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WhatsApp extends encryption to photos, video, other messages

06 April 2016, 13:41

WhatsApp says it's now using a powerful form of encryption to protect the security of photos, videos, group chats and voice calls in addition to text messages sent by more than a billion users around the globe.

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Three key start-ups from Africa's top science forum

13 March 2016, 09:59

From disease-fighting drones to wristbands bearing health data for expectant mothers -- African entrepreneurs pitched ideas to overhaul everything from healthcare to urban planning before an audience of industry figures at the first gathering of the Next Einstein Forum.

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No link between contraceptive pill and birth defects: study

07 January 2016, 10:05

Oral contraceptives taken just before or during pregnancy do not increase the risk of birth defects, according to a large-scale study published Wednesday.

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Identity theft security firm fined $100 mn for lapses

18 December 2015, 12:15

A company which sells identity theft protection services agreed Thursday to pay a fine of $100 million for failing to protect consumer data in the largest settlement on record, officials said.

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The world's fastest aging continent is ...

10 December 2015, 09:50

Asian countries are aging faster than has been seen anywhere else in the world, and they need to urgently reform pension systems and encourage more women to enter the labor force, the World Bank said in a report Wednesday.

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Soldiers who suffered genital injuries at war to benefit from penis transplant

08 December 2015, 07:04

Johns Hopkins University doctors are preparing for what would be the first US penis transplant, a procedure that could potentially help hundreds of wounded veterans.

Facebook CEO, now a father, will give away most of his money

02 December 2015, 10:06

Mark Zuckerberg welcomes his daughter, and will devote $45 billion to combat world ills.

Hackers may hit home for the holidays

22 November 2015, 08:13

It could be a merry holiday season for hackers, with millions of new and potentially vulnerable Internet-connected gadgets hitting the market.

Bacon, hot dogs and other processed meat linked to cancer

27 October 2015, 07:29

Bacon, hot dogs and other processed meats are linked to cancer, UN health agency says.

Gene test finds which breast cancer patients can skip chemo

28 September 2015, 08:19

Study finds many early breast cancer patients can skip chemo; gene test helps ID which ones.

Japan robot owners warned off droid sex

26 September 2015, 07:36

The company behind a chatty Japanese humanoid named Pepper has felt the need to remind customers who purchase the robots not to engage in sex with them.

Facebook working on a 'dislike' button

16 September 2015, 09:50

The social network's CEO Mark Zuckerberg has responded to requests for a 'dislike' button.

Android flaw lets hackers break in with a text message

28 July 2015, 08:13

Cyber security firm Zimperium has warned of a flaw in the world's most popular smartphone operating system that lets hackers take control with a text message.

Twitter, YouTube analysis pinpoints IS strategy

22 June 2015, 08:18

Tweets and YouTube videos by fighters from the Islamic State group have allowed analysts to pinpoint their movements in Iraq and Syria, highlighting the group's increasing push towards government strongholds.

Childlike robot with 'heart' set to go on sale

19 June 2015, 07:10

Softbank's Pepper robot is going on sale in Japan on Saturday, equipped with a "heart" designed to not only recognize human emotions but react with simulations of anger, joy and irritation.

Cleaner air would save two million lives a year

18 June 2015, 09:17

Cleaner air worldwide would save two million lives a year and not only in the most polluted countries, a study found.

Women spend two to 10 times longer than men caring for children

17 June 2015, 08:52

Chelsea Clinton launches first report on world's fathers showing inequalities with mothers.

Password service warns users to change their passwords

16 June 2015, 10:39

Password manager service says customer email addresses and other information compromised.

Smoking behind half of major cancer deaths

16 June 2015, 09:22

Smoking is responsible for nearly half of deaths due to certain types of cancers in 2011, a US study said Monday.

Chocolate may be good for your heart, study suggests

16 June 2015, 08:13

New research has added to tentative evidence that eating chocolate in modest quantities may be good for the heart, its investigators said on Tuesday.

Second thoughts: Is a tiny addition in time too much?

16 June 2015, 07:04

At 2359 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) on June 30, the world will experience a minute that will last 61 seconds.

Sex, lies and debt potentially exposed by U.S. data hack

15 June 2015, 07:07

When a retired 51-year-old military man disclosed in a U.S. security clearance application that he had a 20-year affair with his former college roommate's wife, it was supposed to remain a secret between him and the government.

Google unveils Android Pay in fresh challenge to Apple

29 May 2015, 07:24

Google has unveiled its pay-with-a-phone system for Android devices, ramping up its challenge to Apple in mobile payments.

Google aims to patent child toy that pays attention

24 May 2015, 06:47

Google has filed a patent for toys that pay attention to who is in a room and can interact with other media devices.

What to do if phones fill up with photos

13 May 2015, 11:20

Phones filled up with photos? There is a solution.

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