Huawei and Microsoft launch low-cost African smartphone

first_img Related Previous ArticleWeve appoints payments specialist as permanent CEONext ArticleNokia to add 41-MP camera to Lumia line – report Huawei is to launch a low-cost Windows Phone 8 device in seven African markets this quarter as part of a partnership with Microsoft to drive up smartphone penetration on the continent.The Huawei ‘4Afrika’ smartphone will be available in Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Angola, Morocco and South Africa “towards the later part” of Q1. It is expected to retail at around $150.The device is a customised version of the Chinese vendor’s Ascend W1 smartphone launched at CES last month. It sports a 4-inch 480×800 display, dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor, front and rear-facing cameras, and 4GB of internal storage. It also features a customised store offering apps and content “built and designed by Africans for Africans.”The launch forms part of Microsoft’s wider 4Afrika initiative, which also launches today.  Microsoft says Windows Phone already has a strong presence in Africa with devices from HTC, Samsung, and Nokia. Indeed, another aspect of 4Afrika is a joint Nokia and Microsoft customer training programme in Kenya and Nigeria designed to help accelerate adoption of Nokia Lumia 510 and 620 phones.Huawei, meanwhile, has been active in Africa since 1999, and claims to have worked with more than 18 African governments. Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 05 FEB 2013 Matt Ablott Blog: How is chip shortage affecting US? Home Huawei and Microsoft launch low-cost African smartphone FCC mulls expanded Huawei, ZTE bans Nokia makes AI move with Microsoft Author HuaweiMicrosoft Read more last_img read more

Vodafone reveals security demands made by governments

first_img Operators back Qualcomm role in open RAN path Previous ArticleCade keeps pressure on Telefonica; Tim Brasil break-up rumours gather paceNext ArticleHuawei makes push on mobile money AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 06 JUN 2014 Las operadoras respaldan el papel de Qualcomm en la RAN abierta Author Richard Handford Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more RegulatoryVodafone Vodafone, Safaricom beat MTN to Ethiopia licence Vodafone has published a Law Enforcement Disclosure report in which it spells out the legal frameworks, governance principles and operating procedures involved when law enforcement and intelligence agencies ask to eavesdrop on users.The company said this is the first time that such an annual report has been published by an operator. It looks at 29 countries where Vodafone directly controls the local operator and covers the 12 months to end-March 2014.The report has three sections. One is an overview of the legal, governance and operational factors behind government access to customers’ private data.Next is a country-by-country section providing statistics where possible, both from Vodafone and from official sources, on the volume of demands made by government authorities, as well as Vodafone’s analysis of the extent to which it is lawful to disclose information related to agency and authority demands.Vodafone’s own statistics focus on two categories of law enforcement demands which, it said, account for the overwhelming majority: lawful interception and access to communications data.For example, in Italy the operator received over 606,000 demands from the government for access to communications data (the number of demands for lawful interception of calls is already published by the government). Elsewhere in Europe, Vodafone received 49,000 demands for access to communications data in Spain, and 24,000 demands for interception. In Portugal,  28,000 demands were made for communications data (lawful intercept figures are already published by the government).The company cautions against country vs country comparisons because similar types and volumes of demands will be disclosed in different ways from one country to the next.In other countries, such as Egypt, any kind of disclosure of such numbers is unlawful.The third section is a legal annexe summarising the most relevant legislation governing access to customer data in each of Vodafone’s 29 countries of operation. This information has not previously been published by any operator, said the company, and is made available on a creative commons licence to enable others to expand the body of work over time.Furthermore the company said it will update the information disclosed in this report annually.Significantly, Vodafone commented: “Compiling this report has been a very complex and challenging endeavour. Given the sensitivity of any discussion of agency or authority activity in certain countries, it has also not been without risk.”The starting point was to create a single report which would provide a coherent picture of the 29 countries. “However, after months of detailed analysis, it has become clear that there is, in fact, very little coherence and consistency in law and agency and authority practice, even between neighbouring EU member states”.There are also differing views between governments on the best response to public demands for greater transparency, and public attitudes to government surveillance allegations varies between countries, it said.Many governments around the world have married wide-ranging legal powers to advanced electronic surveillance. This has put pressure on citizens’ privacy as security services have adopted more powers. The leaks by former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has brought matters to a head.“Media reports of widespread government surveillance and data ‘harvesting’ by intelligence agencies have triggered a significant public debate about the transparency, proportionality and legitimacy – even lawfulness – of the alleged activities of a number of high-profile agencies,” said Vodafone.The company noted that other operators in Germany and Australia  recently began to publish their own law enforcement disclosure reports Tags Related Home Vodafone reveals security demands made by governmentslast_img read more

