Ford announces recalls for Ford Ikon and Figo over fire risk

Ford announces recalls for Ford Ikon and Figo over fire risk

Ford has announced recall for 15,600 Ford Ikon and Figo cars in South African market due to fire risk. The vehicles sold in South Africa were manufactured at Ford facility in India between year 2004 and 2012. Ford said that the company will offer free replacement for vehicles impacted in the current recall.

The company said that due to a risk of leakage of power steering fluid, there is a chance of fumes being emitted from the engine compartment. This can lead to further damage and fire in extreme cases, the official statement informed.

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South Africa Faces Another Setback with Low Business Confidence Index

South Africa Faces Another Setback with Low Business Confidence Index

Moody’s Investor Service recently downgraded South Africa in its ratings review. A latest survey indicating lower business confidence will be another major setback for South Africa after political turmoil the country is already facing. South African economy slipped into recession as the recent economic and manufacturing reported decline in revenue. Business confidence dropped to levels not seen since year 2009 in South Africa.

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Broccoli could be an effective weapon against diabetes: Study

Broccoli could be an effective weapon against diabetes: Study

A promising study has suggested that broccoli can be potential weapon against type 2 diabetes as it contains an ingredient that can help control blood sugar levels.

Researchers found that sulforaphane, a chemical in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and sprouts, has shown to drag down glucose levels in lab experiments on diabetic rats.

The research team used computer models to identify gene changes linked with the diabetes, and sifted through thousands of chemicals in order to identify suitable compounds that might reverse those changes.

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South Africa faces Moody’s Rating Downgrade

South Africa faces Moody’s Rating Downgrade

South Africa faced a major setback as Moody’s Investor Services lowered the ratings for the country to the lowest investment grade. Moody’s has also reduced foreign and local-currency ratings for South Africa to Baa3. Moody’s has cited political issues and lower growth estimates as major reasons for downgrade. The report kept the outlook as negative.

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Iconic penguin species could go extinct in less than 40 years

Iconic penguin species could go extinct in less than 40 years

An iconic penguin species found on the New Zealand mainland could go extinct in less than forty years unless an urgent action is taken, according to a peer reviewed study.

A team of researchers from the University of Otago found that the population of Yellow-eyed penguin on the New Zealand mainland is shrinking dramatically. Between 1996 and 2013, the species has lost more than 75 per cent of its population.

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Waymo partners with Lyft to develop autonomous vehicles

Waymo partners with Lyft to develop autonomous vehicles

Alphabet’s driverless car division Waymo LLC has confirmed that it will work in partnership with ride-hailing startup Lyft Inc. to develop autonomous vehicles.

Without elaborating specifically on the terms of the partnership, Waymo and Lyft announced on Sunday that they would work together to develop products and technology for self-driving vehicles.

The deal is being seen as an effort of the two companies’ effort to deal a blow to rival firm Uber Technologies’ similar ambitions.

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British officials applaud cyber specialist for halting ransomware cyber attack

British officials applaud cyber specialist for halting ransomware cyber attack

Cybersecurity officials in United Kingdom have applauded a young cyber specialist for helping halt the global ransomware cyber-attack.

Britain’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) announced that the cyber specialist, known as Malware Tech, prevented further spreading of the ransomware by registering a domain name. The action has already prevented more than 100,000 potential infections.

In a tweet on Saturday, the anonymous cyber specialist/researcher acknowledged that he initially did not know that his action would help stop the malware.

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Google Maps for Android updated to include Street View

Google Maps for Android updated to include Street View

With some recently announced versatile new features on board, Google Maps for the Android platform has gotten a slight remake.

Despite the arrival of the new features, Google Maps basically functions in the same way as users know. However, the company has smartly integrated some “Street View” features straight into the navigation view.

When a user asks it for directions, he/she can swipe up from the bottom of the app’s screen to make out all the turn-by-turn steps as before. However, now each of those steps comes accompanied by a Street View picture of that exact turn.

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Comcast, Charter reportedly hit deal on joint wireless efforts

Comcast, Charter reportedly hit deal on joint wireless efforts

Comcast Corporation and Charter Communications have reportedly hit an operational deal to work in partnership on certain wireless communications plans.

On the condition of anonymity, a source revealed that under the newly signed deal Comcast and Charter will only sell wireless services to their respective customers.

In addition, the two companies hit an agreement to only work together to approach any of the key wireless firms about mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) deals. They also agreed not to enter into any material transaction without each other’s consent.

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Facebook could launch traditional TV-style shows in June

Facebook may launch traditional TV-style shows in June

Social networking giant Facebook Inc. is reportedly making preparations for releasing a line-up of TV-style shows on its site as soon as in June this year.

Facebook has repeatedly said that video is one of the top priorities for the company going forward. Thus, news of release of TV-style shows is not surprising at all.

Citing anonymous sources, media outlets reported that the social-networking giant will mainly release two kinds of shows: longer, traditional television-style scripted shows and shorter shows that will be updated by the company on daily basis.

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