Sunday, 11 Jun, 2023


Meta introduces broadcast tool Channels on WhatsApp

Meta Platforms on Thursday introduced WhatsApp Channels, a feature that the social media giant said would help make the app a “private broadcast messaging product.” Users in Colombia and Singapore will be the first to receive access to Channels. Over the coming months, Meta

UK to host world's first AI summit

Britain will host the world's first summit on artificial intelligence [AI] later this year, in a bid to broker a common approach by countries to limit the technology's potential doomsday risks while harnessing its potential, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has said. "AI has an

Apple unveils a $3,500 headset to hit world of virtual reality

Apple on Monday unveiled a long-rumored headset that will place its users between the virtual and real world, while also testing the technology trendsetter's ability to popularize new-fangled devices after others failed to capture the public's imagination. After years of

Microsoft Will Pay $20M to Settle U.S. Charges of Illegally Collecting Children's Data

Microsoft will pay a fine of $20 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it illegally collected and retained the data of children who signed up to use its Xbox video game console. The agency charged that Microsoft gathered the data without notifying parents or obtaining

Three Chinese astronauts return safely to Earth

Three Chinese astronauts working at the country’s space station have returned safely to earth, state media reported on Sunday, hailing the mission as a “complete success”. The return capsule of the Shenzhou-15 spaceship touched down at a landing site in northern

YouTube stops deleting false 2020 election claims

YouTube will stop removing videos with false claims of fraud in the 2020 presidential election, the social media platform announced on Friday. The move, ahead of the 2024 elections, is a reversal of its policy put in place after the 2020 vote. The company said it has deleted tens of

Kamal proposes to increase allocation for ICT Division by Tk 452cr

The finance minister on Thursday (June 1) proposed an increase in allocation for the ICT Division by Tk 452 crore to Tk 2,368 crore in the budget for 2023-24 fiscal year. According to him, the 23.59 per cent rise in allocation in the ministry comes as the government has set out a plan

18cr mobile SIM users, internet users 13cr 

More than 18 crore mobile SIMs are being used while 13 crore people are using the internet across the country. Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal came up with the information while placing national budget for the fiscal year 2023-24 at the Jatiya Sangsad here today (June 1). 

Dangers posed by AI on a par with ‘pandemics, nuclear war’

Global leaders should be working to red­u­­ce “the risk of extinction” from artificial intelligen­ce technology, a group of ind­ustry chiefs and experts warned on Tuesday, urging policymakers to equate its threat on a par with risks posed by pandemics and

Should AI be stopped before it is too late?

Steve Wozniak is no fan of Elon Musk. In February, the Apple co-founder described the Tesla, SpaceX and Twitter owner as a “cult leader” and called him dishonest. Yet, in late March, the tech titans came together, joining dozens of high-profile academics, researchers and

iPhone maker hikes pay ahead of new model launch

Apple supplier Foxconn is ramping up efforts to recruit more workers for the world's largest iPhone factory, ahead of the launch of a new model. Foxconn says new workers at its plant in Zhengzhou, China will get bonuses of up to 3,000 yuan ($424; £343) if they stay in the job

Elon Musk’s Neuralink gets FDA approval for study of brain implants in humans

Elon Musk’s brain-implant company Neuralink on Thursday said it had received the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval to launch its first-in-human clinical study. On at least four occasions since 2019, Musk has predicted that his medical device company would

Apple to spend billions of dollars on US-made 5G technology

Apple on Tuesday announced a multi-billion-dollar collaboration with US tech firm Broadcom to make “cutting edge” components for wirelessly connecting to high-speed 5G telecom networks. The iPhone maker did not specify exactly how many billions of dollars it would put into

WhatsApp to allow users to edit messages within 15 minutes

WhatsApp says it will allow users to edit messages, in a move that will see it match a feature offered by competitors like Telegram and Signal. The firm says messages can be edited for up to 15 minutes after being sent. The instant-messaging service is part of US technology giant

EU hits Meta with record €1.2B privacy fine

U.S. tech giant Meta has been hit with a record €1.2 billion fine for not complying with the EU’s privacy rulebook. The Irish Data Protection Commission announced on Monday that Meta violated the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when it shuttled troves of personal

China bans major chip maker from key projects

China says products made by US memory chip giant Micron Technology are a national security risk. The country's cyberspace regulator announced on Sunday that America's biggest maker of memory chips poses "serious network security risks". It means the firm's

Apple introduces new features for cognitive accessibility

Apple has previewed software features for cognitive, vision, hearing, and mobility accessibility, along with innovative tools for individuals who are nonspeaking or at risk of losing their ability to speak.  These updates draw on advances in hardware and software, include

OpenAI to introduce ChatGPT app for iOS

OpenAI, the company behind the ChatGPT chatbot, said on Thursday it is introducing the ChatGPT app for Apple’s iOS. The ChatGPT app is free to use and would sync history across devices, OpenAI said. “ChatGPT Plus subscribers get exclusive access to GPT-4’s

ABG Technologies gets e-wallet licence

ABG Technologies Limited, a concern of Bashundhara Group, has been awarded with payment service provider (PSP) licence to run electronic wallet in the country. Payment system department of Bangladesh Bank issued a circular on Thursday regarding the development. The PSP is a

SME Foundation, E-CAB sign MoU to build Smart Bangladesh

SME Foundation and E-Commerce Association of Bangladesh (E-CAB) will work together to make the country's entrepreneurs smarter and more efficient in information technology to build 'Smart Bangladesh'. An agreement in this regard has been signed between both the