Author: Alex Reece

Mobile money transactions spike as users resort to cashless deals

Mobile money transactions spike as users resort to cashless deals

Business, Mobile
Mobile money and data have emerged as the lifeline in revenue growth for African-focused telecoms operators Vodacom Group and Airtel Africa across markets characterized by stiff competition and challenging regulatory regimes. The two telcos this week released full-year results for the year ended March 31 that show impressive growth in mobile money and data earnings amidst near-flat increase in voice revenue. This year, the companies are apprehensive of the impact of the Covid-19, something that has forced Airtel Africa to extend the maturity of $254 million of debt facilities by an average of 18 months in order to improve its liquidity. South Africa-based Vodacom rode on its investment in Kenya’s Safaricom, which is Africa’s second-biggest telco by market capitalization, t
Rwanda  introduces anti-epidemic robots in fight against coronavirus

Rwanda introduces anti-epidemic robots in fight against coronavirus

Technology
Rwanda has enlisted the help of five anti-epidemic robots to battle the virus, the East African country has 314 confirmed cases of the virus as of May 22. The robots were donated by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to the Kanyinya treatment center that treats Covid-19 patients in the capital city, Kigali. The robots -- named Akazuba, Ikirezi, Mwiza, Ngabo, and Urumuri -- were received by the country's Minister of Health and Minister of ICT and Innovation last week. Today, at Kanyinya Treatment Centre, @UNDP_Rwanda handed over five (5) Smart Anti-Epidemic Robots to the Government of Rwanda, represented by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of ICT and Innovation. pic.twitter.com/PVeTMYJHQu — Ministry of ICT and Innovation | Rwanda (@RwandaICT) May 19, 2020 They w
Zoom 5.0 update fixes security and privacy flaws

Zoom 5.0 update fixes security and privacy flaws

Cyber Security
As the coronavirus pandemic forced millions of people to stay home over the past two months, Zoom suddenly became the video meeting service of choice: Daily meeting participants on the platform surged from 10 million in December to 200 million in March, and 300 million daily meeting participants in April. Zoom promised a 90-day feature freeze to fix privacy and security issues, and the company is delivering on some of those promises. A new Zoom 5.0 update is rolling out this week that’s designed to address some of the many complaints that Zoom has faced in recent weeks. With this new update, there’s now a security icon that groups together a number of Zoom’s security features. You can use it to quickly lock meetings, remove participants, and restrict screen sharing and chatting in mee
WorldRemit Partners with Vodacom Tanzania

WorldRemit Partners with Vodacom Tanzania

Business, Mobile
Leading digital money transfer service WorldRemit has partnered with Vodacom Tanzania to enable nine million M-Pesa customers to receive money directly to their M-Pesa wallets from friends and family living abroad. The new service increases convenience for money transfer recipients in urban and rural areas of Tanzania as they can receive international money transfers directly to their phones, without the need for a bank account or internet connection. Using the WorldRemit app, Tanzanians living abroad in over 50 countries, including the US, UK and Canada, can send money home 24/7 in just a few taps. This saves customers time and money as they do not have to travel to a traditional money transfer agent and pay expensive fees to send money home in cash. Vodacom M-Pesa customers can now...
Lenovo has introduced world’s smallest desktop

Lenovo has introduced world’s smallest desktop

Business, Mobile, Technology
Lenovo has introduced the world’s smallest desktop, the ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano to the South African market, designed to support diverse workplaces with the power of a full-size desktop and the space-saving convenience of a laptop. “The ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano is further proof of Lenovo’s commitment to helping small businesses drive efficiency in their operations,” says Thibault Dousson, General Manager at Lenovo South Africa. “In South Africa, SMEs make up a third of the country’s GDP and play an integral part in boosting the economy and creating jobs. Lack of capital, investment, resources or support are among the major challenges faced by our country’s entrepreneurs. Lenovo wants to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses through giving them better access to critical tools and se
Twitter develops new feature for managing replies

Twitter develops new feature for managing replies

social media
Twitter is developing another new feature for managing replies, this time looking to let users to turn them off except for certain groups. Suzanne Xie, Twitter’s director of product management, said at a CES event on Wednesday  the platform is working on a feature that will allow users to select “conversation participants” for their tweets, The Verge reports. You’ll be able to choose from four options: letting anyone reply, letting only people you follow and mention reply, letting only people you mention reply, and letting no one reply at all. Twitter previously rolled out a feature allowing users to hide specific replies to their tweets, saying this was part of an effort to “change how conversations work on our service” and “give you more control over the conversations you start.”
Angola Cables and CTM announce signing of MoU

Angola Cables and CTM announce signing of MoU

Cyber Security, Internet
Angola cables and CTM have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance digital opportunities for business between Macau, Mainland China, African Portuguese-speaking countries and Brazil. CTM envisages leveraging on its international network and Macau’s privileged position in the Greater Bay Area, as a key hub for the digitalization of Asia-Pacific region. Macau and the neighboring regions have the conditions and opportunities to be the landing point for international cable systems and the ideal location for hosting data centers, in order to promote the digital ecosystem of the region. Angola Cables has a submarine cable network linking the continents in the Atlantic region, with high capacity and good quality; the company also owns data centers, in Angola
Bookings Africa Launched its new app

Bookings Africa Launched its new app

Business, Mobile
Bookings Africa launched its new mobile app, which is believed to revolutionize the pan-African marketplace for the Gig economy. Bookings Africa is a leading pan-African marketplace that leverages technology to disrupt and revolutionize how talent in the lifestyle, entertainment & media industries across Africa is sourced. Founder and CEO, Fade Ogunro, announced the launch of the app and the successful completion of the company’s latest fundraising round. Bookings Africa’s mission is to unlock the earning potential of young entrepreneurial Africans and monetize their latent skillset. Through the app, users can search for a variety of talent, compare their transparent prices, book online, pay securely and provide ratings and reviews for services across Nigeria, South Africa and Keny.