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Nearly nine in ten (84%) of Ghanaian youth polled suggest that the rise of ‘fake news’ breaking out across their country and around the continent has impacted their ability to stay informed, according to the African Youth Survey (AYS). Commissioned by the South African-based Ichikowitz Family Foundation, the survey also...
Twitter has reportedly suffered a global outage which lasted about an hour and a half. According to Bloomberg, the social media platform said it saw "no evidence of a security breach or hack, but was investigating internal causes for the problems". https://twitter.com/TwitterSupport/status/1316880612691591174?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Twitter was said to be looking into an “irregularity” with...
Uber South Africa and Medicare have partnered to launch an over-the-counter medication delivery service. “We strongly believe in reinventing pharmacy, and thanks to this partnership with Uber Eats this is made possible,” says Tim Knapp, CEO of Medicare. “Getting the medication South Africans need, when they need it, without the risk...
Facebook has revealed a new look for Messenger including a new logo and default chat colour, as well as new chat themes. "We’re also adding features like selfie stickers and vanish mode, which are coming soon," says the social giant in a blog post. “The new-look reflects a shift to the...
Almost as many women as men use the internet in Ghana, according to a new survey from the World Wide Web Foundation. The study finds men are only 6% more likely to be online than women. This is in sharp contrast to the large gender gap found globally where men...
Telkom is expected to launch a new streaming platform called TelkomONE in November 2020. The video service will host a variety of local South Africa content including music, education and series. “TelkomONE is a proudly local and South African service and naturally, we want to host and showcase outstanding content...
Women in Uganda use the Internet far less than men according to a new survey from the World Wide Web Foundation which found that 27% of men in the country are online, compared with just 19% of women. Uganda had by far the largest gender gap in internet access among...
DStv has launched 'Add movies' - a new movie offering that allows Compact Plus, Compact, Family and Access customers to sign up for DStv’s dedicated movie channels previously only available to Premium subscribers. This offering is available on M-Net Movies 1, M-Net Movies 2 and fliekNet for an additional R99...
Google has revealed that it would notify Chrome users if their passwords have been compromised. In an official blog post, the tech company said that it would be improving password security on both Android and iOS devices. To find out whether your passwords have been compromised, Chrome will send users...
Mukuru has upgraded its app and added a new self sign-up feature to its WhatsApp offering. The new app - available on Android and IOS - will allow users to send money to 12 countries including Botswana, Bangladesh, DR Congo, Eswatini, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Pakistan, Uganda, Zimbabwe and...
Showmax has announced the availability of five new live-streaming channels in Kenya. These local offerings include K24, KBC, KTN Home, KTN News and NTV. “With the addition of these live channels, Showmax offers Kenyans a one-stop streaming destination featuring the best of international and Kenyan shows, movies and kids’ shows,...
Google has officially unveiled the redesign of its collection of office apps as Google Workspace - formerly known as G Suite. Google Workspace is expected to still include Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Meet, and more. "Whether you're returning to the office, working from home, on the frontlines with...
Microsoft's Outlook has suffered a global outage impacting web, desktop, and mobile email services. According to The Verge, the disruption began at 2AM ET and 'users are currently unable to access their email, and Outlook.com is failing to load'. Microsoft has since confirmed the outage, saying that it is currently...
Google has revealed that it will be taking on app developers, who circumvent the Play Store's in-app payment system, by enforcing its 30% service fee. In a blog post, Google reveals that a number of developers have reported being confused over the company's billing system policies. “We want to be...
Whatsapp is reportedly working on a feature that would allow users to delete an image or video from someone else's phone once it's been viewed. According to WABetaInfo, users will be able to use this feature by selecting the 'View Once' option when sending media. Once the recipient views the...
TikTok has been awarded a life-line after a US federal court ruled to delay its impending ban. Earlier this year, US President Donald Trump said the popular Chinese video-sharing platform’s ability to handle user data as well as its relationship with parent company, ByteDance, raised national security concerns. The Verge reports that...
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