Author: Alex Reece

Testing systems: Instagram hides post likes count in ‘to remove popularity pressure’

Testing systems: Instagram hides post likes count in ‘to remove popularity pressure’

Mobile, social media, Technology
Instagram has begun hiding likes and video views as part of a trial aimed at removing "the pressure" and shifting the focus to "sharing the things" its users enjoy. Users will still be able to see how many views and likes their posts garner, but their followers will only see a user name "and others" below posts, rather than the number of likes on their feed. A spokeswoman said the trial for some users in countries including Ireland, Italy and Australia was aimed at stopping the platform from feeling "like a competition". The change applies to the Instagram's Feed, Permalink and Profile functions. "We want Instagram to be a place where people feel comfortable expressing themselves," said Mia Garlick, Facebook Australia and New Zealand's director of policy. "We hope this te
Cyber attacks in Kenya rose to 11.2 million in first quarter, CA Report

Cyber attacks in Kenya rose to 11.2 million in first quarter, CA Report

Business, Cyber Security
Kenyan organisations were hit by about 11.2 million cyber threats, being a 10.1 percent increase in the number of incidences, in the first three months of 2019 when compared to the previous quarter. This is according to fresh Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) data indicating that its incident response centre detected growing cases of malware, web application attacks, system misconfiguration and online abuse. CA’s cyber intelligence team consequently issued 14,078 cyber threat advisories to the affected organisations, an increase from the 12,138 alerts during the previous period. Cyber security threats are estimated to have cost Kenya’s economy about Sh29.5 billion, a recent report by tech consultancy firm Serianu said. The rise in cyber threats has forced firms, especially
Cisco Supports Digitization in Africa through Its NetAcad Program

Cisco Supports Digitization in Africa through Its NetAcad Program

Broadband, Startups, Technology
Speaking at the Cisco Connect conference, the company promises to support the digitization in African communities, businesses, and governments through its initiatives for development, innovation, and job creation on the continent. David Bunei, the Country General Manager for Cisco East Africa and Indian Ocean Islands, said: “We are living in a world that is changing faster than ever imagined. We are inspired by the prospect of an economy with abundant jobs, a place where entrepreneurs can thrive. Our goal is to enable small and medium businesses to accelerate their growth by helping them access our world-class technology.” One of the initiatives is the Networking Academy (NetAcad) program that aims at providing students hands-on digital skills to better prepare them for their
AI-driven research says women better gamers than men

AI-driven research says women better gamers than men

Business, Internet, Startups, Women
Last year the Gosu.ai startup, which has developed an AI assistant to help gamers play smarter and improve their skills, raised $1.9 million. Using machine learning, it analyzes matches and makes personal recommendations, and allows gamers to be taught by a virtual assistant. Because they have this virtual assistant they can now do some interesting research. For the first time ever, we can actually peer over the shoulder of a gamer and find out what makes them good or not. The findings are fascinating. Gosu.ai surveyed nearly 5,000 gamers playing Dota 2 to understand which factors separate successful and less-successful gamers. They found that although only 4 percent of respondents to the survey were women, it turned out that those women that responded had a 44 percent ...
Benin Internet taxes would have cut active mobile broadband subscribers by 20%- Study

Benin Internet taxes would have cut active mobile broadband subscribers by 20%- Study

Governance, Internet, social media
In September 2018, the Benin government proposed a tax on over-the-top services. The proposed tax was two-fold: a 5% tax on the pre-tax price for voice, SMS and internet services and a 5 CFA fee per MB for data used to access social media and OTTs. This move was the latest case in a recent trend among governments to impose consumer-related taxes on internet access with the goal of raising revenues and in some cases stifling free speech. A4aI's previous analysis from Uganda showed that a social media tax (a daily fee to use over-the-top (OTT) services such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, and Viber) increased costs by as much as 10% for low-income groups. Additional research from CIPESA suggested the tax led to a decrease in the number of people using the internet.   Key find