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The iPhone XR in blue looks stellar under a macro lens

Up close with the iPhone XR The less expensive iPhone XR delivers most iPhone X and XS features, including a fantastic big screen, fast performance and wireless charging. We think it’s the best overall iPhone for the price and it recently earned CNET’s Editors’ Choice. For a deeper look at the phone, click through our […]

Bumblebee is the Transformers movie we’ve been waiting for

The Transformers are famous for shifting from one form to another in the blink of an eye. And spin-off movie Bumblebee, just like its yellow-hued hero, transforms from sci-fi action to adorable family fun just as quickly. Hailee Steinfeld and her amiable Autobot ally in Transformers prequel/spin-off Bumblebee. Jaimie Trueblood Bumblebee is a prequel to the […]

NCC threatens to sanction erring service providers

Vox Media The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has threatened to penalise or sanction any service provider that failed to comply with its directive of ensuring effective service to the consumers in the country. The Deputy Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau of the Commission, Alhaji Ismail Adedigbe said this at the 44th edition of Consumer Town Hall […]

Uber files confidentially for IPO – TechCrunch

Two days after Lyft submitted paperwork to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an early 2019 initial public offering, Uber has done the same, per The Wall Street Journal. The company filed confidentially for an IPO on Friday, marking the beginning of a race for the two ride-hailing giants to the stock markets. Uber’s most […]

End of the Line for Microsoft Edge? | Tech Buzz

Rumors circulated this week that Microsoft will be replacing the core technology in its Edge browser for Windows 10 with Chromium, the open source software from Google that is the core of the Chrome browser. Google’s Blink — the browser engine that is responsible for interpreting website coding and displaying it on a user’s device […]

TikTok parent ByteDance said to raise $1.45 billion for AI and content – TechCrunch

ByteDance, the Chinese company behind the immensely popular video app TikTok, is in talks to raise $1.45 billion for a new fund, The Information reported on Friday citing sources. The fresh vehicle will help power artificial intelligence and media content for the $75 billion startup that has leapfrogged Uber’s valuation, the report said. ByteDance declined to comment on the […]

Facebook holds exhibition against fake news

As part of its continued commitment to tackling false news, fake accounts and hate speech, as well as improving the transparency of advertising on its platform, Facebook, recently held an election Integrity Exhibition for media, civil society partners and other stakeholders in Nigeria. According to Facebook, the exhibition, which held in Lagos, was focused on […]

Google brings ‘Google Station’, faster Wi-Fi to Abuja

Agence France-Presse Google Station, a platform for providing free, high-speed Wi-Fi hotspots in public places, was launched in Abuja on Thursday. Google Nigeria’s Head of Partnerships for Next Billion Users, Saidu Abdullahi, said that the launch was in partnership with Backbone Connectivity Network, an integrated communications and data management company. The News Agency of Nigeria […]

The Road Ahead for Open Source | Best of ECT News

This story was originally published on Sept. 19, 2018, and is brought to you today as part of our Best of ECT News series. Linux and the open source business model are far different today than many of the early developers might have hoped. Neither can claim a rags-to-riches story. Rather, their growth cycles have […]

Let’s meet in Poland this month – TechCrunch

I’ll be heading back to Europe in December to run a pitch-off in Wroclaw and Warsaw, Poland. Are you ready? The Wrocwal event, called In-Ference, is happening on December 17 and you can submit to pitch here. The team will notify you if you have been chosen to pitch. The winner will receive a table at […]

France will tax digital giants from 2019 without EU

Getty Images Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on Thursday said France will tax digital giants at national level from 2019 without European Union states agreement on tax on digital revenues for the bloc. EU finance ministers failed to agree a tax on digital revenues on Tuesday. In spite of a last minute Franco-German plan to […]

Huawei executive arrested by Canadian officials at US request

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. Huawei The chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has been arrested in Canada at the request of the US over alleged Iran sanctions violations. Meng Wanzhou, who is also the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested Saturday in Vancouver and is facing extradition to the US, Canada’s […]

Taiwan-based travel startup AsiaYo raises $7M Series B led by Alibaba Taiwan Entrepreneurs Fund – TechCrunch

