Friday, August 17, 2018

Tech: The 9 most popular Twitch streamers in the world, one of whom makes...

Amazon is trying to position its video-game streamer Twitch as a YouTube competitor, and these nine Twitch stars and video game enthusiasts already have millions of followers on the site.
Amazon wants to catapult the next generation of internet stars, and it’s positioning its video-game streamer Twitch to do just that.
According to Bloomberg, Amazon is going after exclusive livestreaming deals with media companies, YouTube stars, and Hollywood talent like Will Smith in an effort to expand Twitch beyond its niche of video games.
As Bloomberg pointed out, Twitch has a long road ahead if it wants to go toe-to-toe with YouTube — the largest ad-supported video site in the world with 1.9 billion monthly viewers — but even YouTube has caught on to Twitch’s appeal (it introduced paid subscriptions after Twitch did).
Twitch is largely a platform for people to play video games and stream them live for others to watch. Many have found success on the site similar to famous YouTube personalities.
But that’s not the site’s only use, and CEO Emmett Shear is looking to the future. Bloomberg reported, based on anonymous sources who were at a recent meeting, that Shear set a target of $1 billion in ad sales for Twitch, which would double its current ad sales.
Twitch has a loyal user base, and there are already plenty of Twitch stars with huge followings. Popular internet personality and streamer, Ninja, for example, makes at least $560,000 a month, Forbes estimated — and that was in March. Amazon Prime subscribers are allowed to donate to his Twitch stream, plus he has a popular YouTube channel. And Twitch star Summit1g revealed his donation total in a stream last year to be over $208,000 at the time.
Below are the nine biggest Twitch stars, some of whom are making millions:
Twitch stream: Followers: 2.46 million The ESL Gaming Network hosts numerous competitive-gaming events and its “Counter Strike: Global Offensive”-focused Twitch stream is a massive hit.
8. TimTheTatman
Twitch stream: Followers: 2.52 million Tim says on his YouTube channel bio that if he could, he would make streaming his full-time job. “The real reason that I love streaming is that I get to meet and talk to some many unique and different people,” he says. He primarily plays Fortnite.
7. Syndicate
Twitch stream: Followers: 2.59 million Syndicate’s real name is Tom Cassell. He started his video career in 2010 on YouTube where he became prominent for “Halo” and “Call of Duty.” On Twitch, he primarily plays “Fortnite,” “Minecraft,” and “Call of Duty.”
6. DrDisRespectLIVE
Twitch stream: Followers: 2.62 million DrDisRespect’s real name is Guy Beahm. He’s known for being a prominent internet personality within the competitive-gaming circle. “I created a character who plays multiplayer video games, and he’s considered the most dominating gaming specimen,” Beahm told ESPN last year. He primarily plays “PlayerUnknown’s Battlgrounds.”
5. Riot Games
Twitch stream: Followers: 3.01 million Riot Games is a video game development and eSports tournament company, best known for the popular multiplayer battle arena game, “League of Legends.”
4. Summit1g
Twitch stream: Followers: 3.26 million Summit1g’s real name is Jaryd Lazar, who rose to prominence as a competitive “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” player, which he still plays on his Twitch stream. He has also recently been playing “Realm Royale” and “Escape from Tarkov.” He describes himself as a “full-time streamer” in his Twitter bio.
3. Shroud
Twitch stream: Followers: 4.014 million Michael Grzesiek is Shroud’s real name, and he is a Canadian former eSports competitive gamer who focused on multiplayer battle arena games like “Counter-Strike” and “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” which he still primarily plays on Twitch.
2. TSM_Myth
Twitch stream: Followers: 4.06 million Ali Kabbani is a professional “Fortnite” player, which is a popular multiplayer battle royale game.
1. Ninja
Twitch stream: Followers: 10.4 million Richard Tyler Blevins is a popular internet personality and the most popular streamer on Twitch by more than 6 million followers. He is known for playing “Fortnite.” He plays video games for roughly 12 hours a day. However, he’s been the subject of controversy over his refusal to stream with women, saying that he’s afraid of it being taken the wrong way and making headlines if he were to flirt with someone. “The only way to avoid that [gossip] is to not play with [women] at all,” he has said. He recently released a statement on Twitter regarding backlash, in which he said that he wanted to bring attention to the issue of online harassment, and minimize it in his family’s life. Blevins’ wife, Jessica, is his manager. In an interview with Business Insider, Jessica opened up about what it’s like to be her video-game playing husband’s manager and how it affects their marriage. She said that he takes a four-hour break each day to make time for them. But it helps that she, too, understands Twitch and the business of gaming/streaming. She has her own channel with over 320,000 followers, and she not only wants to see her husband succeed, but be known throughout Hollywood. She views his gaming as not gaming, but working. “I have so much more respect for him, and I’m so proud of him, because I get to say my husband works all day, he works so hard, and he really does so much for our family,” she told Business Insider.

