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Meanwhile, South Africa’s mobile data-only network operator, Rain, has announced the launch of first 5G commercial network in South Africa in partnership with Huawei. This has made South Africa one of the first countries to launch 5G. 5GRain said it has been able to build the 5G network using Huawei’s end-to-end 5G solutions on its 3.6GHz spectrum.In the first phase of roll out, Rain said it has deployed a number of 5G sites in key areas in Johannesburg.Rain CEO, Willem Roos, said: “The network will provide fibre-like speeds without the installation complexities, time delays and cost of laying fibre in under-serviced areas. We support President Ramaphosa’s investment drive in the country and hope to contribute to readying South Africa for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”Huawei launched full range of 5G end-to-end product solutions, from core network, the bearer network, and base station to terminals in the beginning of 2018. The company already launched 5G phones at MWC19.Apart from deploying new base stations, Huawei’s solutions are said to enable Rain to fully leverage existing LTE network and allocated spectrum for 5G deployment.Top Huawei executive, Wanzhou cites health issues in Canada bail requestPresident of Huawei Cloud Core Network Product Line, Shi Jilin, said: “It is an important step to work with Rain in bringing the first 5G network construction in South Africa.“With our solutions, we are committed to working with operators with our innovative solutions to build future-oriented networks for smooth evolution and migration for the maximum value out of their investment and the best user experience.” @vanguardngr.com
Fix Africa News MagazineInternet users in Nigeria increased marginally to more than 113.8 million in January 2018, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said.The NCC made this known on Friday in its Monthly Internet Subscribers Data for January 2019 posted on its website.The data showed that overall internet users increased to 113,875,204 in January 2019 from the 111,632,516 recorded in December 2018, showing an increase of 2,242,688 new subscribers.According to the data, Airtel and MTN gained more internet subscribers during the month under review, while 9mobile and Globacom were the big losers.The breakdown revealed that MTN gained more with 2,o31, 214 new internet users in January 2019, increasing its subscription to 45,931,171 as against 43,899,957 in December 2018.It further showed that Airtel was second, gaining new users in the month under review, increasing its subscription to 30,460,528 in January 2019 as against 29,757,791 in December 2018.It said that Globacom lost 454,409 internet users, decreasing its subscription in January 2019 to 27,600,539 from 28,054,948 recorded in December 2018.The NCC data further showed that 9Mobile also lost 36,854 internet users in January 2019 with 9,882,966 as against9,919,820 recorded in December 2018. @today.ng
The Apple product surprises keep rolling out this week.For the third day in a row, the iPhone maker quietly launched new gadgets ahead of a press event scheduled for Monday that will likely focus on the launch of its rumored streaming service.The company announced Wednesday its next-generation wireless earbuds, AirPods 2. It features a wireless charging case, improved battery life and hands-free access to its Siri voice assistant.The set will be available in two options: with a wireless charging case for $199 or with the normal standard case for $159 -- the same price as the original AirPods.The wireless charging case is also available for $79 for people with the original version of AirPods.AirPods 2 feature Apple's new H1 chip, which the company says gives better performance, faster connect times and up to 50% more talk time than the original AirPods. Users can also now say "Hey Siri" to activate the voice assistant, rather than tapping one of the ear buds.AirPods 2 can be purchased online starting Wednesday and will hit Apple Stores next week.To read the full article - http://v.duta.us/IUoqKQAA
Google is not making a gaming console.It is, however, launching a streaming service just for video games that will work on any TV with ~~~~Chromecast, computers running a Chrome browser, and Google's Pixel devices. You don't download the games to your devices, just play them over any Wi-Fi connection.The Netflix-like product is called Stadia (that's the proper plural of "stadium") and is expected to launch later this year with big name titles including "Assassins Creed Odyssey" and special YouTube features. Even without a console, it could help Google take on game industry leaders Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo.The company announced its big foray into gaming Tuesday during a presentation at, fittingly, the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.Stadia will stream games in 4K at 60 frames per second in HDR with surround sound over a 25 Mbps internet connection. For now, it only works over Wi-Fi, but Google expects it to work on 5G connections in the future.To read the full story - http://v.duta.us/hhUYVgAA
To tackle the menace of corruption in Nigeria, experts have once again advised on the use of technology.The experts noted that adopting and harnessing this technology would reduce the opportunities for corruption, ensure transparency, accountability, and promote ethical practices. They stressed that irrespective of the organisation, products or services, there is a technology solution that suites your need.The experts, who spoke at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) 13th Western Zonal Conference in Ikorodu, Lagos, however, noted that driving accountability requires political will and corporate governance at this crucial time of the economy of Nigeria. They called for the development of innovative leaders to stir economic growth.Identifying corruption as one of the major issues in Nigeria, Managing Director, Systemspecs, John Obaro, said “We cannot stop people from stealing but, one can trace funds and its use, if the political will is there. Then one can make good examples of the culprit with a view to discourage others”.Obaro, who was represented by the Group Head, Business, Systemspecs, Gbenga Oludaisi, added that leaders in business are meant to enshrine accountability and uphold ethical values with attending laws and regulations of the country“As a people we need to improve our laws and enforcement with the political will that keeps everyone under the law. This is germane to achieving the change and democracy we want,” he added.Obaro advised accountants to embrace digital transformation and continually upgrade their skills that will make them stand out.On the presentation titled: Fostering an impactful leadership through accountability and technology, he said accountants can only remain relevant in the changing financial tech ecosystem if they take deliberate steps to understand trends and its application.“Of all human endeavour, managing financial activities of organisations and government has engaged technology the more. This implies that accountants cannot afford to be redundant to technology advancements, or you risk losing your job to the younger tech savvy generation.“An accountant can be trained on information security, audit and communications, and others as determined by his area of specialisation. I encourage training and retraining realising that technology is integral to the success of any career. You can’t say you have reached your peak as a Chartered Accountant. There is more to know,” he stressed.Registrar/Chief Executive, ICAN, Rotimi Omotosho, urged accountants to put public interest before when acting on the ethics of confidentiality and noncompliance.“To boost our reputation and position the profession for greater roles, accountants should report noncompliance to laws and regulations, especially auditors and other professional accountants in public practise. This will position our Institute as a catalyst for change,” he added.Meanwhile, Head, Department of Accountancy, Babcock University, Prof. Rufus Ishola Akintoye, decried that accountants have suffered insufficient or unavailable data to optimise decision process.Akintoye stressed that asymmetric information (information failure), occurs when one party to an economic transaction possesses greater material knowledge than the other party, and it’s worsened or managed by creativity @ guardian.ng
A recent Chinese study found that eating more allium vegetables may slash the risk of getting colorectal cancer. Allium is the Latin word for garlic.Researchers from the First Hospital of China Medical University in Shenyang, Liaoning Province conducted case-control study from June 2009 to November 2011 in three local hospitals.A total of 833 colorectal cancer patients were enrolled in the study and 833 healthy volunteers in control group.Demographic and dietary information was collected via food frequency questionnaire and face-to-face interviews.A case-control study is a retrospective study that looks back in time to find the relative risk between a specific exposure and an outcome.A control group of people, who do not have the disease is used for comparison.The researchers reported on the Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology that in northeast China, a decreased colorectal cancer risk was observed in both men and women, who have higher allium vegetables intake, which includes garlic, garlic stalks, leek, onion and spring onion.For those with the biggest intake, they were 79 per cent less likely to develop colorectal cancer than those with the least.The greater the amount of allium vegetables, the better the protection, the researchers said.However, the association of garlic intake with cancer risk was not significant among those with distal colon cancer.According to the study, the health benefits can be observed when one eats about 16 kg of allium vegetables every year or 50 grams every day.The researchers pointed out that cooking method can affect the nutritional value of allium vegetables.For instance, crushing fresh garlic is beneficial but boiling onions reduces useful chemicals.Previous studies have found that allium vegetables have nutrients and bioactive compounds that can cut the risk of cancer, particularly cancers of the gastrointestinal tract.@today.ng
Mozilla today debuted a free file-sharing service that works with - but doesn't require - Firefox and touted the service's security and privacy traits."Send uses end-to-end encryption to keep your data secure from the moment you share to the moment your file is opened," wrote Nick Nguyen, Mozilla's vice president of product strategy. "You can [also] choose when your file link expires, the number of downloads, and whether to add an optional password for an extra layer of security." Firefox Send, formerly one of the experiments run under Mozilla's now-defunct Test Pilot program, is not an app but a website that anyone can use free of charge. Firefox Account holders - accounts are used to synchronize saved bookmarks and passwords to browsers on multiple devices - are given an edge in that they can upload files as large as 2.5GB to the service. Non-account holders are limited to 1GB uploads.Users set each file's download limit - from 1 to 100 downloads - and the download link's expiration, which can range from five minutes to seven days. After uploading the file, the user is given a link to share with others; said link can be shared via email, text or collaboration app. Upon expiration, the link won't operate; instead, the recipient's browser displays "This link has expired."That same message appears if the download count has already been reached. Users can also password-protect the download links as an additional level of security.However, the download limits and expiration do not apply to the file that is downloaded, only to the link. Thus the file, once downloaded, can be copied at will; nor does the downloaded file magically delete itself at the end of the expiration period.For its part, Mozilla explained how it handles files uploaded to Send in this privacy document. "By default, files are stored for a maximum of either 24 hours or 7 days," the notice read. "If you choose a download cap, the file can be deleted from our server sooner." Mozilla also said that a beta version of an Android app version of Firefox Send would be available later this week.This story, "Mozilla launches free in-browser (any browser) file-sharing service" was originally published by Computerworld.
