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...
Internet Explorer was launched in 1995 and came preinstalled on every Windows device for almost 20 years beginning in 1997. Microsoft will finally retire Internet Explorer on June 15, 2022. The web browser is said to be replaced with certain versions of Windows 10. "The future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge," reads a blog post from Microsoft published Wednesday. "Not only is Microsoft Edge a faster, more secure and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it is also able to address a key concern: compatibility for older, legacy websites and applications." More than two decades ago, IE was riding high—perhaps too high to some. It featured prominently in the browser battle of roughly 20 years ago and in the U.S. government’s antitrust bat
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
Safaricom becomes the first operator to offer commercial and superfast 5G network services in East Africa. Safaricom plans to partner with the government and corporates in revving up its newly launched 5G mobile Internet services. To deepen innovation in the health and agriculture sectors. This will be a success through value addition in other sectors and platforms. The telco on Friday launched the upgraded network in major urban centers including Nairobi, Kisumu, Kisii and Kakamega, all of which routinely witness increased data traffic. “The 5G network heralds the era of intelligent connectivity and will be a key driver of this strategy by enabling us to build on the investments and successes of the last two decades to catapult Safaricom to the next level as we enable digital
Kenya Government has partnered with Stanbic Kenya Foundation and Microsoft Kenya to impart over 50,000 entrepreneurs with digital skills. The partnership signed between the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development and Stanbic Kenya Foundation is going to enhance the employability of MSMEs and Kenyan citizens through digital upskilling. The partnership role to address digital skills gap. It will see private sector players address a digital skills gap within the market through the rich digital learning and skilling Initiative. The programme will target individuals who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 economic downturn. Stanbic Bank and Microsoft Kenya will roll out the programme across the various counties in Kenya with support from the Ministry an...
Women and girls represent half of the world’s population and, therefore, also half of its potential. Gender equality, besides being a fundamental human right, is essential to achieve peaceful societies, with full human potential and sustainable development. On 11 February, the United Nations, partners worldwide, women and girls set aside this day to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The Day focuses on the reality that science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This year's theme is, "Women Scientists at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19." It will be sixth International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly whose theme
Safer Internet Day (SID) is an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people. The theme for Safer Internet Day 2021 is “Together for a Better Internet." Over the years, Safer Internet Day has become a landmark event in the online safety calendar. Starting as an initiative of the EU SafeBorders project in 2004 and taken up by the Insafe network as one of its earliest actions in 2005, Safer Internet Day has grown beyond its traditional geographic zone and is currently celebrated in approximately 170 countries worldwide. From cyberbullying to social networking to digital identity, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and current concerns. Safer Internet Day 2021 takes place on Tuesday, February 9th, and
Mondia Pay, Mondia’s digital payment entity, announced it recently onboarded a series of new clients and is fast becoming the preferred digital payment solutions provider for telecom operators across Africa. “The African operators we are talking to are all seeing an increase in payment purchases for digital services and they are keen to get ahead of the curve to capitalise on this opportunity,” said Mondia Pay founder-chief executive Simon Rahmann. The Dubai-based digital payment provider Mondia Pay has initiated talks with local telecommunication operators, setting its eyes on the lucrative intra-Africa e-commerce business. The firm, handling 1.3 billion accounts in 48 countries in partnership with 80 telco operators, said Kenya, Mozambique, Ethiopia, the Democratic Rep
Technology giant Google has been accused of privacy breaches, misleading account holders over how much of their personal data was being collected and how it would be used. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission started legal proceedings against Google on Monday. A claim filed in Australia's Federal Court alleges Google misled millions of Australians to obtain their consent to gather additional personal data. The ACCC claims that Google wanted the extra data concerning users' internet activity to target advertising but neglected to obtain the consent necessary to collect it. "We allege that Google did not obtain explicit consent from customers to take this step,” said Rod Sims, the commission’s chair, in a statement. “The ACCC considers that consumers effectively pay
Most African countries have lacked good forecasting methods as weather becomes increasingly extreme A new weather forecasting system in Africa allows meteorologists to track approaching storms in real time, potentially saving lives from climate-related disasters, scientists said on Monday. The technology is already used in developed countries but was not available until recently in most of sub-Saharan Africa, according to scientists behind the project at the University of Leeds. "We had forecasting methods before but they were not as good," said David Koros, principal meteorologist at the Kenya Meteorological Department. "It's very important because we can issue information for the safety of lives, property and the environment," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The new method, ...