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Nigeria is becoming Africa’s unofficial tech capital

Africa has one of the world’s fastest growing tech markets and Nigeria is becoming its unofficial capital. While the West African nation is commonly associated with negative cliches around corruption and terrorism — which persist as serious problems, and influenced the Trump administration’s recent restrictions on Nigerian immigration to the U.S. Even so, there’s more to the country than Boko Haram or fictitious princes with inheritances. Nigeria has become a magnet for VC, a hotbed for startup ...
Tags: TC, Finance, China, Boko Haram, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, Cisco, Vc, South Africa, Venture Capital, Kenya, Silicon Valley, Goldman Sachs, Jack Dorsey, Partech Ventures


Unexpected Events, International Trade, and Contractual Obligations

In a globalized economy, unexpected events on the other side of the world can easily have direct economic impacts on the Canadian economy. Complex supply chains and strategic imports can be quickly disrupted by political, social, or medical issues. One contemporary example would be with the coronavirus emerging in China. The China Council for The Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), which was founded in 1952, and is responsible for developing business cooperation and exchange with other cou...
Tags: Apple, Law, China, Court, Canada, Huawei, Alberta, Ontario, Supreme Court of Canada, Theroux, China Council, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions, Grosse, Alberta Court of Appeal, Substantive Law: Foreign Law, English High Court of Justice


2020 Super Bowl Commercials: Funeral for Mr. Peanut, Tears for Google

Uplifting spots from major brands stayed away from divisive issues on TV’s biggest ad day. But Trump and Bloomberg crashed the party.
Tags: Google, Television, News, Bloomberg, Super Bowl, Trump, Google Inc, Fox Broadcasting Co, Donald J, Advertising and Marketing, Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, Michael R


Super Bowl 2020 Commercials: Funeral for Mr. Peanut, Tears for Google

Uplifting spots from major brands are staying away from divisive issues on TV’s biggest ad day. But Trump and Bloomberg are crashing the party.
Tags: Google, Television, News, Bloomberg, Super Bowl, Trump, Google Inc, Fox Broadcasting Co, Donald J, Advertising and Marketing, Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, Michael R


Instacart Employees in One Chicago Store Have Just Voted To Join a Union

"Gig economy workers may have won an important, if conditional, battle in their push for better conditions," reports Engadget: Instacart employees in the Chicago suburb of Skokie have voted to unionize through their local branch of United Food and Commercial Workers, giving them more collective bargaining power than they had before. The move only covers 15 staffers who operate at the Mariano's grocery store, but it's the first time Instacart employees have unionized in the U.S. and could aff...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Chicago, Kickstarter, Instacart, Mariano, Engadget, Skokie, United Food and Commercial Workers, Google Amazon Facebook


11 Reasons Not to Become Famous (or “A Few Lessons Learned Since 2007”)

November of 2008. I had more hair, a flip phone, and absolutely no idea what was coming. “Let the cymbals of popularity tinkle still. Let the butterflies of fame glitter with their wings. I shall envy neither their music nor their colors.” – John AdamsLetters of John Adams: Addressed to His Wife “If I’m not famous by 30, I might as well put a bullet in my head.” That’s an actual sentence I spoke to one of my closest friends. At the time, I was 28. Fortunately, unlike during my dar...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Hollywood, Texas, Beyonce, Molly, Wikipedia, New York City, US, Lifestyle, Fbi, Austin, Idaho, Fame, Bill Murray, Jim Carrey


Super Bowl Commercials: A Funeral for Mr. Peanut, but Tears for Google

Spots from major brands are largely staying away from divisive issues on TV’s biggest ad day. But Trump and Bloomberg are crashing the party.
Tags: Google, Television, News, Bloomberg, Super Bowl, Trump, Google Inc, Fox Broadcasting Co, Donald J, Advertising and Marketing, Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, Michael R