Image credit: Jason Dorfman – MIT CSAIL Researchers at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Harvard have found a novel solution to the problem of building a robot that's strong enough to lift an object several times its own weight, but gentle enough not to crush something fragile. The result is a robot 'hand' with a folding structure that collapses around an object to hold it securely (like a Venus flytrap trapping an insect).This flexible design and gentle grip let it grasp a wide range of objects without damaging them, and it's strong enough to keep a firm hold on objects 100 times its own weight.The best robot toys of 2019This month's best robot vacuum cleaner dealsHow Anki builds robots with personalityMany multi-purpose grippers use fingers made from a flexible material like rubber. These can cope with objects of different sizes and shapes, but are unable to hold onto bulky or heavy objects.Other 'hands' use ball-shaped grippers, which deform to hold onto objects, but only work well from certain angles. The new gripper is totally different, with an interior skeleton inspired by by an origami magic ball, a soft rubber or fabric skin, and a connector. A vacuum causes the structure to collapse around the object, holding it securely without crushing it.Get a grip“One of my moonshots is to create a robot that can automatically pack groceries for you,” said MIT professor Daniela Rus, director of MIT CSAIL, and one of the senior authors of a new paper about the project. “Previous approaches to the packing problem could only handle very limited classes of objects – objects that are very light or objects that conform to shapes such as boxes and cylinders, but with the Magic Ball gripper system we’ve shown that we can do pick-and-place tasks for a large variety of items ranging from wine bottles to broccoli, grapes and eggs. In other words, objects that are heavy and objects that are light. Objects that are delicate, or sturdy, or that have regular or free form shapes.” The research team hope that the design could be used for production lines in factories, where it would eliminate the need to invest in highly specialized machines for particular tasks, which become obsolete when designs and production techniques change.
A computer activist who successfully resisted attempts to extradite him to the US over alleged hacking has applied for the return of his confiscated computers, after the National Crime Agency confirmed he is still under investigation.Lauri Love, 34, requested several computers and the data on them be handed back.His equipment was taken when he was first arrested under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 by the NCA at his home in Suffolk in 2013.He has continued to protest his innocence and has not been charged.Love applied at Hendon magistrates court in north London for his possessions to be returned.Love’s move to recover his computers follows a failed attempt last year to extradite him to the US to face prosecution for allegedly breaking into government agencies such as the Federal Reserve, the army, the US Department of Defense, Nasa and the FBI in a spate of online attacks in 2012 and 2013.@tripplesnigeria.com
Apple has replied to claims by Spotify that App store policies gave it an "unfair advantage".Spotify made its comments as it filed an official anti-trust complaint against Apple in Europe saying it "limited" consumer choice.Apple took the unusual step of replying via a public statement clarifying how the App store worked and the fees it charged."Spotify wants all the benefits of a free app without being free," it said.Store rulesIn a blog Daniel Ek, co-founder of the music-streaming service, said it had decided to file its anti-trust complaint because Apple had changed App store policies to "purposely limit choice and stifle innovation".In addition, the fees Apple charged for making purchases via the App store were, in effect, a "tax", said Mr Ek. He added that Spotify would have to raise the price of a premium membership for its streaming service if it paid these fees.However, said Mr Ek, firms that did not pay the fees were subject to "technical" limits that could stop them talking to customers.Mr Ek said it had tried to talk to Apple about these issues but the negotiations had come to nothing.Apple hit back saying the App store let innovation thrive because all developers know that "everyone is playing by the same set of rules".It also said it had not hampered Spotify's ability to update its app unless the music service sought to "sidestep" the rules other apps follow.Spotify's claims about fees also got a rebuttal from Apple. It said that 84% of apps in the store pay nothing to Apple when they were downloaded or used.There were also many situations, such as with free apps or ad-driven apps, that meant developers gave no cash to Apple, it said.The fees Spotify criticised were levied when programs used Apple's own in-app secure purchasing system, it said. Fees halved after 12 months, it added.Apple said Spotify wanted all the benefits bestowed by its presence in the App store without sharing some of the money it made from that exposure."We think that's wrong," it said.Writing on the Verge news site, Sam Byford said Apple had only addressed some of Spotify's criticisms. Questions remained about when fees were levied and on what types of goods, he said."This week's PR blitz from both Spotify and Apple has been unprecedented, and it's unlikely that today's statement will settle the matter," he said.
By Juliet UmehDo you know people still lose vital opportunities because a mail they are expecting entered spam filters?Unfortunately, a lot of people are not fond of checking their spam mails thereby concluding that their mails were not sent.However, there are multiple factors that play important roles in determining whether or not your emails get delivered to the inbox. spam Here are some of the things you must do to enable your emails get past the spam filters…*You must get express permission to emailThe first rule of email marketing is to get express permission.To get express permission, you will need an option form on your site that makes it perfectly clear that your visitors are subscribing to your email list.StarTimes reinstates commitment 50% discount on SubscriptionDo not manually add emails that you got off business cards you collected at a conference. While you may think that they would appreciate your newsletter, sending emails to them violates the CAN-SPAM Act, a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, which gives recipients the right to have you stop emailing them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.* Don’t allow your internet protocol address, IP, to be used for spamEven if you never send spam yourself, your emails could get flagged as spam if your IP address was used by someone else for spam. You should stick to a reputable email service provider.*Make sure your subscribers remember youAnother most common reason that emails never reach the inbox affecting 21 per cent of emails is spam complaints.Every time a subscriber reports an email as spam–even if it isn’t really spam–this complaint gets recorded by the mailbox provider.Once the complaints exceed a certain threshold, all future campaigns skip the inbox and get sent directly to the spam folder.To prevent this from happening, make sure that the branding in your emails is memorable, and matches the branding on your website.This includes any images, colours, typography and voice.If your subscribers don’t immediately remember who you are, you could get spam complaints, so keep that in mind.Also, make sure to include an easily accessible “unsubscribe” link so that they can opt out if they no longer want your emails.*Avoid low mailbox usageStatistics show that 19 per cent of issues affecting emails is low mailbox usage.From records, mailbox providers look at the ratio of active to inactive email accounts on your list.An inactive email account is an account that hasn’t been used in a long time, or is very rarely ever used.If you are mailing to a large number of addresses that appear to be nearing abandonment, that is a red flag to spam filters.To prevent this, “clean” your email list periodically of any subscribers who haven’t engaged with your campaigns in a while.*Don’t allow your subject line to be misleadingAs the CAN-SPAM Act states, it is actually against the law to intentionally mislead someone with your subject line in order to induce them to view the message.In a survey conducted by Litmus and Fluent, over 50 per cent of participants stated that they felt cheated, tricked or deceived into opening a promotional email by that email’s subject line.*Always include an “Unsubscribe” linkNo matter how valuable you think your email campaigns are, you still need to give your subscribers a potential out. If you don’t, you could get spam complaints*Don’t use spam trigger wordsSome spam filters are triggered by certain words in the subject line or the body of the email. Some spam trigger words include: amazing, Congratulations, cancel at any time, dear friend, guarantee, increase.Your email provider may have a built-in tool that checks your emails for spam trigger words before sending it. @vanguard.ng
Mobile phone useThe ease in the deployment of mobile communications as well as the challenges in the building telecommunications infrastructure required for fixed service have forced the country to depend largely on mobile data service.This is coming as the country seats at 134th position on global fixed broadband speed with 10.90 Mbps download.According to Muhammed Rudman, managing director, Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria, “The ship has sailed – We allowed the largest fixed telephone network operator to go under, NITEL would have been the perfect vehicle to deliver fixed broadband.“Most countries strengthen and privatize their national carrier before providing license to other operators that is why today companies such as British Telecoms, France Telecoms and South African telecoms are still in existence. Unfortunately building such companies requires huge investment; hence it would be very difficult to go that route these days, especially with advent of wireless technology.”Meanwhile in a new report released by cable.co.uk this week on the cost of mobile data worldwide has Nigeria occupying 44th position with an average cost of 1GB at $2.22 approximately N800.Explaining the cost determinants, Engr. Olusola Teniola, president, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) said: “The costs typically are made up of IP transit costs (London-to-Lagos) + IP-peering + national terrestrial costs + last mile costs . At USD$2.22 average, it appears that the sample was taken with delivery in Lagos (only) where average 1Gb data / month costs typically NGN800 per sub on the best broadband package.Nigeria was placed fourth in Sub-saharan Africa. The broadband market analyst firm stated that; “Contrary to what one might expect, ten out of the top 50 cheapest countries in the world for mobile data are in Sub-Saharan Africa. This is in stark contrast to the cost of broadband on the continent, which is almost universally very high or non-existent.“Rwanda and Sudan feature in the top ten, with 1GB of data costing just $0.56 and $0.68. Sub-Saharan Africa also lays claim to the most expensive nation in the world for mobile date: Zimbabwe, whose average cost for 1GB of mobile data is an eye-watering $75.20, while its most expensive gigabyte is an even more shocking $138.46.”Oladipo Raji, President/CEO, InfraFocus Technologies, “Mobile data is cheap and limited in terms of what one can do with it; fixed data supports a lot of applications such as Pay TV among others. The only way forward is to segment the market and focus on infrastructure build out that will take services to rural areas,” @ guardian.ng
A group of Japanese scientists have discovered a new form of self-healing material.The substance, which is based on ethylene, demonstrates several useful properties such as ‘shape memory’, as well as the ability to self-repair.The material is constructed from ethylene (the source of many types of plastics) and it represents a growing interest in self-healing materials.Such materials have a number of advantages, ranging from equipment that needs to be situated in extreme environments to the casing used to protect mobile devices.Many self-healing materials are limited by the costs of manufacture, requiring complex chemistry (such as irreversible or reversible covalent-bond formation, hydrogen bonding, metal-ligand interactions, and ionic interactions) to develop them which limits their commercial potential.Many of these materials also require an external stimulus, such as a given level of heat or a change in pressure, to activate the self-healing process.Such materials also tend to only work under one set of environmental conditions.The new materials, termed functionalized polyolefins, is much simpler to develop, and it does not require external factors to trigger the self-healing mechanism.Moreover, the material can function autonomously, in terms of self-healing under various conditions. tripplesnegeria.ng
The announcement was made as part of Chancellor Philip Hammond's Spring Statement.It will replace the current supercomputer, the £43m Archer system which was first unveiled in 2013 and is capable of more than one million billion calculations a second.The new model, Archer2, will be five times quicker than the UK's current capabilities.Supercomputer Archer unveiled at Edinburgh UniversityWhile much of technology gets increasingly smaller with time, the current Archer has its own room at the Advanced Computing Facility at Easter Bush. It has been housed in the Edinburgh University facility for over a decade.The room is also filled with noise as thousands of servers process complex problems amid a drone of cooling fans.At one point it was in the top 20 most powerful computers in the world. However the new Archer2 will elevate the UK's position within that table ensuring the UK is once again at the cutting edge of supercomputing capability.Supercomputers are capable of analysing huge amounts of data and can deal with multiple requests at a time.They are commonly used to model weather patterns, to calculate airflow around aircraft and to design cars.Experts also believe they will be key to breakthroughs in medical treatments for conditions including HIV and arthritis.'New science'Paul Clark is the director of high performance computing systems at EPCC, the university's supercomputing centre.He said: "Most other industrial nations invest heavily in their supercomputer infrastructure."Supercomputers are used across many sectors, they generate jobs, they generate innovation and new science."Making sure the UK is at the forefront of that is critical."China dominates top supercomputers listUS debuts world's fastest supercomputerThe supercomputer of the future?The university will work with United Kingdom Research and Innovation to install Archer2 over the next year.Archer2 is part of a £200m investment by HM Treasury in research and technology.Philip Hammond said that remaining at the forefront of the technology revolution was a key pillar of the government's strategy as he announced funding for the project.He joked that perhaps with the right algorithms Archer2 might even be able to come up with a solution to the backstop.Other projects to benefit include £81m for medical laser research in Oxfordshire and £45m to further genetic research in Cambridge.
