Author: Lynn Wandia

Google Accused of Privacy Breaches

Google Accused of Privacy Breaches

Cyber Security, Technology
Technology giant Google has been accused of privacy breaches, misleading account holders over how much of their personal data was being collected and how it would be used. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission started legal proceedings against Google on Monday. A claim filed in Australia's Federal Court alleges Google misled millions of Australians to obtain their consent to gather additional personal data. The ACCC claims that Google wanted the extra data concerning users' internet activity to target advertising but neglected to obtain the consent necessary to collect it. "We allege that Google did not obtain explicit consent from customers to take this step,” said Rod Sims, the commission’s chair, in a statement. “The ACCC considers that consumers effectively pay
Africa can now predict climate related disasters

Africa can now predict climate related disasters

Internet, Startups, Technology
Most African countries have lacked good forecasting methods as weather becomes increasingly extreme A new weather forecasting system in Africa allows meteorologists to track approaching storms in real time, potentially saving lives from climate-related disasters, scientists said on Monday. The technology is already used in developed countries but was not available until recently in most of sub-Saharan Africa, according to scientists behind the project at the University of Leeds. "We had forecasting methods before but they were not as good," said David Koros, principal meteorologist at the Kenya Meteorological Department. "It's very important because we can issue information for the safety of lives, property and the environment," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The new method, ...
Instagram set to launch a TikTok clone called Reels

Instagram set to launch a TikTok clone called Reels

Internet, social media, Technology
Instagram has confirmed it will launch a TikTok clone called Reels early August in the U.S. and as many as 50 other countries. Reels has already launched in India and being tested in Brazil, Germany and France. The feature is Instagram’s attempt to recreate the short musical video format that thrives on TikTok. Reels will let users record and edit 15-second video clips set to music, or users will be able to reuse audio from another person’s video, as is commonly done on TikTok. Reels also includes editing tools including a countdown timer and the ability to adjust the video’s speed. Why Reels Is Likely To Be A Hit Likely integrations with Instagram and Facebook will jump-start Reels adoption. Recent Facebook and Instagram music licensing deals – for the most part missing on TikT
Africa’s COVID-19 numbers hit 700,000; deaths near 15,000

Africa’s COVID-19 numbers hit 700,000; deaths near 15,000

Business
Highest Covid-19 cases recorded in South Africa Africa’s caseload has crossed the 700,000 mark as of today. Half of the cases are recorded in South Africa where there are over 350,000 confirmed cases. As of last Friday (July 17), the WHO Africa region reported that there had been a 27% increase in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region. 10 countries account for 88% (440,672) of all reported COVID19 cases in the African Region: South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Algeria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Senegal, Ethiopia & DRC, a WHO Africa situation report noted. “Sub-Saharan Africa hosts more than 26% of the world’s refugees and around 19 million internally displaced people. It is in the interest of peace, international security and equity that all countries &am
Ecobank Group named Africa’s Best Bank for Corporate Responsibility by Euromoney

Ecobank Group named Africa’s Best Bank for Corporate Responsibility by Euromoney

Business
The leading pan-African banking group, Ecobank, has won the coveted prize of Africa’s Best Bank for Corporate Responsibility in the Euromoney Awards for Excellence 2020. Euromoney recognises Ecobank’s focus on sustainability and partnerships and its core capabilities in delivering positive social and environmental outcomes across Africa. 'The Ecobank Foundation is doing amazing work in delivering on its commitment to improve the quality of life of people across the African continent. The Foundation should be rightly proud of its ceaseless impact and the real difference that it is making in numerous parts of the continent. Through the Foundation, our Group leverages its resources and capabilities to contribute to the economic and social development of Africa.' Ade Ayeyemi, CEO of Ecoban
Safaricom Launches Android TV Box for Internet Streaming

Safaricom Launches Android TV Box for Internet Streaming

Business, Internet
Safaricom has announced the launch of an Android TV Box as part of a strategy to bring its Home Fibre service to more homes. “Our Home Fibre service has been well received as it offers unlimited internet connectivity for the entire family in an affordable, monthly, package. The TV remains central to home entertainment and the lack of a feature to directly stream content from the internet has previously been a challenge for potential Safaricom Home Fibre customers. The Android TV Box now empowers customers to connect any TV to the internet opening up a world of endless entertainment options for the family,” said Peter Ndegwa, CEO, Safaricom. The TV Box equips any TV with the capability to stream content from YouTube, Netflix, ShowMax, Hulu, Sling and other Android TV Applications.
Business Trends That Will Emerge Out Of COVID-19

Business Trends That Will Emerge Out Of COVID-19

Business
There will be a significant change noticed in the trends and practices in business management in 2020 and the years to come because of the COVID-19 Crisis. These trends will impact growth to a great extent and therefore you will need to know the drivers to ensure that your business moves in the right direction. Here are a few  clear trends that will emerge and impact the growth of a business in the coming months: There will be an increase in the adoption of new technology like remote workforce monitoring and employee engagement applications. Therefore, anything that you plan to do in 2020 for your business should be made keeping these technologies in mind, because it will not only increase your productivity level but will also ensure business growth. There will be a lot of use o
Google launches Telkom 4G internet balloon service across Kenya

Google launches Telkom 4G internet balloon service across Kenya

Broadband, Technology
Telkom Kenya and Google subsidiary Loon have launched their internet balloon service, providing internet to rural areas of Kenya. The project has been some two years in the making and effectively provides a series of floating cell phone towers with a 4G internet connection. “The Internet-enabled balloons will be able to offer connectivity to the many Kenyans who live in remote regions that are underserved or totally unserved, and as such remain disadvantaged,” said Mugo Kibati, Telkom Kenya’s CEO. Tests of the balloons in late June resulted in download speeds of almost 19 Mbps and uplink transfers of 4.74 Mbps, with the connection tested for email, web browsing, WhatsApp video calls and YouTube. Not just hot air  The Loon balloons will start by covering a region of some 50,000
Kenya to resume International flights from August 1

Kenya to resume International flights from August 1

Business
The move comes after three months of suspension of all travels in and out of the country. President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday announced that all international flights shall resume from August 1. The President also announced the resumption of local flights from July 15 under strict guidelines in the country's planned phased reopening. Airlines grounded their passenger flights early this year following restriction measures including inter-states border closures to tame the spread of coronavirus globally. The national carrier, Kenya Airways is among the airlines affected by the global restrictions, it has joined other airlines in unveiling far-reaching measures such as laying off employees to stay afloat. "This will be in strict conformity with all protocols from the Ministry of H...
Kenyan company, Usiku Games, has launched a video conferencing platform: Gumzo

Kenyan company, Usiku Games, has launched a video conferencing platform: Gumzo

Internet, Mobile, Startups
A Kenyan gaming company has launched a web-based video conferencing platform, Gumzo, which it describes as the first made in Africa video conferencing platform. Gumzo, which means "chatting" in Swahili, costs users $1 per week to access. How Gumzo works Gumzo has unlimited talk minutes and can accommodate an unlimited amount of users, according to Jay Shapiro, CEO of Usiku Games which created the platform. It has options of screen sharing and full-screen presentation mode, he added. Unlike many video conferencing applications, it has no app to download or extensions to configure. Its calls happen in the browser so they can work on any phone or computer with internet access. Shapiro says one of the problems Gumzo addresses is poor network quality. Most video conferencing...