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FDA approves ‘trackable’ pill

US regulators have approved the first pill that can be digitally tracked through the body. The Abilify MyCite aripiprazole tablets - for treating schizophrenia and manic episodes - have an ingestible sensor embedded inside them that records that the medication has been taken. A patch worn by the patient transmits this information to their smartphone. The information can also be sent to the prescribing docto ...

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Facebook, Twitter and Google berated by senators on Russia

Russian operatives, likely working from St Petersburg, provoked angry Americans to take to the streets, a US Senate committee heard on Wednesday. The May 2016 protest, arranged by a group named Heart of Texas, was one example of Kremlin-backed efforts to destabilise the American electoral process. Lawyers for three technology companies - Facebook, Twitter and Google - were told they were grossly underestima ...

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WhatsApp goes down

WhatsApp has been hit by a major outage, stopping millions of people from using it around the world. People couldn't send or receive messages using the Facebook-owned app, apparently because of a server problem. Service appears now to be gradually being restored. The app didn't initially look broken, with chats and contacts able to load. But once a user was into a chat, the app just showed a "connecting" me ...

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Google’s Assistant is headed to a lot more hardware

Google's Assistant will soon be in a lot more places. The company is opening up its Assistant to developers who want to incorporate the digital helper into their own hardware, Google announced. Interested developers can now take advantage of a preview version of a Google Assistant software development kit (SDK), which allows them to make hardware prototypes that have Google Assistant built in. These can be ...

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MPs celebrate launch of Ghana satellite

Members of Parliament have lauded the historic launch of Ghana’s first satellite to space. Ghana’s first satellite, Ghansat-1, was on Friday, July 7 released into orbit after its successful launch in June. Ghanasat-1 was launched into International Space Station (ISS) by SpaceX, Flight 11 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida-USA on June 10, 2017. The satellite was released and deployed into the orbit at an ...

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Ghana’s first satellite launched into orbit

Ghana’s first satellite called Ghansat-1 was on Friday released into orbit after its successful launch in June. Ghanasat-1 was launched into International Space Station (ISS) by SpaceX, Flight 11 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida-USA on June 10, 2017. The satellite was released and deployed into the orbit at an altitude of 420km on July 7, 2017 at 12:00 GMT. The process was watched live at JAXA Tsukuba S ...

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Microsoft: Cyber-attack a ‘wake-up call’

A cyber-attack that has hit 150 countries since Friday should be treated by governments around the world as a "wake-up call", Microsoft says. It blamed governments for storing data on software vulnerabilities which could then be accessed by hackers. It says the latest virus exploits a flaw in Microsoft Windows identified by, and stolen from, US intelligence. There are fears of more "ransomware" attacks as p ...

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Ghana must adopt legislation on cybercrime – Irbard

The decision to establish a National Cyber Security Council is laudable, but the country must take a step further in the fight against cyber fraud by instituting laws on cybercrime, security analyst Irbard Ibrahim has suggested. “The main priority for me will be for the Council to push for proper legislation to prosecute people that tarnish the image of this country abroad through ‘sakawa’,” he told Class F ...

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Govt to automate all toll booths

The government of Ghana will ensure that all 35 toll booths in the country are automated to ensure revenues are properly accounted for, Kwesi Amoako-Attah, Minister-designate for Roads and Highways, has said. Speaking during his vetting by the Appointments Committee of Parliament on Wednesday February 1, he said: “We will improve on the feeder road aspects of our total road network and that will mean taking ...

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Microsoft, Ecobank agree to drive digital transformation in Africa

Microsoft, the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world and Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, parent company of pan-African banking group Ecobank today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to complement African governments’ efforts to modernise and raise the standards of the continent’s major cities through state of the art digital solutions. The MOU will see ...

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