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Ongoing Elections In Uganda Lead To Blocked Access To Social Media

Ongoing Elections In Uganda Lead To Blocked Access To Social Media

Governance, Internet, Mobile, social media
Access to social media networks such as WhatsApp and mobile money  has been blocked in Uganda over what the government claims to be "national security" concerns. Sources speaking to the Daily Nation  however state that the shutdown that was ordered by top officials in the ruling party is meant to curtail the massive amounts of messages that are being shared against President, Yoweri Museveni. The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), director of corporate affairs, Fred Otunnu said that the shutdown was only temporary due to the sensitive nature of the elections period. While this goes on, there are concerns about the poor internet bandwidth but the UCC maintained that that was not related to the ongoing elections. The Ugandan Presidential and Parliamentary elections begun this mornin

Tech Milestone as Both WhatsApp And Gmail Reach The 1 Billion Users Mark

Mobile, social media
It is a great week for technology as two tech giants reach the I Billion users mark. Google announced that Gmail, its email service had 1 billion monthly active users. Gmail joined the list of other Google platforms that have also gathered 1 billion users namely, Google Search, Android, Chrome, YouTube et.al. Gmail had hit the 900,000 user mark sometime before May 2015. This was followed by Facebook’s announcement that WhatsApp had reached the 1 billion mark. This meant that the WhatsApp figures had more than doubled since Facebook acquired it two years ago. The announcement came after WhatsApp announced that it would be made completely free and remain ad free. An overjoyed Mark Zuckerberg took to Facebook to share his joy in a post that read: “One billion people now use WhatsApp. Congr

WhatsApp Is Now Free; How Businesses Stand To Gain

social media
When you joined WhatsApp, there was a reminder that you would be enjoying it for free for a year after which you would be forced to pay a subscription fee of about 0.99$ per year. If you cleared your application data and logged back in to your WhatsApp account, there was a reminder of how long you had to enjoy that service. This however, is no more after the move announced by Mark Zuckerberg to make WhatsApp completely free. While the generous and magnanimous move has pleased most of us, there is that nagging suspicion that there is a catch. Of course there is. One of the greatest joys that came with WhatsApp was the ability to hide from ads. On WhatsApp you aren’t hounded by thousands of irritating pop up ads. A lot of us thought that that might be the reason why you have to pay for Wh

WhatsApp dominates Africa’s mobile traffic

Internet, Mobile
Sandvine has released its latest Global Internet Phenomena report, which revealed what people use their broadband services for. According to the report, Africa is a region with potential for growth, but few understand what the traffic composition in the region is. “Thanks to being deployed in over 20 networks in the region, Sandvine is able to publish mobile usage statistics for a third straight year,” the company said In North America, mobile Internet traffic is dominated by YouTube and Facebook says Sandvine. YouTube accounts for nearly 20 percent of all mobile traffic, and Facebook tops 16 percent. In  Africa, for instance, in terms of mobile traffic, the continent’s most dominant service is a tool that many in the US haven’t even heard of: WhatsApp. WhatsApp is the smartphone messagi

Will Facebook’s Messenger Cannibalize WhatsApp. App downloads surpassed!

Mobile, social media
A latest Facebook Messenger update that allows it to be used even by those who don’t have a Facebook account, has made the Messenger have an extra feature much like WhatsApp. The latest development is intended to increase user engagement, while the Messenger now competes with other rival applications such as WhatsApp, which, interestingly, is also owned by Facebook. Reports Bidnessetc Messenger has collected 646.6 million downloads, according to data from app analytics firm Sensor Tower, while the Facebook app had 568 million downloads in the same period. Messenger has been available as a standalone app since late 2011. Last year, Facebook announced it will be forcing mobile users to download the separate app and not allowing them to chat through the main Facebook app any more. The su

Canadian web users report increase in WhatsApp email scam

Cyber Security, Internet, Mobile, social media
TORONTO – WhatsApp users may want to keep a watchful eye on their inbox. Many Canadian web users have reported seeing an increase in suspicious emails claiming to be sent from the mobile messaging service. Reports Nicole Bogart of Global News The messages, usually sent from unknown email addresses, claim the user has a new voicemail message on WhatsApp – but if the emails are linked to a malware scam. When clicked, a “play” button shown in the email takes users to a malicious website that may trick them into downloading malware to their device, according to previous reports. The scam is said to target Android phones and iPhone’s that have been “jailbroken” – the term for when users remove the limitations on Apple’s software, or alter them to run unauthorized software. The emails are

WhatsApp Hits 600 Million Active Users, Says Koum

Internet, Mobile, social media
When Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg held talks with WhatsApp over what would become a mega, $19-billion takeover deal last February, he told the founders he’d love for their popular messaging app to “connect 4 to 5 billion people over the next five years.” It was an extraordinary mandate, yet WhatsApp may be gradually getting there. On Monday founder Jan Koum announced on Twitter TWTR +4.49% that the free texting service he started in his Santa Clara townhouse in 2009, had hit 600 million monthly active users. reports Forbes In late April, the number was 500 million, meaning the app has been gaining roughly 25 million new active users each month, or 833,000 active users per day. Back in March, WhatsApp founder Brian Acton confirmed to Forbes that the service had been signing up 1 million new u

What’sApp with that? Facebook to shut down chat function forcing users to install its Messenger app

Business, Mobile, social media
For many people, chatting to friends is a major reason to use Facebook’s app on their smartphone. But soon they will have to download the social network’s partner app, called Messenger, to carry on their instant conversations. Facebook is reportedly notifying users of its popular app that they will no longer be able to send 'chat' messages and will instead have to swap to Messenger, which was launched three years ago. It follows the company's acquisition of another popular messaging app, WhatsApp, for US$19billion As Guardian Reports, Facebook will remove chat from its iPhone and Android app, forcing users to download its separate Messenger app if they want to continue sending and receiving private messages. Facebook plans to eventually require that users in all countries install the Mes

WhatsApp Messages May Not Actually Be Private or Secure

Cyber Security
NEW DELHI: If you use WhatsApp on an Android phone, you should be careful about what you talk about or share on the instant messaging app. Using a few scripts and a rogue app, anyone can peer into your chat logs and see what you talk about with your friends. A Dutch security consultant has found that WhatsApp chat logs saved on the SD card of an Android phone can be read by other apps because of the way Android allows sharing of data between apps. "The WhatsApp database is saved on the SD card which can be read by any Android application if the user allows it to access the SD card. And since majority of the people allows everything on their Android device, this is not much of a problem," Bas Bosschert wrote on his blog. "What do we need to steal someone's WhatsApp database? First we nee...

WhatsApp: Facebook’s Weapon for Taking on the Telcos

Business
If you had any doubt about Facebook's and Google's intentions for the next five years, Facebook's WhatsApp acquisition makes it clear: These Silicon Valley giants have no intention of remaining dependent on the caprices of the telcos. In fact, we're seeing the battle lines being drawn on what will be an epic business battle between telecommunications companies, which have controlled the Internet's infrastructure for decades; and so-called "content" companies like Facebook and Google, which have been using that infrastructure to deliver their services to consumers. Facebook was not willing to pay a record $19 billion for WhatsApp just because it's a Twitter competitor, an SMS alternative, or a way to attract customers among youth in non-U.S. countries -- though those are all significant. Th...