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WiFi means much more to Africa

WiFi means much more to Africa

Internet, Technology
With the changing telecommunications environment in Africa, not to mention the market dynamics, most African countries are finding themselves under tremendous pressure to adapt or face getting left behind. The recent changes to Africa's Wireless Fidelity landscape has given rise to smart city deployments and is deemed to add economic value to cities, serving as a driving force behind development. This is according to Riaan Graham, Sales Director for Sub-Saharan Africa at Ruckus Wireless, who notes that while the evolution of Wireless fidelity in Africa has been slow compared to that of international counterparts, there has been progress. WiFi in Africa has predominantly been reserved for businesses and airport business lounges but this has fast changed. Previously no roaming betwe...
World forecast to spend trillions on the Internet of Things

World forecast to spend trillions on the Internet of Things

Internet, Technology
The numbers being forecast for the Internet of Things (IoT) are truly mind-boggling. BI Intelligence finds that the number of everyday and enterprise devices that will soon be connected to the Internet — from parking meters to home thermostats will be huge. In a recent report, "Gartner forecasted that 4.9 billion connected things will be in use in 2015, up 30 percent from 2014, and will reach 25 billion by 2020". With regards to this, The International Data Corporation expects worldwide Internet of Things spend to reach US$1.29 trillion in 2020report IT Web Africa. Worldwide spending on the Internet of things is forecast to reach US$1.29 trillion in 2020, according to forecasts by the International Data Corporation. According to the IDC's worldwide semi-annual guide, global IoT sp
Microsoft kills the ability to uninstall stock apps from Windows 10

Microsoft kills the ability to uninstall stock apps from Windows 10

Technology
Microsoft’s Windows 10 comes with a selection of decent stock apps, but if you don’t use some (or indeed all) of them, then really they serve no purpose other than to take up disk space. Microsoft introduced the ability to remove unwanted stock apps in build 14936 for Windows  10 Insiders, but now it’s taken back that option. According to Beta news, While you’ve been able to uninstall certain Windows 10 apps since launch, as of October, Insiders have been able to delete apps such as Calculator, Groove Music, Mail and calendar, Movies & TV, OneNote, and Xbox, but that’s no longer the case. If you’ve updated to the latest Insider Build (currently Build 15014) you’ll find the Uninstall option for those stock apps, and others, is now grayed out (although they can still be unin
Africa should learn from Kenya’s digital migration strategy

Africa should learn from Kenya’s digital migration strategy

Technology
Many African countries have not yet migrated to the digital platform IT web Africa reports.  In fact, all the regions of the continent have made significant steps towards digital migration to beat the International Telecommunication Union’s deadline. As of February 2017, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), based on its original deadline of 17 June 2015, several countries are yet to start the process including Central African Rep., Eritrea, Liberia, Libya, Malaysia, Sao Tome and Principe and South Africa. The study of Kenya found that the switchover from analogue to digital broadcasting created a more robust broadcasting sector. According to the report, the switchover resulted in a 20% increase in TV penetration and grew the total number of broadcasters fr
Facebook to Develop App for Television Set-Top Boxes

Facebook to Develop App for Television Set-Top Boxes

social media, Technology
Facebook Inc is creating an app for television set-top boxes, including Apple Inc's Apple TV, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The world's biggest online social network was in discussions with media companies to license long-form, TV-quality programming the Journal reported. An app for set-top boxes would bring online social network closer to live video and video advertisements. Getting advertisers to buy more video ads is key to online social network's continued revenue growth as such ads fetch higher rates from advertisers than text or photo-based ads reports The Fortune. Live video is also becoming a highly competitive feature on social platforms, with companies competing to stream major sports events and exclusive video components from