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The best smart speakers of 2019

Amazon helped popularize smart home devices and smart speakers with the original Echo and the now-famous virtual assistant known as Alexa, but today you have a variety options from several different companies. As far as hardware, the differences largely come down to size, price and audio quality. If you don’t need much oomph from your music, […]

Facebook bans Epoch Times from buying ads on its platform

Agence France-Presse Facebook has banned conservative news outlet and US President Donald Trump supporter The Epoch Times from buying ads on its platform for violating its policies. The Epoch Times spent 2 million dollars on Facebook ads supporting Trump and conspiracy theories about his political enemies, The NBC News reported on Friday. “Over the past […]

Fortnite Brute is finally nerfed

Some big changes are happening to the Brute.  Epic Games The Brute in Fortnite received a major downgrade by developer Epic Games. This comes after weeks of players complaining the mech was far too overpowered for the game.  Epic rebalanced the Brute on Thursday. The changes to the robot are significant with the biggest being […]

Federal government to license online radio, TV stations

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved wide ranging reforms in the broadcasting industry, including the licensing of online radio and television stations. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who disclosed this in Abuja on Friday when he received members of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) on a courtesy visit, was responding to […]

Will Consumers Balk at 5G Phone Prices? | Mobile

Consumers could suffer from sticker shock when it comes time to buy a 5G-enabled phone, suggests a new report from IHS Markit, based on a poll conducted in the United States. Although consumers expect to pay more money for 5G smartphones, the prices may exceed their expectations dramatically, with some devices selling for as much […]

The best smart locks for 2019

Of all the smart home gadgets out there, smart locks are some of the best problem-solvers when it comes to everyday annoyances. Forget your keys? No problem. Need to unlock the door to let in a friend or service provider? Easy-peasy. Forgot to lock the door before heading into bed? Don’t worry.  With a smart lock at your door, […]

A cheaper HomePod could be on the way next year

A cheaper HomePod could be coming next year.  Tyler Lizenby/CNET Apple’s HomePod was praised for its sound quality, but the pricey Siri-powered smart speaker has failed to keep up with offerings from Amazon, Google and Sonos, among others. Its initial $349 price didn’t do it any favors; neither did Siri’s limited functionality compared to Alexa or […]

Jumia reports 94 percent increase in 2019 second quarter

TechPoint Jumia Technologies on Thursday announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30 with a 94 per cent increase in gross profit. The co-chief executive officer of Jumia, Sacha Poignonnec, disclosed this at a media briefing held in Lagos. According to him, the quarter witnessed continued strong growth of top-line drivers, delivery […]

Older iPhones, Samsung phones might not be as safe as we think

iPhone 7. CNET Apple and Samsung phones released over the last three years may be producing radio frequency radiation at levels higher than current Federal Communications Commission (FCC) limits allow, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune. Scientists and consumers have shown increasing concern radio frequency radiation from our devices may have adverse effects […]

Fighting Cybercrime: Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics Are the New A-Team | Sponsored Content

Cybersecurity and digital forensics are instrumental in creating effective defense, analysis and investigation of cybercrime. While both focus on the protection of digital assets, they come at it from two different angles. Digital forensics deals with the aftermath of the incident in an investigatory role, whereas, cybersecurity is more focused on the prevention and detection […]

EFCC arrests cyber criminal, two others in Benin

A suspect of cyber fraud, Oseghale Collins, was on Tuesday arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Benin Zonal Office at his hideout in Benin City, Edo State. Collins, who specialises in Business Email Compromise, BEC, was arrested alongside two brothers, Stephen and Fred Emefiele, who are also alleged to be […]

The best iPad deals: Get the 12.9-inch Pro for $800

It’s the big one. Apple The persistent rumors about two new iPads coming in the fall may help explain the frequent discounts being applied to virtually all of the models in Apple’s current lineup. The entry-level iPad, which was marked down significantly last week, is now back to its previous price. This week, the best deals are […]

NCC: Why we crashed USSD price cap

Fix Africa News Magazine Today’s global economy is increasingly dependent on mobile technology. This is not just for telecommunications services but also for a number of other services offered by adjacent industries. In this regard, Unstructured Supplementary Service Data, USSD services are playing an increasingly important role in the implementation of value added services across […]

Facebook reportedly faces EU antitrust scrutiny over its Libra cryptocurrency

Facebook plans to launch a new cryptocurrency in 2020. Angela Lang/CNET Facebook’s new cryptocurrency, Libra, hasn’t even launched yet, but concerns about the project keep piling up.  The European Commission is currently investigating whether the new digital currency could unfairly shut out rivals, according to Bloomberg, which cited a questionnaire by EU antitrust regulators.  Facebook […]

NCC harps on robust infrastructure to boost innovation

Fix Africa News Magazine The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says robust telecommunications/broadband infrastructure is fundamental baseline to engender innovations that will drive economic growth in Nigeria. The Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, made the assertion on Tuesday in Lagos during the Nigeria Innovation Summit 2019. The summit had the theme: ”Accelerating Nigeria’s Economic […]

PressReader aims to add more personalization to its digital news platform by acquiring News360 – TechCrunch

A pair of digital news companies are teaming up, with PressReader acquiring News360. PressReader was founded back in 1999 as Newspaper Direct. It now operates a platform that converts newspapers and magazines into digital formats, while offering a $29.99 monthly subscription that provides unlimited access to more than 7,000 of those titles. News360, meanwhile, is […]

Cerebras Debuts Big Chip to Speed Up AI Processes | Chips

By Jack M. Germain Aug 20, 2019 2:36 AM PT Startup chip developer Cerebras on Monday announced a breakthrough in high-speed processor design that will hasten the development of artificial intelligence technologies. Cerebras unveiled the largest computer processing chip ever built. The new chip, dubbed “Wafer-Scale Engine” (WSE) — pronounced “wise” — is the heartbeat […]

Twitter, Facebook accuse China of Hong Kong’s discord campaign

Reuters Twitter and Facebook have accused the Chinese government of backing a social media campaign to discredit Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement and sow political discord in the city. The American tech giants announced Monday they had suspended nearly 1,000 active accounts linked to the campaign, while Twitter said it had shut down about 200,000 more […]

YouTube sues alleged copyright troll over extortion of multiple YouTubers

YouTube is going after an alleged copyright troll using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (DMCA) provisions, alleging that Christopher Brady used false copyright strikes to extort YouTube creators, harming the company in the process. Now, YouTube is suing Brady, using the DMCA’s provisions against fraudulent takedown claims, seeking compensatory damages and an injunction against future […]

The best video doorbells of 2019

The Nest Hello doorbell costs $229. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Editors’ note (April 26, 2019): August has recalled its View Doorbell Camera due to performance issues. Find out more. Video doorbells are a relatively new category for the smart home, but they closely overlap with standard home security cameras. They are, in fact, doorbells with built-in security cameras.  With a […]