Technology

Don’t overlook Africa’s tech potential urges Huawei

Technology
The ICT industry ought to do more to access opportunities for growth in emerging markets across the globe according to Huawei. The multinational ICT company, which organised a Digital Transformation Forum during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, is urging industry counterparts to exploit the latent potential in Africa and the emerging world where it runs its business. nd this should be done in an all-round strategic partnership with regions in order to advance economic and social development, the tech firm says. William Xu, Executive Director of the Board and Chief Strategy Marketing Officer of Huawei said, "By 2025, we will see 2 billion more people with mobile connections, and another 500 million broadband homes. Our commitment has always been to enable world's opera...

Google expands its Launchpad Accelerator program to Africa and Europe

Startups, Technology
Google is expanding its Launchpad Accelerator program to two more continents. African and European countries have been added to the lineup. The Google Launchpad accelerator  is a program to empower founders by supporting their startups through mentorship and equity-free support. The Accelerator leverages all that the tech giant has to offer, to help participating tech startups reach their true potential. The tech giant's target is to help startups build products on its platform and become successful doing it and ensuing that every startup has access to the best resources that the ecosystem can provide. Startups participating in the accelerator receive $250,000 worth of assistance, including $50,000 in seed funding with zero equity taken, credits to use Google products, physical space in

A startup in Africa to use AI Robots for News

Technology
Controvert media, a tech startup in Africa  has implemented the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) robots to automatically write and post news articles on the internet. AI robots also known as bots, as they are also known by,  are created by software developers in order to take on repetitive tasks that would ordinarily be carried out by people. Speaking about the introduction of the artificial intelligence bot, Controvert Media CEO William Chui highlighted that contrary to the belief that that artificial intelligence apps will push people out of jobs – an opinion held by many – the AI apps will actually create job opportunities. “Yes, other jobs will disappear in the future, but new jobs will be created as well,” Mr. Chui emphasised. Think about it; in 1999, all the jobs brou
Mobile is driving digital payments in Africa

Mobile is driving digital payments in Africa

Internet, Mobile, Technology
The evolution of African markets has improved significantly over the years. With mobile becoming increasingly central to people’s lives, experts have said that the future of payment lies in digital, which will be championed by mobile devices. Different types of  digital payments are beginning to converge on the mobile phones, whether it is Internet payment, which result in the delivery of services or app payment at the super market or solutions such as Uber, all these services from different technology companies are converging on the consumers mobile phones. Additionally, this Increasing convergence and integration between e-commerce and mobile technology have radically changed the shape of the payments marketplace. For instance Mpesa and and mobile banking have rapily gained popularity
AI fights cybercrime as IBM Watson learns the language of cyber security

AI fights cybercrime as IBM Watson learns the language of cyber security

Cyber Security, Technology
As technology advances, we have more detailed data and analytics at our fingertips than ever before. It can potentially offer new insights for cybercrime prevention. IBM Watson, Big Blue’s artificial intelligence (AI) platform, keeps on learning with the smart platform now well versed in cyber security. The company said that for the past year, Watson has been trained on the language of cyber security and has studied more than one million security documents. Watson for Cyber Security will be integrated into IBM’s new Cognitive SOC platform, which puts cognitive technologies into the hands of security analysts, improving their ability to fill gaps in intelligence. Accoeding to NetworkWorld, By 2020, 60 percent of digital businesses will suffer a major service failure due to the inability