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Trump Fears Tiktok Might Be Tool For Chinese Intelligence, Moves To Ban App Soon

Donald Trump, President of United States has raised fear over the fast-growing social media app TikTok that it could be a tool for Chinese intelligence and might be considering barring the app in United States.

Trump speaking said while being questioned that as far as TikTok is concerned, the government is banning it from the United States.

He added that he would take action as soon as Saturday using emergency economic power or an executive order.

Trump’s move comes following a review by the Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS) in the United States, which investigates deals affecting US national security.

US officials and lawmakers in recent weeks have voiced fears of the wildly popular video platform being used by Beijing for nefarious purposes, but the company has denied any links to the Chinese government.

However, TikTok declined to comment on the reports of the forced sales, saying only: “We are confident in the long-term success of TikTok.

Twitter Account of Obama, Bill Gates, Elon Mask, Others Hacked In Coordinated Bitcoin Scam

Twitter account of Former United State of America (USA) President, Barack Obama, Billionaires Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates has been hacked in an apparent Bitcoin scam.

The official accounts of former USA Vice President, Joe Biden and Renowned singer, Kanye West were also targeted in the coordinated cryptocurrency scam.

Most of the account affected which belong to top individuals in the USA had it that followers should send some amount of Bitcoin in order get double of the amount sent.

On Bill Gates’ account, the tweet reads; “Everyone is asking me to give back,”. “You send $1,000, I send you back $2,000.”

On the official account of Mr Musk, the Tesla and SpaceX chief appeared to offer to double any Bitcoin payment sent to the address of his digital wallet “for the next 30 minutes”. “I’m feeling generous because of Covid-19,” the tweet added, along with a Bitcoin link address.

“I am giving back to my community due to COVID-19. All Bitcoin sent my address below will be sent back doubled. If you send $1000, I will send back $2000”. The tweet on Obama’s account reads.

However Twitter has reacted to the breach in security saying that said it was a “co-ordinated” attack. It also says that it might be doing of some of its employees “with access to internal systems and tools”.

It further said that it know that the hackers used this access to take control of many highly-visible (including verified) accounts and Tweet on their behalf, but assured that “significant steps” had been taken to limit access to such internal systems and tools while the company’s investigation was ongoing.

Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey tweeted: “Tough day for us at Twitter. We all feel terrible this happened.”

Youth Ministry Opens Portal For App Development Challenge

The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development in Partnership with the Public and Private Sector has invited Nigerian youth to participate in a 60 Day App Development challenge aimed at engaging young Nigerians in the act of designing a mobile application to improve a range of processes and increase the ease of accessibility to services available to the citizenry.

The ministry said rationale behind the mobile app development challenge is to seamlessly connect and interact with persons making it a valuable tool for modern businesses and government.

It said the app submissions must solve a problem within the educational technology, Agricultural technology, Sport, Health, Financial technology and Telecommunication.

It also said there will Grand Prizes of N1 million for each wining innovation in all the six categories.

Also there will be Business Development training and more for the winning participants.

The submission website links is given as: noya.ng or www.youthandsport.gov.ng

The ministry said the submission date start on Wednesday 8th July, 2020 and shortlisted entries will be contacted by the evaluation committee.

Facebook Partners Red Cross, Lunches Digital Campaign To Combat Covid-19 In Africa

Facebook says it has launched “AfricaTogether,” a digital campaign to encourage vigilance against COVID-19 in partnership with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Jocelyne Muhutu-Rémy, Facebook’s Strategic Media Partnerships Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, said on Monday that as part of the launch, there would be a digital campaign across Africa and a two-day festival on June 4 and June 5 featuring artists.

The event is said to include a festival with performances by artists such as Femi Kuti, Ferre Gola, Salatiel, Serge Beynaud, Patoranking, Aramide and Youssou N’dour.

She as well stated that there will also be a digital awareness campaign with prevention messages developed with Red Cross and Red Crescent health experts targeting simultaneously Facebook users in 48 countries across sub-Saharan Africa.

The statement further reveals that the event will be streamed on Facebook Live on June 4 in English and will be hosted by the Nigerian popular actor and comedian Basketmouth and in French on June 5 by the renowned media personality Claudy Siar.

Those interested are urged to tune in
to the Facebook Africa page, Red Cross and Red Crescent Facebook pages.

He concluded that with a network of more than 1.5 million volunteers and staff across the continent, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement was on the frontlines of combating COVID-19 in communities through information campaigns.

Mamadou Sow, a long-serving member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, said the COVID-19 pandemic was an unprecedented crisis, noting that it was affecting everyone regardless of ethnicities and religions.

Five Things That Make Your Smartphone To Damage

Without mincing words, smartphone is one gadget that has helped improved our day-to-day life. Modern man enjoys better communication, more profitable way of doing business and get loads of entertainment from this technology.

Though smartphones are very important as mentioned but many people are not attaching importance to the maintenance of this technology. If thing is not properly taken care of, it will definitely damage.

There are some common habits that seem harmless, which however, may coincidentally damage your smartphone. These include:

1. Ignoring software and application updates

Software and apps updates are introduced to fix loopholes and to boost your smartphone’s effectiveness. Your smartphone may get sloppy and slow when you postpone an update for so long.
More importantly, cybercriminals are usually on the lookout for devices with loopholes to gain easy access to such devices and dupe proprietors. Endeavour to always update the app in your phones.

2. Using cheap, incompatible chargers

Most smartphones come with a compatible charger but in a situation where such charger gets damaged or missing for whatever reason, it is best to replace it with another charger with the same quality.

A cheap charger might be pocket-accommodating yet may be to the detriment of your cell phone’s battery.

Utilising a charger with a specification that isn’t compatible with your smartphone may destroy additionally your charging port.

3. Downloading apps from suspicious source

Free access to certain applications may not be genuinely free until you affirm the wellbeing of their source. The most straightforward approach to open your gadget to malware is by downloading applications from unconfirmed platform.

So it is to your greatest advantage to avoid downloading applications from third-party stores or suspicious websites, regardless of whether they show the symbol and name of an application you think you can trust.

4. Allowing your phone to overheat

Strong sunlight, delayed charging, and multitasking on your device may cause it to overheat. But repeatedly pushing your device to that point will probably do more harm than good to your smartphone.
Shielding your phone from the sun, turning it off if you have to leave it in a hot car, and otherwise keeping your device at a comfortable temperature is a good idea to forestall inadvertent harm.

5. Prolonged charging

Leaving your phone plugged in overnight is one habit that might eventually damage your phone’s lifespan. Once your battery reaches its charging limit, prolonged charging will make your phone generate excessive heat and further strain your smartphone’s battery.

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