Cape Canaveral, Sept 15 (AP/UNB) — A Japanese supply run to the International Space Station has been delayed again.
The countdown was halted Saturday local time in Japan, with only a few hours remaining before liftoff. Earlier in the week, a typhoon delayed the launch.
The Japanese space agency said there was an issue with the propulsion system. No new launch date has been set.
The cargo ship — the seventh to be launched by Japan — contains new batteries needed for a pair of NASA spacewalks.
NASA says the delay will cause the spacewalks — which had been scheduled over the next two weeks — to slip even further. The lithium-ion batteries will replace aging nickel-hydrogen batteries in the space station's solar-generating electrical system.
Five tons of supplies are loaded into the capsule named Kounotori, Japanese for white stork.
Cupertino, Sep 13 (AP/UNB) — Apple is trying to turn its smartwatch from a niche gadget into a lifeline to better health by slowly evolving it into a medical device.
In its fourth incarnation, called Series 4 and due out later this month, the Apple Watch will add features that allow it to take high-quality heart readings and detect falls. It's part of Apple's long-in-the-making strategy to give people a distinct reason to buy a wrist gadget that largely does things smartphones already do.
Since the Apple Watch launched in April 2015 , most people haven't figured out why they need to buy one. Apple doesn't release sales figures, but estimates from two analysts suggest the company shipped roughly 18 million of the gadgets in 2017. Apple sold almost 12 times as many iPhones — 216 million — that year. Apple shipped another 7.3 million Apple Watches during the first half of this year, according to Canalys Research, compared with more than 93 million iPhones.
Worldwide, about 48 million smartwatches are expected to be sold this year, compared with nearly 1.9 billion phones, according to the research firm Gartner.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has long aimed to emphasize the health- and fitness-tracking abilities of the smartwatch. The original version featured a heart-rate sensor that fed data into fitness and workout apps so they could suggest new goals and offer digital "rewards" for fitness accomplishments.
Two years later, Apple called its watch "the ultimate device for a healthy life," emphasizing water resistance for swimmers and built-in GPS for tracking runs or cycling workouts. In February, the company announced that the watch would track skiing and snowboarding runs , including data on speed and vertical descent.
The latest version, unveiled Wednesday, is pushing the health envelope even further — in particular by taking electrocardiograms, or EKGs, on the device, a feature given clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Apple said. The watch will also monitor for irregular heartbeats and can detect when the wearer has fallen, the company said.
EKGs are important tests of heart health and typically require a visit to the doctor. The feature gained an onstage endorsement from Ivor Benjamin, a cardiologist who is president of the American Heart Association. He said such real-time data would change the way doctors work.
"This is enormous," Gartner analyst Tuong Nguyen said of the EKG feature. He said it could turn smartwatches "from something people buy for prestige into something they buy for more practical reasons."
It could also lead some health insurance plans to subsidize the cost of an Apple Watch, Nguyen said. That would help defray the $400 starting price for a device that still requires a companion iPhone, which can now cost more than $1,000.
The watch will use new sensors on the back and on the watch dial. A new app will say whether each reading is normal or shows signs of atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rate that increases the risk of heart complications, such as stroke and heart failure.
Apple says the heart data can be shared with doctors through a PDF file, though it's not yet clear how ready doctors are to receive a possible flood of new EKG data from patients — nor how useful they will find the electronic files.
This new features will be available to U.S. customers later this year, Apple said — an indication that it may not be ready for launch.
Fall detection could also be significant, especially for elderly users. The new Apple Watch claims to be able to tell the difference between a trip and a fall — and when the latter occurs, it will suggest calling 911 (or the equivalent outside the U.S.). If it receives no response within a minute, the watch will automatically place an emergency call and message friends and family designated as emergency contacts.
Only certain Apple Watch models support cellular calls, but those that don't can still make emergency calls when near a paired iPhone or Wi-Fi service.
Apple says it monitored some 2,500 people — measuring how they fell off ladders, missed a step while walking or got their legs caught in their pants while getting dressed. It used that data to separate real falls from other heavy wrist movements, such as clapping and hammering.
