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Facebook reverses move to censor ‘napalm girl’ photo

San Francisco (AFP) - Facebook on Friday reversed its decision to censor an iconic Vietnam War photo of a naked girl escaping a napalm...
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US warns against using Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on planes

Washington (AFP) - The US Federal Aviation Administration strongly urged passengers not to turn on or charge Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on aircraft...
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Qantas grounds Samsung Note 7 after explosions recall

Sydney (AFP) - Australian carrier Qantas has told customers not to use or charge Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 during flights after faulty batteries in...
Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go ‘is blasphemous’, Indian court told

Ahmedabad (India) (AFP) - Pokemon Go is blasphemous and should be banned, an Indian court was told Wednesday, because it rewards religious vegetarians with...
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Mega tech fair IFA dives head-first into virtual reality

Berlin (AFP) - Always wanted to know what it would be like to watch a TV talkshow in the studio? Or zoom in on...

Russian blogger faces jail for playing Pokemon Go in church

Moscow (AFP) - A young Russian blogger has been charged with inciting hatred and offending religious sensibilities after filming himself playing Pokemon Go in...

Mark Zuckerberg Holds Closed Door Meeting With Buhari

The founder and Chief Executive Officer of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg has held a closed-door meeting with the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari. Mr. Zuckerberg was seen...
Apple

Irish cabinet agrees to appeal EU’s Apple tax ruling

Dublin (AFP) - Ireland's government on Friday agreed to appeal against an EU ruling ordering Apple to pay the country 13 billion euros ($15...

Minister Discloses Nigeria’s Ranking In World Technology

Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has said that in Global Competitiveness Report for 2015/2016, Nigeria recorded a score of 3.0 out...

Oval TVs, smart kitchen hoods: top trends at IFA tech fair

Berlin (AFP) - Berlin's mega consumer electronics fair IFA opens its doors to the public Friday, offering a dizzying array of high-tech goods from...

Facebook To Introduce More Nigerian Languages – Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, has pledged to use Nigerian languages in offering services on Facebook. Zuckerberg, who is currently on a business visit to...

Facebook Set To Launch Cheap Express Wifi In Nigeria

Facebook set to launch cheap Expresswifi in Lagos, the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria. ExpressWifi is a new program that allow all internet users to...
Apple

Apple ordered to pay record 13 bn euro Irish tax bill

Brussels (AFP) - The European Union on Tuesday ordered Apple to pay a record 13 billion euros in back taxes in Ireland, saying deals...

‘Russian hackers’ attack two US voter databases

Washington (AFP) - Russian-based hackers may have been responsible for two recent attempts to breach US voter registration databases in two states, raising fears...
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Apple faces huge Irish tax payout in EU case

Brussels (AFP) - The European Union is expected to order Apple on Tuesday to pay billions of euros in back taxes in Ireland in...
Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom wins right to live-stream appeal against US extradition

Wellington (AFP) - Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom was on Tuesday granted his wish to live-stream his bid to avoid extradition to the United States...
Takata

Truck with Takata airbag parts explodes, kills US woman

Tokyo (AFP) - A woman has been killed after a truck carrying airbag parts made by Japan's troubled Takata exploded in a massive fireball...

Taiwan police grapple for control of Pokemon swarms

Taipei (AFP) - Police are struggling to control crowds at a hot springs park in Taiwan that has become a hub for Pokemon Go...

Iran rounds up 450 social network users

Tehran (AFP) - Iran has "arrested or summoned" around 450 social media users over their online activities, a website linked to the powerful Revolutionary...

Twitter axes 235,000 more accounts in terror crackdown

San Francisco (AFP) - Twitter on Thursday announced that it has cut off 235,000 more accounts for violating its policies regarding promotion of terrorism...

Italian bishop launches crusade against Pokemon Go

Rome (AFP) - An Italian bishop has threatened legal action against Pokemon Go, saying the "diabolical" game has turned its army of smartphone-wielding players...

New Pokémon Go maps for passionate gamers

Many of us know Pokémon since our childhood when it was extremely popular as a Nintendo video game, trading cards, comics, animated shows, and...
Choi Sung-Guk

A North Korean defector’s life … in webtoons

Seoul (AFP) - When North Korean defector Choi Sung-Guk decided it was time to go public with his experiences, he avoided the well trodden...

In violence-racked Venezuela, Pokemon Go as protest

Caracas (AFP) - When Cristian Fragoza takes to the streets of Caracas hunting the virtual monsters of Pokemon Go, he knows the risks he's...

Pokemon No: Can a place declare the game off-limits?

Paris (AFP) - The global Pokemon Go craze has prompted a slew of complaints, from memorial sites arguing it's disrespectful to play there to...

Pokemon hunt leads to glory for Google-born Niantic

San Francisco (AFP) - Born in Google's shadow, Niantic strode into the spotlight with a mobile internet spin on hunting Pokemon but can the...

