High tech aircraft maintenance begins in Nigeria as Aero upgrades to ‘D Check’

16 August 2019
High tech aircraft maintenance begins in Nigeria as Aero upgrades to ‘D Check’

Nigeria’s dream to conduct major aircraft maintenance locally and save a substantial part of the over $2 billion spent annually on overseas checks may have materialised with Aero Contractors’ approval...

Facebook to feature Yoruba, Igbo languages in fight against fake news

15 August 2019
Facebook to feature Yoruba, Igbo languages in fight against fake news

Facebook has said it will fight fake news on its platform using Yoruba and Igbo languages. Facebook’s Head of Public Policy, Africa, Mr Kojo Boakye, said in a statement in...

How 5G will revolutionise communication

06 August 2019
How 5G will revolutionise communication

Caroline Frost • 5G paved the way for the UK's first holographic phone call, but the technology's improved speed and reduced latency will bring more everyday benefits for business owners....

Now, women can delay menopause by 20 years and even have kids in between. This is how

05 August 2019
Now, women can delay menopause by 20 years and even have kids in between. This is how

Michael Powell and Lara Keay Women can delay the menopause by up to 20 years with a new 30-minute operation that tricks their biological clocks into thinking they are much...

Digital ‘clothes’ could be the next big Instagram hit

03 August 2019
Digital ‘clothes’ could be the next big Instagram hit

Hip Scandinavian fashion retailer Carlings knew it had to make a big impression when it launched its first online store in 2018 — years after most other apparel brands. Carlings...

Feeling hot or cold? This pocket gadget the size of your ATM card provides sweet relief

27 July 2019
Feeling hot or cold? This pocket gadget the size of your ATM card provides sweet relief

Sony is crowdfunding a portable wearable air conditioner about the size of a bank card which blasts cool air down the back of your shirt. The Reon Pocket is a...

Nigerian accent introduced on Google Maps

26 July 2019
Nigerian accent introduced on Google Maps

Commuters making their way through Nigeria can now hear travel advice in a local voice on Google Maps under new features aimed at attracting more users in Africa that were...

Deepfake videos pose a threat, but ‘dumbfakes’ may be worse

20 July 2019
Deepfake videos pose a threat, but ‘dumbfakes’ may be worse

Sophisticated phony videos called deepfakes have attracted plenty of attention as a possible threat to election integrity. But a bigger problem for the 2020 U.S. presidential contest may be “dumbfakes”...

Will ships without sailors be the future of trade?

16 July 2019
Will ships without sailors be the future of trade?

On 7 May, customs officers in Ostend, Belgium, received a box of oysters from the UK. The molluscs had been caught in Essex and transported to Belgium on a 12m...

Is your smartphone secretly listening to you?

12 July 2019
Is your smartphone secretly listening to you?

We’ve all been there. You talk on the phone with a friend about something, say sneakers, and then a little later see an ad for the latest Nike shoes in...

Fresh from the lab: Startups make meat that avoids slaughter

10 July 2019
Fresh from the lab: Startups make meat that avoids slaughter

Uma Valeti slices into a pan-fried chicken cutlet in the kitchen of his startup, Memphis Meats. He sniffs the tender morsel on his fork before taking a bite. He chews...

How your smartphone can help you travel light

08 July 2019
How your smartphone can help you travel light

Whether you're heading out of town for Independence Day, Thanksgiving, or any other occasion, traveling light has its advantages: fewer items to remember, an easier time navigating crowded streets, and...

Have you run out of phone storage? This is what to do

06 July 2019
Have you run out of phone storage? This is what to do

You're taking that killer selfie in front of a national monument and you get that dreaded notice on your phone – you've run out of storage. Apple will offer a...

Have you run out of phone storage? This is what to do

06 July 2019
Have you run out of phone storage? This is what to do

You're taking that killer selfie in front of a national monument and you get that dreaded notice on your phone – you've run out of storage. Apple will offer a...

Biblical bad guys the ancient Philistines came from Europe, DNA shows

04 July 2019
Biblical bad guys the ancient Philistines came from Europe, DNA shows

The ancient Philistines, the Biblical villains whose origins have puzzled scholars for decades, came to the Middle East from southern Europe more than 3,000 years ago, new DNA testing has...

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...