Dhaka, May 14(UNB)- Robi’s digital travel solution, ‘Ghurbo’, has recently come up with attractive travel package offers ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr.
As part of the offer, travelers can enjoy up to 15 percent discount on any international flights from Dhaka, 10 percent discount on any hotel booking and up to 1,000 taka discount on any travel packages offered by Ghurbo.
These offers can be availed by Robi users only; offers will be valid until June 6.
While the discount offer is limited to Robi users only, anyone using the app can avail the monthly EMI facility from Ghurbo for any product or services as long as the value of the product or service is at least 5,000 taka.
Payments for any services from Ghurbo can be made using credit cards from 15 reputed banks of the country, including City Bank, Brac Bank, Dutch-Bangla Bank, Eastern Bank, Dhaka Bank, Bank Asia, Jamuna Bank etc.
Anyone can download the Ghrubo app (https://goo.gl/ViMSwo) from Google Play Store to enjoy the offers. The offers will be served on first come first serve basis. Besides mobile app, Ghurbo is also accessible via website ghurbo.com.
Spyware crafted by an "advanced cyber actor" infected multiple targeted mobile phones through the popular WhatsApp communications program without any user intervention through in-app voice calls, the company said.
The Financial Times identified the actor as Israel's NSO Group, and a WhatsApp spokesman later said "we're certainly not refuting any of the coverage you've seen."
The malware was able to penetrate phones through missed calls alone via the app's voice calling function, the spokesman for the Facebook subsidiary said late Monday. An unknown number of people — an amount in the dozens at least would not be inaccurate — were infected with the malware, which the company said it discovered in early May, said the spokesman, who was not authorized to be quoted by name.
John Scott-Railton, a researcher with the internet watchdog Citizen Lab, called the hack "a very scary vulnerability." ''There's nothing a user could have done here, short of not having the app," he said.
The WhatsApp spokesman said the attack had "all the hallmarks of a private company that has been known to work with governments to deliver spyware that has the ability to take over mobile phone operating systems."
The spokesman said WhatsApp, which has more than 1.5 billion users, immediately contacted Citizen Lab and human rights groups, quickly fixed the issue and pushed out a patch. He said WhatsApp also provided information to U.S. law enforcement officials to assist in their investigation.
He said the flaw was discovered while "our team was putting some additional security enhancements to our voice calls" and that engineers found that people targeted for infection "might get one or two calls from a number that is not familiar to them. In the process of calling, this code gets shipped."
"We are deeply concerned about the abuse of such capabilities," WhatsApp said in a statement.
Spokespeople for NSO Group did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press seeking comment.
The revelation adds to the questions over the reach of the Israeli company's powerful spyware, which can hijack smartphones, control their cameras and effectively turn them into pocket-sized surveillance devices.
NSO's spyware has repeatedly been found deployed to hack journalists, lawyers, human rights defenders and dissidents. Most notably, the spyware was implicated in the gruesome killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last year and whose body has never been found.
Several alleged targets of the spyware, including a close friend of Khashoggi and several Mexican civil society figures, are currently suing NSO in an Israeli court over the hacking.
Monday, Amnesty International — which said last year that one its staffers was also targeted with the spyware — said it would join in a legal bid to force Israel's Ministry of Defense to suspend NSO's export license.
That makes the discovery of the vulnerability particularly disturbing because one of the targets was a U.K.-based human rights lawyer, the attorney told the AP.
The lawyer, who spoke on condition of anonymity for professional reasons, said he received about several suspicious missed calls over the past few months, the most recent one on Sunday, only hours before WhatsApp issued the update to users fixing the flaw.
Dhaka, May 12 (UNB) – Search engine giant Google honored moms around the world on Mother's Day with a three-part, interactive Doodle featuring a duck and her ducklings.
This year, three buttons on the Doodle allow people to move among a series of lessons for life from a mama duck to her young offspring.
She tries to teach her young charges the proper way to waddle -- not without dealing with some challenges -- and that it's sometimes necessary to change direction. And when their plans go south, she welcomes them back to the fold, err, flock.
In most countries, Mother’s Day is celebrated every year on the second Sunday of May.
This day is celebrated to honor motherhood, acknowledge the efforts of mothers and their role in the upliftment of the society.
San Francisco, May 10 (AP/UNB) — Uber is about to embark on a wild ride on Wall Street with the biggest and most hotly debated IPO in years.
The world's leading ride-hailing service set the stage for its long-awaited arrival on the stock market by pricing its initial public offering at $45 per share late Thursday.
The price is at the lower end of its targeted range of $44 to $50 per share, a decision that may have been driven by the escalating doubts about the ability of ride-hailing services to make money since Uber's main rival, Lyft, went public six weeks ago.
Even at the tamped-down price, Uber now has a market value of $82.4 billion — significantly more than century-old automakers General Motors and Ford Motor.
Uber will face its next test Friday when its shares begin trading the New York Stock Exchange.
No matter how the stock swings, the IPO has to be considered a triumph for the company most closely associated with a ride-hailing industry that has changed the way millions of people get around while also transforming the way millions of more people earn a living in the gig economy.