A Russian Satellite Appears To Be Shadowing an American Spy Satellite

"A Russian satellite has positioned itself uncomfortably close to an American spy satellite in orbit around Earth..." reports the Verge, adding that the Russian satellite "has been in constant view of its U.S. target for nearly two weeks now." An anonymous reader quotes The Drive: Russia has a number of what it calls "space apparatus inspectors" in orbit, which the U.S. government and others warn the Kremlin could use to gather intelligence on other satellites or function as "killer satellit...
Tags: Usa, China, Russia, Tech, Earth, Kremlin, Thompson, Purdue University, Michael Thompson, U S Space Force


Here are all the Super Bowl commercials running this year

Super Bowl ads don't come cheap. Fox is charging as much as $5.6 million for a 30-second spot in the game this year. Some like Facebook and hummus maker Sabra are advertising for the first time while others like Snickers and Squarespace are returning after a few years. The advertisers also include regulars like Anheuser-Busch InBev and Pepsi and presidential candidates Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg.  Here's everything we know about the commercials airing during the Super Bowl 2020. Visit...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Verizon, Facebook, Microsoft, Mexico, Boston, Office, Michael Bay, Disney, NFL, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Walmart


Elon Musk writes a hit song. Listen now.

Elon Musk released an EDM song on SoundCloud.The track "Don't doubt ur vibe" has racked up millions of listens.Musk said he wrote the lyrics and performed them himself. One of the most fascinating figures of our time, the tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has released an electronic dance single on Soundcloud, hoping to make you move and not "doubt your vibe".Musk captures the public's imagination both with his ability to bring to fruition entirely new technologies and his lifestyle. Rubbing shoulde...
Tags: Space, Music, Elon Musk, Technology, Entertainment, Culture, Innovation, Grimes, Soundcloud, Musk, Cincinnati, Trump, Thomas Edison, Elon, Don, Harambe


Ubuntu vs Windows 10: Performance Tests on a Walmart Laptop

Phoronix's Michael Larabel is doing some performance testing on Walmart's $199 Motile-branded M141 laptop (which has an AMD Ryzen 3 3200U processor, Vega 3 graphics, 4GB of RAM, and a 14-inch 1080p display). But first he compared the performance of its pre-installed Windows 10 OS against the forthcoming Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Linux distribution. Some highlights: - Java text rendering performance did come out much faster on Ubuntu 20.04 with this Ryzen 3 3200U laptop... - The GraphicsMagick imagin...
Tags: Tech, Walmart, Php, Intel, Ubuntu, Vega, Michael Larabel, RYZEN, AMD Ryzen, LTS Linux, Embree, Walmart Laptop


Why the Super Bowl Is Being Broadcast In Fake 4K

Today Fox will broadcast the Super Bowl in 4K and HDR, reports Gizmodo's senior consumer tech editor. But "the 4K is fake 4K, and, according to Digital Trend's interview with one of the men producing the Bowl, there's a good reason for that..." The reason is that 4K is still really, really data intensive. A 4K video is often twice the size of a 1080p video. It's full of twice as much data which means storage drives need to be twice as big. It also means data pipelines need to be bigger, and pro...
Tags: Tech, Fox, Gizmodo, Hdr, Digital Trends, Michael Drazin, Digital Trends Instead


Workflow optimization tips for Product Marketers

Few things make me happier than being able to be productive and efficient in my role, and ensuring my team feels confident in knowing what they are accountable for. As I transitioned from general marketing into product marketing last year, one of my core challenges at Kahoot! was maintaining communications across team lines, ensuring responsibilities were clear to all, especially as many staff were transitioning into changing roles.Here are my top tips for streamlining work, simplifying processe...
Tags: Google, Startups, Marketing, Tech, Workflow, Austin Startups, Project-management, Kahoot, Product-marketing


Apple is expected to launch its new iPhone 12 lineup this fall — here's everything we know about it so far (AAPL)

Apple will likely add 5G support to its 2020 flagship iPhones, according to early reports and rumors. Other than 5G connectivity, the phones are said to feature a more advanced 3D camera and new size options. The addition of 5G could boost demand for Apple's new iPhones as customers are upgrading their smartphones less often. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Even before Apple unveiled the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro in September, reports had already started to emerge about ...
Tags: Apple, Samsung, Trends, Bloomberg, Intel, Barclays, Huawei, Qualcomm, Strategy Analytics, Samsung Qualcomm, Apple Apple, Ming Chi Kuo, Kuo, Blayne Curtis, Dan Ives, TF International Securities


