Addressing a high-level meeting on 'Innovations for Infrastructure Development and Sustainable Industrialization' during the ECA's Africa Development Week in Dakar, the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Peter Thomson urged Africa to take advantage of innovation and technology and use them to drive sustainable development, infrastructure and industrialization. Harnessing this potential requires effective leadership to champion the necessary reforms to ensure the transformative potential of innovation and technology is enjoyed by everyone across Africa. The rapid pace of advances in innovation and disruptive technology taking place across the world provides an opportunity for these tools to be harnessed in Africa towards advancing sustainable industrialization, development, ...
African countries have shown their interest and willingness to strive for science, technology, and innovation led development in the coming years. Most African countries have underdeveloped STI institutions and fail to effectively generate and deploy knowledge and technological innovations for socioeconomic growth. According to the Africa Capacity Report the Africa Capacity Report, issued Tuesday, March 28 2017, Morocco is leading in science, technology and innovation capacity in Africa. The country scored the highest index values, with 71.6 in science, technology, and innovation, followed by Tanzania’s 68.8 and Rwanda’s 68.2, showed the report. The kingdom also topped the list in 2014. The assessment was based on various components including policy environment, implementation
Nigeria is a huge market made up of incredibly talented entrepreneurs. With a growing, urbanising population of nearly 170 million people and GDP growth predicted at more than 6.5% per annum for the next four years, the potential growth of Nigeria in tech sector is set to be high particularly considering the current gaps in the market. The arrival of four large fibre-optic cables, including the huge Main One and Glo-1 cables that connect Nigeria’s coast to global communications infrastructure is changing the connectivity in the country. The dramatic increase in bandwidth could, analysts say, release the latent potential in Nigerian technology. Some global companies are already positioning themselves to take part in the country's growth. IBM has created innovation hubs in the Lagos
Facebook Messenger app is set to stop working on a number of older smartphones. The social networking site has already started sending out notification emails to those still using the app on devices set to be hit by the change. While owners of recent iPhone and Android models need not panic, the popular messaging app will be ending support for 3 apps across Microsoft’s platforms, which include the Facebook for Windows Phone, Messenger for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 and Facebook for Windows 8 and 8.1 PCs Affected users will receive an e-mail and in-app messages notifying them that they will need to upgrade OS or device to continue using Facebook and Messenger, as the current apps will stop working. By the end of March, the company will have completely ended support on the affected devices.
The app stores are more competitive every day and app publishers are looking for more intelligence and organic advantages in order to build a sustainable mobile business. The Google play store specifically is suffering from an epidemic of fake reviews as numerous top-downloaded apps – including Gmail, Chrome, Messenger, WhatsApp, Firefox and more – are getting inundated with heaps of what appears to be spammy five-star ratings. While the total magnitude of the fake reviews remains unclear, one peculiar detail they share is that all of them wrongly refer to ‘games’ and other game-related features like winning bonuses and so on. Apps like Gmail, Chrome, Messenger and Firefox have all received close to 5,000 suspicious positive reviews referencing ‘games’ since February 2017. What makes th