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Facebook Down? Hacked Or Not??

Nahid Farzana February 25, 2017

You might have faced some issues with Facebook last night. Well, guess what! It’s not just you. The problem was affecting users all around the world. Most people faced a forced log out from the service. They were not allowed to sign back in and given a message from security team that someone might have access to their account. Some

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Alphabet Inc's self-driving car unit sued Uber

Alphabet Inc’s Waymo self-driving car unit sued Uber Technologies and

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Facebook launches video charades game

Facebook has just released Show and Tell, which turns selfies

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Alphabet Inc’s self-driving car unit sued Uber

Tousif Alam World February 25, 2017

Alphabet Inc’s Waymo self-driving car unit sued Uber Technologies and its autonomous trucking subsidiary Otto. Waymo accused Uber and Otto with stealing confidential information on Waymo’s Lidar sensor technology to help speed its own efforts in autonomous technology.

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Facebook launches video charades game

Tousif Alam World February 25, 2017

Facebook has just released Show and Tell, which turns selfies and visual communication into a game. The game is inherently viral, as it pushes you to send your charades to friends. It’s already gunning for revenue with interstitial ads.

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India’s mobile operator Airtel buying Telenor India

Tousif Alam World February 23, 2017

Bharti Airtel has gobbled up smaller player Telenor India in a deal announced today. The Airtel-Telenor deal is subject to regulatory approvals, but both sides said it should be completed within the next 12 months.

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Instagram posts can now contain up to 10 photos

Tousif Alam World February 23, 2017

Multiple-image posts on Instagram’s beta app has become official today. From this point on you’re able to add up to 10 photos and videos to each of your Instagram posts. The new feature is part of Instagram 10.9 for Android and iOS, which should already be available through the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store.

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Startup Incubator Innovatube Launches US$5M Pre-Seed Fund

Nahid Farzana Asia February 22, 2017

Innovatube, a startup incubator with branches in Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong and the UK, has announced the launch of a US$5 million pre-seed fund. This new fund will seek to invest in enterprise and emerging tech verticals including VR/AR, IoT, AI, fintech and blockchain. It will be targeting the Southeast Asian market, with a strong focus on Vietnam.

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Groupon Malaysia Officially Consolidated Into Kuala Lumpur-Based O2O Restaurant Platform Fave

Nahid Farzana Asia February 22, 2017

Groupon Malaysia has officially been consolidated into Kuala Lumpur-based O2O restaurant platform Fave. This move will see Fave integrate all of Groupon Malaysia’s customers as well as deals from businesses such as restaurants, spas, fitness centres, hotels and more; essentially transforming Fave into a holistic lifestyle O2O platform.

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Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Ltd Connected With Second Undersea Cable

Nahid Farzana Bangladesh February 22, 2017

Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Ltd has been connected with the country’s second undersea cable up to the landing station in Kuakata, said the state-run company yesterday. Md Abdus Salam Khan, acting managing director of the company, said the cable was officially launched during a management meeting of the SEA-ME-WE 5 in Istanbul yesterday.

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Samsung’s C-Lab to introduce AR and VR projects

Tousif Alam World February 22, 2017

Samsung’s in-house tech incubator C-Lab introduced a smart strap that turns your fingerprint into a phone earpiece. Now there are four new projects that are here to amuse us and they are all about augmented and virtual reality.

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Kaymu Recently Completed Its Merger With Daraz Bangladesh

Nahid Farzana Bangladesh February 22, 2017

Kaymu has recently completed its merger with Daraz.com.bd, in an effort to combine the two e-commerce platforms into one and improve the quality of products. Daraz Bangladesh merged in July 2016 and the transition has been successfully completed recently to close its business as of February 28 this year, Daraz said in a statement yesterday.

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Singapore To Allocate US$1.7 billion for the digitalisation drive

Tousif Alam Asia February 22, 2017

fThe Singapore government is pulling out all the stops to ramp up the country’s digital readiness and innovation drive. This was the core of Singapore’s finance minister Heng Swee Keat’s message at the Budget 2017 speech in parliament.  Heng said Singapore would allocate S$2.4 billion (US$1.7 billion) for this digitalisation drive.