The feature will turn on automatically for users 65 and over; younger people can activate it in the settings. "I can see kids buying one for their parents and grandparents," said analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights.
But the Apple Watch still lacks one feature found in rival wrist gadgets: the ability to analyze sleep quality. Battery life in the new watch remains at 18 hours, meaning it needs a nightly recharge.
Dhaka, Sep 13 (UNB) – Posts, Telecommunications and IT Minister Mustafa Jabbar today said country’s all unions would be brought under high speed internet connectivity by 2019 through fiber optic cable lines.
“Excepting 772 unions of remote areas all unions of the country will come under high speed internet connectivity by December this year and the rest will be by 2019,” he told a concluding function of Top –Up IT and ITES Foundation Skills Training Programme organized by a project of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) under ICT Division.
Jabbar called upon the young generation to be skilled on emerging technology as the skills you have earned through the training will be obsolete in future.
“Time-befitting training is imperative at the moment as technology is changing very fast,” he said adding that the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is aware about this technological development and Bangladesh under her visionary leadership will lead Digital revolution in the days to come.
Chaired by Information and Communication Technology Secretary Zuena Aziz the function was also addressed among others by Executive Director of BCC Partapratim Deb, Additional Secretary of ICT Division Rashadul Islam, LICT Project Director Md. Rezaul Karim and LICT Component Team Leader Sami Ahmed and Project Director, Ernst & Young Kamal Mansharamani.
The programme was organized to mark the competition of training to build 30,000 skilled human resources under the World Bank financed Leveraging ICT for Growth, Employment and Governance (LICT) Project of BCC of ICT Division.
The UK based Ernst and Young (EY) conducted the training for the last three and half years to the meet the demand for skilled human resources of the ICT sector to some extent.
Of the total 30,000 trained human resources 10,000 received Top-Up IT training and 20,000 Foundation Skilled training. Of the 10,000 Top-Up IT trained manpower 4,059 were placed in the IT and IT Enabled Service (IT-ITES) sector till July 2018.
Earlier while presenting a demo on sustainability of the training programme at BCC conference room Operation Manager of EY Suman Saha said the EY maintained quality of the training as a trainer’s pool was created by internationally reputed trainers.
The pre-assessment and post-assessment of trainees are conducted by National Association of Software Services Companies (NASSCOM) and the content was certified by the George Washington University, USA, he said adding the Training of Trainers (ToT) pool, course curriculum and monitoring tool developed under the training programme would be very useful for the future training programme.
Eminent educationist and Professor of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, Executive Director BCC Parthapratim Deb, LICT Project Director Md. Rezaul Karim and Director Training of BCC Engineer Enamul Kabir spoke at the function.
Dhaka, Sep 13 (UNB) - Banglalink has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Le Méridien Dhaka, a concern of Mariott International.
Under the MoU, officials of Le Méridien Dhaka will use Banglalink’s connections and digital services.
Erik Aas, CEO, Banglalink, and Constantinos S. Gavriel, General Manager of Le Méridien Dhaka signed the Mou on behalf of their respective organisations.
Choukri Berghout, Chief B2B Officer, Banglalink, Anwar Hossain, Director of Sales and Marketing, Le Méridien Dhaka, H M Ziaur Rahman, Manager Information Technology, Le Méridien Dhaka and other officials from Banglalink were also present at the occasion.
The signing ceremony was followed by a discussion on Banglalink’s 4G Network, telecom solutions, digital services and other related issues.
Choukri Berghout, Chief B2B Officer, Banglalink said, “We are delighted to sign the MoU with Le Méridien Dhaka. Currently, Banglalink is the highest spectrum per customer providing private operator in the country with enhanced network capacity.
We firmly believe that Le Méridien Dhaka officials will benefit from our quality digital services.”
New York, Sep 11 (AP/UNB) — The resignation of longtime CBS chief Les Moonves won't likely lead to drastic changes in network programs, but a related deal could make the company ripe for a takeover as traditional media companies compete with upstarts such as Netflix and Amazon.
