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Google fires diversity memo author

Posted On: 2017-08-08

A Google employee who wrote a controversial memo about workplace diversity has been fired, the BBC can confirm.

The controversial memo broke the firm’s code of conduct, Google’s chief executive Sundar Pichai said on Monday in an email to employees.

The memo, shared widely at the weekend, suggested there were fewer women at Google due to biological differences.

Mr Pichai said the text crossed the line Continue Reading »

First Ghana cyber security workshop hosted in Accra

Posted On: 2017-08-03

The first ever Ghana Cyber security awareness workshop, hosted at the African Regent Hotel, Accra, on Wednesday, July 17, 2017,

It was a full-house as more than 50 delegates from various private and public sector organizations turned up for the all-day workshop, thus confirming the belief that Corporate Ghana is concerned about cyber crimes and definitely takes cyber security very seriously.

Following sharp increases in cyber-crimes and cyber security breach Continue Reading »

Apple faces USD 506m patent dispute payout

Posted On: 2017-07-27

A US judge has ordered Apple to pay more than half a billion dollars to a university after the tech firm failed to abide by an earlier court ruling.

Apple was sued in 2014 for allegedly using a technology developed by a professor and his students in its iPhone chips without the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s permission.

Apple was ordered to pay about $234m (£179m) when it lost the patent case.

That sum has Continue Reading »

Google announces London cloud computing data centre

Posted On: 2017-07-14

Google has revealed it has built a London data centre for the cloud computing services it rents to third parties.

The facility is its second in Europe, after Brussels, and promises to provide faster access times to nearby clients.

Google is currently the third most capable cloud computing service provider, according to a recent study.

But the report, by Gartner, suggested Amazon and Microsoft had a clear lead.

The technology consultancy Continue Reading »

Kaspersky denies spy agency work

Posted On: 2017-07-13

Moscow-based security company Kaspersky Lab has denied working with Russian intelligence agencies, following US media and government suspicion.

News website Bloomberg said it had seen emails showing Kaspersky had developed tools for Russia’s intelligence agency.

And, on Tuesday, the US government’s General Services Administration removed Kaspersky Lab from a list of approved vendors.

But the company has now insisted it has “no ties to any Continue Reading »

Qualcomm seeks Apple iPhone sales ban

Posted On: 2017-07-10

Qualcomm, the world’s biggest producer of mobile phone chips, has appealed for the sale of some iPhones in the US to be blocked.

It claims that iPhones using chips by rivals, such as Intel, infringe six of its patents.

Qualcomm said it had asked the US International Trade Commission (ITC) to investigate and impose an import block.

It is the latest move in a series of disputes and lawsuits between Apple and Qualcomm.

In January, Apple filed Continue Reading »

Alibaba reveals Echo like smart speaker

Posted On: 2017-07-07

Alibaba is the latest technology giant to unveil a smart speaker.

The voice-controlled Tmall Genie can be used to play music, run third-party apps and buy goods from the Chinese retail giant’s online stores. Like many such devices, it lacks a display.

At launch, it will understand only Mandarin and be sold in the company’s domestic market.

It will compete in China against devices already launched by Continue Reading »

Nokia and Zeiss get together again

Posted On: 2017-07-07

What do you look for in a smartphone now that they all look just the same? Many may say the camera is key, and now the new version of Nokia hopes to stand out by putting Carl Zeiss lenses in its phones.

HMD Global, which has licensed the Nokia brand from the Finnish telecoms giant, has signed an exclusive deal with Zeiss, the high-end lens and optical systems maker.

It’s the latest of a number of partnerships signed by HMD as it attempts to revive the brand Continue Reading »

France to ban petrol and diesel vehicles France to ban petrol and diesel vehicles

Posted On: 2017-07-07

France plans to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, the country’s new environment minister has announced.

Nicolas Hulot made the announcement as he unveiled a series of measures as part of newly elected President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to make the country carbon neutral by 2050.

Mr Hulot said he recognised the target would put pressure on France’s car manufacturers, but he said they currently had projects which “can fulfil that Continue Reading »

Vaccine created for huge cyber attack

Posted On: 2017-06-28

Security researchers have discovered a “vaccine” for the huge cyber-attack that hit organisations across the world on Tuesday.

The creation of a single file can stop the attack from infecting a machine.

However, researchers have not been able to find a so-called kill switch that would prevent the crippling ransomware from spreading to other vulnerable computers.

Experts are still unsure about the attack’s origins or its real Continue Reading »

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