Sunday, 04 Dec, 2022

Tech

Elon Musk denies affair with Google co-founder's wife

Tesla boss Elon Musk has denied having an affair with Nicole Shanahan, the wife of Google co-founder, Sergey Brin. Mr Musk's comments came after the Wall Street Journal reported that his friendship with Mr Brin had ended over the alleged affair. Replying to a link to the story

Google fires software engineer who claimed its AI chatbot is sentient

Alphabet Inc's Google said on Friday it has dismissed a senior software engineer who claimed the company's artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot LaMDA was a self-aware person. Google, which placed software engineer Blake Lemoine on leave last month, said he had violated company

Roundtable on "Use of ICT in Empowering Women in Today’s World" held

A roundtable on "Use of ICT in Empowering Women in Today’s World" was held at BASIS Conference Hall in the Capital on Saturday (July 16).   Samira Zuberi Himika Senior Vice President & Convener, BASIS women's forum, presided over the roundtable. The four

UAE establishes $817 million fund for space sector

UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed announced an $817 million fund to support space sector in a post on Twitter early Sunday. The president announced a new $817m national investment and development fund for the space sector, The National Space Fund.  “The establishment of a

TikTok removed 3.4m Bangladeshi videos 

TikTok has removed over 3.4 million videos from Bangladeshi users from January to March this year, states TikTok's recent Community Guidelines report for the first three months of 2022. According to the report, TikTok removed 3,475,456 Bangladeshi videos, with a proactive removal

Facebook users may soon be able to create multiple profiles under their accounts

Facebook is testing an option for users to create multiple profiles from a single account, amid a bid by the platform to reignite user growth. The feature is aimed at helping users "tailor their experience based on interests and relationships," Facebook (FB) spokesperson

Netflix and Microsoft team up for cheaper plan with adverts

Netflix has teamed up with Microsoft to offer a cheaper subscription plan to customers that will show adverts. The streaming giant says the service will be an "addition" to its existing plans, which do not include adverts. In April, shares in Netflix slumped after it

Chinese Scientists Develop Robot Fish To "Eat" Microplastics In The Ocean

Robot fish that "eat" microplastics may one day help to clean up the world's polluted oceans, says a team of Chinese scientists from Sichuan University in southwest China. Soft to touch and just 1.3 centimetres (0.5 inch) in size, these robots already suck up

James Webb telescope takes super sharp view of early cosmos

The first full-colour picture from the new James Webb Space Telescope has been released - and it doesn't disappoint. The image is said to be the deepest, most detailed infrared view of the Universe to date, containing the light from galaxies that has taken many billions of years to

Twitter calls Musk merger withdrawal ‘invalid and wrongful’

“Twitter has breached none of its obligations under the Agreement,” attorneys for Twitter said in a letter to Mr. Musk’s lawyers Twitter demanded on Monday that Elon Musk complete a proposed $44 billion takeover of the social media company, slamming the Tesla

Elon Musk files to back out of deal to buy Twitter

Tech titan Elon Musk is backing out of a $44 billion agreement to purchase social media platform Twitter. The Tesla CEO said in a filing Friday afternoon that he believed Twitter was in material breach of multiple provisions of the April 25 sale agreement — including Musk’s

Twitter challenges India order to take down tweets

Twitter has mounted a legal challenge in India against government orders to take down content. The social media giant has filed a petition with the high court in Karnataka state resisting "several" such orders, sources told the BBC. Twitter was reacting to a letter from

Inventor of world’s first cellphone: Put down your devices and ‘get a life’

The inventor of the world’s first cellphone says he’s stunned by how much time people now waste on their devices, telling users to “get a life.” Martin Cooper, 92, made the declaration during an interview with “BBC Breakfast” on Thursday, responding

Meta prepares for 'serious times' ahead, reduces hiring plans

Meta Platforms, the owners of Facebook, has cut plans to hire engineers by at least 30% this year, CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees recently, as he warned them to brace for a deep economic downturn. "If I had to bet, I'd say that this might be one of the worst downturns that

US FCC chief asks Apple, Google to remove TikTok from app stores

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) head Brendan Carr has written to Apple and Google requesting them to remove the Chinese short-video making platform TikTok from their respective app stores for "its pattern of surreptitious data practices". In his letter, Carr

Nasa launches first rocket from Australian commercial spaceport

An unassuming patch of red dirt in remote Australia has made history as the site of Nasa's first rocket launch from a commercial spaceport outside the US. The sub-orbital rocket blasted off from the tiny site early on Monday local time. It will enable astrophysics studies that

Twitter tests 'notes' feature with 2,500 word limit

Twitter is trialling a new feature allowing users to share "notes" as long as 2,500 words. The social media platform normally limits posts to 280 characters. Twitter said the move was a response to seeing people use the platform to post pictures of longer announcements and

South Korea successfully launches its first satellites into space

South Korea has successfully launched its first satellites into orbit, stepping up the country's ambitions in space. It was the second launch of the homegrown Korean Satellite Launch Vehicle II, known as Nuri, which took off from Goheung, about 500km (310 miles) south of Seoul.

Google Co-Founder, World's 6th Richest Person, Files For Divorce

Sergey Brin, the Google co-founder and world's sixth-richest person, filed for a divorce from his wife of three years, making him the third mega-billionaire to do so in as many years. Brin filed a petition for dissolution of his marriage to Nicole Shanahan this month, citing

Bangabandhu satellite-1: restores telecommunication in flood-hit areas

The government has decided to use Bangabandhu Satellite-1 to re-establish telecommunication services in Sylhet, following Sunamganj, Natrekona and other flood-hit districts of the country. Bangladesh Satellite Company Limited (BSCL) is providing all necessary equipment to the rescuers