Global Tech Websites unite to save Net Neutrality

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Net neutrality is a principle about fairness on the Internet. It holds that no ISP should be able to unfairly manipulate your Internet usage or your experience of the Web, particularly in ways that harm other businesses. It means that ISPs don’t get to choose which data is sent more quickly, and which sites get blocked or throttled and who has to pay extra. About 200 internet companies and activist groups are coming together today to mobilize their users into opposing US government plans to scrap net neutrality protection. Facebook,…

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Qualcomm seeks Apple iPhone sales ban

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Qualcomm, the world’s biggest producer of mobile phone chips, has appealed for the sale of some iPhones in the US to be blocked claiming that iPhones using chips by rivals, such as Intel, infringe six of its patents. The company said it had asked the US International Trade Commission (ITC) to investigate and impose an import block. It is the latest move in a series of disputes and lawsuits between Apple and Qualcomm BBC reports. In January, Apple filed two lawsuits against Qualcomm, claiming it had abused its dominant market…

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Q&A with Matt Roberts-Davies, M-Changa; Create Innovative Products That Match Local Culture

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ITBusiness spoke with Matt Roberts-Davies, the Business Development Manager/Experience Director at M-Changa, a fundraiser management platform that provides cutting edge end-to-end management tools to enhance fundraising success. The session is majorly on the tech trends in Africa and the novelty of the internet of things (IoT). 1. How can you define the technology sector in Kenya? There is a lot of buzz around tech in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city. One of the main reasons for this is the success of M-Pesa, a digital wallet that has reached mass adoption in…

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Robots are more closer than we think.

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates recently suggested that robots primed to replace humans in the workplace should be taxed. While Gates’s proposal received a mixed reception, it mainly served to stoke an erroneous narrative that humans need to fear robots stealing their jobs. According to the Fortune, Robots will be able to perform tasks that significantly impact the traditionally human workforce in irreversible ways within the next five years. But first, people who build and program all forms of AI need to ensure their wiring prevents robots from causing more harm…

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Microsoft to target 1000 nonprofits for technology donations

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Non-profits around the globe have limited resources, and often face the choice between investing in IT infrastructure and investing in programmes to support the communities that they serve. Microsoft created the Technology for Good programme to empower every non-profit to achieve more. The tech giant has restated its commitment to empowering them with the needed technology, and finding more creative ways to solve humanity’s greatest challenges to further technology adoption among Non-profits in Nigeria. According to the Guardian, the tech giant helps non-profits do more good with Microsoft’s cloud technology,…

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YouTube bans ‘hateful’ videos from making money

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YouTube has announced tougher guidelines on hate content in videos, strengthening its response to three categories. Following a backlash around brand advertising on controversial content, the social media platform is making a move to clean up which videos are part of its ad network. It first promised to take action in March, ensuring that hateful content cannot be monetized. The move was in response to an ad boycott after major brands found their ads embedded in – or appearing alongside – offensive videos. The Google-owned platform has updated the guidelines that govern…

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Travis Kalanick Resigns As Uber’s CEO

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Travis Kalanick , one of the founder of Uber, the popular ride-hailing service has stepped down Tuesday as chief executive. Kalanick helped start the ride hailing service in 2009 and built it into a transportation colossus. He has now stepped down after a shareholder revolt made it untenable for him to stay on at the company. The exit came under pressure after hours of drama involving Uber’s investors, according to two people with knowledge of the situation, who asked to remain anonymous because the details were confidential. The company has…

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Samsung set to release a new outdoor surveillance cam

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Complete with 1080p video resolution, livestreaming capabilities, two-way talk, a 130-degree field of view, and night vision, the new samsung surveillace cam will cost $199.99. This new camera’s features are the same as the company’s more expensive, already released outdoor cam. Both versions support night vision and motion detection. They also record Full HD-quality video and connect over Wi-Fi. The key difference between the two appears to be design. The original camera looks like a classic surveillance device with a left to right swivel head. The new camera looks more…

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Microsoft launching a new AI startup program in Paris

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Microsoft is making efforts to give space for the new start-up ventures that are going make changes for the coming years. The Tech giant is set to focus on artificial intelligence. More and more startups are trying to grasp the AI field and most are new startups. This will certainly create a major impact on the AI startups. This may lead to Microsoft to start their new program for AI at the Station F. Microsoft has had a startup accelerator in the Sentier neighborhood for a few years now. When…

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Snapchat acquires social map app Zenly to allow users to track their friends

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Snapchat has acquired Zenly, a French startup that makes a social map so people can see where their friends are hanging out, for $200m in cash plus additional stock awards. Zenly’s app lets users see where their friends currently are on a map using constant GPS in the background. People can then message these friends in the app to make plans to hang out. Snap Inc. will however allow Zenly to run somewhat autonomously. Zenly has said that its product updates will be the main drivers of user growth, which slowed…

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