The IPO raised another $8.1 billion for Uber as it tries to fend off rival Lyft in the U.S. and help cover the cost of giving rides to passengers at unprofitable prices. The San Francisco company already has lost about $9 billion since its inception and acknowledges it could still be years before it turns a profit.
That sobering reality is one reason that Uber fell well short of reaching the $120 billion market value that many observers believed its IPO might attain earlier this year.
Another factor working against Uber is the cold shoulder that investors have been giving Lyft's stock after an initial run-up. Lyft's shares closed Thursday 23% below its IPO price of $72 in April.
The jitters about an intensifying U.S. trade war with China also have roiled the stock market this week.
Despite all that, Uber's IPO is the biggest since Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group debuted with a value of $167.6 billion in 2014.
"For the market to give you the value, you've either got to have a lot of profits or potential for huge growth," said Sam Abuelsamid, principal analyst at Navigant Research.
And Uber boasts growth galore. Its revenue last year surged 42% to $11.3 billion while its cars completed 5.2 billion trips around the world either giving rides to 91 million passengers or delivering food.
Uber might be even more popular if not for a series of revelations about unsavory behavior that sullied its image and resulted in the ouster of its co-founder, Travis Kalanick, as CEO nearly two years ago.
The self-inflicted wounds included complaints about rampant internal sexual harassment , accusations that it stole self-driving car technology , and a cover-up of a computer break-in that stole personal information about its passengers. What's more, some Uber drivers have been accused of assaulting passengers, and one of its self-driving test vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona last year while a backup driver was behind the wheel.
Uber hired Dara Khosrowshahi as CEO to replace Kalanick and clean up the mess, something that analysts say has been able to do to some extent, although Lyft seized upon the scandals to gain market share.
Kalanick remains on Uber's board, although he isn't expected to be on the podium to help ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange to herald the company's debut Friday. Instead, he will be left standing on the sidelines while the spotlight shines on other Uber executives, although Kalanick can still savor his newfound wealth. At $45 per share, his stake in Uber will be worth $5.3 billion. Hundreds, if not thousands, of other Uber employees are expected to become millionaires in the IPO.
Meanwhile, scores of Uber drivers say they have been mistreated by the company as they work long hours and wear out their cars picking up passengers as they struggle to make ends meet. On Wednesday, some of them participated in strikes across the United States to highlight their unhappiness ahead of Uber's IPO but barely caused a ripple. A similar strike was organized ahead of Lyft's IPO to the same effect.
In its latest attempt to make amends, Uber disclosed Thursday that it reached a settlement with tens of thousands of drivers who alleged they had been improperly classified as contractors. The company said the settlement covering most of the 60,000 drivers making claims will cost $146 million to $170 million.
Now, Uber will focus on winning over Wall Street.
Uber may be able to avoid Lyft's post-IPO stock decline because it has a different story to tell other than the potential for growth in ride-hailing, says Alejandro Ortiz, principal analyst with SharesPost. Uber, he said, has plans to be more than a ride-hailing company by being all things transportation to users of its app, offering deliveries, scooters, bicycles and links to other modes of transportation including public mass transit systems.
"Whether or not that pitch will work kind of remains to be seen. It's nearly impossible to tell now," he said. "Obviously the risk to the company now is they have a lot more shareholders that they have to convince."
Dhaka, May 8 (UNB)- Huawei has unveiled its new attraction Y Max phablet in Bangladesh with extra facility for gaming and watching features.
The hybrid fabulous device, combining the size format of smartphone and tablet, is equipped with super large dewdrop display, strong battery support, high-performed processor and powerful RAM.
Huawei Y Max phablet, the new device of the world's leading technology company, is now available in the market of Bangladesh.
On the occasion of the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr, the valuable customers of Huawei can get an attractive headphone free of cost on purchasing the latest device from any authorized brand shop throughout the country.
The subscribers of GP will also enjoy free data bundle offer for purchasing this device.
This easily portable device comes with 7.12-inch large dewdrop display for getting superior viewing experience in Netflix and YouTube. It also provides more than 90% screen ratio, fine details complemented by the comfortable, thin and light feel which brings convenience to portability.
Regarding the device, Huawei Consumer Business Group (Bangladesh) Country Director Kelvin Yang said, “This kind of device gets more attraction for its large display and gaming facilities. Huawei has exposed this device for those who love to watch videos and play games without any lags. Hopefully, all the features of Y Max phablet will satisfy the expectations of all customers like our other devices.”
The design of the new device is aesthetic and attractive. The weight of the 8.4-millimeter thickness slim-designed phablet is only 210 grams. The Y Max phablet with leather finished design is available in Amber Brown and Midnight Black colors.
Huawei uses a 5000 mAh big battery in this device to get longtime battery backup. This device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor with 128GB of storage. With low-power consumption facility, HUAWEI power-saving technology muses together to make Huawei Y-Max a truly exclusive powerhouse.
As for the cameras, Y Max phablet has 16MP + 2MP module dual camera setup at the rear with AI support. For selfies, there is an 8MP snapper.
Now this long-awaited phablet is available at Huawei’s authorized brand shops throughout the country. This exclusive device is priced at BDT 26,999.