Several of Facebook’s products are suffering partial outages, affecting users globally. Facebook’s main product, its Messenger service, image-sharing site Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp have all been disrupted.The cause of the interruption is not yet known, or is yet to be made public."We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps,” the company said in a statement."We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”The company said the outages were not a result of a Distributed Denial of Service attack, known as DDoS - a type of cyber-attack that involves flooding a target service with extremely high volumes of traffic.While Facebook’s main service appeared to load, users reported not being able to post.Those on Instagram were not able to refresh feeds or post new material. Facebook Messenger’s desktop version did not load - but the mobile app appeared to allow the sending of some messages, but users reported glitches with other kinds of content, such as images. WhatsApp, Facebook's other messaging app, had similar problems.A third-party outage map suggested the problem was global - DownDetector monitors posts on other social networks for users mentioning a loss of service elsewhere.Estimates suggest the issue began around 1600 GMT.Business disruptionThe issue also affected Facebook Workplace, the companies service for businesses to communicate internally.Buenos Aires-based designer Rebecca Brooker told the BBC the interruption was having a significant impact on their work."Facebook for personal use is fine - but what happens when we rely on large companies such as this to provide business services?" she said."I'm trying to communicate with my team in New York. Facebook Workplace is our only channel for [communication] with the exception of email."The outage is occurring against a political backdrop of legislators in the US and beyond considering whether large technology firms - not just Facebook - should be broken up.Elizabeth Warren, who is hoping to be the Democratic candidate in the next US presidential election, told the New York Times: "We need to stop this generation of big tech companies from throwing around their political power to shape the rules in their favour and throwing around their economic power to snuff out or buy up every potential competitor."On Wednesday's issue, Ms Brooker added on Twitter: "Look at what happens when we let one company control everything."I figured this could happen eventually but it's extremely crippling to be part of this monopoly."What's the reaction been?While Facebook and Instagram have been down, many have turned to Twitter to make jokes about the outage.The hashtags #FacebookDown and #InstagramDown have been used more than 150,000 times so far.Some Twitter users who work in "Facebook-centric" jobs, expressed their panic and distress at being unable to use the platform.
Some of the coolest ways to enjoy more features using WhatsApp are through third-party apps made available. The WhatsApp third-party apps we are talking about here are the apps you’re already familiar with for example GB WhatsApp and Yo WhatsApp, these two apps have gained more popularity alongside the initial WhatsApp all because of some tricks and features available on the third-party apps.Before now the usage of the third-party apps such as GB and Yo WhatsApp are at the detriments of the users, even though the users tend to overlook that simply because of some tricks and features they have access to on the third party apps unlike the initial WhatsApp such as the ability to disable the blue tick/secondary tick or read receipt feature that makes you go anonymous while viewing people’s status or the ability to download statuses without the need of a third-party app even though the app you’re using is also a third-party app.However, WhatsApp has issued a warning against the continued use of these third-party apps, citing security concerns as the primary reason. The Facebook-owned app has mentioned that they would ban accounts of users who have been using these third-party platforms.Even though this is a temporary ban, Whatsapp didn’t specify how long the ban is going to last. However, reports claim that users would be advised to switch back to the supported Whatsapp version to lift the ban.So if you are found guilty of using any of the third-party apps, it would be advised you do the needful before your account gets banned.Source: KOREVIBES
Teleology has announced the constitution of a new Board of Directors for Nigeria’s telecommunication company, 9mobile, following the successful completion of the tenure of the former Board appointed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and in fulfillment of the consequential transfer of final ownership to the new investors, Teleology Nigeria Limited."We thank all out-going members of the Board for helping to shepherd 9mobile through the critical transition phase it has passed through since July 2017 and wish them the very best in their future assignments."For us, the composition of the new Board of Directors is another significant milestone, and this follows the issuance of final approval of no objection by the Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to the effect that the technical and financial bids Teleology submitted for 9mobile met and satisfied all the regulatory requirements."This is indeed the dawn of a new era in the evolution of the 9mobile brand in the Nigerian market."The new Board of Directors are: 1.Nasiru Ado Bayero (Chairman)2. Asega Aliga (Non Executive Director)3. Adrian Wood (Non Executive Director)4. Mohammed Edewor (Non Executive Director)5. Winston Ndubueze Udeh (Non Executive Director)6. Abdulrahman Ado (Executive Director)7. Stephane Beuvelet (Acting Managing Director)The new Chairman of the Board, Alhaji Nasiru Ado Bayero welcomes the appointment stating, “as we begin this new epochal phase, we wish to thank all the employees who built this viable business."Our debt of gratitude also goes to our subscribers even as we assure them to get ready for real best-in-class additional value for their relationship with the 9mobile brand. Without you, there could not have been a 9mobile business for us to invest in today."We will justify your confidence in our brand by making significant investments that will improve the value you get for using 9mobile. @tori.ng
The World Wide Web [The Economic Times]The World Wide Web (www) is celebrating its 30 years of existence that has enabled people connect on the internet.The founder and web inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, on Tuesday took to the web’s foundation to celebrate the anniversary.Berners-Lee, a Computer Engineer from Switzerland, in 1989 proposed a way for computers to easily share information and since then people have been sending more emails than mails.“Today, 30 years on from my original proposal for an information management system, half the world is online,” he said.“It’s a moment to celebrate how far we’ve come but also an opportunity to reflect on how far we have yet to go.“The web has become a public square, library, doctor’s office, shop, school, design studio, an office, cinema, bank and so much more.“With every new feature, new website, the divide between those who are online and those who are not increases and making it more imperative to make the web available for everyone,” he said.Berners-Lee, however, said that the web had also created the opportunity for scammers, facilitated the spread of hatred and aided all kinds of crime.He said the level of crime perpetuated via the web could increase over the years, adding that there are sources of dysfunction affecting today’s web.“Deliberate, malicious intent, system design that creates perverse incentives and unintended negative consequences had contributed in creating a dysfunction on the web.“As the web reshaped our world, we have the responsibility to make sure it is recognised as a human right and built for the public good,” he said.He assured that the web foundation was working with governments, companies and citizens to make the web safer.According to him, the fight for the web is one of the most important causes of the present generation.“Today, half of the world is online. It is more urgent than ever to ensure the other half are not left behind offline.“Everyone should contribute to a web that drives equality, opportunity and creativity.“The web is for everyone and collectively we hold the power to change it. If we dream a little and work a lot, we can get the web we want,” he added.(NAN)
MTN Nigeria has launched a new pocket-friendly data plan of N200 for 1GB. The new data plan is called MTN Instabinge and it is available exclusively to MTN pulse users.The MTN Instabinge comes in two data bundle packages: N250MB for N100 and N200 for 1GB which all valid for 24hours. The data bundle only works for surfing Instagram website or mobile apps across all platform devices. According to MTN, for as low as N200, you can get your followers to know more about your business. Upload videos & pictures, reply to messages, watch business-related content and do more with the MTNInstabinge offer on MTNPulse. Dial *406# to get 1GB for N200 valid for 24hrs.How To Activate MTN Pulse Instabinge Data Plan🔄 Kindly migrate to MTN Pulse tariff plan by dialing *406#🔄 Recharge your line with at least N200 then Dial *406*5#🔄 Then reply with 1 for Instagram 250MB @ N100 or reply with 2 for Instagram 1GB @ N200.🔄 You can also activate via SMS activation by sending INSTD2 to 131 1GB @ N200. The validity period is 1 day while 250MB @ N100, send INSTD1 to 131 to activate. Also valid for 1 day.How To Check MTN Pulse Instabinge BalanceAfter activation, you can easily check your MTN InstaBinge bundle balance by dialing *559*39#, and it will automatically display on your screen.There is another method to check your MTN InstaBinge bundle balance:🔄 Dial *406*5#🔄 Reply with 3 (Check balance)🔄 Your MTN InstaBingle bundle balance will be shown to you🔄 That is all!How To Cancel MTN Instabinge Auto Renewal🔄Send NOINSTD2 to 131 to cancel 1GB @ N200 autorenewal.🔄 Send NOINSTD1 to 131 to cancel 250MB @ N100 autorenewal.Source: Korevibes
Google at an event in 2018 launched a program called Google Station in Nigeria; which is a program to provide high quality and speed Free Wi-Fi hotspots in Nigeria.Google made it known that the Google Station will be made available in 200 locations in five cities across Nigeria by the end of 2019, thereby bringing Wi-Fi to millions of Nigerians at sites including markets, transport hubs, shopping malls, universities, and more.However, the Nigerian Communication Commission NCC seems not to be pleased with the development as the organization has reported Google to the Federal government of evading the regulatory oversight in the expansion of Google Station across the country. It was also reported that there are other several irregularities in the structure under which Google presently runs its free public Wi-Fi for which the Commission “NCC” requested it to provide information that will clarify certain issues that have cropped up in the course of trying to streamline its usage of Short Message Service (SMS) for user authentication.The commission also claims that Google doesn’t own an Internet Service Provider (ISP) license in the country.Well, I believe with all this hullabaloo it is clear that we all know where NCC is driving at but will this help the growth of the country and also will it encourage other future investors. Let’s know your view concerning that in the comment section.Via
Tourists will soon be able to sightsee from space, in style, with the announcement of ‘Aurora Station’, the first-ever luxury hotel in space!. For US$9.5 million per person, hotel guests will travel into space for an unforgettable 12-day experience.If it wasn’t enough being among the stars, guests will be able to see an average of 16 sunsets and sunrises each day, and take part in research experiments such as growing food in orbit.Frank Bunger, CEO and founder of developer Orion Span says he built the company to “build and sustain human communities in space”, with the goal to make space “accessible to all”.Guests will need to take part in a 3-month training course.The hotel will open in 2021, with guests to follow in 2022. If you’re keen, you can put down an $80,000 deposit to reserve your place on board.
