Facebook reportedly plans to merge WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger chats

The New York Times is reporting that Facebook plans to combine messaging services across its applications, merging chats from WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger. A WhatsApp user would be able to start a chat with an Instagram user, breaking down barriers between Facebook’s social platforms. A Messenger user would be able to send an end-to-end encrypted conversation […]

Nas Pockets $340 Million After Viacom Makes a Huge Deal With His Pluto TV Streaming Service

On Wednesday, Jan. 2, Nas posted a photo of himself posing with Jay-Z and Sean “Diddy” Combs and wrote that he wanted to be in their financial neck of the woods. “What better than two billionaires?” he asked, quoting Jay’s line from the song “Family Feud.” “Three, ‘specially if the third one gonna be me.” Instagram Well, Mr. Jones may be well […]

[Interview] Daniel Murithi, Director, Starling Technologies Limited, Kenya

Dan Murithi is the Director, of Starling Technologies Limited, a web development and software solution company located in Nairobi, Kenya. Can you please introduce your company? Starling Technologies Limited is a proficient web development and software Solution Company based in Nairobi Kenya. We offer an extensive range of services that includes Web application development, Website designing, E-commerce […]

Zimbabweans turn to VPNs following social media shutdown and internet black out

Zimbabweans are turning Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology to circumvent an apparent government internet shutdown according to leading VPN comparison site BestVPN.com. The restrictions have resulted in a spike of interest in VPNs among Zimbabwean internet users, according to internal data from BestVPN.com. The comparison site recorded a 1,560 percent increase on Monday and Tuesday, […]

[Kenya] Victoria Commercial Bank targets tech savvy corporate clients with new solution

Victoria Commercial Bank (VCB), Kenya has gone live with an Appzillon-based omni-channel corporate banking solution to cater to the ever dynamic needs of their tech savvy corporate clients. VCB selected i-exceed over several other vendors due to its proven expertise in delivering digital banking solutions globally and strong technical capabilities. The application will be made […]

[Column] Dominique Collett: South African fintech in 2019 – what can we expect?

Here are my fintech predictions for 2019 based on what we are seeing with our members at AlphaCode which closely track international trends in this space. AlphaCode is the Rand Merchant Investments  (RMI) incubation, acceleration and investment initiative that identifies, partners and grows early stage financial service ventures.  Digital banks  The introduction of TymeBank, BankZero […]

[South Africa] Entelect to acquire a majority stake in Netherlands-based Fixx iT

Entelect, South Africa’s leading software engineering and solutions company, has entered into an agreement to purchase a majority stake in Fixx iT, a software engineering and professional services company headquartered in Zeist, Netherlands. Along with Entelect New Zealand, this investment into Fixx iT continues the international expansion of the company and opens further opportunities for […]

[South Africa] Airlink embraces cloud software solution to boost operations

South Africa based Airlink has been on a modernization strategy. It recently completed its implementation of the TRAX eMRO cloud software solution. eMRO caters to every aspect of aircraft maintenance management. It is deployed via any web browser and allows users to stay connected from any work location. With true offline capability, eMRO automatically synchronizes when […]

African Innovators Shine during Zayed Sustainability Prize’s 2019 Awards Ceremony

African innovators excelled at this year’s Zayed Sustainability Prize annual awards ceremony on January 14 2019, winning in three out of five categories including Energy, Food and Global High Schools. The 2019 Zayed Sustainability Prize, which is the UAE’s pioneering global award in sustainability, honoured leaders whose work and spirit of enterprise has resulted in […]

Pesapal onboards Airline payments for low cost carriers in Kenya

Pesapal has this year started processing payments for low-cost carriers in Kenya. Jetways Airlines, Silverstone Air and Skyward Express will from now on use Pesapal’s integrated payment system to process Mpesa, Visa, mVisa, MasterCard and American Express payments on their respective websites. This not only gives travellers the freedom to pay conveniently for their flights but also makes it […]

[Kenya] Andela Secures $100M Series D to build distributed engineering teams and power the future of work

Andela, the company building distributed engineering teams with Africa’s top software developers, today announced the completion of a $100M Series D funding. The round was led by Generation Investment Management with participation from existing investors including Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, GV, Spark Capital, and CRE Venture Capital. The most recent financing brings Andela’s total venture funding […]

[Column] Ian Fogg: Understanding mobile experience in the growth continent of Africa

Across Africa, the download speeds experienced by smartphone users vary greatly, even for countries with similar 4G availability. While users in South Africa, Morocco, Senegal and Kenya connect to 4G signals on average between 72% and 75% of the time, download speeds vary from just 4.4 Mbps in Senegal to 14.4 Mbps in South Africa. […]

