Huawei overtakes Apple in global smartphone shipment

Huawei Blocked From Android – Ascendance Of A New OS?

Google, following the political line, has revoked Huawei’s Android licence. Given Huawei has plans to be the biggest phone maker in the world, what does this mean for the Android community? How serious this is for Huawei is a measure of how open, or rather not open, Android has become. Google has been slowly but surely making the whole Android experience increasingly tied to its proprietary services. While it isn’t clear exactly what Google will allow Huawei to access, it is likely that it will stop the use of Google’s official version of Android, block access to the Play Store, block all Google services and apps such as You Tube, Maps,…

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Susan's letter to Creators: April 30, 2019

Susan’s letter to Creators: April 30, 2019

Addressing creator feedback and an update on my 2019 priorities Tuesday, April 30, 2019 Dear Creators and Artists, It’s hard to believe it’s only April given all that we’ve already witnessed this year. We’ve seen new creative peaks reached by our global creator community, showing even further that you are the heart of YouTube. But we’ve also faced incredible challenges. And given the scale and impact of YouTube, there’s nothing more important than managing our role as a platform responsibly. 1. Living up to our responsibility My top priority is responsibility. We’re always balancing maintaining an open platform with managing our community guidelines. But to combat a number of concerning incidents…

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EU ethics Guidelines For Trustworthy AI: Chapter 1

EU ethics Guidelines For Trustworthy AI: Chapter 1

European Commission has released a set of ongoing guidelines on how to build AIs that can be trusted by society. We present an annotated analysis. The EU Commission follows the trend in the technological advancements, setting up pilot groups to understand how these advancements can be used for its own prosperity. Examples of that are the EU Blockchain Observatory which we’ve looked into in this article “EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum Blockchain AMA” or the EU bug bounty initiative which is covered in “EU Bug Bounty – Software Security as a Civil Right”. The Commission’s instrument in this case is the High-Level Expert Group on AI (AI HLEG), an independent expert group…

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AirtelTigo offering 1 year free calls and data with Samsung devices

AirtelTigo offering 1 year free calls and data with Samsung devices

AirtelTigo is offering a free call and data package to new and current subscribers of the telco who purchase their range of Samsung devices. This could be a deal breaker for new entrants and power users of all levels. Subscribers enjoy AirtelTigo data (MB/GB) and minutes for AirtelTigo calls. The data and minutes for each subscriber vary according to the price of acquired Samsung mobile phone. In the first month of purchase a subscriber can trigger the offer free by dialing *536# to activate. However, for the subsequent months a subscriber must appropriately recharge as shown in the table below to get the offer. The offer for each price range is…

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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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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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