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No clear guidelines for ICT

No clear guidelines for ICT

The finance minister did not outline any clear guideline and specific allocation for ICT sector in his budget proposal. AMA Muhith, the minister, proposed imposition of a fixed tax of Tk 100 on every single piece of replacement SIM. But there will be no extra tax on SIM card supplied by mobile phone operators. Currently,...

Internet domain .bd vulnerable to hacking

The public domain for internet in Bangladesh is vulnerable to hacking as it has neither a robust security system, nor a mirror server and is running on an outdated version. Bangladesh's own internet country code top-level domain -- .bd -- is one of the worst managed domains, experts said. A country code top-level domain is a unique two-letter string that has been assigned to a country or a geographical area to identify it in a domain name. A domain name...

Putin calls Internet 'CIA project'

Putin calls Internet 'CIA project'

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a "CIA project" and warned Russians against making Google searches. Putin assured a group of young journalists that the Internet was controlled from the start by the CIA and its surveillance continues today. Media Forum of Independent Local and Regional Media http://t.co/FNrHyBzJpG— President of Russia (@KremlinRussia_E)...

Public urged to reset all passwords

Public urged to reset all passwords

Several tech firms are urging people to change all their passwords after the discovery of a major security flaw. The Yahoo blogging platform Tumblr has advised the public to "change your passwords everywhere - especially your high-security services like email, file storage and banking". Security advisers have given similar warnings about the Heartbleed Bug. It follows news that a...

'Father of Internet' calls on users to defend it

'Father of Internet' calls on users to defend it

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the internet, in an interview with the Guardian published on 12th March, 2014, calls for the creation of an online Magna Carta. His reason for the need of this bill of rights is to protect and enshrine the independence of the medium he created. Exactly 25 years after he...

Affection could backfire

Affection could backfire

They're called 'snapping' turtles for a very good reason, but this hapless animal lover just had to find out the hard way and ended up in hospital. The Chinese man was reportedly releasing the ferocious-looking creature into the wild but decided he had to give it a goodbye kiss first. Unfortunately the love was not exactly required and the snapping turtle did what snapping turtles do and snapped him on the lip. The man, from Fujian province, was left with the turtle dangling from his face refusing to release its powerful, pincer-like jaws. Eventually the animal was prized away from the unfortunate man who was immediately rushed to hospital. A friend then posted the...

Internet growth hinges on local content, cheap phones

Bangla-language contents appropriate for the masses and lower prices of internet and smartphones are key to taking the internet to the majority of people, analysts said yesterday. "We will have to tell people why internet is important and a great equaliser where they can do whatever they want to do," said Munir Hasan, president of Wikimedia Bangladesh. He called for developing contents in Bangla to drive the growth of internet. Vivek Sood, chief executive of Grameenphone, said mobile subscribers' education and awareness...

Internet for empowerment

Internet for empowerment

Grameenphone aims to get 50 to 60 percent of the country's population online in the next three to four years, said the carrier's chief executive Vivek Sood at a roundtable yesterday. Currently 22 percent people use the internet, according to the data of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission. Sood urged all stakeholders including the government, regulator,...

Students to get 21 lakh free internet hours from GP

Students to get 21 lakh free internet hours from GP

Grameenphone will provide 21 lakh free internet hours for schoolchildren in collaboration with development organisation Brac, starting February 21, International Mother Language Day. Under an initiative known as Internet for All, students of 250 schools will be able to use free internet at the Gonokendra, a multi-purpose community learning centre managed by Brac at...

Internet community helps crack code left by dying woman

Internet community helps crack code left by dying woman

When a brain tumour took away Dorothy Holm's ability to speak, she picked up index cards and began filling them, edge to edge, with seemingly random, indecipherable sequences of letters. Her grandchildren saw her scribbling and thought she was leaving them a code — but it was one the preteens couldn't crack. Eighteen years...

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