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Dana Sanchez, 6:25 pm
Google launched an online learning portal a year ago offering digital skills courses free to anyone in Africa, designed to use up as little data as possible. Many people who took the courses had limited internet access and high data costs. The US tech giant is now turning its attention to web-focused skills training for small businesses across Africa. In addition to skills and workforce training, Google is laying fiber optic cable, easing access to Android phones as it expands on the continent. Google was valued at $109.5 billion in 2016.
Dana Sanchez, 12:01 am
Yoza — it means “to wash” in Uganda’s major language — is typical of Ugandan start-ups. It’s in its early stages, uses innovative means to tackle a local problem, and has a tiny customer base by international standards. The app helps users find laundry services. Almost 140 women are signed up to do laundry, and some of them have doubled their income. It may be small and hyper local, but its commercially viable.
Dana Sanchez, 1:25 pm
It’s not clear how many people are affected globally by Stagefright, a security flaw that lets attackers control Android phones with text messages. It could affect 950 million Android users. In July, Vodacom South Africa said it had 6.1 million Android users on its network — more than 60 percent of its subscriber base. The security flaw highlights Android’s fragmentation problem, an expert said.
Kevin Mwanza, 1:03 am
According to a Mobile Phone Tracker report from the International Data Corp (IDC), more and more Africans are ditching their feature phones for smartphones as Android and iOS supported devices become cheaper. The reports shows that feature phones, which have limited internet access due to their low memory space, sale dropped 20 percent year-on-year
Dana Sanchez, 3:17 pm
Facebook quietly launched a new version Jan. 20 in test markets in Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, and Zimbabwe designed for cheap Android devices in emerging markets. Facebook could just as easily quietly discontinue the new standalone app, dubbed Facebook Lite, if the project is deemed unworthy of pursuing, according to the report. Facebook’s thinking here is, why not pull together a Lite app that can potentially be pushed to millions of users overnight, according to Telecrunch.
Dana Sanchez, 4:50 pm
A Cape Town technology company has developed what it claims is the first solar-powered desktop computer to run on Android. It’s not pretty but it’s durable. The company chose to use Android as the operating system because it is less intimidating — most young people in Africa are using Android-powered smartphones, said Capsule Technologies founder Megan Verkuil.
Keren Mikva, 6:32 am AFKI Original
Street harassment has become an ever-growing problem, and Hollaback is a unique app to help address it. Users record instances of harassment, including everything from catcalling to assault, in the forms of texts and pictures, and the reports are compiled on a map. Local elected officials and police officers can then use the information to apply more resources to particular problem areas, as well as to be more aware of the amount of harassment that occurs in their districts on a daily basis. The information is also available to other users of the app, so they can be aware of areas they may wish to avoid.
Dana Sanchez, 2:12 pm
Oju Africa today launched ahead of schedule what it claims are the first Afro emoticons, made for use on all Android platforms, and soon, IOS. “We had a dream of digitally uniting Africa, liberating Africans from digital exclusion,” said Oju’s CEO. “With the launch of the Oju Africa Afro Emoticons we are sharing African soul, funk and unparalleled smiles with the world.”
Andrew Friedman, 2:07 am AFKI Original
Entrepreneurial skills have helped many throughout Africa lift themselves and others up out of poverty. When paired with modern technology and the rising prevalence of mobile phones, these skills can also solve seemingly intractable problems like accountability, transparency, food security and many others. One of the main reason given for the growth in techn entrepreneurship on the continent is the tremendous expansion of mobile phone technology.
Ava Williams, 12:41 pm AFKI Original
As the founder of Hive Colab and the director, respectively, Jon Gosier and Barbara Birungi are ardent about establishing a community for Uganda’s techies. The hub is a free space for all aspiring entrepreneurs and developers in the technology field. The only requirement for potential members is to be working on a new venture or seeking to develop a new idea.
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