Nokia 7.1 announced and promises new camera and screen technology

The Nokia 7.1 has been officially unveiled at a launch even in London, promising a new Zeiss imaging solution, innovation when it comes to the viewing experience and a new generation of Nokia design. On the rear you’ll find two Zeiss tuned cameras, with a 12MP primary camera alongside a 5MP depth sensing camera. It […]

Galaxy S8 has received the AR Emoji and Super Slow-Motion update

Samsung released a new firmware update for the Galaxy Note 8 last week amid reports that it could be porting the AR Emoji feature to last year’s phablet. That’s precisely what this firmware update did. It also brought the Super Slow-Motion video mode in addition to the security patch for the month of September 2018. We […]

The Galaxy Note 9 Has Been Officially Unveiled

The Galaxy Note 9 is official, along with the unveiling of the long-rumored Samsung smart speaker, the Galaxy Home. At its annual Unpacked event in New York City today, the company finally confirmed details of the various hardware that had been leaked leading up to the announcement. The Note 9 looks… pretty much like any […]

Young Nigerian, Chimdindu Aneke Joins Facebook As Head Of Startups, Developers

Facebook (FB) has snatched a young Nigerian by name Chimdindu Aneke as Developer and Startup Programs Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa. Though no official statement has been released by Facebook, however, the excited Aneke took to his page to announce the development, adding that Africa’s journey is just 1% finished. His post: “I am highly adrenalized […]

Microsoft and WhatsApp may be working together on a new UWP app for Windows 10

pp for Windows Phone is one of the few apps on Windows 10 Mobile today that continues to receive frequent updates from its developer. Unfortunately, the app itself is one based on Silverlight, which is what apps built for Windows Phone 8.1 used back in 2014. This means the app isn’t a Universal Windows Platform […]

Apple Seeds Second Beta of watchOS 4.3.2 to Developers

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming watchOS 4.3.2 update to developers, two weeks after seeding the first watchOS 4.3.2 beta and two weeks after releasing watchOS 4.3.1, a minor bug fix update that addressed a startup issue.  Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the new watchOS beta can […]

How Evans Wadongo Is Using Solar Lantern to Help Villagers Healthy And Cut Emissions.

In spite of the political imbroglio and social inconvenience in many parts of Africa, the black nation’s millennials are smashing records and writing their names on the sands of time for creating disruptive innovations. While there are loads of inventions that have disrupted the Africa Tech space and are really salvaging many populaces in the […]

Yahoo Messenger Is Shutting Down

After 20 years of existence, a messenger app that connects friends, family and random people from all over the world, “Yahoo Messenger” will bid farewell to its users in July. The company explains that while it constantly experiments with new services and apps, there currently isn’t a replacement product for Yahoo Messenger. Users have until […]

Instagram’s curated video hub could launch June 20th

Following a Wall Street Journal report that Instagram will support longer videos of up to an hour in length, TechCrunch has heard it’s planning a new hub for pro content. Similar to Facebook’s Watch or Snapchat’s Discover page the dedicated space would host shows and music videos in up to 4K resolution, and apparently just […]

Jury says Samsung must pay $539M for copying parts of iPhone

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A jury has decided Samsung must pay Apple $539 million in damages for illegally copying some of the iPhone’s features to lure people into buying its competing products. The verdict reached Thursday is the latest twist in a legal battle that began in 2011. Previous rulings had already determined that […]

Logistics services marketplace Optimalogistic wins Seedstars Tunis

Logistics services marketplace Optimalogistic has been crowned the best startup in Tunisia after it won the Seedstars Tunis pitch event. Optimalogistic was one of eight startups to pitch at the event which was held at the Mediterranean School of Business last Friday (11 May). The startup was founded in 2016 and connects users to those renting out trucks and other construction […]

First 6 Things You Should Do On Your Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+

Bought the new Samsung Galaxy S9? Congratulations! We bet you’re thrilled and can’t wait to take it for a swing. Hold on to the excitement for a moment, though, because there are a few things that you should do on it first. Why is it necessary? Well, for starters, tweaking some of the settings will not […]

Inside Nokia’s Super-Fun Feature-Phone Nostalgia Trip

Let’s all agree that this has not been a year of feel-good stories in tech. Whether it’s Facebook privacy or YouTube algorithms, the headlines out of Silicon Valley have been a dismal parade of lapses and letdowns. So let’s take a moment to appreciate the one thread development everyone can get behind: Nokia’s perfect throwback […]

Facebook Will Now Pay You To Report Cases Of Data Abuse

In the wake of the recent cases of data abuse by app developers, and as part of its efforts to uncover potential abuse of its users’ personal information, Facebook is launching the Data Abuse Bounty program. It’s been a difficult few weeks for Facebook mainly due to the reports that the data of tens of […]

LinkedIn Is Adding GIFs To Its Messaging Feature

LinkedIn is adding GIFs to its messaging through an exclusive partnership with Tenor, only weeks after the GIF search engine was acquired by Google. During his testimony, Mark Zuckerberg struggled to name a true competitor to Facebook. In my opinion, this latest move from LinkedIn brings it one step closer to being “just another Facebook.” […]