Sokoto: We Accepts INEC Verdict In Good Faith, APC Guber CandidateSokoto State Gubernatorial Candidate of the All Progressives Congress ( APC ), Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto, says himself and the party, have accepted the declaration of the Gubernatorial elections in the state as inconclusive, in good faith.Speaking with newsmen at the Gawon Nama, Sokoto , residence of the Chairman , Northern Senators Forum and Coordinator, North West, Presidential Campaign Council, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, the APC Gubernatorial Candidate said,” the party, its leaders and supporters are law-abiding citizens, as such, we have accepted the decision by INEC, in good faith .” The action of the Chief Returning Officer, who declared the election as inconclusive was in line with the nation’s constitution, as well as the Electoral Act, 2010, as amended.” The declaration of the elections as inconclusive came at a time when the party was leading and we have won more than the two-thirds majority of the votes, as required by the law.” Apt and accurate figures in our possession have shown that I was already coasting to victory, yet, we directed our peaceful and lawful supporters to halt their celebrations. ” We have since directed them to embark on an immediate, massive mobilization of our supporters and the patriotic electorate, in readiness for the forthcoming rerun elections in one hundred and thirty-six polling units, spread across twenty-two local governments at a later date to be fixed by INEC,” Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto, added.He decried the flagrant violation of the electoral laws by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which he alleged that during the polls, like open votes buying, use of fake security agents, intimidation and incessant harassment of voters, among others.Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto however lauded the electorate and the supporters of the party for coming out en masse, on March 9, 2019, and massively voted for APC Gubernatorial and State Assembly candidates.The APC Gubernatorial Candidate appealed to them to replicate the invaluable gestures during the planned rerun polls in the state, and expressed optimism, ” there is no cause for alarm, victory is ours, in Sha Allahu. “” We have since directed them to embark on an immediate, massive mobilization of our supporters and the patriotic electorate, in readiness for the forthcoming rerun elections in one hundred and thirty-six polling units, spread across twenty-two local governments at a later date to be fixed by INEC,” Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto, added.He decried the flagrant violation of the electoral laws by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which he alleged that during the polls, like open votes buying, use of fake security agents, intimidation and incessant harassment of voters, among others.Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto however lauded the electorate and the supporters of the party for coming out en masse, on March 9, 2019, and massively voted for APC Gubernatorial and State Assembly candidates.The APC Gubernatorial Candidate appealed to them to replicate the invaluable gestures during the planned rerun polls in the state, and expressed optimism, ” there is no cause for alarm, victory is ours, in Sha Allahu. “
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- First, a confession: I'm getting bored with Mark Zuckerberg's manifestos.As the public spotlight on Facebook Inc. has illuminated the company's many ugly corners, Zuckerberg has put pen to paper multiple times to declare mission statements for his company. On Wednesday, the CEO declared that the future of Facebook is … well, it's more like Snapchat. He said Facebook would emphasize communications among smaller groups, temporary posts and technology that keeps outsiders and Facebook itself from peering into what people are sending through its social network and company-owned Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger apps RELATEDFacebook users will able to send messages between messenger's, Instagram and WhatsApp, Zuckerberg announcesZuckerberg has been talking for some time about what he says are people's growing preferences for more intimate online interactions rather than the public, permanent broadcasts that made Facebook one of the most widely used digital tools in history. His 3,200 words on Wednesday were more urgent and thoughtful than what he's said before, and Facebook made sure that his post sparked conversation about the company's new, privacy-focused direction.The trouble is, I'm not sure whether Facebook is truly changing its stripes. I give Zuckerberg credit for recognizing – although maybe two to five years too late – that there are downsides to a medium that's intended to connect the world, and by nature tends to spread the most provocative and outlandish voices far and wide. But let's press pause on reading too much into Zuckerberg's mission statement until we see how Facebook changes, if at all. A call to arms from the CEO can spark real change, or it might just be words.It's not clear how Zuckerberg's statement will change how the company functions, or whether the company will end up collecting more or less personal data that fuels its advertising system. There are also potential downsides to making Facebook less public, including limiting the company’s responsibility to police its digital hangouts for hate speech, attempted social manipulation or other abuses.The context is key here. Facebook right now is working on a complex project that aims to combine the technology foundations of Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger. One goal of this project, as Zuckerberg wrote in his post, is to permit someone using Instagram, for example, to send a digital message to someone using WhatsApp.If I strain my mind, I can imagine some circumstances where this would be useful. What Zuckerberg didn't mention is what this long-term "interoperability" project will do for what I think is the original sin behind every Facebook scandal: its hoarding of data on just about every internet user.If the company shifts to a common foundation for its apps, in theory that could give Facebook an even larger and cleaner database of people's online and real-world behavior with which to target advertising. It's also possible that Facebook's move to combine its internet hangouts, and make them encrypted so the information moving among them is scrambled, may limit the data Facebook collects. Zuckerberg doesn't really address either possibility.I can't help thinking that Zuckerberg's high-minded talk about more private and scrambled communications through Facebook and its other apps is simply putting a shiny gloss on what is otherwise a power play by Facebook to consolidate power and data about internet users by merging its multiple services.Scrambling communications, or encryption, also means it will be difficult or impossible for Facebook to comply with the growing, admittedly thorny, demands on the company to screen and remove posts advocating violence, illegal activity, hoaxes and other scum that collects in its pipelines. Facebook can throw up his hands and say that encryption prevents it from tracking those Russian-backed networks trying to manipulate an election. It also means people can use Facebook to organize against a coercive government with less fear of being discovered. Removing Facebook or outside prying eyes from peering into the digital traffic is a trade-off, and Zuckerberg does acknowledge this.Zuckerberg’s post talks about making Facebook and its internet hangouts more of an intimate digital “living room” rather than a raucous public town square. It’s a lovely metaphor. But I’m less curious about whether and how Facebook will shift the behavior of people online, and more about the remodeling the company does to itself to limit its privileged position in 2 billion virtual homes worldwide.To contact the author of this story: Shira Ovide at email@example.comTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Beth Williams at firstname.lastname@example.orgThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Shira Ovide is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering technology. She previously was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
According to research by the University of York, eyebrows have been crucial to human evolution because it’s how our ancestors first learnt to communicate and work together.In arriving at their findings, researchers discounted two other common theories for our ancestors’ protruding brow (being that it protected their skull while chewing on tough meals and filled the gap between their eye sockets and brain due to their much larger faces).The team carried out out their study by creating a 3D model of the fossilised skull of Kabwe-1, which lived between 200,000 and 700,000 years ago, which is currently housed at the Smithsonian.As a result, it’s believed that our ancestors lost their distinctive brow bridges so that they could convey more nuanced messages, such as anger, frustration and recognition.The study was published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution
Taxify Rebrands Itself, Changes Name To "Bolt"TechnologyEyeFollowPopular on-demand transportation platform Taxify is changing its name to Bolt and introducing a new logo.The update brings the brand identity in line with the company’s broader vision of transportation that has already expanded from ride-hailing, with cars and motorbikes, to scooter sharing.Speaking on why the company chose to make the change, Markus Villig, CEO and co-founder, Bolt said, “Taxify launched five years ago with a mission to make urban transportation more convenient and affordable. Our first product was a taxi dispatch solution that gave the company its original name.”With 25 million customers in over 30 countries globally, the company said it is currently working on expanding the scooter sharing service across a number of European cities.Uche Okafor, Regional General Manager (West Africa) at Bolt told reporters on Thursday that the global rebrand embodies its mission to build the best way to more in cities. “Bolt is a name that fits this ambition. Specific to Africa (Nigeria), we have plans to launch new cities across Africa and in Nigeria during the course of 2019 and are also looking to expand our product line.”He declined to disclose further details about the expansion and new product line“While we’ve made progress on our mission, we’ve also started to outgrow parts of our brand, including the name. Given our ambition to solve transportation problems on an increasingly broader scale, we want the brand to reflect the company’s future rather than the past. Our new identity also underscores our belief that the future of transportation will be electric”,By EJREPORT
