Monday, 30 June 2014

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Plane passenger aims racial slur at Kim and Kanye's baby

Los Angeles - Kim Kardashian's baby daughter became the victim of a racial attack while on-board a plane last month.

Cyber war rages, blame hard to pin

Iranian journalism students work at an internet café in Tehran as the country's top police chief envisions a new beat for his forces: Patrolling cyberspace. (Vahid Salemi, AP, file)Cape Town - While it is clear that some governments are involved in cyber warfare, assigning blame is difficult, especially given the obfuscation tools agencies use, says a security professional.

Malvertising stalks World Cup mobile apps

Netherlands' Memphis Depay looks to the ball after scoring his side's second goal during the group B World Cup soccer match between the Netherlands and Chile at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo. (Wong Maye-E, AP, File)Cape Town - As the 2014 FIFA World Cup heads into second round, cyber criminals are upping the ante with "malvertising" - malware that is injected into mobile applications.

Space-tourism balloon takes off

This artist rendering shows the World View Voyager balloon carrying a pressurised space capsule that will be transported to the edge of space. (World View Enterprises, AP)Albuquerque - An Arizona company said it has successfully completed the first small-scale test flight of a high-altitude balloon and capsule being developed to let tourists float 32km above the Earth.

Massive 'legal' spying, malware net uncovered

Kaspersky Lab does real-time monitoring of malware from its headquarters in Moscow. (Duncan Alfreds, Fin24)Cape Town - A security company has uncovered a massive cyber spying net with its tentacles in a number of countries dedicated to hacking Android phones and iPhones.

Hackers use Dropbox to spread malware

Dropbox. (Duncan Alfreds, Fin24)Cape Town - Cyber criminals are migrating their strategy to include cloud-based services to launch attacks on computers, new research has revealed.

Google making low-cost smartphone

Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps, speaks about the Android One phone during the Google I/O 2014 keynote presentation in San Francisco. (Jeff Chiu, AP)San Francisco - Google announced on Wednesday it was working on a low-cost smartphone aimed at emerging markets as part of an initiative called Android One.

Facebook manipulated users' emotions in secret study

Facebook has hinted that it intends to open a South African office. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)Washington - A study detailing how Facebook secretly manipulated the news feed of about 700 000 users to study "emotional contagion" has prompted anger on social media.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Cosmonauts finish tiring ISS spacewalk

Russian space station crew member Oleg Artemiev floats outside the International Space Station during a space walk. (Nasa-TV, AP)Cape Canaveral - A pair of Russian cosmonauts wrapped up a tiring and unexpectedly long spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Thursday, successfully installing a new antenna and tackling other chores.

Twitter buys SnappyTV video sharing service

Twitter.San Francisco - Twitter announced plans on Thursday to buy SnappyTV, a service which allows for the clipping, editing and sharing of video over the messaging platform.

Chris Brown shows his 'disregard' for Rihanna

Los Angeles - We are not going to say that Chris Brown is at all trying to throw shade at Rihanna by doing this.

Big Bang team: We may be wrong

This image shows the Andromeda galaxy. (University of Utah, AP)Washington - American astrophysicists who announced just months ago what they deemed a breakthrough in confirming how the universe was born now admit they may have got it wrong.

Tech Tips: Facebook ads, tracking and you

Facebook has hinted that it intends to open a South African office. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)New York - If you use Facebook, the specific ads you see have been based mostly on what you do on Facebook - your profile information, status updates, likes and interests.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Japan PM wants to stage Robot Olympics

Asimo robot. (AP)Tokyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to stage a "Robot Olympics" in 2020, the same year Tokyo hosts the Summer Games, local media reported on Thursday.

Wearable Tech: Sleek or geek?

Wearable tech. (Getty)Cape Town - While joking with classmates at ITP, NYU's Interactive Telecommunication Program, Andrew Schneider came up with the idea of making a beer cooler using solar panels and ended up making a solar powered bikini.

Kim Kardashian: I twerk in the bedroom

Los Angeles - Kim Kardashian saves her "twerking" for "the bedroom".

