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Amazon: Meet Jeff Bezos’s successor – Andy Jassy

Andy Jassy is not a household name. He is, though, about to take on one of the biggest jobs in global business – replacing Jeff Bezos as chief executive of Amazon. Accompanying the appointment of a new football manager comes endless speculation. What will the style of play be? Are they the right fit at the club? Can they manage the ...

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Uganda election: Internet restored but social media blocked

Ugandans are celebrating the resumption of internet services after a shutdown was imposed ahead of last week’s election. However, social media platforms remain blocked and are only accessible using Virtual Private Networks (VPN). President Yoweri Museveni, who won an unprecedented sixth term in office, had accused the platforms of being biased. Bobi Wine, presidential candidate for the opposition National Unity ...

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WhatsApp users flock to rival message platforms

Message platforms Signal and Telegram have both seen a huge surge in downloads around the world following a controversial change in WhatsApp’s terms and conditions. WhatsApp has told its two billion users they must allow it to share data with its parent company Facebook if they wish to continue using it. The change does not apply to users in the ...

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US energy department confirms it was hit by Sunburst hack

The US energy department is the latest agency to confirm it has been breached in what is being described as the worst-ever hack on the US government. The department is responsible for managing US nuclear weapons, but said the arsenal’s security had not been compromised. Tech giant Microsoft also said on Thursday that it had found malicious software in its ...

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Apple can block Epic’s Fortnite but not Unreal Engine

A US judge has ruled that, for now, Apple can continue to block the video game Fortnite from its App Store. However the tech giant cannot terminate Epic Games’ developer accounts or compromise its graphics tool Unreal Engine, which is used by many third-party game creators. This is until a full hearing can take place on 28 September. Apple pulled ...

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Donald Trump: US Treasury should get cut of TikTok deal

Donald Trump says the government should get a cut from the sale of TikTok’s US unit if an American firm buys it. The US president said he made a demand for a “substantial portion” of the purchase price in a phone call at the weekend with Microsoft’s boss. He also warned he will ban the app, which is owned by ...

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Heathrow Airport brings in robots to fight coronavirus

Disinfection robots have been installed at Heathrow Airport as part of measures to help keep the passengers and staff safe from the coronavirus. Previously used to tackle hospital acquired infections, the machines move through the airport terminals disinfecting high risk touch points like bathrooms and lifts. The robots use ultraviolet (UV-C) light to kill viruses and stop them replicating. The ...

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Science and Technology is Ghana’s future – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Akufo-Addo has emphasized that the future of Ghana is very dependent on her ability to get its youth who are currently in school to secure Mastery in Science and Technology. The President made the observation when he addressed winners of the 2019 edition of the National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) from St. Augustine’s College, Cape Coast, at ...

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Ghana’s communications sector ready to take advantage of AfCFTA – Ursula

The Communications Minister Ursula Owusu Ekuful has said Ghana’s Communications sector is ready to fully take advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The operational phase of the AfCFTA was launched in Niamey, Niger on July 7, 2019, and would be one of the largest free trade areas since the formation of the World Trade Organisation, given Africa’s ...

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21 Indian students kill themselves in a week after IT blunder

Up to 21 students have killed themselves in the last week in India after an IT glitch led to them failing their exams. The victims, from Telangana state, include at least one boy who threw himself in front of a train and another girl who burned herself to death, local media reports. Ministers have admitted there were ‘major failings’ with a ...

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