On the banks of the Mahoning River in Northeast Ohio, not far from where the first steel mill in the area once operated, sits a warehouse where the future of manufacturing is slowly taking shape.A massive 3D printer fills the space: A 12-foot by 25-foot steel plate on the floor is surrounded by 8-foot steel walls, and on top, a beam holds what looks like a giant ballpoint pen. Proprietor Michael Garvey has been test-running the machine on large hunks of black plastic, which could eventually take the shape of anything from a boat hull to an airplane wing. RELATEDTechnology can level playing field for women, says panel It's a far cry from the noisy, belching metal industries that once employed tens of thousands of people here — but local leaders are trying to make 3D printing technology as important to their economy as the Bessemer steel process was decades ago.Although 3D printing is currently just a side project for Garvey, he plans to scale the business rapidly. He's already staked out a facility where he can put several more of these gigantic, room-sized printers, fed by melted-down plastic pellets, which he figures he can bring in by railcar loads.Unlike Silicon Valley, which has scant experience with heavy manufacturing, this faded industrial hub has all the know-how necessary to reinvent how America makes things in the future."With our history in Youngstown, we've got to learn how to adapt," Garvey said. "We have the skill sets that we developed in a legacy industry, and we're transitioning those skill sets to more of a 21st century digital environment."History is one thing, but it's also Youngstown, Ohio's present, with the closure this week of the Mahoning Valley's last major manufacturer: General Motors' Lordstown Chevy Cruze assembly plant, which employed 4,500 people as recently as 2017, plus thousands of others at local suppliers that will also shut down as a result.In recent years, the federal government has poured money into a lively collaboration between academics and industry focused on preserving US manufacturing for the next generation. And plenty of existing companies are adopting other new technologies to get leaner and more productive. But even if they succeed, the thousands of solid, middle-class jobs that local residents could get from GM with just a high school diploma probably aren't coming back.Rather, the new manufacturing industry will require a smaller number of highly-educated engineers, programmers and machine operators — the types of skills that today are in short supply not just in the US, but around the world.Garvey came back to Youngstown from a trading floor job on Wall Street in the 1980s to rescue his father's bronze foundry, which had suffered along with the steel mills that used to line the river. He started a company that allowed those plants to run more efficiently by measuring imprecisions in the operation of their machinery, thereby reducing downtime.The giant printer project will ultimately run using robots that talk to each other with little human involvement, known in manufacturing jargon as "Industry 4.0." It's part of a progression that started with water and steam power, advanced with electricity, leapt forward with computer chips, and now involves devices communicating with each other and learning on their own through artificial intelligence.It may employ fewer people per widget produced, but the way Garvey sees it, the area has no other option."We are a community at risk," he said. "And if we don't get involved in Industry 4.0 in a substantial way, we're pretty much sealing our fate. "The Silicon Valley of 3D printing The Mahoning Valley's transformation began in earnest in 2012, as the number of manufacturing workers in the area started rising from an all-time low, when the Obama administration put one of its five National Manufacturing Institutes in Youngstown.This one was focused on a process called "additive" manufacturing — i.e., 3D printing. The local business incubator, which had been trying to nurture information technology startups, pivoted to focus on advanced manufacturing. So did Youngstown State University, which lured some of the best faculty in the field with more than $10 million worth of equipment.That model, bringing in federal funding and academic brainpower, is one that's worked well before in developing innovation clusters and enriching communities down the line. Silicon Valley, for example, couldn't have happened without the US Department of Defense buying the microchips that Bay Area companies started to produce, or if Stanford University hadn't fostered entrepreneurs who then patented technologies and spun out their own companies.3D printing has been around for a decade now, and it's still often seen as a novelty way to pump out plastic trinkets and models. People working with the technology in Youngstown, however, saw the machines as a way to extend and enhance the region's existing industrial base, strengthening the mom-and-pop machine shops that still dot the city like corner pubs.Take the production of all the devices needed to make things out of metal, like gauges, clamps and drill bits. Traditionally, tools and other parts are cast with molds made out of sand, producing rough steel forms that have to be further sanded down. They take several steps and sometimes weeks to make, can break easily and aren't able to handle delicate details.That's why some startups at the Youngstown Business Incubator specialize in 3D printing the molds for those tools — which can take a tenth of the time — and are working with big manufacturers to incorporate the process into their production lines.In 2014, a Youngstown State graduate named Zac DiVencenzo started a company called Juggerbot 3D at the incubator. He works with plastics companies like DSM Additive to align his products as closely as possible to what equipment manufacturers are looking for: A quick way to experiment with and produce parts, from gearboxes to pump houses. Youngstown is an ideal location, he said, as it's less than a few hours drive from plenty of big assembly plants. "My partners might not be as close," DiVencenzo said, "but my customers are."On top of making precision parts and molds for heavy manufacturing, Juggerbot sells its own proprietary 3D printer, and is experimenting with medical devices and surgical implants, like a prosthetic knee socket or a perfectly-fitted shoe insert, that can be printed to order.Other activities at the incubator include producing spare parts for the US Air Force's older airplanes that it can't get anywhere else, and soon, 3D printing eyeglasses to fit peoples' features based on a facial scan.The point to all these endeavors is to create a flexible manufacturing base that can adapt to customers' needs quickly, rather than the rigid assembly line at the now-shuttered GM plant in Lordstown. That plant is configured to only be able to manufacture one model of car, and shifting to something different would require millions of dollars of investment, plus months of idle time.Incorporating additive manufacturing is also a way for smaller Youngstown companies to remain resilient and make products at a lower cost, so that when downturns come or a large client moves away, they can pivot to other markets. Factories like a large aluminum can manufacturer have gotten in touch with Youngstown State to see if there are ways they can incorporate 3D printing into their operations."They know their world is going to change too," said Jim Tressel, president of Youngstown State. "Don't know how. But they know, like Thomas Edison said, 'there's a better way, find it.'"If Youngstown can turn itself into a 3D-printing manufacturing base, it will still be smaller scale and more distributed, rather than relying on enormous tent-pole companies of years past. It won't be as visible to the outside world — but it will be less vulnerable to the whims of any one
U.S. Stock Market Suffers CrashBizWatchNigeria | March 07, 2019The Dow and broader U.S. stock market plunged anew on Thursday after the European Central Bank (ECB) launched fresh stimulus measures to combat a slowing regional economy. The shocking announcement brought recession fears back to the fore as investors continue to navigate a synchronized slowdown in global growth.DOW PLUNGES; S&P 500, NASDAQ FOLLOWAll of Wall Street’s major indexes declined sharply through the mid-morning, reflecting a volatile pre-market session for U.S. stock futures . The Dow Jones Industrial Average was bracing for its fourth consecutive drop. As of 12:59 pm ET, the Dow was down 136.4 points or 0.53% to 25,537.06. The index was down more than 300 points earlier.By RazzREAD SOURCEREPORT
Kuo now expects Samsung to flog between 40 and 45 million unit this yearSAMSUNG HAS OFFICIALLY shown off its Galaxy S10 lineup, which includes the Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10e.The top of the line Galaxy S10 and S10+ offer a significant upgrade over their predecessors, with in-display fingerprint sensors, rear-mounted triple camera setups and reverse wireless charging support. The Galaxy S10e, on the other hand, marks the first time Samsung has added an "affordable" model to its flagship Samsung Galaxy S lineup, as it follows in the footsteps of Apple's iPhone XR.Samsung also unveiled the Galaxy S10 5G during its 20 February Unpacked event, but this won't be available until June. We've rounded up everything we know about Samsung's 10th-anniversary smartphone lineup below.Release dateThe Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10e can be pre-ordered now, with shipping scheduled to begin on 7 March. Samsung's souped-up Galaxy S10+ "ultimate power edition", which packs 12GB RAM and 1TB storage, will begin shipping later in the month. PriceOver at the Samsung website, the Galaxy S10 is available 128GB or 512GB storage for £799 and £999, while the S10+ is priced at £899, £1,099 and £1,399 for its 128GB, 512GB and 1TB variants. The "affordable" Galaxy S10e, which offers 128GB storage, is available from £699 SIM-free. EE is offering Galaxy S10 and S10+ will be available from £49 and £49 per month, respectively, while the "budget" S10e will set you back £44 per month on an EE plan. Over on the O2 website, the Galaxy S10 can be picked up form £46.20 per month, the S10+ from £48.70 per month and the S10e from £42.59 per month. Sky Mobile has been quick to start taking pre-orders for all three of Samsung's new phones; the Galaxy S10 can be picked up from £33 per month, the S10+ from £36 a month and the S10e from £27. Tesco Mobile, which will start taking pre-orders on 5 March, has announced that it'll offer the Galaxy S10e, S10 and S10e from £32.75, £39.99 and £42.49 per month, respectively; all of these are 36-month contracts that come with 5GB monthly data. Three is offering the Samsung Galaxy S10 from £29 on a £41 tariff, the S10+ from £45 per month and the S10e from £37 per month with the same £29 upfront fee. Vodafone is flogging all three S10 models; the Galaxy S10 from £54 per month and £49 upfront, the S10+ from £58 per month with the same one-off fee, and the S10e from, er, £99 on a £46 per month tariff. Virgin Mobile, which promptly began taking orders, is flogging the Galaxy S10 from £34 per month, the S10+ from £37 per month and the S10e from a modest £29 per month. Latest news7/3/19: Samsung will flog between 40 and 45 million Galaxy S10s in 2019, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting, up from earlier estimates of between 30 million and 35 million. In a research note, Kuo says that pre-release demand for the Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10e has been "much better than expected", and his souped-up up estimates suggest Samsung's latest flagships have seen a 30 to 40 per cent increase in shipments as compared to last year's Galaxy S9 series. This, according to Kuo, is thanks to Samsung's generous trade-in programmes, strong demand in China spec differentiation from iPhone models. Specifically, Kuo says buyers are being wooed by the S10's in-screen fingerprint scanner, triple-camera setup and bilateral wireless charging support - none of which can be found on Apple's iPhone XS.6/3/19: JerryRigEverything, fresh from shaming the Galaxy S10's fingerprint scanner, has pulled Samsung's flagship apart on video (below).While the handset's the glass back was pried off without any borkage, things under the hood aren't so straightforward. The teardown reveals that, for the first time, Samsung has decided to permanently solder the USB-C port to the motherboard - which means what was a cheap repair will now require a replacement motherboard.The handset's ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is another repairability nightmare; JerryRigEverything reveals that it's inaccessible without removing the screen, a process that will almost always result in breakage. 