Cape Canaveral, Apr 19(AP/UNB) — America's first female astronaut candidate, pilot Jerrie Cobb, who pushed for equality in space but never reached its heights, has died.
Cobb died in Florida at age 88 on March 18 following a brief illness. News of her death came Thursday from journalist Miles O'Brien, serving as a family spokesman.
In 1961, Cobb became the first woman to pass astronaut testing. Altogether, 13 women passed the arduous physical testing and became known as the Mercury 13. But NASA already had its Mercury 7 astronauts, all jet test pilots and all military men.
None of the Mercury 13 ever reached space, despite Cobb's testimony in 1962 before a Congressional panel.
"We seek, only, a place in our nation's space future without discrimination," she told a special House subcommittee on the selection of astronauts.
Instead of making her an astronaut, NASA tapped her as a consultant to talk up the space program. She was dismissed one week after commenting: "I'm the most unconsulted consultant in any government agency."
She wrote in her 1997 autobiography "Jerrie Cobb, Solo Pilot," ''My country, my culture, was not ready to allow a woman to fly in space."
Cobb served for decades as a humanitarian aid pilot in the Amazon jungle.
"She should have gone to space, but turned her life into one of service with grace," tweeted Ellen Stofan, director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum and a former NASA scientist.
The Soviet Union ended up putting the first woman into space in 1963: Valentina Tereshkova. NASA didn't fly a woman in space — Sally Ride — until 1983.
Cobb and other surviving members of the Mercury 13 attended the 1995 shuttle launch of Eileen Collins, NASA's first female space pilot and later its first female space commander.
"Jerrie Cobb served as an inspiration to many of our members in her record breaking, her desire to go into space, and just to prove that women could do what men could do," said Laura Ohrenberg, headquarters manager in Oklahoma City for the Ninety-Nines Inc., an international organization of licensed women pilots.
Still hopeful, Cobb emerged in 1998 to make another pitch for space as NASA prepared to launch Mercury astronaut John Glenn — the first American to orbit the world — on shuttle Discovery at age 77.
Cobb maintained that the geriatric space study should also include an older woman.
"I would give my life to fly in space, I really would," Cobb told The Associated Press at age 67 in 1998. "It's hard for me to talk about it, but I would. I would then, and I will now."
"It just didn't work out then, and I just hope and pray it will now," she added.
It didn't. NASA never flew another elderly person in space, male or female.
Geraldyn Cobb was born on March 5, 1931, in Norman, Oklahoma, the second daughter of a military pilot and his wife. She flew her father's open cockpit Waco biplane at age 12 and got her private pilot's license four years later.
The Mercury 13's story is told in a recent Netflix documentary and a play based on Cobb's life, "They Promised Her the Moon," is currently running in San Diego.
In her autobiography, Cobb described how she danced on the wings of her plane in the Amazon moonlight, when learning via radio on July 20, 1969, that Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin had landed on the moon.
She wrote: "Yes, I wish I were on the moon with my fellow pilots, exploring another celestial body. How I would love to see our beautiful blue planet Earth floating in the blackness of space. And see the stars and galaxies in their true brilliance, without the filter of our atmosphere. But I'm happy flying here in Amazonas, serving my brethren. 'Contenta, Senor, contenta.' (I am happy, Lord, happy.)"
San Francisco, Apr 19 (AP/UNB) — Millions more Instagram users were affected by a password security lapse than parent company Facebook acknowledged nearly four weeks ago.
The social media giant said in late March that it had inadvertently stored passwords in plain text, making it possible for its thousands of employees to search them. It said the passwords were stored on internal company servers, where no outsiders could access them.
Facebook said in a blog post Thursday that it now estimates that "millions" of Instagram users were affected by the lapse, instead of the "tens of thousands" it had originally reported. It had also said in March that the issue affected "hundreds of millions" of Facebook Lite users and millions of Facebook users. Facebook Lite is designed for people with older phones or slow internet connections.
Dhaka, Apr 18 (UNB)- China's telecommunication giant Huawei has signed an agreement with InterContinental hotel and China Telecom to build the world's first 5G smart hotel.
The signing ceremony was held at Tuesday at the Huawei Global Analyst Summit (HAS 2019) in Shenzhen.
