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Nokia to bring mobile phone coverage to moon

Several companies announced on Tuesday a joint effort to bring mobile phone coverage to the moon in 2019.

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Blackberry sues Facebook in fight over app patents

 

Blackberry has filed a lawsuit in the US accusing Facebook of copying features from Blackberry Messenger in a violation of its patent rights.

Blackberry, which was once a leader in the smartphone market, says Facebook used the features and technology in its WhatsApp and Instagram apps.

The claims come after Blackberry has increased efforts to make money from its more than 40,000 patents.

Facebook has said it would fight the lawsuit.

Paul Grewal, deputy general counsel of Facebook, said Blackberry's claim "sadly reflects the current state of its messaging business".

"Having abandoned its efforts to innovate, Blackberry is now looking to tax the innovation of others. We intend to fight," he said.

Blackberry Messenger was the final hurrah of the failing Blackberry brand - a lightweight, simple program that was very popular, for a time, with young people. Particularly in the UK, where you may remember it was considered the tool of choice for rioters communicating during London's unrest in 2011.

BBM, as it was known, was indeed a precursor to popular apps like WhatsApp, but to say WhatsApp gained its popularity by stealing BBM tech is quite the stretch.

While Blackberry Messenger was (for a long time) locked to Blackberry device, WhatsApp wasn't. And while WhatsApp improved constantly, Blackberry Messenger, well, didn't.

Blackberry is claiming ownership over features that are so commonplace in mobile messaging you probably don't even consider them to be features. The little dot notifying you of a new message, for instance. Or the tiny icons that show that a message has been received and then read.

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Blackberry, which was founded in Canada in 1984, was estimated to represent more than half of the smartphone market as recently as 2009, according to its lawsuit.

It introduced Blackberry Messenger in 2005 - more than six years before Facebook introduced a similar service, the lawsuit said.

In the filing, Blackberry claims Facebook has copied methods to notify users of new messages and tag people in photographs, among others. It says Facebook has been aware of its rights for years.

A spokeswoman for Blackberry said the company remains open to a partnership with Facebook.

"However, we have a strong claim that Facebook has infringed on our intellectual property, and after several years of dialogue, we also have an obligation to our shareholders to pursue appropriate legal remedies," she said.

Blackberry,  which stopped making phones in 2016 after a dramatic sales decline, also filed a patent infringement suit against Nokia in February 2017. That case is pending.

The company has also settled disputes with other companies.

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Ethiopia builds Africa’s first plant to convert trash into electricity

Waste management is one of the biggest challenges confronting many African countries. The issue of collection, management and disposal of solid waste still features highly in major towns and cities across the region. Failure to correctly manage waste disposal has often led to flooding and the outbreak of diseases.

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US intelligence warns against using Huawei and ZTE phones

Things are still looking pretty bleak for Huawei’s plans to conquer the U.S. market.

Earlier this week, top members of intelligence agencies, which includes the FBI, CIA and NSA reaffirmed surveillance concerns about the company and fellow Chinese smartphone maker ZTE.

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Ghanaian ‘water bicycle’ inventor gets full university scholarship

Frank Darko, a student of the Takoradi Technical University (TTU), who invented a bicycle that is ridden on water has been awarded a full scholarship by the University.

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Sex doll: It's effects on relationship.

Technology, undoubtedly, is having an effect on every aspect of our daily lives. From work, to fitness, nutrition, and even sex – yes, sex – the options available on the internet are simply endless. Research has it that the popularity of pornography industry hit the roof when the internet came into full force.

The Internet’s influence in our lives is so much so that sociologists now agree that, the world of sex and dating has been affected, whether positively or negatively, by its surge. But it has even taken things a little further.

In the past weeks, social media has been awash with one sex doll story or another. Some of the stories tell, in detail, how these dolls are made, their unique capabilities with one actually speculating the possibility of humans procreating with these robots.

As preposterous as it sounds, men in China – a country with millions of women - are known to be the largest users of these silicone models of women, as one article puts it, “to have and to hold. And to f**k.”

Personally, the idea that a human being would choose to be intimate with a doll…a doll, something made from plastic over a real flesh and blood beats my imagination.

So the people who are buying sex robots, what is wrong with them?

More to come on sex doll

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German solar company ‘ecoligo’ brings solar-as-a-service solution to Ghana

German solar company,ecoligo is bringing its fully financed solar-as-a-service offering to Ghana, to help Ghanaian businesses access affordable electricity. The Berlin-based company has opened a branch in the capital Accra, located in the city’s leading innovation workspace, Impact Hub. Ecoligo will soon commence its first project in the country, which will be to supply Impact Hub with a solar system generating zero-emission electricity independently of the national grid.

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Ghanaians will soon pay ‘trotro’ fare electronically- Deputy Governor BoG

Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana Dr Maxwell Opoku Afari said the use of technology to pay for trotro fares will reduce the occasional scuffle between passengers and conductors over change.

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Mawuko Girls SHS introduces e-voting in school elections

The ICT Department of E.P.C Mawuko Girls, have for the time developed a novelty in the election of student leaders by introducing an Electronic Voting System.

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