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DR Congo to host its first Digital Economy Summit in July

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From July 6 to July 7 is organized in Kinshasa in the DRC:

The First International Conference on Investment in the Digital Economy and Startups in the DRC

While some African countries have initiated mechanisms in recent years to take advantage of the social, political and economic opportunities that digital technology brings to the continent’s populations through the development and/or adoption of innovative solutions to meet local needs ; The DRC has yet to fully benefit, however, it has reached a turning point, which requires it to address the issue of new technologies not just as a support mechanism for other sectors but as full-fledged sectors Job creation and wealth.

Konnect SAS in partnership with several national players such as the Federation des Enterprises du Congo (FEC- Private sector association), the Makutano network and the Silikon Bantu (the national cluster of Digital Actors) with support of Key players such Procredit Bank (from Equity Bank Group), is organizing this international conference on investment in the digital economy and startups in the DRC, which will also involve partners Such as: Demo-Africa; African Business Angel Network; European Business Angel Network, Venture …read more

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Abuja’s Aiivon Innovation Hub in now opens to the public

Aiivon Innovation Hub

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Aiivon Innovation Hub is a new co-working space opened in Abuja, Nigeria. The hub doubles up as a social tech center located at the heart of Abuja and is now open to the general public. The hub is located on 167, Adetokumbo Ademola Crescent in Wuse 2.

Aiivon Innovation Hub wants to become the go-to place for tech ideas and digital businesses startups in and around Abuja. As part of its offerings, companies and entrepreneurs can get a co-working space, training room(s), executive office(s), and a lounge.

The Hub’s packages its services as follows:

*The Tourist – for 2,500

*The Comrade – for 45,000 monthly

*The Spot – comes as a private office for 100,000 monthly

*The Station – an executive office for 4 million yearly.

The above plans include high-speed internet connection, reception services, mail handling, front desk services, complimentary coffee, and branding rights.

The Aiivon Innovation Hub also houses ICT services specialized in web and software development, and graphic designs.

We are creating a convergence of tech minds for effective collaborations, skills upgrades, hackathons, mentorship, etc,” said Attah Samson, the CEO of Aiivon. “The hub provides a truly …read more

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How to disable Open Wi-Fi notifications on your Android phone

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No doubt Google is hell bent on making its mobile operating system more as user-friendly as possible. Sometimes they make it too user-friendly it becomes annoying. I am talking about those constant notifications on available ‘Open Wi-Fi’ and Wi-Fi.

These days, virtually everywhere you go, there is Wi-Fi connection. Sadly, Wi-Fi connection doesn’t always mean internet connection. Mostly it just businesses (banks, restaurants, etc.) trying to get you view their products and services. Often when you connect to these open Wi-Fi networks, you are more likely to get detailed information about the business than actually get online.

That aside, do you really want to connect to an open Wi-Fi network these days? In the midst of all these cases, you hear of ransomware spreading online like a plague, hackers lurking online waiting on you to make a mistake, and Big Ben watching your every online and digital move? I figure open Wi-Fi is not for everyone, especially those that want online/digital privacy and security.

Nonetheless, your Android phone will keep notifying you of each and every open Wi-Fi network you come across. It tends to get annoying, never …read more

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Microsoft launches the latest Surface Pro 2017 (you’re going to want this!)

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During Microsoft’s event in Shanghai, China, the Redmond tech giant unveiled to the world the latest Surface Pro (the successor of the Surface Pro 4).

Given the enormous gap between the time Surface Pro 4 was released and the Surface Pro (2017), we hope Microsoft made right, the little mishaps that were in the Pro 4. Do you remember #SurfaceGate? A term coined, to sum up, the little mishaps that bedeviled the Pro 4, such as Skylake’s hardware issues, faster battery drain, and reliability concerns.

We hope the company took its sweet time tweaking out all the little mishaps in Pro 4, making the Surface Pro 5 (or Surface Pro as it is being branded) the ultimate Microsoft’s 2-in-1 device.

Surface Pro Specs and Features

As far as the outer chassis goes, the Surface Pro maintained the same chassis (in design and connectors) as its predecessors. A move Microsoft says was meant to ensure compatibility between keyboards and cases. However, it does come with a major hardware improvement; the hinges are way better than those of its predecessor make the new Surface Pro lie down …read more

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Truecaller now allows you send quick Flash messages to contacts

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Truecaller has a launched a new feature on its dialer app, Flash messaging. This feature is for those times when you can only communicate best in text instead of a voice call. But unlike the regular SMS texting, the Truecaller flash sends the message over the internet.

The feature enables you to send quick messages like ‘I am on my way’ or share your current location with your contact. The argument Truecaller puts forth for this feature is that; “Life changing events can take place in a flash, and communication needs to be quick and direct in those moments.”

Apparently, Flash messaging gives you a new way of sending pre-defined messages to your contact. It can be especially useful in situations where you are in distress and need to share your location.

