How WhatsApp Makes Money

How Facebook’s WhatsApp Makes Money

WhatsApp was founded in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum as an alternative to pricey SMS services. The app allows users to upload their contact book and message anyone who has the app installed, at no cost. It is available for iPhones, Androids, Blackberries, Windows Phones, Nokia phones and, most recently, desktops. Facebook Inc. (FB) purchased WhatsApp in February 2014 for $19 billion and according to the 2014 Facebook Form 10-Q, in the nine months preceding September 30, 2014, WhatsApp generated revenue of $1,289,000. On Monday, April 30, WhatsApp co-founder and Facebook Inc. director Jan Koum announced his departure from Facebook. Media reports indicate that Koum decided to leave after a disagreement with Facebook over its use of user data and its…

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Google's Bristlecone making progress in Quantum Computing

Google’s Bristlecone making progress in Quantum Computing

It is a year since Google announced Bristlecone, its 72-qubit quantum processor. Since then the Quantum AI team hasn’t made any further announcements. However, there is now a series of videos that show that progress is being made We came across these videos via a new series on the Google blog.  According to Peter Schottenfels, who describes himself as a tech newbie: Ask a Techspert is a new series on the Keyword asking Googler experts to explain complicated technology for the rest of us. This isn’t meant to be comprehensive, but just enough to make you sound smart at a dinner party. To jump in at the deep end the first Techspert…

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WebAuthn now official standard

WebAuthn now official standard

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance have announced that the Web Authentication specification is now an official web standard. WebAuthn is a browser and platform standard for simpler and stronger authentication. Although it has only just been made official, it’s already supported in Windows 10, Android, and Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Safari browsers. Commenting on the new standard, W3C and FIDO said: “It’s common knowledge that passwords have outlived their efficacy. Not only are stolen, weak or default passwords behind 81 percent of data breaches, they are a drain of time and resources.” W3C and FIDO WebAuthn means you can log into online accounts…

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ECG distribution wing now PDS

ECG distribution wing now PDS

The long rumors of a takeover of the distribution wing of the Electricity Company of Ghana that was greeted with postponements has being officially confirmed. Power Distribution Services Ghana Limited (PDS) led by Meralco, a Filipino Electricity Company, has officially taken over the operations and management of the Electricity Company of Ghana, after being presented with documents covering the transfer by officials of Government of Ghana on Wednesday, 27th February 2019. Per the power compact transaction agreement, Meralco and its partners will hold 41% stake in ECG while the Ghanaian ownership is 51%. The PDS is expected to inject about US$580 million into ECG for the five years within the twenty…

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Samsung Galaxy S10: What we know so far

Samsung unveils new Galaxies for 2019

Samsung has unveil the latest line-up of their Galaxy S range of smart devices. Learn more from the video below. Samsung promise to release even better devices in the days to come. Oh you remember the leaks from early January we reported, they are what plus more of what Samsung delivered. Check out the video above for details.

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Kasapa license revoked

Kasapa license revoked by NCA

The license of Kasapa Telecoms Limited, operators of 028 numbers under the Expresso telecom brand has been revoked since March 15, 2018. “Consequently, Kasapa Telecom Limited is not licensed to provide any telecommunication services in Ghana.” NCA This is contained in a response from the National Communications Authority (NCA) to Adom News on the current status of Expresso. The NCA is, therefore, advising holders of 028 numbers to port to other networks if they wish to keep their numbers. How it all begun In 1993, Celltel Limited was licensed to provide telecommunications services. The brand name Celltel later became Kasapa, now Expresso. The license was for Advanced Mobile Phone System (AMPS),…

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