BetaNews: Consumers ignore security risks for free Wi-Fi . “A growing number of British consumers are using their neighbors’ Wi-Fi, sometimes even without permission, because they can’t afford their own. This is according to a new report by Santander, which also says that the price of phone and broadband services has increased hugely over the past ten years.”
Quartz: The US Supreme Court just ruled that using social media is a constitutional right. “Public space in the digital age has no shape and no physical place. But the US Supreme Court is now sorting out what that means for free-speech rights. Today (June 19), the justices unanimously held that states can’t broadly limit access to social media because cyberspace ‘is one of the most important places to exchange views.'”
Digital Trends: Smartphone Cameras Will Soon Identify Objects Without An Internet Connection. “Artificial intelligence is giving a simple photograph the power to recognize objects, faces, and landmarks — sometimes with more detail than a set of human eyes can assign. Now, more of those features will be coming to mobile devices, thanks to Google’s release of MobileNets software.”
Phys.org: Egypt blocks more internet sites. “Egypt, under fire for muzzling freedom of expression, has blocked access to around 60 news websites and service providers since the end of May, rights groups and media figures said Monday.”
Digital Trends: Password-free Tethered Internet May Soon Head To Google Chromebooks. “The latest Chrome OS Canary build has a new feature in it called ‘Instant Tethering,’ which makes it possible to automatically tether the laptop to your phone in the absence of an internet connection, without prompting. The feature doesn’t work properly just yet, according to reports, but it is present in the new build, suggesting that it’s something that could show up on Chromebooks in the near future.”
CNET: Google adds family sharing to YouTube and other apps. “The search giant on Tuesday announced new ways for people to share things with up to six family members, including on Google apps such as YouTube and note-taking service Keep.”
IT News Africa: Facebook invests $170m in Uganda. “Working with two local telecommunications partners, Airtel and Bandwidth & Cloud Services, Facebook is planning to lay 770 kilometres of new fibre cables in north-western Uganda by the end of 2017, potentially bringing high-speed internet access within the reach of three million Ugandans.”
Please note this article appears to have been retracted. I got a comment saying the following:
Dear Research Buzz
I am so sorry. This article currently published on your blog here: https://rbfirehose.com/2017/05/20/it-news-africa-facebook-invests-170m-in-uganda/ has a factual inaccuracy in it and has been retracted.
Please remove it from your site.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any queries at all.
Communications Manager | South Africa
I do not know this lady’s relation to IT News Africa, but when I try to follow the news link now I get a 404 error.