted gadget of Washington’s political and business elite, appears to be near extinction as its parent company recently announced nearly $1 billion in losses for the second quarter.It is the latest of dire announcements from BlackBerry in recent

Apple sells 9 million of its new iPhone models

DHAKA: Apple has sold nine million of its new iPhone models in three days.The company said that sales of the iPhone 5S and 5C had beaten previous launches of new phones.Apple said that demand for the 5S had outstripped supply and the company’s shares rose almost 6% following the