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Ethiopian Airlines is set to buy six more 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft after striking a deal with Boeing at the Paris Air Show.

The order was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s orders and deliveries website.

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The Dreamliners complement the airline’s existing 787 that are part of Ethiopian’s long-term strategy to increase capacity and provide greater route flexibility to and from its hub in the capital, Addis Ababa.

“This new addition to our fleet will not only benefit Ethiopian because of its unmatched operating costs, but will also help us to enhance overall travel experience of our customers,” said Tewolde Gebre Mariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines.

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This just in: Tech companies are fighting to be your main source for news.

Twitter will highlight tweets for breaking news, Google launches YouTube Newswire, and LinkedIn ruins the Pulse app to pick stories it thinks you should like. Along with Apple and Facebook, more tech companies want to decide which stories you read.

There’s a shift happening in how we consume news. More people depend on social media and mobile apps to stay informed — and that means more tech companies can influence the news you see.

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Apple is launching its News app later this year to curate top stories, but will it shy away from stories critical of Apple? Facebook’s Paper app also picks articles it deems most important. But perhapsFacebook is working on something that can give users a little more control over the headlines in their feed.

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Commentary: It’s almost always a waste of money to spend more on HDMI, USB, optical digital and speaker cables, not to mention DisplayPort, DVI, Ethernet and VGA. But are there any exceptions to the rule? Maybe.

There are few things that come in as wide a variety of prices as cables and interconnects. HDMI cables, for instance, can run from $1 to over $1,000 for the same length. USB cables can be similarly cheap or high-end. Speaker cable is even more extreme, from pennies per foot, to hundreds of dollars for the same 12 inches.

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But there are rare times where spending a bit more is actually a good idea. Here are when those occasional exceptions to the rule occur — along with the 99 percent of the time they don’t.

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Airtel Nigeria has launched a Wi-Fi service to enable residents and visitors to Lagos to access the internet in public places through their smartphones, tablets, laptops and other smart devices.

According to Airtel Nigeria, the service is available to all mobile phone users, irrespective of their network. According to Airtel, it will also offer 15 minutes per month free to every user.

Airtel revealed that the Wi-Fi hotspots have been deployed at Ozone Cinema, Yaba, Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island and Alausa Shopping Mall, Ikeja.

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The service is available to all mobile phone users, irrespective of their network. (Image Source: http://pctechmag.com).

Airtel’s Maurice Newa said that at full implementation, the service will be installed at malls, airports, universities and other areas of public interest in other major cities.

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South African township based business owners have jumped at the opportunity to join a new interactive website, designed to help them connect with their customers and grow their business.

The new website, cando.sa.com, launched by Nampak Bevcan’s consumer facing brand Can Do!, at the end of last year,  provides local outlet owners with a platform to profile their businesses as well as engage and interact with potential and existing customers, ultimately increasing their customer base and sales.

The new multidimensional mobile compatible site allows all “kasi based” owners of restaurants, taverns, bars, shisa nyamas and even carwashes to upload their business’ profile and advertise their upcoming events free of charge on the online platform. The only prerequisite being that they sell beverage cans as part of their product offering.

The interactive online community allows young South Africans who are ready to unleash the fun an opportunity to connect with one another and find the freshest and safest can-in-hand parties at township outlets around Mzansi. Read more

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An unusually broad tie-up of browser makers is working on faster Web performance using new technology that bridges a years-old divide in the browser world.

An unlikely partnership between rivals may be the key to a much faster experience on the Internet.

After working behind closed doors for months, browser engineers on Wednesday unveiled a project called WebAssembly. The effort, now taking place in public, aims to marry the unbeatable reach of the Web with the speed of software written to run natively on operating systems like Apple’s iOS, Microsoft’s Windows and Google’s Android.

WebAssembly could potentially rebuild the foundations of the computing industry and is the result of the unification of two groups — one from Mozilla’s Firefox team and supported by Microsoft, the other from Google’s Chrome team — that were previously deadlocked on opposite sides of a sometimes fractious debate. The result: an ability to browse the Web much faster, as well as a smoother experience when loading Web apps like Google Photos.

The unification might sound like an arcane matter only coders need care about, but it could prove important to everyone. WebAssembly — wasm for short — is designed to give developers a high-performance alternative to JavaScript, the programming language of today’s Web. By joining forces, programmers can be confident that wasm has a mainstream future. They could write browser-based versions of a new class of software for things like performance-intensive gaming, video editing and virtual reality exploration.

“Having something like WebAssembly would be awesome,” said Yevgeniy Shpika, a co-founder of browser-based photo editing site Pics.io. “It would save at least 20 percent of our budget.” Read more

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In November, with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa showing no signs of slowing, the list of people climbing aboard planes to Liberia and Sierra Leone was not terribly long. Deborah Theobald, the co-founder of Cambridge-based health care company Vecna Technologies, was one of them. Accompanying her were two new tools that, it was hoped, could aid health workers trying to care for stricken patients.One was a briefcase-sized electronic medical record system, a field-ready version of a product that Vecna Technologies designed to digitally store and share patient information.

The other was “telepresence” robot made by New Hampshire company VGo Communications — a camera and recording system on wheels that could be controlled from afar by an iPad app, meant to help nurses talk to each other across containment zones. Read more

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According to worldometers.info, the population within South Africa sits at just over 53 million individuals. To add to the figures, Nigeria currently has over 183 million individuals populating its city’s.

Africa has always been viewed as a continent that isn’t very connected in terms of internet speeds and the number of users – compared to other parts of the world. However, the latest statistics say otherwise. Read more

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Social media giant, Facebook, has revealed that it has now set its sight’s on Senegal – in order to launch Internet.org as well as more than a dozen free basic services within the country.

According to Facebook, the services will be available to will be available to Tigo SIM card holders. Facebook originally launched Internet.org with the intention of bringing Internet access to two thirds of the world that are not connected.

Senegal is the sixth country in Africa where Internet.org is available. Internet.org is currently available in 13 countries, which includes: Zambia, Tanzania, Ghana, Kenya, Colombia, Guatemala, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Philippines, Malawi, Pakistan, and Senegal. Read more

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Using less than a drop of blood, a new test can reveal nearly every virus a person has ever been exposed to, scientists reported on Thursday.

The test, which is still experimental, can be performed for as little as $25 and could become an important research tool for tracking patterns of disease in various populations, helping scientists compare the old and the young, or people in different parts of the world.

It could also be used to try to find out whether viruses, or the body’s immune response to them, contribute to chronic diseases and cancer, the researchers said.

“I’m sure there’ll be lots of applications we haven’t even dreamed of,” said Stephen J. Elledge, the senior author of the report, published in the journal Science, and a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Read more