The spread of misinformation: Navigating the digital minefield during protests

As student protests and violent clashes continue to erupt in Dhaka, the spread of misinformation has become a significant concern, exacerbating tensions and fueling unrest. The digital age has made it easier than ever for false information to circulate rapidly, creating confusion and escalating conflicts.

Opinion / Right to access the internet is a human right

A world without internet is unimaginable in this age and time.

Top alternatives to Facebook in 2024

With growing concerns over privacy and a desire for a different social media experience, many users are seeking alternatives to Facebook. Here are some of the best options available in 2024.

4 ways to stay online during an internet outage

Mobile data internet services across Bangladesh is reportedly experiencing a widespread outage, as per reports.

The future of leadership is kindness

In recent years, the business world has seen a paradigm shift in the qualities we value in leaders. Long gone are the days when assertiveness and strength were seen as the sole indicators of effective leadership.

Mobile data disruptions continue for second day in Dhaka

From Wednesday afternoon, users across nearly all mobile operators in Bangladesh have faced problems logging in, posting messages, or sharing photos on Facebook and Messenger.

Palak blames social media for student deaths

State Minister for Posts, Telecommunications, and Information Technology, Zunaid Ahmed Palak, has attributed the deaths of several students in clashes related to the ongoing quota reform movement to misinformation spread on social media platforms, particularly Facebook.

Facebook inaccessible for many on mobile data

Since around 10 PM on Tuesday, users across the country have reported difficulties accessing Facebook through mobile internet.

Social media platforms to face action if misinformation continues, warns Palak

Zunaid Ahmed Palak, the Minister of State for Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology of Bangladesh, has recently announced that the government will take stringent measures against social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube if they fail to cooperate in curbing misinformation and rumours. 

Startup Bangladesh cancels Tk 5cr fund for Ayman Sadiq’s 10 Minute School

Startup Bangladesh Limited has announced today that it has canceled an investment proposal of Tk 5 crore for 10 Minute School, Bangladesh’s largest edtech platform

Kaspersky to officially leave the US

Kaspersky Labs, the Russia-based cybersecurity firm, has stated on its US website that the company will be leaving the United States. This announcement took place about a month after the US government banned Kaspersky from selling its antivirus software in the country.

LATEST

LATEST

Honda SP160 launched in Bangladesh

Honda has recently launched the SP160 in Bangladesh, following the introduction of Honda SP125 last year. The 163-cc bike features a BS-VI PGM-FI engine and a full digital metre with anti-lock braking system (ABS) indicator, among other features.

Fake product, fake ads, fake newspapers: The Optimax scam

In Bangladesh, the product Optimax was promoted through counterfeit pages mimicking the daily Prothom Alo, featuring fake interviews with "prominent" Bangladeshi professionals.

YouTube profits from misinformation videos in Bangladesh, study finds

A recent study by Dismislab, Digitally Right’s disinformation research unit has identified 700 unique Bangla misinformation videos on YouTube that were fact-checked by independent organisations and still present on the platform as of March 2024. The study revealed that about 30% of these misinformation videos, excluding Shorts, displayed advertisements, thus generating profit for YouTube and posing a reputational risks for advertisers.

Japan introduces enormous humanoid robot to maintain train lines

Japan has unveiled a colossal humanoid robot designed to maintain train lines, marking a significant leap in railway maintenance technology. The 12-metre high robot, reminiscent of a menacing figure from 1980s sci-fi with its coke bottle eyes and a crude Wall-E-like head, has been introduced by West Japan Railway for tasks that range from painting to trimming tree branches.

Apple is developing plastic Apple Watch SE to reduce costs: report

Apple is reportedly developing a more affordable version of its Apple Watch SE, potentially featuring a plastic design, according to Bloomberg.

Bangladeshi student creates water purifier from e-waste

Zabeer Zarif Akhter, a 17-year-old Bangladeshi student from St. Joseph Higher Secondary School, has secured the national title in the Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition. His water purification system, crafted from recycled electronic waste, aims to tackle water pollution and waterborne diseases while promoting environmental responsibility.