5/3/19: Some buyers of the Galaxy S10 have started to receive their devices early, according to a mega-thread on Reddit. While the S10, S10+ and S10e were pegged to officially start shipping on 8 March, some - mainly those based in the US - are reporting that their device is already on its way and is scheduled to arrive before the official release date.4/3/19: The Galaxy S10 hasn't made its way onto shelves yet, but it has made it into the hands of Zack Nelson of JerryRigEverything who has put the smartphone through a series of endurance tests.While as with previous Galaxy flagships, the S10 showed no sign of kinking or creaking during Nelson's attempts to bend the phone in half, nor did its screen succumb to a lighter's flame, the in-screen ultrasonic fingerprint scanner didn't fare so well. While the screen-embedded sensor continued to function after heavy scratching, the tests show that any cracks in the Galaxy S10's screen will cause the scanner to go to Borksville.18/2/19: We're just days away from the official launch of the Galaxy S10+, but thanks to tipster Evan Blass, we know how much it's likely to cost. Blass shared Chinese pricing details for Samsung's super-sized model over the weekend, revealing that the top-end model with 1TB storage and 12GB RAM will retail for ¥10,000 (around £1,150). It'll also be available in with 8GB RAM and 512GB storage, which will set you back of storage for ¥9,000 (around £1,030). View image on TwitterEvan Blass✔@evleaksThat's about $1,500.1,9352:30 PM - Feb 17, 2019524 people are talking about this
A team of researchers from Australia have found improvements in psychological well-being after increases in fruit and vegetable consumption.The researchers, Cable News Network reported, conducted a study using more than 40,000 participants from the United Kingdom Household Longitudinal Study.“Our analysis showed that increases in the consumption of fruit and vegetables are linked to increases in self-reported mental well-being and life satisfaction in data that spans a five-year period, even after accounting for other determinants of mental well-being such as physical health, income, and consumption of other foods.“The benefits of physical activity for mental health are well established. The estimates from our work suggest that adding one portion to your diet per day could be as beneficial to mental well-being as going for a walk on an extra seven to eight days a month. One portion is equal to one cup of raw vegetables, half a cup of cooked vegetables or chopped fruit, or one piece of whole fruit. This result is encouraging as it means that one possible way to improve your mental health could be something as simple as eating an extra piece of fruit every day or having a salad with a meal,” the researchers wrote.The authors of the study stressed that their findings alone could not reveal a causal link from fruit and vegetable consumption to increased psychological well-being, but they advised people to include vegetables in their daily diet.“People who eat more fruits and vegetables might just have less room in their diet for unhealthy foods. Although we accounted for bread and dairy in our study, ideally, future research should track all other foods consumed to rule out alternative explanations.“But when taken in combination with other studies in this area, the evidence is encouraging. For example, a randomised trial conducted in New Zealand found that various measures of mental well-being, such as motivation and vitality, improved in a treatment group where young adults were asked to eat two extra portions of fruit and vegetables a day for two weeks, although no changes were found for depressive symptoms, anxiety or mood,” they added.The co-author of the study, Dr Peter Howley, said there was a need for large trials to provide robust evidence that the link was causal.“Randomised controlled trials are expensive. So another way to identify causation is to focus on the biological mechanisms that link the chemicals commonly found in fruit and vegetables to physical changes in the body. For example, vitamins C and E have been shown to lower inflammatory markers linked to depressive mood.“Although more research is needed, our work adds weight to a growing body of evidence that eating fruits and vegetables and having higher levels of mental well-being are positively related, and the signs of a causal link from other recent studies are encouraging. We are not suggesting eating fruits and vegetables is a substitute for medical treatment, but a simple way to improve your mental health could be to add a little more fruit and vegetables to your daily diet,” Howley said.
📰 You’ll be happy to know that doomsday won’t be happening any day this week.While it is true that a giant space rock is set to travel by Earth this Friday, March 8, humanity has nothing to fear.The mega asteroid, 2019 DN, measures between 298 and 656 feet wide, according to NASA, but it will pass Earth around 13 lunar distances away.One lunar distance is the distance from Earth to the moon, which is about 238,900 miles. So 2019 DN’s flyby will be very far away from us — approximately 3,105,700 miles away.Another asteroid, 2019 CD5, which measures between 328 and 754 feet wide, is set to pass closer to Earth than 2019 DN on March 20. But still not close enough — or large enough — to bet on it being the end of the world.To read the full article - http://v.duta.us/IJQHLQAA
The 2019 Honda Civic is all set to launch. Read on to know how much it is expected to be priced at.The return of the Honda Civic brand has got many of us adrenaline going. A decade back its predecessor breakthrough the conventional three-box design of the usual executive sedans. It stood to be a radical looker for its time with its low stance, wide track and a sloping roof line and had a strong heart as well. The 1.8-liter i-Vtec engine was potent with all that it had and the handling didn't fail to impress either. To top it all, the swanky looking cockpit like cabin further added that last dose of appeal to the package. That was the 8th generation Honda Civic and the ninth generation never came to our market. Instead, Honda has taken a leap.The 2019 Honda Civic which is all set to launch in India is the face lift of the tenth-generation model. It has the same heart and going by our review has all its strength intact, in fact, it has built upon them. The 2019 Honda Civic is spawned by a new platform and looks distinct for good with a sharp front and a coupe-like roof line. Though the cabin may not be as eccentric as the previous model, the streamline design soothes the eye. The interiors are wrapped with soft-touch materials and the use of beige leather upholstery in selected places like the seats and door armrests add to the plush quotient. It's also equipped with aplenty bells and whistles like the 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system which supports Apple Car Play and Android Auto, auto-climate control, cruise control, electric sunroof and more. The new Honda Civic also stands tall on the safety front with 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, Hill Start Assist, Stability Control, Isofix child seat mounts, Electronic Parking Brake and Lane Watch Assist system.The 2019 Honda Civic gets a 2.0-litre petrol engine and a 1.6-litre diesel engine.Also Read:New-Gen Honda Civic: Key Features ExplainedHowever, the biggest update on the 2019 Honda Civic is the addition of a new diesel engine which was one of the major causes for its predecessor to be axed from the India line-up. It's the same 1.6-litre, four-cylinder i-DTEC diesel engine which Honda has sourced from the 2018 CR-V. It pumps out 118 bhp at 4,000 rpm and 300 Nm of peak torque at 2,000 rpm and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard. The petrol, on the other hand, is the same tried and tested 1.8-litre, four-cylinder i-VTEC unit that churns out 139 bhp at 6,500 rpm and 174 Nm of peak torque at 4,300 rpm and is mated only to a CVT gearbox.The 2019 Honda Civic is built with over 65 per cent of local contents.While the updates on the new model are surely promising, they will come at a cost. That said, we aren't expecting prices to be too much different than the competition given the fact that it has over 65 per cent localization. We expect the ex-showroom price for the base diesel to start at around ₹ 18 Lakh and go up to Rs 21.5 lakh. The base petrol variant is likely to cost around ₹ 18.80 lakh going up to ₹ 22.5 lakh.2019 Honda CivicExpected PriceDiesel₹ 18 lakh to ₹ 21.5 lakhPetrol₹ 18.80 lakh to ₹ 22.5 lakh
Uses and Abuses of Internet. Subject: Modern Civilization. Topic: Article. Modern age is the period connected with wonderful development of scientific discipline. Man has brought theearth into his fist by dint of his or her own effort. One of theunique contributions of this time is “internet” this mixed w-process of satellite technology and computer has brought an all pervading achievable of human welfare. World internet could be the abbreviated form of international network. It can collect and send messages, details, picture very quickly in one corner of the world completely to another. More than one individual can procure information in addition to pictures by joining several terminals with a main computer. Network after network joining together has generated a large dimension network around the world. There is a familiar symbol meaning of internet. it is “WWW” with which we mean world-wide-web and it is attributed properly for the worldwide activities of communication and verbal exchanges.Internet may be the name of a Computer networking system that gives a revolution is use of science for the advantage of mankind. The full label of internet is overseas network. it is this computer based global data system. Day by day using internet is increasing. Several dishonest people abuse this idea. Anyway, internet is becoming the necessity of every class of people.The Internet comprises many interconnected computernetwork. Each network may link tens; hundreds and even ahuge number of computers, enabling them to expressinformation with one another’s to express computationalresource such as powerful super computers along with data bases of information. In this ere through internet everyone all over the world can communication effectively and cheaply with one another. Unlike traditional broadcasting media, such as radio along with TV the internet doesn’t have centralized distribution system, as a substitute, an individual who gets the internet access can communicate directly with anyone else on the internet, make information available for one person to others, find information provided by others or self product with cheap cost. Internet has added speed to globalization also IT sectors. The has brought on new opportunities to federal