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Facebook poaches Google chip guru to bolster custom silicon development

Facebook poaches Google chip guru to bolster custom silicon development

Applications, Social Media
THE SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook has reportedly hired one of Google's lead chip developers in a bid to bolster its own custom silicon development. That's according to Bloomberg, which reports that Facebook has snapped up Google's head of silicon and vice president Shahriar Rabii in a move that would indicate Mark Zuckerberg and pals are properly keen on making their own chips. Bringing Rabii onboard means Facebook will be able to tap into his experience in making processors, notably Google's first custom-designed imaging chip, the Visual Core; the chip can be found at the heart of the Pixel 2's camera. At Facebook, Rabii will work under Andrew Bosworth, the social network's head of virtual and augmented reality, according to people with information on the situation.
Apple is failing spectacularly in one of the world’s biggest smartphone markets

Apple is failing spectacularly in one of the world’s biggest smartphone markets

Gizmos
Apple is struggling to gain market share in India, the third biggest smartphone market in the world. The company has lost important sales and distribution executives in the country and, according to Bloomberg, has failed to develop important carrier relationships. iPhones are especially expensive in India thanks to customs tariffs. Indians prefer cheaper devices from Asian manufacturers such as Samsung, Oppo, and Vivo. Apple is struggling to sell the iPhone in India, the third biggest smartphone market in the world, and has lost several important sales executives in the country. According to Bloomberg, Apple's national sales and distribution chief, the head of its commercial channels and mid-market business, and the head of telecom carrier sales for I...
Masiyiwa inks Cape to Cairo fibre network deal

Masiyiwa inks Cape to Cairo fibre network deal

Telecomms
CAIRO — Telecom Egypt has signed a memorandum of understanding with Liquid Telecom to enable the pan-African group to complete Africa’s terrestrial fibre network stretching across the African continent, the companies said on Saturday. Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Strive Masiyiwa’s Econet Wireless Global, has been building a fibre network across southern Africa covering Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It also has a presence in Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda. “Liquid Telecom will link its network from Sudan into Telecom Egypt’s network via a new cross-border interconnection – bringing together a 60 000 km network that runs from Cape Town, through all the Southern, Central and Eastern African countries, and has now reached the borde
Zim police arrest 4 for ‘hate speech’ on social media

Zim police arrest 4 for ‘hate speech’ on social media

Security
Zimbabwe police have arrested four people for publishing "falsehoods and hate speech" on social media, a newspaper reported. The suspects weren't named, and the state-run Sunday Mail did not say what law the four are being charged under. "I want to warn those that abuse social media that we have mechanisms to catch them if they commit crimes," senior police officer Erasmus Makodza told the paper. Last week Makodza said police would arrest people who used social media to spread misinformation on a controversial postal vote by police officers that began on Thursday. Right to information The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance alleged police officers were forced to vote in front of their commanding officers, a charge denied by the police. In
Zim ventures into space age

Zim ventures into space age

Breaking News
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa is today set to launch the Zimbabwe National Geospatial and Space Agency (Zingsa) and tomorrow officiate at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Beitbridge modernisation project. Zingsa seeks to advance geospatial science, earth observation and satellite communication systems. The use of satellite technology is expected to unlock cutting edge solutions in health, agriculture, mineral exploration, disaster management and the water management sectors. The National Geospatial Agency is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology Development. Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Amon Murwira said President Mnangagwa will launch the space agency at the Har...
Mobile Penetration Rate Drops By Almost A Fifth: No Need To Panic

Mobile Penetration Rate Drops By Almost A Fifth: No Need To Panic

Telecomms
Going through the POTRAZ telecoms sector report for the first quarter of 2018 was quite interesting. One can’t help but think we are on a downward trajectory when they notice that mobile penetration has fallen by an alarming 16.8%. Even though that’s almost a fifth, this drop isn’t as big a deal in the “how many Zimbabweans have phones?“, debate. At the end of 2017 the mobile penetration rate was at 102.7% and after the first three months of this year, that number now lies at 84.6%. Though this number is concerning I think it’s also a reflection of other events in the telecommunications industry and overall it should not be a cause for sleepless nights for the regulator or anyone observing the industry. Initially, before I discovered that mobile penetration rate is not necessarily re
Mark Zuckerberg Now Third Richest Person In The World

Mark Zuckerberg Now Third Richest Person In The World

Jobs, News, Social Media, Start Ups, What's Hot
Facebook Chief Executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has over taken Warren Buffet to become the third richest person on earth (now worth $81.6 billion) according to Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index. This also marks the first time that the top three is solely occupied by tech titans as first and second place belongs to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos ($142 billion) and former CEO of Microsoft Bill Gates ($94.2 billion). It’s been a weird year at FB… Considering the year that Facebook has had thus far, one wouldn’t expect Zuckerberg to be rising up the rich list. The Cambridge Analytica scandal managed to wipe $37 billion in share value back in March. Elevate Zimbabwe Gamer Whilst still trying to manage the blow back of Cambridge Analytica, Facebook managed to bungle up user privacy once again when
Apps caught secretly recording smartphone screens

Apps caught secretly recording smartphone screens

Applications, Security
A number of apps are recording people’s phone screens and sending the information out to third parties, claim scientists investigating smartphone surveillance. Researchers have found that some of the most popular Android apps are recording videos and screenshots and sending it to other companies, without the user's knowledge. "Our study reveals several alarming privacy risks in the Android app ecosystem, including apps that over-provision their media permissions and apps that share image and video data with other parties in unexpected ways, without user knowledge or consent," said Elleen Pan, one of the computer science academics at Northeastern University behind the study. The team found 21...--telegraph
Google Accused Of Allowing Third-party App Developers To Read People’s Emails In Gmail

Google Accused Of Allowing Third-party App Developers To Read People’s Emails In Gmail

Applications, Security
Google has been accused of allowing third-party app developers access to users private messages in Gmail. While the report says that it is primarily done to offer a better experience to users and makes several new features available to users, the app developers can view sensitive and private details including the recipient’s e-mail id, timestamps, the entire body of the mails for millions of Gmail users. According to The Verge, the third-party Gmail apps require user consent to access and read the emails, however, allowing them doesn’t guarantee that emails would only be seen by machines and not the human developers at these companies. Some companies do allow human developers to skim through your emails, of which Google is one of them. But Google said it only accesses emails in very spe
Netone Sues Afrosoft For Using Their SMS Platform Without Permission

Netone Sues Afrosoft For Using Their SMS Platform Without Permission

News, Telecomms, What's Hot
Netone is at loggerheads with AfroSoft Corporation (AfoSoft), prompting the state-owned Mobile Network Operator to sue Afrosoft demanding a staggering $11 million. Afrosoft Holdings is a Zimbabwean software development and IT solutions firm. Here is their tale Nine years ago (2009) Netone signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Afrosoft to develop products for their mutual benefit. However, Afrosoft supposedly took advantage of the MOU and arbitrarily started to offer SMS services to Netone’s customer with “no agreement on this provision”. Afrosoft is alleged to have sent 203 775 129 between June 1, 2015, and January 31, 2018. And these SMSes are being valued at $0.055 each inclusive of value-added tax. Doing the math there and multiplying 203775129 by $0.055 brings the value of the
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