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.

India unveils BS-6 Stage-II 'electrified flex-fuel vehicle' prototype

India has recently unveiled a prototype of the BS-6 (Stage-II) electrified flex-fuel vehicle, which is said to run on 100% ethanol. The vehicle, a made-in-India Toyota Innova Hycross, is developed by Toyota Kirloskar Motor, and contains both a fuel flexible engine and an electric powertrain.

Google Flights will now tell you when to book the cheapest flights

Google Flights is launching a new tool to help travellers decide when to book their flights.

Tesla faces trial over deaths caused by autopilot malfunction: reports

Tesla Inc., the multinational electric vehicle company, is set to appear in court to defend against claims that the malfunction of their autopilot driver feature resulted in accidents that led to death.

OpenAI launches ChatGPT Enterprise for businesses

OpenAI, the company behind the popular AI chatbot ChatGPT, has launched an enterprise version of ChatGPT. Called ChatGPT Enterprise, this version offers enterprise-grade security and privacy, unlimited access to GPT-4, advanced data analysis capabilities, and faster performance.

The biggest upcoming games announced at Gamescom 2023

The annual Gamescom event in Cologne, Germany, has showcased an impressive lineup of forthcoming video game releases, drawing attention from industry professionals and gaming enthusiasts alike. This year, Gamescom unveiled a diverse range of titles across genres on its Opening Night Live and the subsequent days. Here's a brief roundup of the major titles announced and showcased:

28 fintech innovations recognised at 2nd Bangladesh Fintech Award

The 2nd edition of the Bangladesh Fintech Award recently honoured 28 fintech innovations across 11 categories through a grand gala ceremony in Dhaka.

Avik Anwar triumphs in Malaysia Championship Series

Avik Anwar, the Bangladeshi racing sensation, clinched first place in Race-2 of Round-3 in the Malaysia Championship Series at the Sepang International Circuit on Sunday. This victory marks a significant milestone in Anwar's career, elevating him to third place overall in the championship standings.

Meet Cruise, the self-driving ride-sharing service

Cruise, a California-based automobile company, has released a unique 'self-driving' ride-sharing service to passengers in San Francisco and some parts of Austin and Phoenix, US. These driverless, fully electric cars do not require the input of a human driver and have recently received permission to operate 24/7 across the city, barring freeways.

The imperative of upskilling: navigating the future of work

In an era marked by rapid technological advancements and seismic shifts in the global economy, the modern workplace is undergoing a transformation that is nothing short of revolutionary. Gone are the days when a single skill set could carry one through a lifetime of employment. Today, adaptability, agility and continuous learning are not just buzzwords; they are imperatives for survival.

Jobs of the week

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



Green Delta Capital secures sustainability bond for Runner Automobiles

Green Delta Capital Limited (GDCL) has successfully closed the subscription of a sustainability bond for Runner Automobiles PLC. According to a press release, this is the first-ever sustainability bond in Bangladesh certified by Moody’s Investors Service Singapore Pte.

TECNO launches flagship outlet in Jamuna Future Park

TECNO has recently inaugurated its flagship outlet at Jamuna Future Park, Dhaka.

YouTube tests music recognition feature like Shazam

YouTube is experimenting with a new feature that allows a subset of Android users to identify songs by humming, singing, or recording snippets of music. The feature, currently in its testing phase, aims to make the video-sharing platform an even more popular destination for music enthusiasts.

Local tech firm Streams Tech Ltd. achieves ISO certification

Streams Tech Ltd., a local software development and IT company, has recently received the ISO 27001:2013 certification. ISO 27001:2013 is an internationally recognised standard for Information Security Management Systems (ISMS).

Google introduces Dark Web report feature in India

Google is rolling out its Dark Web Report feature to a select group of users in India, marking an expansion beyond its initial availability only to users in the United States.

Musk wants to remove headlines from articles shared on X

Elon Musk, the owner of the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, is testing the removal of headlines from articles shared on the site. The change was first reported by Fortune and later confirmed by Musk.



Bangladesh Women Investors Network launches startup fellowship for women

The Bangladesh Women Investors Network (BWIN) is launching an initiative called Bloom Fellowship that aims to equip young women with skills and knowledge required to perform in startup environments. It is a semester-long talent accelerator program with curated mentorship, training, and internships designed towards Bangladeshi women between the ages of 20 and 24.

