European Union privacy officials asks Facebook told to stop exploiting WhatsApp data

WhatsApp launches end-to-end encryption on messages for all its users
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European Union privacy chiefs said Facebook must stop processing user data from its WhatsApp messaging service while they are investigating the privacy policy changes the company announced in August. The Article 29 Working Party, made up of privacy chiefs from across the 28-nation EU, told Facebook it had “serious concerns” about the sharing of WhatsApp users’ data for purposes that were not included in the terms of service and privacy policy when existing users signed up to the service, according to a statement e-mailed on Friday. European privacy watchdogs don’t…

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Cybersecurity firms greenlit to decrypt Viber, WhatsApp traffic

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Russian cybersecurity companies have a greenlight to decrypt traffic of such popular communication tools as Viber, WhatsApp, Skype and Facebook Messenger, a popular business daily reports. The measure is connected to a recently-adopted anti-terrorism law. “We are going to look into the main messengers — WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Skype both for iOS and Android,” Kommersant cites a letter from an employee of Con Certeza, a company dealing with the development of tools necessary for enforcing law in the telecommunications field. The employee wrote that the company aims to make…

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Africa’s Smartphone shipments rate falls

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hipments of smartphones in Africa fell 5.2% to 23.1 million units in the second quarter of 2016, according to the latest figures from International Data Corporation (IDC). These figures, presented in IDC’s recently published ‘Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker’, indicate that the boom in smartphone sales in Africa is slowing, despite the fact that overall mobile handset shipments were up slightly in Q2 2016, with shipments of basic feature phones rising 31.9% year on year to total 29.8 million units. South Africa and the North African countries of Morocco, Algeria, and…

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Samsung recalls the Galaxy Note 7 due to battery problem

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The massive recall of one of Samsung’s flagship devices is an embarrassing setback for the world’s biggest selling smartphone maker. The Note 7 was unveiled just a month ago, and big rival Apple (AAPL, Tech30) is expected to show off its new smartphone next week. Samsung (SSNLF) said Friday it had found a problem with the battery in some of the phones and was halting sales. In the coming weeks it will offer customers a new product for free to replace all 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7s that have been…

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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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UNICEF Report Tackles Online Safety Among Youth From 25 Countries

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A new report released by UNICEF, Perils and Possibilities: Growing Up Online has revealed that 8 out of 10 18 year olds believ that young people are in danger of being sexually abused or taken advantage of online. The report  was based on an international poll of more than 10,000 18-year-olds from 25 countries and it discusses the young people’s perspectives on the risks they face while growing up in a connected world. The report revealed that more than 5 out 10 of the people who participated in the poll…

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Ghana Is The Next Country To Receive Uber After Uganda

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Just a few days after Uber opened operations in Kampala, Uganda, ItNewsAfrica reports that Ghana will be the next country to receive the service. Accra, Ghana’s capital city will join Uber’s growing network in Africa, a good choice since the city boasts a population of 2.27 million people and a thriving economy. The large population will now have access to efficient transport through Uber. Alon Lits, the General Manager for Uber Sub-Saharan Africa said that: “Accra is bustling, connected city that Uber is proud to be launching in. It’s rapid…

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Intel Launches A Radio Show To Empower Girls In Nigeria

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Intel through their ‘She Will Connect’ program have launched a radio show and a features column that is aimed at providing digital literacy skills to women and girls in Nigeria, Vanguard reports. The move is part of Intel’s efforts in empowering women and girls by enabling them to pick up skills in digital literacy through new, innovative and scalable models. In line with this, the radio show, ‘She Will Connect Radio Show’ is targeted at young girls and women and will help them access an innovative combination of digital literacy…

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Hello Kampala! Uber Launches in Kampala

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A few days ago, Uber announced its intention to expand its operations to Uganda, Tanzania and Ghana. Uber made strides in accomplishing this dream as it has finally launched in Uganda’s capital city, Kampala. As ItNewsAfrica reports, Alon Lits, the General Manager of Uber Sub-Saharan  Africa was every excited at the launch. He stated that: “We’re really excited to be launching Uber in Kampala, a world-class African city. We are inspired by the city’s rapidly developing infrastructure and spirit of entrepreneurship and look forward to giving people in the city…

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The Ericson Mobility Report Reveals That The Internet of Things Will Overtake Mobile Phones By 2018

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The latest edition of the Ericson Mobility Report has been released and it reveals that Internet of Things(IoT) is expected to surpass mobile phones as the largest category of connected devices in 2018. Between 2015 and 2021, IoT is expected to increase at a compounded annual growth of 23% making up to close to 16 billion of the total forecast 28 billion connected devices by 2021. As ItNewsAfrica reports, Western Europe will lead the way in adding IoT connections as the number of IoT devices in this market is expected to…

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