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Kampala – There are those moments when you get to a place and urgently need to update your social media pages or simply check out an internet page. But alas, you are out of data bundle! You turn on your WiFi and to your anguish there is nothing or even...
KAMPALA – This week opened on a rather serious but comical note. The global deadline for the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting was finally here, then Uganda’s ex-Premier announced his presidential ambitions, finally. So what was comical about this, one may ask? Well, Amama Mbabazi made a digital announcement...
If you’ve traveled between Durban and Johannesburg by car you may have noticed the digging of trenches and the laying of pipes to carry bundles of fibre optic cabling that carry data at phenomenally fast rates in the form of strings of 0s and 1s. The rest of South Africa...
Google is reportedly set to introduce its own Internet of Things platform, which it will show off at Google I/O 2015. First reported by The Information, Google is working on a new OS codenamed "Brillo" that is incredibly small and will need just 32MB or 64MB of RAM to run...
Soon your mundane emails can look like the scrawlings of a genius. A new font based on Albert Einstein’s handwriting is being developed in Germany, in time for the 100th year anniversary of the theory of relativity. Aided by a thriving Kickstarter campaign, the German typographer Harald Geisler and the Harvard-trained physicist turned dancer Elizabeth Waterhouse are about...
In the wake of the Nepal earthquake disaster, Internet phone company Viber turned off its “Viber Out” billing on its Nepalese network. Nepal users can now call any destination for free as a humanitarian gesture. THE first reaction in the face of adversity is self-preservation. This is an instinctive natural...
As much as I’m a self proclaimed champion of apps, I must admit that they remain largely a first-world phenomenon. SMS still provides back-end services for enterprise marketing and communications, such as real-time alerts, interactive polls, banking among others. Admittedly, there are a ton of Over-The-Top (OTT) players that are vying to beat SMS,...
Kenyan non-profit Ushahidi and online publication iAfrikan have developed Report Xenophobia - a tool to help better understand the landscape of the violent attacks taking place against foreign nationals living in South Africa. The tool has come in the wake to help authorities, local and foreign citizens continue the fight against these inhumane acts. The Report...
African countries have seen a rise in mobile penetration and this has been mostly Feature phones. In the recent past, there is a steady growth of the number of people coming online thanks to the raise of smartphones and as you read this 70000 people have gone online. There...