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Uber and BBM Messenger Partner to Bring On Demand Rides to BBM Users Around the Globe

Uber and BBM Messenger Partner to Bring On Demand Rides to BBM Users Around the Globe

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Creative Media Works, operating as BBM Messenger, has partnered with Uber, the world’s largest on-demand ride-sharing company, to launch the Uber ride-on-demand service within BBM Messenger. Users around the world will have access to this new service, including Indonesia – BBM’s largest market – Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East. The tie-up between two of the world’s leading technology platforms means that BBM Messenger users – both Android and iOS – can book an Uber ride via the Uber icon in the BBM Discover menu, without leaving the BBM app or having to have the stand-alone Uber app on their phone. BBM Discover is a high-valued space within BBM Messenger, designed for high impact and reach while giving partners access to the power of social chat. Uber Rid
Degree in Fintech Introduced in Africa

Degree in Fintech Introduced in Africa

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The University of Cape Town (UCT) has introduced a fintech degree, to equip students with financial technology skills to shape a sustainable career in the financial services industry. The academic institution says it is the first university on the continent to offer the degree, which is "specifically designed" to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to embrace the technological revolution in the financial services sector. The new degree, which is already in demand from potential students, is a Master of Data Science with a specialisation in financial technology, and will be offered for the first time in January 2018. According to Business Insider, the innovation was a result of consultations between the institution and the financial services industry experts ...
The biggest game changer in African development is the internet

The biggest game changer in African development is the internet

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Information and communication technology is driving the new “knowledge-based” economy in the developed and developing world. However, internet access remains comparatively low in Africa, with internet penetration at 20% for the continent. There’s free Facebook, mobile banking, and the promise of cashless societies and digitised land records. And from Accra in the west to Kigali in the east, a spray of “tech hubs” talk about “leapfrogging” technology and incubating start-ups. Such are the giddy promises of Africa’s “fourth industrial revolution” – a giant step forward into the digital world which the Guardian is reporting on for the next two weeks. Some are salivating that it will amount to the renaissance of a marginalised continent, while others soberly warn of the hype. By 2
Ushahidi executive director accused of sexual harassment gets fired

Ushahidi executive director accused of sexual harassment gets fired

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Technology firm in Kenya,  Ushahidi,  has fired  the executive director, Daudi Were, on accusations that he sexually harassed an employee, Angela Kabari , who has since resigned. Kabari, a former capacity development officer,  had complained that Were had made lewd comments and told her to have sex with another colleague while on a retreat in January. Kabari published the details of that night in a damning post last week, revealing the psychosomatic effect it had on her, which led to her quitting her job. Kabari said that she had heard stories from eleven other women who had similar unpleasant encounters with the same person, showing that he had “years’ long, widely-known reputation for sexually inappropriate conduct, socially and at work.” These women narrated incidents where he had
Telcos to fight back as WhatsApp hurts mobile revenue growth in Africa

Telcos to fight back as WhatsApp hurts mobile revenue growth in Africa

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It's been a rough ride for global telecommunications companies in recent years, and it's not because they finally started reading their fan mail. The telecommunications industry will lose a combined $386 billion between 2012 and 2018, the firm predicts, from customers using over-the-top (OTT) voice applications such as the market-leading Skype and Lync, both owned by Microsoft. As this happens, Mobile revenue growth has been declining in sub- Saharan Africa since 2013 and is expected to continue its downward trend until the end of the decade—despite a fast-growing subscriber base. Much of the drop has been attributed to the use of over-the-top (OTT) messaging services like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. With more subscribers showing a preference to chat and and make voice calls v