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UK to enforce porn site age checks from April 2018

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For years the UK government has toyed with the idea of introducing compulsory age checks for online pornography. In May, all of that talk finally came to a head with the Digital Economy Bill, which forces websites hosting adult content to snuff out under-18s. (Or at least try to, because there’s always a way around such things.) Today, digital minister Matt Hancock announced ...

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Tecno wins most popular mobile phone brand of the year at GITTA 2017

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After the partnership deal that was signed between Africa’s leading brand in the mobile phone market, TECNO and the English premier league giants, Manchester City FC in 2016, which made the premium phone brand the official phone and tablet partner of the football club, the premium brand has done nothing less than achieving higher heights in the Africa mobile phone ...

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Busy’s “Power of 4” wins two awards at GITTA 2017

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Busy’s popular new subscription and retention marketing campaign, Power of Four received two awards at the 2017 Ghana Information Technology and Telecommunications Awards (GITTA). The campaign was adjudged the Marketing Campaign of the Year as well as the Innovate Product of the Year at Ghana’s biggest night to recognise players in the telecommunication and ICT space. Chief Executive Officer of ...

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Emojis honoured in world celebration

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New York’s Empire State Building will be lit up in yellow to mark a day that organisers hope will put a smile on millions of faces. It is one of several stunts planned for World Emoji Day, which celebrates the colourful symbols used in instant messages, on 17 July. London’s Royal Opera House will present 20 well-known operas and ballets ...

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Nokia 8 with Snapdragon 835 to be launched on July 31

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HMD Global – the Finnish company that owns the rights to manufacture Nokia-branded smartphones – is closer to launch its most expensive device till date. Rumours have been going back and forth over HMD Global’s upcoming flagship smartphone. It could be either the Nokia 8 or the Nokia 9. However, according to German website WinFuture, HMD Global’s next-generation phone is ...

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Uber drivers in SA now legally considered employees

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South Africa’s Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has made a ruling that Uber drivers are now able to form unions, bargain and strike. This effectively means Uber drivers in South Africa are treated like employees, and not independent contractors, as Uber argued. The ruling is interesting in that it allows drivers to bargain directly with Uber and not ...

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Microsoft kills off Windows 8 smartphone

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Microsoft has ended support for its Windows 8 smartphones, as the US tech giant focuses on other segments, amid ongoing speculation about its strategy for mobile. Users of Windows-powered phones – which have failed badly against rivals from Apple and Google Android – were invited to upgrade to its latest Windows 10 version after Microsoft officially stopped supporting the earlier ...

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Luxury phone-maker Vertu collapses

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A British-based company that made smartphones costing thousands of pounds will be liquidated after a plan to save it failed. Vertu was known for its high-end, jewel-encrusted handsets, but recently faced financial difficulties. The company’s liquidation will result in the loss of nearly 200 jobs. One technology analyst said Vertu would have faced competition from companies offering to customise other ...

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Google announces London cloud computing data centre

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Google has revealed it has built a London data centre for the cloud computing services it rents to third parties. The facility is its second in Europe, after Brussels, and promises to provide faster access times to nearby clients. Google is currently the third most capable cloud computing service provider, according to a recent study. But the report, by Gartner, suggested ...

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Kaspersky denies spy agency work

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Moscow-based security company Kaspersky Lab has denied working with Russian intelligence agencies, following US media and government suspicion. News website Bloomberg said it had seen emails showing Kaspersky had developed tools for Russia’s intelligence agency. And, on Tuesday, the US government’s General Services Administration removed Kaspersky Lab from a list of approved vendors. But the company has now insisted it ...

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