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Angola Cables and CTM announce signing of MoU

Angola Cables and CTM announce signing of MoU

Cyber Security, Internet
Angola cables and CTM have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance digital opportunities for business between Macau, Mainland China, African Portuguese-speaking countries and Brazil. CTM envisages leveraging on its international network and Macau’s privileged position in the Greater Bay Area, as a key hub for the digitalization of Asia-Pacific region. Macau and the neighboring regions have the conditions and opportunities to be the landing point for international cable systems and the ideal location for hosting data centers, in order to promote the digital ecosystem of the region. Angola Cables has a submarine cable network linking the continents in the Atlantic region, with high capacity and good quality; the company also owns data centers, in Angola
How technology has revolutionized Kenyans lives

How technology has revolutionized Kenyans lives

Internet, Mobile, Technology
Over the past 10 years, technology has revolutionised our daily interactions, transactions and even how we think. It has progressed in almost every field imaginable, with the creation of amazing tools and resources that put vital information at our fingertips. “If there is anything that has had an enormous impact on the lives of Kenyans, then it is the smartphone. It has revolutionised everything. “Education, health, banking, media, agriculture, transport, communication and e-commerce all depend on the ubiquities of the smartphone to impact lives,” says Lilian Wanzare, a computer science lecturer at Maseno University. In 2010, only a few Kenyans owned an Android-powered smartphone, despite its launch two years earlier, with the majority of the middle-class bragging to own ‘high-en
PortableVoices has announced partnership with Afripods

PortableVoices has announced partnership with Afripods

Internet, Mobile, Technology
Kenyan based Media production and podcast start-up PortableVoices has announced a podcast distribution partnership with Afripods, an African focused platform for podcasters with head office in Nairobi. Under the new agreement, Afripods will distribute podcasts produced by Portable Voices Podcast Network as well as co-produce future “Afripods Original” podcasts through Afripods platform and all other distribution channels available pan-Africa and internationally. Allan Niongira, Portable Voices Founder said; ‘‘We’re excited about this new partnership with Afripods.’’ Adding; “Podcast consumption is really growing in Kenya and across Africa, this new partnership allows us to continue producing more local podcasts. With Afripods as our distribution partner, we will be able to reach more
Kaspersky Threat Intelligence Portal avoid Cyber Attacks

Kaspersky Threat Intelligence Portal avoid Cyber Attacks

Cyber Security, Internet
Driven by the goal of building a safer world, Kaspersky today announces new access to its threat intelligence portal offering its revered threat analysis to a wider audience of incident responders and Security Operation Center (SOC) analysts working in-house and at Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs). Kaspersky Threat Intelligence Portal is a single point of access for the company’s threat intelligence and provides all cyberattack data and insights gathered by Kaspersky, allowing enterprises to investigate and respond to threats in a timely manner. Access to relevant threat information enables a company to quickly analyze suspicious activity, making the work of IT security departments more effective. Despite this, a recent Kaspersky survey revealed that only 36% of enterprises cu
Does Kenya have the necessary skills for AI?

Does Kenya have the necessary skills for AI?

Governance, Internet, Technology
Lack of access to free, up-to-date and machine-readable government data stands in the way of Kenya tapping into opportunities brought by artificial intelligence, a Nation Newsplex analysis reveals. The country tops Africa and ranks 52 globally out of 194 countries on the government’s readiness to adopt artificial intelligence (AI) in public services but only manages positions seven in the continent and 78 out of 94 globally in availability of government data, according to two key reports. The Government Artificial Intelligence Readiness Index 2019 report, by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Oxford Insights, factors in 11 inputs grouped into four main categories: governance, infrastructure and data; skills and education; and government and public services. “
Gmailify: Experiencing Gmail Features Without A Gmail Address

Gmailify: Experiencing Gmail Features Without A Gmail Address

Internet, Mobile
  You might have considered getting a Gmail address for a while now but the hassle of switching from  your Yahoo! or Outlook makes you reconsider. Now, Google has fixed that. They have launched Gmailify that allows you to experience Gmail features from your Yahoo! or Outlook email addresses. From their official blog, Gmail said: "For the last year, you’ve been able to access your email from other providers, like Yahoo! Mail or Outlook.com, in the Gmail app on Android. And we’ve been getting lots of great feedback from those of you that do. Many of you would like more of Gmail’s powerful features, like spam protection and inbox organization, on these accounts—but don’t want to go through the hassle of changing your email address. We agree. So starting today, if you use Yahoo! Mail o
Ongoing Elections In Uganda Lead To Blocked Access To Social Media

Ongoing Elections In Uganda Lead To Blocked Access To Social Media

Governance, Internet, Mobile, social media
Access to social media networks such as WhatsApp and mobile money  has been blocked in Uganda over what the government claims to be "national security" concerns. Sources speaking to the Daily Nation  however state that the shutdown that was ordered by top officials in the ruling party is meant to curtail the massive amounts of messages that are being shared against President, Yoweri Museveni. The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), director of corporate affairs, Fred Otunnu said that the shutdown was only temporary due to the sensitive nature of the elections period. While this goes on, there are concerns about the poor internet bandwidth but the UCC maintained that that was not related to the ongoing elections. The Ugandan Presidential and Parliamentary elections begun this mornin
Bye Picasa! Google Ditching Photo App From March 16, 2016

Bye Picasa! Google Ditching Photo App From March 16, 2016

Internet
From March 16, 2016, Google's photo editing and sharing app, Picasa will no longer be there. Google has said that it is retiring the desktop app but in May, it would archive users' Picasa Web Albums. Through a blog post, the head of Google Photos Anil Sabharwal said that they were abandoning the app so that they could focus on developing an app with better functionality across desktop and mobile platforms rather than divide their efforts across different products. The second app in question here being Google Photos which was launched in 2015. So what happens to everything that you had stored in Picasa? Google says that that will be available on Google photos. They also say that the photo app will still be available for download but no updates will be offered. "[Y]ou will still be able...

Netflix launches in 190 countries globally including Kenya

Internet, Mobile
Las Vegas, January 6, 2016 -- Netflix launched its service globally, simultaneously bringing its Internet TV network to more than 130 new countries around the world. The company made the announcement -- and the service went live -- during a keynote by Co-founder and Chief Executive Reed Hastings at CES 2016. “Today you are witnessing the birth of a new global Internet TV network,” said Hastings. “With this launch, consumers around the world -- from Singapore to St. Petersburg, from San Francisco to Sao Paulo -- will be able to enjoy TV shows and movies simultaneously -- no more waiting. With the help of the Internet, we are putting power in consumers’ hands to watch whenever, wherever and on whatever device.” Companies such as Multichoice who have dominated the African market are set to co

Nairobi Bitcoin firm partners with Airtel after cutting Safaricom links

Business, Internet
Nairobi-based bitcoin trading platform BitPesa has partnered with Airtel to offer bitcoin payments and trading services in the country, barely three months after Safaricom terminated M-Pesa links to the firm. BitPesa indicates on its website that it is offering bitcoin payment and trading services in four African countries including Kenya (through Airtel), in Uganda (Airtel and MTN), Tanzania (Airtel and M-Pesa) and Nigeria through Quickteller and Paga. It is not clear whether the deal with Airtel was signed with its Indian parent group or with the Kenya office. The Business Daily could not establish the nature of the partnership between BitPesa and Airtel, with Elizabeth Rossiello, chief executive of the bitcoin trading platform, saying she could not comment on the matter at thi...