Dhaka, Mar 23 (UNB) - The British Council has teamed up with Robi Axiata Limited to set up a ‘British Council Satellite Library” inside the telecom operator’s corporate office.
The library was inaugurated Saturday at a ceremony held at the Robi Corporate Office.
The satellite library allows Robi employees who are members of British Council to enjoy the books from the library in addition to the main library and access the rich contents of British Council’s digital library.
Robi’s Managing Director and CEO Mahtab Uddin Ahmed inaugurated the satellite library in presence of British Council Bangladesh’s Acting Country Director Andrew Newton.
Robi’s Head of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, Shahed Alam, Vice President (Media, Communications and Sustainability) Ekram Kabir and British Council’s Head of Cultural Centre Tanvir Alim and Cultural Centre Manager Tahnee Yeasmin were present on the occasion.
The library houses the latest award-winning collections of UK’s best titles. In order to spread these services and to cater larger number of readers, the British Council Library and Cultural Centre has brought the concept of satellite libraries. The Robi Axiata Limited’s satellite library consists of books on language, fiction, literature and a wonderful collection for the young readers.
Inaugurating the library Robi’s Managing Director and CEO, Mahtab Uddin Ahmed said, “The best way to grow as a human being is to read. Wise men of world have time and again said that books are the most trusted of all confidants. So, be it for pursuit of enlightenment or material gains, you can always trust a good book. Even Robi as an organization stands to gain immensely from it as it will help us to strengthen our learning culture within the organization. I would like to thank the British Council for its kind support in this regard.”
British Council Bangladesh’s Acting Country Director, Andrew Newton said: “This is an exciting partnership for us, as Robi is the first private company to initiate and accommodate the British Council Satellite Library.”
“Developing reading habit from an early age has many silent benefits such as developing patience and wellbeing. We are really happy that Robi employees and their children are now able to access the best collection of books in the world through British Council physical and digital library,” he added.
British Council’s content rich digital library was also introduced to the Robi officials at the programme. The inauguration programme was attended by Robi employees and their family members. An exciting storytelling session was held for the children of Robi employees at the end of the programme.
Dhaka, Mar 23 (UNB)— Smartphone brand Vivo released its long-awaited V15 model sporting a 32MP pop-up selfie camera in Bangladesh market.
The phone comes with a powerful triple rear camera set-up, stunning Ultra Full-View 6.53 inch display and a conventional fingerprint scanner on the back. This dual-SIM phone’s screen supports 1080x2340 pixels resolution.
Pre booking of V15 started on March 20 and will continue until March 26. Vivo is offering a gift box with pre booking while Grameenphone users are getting special data offer.
Chinese multinational mobile company Vivo announced V15 launch at an event at Radisson Blu hotel in Dhaka last week.
“The V15 is a clear example of our commitment in bringing immersive advanced products to consumers of all walks of life,” said Duke, the managing director of Vivo Bangladesh.
Vivo V15 is powered by a 2.1GHz Octa-core processor and comes with 6GB of RAM and 64 GB ROM. The phone supports an extended memory of up to 256 GB. It runs on Android Funtouch OS 9.
It sports a 32 megapixel pop up camera on the front for selfies. The phone is equipped with AI photography features including AI Face Beauty and AI Portrait Framing.
The phone packs a 24MP primary camera, a second 8MP camera and a third 5MP camera on the back. The rear camera setup has autofocus.
The all-new AI Super Night Mode makes shaky night shots a thing of the past. The phone allows users to take photos with stunning clarity and wider perspective.
Other key features of the phone are its powerful 4,000mAh battery and dual-engine fast charging. The phone will be available in Glamour Red and Topaz Blue for Tk 29,990.
Beijing, Mar 23 (AP/UNB) — Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's "extremely bullish" about the global economy based on the amount of innovation being carried out, and he's urging China to continue to "open up."
In a speech at an economic forum in Beijing on Saturday, Cook said Apple is less concerned with the short term economic outlook because the tech giant makes investments looking ahead years or decades.
His remarks come as China and the U.S. prepare to meet again to resolve their trade dispute, which has roiled global markets, and as Apple is expected to announce that it's launching a video service.
The iPhone has long been Apple's marquee product and main money maker, but sales are starting to decline. The company is pushing digital subscriptions as it searches for new growth.
San Francisco, Mar 22 (AP/UNB) — Facebook left hundreds of millions of user passwords readable by its employees for years, the company acknowledged Thursday after a security researcher exposed the lapse .
By storing passwords in readable plain text, Facebook violated fundamental computer-security practices. Those call for organizations and websites to save passwords in a scrambled form that makes it almost impossible to recover the original text.
