Facebook's new cryptocurrency brings it one step closer to becoming an independent 'virtual nation'

20 June 2019
Facebook's new cryptocurrency brings it one step closer to becoming an independent 'virtual nation'

Facebook recently announced a plan to launch a new cryptocurrency named the Libra. According to Jennifer Grygiel, a professor of communications at Syracuse University, Libra is Facebook's attempt at gaining...

Airbus says it has the technology to fly planes with no pilots. Will you fly on one?

19 June 2019
Airbus says it has the technology to fly planes with no pilots. Will you fly on one?

Bill Bostock • Airbus says it has developed technology to fly passengers jets with no pilots at all. • Its chief commercial officer, Christian Scherer, said that the barriers which...

Nigeria has one of the fastest growing developer communities in the world - GitHub chief

18 June 2019
Nigeria has one of the fastest growing developer communities in the world - GitHub chief

• Nigeria is one of the fastest growing developer communities on software development platform GitHub. • GitHub CEO Nat Friedman visited Nigeria on a "fact-finding mission" — GitHub teams have...

To detect fake news, this AI first learned to write it

12 June 2019
To detect fake news, this AI first learned to write it

One of the biggest problems in media today is so-called “fake news,” which is so highly pernicious in part because it superficially resembles the real thing. AI tools promise to...

Scientists create computer system that can tell if a baby is hungry, tired or in pain

09 June 2019
Scientists create computer system that can tell if a baby is hungry, tired or in pain

A new artificial intelligence method is capable of identifying and differentiating between babies' cries to tell what they want, or even if they're in pain. The system can detect whether...

How to get a lifetime of free fuel to power your car and home — plus a cash bonus while you’re at it

08 June 2019
How to get a lifetime of free fuel to power your car and home — plus a cash bonus while you’re at it

Imagine a world where your fuel is free for life. Where your car helps power your home. Where your car earns you cash by sending unused energy back to the...

What the “i” in iPhone stands for

02 June 2019
What the “i” in iPhone stands for

Many - if not most - of the more than 2 billioniPhone users around the globe treat their little device like an additional appendage. Nowadays, the smart technology is used...

Scientists develop method that eliminates mosquitoes in an area within days

31 May 2019
Scientists develop method that eliminates mosquitoes in an area within days

A fungus - genetically enhanced to produce spider toxin - can rapidly kill huge numbers of the mosquitoes that spread malaria, a study suggests. Trials, which took place in Burkina...

Google restricts Huawei's use of Android

20 May 2019
Google restricts Huawei's use of Android

Google has barred phone maker Huawei off from some updates to the Android operating system, dealing a blow to the Chinese firm. New Huawei smartphones will also lose access to...

WhatsApp hack: Is any app or computer truly secure?

16 May 2019
WhatsApp hack: Is any app or computer truly secure?

WhatsApp has confirmed that a security flaw in the app let attackers install spy software on their targets' smartphones. That has left many of its 1.5 billion users wondering how...

WhatsApp bug enabling govt to monitor your calls discovered

14 May 2019
WhatsApp bug enabling govt to monitor your calls discovered

Hackers were able to remotely install surveillance software on phones and other devices using a major vulnerability in messaging app WhatsApp, it has been confirmed. WhatsApp, which is owned by...

The US has a secret knife missile that kills terrorists without harming civilians

10 May 2019
The US has a secret knife missile that kills terrorists without harming civilians

Ryan Pickrell • The US has developed a secret weapon designed to eliminate terrorists without injuring/killing nearby civilians, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. • The R9X missile is a...

Don calls for more interest in plant used in producing jute bag, others

09 May 2019
Don calls for more interest in plant used in producing jute bag, others

Daniel Agbolade, Ibadan Executive Director, Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T), Ibadan, Mr. James Adediran, has called for more interest in Kenaf production in order to save the country...

The most exciting thing about smartphones isn’t here yet

07 May 2019
The most exciting thing about smartphones isn’t here yet

The truth is, it’s a boring time for smartphones. Most of the huge camera and qualitative improvements of the early years have leveled off. iOS and Android are basically equal...

Facebook boss reveals changes in response to criticism

01 May 2019
Facebook boss reveals changes in response to criticism

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has revealed a series of changes to the firm's portfolio of social platforms, including Instagram and Whatsapp. The new designs and features for its apps are...

Tesla CEO plans to hand the car keys to robots next year

23 April 2019
Tesla CEO plans to hand the car keys to robots next year

Tesla CEO Elon Musk expects to start converting the company’s electric cars into fully self-driving vehicles next year as part of an audacious plan to create a network of robotic...

In a world of Google and Amazon, libraries rethink their role

14 April 2019
In a world of Google and Amazon, libraries rethink their role

Abrar Al-Heeti More information is available online than ever. Libraries are stepping in to make sure everyone can access it. Not everyone has access to tech resources many take for...

Scientists reveal first image ever made of a black hole

11 April 2019
Scientists reveal first image ever made of a black hole

Scientists on Wednesday revealed the first image ever made of a black hole, depicting its hot, shadowy edges where light bends around itself in a cosmic funhouse effect. Assembling data...

Placing this card in the fridge may keep your food from spoiling too soon

09 April 2019
Placing this card in the fridge may keep your food from spoiling too soon

Can placing a napkin-sized laminated card inside your fridge keep the edibles inside from spoiling too quickly? A family-owned Boston-based company Nature’s Frequencies claims sticking its $75 Food Freshness Cardin...

Pilot-less air taxi takes off in Vienna demonstration flight

05 April 2019
Pilot-less air taxi takes off in Vienna demonstration flight

As carmakers push ahead with self-driving vehicles, an Austrian aerospace company and its Chinese partner showed off their pilot-less “flying taxi” for the first time in Europe on Thursday. The...

