Another week has gone by where technology news has been dominating the headlines both across Africa and around the world.
This week in tech saw a number of tech developments across the African continent and the world. From new innovations and digital transformation, growing economies to emerging startups, here is a roundup of some of the popular stories for the week.
Absa and The Digital Academy collaborate to empower youth
We all live in an intelligent world. Today, digital skills are highly valued. Tomorrow, digital skills will be vital. Absa and The Digital Academy hosted a technology showcase to unveil solutions and applications built by The Digital Academy interns as part of a six-month programme aimed at helping to bridge a skills shortage in the technology and banking sectors. Read more.
Huawei’s foldable phone will debut at MWC 2019
Huawei is set to reveal its 5G foldable phone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday, 24 February. The Chinese company announced the introduction of this new device on Twitter, aiming to be the first to showcase a foldable phone in 2019. The release was reportedly planned to before that of Samsung’s foldable device. Huawei’s smartphone will have flexible OLED panels, similar to Samsung’s ‘unbreakable’ screen. Read more.
10 Things to know about mobile payments in Africa
The trend of making payments using mobile wallets installed as applications on smartphones which sometimes makes use of Near Field Communication Technology and generally an internet connection is becoming widespread, and indeed Africa is not left out in the grand scheme of things. In fact, Africa is embracing this seamless cashless payment method alongside the rest of the world. With some economies in the African continent forecasted to match-up with their western counterparts, the rise of mobile payments in the region is one of the pointers to a brighter future for the economy of the rising continent. Read more.
Top 10 EdTech startups transforming learning in Africa
The global tech revolution is greatly changing the way we work in every sector. EdTech, which merges innovation with teaching, has made education more accessible and comprehensive across the world. Most recently we’ve seen that established schools have adopted robotic teaching assistants, VR experiences, Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and virtual classrooms. Read more.
South Africans still neglecting online safety
In light of Safer Internet Day which is observed around the globe today, 05 February, YouGov has released the results of a study which shows that many internet users in South Africa are still not doing enough to safeguard themselves online. Commissioned by Google and conducted amongst 1005 internet users in the country, the study shows that 53% of respondents have received phishing emails from people imitating legitimate sources in order to fraudulently gain access to their personal information, including passwords and bank details. Read more.
Nigeria’s digital publishers set to speak at IPA in Nairobi
Founders of Nigeria’s digital publishing company, Publiseer, Chidi Nwaogu and Chika Nwaogu, will be speaking at the International Publishers Association (IPA) Seminar in Nairobi. The International Publishers Association Seminar on Sustainable Development for African Publishers 2019 will be hosted in Nairobi on June 14-15. Under the them themed “Africa’s Rising: Realising Africa’s Potential as a Global Publishing Leader in the 21st Century”. Read more.
NCC plans to curb cybercrime in Nigeria
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced plans to introduce a code of practice for internet service providers (ISPs) in a bid to curb cyber-crimes in Nigeria. The new code will help to secure the country’s cyberspace against imminent threats from attackers and also address issues such as online child protection, privacy and data protection and objectionable contents among others. Read more.
Are internet shutdowns the new norm in Africa?
In this day and age, access to the internet is widely considered a human right. For many, it is the main way they conduct business, communicate and experience the world they live in. However, this right has been infringed upon in Africa multiple times in the last year and this consequential trend shows no signs of slowing down. Robert Besseling, an analyst at risk-assessment firm EXX Africa, told Voice of Americathat there have been shutdowns in five African countries in the first three weeks of 2019 alone. In 2018, there was a total of 21 across the continent. Read more.
Top 5 Industries to benefit from AI
The mention of the words Artificial Intelligence (AI) conjures up science fiction-like images in the minds of many people, but it is becoming a very real part of day to day life without us even realising it. AI is and has been making a lasting impression on a number of key industries, not only streamlining otherwise tedious processes but also changing the way business is conducted on a much larger scale. Read more.
Azuri launches pay-as-you-go solar satellite TV in Kenya
The off-grid solar market is in the midst of a serious boom, already growing beyond the simple necessities of lighting and phone charging. Azuri Technologies, pay-as-you-go solar technology provider, has unveiled its new 32-inch solar satellite TV system specially designed and customised for off-grid customers in Africa. Read more.