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Category: Sci-Tech

Hitler’s phone, ‘the most destructive ‘weapon’ of all time,’ sold for $243,000

Adolf Hitler’s telephone was sold at auction in the United States on Sunday for $243,000. The winning bid was made by phone but the name of the bidder has not been released. The phone was presented to Hitler by the Wehrmacht and was used by the Nazi leader to issue most of his commands during the last two years of World War II, according to a description in the catalog for Alexander Historical Auctions in Maryland. The phone was recovered from the Fuhrerbunker in 1945 and has been kept in a box in an English country house ever since....

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Tata Motors profits plummet 96% after cash ban

15 Feb, Mumbai: India’s largest carmaker Tata Motors Tuesday reported a 96 percent fall in quarterly profits, due to a cash ban which hit domestic business and weak sales at its luxury Jaguar Land Rover unit. Consolidated net profit for the three months ending December fell to 1.12 billion rupees ($16.73 million) from 29.53 billion rupees a year earlier, the Mumbai-based company said. Revenue fell 4.3 percent to 685.41 billion rupees. The company’s commercial vehicles business saw a “demand shrinkage” owing to the Indian government’s shock move in November to withdraw high-value banknotes from circulation, it said. Prime Minister...

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IT and Mobile Fest in Pokhara from Thursday

14 Feb, Pokhara: Federation of Computer Association Nepal – Kaski and Pokhara Electronics Entrepreneurs Association are jointly organizing the 8th Information technology and Mobile Fest in Pokhara beginning this Thursday. The festival to be held until February 19 aims to inform the public on the latest technologies in information and communication sector to enter Nepal, Association – Kaski Secretary, Bishwas Bhandari said on Monday. IT conference will be held during the event which will also host an extensive exhibition on technology, regional level typing competition, quiz contest, cost-free maintenance and repair of computers and mobile phones, and an exhibition...

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Drone cameras to be used to check garbage disposal into Bagmati

11 Feb, Kathmandu: Anyone used to throwing garbage into Bagmati river? Beware! You may be caught and booked. As part of the Bagmati Clean-Up Campaign that reached its 196th weeks today, a team of people from Seoul University in South Korea is there to monitor to make sure that the river is clean. As part of its job, the team will monitor with drone cameras and take pictures of those littering the river or encroaching upon the land belonging to the river (if any) and help book the rule violators. The team is expected to keep records of those...

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Minister Karki underscores need to link IT with development activities

10 Feb, Banepa (Kavre): Minister for Information and Communications Surendra Kumar Karki on Friday stressed the need for linking fast-evolving information technology with each and every development work. Addressing the two-day interaction related to information and communications organised by the Ministry, he said, “Development will take a rapid pace only after Nepali people have access to knowledge and information. So, all should take this matter into account.” Admitting the lack of a clear policy in telecommunications, the Minister informed that a data/information bank would be established at the Department of Information while developing postal service as a community information...

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Demand to use electronic voting machine made in Nepal

8 Feb, Kathmandu: Experts have suggested using the electronic voting machine for local elections, and that the EVM should be made in Nepal. Speaking at an interaction organized by the National Innovation Centre and other organisations, they said that it would be useful to bring into practice the EVMs that are made in Nepal so as to promote the development of science and technology in the country. The demand has been made in wake of reports that the Election Commission is planning to bring EVMs from abroad. Founder of the National Innovation Centre Mahabir Pun emphasized on the need...

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4G accessible in Apple phone sets

8 Feb, Kathmandu: The 4G (fourth generation internet) service of Nepal Telecom is now accessible in the phone sets of Apple company. Spokesperson of NT Prativa Baidhya said that the 4G services can be used in the Apple or Iphones from coming March. According to the NT, the 4G service would come into operation in all series of the Apple mobile phone sets. The NT had introduced the 4G service in Kathmandu and Pokhara from January 1 of this year to the postpaid mobile service users while the facility was given to the prepaid phone users too from this...

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Nokia reports 766 million euro loss in 2016

2 Feb, Helsinki: Telcoms giant Nokia today said that falling network sales and costs stemming from acquisitions and its integration of Alcatel-Lucent had resulted in a “disappointing” loss in 2016. The firm recorded a net loss of 766 million euros ( 826 million) last year, which chief executive Rajeev Suri described in a statement as a “year of transition.” Suri admitted he was “disappointed” with the 2016 results but said he expected a better financial performance this year “as market conditions improve.” “We remain in a position of financial strength,” said the chief executive. Nokia has been going through...

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Samsung says battery defects caused Note 7 fires

Seoul: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Monday said faulty batteries caused its flagship Galaxy Note 7 phones to catch fire and announced steps to avoid repeat incidents, as it tries to restore trust and regain momentum in the smartphone business. The announcement came more than three months after Samsung scrapped the short-lived competitor of Apple Inc’s iPhones, wiping $5.3 billion off its operating profit in one of the biggest tech failures in tech history. In its first explanation of the cause of the debacle, the world’s top smartphone maker ruled out problems with the premium device’s hardware and software,...

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Eight men own half the world’s wealth: Oxfam

(LONDON) Eight men own the same wealth as half the world’s population, a level of inequality which “threatens to pull our societies apart”, Oxfam said on Monday ahead of the World Economic Forum opening in Davos. The wealth of the world’s poorest 3.6 billion people is the equivalent to the combined net worth of six American businessmen, one from Spain and another from Mexico. Picked from Forbes’ billionaires list, they include Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg who co-founded Facebook, and Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon. Oxfam pointed to a link between the vast gap between rich and poor...

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