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Twitter unveils low-data ‘TwitterLite’ service

Twitter unveils low-data ‘TwitterLite’ service

Mobile, social media
Twitter has introduced a new, speedier version of its site for the mobile web and dubbed it TwitterLite. Focused on emerging markets and users in environments with unreliable connectivity, Twitter Lite comes with a data-saver mode that blurs images and videos until they’re tapped. It is a new, mobile-only version that uses less data, loads more quickly on slow connections and takes up less than one megabyte of space. The service is available by default at mobile.twitter.com globally, rather than through an app. But Twitter said Lite is particularly aimed at people in emerging markets such as Asia Pacific, Latin America and Africa, where mobile data is expensive. Twitter (TWTR, Tech30)said the new service announced Thursday has up to 30% faster launch times compared with the origin
Cameroon’s Internet Outage Is Draining Its Economy

Cameroon’s Internet Outage Is Draining Its Economy

Internet
Cameroon is under international pressure to restore internet services. Up to 20 percent of Cameroon’s population has been denied internet access since January, and the problem persists. By all accounts, the internet disruptions are thought to be politically motivated, targeting long-marginalized English- speaking populations in the country’s northwest and southwest. Neither the government nor internet providers have released any statements regarding the outage. Speaking to CNN, Otto Akama, who runs a technology hub called ActivSpaces in the southwestern city of Buea, said that the ban had brought many businesses to a standstill. All tech companies are down. Most banks are down and ATM machines are not working, so people don’t have access to cash,” he explained. Motherboard repor
Africa has the potential to develop future great innovations

Africa has the potential to develop future great innovations

Internet, Technology
Africa's mobile revolution has offered entrepreneurs an opportunity unlike any other to disseminate products and services that can contribute to inclusive growth on the continent reports BizTech Africa.. It enables digital innovation that allows African entrepreneurs and developers to leapfrog technologies, creating access to previously unavailable services for the majority.As the continent develops, it is pivotal to ensure that the currently underserved majority feels the benefits. According to BizTech Africa,If Africa ensures that its economic development happens in a more equitable and sustainable way, the macroeconomic positives are myriad. Offering young, aspiring Africans the opportunity to create wealth, has the effect of turning this demographic into producers and cons...
Snapchat growth slowed 82% after Instagram Stories launched

Snapchat growth slowed 82% after Instagram Stories launched

Internet, Mobile, social media
Snapchat was flying high in early 2016, but the launch of direct competitor Instagram Stories coincided with a massive drop in how fast Snapchat was growing, judging by new stats in its IPO filing. That aligns with our report that multiple analytic providers and social media talent managers saw a big decline in snapchat usage after Instagram Stories came out. While we can’t be sure Instagram Stories directly caused the issue, its rapid rise is highly correlated with Snapchat’s slow down. The rise of international Snapchat Stories competitor Snow also could have contributed. Meanwhile, Snap says technical errors in the roll out of new products may have inhibited user growth at the end of Q3. That means Snapchat was growing at just one-fifth of the speed it was two quarters earlier. It
The Internet trends have drastically changed since first invention

The Internet trends have drastically changed since first invention

Governance, Internet
What began in a handful of computer science laboratories more than three decades ago morphed in the 1990s into the world-changing technology that dominates many aspects of our lives, from work to friendships. So, would you recognize the internet of the early 80s? In 1983, the world wide web was in its infancy, but many of the core technologies that provide the building blocks for today’s internet were already in place. In an article for the World Economic Forum, Max Galka, CEO of FOIA Mapper, says the technological concepts pioneered in 1983 by Vinton Cerf, dubbed the “father of the internet”, gave rise to the modern web. At the time, the connectivity was made up of only a few hundred government and research organizations. Since then, connecti