The number of thefts at cash machines is on the rise as fraudsters look to steal cash under your nose, experts are warning.
As many as 2,500 people in the UK fall victim to card fraud at ATMs every week, according to Financial Fraud Action UK - and those heading to the US on business or holiday are being warned to take extra care.
Once again Samsung reset the rules of the smartphone game with the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge phones. The phones were launched in Ghana about two weeks ago and to put things in simple terms, the phones make absolute sense.
Naturally, the exterior and design of the phone is the first thing people see when they look at a phone and the sleek innovative fusion of polished glass and metal means that the phone sits solidly into your hands and gives you a good grip. The phone fits perfectly in one hand and can be operated without having to continually switch positions ever so often.
That’s not a question many Americans think about, but in developing countries such as Ukraine, Nigeria, Nicaragua and Cambodia, there’s growing concern about being left out of the digital revolution—not just because it started somewhere else, but also because those not riding the digital wave sometimes get swamped by it.
An exhaustive new report by the World Bank assesses the winners and losers of the digital revolution — not by occupation or education level, but by country. Not surprisingly, advanced nations such as the United States and most of Europe are capturing most of the benefits of digital technology.
In theory, that new technology ought to be lifting up developing countries, too, as it trickles out to them. Instead, however, the bank’s report finds that income inequality may be worsening in poorer nations, as those with digital-era skills pull ever further away from those without.
Huawei Technologies Ghana, has introduced a range of smartphones known as the Y-Series built with a much-touted, extended battery capacity.
The smartphone range is designed to provide relief to Ghanaians who want their smartphones to last longer in times of load shedding and to enjoy the freedom of using selected apps for hours without worrying about their battery life.
The Y-Series range of smartphones which includes the Y625, Y6, Y520, Y5, and Y3C, boasts durability as well as stylish designs suitable for all users.
Apple (AAPL) products are part of our everyday lives, including the way we send texts, emails, videos and even watch TV. Now, the company is hoping to become part of your doctor visits too---and they’re targeting expecting mothers ---with the help of an app called Airstrip.
“The company started basically monitoring moms during labor and today, I think we monitor about 1 out of 6 babies in the United States,” says Alan Portela, CEO of AirStrip.
I was poking around Amazon a while back and saw an 85-inch Samsung TV that cost $45,000. Just for fun, I checked out the reviews and saw these gems:
"I was going to fund my daughter’s wedding in Hawaii, but I figured this Samsung TV would last much longer." – Jordan
"The black levels and color depth on this TV are pretty good for the price. However, the small screen size is a deal breaker. I recommend buying an IMAX theater instead." - David
If you haven't run across them before, there's a long tradition of users leaving funny fake reviews on odd or extravagant products on Amazon.com. Here are some of the funniest ones I've found.
Unfortunately, not all fake reviews are hilarious. Marketing firms often pay people to leave positive reviews on major seller sites to boost sales. In fact, Amazon just sued more than 1,000 people who were paid to post fake five-star reviews on products.
Even legitimate reviews might be unhelpful. Maybe the reviewer went overboard with unwarranted praise or criticism. You don't want to base your purchasing decision on faulty information. We're going to look at how you can tell the difference between a real, helpful review and a fake or unhelpful one.
But first ... Before we go into the signs, there's a general rule I need to mention. You should never base a buying decision on only one online review, positive or negative.
Look around the site you're on and other shopping sites or online sources for more reviews. Additional reviews will help you get a picture of what the product is really like. Also, don't just go by star ratings, because reviewers have different things they consider pros and cons.
Here's an example: I was looking at reviews for a printer recently, and some people who gave it five stars mentioned that it used ink a little fast, but its print quality was great. Other people gave it one star and said the print quality was great, but it burned through ink. It's the same information from completely different viewpoints. So don't just skim.
OK, now for the signs of fake or unhelpful reviews.
1. Non-factual or overly factual reviews
Facts are important in a review. When you're writing your own reviews, staying factual can protect you from a lawsuit. And factual tips are useful for everyone.
If you see a string of reviews that are heavy on adjectives ("Amazing!" "Fantastic!" "Life-changing!") and light on facts, skip them. You're looking for reviews that tell you what specific features the reviewer found that make it a good, or bad, product.
In fact, you’ll often save time by skipping five-star reviews and looking at the four-star and one-star reviews to see what negatives people mention. But, again, negatives need to be backed up with facts. "It was terrible" tells you a lot less than "It worked fine for three weeks and then the power button fell off."
On the other end of the spectrum, you might find reviews that have too many facts and no conclusions. They might just be lists of product features with no information about how the products performed. That's a sign the reviewers are just copying the features list and may not actually own the product.
Amazon does have a "verified purchase" tag on some reviews to show that the person did, in fact, buy the product. Be sure to look for that when you're considering reviews on Amazon.
2. Similar reviews
There have been plenty of times I've been researching a product and noticed similarities in the reviews across several websites. In one case, nearly every review was posted on the same day. That's certainly a red flag, and the fact that none of the reviews was very factual was just the icing.
For another product, every positive review I found was the same exact review. The author's name was even the same on every site. That's not a coincidence. That's just plain lazy on some marketer's part.
Reading through a string of reviews on Amazon, you might notice a whole collection with similar word groupings and writing style. That's usually a warning flag as well. It means the reviewers are either copying the manufacturer's information or the same person wrote them all.
3. New reviewers
Watch out for product reviews from new accounts or new websites. True, the person might have created the account just to buy that product, but some of the reviews should be from long-time members of the site.
Most shopping sites, such as Amazon, let you see the profile of the reviewer. That way, you can see what they've reviewed in the past. Find out what your Amazon profile reveals about you and how to take control of it.
You might find the person has reviewed hundreds of widely dissimilar products, which gives him more credibility than someone who's reviewed only a few items from the same manufacturer. It helps, too, if some of those reviews have factual criticisms.
4. Few reviews
The only thing worse than tons of suspicious reviews is very few reviews. You're left with no way to make comparisons. At that point, every review becomes suspicious, especially if it appears only in an out-of-the-way blog or website.
For example, there might be a "too-good-to-be-true" tech product for sale that doesn't have a review, or even a mention, on any reputable tech site. Or you might have to visit page 10 of Google's search results just to find a review of the product you're after.
In those cases, pass. You're better off buying a competitor’s product that has more reviews, or just not buying that type of product at all.
Television channels are, according to Eddie Cue, dreadfully old fashioned. They should be apps instead. Since 2007 and the launch of the iPhone, the Cupertino-based firm has been trying to turn everything into apps, and mostly succeeding. Now, television is in its sights, with the launch of the new Apple TV.
The advent of the mobile phone and for that matter smartphones and their social networking capabilities among others makes it one of the top technological revolutions of the 21st century that affect the lives of many people.
The advances made in the telecommunication industry in recent years have helped to improve communication greatly.
In Ghana, social networking on smartphones is the latest vogue amongst the youth especially those in first and second cycle institutions.
The common sites used for social networking, a platform that allows people to chat or exchange messages, include Facebook, whatsapp, twitter, instagram.
Facebook is working on a 'dislike' button, its founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced, after years of resisting popular demand for such a tool. During a question-and-answer session at the social network's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, he revealed the button would allow Facebook users to "express empathy" with their friends.