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You can smoke weed at home in South Africa – Court ruling

The Western Cape High Court has ruled that it is an infringement to ban the use of dagga by adults in private homes. According to a report by News24[1], the ruling allows for the possession, cultivation, and use of dagga at home for private use. “It has also ruled that Parliament must change sections of the Drug Trafficking Act, as well as the Medicines Control Act,” stated at the report.

This must be done within 24 months.

The ruling comes after Dagga Party leader Jeremy Acton and Rastafarian Garreth Prince applied to the court to decriminalise marijuana.

“They submitted that the laws prohibiting dagga use are unfair, discriminatory, outdated, and applied disproportionately to black users,” stated the report.

Now read: Top weed-smoking IT professions in South Africa[2]

References

  1. ^ News24 (www.news24.com)
  2. ^ Top weed-smoking IT professions in South Africa (mybroadband.co.za)

How to avoid WhatsApp viruses, scams and hoaxes

How to avoid WhatsApp viruses, scams and hoaxes

Now free for all, there’s no excuse to fall for any of the numerous WhatsApp charging hoaxes. But now there’s a new, more serious threat as a WhatsApp scam looks to install malware that can steal your personal information. Here are some of the WhatsApp scams you should delete and forget.How to avoid WhatsApp viruses, scams and hoaxes.

Now free for all, there’s no excuse to fall for the latest WhatsApp hoax


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Now free for all, there’s no excuse to fall for any of the numerous WhatsApp charging hoaxes.

But now there’s a new, more serious threat as a WhatsApp scam looks to install malware that can steal your personal information. Here are some of the WhatsApp scams you should delete and forget.How to avoid WhatsApp viruses, scams and hoaxes.

WhatsApp malware threatens to steal personal information

The most recent WhatsApp scam to come to our attention hopes to trick the user into opening a legitimate-looking Word, Excel or PDF document attached to a WhatsApp message that will actually download malware to their device that can steal their personal information. All reports so far originate from India, and apparently use the names of the NDA (National Defence Academy) and NIA (National Investigation Agency) in an attempt to get users to open them, but it won’t take much for the scam to make its way to the UK too.

Only last month a similar message did the rounds in the UK that tried to persuade users to download a ?100 Sainsbury’s voucher. In reality, the link simply installed cookies or a browser extension on the user’s phone that could be used to serve adverts to them. The easiest way to avoid this scam is to delete the message, and never to download an unexpected document attachment – whether or not it comes from a trusted contact.

If you’re concerned that you may have already downloaded malware on to your device, see our guide on how to remove malware from Android[2].

Whatsapp is not ending at 6pm

The latest WhatsApp charging scam to catch our attention goes as follows: “tomorrow at 6 pm they are ending WhatsApp and you have to pay to open it, this is by law
This message is to inform all of our users, our servers have recently been very congested, so we are asking you to help us solve this problem. We require our active users to forward this message to each of the people in your contact list to confirm our active users using WhatsApp, if you do not send this message to all your contacts WhatsApp will then start to charge you.

Your account will remain inactive with the consequence of losing all your contacts. Message from Jim Balsamic (CEO of Whatsapp ) we have had an over usage of user names on whatsapp Messenger. We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list.

If you do not forward this message, we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours. Please DO NOT ignore this message or whatsapp will no longer recognise your activation.
If you wish to re-activate your account after it has been deleted, a charge of 25.00 will be added to your monthly bill.
We are also aware of the issue involving the pictures updates not showing. We are working diligently at fixing this problem and it will be up and running as soon as possible.

Thank you for your cooperation from the Whatsapp team”
WhatsApp is going to cost us money soon. The only way that it will stay free is if you are a frequent user i.e. you have at least 10 people you are chatting with. To become a frequent user send this message to 10 people who receive it (2 ticks) and your WhatsApp logo should turn blue”

This is absolutely not true, and under no circumstances should you fall for it. If you’re still not convinced, just think about it: you are sending a message to everyone on your contact list to help solve congestion? WhatsApp is also based on phone numbers, not user names.

We could go on…

WhatsApp Gold – WhatsApp Premium is a con

The latest WhatsApp hoax doing the rounds is an exclusive invitation to upgrade to a premium version of the app, called WhatsApp Gold. It’s complete and utter rubbish: there is no WhatsApp Gold. “The invitation reads: “Hey Finally Secret Whatsapp golden version has been leaked, This version is used only by big celebrities.

Now we can use it too.” It claims to allow you to delete messages after you’ve sent them, and simultanously send 100 pictures, among other things. It sounds great, but it’s entirely made up.

Click on the link in the invitation and you’re more likely to end up with a malware infection. (See how to remove a virus from Android[3] if you’ve already done so.)

