Staff, 10:19 am
Africa has become a testing ground for technological leapfrogging. This is a process that involves moving rapidly to the frontiers of innovation. Technological leapfrogging in Africa has focused on economic transformation and the improvement of services. Drones are an example: they’re used in health services and in agriculture. In South Africa, robots play a crucial role in mining. Now, Somaliland has become the first country in the world to use iris recognition in a presidential election.
Staff, 6:16 am
Although extensive research on media and consumer trends in Africa shows a growing transition of consumers and audiences away from traditional media towards online media, television remains a highly significant contributor to consumer spending. Geopoll have analyzed the top TV and Radio Stations in 6 African countries for Q3 2017, which runs from July through to September.
Staff, 9:51 pm
Morocco launched its first observation satellite in a move aimed at boosting intelligence-gathering capabilities.The Mohammed VI-A satellite launched from Kourou in French Guinea on a Vega rocket built by Airbus Defense and Space and Thales Alenia Space. The satellite can be used for civilian and security purposes, mapping and surveillance of borders and coastline. Rabat is expected to launch another in 2018.Morocco is the third African country to launch a satellite after Egypt and South Africa.
Staff, 9:34 pm
A collection of applications designed to provide farmers with timely information on climate change, crops, livestock and diseases affecting them for informed decision making have been tested for effectiveness. One of the applications will provide data on state of weather, amount of rain and soil humidity, and livestock performance to ensure better farm management and productivity, as well as market information on produce.The apps will reduce the effects of climate change, and diseases on crops,.
Staff, 10:00 am
How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Declan Walsh, The Times’s Cairo bureau chief, discussed the tech he’s using. What tech is most important for you to do your job as our correspondent in Egypt? A dented, screen-cracked iPhone is the center of my work. When I started out as a foreign correspondent 18 years ago, in Kenya, I carried a small satchel that held a tape recorder, a camera, an address book, a map and perhaps a shortwave radio.
Staff, 8:16 pm
The 15-member group named ‘Esteem Eagles Welfare Youth Group’ started farming together. Initially it was a merry-go round, before they decided to pool resources and venture into greenhouse farming. Hydroponics is a modern system of farming where plants are grown in liquid, sand, gravel with added nutrients but without use of soil. After deliberations the group approached the National Government’s Youth Fund for help. The members resorted to fetching soils from Kiraro, part of Mount Kenya forest.
Staff, 6:06 pm
African countries have worked hard to improve children’s access to basic education, but there’s still significant work to be done. Today, 32.6 million children of primary-school age and 25.7 million adolescents are not going to school in sub-Saharan Africa. The quality of education also remains a significant issue, but there’s a possibility the technology could be part of the solution. The digital revolution currently under way in the region has led to a boom in trials using ICT in education.
Staff, 7:10 am
Along a winding road down the edge of an airport near Pretoria, South Africa’s capital, is an aeronautical version of a Mad Max world. “Airheads” scrounge for parts to get their machines aloft again. Just around the corner is one of the most modern aircraft assembly plants anywhere in the world. In it stand two brand new prototypes of the AHRLAC, designed to fill a gap in the market for an aeroplane jam-packed with sensors that can patrol borders, look for poachers and drop guided weapons.
Staff, 8:32 am
Cape Verde, the small island archipelago nation off Africa’s northwest coast, has set itself a very renewable energy target. As part of ‘sustainable energy for all’ agenda, it has pledged to obtain 100 percent of its electricity from renewable resources by 2025. Cape Verde is made up of 10 islands, nine of which are inhabited, that lie about 600km west of Senegal. Of the islands’ 550,000 residents have access to electricity, but about one-third still rely on firewood and charcoal for cooking.
Staff, 8:16 am
Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, said the Nigerian Military would utilize space technology in security. Olonisakin said the integration of space capabilities into the military functions would give the Armed Forces of Nigeria an array of technological capabilities with multitude of effects to gain battle ground superiority against adversaries. Olonisakin insisted that time had come for Nigeria to explore the space technology in the defence of its territorial interests.