2018 began the same way as 2017 ended off, with a number of tech stories making headlines across the globe.
This past week the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 (CES 2018) took place in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference is one of the world’s biggest consumer technology shows… so it is only natural that there were a number of stories that emerged from Las Vegas.
Apart from CES 2018, Samsung, this week, revealed that the company will be launching its latest flagship devices, the Galaxy S9 and S9+, at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in February 2018.
The team at IT News Africa also produced a number of quality features this week which included, 4 signs your phone has been hacked and the twitter reactions around Donald Trumps “Shithole” comments.
From all of us at IT News Africa, have a great weekend. The top stories of the week can be found below.
Facebook announces widespread changes to news feed
On Thursday 11 January 2017, social media giants, Facebook, announced that it will be making significant changes to the platform by shifting users’ news feeds back toward posts from friends and family and away from businesses and media outlets. Read More.
Namibia: Internet and voice service disrupted
Internet and voice services have been disrupted in Namibia due to Copper cable theft that affected Telecom Namibia’s underground network in the southern part of Windhoek in the Cimbebasia suburb since late last week. According to the company, at least 500 to 800 business and residential customers have been affected by this latest incident. Read More.
Google launches data saving app in Nigeria
Google has launched a new app in Nigeria called Datally, which is aimed at giving Nigerians control over their data and maximise their data usage. The app will be free and will run on smartphones with an Android 5.0 Lollipop Operating System (OS) or any device with a higher OS. Read More.
Opera launches news app in Africa
Opera Software, has announced on Tuesday 09 January 2018 the official launch of Opera News, a new AI-powered app which enables people to access news articles and videos. The release of the new app follows Opera’s recent announcement that its AI-powered news service inside Opera Mini grew to more than 100 million active users in less than a year, showing an incredible interest in news globally. Read More.
BCX CEO appointed to iamtheCODE board
On 10 January 2018, iamtheCODE, the first Africa-led global movement designed to mobilise governments, businesses and investors to support young women in STEAMD (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Design), through learning how to code, creative learning and problem solving announced that Ian Russell, CEO of BCX, has been appointed to the its Board. Read More.
Top Opinions & Features
4 signs your phone has been hacked
Our mobile devices have become an integral part of our lives, whether it be to stay connected across the various social media and messaging platforms or as an essential business tool, the importance of these devices has never been greater. These devices are, however, vulnerable to attacks from hackers and once these keyboard wielding criminals have access to your device the results could be catastrophic for that particular victim. Read More.
Data takes the crown as a top 2018 digital trend
As we embark on a New Year, Pilira Mwambala, Ad Operations Director at Mark1 – a digital media execution business shares the top digital trends for 2018 and beyond. According to Mwambala there has been an upsurge in disruptive digital technology and innovations like Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Artificial Intelligence (AI), chatbots, blockchain, native ads, wearable technology and many others. Read More.
Twitter meltdown as Trump calls African countries “shithole countries”
On Thursday 11 January 2018, Donald Trump, President of the USA, referred to African nations as “shithole countries” during a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House. This is according to a report by NBC News. Read More.
Paul Logan punished by YouTube over controversial video
On 11 January 2017, YouTube revealed that the platform will be cutting business ties with US vlogger Paul Logan, after the popular star posted a video showing the body of an apparent suicide victim in Japan. Read More.
Here’s how to watch CES 2018 live
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which is being held in Las Vegas, Nevada, will get underway on the 9th of January 2018 and will run until the 11th of January 2018. CES is the world’s gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years — it is the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. The conference is owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), and it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers. Read More.
Gadgets and Gaming
CES 2018: Sony unveils new super mid-range smartphones
Sony has unveiled thee new smartphones at CES 2018, which is being held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The devices unveiled include the Sony Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Ultra, and the Xperia L2. According to Sony, the new devices have been dubbed as “super mid-range” smartphones. Read More.
PlayStation Plus Free Game Lineup January 2018
The PlayStation Plus Free Game Lineup for January 2018 has been officially revealed. Looking back at the December 2017 lineup, gamers were offered the opportunity to download and play the likes of the Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition as well as Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends. Read More.
CES 2018: Top gadgets unveiled
On Tuesday 9 January 2018 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018, which is held in Las Vegas, USA,, a number of awe-inspiring gadgets were revealed for the first time. Read More.
Samsung Galaxy S9 launch revealed as leaked images surface
According to a report by Engadget, Samsung confirmed on 10 January 2018 that the company will not be releasing its flagship Galaxy S9 and S9+ at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018). Read More.
Tecno Camon CM smartphone launched in Nigeria
On 10 January 2018 Tecno Mobile, a mobile phone brand under Transsion Holdings, launched its Tecno Camon CM smartphone in Nigeria – the company’s first frameless full-screen display smartphone. Read More.