Author: Alex Reece

Uber rebuilt its navigation app for drivers convinience

Uber rebuilt its navigation app for drivers convinience

Technology
From providing accurate ETAs to navigating the fastest path to your destination, maps are at the heart of the Uber experience. Anyone who frequently uses ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft knows the frustration that can come from a driver and rider trying to find each other. Sometimes the driver is on the wrong side of the street, or misses their turn and sometimes the rider gives terrible directions over the phone. Uber will introduce a redesigned navigation experience built around drivers’ needs. The ride ailing company says that they've completely revamped navigation on iOS and are introducing in-app navigation on Android for the first time. Now, with one-tap, turn-by-turn directions start right away, saving time and eliminating the need to juggle multiple apps. The newly develo

Pay-TV in the African market set to hit US$6bn

Technology
The revenue of African pay TV stood at US$4.4 billion in 2016. This is however forecasted to reach US$6 billion by 2021 reports IT Web Africa. According to market research firm Dataxis, Africa's pay-TV subscribers stood at approximately 18.7 million in 2016, which represents an increase of approximately two million subscribers compared to the 2015. Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) is the fastest growing platform, up 31% from 1.7 million to 2.2 million and increasing its overall market share from 13% in Q2 2014 to 14% in Q2 2015. Approximately 22% of all new subscriptions over the period were to DTT platforms. Dataxis research also reports an IPTV subscriptions increase 24% from 250 000 to 310 000, with Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Services (MMDS) up 10% to 460 000 and c...

Kenyan Startup Invests in empowering Women & Girls through training in STEM

Startups, Women
Technological gaps will keep on growing between developed and developing countries as long as new approaches are not adopted in the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in  training institutions. In line with this, the  Miss.Africa Program initiative sets the bar high by training female trainees in mobile coding program to better their future in the male dominated IT sector. The trainees are able to get life skills mentoring, experience-sharing with STEM experts, Coding skills, and industry exposure. The girls trained usually have many positive comments at the end of each event on the change of perception in Stem careers. This initiative which emphasizes on the importance of technology in enhancing collaboration in future is among the many voices find
Twitter tests a feature that warns users of profiles with ‘potentially sensitive content’

Twitter tests a feature that warns users of profiles with ‘potentially sensitive content’

Cyber Security, Internet, social media
Twitter ’s efforts to combat trolling and offensive content may soon be expanded to cover entire accounts. The social media platform confirmed it’s testing a new feature that flags users’ profiles as potentially including “sensitive content.” When you click on one of these profiles from a link on Twitter, or if you visit the profile’s web page directly, you won’t be immediately shown the users’ tweets. Instead, a warning message displays, reading “Caution: This profile may include sensitive content.” A reporter at Mashable first spotted the feature when trying to view the profile of technology analyst Justin Warren, but could not determine how the content was flagged. Currently, the company permits content that contains violence or nudity, but it draws the line at “pornography or excess

Microsoft’s Slack competitor to launch next week

Technology
Microsoft has plans to make its Slack competitor, Microsoft Teams, available to Office 365 customers next week to make Microsoft Teams live around the world reports the Verge. Microsoft has demonstrated a number of integrations for Teams, including the ability to connect Twitter accounts to chat rooms and integrate Skype for audio and voice calls. As predicted, the app features threaded chats, keeping different conversations grouped together, along with a deep integration with Skype for voice and video calls built into the app. In fact, the company has built a number of its own offerings into the app, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Office 365 Groups forms the basis of the application, allowing users to share information across different apps. Different non-chat function...