Transformers 5 has 2016 release date

Mark Wahlberg in Transformers: Age of Extinction (Photo supplied)Los Angeles - The fifth Transformers film is to be released in 2016.

70 Boko Haram members killed in Borno

Boko Haram members (AFP)Borno - The military has killed over 70 members of the Boko Haram sect that attacked Chuha I, Chuha II and Korogilim villages of Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State in an air raid, Vanguard reports.

Robin Thicke’s new music video is uncomfortably awesome

Los Angeles – We could only imagine what went down between Robin Thicke and his estranged wife, Paula Patton, during the heat of their relationship drama.

Chris Brown's girlfriend proudly embraces her flaws

Los Angeles - We just fell in love with Chris Brown's boo Karrueche Tran.

Alicia Keys is the new face of Givenchy

Alicia Keys says her business creativity has spilled over into her music. (AP)Los Angeles - Alicia Keys has been named the new face of fashion house Givenchy's new fragrance, Dahlia Divin.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Power of Microsoft's Bing an open question

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Seattle - Microsoft's new chief executive, Satya Nadella, likes to boast that Bing is growing and powers 30% of the internet search market, making it a worthy competitor to Google.

Kanye West slams Barack Obama

Kanye West. (Getty Images)Los Angeles - Kanye West has slammed US President Barack Obama.

The Bound 2 rapper hit out at the Commander-in-Chief, insisting he can't do anything to "effect change" without "money" - though he then went on to proclaim "genius" to be "extremely cheap".

Kim Kardashian is a 'strict mum'

North West and Kim Kardashian West. (Greatstock/Splash)Los Angeles - Kim Kardashian is a "strict mother".

Friday, 20 June 2014

'Tourism key to regional integration'

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Abuja - The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) on Tuesday identified tourism as a key for regional integration and development.

ICT Minister reveals broadband targets

Abuja - Nigeria is targeting 30 percent broadband penetration by 2017, the Minister of Communication Technology, Omobola Johnson, said.

Don Jazzy says he's not in a cult

Lagos - The latest hit single by Donajzzy and the rest of the artists on his Mavin Record Label titled Dorobucci has cause a stir in the entertainment waters, as it was alleged that the song is dedicated to a cult.

Bitcoin faces miner takeover threat

New York - The Bitcoin digital currency system is in danger of losing its credibility as an independent payment system because of the growing power of a group that runs some of the computers behind it.

Kanye West says people don't understand his 'interracial relationship' with Kim!

Los Angeles - Kanye West claims people don't "understand" his "interracial relationship" with Kim Kardashian.

The 37-year-old rapper - who married the reality TV star in Florence, Italy, last month - insists he can cope with the "lashes" he receives in his personal life as he believes much of the criticism stems from ignorance.

PayPal debuts in local market

Abuja - Millions of local consumers can now make payments and purchases following the expansion of PayPal services to 10 new countries this week.

Facebook launches Snapchat-like app

Facebook. (Duncan Alfreds, Fin24)Washington - Facebook released on Tuesday a new instant messaging app that enables users to send photos or video to selected friends who can only see them if they send an image back.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

China lawyers warned against 'online misbehaviour'

China. (AP)Beijing - China's top state-affiliated lawyers group has warned its members against "online misbehaviour" and other activities, generating criticism of overreach from within its own ranks, state-run media said on Wednesday.

Kefee’s body lands in Nigeria

Lagos - The remains of late singer, Kefee,  arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday for her burial which holds in June, reports Nigerian Entertainment Today (NET)

Check out Paris Hilton's sweet new ride!

Paris Hilton and her dog TinkerbellLos Angeles - Paris Hilton has spent over $300 000 (R3.2m) on a new car.

The hotel heiress was spotted leaving a dealership in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, in a black McLaren 650S Coupe which is believed to have set her back between $300 000 and $340 000. 

Halima Abubakar in lesbian controversy

Lagos -Nollywood actress Halima Abubakar defended her heterosexuality on Instagram after she posted a picture on Instagram that showed her and a female co-star getting intimate on set.

