Technology

WhatsApp puts new limits on the forwarding of viral messages

With heightened scrutiny on the potential of private message apps to spread misinformation related to the coronavirus pandemic, WhatsApp on Tuesday said it would place new limits on the forwarding of messages. Starting today, messages that have been identified as “highly forwarded” — sent through a chain of five or more people — can only be forwarded to a single …

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Connecting the remote corners of Africa with satellite

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We live in an era defined by speed and change. The emergence of the digital transformation is one of the industry’s top talking points, expected to revolutionize and change the way we live, work and communicate. Supporting more types of devices than ever before, new technologies are being developed to help make life easier and safer – with 5G playing …

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Alex Okosi appointed MD of YouTube’s EMEA emerging markets

YouTube has announced Alex Okosi will be taking on the role of managing director of emerging markets for YouTube in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Okosi will be responsible for running YouTube’s business and partnership teams across emerging markets in EMEA including Russia, the Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa. He will report to the head of YouTube EMEA, …

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5 Social Media Marketing Trends To Adopt In 2020

As we enter 2020, social media will remain a critical channel for driving brand awareness and generating sales. To see the best return on investment (ROI), however, brands will have to be early adopters of a few social media marketing trends we’re shining a light on here. Think TikTok influencers, augmented reality (AR) social commerce and video storytelling. 1. The Rise of the TikTok Influencer This …

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WhatsApp’s latest feature, caters to small businesses on mobilephone

WhatsApp is expanding the capabilities of its dedicated app for business owners who want to reach their customers on smartphones. The Facebook-owned company is today introducing to the WhatsApp Business app a new “catalogs” feature that will allow the businesses to showcase and share their products and services to potential customers, who can browse photos, view prices and read product …

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Egyptian smartphone maker SICO to start exports to Germany soon

SICO, Egypt’s first smart phone manufacturer, will begin exporting its devices to Germany November 2019 as part of an expansion plan to enter European and African countries, the company’s chairman said on Tuesday. Mohamed Salem told Reuters that Silicon Industries Corporation (SICO), which already exports to the Arabian Gulf, signed a deal in October with a firm in Europe to …

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GISPA holds maiden Ghana Internet Conference

The Ghana Internet Service Providers Association (GISPA) has held the maiden edition of the Ghana Internet Conference. GISPA is the umbrella body of all internet services providers in Ghana. Dr. Mensah in dark blue suit with Dr. Quaynor to his left The conference, held at the Kofi Annan Center of Excellence in ICT on Thursday, October 17, 2019, in Accra, …

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10 innovations by Africans changing lives – one is fiber optics by Dr. Mensah

10 innovations by Africans changing lives – one is fiber optics by Dr. Mensah

From individual achievements that have shaken major world pillars to feats attained by the synergy of forces, Africa and her inhabitants have shifted world paradigms many times. Some of these achievements were chalked in times long past, and others more recently but their ripple effects as it appears, would surpass even our generation, to influence posterity. Highlighted here are 10 …

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How Africa can adapt to the digital revolution

The Fourth Industrial Revolution does not mean the end of traditional manufacturing-based development models in Africa The Fourth Industrial Revolution is reshaping the world of work. While policymakers in the West are struggling to respond, the task facing African governments appears even more daunting. In navigating the challenges and opportunities of the digital age, the continent’s policymakers must be willing …

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New technologies can be a force for good in Africa if developed from the ground

Sub-Saharan Africa is at a point where new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) could present both opportunities and threats to development. But civil society, governments and international organisations need to make sure that everyone benefits from these technologies – not just elites. AI is, in principle, a strategy aimed at developing human-fed machine learning towards self-sustained learning systems. As …

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