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Smartphones Are Killing Americans, But Nobody’s Counting

Smartphones Are Killing Americans, But Nobody’s Counting

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Amid a historic spike in U.S. traffic fatalities, federal data on the danger of distracted driving are getting worse. Jennifer Smith doesn’t like the term “accident.” It implies too much chance and too little culpability.  A “crash” killed her mother in 2008, she insists, when her car was broadsided by another vehicle while on her way to pick up cat food. The other driver, a 20-year-old college student, ran a red light while talking on his mobile phone, a distraction that he immediately admitted and cited as the catalyst of the fatal event. “He was remorseful,” Smith, now 43, said. “He never changed his story.” Yet in federal records, the death isn’t attributed to distraction or mobile-phone use. It’s just another line item on the grim annual toll taken by the Natio
Conservancy Rangers Turn To Tech To Save Africa’s Wildlife

Conservancy Rangers Turn To Tech To Save Africa’s Wildlife

News, Security
 Josephine Ekiru is not nostalgic for the past. Growing up in northern Kenya in an impoverished home, she was surrounded by violence and loss. People regularly killed the wildlife she loved, and they killed each other. Tribal clashes stoked by resource scarcity and decades-long vendettas were the norm.   “The only thing I was seeing was death,” Ekiru recalls. “I grew up thinking, ‘One day, I’ll tell my people that conflict is not good, that it only takes us in a circle of poverty.’” Luckily in 2011, when Ekiru was 24 years old, she discovered the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), an organization composed of community conservancies in Kenya. Those animal conservancies reject violence in favor of peace, sustainability and responsible, shared management of land and wildlife. R
Swedish Mobile App Truecaller Expanding Operations In Africa

Swedish Mobile App Truecaller Expanding Operations In Africa

Applications, News
 The Scandinavian firm will be hiring key African personnel, and it will also decide on a location, either in South Africa or Nigeria, where its African headquarters will be set up, according to ITNewsAfrica. Truecaller is the world’s largest verified mobile phone community dedicated to helping users to avoid and block spam calls and messages through the use of a mobile app. Expansion plans in Africa include the hiring of two African directors, with a business development director and a sales director expected to join the company. Where they will be based is still undecided, however, as Truecaller executives will visit both Nigeria and South Africa at the beginning of November to consider locations for their African headquarters before a final decision is made. Truecaller’s
Mastercard and PayPal Expand Digital Partnership Globally

Mastercard and PayPal Expand Digital Partnership Globally

Breaking News, FinTech, News
Mastercard and PayPal has announced a significant expansion of their longstanding partnership into Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East and Africa to enhance customer choice, optimize the consumer experience and make Mastercard a clear payment option within PayPal across the globe. With the addition of these markets – and following the recent expansion of their partnership into the U.S. and Asia Pacific – Mastercard and PayPal have now reached a global agreement. Similar to previous agreements, the global expansion will create a number of joint growth opportunities that will advance Mastercard and PayPal’s shared vision to offer consumers greater choice and flexibility to manage and move their money: Mastercard will be presented as a clear and equal pay
Wirecard Facilitates Online Sales of Webasto Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Wirecard Facilitates Online Sales of Webasto Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Breaking News, FinTech, News
The payment expert Wirecard supports payment processing for the new online shop of Webasto, a global systems partner for virtually all automotive manufacturers. Electric vehicle charging solutions have recently been made available to buy from the Webasto online shop. As part of the collaboration, the leading global payment service provider Wirecard is integrating four payment types – Visa/Mastercard, iDeal, SOFORT transfers and PayPal – into the web shop, thereby covering the major national and international payment methods. The trend towards using renewable energy and alternative drivetrains in the automotive sector is growing: According to the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (German Federal Motor Vehicle and Transport Authority; KBA), the number of electric cars in Germany increased to 34,000 in
Countering the Social Media Hack

Countering the Social Media Hack

Applications, News, Social Media
The first step in building a social media security program is making sure the corporate accounts themselves are protected. To do this, treat social media just like you do the corporate website: closely audit who has access and mandate robust security settings. In an age where social media has become the top business platform for many marketing and sales teams, companies have to grapple with the dual definition of “exposure.” To anyone on the go-to-market side of the house, the connotation is undoubtedly positive; social media has been a godsend. More followers yield more engagement, more engagement yields more conversions, more conversions yield more sales and customers. However, “exposure” is also the age-old enemy of security teams, who struggle to keep up with a quickly eroding s
Shifting the national mindset: Sustainable development through ICT

Shifting the national mindset: Sustainable development through ICT

Gizmos, News, Security, Start Ups, What's Hot
It is often said that individuals build families, families make up society and societies build a nation. However, when addressing issues of social transformation, it is evident that the nation, represented by structures, has greater influence on the generality of the people. Policies and ideologies that are driven at national level determine how a society progresses. Zimbabwe as a nation, like any other country, is endowed with magnificent resources: minerals, fertile lands, wildlife, climate, and chief among the resources is human capital. However, tracking global developments, it is evident that development is now technologically driven through automation, digitisation of everything, artificial intelligence, robotics and many other shifts in the global economy. Our great nation ought ...
Thieves steal BMW using Dark Web tech to bypass security system

Thieves steal BMW using Dark Web tech to bypass security system

Breaking News, Gizmos, News, Security
Shocking footage shows how easily thieves made off with a BMW from a driveway, using technology from the dark web. CCTV captures two men arrive with a gadget which can pick up and amplify the signal from the actual key fob. One of them holds it close to the front door and windows, trying to pick up where the key is being stored. It picks up the signal and transmits it to a gadget held by the other thief, which unlocks the car. In less than 60 seconds of the video, the key is activated and the security system of the car is bypassed. This theft is one of four to take place in north London recently, MailOnline reports. Thieves steal £50,000 BMW in under a minute Play Video Loaded: 0% 0:00Progress: 0% PlayMute Current Time 0:00 / Duration Time 0:00 Fullscreen They then drove off with
Facebook is said to seek staff with national security clearance

Facebook is said to seek staff with national security clearance

Jobs, News, Security, Social Media
Facebook Inc is looking to hire people who have national security clearances, a move the company thinks is necessary to prevent foreign powers from manipulating future elections through its social network, according to a person familiar with the matter. Workers with such clearances can access information classified by the US government. Facebook plans to use these people – and their ability to receive government information about potential threats – in the company’s attempt to search more proactively for questionable social media campaigns ahead of elections, according to the person, who asked not to be identified because the information is sensitive. A Facebook spokesman declined to comment. Job candidates with such clearances are often former government and intelligence officials o
Meet the Investor: Duncan Goldie-Scot

Meet the Investor: Duncan Goldie-Scot

News, Start Ups
Duncan Goldie-Scot does not have the profile of a typical investor in African tech startups. Having grown up in Scotland, he moved to London after graduating from university and started a career in journalism and publishing. This eventually led to Goldie-Scot starting the UK’s first home computer magazine back in 1980, and thereafter building up his own tech and fintech publishing group with a range of magazines, newsletters and books. After “retiring” in 2004, he found himself drawn to Africa. “In 2005 a friend persuaded me to invest in a microfinance startup in Tanzania.  I began to learn about microfinance, attended some training sessions and worked on a project in Nigeria,” he told Disrupt Africa. “Coincidentally, I knew the people behind the creation of
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