Science and Technology

Experts have developed a device that can detect when someone is sarcastic It works by examining the pitch, talking rate and energy in speech Our friends from across the pond have been known to struggle with British sarcasm on occasion. But improved Anglo-American relations may be on the horizon, as experts have developed a device that can detect when someone is being sarcastic. A team from the University of Groningen have created an algorithm that analyses someone's speech to work out if they are using irony. It works by examining the pitch, talking rate and energy in speech, and then…
Premium electricity consumers categorised as Band A customers are embracing solar power as an alternative source of energy following the recent tariff hike as well as the high cost of fuel, DARE OLAWIN reports In Nigeria, the average person is gradually losing the ability to afford electricity as they still struggle to pay for other essentials of life. Since April, many people have seen an increase in their electricity costs of over 300 per cent, as a result of the government’s decision to stop providing subsidies for electricity in areas covered by Band A feeders. They are now considering solar…
In a bid to rescue Nigeria from its economic challenges, Wellspring Consulting advocates for significant investments in cybersecurity, envisioning Nigeria as a leading exporter of cybersecurity experts. Omowunmi Oyetibo, Head of Operations at Wellspring Consulting, emphasized the urgent need for collaboration between the government, private sector, and individuals to bolster the nation's cybersecurity workforce. Oyetibo highlighted the firm's expertise in training cybersecurity professionals, offering promising career prospects in the rapidly evolving tech industry, both domestically and internationally. Notably, Wellspring Consulting plans to forge partnerships with organizations to sponsor aspiring Nigerian youths, particularly women, in pursuing cybersecurity careers. By providing training…
A cheap drug used to treat diabetes may help you live a longer, healthier life, scientists believe. Metformin, which helps people lower their blood sugar and treats Type 2 diabetes, could also protect against cancer, cognitive decline and heart disease. This is due to its anti-inflammatory effects, NPR reported. It costs less than a dollar a day under some insurance plans. Scientists are testing their hypothesis with a study called the TAME Trial to see whether metformin can slow down aging and prevent disease in older healthy adults. The six-year trial aims to enroll 3,000 people between the ages of…
Generative AI is getting better every day. We now have ChatGPT4, Claude 3, Gemini, Perplexity, and whole gamut of specialized GenAI tools that await your discovery. And people are using these tools in creative ways. For example, UNICEF now explicitly states that they will not accept job applications that use Generative AI. I wonder how they would know when 70% of job applicants use GenAI today. Maybe if the application was an obvious copy/paste or careless applicants included “as of my last knowledge update” in their documentation. In that case, the application should be trashed because it’s a bad application,…
Apple sent threat notifications to iPhone users in 92 countries on Wednesday, warning them that may have been targeted by mercenary spyware attacks. The company said it sent the alerts to individuals in 92 nations at 12pm Pacific Time Wednesday. The notification, which TechCrunch has seen, did not disclose the attackers’ identities or the countries where users received notifications. “Apple detected that you are being targeted by a mercenary spyware attack that is trying to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID -xxx-,” it wrote in the warning to affected customers. “This attack is likely targeting you specifically…
Wednesday, 10 April 2024 04:44

8 ways to extend your iPhone's battery life

We may earn a commission from links on this page. No one likes being tethered to a socket at home or dealing with a dying phone when on the go. A long-lasting battery life on a phone is essential. When an iPhone ages, its battery suffers, leading to a shorter life. If you feel your iPhone has not lasted as long as it used to, follow the tips below. They won’t undo the battery damage but’ll ensure you get the most out of each charge. Turn off Background Refresh iPhone apps tend to auto-refresh to be ready for you when…
Some security exploits never die, and others seemingly cannot be killed. When a threat is named after a legendary vampire perhaps we should have expected it to come back from the dead. The real surprise, as security researchers raise the alarm over the Darcula phishing-as-a-service exploit resurfacing, and targeting 100 countries using more than 20,000 registered brand domains to help quench its thirst for iPhone user credential theft, is the way it evades Apple security measures. Here’s what you need to know. Darcula Rises From The Dead To Suck Credentials From iPhone Users First spotted in the wild last year…
Throughout history, attempts by mere mortals to plumb the inner recesses of the soul have been seen as hubristic. Shakespeare had Hamlet express this powerfully when he rages against those who “would pluck out the heart of my mystery”. He accuses Rosencrantz and Guildenstern of trying to play him like some kind of instrument, rather than treating him as a human being. “How unworthy a thing you make of me,” he chides. Today, there are no such taboos. Hamlet refers to himself metaphorically as “this little organ” but now we dissect the self by studying a very literal organ: the…
WhatsApp has launched four new text formatting options today These are bulleted lists, numbered lists, block quotes, and incline code There's nothing more frustrating than coming home from the shops only to realise you've forgotten a vital ingredient. But with new text formats in WhatsApp, there will no longer be any excuse for forgetting your shopping list. Today, the popular messaging app has launched four new text formats to make it easier for users to communicate. These are the bulleted list, numbered list, block quote, and incline code. Here's how you can try them out for yourself. How to use…
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Former Nigerian winger Finidi George has been appointed as the head coach of the national…

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