WHO SAID APPLE’S IPHONE IS DEAD AND GONE??

Apple announced it sold 9 million of the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C models since they went on sale Friday — a record opening weekendapple for the iPhone. That’s nearly double the 5 million iPhones that Apple sold during the first three days that the iPhone 5 was on sale last year, and sales were well above Wall Street analysts’ expectations. Shares of Apple rose 6% Monday morning. But this year’s stellar opening weekend for Apple comes with two sizable caveats: Apple included China in the iPhone 5S and 5C launches. Last year, China didn’t get the new iPhone 5 until December. Apple also launched two new iPhones this year, heavily marketing the colorful iPhone 5C. In 2012, Apple only unveiled one new kind of iPhone. The iPhone 5S, which comes in gold, silver or space gray, is available in the United States for a suggested retail price of between $199 to $399. The iPhone 5C, Continue reading

Facebook Chases Google’s Deep Learning with New Research Group | MIT Technology Review

Facebook Launches Advanced AI Effort to Find Meaning in Your Posts

A technique called deep learning could help Facebook understand its users and their data better.

Facebook is set to get an even better understanding of the 700 million people who share details of their personal lives using the social network each day.

A new research group within the company is working on an emerging and powerful approach to artificial intelligence known as deep learning, which uses simulated networks of brain cells to process data. Applying this method to data shared on Facebook could allow for novel features, and perhaps boost the company’s ad targeting.

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New connectivity for rural Ghana

Tigo Ghana and international firm Altobridge have partnered on a project to take mobile voice and broadband to rural Ghana. Tigo and Altobridge Limited, which specialises in technology that cuts the cost of delivering mobile connectivity, have now completed the first phase of the satellite-backhauled, solar powered solution, on the Tigo Ghana mobile network. Altobridge reports that subscriber uptake and usage levels in these hitherto unconnected, rural village communities, have surpassed all parties’ expectations. The project has been funded by the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), an implementing agency of the Ministry of Communications set up by the Government of Ghana to facilitate the provision of access to ICT, Internet connectivity and communications infrastructure to under-served and un-served areas of Ghana.

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