May 2, 2016

WhatsApp toughens encryption after Apple-FBI row


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


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


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


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


(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


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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Kenyan students would strike Gold in US if they graduated in these courses


By Antony Karanja For those Kenyans who intend to study in the US and have a passion for Engineering, you will not be disappointed upon graduation. The jobs are in high demand and the pay is wroth looking forward to while in school. Engineering graduates have in the recent past stricken gold in the United States. This held true especially for those students who graduated in 2013. According to the January 2014 Survey of the National Association of Colleges and Students, a new graduate in the field of Petroleum Engineering earned an average starting salary of $97,000 (Sh8,245,000) a year. The…

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Researchers working on social media ‘lie detector’


London: England: University researchers are working on a system that could quash rumours spreading on social media by identifying whether information is accurate. Five European universities, led by Sheffield in northern England, are cooperating on a system that could automatically identify whether a rumour originates from a reliable source and can be verified. The researchers said Tuesday they hope the system will allow governments, emergency services, media and the private sector to respond more effectively to claims emerging and spreading on social media before they get out of hand. The three-year, European Union-funded project, called PHEME, is an attempt to filter…

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Giant Robots Direct Traffic In The Congo


Perhaps over-eager drivers will think twice about running red lights when faced with a hulking humanoid robot that can give them a ticket. Two new traffic robots in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are doing just that. The two enormous solar-powered robots created by engineers from the Kinshasa Higher Institute of Applied Technique were recently placed at a busy intersection in the capital city. While they might look funny, the robots mean business. They direct traffic and they’re equipped with four cameras that record traffic flow and they have a system to send the info to a center where it’s…

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Photo of immigrants trying to get mobile signal to call home wins world photo award


A moonlit image of migrants trying to get mobile phone signals on a Djibouti beach on Friday won the World Press Photo of the Year award for US photographer John Stanmeyer. A 19-member jury awarded the prestigious prize for the haunting photograph of African migrants holding phones up to the sky to capture a signal so they can call home, as they make their way to a hoped-for better life in Europe. The awards, including two top prizes for AFP, were announced at a press conference in Amsterdam, where World Press Photo is based. “It’s a photo that is connected…

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