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Researchers use AI to analyse cosmic explosions

TechLife ReportNew research is being carried out using artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse cosmic explosions, reports BBC.A type of AI known as machine learning will be used to make simulations of star explosions called supernova that release elements such as calcium and iron back into the universe.The research by the University of Warwick aims to help astronomers understand more about why and how supernovae take place.Lead Author Dr Mark Magee said while one model currently took up to 90 minutes to create, AI would enable thousands of supernovae models to be generated in less than a second. AI would also make research more accurate, helping to establish what models match real-life explosions, the university said.It added advancements in machine learning had made the research possible with future studies including a greater variety of explosions and supernovae."Machine learning approaches like this enable studies of larger numbers of supernovae, in greater detail, and with more consistency than previous approaches," Dr Thomas Killestein said.

Intel unveils new chip tech in AI battle

US chip titan Intel on Tuesday struck a defiant tone in the face of strong challenges from rivals Nvidia, AMD and Qualcomm, unveiling technologies it said would lead the artificial intelligence revolution.For decades, Intel has dominated the market for the chips that run everything from laptops to data centres. But in recent years, its competitors, especially Nvidia, have soared ahead on specialised AI processors.During a keynote speech at Taiwan's Computex expo, CEO Pat Gelsinger introduced Intel's latest Xeon 6 processors for servers, and shared more details about its next-gen Lunar Lake chips for AI PCs."AI is driving one of the most consequential eras of innovation the industry has ever seen," Gelsinger said."The magic of silicon is once again enabling exponential advancements in computing that will push the boundaries of human potential and power the global economy for years to come."Gelsinger said Intel's latest equipment provides the best available mix of performance, energy efficiency and affordability.Intel's Gaudi systems -- used for advanced AI work such as training models -- come at a third of the cost of what competitors offer, he claimed.Gelsinger's presentation followed earlier keynote speeches by Nvidia boss Jensen Huang, AMD CEO Lisa Su and Qualcomm's Cristiano Amon -- and they were replete with claims and counterclaims about which firm's products were best for AI.Su and Amon gave detailed presentations on the chips their companies have developed for AI-enhanced personal computers. Microsoft this month unveiled its Copilot+ AI PCs, which will have artificial intelligence features built into its Windows operating system.

Russell takes charge of BASIS president for second term

TechLife ReportRussell T Ahmed of Team Creative has been reelected as president at Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) for a two-year term.M Rashidul Hasan of Systech Digital was given responsibility of senior vice president at the apex tread body of information technology sector of the country, says a press release.Two vice-presidents are: Syed Mohammad Kamal for administration and Iqbal Ahmed Fakhrul Hasan for finance. The seven elected directors of the BASIS are Md Mostafizur Rahaman Sohel, Didarul Alam, M Asif Rahman, Syed Abdullah Jayed, Mir Shahrukh Islam and Muhammad Risalat Siddique and Biplob Ghosh Rahul.The election of the executive council of BASIS took place on May 8 with 33 candidates vying for the 11 positions. Among them, eight were elected from the general category and one each from the associate, affiliate and international categories. Out of 1,464 voters, 1,157 voted in this year's BASIS election.TIM Nurul Kabir, chairman of the BASIS election board; Syed Mamnun Quader and Nazim Farhan Choudhury, members of the election board, were also present at the executive council handover ceremony at BASIS head office in the capital.

ASUS Bangladesh launches 6 new laptops

TechLife ReportASUS Bangladesh has unveiled six new laptops combining artificial intelligence, dual screen and sixteen inches display.The lineup includes dual-screen laptop Zenbook DUO, Zenbook 14 OLED, ROG Zephyrus G14, ROG Zephyrus G16, ROG Strix G16 and ROG Strix SCAR, says a press release.ASUS Bangladesh Business Development Manager Md Al Fuad said that the company is dedicated to unleashing innovation without limits.“In our latest 2024 lineup, each ASUS and ROG laptop transcends the ordinary and offers experiences of boundless possibilities. We believe our new laptops will keep users on a journey of exploration and creativity, as always,” he added.Global Brand Managing Director Rafiqul Anowar and Director Jashim Uddin Khondaker were also present at the launching event at a city restaurant on Tuesday.