Yahoo sell internet Assets To Verizon For $4.8 Billion

Yahoo has agreed to sell its core business to telecom giant Verizon for $4.8 billion, ending a 20-year run by the internet pioneer as...

No buyer for Yahoo as losses widen to $440m

Internet giant Yahoo has given no update on attempts to sell its core internet business as the firm slumped to a $440m loss in...

Water-resistant Samsung Galaxy S7 Active fails test

A Samsung smartphone advertised as being water-resistant has failed a water immersion test by a leading product review site. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active stopped...

Ethiopia blocks Facebook and other social media for exams

Ethiopia has blocked social media sites across the country after university entrance exams were posted online. The government said the ban was to prevent students...
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Snapchat sued by 14-year-old over sexually explicit content

Snapchat is being sued for exposing minors to what’s been called “harmful, offensive, prurient, and sexually offensive” content without warning in Discover, the section...

Malware hits millions of Android phones

Up to 10 million Android smartphones have been infected by malware that generates fake clicks for adverts, say security researchers. The software is also surreptitiously...

Internal Revenue Service investigates Facebook over Ireland asset transfer

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service is examining Facebook Inc (FB.O) over its transfer of various rights associated with its worldwide business to a holding...

Spotify accuses Apple of blocking app

A war is brewing between two of the biggest names in music with Spotify accusing Apple of blocking its latest app update. Spotify says Apple...

Brazil blocks Facebook funds in WhatsApp row

A court in Brazil has frozen 19.5 million reais (£4.5m, $6.07m) of Facebook's funds in a dispute with secure messaging service WhatsApp over a...

Apple ‘considering takeover’ of Jay Z’s streaming service Tidal

Apple is said to be considering a takeover bid for Jay Z's music-streaming service Tidal. The company is reportedly exploring the idea of buying Tidal...

Oracle ordered to pay $3bn damages to HP

Electronics firm Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has been awarded $3bn (£2.26bn) in damages in a legal dispute with software giant Oracle. The row came about...

Apple facing SHOCK $10bn iPhone lawsuit

Apple has been hit with one of the most bizarre lawsuits of recent times concerning the creation of its most popular device. The technology giant...

Electric car sets world acceleration record

An electric racing car built by Swiss student engineers has broken the world record for acceleration by battery-powered vehicles. The grimsel car took only 1.513...

Hasselblad is the first mirrorless medium-format camera

Swedish camera-maker Hasselblad has unveiled the world's first mirrorless medium-format model. By putting a larger-than-normal sensor in a relatively small body, the firm aims to...
Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift joins copyright law plea

Musicians including Taylor Swift, U2 and Sir Paul McCartney have called for online copyright laws to be reformed. More than 180 artists have signed an...

New HP Solutions To Make Printing More Mobile

Hewlett Packard has announced a new mobile and business intelligence software that will help business Information Technology managers make their print environment more mobile,...

Digital Encode Wins Cyber security Award

Digital Encode, an information security management and assurance services company, has emerged ‘Cybersecurity Company of the Year’ at the Beacon of Information and Communications...

eTranzact Targets Reducing Unbanked To 10% This Year

eTranzact says it is on track to explore the network of the Nigerian Postal Services to reduce the unbanked population in the country to...

China builds world’s most powerful computer

A new supercomputer from China has topped the latest list of the world's most powerful machines. The 93 petaflop Sunway TaihuLight is installed at the...

Chicago man shot dead during Facebook live-stream

A Chicago man was shot dead while live-streaming a video of himself on Facebook, police said on Friday. Antonio Perkins, 28, was shot in the...

Anonymous fills IS Twitter accounts with gay pride messages

Hacker-activist group Anonymous has broken into Twitter accounts linked to so-called Islamic State (IS) and flooded them with gay pride messages. The group infused pro-IS...

Twitter, Facebook and Google aided Paris attacks

Tech companies are facing legal action from the father of a woman killed in the Paris attacks last November. Reynaldo Gonzalez is accusing Google, Facebook...

Hacker who aided IS faces lengthy jail term

A hacker who passed a list of American military personnel to the so-called Islamic State group could face up to 25 years in jail. Kosovan...

Scientists Step Closer To Designer Babies, Synthetic Genomes

Scientists have made giant strides in the quest to have a ‘perfect’/designer baby, create organs for transplant and developing immunity to viruses such as...

Microsoft to buy LinkedIn for $26bn

Microsoft is buying the professional networking website LinkedIn for just over $26bn (£18bn) in cash. The software giant will pay $196 a share - a...

MTN, Globacom, Airtel and Etisalat may face sanctions over unsolicited SMS, calls – NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has given a deadline of June 30, 2016 to telecommunication networks in the country to stop sending unsolicited Short...
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Millions of stolen Twitter logins put on sale

More than 32 million Twitter login names and passwords are reportedly being offered for sale online. A hacker using the name Tessa88 is asking for...

