Africa has become a hub for innovation and digital communications. Access to ICT has increased dramatically over the last decade. Microsoft corporation and Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, parent company of pan-African banking group Ecobank has signed a memorandum of understanding to complement African governments’ efforts to modernise and raise the standards of the continent’s major cities through state of the art digital solutions. The MOU will see the modernisation of sectors that will have the most immediate and significant impact for African countries. It also supports the implementation of a comprehensive e-skills and a digital literacy programme in the African countries. The collaboration ensued from increasing pressure on African cities due to urbanisation and t
African tech startups raised funding in excess of US$129 million in 2016, with the number of startups securing funding up by 16.8 per cent compared to the previous year reports Tech city. The Disrupt Africa Startups Funding Report displays substantial growth in the number of startups to raise funding as compared to the previous year, although the overall total amount of funding recorded declined. Of the nine sectors analysed in the report, the fintech sector received the most backing in 2016, with startups in this space raising a combined US$31.4 million, 24 per cent of the overall total. According to Tech city, the report also makes available data on the startup acquisitions which took place in 2016; as well as the results of surveys relating to preferences and trends wit
The automotive industry is facing some tough challenges in terms of cyber security. Over the last year, research has shown that connected cars can be hacked and controlled remotely -- the researchers achieved this by exploiting a zero-day vulnerability they found in the car's computer system. This is according to David Emm, principal security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, who explains technology has transformed the driving experience through delivering safer, more efficient and comfortable journeys. According to science tech today, manufacturers opting for a popular platform such as Android, face the same security scenarios as mobile devices run on the same operating system, such as malicious applications and perhaps even ransomware. And then, the data gathered and communicated by...
Microsoft wants more data scientists in the job market. But some young people need to acquire their knowledge starting completely anew, while mid-career professionals need to build on their previous experience. As a result, Microsoft Corp. announced the Microsoft Professional Degree (MPD) program, for professionals at any stage of their career to provides professionals with real-world knowledge and hands-on experience to grow their skills in critical fields. Microsoft reports that recognizing a shortage of qualified individuals to fill the growing need for specific job roles, the Professional Program is a new way to learn the skills and get the hands-on experience these roles require. The MPD program is designed as both a catalyst for individuals in the early stages of thei
Nokia is looking to bring the fight to the likes of Siri, Cortana, Alexa and the Google Assistant with its own digital assistant dubbed Viki. Described as a means of combining all data sources into a single chat and voice based interface, Viki will reportedly allow users to talk to their phones in order to perform searches or trigger a number of features such as setting alarms or checking the weather. Although the rise of voice-powered digital assistants is tied in heavily to smartphones, there is no indication that Viki is going to make an appearance on a device in the near future. The recently announced Nokia 6 may carry the name of the Finnish company, but that name was licensed to HMD, along with access to a number of key patents. That means HMD may well have an option to use