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WhatsApp virus – how to avoid WhatsApp virus

The latest WhatsApp scam isn’t delivered by WhatsApp itself but through your email app on your Android phone or iPhone. It tells you that you have missed a WhatsApp call or have a WhatsApp voice message, which you should click on the link in the email to access. Rather than your message, you get a virus downloaded to your device.

Please don’t be fooled. WhatsApp will never contact you outside the WhatsApp app itself, so if you see this then do not click the link and delete the message.

WhatsApp chain message hoaxes – Is WhatsApp closing down?

One WhatsApp hoax that regularly does the rounds is that which asks you to forward the message to 10 people or the service will close down. WhatsApp has millions of users, and it really won’t notice you sending 10 messages through the service.

It is not about to close down, and this is very much a hoax. Also see: WhatsApp ban: what you should know[4] Another variation suggests there are too many WhatsApp users, and it will close your account if you don’t start using it.

The chain message reads: Message from Jim Balsamic (CEO of Whatsapp). We have had an over usage of user names on WhatsApp Messenger. We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list.

“If you do not forward this message, we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours. Please DO NOT ignore this message or WhatsApp will no longer recognise your activation.” If you don’t act in time, WhatsApp will apparently charge you ?25 to reactivate your account, which will be added to your phone bill.

Except it won’t, because WhatsApp is now a free service[5]. As it says on its official blog: “WhatsApp will no longer charge subscription fees. For many years, we’ve asked some people to pay a fee for using WhatsApp after their first year.

As we’ve grown, we’ve found that this approach hasn’t worked well. Many WhatsApp users don’t have a debit or credit card number and they worried they’d lose access to their friends and family after their first year. So over the next several weeks, we’ll remove fees from the different versions of our app and WhatsApp will no longer charge you for our service.”

WhatsApp chain message hoaxes – Is WhatsApp going to start charging inactive users?

By far the most popular WhatsApp hoax is that which suggests the service will start charging inactive users a certain amount per message, so by sending the message on to 10 users they can prove they are an active member and loyal to WhatsApp, and therefore deserving of its free service.

Really? Ask yourself how sending that message you don’t pay for to 10 people could possibly keep open the company if it was that desperate for cash? If it were skint, it wouldn’t have decided to ditch its subscription fees[6].

One variation of this message claims to come from the app’s founder, “David D. Suretech”. Never mind that Brian Acton and Jan Koum are the actual founders of WhatsApp.

It reads: “Hello, I. Am DAVID D. SURETECH founder of Whatsapp. this message is to inform all of our users that we have only 53million accounts available for new phones.

Our servers have recently been very congested, so we asking for your help to solve this problem. We need our active users to forward this message to every single person in their contact list in order to confirm our active users that use WhatsApp. If you do not send this message to all your contacts to WhatsApp, then your account will remain inactive with the consequence of losing all your contacts.

The automatic update symbol on your SmartPhone Will appear with the transmission of this message. Your smartphone will be updated within 24 hours, and will feature a new design; a new color for the chat and the icon will change from green to azul. Whatsapp will begin to charge unless you are a frequent user.

If you have at least 10 contacts send this sms and the logo will become red on your platform to indicate that you are an active user. Tomorrow, we wil begin to take messages for whatsapp for 0.37 cents. Forward this message to more than 9 people in your contact list and the what’s app logo on your will turn blue meaning that you have Become a free user for life.”

And here’s yet another ridiculous variation of the WhatsApp chain message hoax: WhatsApp charging hoax 2014

WhatsApp’s response to all such scams is as follows: “Please understand that this is a hoax and there is no truth to it.” Read next: What are the two blue ticks in WhatsApp? WhatsApp read message update explained.[7] Follow Marie Brewis on Twitter[8].

References

  1. ^ (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  2. ^ how to remove malware from Android (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  3. ^ how to remove a virus from Android (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  4. ^ WhatsApp ban: what you should know (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  5. ^ free service (blog.whatsapp.com)
  6. ^ ditch its subscription fees (blog.whatsapp.com)
  7. ^ What are the two blue ticks in WhatsApp?

    WhatsApp read message update explained. (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)

  8. ^ Twitter (www.twitter.com)

Newtec HTS Solution Powering Avanti’s ECO Project

Newtec Dialog(R) platform to provide next-generation ground segment technology for African Wi-Fi hotspot initiative providing connectivity to schools and communities in Sub-Saharan Africa

LONDON, UK, and SINT-NIKLAAS, Belgium, 9 November 2016. Newtec1 – a specialist in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications – has announced that its Newtec Dialog(R) platform, including a Wi-Fi hotspot solution, has been selected by Avanti Communications Group plc. (“Avanti2“) (AIM: AVN.L) as the High Throughput Satellite (HTS) ground segment technology platform for its ECO project.

