Elon Musk throws weight behind Jack Dorsey, Uber outdoors unique tech and more

Elon Musk throws weight behind Jack Dorsey, Uber outdoors unique tech and more

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Africans prefer modified versions of WhatsApp – Latest report shows:

Africa’s most popular social media platform, WhatsApp, has other versions which are more popular with users in the continent, a new report has revealed.

In Zimbabwe, WhatsApp accounted for about half of the internet data in the country in the year 2017.

However, its popularity has been under-reported as third parties have introduced modified versions, leading to changes in usage amongst African mobile internet users.

Known as “WhatsApp mods”, they are shared from one device to another or downloaded from sources outside official portals.

READ ALSO: MTN Ghana increases data charges on Fibre Broadband and TurboNet

Uber outdoors VerCD the unique AI tech that powers its self-driving cars:

For the first time, ride sharing service, Uber, has revealed the inner workings of its driverless cars.

The company has opened up on the technologies it adopts to help its engineers test, validate and deploy Artificial Intelligence (AI) models to cars.

The latest development has thrown light on the complexities of the development of self-driving cars.

Uber’s AI technology, known as VerCD, is packaged as a set of tools and microservices that have been specifically developed for prototyping self-driving vehicles.

Elon Musk gives support to Jack Dorsey as investors plan his removal from office:

The chief executive officer (CEO) of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, has thrown his weight behind the CEO of Twitter Inc, Jack Dorsey.

This comes in the wake of reports of an attempt by some Twitter investors to oust Dorsey.

YEN.com.gh understands that Paul Singer's activist hedge fund, Elliot Management, is seeking Dorsey’s removal from office because he works as CEO in both Twitter and Square.

African Green Resources launches financing scheme for farmer worth over GHC400 million:

An agriculture-inclined business in Zambia, African Green Resources (AGR), has announced a finance scheme for farmers valued at $81 million.

The project, launched on Sunday, March 1, 2020, is designed to provide farm supplies and technology to farmers in exchange for farm produce.

This forms part of AGR’s plan to invest $150 million in Zambia for a series of projects, including a 50 megawatt solar farm and irrigation dam.

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Here are 9 rivalries between some of the world's biggest tech CEOs:

Silicon Valley is a breeding ground for rivalries.

In a place where world-changing ideas are born and billions of dollars are at stake, it's only natural that rivalries develop between Silicon Valley's power players, ranging from friendly sparring to pointed critiques.

While some feuds, like the one between Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Oracle founder Larry Ellison, appear to be born out of a close friendship and mutual respect, others like the one between Mark Zuckerberg and Evan Spiegel started over a spurned acquisition offer.

Samsung's new Galaxy S20 Ultra costs twice as much as Apple's iPhone 11:

Samsung's Galaxy S20 Ultra, which was recently launched, is among the most expensive phones on the market at $1,400.

If 2019 was the year of the foldable phone, then 2020 may very well be the year cheap smartphones make a big comeback.

The recently launched smartphone went up for sale on Friday and costs $1,400, featuring a 108-megapixel camera sensor, a massive 6.9-inch screen, and a camera lens that can zoom in up to 100x.

That price becomes even higher if you opt for the model with 512GB of storage instead of the base 128GB, hiking the cost up to $1,600.

READ ALSO: Uber and Google Translate team up to provide over 100 languages on app

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