By introducing the hotel industry’s first end-to-end 5G network with integrated terminals and cloud applications, the project will enable InterContinental Shenzhen to provide guests with the ultimate innovative luxury experience and open the door for digital transformation of entire hotel industry through 5G technology.
Shenzhen Telecom is deploying Huawei's 5G network equipment in the InterContinental Shenzhen to achieve continuous indoor and outdoor 5G coverage, which will serve as the platform for a new generation of hotel services.
Guests will experience innovative 5G hotel applications through 5G smartphones and customer-premises equipment (CPE) terminals, including 5G welcome robots, 5G cloud computing terminals, 5G cloud games and 5G cloud virtual reality (VR) rowing machines, providing business travelers with a convenient and efficient working environment, and leisure travelers with a high-end, immersive entertainment experience.
Cai Yun, Secretary-General of the Commercial Cultural Tourism Committee of China Real Estate Association, Golden Sun, General Manager of Shenzhen OCT Hotel Development Co., Ltd., Feng Wei, Deputy General Manager of China Telecom Shenzhen Branch, and Dr. Peter Zhou, Chief Marketing Officer of Huawei Wireless Solution, delivered keynote speeches and kicked off the ceremony.
InterContinental Shenzhen is the first Spanish-inspired luxury business hotel in China. It is also a leading partner for major local and global events.
Dhaka, Apr 18 (UNB)- Local ICT products manufacturing and marketing brand Walton announced special discount on desktops, laptops and other computer items on the occasion of Boishakh, the first month of Bangla calendar.
Customers will enjoy 5 to 18 percent discount on purchasing various products till April 30.
Liakat Ali, In-Charge of Walton Computer Project, said: customers, who would buy any design, simulation and gaming laptop of Waxjambu series, will be given 18 percent discount while 16 percent discount for Karonda series. In addition, customers will get 12 percent discount on any 6th generation laptops of Passion and Tamarind series along with 8 percent discount on Prelude series.
Besides, 5 percent discount will be given on all other model of Walton laptops, desktops, monitors and computer accessories including gaming and standard keyboard and mouse, pen drives and earphones.
Walton currently manufacturing and marketing 21 models of laptops, 13 models of desktops, 4 models of monitors along with various models of gaming and standard keyboard and mouse, pen drives and earphones.
The lowest price of Walton laptop is TK 19,990. Customers have the option of buying these laptops on 12-month installment facilities from any Walton outlet with special facilities for students.
2-year warranty is available for all models of Walton laptops while 3-year for desktops and monitors.
Dhaka, Apr 18 (UNB)- Huawei mobile services recently presented a keynote at the Global Connects India conference, one of the top events for the internet industry in both India and China that was recently hosted by Beluga Global.
The launch highlighted potential opportunities for content developers and providers to expand outside of India in industries such as online entertainment, internet finance, cross-border e-commerce, game release and even online education.
Huawei mobile services has connected more than 300 Indian developers at the event itself, enabling them to expand and reach out to millions of Huawei and Honor smartphone users worldwide, through HUAWEI developer platform.
The significant growth of Huawei mobile services users in Asia Pacific increases from 30 to 50 percent monthly that draws the big attention of developers especially on HUAWEI AppGallery.
The expansion of technological infrastructures that support internet and mobile connections in Asia Pacific has been translating the phenomenal growth of new internet users within the region in the recent years, thus experiencing a rapid growth of internet, digital, social media and mobile activity. According to the Digital in 2018 report, Asia Pacific is home to over two billion internet users, equating to an internet penetration rate of 48 percent.
According to the 2017 Mobile Adobe Digital Insights (ADI) report, smartphones were the source of 500 million new internet users globally, with India and China contributing a staggering 366.3 million new consumers and Indonesia, 15.7 million. Such growth is expected to continue in a similar trend for more years to come.
The large and growing digital population should help sustain digital business expansion and keep on attracting more businesses online, providing new ways for marketing in the Asia Pacific market and enhancing the fast-growing e-commerce sector.
With Huawei Mobile Services making a clear footprint in India now, it marks a long-term expansion and growth in the large market. This enables entrepreneurs from different industries and brands to be exposed to infinite opportunities in expanding a wider outreach to the audiences outside of India such as Asia Pacific including China, and vice versa. Content developers and start-ups in India are now able to explore the road of entrepreneurship on HUAWEI Developer platform.