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Minecraft players have been able to play without a Microsoft account for the past six years that the company has owned the game, but that will change in 2021, the official Minecraft blog announced yesterday.

Minecraft to require Microsoft account to play in 2021

Minecraft players have been able to play without a Microsoft account for the past six years that the company has owned the game, but that will change in 2021, the official Minecraft blog announced yesterday. Players who own the original version of the game and do not switch to a Microsoft account will be unable to play.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami

Nigerian government launches Digital Nigeria portal, mobile app

The Federal Government has launched a Digital Nigeria Portal and Mobile Application in furtherance of the Digital Nigeria Programme, which was kick started by President Muhammadu Buhari on March 19, 2020.
The front gate of SMIC's factory in Shanghai. (Alex Plavevski-EPA-EFE-Shutterstock)

US slams sanctions on China’s biggest chip manufacturer

The US has imposed restrictions on exports to China’s biggest chipmaker, SMIC, after concluding there is an “unacceptable risk” equipment supplied to it could be used for military purposes.
The Trump administration will ban WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok from U.S. app stores starting Sunday night, a move that will block Americans from downloading the Chinese-owned platforms over concerns they pose a national security threat.

WeChat, TikTok see US downloads climb ahead of Donald Trump administration ban

Preliminary data from analytics platform Sensor Tower showed Chinese-based WeChat had 10,000 installs in the US Friday, a 150 percent increase from Thursday and a 233 percent week-over-week increase. That’s the largest number of WeChat installs in the US in one day since October 7th, 2019.
China’s ByteDance has agreed to divest the U.S. operations of TikTok completely in a bid to save a deal with the White House, after President Donald Trump said on Friday he had decided to ban the popular short-video app.

Donald Trump says no TikTok deal yet amid security concerns

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he wasn’t ready to approve a deal for an American company to partner with Chinese-owned video app TikTok, which would allow it to continue operating in the United States.
Sony has announced that the PlayStation 5 will cost $499.99.

PlayStation 5 will launch on November 12 for $499.99

The pricing puts Sony squarely up against Microsoft’s next-gen consoles, with the company set to release its entry-level Xbox Series S at $299 and its flagship Xbox Series X for $499 on November 10th.
Russian hackers recently attacked a number of US embassies around the world by emailing malicious attachments disguised as official State Department documents to officials, according to a new report from Check Point Research.

Microsoft: Russian, Chinese, and Iranian hackers are targeting the US election

Hackers from Russia, China, and Iran are targeting individuals and organizations involved in both Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s presidential campaigns, according to a new security report from Microsoft. The tech giant says the “majority” of the attacks it’s detected have been unsuccessful, but it’s working with targets who have been compromised.

Russia, China, Iran reject Microsoft’s hacking allegations

China, Russia and Iran have rejected accusations by software giant, Microsoft, that hackers from their countries are targeting U.S. presidential campaigns ahead of the November elections.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian speaks at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8. GREG BAKER-AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

China denies cyberattacks on US election campaigns

Beijing on Friday denied trying to meddle in US presidential election after American tech giant Microsoft said it had parried cyberattacks from overseas groups – including from China – against both the Republican and Democratic campaigns.
Microsoft describes the Series S as offering “next-gen performance in the smallest Xbox ever” and lists the price as the previously leaked figure of $299.

Microsoft confirms $299 Xbox Series S console

Hours after Microsoft’s Xbox Series S console widely leaked, the company has gone on the record to confirm its existence. In a tweet, Microsoft describes the Series S as offering “next-gen performance in the smallest Xbox ever” and lists the price as the previously leaked figure of $299.

NITDA plans centre for artificial intelligence, robotics

In an effort to achieve a robust digital economy, the National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA) is set to establish a Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Nigeria (CFAIR).
The official Twitter account of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal website was hacked early on Thursday, the social media company has confirmed.

Twitter account of India’s premier hacked

The official Twitter account of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal website was hacked early on Thursday, the social media company has confirmed.
The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources announced on Thursday a new oil discovery in the shallow waters of Geisum concession south of the Gulf of Suez, with an initial production rate of 2,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

Oil prices hold near multi-week lows on demand worries

Oil prices edged up on Thursday, but held near multi-week lows hit overnight after U.S. data showed gasoline demand fell and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic was lagging.
TikTok has sued President Donald Trump’s administration for banning transactions with parent company ByteDance.

US may extend crackdown on Chinese apps – Donald Trump adviser

The White House may target more Chinese apps, said Peter Navarro, a key trade adviser to President Donald Trump, as pressure on TikTok appears set to force a sale of the popular social media platform.
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WHO declares Nigeria, Africa polio-free

The Africa Regional Certification Commission has declared Nigeria and the rest of Africa polio-free.
Bill Gates

Bill Gates: Tech companies ‘deserve rude, unfair, tough questions’

Bill Gates believes tech firms “deserve” the kind of scrutiny they got during Congressional hearings last month, and that the late Steve Jobs was a “genius,” he told the Armchair Expert podcast.
Apple’s unannounced high-end over-ear headphones will reportedly come with interchangeable parts.

Apple crosses $2 trillion market cap as world’s most valuable company

Just two years after becoming the first U.S. company to reach a $1 trillion market capitalization, Apple has officially doubled its value to $2 trillion. The remarkable feat means it’s tied with a non-tech firm for bragging rights as the world’s most valuable company — for now.

Stock market volatility hits Norway’s sovereign wealth fund

Norway’s Central Bank on Tuesday said its pension fund lost 188 billion kroner ( 21 billion dollars equivalent) in the first half of 2020 amid stock market volatility during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Liam Neeson’s thriller “Honest Thief” repeated as the winner of a subdued domestic box office with $2.4 million at 2,502 locations.

Liam Neeson thriller ‘Honest Thief’ tops quiet U.S. Box Office again

The Open Road release declined 44% from its opening frame and has taken in $7.5 million in its first 10 days in North America. The distributor added screens in New York state following New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to give movie theaters outside of New York City permission to reopen at reduced capacity starting on Oct. 23.
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa is at odds with a business tycoon who could help Zimbabwe. Jekesai Njikizana -AFP

Moscow to assist Zimbabwe in overcoming consequences of EU, US sanctions

Russia will enhance investment cooperation with Zimbabwe and promote the African country’s socio-economic development to help it overcome the consequences of U.S. and EU sanctions, an official said on Sunday.

SMEDAN collaborate with Zamfara on fashion, arts and craft skills

The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) in collaboration with the Zamfara State Government will host Youths, Women and those with Disabilities to a Talent Hunt Programme in Fashion, Arts and Craft skills.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

AIG sues for collaboration in restoring peace, security

The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of zone 5, AIG Sholla David, has sued for collaboration from residents in restoring peace and security in the zone.

NAPTIP vows to boost Nigeria’s image as UNODC appoints DG

The Director General of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Dame Julie Okah–Donli, has vowed to boost the image of Nigeria as United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) appointed her board of Trustees of UNODC’S victim of Trafficking Trust Fund.