Newtec HTS Solution Powering Avanti's ECO Project

Newtec has announced its Newtec Dialog will be used for Avanti’s ECO project

The ECO project – which is a public-private partnership between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Avanti – will provide affordable and reliable satellite broadband connectivity in its first phase to 1,400 schools and community sites across Sub-Saharan Africa within the next two years. Newtec’s optimized ECO terminals will deliver the ECO satellite broadband services to all identified sites through Avanti and its service providers. These Wideband DVB-S2X 500 Mbaud terminals combine the satellite connectivity with a Wi-Fi hotspot, including optional solar panels, and are part of the Newtec Dialog multiservice platform. The ECO service will initially be deployed in 32 Ka-band spot beams out of multiple gateways in Europe and Africa. Newtec Dialog enables tailored services and guarantees optimal modulation and bandwidth allocation to address various VSAT market segments, from consumer to high-end government and mobility.

The extended Newtec Dialog modem portfolio (Newtec MDM2210 IP Satellite Modem and Newtec MDM3310 Satellite Modem) addresses new high throughput and high performance requirements. Additionally, Newtec Dialog3 features Newtec’s unique, award-winning Mx-DMA(R) bandwidth allocation technology – ensuring maximum bandwidth efficiency and service availability which are essential for high throughput services in high value verticals such as cellular backhaul and government.

“We are pleased to be able to use Newtec’s technology on this vital project,” said David Williams, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Avanti. “The partnership is a significant step towards creating a solution for the endemic lack of affordable broadband connectivity across Sub-Saharan Africa. The Newtec Dialog multiservice platform, including the Newtec ECO Wi-Fi terminals, is a perfect technology to address this.”

The ECO satellite broadband services will benefit thousands of schools, communities and health centers, as well as Internet cafes and community area networks. The connectivity will also be used by local governments, telecom providers, mobile network operators and Internet service providers.

“One of Newtec’s long-term objectives has been to reduce the digital divide and projects such as ECO are essential to this goal,” said Didier Tymen, VP Sales EMEA of Newtec. “Our technology, including the Wi-Fi hotspot solution, delivers well against Avanti’s network philosophy of Quality & Flexibility. It plays an important role in delivering the initiative’s goals and makes reliable, but also affordable broadband a reality for millions across the region.”

Avanti and Newtec will exhibit at AfricaCom 2016 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from November 15 to 17. Interested service providers can get more information and book a meeting via http://info.avantiplc.com/acton/media/16211/ecoafricacom4.

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Your Contacts
Newtec

Kerstin Roost
Public Relations Director
Tel: +49 30 430 95 562

Newtec’s AfricaCom stand: D9a

Avanti
Saffron Secker
Public Relations
Tel: +44 207 749 1600

Avanti’s AfricaCom stand: E18

Visit Newtec at upcoming events7 worldwide.

About Newtec
Newtec, www.newtec.eu8, is specialized in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications. As a pioneer in the industry, Newtec is dedicated to creating new possibilities for the broadcast, consumer and enterprise VSAT, government, cellular backhaul and trunking and mobility, offshore and maritime markets. Our products and technologies can be applied in a wide range of single and multiservice applications from DTH broadcasting, video contribution and distribution and disaster recovery and backbones for cellular backhauling, to small and medium enterprises, SCADA and oil and gas networks, aircrafts and vessels.

Since 1985, our dedicated team of specialists has set industry standards with the most efficient, scalable and economical technology solutions. New challenges and customer needs offer opportunities to explore new boundaries. This empowers us to work even harder, helping customers to perform their best so that, together, we can make the world a safer, more informed and connected place. As a result, more than 3 billion people watch TV every day thanks to Newtec technology. Newtec is a European company headquartered in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. Through additional commercial offices in Dubai (UAE), Singapore, Beijing (China), Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Stamford, CT (USA) as well as an extensive network of over 100 certified partners, Newtec can meet customer’s needs worldwide.

About Avanti Communications
Avanti, www.avantiplc.com9, connects people wherever they are – in their homes, businesses, in government and on mobiles.

Through the HYLAS satellite fleet and more than 180 partners in 118 countries, the network provides ubiquitous internet service to a quarter of the world’s population. Avanti delivers the level of quality and flexibility that the most demanding telecoms customers in the world seek. Avanti is the first mover in high throughput satellite data communications in EMEA.

It has rights to orbital slots and Ka-band spectrum in perpetuity that covers an end market of over 1.7bn people. The Group has invested $1.2bn in a network that incorporates satellites, ground stations, datacentres and a fibre ring. Avanti has a unique Cloud based customer interface that is protected by patented technology.

Avanti Communications is listed in London on AIM (AVN:LSE).

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References

  1. ^ Newtec (www.newtec.eu)
  2. ^ Avanti (www.avantiplc.com)
  3. ^ Newtec Dialog (www.newtec.eu)
  4. ^ http://info.avantiplc.com/acton/media/16211/ecoafricacom (info.avantiplc.com)
  5. ^