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ICT Will Help Accelerate Digital Transformation in Africa

ICT Will Help Accelerate Digital Transformation in Africa

Technology
ICT  has in recent years emerged as the support for change and growth in both public and private sectors of many of the world’s economies. Approximately 28.6% of Africa’s 1.1 billion population is now able to go online, using their cellphones or computers, as per Internet World Stats. Unreliable and expensive postal and telephonic services are quickly becoming artefacts of the past. Rather than physically reporting an issue or making a complaint to a government department, it is now increasingly possible to do so via the internet: through a website, social media or an app. Organizations that have embraced IT from a strategic approach have reaped big benefits evidenced by the scaling up of the markets, ease of innovation and automation. According to Tech Moran Africa, as the newes
LinkedIn Premium Subscribers Just Got a Host of New Features

LinkedIn Premium Subscribers Just Got a Host of New Features

Internet, social media, Technology
LinkedIn has a few new features that users might get some use out of. The new features are a part of LinkedIn Premium program, which users can buy into as either Premium Career or Premium Business. LinkedIn followed up the redesign of its desktop site last month with an update of the features that are available to LinkedIn Premium members. According to AdWeek, Premium Career members now have access to more personalized insights within LinkedIn jobs , including connections at a potential employer, positions that users would be top applicants for and fast-growing companies in similar professions. Premium Business Insights now provides “unique and timely data” on company pages, and the professional network also added a Who’s Viewed My Profile feature to let users know when companies
WhatsApp is rolling out two-step verification to all billion-plus users

WhatsApp is rolling out two-step verification to all billion-plus users

social media, Technology
WhatsApp is rolling out two-step verification to all of its billion-plus users, after debuting the feature in the beta version of the app last year The Verge reports. Otherwise known as two-factor authentication, this optional feature adds an extra layer of security to users’ accounts. To enable it, users need the latest version of WhatsApp and should then navigate to Settings > Account > Two-step verification > and Enable. Once this feature is turned on, users will have to enter a six-digit passcode every time they register their phone number with WhatsApp again. So, for example, if you get a new phone but keep the same SIM card and number. WhatsApp’s implementation isn’t like two-factor authentication with Google or Facebook, which generates a code with an app or sends one via
Saudi Arabia makes steps to promote the role of women in Technology

Saudi Arabia makes steps to promote the role of women in Technology

Technology, Women
The presence of women in the field of information technology (IT) worldwide is still small compared to men, according to participants at the Global IT Summit at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology(KAUST). According to Patricia Ann Hughes, vice president of human resources at KAUST, Google has only 17 percent of women in tech jobs, Facebook has 15 percent and Twitter has 10 percent. The digital engagement of Saudis is among the highest in the world, making the Kingdom fertile ground for economic growth via digitalization, said Khaled Biyari, group CEO at the Saudi Telecom Co. (STC), in his keynote speech at the summit. “This region is in an advanced stage compared with other regions of the world in terms of readiness to take up digitalization, both at a governmental a
Strong passwords provide good defense as Internet of Things grows

Strong passwords provide good defense as Internet of Things grows

Cyber Security, Internet
The IoT is expanding faster than device makers’ interest in cybersecurity. National Cyber Security Alliance and ESET Report indicates that , only half of the 15,527 consumers surveyed said that concerns about the cybersecurity of an IoT device have discouraged them from buying one. Slightly more than half of those surveyed said they own up to three devices—in addition to their computers and smartphones—that connect to their home routers, with another 22 percent having between four and 10 additional connected devices. Yet 43 percent of respondents reported either not having changed their default router passwords or not being sure if they had. Like leaving the front door of your home wide open when you leave, many people leave personal information online for anyone to find. Security