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Votes in 18 nations ‘hacked’ in last year

Elections in 18 separate nations were influenced by online disinformation campaigns last year, suggests research. Independent watchdog Freedom House looked at how online discourse was influenced by governments, bots and paid opinion formers. In total, 30 governments were actively engaged in using social media to stifle dissent, said the report. Educating users to spot fake news and making tech firms police ...

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Donald Trump Jr releases Twitter exchanges with Wikileaks

Donald Trump Jr has released private Twitter correspondence with anti-secrecy website Wikileaks after a US magazine revealed they had communicated shortly before his father’s election. The Atlantic magazine revealed the organisation had asked Mr Trump Jr for co-operation and information. The group published leaks of Clinton campaign emails during the election. Mr Trump Jr’s lawyers handed the Twitter direct messages ...

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US FDA approves ‘trackable’ pill

US regulators have approved the first pill that can be digitally tracked through the body. The Abilify MyCite aripiprazole tablets – for treating schizophrenia and manic episodes – have an ingestible sensor embedded inside them that records that the medication has been taken. A patch worn by the patient transmits this information to their smartphone. The information can also be ...

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Connectivity, affordability, accessibility key to Africa’s digital inclusivity – ATU

The African Telecommunications Union (ATU) has highlighted the importance of connecting rural and remote areas in Africa to economic opportunities. This was said by Secretary General of ATU, Abdoulkarim Soumaila at an ICT forum, AfricaCom, held on 7- 9 November in Cape Town. He said that connectivity, affordability and accessibility was a key focus for Africa’s digital inclusivity and rural ...

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China dominates top supercomputers list

China has overtaken the US to have the most supercomputers in the list of the world’s fastest 500 systems. The communist nation accounted for 202 of the globe’s highest performance machines, according to the latest Top500 survey. By contrast, the US had 143. That marks its lowest level since the bi-annual study began, 25 years ago, but still secured it second ...

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Digital and Cloud – Journey towards an Intelligent Africa

The ICT sphere has undergone distinct stages of evolution and has lately been focussing on going digital, which means shifting the paradigm from traditional business to an intelligent society. Based on recent studies, Africa is the smallest market but also the fastest growing worldwide. However, based on statistics from Hootsuite, Africa is a relatively distinctive continent with only 29 % ...

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iPhone 8, 8Plus launched in Ghana

The much awaited iPhone 8 and 8Plus have been launched in Ghana. According to Redington Gulf, the exclusive Distributor of Apple Products, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are available at Telefonica and iShop – Authorised Resellers of Apple products. Dubbed as “the new generation iPhone”, iPhone 8 comes in an all new glass design with an embedded wireless charging ...

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Redington Gulf reduces iPhone 6 prices for Christmas

Redington Gulf, Value Added Distributor(VAD) for Apple products in Ghana, in collaboration with their Authorized Resellers Telefonika and iSHOP, is offering attractive prices for iPhone 6 to coincide with the onset of the Christmas season. The new iPhone 6 is now available and retails at GHS 1,690, with a free iSim Dual adapter which enables users to use two SIM ...

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Uber set to sell $10bn stake to Softbank

Uber has struck a deal that could lead to a huge investment by a consortium led by Japanese conglomerate Softbank and San Francisco group Dragoneer. The size of the potential investment has not been disclosed, but reports say it could be up to $10bn (£7.6bn). The ride-hailing company said the money would fuel Uber’s expansion and investments in technology. But ...

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Dubai Airshow: Boeing wins $15bn order from Emirates

Boeing kicked off the first day of the Dubai Airshow by announcing the first big sales news of the five-day event. Emirates has ordered 40 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in a deal worth about $15bn (£11.3bn) at list prices. The Dubai airline’s chairman, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum, said the aircraft had been chosen over the Airbus A350. He had been ...

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