STARTUPS

STARTUPS

Press Release / Bangladesh Startup Summit 2024 begins July 27 

The commencement of 'Bangladesh Startup Summit 2024' was officially announced today at a press conference held at the Bangladesh Computer Council Auditorium in Dhaka. Scheduled for July 27-28, this year’s summit is themed 'Smart Bangladesh: Endless Possibilities'. 

TSMC becomes Asia's most valuable company

With a recent market valuation of over $1 trillion, the Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturer TSMC has cemented itself as the most valuable company in Asia. This achievement takes place after a strong second-quarter revenue from the company, thanks to the ongoing boom of AI chips.

Microsoft leaves OpenAI board

Microsoft has decided to leave its board observer seat at OpenAI, a position that has attracted regulatory scrutiny in both the United States and Europe. The company stated that this move was prompted by significant improvements in OpenAI's governance over the past eight months, rendering the observer seat unnecessary.

What you should know about TSMC, the trillion-dollar Taiwanese chip firm

TSMC, the Taiwan-based multinational semiconductor company, briefly reached a valuation of $1 trillion recently. At the time of writing, the company's market capitalisation stands at $967.87 billion, but experts believe the number will rise again soon due to the ongoing boom in AI chips' market demands. Meanwhile, here are five things you should know about this Taiwanese chip manufacturer.

Bangladesh based startup Tiger New Energy secures USD 3.5mln funding

Tiger New Energy, a Bangladesh based startup established in 2021, has secured an additional USD 1 million in funding from ADB Ventures following Tiger's USD 2.5 million seed round led by Wavemaker Partners last year, propelling the rollout of its battery swapping technology across Bangladesh. Md. Ismail Hossain, Manager, Brand & Marketing of Tiger New Energy confirmed the funding to The Daily Star.

BUET grad’s robotics startup secures USD 45mln in funding

GrayMatter Robotics, co-founded by BUET graduate Ariyan Kabir, has raised USD 45 million in Series B funding led by Wellington Management, a Boston-based investment firm.

Palak appears as a guest shark on Shark Tank Bangladesh

Shark Tank Bangladesh aired a special cricket-themed episode over the weekend, showcasing four sports-related businesses. The episode also had the Minister of State for Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology, Zunaid Ahmed Palak as a guest shark.

APPS

APPS

Blind Japanese gamer tests ChatGPT for AI accessibility

Masahiro Fujimoto, a 26-year-old esports player from Japan, is blind and often reliant on a human companion to assist him around the streets of Tokyo. However, he has recently put ChatGPT-4o to the test, in the hopes of the AI tool helping him walk to his destination without any external assistance.

Blue checkmarks on X deceives users: EU investigation

X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, has reportedly breached European Union (EU) content rules because, as per the EU, the platform deceives users with its blue checkmarks. As such, X is expected to pay a large amount of fines under disciplinary action to be taken by the EU.

Meta clashes with EU over 'pay or consent' advertising model

Meta Platforms, the company behind Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram, was recently charged by EU antitrust regulators for the company's newly introduced 'pay or consent advertising model', which goes against EU tech rules' user privacy concerns.

ChatGPT Mac app now available for everyone

The Mac app for ChatGPT, previously only available for ChatGPT Plus subscribers, has now been made available to everyone. As per OpenAI, the ChatGPT Mac app is specifically designed to work natively on Mac, able to "integrate seamlessly" into any type of work on the OS.

Bored during Eid trip? Some time-pass apps you can try out

Instead of endlessly scrolling through social media feeds, why not try out some fun-filled applications? From brain-teasing trivia to relaxing colouring, here are five apps that should make those idle moments more enjoyable during your Eid trip. 

Apple finally unveils its own AI: Meet, Apple Intelligence

At this year's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2024, Apple just announced "Apple Intelligence," a new suite of AI features designed for the iPhone, Mac, and other devices.

Apple is unveiling iOS 18, Siri AI and more: Watch LIVE here

Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is currently underway, with the tech giant unveiling iOS 18, a major update to its mobile operating system.

GADGETS

GADGETS

Apple sees nearly $8 bln annual sales in India: report

Apple has hit a record of almost $8 billion worth of annual sales in India, as per a recent report by Bloomberg News. More than half of the sales were from Apple's popular iPhone lineup, adds the report.