Tech: Elon Musk says grueling 120-hour work weeks are taking a toll on his...

Elon Musk says he sleeps less than 7 hours every night. Scientific studies suggest that’s a recipe for disaster, both for a person’s body and brain. Here’s what we know about long-term sleep deprivation and how it can kill us.
Elon Musk says he doesn’t get much sleep.
In an interview with the New York Times, Musk revealed he frequently logs 120-hour work weeks and doesn’t leave the Tesla factory for days at a time.
Science suggests that sleep deprivation is a recipe for disaster. Here’s what we know about how a lack of sleep affects your body and brain.
Elon Musk seems exhausted.
The Tesla CEO told the New York Times that he’s been logging 120-hour work weeks lately, and it’s taking a toll on his well-being.
“It’s not been great, actually,” Musk told the Times. “I’ve had friends come by who are really concerned.”
He even missed out on his own birthday this summer and only carved out a few hours away from the factory for his brother’s wedding. Musk also said he hasn’t taken more than a full week off of work since 2001, when he got malaria.
If Musk is truly working 120-hour weeks on a regular basis, that means his work days are a minimum of 17-plus hours — seven days a week.
“There were times when I didn’t leave the factory for three or four days — days when I didn’t go outside,” he told the Times.
Based on Musk’s own numbers, there are only a maximum of seven hours per day that he’s not working. So he’s almost certainly getting far less than seven hours of shut-eye per night.
The dangers of sleep deprivation
Sleep expert and neuroscientist Matthew Walker, who directs the sleep and neuroimaging lab at UC Berkeley, studies what a lack of sleep can do to a person’s body. He regularly gives sleep advice to the NBA, NFL, and Pixar, among others.
Walker recently summed up his overall stance on snoozing for Business Insider: “The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life.”
That’s not hyperbole — Walker’s research suggests that routinely getting only six or seven hours of shut-eye per night can do serious long-term damage to your health, and in some cases even kill you. He believes everyone should aim for between seven and eight hours a night on the pillow.
Walker is such an evangelist about this, that in his own life, he gives himself a strict eight hours of “sleep opportunity” each night. That means he’s in bed for at least eight hours, even if he spends a portion of that time falling asleep and waking up. He says that schedule helps keep him productive, as well as emotionally and physically fit.
How getting less than seven hours of sleep affects your body and brain
If you’re not sleeping enough, “you will be both dead sooner, and the quality of your life will be significantly worse,” Walker told Business Insider. Here’s why.
Sleep deprivation depletes stores of your “natural killer cells,” a type of lymphocyte (white blood cell) that nix tumor and virus cells. A single 4- or 5-hour night of sleep could lower your body’s “natural killer” cell count by around 70%, Walker says.
Missing sleep can put your body on a crash course for chronic disease. Insufficient sleep has been linked to increased instances of Alzheimer’s, obesity, stroke, and diabetes. Lack of sleep also changes how insulin operates in your body and how quickly your cells absorb sugar. After a week of sleep-deprived nights (five or six hours), your doctor could diagnose you with pre-diabetes, Walker says. That means your blood-sugar levels are elevated enough that you’re on track to become a diabetic. Long-term damage to your heart, blood vessels, and kidneys could already be in motion.
Insufficient sleep makes the body a better breeding ground for cancer. Sleepiness is now being blamed for cases of colon cancer, breast cancer, and prostate cancer. An off-kilter sleep schedule may also give rise to cancer, since it causes melatonin to be suppressed. The World Health Organization calls night work a “probable carcinogen.”
Of course, not everybody’s body works in exactly the same way.
Some people — a “sleepless elite,” as Walker calls them — are built to survive on less sleep and will sleep just six hours, even in laboratory sleep conditions. But those lucky individuals make up just a fraction of 1% of the population, Walker says, and share a gene (BHLHE41) that’s incredibly rare.
You probably don’t have it, so it’s probably best to get a good night’s rest before you tweet about having any “funding secured.”
Read the full Musk interview with The New York Times here.

