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Internet of Things: the next stop on the transformation roadmap.

Internet of Things: the next stop on the transformation roadmap.

Internet
IoT is driving digital transformation. It could soon be as commonplace as electricity in the everyday lives of people in OECD countries. As such, it will play a fundamental role in economic and social development in ways that would have been challenging to predict as recently as two or three decades ago. The incorporation of the IoT into people’s lives will require evaluating implications for their safety and privacy, including the security of their personal information and the development of appropriate safeguards. Appropriate legal privacy and consumer protection frameworks will be fundamental enablers of acceptance and trust. "IoT  has the power to create new revenue streams, cut costs and increase productivity by redesigning operations and simplifying processes” says Thierr
How the growth of free Wi-Fi is transforming life in Africa

How the growth of free Wi-Fi is transforming life in Africa

Internet
In Africa, a new ICT trend is curved towards providing citizens with free Wi-Fi in order to boost economic activity and education, in line with McKinsey’s projection that if internet penetration grows in the same way as that of mobile phones on the continent, it could contribute as much as 10 per cent – $300 billion – of the continent’s total GDP by 2025. The provision of free Wi-Fi is becoming a continent-wide trend. In Kenya, the county of Nakuru is offering residents free access through a partnership between the State House Digital Team and the county government, at the reported cost of US$2 million. Rwanda’s Smart Kigali initiative provides designated free Wi-Fi hotspots around the capital. The Murtala Muhammad Airport Two (MMA2) in Lagos provides free access for passengers throu
Uber India hits 500 million rides landmark, hires 1,000 people

Uber India hits 500 million rides landmark, hires 1,000 people

Technology
San Francisco-based cab aggregator Uber announced that it has completed 500 million trips in India since its launch in the country in 2013. The trips add up to mark Uber’s Six billion trips worldwide ever since its launch in 2010. The company entered Bangalore in 2013 and has expanded to 29 cities in India till date. The company also said that it has registered double digit growth in the country and almost 2.5 times annual increase in business as of June’ 2017. It's a major milestone for Uber, which said it is "winning in India," its largest overseas market. The demand for Uber, which operates in 29 cities in India, surged by almost 2.5 times between June 2016 and June 2017, the app aggregator said. India was the 18th market for the San Francisco-headquartered company when it ente
Creating the African Bill Gates with Digital Innovation

Creating the African Bill Gates with Digital Innovation

Startups, Technology
Sub-Saharan Africa has a youthful population, with 70% of it under the age of 30. However, unemployment is high amongst the youth. The African nations believe that addressing the digital and economic challenges could be done through the strengthening of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education on the continent. This will help prepare the continent’s young generation for ‘future jobs,’ and to fully leverage opportunities presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This will help prepare the continent’s young generation for ‘future jobs,’ and to fully leverage opportunities presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Several non-government organizations, governments, and companies are playing their part in making sure that the AU’s Agenda 2063, popularl
YouTube’s revamped Site brings an optional dark mode

YouTube’s revamped Site brings an optional dark mode

Technology
YouTube has now announced that anyone can now opt-in to try the revamped site, which is cleaner, simpler, and more in line with the YouTube app on mobile devices. YouTube officially began rolling out a fundamental design change to the look and feel of the popular video sharing site. Incorporating Material Design elements into the mix, the new version of YouTube offers up infinite scrolling along with a cleaner interface and a simpler design which make things a bit easier on the eyes. Based on YouTube owner Google’s design language, Material Design, there are some subtle but welcome changes to the video streaming service’s UI. There’s more white space, a lighter and smaller search bar, the blue video title links are now black, and the sidebar menu, which can now be hidden from view using