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War-ravaged communities and victims including widows and orphans in Nigeria will get support following a partnership between Familheey, an app built to connect families and communities and Soulace, a Nigeria-based not-for-profit organisation that addresses violent conflict and advocates for victims of extreme violence. Soulace Africa will work with Familheey Networking platform to translate this partnership to physical and on-the-ground development through livelihood training, enterprise development and cooperative and thrift programmes, a statement announcing the collaboration...

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Instant messaging app, Telegram, has launched a video call service as part of activities marking its seventh anniversary. In a blogpost, the company said the video feature was added in response to the need for face-to-face communication as the world goes virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “2020 highlighted the need for face-to-face communication, and our alpha version of video calls is now available on both Android and iOS. “You can start a video call...

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American social media conglomerate, Facebook, on Wednesday said that its connectivity investment would grow Africa’s economy by 57 billion dollars in the next five years. Facebook released the findings in its Impact Connectivity Initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), a study conducted by Analysys Mason. The findings highlighted how Facebook investments in infrastructure and connectivity across the region will deliver over 57 billion dollars in economic benefits over the next five years (2020–2024). Facebook said that according to...

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The rejection of traditional market leaders — Iyaloja and Babaloja — at Computer Village, Ikeja took another turn when businesses resumed after the unavoidable closure of the larger part of the economy following lockdown directives in Lagos state. It appears the bad relationship between seller associations and the new leadership in the phone and computer hub has become more noticeable due to a request for the payment of monthly dues. Techpoint Africa confirmed from the Iyaloja, Abisola Azeez, and some traders...

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German top government official, Helge Braun, on Tuesday, said the country’s coronavirus contact tracing app that had been made available for download in Germany was a cut above the rest. Braun, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Chief of Staff, said that the German track-and-trace app, the use of which was voluntary, was not the first of its kind, but the best in terms of privacy and data protection. He called on members of the public to download...

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The head of the NATO military alliance said that the West could not ignore the rise of China so it was important that Britain review the role of Huawei in its 5G network to ensure its security. NATO Secretary Genera, Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday said China was coming closer to the West in various ways in the Arctic, in cyberspace and in critical infrastructure, including telecommunications. “I trust that the UK government will design their...

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Google has removed a popular app from its Play store in India that scans users’ smartphones, identifies apps made in China and removes them. The app was removed because it violates Google’s policies which do not allow apps to delete or deactivate other apps unless they are related to security, the U.S. tech company said. The app lets users decide whether to delete apps developed by Chinese companies. If the application did not find any...

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About 50 journalists working with Microsoft are set to lose their jobs, as the American multinational tech giant reportedly moves to replace them with robots. According to local media reports, those affected are contract employees working as curators for the company’s news website, MSN. They perform functions such as selection of stories, headlines, pictures and other contents from news organisations for the MSN site. The Seattle Times quoted unidentified insiders as saying the company has...

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The U.S. President, Donald Trump, says American astronauts would return to the moon by 2024. Speaking after the successful launched of the country’s first human spaceflight in nine years, Trump said the aim was to “establish a permanent presence in space and a launching pad to Mars’’. “The first woman on the Moon will be an American woman and the first nation to land on Mars will be the United States of America. “Space travel...

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Familheey, a thriving social networking app that many people from all walks of life have found useful in helping to keep in touch with families in this uncertain time, has got updates aimed at boosting user experience. My Family Group, developers of the social networking app, affirms that with the updates, users of Familheey app will have satisfying experience and be pleased with the features added to the app. In the latest updates, a user...

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