130 Children, Youths Learn Digital Marketing Skills

About 130 children and youths on Friday concluded a training in digital marketing, Digitest, organised by Digital Peers International (DPI) in Osun State.
The two-week long programme, according to the Digitest Project Manager, Precious Jay, was aimed at helping the participants leverage on the trending digital marketing tools to sell anything and profit largely in the global market.
He said, “We put children together who have little or no idea about ICT and in the course of few days, they are taught about the tools that we have designed for that year and we don’t stop there.
“We have them design projects that will address the real time social problems”.
Jay further explained that the focus for this year’s edition was to teach the young ones how to generate value on social media by sharing valuable content which could also contribute to community development.
For the students, it was equally an opportunity to brainstorm which resulted in the invention of applications that can help boost sales of products and services online.
Some of them shared their experiences, highlighting the benefits of the programme on their individual lives.
A student of the Obafemi Awolowo University International School, Ile-Ife in Osun State, Abegunde Mary said, “It’s actually going to help me a lot because we learnt about digital marketing, how to sell your various businesses and how to use the social media to sell them so people can be aware and make you relevant in the society.
“I could be a digital marketer with this experience and I can also educate other students to be a part of the ICT knowledge I have gained during this camp,” she added.
The National Coordinator of the programme, Mrs Ibukun Odusote, also told Channels Television that she believes that the trainees have been well equipped to start businesses that are of great economic value.
She said, “I’m expecting that some of these children in fact right from here and the teachers and some volunteers will start marketing their businesses.
“People are already coming up with different ideas, our own desire is that it becomes of great economic value and this program that we have had with them would generate income for them in their various homes”.
The post 130 Children, Youths Learn Digital Marketing Skills appeared first on Channels Television.

Tech: Insiders say the press leaks during Google’s all-hands meeting backfired and handed Sergey...

