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Apple’s iOS 11 update ends support for iPhone 5 and 5C

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Apple’s iOS 11 mobile operating system will not be available for the iPhone 5 and 5C or the iPad 4 when it is released in the autumn. It means those with the older devices will no longer receive software or security updates. The iPhone 5S and newer devices will receive the upgrade but some older apps will no longer work ...

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Ghanaian marketing exec heads to Uber from Apple

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Uber just made a big hire amid months-long turmoil at the company. Bozoma Saint John will leave her role as the head of global consumer marketing at Apple Music and join the ride-hailing company as chief brand officer. “Boz has a long track record of successfully creating emotional connections between people and the products they love,” Uber CEO Travis Kalanick ...

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Uber fires 20 staff after harassment investigation

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Uber has fired more than 20 people, and is taking other actions against staff, after a harassment investigation. The taxi-app firm said the sackings related to sexual harassment, bullying and issues about poor company culture. Uber has been under fire over its treatment of women staff since a former employee wrote a scathing blog post about her experience. It led ...

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Ghana to host 2nd Africa open data conference for SDGs

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The Government of Ghana will convene a conference for the tech industry, small businesses, data journalists, entrepreneurs, researchers, students, IT solution providers, banks, telcos, insurance companies, NGOs, donor organizations, and local and national governments to connect virtually and in person, to share advances in open data and form new collaborations. This will take place at the Accra International Conference Center ...

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Kaspersky asks EU to investigate Microsoft

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Russian security software-maker Kaspersky has filed an anti-trust complaint against Microsoft with the European Commission. It claims that the software giant is abusing its market dominance by pushing Windows 10 users towards its own anti-virus software. The European Commission confirmed it had received the complaint. Microsoft said its security features “comply with competition laws”. In a statement, it said it ...

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Apple reveals HomePod smart speaker

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Apple has announced a voice-activated loudspeaker powered by its virtual assistant Siri. Like devices by Amazon and Google, Apple’s HomePod speaker can respond to questions and control smart home gadgets such as lights. Analysts say Apple has been slow to improve its Siri virtual assistant and launch a smart speaker, after Amazon launched its Echo in 2014. The company has ...

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Apple ‘caught by Australian error 53 undercover sting’

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Investigators posing as Apple customers have told a court they were given misleading information about devices previously serviced by third parties. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) began legal action against Apple in April. It alleges that Apple “routinely refused” to repair devices disabled by an error if they had previously been fixed by an unauthorised provider. The court ...

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Harvard cancels students’ admission over offensive Facebook posts

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They posted memes about rape and dead children and the Holocaust. They joked that hanging a Mexican child should be called “pinata time.” And now Harvard has decided it doesn’t want them anymore. According to the Harvard Crimson, the Ivy League university has rescinded offers of acceptance to at least 10 incoming freshman for the class of 2021, following an ...

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US now conducts social media background checks before issuing visa

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The Trump administration has approved plans to ask US visa applicants for details of their social media use. Consular officials can now ask for social media usernames going back five years via a new questionnaire. It also allows authorities to request email addresses, phone numbers and 15 years of biographical information. This can be requested when “more rigorous national security ...

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Tech leaders defy Trump on climate deal

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The biggest US tech firms are rallying behind the 2015 Paris climate agreement, despite President Trump’s decision to leave it. Mr Trump’s move has been met with dismay from other world leaders signed up to the accord – but much of the outcry can be heard on the west coast of his own country. The chief executives of Apple, Google, ...

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