Stephen King, Elon Musk Criticize Social Media Policies

CaptainDork spotted CNN's update about best-selling author Stephen King: "I'm quitting Facebook," the author said on Twitter Friday. "Not comfortable with the flood of false information that's allowed in its political advertising, nor am I confident in its ability to protect its users' privacy...." His Facebook profile has since been deleted. King encouraged his fans to follow him on Twitter. But meanwhile... Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Sunday slammed Twitter and Google for the rise in trolling n...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Stephen King, Tech, Cnn, King, Musk, Yahoo Finance, McNamee, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Roger McNamee, CaptainDork, Facebook Catastrophe, Stephen King Elon Musk


Uber Suspends 240 Accounts in Mexico Over User Suspected of Having Coronavirus

As the coronavirus outbreak rages on, its effects are being felt around the world. In Mexico, Uber felt compelled to act when it learned that its drivers had possibly come into contact with a person suspected to have coronavirus. Consequently, it temporarily deactivated the accounts of 240 users who had also travelled…Read more...
Tags: Health, Uber, Science, Technology, Mexico, Coronavirus


Despite Promises, Facebook's Instagram Is Still Spreading Anti-Vaccine Disinformation

"It's been almost a year since Instagram pledged to reduce the spread of vaccine-related misinformation on its platform. But today, it continues to do the exact opposite," reports the Huffington Post: When HuffPost created a new Instagram account and searched for the term "vaccines" on Saturday, almost all of the top results were anti-vax pages... At the very top was a profile with more than 74,000 followers and posts pushing blatant falsehoods about vaccines and the Wuhan coronavirus. As soon ...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Huffington Post, Wuhan, HuffPost


Is Amazon Responding to Employee Concerns About 'Ring' Privacy?

"The deployment of connected home security cameras that allow footage to be queried centrally are simply not compatible with a free society," wrote Amazon software developer Max Eliaser (as part of last week's Medium post from "Amazon Employees For Climate Justice.") "The privacy issues are not fixable with regulation and there is no balance that can be struck. Ring should be shut down immediately and not brought back." Inc. columnist Chris Matyszczyk describes what happened next: Amazon rel...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Chris Matyszczyk, Inc, Max Eliaser, Eliaser


Apple is expected to launch its new iPhone 12 lineup this fall — here's everything we know about it so far

Apple's iPhone 12 is expected to come in four versions when it's presumably released next September. Here's what we know.
Tags: Apple, News


Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Cheer’ provides a gripping, painful look at competitive cheerleading

“Cheer,” a new documentary series on Netflix, may be singlehandedly changing the way many people think about cheerleading. The show follows the competitive cheerleading team at Navarro College in Texas as they prepare to compete once more in the national championships, and it quickly becomes clear that this is a physically demanding sport, requiring extraordinary strength and coordination — and resulting in serious injuries when things go wrong. Those injuries have spurred a broader conversat...
Tags: Apple, Texas, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Tech, Netflix, Original Content Podcast, Aldama, Navarro College, Monica Aldama


WhatsApp ends support for millions of smartphones around the world

WhatsApp no longer supports smartphones running on Android versions 2.3.7 and older, and iOS 8 and older.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Android, Mobile, Facebook, News, Trends, Whatsapp


Google promises next week's cookie-crumbling Chrome 80 will only cause 'a very modest amount of breakage'

Smart websites should be fine – if you're being scummy, bewareNext week Google is scheduled to release Chrome 80 to its stable channel, and says only "a very modest amount of breakage" of websites is expected.…
Tags: Google, Linux


Have a First Aid Question? Don't Ask Siri Or Cortana.

