Dhaka, Apr 20 (UNB) - An ongoing maintenance work in Cox’s Bazar may slow down internet connections and cause disruptions throughout the country between April 20 and May 1.
“Two repeaters will be replaced during the period,” said the Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) in a press release on Saturday.
BSCCL has already taken necessary steps to provide internet services to its clients and regretted the temporary problems to be caused by the maintenance work, the release added.
Dhaka, Apr 20 (UNB)- Bangladesh’s first-ever Datathon competition, aiming to build capacity and talent in the field of data science and machine learning, concluded successfully on Saturday.
A total of 84 data scientists and data engineers took part in the 24-hour competition in 21 teams.
The event was organised by Robi. Google was part of the event as the cloud partner and Axiata Analytics was the technical support partner.
The two-day competition started on April 19. State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak attended the prize giving ceremony as the chief guest.
Robi’s Managing Director and CEO Mahtab Uddin Ahmed, along with members of senior management, were also present at the event held at a city hotel. Robi’s Head of Corporate Strategy Ruhul Amin gave the welcome speech.
Team ‘Instinct’ emerged as the competition’s champion. Abu Mohammad Shabbir Khan, Ishfaq Zaman, Nuren Shams, and Shariful Islam Foysal were members of the team.
‘Best Fitted’ was the first runner-up while ‘Outliers’ secured the second runner-up position.
Besides, two individuals, Ishfaq Zaman and Nuren Shams, were adjudged the Best Data Scientists and Md Kief Hossain and Porimol Chandro were declared the Best Data Engineers.
The champion team was given Tk 2 lakh, the first runner-up Tk 1.5 lakh and the second runner-up Tk 1 lakh. The best Data Scientists and the Data Engineers were given Tk 1 lakh each.
Tm Forum’s Ambassador for Big Data Analytics and Customer Experience, Prof Paul Morrison, Robi’s Head of IT, Asif Naimur Rashid, BUET’s Prof Dr M Sohel Rahman and Head of Axiata Analytics Pedro Uria Recio were the panel judges.
Robi CEO Mahtab dubbed Data Scientists and Data Engineers “the drivers of the digital economy”.
“They’re the ones who help organisations turn data into vital business insights to power their business. They’re also crucial to the crafting of public policies through providing valuable data insights,” he said.
Mahtab said he believes the event will go a long way in “creating a thriving community of Data Scientists and Data Engineers” who are “going to help the country to take Digital Bangladesh to the next level”.
Dhaka, Apr 20 (UNB) - Samsung Mobile Bangladesh has recently launched ‘Samsung EDGE’ (Empowering Dreams, Gaining Excellence) campus program.
Six universities are participating in this campus program: United International University, Independent University of Bangladesh , North South University, Rajshahi University, IBA, Dhaka University, and IBA, Jahangirnagar University.
The grand finale will take place on 5th of May.
Samsung is creating a platform for the youth of Bangladesh to work on real life business problems to engage them in creative and analytical thinking. By participating in this case competition students will get the chance to interact with Samsung’s top leaders.
The eventual winners will not only get BDT. 300,000 worth of gift but also the tremendous opportunity of working in one of the biggest tech company in the world, Samsung.
Samsung is celebrating this event by offering students of participating universities a massive 29% discount on all Samsung products.
The students have also been able to get first-hand experience of the new range of Galaxy A Series devices at their campuses at these events.
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.