Facebook considering WhatsApp, Messenger Integration

The last year, Zuckerberg said he was planned to merge Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp in a unique service. So, if you have a Facebook account, you might be able to reach your friends having WhatsApp. News report by WABetaInfo is that Facebook is considering integrating WhatsApp into Facebook Messenger. The report cited developer Alessandro Paluzzi, who found references within Facebook code regarding the integration of these Facebook-owned services. “In particular, Facebook is creating some tables in a local database in order to manage messages and services with other WhatsApp users,”…

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Opera’s Opay Pulls Plug on ORide, OCar, Shifts focus to eCommerce & payments

Opera’s Opay Pulls Plug on ORide, OCar, Shifts focus to eCommerce & payments

News earlier in the week broke that Opera-backed Nigerian fintech startup, OPay has reportedly shut down all its business operations in Nigeria following a letter issued by its foreign investors amidst the poor economic climate caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.. A report claims that all verticals of the startup, including ride hailing, ORide and OTrike — which were still active in other states aside Lagos; the recently launched B2B and B2C eCommerce platforms, OMall and OTrade; OExpress for logistics; and food delivery feature, OFood will be closed down. Opay launched…

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Online retail sales see their highest growth on record in April

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Online retailers are seeing Black Friday-like sales due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their business. According to new data from Adobe’s Digital Economy Index, U.S. e-commerce jumped 49% in April, compared to the baseline period in early March before shelter-in-place restrictions went into effect. Online grocery helped drive the increase in sales, with a 110% boost in daily sales between March and April. Meanwhile, electronic sales were up 58% and book sales have doubled. The data comes from Adobe’s index of the digital economy, which analyzes more…

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Kaspersky partners with Arctic Security

Kaspersky

Kaspersky has announced a new partnership with Arctic Security. Through this collaboration, Kaspersky Threat Data Feeds will be available out-of-the-box, on Arctic Security’s Arctic Hub platform. These feeds will help organisations with Security Operation Centers, as well as managed security service and internet service providers, to obtain the most up-to-date and relevant information about cyberthreats.  Not all information about cyberthreats is helpful. For instance, 37% of information security executives say that there’s too much security data to deal with and not very much of it is actionable – as revealed by…

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Kenyan Industries Partner with Distributed Power Africa

DPA

Kenyan industries are set to benefit by saving a minimum of 30% on their current cost grid consumption following a partnership between Distributed Power Africa (DPA) and Canadian Solar company. Currently, Kenyan companies lose nearly 10% of their production because of power outages and fluctuations. The deal is expected to help DPA provide top tier PV panels from the company that is estimated to be over 60,000 KuMax and KiKu  which would quite easily construct 50 large industrial solar plants. The PV panels will be made available to DPA customers…

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Glovo Launches a New Technical Center

Glovo

​Glovo, a technology company that links motorcycle riders to consumers wishing to buy and deliver products, has launched a new technical center in a bid to enhance its service levels to consumers and riders. The new facility dubbed “Glover Center” and a 2nd new Glovo operations facility in Westlands are set to create 75 operations jobs directly and help to improve the efficiency of service for Glovo customers and riders. Glovo can now provide faster and localized rider and customer support, and in turn faster deliveries. The move signals Glovo’s commitment…

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Safaricom’s Zuri Migrates from Facebook to WhatsApp

Zuri

Zuri, has migrated from Facebook messenger to Whatsapp. Facebook, still a top tier app in Kenya in terms of popularity, is not Kenya’s most popular conversation and chatting app. In that regard, Whatsapp is. Hence the reason why Safaricom have moved Zuri to Whatsapp. Allowing more Kenyans to access it, and use the chatbot to its full capabilities. Through the creation of Safaricom’s chatbot, the precedence of AI in Kenya has taken a new turn. With Safaricom being the trail blazer in a constantly changing Kenyan tech space, AI has…

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Safaricom to roll out their 5G Network this year

Safaricom

Kenya’s biggest telecom carrier,safaricom as they roll out their 5G network this year. Michael Joseph, Safaricom’s Acting CEO said this this week according to Business Daily. He said this at a time where Huawei has been under criticism by the US authorities over them building 5G networks, citing security concerns. “We will use Huawei in 5G. What will we do in terms of the American statements about not using Huawei? We don’t have that situation in Africa,” Michael Joseph was quoted as saying. Huawei has been battling the United States…

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9mobile hosts a Mobile Network Operators workshop

9mobile

9mobile, the leading telecom operator in Nigeria, in association with Google, and Kirusa, a global leader in communication solutions over data networks for consumers and enterprises, recently hosted a workshop in Lagos for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), Aggregators, and brands to introduce Rich Communication Services (RCS), and showcase how RCS Business Messaging (RBM) is revolutionizing enterprise communication with their consumers. The workshop was attended by over 50 attendees, including representatives from MTN, Airtel, Glo, GTB, Zenith Bank, Unity Bank, Accion Microfinance, Interswitch, and Infobip, among others. Touted as the next-generation…

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STEM Education given a special place in Rwanda

STEM

In a country as rapidly developing as Rwanda, the country’s education goals are clear cut and centralised around ICT, science and girls’ education. Rwanda has given the teaching and learning of Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) a special place in the education system. The country has made significant strides in STEM education. In this second part of our series on education, we will turn our attention to what the government has been doing to promote the teaching and learning of science and technology. According to the ministry of education,…

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