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HE PERFECTED A PASSWORD-HACKING TOOL—THEN THE RUSSIANS CAME CALLING

HE PERFECTED A PASSWORD-HACKING TOOL—THEN THE RUSSIANS CAME CALLING

News, Security
FIVE YEARS AGO, Benjamin Delpy walked into his room at the President Hotel in Moscow, and found a man dressed in a dark suit with his hands on Delpy's laptop. Just a few minutes earlier, the then 25-year-old French programmer had made a quick trip to the front desk to complain about the room's internet connection. He had arrived two days ahead of a talk he was scheduled to give at a nearby security conference and found that there was no Wi-Fi, and the ethernet jack wasn't working. Downstairs, one of the hotel's staff insisted he wait while a technician was sent up to fix it. Delpy refused, and went back to wait in the room instead. When he returned, as Delpy tells it, he was shocked to find the stranger standing at the room's desk, a small black rollerboard suitcase by his side, his ...
I was on the self-driving bus that crashed in Vegas. Here’s what really happened

I was on the self-driving bus that crashed in Vegas. Here’s what really happened

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This was going to be a pretty ordinary story about the technology that allows the Las Vegas self-driving shuttle bus to cruise around the old Fremont street district of the city. But then we had a fender-bender just an hour into our ride in the shuttle and things changed. The Internet was blowing up with third-hand accounts of the traffic accident involving the new autonomous bus by the time I got back to the airport, and the more the story has gone viral, the less it resembles what actually happened. GET ON THE BUS The downtown Las Vegas self-driving shuttle isn’t exactly new. They’ve had these buses plying the strip for a while this year, with no incidents. The new shuttle is set to run a 0.6-mile loop course north of the Strip in the old downtown area. It’s a joint project put tog
Tech’s favorite royal — Prince Alwaleed bin Talal — has been arrested in Saudi Arabia

Tech’s favorite royal — Prince Alwaleed bin Talal — has been arrested in Saudi Arabia

Breaking News, News
In a move sure to shock the business world, Saudi Arabia last night announced the arrest of at least eleven princes, including renowned billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, as part of a sweeping corruption investigation. Prince Alwaleed controls the investment firm Kingdom Holding and is one of the world’s richest men, owning or having owned meaningful positions in satellite TV networks, as well as in News Corp. (a stake it has since mostly sold), Citigroup (shares of which it has owned since 1991), and a growing number of tech companies. The prince and Kingdom Holding, of which he owns 95 percent, first invested $300 million in Twitter in 2011, two years before the company went public. In 2015, he invested another $50 million to increase his ownership in Twitter and, as o
Samsung returns to mock iPhone X buyers in latest commercial

Samsung returns to mock iPhone X buyers in latest commercial

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  Samsung loves to mock Apple and its fans that line up outside stores to get the latest iPhone. While the Galaxy S8 maker hasn’t attacked Apple directly for some time, there’s a long history in and out of the courts thanks to a line of commercials. Samsung is returning to its attacks just in time for the iPhone X. A new commercial highlights the Samsung vs. Apple war, and plays heavily on that trope. Samsung starts out by poking fun at iPhones running out of space over the years, thanks to Apple’s constant use of 16GB of storage. In a flashback to 2013 we see the Galaxy Note 3 with its 5.5-inch display, and Apple continuing to use a “small” 4-inch panel for the iPhone 5S. 2016 mocks the waterproof feature on the Galaxy series, while the iPhone sits in a
(PRESS RELEASE) Meet The 10 Most Promising Startups Selected To Pitch At Seedstars Harare 2017

(PRESS RELEASE) Meet The 10 Most Promising Startups Selected To Pitch At Seedstars Harare 2017

Breaking News, News, Start Ups
On October 27th, 10 of Zimbabwe’s most promising seed-stage startups will compete to represent the country at the Regional and Global Seedstars Summits and to win up to USD 1 million in equity investments and other prizes. Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes has brought its pre-selection rounds to an end and selected 10 promising tech startups to pitch at the Seedstars Harare pitching event on October 27th at 2 PM at Impact Hub Harare.The top startups selected to advance to the pitching event are: Commonground is a peer-networking app that connects university students to share projects, ideas, and opportunities. Badala helps online businesses to receive payments using a Direct Mobile
TV Is The Primary Source Of Information In Africa

TV Is The Primary Source Of Information In Africa

Gizmos, News
A recent study by the Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) has revealed that TV is the most popular news medium in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. When asked about how they stay informed about the latest news in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates, more than 75% of nationals reported watching television each day rather than relying on online sources . Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and CEO of APO Group says: “The study confirms what we’ve been observing for some time, not only in MENA region but also in Sub-Saharan Africa. Disparities in literacy, including digital literacy, and education greatly influence news platforms choices. And despite internet penetration and the rise of social media, it’s also important to tak
Download the POTRAZ Second Quarter (Q2) 2017 report

Download the POTRAZ Second Quarter (Q2) 2017 report

News, Telecomms
Some interesting stats on the report, just to highlight a few: In Q2 2017, our Mobile Internet data usage increased by 15.8% from 2,688,410GB  (Q1) to 3,112,416GB. It also seems people are now interested in Voice calls again, excluding calls on Over The Top (OTT) services such as WhatsApp, total voice traffic increased by 6.3% to i.e. from 993,582,256 minutes to 1,055,844,283 minutes in Q2. Active fixed telephone lines increased by 3.7% from Q1 to Q2, though interestingly the fixed telephone revenues declined by 2.2%. The mobile penetration rate increased by 2.5% to reach 97% from 94.5% recorded in the previous quarter because of a 2.6% increase in active mobile subscriptions. Click on the link to download the complete report. Abridged_Sector_Perfomance_re
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
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