China tech companies dictating standards for Facial recognition

Chinese tech companies are at an advanced stage of shaping facial recognition and surveillance standards at the UN, as they aspire to dominate markets in the developing world for their designs. China Telecom, ZTE, Dahua are among companies proposing global standards in the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for facial recognition, video monitoring, city and…

Face scans mandatory for new mobile phone users in China

  A regulation announced in September 2019, was due to come into effect on Sunday when all people in China are required to have their faces scanned when registering new mobile phone services, as the authorities seek to verify the identities of hundreds of millions of internet users. China has for years been trying to…

Social-media influencers income soars

The Average price of a sponsored photo on Instagram has leaped from £104 ($134) t0 £1, 276 ($1, 6742 in 2019. Brands are willing to pay more to sponsor posts, videos, stories and blogs too. “Digital marketing is the equivalent of word of mouth but there will always be a mix between that and traditional…

Alibaba’s sales grew by 40 per cent

Alibaba’s sales grew by 40 per cent with profits more than tripling as China’s legions of shoppers kept spending at the online retailer despite a broader economic slowdown. During the three-month period ended September 30, Jack Ma, founder and chairman stepped down from his formal roles at the company, leaving chief executive Daniel Zhang to…

Facebook agrees to settle Cambrige Analytica fine

Facebook has dropped its year-long appeal against a £500, 000 fine imposed by the UK’s data watchdog for its failure to protect users’ information in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, without accepting any admission of liability. The payment comes amidst intense scrutiny of Facebook’s role in the democratic process, with a fresh dispute emerging over the…

1, 400 WhatsApp account hacked

 Over 100  Human rights activists, journalists, prominent lawyers, religious figures and political dissidents had their smartphones hacked by spyware that  exploited the vulnerability in WhatsApp, according to the Facebook owned messaging service in May 2019. The victims of the attack were only contacted by WhatsApp yesterday. Their smartphones were targeted through WhatsApp’s call function by…

Google’s search engine growth slowing down?

Google’s search engine growth is slowing down at an alarming rate according to the technology company as paid clicks on advertisements –crucial to Google’s revenues- were up just 1 per cent in the third quarter of this year compared with previous three months after decades of double digit growth suggesting that the users are increasingly…

Google makes fundamental changes by introducing Bert

Google, the world’s most popular search engine,  is adopting artificial intelligence in its ranking algorithm. The change which Google explains as the most significant revision in at least five year, uses a new form of language analysis to understand users’ queries better and will affect its responses to one in `10 searches , according to…

US is looking at ways to divert funds to Huawei’s European rivals

The US is looking at ways to channel money to Huawei’s European rivals, as officials warn that the Chinese company is becoming dangerously dominant in the race for the next generation of mobile communications. The US official have suggested issuing credit to companies such as Nokia and Ericsson to enable them to match financing terms…

Are you one of the two million people who uses emoji every hour

  Gretchen McCulloch, a Canadian linguist, making sense of  the ways we communicate online “ how internet is making us  more nuanced and inventive writers”,  in her latest book she writes “ because of internet, through a revolutionary period in linguistic history, where writing quickly, within character limits and deploying ever-changing internet slang, is enriching…