Author: Lynn Wandia

Facebook to start making money off WhatsApp by charging businesses

Facebook to start making money off WhatsApp by charging businesses

Mobile, social media, Technology
Facebook, the biggest social networking giant, has decided to finally make money from WhatsApp by charging businesses that want to conduct customer support in the app. The social media platform snatched up WhatsApp in 2014 for a whopping $22 billion, but the popular messaging service still isn't making Facebook much cash despite WhatsApp's 1 billion daily users. The app used to charge users a $1 per year subscription but dropped the fee in early 2016. WhatsApp co founder Jan Koum has long been a staunch opponent of traditional advertising and has promised that the app will never show ads. WhatsApp's program for businesses will charge large companies that want to be verified and have access to a suite of automated tools for helping and responding to customers, the Facebook-owned ap...
Technological Trends; why Africa has to move quickly

Technological Trends; why Africa has to move quickly

Internet, Mobile
The rapid growth of the African tech sector was mainly due to the expansion of mobile technology and driven entrepreneurs seeking to find answers to some of the main challenges facing the continent. In three key tech ecosystems of Kenya, Nigeria and, to a lesser extent, South Africa, innovation has been fuelled by necessity. GSMA's 2017 report into the mobile economy in Sub-Saharan Africa noted that the number of unique mobile subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa will grow to 535 million or 50% of the population in 2020 – making it the fastest growing region in the world (in terms of mobile subscriptions) over the five-year period. However, according to recent analysis by IDC, Africa's smartphone revolution is showing signs of a slowdown, with feature phones singled out as being lar
Tecno launches Spark Series smartphones in Nigeria

Tecno launches Spark Series smartphones in Nigeria

Mobile
Tecno Mobile, has unveiled its latest device, the Spark Series smartphones. Targeted at millennial youths and varsities students in Nigeria, who mostly have to live on a budget, the Techno Spark is a new line of photo-focused. Speaking at the launch of the smartphones in Lagos, the Deputy Marketing Manager, Tecno Nigeria, Attai Oguche, said: “We at Tecno are proud to say that this is another great camera device; the next generation android smartphones designed mainly for an impressive camera and style. Anyone who experienced the TecnoCamon CX, and who by now understand the amazing camera features Tecno devices flaunt will easily relate with what I am talking about.” According to him, the TecnoSpark stays true to the revolutionary pixel sensor and denoising camera technologies of la
Artificial intelligence could one day take charge of cybersecurity

Artificial intelligence could one day take charge of cybersecurity

Cyber Security
For a long time, information security has been a war between men but recently it has become a battle between man and machine. The development of AI is slowly moving this fight into a new environment: machine versus machine, carefully directed by scientists or hackers. A number of cybersecurity companies are now turning to machine learning in an attempt to stay one step ahead of professionals working to steal industrial secrets, disrupt national infrastructures, hold computer networks for ransom and even influence elections. A study from 2016 uncovered that information theft is the primary concern of companies. Yet, over half of them (5 8%) don’t have the necessary systems in place to detect a sophisticated attack, which is explained by the fact that 42% don’t have a threat det
How Has Technology Brought Efficiency in Business?

How Has Technology Brought Efficiency in Business?

Technology
Think back to how business was done a few decades ago. There was no email, Internet, mobile marketing, telecommuting or smartphones. Now communications are instantaneous, huge amounts of information move through email and the Internet and powerful tools are in the hands of owners and employees. Innovations in technology have improved operations at companies of all sizes and helped turn small local businesses into global businesses. Small businesses need to wring every ounce of productivity out of their operations and technology tools help employees get tasks done more quickly. This may range from printing out marketing materials to providing customer service through email or online chat. The key is to keep employees focused when using technology and to use it appropriately with th...