Some of her followers on Instagram accused her of being a lesbian after seeing the photo of her on the set of the film Estate Runs

“Your corrupt minds won’t let you support your people. If another Instagram star post their shoot, you will hail and love her,” she replied to her critics.

Rights groups: UK conducts mass cyber-snooping

London - Britain's top counterterrorism official says the country's espionage rules allow its electronic spy agency to routinely intercept online communications between Britons who use US-based platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Google.

Amazon challenges rivals with 3D smartphone

Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos presents the company's first smartphone, the Fire Phone in Seattle, Washington. (David Ryder, AFP)
Washington - Amazon on Wednesday unveiled its Fire Phone, a high-end handset boasting "breakthrough technologies" and a move aimed at challenging market leaders Apple and Samsung.

Boko Haram plans to attack Abuja with bomb-laden tankers

Boko Haram members (AFP)Abuja -  Boko Haram is targeting Abuja and plans to load bombs on petrol lorries headed into the city, the government said.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Leonardo DiCaprio is partying on a £400m yacht for the World Cup in Brazil

Leonardo di Caprio (Getty Images)Los Angeles - Leonardo DiCaprio is partying on a £400m super-yacht in Brazil.

Justin Bieber will reportedly plead guilty to reckless driving to settle his DUI case

Los Angeles - Justin Bieber will reportedly settle his driving under the influence (DUI) case with a plea bargain.

Kim shows off major cleavage during dinner date with Kourtney

Los Angeles – Kim Kardashian looked stunning and showed off major cleavage in an all-black tight one piece under a black blazer on Monday night.

Experts cast doubt on Big Bang discovery

This artist's rendering shows the Voyager spacecraft which will bid adieu to the solar system and enter a new realm of space. (Nasa, AP)Washington - Astrophysicists are casting doubt on what just recently was deemed a breakthrough in confirming how the universe was born: the observation of gravitational waves that apparently rippled through space right after the Big Bang.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Governor Amaechi calls Duncan Mighty a liar

(Shutterstock)Lagos - A few weeks after singer, Duncan Mighty alleged that Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State is owing him N50million, the commissioner of Information in Rivers State said that Duncan mighty is a liar, reports Premium Times

Illegal oil dealers granted bail

Abuja - Eight suspects have been arraigned before the Federal High Court in Lagos on a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy and illegally dealing in petroleum products.

Mother of Bayelsa commissioner abducted

(AP)Bayelsa - Gunmen have abducted the mother of Bayelsa State Commissioner for Lands and Survey, Furuebi Akene in the state, Premium Times reports.

Hoodlums clash claims 3 lives in Kwara

Ilorin-  Three people died following a clash among supporters of rival political parties in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, Nation reports.

Mikel laments barren draw

John Obi Mikel (AP Photo)Curitiba - Nigerian midfielder John Mikel Obi was left bitter at the manner in which opponents Iran kept the Super Eagles at bay in their 0-0 draw on Monday evening, KickOff Nigeria reports.

Australia cuts embassy staff in Iraq

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants driving in vehicles near the central Iraqi city of Tikrit. (AFP, HO, ISIL)Sydney - Australia is following the United States and evacuating embassy staff from strife-torn Iraq, officials said on Monday.

Curfew imposed on Taraba troubled areas

(Vasily Maximov, AFP)Taraba - The Taraba State Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Wukari and Ibi local government areas of the state, Vanguard reports.

Celebrity tributes pour in for Kefee

Abuja - Tributes from fans and colleagues have poured in following the death of Branama singer Kefee on Friday 13 June.

Various local celebrities, family members and friends shared their grief on social media after the star passed away after falling comatose on a US flight two weeks ago, Nigeria Entertainment Today reports.

Local celebrities including Lara George, Tee-Y Mix, Banky W, Yvonne Vixen Ekwere and Matse Uwatse all paid tribute to Kefee on social media.

No funeral date has been released as of yet.

Read more at Nigeria Entertainment Today.