Technology

Testing systems: Instagram hides post likes count in ‘to remove popularity pressure’

Testing systems: Instagram hides post likes count in ‘to remove popularity pressure’

Mobile, social media, Technology
Instagram has begun hiding likes and video views as part of a trial aimed at removing "the pressure" and shifting the focus to "sharing the things" its users enjoy. Users will still be able to see how many views and likes their posts garner, but their followers will only see a user name "and others" below posts, rather than the number of likes on their feed. A spokeswoman said the trial for some users in countries including Ireland, Italy and Australia was aimed at stopping the platform from feeling "like a competition". The change applies to the Instagram's Feed, Permalink and Profile functions. "We want Instagram to be a place where people feel comfortable expressing themselves," said Mia Garlick, Facebook Australia and New Zealand's director of policy. "We hope this te
New D4Ag Report: Africa’s Emerging Agritech Market Valued at USD 5.9 Billion

New D4Ag Report: Africa’s Emerging Agritech Market Valued at USD 5.9 Billion

Business, Internet, Technology
Cellulant’s Agrikore platform – an online marketplace for smallholder farmers, agricultural input and produce traders is tapping into Africa’s emerging Agritech market valued at €5.3 billion according to a new report by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and Dalberg Advisors. The State of Digitalisation of Agriculture in Africa 2019 report identifies online marketplace solutions such as Agrikore as significant use cases of how digital tools are being built to tackle major challenges of attracting and retaining a significant number of buyers and sellers, and in thus doing, help to solve the problem of inefficient and fragmented agricultural markets. The Agriculture market in Africa is projected to grow to $1Trillion by 2030. It continues to be a catalyst
Ethiopian ed-tech startup Accelerated uses data-driven tech to train better teachers

Ethiopian ed-tech startup Accelerated uses data-driven tech to train better teachers

social media, Startups, Technology
Ethiopian ed-tech startup Accelerated is blending behavioural sciences, technology and classroom data in order to build a unique teacher-coaching platform for the African context. Founded in 2016 and now finishing its third academic year of operations, Accelerated was established to address poor education outcomes by improving the quality of teaching in Africa, starting in Ethiopia. It does this by empowering coaches to train better teachers using tech and big data. Much like how TripAdvisor helps travellers to make smart choices on accommodation and itineraries based on ratings from other travellers, Accelerated’s Wagtail system helps coaches with meta data on best teaching strategies and personalised recommendations for any particular teacher. “We know a certain recommendation wor
Logistics challenges facing eCommerce in Africa

Logistics challenges facing eCommerce in Africa

Business, Internet, Mobile, Technology
According to Euromonitor, the world’s fastest growing economies by 2030 will be in Africa. This consequently makes the continent the next big e-commerce market. And as this positive narrative continues to place Africa as a top investment destination, the need for advanced logistics systems has become inevitable. The growth of e-commerce will significantly depend on the quality and efficiency of logistics networks; from intra and cross trade to financial transactions in payment of goods and services. When writing the African e-commerce story, I often leap at the chance to explore only the enviable milestones the continent has made. Nevertheless, there still exist formidable challenges especially in logistics, a vital constituent of the industry. The African Development Bank, in its 2019
Safaricom announces the ‘Reverse Call’ feature launch

Safaricom announces the ‘Reverse Call’ feature launch

Mobile, Technology
Nairobi, Kenya – Jun 18 – Safaricom (NSE: SCOM) has today announced the availability of its “Reverse Call” feature enabling its more than 31 million customers to pay for calls for loved ones. The service enables a caller to transfer the cost of a call to the receiver by adding ‘#’ before the number they are calling. For instance, to transfer the cost of the call to 0722000000, a customer will dial #0722000000. “At Safaricom, we maintain our commitment to always provide our customers with relevant products in line with their needs. This innovation is in line with this commitment and has been tailored to mirror the relationships between our customers with a goal of empowering them to always remain connected with their loved ones,” said Sylvia Mulinge, Chief Customer Officer, Safaricom.