Microsoft Build 2019 starts the day before Google IO – again

Microsoft's annual developer conference and Windows news event, Build, has been officially announced to run from May 6 through May 8 in Seattle, Washington. The company made the announcement well ahead of opening registration and posting its convention agenda, which will happen on February 27 and late February, respectively.

Breakthrough in construction of computers for mimicking human brain

A computer built to mimic the brain's neural networks produces similar results to that of the best brain-simulation supercomputer software currently used for neural-signaling research, finds a new study published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Neuroscience. Tested for accuracy, speed and energy efficiency, this custom-built computer named SpiNNaker, has the potential to overcome the speed and...

Facebook ordered to stop combining WhatsApp and Instagram data without consent in Germany

Germany’s national competition regulator has ordered Facebook to stop combining user data from different sources without voluntary consent. The order applies to data collected by Facebook-owned platforms like WhatsApp and Instagram, but also third-party sources that Facebook uses to flesh out its advertising profiles, including those of non-users. The Bundeskartellamt, or Federal Cartel Office...

UBA Unveils the First Artificial Intelligence Chatbot In Africa

The United Bank for Africa (UBA) on Monday, February 4th, 2019 unveiled the first Artificial Intelligence Chatbot in Africa at the ongoing Social Media Week tagged “Stories: With Great Influence Comes Responsibility” . According to the Online Group Head, Mr Austin Abolusoro in the Social Media Week, A chatbot is an artificial...

Nigerian Startup, I-invest, generates up to 2 Billion Naira in 6 Months

I-invest, a Parthian Partners initiative in Nigeria, has generated approximately 6 billion naira in 6 months from its current active users. The mobile application which currently boasts of 60,000 downloads, with aprroximately 30,000 registered users, allows current and aspiring investors facilitate investments in treasury bills and also foster a healthy savings culture. Oluseye Olusoga,...

Rwanda’s First Telecom Satellite Ready to Launch this Year

Rwanda in collaboration with Japan is on the verge of launching its first telecoms satellite this year. This is expected to take place at the international space station, where the satellite will be launched into orbit, before the ‘Transform Africa’ Summit in Kigali in May 2019. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the...

Facebook will now let you unsend that typo in Messenger

Didn't mean to send that message? Now you can take it back. Starting Tuesday, all Facebook Messenger users will get a "Remove For Everyone" option that lets you unsend messages from individual conversations and group chats. You have 10 minutes to remove a message after it's been sent, and it'll be replaced with...

Lawmakers have questions for Apple about FaceTime eavesdropping bug

Congressional lawmakers sent a letter Tuesday to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking for more information about a FaceTime bug that allowed users to eavesdrop on each other. The letter -- penned by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), chairwoman of the Consumer...

Children’s smartwatch recalled over data fears

The European Commission has ordered the recall of a children's smartwatch because it leaves them open to being contacted and located by attackers. In its recall alert, the Commission said the Enox Safe-Kid-One device posed a "serious" risk. Data sent to and from the watch was unencrypted allowing data to be...

BSNL joins hands with Ciena for 5G trials

NEW DELHI: State-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) Tuesday partnered with the US-based networking solutions company Ciena for the fifth generation (5G) technology-based field trials on latter's next-generation converged packet optical platform. Over the next few weeks, the two companies will closely work together to evaluate front haul, mid haul and backhaul...