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Social media #Hashtag turned 10 this week

Social media #Hashtag turned 10 this week

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You may have a hard time envisioning conversations on social media these days that don't have a #hashtag. The hashtag, the symbol attached to keywords to tag topics online, on Wednesday celebrated 10 years making social media just a bit more navigable. The sign has preceded the keywords that mark out all major events around the world since 2007, when it got its first outing on Twitter. Before long, it had spread to other social media including Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr. It's become a part of pop culture, sitting at the bottom of the TV screen during an ad, or as a catchphrase for a celebrity's fans, just as the Justin Bieber's #Beliebers. Hashtags themselves have ranged from silly to serious. Meanwhile, there's been the campaign to draw attention to nearly 300 kidnapped Ni...
IDC :Internet of Things in Africa needs a localised approach

IDC :Internet of Things in Africa needs a localised approach

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By 2021, global IoT spending is expected to total nearly $1.4 trillion, led by enterprise investments IoT hardware, software, services, and connectivity. The International Data Corporation reports that Africa’s Internet of Things journey may require a different approach and the starting point depends on the local situation. Although there is a universal business case for adopting the Internet of things  in industries of all types across the US and Europe, the same can’t be said for Africa, which is made up of many economically and politically diverse countries. George Kalebaila, director of telecoms and Internet of Things at the IDC says there isn’t much appetite for connected cars, which is understandable given that many African countries have bigger issues to address. Many glob
Google figures out how to remove stock-photo watermarks

Google figures out how to remove stock-photo watermarks

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Watermarks are placed on copyrighted images like stock-photos in order to keep people from using them without permission or without paying. And manually removing them requires Photoshop skills and  tim. However, Google’s research division has revealed just how easy it is for computer algorithms to bypass standard photo watermarking practices, stripping those images of copyright protection and making them vulnerable to reposting across the internet without credit. The research, presented at a leading computer vision conference in Hawaii back in July, is described in detail in a paper titled, “On the Effectiveness of Visible Watermarks.” “As often done with vulnerabilities discovered in operating systems, applications or protocols, we want to disclose this vulnerability and propose sol
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 ...
Age is no barrier when embracing new technology.

Age is no barrier when embracing new technology.

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In the rapidly evolving world of technology, which influences so much of our lives now, we tend to equate innovation with youth. But creativity isn’t the sole preserve of the young in any field — and there is no reason why older people should not be playing more of a role in designing the future. Millennials still think that older workers are slower at getting to grips with technology Over 50s are often considered to be resistant to change and even ‘technophobic’. But this is nothing more than a stereotype that is past its sell-by date, according to a new study by Dropbox and market research firm Ipsos Mori. The two companies surveyed 4073 workers about their use of technology in the workplace. Of these, 984 were aged between 45 and 54 and 1337 of the survey group were 55+. Th