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Chinese tech giant Huawei has begun allowing customers to register their interest in an upcoming smartphone model it has yet to disclose, sparking rumours that the company may be on the verge of releasing the latest iteration of its P series phones. The move follows Huawei’s re-entry into the premium smartphone market last year with its Mate 60 series, a launch hailed by state media as a significant achievement amid US sanctions. Notably, the resurgence of Huawei’s flagship Mate series has been linked to a decline in iPhone sales in China. Speculation has been rife in recent months regarding the…

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Facebook and Instagram parent company, Meta Platforms, has revealed that it would be testing new features aimed at protecting teenagers on Instagram from harmful and sexual content, and potential scammers. The tech giant made this decision due to growing pressure over concerns regarding the addictive nature of its apps and their impact on the mental health of young users. One of the key features Meta plans to implement is blurring messages containing nudity in Instagram’s direct messages. This protection mechanism will utilise on-device machine learning to analyse images and determine if they contain nudity. Importantly, this feature will be enabled…

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Wireless infrastructure provider, American Tower, and ProFuturo, the technology-enabled education innovation program of Fundación Telefónica and Fundación “la Caixa”, have partnered to bring educational innovation and technology to underserved communities, starting with 44 schools across Africa and Latin America. The Managing Director of ProFuturo, Magdalena Brier, and Rodrigo Jimenez Castellanos, Group Head of Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability of American Tower for EMEA and LatAm, formalised this partnership. ProFuturo and American Tower share a vision of leveraging technology to improve educational outcomes, bridge the digital divide, and improve the quality of life for individuals in marginalised communities. Through this partnership,…

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IDEMIA Smart Identity has announced a renewal of its collaboration with Nigeria’s National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), to upgrade the country’s biometric identification system, to enable it to accommodate 250 million records. The project, supported by the World Bank’s ID4D initiative, shows the efforts Nigeria is making to establish a robust and reliable civil database. With each citizen’s identity set to remain unique within the system, the initiative aligns with the United Nations’ (UN) sustainable development goals, specifically targeting universal legal identity by 2030. On February 28, 2024, IDEMIA Smart Identity and NIMC formalised their commitment to enhancing Nigeria’s biometric…

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Mastercard and Women Choice have expanded their partnership to launch two programs – ImpactHer and EmpowerHer – to support women entrepreneurs grow their businesses and create jobs across the Middle East and Africa. Women Choice – an international organization dedicated to advancing women’s personal and professional development – launched the pilot cohort in 2023. The next cohorts will be participating in the new programs this year and will aim to impact 50,000 women. Mastercard has been at the forefront of providing women with access to digital tools, training to help them start and grow their businesses, creating mentorship and networking…

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Facebook parent company, Meta Platforms has revealed details about the next generation of its in-house artificial intelligence (AI) accelerator chip, aiming to decrease its reliance on Nvidia’s AI chips and cut energy costs. Reuters previously reported Meta’s plan to deploy a new version of a custom data centre chip, internally named “Artemis,” to tackle the increasing demand for computing power in Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp’s AI products. The new Meta Training and Inference Accelerator (MTIA) chip, produced by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co on its “5nm” process, promises three times the performance of its predecessor. “This chip’s architecture is fundamentally focused…

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Tech giant, Apple, has ramped up its iPhone production in India, assembling approximately $14 billion worth of iPhones in fiscal year 2024, according to a Bloomberg News report, as the tech giant seeks to diversify its supply chain and reduce reliance on China. The report indicates that Apple now manufactures approximately 14% of its flagship devices in India, translating to roughly 1 in 7 iPhones being made in India. Key manufacturing partners contributing to this effort include Foxconn and Pegatron Corp, with Foxconn assembling nearly 67% of the India-made iPhones and Pegatron accounting for about 17%. Additionally, Wistron Corp’s plant…

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At its Vision event on Tuesday 9th April, US tech giant, Intel, introduced its Gaudi 3 artificial intelligence chip, in its bid to challenge to rival chipmaker Nvidia’s foothold in the semiconductor market powering AI technologies. Nvidia currently commands approximately 83% of the data centre chip market, with Google’s custom tensor processing units (TPUs) comprising a significant portion of the remaining share. To rise up the pecking order, Intel’s has to develop a competitive bundle of chips and software capable of rivalling Nvidia’s offerings in the AI space. Intel’s newly unveiled chip is positioned to address the growing demand for…

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Microsoft, has announced an investment of $2.9 billion in Japan’s cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) sector over the span of two years, marking the tech giant’s largest commitment in the country since it commenced operations there 46 years ago. The announcement, made on Tuesday 9th April, shows Microsoft being dedicated to enhancing its cloud and AI infrastructure in Japan. The investment will not only fuel the expansion of its cloud capabilities but also facilitate the development of AI technologies. Moreover, Microsoft aims to contribute to the upskilling of three million individuals in AI-related fields, thereby fostering talent development within the…

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Cloud computing company, Amazon Web Services (AWS), has maintained its lead over rivals Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, in the race for the foremost position in the global cloud market, securing a 31% share, according to a report from Stocklytics.com. Financial analyst at Stocklytics, Edith Reads, offered insights into the competitive landscape of the cloud market, stating, “the cloud market is proving competitive with players keen to tap into the new users. AWS is outstanding due to its robust technology, competitive pricing, and early entry into the market. However, other players like Azure and Google Cloud are catching up.” Emerging…

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