Top 5 Most Trending Stories – Week in Review

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As this week comes to a close we take a look at the stories that resonated most with our readers.

Readers this week gravitated to a mixed bag of stories, headlined by a review of the Huawei Y7p and followed by a report which shows that South Africans don’t mind disclosing private information online either to the government or for the promise of unique offers.

Then, MTN Zambia invests into network upgrades across the country as more and more Zambians are forced to work from home, and Andela and Microsoft launch a new platform to instruct professionals on the uses of Microsoft’s Azure.

Finally, Vodacom has released a list of 3 digital solutions in order for South Africans to return to work successfully.


Find out more about this week’s top articles:

5. South Africans Ready to Disclose Their Online Activity to the Government

38% of South African consumers say that they are happy to have the government monitor their social media activity to keep its citizens safe. At the same time, 67% of local respondents were ready to reveal their private data in exchange for a unique offer in an online shop.

With governments and organisations digitising quickly, it is still not yet know how much personal information these organisations can ask of people – how much is safe to divulge. The worst-case scenario is that people begin to lose control over their own lives.

4. MTN Zambia Invests $9.8 Million in Network Upgrade Operation

MTN Zambia has announced that it will be investing $9.8 million to boost network capacity and enable high-speed data services on 337 3G and 4G (LTE) network sites across Zambia.

According to the network provider, this upgrade is important for economic participation during the COVID-19 crisis as more people are working from home requiring better indoor coverage.

3. Andela Partners with Microsoft to Launch Azure Training Program

Microsoft4Afrika and Andela have partnered to create an ALCwithMicrosoft Azure Training platform.

The program is focused on training software engineers in learning the basics of Azure, a public cloud computing platform created by Microsoft for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services through Microsoft-managed data centres.

2. 3 Digital Solutions from Vodacom to Get South Africans Back to Work Safely

Technology plays a critical role in helping businesses implement back-to-work protocols through the use of IoT, AI and analytics. Having all of this in mind, Vodacom has unveiled three digital solutions to support businesses as they navigate their return to work after the nationwide lockdown.

1. Huawei Y7p – South Africa’s 1st HMS Device

Huawei recently launched the Y7p smartphone in the South African market, available in two colours across most major retailers.

Along with an impressive amount of storage, new camera specifications and Huawei’s Full Scene Acceleration technology to deliver a smooth smartphone experience, this is the first phone in South Africa to come with Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), Huawei’s new ecosystem. And while HMS looks and feels similar to Android – it works differently and you may have to take a few extra steps when setting up your new smartphone.

By Luis Monzon

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