AmiMoJo quotes Mashable: A new study from the University of Alberta, published Tuesday in the medical journal The BMJ, tested smart assistants Siri, Cortana, Alexa, and Google Assistant on their ability to respond helpfully to first aid questions. While Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa way outperformed Apple's Siri and Microsoft's Cortana, the results as a whole were underwhelming. The researchers asked all of the smart assistants 123 questions on 39 first aid topics such as heart attacks, ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Cortana, Siri, Tech, Bmj, Alexa, University Of Alberta, Don, Siri Cortana Alexa


Red teams OK to push ethical limits but not on themselves, study says

Wake up, make breakfast, get the kids to school, drive to work, break into the chief financial officer’s inbox and steal the entire company’s employee tax records. Maybe later you’ll grab a bagel from across the street. For “red teams” — or offensive security researchers — it’s just another day at work. These offensive security teams are made up of skilled hackers who are authorized to find vulnerabilities in a company’s systems, networks but also their employees. By hacking a company from withi...
Tags: Security, Africa, Tech, Cryptography, Cybercrime, Washington Dc, Iowa, Middle East, Wheeler, South America, Social Engineering, Software Testing, Phishing, Computer Security, New America, Iversen


Everyone loves the coronapocalypse

The 2019-nCoV coronavirus is a global public health emergency of significant concern. It is also, simultaneously, a fount of misinformation, wild conspiracy theories, and both over- and under-reactions. Whose fault is this? So glad you asked. I happen to have a little list. Purveyors of misinformation. As archly observed by The Atlantic, that misleadingly-self-described Harvard epidemiologist who tweeted “HOLY MOTHER OF GOD” followed by math errors was … well … wrong. He claims to be a Harvar...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Opinion, Tech, Harvard, Atlantic, Scott Aaronson, Leibowitz, Carl T Bergstrom, GitHub Archive Program


All the new Safari features in iPadOS 13 that you need to know about

With iPadOS 13, the Safari browser has been transformed into a desktop class app. We show you how to use it.
Tags: Apple, Ipad, Mobile, Trends, Web, How-to, iPadOS, Mobile Safari


Space-time Is Swirling Around a Dead Star, Proving Einstein Right Again

schwit1 quotes Space.com: The way the fabric of space and time swirls in a cosmic whirlpool around a dead star has confirmed yet another prediction from Einstein's theory of general relativity, a new study finds. That prediction is a phenomenon known as frame dragging, or the Lense-Thirring effect. It states that space-time will churn around a massive, rotating body. For example, imagine Earth were submerged in honey. As the planet rotated, the honey around it would swirl — and the same holds t...
Tags: Tech, Earth, Einstein, Vivek Venkatraman Krishnan


This company scraped social media to feed its AI facial recognition tool. Is that legal?

Recent reporting has revealed the existence of a company that has probably scraped your personal data for its facial recognition database. Though social platforms forbid it, the company has nonetheless collected personal data from everywhere it can. The company's claims of accuracy and popularity with law enforcement agencies is a bit murky. Your face is all over the internet in images you and others have posted. Also lots of personal information. For those concerned about all those pictur...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Technology, Privacy, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Terrorism, Aclu, New York Times, Innovation, Peter Thiel, Freedom Of Information, Times, Facial Recognition, Venmo, Data Mining


Nuclear Fallout Exposes Fake 'Antique' Whisky

Lasrick quotes the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Scientists with only the pursuit of truth in mind have proven — through meticulous radio-carbon dating and no tasting at all — that half the bottles of expensive aged Scotch whisky they tested weren't as old and valuable as purported. Researchers from the Radiocarbon Lab at the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre in Glasgow, Scotland used the amounts of radioactive carbon-14 in various Scotches that they absolutely did not s...
Tags: Tech, Glasgow Scotland, Universities Environmental Research Centre


Samsung's folding Galaxy Z Flip revealed in 'leaked video'

The next Samsung folding phone is expected to be announced this month, and what is purported to be a first hands-on video with the device to be released in February just appeared online. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip - First Hands On Video pic.twitter.com/4b8Uzt5kRB — Ben Geskin (@BenGeskin) February 2, 2020 “Leaker Ben Geskin has posted a short clip purportedly showing the phone, said to be called the Galaxy Z Flip, in action on Twitter,” Sam Byford writes for The Verge: The video doesn’t sho...
Tags: Motorola, Post, Business, Technology, News, Samsung, San Francisco, Tech, Samsung Galaxy, Tom Warren, Sam Byford, Ben Geskin, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip



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