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Ghanaian entrepreneur Miss Ivy Barley

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A Ghanaian entrepreneur Miss Ivy Barley, 26, has created a new mode of training females in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The approach is aimed at narrowing the gender inequality gap in the study of STEM.

Miss Barley, who is the founder of Developers in Vogue (DIV), a non-governmental organisation made the front pages of some German newspapers with her initiative some months ago, having won the prestigious ‘E skills for Girls competition’ award in Berlin, Germany.

In an interview with the Daily Graphic in Accra last Friday, she said “as a woman in technology, I have always been passionate about empowering women to venture into science, technology, engineering and Mathematics as this led me to volunteer to enter into an all-girls Science Academy last year.”

NASA on Monday announced the discovery of 219 potential planets located outside our solar system, 10 of which are like Earth.

They located not too close to their star, therefore not too hot, and not too far from their stars, therefore able to support liquid water.

According to a statement released by NASA, this discovery brings the total number of identified planets to 4,034, 2,335 of which have been verified as exoplanets – planets outside our solar system. 50 of these are in habitable zones, and more than 30 have been verified.

Mark Zuckerberg

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Facebook has announced details of steps it is taking to remove terrorist-related content.

The move comes after growing pressure from governments for technology companies to do more to take down material such as terrorist propaganda.

In a series of blog posts by senior figures and an interview with the BBC, Facebook says it wants to be more open about the work it is doing.

The Pirate Bay marked its 10th anniversary in 2013 but is constantly being blocked

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The Pirate Bay can be held liable for copyright infringement, which could signal "the end" of the platform, according to a European Court of Justice ruling.

The ruling is part of a long-running dispute between the platform and Dutch anti-piracy group Stichting Brein.

Stichting Brein wants two Dutch ISPs to block access to the site.

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A man in Thailand has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after he was found guilty of insulting the country’s royal family on Facebook.

Identified only as Wichai, he is alleged to have published 10 photos, videos and comments on the social network that violate Thailand’s strict lèse majesté regulations which outlaw criticism of the royal family, according to free speech group iLaw.

The 33-year-old is accused of creating the posts using a ‘fraudulent’ account that purportedly impersonated a former friend he had quarreled with. Wichai initially denied the charges but, after spending more than a year in jail while he case was processed, he changed his response and confessed, iLaw said.

Researchers have trained computers to spot social media users who pose as somebody else - a practice known as catfishing.

They say their algorithms can identify users who lie about their gender, with more than 90% accuracy.

Most dating website users say they have encountered at least one fake profile, according to consumer group.

Remember when QR codes were the next big thing? In the U.S. you used to be able to find them on billboards, business cards — you name it.

They were supposed to change the way we use our devices.

Remember CurrentC? But the technology never really caught on stateside, mainly because users had to download a totally separate third-party app to scan them, and the whole system was pretty clunky.

But according to some reports on Twitter, QR codes in the U.S. are about to get a second chance, because the first iOS 11 beta has the ability to read QR codes via the native camera app.

Adobe is making some major changes to Adobe Document Cloud, its suite of tools aimed at increasing productivity levels on mobile devices, and the update should offer some pretty helpful new features.

Perhaps the biggest change to Adobe Document Cloud is the addition of Adobe Scan, which is aimed at allowing users to turn their phone into a scanner. Simply take a photo of a document, and the app will automatically crop the photo, fix the perspective of the document, and turn that image into a PDF.

One online gamer told the BBC he had experienced death threats online.

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A study carried out by an anti-bullying charity found that 57% of the young people it surveyed had experienced bullying online when playing games.

In addition, 22% said they had stopped playing a game as a result.

Ditch the Label surveyed around 2,500 young members of the virtual hotel platform Habbo, aged between 12 and 25.

One 16-year-old gamer, Bailey Mitchell, told the BBC he had experienced bullying while playing online games since the age of 10.

Chinese Go player Ke Jie has lost two games to AlphaGo

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Google's DeepMind AlphaGo artificial intelligence has defeated the world's number one Go player Ke Jie.

AlphaGo secured the victory after winning the second game in a three-part match.

DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis said Ke Jie had played "perfectly" and "pushed AlphaGo right to the limit".

Samsung Galaxy S8

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A group of hackers was able to defeat the iris scanner in the Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone using relatively common supplies, creating concerns that biometric logins may not be as foolproof a security measure as once believed.

The German hacking collective Chaos Computer Club revealed Monday it was able to gain access to a user’s Galaxy S8 with a MacGyver-like solution that involved using a point-and-shoot camera, laser printer and contact lens.

Chaos Computer Club completed the hack by taking a photo of a target from about 15 feet. The group took that photo, zoomed in on the target’s eye and printed the image with a laser printer made, fittingly, by Samsung.

Ghana is set to become the first country in Africa to get a Spaceship Launch pad, following a partnership deal between KESHE Foundation Ghana and BONADES Limited, a Ghanaian-owned Construction Engineering Management (CEM) company.

The two companies are combining their expertise for the development and construction of the first-of-its-kind Spaceship Research Centre in Ghana.

The agreement comes after the completion of the feasibility studies and preliminary architectural and engineering designs, and presentation to both the Client and foreign Investors.

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