During a meeting between Google’s top managers and employees to discuss the controversy surrounding the company’s plans for China, many were shocked to learn someone inside Google was feeding real-time information to reporters. Suddenly, press leaks became the No. 1 issue.
Many Google employees were shocked to learn that one of their own was leaking real-time information to reporters during a company all-hands meeting on Thursday.
Google managers and employees have a long tradition of not sharing what is said in all-hands meetings, known as TGIFs, but that changed on Thursday.
When tweets from a New York Times reporter indicated that someone was providing her with the internal discussion, many within the company appeared to react with anger, according to sources.
The result: Google managers were handed a reason not to disclose any more information about the company’s controversial plans to operate again in China, founder Sergey Brin was made to look like a victim.
“F–k you,” said the male Google employee standing at the microphone during a pivotal moment at the company all-hands meeting on Thursday night.
According to three sources in attendance who spoke with Business Insider, the man was addressing an unknown person within Google who was relaying what was said at the gathering in real time to a New York Times reporter. The reporter had posted quotes said minutes before by Google cofounder Sergey Brin and CEO Sundar Pichai to Twitter and her tweets were displayed on a large screen before the gathering.
Sharing what is said during these discussions between leaders and employees — known internally as TGIFs — has long been considered a no-no at Google. Few companies have as much regular open and frank communication about sensitive subjects with their staff, and the thinking is that leaks would make them impossible.
And that’s likely why many inside Google appeared sympathetic to the sentiment expressed by the man at the mic. After he said the epithet and exhorted the leaker to leave, some in the audience applauded, said the sources. On Google’s internal communications systems, the man also received praise.
The man at the mic spoke for many at Google
For Googlers, this was an extraordinary public rebuke and it came during an exceptionally fractious period at the company.
Brin and Pichai were expected to discuss media reports from two weeks ago that indicated Google planned to operate once again in China, the sources said. In 2010, Google pulled out of that country rather than censor the information that the government there finds objectionable from its search results. The act of censoring is considered by some to be a human-rights violation.
A Google spokesman did not immediately respond to questions.
According to a report on August 2 in The Intercept, Google had experienced a change of heart about China and had built a search application that would indeed filter out websites and other data banned by the Chinese government. The obvious flip flop angered and saddened many at Google who believe Brin and the other leaders have abandoned at least some of their well-publicized ethical values.
Google has long been known as a hippie haven, a workplace that possessed left-leaning political views.
That was before news leaked late last year that Google had agreed to provide the Pentagon with artificial intelligence that could help analyze drone video footage. Some experts argued the technology could also improve the accuracy of drone missile strikes. Thousands of Google workers signed a petition demanding leaders put an end to the relationship and promise to never produce AI-enhanced weapons. At least a dozen quit in protest.
The protesters appeared to triumph. Google’s management released a set of governing principles for AI that included a promise never to build AI weapons, and said it would allow its AI contract with the Pentagon to expire.
The press leaks backfired this time
Similar protests then sprang up at Amazon, Microsoft, and Salesforce. Many tech workers now feel they have the opportunity to influence how their companies approach ethical questions. Among these movements, one of the most potent tools has been press leaks.
But the practice appeared to backfire on Thursday, according to the sources. The person who shared information to the Times, presumably someone involved with the movement inside Google, not only handed Pichai and Brin an excuse to stop discussing anything substantive about China at the meeting, but the executives were also made to look victimized by a breach of trust.
All of the sources who talked to Business Insider agreed that the display of the reporters’ tweets before the audience stunned the audience and marked a turning point at the meeting. All the momentum and sympathy swung in the direction of management. Some of the sources said they fear the leaks might now have a chilling effect on the sharing of information inside Google among employees sympathetic to the protests.
“(The leaker) and the Times overplayed their hand,” said one source.
Another said “It was a stupid mistake” to live tweet during the meeting. “It shocked Googlers and it was so unnecessary.

Tech: The best-kept secret in smartphones is coming to a US carrier for the...

