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May, 2014

INFOGRAPHIC: The State Of African Government Websites

Editor’s Note: This infographic by Kathleen Ndongmo shows the deplorable state of the 54 African government official websites. It is hoped that African countries would step up and give their respective countries their rightful web presence. Also find 10 (Really) Worst African Government Official Websites

Video Quality Report: Don’t Blame Us for Slow YouTubes, Says Google

Google has unveiled Google Video Quality Report, “a simple tool to see the level of video quality your Internet service provider can play YouTube.” U.S. and Canada-based YouTube watchers can run it on their machines starting now. Reports Wired.com According to Google, the report measures the speed at which video bytes are transferred from the […]

Safaricoms’ Mpesa, Airtel Money to brace for new entrant Equity Bank, as competition for mobile money market share heats up

Equity Bank goes for special SIM cards for its mobile money service reports businessdailyafrica.com In Summary Equity Bank plans to issue consumers with the ultra-slim SIM cards that can sit on the back of normal SIM cards, saving users the trouble of migrating or carrying two phones. The layered SIM card can receive and make calls […]

Microsoft Skype Translator to Interpret Calls in Real Time

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has been showing off a development version of the software, translating between German and English. Windows 8 users will be able to try a beta version by year’s end Reports Time.com Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella showed off Skype Translator on Tuesday, an upcoming feature aiming at real-time interpretation of voice calls […]

Eastern Africa member countries discuss Sharing Internet Infrastructure

Eastern Africa member countries are currently deliberating on how they can put up regional internet exchange points to contain local Internet traffic and reduce costs associated with traffic exchange between Internet Service providers. Reports All Africa In a weeklong forum jointly organised by African Union Commission, East African Communications Organisations, The East African Community and […]

China Terminates McKinsey and other U.S. Consultants in Retaliation against Cyber Indictments

Beijing, China :The Financial Times, citing “people close to senior Chinese leaders,” reported that Beijing has ordered state enterprises to cut dealings with U.S. consulting firms, accusing them of spying for Washington.  The “instruction,” as the paper called it, was handed down after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced indictments against five Chinese military officers […]

Google is killing MetaFilter and nobody can figure out why

Is Google broken? Or is your site broken? That’s the question any webmaster asks when she sees her Google click-throughs drop dramatically. It’s a question that Matt Haughey, founder of legendary Internet forum MetaFilter, has been asking himself for the last year and a half, as declining ad revenues have forced the long-running site to […]

Snowden leak reveals NSA collects content of all phone calls in the Bahamas, Mexico, Kenya and the Philippines

The United States National Security Agency is reportedly collecting the contents of effectively every phone call dialed or received within the Bahamas, putting the conversations of countless residents and tourists into the hands of the NSA.  Reports rt.com Journalists at The Intercept on Monday accused the secretive American spy agency of participating in this massive […]

US Congress on the Future of the Internet. 4 issues to watch out for

The net neutrality fight will enter a new phase on Tuesday when the embattled head of the Federal Communications Commission faces questioning from Congress over his controversial proposal to revamp how the Internet works. Writes Gerry Smith on Huffingtonpost FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s solo appearance before the House subcommittee on communications and technology comes just days […]

Safaricom set to terminate Post-Pay Tariffs despite 30pc growth

Kenya’s largest mobile network, Safaricom, plans to shut down one of its postpaid services, saying the service’s tariff has shown non-performance three years after it was launched. reports itwebafrica.com Safaricom chief executive, Bob Collymore, has said his company has already sent a letter to the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) notifying them of the intention […]