Russell’s panel swipes majority, Sohel secures highest vote

TechLife ReportTeam Creative CEO Russell T Ahmed-led panel has swiped eight positions in the BASIS election while Mostafizur Rahaman Sohel secured the highest 405 votes in bianniel polls.Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) held an election for 2024-26 at the Shooting Federation premises in Gulshan the capital on Wednesday.The eight winners in the general category of the election are -- Mostafizur Rahaman Sohel of Advanced ERP, M Rashidul Hasan of Systech Digital, Mir Shahrukh Islam of Bondstein Technologies, Dr. Muhammad Risalat Siddique of Analyzen Bangladesh, M Asif Rahman of AR Communications, Iqbal Ahmed Fakhrul Hasan of Divine IT and Didarul Alam of Shooting Star.  Winners in associate and affiliate categories are Syed Abdullah Jayed of  Finalytics and Biplob Ghosh Rahul of Carnival Assure. Syed Mohammad Kamal of MasterCard and Abu Muhammad Rashed Mujib Noman of Augmedix got equal 3 votes in the international category while Kamal won through lottery.In this election 33 candidates contested in three panels Team Smart, One Team and Team Success. Of the eleventh executive position, Russel’s One Team won 8 positions in general, associate and affiliate categories while Team Smart of Sohel won 3 positions.Out of 1,464 voters, 1157 voted in this year's BASIS election. Among them 781 out of 932 voters voted in a general category, 250 out of 389 voters voted in the associate category, 118 out of 134 voters voted in the affiliate category and 8 out of 9 voters voted in the international category.

Toyota posts record yearly revenue

TechLife ReportToyota has registered record net profit of 31.9 billion US dollar in the year to March on revenues of 45.1 trillion yen, which was also an all-time high.But the world's largest automaker by sales warned net income would fall 27.8 percent this financial year to 3.57 trillion yen because of investments, according to a statement.The results for 2023-24 were helped by foreign currency effects, in particular the weak yen, as well as brisk sales, notably of hybrid vehicles. They exceeded the firm's forecast given in February of net profit of 4.5 trillion yen on revenues of 43.5 trillion yen.Toyota's previous record annual net profit was 2.85 trillion yen in 2021-22. For revenues it was 37.15 trillion yen the following fiscal year. Last month Toyota said it sold 11.1 million vehicles across all brands in the 2023-24 fiscal year, up five percent and the first time they have exceeded 10 million.A big factor was a 31-percent jump to 3.7 million in sales of hybrid vehicles -- combining internal combustion engines and batteries -- like the Corolla compact car and the RAV4 sports utility vehicle.

Banglalink completes 3G phase-out

TechLife ReportBanglalink has successfully completed the phase-out of its third-generation (3G) network as of yesterday, making it the country’s first telecom operator to have completed the process.The third-largest telecom operator in Bangladesh initiated the process of phasing out its 3G network in 2021 to bolster its 4G services by reallocating resources, according to a press release.Regarding the move, Banglalink CEO Erik Aas said that the operator looks forward to enhancing customers’ 4G experiences and accelerating ‘Smart Bangladesh’ vision.  “Maximising Banglalink’s investment by embracing advanced 4G services is now the mobile operator’s top priority,” he said.Banglalink has doubled its network capacity to ensure superior speed and coverage across the country, the press release reads.

Messaging app imo gets ‘security badge’

TechLife ReportInstant messaging app imo has been recognised as a trusted app on Google Play through a security badge complying with global security and privacy standards for mobile apps.This recognition showcases imo’s unwavering commitment to providing top-quality security and privacy protection to its users, says a press release. Regarding the badge, imo messenger’s Business Director Mehran Kabir said the recognition signifies imo’s commitment to users with reliable security features."The imo has been continuously striving to create a safe digital space for users, and we are pleased to receive recognition for it. We hope to continue working towards innovating new features for our users and fostering better communication experiences,” she added.Google is highlighting secure, privacy-driven apps in its Play Store with a security badge in the Data Safety section, and now, imo is officially recognised with this badge.

Mercedes-Benz launches widest EV lineup

TechLife ReportRancon Motors has launched six different models of Mercedes-Benz EQ Lineup in Bangladesh.There was held a day long motor show featuring both modern and classic cars from Mercedes-Benz at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) on recently, says a press release.The EQ lineup was launched in a separate gala event in the presence of prominent opinion leaders and business tycoons of the country. The cars were unveiled with a dramatic laser show followed by a fashion show featuring live music by Nemesis and Xefer.Group Managing Director Romo Rouf Chowdhury, Divisional Director Imran Zaman Khan, CEO Redwanul Zia were present in the ceremony.The 4 SUV and 2 Sedan models launched during the event are: EQS 450 4matic SUV, EQS 450+ Sedan, EQE 350+ SUV, EQE 53 AMG SUV, EQE 350+ Sedan and EQB.Imran Zaman Khan said in his speech, Electric Vehicles are the future of the automotive industry. He also said Mercedes-Benz Bangladesh, in collaboration with Genex Infrastructure Ltd, is working to develop a nationwide charging station network.A total of 7 charging stations are currently live in Dhaka, Chittagong, Coxs Bazar and Sylhet with a projection of 21 station by end of Q2 2024.Mercedes-Benz is the latest addition to join the EV revolution in Bangladesh following other brands like Audi, BMW and BYD. With the total of 6 new EV models offered by Mercedes-Benz, it is currently offering consumers the widest EV model range to choose from.

