Technology

Snapchat loses $40m on flop Spectacles

The company behind Snapchat has taken a $40m (£30m) hit to its finances after its video-recording sunglasses failed to sell as well as hoped. Snap launched Spectacles in September 2016, originally selling them only through pop-up vending machines. Pressing a button on the glasses records a short video that can be shared on the Snapchat messaging app. But on Tuesday the ...

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Huawei releases Cloudified Video Solution in Africa

Huawei has released its Envision 4K Video Solution in Africa aimed assisting telecoms carriers in developing and optimising video as a fundamental service with the best user experience. The Envision video solution is designed to enable consumers to enjoy personalised multi-screen hybrid video services anytime anywhere, its key feature is enabling the delivery of 4K and 8K ultra high definition ...

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Liquid Telecom partners Huawei to deliver 100G links across South Africa

Leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Global, has partnered with Huawei, the leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, to deliver 100G upgrades to its network in South Africa. The upgrade to 100G wavelengths will take advantage of the latest DWDM technology from Huawei, enabling Liquid Telecom to offer additional capacity, faster speeds and ...

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Uber adds Paid Wait Time; additional features for driver-partners

As part of Uber’s commitment to put driver-partners first, it has promised to continuously work on improving the app to ensure drive-partners have only a positive experience with the app, by addressing every concern. Effective Tuesday, November 7, 2017, Uber announced Paid Wait Time, another impactful feature to make the Uber experience more productive (and less stressful!) for driver-partners and ...

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WhatsApp: How the supermarket voucher scam works

Scammers have used WhatsApp to trick people into handing over personal information by tempting them with bogus supermarket vouchers. The messenger app was used to send fake vouchers to people, purporting to be from trusted chains such as Asda, Tesco and Aldi. The messages claimed to offer hundreds of pounds in savings so long as the user followed a link ...

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Twitter officially expands its character count to 280

Twitter’s expansion to 280 characters is rolling out publicly today to all users in supported languages, including English. The company had first announced the controversial plan to move beyond its traditional 140 characters back in September, noting at the time how a longer character count allowed users to express more of their thoughts without running out of room to tweet. The expansion ...

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Twitter to expand 280-character tweets

Twitter plans to increase the number of characters in tweets from 140 to 280 for the majority of users. The new limit will not apply to tweets written in Japanese, Chinese and Korean which can convey more information in a single character. The move follows a trial among a small group of users which started in September in response to ...

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Paradise Papers: Apple’s secret tax bolthole revealed

The world’s most profitable firm has a secretive new structure that would enable it to continue avoiding billions in taxes, the Paradise Papers show. They reveal how Apple sidestepped a 2013 crackdown on its controversial Irish tax practices by actively shopping around for a tax haven. It then moved the firm holding most of its untaxed offshore cash, now $252bn, to the ...

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iTel launches two smartphones to mark 10th anniversary

iTel has unveiled two mobile phone devices, S12 and S32 to commemorate its 10th anniversary in Ghana. The two devices come with dual selfie cameras and improve fingerprint features that enhance phone security and functionality to the user. Speaking at a ceremony in Accra to launch the two products, the Marketing Communications manager of itel mobile, Michael Tuekpe said the ...

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Huawei introduces cost-effective wireless broadband service in Africa

Despite the rapid advancement in information communication technologies (ICT) globally, the vast majority of people across Africa remain either unconnected, or only have access to slow internet connections. On the continent, the average broadband penetration rate sits at less than 1%, while 80% of connected households have to make do with bandwidth of less than 2Mbp/s. While approximately 20-million households ...

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