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SEACOM subsea cable to undergo restoration after experiencing a service-affecting outage

SEACOM subsea cable to undergo restoration after experiencing a service-affecting outage

Internet, Technology
SEACOM has been experiencing a service-affecting outage on the SEACOM Subsea Cable System. The marine fault is located slightly west of Djibouti in the Red Sea and occurred on the 8th April 19:00 GMT. As a result, some Zuku Fiber customers have been experiencing internet service disruption when loading some internet sites. However, the submarine cable operator has been able to activate additional diverse capacity to its network today and as a result are starting to provide linear transmission customers with restoration capacity on a first come first serve basis. All customers whose service is being restored are being contacted directly to advise them of the status. According to SEACOM, the impact of the incident is that all linear transmission traffic on the east coast of Africa
Kenya’s Tech Hub headed to a whole new level

Kenya’s Tech Hub headed to a whole new level

Technology
Kenya’s “Silicon Savannah” technology hub is retooling to put income before activism with a homegrown African tech community rising in this city. Several bootstrapped but profitable businesses are starting up using technology and the Internet to solve commercial problems connecting the biggest names in technology and finance. Last month, Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google started a strategic alliance with the iHub, an incubator and co-working space at the heart of Kenya’s tech scene, to reach and train app developers there. The Silicon Valley companies will tap local talent for coding and product development; they also will train Kenyans in artificial intelligence, cloud computing and machine learning—reinforcing the region’s role as the center for technology in Africa. Kenya las
Hackers Can Steal Your Passwords by Monitoring SmartPhone Sensors

Hackers Can Steal Your Passwords by Monitoring SmartPhone Sensors

Cyber Security, Mobile
An average smartphone these days is packed with a wide array of sensors such as GPS, Camera, microphone, accelerometer, magnetometer, proximity, gyroscope, pedometer, and NFC. According to a team of UK scientists , hackers can potentially guess PINs and passwords – that you enter either on a bank website, app, your lock screen – to a surprising degree of accuracy by monitoring your phone's sensors, like the angle and motion of your phone while you are typing. The danger comes due to the way malicious websites and apps access most of a smartphone's internal sensors without requesting any permission to access them – doesn't matter even if you are accessing a secure website over HTTPS to enter your password.  Smartphone apps usually ask your permissions to grant them access to sensors lik
YouTube will now block ads on channels with under 10,000 views

YouTube will now block ads on channels with under 10,000 views

Technology
YouTube has announced a change to its partner program today.Creators now will not be able to turn on monetization until they hit 10,000 lifetime views on their channel. According to creator's blog, making videos on YouTube isn’t just a creative outlet for millions of creators, it’s a source of income. The tech firm set up the YouTube Partner Program (YPP) in 2007  and up to today, more creators are making a living from the site than ever before. However, with this growth Youtube started seeing cases of abuse where great, original content is re-uploaded by others who try to earn revenue from it. The new change has helped terminate hundreds of thousands of channels violating policies. By keeping the threshold to 10k views, they shall also ensure that there will be minimal impact on
Microsoft to block malicious links in Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Microsoft to block malicious links in Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Cyber Security, Technology
Microsoft has confirmed that at some time later this month, it will roll out a new security feature for some of its desktop apps for Office 365 ProPlus subscribers. Microsoft’s Advanced Threat Protection Safe Links feature, which protects its users from carelessly clicking over malicious links, is now being incorporated into Excel, PowerPoint and Word. Microsoft has already incorporated this safety feature in the desktop and mobile versions of its Outlook email client, and now some Microsoft’s most distinguished productivity apps are about to get it. After this feature has been installed, every time a user tries to follow a link having malicious content, a warning page is displayed in front instead of taking them directly to that location. After this, it is on users will if he wan