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Science & Tech

Silicon Valley eyes Africa as new tech frontier

By AFP With its colourful hammocks and table tennis table, a new tech hub in the Lagos metropolis wouldn’t look out of place among the start-ups on the other side of the world in Silicon Valley. But the NG_Hub office is in the suburb of Yaba — the heart of Nigeria’s burgeoning tech scene that

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe launches space agency

By Xinhua HARARE: Zimbabwe on Tuesday launched its space agency to advance the country’s research and innovation. Launching the institution, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the Zimbabwe National GeoSpatial and Space Agency (Zingsa) is expected to advance the country’s interests in geospatial science, earth observation and satellite communication systems. “This initiative is expected to enhance Zimbabwe’s

China’s Huawei under US probe for Iran sanctions violations: report

By AFP THE US Justice Department has opened an investigation into suspected violations of Iran sanctions by China’s Huawei Technologies, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. A Justice probe would come on the back of subpoenas issued to the company by the US Commerce and Treasury Departments over sanctions-related issues, according to the Journal. Huawei

Construction robots weld, bolt, lift to beat worker shortage

By Associated Press TOKYO: Robots that can weld, lift and bolt are being developed to help bridge labor shortages at Japanese construction sites, though their use will be limited to night shifts when no human workers will be nearby due to safety and regulatory concerns. Major Japanese construction company Shimizu Corp. showed off several robots

Financial expert taking Facebook to UK court over fake ads

By Associated Press LONDON: A personal finance expert launched a lawsuit against Facebook in Britain on Monday, claiming the social media company is allowing the publication of scam ads featuring his name. Martin Lewis, who founded the MoneySavingExpert website, says his name has appeared on more than 50 advertisements in the last year, many of

China exports facial ID technology to Zimbabwe

China is exporting facial recognition technology to Zimbabwe as part of the Belt and Road initiative, which marks China’s first(AI) technology entry to Africa. Cloudwalk, a company based in South China’s Guangdong Province, has signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement with the Zimbabwean government for a mass facial recognition project, according to a statement sent to the

Apple co-founder protests Facebook by shutting down account

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is shutting down his Facebook account as the social media giant struggles to cope with the worst privacy crisis in its history. In an email to USA Today, Wozniak says Facebook makes a lot of advertising money from personal details provided by users. He says the “profits are all

Facebook users to learn if they were part of privacy scandal

NEW YORK: Get ready to find out if your Facebook data has been swept up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Starting Monday, the 87 million users who might have had their data shared with Cambridge Analytica will get a detailed message on their news feeds. Facebook says most of the affected users (more than 70 million) are

Facebook says up to 2.7 million EU users affected by leak

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said Friday that Facebook has told it that up to 2.7 million people in the 28-nation bloc may have been victim of improper data sharing involving political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica. EU spokesman Christian Wigand said EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova will have a telephone call with Facebook COO

Africa’s scientists encouraged to become the next Einstein

By Associated Press KIGALI: South African geneticist Vinet Coetzee held up a malaria-diagnosing scanner that she said can be developed for use in Africa’s rural areas without the need for blood samples or lab tests. “This can be rapid, affordable and non-invasive,” she said. “It can reduce health inequality and bring us one step closer

Twitter CEO asks for help on ‘civility’; YouTube stumbles

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is asking for help improving the openness and civility of conversation on Twitter, saying the company failed to prevent misinformation, echo chambers and abuse of its global messaging service. In a series of tweets , Dorsey said Twitter was committing “to help increase the collective health, openness, and civility of public conversation” and

Car-mad Germany anxious as court to rule on diesel bans

FRANKFURT: A top German court will issue a hotly-awaited decision Tuesday on whether cities can ban older diesel cars from some areas, potentially upending transport policy and a disrupting a keystone industry. Judges at the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig last Thursday adjourned over the weekend, saying they needed more time to “deliberate very thoroughly”

New Samsung phone: Nicer camera, static design, higher price

NEW YORK: Samsung unveiled new smartphones with largely unchanged designs and incremental improvements such as a better camera — accompanied by a second annual price increase for many customers. The static design of the new Galaxy S9 underscores both the slowing pace of smartphone innovation and the extent to which other manufacturers, particularly Apple, have

Microsoft fights US in high court to protect global business

WASHINGTON: Microsoft has an eye on its international customers as it confronts the Trump administration in a Supreme Court fight about turning over emails to investigators. The justices will hear arguments Tuesday over whether the company, as part of an international drug trafficking investigation, must comply with an American warrant for emails stored on a

Ex-players tackle dementia in football-mad Spain

Eight senior citizens huddled around a table stare at a photo of a young Diego Maradona in a red and blue FC Barcelona jersey projected onto a screen at a Madrid retirement home. Former Atletico Madrid defender Roberto Solozabal, a member of Spain’s gold medal football squad at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, and ex-Valladolid

Teen, 16, worried about walking alone creates app for safety

Medha Gupta sometimes felt uneasy making the 20-minute walk from the corner where the school bus dropped her off to her home in Herndon, Va. — especially during the colder months, when it would get dark early. Her mother had a suggestion: Write an app. Divya Gupta was half-kidding, but Medha, a sophomore at Fairfax

Black entrepreneur finds success with Minnesota tech firm

UNITED States: The founder of a thriving Twin Cities startup company is providing guidance to other black tech entrepreneurs in overcoming a dysfunctional home life on the path to success. Clarence Bethea founded Upsie, a technology company that sells warranties that undercut retailers’ prices. Founded in 2016, Upsie now has more than 14,000 users, Minnesota

Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

FACEBOOK will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in U.S. elections: the post office. Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the U.S. presidential campaign, Facebook’s global politics and government outreach director, Katie Harbath, told a meeting of the National Association of Secretaries of State in

Waymo gets OK for driverless ride-hailing service

The first U.S. commercial ride-hailing service without human drivers has been approved. Waymo, a unit of Alphabet Inc., got a permit in late January from the Arizona Department of Transportation to operate as a Transportation Network Company, according to Ryan Harding, a spokesman at the state agency. The designation lets Waymo’s fleet of driverless Chrysler

Are we alone? NASA’s new planet hunter aims to find out

Are we alone? NASA’s new planet-hunting mission, poised to launch Monday, aims to advance the search for extraterrestrial life by scanning the skies for nearby, Earth-like planets. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, is poised to blast off at 6:32 pm (2232 GMT) aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from a NASA launchpad at