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Job finder WayUp acquires competitor Looksharp

Tousif Alam World February 20, 2017

WayUp is making its first acquisition — it’s buying the similarly focused Looksharp. Both companies have created job listing sites for college students and recent graduates.Looksharp had raised more than $10 million in funding from investors, including 500 Startups.

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Bangalore-Based Online Furniture Brand Urban Ladder Raised Over US$15 Million

Nahid Farzana India February 20, 2017

Bangalore-based online furniture brand Urban Ladder has raised INR 102 crore (approximately US$15.2 million) in fresh funding from existing investors, including SAIF Partners, Kalaari Capital, Sequoia India and Steadview Capital. The startup claims that it has over 4,000 products and 35 categories such as wardrobes, sofas, beds, dining tables, storage shelves, etc.

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Singapore-Based Digital Health Data Startup Vault Dragon Gets US$1.16M Pre-Series A

Nahid Farzana Asia February 20, 2017

Singapore-based digital health data startup Vault Dragon today announced that it has raised S$1.64 million (US$1.16 million) pre-Series A funding co-led by Golden Equator Capital and Raging Bull. The new funding brings the total raised by Vault Dragon to more than S$3 million (US$2.13 million)Vault Dragon cited plans to use the new funding for product-development and regional-expansion.

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Fifty-Six Industrial Entrepreneurs Received CIP Cards

Nahid Farzana Bangladesh February 20, 2017

Fifty-six industrial entrepreneurs received Commercially Important Person cards as recognition to their significant contributions to country’s overall economy. Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu on Sunday distributed the CIP 2015 cards at a function in Dhaka. The recipients of CIP cards will enjoy different government-offered facilities for next one years starting from on Sunday.

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Ford invests $1 billion to build self-driving cars by 2021

Tousif Alam World February 20, 2017

Ford has invested $1 billion in a joint venture with Argo AI, a Pittsburgh-based company with ties to Carnegie Mellon. The goal is to completely outfit Ford vehicles with self-driving technology.

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Apple to replace home button with ‘function area’

Tousif Alam World February 20, 2017

Apple is determined to make no-home-button phone. Latest reports suggest we should expect three devices in 2017, including an OLED screen-packing iPhone 8 with no physical buttons on the front.

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BTRC To Introduce Cost Modelling System For Fixing Data Prices

Nahid Farzana Bangladesh February 19, 2017

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission is planning to introduce the Cost Modelling System for fixing data prices to protect the public interest. BTRC sources said they are closely working on fixing the current system in the best interest of valued subscribers. What the mobile operators are pricing now is a little bit higher, according to the regular.

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SoftBank To Give Up Control Of Sprint Corp To T-Mobile

Nahid Farzana Japan February 19, 2017

Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp is prepared to give up control of Sprint Corp to Deutsche Telekom AG’s T-Mobile US Inc to clinch a merger of the two US wireless-carriers. SoftBank has not yet approached Deutsche Telekom to discuss any deal because the US Federal Communications Commission has imposed strict anti-collusion rules that ban discussions between rivals during an ongoing-auction of

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The Telecom Regulator Plans To Issue 4G Licenses By A Month

Nahid Farzana Bangladesh February 19, 2017

The telecom regulator plans to issue 4G licenses by a month, which will enable people to enjoy fastest data service. BTRC has decided to make it an “open for all” license where even a new entity can participate. The commission will also arrange an auction to distribute spectrum in four months, BTRC Chairman Shahjahan Mahmood told.

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Hydrogen OS 3.0 for OnePlus 3 and 3T is now live

Tousif Alam World February 19, 2017

OnePlus just released version 3.0 of its Hydrogen Android OS. This new version is based on Android 7.0 Nougat and some users have been reporting slightly better battery life, compared to the latest Nougat OxygenOS update.OnePlus has a version of the Google Play Store in the Hydrogen OS app store for an easy install as well.

