Covid-19 Misinformation: Facebook Launches A New Campaign in Partnership with the WHO Across Africa

JOHANNESBURG/South Africa:  Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic Facebook has been working to connect people to accurate information and reduce misinformation on its platforms. Last month it announced the biggest worldwide campaign to promote authoritative information about Covid-19 vaccines – working to remove false vaccine claims, reduce distribution of inaccurate health information, and inform people about effective vaccine delivery. Today, across a number of African countries, Facebook is launching a new campaign in partnership with the WHO called ‘Together Against Covid-19 Misinformation’. The campaign will roll out to people in English and…

Facebook Rolls Out Instagram Lite To Sub-Saharan Africa And Other Emerging Markets

JOHANNESBURG/South Africa: Facebook has announced the launch of Instagram Lite to Sub-Saharan Africa, a new, lightweight version of the Instagram app for Android that uses less data and works well across all network conditions. The new version of Instagram Lite for Android is less than 2MB in size, making it fast to install and quick to load. It also has improved speed, performance, and responsiveness. Instagram Lite not only works similarly to the Instagram app for Android, but it allows the Instagram experience to remain fast and reliable for more…

Delta Commissioner for ICT Wows Applicants With Starter Packs State Innovation Hub Free ICT Training ….Registration to End 1st March, 2021

By Akpovoke Otiti ASABA/Nigeria: The Honourable Commissioner for Science and Technology, Engr. Mathew Tsekiri has inspected the Information & Communication Technology, ICT innovation hub along Okpanam Road, Asaba, billed for the training of youths in Delta state. Speaking shortly after the inspection, the Commissioner said the centre was part of government’s effort to create job opportunities for youths to be self-reliant and improve the socio-economic development of the State through ICT. According to him, the centre will immediately commence Four Months free training exercise of 630 youths to become employers…

How Online Stores Can Make The Biggest Black Friday Sales

Black Friday, a term that once meant different things in different places has evolved to mean one thing globally; the largest sales event of the year. Some even refer to it as “the super bowl of the retail industry”. It is now an e-commerce game. Although the term uses ‘Friday’, the event has now become a weekend event, starting on Friday after Thanksgiving and running through the weekend. 2020’s black Friday is set to officially begin on the 27th of November. Black Friday covers the sales industry (offline and online). In…

CONNECTING PEOPLE WITH FINANCE: Building Smarter Bank Branches

The Coronavirus has accelerated the need for mobile and self-service banking, with traditional branches seeing a fall in customer traffic, meaning their customer acquisition has also significantly declined. Though it may be tempting to conclude that this will lead to bank branches becoming obsolete, that is not the case. Instead, the development of new technologies – such as artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G – will empower bank outlets by allowing them to become intelligent, being assigned new functions and different objectives. Despite the rapid development of mobile services, branches remain…

Facebook announces its New Office in Lagos

LAGOS/Nigeria:  As part of its continued commitment and ongoing investment in Africa, Facebook today announced it will be opening an office in Lagos, Nigeria – its second office on the African continent. Aimed at supporting the entire Sub-Saharan Africa region, the office is expected to become operational in H2 2021 and will be the first on the continent to house a team of expert engineers building for the future of Africa and beyond. Facebook’s office will be home to various teams servicing the continent from across the business, including Sales,…

ASECNA, NIGCOMSAT, Thales Alenia Space Start Broadcast of Satellite-Based Augmentation System signal over Africa & Indian Ocean

DAKAR/Senegal: The Agency for Air Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar, ASECNA has started to broadcast a SBAS (Satellite-Based Augmentation System) signal over Africa & Indian Ocean (AFI) region, providing the first SBAS open service in this part of the world via NIGCOMSAT-1R Satellite managed and operated by Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd under Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy of Nigeria. This early open service is provided as part of the « SBAS for Africa & Indian Ocean » programme which pursues the autonomous provision over the continent of…

Nigeria’s Digital Economy: The Role Of NIGCOMSAT Ltd

The Nigerian Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) has been identified as a strategic contributor in building a digital Nigeria, policy documents released by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy have noted. NigComSat will contribute to three pillars already earmarked in the policy and this includes the provision of service infrastructure that will enable government to provide digital services through robust satellite links in order to drive the digital economy in the rural and underserved areas. NigComSat, according to the document, National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (2020-2030), will provide the…

The Future of Cloud Computing: Moving at the Speed of Business

Businesses now accept that the future of organising, processing and presenting their data is in the cloud By Patrick Ndegwa There’s been a definite shift around the discussion about the cloud in Africa. Businesses now accept that the future of organising, processing and presenting their data is in the cloud. And with services like cloud-based email, many companies are already using this innovative technology – whether they realise it or not. The conversation has changed from asking ‘what is cloud technology?’ to looking at how it can be harnessed to…