Honor’s big plans for South Africa

Former Huawei sub-brand Honor is relaunching as a fully-independent company in South Africa and plans to stake its claim on the local smartphone market. Huawei founded Honor in 2013 to compete in the online retail market for mid-range smartphones among young shoppers. The brand played a pivotal role in pulling Huawei to the #1 best-selling smartphone brand in the world, …

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Big Vodacom 5G surprise

Comparing Vodacom’s coverage map and real-world tests revealed that the mobile operator’s 5G coverage is far more extensive than anticipated. MyBroadband used 2,500 5G speed tests performed using its popular speed test app during Q3 2021 to create a rough coverage map of Vodacom’s 5G service. The speed tests included crowdsourced results and controlled drive tests done by MyBroadband Insights’ …

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12 Big Tech experts explain how to fix Facebook

Facebook is broken, and after a recent deluge of damning internal company leaks to the press and Congress, the world has unassailable proof of how troubled it really is. Almost 2 billion people around the world use a product owned by Meta (formerly called Facebook), including WhatsApp and Instagram, every day. For many of its users, the nearly $1 trillion …

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Big Covid–19 vaccination weekend push — with R100 grocery vouchers

The South African government has announced another “Vooma Vaccination Weekend” for 12–14 November and intends to vaccinate 500,000 people. “Help avoid the dull December we had in 2020. Join the 500,000 people who will be vaccinated this weekend and save 20,000 lives. Let’s crush the power of the 4th wave!” the Department of Health said. Experts such as Salim Abdool …

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This Group Pushed More AI in US Security—and Boosted Big Tech

Beyond Schmidt and Jassy, members included Andrew Moore, Google’s head of cloud AI; Safra Catz, co-CEO of Oracle; Eric Horvitz, Microsoft’s director of research; Robert Work, a former deputy secretary of defense who helped start the Pentagon’s recent pivot toward AI, and former Democratic FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn. “What I saw was an extraordinarily conflicted quasi-government body writing policy and …

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The SolarWinds Hackers Are Looking for Their Next Big Score

The endless cybercriminal cat and mouse game continued this week with a collaborative international law enforcement operation, Dark HunTor, that resulted in 150 arrests of alleged dark web vendors plus seizure of $31.6 million in cash and cryptocurrency and 230 kilograms of drugs. The action focused on sellers who had hawked their wares on the dark web marketplace DarkMarket, which …

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