African countries have shown their interest and willingness to strive for science, technology, and innovation led development in the coming years. Most African countries have underdeveloped STI institutions and fail to effectively generate and deploy knowledge and technological innovations for socioeconomic growth. According to the Africa Capacity Report the Africa Capacity Report, issued Tuesday, March 28 2017, Morocco is leading in science, technology and innovation capacity in Africa. The country scored the highest index values, with 71.6 in science, technology, and innovation, followed by Tanzania’s 68.8 and Rwanda’s 68.2, showed the report. The kingdom also topped the list in 2014. The assessment was based on various components including policy environment, implementation
The gender divide is one of the most significant inequalities to be amplified by the digital revolution, and cuts across all social and income groups. According to participants at the Global IT Summit at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology(KAUST), the presence of women in the field of information technology (IT) worldwide is still small compared to men. While more than 3 billion people are connected online, research indicates there are 200 million fewer women online in developing countries, and 300 million fewer women own a mobile phone. African women have come to a realization that having a woman in tech and a man who is actively working to be a better ally is very essential to making progress in the technogy sector. This has led to several women in tech campaigns
Nigeria is a huge market made up of incredibly talented entrepreneurs. With a growing, urbanising population of nearly 170 million people and GDP growth predicted at more than 6.5% per annum for the next four years, the potential growth of Nigeria in tech sector is set to be high particularly considering the current gaps in the market. The arrival of four large fibre-optic cables, including the huge Main One and Glo-1 cables that connect Nigeria’s coast to global communications infrastructure is changing the connectivity in the country. The dramatic increase in bandwidth could, analysts say, release the latent potential in Nigerian technology. Some global companies are already positioning themselves to take part in the country's growth. IBM has created innovation hubs in the Lagos
Facebook Messenger app is set to stop working on a number of older smartphones. The social networking site has already started sending out notification emails to those still using the app on devices set to be hit by the change. While owners of recent iPhone and Android models need not panic, the popular messaging app will be ending support for 3 apps across Microsoft’s platforms, which include the Facebook for Windows Phone, Messenger for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 and Facebook for Windows 8 and 8.1 PCs Affected users will receive an e-mail and in-app messages notifying them that they will need to upgrade OS or device to continue using Facebook and Messenger, as the current apps will stop working. By the end of March, the company will have completely ended support on the affected devices.
In a bid to address issues of low connectivity and sluggish online experience, Opera has revamped its Opera Mini browser for Android users. Already available for download from Google Play Store, the revamped app brings several new features on board. When a user visits a site, Opera Mini will automatically scan it for the direct download links under the Extreme Mode. The downloadable content will appear in a drop-down menu on the top of the screen, providing a seamless downloading experience without the hassles of scrolling or getting lost. This latest update comes with a feature that automatically scans websites for download links. Users will no longer have to go deal with the frustrating advert tricks. To enjoy this feature, you need to have the Extreme Data Saving mode activated. Ope...