This week was yet again filled with tech news stories that grabbed the headlines both across Africa and around the world.
This week was dominated by Black Friday. The sales frenzy, which kicked off on Friday 23 November 2017, grabbed attention around the world. We also looked at how consumers could protect themselves around this time of year.
Here is a round up of the top stories of the week.
South Africa’s businesses are slowly adopting digital transformation
Just 8% of South African businesses are Digital Leaders, according to the Dell Technologies Digital Transformation Index (the DT Index). The DT Index, which was completed in collaboration with Intel, maps digital transformation progress of mid to large-sized companies and examines the digital hopes and fears of business leaders. Read more.
AI digital solution aims to support domestic violence victims in South Africa
Sage Foundation has partnered with AI for Good and Soul City Institute for Social Justice to launch rAInbow, an artificial intelligence (AI) powered smart companion to support victims of domestic violence. The smart companion was developed following research and focus groups conducted by Soul City, in which it interviewed victims of domestic violence to better understand how they seek help. It can be accessed 24/7 via Facebook Messenger, and provides a safe space for domestic violence victims to access information about their rights, support options, and where they can find help – in friendly, simple language. Read more.
Kenya: Cellulant and Facebook launch Africa’s first AR on Messenger
As part of the roll-out programme, Kenyan brand Huddah Cosmetics, has been selected as the first social commerce merchant on Mula to launch the platform; leveraging on Facebook to provide a unique product discovery shopping experience for their customers. Cellulant has recently expanded the product offering on its Mula payment platform with Mula Shops – a online shopping experience for the growing number of people l from retailers (or hustle-preneurs) in social networking sites. Read more.
Samsung to roll out Galaxy flagships in 2019
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of its premium smartphone line-up, Samsung is expected to roll out the Galaxy 10 flagships in 2019. According to reports by the Wall Street Journal, Samsung will launch a total of four smartphones. Three of these smartphones are expected to launch between February-March, while the fourth one may launch at a later stage. Read more.
Lenovo reveals new range of PC and gaming solutions
Following the global announcement at IFA in Berlin earlier this year, Lenovo has announced the regional launch and availability of a series of new personal and gaming laptops for the region. South Africa will be the first in Africa to introduce these computing solutions. At the launch event, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, Lenovo showcased its product portfolio allowing media, partners and retailers the opportunity to experience the innovation and learn about Lenovo’s growth plans and trends within the industry. Read more.
Amazon confirms exposing customer email addresses
On Wednesday, 21 November, online retailer Amazon announced that a website glitch accidentally exposed names and email addresses of some of the e-commerce giant’s customers. According to the company, there was no breach of Amazon systems or its website, and passwords were kept safe. Read more.
5 technologies that will continue to make waves in 2019
At the beginning of 2018, technology concepts and concerns such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing were on the tips of everyone’s tongues. Looking ahead to the coming year, these are still very relevant, and they’re just getting better, smarter, faster and set to be more efficient in 2019. But they’re no longer just trends because they’re becoming embedded in our lives, and will be for a long time to come. Read more.
The future of wearable technology? You’re already wearing it
A new method of improving battery life in wearable technology has been developed and the key might be in the clothes that we wear every day. The technology enables the use of smaller battery cells, allowing for larger capacities. A new technology, developed by a researcher from Bournemouth University (BU), in collaboration with the University of Cambridge and China University of Geosciences, uses textiles as battery cells, which significantly improves the amount of energy that can be stored. Read more.
MFS Africa: Investing in Africa’s fintech sector
MFS Africa, a pan-African fintech company connects mobile money systems to each other and to money transfer organisations, banks and other financial institutions, enabling money remittances to and from mobile money accounts. The fintech company enables Africans to send money to mobile wallets across the continent. MFS Africa covers 170 million mobile money recipients across all major networks. Read more.
Run your home remotely with IoT
The continuing evolution of Internet of Things (IoT) technology is redefining the world in which we live and the ways we interact with that technology. It is now possible for systems to control power, security and HVAC in offices and homes. Read more.