Technology

Uber concealed huge data breach

Uber concealed a hack that affected 57 million customers and drivers, the company has confirmed. The 2016 breach was hidden by the ride-sharing firm which paid hackers $100,000 (£75,000) to delete the data. The company’s former chief executive Travis Kalanick knew about the breach over a year ago, according to Bloomberg, which first broke the news. The hackers found 57 ...

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Facebook, Google, using my inventions – Ghana’s Dr. Thomas Mensah

Ghanaian chemical engineer and innovator, Dr. Thomas Mensah, has said his innovations are being used by technology giants including Facebook, Google, Paypal among others. Dr. Mensah, while working for American company, Corning Glass Works, was able to help improve and commercialize a fiber optic technology the company had been working on for 15 years without success. Prior to the invention, ...

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Bullet trains will drive Ghana’s dev’t – Dr. Thomas Mensah

The next step in Ghana’s progress as a nation lies in the development of the infrastructure for high-speed or bullet trains, a renowned pioneer of fiber optic and nano-technology, Dr. Thomas Mensah has said. Dr. Mensah, a chemical engineer, may not be widely known in his own homeland of Ghana, but he is hailed for elevating fiber optics technology from mere laboratories ...

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Google to ‘derank’ Russia Today and Sputnik

Google is to “derank” stories from Kremlin-owned publications Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik in response to allegations about election meddling by President Putin’s government. Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt said the search giant needed to deal with the spread of misinformation. RT has been described by US intelligence agencies as “Russia’s state-run propaganda machine”. The publications said the move was a ...

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Drone maker DJI in cyber-security row over bug bounty

Drone maker DJI has accused a cyber-security researcher of hacking its servers. Kevin Finisterre claims that he accessed confidential customer data after finding a private key publicly posted on code-sharing site Github. He approached the firm, which offers a “bug bounty” reward of up to $30,000 (£23,000) for security weaknesses discovered in its systems. DJI said the server access was ...

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Meet the tiny safe that’s perfect for international travelers

Sometimes you need a little extra security for your valuables when you travel. But not everything makes sense for the hotel safe — stuff like passports and prescriptions sometimes need to be a little more portable. But last we checked, fanny packs don’t come with a combination lock. The solution: a portable safe. It’s small and lightweight enough to carry ...

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Leverage space technology to improve sanitation – Fred McBagonluri

The Dean of Engineering at Ashesi University, Dr. Fred McBagonluri believes Ghana’s quest to venture into space technology can help deal with the numerous problems that exist in areas such as sanitation. Speaking to Citi News, he said government’s effort to commit resources to space science is a step in the right direction. “Some of the technologies you would develop ...

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Elon Musk unveils Tesla electric truck and new sports car

Elon Musk unveiled Tesla’s first electric semi-truck on Thursday evening at an event in Los Angeles that also included the surprise reveal of a new Tesla sports car. The new Roadster, which has the same name as the first electric vehicle produced by Tesla from 2008 to 2012, emerged from the back of one of the trucks at the end of a presentation ...

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Alibaba invests $2.9B in hypermarket operator

Alibaba is continuing its expansion into offline retail after the Chinese e-commerce giant bought up more than one-third of one of the Chinese most prolific operators of hypermarket stores. The firm announced today it has spent HK$22.4 billion (around US$2.88 billion) to acquire of 36.16 percent in Sun Art Retail Group, a Hong Kong-listed business that operates 446 hypermarkets across 224 cities in mainland China. The deal ...

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Apple delays launch of smart speaker

Apple is delaying the release of its HomePod smart speaker until 2018. The electronics giant said the device, which was due to be released in December this year, still needed development work. It said the HomePod would be ready to go on shop shelves in the US, UK and Australia “early in 2018”. The news is a blow to its ...

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