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South Africa’s first homegrown smartphone — Mara factory opens in Durban

Today, Rwandan smartphone company Mara Group opened its second factory in Africa. And here are the Mara devices it'll produce.

Dyson car: electrifying transport needs a lot more than another high-end vehicle

Perhaps there isn’t room for another would-be Tesla to challenge the established automotive industry with a novel electric car and leapfrog the challenges of manufacturing.

Revenge of the moderators: Facebook’s online workers are sick of being treated like bots

Reports of Facebook moderators’ appalling working conditions have been making headlines worldwide. Workers say they are burning out as they moderate vast flows of violent content under pressure, with vague, ever-changing guidelines. They describe unclean, dangerous contractor workplaces. Moderators battle depression, addiction, and even post-traumatic stress disorder from the endless parade of hor...[Read More]

Digital colonialism: why some countries want to take control of their people’s data from Big Tech

At the close of June’s G20 summit in Japan, a number of developing countries refused to sign an international declaration on data flows – the so-called Osaka Track. Part of the reason why countries such as India, Indonesia and South Africa boycotted the declaration was because they had no opportunity to put their own interests about data into the document.

The fightback against Facebook is getting stronger

Facebook leader Mark Zuckerberg recently took the unusual step of visiting lawmakers in Washington, including President Donald Trump in the White House. The reason? Congress’s anti-trust sub-committee has started demanding documents from Facebook and other big tech firms

What’s at stake in Trump’s war on Huawei: control of the global computer-chip industry

Huawei is not only the world’s third-largest buyer of semiconductors but, through its subsidiary HiSilicon, one of China’s biggest semiconductor makers. Being shut off from US suppliers impedes both the competitiveness of its products and the development of its own chip-making capacity.

Striking against tech change is self-defeating

Friday's bank strike is likely to do more damage to the unions than their intended targets as banks will show how they can survive without labour.

Light Start – Sideloading Google on the Mate 30, underwhelming Apple, Cool Ideas attacked and Pinkman’s back

Light Start - Sideloading Google into the Mate 30 Pro, China's underwhelming response to the iPhone 11, Cool Ideas is DDoSed, and Pinkman is back.

Huawei announces the Watch GT 2 and the Huawei Vision TV

Along with the Mate 30 lineup, Huawei announced a bunch of other things. Interesting things. In the shape of the Huawei Watch GT 2, the Huawei Vision TV and the FreeBuds 3. The Huawei Watch GT 2 comes in two sizes, the 46mm as well as the 42mm ultra-slim design. Both variations are powered by the Kirin A1 chip that features increased Bluetooth range. They’re fitted with speakers and micropho...[Read More]

New technology isn’t the cause of inequality – it’s the solution

Technology has been blamed for a lot recently. Automation and artificial intelligence have supposedly led to substantial job losses, reduced bargaining power for workers and increased discrimination.

Light Start: Reverse wireless iPhones, Mr Stark is back, an iOS 13 exploit and no more BMW i3s

This week in light start: The new iPhones have a secret, Iron Man may return to the MCU in Phase 4, iOS 13 has a security bug and the plug pulled on i3.

Have you heard? The hazards of voice assistants

Voice assistants are recording everything said by their owners, some of which – including sex and medical records – are being heard by humans for quality control.

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