Dhaka, Feb 10 (UNB) – Bangladesh is on top of the countries having the risk of mobile malware infections with 35.91 percent of users being affected, according to a study.
The study conducted by US-based Comparitech on 60 countries, however, ranked Bangladesh 6th in overall cybersecurity rankings (from the worst to the best) with a total score of 47.21.
According to the study, 35.91 percent mobiles and 19.7 percent computers are infected with malware in Bangladesh.
Japan is the most cyber-secure country in the world with overall score of 8.81 and lowest percentage of mobile malware infections at 1.34 while Algeria worst cyber-secure country with overall score of 55.75 and highest percentage of computer malware infections at 32.41.
Lowest percent of computer malware infections is in Denmark at 5.9 percent.
Germany has been ranked the country with highest number of financial malware attacks at 3 percent while Ukraine lowest at 0.3 percent.
The study looked at 60 countries and found huge variances in a number of categories, from malware rates to cybersecurity-related legislation.
It said there were some countries that lacked significantly in a variety of areas and others who outperformed the majority of countries.
Dhaka, Feb 10 (UNB)- Robi, a leading digital service provider of the country, has recently signed a corporate agreement with Thengamara Mohila Sabuj Sangha (TMSS).
Under the agreement, TMSS will enjoy Robi’s post-paid connections, different types of IoT and ICT solutions, and cloud solutions.
Robi’s Head of Enterprise Business, Adil Hossain and TMSS’s Founder Executive Director, Professor Dr Hosne-Ara Begum signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organisations at a programme in Momo Inn of Bogura.
Robi Enterprise Business’s Vice President, Enterprise Business, AKM Nazmul Islam, General Manager, Sayem Ahmed and TMSS’s Deputy Executive Director, Dr Md Matiur Rahman, Director, Finance & Accounts, Md Nasirun Nabi, Chief of Program, Md Zakir Hossain were present on the occasion.
TMSS is an NGO specialising on micro-credit. It was founded in 1980 in Bogura by Dr Hosne-Ara Begum. TMSS works extensively for the alleviation of poverty, empowerment of women and improvement of socio-economic infrastructure of Bangladesh.
New York, Feb 7 (AP/UNB) — Spotify is making a bigger bet on podcasts as it looks to bring a Netflix-like model of original programs to the audio world. The music-streaming pioneer gobbled up two podcasting companies, Gimlet and Anchor, on Wednesday.
Although streaming is becoming an increasingly popular way to listen to music, Spotify and other services such as Pandora have struggled to make money because of the royalties and other fees that they have to pay recording labels, songwriters and performers.
The acquisitions are about "expanding our mission from just being about music to being about all of audio and being the world's leading audio platform," CEO Daniel Ek said in an interview on CNBC on Wednesday.
The company didn't disclose terms, but The Wall Street Journal cited people familiar with the transactions as saying Anchor, a podcast production and hosting platform, was valued at more than $150 million and Gimlet at more than $200 million. Gimlet produces high-end podcasts and was co-founded by Alex Blumberg, a veteran of the NPR radio show "This American Life."
Spotify, which is based in Stockholm and went public in April 2018 , charges $10 a month for its "premium" ad-free music service. It also offers a free ad-supported service.
Apple has become Spotify's primary rival since the tech giant launched its own music streaming service in 2015. But although it has been outgunned financially, Spotify has been able to stay a step ahead of Apple in terms of subscribers. It counted 96 million subscribers in the fourth quarter, up 36 percent from a year ago.
Meanwhile, Apple's music-streaming service has more than 50 million subscribers, according to CEO Tim Cook. Pandora, YouTube, IHeartRadio, Google, Amazon and others also offer music streaming and podcasts.
In a blog post Wednesday, Ek said that Spotify has become the second-biggest podcasting platform in less than two years.
"The format is really evolving and while podcasting is still a relatively small business today, I see incredible growth potential for the space and for Spotify in particular," he wrote.
There are many ways to listen to most podcasts — among them, streaming services, downloads and podcast-specific apps like Castbox and Stitcher for Podcasts. It wasn't clear if Spotify will distribute its new podcasts exclusively, make them widely available, or choose some intermediate step such as allowing other services to distribute them following a window of Spotify exclusivity. Spotify did not return a request for comment.
Spotify is seeking ways to become sustainably profitable. The company reported a surprise fourth-quarter profit on Wednesday, boosted by a strong holiday season and a promotion with Google Home. But it forecast a loss for 2019 even as it continues to invest in original content.
Spotify has already produced some original podcasts, including one series with comedian Amy Schumer and another with rapper and broadcaster Joe Budden.
Ek said people who listen to podcasts through Spotify spend twice as much time on the service than other users.
Spotify is hoping to emulate Netflix, which has poured billions into developing original shows and movies. So far, that strategy has produced some hits such as the series "Stranger Things" and the thriller "Bird Box."
The podcast industry is much smaller but growing. Podcasts broke into the mainstream with the success of "Serial," a 2014 investigative journalism series about a murder that became a cultural phenomenon, yielding not just tens of millions of downloads, but eventually also a new trial for the convicted killer.
U.S. podcast ad revenue jumped 86 percent in 2017 to $314 million, according to research from the Interactive Ad Bureau and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. That's dwarfed by digital video ad spending, which totaled $11.9 billion in 2017.
An estimated 73 million people tune in to some form of podcast on a monthly basis, according to Edison Research. They're particularly popular with the coveted "millennial" demographic.
The deals are expected to close in the first quarter. And Ek said the company is not done with acquisitions. Spotify plans to spend $400 million to $500 million on acquisitions in 2019.
Dhaka, 5 Feb 5 (UNB)- Robishop, an e-commerce shop of the country started off a special discount campaign on Tuesday. Under the campaign, customers will be able to enjoy up to 50 percent discount on the leading smartphone devices. The campaign will continue until February 10.
On top of the discount offer, customers can receive 20 percent cash back while paying through bKash. Everyday new exclusive offers will be uploaded on the robishop site from 11 am to 06 pm. Customers will be able to get these offers on first come first serve basis.
Besides, 0% EMI facility up to 12 months will also be available under the campaign.
Customers need to visit robishop site (www.robishop.com.bd) for purchasing the offered devices during the campaign period.
New York, Feb 5 (AP/UNB) — Forget dreaming of electric sheep. Robots first need to figure out how to imagine themselves.
One New York robot has done just that. It's learned that it's a robotic arm using a process of self-simulation.
Columbia University engineers have given the robot the ability to model itself without prior knowledge of physics or its own shape.
The robot starts out moving randomly, but over time learns enough about itself to be able to perform tasks and even detect if it's been damaged.
Columbia mechanical engineering professor Hod Lipson says "self-awareness is the Holy Grail" of autonomy. He says there are ethical risks in gifting robots with self-awareness but also many benefits, including adaptability and resilience.
The research was published last week in Science Robotics.