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YouTube to remove 30-second unskippable ads

Tousif Alam World February 19, 2017

Google has finally taken notice of the growing user annoyance and says it does plan to get rid of the 30-second mandatory ad format. Google’s intentions are to focus more on the six-second unskippable format for the future.

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Mobile Subscribers To Get Full Usage Information For The Previous 60 Days

Nahid Farzana Bangladesh February 18, 2017

Mobile subscribers will soon be able to get their full usage information for the previous 60 days-  a move that can come in handy when solving familial and business-related problems. At present, subscribers can get an itemized bill- a log of dialed numbers, date and time of calls made, call durations and SMSs and MMSs sent- upon request from mobile-subscribers.

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The Postal Division To Collaborate With Alibaba, Amazon

Nahid Farzana Bangladesh February 18, 2017

The postal division is going to collaborate with global e-commerce giants Alibaba and Amazon to deliver their products across Bangladesh. A pilot project will be launched within a short-time, said Tarana Halim, state minister for telecom and postal division. Through this initiative, online buyers are now able to receive their products from e-commerce sites, delivered to their doorsteps in Dhaka.

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Apple to start manufacturing iPhone SE in India

Tousif Alam India February 18, 2017

Apple reportedly selected Wistron as the primary manufacturer for all its iPhones in India. The Taiwanese partner of the Cupertino-based company set up a plant in Bengaluru in order to start the local production.Apple shipped 2.5 million iPhones to India last year which is the most the company has ever sold.

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Microsoft Bangladesh, Shakti Foundation and the PMO aim to train and support female entrepreneurs

Tousif Alam Bangladesh February 18, 2017

Microsoft Bangladesh, Shakti Foundation and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has been signed a partnership to train and support female entrepreneurs to run their own IT repair centres across Bangladesh. Microsoft Philanthropies yesterday announced a financial award from the Microsoft YouthSpark grant to Shakti Foundation for Disadvantaged Women, according to a press release floated to media yesterday.

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Grab Rolled Out Its Popular Carpooling Service GrabShare In Malaysia And Philippines

Nahid Farzana Asia February 16, 2017

Ride-hailing giant Grab has announced the rollout of its popular carpooling service GrabShare in Malaysia and Philippines. GrabShare pairs up to two passenger’s bookings (or two parties, an additional passenger can tag along one party at no additional cost) with similar destinations traveling along the most efficient trip route.

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Tourist Police Bangladesh Unveils New Android App Named Hello

Nahid Farzana Bangladesh February 16, 2017

Tourist Police Bangladesh have unveiled a new Android app designed to make contacting tourism authorities and requesting help simpler. The app, Hello Tourist, is essentially a hub containing a variety of information that may be useful to tourists, including the contact numbers of all senior Tourist Police officers and operational teams.

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4G Service Expected To Be Introduced By This Year

Nahid Farzana Bangladesh February 16, 2017

Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy yesterday directed the telecom regulator to introduce fourth generation (4G) services in the country by this year. Tarana Halim, state minister of the telecom division said, “All the mobile operators are almost ready to offer 4G and customers will be able to enjoy the fastest data service within a short time.”  

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Uber standalone app finally available on Android Wear 2.0

Tousif Alam World February 16, 2017

Uber announced its app would be available for Android Wear back in 2015. The most fascinating thing is that Uber is standalone on your watch. Almost 2 years have passed since the announcement but with the unveiling of the first devices with Android Wear 2.0 the platform is finally ready to work on your wrist.

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Google Home and Amazon Echo To Support Voice calls soon

Tousif Alam World February 16, 2017

The Google Assistant inside the Google Home device and Alexa from Amazon’s Echo line of smart speakers may soon be able to make and take phone calls for you. Both Google’s and Amazon’s speakers could have support for voice calls.

