Internet usage in Africa is growing, but not quickly enough for Google, which wants to give it a nudge to boost its user base on the continent. Things came to a head in July in this respect, with the company announcing it was partnering with Kenya’s third largest telecoms firm — Telkom — to launch commercial operations of its internet-beaming balloon project Loon in the East African country. We don't shill. Check out TNW's Hard Fork. TAKE ME THERE Google is also active in Nigeria, launching Google Station at an event in Lagos. Station will roll out 200 free Wi-Fi hotspots across five Nigerian cities before the end of 2019. Nigeria is the fifth country where Google is launching this program, after India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Mexico. Another major global player moving more quickly into Africa is Amazon Web Services, which has announced it will be doubling down on its investment in South Africa. Amazon is expected to challenge local ecommerce leader Takealot for … [Read more...] about July in Africa: Free Google Wi-Fi and agriculture drones
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Rob Price, provided by Published 5:42 pm PDT, Thursday, July 19, 2018 Aaron Bernstein/Reuters The Indian government is threatening to take legal action against WhatsApp following a string of lynchings sparked by hoaxes and misinformation spread virally through the app. There have been at least 20 lynchings in the last two months. The Facebook-owned messaging app has altered its app to flag forwarded messages, which makes it clear when information is coming from another source. But WhatsApp's security features means the company cannot simply monitor messages for hoaxes. after a 2,000-person mob killed a 27-year-old man over baseless rumors that he was a child kidnapper. LATEST BUSINESS VIDEOS Now Playing: Now Playing These Are the Companies Americans Love to Hate Fortune Rupert Murdoch's Fox Outbid in Battle for Sky Cheddar TV Amazon Prime #FOMO Is Real Cheddar TV This Is How the U.S. Army Is Preparing for the Future Fortune … [Read more...] about India threatens WhatsApp with legal action after hoaxes on the app led to lynchings (FB)
Shona Ghosh, provided by Published 1:35 am PDT, Monday, July 16, 2018 Adnan Abidi/Reuters Apple is struggling to gain market share in India, the third biggest smartphone market in the world. The company has lost important sales and distribution executives in the country and, according to Bloomberg, has failed to develop important carrier relationships. iPhones are especially expensive in India thanks to customs tariffs. Indians prefer cheaper devices from Asian manufacturers such as Samsung, Oppo, and Vivo. LATEST BUSINESS VIDEOS Now Playing: Now Playing Dockless Bikes Roll Into New York City Cheddar TV Kenya Airways CEO: Global Corporations Should Be Investing in Africa Cheddar TV Alphabet’s Loon and Wing Projects Are Now Their Own Companies Fortune Report: With a Booming Economy, More Americans Are Quitting Their Jobs Buzz 60 Chinese Tycoon Wang Jian Falls to His Death While on a Business Trip in France Time Cat Sits in Bowl on Top … [Read more...] about Apple is failing spectacularly in one of the world’s biggest smartphone markets (AAPL)
July 12, 2018 - Written By Mark Real Loon and Wing, two moonshot projects of Alphabet’s moonshot factory X, have been recently spun off as independent businesses. These two ventures now join the ranks of other moonshot projects that were later established as independent companies like Waymo, Chronicle, and Verily. Since these two projects now operate as independent businesses, they are now led by their own chief executive officers (CEOs). Loon is headed by Alastair Westgarth, while senior officials of Wing include James Ryan Burgess as the company’s CEO and Adam Woodworth as its chief technology officer (CTO).As an independent business, Loon will continue cooperating with governments and local network operators around the world to provide internet connectivity to people living in areas that lack telecommunications infrastructure. For example, the company has already worked with local carriers in India to give internet access to people in rural areas and it also … [Read more...] about Alphabet Projects Loon, Wing Now Independent Businesses
The big news today was that we finally got a date when it is expected that Samsung will be announcing the Samsung Galaxy S7. The big news from last week was that while Apple saw growth in its earnings call, it is expecting that iPhone sales will remain flat rather than see growth, as Wall Street demands; and, Samsung noted that there was a "slowing demand" for smartphones when it announced a slight decrease in smartphone sales during its own earnings call. Both Apple and Samsung are facing the same market pressures and troubles. The market pressures are frankly somewhat absurd. Apple sold close to 75 million iPhones in Q4 with overall revenues of just under $76 billion. Apple also has enough money in the bank where it could give away all of its products for hundreds of years and still be in business. Samsung on the other hand had overall revenue of $44.2 billion. This is sort of the mirror of the numbers we saw for a while with Windows Phone. Microsoft and its fans would … [Read more...] about Do the iPhone or Galaxy S matter anymore?