Moscow, Jan 12 (AP/UNB) — Russia's space agency says its specialists are attempting to fix problems that have blocked control of an orbiting radio telescope.
The Spektr-R satellite is continuing to transmit signals, but scientists have been unable to control the satellite since Friday.
The satellite was launched in 2011 and has exceeded its initially expected useful life of about three years. It is used to study radio sources within and outside Earth's galaxy.
An official from Russian space agency Roscosmos, Alexander Bloshenko, said Saturday that another attempt to establish control of the satellite will take place Sunday.
Dhaka, Jan 12 (UNB) – The crowd only got bigger at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center on Saturday, the closing day of Techshohor Smartphone and Tab Expo-2019.
This year marks the 11th anniversary of the expo which is taking place from January10-12 showcasing smartphones, tablets and electronic accessories from brands like Samsung, Tecno, WE, Huawei, Nokia, Vivo, Apple, Motorola, Intel and other gadgets brand.
United Computer Center (UCC), one of the top enterprises in the expo, is providing handy accessories of Xiaomi, Fitbit and Transcend.
“We have brought different types of accessories as well as household products from Xiaomi, including powerbanks, smart bands, laptops, earphones, backpacks, rice cookers, glasses, umbrellas and more. All with discounts of up to 36 percent,” said Niyamat Hasan, Assistant Manager (Marketing) of UCC.
He said they were selling portable hard drives, memory cards, pen drives and other electronic gadgets of Transcend with up to 25 percent discount.
“In addition, we are selling smartwatches from Fitbit,” he added.
Dhaka, Jan 12 (UNB)- The pioneering digital content marketplace for photography, Pixmama, has recognised the winners of an exciting photo upload contest.
The contest aimed to encourage the growing photographers’ community to take up their passion for photography as a profession.
The winners were chosen based on the number of photo uploads that were approved by Pixmama. The award ceremony was held at the Robi Corporate Office located in Gulshan.
Tanvir Anik, a freelance photographer, was adjudged as the winner of the contest; he received 50,000 taka as grand prize. Ayman Nakib and Tapan Karmakar secured the second and the third position respectively. Ayman Nakib received 25,000 taka, while Tapan received 15,000 taka as prize money.
Contestants, who secured 4th to 10th position, received 2,000 taka each. The 11th to 20th position holders were given 1,000 taka and the 21st to the 30th position holders received 500 taka each. Crests, certificates and t-shirts were also given to the winners.
President of Bangladesh Photo Journalists’ Association (BPJA), Golam Mostafa, Eminent photographer Hasan Saifuddin Chandan, Prito Reza, CEO, Wedding Diary & Brand Ambassador of Fuzi Film, Senior Photo Journalist of The Daily Prothom Alo, Sudeepto Salam were present as special guests on the occasion.
Robi’s Chief Digital Services Officer, Shihab Ahmed, Head of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, Shahed Alam, Head of Enterprise Business, Md Adil Hossain and Pixmama’s CEO and Founder Md Mostafizur Rahman were also present on the occasion.
More than 800 photographers from different parts of the country uploaded more than 9,000 quality photographs for the contest. Starting on the 10th of December, 2018, the contest concluded on the 31st December 2018. Pixmama is an independent business venture that came out of an employee digital entrepreneurship development programme, r-ventures.
Los Angeles, Jan 12 (AP/UNB) — A SpaceX rocket delivered 10 satellites to low-Earth orbit on Friday, completing a two-year campaign by Iridium Communications Inc. to replace its original fleet with a new generation of mobile communication technology and added global aircraft tracking capability.
The Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 7:31 a.m. and arced over the Pacific west of Los Angeles. The previously used first stage was recovered again with a bullseye landing on a "droneship" in the ocean while the upper stage continued on to orbit.
The eighth and final launch of the $3 billion Iridium NEXT project completed delivery of 75 new satellites to orbit for the McLean, Virginia, company. Sixty-six will be operational and nine will serve as in-orbit spares. Six other satellites remain on the ground as spares.
All 10 newly launched satellites communicated with Iridium's network operations center and were being readied for testing, the company said.
Iridium has been moving its new satellites into positions that were held by the old ones, which are lowered until they burn up in the atmosphere. So far, 60 new satellites are in operation.
The first Iridium satellites were launched in the 1990s to offer voice, data, fax and paging services to customers with Iridium handheld telephones and pagers.
Among new capabilities enabled by the fleet upgrade is Iridium Certus, described as a broadband solution for purposes ranging from life-safety services to command-and-control of unmanned aircraft systems and tracking.
The Iridium NEXT satellites also carry a system by Aireon LLC for space-based air traffic surveillance over 100 percent of the globe.
The Aireon system collects what is known as Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast data automatically and in real time, even from remote areas over the world's oceans.
"Today we passed a major milestone on our journey to revolutionize air traffic surveillance and are just weeks away from a fully operational system," Don Thoma, CEO of Aireon, said in a statement. "Now that the launches are complete, final integration and testing of the recently launched payloads can commence, after which the world's first, real-time, truly global view of air traffic will be a reality."
Aireon said it is already processing more than 13 billion ADS-B messages per month.
Another difference with the new satellites is of note to skywatchers: no "Iridium flares." The new satellites do not reflect sunlight the way the old ones did.
