Author: Nasha Harper

Sub-Saharan Africa’s Ad. investment represents only 0, 47% of global investments.

Sub-Saharan Africa’s Ad. investment represents only 0, 47% of global investments.

Business
Sub-Saharan Africa hosts 17% of the world’s population, but represents only 2% of the world’s gross domestic product. In terms of advertising investment it represents only 0, 47% of global investments. This is mainly because Africa is made up of many different countries with many different cultures and languages, unstable rules and regulatory environments, and a historic lack of data to help understand the marketplace. The Africa Media Index, which comprises data from 14 African countries, aims to provide consistent and reliable information which gives a clear understanding of the media landscape across Africa. The countries include Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Mozambique, Botswana, Angola and Ethiopia. The index, p
e-commerce websites running Magento are at high risk of cybercrime

e-commerce websites running Magento are at high risk of cybercrime

Cyber Security
New research has found 87% of SME websites using the Magento platform are currently at high risk from cyber attacks. By contrast, under 10% of websites using other major e-commerce platforms surveyed register in the same high risk category. Foregenix analysed nearly 9 million websites worldwide, including over two million in Europe. 200,000 of sites surveyed worldwide use Magento (and companies using Magento 2 were also covered in the research). The analysis carried out in April and May, further revealed the proportion of Magento websites at high risk has increased from just under 80% from research carried out in October last year. Other findings show the percentage of SME sites using Magento being at high risk is lower in Europe compared to North America. Europe, which accounts f...
IDRC and Oxford Insights Ranks Kenya First in Africa for the Adoption of New Technology

IDRC and Oxford Insights Ranks Kenya First in Africa for the Adoption of New Technology

Internet, Startups, Technology
The most recent study by the International Development Research Center (IDRC) and Oxford Insights reveals that Kenya ranks first in Africa to prepare for the adoption of the new technology. In the global level, Kenya ranks 52nd, leaving behind other African countries. It is the most prepared country for artificial intelligence in Africa, According to the 2019 Government AI Readiness Index published. Out of the 194 countries ranked in the world, 12 African countries are in the top100. Kenya is the 52nd globally followed by Tunisia (54th), Mauritius (60th), South Africa (68th) and Ghana (75th). The other countries in the top100 are Morocco (80th), Uganda (91st), Senegal (93rd), Tanzania (94th) and Rwanda (99th). The indicators taken into account during the elaboration of this index are pe
Chinese Baidu spin-off DO Global Games banned from Google Play Store

Chinese Baidu spin-off DO Global Games banned from Google Play Store

Cyber Security, Mobile, social media
For a long time, the Play Store could be considered the wild west of app distribution, especially compared to Apple's inherently more restrictive App Store. Google is working on improvements though and is becoming more stringent on app permissions, among other things. Still, we're back with another ad fraud scheme right inside the Store, following in the footsteps of last year's Cheetah Mobile investigation. Another Chinese app developer, DO Global, is alleged to have added code in its apps that automatically clicks on ads without users' knowledge. BuzzFeed News first brought these findings to light in collaboration with security researchers Check Point and Method Media Intelligence. They found out that the app developer in question is a spin-off from Chinese giant Baidu who...
A false alarm over Twitter likes and retweets buttons ‘removal’ in new update

A false alarm over Twitter likes and retweets buttons ‘removal’ in new update

Mobile, social media
Twitter users may be about to find out what Twitter is like when virtually everything people use it for has been demolished. Then again, we could also be overreacting to a bit of social media-fueled hysteria. Twitter's announcement that it plans to update how people use the site has prompted fears that it is about to hide the number of likes and retweets a post gets.  The confusion began following a misunderstanding by some users that Twitter is planning to remove the engagements entirely from tweets.  Instead, Twitter is only testing putting engagements counts on replies behind a user tap – or click. Twitter attempted to clear up the confusion in a series of tweets responding to confused users. "Hi! We've been rolling out quite a few things this w