Africa to dwarf USA in Internet Usage by 2017 Cisco Predicts

Broadband, Business, Internet, Mobile
Carlos Slim of Telmex tells me the world is about to change. "Two billion more people will connect to the Internet when smartphones cost $50. The phone makers are promising me a $50 phone in 2014." If Spreadtrum and Firefox deliver a $25 smartphone, as promised, that could accelerate takeover. ~310,000,000 Africans will be connected to the Internet in 2017, Arielle Sumits of Cisco predicts. The population of the U.S. is about 310,000,000, Africa over a billion. It's inevitable that the U.S. will be dwarfed by the rest of the world. In Africa, there are already about 450,000,000 mobile phone users with substantial growth continuing. Most of them will get Internet-capable phones in the next few years. There are fewer than 10M broadband landlines on the continent, about one line per hun...

BitDefender identifies malicious bots on popular dating app Tinder

Cyber Security, Internet, Mobile, social media
Attack of the Tinder bots: 'malicious' download links found in dating app You might think you're chatting up an attractive human, but they could be a malware-toting algorithm. Called Alicia. Dating app Tinder is hugely popular around the world, with an estimated 4.2m daily users. Now those users are being warned that the service has been "invaded by bots" posing as humans. Security firm BitDefender has identified the bots, which pose as women to engage Tinder users in text-chat, before seeming to promote a mobile game called Castle Clash, posting a link to a website called which is not owned by or associated with Tinder. "The name of the URL gives the impression of an official page of the dating app and for extra legitimacy scammers also registered it on a rep...

Ukraine may get own social network — soonest DDoS attacks stop

Cyber Security, Internet, Mobile, social media
Ukraine may soon get its very own social network, Mashable has learned, but its debut is being delayed by ongoing DDoS attacks. The social network, which will live at (slogan: "We live for Ukraine), was scheduled to go live Monday night, but has not been able to launch due to a sustained attempt to keep it offline. "We have not opened the website for the public yet, although we are already seeing very strong DDoS attacks," WeUA's founder, Bogdan Oliyarchuk, told Mashable via email. "We see deliberate attacks every day." Oliyarchuk added that while it is difficult to track where the attacks are coming from, he has information that suggests the attacks are coming from Russia — and elsewhere in Ukraine. It's events like these that inspired Oliyarchuk to develop WeUA, get i

Poll:More people prefer to stay with Windows XP once support ends

Cyber Security, Internet, Mobile
Support for Windows XP will end about a week from now, but it looks like a significant number of people will choose to stay with the aged operating system even after Microsoft ceases to support it. However, the numbers pointing in that direction aren’t overwhelming, with a notable amount of people also indicating that they’ll make the switch at some point. We ran a poll a few weeks ago asking people if they would stick with or move on from XP after April 8. As of this writing, 423 respondents have indicated that they would upgrade from Windows XP, while 352 people checked off the option indicating that they would upgrade from XP to Windows 8, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. According to Net Marketshare, Windows 8.1′s desktop OS share stood at 3.9 percent in January. While that rose last mo

Turkey Blocks Access to YouTube days after Twitter ban

Governance, Internet, Mobile, social media
Turkey has blocked access to YouTube, just a week after the country blocked Twitter, and only three days ahead of local elections in the country. Turkish netizens started reporting the block after 10:30 a.m. ET. The ban was ordered on Thursday after leaked recordings of a security meeting were published on YouTube, according to Hurriyet Daily News. Turkey may lift the ban if YouTube agrees to remove the leaked audio recordings, according to a source inside the prime minister office consulted by Reuters. It's unclear at this point if Google will agree to that since the company already refused to remove videos alleging government corruption last week. The video that led to the block was uploaded to YouTube on Thursday by an anonymous user, according to Reuters. The video purported to be a...