Author: Alex Reece

57 million customer Uber data breach didn’t affect Africa

Startups, Technology
Taxi-hailing company Uber has told ITWeb Africa that a recently surfaced data breach, which the company experienced last year affecting 57 million customers and drivers, only affected the US. The company would not comment or disclose details of measures it is currently taking to ensure the integrity of its systems and security of drivers or riders in Africa. Bloomberg reported that Uber not only kept the security breach secret from the victims, but also paid the hackers US$100,000 to "delete the data [and] keep quiet." Bloomberg quotes Uber as follows: "Compromised data from the October 2016 attack included names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders around the world...The personal information of about 7 million drivers was accessed as well, including some 6...
LinkedIn Lite expands to Kenya

LinkedIn Lite expands to Kenya

social media
LinkedIn, the professional online network has announced the availability of its  Lite  version in more than 60 countries globally, including Kenya, Nigeria, Malaysia, the Philippines,  and Indonesia in Southeast Asia, after it first launched in India. The LinkedIn Lite, according to the company is focused on speed and simplicity. “LinkedIn Lite is a lighter, faster version of our flagship product and includes all key features such as the news feed, profile, messaging and notifications to help our members get ahead in their careers. Currently, LinkedIn has more than 118 million members in Asia Pacific, including more than 22 million members in the Southeast Asia region. The region remains as one of the fastest growing regions with more than 8 million in Indonesia, 4 million in the
Opera Report: African women use mobile internet more heavily than men

Opera Report: African women use mobile internet more heavily than men

Internet
A study undertaken by global software company Opera and digital reading non-profit Worldreader revealed that women in these three African countries are as tech savvy as men when it comes to browsing the internet using their mobile phones. Women are using their browsers as often as men, with the majority of female survey respondents in Kenya and Nigeria (60%) stating that they access their mobile browsers more than eight times a day to do various internet activities. Opera ran a survey of 1,500 women and men aged 14 to 44 in Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa in May 2017 to learn more about their web browsing habits on their mobile phones. The poll results were later combined with Worldreader insights on the mobile reading habits of 50,000 Worldreader app users in the three countries ab...
Why its essential to prepare for the rise of the Artificial Intelligence

Why its essential to prepare for the rise of the Artificial Intelligence

Technology
Whether you consider yourself tech-inclined or not, you’ve likely heard of AI.  Or maybe you’ve noticed the onslaught of headlines describing AI as either the future or a cause for concern. So it’s worth asking, what will AI mean to you? What will the coming revolution mean for your day-to-day work, your business, and ultimately, your customers? Artificial intelligence (AI) had a big year in 2016, with massive strides forward in deep machine learning, IoT, predictive forecasting, more intelligent business processes and smart personal assistants. While technology seems to move at an ever-increasing rate, AI is seemingly everywhere and may prove to be one of the fastest-growing technology segments in 2017. That’s why organizations need to determine how exactly they need to prepa
New Bitcoin Exchange launched in Kenya

New Bitcoin Exchange launched in Kenya

Business
Belfrics Global Pte Limited, a Malaysia based bitcoin technology provider has announced the launch of its bitcoin exchange in Kenya. With this launch, Belfrics is now available across three markets including India and its international-based exchange located in Singapore. Belfrics intends to capitalize on the growing demand for its services in Kenya, which is one of the top markets on the African continent. Belfrics Kenya will offer exchange services in addition to other digital services revolving around the Blockchain.The company also provides a POS system and payment gateway for merchants to accept bitcoins as payment, enhancing their scope of business. The rise of this digital cryptocurrency and the underlying technology, the Blockchain, has also brought with it many invest...