Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funds Kenya’s Maisha Meds to setup an online marketplace for Medication

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Maisha Meds, a Kenya-based startup seeking to set up an online marketplace for medication supplies targeting chemists and clinics has emerged the winner of the Grand Challenges Exploration competition. The competition was commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeking to boost startups with innovative ideas that connect the first & last mile medication supply chains.

Maisha Meds is the brainchild of Jessica Vernon, and as winners of the Grand Challenges Exploration, the startup will use the funds won in scaling up and automating reordering tool for their online shop. They will also integrate price lists with a broader range of high-quality medication suppliers across Kenya.

The startup will also automate the mechanism of determining the best medication price from all available partner suppliers, and the economic order quantity of the medication supplies to be purchased. All these will be done based on their previous sales data, and the orders will be placed directly on the suppliers of the medications.

Chemists and clinics in Kenya benefit from Maisha Meds platform by getting high-quality drug supplies, and they can use the startup’s point of sale …read more

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African Teen Geeks finalist announced in the Prestigious UN Women/ITU Equals in Tech Awards 2017

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Finalists announced for prestigious 2017 EQUALS in Tech Awards

ITU and UN Women named Africa Teen Geeks as one of the 15 finalists for the 2017 EQUALS in Tech Awards. As the flagship event of the EQUALS global network partnership, the annual award ceremony recognizes outstanding projects and programmes around the world that help women and girls cross the digital divide.

Africa Teen Geeks a non-profit organisation that teaches children aged 6-18 how to code. Since its inception in 2014 Africa Teen Geeks with the support of its partners such as the SABC Foundation and the University of South Africa has reached over 38 000 children from disadvantaged communities across South Africa. In 2017 through its partnership with Oracle Academy, Africa Teen Geeks is enabling children aged 16+ to earn a Junior Java Certificate from Oracle equipping them to be ready to compete in the highly competitive job market or tech entrepreneurship from day one of graduating from high school.

This year, nearly 300 nominations were received from around the globe. These included submissions from a wide range of organizations working to help …read more

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What Stock a Man can pick, a Robot can Pick Better – are Robo-advisor smarter than Human Financial Advisor?

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By definition a robo-advisor is a digital platform that provides automated and algorithm-driven financial planning recommendations with little to no supervision. That means individual investors with little to no financial literacy can turn to robo-advisors to tell them which stocks to invest in, though experts argue it will not be a replacement to financial literacy.

Expert investors argue the idea of turning to a robot for tips on investments, then going forward to making it big in the investment world just sounds too simple to be true. Indeed, people who have been investing in stocks for a while will tell you a great deal of financial literate judgment goes into picking the right stock and at the right time. One would need a great deal of trust in the robo-advisor to use its recommendations.

How a Robo-advisor works

Would be ‘rookie investor’ access the the robo-advisor services via a website or an app; the gist of it is to eliminate need for human interaction. Then they are taken through the three steps below:

The initial investor screening, where the robo-advisor asks the client a series of questions …read more

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Microsoft Launcher has now over 1m Active Users, 5m Downloads, and 4.6 ratings on Play Store

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That microsoft makes superior apps for its competitor platforms like Android and iOS is no secret. The Redmond tech defunct Windows Phone simply could not keep up with the competition, and Microsoft has to adapt a new strategy.

The company moved from its mobile-first policy to cloud-first policy, and damn, the company is making killer apps for Android and iOS running from the cloud. One of which is the Microsoft Launcher, which was known as Arrow Launcher up to until recently when it was renamed.

Microsoft Launcher is one of the best launchers you could have on your Android phone; though made by Google’s competitor, it does a pretty damn good job in complementing your frequently used applications on the phone.

You only need to look at the number of active users the app has got, to appreciate the functionalities of the launcher. The app was #1 trending app on Google Play Store in the previous week, and has hit over 5 million downloads so far with a rating of 4.6. Additionally, Joshua Bradley, a UX Designer at Microsoft has revealed that the app registeres about 1 million …read more

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Google knows your location even if you turn off locations services on your phone

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You would think that if (or when) you don’t want Google stalking you around, you simply turn off the GPS function on your phone. It sounds pretty straightforward, and ideally, that is how it supposed to work, except it doesn’t! It seems Google will know your location whether or not you have turned on the GPS functionality on your phone; read, Google will know your location whether you want them to or not.

Google can get location data from Android devices users regardless of the fact you have turned off location services on their phone or not. Quartz reports that from as early as January 2017, Android devices have been mining addresses of nearby cell towers, and relaying this information back to Google.

Quartz further reports that Android handsets have been collecting cellular towers addresses pretty much all the time, even when you are offline, and will relay that information to Google once you get online. The publisher says that all modern Android smartphones have this vulnerability.

The cellular towers mapping was collected using the same system Google uses for push notifications and messages. …read more

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Morocco’s Minister of Energy endorses Renewable & Gas Conferences hosted this month in Casablanca

Renewable & Gas Conferences

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On 29 November to 1 December 2017, Under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco, The Gas Options- North & West Africa summit and The Africa Renewable Energy Forum will assemble some of the most active national and international public and private stakeholders to forge partnerships, finalize deals and glean the most important developments taking place in Africa’s energy and power sector.