government, business and education overall lifestyle. Governments use the internet for internal communication, distributions associated with information and automated taxes processing. In Bangladesh the using rate of Internet has increased in the last few years. Within additional offering any merchandise and services buy on the net to customers, a businessman can spread his businesses easier. Today much individual use the internet for shopping’s paying electric bill, credit card payment, admit ion fees, E-commerce, on the net banking facility, educational institutes use the internet for research and to produce courses to students on the net at remote sites.Internet will be the most reliable and least expensive modeof communication. It has huge potentiality for the actualsignificant development of economic productivity. InBangladesh, the production of goods and services both in. government and also private sectors, it is paying a significant role to reduce cost and time. It’s some abuses too these days especially the teenagershave become keen to aboard this demerits of internet. Theysometime keep chafing as well as whiling away their timewith friends as well as unknown persons, when they areallowed to be their study and other important task. They tend to enjoy pornography and do many immoral and hazardous tasks. So it make their mind poison and make them nuisance character. Thus they’re going away from their study and becoming morally degraded. in additional sometimes felony and terrorists take the main benefit of internet to materializes their own goal. They exploit cyber cafe as their means of fulfilling their task and their lifestyle. It really is called cyber bullying; possibly some heinous and immoral person to belittle and also derogate others, we should use internet for educational and learning and business purposes, so everyone could be benefited. To keep pace with all of those other world in every sector. Copyright © 2018 AssignmentPoint.com
Tesla will launch the Model Y SUV on March 14.The firm's CEO Elon Musk has confirmed the new automobile will arrive in less than two weeks and will be unveiled at their design studio in Los Angeles. The billionaire businessman tweeted: "Model Y unveil event on March 14 at LA Design Studio." Musk will announce the specifications for the SUV and pricing at the launch.He added: "Detailed specs & pricing will be provided, as well as test rides in Y."It was previously revealed that the Y shares 75 per cent of the parts of the Model 3 - which is Tesla's budget car -The new vehicle is the fifth to come out of Tesla since the company was founded 16 years ago. Model Y has been teased since the first promo image was unveiled back in 2017.Musk had claimed he'd hope to get the car on the market by 2020 and hailed it a "manufacturing revolution".The new addition to the Tesla family will be the first to be launched after Robyn Denholm was named the company's new board chair.The Australian business executive, who has been a board member for almost five years, replaced Musk in the role.Commenting on the news, he tweeted: "Would like to thank Robyn for joining the team. Great respect. Very much look forward to working together."The appointment of Robyn came after Musk claimed it takes "100-hour weeks" to run Tesla.He admitted it has become increasingly "difficult" to maintain production with the pressure of having to manufacture 5,000 Model 3 cars per week.He said: "There were times when, some weeks ... I don't know. I haven't counted exactly, but I would just sort of sleep for a few hours, work, sleep for a few hours, work, seven days a week."It is incredibly difficult to survive as a car company. Incredibly difficult. People have no idea how much pain people at Tesla went through, including myself. It was excruciating." @thedaystarmagazine.com
The Internet is one of the greatest creations and gives everyone in the world with Internet access instant access to an endless supply of knowledge and entertainment. Below isa complete list of all of the advantages of the Internet.Information, knowledge, and learningAs mentioned earlier, the Internet contains an endless supply of knowledge and information that allows you to learn about almost any topic or question you may have. Using a searchengine like Google , you can ask virtually any question andfind a web page with an answer to that question. There arealso millions of videos on sites like YouTube that help explain various topics and even online courses that can be taken to help teach you about many different subjects. © 2019 Computer Hope
Pros And Cons Of Outsourcing An SEO Expert Consulting BusinessSEO Outsourcing refers to hiring a freelancer or an independent or third-party agency or company to provide services, primarily website SEO optimization. Search engine optimization or SEO involves strategies geared towards improving a website’s ranking in search results.Outsourcing SEO services may include off-page optimization via social media, guests posts, and link building, or on-page optimization through keywords, blog, and metadata. But, what are the benefits of outsourcing SEO services?Here are the pros and cons of outsourcing an SEO expert consulting business:Pros1. Cost-EffectiveOutsourcing is a cost-effective way to achieve your SEO goals without doing a complex task so you can focus on the most critical aspects of your business. It’s when opportunity costs come to play, which is an economic term, showing how much it costs to relinquish business opportunities.Unless you have a strong in-house team to handle your SEO campaigns, it’s best to outsource and measure what’s more profitable for your business. It’s a good idea to visit the website of a trusted and reputable outsourced SEO company to check pricing.2. Advanced SEO Technical Know-HowSEO is a complex and fast-paced digital marketing strategy requiring continuous learning, training, and research, which can be very expensive for a company SEO in-house team. That’s why outsourcing is still a better option than in-house. It’s not only because outsourcing SEO is more cost-effective to you as a website owner, but your business will also benefit from the expertise of highly knowledgeable, skilled, and experienced SEO professionals. You have to choose wisely.Here are the critical questions when choosing an outsourced SEO company:How do you measure your SEO campaign’s success? Partner with an SEO company focusing on leads and sales and optimizing your eCommerce business by increasing these metrics. How do you identify the right keywords for better ranking? Choose a company that utilizes a detailed and clearly explained search term analysis. It’s a plus point for an SEO company that mentions about split testing, which determines the phrases that will obtain the best result. How does your SEO agency generate quality backlinks? Links can directly affect your search ranking, so you still need a decent number of backlinks from trusted and high-authority sources to rank. Choose an SEO company that knows how to obtain quality links by asking examples of link sources they used in their campaigns. 3. Experienced SEO SpecialistYou can take advantage of the training and experience of professional SEO experts from a trusted and reputable SEO consulting company. An experienced SEO specialist can handle the complex task of website optimization daily.Here are some tips when choosing an experienced SEO specialist:Ask an SEO company how they track the algorithms of search engines and the strategies they use to adapt to the latest SEO trends. Ask proof of SEO training and certification. Determine how an SEO expert continually improves knowledge to increase efficiency. Get an explanation about the White Hat SEO strategies that the SEO company implements and what they think of Black Hat SEO. You want to ensure all SEO strategies applied to comply with Google guidelines to avoid getting penalized because of spammy links, stuffing keywords, and other SEO dirty tricks.4. Peace of MindOnce you’ve chosen a good SEO company, you can sit back and relax in your free time. Remember that SEO isn’t something you can do whenever you have time, because it requires constant monitoring. If you’re a newbie to SEO, trial and error pose a big risk to your business and can render your website and your business a big failure.Here are the possible effects of handling SEO on your own:Invisible website due to poor ranking. Your website should be seen on the first page or first three pages of search results. Poor web traffic due to low-quality links and dull web content. An outsourced SEO expert can help update current, high-quality, and engaging web content for your SEO. A few leads and zero conversions. Outsourcing your SEO services means you have an eye to your metrics 24/7 because a good SEO company constantly monitors your leads, conversion rate, and ranking. No sales. It means your money and efforts are wasted. Cons1. Not Getting the Promised ResultsSometimes, outsourcing SEO may provide you undesirable results in terms of attaining the metrics that were initially promised. Some SEO companies focus on the task they’re paid for and disregard the actual stats. Even if you obtain the promised SEO services, you might not find positive effects on your rankings to provide you the boost you need.Check the following tips to prevent getting unsatisfactory SEO results:Commit to a full SEO service. Avoid partial service, like link-building alone or SEO social media marketing, because you won’t benefit from the maximum benefit of outsourcing your SEO. Ask the SEO expert consultant about the expected time frame of achieving the results you want for your website as far as search engine ranking is concerned. Hire a trusted, reputable, and reliable SEO company.2. SEO Expert Industry IncompatibilityWhile you want to hire an SEO expert who has in-depth knowledge about your niche or the industry you’re in, hiring an SEO company that’s not aligned with your niche isn’t necessarily a bad thing.Sometimes, linking your site to the similar industry or field your business belongs to won’t provide you a direct positive result in your search engine ranking. It’s because you’re foreseen as a competitor. Even if you pay a website owner, they won’t link to your site because doing so will make you rank better than them.ConclusionEvery marketing strategy has pros and cons, and so does SEO. That’s why you have to weigh the benefits and drawbacks so you can make a good decision. But still, outsourcing an SEO expert consulting business can help you attain your goals for your business for long-term success. SEO agencies and freelancers have helped many businesses, from startup and small businesses to companies and corporations.source: femtoptech
