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Safer Internet Day 2021: Together for a Better Internet

Safer Internet Day 2021: Together for a Better Internet

FinTech, Internet, Technology
Safer Internet Day (SID) is an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people. The theme for Safer Internet Day 2021 is “Together for a Better Internet." Over the years, Safer Internet Day has become a landmark event in the online safety calendar. Starting as an initiative of the EU SafeBorders project in 2004 and taken up by the Insafe network as one of its earliest actions in 2005, Safer Internet Day has grown beyond its traditional geographic zone and is currently celebrated in approximately 170 countries worldwide. From cyberbullying to social networking to digital identity, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and current concerns. Safer Internet Day 2021 takes place on Tuesday, February 9th, and
The Rise and Rise of Big Tech Globally.

The Rise and Rise of Big Tech Globally.

FinTech, Governance, Internet, Technology
The rise of global technology superstars like Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google has created new challenges for the competition watchdogs who enforce antitrust laws around the world. The big tech companies dominate markets in e-commerce and smartphones, search advertising and social-media traffic. In the U.S., Google and Facebook Inc. together collect more than half of digital advertising spending and Apple Inc. has about 46% of the smartphone market. The House antitrust report estimated that 50% or more of U.S. e-commerce sales goes through Amazon.com Inc.; that 99% of mobile devices in the U.S. and globally run on Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android systems; that Google captures about 89% of all general search queries in the U.S.; and that Facebook’s app reached 74% of U.S. smartphone
Africa can now predict climate related disasters

Africa can now predict climate related disasters

Internet, Startups, Technology
Most African countries have lacked good forecasting methods as weather becomes increasingly extreme A new weather forecasting system in Africa allows meteorologists to track approaching storms in real time, potentially saving lives from climate-related disasters, scientists said on Monday. The technology is already used in developed countries but was not available until recently in most of sub-Saharan Africa, according to scientists behind the project at the University of Leeds. "We had forecasting methods before but they were not as good," said David Koros, principal meteorologist at the Kenya Meteorological Department. "It's very important because we can issue information for the safety of lives, property and the environment," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The new method, ...
Instagram set to launch a TikTok clone called Reels

Instagram set to launch a TikTok clone called Reels

Internet, social media, Technology
Instagram has confirmed it will launch a TikTok clone called Reels early August in the U.S. and as many as 50 other countries. Reels has already launched in India and being tested in Brazil, Germany and France. The feature is Instagram’s attempt to recreate the short musical video format that thrives on TikTok. Reels will let users record and edit 15-second video clips set to music, or users will be able to reuse audio from another person’s video, as is commonly done on TikTok. Reels also includes editing tools including a countdown timer and the ability to adjust the video’s speed. Why Reels Is Likely To Be A Hit Likely integrations with Instagram and Facebook will jump-start Reels adoption. Recent Facebook and Instagram music licensing deals – for the most part missing on TikT
Safaricom Launches Android TV Box for Internet Streaming

Safaricom Launches Android TV Box for Internet Streaming

Business, Internet
Safaricom has announced the launch of an Android TV Box as part of a strategy to bring its Home Fibre service to more homes. “Our Home Fibre service has been well received as it offers unlimited internet connectivity for the entire family in an affordable, monthly, package. The TV remains central to home entertainment and the lack of a feature to directly stream content from the internet has previously been a challenge for potential Safaricom Home Fibre customers. The Android TV Box now empowers customers to connect any TV to the internet opening up a world of endless entertainment options for the family,” said Peter Ndegwa, CEO, Safaricom. The TV Box equips any TV with the capability to stream content from YouTube, Netflix, ShowMax, Hulu, Sling and other Android TV Applications.
Kenyan company, Usiku Games, has launched a video conferencing platform: Gumzo

Kenyan company, Usiku Games, has launched a video conferencing platform: Gumzo

Internet, Mobile, Startups
A Kenyan gaming company has launched a web-based video conferencing platform, Gumzo, which it describes as the first made in Africa video conferencing platform. Gumzo, which means "chatting" in Swahili, costs users $1 per week to access. How Gumzo works Gumzo has unlimited talk minutes and can accommodate an unlimited amount of users, according to Jay Shapiro, CEO of Usiku Games which created the platform. It has options of screen sharing and full-screen presentation mode, he added. Unlike many video conferencing applications, it has no app to download or extensions to configure. Its calls happen in the browser so they can work on any phone or computer with internet access. Shapiro says one of the problems Gumzo addresses is poor network quality. Most video conferencing...
Safari joins browsers that tell you who’s trying to track you

Safari joins browsers that tell you who’s trying to track you

Internet, Mobile, Technology
It's part of a larger push-back on the intrusive practice that follows you across the internet. On Monday, Apple unveiled a new version of its Safari browser that'll tell you which ad trackers are running on the website you're visiting. It'll also give you a 30-day report of the known trackers it's identified while you were browsing. Additionally, it'll tell you which websites those trackers came from. The new features are a step toward transparency, giving you an idea of just how many trackers are following you around and taking notes on your behavior. The tech giant said that the new privacy feature in its underdog browser, Safari, will shine a spotlight on all of the ad trackers embedded on each article or website you visit. Safari’s new anti-tracking feature sits in the top part
Facebook launches WhatsApp digital payments service

Facebook launches WhatsApp digital payments service

Internet, Mobile, Technology
WhatsApp Pay allows users to send money to one another for free. WhatsApp launched its digital payments service in Brazil while the messaging app capitalizes on its popularity in emerging markets. The move comes as the parent company Facebook forges ahead with plans to capitalize on emerging markets and bring e-commerce to its platforms, launching a WhatsApp-based digital payments service for the messaging app’s 120m Brazilian users. WhatsApp, the popular messaging app acquired by Facebook in 2014, on Monday unveiled a new payment service, WhatsApp Pay, which will allow users to send money to one another for free or make purchases from small businesses, without ever leaving the chat platform. After testing a beta version in India, WhatsApp has launched in-app payments in Brazil, the co
What is Messenger Kids? Facebook launches video chat and messaging app in Africa

What is Messenger Kids? Facebook launches video chat and messaging app in Africa

Internet, social media
Facebook's Messenger Kids app is now available in 20 countries across the Middle East and Africa, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Available to download from the Apple App and Google Play Stores, Messenger Kids has been designed for children between the ages of 6 to 12 years, with the app including two new features aimed at helping kids connect with their friends and family. Parental Control Facebook says the App targets children who can't have Facebook accounts, in line with the company's policies. As such, it has  parental control features which allow parents to customize the app for their children, including being able to edit and change contact lists and be notified if a child blocks or reports another user. In a statement, the company pointed to its expansion as refl
Safaricom Smart meters are helping to track water on the internet

Safaricom Smart meters are helping to track water on the internet

Internet, Mobile, Startups
Ever got your water bill at the end of the month and you couldn’t believe how and when you spent that much money on water? Well, it looks like Safaricom has a solution to that with their new Smart Meter and Narrow Band technology. This robust IoT monitoring platform makes it possible to track real time consumption of water. Safaricom Smart Meters On a bright morning in October 2019, teams of technicians fanned out to 20 locations across Embu County to meter various consumers of one of Kenya’s most successful water utilities, Embu Water and Sanitation Company (EWASCO). The technicians had in hand a set of field network management tools to measure data access performance metrics such as connection data rate and latency on Safaricom’s newly introduced Narrow-Band (NB-IOT) network.