‘SOCIAL MEDIA’ News

Africa’s Smartphone shipments rate falls

Online Shopping hipments of smartphones in Africa fell 5.2% to 23.1 million units in the second quarter of 2016, according to the latest figures from International Data Corporation (IDC). These figures, presented in IDC’s recently published ‘Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker’, indicate that the boom in smartphone sales...

British Airways check-in systems outage causes flight delays

British Airways has apologised to passengers for delays after a technical problem hit check-in systems. Travellers complained of hours queuing at airports and some reported they had been told the problem was worldwide. Airline employees had to manually process passengers at airports including San Francisco,...

UNICEF Report Tackles Online Safety Among Youth From 25 Countries

UNICEF A new report released by UNICEF, Perils and Possibilities: Growing Up Online has revealed that 8 out of 10 18 year olds believ that young people are in danger of being sexually abused or taken advantage of online. The report  was based on an international...

Study: Retailers Ignore Over 80% of Customers’ Requests via Social Media

Sprout Social has found most that merchants fail to respond to consumer questions on Facebook and Twitter, a problem compounded during the holiday shopping season when the volume of requests increases. The stats from the Spout Social’s Q4 2015 Index are damning. Retailers failed to...

Liquid Telecom sees sudden increase of African content on network

Liquid Telecom African Telco, Liquid Telecom revealed a sharp rise in the proportion of local content on its network, from 20 percent three years ago to now 50 percent. According to the company, this has been driven by the deepening of Africa’s internet infrastructure. Mathew Chigwende, Head...

Twitter removes the 140-character limit from Direct Messages

Twitter has today removed the 140-character limit on direct messages (DMs) for all users. The move was first flagged in June, hours after CEO Dick Costolo announced he’d be standing down as CEO of the social platform. From today, the change becomes reality, as the...

Google Maps has new update to let you visualize all of the places visited

Google on Tuesday announced a new update to its Google Maps program which will allow people to visualize all of the places they’ve visited, so long as they were carrying smartphones at the time. It’s called “Your Timeline,” and it’s currently rolling out for Android devices...

WhatsApp could be BANNED in the UK if ‘Snooper’s Charter’ legislation passes

The popular messaging service WhatsApp could be BANNED in the United Kingdom if the controversial ‘Snooper’s Charter’ legislation is passed. The online messaging services like WhatsApp, iMessage and Snapchat encrypt the communication between users, they fall under the cross hairs of the bill. Prime Minister David...

Finally After Six Years President Obama’s @POTUS is Live on Twitter

“Hello, Twitter! It’s Barack. Really! Six years in, they’re finally giving me my own account.” So, it’s official. After years of signing “-BO” at the end of @BarackObama to signal the tweets he crafted himself from an account operated by the Organizing for Action staff,...

Digital Firms Dominate Top Media Companies, Emerging New Media Owners Gain Ground

Mobile Apps Power in the digital advertising market is concentrated in the hands of a few large platforms, and New Media is becoming even more concentrated. The five purely digital media owners — Google, Facebook, Baidu, Yahoo and Microsoft — generated $71 billion in New Media revenue, which...