Shenzhen, Dec 25 (Xinhua/UNB)- Chinese technology firm Huawei said on Tuesday that it had shipped more than 200 million smartphones so far this year, a new record high for the company.
In 2010, Huawei's smartphone shipments were 3 million units, according to market research firm IDC.
The company overtook Apple in the second and the third quarters of 2018 to become the world's second-largest phone vendor, IDC said.
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's consumer business group, said the group hopes to become a pioneer and leader in the new generation of the smartphone revolution, continue to create values for the consumers and make Huawei a more favored global brand.
Headquartered in the south China city of Shenzhen, privately-owned Huawei is a world-leading telecom solution provider and also one of the world's major smartphone brands.
Dhaka, Dec 23 (UNB)- The leading digital service provider of the country, Robi, has come up with a unique digital initiative, “Mission Kombol” to help the cold affected people of the country.
Mission Kombol, is a digital platform that allows the compassionate people of our society to donate blankets to the neediest.
Anyone can visit a specially created microsite: www.missionkombol.com to make their donation. The site is accessible through Robi’s facebook page. Minimum donation set on the site is only 400 taka, which covers for a blanket and the cost for distribution to the ones who are most deserving. Well-known NGO, TMSS, is working as a partner organisation in the project.
The donated amount will go directly to TMSS’s account and they will complete the blanket distribution process.
An individual can donate up to 100 blankets (kombol) at a time. Once the donor sets the number of blanket he/ she wants to donate, the site will lead him to the payment gateway which will offer very convenient mechanism (Debit/ credit card and popular MFS services) to settle the payment.
After the successful blanket distribution, the donor will get a notification with a unique image of winter victim for each of the donated blankets.
Moscow, Dec 22 (AP/UNB) — World Anti-Doping Agency inspectors are leaving Moscow empty-handed after Russian authorities prevented them from accessing key doping data that the country's authorities had agreed to hand over.
WADA reinstated the suspended Russian Anti-Doping Agency in September on the condition Russian authorities hand over lab data, which could help confirm a number of violations uncovered during an investigation that revealed a state-sponsored doping program designed to win medals at the Sochi Olympics and other major events.
But Friday, WADA said its delegation "was unable to complete its mission" because Russia unexpectedly demanded its equipment be "certified under Russian law." WADA says the demand wasn't raised at earlier talks. The deadline to turn over the data is Dec. 31.
WADA says team leader Toni Pascual will now prepare a report on the failed mission. The WADA compliance review committee that recommended RUSADA's reinstatement will meet Jan. 14-15, where it could recommend the ban on RUSADA be re-imposed. WADA kept open the option of returning to the lab before year's end if Russia resolves the issue.
Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov told local media the WADA team would return, but there was no word on the date and no mention of the issue raised by WADA.
WADA leaders portrayed Russia's willingness to turn over the data as a key reason for agreeing to reinstate RUSADA despite its failure to comply with key requirements on the "roadmap" WADA had set out.
"We've tried to come to terms with the Russians on how this was to be done, and this is the first time since discussing it that they've actually said 'yes,'" WADA director general Olivier Niggli in September, in an impassioned defense of the decision. "We hope they'll fulfill that promise."
It was a widely criticized decision, and the reaction to Friday's news was predictable.
"Surprise, surprise — anyone shocked by this?" said Travis Tygart, the CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. "Let's hope WADA leadership has finally learned the lesson and immediately declares them non-compliant. Anything else is simply another shiv in the back of clean athletes."
Cape Canaveral, Dec 21 (AP/UNB) — NASA's new Mars lander has placed a quake monitor on the planet's dusty red surface, just a few weeks after its arrival.
Mars InSight 's robotic arm removed the seismometer from the spacecraft deck and set it on the ground Wednesday to monitor Mars quakes.
Project manager Tom Hoffman called the milestone "an awesome Christmas present."
It's the first time a robotic arm has lowered an experiment onto the Martian surface. The ground is slightly tilted, and so flight controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, still need to make the seismometer level.
The French dome-shaped seismometer is a little over 5 feet (1.6 meters) in front of the stationary lander, about as far as the arm can reach.
Next month, InSight's arm will put a wind cover over the seismometer and set down another experiment. The heat probe, dubbed the mole, will burrow up to 16 feet (5 meters) into Mars to measure internal temperatures.
"Seismometer deployment is as important as landing InSight on Mars," JPL's Bruce Banerdt, lead scientist, said in a statement. It's needed to "complete about three-quarters of our science objectives."
Banerdt plans to open a bottle of Champagne once seismic measurements start rolling in.
InSight landed on Mars on Nov. 26.
Moscow, Dec 21 (Xinhua/UNB) -- A military satellite was successfully launched atop the Proton-M carrier rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome on Friday, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
"On December 21, at 03:20 a.m. Moscow time (0020 GMT), the successful launch of the heavy class Proton-M rocket with a satellite for the Russian Defense Ministry from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan took place," the ministry said in a statement.
All pre-launch procedures and the blastoff proceeded normally, it said.
According to the ministry, the upper stage of the Proton-M rocket, comprising the Briz-M booster and the satellite, separated as scheduled. Putting the spacecraft into the designated orbit will take several hours, it said.