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Sci-Tech

Blogger gets 6.5 years for 'rumour-mongering'

23 July 2014, 14:13

A Chinese blogger known for criticising the ruling Communist Party was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in jail, state media said, as authorities pursue a crackdown on online "rumours".

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Smartphones waste time

23 July 2014, 13:17

Smartphones even eat into restaurant time. How? Mandi Smallhorne elaborates.

Fake Google Play apps target data, cash - report

23 July 2014, 08:09

Most of the applications on Google's Play Store online site have fake copies loaded with malware to steal personal and financial information, says a report.

Debate rages over snooping of Google user e-mails

22 July 2014, 09:16

A federal judge has granted prosecutors access to a Gmail user's e-mails as part of a criminal probe, a decision that could fan the debate over how aggressively the government may pursue personal data.

'Sex please' rejection list goes viral

21 July 2014, 13:15

A sexually frustrated husband's spreadsheet on his wife's excuses to avoid sex with him has gone viral on the internet.

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Ericsson reports profit leap

21 July 2014, 07:53

Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson has announced a leap in its second-quarter profits, beating analyst expectations.

Video of child beating boy in Lebanon goes viral

20 July 2014, 09:16

Lebanon ordered an investigation into horrific video footage that has gone viral on the Internet showing a small child beating a boy, believed to be Syrian, urged on by adults.

Bill ensures emails, photos won't die

19 July 2014, 08:58

A group of influential US lawyers has the answer to the question of what would happen to Facebook, Yahoo and other online accounts when a person dies.

Tech will drive IT growth in Africa

18 July 2014, 14:35

Communications technologies will drive IT growth in Africa, says an analyst, calling for country-specific African strategies.

Visa launches new service to pay online

18 July 2014, 09:39

Visa has launched a new online checkout service that eliminates typing in card numbers.

Win would make Murdoch US media king

17 July 2014, 13:07

Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox has made an audacious offer for Time Warner that would transform the US media landscape and cement his status as media king.

Nickel in iPad triggered allergy in boy

17 July 2014, 08:28

Nickel in a first-generation iPad likely triggered an allergic skin reaction in an 11-year-old boy, a case that highlights an increasingly common condition.

Tsunami-driven app eyes $8.9bn listing

16 July 2014, 11:13

A smartphone messaging app set up in the aftermath of Japan's 2011 quake-tsunami disaster has applied to list on the Tokyo stock exchange.

HP chief steps down

16 July 2014, 08:48

US computer giant Hewlett-Packard says non-executive chairperson Ralph Whitworth is stepping down for health reasons.

Samsung acts against child labour in China

15 July 2014, 12:26

Samsung Electronics has suspended business ties with a Chinese supplier that allegedly hired children.

Secret app raises $25 mn, shifts focus

15 July 2014, 09:12

The fast-growing anonymous mobile app Secret has raised $25m in venture capital and would expand as a social network connecting Facebook friends.

Red Cross, tech firm to enhance food security

15 July 2014, 09:14

Thousands of people are poised to benefit from schemes the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRSC) and a global technology firm have initiated in the country.

Tencent gains ground as Alibaba nears IPO

14 July 2014, 11:21

China's biggest social media company Tencent Holdings is leading the revolt against Alibaba's online retail dominance, as Alibaba gears up for its $140bn IPO.

YouTube weighs premium content funding

14 July 2014, 09:09

YouTube has embarked on a new round of discussions with Hollywood and independent producers to fund premium content, two sources say.

New app introduces James Bond features

13 July 2014, 09:54

A company known for mobile apps designed to thwart government surveillance, Silent Circle, is introducing a secrecy-cloaking phone service.

LG unveils flexible display

12 July 2014, 11:04

LG Display has developed an 18-inch flexible display that can be rolled into the shape of a thin cylinder.

'Space junk' fireball lights up Australian sky

11 July 2014, 11:38

Australians were treated to a spectacular light show after a flaming object, believed to be space junk from a Russian booster rocket, streaked across the night sky and lit up social media.

China jails 32 people for online terror charges

11 July 2014, 07:55

Courts in a restive region of western China have sentenced 32 people to prison, three of them for life, for downloading and spreading violent Internet content that authorities have blamed for inspiring a recent string of deadly attacks.

Microsoft and Safaricom partner to boost ICT sector

11 July 2014, 08:04

Microsoft and Safaricom signed an agreement that will promote entrepreneurship in the software development market.

Chinese hackers pursue key data on US workers - NYT

10 July 2014, 13:54

Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks of the United States government agency that keeps the personal information of all federal employees in March, the New York Times reported, citing senior U.S. officials.

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