All the new gadgets announced at Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2024

Samsung has just unveiled a range of new products at the latest Galaxy Unpacked event, including the new Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Flip 6, Galaxy Ring, Galaxy Watch 7 and Watch Ultra, and Galaxy Buds 3 and Buds 3 Pro. Let's take a quick look at all the new products officially announced by Samsung at Galaxy Unpacked 2024.

Samsung unveils Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Flip 6

Samsung has officially announced its latest foldable smartphones, the Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Galaxy Flip 6. Both phones feature the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor and AI-powered features such as Click to Search, Live Translate, and Interpreter.

What to expect at tomorrow's Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event

This year, Samsung is notably focusing on AI, with "the next frontier of Galaxy AI" scheduled to be unveiled at this event, as well as the new Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Flip 6, among other signature devices and tech. Here is a brief look at what to expect at the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event.

User Review / Asus ROG Azoth: Wonderful, weird and worrisome - yet awesome

Ever wondered if a keyboard could redefine your gaming experience while still offering the finesse of an enthusiast-grade peripheral? Let’s unpack what makes Asus ROG Azoth so intriguing and why the gaming community is falling head over heels for this keyboard.

Press Release / Samsung Galaxy M14 LTE launched in Bangladesh

Samsung has recently introduced the Galaxy M14 LTE smartphone in Bangladesh.

GUIDES

GUIDES

Uncovering internet addiction

Are you the sort of person whose hands immediately reach for the phone at the slightest hint of boredom? Do you feel bored when having to eat a meal without watching YouTube? Congratulations, you are gradually riding the slippery slope that is internet addiction.

Preparing your car for a safe Eid-ul-Adha journey

Eid-ul-Adha is approaching, and many of us have already planned to celebrate this occasion with our loved ones. As a result, many car owners will travel outside the major cities to be with family and relatives. To ensure a safe journey, it's crucial to check that your car is in good condition. Sadly, we often hear about accidents during the Eid period. To ensure safety and a smooth trip, car owners should check the following:

Where to buy sacrificial animals online

With Eid-ul-Adha approaching, the Muslim community in the country is eagerly preparing to purchase animals for sacrifice or Qurbani. Here are some reliable online platforms where you can buy sacrifical animals.

How to track Cyclone Remal

As Cyclone Remal approaches Bangladesh, staying informed about its trajectory, intensity, and potential impact is crucial for ensuring safety and preparedness. Thanks to advancements in technology, tracking cyclones has become more accessible and accurate. Here are some of the best tools and resources available for monitoring Cyclone Remal and other severe weather events.

Does keeping your AC at 27° with fan turned on really save money?

Dhaka's scorching summers inevitably lead to a surge in air conditioner (AC) usage. While escaping the heat is essential, the resulting spike in electricity bills can be a significant concern. Fortunately, a data-driven approach to AC settings, combined with the strategic use of fans, offers a solution that prioritizes both comfort and cost-effectiveness.

How to recover a lost or stolen iPhone

Losing your iPhone, whether due to theft or misplacement, can be a stressful and disorienting experience. The sense of panic when it goes missing can be overwhelming. However, if you act quickly and follow these steps, you might be able to recover your device, or at least safeguard your data from unauthorised use.

How to choose the right power supply unit for your PC

You can think of the PSU as the heart of your computer, pumping electricity to different organs. Whether you're a seasoned PC enthusiast or a beginner looking to learn more, this guide will explain the basics of PSUs.

Videos and Podcasts

Videos and Podcasts

Youngsters who showed the world what our robots can do

Competing against 451 teams from 77 countries, the Bangladeshi robotics team "Robonium Bangladesh" clinched the 5th position in the World Robot Olympiad 2023 in the "Future Innovators (Senior)" category, held in Panama

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Apple iphone Event in 12 Minutes

The essentials from tonight's Apple Event

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Developing Games in Bangladesh

Game development in Asia has largely been taking place in East Asia since the creation of video games. Is this about to change ? We talked to Mehnaz Irtika from The Daily Star, who told us about the challenges Bangladesh's game industry faces if it wants to compete with the big dogs.

