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Apple R&D spends almost $3 billion on self-driving and AR

Apple increased its R&D investment to $2.94 billion in the third quarter of 2017, around 6.5 percent of the company’s total sales in the quarter. It is a large advancement on the past years, and shows Apple has a few things big planned in the coming years. The most talked about, at least by Apple executives, is augmented reality. At ...

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Snap shares plunge 14% as losses mount

Snap shares plunged 14% on Thursday after the social media firm reported more than $400m (£310m) in quarterly losses and fewer than expected users. The share price fall extended a decline that started almost immediately after Snapchat started trading on the stock market this spring. The firm reported 173 million daily users, up 4% on the prior quarter. But the ...

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Facebook introduces new video service

Social media giant Facebook has made a move into dedicated video, pitting it against YouTube and TV networks. Users will soon see a new Watch tab that will offer a range of shows, some of which have been funded by the social network Watch will be personalised so that users can discover new shows, based on what their friends are ...

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Solar panel tech ‘vulnerable to hackers’

Hackers could target electricity grids through security flaws in solar panel equipment, a Dutch researcher has said. Willem Westerhof found 17 vulnerabilities in inverters, which convert electricity produced by the panels so it can be used on the grid. He said internet-connected inverters could be targeted by hackers. One manufacturer said that only “a small fraction” of its devices were ...

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Facebook’s app for under-21s Lifestage flops

Facebook has killed off a video-focused app targeted at under-21s less than a year after it was launched. Lifestage was designed to connect students going to the same school or university, making all of their posts available to each other. But it faced criticism for having limited privacy controls and a “confusing” user interface. The firm told Business Insider it had “learned ...

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Facebook’s app for under-21s Lifestage flops

Facebook has killed off a video-focused app targeted at under-21s less than a year after it was launched. Lifestage was designed to connect students going to the same school or university, making all of their posts available to each other. But it faced criticism for having limited privacy controls and a “confusing” user interface. The firm told Business Insider it ...

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Google fires diversity memo author

A Google employee who wrote a controversial memo about workplace diversity has been fired, the BBC can confirm. The controversial memo broke the firm’s code of conduct, Google’s chief executive Sundar Pichai said on Monday in an email to employees. The memo, shared widely at the weekend, suggested there were fewer women at Google due to biological differences. Mr Pichai said the ...

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Airtel engages customers on social media

Airtel Ghana, the Smartphone Network, continues to demonstrate leadership and innovation in the use of Social Media to engage with customers and relevant stakeholders. At the Ghana ICT and Telecom Awards (GITTA) held recently, the Smartphone Network was presented with the “Most Innovative use of Social Media” Award, for the second consecutive year, in recognition of the company’s dexterity at ...

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Ghana to host international trade show on automobile

Auto Parts West Africa and Ghana Motor Show, both international trade shows on Automobiles and its vertical industries will take place in Accra on September 13-16, 2017, at the International Trade Fair Center. Auto Parts West Africa Show will feature aftermarket manufacturers and suppliers showcasing innovative products and services, while Ghana Motor Show will provide an exclusive platform for car ...

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Bitcoin soars to record high value

Bitcoin’s value has jumped to a record high, following a month of turmoil. The virtual currency reached $3,451.86 (£2,651) per coin in Monday trade, according to the Coindesk Bitcoin Price Index. It had never crossed the $3,000 mark until the weekend. The market value of all bitcoins in existence has now surpassed $56bn (£43bn). The surge followed the creation of a ...

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