While we had our hands full with tech activities in Nigeria and Africa at large, several interesting tech news also circulated around the world this week.
This is a roundup of some of interesting stories across the globe from the past week.
Puma, Nike and their self-Lacing Sports Shoes
With Nike set to launch its innovative self-lacing sports shoe, ‘Adapt BB’ on February 17, another sportswear brand, Puma, isn’t about to let Nike enjoy any kind of monopoly. The German company has announced the coming of its own self-lacing shoe, the “FI”, short for Fit Intelligence.
Both brands of self-lacing smart shoes won’t be without help though as they would be prompted to lace up by apps which for now will have only Apple and ios devices.
With their prices fixed at about N105k, these smart shoes clearly aren’t for everybody.
Facebook fighting fake news in Iran and Indonesia
Facebook is taking its fight against fake news and ‘inauthentic behaviour’ very seriously as it has taken down nearly 2000 pages, groups and individual accounts linked with a fake news syndicate, the Seracen Group.
According to reports, the Seracen ‘Fake News Factory’ disseminates fake news about politicians and other public figures after collecting a fee of $5,600. If fake news costs that much shouldn’t authentic news cost more?
Uber expands into bus and rail transportation
Not content with taxis and cabs, ride hailing company, Uber, is shifting its gaze to other aspects of cummutation.
According to reports, Uber has included an update to its app which provides users with details about bus and train rides like transit routes, transit time, etc.
Called ‘Uber Transit’, this update is only available for users in Denver, Colorado. Users in other parts of the US will have to wait a while longer. As for users in Nigeria, let’s just keep our fingers crossed.
That will be all for now. We hope to bring you more news from around the world next week.
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