Technology

Facebook & Google dominate the list of 2016’s top apps

Facebook & Google dominate the list of 2016’s top apps

Internet, Mobile, social media, Technology
Mobile applications from Facebook and Google dominated the new list of the year’s top apps released by Nielsen. Facebook, a social network company also dominated the second spot with Facebook Messenger at 129 million unique users per month. Following Facebook's winning of the top spots, Google holds most of the remaining spots with YouTube (113 million), Google Maps (105 million), Google Search (103 million), Google Play (99 million), and Gmail (88 million). Another Facebook-owned app in the 8th spot, Instagram (74 million), bookends the Google apps. According to  Techcrunch , among the top 10 smartphone apps, the apps with highest year-over-year change were Amazon App and Instagram, with 43% and 36% growth in users from 2015, respectively. Nielsen also took a brief glim
Apple reveals autonomous vehicle ambitions

Apple reveals autonomous vehicle ambitions

Technology
Apple has confirmed it is working on the technology for a self-driving vehicle Newshub reports. According to Apple, they are investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation. The firm as well looks forward to collaborating with NHTSA and other stakeholders so that the significant societal benefits of automated vehicles can be realized safely and responsibly. Three months ago, Apple reportedly restructured the unit working on the self-driving technology, shifting its focus from building its own car to designing the operating system and software for autonomous vehicles. Apple also encourages data sharing, particularly for accidents, saying that would enable the in...
Italian Banks set up Cybercrime response team to maintain Cyber security

Italian Banks set up Cybercrime response team to maintain Cyber security

Cyber Security, Governance, Technology
Big banks are revving up efforts to combat cyber criminals targeting the financial-services industry to maintain cyber security in the sector. The Bank of Italy, together with the Italian Banking Association and the ABI Lab Consortium recently signed an agreement to strengthen cooperation on cyber security. The objective is to ensure greater security for operators in Italy’s banking and financial sectors and for the households, businesses and general government departments that use digital services. According to a U.S. cyber security report released by IBM financial-services industry ranked third in number of cyber attacks last year, after health care and manufacturing. Finextra reports that the agreement will see the creation of a highly-specialized Computer Emergency Resp
Facebook will outsource fact checking to fight fake News

Facebook will outsource fact checking to fight fake News

Internet, Mobile, social media, Technology
After facing months of criticism, Facebook has announced a plan to combat a small subset of misleading information. Snopes, FactCheck.org, Politifact, ABC News, and AP will assistance Facebook int fighting fake news on the social media platform. It will make feign news posts reduction visible, insert warnings from fact checkers to feign news in a feed, make stating hoaxes easier and interrupt financial incentives of fake news spammers. Once a story is flagged, it will go into a special queue that can only be accessed by signatories to the International Fact-Checkers Network Code of Principles, a project of nonprofit journalism organization Poynter. IFCN Code of Principles signatories in the U.S. will review the flagged stories for accuracy. If the signatory decides the story i
Digital technology to increase participation of women in reconstruction of Gaza Strip

Digital technology to increase participation of women in reconstruction of Gaza Strip

Internet, Technology, Women
Digital technology has revolutionized the world as never before. Various transformations have taken place in the global arena. The contribution of women in technology has been significant over the years. With financial support of the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium, UN-Habitat and UN Women have launched a new innovative Programme to advance women’s and youth’s rights to participate in reconstruction and recovery efforts in Gaza. The UN-Habitat-UN Women joint programme will take advantage of digital tools and video games such as MineCraft and SaftiPin to support engagement of communities in the design of their public spaces, linking simultaneously with selected female architects from Gaza trained on the use of digital technologies for the development of gender inclusive, s