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A new technique can detect newer 4G ‘stingray’ cell phone snooping

A new technique can detect newer 4G ‘stingray’ cell phone snooping Security researchers say they have developed a new technique to detect modern cell-site simulators. Cell site simulators, known as “stingrays,” impersonate cell towers and can capture information about any phone in its range — including in some cases calls, messages and data. Police secretly […]

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T-Mobile hit by phone calling outage

T-Mobile hit by phone calling outage T-Mobile appears to be having problems. Customers are reporting that they can’t make or receive phone calls, although data and text messages seem to be unaffected.  DownDetector, which collects outage reports from users, indicates that a major outage is underway. It’s not clear how widespread the issue is, but […]

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Africa Roundup: Africa’s tech ecosystem responds to COVID-19

Africa Roundup: Africa’s tech ecosystem responds to COVID-19 In March, the virus gripping the world — COVID-19 — started to spread in Africa. In short order, actors across the continent’s tech ecosystem began to step up to stem the spread. Early in March Africa’s coronavirus cases by country were in the single digits, but by […]

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African turns to mobile payments as a tool to curb COVID-19

African turns to mobile payments as a tool to curb COVID-19 Africa is using digital finance as a means to stem the spread of COVID-19. Governments and startups on the continent are implementing measures to shift a greater volume of payment transactions toward mobile money and away from cash — which the World Health Organization […]

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Africa’s top mobile phone seller Transsion lists in Chinese IPO

Africa’s top mobile phone seller Transsion lists in Chinese IPO Chinese mobile-phone and device maker Transsion has listed in an IPO on Shanghai’s STAR Market, a Transsion spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch.  Headquartered in Shenzhen, Transsion is a top-seller of smartphones in Africa under its Tecno brand. The company has also started to support venture funding of […]

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T-Mobile customers report outage, can’t make calls or send text messages

T-Mobile customers report outage, can’t make calls or send text messages T-Mobile customers across the U.S. say they can’t make calls or send text messages following an apparent outage — although mobile data appears to be unaffected. We tested with a T-Mobile phone in the office. Both calls to and from the T-Mobile phone failed. […]

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Africa’s top mobile phone seller Transsion to list in Chinese IPO

Africa’s top mobile phone seller Transsion to list in Chinese IPO Chinese mobile-phone and device maker Transsion will list in an IPO on Shanghai’s STAR Market,  Transsion confirmed to TechCrunch.  The company—which has a robust Africa sales network—could raise up to 3 billion yuan (or $426 million). “The company’s listing-related work is running smoothly. The […]

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A closer look at China’s smartphone market

A closer look at China’s smartphone market In February 2013, China surpassed the United States to become the world’s largest smartphone market. More than half a decade on, it still proves an elusive target for international sellers. A glance at reports from the past several shows reveals the top spots dominated by homegrown names: Huawei, […]

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China’s Vivo is eyeing smartphone users in Africa and Middle East

China’s Vivo is eyeing smartphone users in Africa and Middle East Africa’s mobile phone industry has in recent times been dominated by Transsion, a Shenzhen-based company that is little known outside the African continent and is gearing up for an initial public offering in China. Now, its Chinese peer Vivo is following its shadow to […]

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Stingray cell phone surveillance devices may interfere with 911 calls, senator says

Stingray cell phone surveillance devices may interfere with 911 calls, senator says A senator has confirmed that the use of cell site simulators for conducting real-time surveillance on cell phones may interfere with 911 calls. In a letter to the attorney general, Sen. Ron Wyden said that devices, widely known as “stingrays,” can jam cell phones […]

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