Travelling to Casablanca to join these high-level discussions, the Forums have recently confirmed the endorsement from the National Bureau of Petroleum and Mines of Morocco (ONHYM), Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo), Senelec, l’ANER and the participation of 5 Ministers of Energy including:

Honourable Aziz Rabbah, Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, Government of the Kingdom of Morocco

H.E. Honourable, Patrick Eyogo Edzang, Minister of Water and Energy, Gabon

H.E. Honourable Jorge Seguro Sanches, Secretary of State for Energy, Portugal

H.E. Honourable, Deputy Minister of Power, Ministry of Energy, Ghana (awaiting name)

H.E. Honourable Senator Tsitsi Muzenda, Deputy Minister of Energy and Power Development, Zimbabwe

With the support and attendance of high level experts from Cheniere, Siemens, …read more

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Web Summit 2017 welcomed African Startups seen as gems in the Tech World

Web Summit 2017

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Legacy, facilitating romance between investor and South African startups

Legazy returned to the 2017 Web Summit after having attempted to purchase a Web Summit conference in 2016 with $1million USD letter of intent. Legazy founded by Zuko Tisani one of the world’s top 350 entrepreneurs under the age of 26, according to the Kairos Society, arrived in Lisbon with Africa’s largest TMT company Telkom and their executives prepared to purchase a Web Summit conference to be hosted in South Africa for the next 3-years.

The deal went cold when both parties couldn’t come to an agreement on the numbers. Zuko’s relationship with Web Summit began earlier that year when he attended the Rise conference in Hong Kong and with platinum band was treated to Web Summit’s hospitality and had dinner discussions with the founder of Web Summit Paddy Cosgrave and other tech giants Dave McClure from 500 Startups. It was at dinner where the offer of $1million USD was given to Zuko.

Instead of giving up on the hopes of bringing the tech world to Africa, Legazy pivoted and took the largest African delegation to the tech world. …read more

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Parking fees in Kigali, Rwanda is now paid using mobile money

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Paying for your parking in Rwanda’s capital Kigali has now gotten much faster and convenient for the motorists.

This development comes following a partnership between MTN Rwanda and the authority tasked with the collection of parking fees around Kigali, the Kigali Veterans Cooperatives Society (KVCS). In this partnership, MTN Mobile Money platform will be used by motorists to send their parking fees to the KVCS. The motorists will get their ticket instantly, thereby limiting time wastage compared to the previous means they used to pay for parking.

MTN recently launched an annual MoMo Month, a campaign seeking to promote cashless economy across Rwanda. The telecom’s partnering with KVCS to set up a cashless payment for parking is seen as one of the programs MTN is achieving under its MoMo Month campaigns.

MTN is also said to embark on a countrywide MoMo Month campaign to create a public awareness and appreciation for a cashless economy through the MTN Mobile Money. The telecom’s CEO, Bart Hofker says it is very important for the company to partner with other government agencies and players in the private sector to make cashless transaction …read more

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Swift code will now run on Google’s Fuchsia OS

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Over the past few days, Google has been taking hits for ‘forking’ the new open-source programing language by Apple, Swift. There have been speculations on whether or not; Google will make its special version of the language. All that can now be put to rest after the creator of the programming language, Chris Lattner (he works at Google now) came out and made some clarifications.

Swift at Google has enough folks working on it that we need a staging ground/integration point, and we decided it should be public. https://t.co/hyphe0KrU0

— Chris Lattner (@clattner_llvm) November 15, 2017

Apparently, Google had no intentions of doing some ‘monkey-business.’ The company just wants to make a working copy of the code then it will contribute it ‘upstream’ to the Swift repository. Already, one of Google alteration has gotten a pull request from the Swift repository: Fuchsia support.

Zac Bowling, a Google dev. who was very instrumental in the porting of Objective-C to Android some few years ago, also shared the news as a reply to a tweet by Lattner.

And my team is …read more

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South Africans to benefit from Cisco’s new 7 Free Online Courses imparting Digital Skills

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Cisco has an ambitious plan of equipping some 100,000 students in South Africa with relevant and most recent digital skills by the year 2020. In celebration of the Cisco Networking Academy 20th anniversary in South Africa, which took place in October, the company has launched a new free seven online courses.

The seven online courses are self-enrolment program tailored to equip South Africans with relevant digital skills. Cisco will be partnering with other stakeholders to ensure the outreach of the program is as wide as possible. Some of the stakeholders of Cisco’s potential partners in this program include formal education centers like schools, colleges, TVETs, and universities. The company will also solicit the help of unconventional stakeholders like prisons, homeless shelters, local communities, industries and schools for the blind.

The seven courses course that Cisco will be teaching through this program are as follows:

Get connected (Digital Literacy)

Entrepreneurship

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity Essentials

Introduction to IoT

NDG Linux Unhatched

NDG Linux Essentials

Charity Smith, the Managing Director for Cisco sub-Saharan Africa, said, “The future global competitiveness of South Africa will be determined by our commitment as a nation, and as employers to ensure that we have …read more

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