Facebook, Google plan new undersea cables to connect Southeast Asia and America

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Facebook said on Monday it planned two new undersea cables to connect Singapore, Indonesia and North America in a project with Google and regional telecommunication companies to boost internet connection capacity between the regions. “Named Echo and Bifrost, those will be the first two cables to go through a new diverse route crossing the Java Sea and […]

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US warns of ‘active threat’ over Microsoft attack

The US is expressing growing concern over a hack on Microsoft’s Exchange email software that the tech company has blamed on China. “This is an active threat,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday. “Everyone running these servers – government, private sector, academia – needs to act now to patch them.” Microsoft said hackers had used its mail […]

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NCA outlines lessons telecoms sector learnt during coronavirus crisis

The National Communications Authority (NCA) has held a virtual workshop on lessons learnt by the telecommunications sector during the COVID-19 crisis as part of the National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2020. Participants of the workshop included Mobile Networks Operators (MNOs), Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) providers, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Value Added Service (VAS) providers, Under Sea Cable Providers and […]

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Turkey successfully tests its 1st flying car

Turkey’s first indigenous flying car, called Cezeri, was successfully tested in Istanbul, its manufacturer said on Tuesday. Designed and manufactured by Turkish engineers, Cezeri ascended to 10 meters (32.8 feet) in its 230 kilograms (507 pounds) prototype flight tests, manufacturer Baykar said in a statement. “We will make more advanced prototypes in the upcoming process, and perform flights with a […]

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Ghana Tech Lab & Mastercard Foundation supports local solutions in fight against COVID-19

Ghana Tech Lab, in partnership with Mastercard Foundation’s Young Africa Works, is supporting local solutions in Ghana as part of measures to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The SLI-COVID-19 Challenge aims to support and scale-up innovative solutions to stop the spread of the pandemic. Selected local entrepreneurs stand the chance of being awarded up to $10,000 to support their work in […]

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Google bans hundreds of Android apps from the Play Store for obnoxious ads

Google has removed almost 600 “disruptive” Android apps from the Play Store and banned their developers in its latest effort to rein in mobile ad fraud, the company announced on Thursday. Google’s policy does not allow ads that display when an app is not in use or that trick users to click on ads by mistake. The company says it defines disruptive ads […]

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Internet shutdown in western Ethiopia

Several towns in western Ethiopia have been experiencing an internet shutdown since Monday. In some areas, mobile call services are also not working. The state-run and only service provider in the country, Ethiotelecom, has not explained the cause of the shutdown. A spokesperson for Ethiotelecom told the BBC that the company could not comment on the issue right away but […]

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Huawei’s use of Android restricted by Google

Google has barred the world’s second biggest smartphone maker, Huawei, from some updates to the Android operating system, dealing a blow to the Chinese company. New designs of Huawei smartphones are set to lose access to some Google apps. The move comes after the Trump administration added Huawei to a list of companies that American firms cannot trade with unless […]

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