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MFS Users Left In Serious Inconvenience After BB Lowered The Transactions Ceilings

Nahid Farzana Bangladesh February 16, 2017

The country’s 1.58 crore active MFS users are left in serious inconvenience after the central bank lowered the ceilings for transactions from February 1. Previously, users could deposit Tk 25,000 into their mobile wallets each day and take out the same amount, but now they have to make do with Tk 15,000 for cash-in and Tk 10,000 for cash-out.

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Toshiba To Sell Computer-Chip Business

Tousif Alam World February 15, 2017

Toshiba sees a way out in selling its computer-chip business, flash-memory business and other assets. Toshiba does not plan on building more new nuclear plants and will concentrate on reactor maintenance, nuclear fuel business and other non-tech branches.

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ICT Innovators Will Receive Up To 1 Crore Taka Funding

Nahid Farzana Bangladesh February 15, 2017

ICT state minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak announced that in case of ICT innovations, entrepreneurs will receive up to 1 crore taka funding based on the idea. He announced this at the “National Hackathon For Women 2017” held on 10th February. He also said that by next 2 years there will be over 1000 new ideas from the ICT innovators.  

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China’s Top O2O Titan Meituan Adds Ride-Hailing Feature

Nahid Farzana China February 15, 2017

On Tuesday, China’s top O2O titan Meituan added a car-hailing function into its app, which now features a wide variety of services from food delivery, film tickets, hotel reservation and flight/train tickets. After finding the ride-hailing service in Meituan’s home page, users in Nanjing can book their trips in an interface and operation process very similar to Didi’s.

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Bangalore-Based Aisle Raised Funding To Grow The Business

Nahid Farzana India February 15, 2017

Aisle, an online dating app owned by Bangalore-based Aisle Network, has secured an undisclosed amount in funding from CIO Angel Network, with participation from Konglo Ventures, White Unicorn Ventures and online deal-making platform LetsVenture. The startup will use the funding to hire new developers and content creators, said Founder and CEO Able Joseph.

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BTRC Holding A Public Hearing In Chittagong

Nahid Farzana Bangladesh February 15, 2017

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is going to hold a public hearing over mobile phone services at Chittagong for the first time outside the capital. BTRC Chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmood said: “The commission wants to hold more public hearing on subscribers’ dissatisfaction over mobile phone services across the country.”  

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Google launches Cloud Spanner

Tousif Alam World February 15, 2017

Google has announced the beta launch of Cloud Spanner, a new globally distributed database service for mission-critical applications. Cloud Spanner joins Google’s other cloud-based database services, like Bigtable, Cloud SQL and the Cloud Datastore.With Cloud Spanner, Google is making this same database service available to outside developers.

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Facebook is preparing to launch connected TV apps

Tousif Alam World February 15, 2017

Facebook wants its users to upload and consume more videos. For Facebook, the ability to stream on the TV is just one more step in a larger effort to make its site and apps a place where more creators want to share their videos. Videos will follow the audio settings of their devices.

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Payments Solutions Company OMA Emirates Acquires Mumbai-Based mPoS Startup MobiSwipe

Nahid Farzana India February 14, 2017

United Arab Emirates-based payments solutions company OMA Emirates has acquired Mumbai-based mobile payments services firm MobiSwipe Technologies. The details of the transaction were not disclosed. OMA is looking to broaden its overall portfolio in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and APAC regions. As per agreement, MobiSwipe Co-founders Suresh Santhanaramakrishnan and Harmeet Singh Arora will be joint CEOs at OMA.

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IsItUp.com Appointed By AirAsia To Optimize The Management And Lifecycle Of Its Fixed Assets Across All Its Operations

Nahid Farzana Asia February 14, 2017

IsItUp.com, an online-platform for tracking and monitoring fixed assets such as computers furniture and office equipment, has been appointed by airline operator AirAsia to optimize the management and lifecycle of its fixed assets across all its operations. IsItUp.com will provide a solution designed to work for an enterprise that covers multiple countries, many locations and is always on-the-go.

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