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From Thursday, Cubans will have internet on their cell phones


HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — Starting on Thursday, December 6, the Cuban Telecommunications Company (ETECSA) will provide Internet connection service through mobile data to all customers who request it.

Tania Velázquez Rodríguez, vice president of business strategy and technology of ETECSA, explained that the service will begin at 8 am, for which it is necessary to have a 3G cell phone, and to have used it at some time this year on the 900 MHz frequency.

The subscribers already recognized by the network with these features will be able to acquire the package of their preference without having to go to a commercial office, dialing *133# from their own phone and following the options of the menu, with discount of the main account of the mobile service.

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The Ugly Combination of Racism, Cell Phones, and Knee-Jerk Reactions


Several days ago, I was driving with my kiddos in the car. The daughter unit is six-years-old; the boy is four.

From the back seat, I heard my daughter state matter-of-factly, “They just littered.”

“Who just littered?” I asked, curiously.

“Those boys,” she explained. “We just passed them, and they threw garbage on the ground.”

Some old man “Get off my lawn” anger rose in me, and for a millisecond I considered turning the car around so I could shout at the kids.

Then I glanced in the rearview mirror.

As quickly as my desire to yell rose, it dissipated.

The teenagers were African-American, and instantly what should have been a simple case of an adult telling a kid not to throw garbage on the ground suddenly became an opportunity to be a viral video of a white guy yelling at a…

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Chinese smartphone giant Tecno is dominating the African market with $40 phones


Transsion built its business in Africa. And it has no plans to come home.

In Edna Mall on the bustling Bole Road in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, Mesert Baru poses for her Tecno Camon i. “This phone is seriously nice for selfies,” says the 35-year-old shop assistant, admiring the picture she just took.

Mesert’s satisfaction is no accident. Tecno cameras have been optimized for African complexions, explains Arif Chowdhury, vice president of Transsion. “Our cameras adjust more light for darker skin, so the photograph is more beautiful,” he says. “That’s one of the reasons we’ve become successful.”

A Tecno user in Ethiopia using her smartphone.

Transsion founder George Zhu had spent nearly a decade traveling Africa as head of sales for another mobile phone company when he realized that selling Africans handsets made for developed…

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South African phones targeted by notorious ‘governments only’ spyware | News | National


Electronic devices infected with Pegasus, a notorious spyware program sold only to governments, have been discovered in South Africa. The spyware, developed by Israeli cyber warfare firm NSO Group, has been used to target journalists and human rights activists across the world.

In a report titled ‘Hide and Seek’ which was released on Monday, Citizen Lab — a Canada based internet watchdog — identified 45 countries in which infected devices have been traced, after scanning the internet for servers associated with Pegasus spyware.
It also identified multiple instances of cross-border surveillance.

Twelve African countries, including South Africa, are on the list.
The others are: Algeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Kenya, Libya, Morocco, Rwanda, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia. 

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Nokia looks to smart and feature phones to grow its African business


HMD Global, the Finnish company that owns the rights to sell Nokia-branded phones, is targeting growth in both its smartphones and more basic models as it bids to become Africa’s number-one phone brand, its vice president for sub-Saharan Africa said on Thursday.

Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the company’s eight global regions with South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya representing its biggest markets, Justin Maier said in an interview. India is the phone’s biggest market globally.

“Africa is still a growing market, moving consumers from the feature phone to a smartphone experience, so there are opportunities for us there as a brand,” he said.

Feature phones – devices that lie between basic phones and smartphones – remain an important part of the company’s strategy, Maier said.

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