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9Mobile Gets a New CEO
Mobile network provider 9Mobile, formerly known as Etisalat Nigeria has officially appointed Alan Sinfield as its first substantive CEO. The telecommunications company has also officially completed its transition from Etisalat to 9mobile with this new appointment. The company has seen a consistent decline in its customer base from 2016 till date owing mostly to its major debt at the time that made many investors pull out from the company. Sinfield who has worked with several South-Asian and Middle Eastern telecom companies is set to turn things around considering his vast industry knowledge gained from working in companies such as Starlink and Orasco; says chairman Nasir Bayero.
Google Faces $5 Billion Lawsuit for Alleged Privacy Invasion
Google has recently come under fire in a lawsuit filed a few days ago that accuses the tech giant of illegally encroaching on the privacy of users by tracking their internet use even when browsers are in incognito or private browsing modes. The lawsuit which was filed in San Jose, California is seeking damages of at least $5 billion from the company and states that the organization, through Google Ad Manager, Google Analytics, and a host of other website plug-ins, tracks users regardless of whether or not they click on Google supported ads. Through these applications, Google is alleged to have access to data on user’s friends, hobbies, shopping, and browsing habits.
Samsung Patents New Augmented Reality Glasses
Earlier this year Samsung held a press conference to demonstrate its new products; part of this demonstration showcased the possibilities of a pair of Augmented Reality (AR) glasses. The prototype which was modeled along with a workout exoskeleton - also designed by Samsung - was used to conjure up a virtual workout assistant that could only be seen by the wearer. The company has followed up this prototype with a patent that reveals more about how it will function once eventually released. In addition to hosting a virtual workout, the patent reveals navigation features that can display directions to drivers while they drive. The glasses are capable of displaying directions on the built-in displays right in front of the user’s eyes; using cameras that track information from the driver and the traffic around him, the glasses can then insert arrows into traffic to help drivers navigate better.
Fitbit Set to Produce Low-Cost Ventilators
American health-tech company Fitbit has recently acquired emergency use authorization from America’s food and drug administration (FDA) to produce its low-cost emergency ventilators called Fitbit Flow. The hardware of these ventilators are considerably lower in cost compared to existing models and likewise are in higher demand considering the coronavirus pandemic that continues to spread. The ventilators, like most other low-cost options, are not designed to replace traditional medical ventilators but are intended to be used only when traditional options aren’t available in quantities needed to treat patients, as is the case presently.