Warsaw, Jan 12 (AP/UNB) — Poland has arrested a director at the Chinese tech giant Huawei and one of its own former cybersecurity experts and charged them with spying for China, authorities said Friday.
The development comes as the U.S. is exerting pressure on its allies not to use Huawei, the world's biggest maker of telecommunications network equipment, over data security concerns.
The two men — one a Chinese citizen who was a former envoy in Poland before moving over to a senior position at Huawei and the other a Pole who held several top government cybersecurity positions — were arrested Tuesday, according to Poland's Internal Security Agency.
Polish security agents searched the Warsaw offices of Huawei and Orange, Poland's leading communications provider, where the former Polish security expert recently worked, seizing documents and electronic data. The homes of both men, also in Warsaw, were also searched, according to agency spokesman Stanislaw Zaryn.
It's the latest setback for Huawei in Europe, where the company has ambitious plans to roll out next-generation "5G" mobile networks, which it is a leader in developing. The arrest is a fresh sign that a U.S. dispute with China over its ban on the company is spilling over to Europe, Huawei's biggest foreign market.
Some European governments and telecom companies are following the U.S. lead in questioning whether using Huawei for vital infrastructure for mobile networks could leave them exposed to snooping by the Chinese government.
Maciej Wasik, deputy head of Poland's Special Services agency, said the operation that resulted in the arrests of the two suspects had been underway for a long time. He said "both carried out espionage activities against Poland."
Zaryn told The Associated Press that prosecutors have charged the two men with espionage, but agents are continuing to collect evidence and interview witnesses. Further indictments are expected, he said.
He said no further details would be released about the case because it is classified and the investigation is ongoing.
Polish state television TVP reported that the men have proclaimed their innocence, but Zaryn said he could not confirm that. If convicted, they could face up to 10 years in prison each.
TVP identified the arrested Chinese man as Weijing W., saying he was a director in Poland at Huawei. It said he also went by the Polish first name of Stanislaw and had previously worked at the Chinese consulate in Gdansk.
A LinkedIn profile for a man named Stanislaw Wang appears to match details of the man described by Polish television.
Wang's resume said he worked at China's General Consulate in Gdansk from 2006-2011 and at Huawei Enterprise Poland since 2011, where he was first director of public affairs and since 2017 the "sales director of public sector." The resume said he received a bachelor's degree in 2004 from the Beijing University of Foreign Studies.
State TV identified the Polish man as Piotr D., and said he was a high-ranking employee at the Internal Security Agency, where he served as deputy director in the department of information security, until 2011.
The Polish state news agency, PAP, said the man had also held top cybersecurity positions at the Interior Ministry and the Office of Electronic Communications, a regulatory body that oversees cyber and other telecommunications issues.
It said, while at the Internal Security Agency, he was involved in building a mobile communications system for top Polish officials, and he was fired in 2011 amid a major corruption scandal.
Geopolitical tensions over Huawei have intensified since Canada arrested a top executive last month at the request of U.S. authorities. The company has been blocked in the U.S. since 2012 over fears that its equipment is a security risk, and last year Australia, New Zealand and Japan instituted their own bans against using Huawei.
U.S. officials have reportedly fanned out across Europe recently to make their case with governments and Huawei suppliers for blocking the company.
The company and analysts have long maintained that it has never been found guilty of a cybersecurity breach but the latest accusation, if confirmed, will deal a blow to that defense.
"One thing is clear: this is another nail in the coffin of Huawei's European ambitions," said Thorsten Benner, director of the Global Public Policy Institute, a think tank.
The arrest might not have a big impact on broader trade tensions between China and the U.S., but it shows that "there will always be competition and acrimony related to Chinese tech companies," Benner said.
Huawei, which also makes smartphones and other consumer devices, issued a statement from its Chinese headquarters saying it was aware of the situation in Poland and was looking into it.
"We have no comment for the time being. Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries where it operates, and we require every employee to abide by the laws and regulations in the countries where they are based," the statement said.
Poland is Huawei's headquarters for Central and Eastern Europe and the Nordic region.
An official at the Chinese Embassy in Warsaw said China attaches "great importance to the detention" of the Chinese citizen in Poland and that Chinese envoys had met with Polish Foreign Ministry officials to urge them to arrange a consular visit "as soon as possible."
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said late Friday it is "closely following the detention of Huawei employee Wang Weijing" and has asked Poland to "handle the case lawfully, fairly, properly and to effectively guarantee the legitimate rights of the person, his safety and his humanitarian treatment," according to state broadcaster CCTV.
Orange Poland told the AP on Friday it was cooperating with Polish security services in the case and had "handed over belongings of one of our employees" in Tuesday's search of its offices. Orange told the AP it did not know if the suspicions against its employee were related to his work at Orange or elsewhere.
Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested Dec. 1 in Canada in connection with U.S. accusations that the company violated restrictions on sales of American technology to Iran.
The United States wants Meng extradited to face charges that she misled banks about the company's business dealings in Iran. She is out on bail in Canada awaiting extradition proceedings.
On Dec. 10, China detained former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor on vague national security allegations in apparent retaliation for Meng's arrest.
China's ambassador to Canada accused the country this week of "white supremacy" in calling for the release of the two Canadians, while describing the detentions as an "act of self-defense."