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Google introduces new Google Maps features

October 18, 2019 • Company News, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments (0)

Earlier this week, Google announced that it is bringing two new features to Google Maps – allowing drivers on both iOS and Android to report driving hazards and incidents and those who use Maps on iOS to report accidents, speed traps and traffic jams. “Google Maps has always helped people get from point A to [&hellip...

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Digital trading platform unlocks investment opportunities for Nigerians

October 17, 2019 • Finance, Online & Social, West AfricaComments (0)

Earlier this week, global trading platform, Chaka launched in Nigeria. The technology-enabled platform intends to give Nigerian users the opportunity to invest in stocks listed on NASDAQ, the New York Stock Exchange and the Nigerian Stock Exchange, offering...

Visa drops out of Facebook’s Libra project

October 14, 2019 • Features, Finance, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments (0)

Earlier this year, Facebook revealed a plan to release a new global cryptocurrency called Libra. While the coin may only go public in 2020, it’s garnered much anticipation from crypto-enthusiasts and even more scepticism from crypto-critics.  When it was...

WhatsApp is working on a new group blacklist feature

October 14, 2019 • Features, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments (0)

Private messaging platform, WhatsApp is reportedly working on an all-new Group Privacy Blacklist feature. The new feature will allow users to choose which contacts are allowed to add them to a group and which contacts aren’t. According to WABetaInfo,...

Cellulant unveils Africa’s newest payments super app, Tingg

October 9, 2019 • Finance, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments (0)

African fintech company, Cellulant officially launched Tingg, an all-in-one, multi-functional consumer super app on Tuesday, 8 October 2019. The ‘super-app’ combines an array of payment, commerce and financial services onto a single online...

INTERVIEW: Surviving the Digital App-ocalypse

October 4, 2019 • Digital Transformation, Online & Social, People, Top StoriesComments Off on INTERVIEW: Surviving the Digital App-ocalypse

It has been predicted that by 2025, the mobile industry will have 5.9 billion unique mobile subscribers or 71% of the expected population of the Earth. In a landscape where competition is already rife, app developers are facing a new threat: the rise of the...

YouTube sports new ‘auto-delete’ feature

October 3, 2019 • General, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on YouTube sports new ‘auto-delete’ feature

YouTube has become a bit more private – at least, according to the latest news that Google is rolling out a new ‘auto-delete’ viewing history feature on the video streaming platform. In an official statement released by Google, the company...

Chika Nwaogu, CEO and creator of Playfre

Music streaming platform, Playfre adds 2 new distribution services

October 3, 2019 • Company News, Online & Social, StartupsComments Off on Music streaming platform, Playfre adds 2 new distribution services

Just two weeks after launching in May 2019, Playfre – Africa’s first music streaming platform – amassed a record 100,00 unique streams. The platform – created by Nigerian entrepreneur Chika Nwaogu – has since launched a service called SongRoute....

inDriver expands into 10 cities across five African countries

October 2, 2019 • Online & Social, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on inDriver expands into 10 cities across five African countries

Set-your-own-price taxi app, inDriver has successfully expanded its reach into Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria and most notably, South Africa. Since its launch earlier this year in South African cities Cape Town and Johannesburg, the ride-hailing service is...

Twitter down worldwide

October 2, 2019 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Twitter down worldwide

Social networking site, Twitter is experiencing outages across its platform. Users around the world have noted that they are unable to include media in their posts, their news and trending feeds are empty and DMs are down. “Notifications aren’t...

Twitter rolls out new anti-abuse feature for DMs

October 1, 2019 • General, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Twitter rolls out new anti-abuse feature for DMs

Twitter announced this week that it is officially rolling out a new feature that will automatically filter spam or abuse for direct messages (DMs). The launch comes a month and a half after the social media platform began testing the feature for iOS, Android...

Uber is gearing up for a major app update

September 27, 2019 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Uber is gearing up for a major app update

Uber, the global transporter of people, food and even pets, unveiled the newest vision for the ride-hailing app in San Francisco this week. “We don’t just live in the digital sphere, and the real world comes with all kinds of complications,” says Uber...

Can data predict random acts of violence?

Can data predict random acts of violence?

September 27, 2019 • Online & SocialComments Off on Can data predict random acts of violence?

The recent xenophobic attacks throughout Johannesburg and Pretoria are just the tip of the iceberg in an escalation of violent crimes in South Africa and abroad. From the mass killing in an event considered the deadliest shooting in modern US history, to the...

Facebook acquires tech-startup to aid in Calibra crypto wallet development

September 23, 2019 • Company News, Finance, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Facebook acquires tech-startup to aid in Calibra crypto wallet development

In June 2019, Facebook unveiled details behind its long-anticipated cryptocurrency, Libra. The company’s new digital platform is said to allow users to send and spend money at a next-to-nothing fee. While the coin is only going public in 2020, it’s...

Twitter is experimenting with new 'hide replies' feature

Twitter is experimenting with new ‘hide replies’ feature

September 20, 2019 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Twitter is experimenting with new ‘hide replies’ feature

Twitter is experimenting with a new ‘hide replies’ feature. “Earlier this year we started testing a way to give people more control over the conversations they start. Today, we’re expanding this test to Japan and the United States,”...

rain launches its new 5G network

rain to commission Africa’s first 5G network

September 18, 2019 • Mobile and Telecoms, Online & Social, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on rain to commission Africa’s first 5G network

On 18 September 2019, network provider rain announced the activation of what is said to be Africa’s first commercial 5G network. The provider is making 5G available to all existing customers in certain parts of Johannesburg and Tshwane. The company has...