Telecoms and IT

Rocket Company to Fly Tourists Around Moon

US private rocket company SpaceX has announced that two private citizens have paid to be sent around the Moon.

The mission is planned for late 2018, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said, adding that the tourists "have already paid a significant deposit".

"This presents an opportunity for humans to return to deep space for the first time in 45 years," he said.

The two unnamed people will fly aboard a spaceship which is set for its first unmanned test flight later this year.

Distracted to Death

Tudor Cobalas nearly crashed his car while driving and texting on his phone.

It was this near-death experience that inspired him to turn the smartphone from a weapon of mass distraction into a tool for safer driving.

Mr Cobalas, 30, from Romania, developed SafeDrive, an app that rewards drivers for ignoring their phones while driving.

Copyright Commission seizes 3 Containers of Pirated Goods worth ₦275m

The Nigerian Copyright Commission’s (NCC) persistent fight against the importation of pirated works into the country has paid off again with the seizure of three containers of pirated goods worth N275, 000, 000. 00) in Lagos.

Director-General, NCC, Mr. Afam Ezekude stated this while taking delivery of the seized containers by The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) in collaboration with Officers of the Commission in Lagos recently.

The seized containers are as follows:

Airbus CEO sees 'Flying Car' Prototype ready by End of Year

Airbus Group plans to test a prototype for a self-piloted flying car as a way of avoiding gridlock on city roads by the end of the year, the aerospace group's chief executive said on Monday, Reuters reports.

Airbus last year formed a division called Urban Air Mobility that is exploring concepts such as a vehicle to transport individuals or a helicopter-style vehicle that can carry multiple riders. The aim would be for people to book the vehicle using an app, similar to car-sharing schemes.

VW Set to Pay $4.3b for Emissions Cheat

Volkswagen has agreed a draft $4.3bn (£3.5bn) settlement with US authorities over the emissions-rigging scandal.

The German car maker also said it would plead guilty to breaking certain US laws.

VW said it was in advanced discussions with the Department of Justice and US Customs about the deal.

The final agreement has yet to be approved by VW's management and supervisory board, which could happen later on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Tech Giant to Invest $1b in Massive New Development

Apple's latest tech investment may come with the added bonus of getting in Donald Trump's good graces.

Apple has confirmed that it is investing $1 billion in a massive new technology fund from Japan's SoftBank Group, which has recently drawn the attention of the president-elect.

"We've worked closely with SoftBank for many years and we believe their new fund will speed the development of technologies which may be strategically important to Apple," Josh Rosenstock, a spokesman for Apple, said in a statement provided to CNNMoney.

Amazon files Patent for Flying Warehouse

Amazon has filed a patent for massive flying warehouses equipped with fleets of drones that deliver goods to key locations, BBC reports.

Carried by an airship, the warehouses would visit places Amazon expects demand for certain goods to boom.

It says one use could be near sporting events or festivals where they would sell food or souvenirs to spectators.

The patent also envisages a series of support vehicles that would be used to restock the flying structures.

Amazon Air Force

Nokia Sues Apple for Infringing Patents

Nokia Corp said on Wednesday it had filed a number of lawsuits against Apple Inc for violating 32 technology patents, striking back at the iPhone maker's legal action targeting the one-time cellphone industry leader a day earlier, Reuters reports.

Nokia's lawsuits, filed in courts in Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Munich, Germany, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, cover patents for displays, user interfaces, software, antennas, chipsets and video coding.

Rise in Data Tariff is for Competition –NCC

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), on Friday said that the planned increase in data tariff by telecom operators was to create competition in the sector.

Ismail Adedigba, NCC Deputy Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.

He said the decision to increase data tariff was to prevent the sector from becoming a monopoly whereby one service provider would be charging consumers arbitrary prices for data services.

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