In honour of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Google is adding a long-overdue feature to its Maps app that puts details about a location’s accessibility facilities front and centre. With the “Accessible Places” feature enabled, business and points of interest with wheelchair-accessible entrances are marked with a wheelchair icon along with information about whether accessible seating, […]

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Google Maps is Making Wheelchair-Accessible Locations Easier to Spot

Apple and Google have officially launched their Exposure Notification system – previously debuted as contact-tracing software – which is designed to alert users of possible contact with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. “Starting today, our Exposure Notifications technology is available to public health agencies on both iOS and Android. What we’ve built is […]

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Apple and Google Launch COVID-19 Exposure Alert Tool

Google is rolling out tabbed grouping for Google Chrome. The update aims to address the problem of working with larger numbers of tabs at once. The new feature makes it possible to group related tabs together and treat them as a single entity for ease of navigation and management. The company is already in the […]

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Google Rolls Out Game-Changing Update to Chrome

Tech giants Apple and Google, who together have their operating systems running on 99% of all smartphones, announced last month that they would work together to create a system for notifying people who have been near others who have tested positive for COVID-19. The companies are planning for only public health authorities to use the […]

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Apple and Google Ban Use of Location Data for Contact Tracing Apps

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Safaricom to sell Smartphones for only Kshs 20 per day

Google announced in an official blog post that it will soon require all advertisers to verify their identity. This change is to prevent advertisers from misrepresenting themselves – something that Google says should allow consumers to see who’s running ads and which country they’re located in. Google will soon require all advertisers to verify their identity. […]

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Google to Require all Advertisers to pass an Identity Verification Process

Google provides a unique insight into the major moments and top trends of the week based on the most popular searches conducted in Nigeria. Search trends information is gleaned from data collated by Google based on what Nigerians have been searching for and asking Google. The information goliath processes more than 40 000 search queries […]

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Nigeria’s Top 10 Google Searches this Week

Facebook has announced that it will be investing $100 Million in the news industry at a time when combating misinformation is critical. In a blog post shared on Monday, 30 March 2020, the social media giant said that it would grant $25 Million in funding for news agencies and the remaining $75 Million would be […]

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Facebook Invests Millions in Accurate Reporting

Researchers at Check Point have identified an auto-clicker malware family operating within Google’s Play Store, via BetaNews. The malware known as Tekya commits mobile ad fraud by imitating the actions of a user, clicking ads and banners from ad agencies like Google’s AdMob, AppLovin, Facebook and Unity. It was found disguised in over 56 apps […]

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Click-Fraud Malware Found in More than 50 Play Store Apps

Google has launched a Teach From Home information hub and $10m Distance Learning Fund


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Google okays $10m bridge learning gap

Facebook, along with 6 other information-sharing goliaths, has been working hard to ensure that any misinformation surrounding the coronavirus outbreak is detected and then removed from its platform. And while this is a great way to tackle the spread of fake news, it would seem that the company is perhaps trying a bit too hard […]

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Facebook Bug “Deletes” All Posts Relating to COVID-19

Some of the worlds biggest social media and information sharing platforms have announced that they will be working together to protect their users from coronavirus-related misinformation. These companies include Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Reddit, Twitter, and YouTube. “We are working closely together on COVID-19 response efforts,” reads the joint industry statement from Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, […]

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Facebook, Google, YouTube and others to Fight Against the Spread of COVID-19 Misinformation

YouTube is relying on AI video moderation during the COVID-19 pandemic as many of its human reviewers are being sent home to limit the spread of the maligned virus, confirms The Verge. What this means to video producers and consumers is that videos might simply be taken down simply by being flagged for a policy […]

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YouTube Relies on AI Moderation as Human Reviewers are Sent Home

Huawei has recently launched its first smartphone – the Y7P – that runs on Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) in South Africa. HMS is one of only three smartphone ecosystems used globally, the other’s being iOS and Android (Google Mobile Services or GMS). Prior to this, all Huawei devices used Android – however, in May 2019, […]

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3 things you should know about Huawei’s New Smartphone Ecosystem

Twitter has ordered employees around the world to work from home following the COVID-19 pandemic – with Tweeps in Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan already working remotely. The social media company, based in San Fransico, operates more than 35 offices across the globe. Twitter had already “strongly encouraged” its staff to work from home […]

