Author: Lynn Wandia

SEACOM Adds Three New Peering Points In Durban, Nairobi and Kampala

SEACOM Adds Three New Peering Points In Durban, Nairobi and Kampala

Broadband, Internet
SEACOM has added new Internet exchange points in  Kampala (UIXP), Nairobi (KIXP) and Durban (NAPAfrica) to its list of peering agreements in Africa. A move that the telecom enabler and network provider says will  further enhance the performance and reduce the latency clients will experience when they connect to Web services. The three peering points aren't the only ones that SEACOM added, it also added the Deutscher Commercial Internet Exchange (DE-CIX) in Marseille and France Internet Exchange (FranceIX) in Paris to the growing list of European Internet exchange points at which it peers. SEACOM’s IP transit network now offers African service providers and network operators direct connectivity to a range of small, medium and large partner networks in Europe. The company has PoPs in E
Instagram Reaches 500 Million Monthly Users

Instagram Reaches 500 Million Monthly Users

Internet, Mobile, social media
Instagram yesterday announced that it had attained 500 million monthly users. According to Instagram, 95 million photos and videos are shared daily. Over 300 million users use the application daily. Instagram said in a blog post: Today, we’re excited to announce our community has grown to more than 500 million Instagrammers — more than 300 million of whom use Instagram every single day. Our community also continues to become even more global, with more than 80 percent living outside of the United States. As you’ve captured and shared the moments happening around you, you’ve formed incredibly varied and diverse communities. Whether you’re an illustrator, a sneakerhead or an astronaut on the International Space Station, every photo and video you share helps bring people closer to fri
Google Seeks To Make Two-Step Authentication Faster

Google Seeks To Make Two-Step Authentication Faster

Cyber Security, Internet
Currently, using two-step authentication requires waiting for a code that is texted to you from an app. Though two-step authentication is considered a way to make the password and username system seem secure, it is a process that has proved irritating and cumbersome. Google now seeks to make the process faster using a push notification which users can simply accept to log in, the guardian reports. With this new feature, when a user logs into a Google account or a third-party service using their Google credentials, they will be sent a notification asking if they are trying to log in. At this point, the user can tap "Yes" and they will be allowed to log in. That's all. To enjoy this feature, however, you need to turn the service on. This you can do by logging in to Google and going to...
East Africa Youth Unemployment and Entrepreneurship Trends From The MasterCard Youth Think Tank Report

East Africa Youth Unemployment and Entrepreneurship Trends From The MasterCard Youth Think Tank Report

Business
The Mastercard Foundation Think Tank recently released findings from a peer to peer research report that provides some key insights into youth employment and entrepreneurship trends in East Africa. The Youth Tank which was established in 2012 to ensure that young people are meaningfully engaged in improving their economic opportunities in Africa has demonstrated the "dedication and energy of young people to seek positive change within their communities." That is according to Ann Miles Director, Financial Inclusion and Youth Livelihoods at The MasterCard Foundation, as newsghana reports. She said: “Their research is an important piece of work that will help to inform not only the Foundation’s strategy for expanding youth economic opportunities, but also governments and policymakers in t
The New Telegram Update Enables You To Save Drafts And Has A Host Of Cool Features

The New Telegram Update Enables You To Save Drafts And Has A Host Of Cool Features

Internet, Mobile, social media
Telegram's popularity is evidently growing. With the slew of features that they have introduced in their latest update, they are likely to cement their popularity. In this update, Telegram has introduced drafts that saves those unfinished messages so you can continue them later, whether on your mobile phone or PC. They say: "Telegram has replaced email for business communication for many of our users. But in a messenger, a lot of people are competing for your attention. Sometimes they interrupt you halfway through typing an important message, and you forget all about it. Good news! With our latest update, this is no longer a problem. Today we're introducing Drafts. Unfinished messages are now clearly visible in the chats list, and the chat with an unsent draft will move to the top....