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Augmenting Schools - AR Learning

We explore the use of Augmented Reality in education. With us to discuss how deployment of AR could affect Bangladesh's education and consumer sector is Md. Ridwan Sakib Anjum, an in-house contributor for the Tech and Startup section of The Daily Star.

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Data Thieves - Stolen Identity

Whether it's putting a photo of a drivers license #online, or going to a sketchy #website, we can all make mistake that compromise our #identity. It's even more unfair when even when we've done everything right, our #data are being #stolen. We talked with Zarif Faiaz from ANN's The Daily Star to tell us about how this is happening in Bangladesh, and how we may minimise the impact.

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iPhone 15 to be released officially on September 12

Apple has officially announced its annual event, scheduled for 12 September at Apple Park. The invitation, titled "Wonderlust," indicates that the company plans to unveil its iPhone 15 series, among other products.

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Why should you use eSIM?

eSIM is being introduced in Bangladesh. A private telecommunication company is set to bring eSIM to the market. But what is eSIM? What is the difference between a regular SIM card and an eSIM?

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$5 billion export from ICT industry by 2025?

Bangladesh aims to achieve exports worth $5 billion from its ICT industry by 2025. The Daily Star's Tech section editor Shahriar Rahman speaks to former BASIS President Syed Almas Kabir on how it can be achieved in this episode of Star Connects.

2y ago

Grameenphone launches latest episode of Lumière featuring Shusmita Anis

Grameenphone has unveiled the newest episode in its Lumière series, this time featuring the illustrious Shusmita Anis, a revered name in the Bangladeshi music industry. Renowned for her versatile singing and emotive performances, Shusmita Anis’s episode provides viewers with an intimate exploration of her career, life choices, and personal philosophy.

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Jobs of the week

Here are our picks for jobs of the week. Check out the article for more details.

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Infinix announces BDT 3,000 discount on Note 30 Pro

Infinix has announced a BDT 3,000 discount on its Note 30 Pro smartphone, targeting young consumers with a reduced price of BDT 21,999 for the 8GB+256GB model, previously priced at BDT 24,999.

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"Country's biggest" mobile esports tournament crowns new champions

Deemed the "biggest mobile esports tournament in Bangladesh", D1 Mobile Mania 2024 had a total prize pool of BDT 30 lakh, with over 1,700 local esports players and over 250 local esports teams competing in Call Of Duty: Mobile (CODM), Mobile Legends Bang Bang (MLBB), and eFootball 2024.

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Keeron's year one: Empowering 30,000 learners

As Keeron completes its first year, we reflect on a journey marked by growth, learning, and a commitment to upskilling the corporate sector of Bangladesh. Over the past 12 months, we have proudly onboarded over 30,000 registered learners, providing them with 20 courses in both pre-recorded and live formats. 

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AI-powered vending machines for bullets introduced in US

American Rounds, a US based ammunition distribution company, has developed AI-powered vending machines that dispense bullets, now operational in Alabama, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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Moden business solution: IPAB’s Project ‘a2z’ in commercial and public interest

Now-a-days, counterfeiting is widespread, making it extremely difficult to keep original products in the market. As a result, to address the global issues of counterfeit products, along with other facilities for existing and new enterprises as well as general public interest, has invented and leading a project named 'a2z' which is a user-friendly modern AI-based business solution (e-platform) that addresses a variety of current business challenges.

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Future-proofing your finances: Saving up the first paychecks

While your first paychecks might seem like a ticket to financial freedom, your current financial habits will impact your future. Instead of spending it all on a shopping spree, consider saving some of that money. Here's 'why' and 'how' you should go about saving up your first full-time paychecks.

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Sustaining energy at work

To avoid fatigue and burnout during a 9 to 5 workday, it's important to be mindful of your work habits. Utilising these techniques can help maintain energy levels, which is crucial for both wellbeing and productivity.

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10 billion leaked passwords uploaded in a crime forum, report finds

A record-breaking collection of stolen passwords has been uploaded to a well-known crime forum, posing significant security threats worldwide.

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