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Twitter Instructs all Employees to Work from Home

Google is reportedly eager to work with Huawei again, after telling German news publication DPA that it has applied for licensing with the US government. This comes after US president, Donald Trump claimed that Huawei is a danger to American national security in May 2019. Trump then went on to sign an executive order allowing his […]

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Google wants to Work with Huawei despite US China Trade Ban

Google has launched the first developer preview for its new OS, Android 11, revealing many new features that will be included in its future release, according to My Broadband. “Today, we’re releasing the first Developer Preview of Android 11, and building on a strong feedback cycle last year, we’re making this year’s preview available to […]

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6 New Things to Expect with Android 11

‘Google Station’ – the tech and multimedia colossus’ free WiFi offering service looks to be taking a similar route to a host of other Google plans as Google cancels involvement into the service in South Africa within 3 months of first announcing it. Google Station was first introduced in South Africa in November 2019 and […]

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Google Quickly Drops Out Of Free WiFi Initiative In South Africa

Google continues to increase methods in policing its own app platform by cracking down on malicious app installations. My Broadband reports that their new policies have just recently seen a huge decline in the number of Play Store apps that abuse permissions to access users’ personal information. Google has shared its efforts to fight bad […]

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How Google Continues To Keep Its App Store Safe from Malicious Developers

Samsung’s Unpacked event was not without gaming news as the Korean tech juggernaut revealed that they would be teaming up with Microsoft on the video game front, reports CNET. David Park, director of strategy at Samsung, speaking at the worldwide event, says that they are working with Xbox on a new “premium cloud-based game streaming […]

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Samsung and Xbox Tease Cloud Gaming Co-Op

In recognition of Safer Internet Day, Google has announced a $1M pan-African Google.org fund to support innovative ideas around privacy, trust and safety for families online across sub-Saharan Africa.

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Google announces $1M child online safety fund in Africa

Google has announced a fund of $1 million for Google.org to support new and innovative ideas in the sphere of privacy, trust and safety in order to make online access across sub-Saharan Africa safer for families, and especially children. The ‘Be Internet Awesome programme’ is being launched in South Africa, Nigeria and the Netherlands on […]

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Google Announces $1 Million Internet Safety Fund for African Children

The future of gaming is… Now? According to several articles reviewing the latest and greatest Cloud Gaming device releases, such as the Nvidia Geforce Now and the highly publicized Google Stadia, the consensus is all very similar. The sentiment is usually summed up with “We’re not quite there yet”. It is a technological wonder at [&hellip

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3 Reasons why Cloud Gaming Devices will fail, for now

Google has admitted that a small percentage of their Google Photos users had their private videos sent to the accounts of complete strangers by Google themselves. A technical issue, as Google states, is what was affecting their Takeout Service, which lets people download their Google Photos data, and caused the unplanned sharing of the videos [&hellip

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Google Apologizes for Sharing Your Private Videos with Strangers

Google has launched its first Google Developers Space in Lagos, Nigeria. Previously referred to as the Google Launchpad Space, the Google Developers Space is a hub for African developers, entrepreneurs and startups. Google CEO Sundar Pichai made a commitment to African entrepreneurs, in July 2017, to start the Launchpad Accelerator Africa program and launch a [&hellip

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Google launches it’s first Developers Space in Lagos

Today, Google launched its first Google Developers Space in Lagos, Nigeria. Previously referred to as the Google Launchpad Space, the Google Developers Space is a hub for African developers, entrepreneurs and startups.

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Google opens first Google Developers Space in Lagos

Google is not the only privacy-focused search engine these days – there are new options popping up for consumers all the time. Here’s a closer look at a four alternatives: 1. StartPage Calling itself “the world’s most private search engine,” StartPage can back that up with the fact that you can use proxy connections so [&hellip

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4 of the Most Privacy-Oriented Search Engines

Google Cloud has announced that it has joined forces with Sabre — a software and technology provider that powers the global travel industry—to help digitally transform the traveller’s experience, and co-create the future of travel. Sabre, which launched in 1960, revolutionised the travel market with the industry’s first semi-automated flight reservation system. Since then, Sabre […]

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Google and Sabre team up to build the Future of Travel

How to hack wifi was among most searched terms in Kenya this year, reports Google.

