The West’s unconscious predisposition versus tech in Afrika limitations development

The West’s unconscious predisposition versus tech in Afrika limitations development

January 2017 was special in many ways; important to note, it was the first time I ever boarded an airplane, but also it was the time I underwent a grueling visa experience. Armed with notarized documents, among them, a promissory 6-month work contract, particulars of my record of employment (hint; a startup), curriculum vitae, birth…
Satisfy the Nokia 9: 5 electronic cameras bring a various method to phone photography

Satisfy the Nokia 9: 5 electronic cameras bring a various method...

The Nokia 9 Pureview. Ron Amadeo It's not the most modern design, with straight top and bottom bezels and this big logo in the corner. Ron Amadeo The back has like, a million cameras. Ron Amadeo There's a USB-C port, and no headphone jack. Ron Amadeo No headphone jack on this side either. Ron Amadeo…
Just half of mankind is online, how do we link the rest?

Just half of mankind is online, how do we link the...

Internet connectivity is coming to be regarded worldwide as no less than essential infrastructure, and yet it’s estimated about half of the world’s population today remains unconnected. Connecting the world’s unconnected populations will demand new approaches in business relationships, policy making, and technology solutions. The challenge in bringing the last billions online is marked by…
Users alarmed by concealed microphone in Nest Security System

Users alarmed by concealed microphone in Nest Security System

Enlarge / You can't see it, but there is actually a microphone in here. Nest Google's Nest smart home brand is in hot water this week after news surfaced (via Daring Fireball) that its home security system, Nest Secure, shipped with an undisclosed microphone. Google activated the microphone earlier this month for Google Assistant functionality,…
Microsoft’s unique Costco Surface area Go is now readily available to all

Microsoft’s unique Costco Surface area Go is now readily available to...

Surface Go is Microsoft's cheapest Surface 2-in-1 available: $399 gets you a Surface Go with 4GB RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage. But the next step up in specs was a lot more expensive: it takes an extra $150 to double the RAM to 8GB and replace the 64GB eMMC with a 128GB SSD, a…
Amazon’s brand-new Fire TELEVISION Stick brings 4K, HDR, and Dolby Atmos for $50

Amazon’s brand-new Fire TELEVISION Stick brings 4K, HDR, and Dolby Atmos...

The new Fire TV Stick 4K and Alexa Voice Remote. Amazon Per usual, there's not much in the way of ports on the Fire TV Stick. The USB port pictured here is for power only. Amazon You do get to see your media streamer smile back at you, though. Amazon The new Alexa remote includes…
Sony’s newest flagship phone is the 21:9 Xperia 1, and it’s extremely high

Sony’s newest flagship phone is the 21:9 Xperia 1, and it’s...

Sony's new flagship phone: the Xperia 1. It's very tall, with a 6.5-inch, 21:9 display. Jeff Dunn Here it is in glossy, fingerprint-attracting black. Jeff Dunn Just for fun, here's the Xperia 1 next to the diminutive iPhone SE. Jeff Dunn It'll also be available in this deep purple color. As a graduate of the…
Any Steam video game can now utilize Valve’s low-latency, DoS-proofed networking

Any Steam video game can now utilize Valve’s low-latency, DoS-proofed networking

Valve is opening up its latency-reducing, DoS-protecting network relay infrastructure to every developer using its Steamworks platform. A few years ago, large-scale denial-of-service attacks against game servers were making the news and becoming a frustratingly frequent occurrence in online gaming and e-sports. To protect its own games, Valve has for a number of years been…
Dealmaster: The Black Friday 2018 tech deals that may in fact deserve purchasing

Dealmaster: The Black Friday 2018 tech deals that may in fact...

Enlarge / A bundle with Sony's PS4 Slim and Marvel's Spider-Man for $200 looks like one of the better deals this Black Friday. Mark Walton Black Friday is less than a week away, and we’re starting to get a good sense of what deals the tech world plans to offer up. If you’re at all…
AIs are being trained on racist information– and it’s beginning to reveal

AIs are being trained on racist information– and it’s beginning to...

Machine learning algorithms process vast quantities of data and spot correlations, trends and anomalies, at levels far beyond even the brightest human mind. But as human intelligence relies on accurate information, so too do machines. Algorithms need training data to learn from. This training data is created, selected, collated and annotated by humans. And therein…
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