The most popular smartphone brand that you’ve probably never heard of will be sold by T-Mobile.
The OnePlus 6T will be the first smartphone from OnePlus to be sold by a US carrier.
It could also cost $550, $20 more than the current OnePlus 6.
Despite no previous availability at US carrier stores, OnePlus phones have an incredibly dedicated fanbase that line up around city blocks around the world to buy the newest model.
Availability in T-Mobile stores will surely boost the popularity of OnePlus, as its phones come with lower price tags with the same — or better — performance than competing phones from Apple and Samsung.
The OnePlus 6T, the upcoming smartphone from the small smartphone maker OnePlus, will be sold by T-Mobile when it’s released, according to CNET.
It’ll be the first OnePlus phone to be sold by a US carrier.
That’s a significant move for OnePlus, as most Americans buy their smartphones from their carrier stores rather than directly from the phone maker.
T-Mobile will sell a model of the OnePlus 6T that’s optimized for its network, including a new band that T-Mobile promises will deliver “better and faster” coverage, according to the report.
Otherwise, the regular unlocked models of the OnePlus 6T will continue to be sold from the phone maker itself from popup stores and online as usual, and will be compatible with global networks that use the GSM standard. In the US, that includes AT&T and T-Mobile, but not Verizon and Sprint, which use the CDMA standard.
The OnePlus 6T could cost $550, $20 more than the current OnePlus 6 that costs $530. But the price isn’t finalized, according to CNET.
While OnePlus phones are popular among their fans, chances are that someone wouldn’t know what a “OnePlus” is if you stopped and asked them on the street.
Part of the reason why you might never see a OnePlus phone on the street in the US is because they’ve never been available at carrier stores. Indeed, most Americans still buy their smartphones from their carriers, and a smartphone’s popularity is often dictated by it’s availability at carrier stores. OnePlus phones also aren’t compatible with Verizon, the US carrier with the most subscriptions.
Despite this, OnePlus has an incredibly dedicated fanbase that lines up around city blocks around the world to buy the new model, much like iPhone fans line up to buy the new model. OnePlus phones are one of the only Android phones that gets people to line up.
Fans covet the lower price tags and performance of OnePlus phones, which cost hundreds less than the competition from Apple and Samsung, and sometimes even exceed their performance. OnePlus phones also have excellent design, and they run on a largely unaltered version of the Android operating system that’s especially popular among Android enthusiasts.
When a customer walks into a T-Mobile store to buy a new phone, the OnePlus 6T’s price tag, specs, and design are likely to be a tempting option compared to pricier devices on display.

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Tech: ‘All night — no friends, nothing:’ Elon Musk describes the lonely 24 hours...

The growing production pressures and increased scrutiny on Tesla seem to be taking an emotional toll on the company’s CEO, Elon Musk.
In an interview with the New York Times, Elon Musk said that he typically works 120 hours a week.
Musk said he spent his entire 47th birthday alone working in Tesla’s offices.
Musk said that he hasn’t taken a week-long vacation in close to 20 years.
The growing production pressures and increased scrutiny on Tesla seem to be taking an emotional toll on the company’s CEO, Elon Musk.
In an interview with the New York Times, Musk said he typically works as many as 120 hours a week, and that it’s been nearly 20 years since he took a week-long vacation.
The last time he took as many as seven days off from work was in 2001, he told the Times, when he fell ill with malaria.
Musk described his 47th birthday on June 28, 2018, as an isolated, stressful experience. Rather than celebrating with friends or family, Musk said he was holed up at Tesla’s offices for a full 24 hours, overseeing the delayed production on the Model 3.
“All night — no friends, nothing,” he said.
These recollections were particularly emotional for Musk, reports the Times, noting that the Tesla CEO choked up during multiple points throughout the interview.
Read the full interview over at The New York Times here.

Tech: All the major similarities and differences between Samsung’s high-end smartphones, the Galaxy S9...