Bangladeshi Nabanita in Forbes’ 30 under 30 Toronto list

Nabanita Nawar, a Bangladeshi researcher and entrepreneur residing in Canada, has been featured in the Forbes’ ‘30 Under 30 Local: Toronto’ list. This is the popular business magazine’s first-ever list of this kind, and she is the only Bangladeshi to be featured.

Local startup Zatiq receives $1.6 mil in pre-seed round

Zatiq, a local startup, has recently raised $1.6 mil in a pre-seed funding round led by Dekko ISHO Venture Capital (DIVC), as per a press release. The round was also participated by local and foreign angel investors.

Bangladesh Startup Summit Day 2: Jaan Tallinn, Skype Co-Founder, on Artificial Intelligence

In a riveting fireside chat during the second day of the Bangladesh Startup Summit, attendees were treated to an exclusive virtual conversation with Jaan Tallinn, the co-founder of Skype and a thought leader in the field of artificial intelligence (AI).

Bangladesh ripe ground for startup investments, discuss panellists

On the second day of the Bangladesh Startup Summit, a panel of distinguished experts convened to discuss the question, "Why Invest in Bangladesh?" The session aimed to highlight the country's appeal as an investment destination and explore the various opportunities it offers.

First Bangladesh Startup Summit begins today

The first-ever two-day Bangladesh Startup Summit 2023 began today, under the theme 'Smart Bangladesh, Endless Possibilities'. Over 100 global venture capital investors, 100 international-level speakers, and 600 startups are attending the Bangladesh Startup Summit 2023, with sessions covering topics such as edutech, healthtech, fintech, software services, and startup investment.

JoBike, Bangladesh’s first bicycle rental service, set to return

The popularity of bicycles has grown manifold in the last decade among Bangladeshi youth, and so has the need for a bike-rental service, such as JoBike - which is set to return soon. Let's take a look at Bangladesh's first bicycle rental service, why they closed down, and how they plan to relaunch.



India to launch Bhashini, the 'Indian Google Translate'

India is planning to launch 'Bhashini', an AI-based multi-language translation platform similar to Google Translate. According to the Indian news platform News18, Bhashini will support 10 major Indian languages, with plans to add all 22 official Indian languages.

You can now use Meta's Threads on your desktop

Meta Platforms, the parent company of Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram, have globally released the official desktop version of their text-based social media platform, Threads. The announcement was confirmed by Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram, in a Threads post.

Meta releases Code Llama, code writing AI

Meta Platforms, the company behind Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Threads, has recently released Code Llama, an AI model that can write and generate computer codes.

Google to become more transparent with content moderation

Google plans to improve the transparency of their content moderation practices across their various services, including the widely used Google search engine, as per a recent announcement.

Microsoft adds Python to Excel

Microsoft announced today that it is integrating the Python programming language into its ubiquitous Excel spreadsheet software. The public preview of this groundbreaking feature is available today for Microsoft 365 Insiders in the Beta Channel, initially limited to Windows users.

Meta to launch desktop version of Threads soon: reports

Meta Platforms, the company behind Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram, is planning on releasing a desktop version of their newest text-based app Threads. Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram, recently stated that Meta is close to releasing a web version of Threads.

Glitch removes most pre-2014 photos from X, formerly Twitter

X, formerly known as Twitter, reportedly has a new glitch where posts before December 2014 with images or hyperlinks attached to them are no longer visible. This glitch was first noticed by a Twitter user named Tom Coates and later reported on by various international news platforms.



Sony announces PlayStation Portal

Sony Interactive Entertainment has officially unveiled its much-anticipated handheld gaming device, the PlayStation Portal, set to launch later this year. The device aims to extend the PlayStation 5 (PS5) gaming experience by allowing users to stream PS5 games over Wi-Fi to an eight-inch LCD screen with 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second.

Gillette and Razer to launch a shaving razor for gamers

Gillette and Razer have announced that their April Fools' joke is becoming a tangible product, set to be released by the end of August. The collaboration, officially named the GilletteLabs Razor Limited Edition, is essentially a rebranded version of Gillette's flagship disposable-blade razor, the Exfoliating Bar razor. The new edition will feature Razer's signature acid green colour, replacing many of the chrome elements found on the standard GilletteLabs unit, which retails for $24.99.

Samsung launches Galaxy A24 in Bangladesh

Samsung has recently introduced the latest addition to its A series, the Galaxy A24 smartphone in Bangladesh. 

Xiaomi launches Redmi 12 in Bangladesh

Xiaomi has announced the release of the Redmi 12 in Bangladesh today. The smartphone is the latest addition to the Redmi Number Series and is part of the locally assembled smartphones from the #MakeInBangladesh project.

