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New Bitcoin Exchange launched in Kenya

New Bitcoin Exchange launched in Kenya

Business
Belfrics Global Pte Limited, a Malaysia based bitcoin technology provider has announced the launch of its bitcoin exchange in Kenya. With this launch, Belfrics is now available across three markets including India and its international-based exchange located in Singapore. Belfrics intends to capitalize on the growing demand for its services in Kenya, which is one of the top markets on the African continent. Belfrics Kenya will offer exchange services in addition to other digital services revolving around the Blockchain.The company also provides a POS system and payment gateway for merchants to accept bitcoins as payment, enhancing their scope of business. The rise of this digital cryptocurrency and the underlying technology, the Blockchain, has also brought with it many invest...
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
Facebook fight fake news with links to other angles

Facebook fight fake news with links to other angles

social media
Facebook has been criticized as being one of the main distribution points for so-called fake news, which many think influenced the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The company will become the suggester of perspective to avoid being the “arbiter of truth”. It’s rolling out “Related Articles” that appear below news links to stories lots of people are posting about on Facebook, or that are suspected to be false news and have been externally fact checked by Facebook’s partners. Appearing before someone reads, Related Articles will surface links to additional reporting on the same topic to provide different view points, and to truthiness reports from the fact checkers. If users see drastically different angles when they compare a story to its Related Articles, they might deem it suspic
Google begins testing built-in ad blocker in Chrome

Google begins testing built-in ad blocker in Chrome

Technology
Google has plans to introduce a built-in ad blocker for its Chrome browser. While Google has already warned publishers about the change, the ad blocker is now starting to show up in pre-release versions of the Chrome for Android app. TechCrunch reports that the ad blocker can be found in the latest Chrome Canary app for Android. Testers can download the latest Chrome Canary build from Google Play to try out the ad blocker. The ad blocker was discovered by German-language Caschys Blog. In Canary, it takes the form of a toggle in preferences, though it’s switched off by default. Not all Canary users have received the setting at this time, so it appears to be a server-side update. Part of the reason Google is waiting until the new year to launch its ad blocker is to give web develope
Does Lack of local content hinder Internet Adoption?

Does Lack of local content hinder Internet Adoption?

Internet
Sub-Saharan Africa has seen great improvements in connectivity infrastructure, with increasing investment in access infrastructure including mobile internet networks and fibre backbones. While this is a step in the right direction, the adoption of technologies such as 3G and 4G is lagging behind, raising the question of why it's taking so long for Africa to get online. Although agriculture and natural resources which have proved workable in Africa will continue to be important drivers of Africa’s economic growth in 2011, it is the application of modern technologies that will have the most significant impact on the growth trajectories of most African economies. Specifically, the greatest opportunity for growth is deemed come from technological innovation and the adoption of new technologi