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Alphabet’s Internet Balloon Service Signs Airspace Deal With Uganda

Alphabet’s Internet Balloon Service Signs Airspace Deal With Uganda

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Alphabet the parent company of Google has an interesting unit called Loon. Loon has been working on providing mobile internet to remote areas for a while now – with trials in Kenya taking place earlier this year. Loon’s high-altitude solar-powered balloons might make their way to Uganda which has necessitated a key access airspace agreement which is important for the Loon project in Kenya. Ugandan overflight rights are integral to the Kenyan project because the balloons deployed in Kenya “may get above the Ugandan stratosphere as they provide service across Kenya” according to Scott Coriell Loon’s head of Global Communications. The balloons deployed from the US are designed to fly at around 20KM above sea level which should ensure there’s no interference
Can DuckDuckGo replace Google search while offering better privacy?

Can DuckDuckGo replace Google search while offering better privacy?

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The alternative search engine markets itself on protecting users’ privacy, but is it worth using?  DuckDuckGo is a good search engine that aims to protect your privacy without compromising on results. Photograph: PR image So is DuckDuckGo no good? Surprised you did not mention it. Murray Following last week’s article about privacy and surveillance capitalism, several readers wrote in about the absence of DuckDuckGo, and it was mentioned a dozen times in the comments. I have suggested this privacy-oriented search engine a few times since 2012, and I think it’s worth a go. However, I’m answering Murray’s earlier query along the same lines because I can use his email verbatim rather than cobbling together a joint question from multiple sources. I will
New EcoCash Merchant Payment UX Is Terrible

New EcoCash Merchant Payment UX Is Terrible

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Almost two weeks ago EcoCash warned users that the platform would go offline for 24 hours over the weekend. They said this was to make the system better yada yada yada. Besides the fact that things did not go too well, EcoCash introduced some new user experience features. In doing this there is one thing that they really botched up (maybe there are other things but this stood out): merchant payments. It’s disappointing because the mobile money company had made the process of paying in a supermarket using mobile money quite smooth. The smooth process Initially one had to go through a cumbersome USSD menu to pay for goods at the till. Then USSD long codes came along which allowed you to input all those steps at once and then just enter your PIN. EcoCash innovated further and integrated
South African Drivers Can Now Renew Licences On WhatsApp

South African Drivers Can Now Renew Licences On WhatsApp

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South Africa’s latest e-governance push is pretty great and something we can’t help but envy. Infobip – an IT company specialised in cloud-based mobile services for businesses– is facilitating vehicle licence disk renewals on WhatsApp. The renewal process takes around a minute and a half and Infobip’s Managing Director emphasises the convenience of such services: We see many use cases for WhatsApp Business API, but we are always on the lookout for those that are special and can change people’s lives. There are many regular payment platforms and apps, but when we established what ChatFin wanted to achieve, we were extremely excited as it opens up a brand-new market for ‘convenience’ in South Africa Craig Greenwood Selby – Infobip’s MD (South Africa) The service is open to all c

RBZ Instructs Exporters To Pay For Electricity In Forex

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A recent statutory instrument issued out by the RBZ will ensure the never-ending currency confusion in Zimbabwe… never ends. The statutory instrument orders exporters to pay the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) in forex for the next 6 months. Yuhp, remember the use of foreign currencies for local transactions was banned a few months ago? Well, ever since the ban, slowly but surely it’s been reversed conditionally by the same people who issued it out… Anyway, the statutory instrument outlines the following to ZESA: money from exporters can only be used to pay for electricity, imports, spare parts/critical equipments, foreign loan repayments and foreign insurance premiums; exporters that export less than 80% of their output will still have to pay 35% of their electricity bi

Yo Mix Bug Allows Users To Get Free Data

Applications, Security
Users of the Yo Mix app have been experiencing an unforeseen benefit to having the application since yesterday morning. The application has been allowing users without any airtime/money in their mobile wallets to buy bundles. Interestingly the only bundles you can buy are the preset bundles and not the custom mixes which will minimise some of the loses Econet will make because of this situation since most of the bundles there have data allocations in the hundreds of megabytes and not gigs you can make with custom bundles. A lot of people took this opportunity to “get even” with Econet – which has been accused of stealing people’s money when bundles disappear or transactions fail and money isn’t reversed. Update: The bug seems to have been fixed now. I tried to buy the preset bundle on

eMAP Boarding Schools Application Portal Is Online Once Again (Nov 2019)

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The infamous electronic platform for enrolling Form One boarding places is back online in time for 2020 applications. The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education will be running an electronic platform for enrolling Form One boarding places for 2020. Parents and guardians who wish to send their children to boarding schools are advised to start applying through the platform www.emap.co.zw with effect from Monday 4 November 2019 up to Tuesday 31 December 2019 An applicant who has been offered a place at one school will not be eligible to apply or be considered for a place at any other school unless the offer is declined. Successful applicants will be notified through a short message service (SMS) by the respective school heads. Parents and guardians are however advised that there are ...
Huawei Says Hongmeng OS Is Not For Smartphones, Plans To Continue Using Android

Huawei Says Hongmeng OS Is Not For Smartphones, Plans To Continue Using Android

Applications, Gizmos
Even with the US-China trade tensions easing somewhat over the past weeks, Huawei continues to work on its in-house operating system, HongMeng OS, which is also expected to be marketed as Ark OS in some markets. Lately, media reports over the past few weeks have consistently claimed that that the new software is being prepared as an alternative to Android. But according to China’s state-owned Xinhua news agency, the company’s board member and senior Vice President, Catherine Chen, said that Hongmeng OS is not for smartphones. Instead, Hongmeng is for industrial use and has been in development long before the current discussions around finding an alternative to Android. She also confirmed that the company intends to continue using Android on its phones and tablets for the foreseeable futur
The mobile phone insurance market is US$ 16,962.7 Mn in 2017 and is estimated to reach US$ $ 43,448 Mn by 2025

The mobile phone insurance market is US$ 16,962.7 Mn in 2017 and is estimated to reach US$ $ 43,448 Mn by 2025

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It Might Soon Be Illegal For Political Parties To Access Personal Mobile Numbers

It Might Soon Be Illegal For Political Parties To Access Personal Mobile Numbers

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Data breaches and invasion of privacy are rarely discussions that captivate the majority of Zimbabwean audiences but last year there was one invasion that seemed to stir up the hornet’s nest. During the 2018 campaign season, ZANU-PF decided it would be a very good idea to send some mobile network subscribers very personal SMSs which seemed to indicate the party had knowledge of where these candidates in particular stayed. People were pissed off and ZANU-PFs excuse that the messages were sent to party members who had registered to receive them at party meetings didn’t really cut it as most of the people (myself included) had not been to any party meeting. With all this in mind, it will come as a relief to many that a bill has been passed making it illegal for poli
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