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Meet the student who has created African emojis

Texting your friends and ‘:)’ isn’t quite enough? Meet O’Plerou Grebet, who has created more than 350 downloadable emojis with West African cultural references. The 21-year-old from the Ivory Coast aims to study 3D design and virtual reality so he can find new ways of honouring African tradition. Video journalist: Arwa Barkallah for BBC Africa […]

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‘WhatsApp tax’ plan dropped in Lebanon

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Thousands have taken to the streets over the handling of an economic crisis The Lebanese government has backtracked on plans to tax WhatsApp calls as protests rage over the government’s handling of an economic crisis. It had announced a new $0.20 (£0.16) daily charge on voice calls made through Facebook-owned […]

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Google and BBC scrap VR projects

Image caption The BBC made a range of content, including educational VR content The BBC has disbanded the team it created to make virtual reality (VR) content, saying its funding has ended. It comes as Google halts sales of its Daydream View headsets, admitting it does not see a future for smartphone-based VR. There have […]