Moonves was ousted Sunday, just hours after the New Yorker detailed more sexual misconduct allegations against him. A dozen women have alleged mistreatment, including forced oral sex, groping and retaliation if they resisted him. CBS is on the hook for $120 million in severance if its investigation, being conducted by two outside law firms, finds no evidence of wrongdoing. Moonves has denied wrongdoing.
Even before the latest New Yorker article came out, Moonves was already facing pressure to leave. His departure was brokered as part of broader talks with CBS' parent company, National Amusements, over the network's future. Under settlement terms with CBS, National Amusements chief Shari Redstone conceded not to push for combining CBS with sibling company Viacom for at least two years, a merger that Moonves had opposed. National Amusements also agreed to a board shake-up that increased the power of independent directors.
The network was struggling when Moonves took over as entertainment chief in 1995. He quickly turned things around and churned out shows appealing to the older, more tradition-bound CBS audience — broad-appeal sitcoms such as "Two and a Half Men" and "The Big Bang Theory" and procedural dramas such as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "NCIS." ''Survivor" was an early reality show hit, and continues to this day. Moonves became CEO of CBS Television in 1998 and CEO of the newly created CBS Corp. in 2006 after it split from Viacom.
Moonves' temporary replacement, Chief Operating Officer Joseph Ianniello, has steered top projects such as stand-alone streaming services for CBS and the Showtime cable channel. But he doesn't have a creative or sales background, which might make him an awkward long-term leader for the company.
For now, Ianniello is unlikely to make drastic changes in programming, particularly since CBS' formula has been working. Programming changes could be more substantial if CBS chooses someone outside the company as a permanent replacement.
B. Riley FBR analyst Barton Crockett said CBS could remain successful without Moonves. He noted the continued success of other networks that have lost top executives to sexual misconduct claims, including Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly at Fox News and Matt Lauer at NBC News.
"Strong performance can continue even when a vaunted, tainted star departs," Crockett said. "These groups have deep talent pools."
A broader question is whether CBS will remain a standalone company at all.
To better compete with tech companies such as Netflix, companies that have traditionally distributed TV shows and movies have been buying the producers of such programs. The producers, themselves, have been consolidating as well. AT&T bought Time Warner for $85 billion in June, while Disney is in the process of acquiring the entertainment assets of Fox for $71.3 billion.
That makes CBS a hot commodity. With the shake-up of its board, there are 11 independent directors and two affiliated with National Amusements, down from three. One of the new directors, Candace Beinecke, is a lawyer with expertise in mergers and acquisitions. National Amusements agreed to give "good faith consideration" to any offer the new board deems good for shareholders.
Crockett said possible suitors include AT&T "doubling down" and attempting to buy CBS to complement its recent Time Warner acquisition. Or Verizon, which was rumored to be a suitor in the past, could make an offer as a way to "deepen its content presence and close a content gap with AT&T," he said.
Offers from Amazon, Apple or Google might be possible as well, if those companies wanted to expand their sports offerings and "vault into a leadership position in production of top tier TV content," Crockett said.
BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield said CBS might even entertain a merger with Viacom now that chief opponent Moonves is out. Even though National Amusements agreed not to push for it, that doesn't preclude CBS itself from doing so. If other offers do not materialize, Greenfield said a combination with Viacom might be necessary as size and scale are "becoming increasingly critical in the media industry."
The settlement is the latest in a long-running saga between CBS, Viacom and National Amusements, media mogul Sumner Redstone's holding company. CBS split from Viacom in 2006, but both remained controlled by National Amusements. Redstone's daughter, Shari, now runs the holding company.
In 2016, Shari Redstone prevailed in a bitter battle against Viacom CEO Phillippe Dauman, whom she pushed out in favor of current CEO Bob Bakish.
Since then, she has pushed to reunite CBS and Viacom. Under Moonves, CBS was against the idea and tried to issue a dividend to dilute National Amusements' voting power. That led to the lawsuit settled Sunday.