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Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre and Spur Magazine. He is also the co-founder of the Innovware project.

He is a freelance consultant passionate about tech, programming, games and entertainment.

Google to Launch AI Center In China

Google to Launch AI Center In China

Science & Tech, What's Hot
Google today announced plans to launch the Google AI China Center. The news was shared by Google chief scientist Fei-Fei Li ahead of Google Developer Days events in Shanghai. Based in Beijing, the center will focus on AI research and receive support from Google engineers based in China. In addition to conducting research, the office will provide financial backing and sponsorship to AI community conferences and events in the country. “Along with Dr. Jia Li, head of research and development at Google Cloud AI, I’ll be leading and coordinating the research,” Li said in a blog post. The new AI center is Google’s first in Asia and joins Google centers for AI research in other cities around the world, including New York, Toronto, London, and Zurich. Also read: Litecoin Vs Bitcoin: Th
Litecoin Vs Bitcoin: The Battle of Digital Currencies

Litecoin Vs Bitcoin: The Battle of Digital Currencies

Business
With digital currency Bitcoin taking the spotlight in 2017, it’s hard to remember the other cryptocurrencies that have been growing in its shadow. An increasingly-prominent example: Litecoin. The fourth largest digital currency by market capitalization has gone positively vertical this year, with Litecoin prices breaching $320 for the first time Tuesday. Since the start of 2017, Litecoin has risen 7,291% against bitcoin’s 1,731%. So why the rise? There doesn’t seem to be a single event—though the recent surge in interest surrounding cryptocurrencies may have pushed some investors into becoming more adventurous. Some investors may also think the price of bitcoin is overdone—and are seeking other investment opportunities. Meanwhile, Litecoin only became somewhat easier to purchase earlier t
Kafeero Foundation Launches the Ujamaa Tribe Community

Kafeero Foundation Launches the Ujamaa Tribe Community

Community, News
Kafeero Foundation today launched its very own first community dubbed Ujamaa Tribe. The event started from 9am to 6pm at the foundation's offices in Muyenga. Kafeero Foundation is an African social enterprise with a purpose of inspiring and empowering youth, communities and economies to grow through innovation. It provides the skills and tools needed to establish a sustainable enterprise and employment opportunities. The Ujamaa Tribe collective is a community aimed at solving some of today's problems facing young youth across the African continent such as lack of access to capital and sustainable income. The event saw a large crowd of more than 300 guests attend to take part in the unveiling of the Ujamaa Tribe community coupled with live tours of the foundation and discussions ab...
Kevin Spacey Hopes to Rejoin House of Cards

Kevin Spacey Hopes to Rejoin House of Cards

Entertainment, Movies and Series
As at least three criminal investigations continue involving sexual assault accusations against Kevin Spacey, the production company behind his popular Netflix political drama House of Cards issued an update Sunday to its cast and crew. The memo shared with USA TODAY acknowledged that with the holiday season starting, producers would understand if crew members took other jobs and would not be available if work on the series does restart. House of Cards, which shoots just outside of Baltimore, halted production just as it started working on Season 6, which is set to be its last. The move came quickly after sexual harassment and assault accusations against Spacey were reported by men, some of whom were minors during the alleged incidents. The actor is now the subject of multiple investigat...
Zimbabwe: President Robert Mugabe Resigns from Office

Zimbabwe: President Robert Mugabe Resigns from Office

Breaking News, What's Hot
Zimbabwe's first and longest serving president Robert Mugabe has resigned according to the parliament speaker Jacob Mudenda who made the announcement today. Robert Mugabe’s decision to resign came as a surprise to many Zimbabweans. People across the country including the law makers were in jubilation as the shocking news echoed far and wide. Mugabe said in his letter that, he resigned voluntary so as to allow a smooth transition of power. After serving for more than two decades and being one of the world’s oldest leaders, the 93year old finally called quits after last week’s military takeover and days of protests. It’s not yet been confirmed who will take over power as the letter from Mr. Mugabe didn’t specify so either. In relation to the constitution, the current vice-president, Phele
IBM Develops Most Powerful Quantum Computer

IBM Develops Most Powerful Quantum Computer

Science & Tech, What's Hot
IBM just took the Quantum computer race to another level with its new build making it the most powerful in the world. With competitors like Google and other tech firms investing in the same arena, IBM is not sitting back and waiting for someone else to beat them to it and has now developed a new powerful Quantum computer to prove its dominance. Dario Gil, who leads IBM's quantum computing and artificial intelligence research division, said Friday that the company's scientists have successfully built and measured a processor prototype with 50 quantum bits, known as qubits. Gil says it's the first time any company has built a quantum computer at this scale. Also read: Bill Gates to Build Smart City In Arizona Quantum computing, a technology that's still in its early phases, us
Bill Gates to Build Smart City In Arizona

Bill Gates to Build Smart City In Arizona

Science & Tech
An investment firm run by Bill Gates has put down $80 million to develop a planned community in Arizona. The 25,000 acres of land is about 45 minutes west of Phoenix, in an area called the West Valley. The community, which Gates wants to turn into a "smart city," will be named Belmont. "Belmont will create a forward-thinking community with a communication and infrastructure spine that embraces cutting-edge technology, designed around high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies and distribution models, autonomous vehicles and autonomous logistics hubs," Belmont Partners, the Arizona real state investment company involved in the deal, said in a news release. The proposed freeway I-11, which would connect the Belmont area to Las Vegas, makes the land an i...
Twitter Expands Character Limit To 280

Twitter Expands Character Limit To 280

News
Twitter is no more the 140-character micro-blogging site. The company has officially extended the tweet character limit to 280. In September, when the company first announced it planned to increase the character limit, not everyone welcomed the decision. Users against extending the limit stated that lengthy tweets would fill up the timeline reducing readability. Others stated that Twitter is doing what no one asked for, and is shifting the focus from other serious issues such as cyber bullying and below-the-belt comments. Twitter, on the other hand, notes that the decision to increase the character limit would enable users to be more expressive. Read: Intel and AMD form Partnership “More space makes it easier for people to fit thoughts in a tweet, so they could say what they
Intel and AMD form Partnership

Intel and AMD form Partnership

Business, Science & Tech, What's Hot
One of the world's biggest chip maker Intel has formed a partnership with rivals Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) to produce a computer chip that relies on both the Intel processor and an AMD graphics unit. If this isn't one of the biggest surprises this year then I don't know what is. Some see this partnership as a strategy to compete against their rival Nvidia which also manufactures graphics processing units. The new awaited chip by Intel and AMD is meant to be for light weight, thin and portable laptop designs but still aiming at gamers that desire powerful GPUS for an extensive gaming experience. This will mark a new beginning for Intel’s eighth-generation Intel Core line and AMD as it is the first partnership between the two chip giants. Read more: Apple and Samsung Are Gearing u
Apple and Samsung Are Gearing up for Another Court Battle

Apple and Samsung Are Gearing up for Another Court Battle

News, Science & Tech
Samsung and Apple haven't given up on their patent infringement court battle and there is a likely chance they may soon face each other again in court. In 2011, Apple began litigating against Samsung in patent infringement suits, while Apple and Motorola Mobility were already engaged in a patent war on several fronts. From that period on, this marked the beginning of a long patent war that has since seen Apple and Samsung fighing in over 19 ongoing cases in nine countries which later expanded to ten by October. Reports recently revealed by Foss Patents, suggests that two technology gaints still have unresolved issues that may see Apple fight to retain its $400 million that it won in the first trial unless the two companies decide to settle it outside the system. Read: Tecno Rel...