LinkedIn working on short-form video feed: report

LinkedIn, the professional networking platform, is reportedly developing a short-form video feed in the app, according to TechCrunch, an international tech news platform.

Implement mechanism to identify illegal handsets

Mobile phone makers also demand stability in tax policy

Press Release / Samsung Galaxy A15 5G launched in Bangladesh

Samsung has recently launched the Galaxy A15 5G smartphone in Bangladesh. Samsung Galaxy A15 5G features a 6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display, a 90 Hz refresh rate, and a 5,000mAh battery with 25W super-fast charging capacity. 

Apple users report new 'password reset' phishing scam

Apple users around the world have recently highlighted a new phishing scam that reportedly exploits a vulnerability in Apple's 'password reset' feature. This scam aims to manipulate unsuspecting users into approving unauthorised password changes, ultimately granting control of their Apple ID accounts, according to a report by Krebs on Security, a US-based cybersecurity blog.

Bridging the gender gap in science and tech

In an exclusive interview, Farhana Hasan, CEO of HerWILL, shared with us insights from her career, offering advice and inspiration to women navigating STEM's multifaceted complexities.

E-licence on smartphone is enough: BRTA

Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) has authorised the use of electronic driving licences (e-licences) in addition to the physical driving licence card

Xiaomi's first EV to be priced under $70k

Xiaomi's first electric vehicle, the SU7, will be priced under $70,000, according to Lei Jun, CEO of Xiaomi, in a recent statement. Jun added that the Xiaomi SU7 aims to be "the best looking, easiest to drive and smartest car" available in the market under the 500,000 yuan ($69,424) price tag.

First-ever 'Dragon Ball' theme park to be launched in Saudi Arabia

The first-ever theme park dedicated to 'Dragon Ball', the popular Japanese anime-manga series, is going to be built in Saudi Arabia, according to Qiddiya Investment Company, the company behind the project.

Apple planning to use Baidu's AI in iPhones: report

Apple is reportedly planning to integrate generative AI made by Baidu Inc., the Chinese tech and AI company, into upcoming iPhones and Apple products in China, as per a report by Wall Street Journal. This discussion between the tech giants signals a potentially significant development for the Chinese AI landscape.

Workshop held on 'Strengthened and Informative Migration Systems (SIMS)'

Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, in collaboration with RMMRU, OKUP, Prottyashi, and BNWLA, held a national workshop titled 'Lessons Learned from the Strengthened and Informative Migration Systems (SIMS) Project' at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) on March 21.

Check out these job openings at ACI, Samsung and more

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Tajdin at Keeron: Shaping the future of upskilling

In an era where digital transformation is reshaping every industry, Md. Tajdin Hassan stands as a luminary in navigating this evolution. Currently leading Keeron, an upskilling platform in Bangladesh, as the Chief Operating Officer, Tajdin’s journey is marked by a diverse array of experiences in multinational corporations and a passion for educational initiatives. Today, we have him with us to talk about his journey so far at Keeron.

Singer’s first concept store launched in Bangladesh

Singer Bangladesh launched their first concept store in Capital’s Gulshan 1 area on Thursday. This concept store promises to deliver a global retail experience to Bangladeshi consumers, setting a new standard for retail spaces in the country. The store was inspired by the award-winning concept store design of the Turkiye based company, Arçelik which is the holding company of Singer Bangladesh.

Bangladesh to draft AI law by September: Law Minister

Law Minister Anisul Huq has announced plans to draft new legislation governing artificial intelligence (AI) by September this year. Speaking with journalists at the Secretariat yesterday, Minister Haque underscored the significance of AI's global impact and the need for Bangladesh to formulate its legal framework accordingly.

Bangladeshi scientists generate first single cell genomic data

A group of Bangladeshi scientists have achieved a significant milestone by generating the first single cell genomic data from Bangladesh for the Human Cell Atlas.

Infinix unveils the Note 40 series with FastCharge and MagCharge

Infinix has released its new Note 40 series, including the Note 40, Note 40 Pro, Note 40 Pro 5G, and the Note 40 Pro+ 5G, at an event at the F1 Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia on 18 March 2024. 

xAI’s Grok chatbot is now available as open-source on Github

Grok, the AI chatbot made by Elon Musk’s AI startup xAI, has been released on Github as an open-source project. The open release is now accessible on GitHub, allowing researchers and developers to freely enhance the Grok model.



Australian company founded by Bangladeshi exceeds $1B valuation

Deputy, an Australian software company specialising in workforce management co-founded by Ashik Ahmed, a Bangladeshi immigrant, has recently reached a valuation of over US$1 billion, making it the first Australian tech ‘unicorn’ in two years.

