The Internet of Things has Inspired a New Startup Niche

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The Internet of Things has hugely expanded the number of home security products on the market reports The Entrepreneur. Computers were pretty much the only devices that connected to the internet some years back. These days, that idea is a fairytale. The reality is an incredible number of products are now connected to the web, from refrigerators to watches, clothing, cars, thermostats, light bulbs, and alarm systems. By 2020, an estimated 20-plus billion items will belong to the so-called “Internet of Things” (IoT). The Internet of Things has made possible unprecedented innovations in home…

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Apple granted patent for fingerprint-reading touchscreen

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Apple has been granted a patent for an “interactive display panel with IR diodes” — a method that would let users activate a device through a virtual home button placed within the touchscreen. The technology, described in a filing made public Tuesday by the US Patent and Trade Office, could replace the physical home button that’s traditionally occupied the space below the iPhone’s screen reports The Cnet. The patent says, “Exemplary methods and systems use a micro light emitting diode (LED) in an active matrix display to emit light and…

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Leveling the playing field for women in tech is vital for emerging industries

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The Technological industry’s playing field is devised and maintained mostly by men leaving women at an inherent disadvantage.  This is simply not a fight for equality but a reality that the industry should acknowledge to improve consumer adoption. The bias is hardwired into the very building blocks of the system, making it hard for men, who enjoy the upside of that same bias, to see the problem. Tech Crunch reports that it’s not a conspiracy, but an error on the part of the architects who don’t realize that diversity has…

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Facebook Is Making It Easier to Find Help After An Emergency

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Facebook just rolled out a new feature designed to connect people in a time of crisis. Facebook’s Safety Check feature makes it possible for users to let friends and family know that they’re safe after an incident has occurred in their area. Now, the social media giant is going one step further by letting those affected find help and supplies through the platform. When people mark themselves safe in Facebook’s Safety Check feature, they will be presented with an option to find help.  The new feature, called Community Help, allows…

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Mobile tech and services generated $150 billion in Africa, 725 million unique subscribers expected by 2020

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The GSMA study ‘The Mobile Economy: Africa 2016’ was launched at the GSMA Mobile 360 – Africa event held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from July 26 – 28, 2016. The report highlights the increasing contribution of Africa’s mobile industry to the regional economy, including employment and public funding, and mobile’s role a platform for digital and financial inclusion. Industry overview At the end of 2015, 46% of the population in Africa subscribed to mobile services, equivalent to more than half a billion people. The region’s three dominant markets –…

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Second 7000 USD Seed Funding for STEM Initiatives announced by Miss.Africa

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The Miss.Africa initiative from DotConnectAfrica Trust has announced a second offering for its annual Seed Fund  for Tech initiatives in Africa led and founded by Women. In the first round, the Miss.Africa Seed Fund, a sum of Seven Thousand United Stated Dollars (USD 7000) received an overwhelming number of applications of over 90 applicants from more than 18 Countries in Africa across the African continent and anticipates a big turn of applications for the 2016 phase. As statement on the announcement by Sophia Bekele CEO and Founder DotConnectAfrica Group noted that…

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Q&A: DCA Trust Founder on Status of .Africa & Why Other African gTLDs failed to Go Live!

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ITBusiness: We spoke with the Pioneer of the .Africa gTLD and Yes2dotAfrica Campaign Sophia Bekele, also named African Trailblazer – Made in Africa – by the “Collector’s Edition” of UK’s Premium “NewAfrican Magazine” & one of top ICT Women in Africa by Bloomberg TV, on the status of the most controversial domain .Africa.     ITB Q1: What is the Status of .Africa battle S. Bekele: The status of .Africa is now at the US Court, mainly because of ICANN did not manage to oversee a proper evaluation process and generally mishandling…

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Netflix caught secretly throttling traffic on AT&T and Verizon for the past 5 years

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The Wall Street Journal last week confirmed a researcher’s findings that the video giant had been secretly throttling traffic reducing the default bitrate to 600kbps in order to help users stay under their data caps on Verizon and AT&T’s mobile networks, and has been doing so for the last five years.  The practice does not extend to Sprint or T-Mobile , who Netflix feels are more “consumer friendly.” Netflix’s admission comes only a week after T-Mobile USA CEO John Legere said that AT&T and Verizon deliver Netflix video at a resolution of…

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Big data security required as 80% of devices ‘at risk’

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Research by Irish company AdaptiveMobile found 80% of devices are at risk. This shows the need for ‘big security’ to be introduced to accommodate the huge projected growth in the internet-of-things, it says. Current security solutions won’t be strong enough to facilitate such an explosion in the number of devices, according to AdaptiveMobile’s chief technology officer Ciaran Bradley. “The concerning thing is when we look at the internet-of-things we’re talking about billions of sensors so if we were to take the current lax approach to security and transfer that across…

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Here the 10 biggest 2016 startup opportunities

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The year 2015 was all about drones, virtual reality, 3D printing, and the Internet of Things (IoT). This year, venture capitalists and industry observers say the tech world should expect more of the same. “Most hot startups in 2016 won’t be trying to lead revolutions or usher in whole new industries,” says Igor Shoifot, an investment partner with TMT Investments. “Instead, they’ll be enhancing existing technologies, products, services, or transactional ecosystems by saving users time, money, effort, and helping them make better choices more easily.” However, according to CIO, the…

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