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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
Kenyan Lecturer On The Rise With App For COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Kenyan Lecturer On The Rise With App For COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Technology, Women
A Kenyan lecturer has come up with an app that can be used for COVID-19 contact tracing, which has become important in this unpredictable year. eKonnect App Masinde Muliro University took to their their Facebook page and said, "Dr. Tecla Sum of MMUST shows how to operate a mobile application (eKonnect) that she invented. The APP has the ability to carry out seamless Covid-19 contact tracing and other infectious diseases as well as locate and alert nearest health care facilities and ambulances." According to her, the eKonnect app’s primary goal is to “save the largest number of survivors from COVID-19 pandemic.” We have secured patent for the App On a phone interview, Dr. Sum confirmed a number of things about the app. She developed it as part of her post-doctoral program in
Google Faces $5-Billion Lawsuit for Allegedly Tracking ‘Incognito Mode’  Internet Users

Google Faces $5-Billion Lawsuit for Allegedly Tracking ‘Incognito Mode’ Internet Users

Business, Internet, Technology
 Google is facing a new wave of legal issues. The latest is a $5-billion lawsuit in the US over claims that the search engine giant collected user information when they surfed the Internet in Google Chrome's 'private' Incognito Mode. The class-action lawsuit, filed in US District Court for the Northern District of California, alleged that Google tracked and collected consumer browsing history even if users took steps to maintain their privacy, reports The New York Times. Google was sued on Tuesday in a proposed class action accusing the internet search company of illegally invading the privacy of millions of users by pervasively tracking their internet use through browsers set in “private” mode through Google Analytics, Google Ad Manager,other applications and website plug-ins, inclu
Oracle certifies Pesapal’s Reserveport for integration to its OPERA PMS

Oracle certifies Pesapal’s Reserveport for integration to its OPERA PMS

Business, Technology
Pesapal, a leading provider of hospitality payment solutions & Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), has today announced its Oracle Validated Integration of Reserveport 2.6 with Oracle Hospitality OPERA 5.5 achievement. The Reserveport integration to Oracle Hospitality OPERA ensures that availability and pricing is distributed real time to major booking online travel agents, such as Booking.com, Expedia, and Hotels.com; each time these change in Oracle Hospitality OPERA. Reservations on a booking site are automatically updated by the Reserveport PMS - no need for calls or manual inventory management. The result is a seamless interaction between the property management system and online travel agents. "Achieving Oracle Validated Integration gives our customers confidence...
Uber rival Bolt raises €100m to expand product offerings in Europe & Africa

Uber rival Bolt raises €100m to expand product offerings in Europe & Africa

Business, Mobile, Technology
Estonia’s Bolt, one of Uber’s biggest competitors in the European ride-hailing market, has raised €100m (£88m) in funding to prepare for a post-coronavirus world. This sees the total raised by Bolt top €300m, while its valuation has nearly doubled since May 2018, when it was valued at $1bn. The funding round comes at a challenging time for Bolt, with the coronavirus causing a slump in demand for ride-hailing services that is believed to have had a severe impact on its bottom line. However, today’s news suggests that its efforts to diversify are paying off. “Even though the crisis has temporarily changed how we move, the long-term trends that drive on-demand mobility such as declining personal car ownership and the shift towards greener transportation continue to grow,” said chief exec
Rwanda  introduces anti-epidemic robots in fight against coronavirus

Rwanda introduces anti-epidemic robots in fight against coronavirus

Technology
Rwanda has enlisted the help of five anti-epidemic robots to battle the virus, the East African country has 314 confirmed cases of the virus as of May 22. The robots were donated by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to the Kanyinya treatment center that treats Covid-19 patients in the capital city, Kigali. The robots -- named Akazuba, Ikirezi, Mwiza, Ngabo, and Urumuri -- were received by the country's Minister of Health and Minister of ICT and Innovation last week. Today, at Kanyinya Treatment Centre, @UNDP_Rwanda handed over five (5) Smart Anti-Epidemic Robots to the Government of Rwanda, represented by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of ICT and Innovation. pic.twitter.com/PVeTMYJHQu — Ministry of ICT and Innovation | Rwanda (@RwandaICT) May 19, 2020 They w
Russia and Ghana partner to promote Nuclear Education

Russia and Ghana partner to promote Nuclear Education

Technology
Three key Ghanaian universities and Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) will start working together to help upcoming engineers, physicists, doctors and researchers from Ghana to receive world-class Master’s and postgraduate education in nuclear subjects in Russia. The tuition fees for the full duration of education will be funded by the Russian Ministry of Higher Education and Science. The nuclear education programmes are supported by Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom. “About 300 students from more than 15 African countries are already studying nuclear specialties in Russia. We also contribute to the development of higher education in the field, strengthening cooperation between higher education institutions in Russia and Africa,” Director of Educational Projects and Human
Visa and Pesapal announce partnership for connected digital payments in Africa

Visa and Pesapal announce partnership for connected digital payments in Africa

Business, Mobile, Technology
Pesapal will become a Visa Principal Member driving small business acquiring and issuing. Nairobi, April 27, 2020 – Visa (NYSE: V), the global leader in digital payments and Pesapal have today announced a strategic partnership to drive connected digital payments to consumers and businesses in Africa. Pesapal will now become a Visa Principal Member driving small business acquiring and issuing. Pesapal has created Africa's only payments ecosystem that offers Ecommerce, Point of Sale and Consumer applications on one platform. Pesapal recruits and supports businesses to be able to digitize payment collection securely while integrating to business internal systems such as POS, ERP, Accounting and Billing systems. By integrating businesses, Pesapal is then able to drive consumer paym
Peter Ndegwa takes over as CEO at Safaricom succeeding Bob Collymore

Peter Ndegwa takes over as CEO at Safaricom succeeding Bob Collymore

Broadband, Business, Technology
Peter Ndegwa is Wednesday set to take over as Chief Executive Officer at Safaricom to succeed Bob Collymore, who died of cancer on July 1, last year, a move that will make him the first Kenyan to run the giant telco. He will be taking over from founding CEO Michael Joseph, who has been holding the position in an acting capacity since. Mr Ndegwa, an alumnus of Starehe Boys Centre and former East African Breweries finance director, will be betting on M-Pesa, data business and Safaricom’s likely entry into Ethiopia to shape the leading telephone services company’s growth in profitability. The 51-year-old incoming CEO takes the reins at a time when businesses have been hard hit by the coronavirus global pandemic, meaning that he might have to work from home on his first
AI should be made part of businesses in 2020

AI should be made part of businesses in 2020

Business, social media, Technology
Artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) have changed the way data is gathered, stored, processed and used; thus, becoming an indispensable part of our life. AI, in its early stages, has revolutionised lives of businesses and people; it has started to show its effects in businesses and the way people work. Many businesses are not aware of how the technologies can be used efficiently to grow enterprise. Artificial intelligence enables multitasking as takes care of all the menial tasks through automation and leave employees to conentrate on more important areas of the business. If organisations fail to make use of the available and newly added AI tools then chances are that they can’t compete well. AI is creating a more effective world, creating jobs, making workpla