August 27, 2016

WhatsApp is going to give your phone number to Facebook

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SAN FRANCISCO — Global messaging service WhatsApp says it will start sharing the phone numbers of its users with Facebook, its parent company. That means WhatsApp users could soon start seeing more targeted ads on Facebook – although not on the messaging service itself. The move is a subtle but significant shift for WhatsApp, which has long promised to safeguard the privacy of more than 1 billion users around the world. WhatsApp is giving users a limited time to opt out of sharing their information with Facebook, although they must take the extra step of unchecking a box to do so. It…

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US getting closer to having flying cars legalized

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Soon flying cars might not just exist in the pages of fiction, the Weasley’s driveway and the world of the Jetsons. The flying car could be commercially available in the next decade, following the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to classify the Terrafugia Transition as a “light sport aircraft” — with some exemptions — the first step in making the flying car legal. But the “flying car” in development isn’t exactly like the Ford Anglia Harry Potter and Ron Weasley once traveled in or the spaceship-esque vehicle George Jetson took to work. It looks like, well, a small plane. But the wings…

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Able Wireless Goes Live in Kenya With Kshs 500 Home Internet and TV for the Masses

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Able wireless has gone live with a pilot for home internet in Ruaraka, Nairobi. The startup that has had a tough time getting into the market after previous hurdles with regulation takes on the big boys. The Kenyan startup took many months to get their hardware-based product type approved by the Communications Authority that by the time they got the approval, they were already burnt out. They took a break and for the last few months were setting up for roll-out. The solution they sell includes a Raspberry Pi powered TV box and an internet connection. Set up for this is…

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Wearable technology is so yesterday, now try swallowables

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In the evolution of computing, from the desktop computer to the smartphone to the watch, it seemed like just a matter of time before the technology would come to be swallowable — and now it is. The innovation at the heart of it is an FDA-approved ingestible sensor housed in pills, designed to help patients adhere to the medications their doctors prescribe. Except the sensor isn’t powered by a battery, it’s powered by the gut of the patient swallowing it, using technology discovered two centuries ago. “We have a small, food-particle-sized piece of silicon, an integrated circuit, and on one…

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WhatsApp toughens encryption after Apple-FBI row

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The popular messaging service WhatsApp said Tuesday it had implemented “full end-to-end encryption,” a move which steps up privacy but may lead to conflicts with law enforcement agencies. The Facebook-owned mobile application with one billion users worldwide made the announcement following weeks of intense debate over efforts by US authorities to compel Apple to help break into an encrypted iPhone. “WhatsApp has always prioritized making your data and communication as secure as possible,” a blog post announcing the change said. “And today, we’re proud to announce that we’ve completed a technological development that makes WhatsApp a leader in protecting your…

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Are the days of Wi-Fi numbered? Now enters Li-Fi, 100 times faster

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BARCELONA, Spain, Feb 23 – Connecting your Smartphone to the web with just a lamp – that is the promise of Li-Fi, featuring Internet access 100 times faster than Wi-Fi with revolutionary wireless technology. French start-up Oledcomm demonstrated the technology at the Mobile World Congress, the world’s biggest mobile fair, in Barcelona. As soon as a Smartphone was placed under an office lamp, it started playing a video. The big advantage of Li-Fi, short for “light fidelity”, is its lightning speed. Laboratory tests have shown theoretical speeds of over 200 Gbps – fast enough to “download the equivalent of 23…

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‘Car hacking’ just got real as hackers disable SUV on busy US highway

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It was a driver’s worst nightmare. Andy Greenberg was speeding along a busy interstate in St. Louis recently when he suddenly lost control of his vehicle. The accelerator abruptly stopped working. The car crawled to a stop. As 18-wheelers whizzed by his stalled vehicle, Greenberg began to panic. His car hadn’t spun out on black ice, however. It hadn’t been hit by another vehicle or experienced engine trouble. It had been hacked. Greenberg, a senior writer for Wired magazine, had asked Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek — two “white hat” or altruistic hackers — to show him what they could do. So, while Greenberg…

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You want to calculate how much bride price to pay for your future wife? There is an app for that

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Kenyans have been known to go an extra mile in being innovative. They are known to go an extra two miles in being innovative and funny. However on this one,Nigerians have been them to it with a funny app meant to be a joke. After a group a group in Nigeria called Anakle, came up with the BridePrice app, a web application which enables one to calculate how much in terms of cash and physical appearance you can pay for your bride, Kenyans have decided to come up with their own called Bride Price App Kenya to gauge how much it…

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Passwords you need to change after the outbreak of the Heartbleed bug

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(CNN) — A major online security vulnerability dubbed “Heartbleed” could put your personal information at risk, including passwords, credit card information and e-mails. Heartbleed is a flaw in OpenSSL, an open-source encryption technology that is used by an estimated two-thirds of Web servers. It is behind many HTTPS sites that collect personal or financial information. These sites are typically indicated by a lock icon in the browser to let site visitors know the information they’re sending online is hidden from prying eyes. Cybercriminals could exploit the bug to access visitors’ personal data as well as a site’s cryptographic keys, which can…

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Automated texts to your girlfriend? There’s an app for that

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An app which sends “sweet texts” to the user’s girlfriend in order to give him more time to spend with “the bros” has gone on sale in the Android Play Store. The creators of BroApp, which launched on Sunday and costs £1.49 to download, claims it allows men to “outsource their relationships” by selecting the type of text they want to send their partner and when. “BroApp is a tool to help Bros out,” Australian developers Factorial Products Ltd. said in a release. “We know that people are busy and sometimes forget to send enough love to their partners. We invented…

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