B2B Business Blogging Tips: How to Generate More Leads and Sales Opportunities

In the age of content marketing, blogging has fast become one of the most effective ways to market your brand. It’s simple, cost-efficient, and...
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Microsoft, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook pledge to tackle online hate speech

Microsoft, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook have pledged to remove hate speech within 24 hours, in support of a code of conduct drafted by the...

MySpace and Tumblr hit by ‘mega breach’

Hundreds of millions of hacked account details from social networks MySpace and Tumblr have been advertised for sale online. In both cases, the logins appear...

Researchers teach robots to feel pain

Researchers from Germany are developing an artificial nervous system aimed at teaching robots how to feel pain. As well as allowing robots to quickly respond...

World’s first bendable smartphone to go on sale this year

Remember the time when #BendGate took the internet by storm? Although it was inspired by bending issues associated with Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus, some...

Huawei sues Samsung over patents

Huawei is suing its tech rival Samsung over claims that its patents have been infringed. The Chinese firm said it was pursuing its South Korean...

Millions of hacked LinkedIn IDs advertised ‘for sale’

A hacker is advertising what he says is more than one hundred million LinkedIn logins for sale. The IDs were reportedly sourced from a breach...

Microsoft sells Nokia feature phones business

Microsoft is pulling out of the "feature" phones business. But its Nokia-branded handsets - which are powered by the Series 30+ operating system, making them...
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Twitter ‘to stop counting photos and links in character limit’

Microblogging site Twitter is to stop counting photographs and links in its 140-character limit for tweets, according to a report from Bloomberg. The change could...

Apple loses trademark fight over iPhone name in China

(BBC) - Apple has lost a trademark fight in China, meaning a firm which sells handbags and other leather goods can continue to use...

Facebook triples quarterly profits

Facebook shares have jumped after reporting a tripling of first quarter profits from a year earlier to $1.51bn. Advertising revenues rose to $5.2bn, with more...

Microsoft sues US government over secret data requests

Microsoft is suing the US government over the right to tell its users when federal agencies want access to private data. It says keeping access...

Daily Mail owner considering Yahoo bid

The owner of the Daily Mail newspaper is in talks with other parties about a bid for the struggling US internet company Yahoo. A spokesman...

Messaging app Kik opens chatbot store

Messaging app Kik has launched an online store for chatbots, to allow brands to talk to users via bots. Chatbots - computer programs designed to...

‘Anonymous’ hackers cyber-attack Angolan government

The hacking collective Anonymous says it has shut down more than 20 Angolan government websites in response to the jailing of 17 youth activists. Many...

Oracle seeks $9.3 billion from Google for infringing Java patents and copyright

In 2010, Oracle had sued Google over their use of Java as a basis for Android. The case keeps popping up in the news...

Apple stores iCloud data with Google

(BBC) - It has emerged that Apple is storing some of its users' iCloud data on Google's computer servers. Apple had previously acknowledged using Amazon...

Android malware targets banking apps

Millions of online bankers are at risk of being the victim of sophisticated malware that steals banking details and passwords from Android devices. Commonwealth Bank,...

Google donates $1m to fight Zika virus

(BBC) - Google's charitable arm has donated $1m (£710,000) to Unicef to help stop the spread of the Zika virus. The virus is suspected to...

‘We’re proud of Psquare’ – Globacom

Telecommunications company, Globacom, has released an official statement regarding the rumours that Afro-pop group, Psquare has been dropped as its brand ambassadors. In the statement...
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Tidal tangled in $3.5M royalties suit

A Queens drummer is taking on Jay Z, charging in a $3.5 million-plus class-action suit that the rap mogul’s new music-streaming service is stiffing him...

Wikimedia head resigns over ‘search engine’ row

(BBC) - The executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, has resigned after denying the group is considering building a search engine. Lila Tretikov...

Baidu apps found to be ‘leaking’ personal data

(BBC) - Personal data is being collected and transmitted insecurely by thousands of apps using code from the Chinese net giant Baidu, say security...

MWC 2016: Facebook uses AI to map people’s homes

(BBC) - Facebook has announced it will make highly detailed maps of places where it believes people are living available to the public later...
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Apple to launch iPhone 5se, iPad Air 3 on March 15

US technology giant Apple has reportedly announced to launch iPhone 5se and a new iPad Air on March 15, a media report said. The new...

NCC To Sanction Telecom Operators Who Defraud Nigerians Through Drop Calls

Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice-Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commissions (NCC), on Friday, said the Commission would sanction telecommunication operators who defrauded Nigerians through dropped-calls. Danbatta...

Google boss becomes highest-paid in US

(BBC) - The chief executive of Google, Sundar Pichai, has been awarded $199m (£138m) in shares, a regulatory filing has revealed. It makes him the...

Twitter suspends 125,000 ‘terrorism’ accounts

(BBC) - Twitter says it has suspended more than 125,000 accounts since mid-2015 "for threatening or promoting terrorist acts". In a blog, the US-based firm...
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