The Truecaller app now also supports the dark theme; you know, because the dark theme is the thing right now.

Truecaller now allows you send quick Flash messages to contacts
Felix Omondi

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Office Desktop Apps begin showing up on Windows Store search ahead of official release

Office Desktop Apps

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At the beginning of May, Microsoft announced that it will be bringing full-blown Office desktop apps to its Windows Store. A huge development for the company, especially as it rolls out Windows 10 S. A variant of the normal Windows 10 that only runs apps from the Windows Store aimed at improving users’ (mainly students) security.

Though the company announced its intention to bring the full blown Office desktop apps to the Windows Store. It did not, however, specify when, but starting yesterday, if you open the Windows Store app and search for ‘Word 2016,’ you will get the Word app in the search results.

However, you cannot install the app on your computer, neither can you view the app listings. That only goes to show that Microsoft is well ahead on the track to bring Office desktop to the Windows Store; it is now only a matter of time.

Interestingly, when you search for ‘Word’ on the Windows Store, you will not get the app in the search results. Microsoft had previously also removed the Office Mobile apps from the Windows Store search results. These are all …read more

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Microsoft is actively blocking Linux Apps from downloading to Windows 10 S

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Microsoft new Windows 10 S only runs apps downloaded from the Store, right? So ideally, you should be able to download and run Linux apps from the Microsoft Store and install them on your PC. Is that right?

Wrong! You cannot download Linux apps onto your Windows 10 S PC. Despite the fact that they are available in the Store. So why not?

Well, Microsoft is actively blocking ‘command-line’ apps running outside the Windows 10 S safe environment. That is according to a blog post posted on Thursday by Microsoft senior program manager, Rich Turner.

Microsoft says Windows 10 S was created mainly for students and just about everyone else looking for an additional layer of security on their Windows 10 PC. As designed, Windows 10 S PCs only run apps from the Windows Store. These apps have been vetted by Microsoft before they appear on the Store.

However, Microsoft failed to make clear that these apps don’t run at a low level on Windows 10 S PCs. Not in the ways debuggers or other apps that explicitly write on hardware or modify the system registry do. And …read more

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Nigeria’s ISP Tizeti has received undisclosed amount to scale operations across Africa

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Tizeti Inc., a Lagos-based ICT service provider has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from venture capital company, Zeno Ventures to scale operations across Africa.

Tizeti provides reliable and affordable internet connection to people living within the urban areas. It does so through solar-powered Wi-Fi towers that carry internet from the submarine cables to the users’ locations. The internet service provider (ISP), was launched back in 2012 and now wants to spread its reach across the continent.

Tizeti, through its consumer brand WiFi.com.ng, offers unlimited internet connection to users at a fee of $30 per month. The company also provides hotspot services to users on a short term basis.

Tizeti is part of the recent graduates of the Y Combinator’s Winter 2017 (YC W17) cohorts. It graduated alongside four other startups from Nigeria and Morocco’s WaystoCap. All the graduates walked home with massive support in both cash and kind.

Tizeti owes its recent funding by Zeno Ventures to its participation on the Y Combinator’s Winters 2017 competition. The competition apparently won the startup a lot of fame and fortune. In addition to placing it on the radar of angel …read more

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Google has set some New Punishments for Poorly-Made Apps in Play Store

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Sometimes it doesn’t even matter where you get your apps; even on Google Play Store, not all apps are created equal! There are plenty of apps out there poorly developed making them come with plenty of stability and power efficiency issues.

Naturally, such apps hosted on Google’s platform paints the search engine giant in the wrong picture. For all its worth, the company has tried for a very long time to encourage developers to build high-quality apps. Well, the response from the developer’s communities has not been exactly satisfactory to Google’s standards or the end-consumers’ expectations.

It is also safe to say that Apple cracks the whip more often and is stricter on the quality of apps on its App Store than Google is on its Play Store. That means Android users are more likely to install buggy apps from the Play Store than iOS users are from the App Store.

No doubt Google has been somewhat laxer, which has also played to its advantage in some aspects. Play Store has often attracted more budding developers and sparked off more creativity. However, that has come at the risk …read more

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Switch between Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram by toggling in one place

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Facebook is running a pilot program, one that allows users to switch between Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram at the tap of one button. A move that will make the social network giant have a cohesive experience across its multiple platforms.

The new feature consolidates notifications from Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram all in one place, the Facebook app. All these changes are meant to keep you (users) hooked on Facebook for as long as possible. No doubt it will make checking on notification a whole lot easier. At the same time, it would also be a tad faster to get rid of those annoying red badges.

This feature is a pilot program and thus only available to only a handful of users before Facebook rolls it out to everyone. To check if you are among the list of users selected for this test program, update your Facebook app and check the right corner of your newsfeed for a circle icon.

This circle should show you all your unread notification; from Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger. When you tap on it, you should have the option of switching between Facebook, Instagram, …read more

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