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Nigeria launches another anonymous chat app, Banta

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Anonymity seems to be the in thing right now. People have become ‘too chicken’ to do upfront tackle uncomfortable topics in person. The courage, confidence, and a sense of protection that comes with airing your view anonymously seems liberating to the many. You only need to look at how Sarahah rose up the App Store charts so quickly, and now the West African country, Nigeria, has released another anonymous chat app, Banta.

The brains behind Banta, Mark Afolabi, is the same guy behind Whitespace that provides affordable internet connection to the underserved communities in West Africa. The app, Banta, is a social media platform where users get to interact with one another anonymously.

Users can express their opinions, displeasures, ideas, experiences, and just about anything on the social media platform without fear of victimization. That is because the users’ identity is kept secret.

It more or less does what Sarahah promised to do from the on-set; allow you to interact with your family and friends anonymously. However, as it was later proved, Sarahah was dishonest about the full extent of what the app was doing on the users’ …read more

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The 2nd Edition of Digital Africa Challenge now receiving applications

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Building on the success of its inaugural startup competition and digital innovation held in October 2016, the Digital Africa Challenge is now calling for application to the second edition.

The first edition saw some 500 applications from startups from across the African continent, and the top 10 walked home with awards. Digital Africa Challenge is calling for another cohort of startup to apply for the 2017 and second leg of the competition.

This challenge was initiated and is being backed by the Agence Française de Development, La French Tech, and Bpifrance who say they are committed to seeing the top startups mature and solidify their presence in the digital space. While at it, they aim to ensure the startup scale their products or services for economic growth. The AFD Executive Director, Rémy Rioux, said the following on the Digital Africa Challenge:

Digital innovation is abundant in Africa. Africans are making a technological leap that accelerates the emergence of the continent. Through Digital Africa, AFD supports emblematic startups of the digital African ecosystems, and fulfills its mission of development in the service of education and innovation, in the digital …read more

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Adobe Sensei: The Most Powerful AI Platform You Can Use Right Now

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Adobe Sensei is one of the best AI platforms available in the market today. Adobe Sensei AI platforms lets its users make sense of the enormous data. Data is the most important commodity in this world. Major companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook are generating millions of GBs of data daily. Adobe Sensei platform makes sense of this data by using deep learning and contextual algorithms. Adobe Sensei works in collaboration with Adobe Creative Cloud. Companies can host their data and apply Adobe Sensei layer to their Cloud data. Sensei helps companies make better customer and marketing decisions.

Sensei Can Make Sense of Billions of GBs of Text Data

For example, if you have a lot of textual data, Adobe Sensei can understand the tone and intent of the documents within seconds and write summaries for you. You can also use Sensei to process large amounts of data without any need to hire professionals.

Tagging

Tagging is one of the most important features of data processing. While working with Creative Cloud, Adobe Sensei can suggest appropriate tags for smart categorization.

Sensei Gives Smart Recommendations

Adobe Sensei also works …read more

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Rumors: God of War 2018 Release Date in March, Details About Story, Axe, Kratos Son

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Last year Sony said it was planning to release God of War for PlayStation. The announcement was cheered by millions of PlayStation lovers who couldn’t wait to get their hands on one of the best games of our times. God of War for PlayStation is coming in 2018. Sony has launched the trailer of God of War 2018. Have a look:

God of War 2018 Release Date

Regarding God of War 2018 release date, Sony said the game will be released “early” 2018. However, we believe the game will be released in June or July, mainly because several Amazon users have received an email in which they were notified to place a pre-order for the game that will be available in July. This has been confirmed by several Reddit users.

Also, if not June or July, Sony will release God of War 2018 in March.

God of War 2018 Story, Graphics, Axe

Kratos is coming back in God of War. He has an epic beard and body. The game play shows that God of War is based on character development. A very passionate and human …read more

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Markedu expands its Digital Marketing Training Activities to Africa; Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda

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Markedu, an international digital education company, will bring its top experts to Rwanda and Uganda, to hold digital masterclasses in October 2017. Later in 2018, Kenya will follow. Michael Leander, Founder, and CEO of Markedu explains the objectives of Markedu.

You are organizing a Digital Marketing Masterclass in both Kigali and Kampala. What is the objective of this event?

The Digital Marketing Masterclass is designed to inspire and teach attendees how to become successful with digital marketing. The objective of the event is to help attendees lay the foundation for an impactful presence in the digital and mobile space.

Having delivered this particular format in over 25 countries, we are proud to say that the feedback has been excellent.

Who can participate in this Digital Masterclass, and how?

Any professionals with a desire to succeed in digital marketing can attend. To attend, people can simply visit the websites of Kigali and Kampala to register.

There have been similar events organized in Rwanda and Uganda. Are the upcoming digital marketing events an entry into the African scene?

