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Facebook hit by outage in Europe, the Americas, Asia

Facebook on Wednesday grappled with what was described as its biggest outage in history as users in parts of Australia, Asia, Europe, South America and North America faced service troubles.
Samsung senior vice president of product marketing Justin Denison speaks on stage about the new foldable phone during the Samsung Unpacked product launch event in San Francisco, California on February 20, 2019. (Photo by Josh Edelson - AFP)

Foldable phone outlook hinges on price

Handset makers are racing to launch their first smartphones with folding screens but analysts warn the technology is still too rudimentary — and expensive — to woo consumers in large numbers for now.
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Samsung unsettles Apple with folding smartphone

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has unveiled a nearly $2,000 folding smartphone in a bid to top the technology of Apple Inc and Chinese rivals and reignite consumer interest amid slumping sales.

Telecom launches tax collection platform

Digital Afrique Telecom (DAT), currently operating in over 20 countries in Africa, has launched Tax Collect, an interoperable platform for collecting municipal taxes.
People walk past an Apple store in Beijing on December 11, 2018. – Apple stores in China continued with business as usual on December 11, despite a Chinese court-ordered ban on iPhone sales that could hurt the US tech firm in one of its most crucial markets. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

Apple cuts revenue forecast on weak China sales

Apple Inc on Wednesday took the rare step of cutting its quarterly sales forecast, with Chief Executive Tim Cook blaming slowing iPhone sales in China, whose economy has been dragged down by uncertainty around U.S.-China trade relations.
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US markets end volatile session in wake of Huawei exec arrest

US stocks clawed back much of the ground they lost in an early plunge triggered by the arrest of a key Chinese Huawei executive at Washington's request.
(FILES) This file picture taken on September 9, 2014 shows a woman walking past the Alibaba booth during an exhibition in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang province. Alibaba co-founder and chairman Jack Ma announced on September 10, 2018, he would step down as leader of the pioneering Chinese e-commerce giant in one year but stressed that a planned leadership transition would not break the company's stride. Ma will stay on as executive chairman until September 10, 2019 before handing over his role to chief executive officer Daniel Zhang, Alibaba said in a statement. / AFP PHOTO / STR / China OUT

Report: Value of Alibaba’s on-demand online services hits $30 billion

Alibaba Group’s newly formed on-demand online services unit has rocketed in value to as much as 30 billion dollars after raising four billion dollars in fresh funds, people with knowledge of the situation told Reuters.
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Experts mull cameras replacement by smartphones

At a session tagged ”The future of photography: Are smartphone cameras a threat to DSLR” in Abuja, the experts said smartphone cameras are catching up in the profession.
FILE PHOTO: Representations of the Ripple, Bitcoin, Etherum and Litecoin virtual currencies are seen on a PC motherboard in this illustration picture, February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

Hackers target smartphones to mine cryptocurrencies

Has your smartphone suddenly slowed down, warmed up and the battery drained down for no apparent reason? If so, it may have been hijacked to mine cryptocurrencies.
(FILES) This file photograph taken on September 21, 2016, shows a statue donated by Google during its inauguration in Montelimar, as Google launches a new version of the android operating system called 'Android 7.0' or 'Nougat'. The European Union is set to impose a 4.3 billion euro (USD5 billion) fine on Google it announced on July 18, 2018, for abusing the dominant market position of its Android smartphone system, a source close to the matter told AFP. / AFP PHOTO / JEFF PACHOUD

Google braces for huge EU fine over Android

Google faced a record EU fine Wednesday for using its Android smartphone system to illegally boost its search engine, in a ruling that risks a fresh clash between Brussels and Washington.

Student arrested after $1 million error

A South African student who splurged more than $63,000 of $1.1 million she erroneously received was arrested on Tuesday and appeared in court for alleged theft, police said.

Expert: How to protect your smartphone from hackers

Mr Nosa Igiebor, a Mobile Engineer with Microsoft Nigeria, has advised Smartphone users to familiarise themselves with security features in their phones to safeguard them against hackers or theft.

Butcher chops off son’s hand over porn addiction

A butcher allegedly chopped off his teenage son’s hand for always watching pornography on his smartphone despite repeated warnings, police said.

Snapchat owner to cut more than 120 engineers

Snapchat owner Snap Inc will cut just over 120 engineers and reorganise its engineering team, a company memo said on Thursday.

Vladimir Putin: I don’t have a smartphone

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that he still does not have a smartphone, after revealing last year that he has no interest in joining any social media networks.

EU fines Qualcomm $1.2 billion over Apple chip deal

The EU on Wednesday fined a U.S. Smartphone chip supplier Qualcomm 997 million Euros (1.23 billion dollars) for breaching the bloc’s competition rules through a deal with Apple.

Huawei plans global push to combat its slowing smartphone sales in China

China’s Huawei Technologies on Friday flagged overall and smartphone revenue figures for 2017 that represented its slowest growth in four years, and vowed to extend its global reach with more premium products next year.

Australia to creep north by 1.8 metres, no-one will notice

Australia is heading north riding the continental plate, which means the country’s mapping co-ordinates are being realigned approximately 1.8 metres north-east, it was announced on Friday.

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Pound rebounds above $1.32 on Brexit deal hopes

Sterling rallied above $1.32 on Tuesday on fresh hope that British Prime Minister Theresa May would avoid a chaotic no-deal Brexit, while global stock markets recovered.
Cristiano Ronaldo suffered what appeared to be a hamstring injury in Monday's Euro 2020 qualifier against Serbia, causing concerns for Juventus as a Champions League clash with Ajax looms.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘minor thigh injury’ confirmed by Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo suffered a "minor thigh injury" in Portugal's Euro 2020 qualifier against Serbia on Monday, Juventus have confirmed.
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US unveils new restrictions on foreign aid for abortions

The U.S. will further clamp down on the use of foreign aid for non-governmental organisations that support abortions or work with groups that help women access the medical service, an official said.

Lagos commissions new Ilaje-Bariga Jetty

The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) on Monday opened the Ilaje-Bariga Jetty as part of its commitment to improve waterways transportation.

Court sentences driver to death for murder

An Ado-Ekiti High Court on Tuesday sentenced a 40-year-old driver, Ajibola Abednego, to death by hanging for the murder of a fellow driver.