Author: Nasha Harper

Google’s new tool that helps with phone addiction

Google’s new tool that helps with phone addiction

Internet, Mobile, social media, Technology
Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Tik Tok. It's easy to be distracted by the next update or amusement, instead of responding to emails, banking, reading the news or doing whatever it is you should be doing on your phone. Google's newly launched tool called Focus Mode, which was designed to combat distracting apps on your Android device. Originally announced last May at Google's annual I/O conference, Focus Mode pauses your most distracting apps for as long as you need with a timer that keeps you from using them for set increments. When the time's up, Google will play the app. Google believes that app timers, like those in Focus Mode, help people keep from overusing apps more than 90% of the time. You can choose which apps you'd like to pause, like Facebook and Instagram, which tend to interr
Women in Tech remains at a low for 10 years in a row

Women in Tech remains at a low for 10 years in a row

Internet, Technology, Women
Women make up only 16% of IT and tech professionals, a trend that has remained the same for 10 years in a row, according to WISE, the campaign for gender balance in science and engineering. Looking into statistics from the Office of National Statistics, WISE found the number of women in the tech sector has remained stagnant for the past decade, while other parts of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) sector have made progress in growing the number of women in core roles. The number of women in engineering has doubled to 50,000 over the same period, women now make up almost half of people in science roles, and the number of women in management roles within STEM has risen to 14%. “The progress made by these sectors clearly demonstrates that forward-thinking co
Tech trends for small businesses for 2020

Tech trends for small businesses for 2020

Business, Cyber Security, Internet, social media, Technology
As an owner of a small business, one is always looking for ways to improve their company. Highlighted below are some of the new ways one can grow their market, improve efficiency and protect their company. Influencer marketing Scrolling through your social media, it is expected to find promotional and branded content. Today the highest-paid athletes in the world, such as Christiano Ronaldo, make more on Instagram than on the field. The technique of using a big name to sell something is not new however, social media platforms allow ads to appear on your screen with far more ease and subtly than traditional advertising. Instead of your company hiring a celebrity to appear in a commercial, that celebrity only needs to post online about the benefits of your product or service. This new age o
Technology opportunities in Africa are in plenty

Technology opportunities in Africa are in plenty

Internet, Technology
Traditionally, when we think of technology in Kenya, we think about enabling access to resources, services and information financial inclusion, healthcare (e-health) and e-government. Besides enabling access and facilitating consumption, technology can empower our youth to produce content, creating jobs in the process. By 2050, Africa will contribute more than half of the world’s population growth of 2.2 billion people. Many of them will be of working age, with a crucial number having grown up in an urban setting with access to affordable bandwidth fueling the demand for more Afrocentric content. According to Internet World Stats, as of June 30, 2019, Africa’s internet penetration stood at 39.8 percent. The switch from satellite to submarine cable over the last twenty
Mobile Based App Services for Motorists Disrupts Insurance Broker Jobs

Mobile Based App Services for Motorists Disrupts Insurance Broker Jobs

Business, Internet, Technology
A mobile-based insurance app is threatening to drive brokers out of town. The service allows clients seeking motor insurance to log onto a firm’s platform to apply, pay and get cover from anywhere and at any time. Upon purchasing a policy, a client receives an electronic version of the policy document via the app. The online car insurance app, the brainchild of tech firm Griffins, eliminates the need for brokers and salespeople who have been blamed for taking payments but not submitting them to insurers, exposing clients to risk. Griffin Insurance Company founder Jihan Abass and her team of technology experts created the insurance app to ease the woes customers encounter in dealing with brokers. “The current insurance process is like using a feature phone