Tech entrepreneurs want extension of tax exemption

TechLife ReportEntrepreneurs in the Bangladesh technology sector urged the government to extend tax exemption up to three more years to drive growth in the country’s economy.The call came amid fears of withdrawal of the facility in prescription of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).“After a three-year tax exemption period, an annual tax rate of 1-2% can be introduced. The contribution of technology to GDP (gross domestic product) is only 1.09% which can be increased through policy support,” Shameem Ahsan, president at Venture Capital and Private Equity Association of Bangladesh (VCPEAB), told a seminar on Sunday.The investors’ forum organised the policy dialogue on “investment climate for Smart Bangladesh” at Sheraton Dhaka in the capital city.In the keynote speech, Shameem Ahsan showed that technology contributes 7.4% to GDP in India while 3.40% in Philippines, 4.23% in Indonesia and 7% in Estonia.Prime Minister’s Private Industries and Investment Adviser Salman F Rahman was present as the chief guest.State Minister for Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak, lawmakers Kazi Nabil Ahmed, Ferdous Ahmed and Zara Jabeen Mahbub also attended the event as guests of honour.In his speech, Salman F Rahman expressed his surprise at the lack of courses on emerging technologies in public and private universities.“We have no idea about the progress of ChatGTP backed by machine learning and AI (artificial intelligence),” he said.

Banglalink, ZTE partner to upgrade network

TechLife ReportTelecom operator Banglalink has entered into a strategic agreement with China-based ZTE to modernise its network infrastructure and enhance the capacity of fourth-generation (4G) coverage.Banglalink’s Chief Executive Officer Erik Aas and ZTE’s VEON Account Managing Director Liao Hui signed the agreement on behalf of their respective sides at the head office of the telecom company in Dhaka recently, says a press release.Regarding the partnership, Erik Aas said that Banglalink is committed to continuously driving digital transformation across Bangladesh.“We will double network infrastructure for enhancing digital experience for customers with high-quality services. This advancement will significantly improve connectivity and user experiences, leading towards achieving the Smart Bangladesh vision,” he said.

Kaspersky Next launched in Bangladesh

TechLife ReportThe cyber security company introduced new flagship product line ‘Kaspersky Next’ in Bangladesh on Thursday combining robust endpoint protection with the transparency and speed of EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response).The new solutions featured powerful tools of XDR (Extended Detection and Response). Customers can now choose one of three product tiers tailored to their business requirements, the complexity of tech infrastructure, says a press release.Regarding the launching, Southeast Asia General Manager Yeo Siang Tiong said the company has brought cutting-edge XDR solution and the transformation of our corporate product offerings.“With the introduction of Kaspersky Next, we're simplifying the complexities of EDR and XDR for businesses and organizations in Bangladesh of all sizes. Our mission is to deliver top-notch protection driven by unparalleled expertise to every customer—whether they're novices in cybersecurity or equipped with their own SOC teams,” he said.Bangladesh's cybersecurity landscape in 2023 reveals a pressing need for enhanced digital defenses. Kaspersky's latest findings showed that the country witnessed 11.4 million internet-borne cyberthreats or web threats detected last year. On the other hand, local threats were prevalent, with 33.3 million incidents detected, while the share of incidents originating from servers hosted within Bangladesh was 78,000 in the period January-December 2023.Southeast Asia Systems Engineering head Victor Chu said Kaspersky Next addresses the challenges the technozlogical development may bring upon offering cutting-edge cybersecurity solutions.“By combining advanced endpoint protection with the transparency and speed of EDR and the powerful tools of XDR, Kaspersky Next empowers companies to fortify their cybersecurity posture amidst the evolving threat landscape, ensuring a secure transition towards a smart future," he said.Kaspersky Next is a new line of cybersecurity products that includes robust endpoint protection powered by AI capabilities, and goes beyond the classic EPP (Endpoint Protection Platform), bringing together EDR and XDR for corporate customers.