There are a lot of similarities between Samsung’s latest high-end smartphones, the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and Galaxy Note 9. But there are a few key differences worth keeping in mind if you’re trying to decide which one to buy.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was announced earlier this month, and on the surface, it bears a lot of similarities to Samsung’s previous smartphone, the Galaxy S9.
Both devices have features like a high-end camera, facial recognition, wireless fast charging, and come in similar colors.
But there are a few key differences between the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy Note 9, which are worth bearing in mind if you’re trying to decide between the two devices (or, three devices, if you count the larger Galaxy S9+).
Here are all the similarities and differences between Samsung’s latest high-end smartphones.
The Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and Galaxy Note 9 all have futuristic features like AR Emoji, Samsung’s smart assistant Bixby, and face unlock.
The phones also have water resistance, wireless fast charging, NFC payments, and an always-on display.
The Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and the Galaxy Note 9 come with Android Oreo.
However, there’s a slight difference in the operating systems: the Galaxy S9 comes with Android 8.0, while the Galaxy Note 9 comes with Android 8.1. Oddly enough, the Galaxy Note 9 came out only a few days after Android 9 Pie was released, so it’s unclear why the device doesn’t have the latest version of the Android operating system.
All three phones have identical selfie cameras.
The Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and the Galaxy Note 9 all have an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. All three devices are also capable of portrait mode selfies and wide selfies.
But the rear cameras on the three phones are slightly different.
The Galaxy S9 is the only phone out of the three that does not have a dual rear camera. It is still capable of portrait mode photos — Samsung calls it selective focus — but it’s not capable of 2x optical zoom. The Galaxy S9+ and the Galaxy Note 9, on the other hand, have nearly identical rear cameras:
Dual 12-megapixel lenses
Portrait mode (in this case, called live focus)
Dual aperture, which helps in low light or with dark subjects
2x optical zoom
The main difference between the Galaxy S9+ and the Galaxy Note 9 are some of the intelligent features Samsung built into the Note 9, like flaw detection and scene optimizer.
The Galaxy S9 has a leg up on the Galaxy Note 9 in a few ways. It comes in more colors and sizes …
The Galaxy S9 comes in a standard size and a plus size, and for US customers, three colors: lilac purple, midnight black, and coral blue. The Galaxy Note 9 comes in one size and four colors total, but only two for US customers: ocean blue and lavender purple.
… and the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ both weigh less than the Galaxy Note 9.
The Galaxy S9 weighs 5.75 ounces, while the Galaxy S9+ weighs 6.67 ounces. The Galaxy Note 9 clocks in at 7.09 ounces.
The Galaxy S9 also costs less — it starts at $720, and can cost as much as $960.
That’s still cheaper than the Galaxy Note 9, however — that device starts at $1,000 and can cost as much as $1,250.
But the Galaxy Note 9 beats the Galaxy S9 in several ways. For one, it has a larger display.
The Galaxy Note 9 has a 6.4-inch display. That’s larger than both the Galaxy S9 (5.8 inches) and the Galaxy S9+ (6.2 inches). All three phones have the same resolution AMOLED display.
The Galaxy Note 9 comes with more memory.
The Galaxy Note 9 comes in two storage options: 128 GB (with 6 GB of RAM) or 512 GB (with 8 GB of RAM). The Galaxy Note 9 also has the option to add up to 512 GB of expandable storage, which could potentially give you a 1 terabyte phone. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ have 64 GB of storage, and 4 GB and 6 GB of RAM, respectively.
The Galaxy Note 9 has a bigger battery and likely has better battery life.
The Galaxy Note 9 has a massive 4,000 mAh battery. Samsung says you should get over a full day of battery life and up to 21 hours of video play time. The Galaxy S9 has a 3,000 mAh battery, while the Galaxy S9+ has a 3,500 mAh battery. Samsung says you should get up to 20 hours of video play time.
The Galaxy Note 9 comes with a stylus, called an S Pen.
The S Pen can be used to draw or color, write notes on the phone’s screen, and navigate the device. New this year is the addition of Bluetooth Low Energy, which lets you use your S Pen as a remote for controlling music or video, or taking photos.

Tech: Protesters are trying to shame Facebook by vandalising its ubiquitous ‘not our friend’...