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Internet users in Kenya keen to learn how to hack Wifi – Google Report

Google makes another cloud acquisition during antitrust probe

Google announced plans to buy enterprise software firm CloudSimple, another sign the search giant isn’t letting a flurry of antitrust investigations interrupt its expansion strategy.

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Google makes another cloud acquisition during antitrust probe

Game streaming will take years to become mainstream: Microsoft

The streaming of videogames will take many years to become mainstream or replace playing through a traditional console or PC, the head of Xbox has said.

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Game streaming will take years to become mainstream: Microsoft

Google Chrome considering badge to shame websites that load slowly

Google could soon call out websites that load slowly by displaying a badge of shame in its Chrome Web browser.

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Google Chrome considering badge to shame websites that load slowly

Google embarks on African investment safari

Google is pumping major investments into Africa, with its most noteworthy new ventures being the roll-out of free public Wi-Fi hotspots and a new high-speed undersea cable to boost Internet connectivity.

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Google embarks on African investment safari

Gates: Microsoft would have beaten Android if not for antitrust

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates says we would all be using Windows Mobile today instead of Android if an antitrust case had not been lodged against the software giant in the late 1990s.

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Gates: Microsoft would have beaten Android if not for antitrust

Google launches free public Wi-Fi initiative in South Africa

Google has launched its free public Wi-Fi hotspot programme, known as Google Station, in South Africa, the US-headquartered Internet company said at an event in Johannesburg on Thursday.

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Google launches free public Wi-Fi initiative in South Africa

Google to buy Fitbit for $2.1-billion in cash

Google has agreed to buy smartwatch maker Fitbit for $2.1-billion in cash, a move that could shore up the Internet giant’s hardware business while also potentially increasing antitrust scrutiny.

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Google to buy Fitbit for $2.1-billion in cash

Dorsey takes swipe at Facebook as Twitter bans political ads

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted on Wednesday that the company will ban all political ads, delivering a jab to Facebook, which has come under fire for the way it’s handled advertising by candidates.

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Dorsey takes swipe at Facebook as Twitter bans political ads

Welcome to the age of quantum computing

Although the specific problem that Google’s computer solved won’t have much practical significance, simply getting the technology to work was a triumph; comparisons to the Wright brothers’ early flights aren’t far off the mark.

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Welcome to the age of quantum computing

Investors are getting constant reminders that it’s not cheap for technology giants to stay on top. Click here to discuss this article.

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Google is a money-making mystery

Google parent Alphabet is in talks for a potential acquisition of smartwatch maker Fitbit, a move that could bolster its hardware business while also increasing antitrust scrutiny. Click here to discuss this article.

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Google is in talks to buy Fitbit, Reuters says

Apple is ramping up hiring for a team that is working on new smart-home software and devices in an effort to catch up in a field where Google and Amazon.com have dominated. Click here to discuss this article.

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Apple revamping smart-home efforts after falling behind rivals

Google is injecting its search engine with new technology to better interpret the billions of Web queries it handles every day, a change top executives described as one of the most significant in the company’s history. Click here to discuss this article.

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Google says new AI-powered search update is ‘huge step forward’

Google lured billions of consumers to its digital services by offering copious free cloud storage. That’s beginning to change.

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Google is getting skimpy on free cloud storage

There’s a threat looming on the horizon for cloud giants Amazon.com, Microsoft and Google, quite literally at the edge of the network.

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Cloud giants face threat from the edge

Google’s cloud computing unit unveiled an expanded partnership with software maker VMware, as the Alphabet division seeks to catch up to rivals that have similar deals.

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Google, VMware expand cloud partnership

IBM closed its $34-billion purchase of Red Hat, sealing the world’s second largest technology deal ever and setting up the US technology company on a path to try and compete with top software purveyors in the cloud.

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IBM closes second biggest tech deal in history

Google Assistant is the top performing real time voice translator, according to a benchmark conducted by One Hour Translation (OHT), an online platform which provides translations in more than 100 languages ​​and 3,000 language pairs.

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One Hour Translation: Google Wins the Battle of Real Time Voice Translators