Ghana’s first Space Satellite enters Orbit


Ghana has successfully launched its first satellite into space. GhanaSat-1, which was developed by students at All Nations University in Koforidua, was sent into orbit from the International Space Centre. Cheers erupted as about 400 people, including the engineers, gathered at the school’s premises to watch live pictures of the launch. The first signal was received shortly afterwards. It is ...

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Nokia and Zeiss get together again


What do you look for in a smartphone now that they all look just the same? Many may say the camera is key, and now the new version of Nokia hopes to stand out by putting Carl Zeiss lenses in its phones. HMD Global, which has licensed the Nokia brand from the Finnish telecoms giant, has signed an exclusive deal ...

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France to ban petrol and diesel vehicles


France plans to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, the country’s new environment minister has announced. Nicolas Hulot made the announcement as he unveiled a series of measures as part of newly elected President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to make the country carbon neutral by 2050. Mr Hulot said he recognised the target would put pressure on France’s car ...

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Alibaba reveals Echo-like smart speaker


Alibaba is the latest technology giant to unveil a smart speaker. The voice-controlled Tmall Genie can be used to play music, run third-party apps and buy goods from the Chinese retail giant’s online stores. Like many such devices, it lacks a display. At launch, it will understand only Mandarin and be sold in the company’s domestic market. It will compete ...

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Samsung to invest $18 billion in memory chip business

The logo of Samsung Electronics is seen at its headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, July 4, 2016. Picture taken on July 4, 2016.  REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji - RTX2K296

Samsung Electronics will invest nearly $18bn in its chip business, the South Korean firm said Tuesday, as it seeks to expand its lead in the global memory chip and smartphone markets. The world’s top maker of smartphones and memory chips will invest 20.4tn won ($17.7bn) by 2021 to expand and upgrade its chip plants in the South Korean cities of Pyeongtaek ...

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Google NHS deal rebuked again by DeepMind panel


An independent panel set up to oversee the activities of Google’s DeepMind has agreed that its initial deal with a UK hospital was “illegal”. The Information Commission (ICO) ruled on Monday that the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust had not done enough to safeguard patient data. The controversy is over an app DeepMind developed to identify patients at risk of ...

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How iOS 14 will be Apple’s smartest software ever


We’ve repeated this many times here before, but there are a few truisms that can be said for any future iPhone: it will have the fastest processor, the best camera and at least one unique feature you can’t get on any other iPhone. That’s as true now as it will be in 2020. But it’s time to add one more ...

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Google DeepMind NHS medical trial broke UK privacy law


A UK hospital did not do enough to protect the privacy of patients when it shared data with Google, the UK’s Information Commission (ICO) has ruled. The ICO censured the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust about data handed over during trials of a novel way to detect kidney injuries. Among other failings, the ICO said the hospital did not tell ...

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Samsung salvages Galaxy Note 7 parts for new phone


Samsung is releasing a new phone using parts from its Galaxy Note 7, which was axed after a battery fault led to some devices catching fire. The firm said the Note Fan Edition would “minimise the environmental impact” of its high-profile flop. The handset will go on sale only in South Korea on 7 July, with a safer, smaller battery, ...

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Facebook’s ‘Find Wi-Fi’ tool is now available to everyone


Last year, Facebook began testing a feature that made it easy to find public Wi-Fi networks around you. It was only available in iOS, and only in select locations. Now Facebook is rolling out the feature to everyone on its mobile apps. Just tap on the ‘More’ tab, and then select ‘Find Wi-Fi’. You’ll see nearby Wi-Fi locations on a ...

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