Tech: Latest News
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:50 am AFKI Original
Instant messaging apps have become indispensable for most modern smartphone users, and Africa is no different, with a number of popular mobile applications being used around the continent. Engaging with friends and family has never been easier, with mobile phones equipped to facilitate messaging via these apps, making communication affordable and more accessible than ever before for African users.
Peter Pedroncelli, 10:57 am
A specialized version of the the Google-owned online video service, called YouTube Go, has been made available to Nigerian users through the launch of a mobile app in the country. The U.S.-based company announced that the YouTube Go app is now available for initial public download in Nigeria. Google chief executive Sundar Pichai and his team visited Nigeria in July to unveil a YouTube version built for Nigerians with slow internet speeds.
Dana Sanchez, 5:07 am
Tanzanian American Kay Madati is headed to Twitter to try his hand at growing sales and marketing opportunities to media companies. Named head of content partnerships, he is taking over from Ross Hoffman, who stepped down in May as Twitter’s vice president of global media after seven years. Madati is no stranger to the entertainment side of social-media giants. Before BET, he was head of entertainment and media global marketing solutions at Facebook.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:12 am
Shoppers in Cape Town will, for a limited time, be able to use bitcoin as a payment method for groceries and services at a Pick n Pay supermarket store in the South African city. In what is potentially a world-first for a major supermarket chain, customers at Pick n Pay’s head office campus store in Cape Town will be able to use the bitcoin cryptocurrency for their purchases on a pilot basis.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:23 am
The first data science training academy has been established in South Africa, with a $3.8 million investment by Business Connexion Group (BCX) enabling the launch of the academy. The substantial investment from information and communications technology firm, Business Connexion Group, has gone towards the establishment of the Explore Data Science Academy, which will aim to satisfy the growing demand for big data analytics and related skills in the country.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:26 am
East African mobile giant Safaricom’s M-Pesa has been upgraded so that enhanced features can be added to the mobile money transfer platform. The popular Kenyan money transfer system was upgraded last week, with a service interruption of 13 hours explained as necessary to enable new features which will be added to M-Pesa in the coming months for the benefit of their 26 million customers.
Tom Jackson, 1:11 am AFKI Original
Technology has not pervaded the legal profession as it has other industries, especially in Africa, where issues with access and affordability remain. There are a small number of African legal-tech startups – backed by international organisations – that are looking to propel that change with the use of technology. From South Africa to Nigeria, the legal profession is in the process of getting a tech boost.
Staff, 12:21 pm
Anyona is among a growing army of farmers changing the East African nation’s agriculture sector, giving it a new face. Millions of youth are now venturing into it. Armed with a smart phone, laptop and the internet, the new crop of farmers have engineered a revolution that has not only changed the perception towards farming but is also contributing to the country’s efforts in achieving food security. “This is my third year in farming. Technology has made it easier to navigate,” Anyona said.
Staff, 10:44 am
Retrenchment, recession and reduced spending – signs of an economy under pressure, but, it would seem from research that SA companies are fighting back! Local ICT managed services provider Integr8 says there is clear evidence of growth across multiple sectors, based on increased investment in mobile commerce technologies. Frost & Sullivan’s analysis of the retail sector notes that cloud-based services, managed services and cellular connectivity will represent the baseline of IT spend in retail.
Staff, 10:15 am
Artificial intelligence (AI) was first coined in 1956 by the scientist John McCarthy at Dartmouth. Nearly 60 years later, it is enjoying a major resurgence thanks to the exponential increases in computing power, the development of more sophisticated algorithms and the vast availability of data. The convergence of these technological developments has fueled AI’s rapid progress. Today the hype around the AI is at its peak and many believe that we stand at the edge of a technological revolution.
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