"There is no valid reason why anyone in an organization, especially the size of Facebook, needs to have access to users' passwords in plain text," said cybersecurity expert Andrei Barysevich of Recorded Future.
Facebook said there is no evidence its employees abused access to this data. But thousands of employees could have searched them. The company said the passwords were stored on internal company servers, where no outsiders could access them. Even so, some privacy experts suggested that users change their Facebook passwords.
The incident reveals yet another huge and basic oversight at a company that insists it is a responsible guardian for the personal data of its 2.3 billion users worldwide.
The security blog KrebsOnSecurity said Facebook may have left the passwords of some 600 million Facebook users vulnerable. In a blog post , Facebook said it will likely notify "hundreds of millions" of Facebook Lite users, millions of Facebook users and tens of thousands of Instagram users that their passwords were stored in plain text.
Facebook Lite is a version designed for people with older phones or low-speed internet connections. It is used primarily in developing countries.
Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg touted a new "privacy-focused vision " for the social network that would emphasize private communication over public sharing. The company wants to encourage small groups of people to carry on encrypted conversations that neither Facebook nor any other outsider can read.
The fact that the company couldn't manage to do something as simple as encrypting passwords, however, raises questions about its ability to manage more complex encryption issues — such in messaging — flawlessly.
Facebook said it discovered the problem in January. But security researcher Brian Krebs wrote that in some cases the passwords had been stored in plain text since 2012. Facebook Lite launched in 2015 and Facebook bought Instagram in 2012.
The problem, according to Facebook, wasn't due to a single bug. During a routine review in January, it say, it found that the plain text passwords were unintentionally captured and stored in its internal storage systems. This happened in a variety of circumstances — for example, when an app crashed and the resulting crash log included a captured password.
But Alex Holden, the founder of Hold Security, said Facebook's explanation is not an excuse for sloppy security practices that allowed so many passwords to be exposed internally.
Recorded Future's Barysevich said he could not recall any major company caught leaving so many passwords exposed. He said he's seen a number of instances where much smaller organizations made such information readily available — not just to programmers but also to customer support teams.
Security analyst Troy Hunt, who runs the "haveibeenpwned.com" data breach website , said the situation may be embarrassing for Facebook but not dangerous unless an adversary gained access to the passwords. Facebook has had major breaches, most recently in September when attackers accessed some 29 million accounts .
Jake Williams, president of Rendition Infosec, said storing passwords in plain text is "unfortunately more common than most of the industry talks about" and tends to happen when developers are trying to rid a system of bugs.
He said the Facebook blog post suggests storing passwords in plain text may have been "a sanctioned practice," although he said it's also possible a "rogue development team" was to blame.
Hunt and Krebs both likened Facebook's failure to similar stumbles last year on a far smaller scale at Twitter and GitHub; the latter is a site where developers store code and track projects. In those cases, software bugs were blamed for accidentally storing plaintext passwords in internal logs.
Facebook's normal procedure for passwords is to store them encoded, the company noted Thursday in its blog post.
That's good to know, although Facebook engineers apparently added code that defeated the safeguard, said security researcher Rob Graham. "They have all the proper locks on the doors, but somebody left the window open," he said.
Dhaka, March 21 (UNB) -The third and final supermoon of the year will light up the sky on March 20, closing out a trifecta of supermoons for 2019 that began in January, reports CNN.
March's full moon also happens on the same day as the spring equinox, welcoming in the season. The last time these two things happened on the same day was March 1981.
The moon will appear brighter and bigger in the night sky and hopefully no clouds and inclement weather will obscure the view. The closest supermoon this year was in February.
No matter what timezone you're in, look out for the supermoon at 9:43 pm ET on Wednesday. If you miss it, the Virtual Telescope Project will be sharing a live stream of the supermoon over the monuments of Rome.
March's full moon is also known as the Full Worm Moon. Traditional and Native American names for each full moon of the year are derived by how they helped to track the seasons. In this case, the ground began to soften in March so that earthworms could appear, drawing more birds to feed, according to the Farmer's Almanac. This moon is associated with spring for that reason.
The arrival of spring and the supermoon will also nearly coincide with an asteroid passing close to Earth, according to the Minor Planet Center. The asteroid, 2019 EA2, will zip by Earth at 190,246 miles away -- closer than the moon. It's 79 feet in diameter, slightly larger than the asteroid that streaked through the sky over Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2013.
It's an aten asteroid, or a near-Earth asteroid with an Earth-crossing orbit
But the asteroid is expected to pass by safely and without incident on March 21 and 22, depending on where you live.