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Test flights of Zipline’s drones for medical supplies to begin

The initial testing and diagnostic flights of drones at the first emergency medical distribution centre at Omenako in the Eastern Region is set to begin this month.The tests, to be carried out by Zipline, the world’s first national-scale drone delivery service, come ahead of the official launch of the full drone delivery of emergency medical supplies by the end of the second quarter of the year.A senior off ...

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Grandeur 3D to train West African youth in entrepreneurship

The management of Grandeur 3D Interior is collaborating with Renksan Paints, to train the youth in entrepreneurship with special focus on 3D design floor, metallic floor, single-colour floor, floor logo branding and other decorative floors. The training, which is opened to youth from across the West African sub-region, is scheduled to take place from 5 – 7 July in Accra. Chief Executive Officer of Grandeur ...

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Kodak soars on KodakCoin and Bitcoin mining plans

Shares in photo firm Eastman Kodak soared nearly 120% after it revealed plans to mint its own crypto-currency, the KodakCoin. The US firm said it was teaming up with London-based Wenn Media Group to carry out the initial coin offering (ICO). It is part of a blockchain-based initiative to help photographers control their image rights. Kodak also detailed plans to install rows of Bitcoin mining rigs at its he ...

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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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