Africa’s 8 largest mobile networks

While MTN is Africa’s largest mobile phone network provider, how does it stack up to the competition? While MTN is a native to Africa, most of the continent’s big players are rooted around the globe with parent companies in different countries. 1. Vodafone A star in the UK, Vodafone also has operations in Ghana, South Africa […]

$408m Internet access funds idle in Nigeria, others

About $408 million expected to help Nigeria, and other sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries expand Internet access and reach on the Continent, is said to be lying idle. The fund is otherwise known as Universal Service and Access Funds (USAFs). USAFs are communal public funds dedicated to expanding Internet connectivity and access opportunities for the populations […]

Google tries to make Android more enterprise-friendly with new recommendation program

With so many Android devices out there to choose from, it’s not always easy to find one that’s enterprise-friendly. To help alleviate that problem, Google announced the Android Enterprise Recommended program today. As the name implies, it’s designed to point enterprise IT departments at devices that Google has deemed to be enterprise-ready. This involves a number […]

Ben is a chatbot that lets you learn about and buy Bitcoin

It’s generally a given that whenever a new technology takes off people rush into the space to build everything under the sun, and eventually natural selection kicks in and only the truly useful remain. For example, chatbots became trendy last year and we quickly began seeing chatbots for weather, movie recommendations, personal finance, etc. Some of […]

UK PM seeks ‘safe and ethical’ artificial intelligence

The prime minister says she wants the UK to lead the world in deciding how artificial intelligence can be deployed in a safe and ethical manner. In a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Theresa May said a new advisory body, previously announced in the Autumn Budget, will co-ordinate efforts with other countries. In […]

Amazon doesn’t care if you accidentally shoplift from its cashier-less store – The Verge

Amazon Go, the e-commerce giant’s new cashier-less grocery store in downtown Seattle, opened today to a mix of general curiosity and incredulity. How can a store function without cashiers? How do you pay, and how does the business know who’s buying what? Amazon has done a sound job of explaining many of the particulars of […]

Apple Skirts Tech Addiction Issue in Response to Worried Investors | Smartphones | TechNewsWorld

ple on Monday responded to an open letter from investors who called for the company to address the negative impact of the iPhone on children and teens. Though the company listed a number of controls provided to help parents screen content, it offered little to address the investors’ chief concern: the amount of time teens […]

Tech Takes Front Seat at Detroit Auto Show | Transportation | TechNewsWorld

In recent years, CES largely has usurped the North American International Auto Show in Detroit as the “first auto show of the year.” Automakers have used the annual Las Vegas shindig for all things consumer electronics to highlight the latest technology in vehicles. So perhaps it was fitting that this year NAIAS, more commonly known […]

Bitcoin is illegal – Bank of Ghana

The Bank of Ghana has announced that trading and using the popular cryptocurrency known as Bitcoin in the country is illegal and not recognized as a legitimate form of currency in the country. The Governor of Ghana’s central bank, Dr Ernest Addison at a media briefing to conclude the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) annual meetings […]

Report: WhatsApp is testing P2P payments in India, beta rolling out this quarter

Following murmurs from last April about WhatsApp gearing up to allow payments in India, FactorDaily reports that Facebook employees in the country are presently testing the new functionality in the messaging app, and that the company plans to begin testing it with about 1 percent of its user base there within the first quarter of this […]

Google appoints Chief Marketing Officer for Sub-Saharan Africa

Google announced on Monday, 15 January 2018 that it has appointed Mzamo Masito as its Chief Marketing Officer for Sub-Saharan Africa. Masito joins Google from Vodacom, where he held a senior position, he has an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) as well as a post-graduate diploma from UCT. He lectures at […]

2 Quick Ways to Check Your Flight Status on Your iPhone

Apple has lagged behind Google in letting us know where and when we are going. And I’m not talking about the whole Google Maps vs. Apple Maps slugfest either. Rather, the simple act of checking on your flight status. There are two ways to track a flight in the air that are baked into iOS. The first has existed […]

NCC Orders MTN, Glo, Airtel & Others To Extend 30-day Data Expiry Period

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has directed all Telecoms Operators to give 14 -days grace for subscribers to exhaust their remaining data after the 30 days expiration period. ThisDay newspaper reports Ms. Hellen Obi, who represented the Executive Vice Chairman NCC, Professor Umar Danbata, stated this yesterday, in Minna, the Niger State capital, at the Consumers Conversation […]

Apple now sells an iPhone dongle with a headphone jack and charging port

It took an entire year after the release of the iPhone 7 for Apple to start selling a dongle that lets you plug in headphones (or your car’s AUX cable) and charge at the same time. But now it’s here. Apple is just selling the thing, mind you — not making it. In September, Belkin […]

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