Posters have been changed to imply that Facebook makes money from fake news and data misuse. The ads are part of a global promotional campaign aimed a distancing Facebook from a tsunami of scandals.
Protestors are vandalising Facebook’s ubiquitous apology adverts in London.
Posters have been changed to imply that Facebook makes money from fake news and data misuse.
The ads are part of a global promotional campaign aimed a distancing Facebook from a tsunami of scandals.
LONDON — You’ve seen the ads everywhere. If they’ve not infiltrated your TV, they’ve shadowed your wait at a bus stop, punctuated the pages of your newspaper, or loomed over you from a billboard. Facebook is trying to tell you something.
The company is spending a fortune on the global promotional campaign, aimed squarely at distancing itself from a tsunami of scandals involving fake news, data breaches, and election meddling.
The TV apology ad was recently ridiculed by “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver, and now, Facebook’s posters are being targeted by protestors in London, who are seeking to change the company’s messaging.
Protest Pencil, an anonymous street artist, has been posting pictures of the altered posters on their Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts, generating interest in the British press.
On one bus stop post poster, the words “it’s a great source of revenue” were added to Facebook’s slogan: “Fake news is not our friend.”
On another, “it’s our business model” was added to the statement: “Data misuse is not our friend.”
Business Insider has contacted Protest Pencil for comment. We have also asked Facebook if it would like to remark on the vandalised posters.

Tech: A 16-year-old managed to hack Apple, steal a whole bunch of secure files,...

An Australian teenager has reportedly pleaded guilty to hacking Apple, stealing 90 gigabytes of secure files, and accessing customer accounts. Apple identified and reported the hack to the FBI. It said ‘at no point during this incident’ was personal user data compromised.
An Australian teenager has pleaded guilty to hacking Apple, stealing 90 gigabytes of secure files, and accessing customer accounts.
The 16-year-old broke into Apple’s mainframe several times over the course of a year, according to The Age, and stored hacking instructions on his laptop under a folder named “hacky hack hack.”
Apple identified and reported the hack to the FBI. It said “at no point during this incident” was personal user data compromised.
An Australian teenager managed to hack Apple, steal 90 gigabytes of secure files, and access customer accounts, a court has heard, according to The Age.
The Australian newspaper reported on the hearing, which took place at a children’s court in Melbourne on Thursday, and has prompted Apple into issuing a statement reassuring users that their data is safe.
The Age said the 16-year-old — who cannot be named for legal reasons — broke into Apple’s mainframe several times over the course of a year, using a system of “computerised tunnels and online bypassing systems.”
He downloaded secure files and accessed customer accounts, using instructions stored on his Apple laptops, seized in a raid on his suburban home, under a folder named “hacky hack hack.”
Apple detected his presence and reported the teenager to the FBI, who in turn passed the case to Australian police. The suspect has pleaded guilty, The Age said, and Reuters reported that he will be sentenced on September 20.
The teenager’s lawyer reportedly said he targeted Apple because he is an admirer of the trillion-dollar company and hopes to work for it one day. He is said to be well-known in the international hacking community.
Business Insider has contacted Apple for comment. In a statement to Reuters and The Guardian, the company sought to play down the impact of the hack.
“At Apple, we vigilantly protect our networks and have dedicated teams of information security professionals that work to detect and respond to threats,” a spokesman said.
“In this case, our teams discovered the unauthorised access, contained it, and reported the incident to law enforcement. We regard the data security of our users as one of our greatest responsibilities and want to assure our customers that at no point during this incident was their personal data compromised.

Techpoint is debuting Pitch Friday in Ghana!!!

A few weeks back, we announced our plans to expand Techpoint’s coverage to Africa. The expansion meant all our platforms and events will accommodate startups from every part of the continent. Staying true to this, we will be debuting our in-house community event, Pitch Friday, in Ghana.

Tech: Elon Musk describes his ‘excruciating’ year and says he’s had to take Ambien...