WhatsApp adds a new privacy setting for groups in another effort to clamp down on fake news

04 April 2019
WhatsApp adds a new privacy setting for groups in another effort to clamp down on fake news

WhatsApp has announced another protection for users in an effort to clamp down on the spread of fake news and misinformation. Through a new feature, users can control who has...

Telegram adds ‘delete everywhere’ nuclear option, killing chat history

26 March 2019
Telegram adds ‘delete everywhere’ nuclear option, killing chat history

Telegram has added a feature that lets a user delete messages in one-to-one and/or group private chats, after the fact, and not only from their own inbox. The new ‘nuclear...

Drinking very hot tea almost doubles risk of cancer, new study says

24 March 2019
Drinking very hot tea almost doubles risk of cancer, new study says

Many people start their day with a cup of tea. But those who drink it piping hot could be increasing their risk of esophageal cancer, according to a new study....

Only 4.7% of FG’s institutions use IT effectively – NITDA

22 March 2019
Only 4.7% of FG’s institutions use IT effectively – NITDA

Nigeria’s National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has criticised government institutions for underutilising enterprise technology saying only 4.7 per cent of federal institutions use IT “in somewhat effective manner”. In...

Google introduces educational app to improve children’s literacy

19 March 2019
Google introduces educational app to improve children’s literacy

Google is expanding its suite of apps designed for the Indian market with today’s launch of a new language-learning app aimed at children, called Bolo. The app, which is aimed...

A.I. still needs H.I. (Human Intelligence), for now - Thomas L. Friedman

19 March 2019
A.I. still needs H.I. (Human Intelligence), for now - Thomas L. Friedman

Chatbots and other computers are learning, but we still have skills they don’t. Fifteen years ago I came to Bangalore, India’s Silicon Valley, to do a documentary on outsourcing. One...

What Google knows about you - and what you can do about it

16 March 2019
What Google knows about you - and what you can do about it

Ina Fried For all the many controversies around Facebook's mishandling of personal data, Google actually knows way more about most of us. The bottom line: Just how much Google knows...

This TV remote-sized stick turns your phone into a satellite device

15 March 2019
This TV remote-sized stick turns your phone into a satellite device

PROS: It allows your phone to send and receive text messages anywhere in the world CONS: It’s an extra (albeit important) piece of kit to add to your adventure packing...

Facebook suffers the most severe outage in its history

14 March 2019
Facebook suffers the most severe outage in its history

Facebook is suffering the most severe outage in its history, with key services rendered unusable for users globally for much of Wednesday. The last time Facebook had a disruption of...

‘Brilliant’ man who was an inventor of the calculator dies

06 March 2019
‘Brilliant’ man who was an inventor of the calculator dies

Jerry Merryman, one of the inventors of the hand-held electronic calculator who is described by those who knew him as not only brilliant but also kind with a good sense...

Glo reconfirms industry leadership with Roadmap to Drive Future of Nigerian Telecoms

05 March 2019
Glo reconfirms industry leadership with Roadmap to Drive Future of Nigerian Telecoms

Globacom has announced a roadmap to drive the future of Nigeria’s telecommunication sector, including a plan to introduce new data analytics tools to capture subscriber experience in real time. According...

No more dialysis: Scientists have developed a bionic kidney

03 March 2019
No more dialysis: Scientists have developed a bionic kidney

Natural remedies are indeed very powerful, but there are times when we have to turn to modern technology. Dialysis patients can’t live without the treatment, but their suffering is enormous....

How you could control your world with just your fingertips

02 March 2019
How you could control your world with just your fingertips

QWERTY typewriter was introduced in 1872, and since then tapping on a keyboard or screen has become the standard way to interact with digital technology. But this isn't always convenient...

LG’s answer to the foldable mania is a second screen

28 February 2019
LG’s answer to the foldable mania is a second screen

If you haven’t already soaked up the leaks about it, the new LG V50 introduced today is a souped-up V40 with the new Snapdragon 855 processor, improved cooling, bigger battery,...

Samsung folding phone is different – but also almost $2,000

21 February 2019
Samsung folding phone is different – but also almost $2,000

Samsung unveiled a highly anticipated smartphone with a foldable screen in an attempt to break the innovation funk that has beset the smartphone market. But it’s far from clear that...

NASA rover finally bites the dust on Mars after 15 years

14 February 2019
NASA rover finally bites the dust on Mars after 15 years

NASA’s longest-running rover on Mars, Opportunity, has been pronounced dead, 15 years after it landed on the red planet. The six-wheeled vehicle was built to operate just three months. But...

40 countries agree cars must have automatic braking

13 February 2019
40 countries agree cars must have automatic braking

Forty countries led by Japan and the European Union — but not the U.S. or China — have agreed to require new cars and light commercial vehicles to be equipped...

Moringa dangerous to pregnant women - Study

13 February 2019
Moringa dangerous to pregnant women - Study

Consumption of Moringa oleifera leaves during pregnancy could cause congenital deformities, a recent study published in Italian Journal of Anatomy And Embryology has found. Moringa oleifera is a plant that...

Mirror test hints at surprising cognitive abilities in fish

08 February 2019
Mirror test hints at surprising cognitive abilities in fish

A small tropical reef fish was able to recognize itself in a mirror, scientists said on Thursday in a finding that raises provocative questions about assessing self-awareness and cognitive abilities...

Facebook now lets everyone unsend messages

06 February 2019
Facebook now lets everyone unsend messages

Facebook has finally made good on its promise to let users unsend chats after TechCrunch discovered Mark Zuckerberg had secretly retracted some of his Facebook Messages from recipients. Today Facebook...