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Africa should learn from Kenya’s digital migration strategy

Africa should learn from Kenya’s digital migration strategy

Technology
Many African countries have not yet migrated to the digital platform IT web Africa reports.  In fact, all the regions of the continent have made significant steps towards digital migration to beat the International Telecommunication Union’s deadline. As of February 2017, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), based on its original deadline of 17 June 2015, several countries are yet to start the process including Central African Rep., Eritrea, Liberia, Libya, Malaysia, Sao Tome and Principe and South Africa. The study of Kenya found that the switchover from analogue to digital broadcasting created a more robust broadcasting sector. According to the report, the switchover resulted in a 20% increase in TV penetration and grew the total number of broadcasters fr
Google Gets Rid of 1.7 Billion Bad Ads

Google Gets Rid of 1.7 Billion Bad Ads

Cyber Security
Google has reported that it removed 1.7 billion bad advertisements from its various sites in 2016, more than double the prior year's totals. The firm took several steps to crack down on the deceptive advertising, including updating its policies to protect users from "misleading and predatory offers." It also beefed up its technology to help identify misleading ads and remove them, according to Scott Spencer, Google's director of product management, sustainable ads. The director noted that free and open Web is a vital resource for individuals and businesses around the world, and advertising plays a role in making sure users have access to accurate, quality online information. According to the Tech blog, Bad ads have been a big headache for Google and a host of other social media si...
Facebook to Develop App for Television Set-Top Boxes

Facebook to Develop App for Television Set-Top Boxes

social media, Technology
Facebook Inc is creating an app for television set-top boxes, including Apple Inc's Apple TV, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The world's biggest online social network was in discussions with media companies to license long-form, TV-quality programming the Journal reported. An app for set-top boxes would bring online social network closer to live video and video advertisements. Getting advertisers to buy more video ads is key to online social network's continued revenue growth as such ads fetch higher rates from advertisers than text or photo-based ads reports The Fortune. Live video is also becoming a highly competitive feature on social platforms, with companies competing to stream major sports events and exclusive video components from
Malware study shows people still falling for old tricks

Malware study shows people still falling for old tricks

Cyber Security
Ransomware, or apps that encrypt user’s data and then demand them to pay a ransom for a decryption key, have become a big business. According to the State of Malware Report 2017, in January 2016, ransomware constituted 18% of all malware delivered by email or through exploits of existing software. By November 2016, it had climbed to 66%, which the report labels “an unprecedented domination of the threat landscape. However, that’s not the depressing part of this report. Malwarebytes still sees a lot of malware getting on computers via in email attachments, many of which are Microsoft (MSFT) Office  attachments with embedded macros whose code will attack your computer. Those techniques date back to the days of dial-up internet, when Office was much more lenient about running macros
Cloud technology can help improve governance in the new industrial age

Cloud technology can help improve governance in the new industrial age

Technology
Computing has been with us for more than fifty years. Through this period, the technology world has shifted from the era of large machines often housed in warehouses and not unlike data centres now the internet era, which made information easily accessible to millions around the world and lastly, the cloud and mobile era which we happen to live in now. According to Ventures Africa, the cloud and mobile era comes with new concerns, uncertainty and questions around regulations and laws. History has shown us that technology will always evolve faster than law, thus governments around the world struggle to understand and regulate technology and strike a balance between allowing innovation and protecting their citizens from any perceived threats this uncovered terrain may bring. Thi...