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that an “excruciating” year has taken a toll and that he sometimes has had to take Ambien, a prescription drug that helps induce sleep.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that an “excruciating” year has taken a toll on him.
He sometimes has had to take Ambien, a prescription drug that helps induce sleep.
Musk described an intense 120-hour work week as both chairman and chief executive of Tesla, a company that has been hit with challenging press coverage in recent weeks.
Musk says he has not taken a break from work for more than a week since he contracted malaria in 2001.
A person familiar with Tesla board of directors who was cited by The New York Times said some people on the board of directors suggested that Musk’s Ambien use may not be effective, and instead, played a role in his social media outbursts.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that an “excruciating” year has taken a toll and that he sometimes has had to take Ambien, a prescription drug that assists in inducing sleep.
“It is often a choice of no sleep or Ambien,” Musk said in a New York Times report published Thursday night.
Musk described an intense 120-hour work week as both chairman and chief executive of Tesla, a company that has been hit with challenging press coverage in recent weeks. During his interview with The Times, Musk reportedly grew emotional as he described his turbulent year.
“This past year has been the most difficult and painful year of my career,” Musk said. “It was excruciating.”
“There were times when I didn’t leave the factory for three or four days — days when I didn’t go outside,” Musk added. “This has really come at the expense of seeing my kids. And seeing friends.”
In June, he said he spent the entire day — his 47th birthday — at work. He flew to Catalonia for his brother’s wedding two days later, flying from his factory and arriving just two hours before the ceremony, according to The Times.
Additionally, Musk says he has not taken a break from work for more than a week since he contracted malaria in 2001.
“All night — no friends, nothing,” Musk said to The Times.
“It’s not been great, actually,” Musk said. “I’ve had friends come by who are really concerned.”
Musk has been criticized for his occasional outbursts on social media — which include likening a British cave diver who took part in rescue efforts to a pedophile — and some of Tesla’s board members have reportedly taken notice.
According to two people familiar with the board, some members were concerned about his Ambien intake, according to The Times. Some of the members also suggested that the drug may not be effective, and instead, played a part in his social media flares.
Musk later apologized for his comments and said his “words were spoken in anger” after a dispute with the cave diver.
“I thought the worst of it was over — I thought it was,” Musk said. “The worst is over from a Tesla operational standpoint … But from a personal pain standpoint, the worst is yet to come.

Tech: Nigerian digital startup, Publiseer, accepted into 2018 Venture Incubation Program in South Africa

The 12-week mentor-led program will take place at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town. Nigeria’s digital publishing company, Publiseer, has been accepted into the second batch of the 2018 Venture Incubation Programme Winter School.The Venture Incubation Programme (VIP) is designed to provide a supportive ecosystem to help African startups build viable and scalable innovation-driven companies.Chidi Nwaogu, Co-founder of Publiseer, in an email note to Business Insider Sub-Saharan Africa, on Thursday, August 16, 2018, said he believed the startup has what it takes to become a leader in content distribution in Africa.”The University of Cape Town is one of the best universities in Africa, and of course the Venture Incubation Programme will be more than building viable businesses.“I believe with this programme, Publiseer will become the next big thing in the space of digital content distribution in Africa,” Nwaogu said.The 12-week mentor-led program will take place at Solution Space, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, in Cape Town, from September 3, 2018, to November 30, 2018.Publiseer and other selected startups will have access to a range of resources including co-working space.According to the organisers, the programme is worth R300,000 (over $20,000) in equivalent value.Run on a bi-annual basis in partnership with telco giant, MTN Group, the program selects 10 startups across Africa in the areas of fintech, e-commerce, Agritech among others.Publiseer recently crossed subscription of 1.5 million streams.Also from Business Insider Sub-Sahara Africa:I visited the 6 Google Stations in Lagos and here’s what I found out about the free Wi-FiMTN Nigeria is partnering with 12 banks to improve its data network with a N200 billion loanHere are the 10 best African airlinesNigeria’s Acting President orders police chief to overhaul notorious anti-robbery squadHere is the list of 60 houses reportedly traced to Nigeria’s Deputy Senate PresidentTwitter has started clamping down on fake followers, here’s what you will noticeYou will be surprised at the 19 people Nigeria’s Buhari follows on TwitterHere’s why Nigeria is not in a hurry to sign the continental free trade agreementThese 6 banks invested N155.

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