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Facebook-owned WhatsApp hits 2 billion users mark

San Francisco, United States | AFP |  The Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp said Wednesday it now has more than two billion users around the world, as it reaffirmed its stand on the need for strong encryption to protect privacy. WhatsApp, acquired by Facebook in 2014, has grown into one of …

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Top scientists convene to slow coronavirus spread

Kampala, Uganda  | THE INDEPENDENT |  Deaths from the coronavirus epidemic have surpassed 1,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed last night, as hundreds of health experts began meeting at its headquarters in Geneva to help halt the spread of the disease, now officially known as COVID-19.   Records indicate that the …

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Huawei 5G troubles to test Nordic competitors’ bandwidth

Helsinki, Finland | AFP |  Tougher UK and EU rules restricting 5G network supplier Huawei should be a golden opportunity for competitors Nokia and Ericsson, but the companies may struggle to meet the increased demand, analysts warned. On Tuesday, Britain imposed a 35 percent cap on the role of “high-risk vendors” …

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Toyota invests in flying cars

Auto giant joins aviation specialist to develop urban air mobility solutions Toyota has announced a partnership with aerospace company Joby Aviation to begin development and production of electric vertical take-offand landing (eVTOL) aircraft – better known as flying cars. The Japanese car-maker has announced a lead investment of $US394 million …

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UPDF chopper crashed during heavy down pour- Eye witness

Butambala, Uganda  | THE INDEPENDENT |  The Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF that crashed on Tuesday morning killing two crew members could have come down because of bad weather, according to an eye witnesses. The Defense Ministry Spokesperson, Brigadier General, Richard Kalemire, said in a tweet that the jet Ranger AF302 crashed in Bulo …

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Feds probe Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

Los Angeles, United States | AFP | Federal investigators on Monday sifted through the wreckage of the helicopter crash near Los Angeles that killed basketball legend Kobe Bryant and eight other people, hoping to find clues to what caused the accident that stunned the world. Bryant, 41, was traveling Sunday …

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