Mukesh Ambani's 5 tips for successful entrepreneurs

In a rare glimpse into the mind of one of India's most successful entrepreneurs and the current richest man in Asia, Mukesh Ambani, the Chairman of Reliance Group, shared insights regarding entrepreneurship success during the NASSCOM conference in 2017. While the event is now about seven years old, Ambani's lessons are evergreen, as he offered valuable advice to budding entrepreneurs that will remain relevant for years to come. Here are the five key takeaways from his tips that can serve as a guiding light for those charting the entrepreneurial path.

Press Release / WPDeveloper unveils parent company Startise

WPDeveloper, a WordPress based product company, has recently unveiled its parent company Startise in a "Grand Surprise Event" at Capital’s Radisson Blu hotel. In addition to WPDeveloper, Startise now oversees a portfolio of five companies, including Templately, xCloud,, and Storeware.

Sam Altman's new AI chip startup awaiting US approval: reports

Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, the parent company of ChatGPT, is awaiting approval from the US government for his new AI chips startup, according to a recent report by Bloomberg News. The report suggests that this emerging venture has the potential to trigger concerns related to national security and antitrust issues.

Six intl. startups working towards fashion recycling solutions

The fashion industry's significant issue of excessive waste is prompting governments worldwide, especially the EU, to set ambitious recycling goals. Here are some international startups that are working towards the ambitious goal of effective textile recycling solutions.

Shark Tank Bangladesh unveils their lineup of 'Sharks'

The internationally acclaimed business reality show 'Shark Tank' has officially announced the judges, also referred to as 'Sharks', for their first-ever Bangladeshi adaptation. The show, which has aired in over 40 countries, is being produced in Bangladesh by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Bongo BD.

Apon Bazaar raises USD 1.5 mil in investment

Apon Bazaar, a local ecommerce marketplace, has recently raised an investment of USD 1.5 million in a pre-seed round. As per Apon Bazaar, this investment came from several local and foreign investors, including Startup Bangladesh and the US-based venture capital firm Village Capital.



LinkedIn to launch games on its platform: report

LinkedIn, the professional networking platform owned by Microsoft, is planning to launch games on its platform. Among the early titles in development are games such as "Queens," "Inference," and "Crossclimb", according to a report by tech news platform, TechCrunch. 

Microsoft Teams to integrate personal and work accounts

Microsoft is planning to introduce a unified version of Teams that combines both personal and work accounts. Currently undergoing testing, the new unified Microsoft Teams app is set to debut for commercial users in April. 

U.S. passes bill that could potentially ban TikTok

The U.S. House of Representatives has recently approved a bill that requires ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns TikTok, to sell off its American assets within six months or risk being banned from operating in the country.

Spotify introduces music video feature

Spotify, the global music streaming giant, has announced the introduction of a music video feature, exclusive to its premium subscribers. This strategic expansion, part of a limited beta launch, is aimed at enriching the user experience by offering full-length music videos. Initially, this feature will be available to users in a select group of countries.

AI tools create misleading election images: Researchers

AI-based image generation tools such as OpenAI's DALL-E, Microsoft's Gemini, Stability AI's DreamStudio, and Midjourney, can produce misleading election-related images, according to researchers from the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), a nonprofit organisation.

Making calls on X? It may reveal your location

X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, recently expanded its audio and video calling capabilities to all users, irrespective of their account type. However, this rollout has uncovered a significant privacy issue related to the potential exposure of users' Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.

Meet Indus Appstore: the Indian Google Play Store

PhonePe, a fintech company established in 2016, has unveiled the Indus Appstore, an Android app store for Indian consumers. According to the company, the app store has already crossed 1 lakh downloads within three days of launch, and is available in 12 regional languages.



Budget-friendly kitchen gadgets for this Ramadan

This Ramadan, fine-tune your kitchen productivity and make your meal preparation a little easier with handy budget kitchenware. Here are some of our suggestions. Please keep in mind that pricing and availability may vary across stores.

NVIDIA unveils GB200 Grace Blackwell, the AI 'superchip'

NVIDIA, the multinational tech company, has recently announced the GB200 Grace Blackwell Superchip and the Blackwell B200 GPU, technologies with the potential to significantly advance the field of large-language models (LLMs) for generative AI.

Apple to incorporate Google Gemini engine into iPhones: report

Apple is in negotiations to incorporate Google's Gemini artificial intelligence (AI) engine into iPhones, as per a recent report by Bloomberg News.

iPhone 16 design leaks hint at new ‘capture’ button

Recent leaks of CAD (Computer-aided design) files purported to depict the iPhone 16 Pro have surfaced online, offering a glimpse into what Apple's forthcoming flagship might entail.

