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Google logo pays tribute to Esther Afua Ocloo, 'microlending' pioneer Google logo pays tribute to Esther Afua Ocloo, 'microlending' pioneer
April 18 marks the 98th birthday of Esther Afua Ocloo, a businesswoman from Ghana who helped pioneer microlending, which focuses on lending budding entrepreneurs smaller loans. Ocloo had less than a dollar when she started a business selling marmalade. She traveled to England to study food processing, sharing skills with other women in Ghana, as well as insight on starting and managing a busine...
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US government 'hacked global bank system' US government 'hacked global bank system'
A huge range of security weaknesses, said to be worth over $2m if sold on the black market, have been leaked online. The tools are said to have been created by the US National Security Agency (NSA), and accompanying documents appear to indicate a possible breach of the Swift global banking system. Such a hack could have enabled the US to covertly monitor financial transactions, researchers said....
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Microsoft patches serious Word bug 'targeted by scammers' Microsoft patches serious Word bug 'targeted by scammers'
A bug in Word apparently targeted by scammers trying to steal banking logins will be patched, Microsoft has said. The previously undetected, or "zero-day", vulnerability had been reported over the weekend. Then, on 10 April, cybersecurity firm Proofpoint announced it had discovered an email campaign targeting the bug that aimed to distributed Dridex malware. Dridex is designed to infect a vic...
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How I added four hours of battery life to my smartphone every day for free How I added four hours of battery life to my smartphone every day for free
Columnist Jennifer Jolly describes how to check if emails and apps are draining your smartphone way too fast and what measures won't help. Jennifer Jolly Iíve had big-time battery drain issues on my last three iPhones. I just figured it was my fault ó maybe Iím too addicted to apps, take too many photos, or just use my phone too much? Itís an issue Iíve gone to Apple for help with many time...
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Micromax premium device Dual 5 launched at Rs 24,999 Micromax premium device Dual 5 launched at Rs 24,999
New Delhi: Micromax on Wednesday launched its first Dual Camera smartphone Dual 5 at Rs 24,999. The mobile phone maker aims to achieve a 10 percent market share of the premium smartphone category in 2017. "Our entry into the premium segment aims to simplify the eco-system with a combination of hardware, software services, digital payments and customer service. We aim to increase our ASP by 20 p...
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Twitter suspends 377,000 accounts for pro-terrorism content Twitter suspends 377,000 accounts for pro-terrorism content
The company made the announcement Tuesday in its twice-annual transparency report, which publishes data on requests Twitter has received from the government and other legal entities to police content from its platform. Of the 376,890 accounts Twitter suspended for posting terrorism-related content, just two percent were the result of government requests to remove data. Twitter said 74% of extremi...
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Driverless flying taxi service set to launch in Dubai Driverless flying taxi service set to launch in Dubai
Dubai has announced yet another pioneering initiative, but this time it's not the world's first rotating skyscraper or 3D printed office. It's a fleet of flying taxis. Small enough to fit into a car parking space when folded up, the one-seater passenger drones made by Chinese company Ehang are set to start picking up passengers in July this year, according to Dubai's Road and Transport Authorit...
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SanDisk launches new microSD card, flash drives SanDisk launches new microSD card, flash drives
New Delhi: SanDisk, a brand owned by the US-based storage company Western Digital, on Thursday launched 256GB microSD card that meets the Application Performance Class 1 (A1) requirements along with "Extreme PRO USB 3.1" solid state flash drive and "Extreme Go USB" 3.1 flash drive. The A1 specification allows the new card to manage random read input-output access per second (IOPS) of 1,500 and wr...
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Inside the TalkTalk 'Indian scam call centre Inside the TalkTalk 'Indian scam call centre
TalkTalk customers are being targeted by an industrial-scale fraud network in India, according to whistleblowers who say they were among hundreds of staff hired to scam customers of the British telecoms giant. The scale of the criminal operation has been detailed by the three sources, who say they were employed by two front-companies set up by a gang of professional fraudsters. The sources descr...
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'Solar canopy' turns sunlight into electricity and art 'Solar canopy' turns sunlight into electricity and art
In the desert metropolis of Dubai, where the summer is one long heat wave, shade is precious as people seek refuge from the sun's scorching rays. Enter Italian architect and designer Carlo Ratti's latest creation -- a shiny metal canopy that can be used to create micro climates in outdoor areas by controlling light and shade. The roof of the canopy is made up of round mirrors, each with their ...
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