African governments have increased user data requests from Facebook, Google, and Twitter

African governments have increased user data requests from Facebook, Google, and Twitter

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) has conducted a research that has revealed increased requests of user data from global tech companies by African Governments. CIPESA analyzed request information from transparency reports published by some of the world’s largest tech companies. The resulting report found out that social media user information requests from African governments have accelerated between 2013 and 2016. There’s a “growing trend” in Africa for such…

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GSMA says shared infrastructure inhibits effective competition

GSMA says shared infrastructure inhibits effective competition

The GSMA has released the findings of a new report, “Wholesale Open Access Networks”, which examines the performance of the wholesale open access network (WOAN) model (also known as single wholesale network or SWN) in five markets around the world: Kenya, Mexico, Russia, Rwanda and South Africa. The report follows up on a 2014 study that assessed the potential economic case for implementing the wholesale network model, found that, in the countries examined, there was…

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Why Sarahah the anonymous feedback app is trending

Why Sarahah the anonymous feedback app is trending

In the past week or so, you might have stumbled upon the #Sarahah. The app which actually launched a few months ago, has grown fast Egypt and Saudi Arabia, according to a BBC report. The app has however become a trending hit in India, it is now the No. 1 app in the iOS App Store. The Sarahah app is been designed to allow users send and receive  anonymous feedback from others. The app developers…

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Oracle launches Banking Payments API to link Fintechs

Oracle launches Banking Payments API to link Fintechs

Oracle has announced a worldwide release of its Oracle Banking Payments solution. The offering was built from the ground up leveraging ISO 20022 and is designed to help banks compartmentalize payments messaging, message transformation and payment processing while providing high fidelity insight. Using the Oracle Banking Payments API, banks can also innovate within the Internet of Payments, collaboration with 3rd parties or curate new business models in collaboration with Fintechs. “As a core banking vendor…

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Ushahidi announces platform to monitor Kenya’s General Election

Ushahidi announces platform to monitor Kenya’s General Election

 Ushahidi a crowdsourcing technology company has in partnership with InfoNET and The Constitution & Reform Education Consortium (CRECO) announced a platform to monitor Kenya’s General Election on August 8, 2017. The platform is tagged “Linda Kura Yako,” (“Protect your vote’) The company said in a press statement on their website, that the hope is that the Kenyan Elections will be peaceful, but if there is any irregularities the 700+ Uchaguzi observers, general public and trained…

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Safaricom Unveils Daraja M-pesa API To Simplify Business

Safaricom Unveils Daraja M-pesa API To Simplify Business

Safaricom is innovating to ensure more seamless mobile money services. The biggest telco in Kenya has launched a new feature to its M-Pesa platform to enable businesses access services more easily. A new API called Daraja, the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) portal will allow business owners to seamlessly integrate with M-Pesa. The new technology is expected to drastically cut down the more than 60 days it took them to link to the money transfer platform….

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Facebook Kills AI Robot because it ‘invented its own language’

Facebook Kills AI Robot because it ‘invented its own language’

Facebook has reportedly killed an AI they invented after it taught itself a new language. The artificial intelligence system being developed at Facebook created its own language an dwould probably have been unpredictable. It developed a system of code words to make communication more efficient. Researchers shut the system down when they realized the AI was no longer using English.  According to Metro UK, the researchers noticed that Artificial Intelligence they had created has started…

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.Net Prices to Increase by 10% from 2018 Verisign announces

.Net Prices to Increase by 10% from 2018 Verisign announces

 VeriSign Inc. VRSN  the top domain name and internet security provider, has reported better-than-expected second-quarter 2017 results, which also improved year over year. The company reported adjusted earnings (excluding all one-time items but including stock-based compensation) of 99 cents a share, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 91 cents. Quarterly earnings also increased 13.8% from 87 cents reported in the year-ago quarter. Approximately 1.3 million domain name registrations were added to the internet in…

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iPod is dead, Microsoft Paint & Adobe Flash Plugin to retire

iPod is dead, Microsoft Paint & Adobe Flash Plugin to retire

The nothing as dynamic as technology, first a tech-item is king then suddenly a new savvier gizmo comes along and all the glitz and trending is gone, just like a flash. Well this week is just that week when several nostalgic tech-items are retiring gracefully. After almost 16 years trending in he market, the iPod which boasted of sales of over 400 million units sold died slowly,then suddenly, Apple silently pulled the iPod Nano and…

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ESET Warns on New Mobile Banking Malware Targeting Android Phones

ESET Warns on New Mobile Banking Malware Targeting Android Phones

Android is the smartphone platform currently hosting millions of free and paid apps. This has made it a target for malware attacks. The android OS has just been recovering from the attack on the Google Playstore, however ESET has put a warning on a new threat. “Just like SMS trojans, ransomware threats have evolved over the past few years with hackers adopting techniques that have proven effective in regular desktop malware to develop lock-screen types…

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