This is not a new entry …read more

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Sarahah was too full of bullies; TBH gives you same anonymous chat without the bullying

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Sarahah fell almost as fast as it rose up the App Store charts. This anonymous chatting app became an overnight hit, but the fact users kept getting harassing questions from anonymous people (messages from people you know, but their identity sealed) quickly became a haven for bullies. Well TBH, short for ‘To Be Honest’ gives you the same anonymity, but users are only allowed to ask positive messages.

On TBH, friends can send you messages anonymously, but not insulting messages. This anonymous messaging app seems to have learned from Sarahah failures and is now improving the anonymous messaging experience. The messages are sent via an in-app quiz.

The app is targeting mainly the youths, ones in middle and high schools. Once a user installs it on their phone, it scans your address book and finds your contacts who have also installed the app. It then starts servicing them a series of “polls” on you, which your contacts can answer; albeit anonymously.

The questions do change from time to time, but they are always positive. They will ask your contacts things like “world’s best party planner,” or “who is …read more

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Teachers in South Africa are being trained on how to protect Digital Personas so they can teach their class

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That much of our lives now depend on the internet and smart devices, is no longer a secret. You now have your personality and your digital persona. If you are in doubt, count the number of people around you who do not have an email address, a social media account, a smartphone, a laptop, or does online shopping, banking, or banking. Chances are, almost everyone does so, and the situation is not that much different even in underdeveloped countries.

Technology seems to have spread its tentacles to all corners of the world; where it has not reached it is only a matter of time before it does. South Africa for instance, is one of the most developed countries in Africa, and it is also among the leading when it comes to ICT infrastructure and the number of people using them.

For South Africa, and any other African country taking matters security serious, it is high time cyber security awareness be taught to the masses. And where else better to start that in schools? It is at school after all that we learn most of the things we …read more

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Pro Tips: BlueBorne Attacks – how to protect your Bluetooth devices from being hacked

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Millions of Bluetooth-enabled devices across the globe are vulnerable to a recently discovered security loophole in the Bluetooth technologies dubbed BlueBorne.

Although so far there has not been reported an incident of a BlueBorne attack being perpetrated, security experts argue that if the Bluetooth exploit can be used in a controlled lab. It is only a matter of time before the exploit falls into the wrong hands and hacking tools created and unleashed into the world.

What is BlueBorne?

Let us first start by understanding what it is and how it works. BlueBorne is a hybrid Trojan-Worm malware that uses Bluetooth connection to spread from device to device. Since it has the worm-properties, any device hosting this Trojan potentially becomes a carrier and will spread it around as the malware will actively search for any vulnerable hosts in the vicinity.

The most dangerous part about the BlueBorne, vulnerable hosts include any and all Bluetooth-enabled devices; be it Windows, Mac OSX, iOS, or Android devices. It is not device specific, as long as the device is Bluetooth enabled, BlueBorne and infiltrate, corrupt, and turn the device into another carrier.

The threat …read more

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Software Developers in South Africa are highly sought-after by companies looking to develop in FinTech Space

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It is currently one of the best times to be a software developer based in South Africa, as companies and individuals looking to develop FinTech apps and tools think of the country first and fast.

South Africa comes up as one of the top countries when looking for skilled software developers because of the simple reason; the country has one of the most advanced and sophisticated mobile tech environments in the world.

Thanks to South Africa’s highly progressive banking system, a large pool of technicians with advanced technical skills, mobile know-how among the general public, and a competitive pricing environment, the country is highly viewed among the FinTech software development community.

The local financial institutions in South Africa are leading the way in showing how mobile apps can be functional, transactional, and secured.

Martin Dippenaar, the CEO of Global Kinetic, a software development firm based in Cape Town said, “South Africa has a developed banking system, and our mobile technology is equally modern. Put that together with innovative software developers, and you have a combination that’s ready to take on the world.

We spend a lot of time abroad, building …read more

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33rd Annual Africa America Institute Awards Gala

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More than 400 distinguished guests including African Heads of State, international and senior U.S. government officials along with business, civic, philanthropic, and academic leaders are expected to attend the 33rd Annual AAI Awards Gala at the Mandarin Oriental.

WHO: Africa America Institute (AAI)

WHAT: AAI 33rd Annual Awards Gala

WHERE: The Mandarin Oriental, 80 Columbus Circle, New York

WHEN: Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 7-11PM EST

WHY: Celebrating African achievement promoting AAI’s mission and engagement between America and Africa during the U.N. General Assembly.

Confirmed Honorees in Attendance

H.E. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo – Accepting The National Achievement Award on behalf of the people of the Republic of Ghana.

Bozoma Saint John, Chief Brand Officer, Uber – The Award for Innovation and Technology

Mr. Jim Ovia, Chairman, Managing Director and CEO of Zenith Bank – The African Business Leader Award

Nicole Amarteifo, Creator, Director, and Producer of An African City – The Leadership in African Media & Arts Award

Held annually during the United Nations General Assembly, the Annual Awards Gala is one of the most anticipated Africa-focused events in New York City. The Awards Gala brings together distinguished guests including African Heads of State and …read more

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