Faster Internet Coming to Africa With Facebook’s $1 Billion Cable

Faster Internet Coming to Africa With Facebook’s  Billion Cable

Facebook Inc. and some of the world’s largest telecom carriers including China Mobile Ltd. are joining forces to build a giant sub-sea cable to help bring more reliable and faster internet across Africa. The cost of the project will be just under $1 billion, according to three people familiar with the project, who asking not to be identified as the budget hasn’t been made public. The 37,000-kilometer (23,000 miles) long cable — dubbed 2Africa — will connect Europe to the Middle East and 16 African countries, according to a statement on Thursday. The undersea…

Coronavirus: US accuses China of hacking coronavirus research

Coronavirus: US accuses China of hacking coronavirus research

China-linked hackers are targeting organisations researching the Covid-19 pandemic, US officials say. The FBI said it had seen hacking attempts on US groups researching vaccines, treatments and testing. The US has long accused the Chinese government of cyber-espionage, something Beijing denies. The pandemic has worsened tensions between the two countries, which have both accused each other of failing to contain the outbreak. More than 4.3m people around the world have been infected by Covid-19, with over 83,000 US deaths and 4,600 deaths in China, according to Johns Hopkins University. The…

Covid-19: Akufo-Addo Urges Media To Ignore Politicians And Talk To Scientists

Covid-19: Akufo-Addo Urges Media To Ignore Politicians And Talk To Scientists

President Akufo-Addo stated, “When people are going to talk about this disease (Coronavirus), they will talk about it from the viewpoint of science. Get the scientists. Let them be the ones to talk. Get those who have specialist information.That is what I will encourage you to do.” He said this on April 24, when he met with the leadership of the National Media Commission, the Ghana Journalists Association, the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association, the Private Newspaper Publishers Association of Ghana, as well as the leadership of State-Owned media organisations on…

KNUST demonstrates working operation of locally-made ventilator

KNUST demonstrates working operation of locally-made ventilator

The College of Engineering (CoE), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has held a demonstration exercise to explain the working operation of Ghana’s first home-made prototype ventilator. The medical equipment, which is in the advanced stages of development, is a collaborative work between the College’s Computer Engineering Department and Michigan Technological University. “The purpose of the demonstration exercise is to outdoor to stakeholders what the University is doing from its own perspective to augment access to quality healthcare delivery. We think this home-made ventilator could be of utmost…

FDA orders recall of immune boosting COA FS over e.coli, yeast contamination

FDA orders recall of immune boosting COA FS over e.coli, yeast contamination

One of Ghana’s herbal medicines touted for its immune boosting properties have been found to be contaminated with escherichia coli (E.Coli), a bacterium that health experts say causes serious health implications in humans. Executive President of COA Global Peace Mission, Professor Samuel Ato Duncan recently urged government and research institutions globally to subject COA FS to further research in order to ascertain its effectiveness against COVID-19. It followed claims that some persons who contracted the deadly novel coronavirus in China recovered after using the COA FS Immune Booster. Laboratory analysis of the…

Ghana ranks 11th in cybersecurity vulnerability in Sub-Saharan Africa

Ghana ranks 11th in cybersecurity vulnerability in Sub-Saharan Africa

Ghana is ranked 9th out of 11 countries in Sub Sahara Africa that are vulnerable to cybersecurity, according to the World Bank. South Africa is ranked as the country in Sub Saharan Africa with the highest cybersecurity vulnerability. It is followed by Kenya and Nigeria in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Botswana, Zimbabwe, Djibouti, Egypt and Tanzania placed 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th respectively. Uganda, DR Congo and Ethiopia followed Ghana in 10th, 11th and 12th respectively. In an analysis of Covid-19 Pandemic: Upsides for Accelerating Demand For Digital…

Rwanda uses drones to help catch lockdown transgressors

Rwanda uses drones to help catch lockdown transgressors

Tech-savvy Rwanda is using drones to keep residents of the capital Kigali informed of coronavirus lockdown measures – and help catch those who abuse them. While police stop cars and pedestrians on streets to ask why they are out, two drones buzz above them, one loudly broadcasting instructions and the other monitoring movements. “Drones are flying in areas where checkpoints are not mounted and where patrols could not be there,” said police spokesman John Bosco Kabera. Among culprits have been a pastor who pretended to be on her way to…

Apple announces new iPhone SE as coronavirus ravages global economy

Apple announces new iPhone SE as coronavirus ravages global economy

Apple on Wednesday unveiled its latest budget smartphone, even as the coronavirus pandemic slams consumer spending worldwide. The new iPhone SE, which starts at $399 and keeps the same name as its 2016 predecessor, wasn’t announced with a splashy staged event, but instead in a press release, a first for Apple’s most famous product. The announcement arrives several weeks later than it was originally anticipated, after the coronavirus pandemic forced Apple to scrap its traditional late-March keynote in Northern California. The virus choked the tech giant’s Chinese production supply chain in February, but…

Coronavirus: Amazon boss Jeff Bezos adds $24bn to fortune

Coronavirus: Amazon boss Jeff Bezos adds bn to fortune

The founder and boss of Amazon has seen his wealth swell by $24bn (£19bn) after soaring demand for online shopping sent the firm’s share price to a new high. Jeff Bezos now has a fortune of $138bn, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, cementing his position as the world’s richest man. Amazon has benefited from surging internet shopping by people forced to stay home during the Covid-19 outbreak. The firm has been recruiting thousands of workers to cope with demand. However, Amazon has also been criticised by employees in the…

NASA gets ready to send a helicopter to Mars

NASA gets ready to send a helicopter to Mars

NASA’s Perseverance rover and Mars 2020 mission are rapidly taking shape as we speed toward the expected launch window which begins in mid-July. The robot is the most advanced piece of technology NASA has ever sent to the Red Planet, and it’s packed with instruments that will teach scientists all kinds of interesting things about our dusty neighbor. Now, with around 14 weeks until the beginning of the launch window, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has reached a critical step in the final assembly of the rover by installing the Mars Helicopter. Yes,…