Samsung took the wraps off of its first-ever folding phone, the 'Galaxy Fold'With an eye-watering $1,980 price tag, the futuristic device opens to reveal a massive 7.3-inch screen and then flips closed to become a compact smartphoneThe Galaxy Fold features six total cameras and can run up to three apps at oncePre-orders for the device open tomorrow and it goes on sale starting April 26th Samsung's folding phone is no longer a thing of the future. At the Korean tech giant's Unpacked event in San Francisco, it officially debuted the Galaxy Fold, a unique device that's part smartphone, part tablet. The Galaxy Fold, which features an unprecedented six cameras and two batteries, starts at a whopping $1,980. In a mesmerizing demonstration, Samsung showed how the Galaxy Fold transforms from a compact smartphone that 'fits in the palm of your hand' into a full-sized tablet with an uninterrupted screen, thanks to a hinge that's 'hidden' in the device. Also at the event, Samsung debuted its new lineup of flagship Galaxy devices, including the S10e, S10 and S10+, alongside Galaxy earbuds, smartwatches and its first 5G-powered smartphone. Samsung will start accepting pre-orders for the device on Thursday, and it will hit the shelves on April 26th. Scroll down for video 'To create the Galaxy Fold, we reinvented the display from the ground up and are launching a whole new smartphone category,' DJ Koh, CEO of Samsung's mobile business, said on stage. When folded open, the device features a 7.3-inch AMOLED Infinity Flex Display with QXGA+ resolution. It then folds closed to become a single, smaller 4.6-inch AMOLED display. Amazingly, the full screen is almost entirely edge-to-edge and features no disruptive hinge down the middle, allowing it to 'open naturally' and giving it a 'seamless, elegant look.' 'The Galaxy Fold is unlike any that's come before it,' Justin Denison, Samsung's senior vice president of marketing, said on stage. 'With the galaxy fold we’re creating a new dimension for your phone and your life.' '...When device opens up, your world does too, with a massive 7.3-inch infinity flex display. 'When closed, it fits in one hand, but of course sometimes you want a larger screen. With the Galaxy Fold, it gives it a premium, multimedia experience,' Denison added. Samsung showed off how users can fold the phone open or closed without apps being disrupted, as a result of a new technology that it's calling 'app continuity.' 'As Galaxy Fold opens and closes, apps will automatically show up where you leave off,' the firm explained. 'When you’re ready to take a photo, make in-depth edits, or have a closer look at the feed, open the display for a big screen and fuller canvas.' Samsung's folding phone is no longer a thing of the future. At the tech firm's Unpacked event, it officially debuted the Galaxy Fold, a unique device that's part smartphone, part tablet When folded open, the device features a 7.3-inch AMOLED Infinity Flex Display with QXGA+ resolution. It then folds closed to become a single, smaller 4.6-inch AMOLED display Samsung President and CEO DJ Koh shows off the firm's new Galaxy Fold onstage at the Unpacked event on Wednesday. The futuristic smartphone starts at a whopping $1,980Samsung said it worked with Google to help Android app developers optimize their apps for the revolutionary folding display design. The interior screen is big enough that users can run three apps at one time. The firm showed off how a user can watch a video, message their friends in WhatsApp and even complete a Google search while all three apps are running smoothly. Users can drag and drop a certain window to make it appear largest on the screen, allowing for multi-tasking catered to your workflow needs. What's more, it's packed with an eyebrow-raising six total camera lenses, or 'one for every angle.' In a mesmerizing demonstration, Samsung showed how the Galaxy Fold transforms from a compact smartphone that 'fits in the palm of your hand' into a full-sized tablet with an uninterrupted screen, thanks to a hinge that's 'hidden' in the device Amazingly, the full screen is almost entirely edge-to-edge and features no disruptive hinge down the middle, allowing it to 'open naturally' and giving it a 'seamless, elegant look'There's three lenses on the back of the device, two inside lenses, as well as one on the small screen when it's folded. The firm added that the Galaxy Fold's specifications make it one of the 'most powerful smartphones on the market.' The Galaxy Fold features a 7 nanometer processor, 12gb of RAM and up to 512gb of onboard memory. It also has Universal Flash Storage 3.0, which means the device can read data twice as fast as most other smartphones, 'making it incredibly responsive.'Other futuristic features include a fingerprint scanner embedded onto the side of the device, Samsung noted that its engineers built two separate batteries into the device. The firm showed off how a user can watch a video, message their friends in WhatsApp and even complete a Google search while all three apps are running smoothly The Galaxy Fold, which features an unprecedented six cameras and two batteries, starts at a whopping $1,980. The firm first teased its folding phone at an event late last NovemberIt will come in four 'galactic' colors, Samsung says: Cosmic Black, Martian Green, Astro Blue, and Space Silver. The hinge itself will be customizable by color too. Wednesday's launch answers the much-anticipated questions around whether or not Samsung would take the wraps off its folding phone. Samsung first teased such a device at its developer event last November cloaked under a great deal of secrecy. In the months since then, an avalanche of devicemakers have either alluded to or confirmed their plans to launch folding phones. Samsung detailed the processes behind how it was able engineer its first-ever folding phone. Wednesday's launch answers the much-anticipated questions around whether or not Samsung would take the wraps off its folding phone. Samsung first teased such a device at its developer event last November cloaked under a great deal of secrecy'The internal screen does not merely bend. It folds,' the firm explained. 'Folding is a more intuitive motion, and a more difficult innovation to deliver.'The firm said it invented its own polymers and a display that's '50 percent thinner' than a typical screen. It allows the phone to be able to sustain repeatedly being opened and closed, while a 'sophisticated hinge' is housed in a hidden enclosure so that it's not an eyesore. (DAILYMAIL UK)
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If Elon Musk is to be believed, the future of air travel involves superfast flights on Big F--king Rockets, taking us from London to Tokyo in 37 minutes of chrome-clad comfort. But we are disgusting monsters and that is not the future we deserve.Also Read: Amazon's Chinese unit in merger talks with NetEase's Kaola: reportIn our timeline, the aircraft of the future will be a flying nightmare tube, full of belching human meat sacks crammed cheek by jowl into rows of seats that record our every movement.At least that's the future that one Singapore Airlines passenger uncovered this week.Twitter user Vitaly Kamluk shared a photo of what looked like a camera installed directly beneath the inflight entertainment screen on a Singapore Airlines aircraft.Singapore Airlines replied that it was indeed a camera, embedded into the seat back by the original equipment manufacturers of the plane, but said the cameras had been disabled on its aircraft and "there are no plans to develop any features" using them.And I think we can all agree, if a camera is built into a device, it will always remain unused, always remain secure, and will never be used to capture footage.Which is lucky because next time I'm flying the 23 hours it takes to get from Sydney to literally anywhere, I want to rest assured that my metal hotbox of an airplane isn't recording my dumb face as I horf down questionable casserole, snore my way through three Mission Impossible films and then quietly sweat through the incubation period of that particularly virulent strain of gastro I picked up on my last Tokyo stopover.Ever since the jet engine revolutionised flying in the '60s, we've been sold an image of air travel as a high-flying world of luxury and dewy-faced women in pearls and twinsets staring wistfully out windows.Also Read: Qualcomm announces first ultrasonic fingerprint reader: Headed to the Galaxy S10?But the reality is anything but. It's all pre-teens opening plastic packets of candy to work noisily around their retainer-clad maws. It's mout -breathers hoiking their shoeless feet onto tray tables, wide-set passengers manspreading into your leg space, the smell of reheated stew served from a drum, the uneasy detente that follows 12 solid hours of silent fighting over an armrest.And oh, the vomiting. The last time I took an international flight, the girl in the row opposite me hurled within 20 minutes of take-off. Her poor mother quietly wiped hot sick off her inflight entertainment screen, perhaps wondering why she wasn't on some better flight to meet a fellow named Armando in Aruba.If the airlines of the future want to capture this kind of footage -- no doubt after pulling some sort of "sorry, not sorry" when they eventually do activate the cameras -- then have at it.But you can bet that the "original equipment manufacturers" who installed these cameras weren't trying to meet a growing demand for seat-cam footage of tired plane passengers. We aren't livestreamed entertainment in this grim, dystopian future: We are an audience to be marketed to, data to be mined and a captive set of eyeballs to be coerced.Also Read: Alibaba boosts stake in investment bank CICC for $231 millionWill the cabin crew be taking notes about whether seat 64B is watching the safety demonstration? Will the cameras track our gaze to see if we're watching in-flight commercials? And what happens if we turn away?Cameras are in our advertising billboards, in our smart home devices and on every second street corner, tracking our movements and slowly building up a picture of our lives in minute-by-minute real time. Add airplanes to the mix and you have a terrifying new way to calculate your social credit score. What happens on the way to Vegas doesn't stay in the air. Air travel is changing. But it's going to be damn hard to replace visions of Frank Sinatra singing "Come Fly With Me" with a 24-hour live stream of screaming children hurling box casserole into their seat-back camera.Singapore Airlines did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has raised its stake in top domestic investment bank China International Capital Corp’s Hong Kong-listed shares to nearly 12 percent, an exchange disclosure showed on Monday.The internet giant bought 117 million CICC H-shares - as those listed in Hong Kong are known - at an average price of HK$15.50.That indicates a total investment of HK$1.81 billion ($230.61 million), according to Reuters calculations based on the Hong Kong Exchange disclosure.The investment means Alibaba is now the second-largest stakeholder of CICC’s H-shares, with an 11.74 percent stake.Its arch-rival, social media giant Tencent Holdings, is the largest with a 12.01 percent stake, a separate exchange disclosure shows.China’s powerful tech firms have expanded aggressively into the booming fintech sector by partnering with traditional financial institutions.Counting two of China’s strongest internet firms as its major investors gives CICC more access to their extensive user data and advanced technology as it explores new growth areas.In a statement to Reuters, Alibaba said its investment in CICC will strengthen their longtime partnership. CICC told Reuters it welcomes long-term investors and looks to cooperate with those with advanced technology to explore fintech services.After the investment, Alibaba holds a 4.84 percent stake in CICC’s total equity.CICC’s H-shares surged 2.55 percent on Monday before the disclosures were made, against a 0.42 percent dip in the Hong Kong stock market index.Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC cut its stake in CICC’s H-shares from 7.64 percent to 0.87 percent on the same date and at the same average price as Alibaba’s investment, suggesting it is the likely seller in the deal.