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Facebook Announces the next stage of its e-commerce push.

Facebook Announces the next stage of its e-commerce push.

Internet, Mobile, social media, Technology
CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced three e-Commerce updates that are coming to Facebook products in a live stream: Shops on WhatsApp, and Shop listings in Facebook Marketplace, as well as a new visual product search option on Instagram. The biggest announcement is Shops on WhatsApp, which will allow businesses to showcase their entire Shop within the messaging app, giving shoppers another way to find relevant products, and connect with the business for more information. This could boost businesses' revenues since WhatsApp has a huge user base. Businesses will only need to set up their shop once to have it work across Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Facebook is also bringing Shop listings to Marketplace thus providing more ways for brands to connect with interested shoppers. Z...
Huawei calculated move  to boost its global business prospects

Huawei calculated move to boost its global business prospects

Business, FinTech, Internet, Mobile, Technology
Huawei calculated move to boost its global business prospects Global technology firm Huawei has embarked on a bold product and services review and enhancement program. This was as part of its business growth strategy to facilitate a fully connected, intelligent world. The finetuning program is geared at enhancing the firm’s digital technologies delivery capacity in the face of the global business challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, among other geopolitical and economic challenges. Speaking when he addressed the Huawei 18th Global Analyst Summit following the recent release of the firm’s 2020 Annual report, Huawei Rotating Chairman Mr. Eric Xu said the firm’s 2021 growth strategy is anchored on five strategic initiatives. The initiatives are geared at optimizing the
Stripe Acquires Paystack

Stripe Acquires Paystack

Business, FinTech, Mobile, Startups
Payment processing giant Stripe has acquired Nigerian startup Paystack in a $200M+ deal. Stripe seeks to expand into the African Market in its bigger strategy announced earlier this year to expand its API- based payment processing services to more regions.   Paystack, like Stripe offers online payment integration services using APIs to facilitate transactions. To date, Paystack has approximately 60 000 customers ranging from small businesses, fintechs to large corporations. The acquisition makes it the biggest startup acquisition in Nigeria as well Stripes biggest acquisition to date. Valued at $36 Billion, Stripe is actively expanding its global presence through acquiring smaller companies in different regions. In the last 2 years, stripe has expanded its operations t...
Fintech in Africa

Fintech in Africa

FinTech, Mobile, Startups
FinTech space is fast growing in Africa. The continent has recorded massive growth in the last decade. Currently Africa has more than 400 FinTech companies and startups of which more than 80% of them are home-grown. The industry is largely dominated by payment, lending, insurance and investments focused solutions.     The growth is attributed to mobile access and penetration in the continent and lack of financial inclusion to traditional banking leaving majority (Approximately 60%) of the African adult population unbanked.     In Kenya, M-Pesa mobile money service provided by Kenya’s biggest telecommunication company Safaricom PLC has been a massive success in providing mobile payment solutions allowing users to pay bills, send money to each ot
Kenyan company, Usiku Games, has launched a video conferencing platform: Gumzo

Kenyan company, Usiku Games, has launched a video conferencing platform: Gumzo

Internet, Mobile, Startups
A Kenyan gaming company has launched a web-based video conferencing platform, Gumzo, which it describes as the first made in Africa video conferencing platform. Gumzo, which means "chatting" in Swahili, costs users $1 per week to access. How Gumzo works Gumzo has unlimited talk minutes and can accommodate an unlimited amount of users, according to Jay Shapiro, CEO of Usiku Games which created the platform. It has options of screen sharing and full-screen presentation mode, he added. Unlike many video conferencing applications, it has no app to download or extensions to configure. Its calls happen in the browser so they can work on any phone or computer with internet access. Shapiro says one of the problems Gumzo addresses is poor network quality. Most video conferencing...
CBK extends it’s COVID-19 emergency measures on mobile money Transactions to December

CBK extends it’s COVID-19 emergency measures on mobile money Transactions to December

Business, Mobile
Good news for M-Pesa users as CBK extends deal to December CBK (Central Bank of Kenya) has extended the waiver on mobile money transactions under Sh 1,000 for another six months after the initial 90-day period lapsed. The emergency measures had been effected in March this year, and will now extend to December 31, to combat the spread of the nobel Coronavirus. In a statement, CBK says the measures, which include the elimination of charges on transactions of up to Sh1, 000, have been effective and will remain in force. CBK said it had noted that the measures were timely and highly effective in facilitating official and personal transfers at a time of great need. Following the March 16 announcement by CBK of measures to facilitate increased use of mobile money transactions instead o...
Safari joins browsers that tell you who’s trying to track you

Safari joins browsers that tell you who’s trying to track you

Internet, Mobile, Technology
It's part of a larger push-back on the intrusive practice that follows you across the internet. On Monday, Apple unveiled a new version of its Safari browser that'll tell you which ad trackers are running on the website you're visiting. It'll also give you a 30-day report of the known trackers it's identified while you were browsing. Additionally, it'll tell you which websites those trackers came from. The new features are a step toward transparency, giving you an idea of just how many trackers are following you around and taking notes on your behavior. The tech giant said that the new privacy feature in its underdog browser, Safari, will shine a spotlight on all of the ad trackers embedded on each article or website you visit. Safari’s new anti-tracking feature sits in the top part
Facebook launches WhatsApp digital payments service

Facebook launches WhatsApp digital payments service

Internet, Mobile, Technology
WhatsApp Pay allows users to send money to one another for free. WhatsApp launched its digital payments service in Brazil while the messaging app capitalizes on its popularity in emerging markets. The move comes as the parent company Facebook forges ahead with plans to capitalize on emerging markets and bring e-commerce to its platforms, launching a WhatsApp-based digital payments service for the messaging app’s 120m Brazilian users. WhatsApp, the popular messaging app acquired by Facebook in 2014, on Monday unveiled a new payment service, WhatsApp Pay, which will allow users to send money to one another for free or make purchases from small businesses, without ever leaving the chat platform. After testing a beta version in India, WhatsApp has launched in-app payments in Brazil, the co
Safaricom Smart meters are helping to track water on the internet

Safaricom Smart meters are helping to track water on the internet

Internet, Mobile, Startups
Ever got your water bill at the end of the month and you couldn’t believe how and when you spent that much money on water? Well, it looks like Safaricom has a solution to that with their new Smart Meter and Narrow Band technology. This robust IoT monitoring platform makes it possible to track real time consumption of water. Safaricom Smart Meters On a bright morning in October 2019, teams of technicians fanned out to 20 locations across Embu County to meter various consumers of one of Kenya’s most successful water utilities, Embu Water and Sanitation Company (EWASCO). The technicians had in hand a set of field network management tools to measure data access performance metrics such as connection data rate and latency on Safaricom’s newly introduced Narrow-Band (NB-IOT) network.
Instagram to debut revenue sharing with creators through IGTV ads

Instagram to debut revenue sharing with creators through IGTV ads

Business, Mobile, social media
For the first time in its history, social media platform Instagram will start sharing revenue with creators through ads in IGTV and badges that viewers can purchase on Instagram Live. The company has hinted that ads would come to IGTV for more than a year, often saying the long-form video offering would be the most likely place it’d first pay creators. The new tools that enable video creators to make money, including badges that viewers can purchase during Instagram Live videos and the introduction of IGTV ads. Both launches are considered a test, as the company is limiting the features’ availability during its experimentation phase, it says. Badges will give viewers a way to support their favorite creators while also standing out in the comments, similar to efforts on other live video p