The mobile apps industry is growing tremendously with social apps reigning supreme. Additionally, Consumers are spending more time on their apps than ever before. Over the past half-decade, the proliferation of mobile devices has transformed us into an app-driven society, presenting marketers with new opportunities to connect with consumers by creating more interesting and sophisticated apps to command their attention. Yahoo’s mobile analytics wing Flurry released a new study, State of Mobile report for 2016, that reports that Thousands of mobile apps appear every day and with the pace at which they are growing, in the next couple of years, these apps will cannibalize one another. However, the study mentioned that time spent in social media and messaging apps grew by an ast
When it comes to measuring the impacts of human development and economic progress in Africa, a comprehensive review of the data ecosystem needs to be done. Lack of accurate information systems in Africa is a development and social cohesion challenge as it continues to make progress monitoring and decision making difficult. According to Asoko Insight, a new report by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa tries to look at these challenges and how countries can work towards a better system and technology implementation to address the issue. The broadband access gap between Sub-Saharan Africa and the rest of the world is getting wider, just as the gap in mobile communications is getting smaller. Increasing access to broadband connectivity is therefore emerging as a high pri
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...