Day 1 sees stars saved by the pool

first_imgAUSTIN, Texas – Call it black Wednesday, but then the one-and-done aspect of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play was dulled three years ago with the introduction of round-robin play that assures every player at least three matches in pool play. Otherwise Wednesday at Austin Country Club would go down as one of the championship’s darkest hours for the top of the dance card. In order, world No. 1 and defending champion Dustin Johnson dropped his Day 1 match, 3 and 1, to world No. 56 Bernd Wiesberger; last week’s winner Rory McIlroy lost to PGA Tour rookie Peter Uihlein, 2 and 1, and Phil Mickelson, the winner of the last WGC in Mexico, dropped a 3-and-2 decision to Charles Howell III. All told, 11 lower-seeded players pulled off “upsets” on Wednesday, although it’s widely held that the Match Play is more prone to these types of underdog performances than the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. But if it wasn’t March Madness, it was at the least March Mayhem, particularly for those who shuffled around Austin Country Club in a state of mild confusion. Although there were plenty of matches that went according to plan – with top-seeded players Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama and Sergio Garcia all winning – it was still a tough day for chalk with three of the top 10 players in the world ranking either losing or halving (world No. 3 Jon Rahm halved his duel with Keegan Bradley) their matches. At least McIlroy made things interesting after finding himself 5 down through 13 holes. The Northern Irishman played his last six holes in 5 under par to push the match to the 17th hole, but Uihlein closed out the bout with a par. “If he birdies seven straight on you, hats off to him. It is what it is,” Uihlein said of McIlroy’s late surge. “I felt like if I just kind of kept giving myself a chance, I didn’t want to give him any holes. He made me earn it, so hats off to it.” WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Full bracket | Scoring | Group standings WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Articles, photos and videos Johnson couldn’t say the same thing. After not trailing in any match on his way to victory at last year’s Match Play, Johnson hit a ball in the water, two out of bounds (on the same hole, no less) and began to fade when he made a double bogey-5 at the 11th hole. Although scoring is always skewed at the Match Play because of conceded putts, Johnson was listed at 9 over through 17 holes before his day came to a merciful end. “We both didn’t have a great day. I think we only made three birdies between us, which is not a lot out here,” Wiesberger said. “Obviously it wasn’t his best day. It wasn’t the best of my days. I think we both have to do a little bit of work this afternoon.” Although not as scrappy as Johnson’s round, Mickelson has also seen better days. Lefty made just a single birdie and played 17 holes in even par to lose just his second match in pool play. But then this event hasn’t exactly been kind to Lefty, who has advanced to the weekend just twice in 13 starts. “I was fortunate today, obviously, to get past him,” said Howell, who is the second-lowest seeded player to advance out of pool play when he did it in 2017 as the 61st player in the field. “But with this pod play the way it goes now, you never know. You’ve got to keep playing good. Last WGC we had, he won. So he’s never out of it.” That will be the solace those high-profile players who find themselves on the wrong side of the round-robin ledger now cling to. There is a path back. Since pool play began, just four players have lost their Day 1 matches and went on to win their group. One of those players is Johnson, who lost to Robert Streb on Wednesday in 2016 but still advanced to the quarterfinals. But if that helps ease the sting for those who now embrace the Match Play mulligan, it did little to quiet the crowds on what turned out to be a wild Wednesday.last_img read more

Taoiseach will not travel to Washington for St Patrick’s Day

first_img Twitter By News Highland – February 12, 2021 Google+ Pinterest The Taoiseach will not be travelling to Washington for St Patrick’s Day, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.Officials are now looking to organise a virtual meeting between Micheál Martin and US president Joe Biden that day.A government spokesman says a programme of online events are expected to replace the traditional visit to the US.Higher Education Minister Simon Harris says it’s the correct decision:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmecenter_img Previous article23 Covid related deaths and 921 cases confirmed in RepublicNext article221 fines issued by Gardai in Donegal for Covid regulation breaches News Highland Twitter Taoiseach will not travel to Washington for St Patrick’s Day WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA AudioHomepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebooklast_img read more

Wrightbus orders 50 more fuel cell modules from Ballard

first_imgWrightbus has placed an order with Ballard for a further 50 hydrogen fuel cell modules. It follows a previous order for 50 that was shipped in 2020.Ballard says the second order will be used to power buses to be built for cities including Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham and London. Aberdeen City Council was recently awarded £4.5m from the Energy Transition Fund for a further 10 hydrogen fuel cell-electric double-deckers, while orders are in hand with Wrightbus for such vehicles for use in Belfast and Birmingham. Of the additional 50 modules, four were shipped in 2020.Says Ballard Chief Commercial Officer Rob Campbell: “The orders announced from Wrightbus for 50 fuel cell modules, in combination with the 50 modules noted in 2020, underpins the value we place on our longstanding partnership with Wrightbus.“The fuel cell-electric bus market is now gaining momentum and it is expected to continue on an aggressive growth path in Europe and globally.“Ballard intends to continue leading with proven and reliable fuel cell products that offer superior total cost of ownership for bus operators, along with the benefits of fuel cell buses that deliver route flexibility, rapid refuelling and long range zero-emission performance.”last_img read more