Demystifying graphics cards: A beginner's buying guide

Any gamer who wishes to enjoy competitive or AAA games is subject to making a decision - to choose either a gaming PC or a Current Generation Console. We can argue forever about which medium of enjoying games is more fulfilling, but we all know the best way to enjoy games is on your smartphone. Jokes aside, if you are considering a gaming PC then you should know that Graphics cards are the beating heart of any computer tasked with gaming. In layman's terms, they are components that go inside your computer enabling your machine to handle intensive 3D tasks. 

Press Release / Vivo V30 launched in Bangladesh

Vivo V30 launched in Bangladesh Vivo V30 has been officially launched in Bangladesh. The smartphone comes with a 6.78-inch AMOLED 3-D curved display, 5000 mAh battery, Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen-3 processor, and FunTouch OS 14.



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.

Choosing the right fire extinguisher, and how to use them

There are five main types of fire extinguishers, each designed for specific types of fires, marked by distinct colour codes and suitable for various materials like paper, wood, textiles, flammable liquids, and electrical equipment.

Choosing the right NVMe SSD: a user-guide for PC builders

If you are building a PC, you probably have already picked your motherboard, CPU and RAM. But what about the NVMe SSDs? These are storage devices that use flash memory to store data. NVMe stands for Nonvolatile Memory Express, and SSD stands for Solid State Drive. NVMe SSDs are faster, quieter, more reliable, and more energy efficient than other storage options. However, picking the right NVMe SSDs for your PC can be tricky because you need to consider myriad factors. You might also get confused by their technical terms or even by marketing labels like creator or gaming. This guide will explain the basics of NVMe SSD and what a new buyer should look out for.

How to check election results online on the EC app

Bangladesh Election Commission Secretariat has released the 'Smart Election Management BD' app, which is intended to help voters to stay updated online. Voters can see their polling centres and their addresses, voter numbers, and voting serial numbers by providing NID information and birth date in the designated sections of the app.

Here’s the new price for heart rings

Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) of Bangladesh has set a new price list for coronary stents, popularly known as heart rings.

How to edit sent messages in Messenger

Meta has recently rolled out a highly-coveted feature for Messenger, the ability to edit sent messages. With this new update, users can now freely edit any messages they have sent within 15 minutes of sending that message.

How to stay safe from the 'job offer' scam message

One particular scam that has become common lately is the 'job offer' scam message, in which unknown phone numbers offer jobs or money to unsuspecting mobile phone users. If you have recently received such scam messages, then be careful. Follow these ways to stay safe from this ongoing scam.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

$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.

What will solve the complications in e-commerce deliveries?

The Daily Star editor of Toggle Shahriar Rahman discusses possible solutions to the complications in e-commerce behind stagnating deliveries with Saifur Rahman, Senior IT Specialist, Australian Public Service, in Star Connects.

BRACU, MIST, and UIU qualify for University Rover Challenge finals

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Reddit's IPO: A social media giant goes public

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US sues Apple for monopoly over smartphones

The federal government alleges that Apple has systematically driven up prices for both consumers and developers, fostering an environment where users become excessively dependent on its iPhones.

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Meta offers to cut Facebook, Instagram monthly fees to 5.99 euros

The move came amid mounting criticism from users about Meta's no-ads subscription service launched in Europe in November which critics say requires users to pay a fee to ensure their privacy.

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Chinese company launches commercial flying taxis

EHang, a Chinese drone manufacturer, has introduced its EH216-S model flying taxi for commercial sale on Taobao, an online shopping platform owned by Alibaba. Priced at 2.39 million yuan ($332,060), the EH216-S is being advertised as "an innovative solution for urban transportation".

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Six strategies to juggle a full-time job and postgraduate studies

Pursuing postgraduate studies while having a full-time career can be very daunting. Here are six strategies that will help the process of balancing the two during this important point of your life.

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Bangladeshi-born Rumman Chowdhury selected as US Science Envoy

The U.S. Department of State has recently announced the selection of Dr Rumman Chowdhury, a Bangladeshi-origin Bengali American data scientist, as one of the four scientists to serve as a new U.S. Science Envoy in 2024. With this appointment, she has become a part of the first all-female cohort in the history of the U.S. Science Envoy Program.

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Sora, OpenAI's video generator, to be publicly released this year

Sora, the AI-based text-to-video generator by OpenAI, is set to be released to the public this year, according to Mira Murati, Chief Technology Officer at OpenAI. In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Murati revealed that Sora will be made open to the public as soon as "this year", potentially "within a few months".

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SpaceX developing secret surveillance network for US intelligence: reports

SpaceX, the space exploration company owned by Elon Musk, is reportedly engaged in the development of a surveillance satellite network through a confidential agreement with a U.S. intelligence agency, according to five sources familiar with the matter.

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Taptap Send offering no-fee money transfer

Taptap Send, a money transfer app, is offering zero fees on all transactions to Bangladesh during Ramadan, according to a press release by the company.

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