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Humans threaten crucial 'fossil' groundwater: study

  

Pns: Human activity risks contaminating pristine water locked underground for millennia and long thought impervious to pollution, said a study on Tuesday that warned of a looming threat to the crucial resource.Even at depths of more than 250 metres (820 feet) under the Earth's surface, so-called "fossil" groundwater -- more than 12,000 years old -- has been found to contain traces of present-day rainwater, they said.This suggests that deep wells, believed to bring only unsullied,...

Facebook wants to augment your reality

  

Pns: Facebook wants you to sit in your bedroom wearing a headset and take a virtual vacation with faraway friends and family. Or use your smartphone's camera to spruce up your dinky apartment, at least virtually.The promise of augmented and virtual reality was a big focus of Facebook's annual conference for developers on Tuesday. CEO Mark Zuckerberg kicked off the gathering of programmers and other tech folks by talking about augmented reality tools he envisions on Facebook.Augmented...

Digital Disruptions in HR Will Only Present Opportunities

  

Pns: Yazad Dalal is the senior director of HCM Strategy and Transformation at Oracle Corporation where he is responsible for developing thought leadership and identifying trends in all areas of Human Capital Management. He works with HR leaders to deliver technology solutions that enable them to transform their organizations and modernize their workforce tools. Q: What is the role of digital and technology in HR? A: Technology plays a role in every aspect of our lives; it is the tool...

Govt to install internet monitoring system to combat militancy

  

PNS: In order to help combat militancy amid growing concerns about extremists using the internet to spread their propaganda and communicate amongst themselves, the government is planning to install internet monitoring equipment by May next year.The project titled “Cyber Threat Detection and Response” was approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) meeting on Tuesday.After the Ecnec meeting at the National Economic Council auditorium chaired by the...

Google Doodle celebrates Bangladesh’s Independence Day

  

PNS: Google has posted a special Doodle for Bangladesh on its 46th Independence Day.The country celebrates this moment in its history with food, music, ceremonies, parades, and speeches, kicking it all off in the morning with a government-sponsored gun salute as a memorial to fallen soldiers.The doodle, featuring Bangladesh’s national flag, has been seen above the search box on the homepage of Google since early Sunday, March 26.The users will get all relevant information on...

Apple, Google, Facebook skip legal challenge to new travel ban

  

PNS: Apple Inc, Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc are among more than 60 technology companies that appear to have backed away from the legal fight against US. President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban, deciding not to put their weight behind a lawsuit seeking to block the second version of his executive order.A legal brief filed in federal court in Hawaii on Tuesday on behalf of Silicon Valley companies listed the support of 58 companies, less than half the 127 signatories...

Apple could kill almost 200,000 apps with iOS 11

  

PNS: If the coming app-pocalypse is real, then nearly 200,000 apps aren’t long for this world.A whopping 187,000 apps could die with iOS 11, according to new research from app analytics company Sensor Tower.A quick refresher: After years of encouraging developers to update older apps to make them compatible with the 64-bit processors that debuted with the iPhone 5S, it seems that Apple will begin to force developers’ hands with iOS 11. Warnings that “this app will not work with...

WhatsApp for android set to get a brand new look

  

PNS: WhatsApp is said to be testing specific business tools to begin its revenue stream, and is expected to launch the stable version sometime later in the year.However in the meantime, WhatsAp is also tweaking few things here and there to just improve the everyday experience. With the WhatsApp v2.17.93 beta for Android, the app relocates the attachment button, and finally makes the voice and video call button separate, something that was exclusive only to iPhone users...

Sony launches super-slow-motion phone

  

PNS: Sony’s latest smartphone is capable of filming smooth slow-motion footage at four times the rate possible on Apple and Samsung’s top-end models.The Xperia XZ Premium captures video at up to 960 frames per second (fps).The achievement was made possible by a new type of image sensor that has built-in memory of its own.Sony’s smartphone market share is small, but it usually makes its sensors available to rivals about six to 12 months after they debut.Apple, Samsung, LG and...

Astronomers discover 7 Earth-sized planets orbiting nearby star

  

PNS: Astronomers have found at least seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the same star 40 light-years away, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature.The findings were also announced at a news conference at NASA Headquarters in Washington.This discovery outside of our solar system is rare because the planets have the winning combination of being similar in size to Earth and being all temperate, meaning they could have water on their surfaces and potentially...

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