Apple under pressure to scrap controversial policy of permanently disabling repaired iPhone 6s

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Apple has come under pressure to scrap its controversial policy of permanently disabling repaired iPhone 6s when software is upgraded, following a global consumer backlash and claims the company could be acting illegally. At least one firm of US lawyers said it hopes to bring a class action against the technology giant on behalf of victims whose £500 phones have been rendered worthless by an Apple software upgrade. In the UK, a barrister told the Guardian that Apple’s “reckless” policy of effectively killing people’s iPhones following the software upgrade could…

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iPhone Sales Slumping, Is This Why They Are So Expensive?

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The iPhone is arguably the most popular phone in the world. While it has yet to catch on famously in Kenya and Africa, in other areas of the world, it is ubiquitous and in vogue. One of the primary reasons why it is not the most popular phone in Kenya and Africa is the steep cost. While most smartphones range between 10,000 to 20,000Kshs, an iPhone may set you back 50,000Kshs and above. According to an article by CNN, iPhones are just as expensive in other parts of the world.…

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Google Maps has new update to let you visualize all of the places visited

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Google on Tuesday announced a new update to its Google Maps program which will allow people to visualize all of the places they’ve visited, so long as they were carrying smartphones at the time. It’s called “Your Timeline,” and it’s currently rolling out for Android devices and desktop browsers, meaning users should be able to access it over the next couple of days if they can’t already. A spokeswoman for Google told The Huffington Post that there are “no specific plans” for iOS. Read more Both the location history and Your…

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Twitter Shares Rise After Faked Bloomberg Report

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Takeover rumors about Twitter surface with seeming regularity every couple of months. But one on Tuesday showed a new level of sophistication in an effort to pump up the company’s stock. Shares of Twitter, the social network, briefly spiked after an article that appeared to come from the Bloomberg News website contended that the company had received a takeover offer worth $31 billion. Analysts and Twitter users quickly started poking holes in the online piece and deemed it a fake. (No such report ran on the Bloomberg terminal, where its…

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Startups are bringing mobile banking to the last mile in Africa

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Mobile banking has provided financial inclusion for developing countries. A new wave of startups is now taking the tech beyond mobile wallets. When Ismail Ahmed moved from Somalia to England in 1988, he regularly sent money back home. He experienced exorbitant fees, transfer offices with erratic opening hours, and was often worried about how easily his family would be able to retrieve the money. In 2010 Ahmed founded WorldRemit, an online service that allows users to send money internationally via a PC or phone. Today, more than 250,000 transactions flow…

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Simple Website Security Flaw Exposes Data Of Charter Internet Customers

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A Website Security flaw discovered in the site of Charter Communications, a cable and Internet provider active in 28 states, may have exposed the personal account details of its customers. Security researcher Eric Taylor discovered the cable provider’s vulnerability as part of his research, and demonstrated how a simple header modification performed with a browser plug-in could reveal details about Charter’s Internet subscribers. After Fast Company notified Charter of the issue, the company said it had installed a fix within hours. The vulnerability could reveal personal information of “millions” of the…

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Digital Firms Dominate Top Media Companies, Emerging New Media Owners Gain Ground

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Power in the digital advertising market is concentrated in the hands of a few large platforms, and New Media is becoming even more concentrated. The five purely digital media owners — Google, Facebook, Baidu, Yahoo and Microsoft — generated $71 billion in New Media revenue, which represents 68% of all global digital ad spend, up from 67% a year ago, according to a just-issued report from ZenithOptimedia, part of Publicis Groupe. Google’s dominance as the world’s largest New Media owner has increased, with the gap between it and its nearest competitor…

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Facebook Study Says Users Make Their News Feed Less Diverse

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But some have already questioned the results The long-held notion that Facebook’s algorithm leads to the creation of “echo chambers” among users isn’t exactly true, according to a report published Thursday in the journal Science. After studying the accounts of 10 million users, data scientists at Facebook found that liberals and conservatives are regularly exposed to at least some “crosscutting” political news, meaning stories that don’t conform to their pre-existing biases. The algorithm for Facebook’s News Feed leads conservatives to see 5% less liberal content than their friends share and…

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Top ICT DIVA Sophia Bekele Trendsets at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, heralding “Mobile technology is the future of the internet”

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Sophia Bekele has given a motivating and catalyzing keynote speech which discussed the effects of embracing the mobile technology in all the platforms, because everything is gravitating towards the mobile devices. “Mobile technology is the future of the internet, all services and solutions gravitate towards the accessible yet disruptive personal touch of the button…” – Sophia Bekele The keynote was presented to the 2015 Africa Business Forum at the Berkeley Haas School of Business, see the press release below Photo Caption: Sophia Bekele speaking on mobile as the NEXT FRONTIER…

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Website not mobile friendly? Google is making major Algorithmic change to rank you lower

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On Tuesday, April 21, Google is making a major update to its mobile search algorithm that will change the order in which websites are ranked when users search for something from their phone or tablet, making it mobile friendly. The algorithm will start favoring mobile-friendly websites (ones with large text, easy-to-click links, and that resize to fit whatever screen they’re viewed on) and ranking them higher in search. Websites that aren’t mobile-friendly will get demoted. About 60% of online traffic now comes from mobile and Google wants users to have a good…

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