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Uber releases sharing guidelines for African countries

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The ride-sharing service, Uber, has released updated community guidelines for seven countries in Africa, including Ghana. The guidelines contain information on proper decorum for drivers and riders. Uber also included an explanation for why riders can lose access to Uber, its first time releasing the policy publicly. Beyond users understanding that poor behavior can lead to suspension from the app, ...

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Tech firms unite for ‘net neutrality’ protest

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A host of internet giants – from social networks to dating apps to porn sites – will join a protest Wednesday against plans to roll back rules protecting “net neutrality”. The sites will display a variety of messages, or simulate the potential effects of losing the basic principle of all internet traffic being treated equally. The US communications regulator earlier ...

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Facebook to start showing everyone ads in Messenger

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Ads are coming to Facebook Messenger. After testing Messenger ads in Australia and Thailand, Facebook announced on Tuesday that any advertiser will be able to buy ads in the app, which boasts 1.2 billion users. The ads won’t be shown in conversations. They will instead exist in the main inbox tab between chat threads. Facebook said it will start rolling ...

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Spotify denies promoting ‘fake artists’

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Music streaming service Spotify has denied that some of its playlists contain music tracks by “fake artists”. A music industry publication listed 50 artists it claimed were not real. They have racked up millions of streams by appearing on mood-based playlists such as Sleep and Ambient Chill, but many have no other visible profile. However, one industry expert told the ...

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AI drones using sight to fly

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Scientists in Zurich are removing the blinders and letting drones figure things out for themselves. Using “vision algorithms” a group of researchers were able to teach inexpensive off-the-shelf drones to fly autonomously and map surrounding areas. The algorithms used are a “dense surface reconstruction” data-set designed to teach drones to understand their environment. Using a single camera and an inertial ...

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Qualcomm seeks Apple iPhone sales ban

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Qualcomm, the world’s biggest producer of mobile phone chips, has appealed for the sale of some iPhones in the US to be blocked. It claims that iPhones using chips by rivals, such as Intel, infringe six of its patents. Qualcomm said it had asked the US International Trade Commission (ITC) to investigate and impose an import block. It is the ...

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KNUST constructs solar-powered 4X4 vehicle

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The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), in partnership with the Technical University of Munich, has constructed a solar-powered 4×4 vehicle. The environmentally-friendly vehicle, meant to carry passengers and goods, was inaugurated by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, at the 51st congregation of the KNUST, Kumasi, on Saturday. It was developed by the Departments of Mechanical Engineering ...

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Uber halts primary taxi service in Finland until 2018

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Uber is pulling its primary service out of Finland as it waits for a law that will deregulate the taxi market to be passed. The cab firm, which exclusively operates in the nation’s capital Helsinki, is suspending its UberPop service, which allows any driver to sign up and offer unlicensed taxi trips. “We want to ensure that we do not pose drivers ...

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Petya victims given hope by researchers

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A security firm says it has managed to decrypt files damaged by the recent Petya ransomware attack, on one infected computer. The cyber-attack caused havoc for businesses around the globe, but mainly in Ukraine. The potential solution only works if the ransomware secured administration privileges to the machine. However Positive Technologies said the concept is currently too technical for most average ...

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Vodafone takes high speed fibre optic broadband internet to Kumasi

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Telecommunications Giant Vodafone Ghana has taken another giant step in Ghana’s telecommunication and digitalization drive by launching its fibre optic fixed broadband services in the Ashanti regional capital Kumasi. The new service which is an upgrade from the standard copper cable broadband services is expected to provide ten times internet speed capacity for its consumers who patronize the services in ...

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