Acer to strengthen its services in Bangladesh: Acer CSO

A press meeting was recently held where Sanjeev Mehtani, Chief Sales Officer (CSO) of Acer for India, Bangladesh, and Bhutan, answered questions from journalists and reaffirmed the brand's commitment towards innovative technology and sustainable services.

Apple begins iPhone 15 production in India: reports

Apple's upcoming iPhone series, the iPhone 15, has begun production in Tamil Nadu, India, as per a recent report by Bloomberg News. According to the report, a plant in Tamil Nadu's Sriperumbudur, owned by Foxconn - a key supplier of Apple - is already preparing to deliver the brand-new iPhones.



How to save your smartphone from hackers

Smartphones have become an indispensable companion in our daily lives. Therefore, it is important to prioritise its security. Let's learn how to protect your smartphone from hacking.

How to identify real and fake iPhones

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How to raise funds for your startup: A guide

From crafting a compelling business plan to attracting investors, this article serves as your roadmap to financial success.

What happens when our data gets leaked: Here's how concerned you should be

A recent security breach on the website of the Office of the Registrar General, Birth & Death Registration (BDRIS) has raised significant concerns regarding data privacy and the potential consequences individuals may face when their sensitive information falls into the wrong hands. Let's will delve into the implications of such a breach, highlighting the far-reaching effects on affected individuals.

Are we ready to listen?

In a world progressively leaning towards digital content, podcasts have been capturing the imaginations of millions worldwide with their diverse and immersive experiences.

Videos and Podcasts

Videos and Podcasts

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.

Cat stuck in taxi's grille travels 500 miles in Wales

A cat was found to have travelled over 500 miles while it was trapped in the grille of a taxi. The cat was discovered by a taxi driver named Tom Hutchins in Tonyrefail, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales.

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The latest bizarre TikTok trend is cracking eggs on your child's head

In this week's bizarre trend sweeping across TikTok, parents are cracking eggs on their young children's heads in a viral challenge that has raised some degree of alarm among medical experts and the public. The trend, tagged with #eggprank, has amassed over 670 million views as of last Tuesday.

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After a successful moon landing, India will now go for the sun

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has confirmed its forthcoming solar mission 'Aditya' is set to launch in September, following the recent accomplishment of its lunar lander mission, 'Vikram.'

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Women's empowerment and equality in the digital space

The Daily Star recently had a conversation with Sajjab Hasib, Chief Marketing Officer at Grameenphone on gender equality, the empowerment of women, and how these factors influence the telecom industry.

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How Chandrayaan-3 took India to the moon

On August 23 at 6:34 pm BDT, India's unmanned moon flight Chandrayaan-3 made history by successfully landing on the surface of the moon. This is the first time India has achieved a lunar landing via a spacecraft, with the latest mission being the third iteration of the Chandrayaan space programmes hosted by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

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Here's how you can watch the India moon landing LIVE

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is on the cusp of making history today as its Chandrayaan-3 mission enters its final stage, aiming for a soft landing on the moon. The event is scheduled for 6.04 PM. Indian Standard Time (IST), and if successful, will mark India's entry into an elite club of nations capable of landing a spacecraft on the lunar surface.

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Here's how to watch the Asia Cup and the Cricket World Cup online

The Asia Cup 2023 is scheduled to be held from 30 August to 17 September in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, while the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 will commence in India on 5 October and conclude on 19 November. So where can you stream the matches? Here's a list of apps to stay up-to-date with the cricket action straight from the cricket pitch.

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Burnt shell of Ferrari sold at auction for Tk 21.8 crore

A burnt-out 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider Series I was sold at auction for nearly $2 million (nearly BDT 21.8 crores) in the United States. The car, one of only 13 ever made, was driven by Franco Cortese, Ferrari's first racing driver, and designed by the iconic Pinin Farina.

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Traffic police officers in Ahmedabad, India donning 'AC helmets'

Ahmedabad Traffic Police, in an innovative solution to tackle the intensity of the summer, has introduced special 'AC helmets' to officers on duty. A recently viral video in India shows constables wearing these AC helmets while controlling the traffic in the streets of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

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First-ever Mobile Legends Bangladesh Championship wraps up

The first-ever Mobile Legends Bangladesh Championship (MBC) recently concluded at the Gulshan Shooting Complex on August 20. Organised for the first time in the country by the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang authority, the tournament drew 128 enthusiastic teams, with the top contenders battling for supremacy in the gaming arena.

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