AsiaYo, a travel accommodation booking platform based in Taipei, Taiwan, has raised a $7 million Series B led by Alibaba Taiwan Entrepreneurs Fund, a non-profit initiative run by the Chinese e-commerce giant, and China Development Financial. Darwin Ventures and Delta Ventures also participated in the round, which brings AsiaYo’s total raised since its launch in […]

6 ways Snapdragon 855 will make Android phones soar in 2019

Get ready for your next Android smartphone to have super-fast 5G connectivity and in-screen fingerprint readers. Those are just a couple of the features made possible by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 855 processor. The company this week is hosting its Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui, Hawaii. Qualcomm has brought partners like Samsung, OnePlus, Verizon and AT&T […]

Deepin Builds a Better Linux Desktop | Reviews

Deepin 15.8, released last month, is loaded with more efficient layout tweaks that give the distribution greater functionality and maturity. Deepin, based in China, shed its Ubuntu base when with the 2015 release of version 15, which favored Debian Linux. That brought numerous subtle changes in the code base and software roots. Ubuntu Linux itself […]

First baby born via womb transplant from dead donor

Pool Photo In a medical first, a mother who received a uterus transplant from a dead donor gave birth to a healthy baby, researchers reported Wednesday. The breakthrough operation, performed in September 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, shows that such transplants are feasible and could help thousands of women unable to have children due to […]

Facebook ends platform policy banning apps that copy its features – TechCrunch

Facebook will now freely allow developers to build competitors to its features upon its own platform. Today Facebook announced it will drop Platform Policy section 4.1, which stipulates “Add something unique to the community. Don’t replicate core functionality that Facebook already provides.” That policy felt pretty disingenuous given how aggressively Facebook has replicated everyone else’s […]

NCC holds stakeholders forum on emerging 5G technology

Stakeholders in the telecommunications sector on Tuesday in Abuja held a one-day stakeholders forum to brainstorm on Nigeria’s readiness for 5G and High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) technology. The forum was organised by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), In his presentation, Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Executive-Vice Chairman NCC said the forum was to bring stakeholders […]

AI Meets VR in New Nvidia Tech | Virtual Reality

By John P. Mello Jr. Dec 4, 2018 5:00 AM PT Nvidia on Monday announced a breakthrough in 3D rendering research that may have far-reaching ramifications for future virtual worlds. A team led by Nvidia Vice President Bryan Catanzaro discovered a way to use a neural network to render synthetic 3D environments in real time, […]

Captain Marvel trailer scores big during Monday Night Football

Marvel Studios Are you ready for some superheroes? During Monday night’s NFL game between the Washington Redskins and Super Bowl champions the Philadelphia Eagles, Marvel Studios shared the second trailer for 2019’s Captain Marvel. The first trailer arrived in September, and has been viewed a stunning 46 million times on YouTube. We saw Captain Marvel […]

Tumblr will delete all porn from the platform – TechCrunch

Tumblr, a microblogging service that’s impact on internet culture has been massive and unique, is preparing for a massive change that’s sure to upset many of its millions of users. On December 17, Tumblr will be banning porn, errr “adult content,” from its site and encouraging users to flag that content for removal. Existing adult […]

NASA’s Insight is already breaking records

NASA If you’re not following NASA Insight on Twitter, then I don’t know what to tell you. That thing is a delight. It tweets in the first person like this: Which makes me feel like Insight isn’t a collection of nuts and bolts, but rather a harmless dog robot, roaming the desolate planes of Mars, doing […]

Russian, Canadian, American woman begin space mission

The first manned space mission to the International Space Station since an unprecedented accident in October, which raised concerns about Moscow’s Soviet-designed spacecraft, will launch on Monday. Oleg Kononenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, Anne McClain of NASA and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency brushed aside any possible safety concerns, saying risk […]

AWS wants to rule the world – TechCrunch

AWS, once a nice little side hustle for Amazon’s eCommerce business, has grown over the years into a behemoth that’s on a $27 billion run rate, one that’s still growing at around 45 percent a year. That’s a highly successful business by any measure, but as I listened to AWS executives last week at their […]