TECHNOLOGY

Two off grid projects to electrify rural communities in Nigeria

Two off grid projects to electrify rural communities in Nigeria

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, TECHNOLOGY
LAGOS, Nigeria: The first project - headed up by Pan Africa Solar is an 80MW utility scale Photovoltaic Power Plant located in Katsina State, near the town of Kankia. The project focuses on a stable state in the north of the country, where – due to lack of available hydro resources and gas supply – renewables are the only long term sustainable option. The project will integrate panels mounted on tilting structures that track the path of the sun throughout the day, constructed on 210 hectares of land. BBOXX is collaborating with Pan Africa Solar on a second project supplying the distributed energy service that is operating in Kano State, Northern Nigeria, with hopes to expand across the country. To date, 2000 people have been impacted by our work in Kano, and th
Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Blames Russians for Data Breaches

Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Blames Russians for Data Breaches

TECHNOLOGY
  Former Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer apologised on Wednesday for two massive data breaches at the Internet company, blaming Russian agents for at least one of them, at a hearing on the growing number of cyber attacks on major US companies. "As CEO, these thefts occurred during my tenure, and I want to sincerely apologise to each and every one of our users," she told the Senate Commerce Committee, testifying alongside the interim and former CEOs of Equifax Inc and a senior Verizon Communications Inc executive. "Unfortunately, while all our measures helped Yahoo successfully defend against the barrage of attacks by both private and state-sponsored hackers, Russian agents intruded on our systems and stole our users' data." Verizon, the largest U.S. wireless operator, ...
Facebook focuses on connecting Africa at AfricaCom Cape Town 2017

Facebook focuses on connecting Africa at AfricaCom Cape Town 2017

AFRICA, TECHNOLOGY
CAPE TOWN, South Africa As part of Facebook's mission to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together, the Facebook connectivity and platform partnerships team will be on the ground in Cape Town at AfricaCom 2017 from 7-10 November. Taking part in a number of events, these aim at showcasing how the platform is being used by businesses, start-ups and individuals across the continent to drive the digital economy. “We are committed to working with people in Africa connect, helping entrepreneurs and developers grow, and to eliminating barriers to connectivity,” says Emeka Afigbo, Head of Platform Partnerships Middle East and Africa. “AfricaCom 2017 is an opportunity to share what we’re doing to serve the 108 million people on the contin
All you need to know about the Nokia 9

All you need to know about the Nokia 9

TECHNOLOGY
Nokia 9 Not announced yet Android 8.0 64/128GB storage, microSD card slot 6.3% 686,092 hits 172 Become a fan 5.5" 1440x2560 pixels 13MP 2160p 4GB RAM Snapdragon 835   Li-Ion Network Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE Launch Announced Not announced yet Status Rumored Body Dimensions - Weight - SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) - IP68 certified - dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes Display Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors Size 5.5 inches, 83.4 cm2 Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~534 ppi density) Multitouch Yes Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 - Always-on
Robot passes Chinese national medical exam with flying colors

Robot passes Chinese national medical exam with flying colors

TECHNOLOGY
Tsinghua, China: The result of this year’s National Medical Licensing Examination (NMLE), the qualification exam for doctors in China, was released on Monday, with one of the candidates turning heads. But it wasn't just because of the remarkable scores, but also because it was a robot that sat the exam. The robot, which functions as an AI medical assistant, was co-developed by iFlytek, a Chinese tech company famous for voice recognition software, and Tsinghua University. Under the supervision of the National Medical Examination Center, the robot was entered to sit the written exam in August, the results of which were released Monday. The exam room for the AI medical assistant. /Photo via iFlytek With a final score of 456, almost 100 points higher than the minimum pass line of
Kaspersky Lab Launches its Global Transparency Initiative

Kaspersky Lab Launches its Global Transparency Initiative

ASIA, EUROPE, TECHNOLOGY
LAGOS, Nigeria Kaspersky Lab (Kaspersky.co.za) is announcing the launch of its Global Transparency Initiative as part of its ongoing commitment to protecting customers from cyberthreats, regardless of their origin or purpose. With this Initiative, Kaspersky Lab will engage the broader information security community and other stakeholders in validating and verifying the trustworthiness of its products, internal processes, and business operations, as well as introducing additional accountability mechanisms by which the company can further demonstrate that it addresses any security issues promptly and thoroughly. As part of the Initiative, the company intends to provide the source code of its software – including software updates and threat-detection rules updates – for
Uganda’s MPs to receive $4M for age limit consultation

Uganda’s MPs to receive $4M for age limit consultation

TECHNOLOGY, UGANDA
Kampala, Uganda. The Parliament of Uganda has on Tuesday released about $4M to smooth the progress of their consultation on Constitution Amendment Bill to inquire about the lesser and higher age limit for presidential candidates. According to the Uganda Parliament head of communication and public affairs Chris Obore, each Member of Parliament is to receive $8300 (about  UShs29 million) The legislature house comprise of 454 members with the opposition having about 60, independents have 66 seats, while the National Resistance Movement (NRM) has the highest number with 300. The opposition Chief Hon. Ibrahim Semujju said the opposition member are not ready to take the released amount citing it looks like an act of bribery to be funded for a change of constitution. Meanwhile, the
INTERPOL and Kaspersky Lab strengthen partnership with new threat intelligence exchange agreement

INTERPOL and Kaspersky Lab strengthen partnership with new threat intelligence exchange agreement

AFRICA, TECHNOLOGY
LAGOS, Nigeria Kaspersky Lab has reiterated its commitment to global collaboration in the fight against cybercrime by signing a threat intelligence sharing agreement with INTERPOL. The legal framework is designed to facilitate and develop cooperation between Kaspersky Lab and INTERPOL by sharing threat intelligence data on the latest cybercriminal activities, wherever they appear. With cyberthreats often borderless in nature, Kaspersky Lab has been a leading proponent of the importance of industry collaboration. Its experts have regularly cooperated with INTERPOL to share fresh cyberthreat discoveries with police in its member countries. For example, Kaspersky Lab participated  in a groundbreaking INTERPOL-led cybercrime operation that identified nearly 9,000 botn
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