November 2, 2021

Samsung SmartThings is the latest ecosystem to join the Matter protocol

Matter and the convenience it would bring to smart home users has been the subject of a lot of discussion. The protocol would tear down the walled gardens that so many companies have built and allow devices to interact more easily with one another without the need to jump through hoops. Dozens of brands have already […]

November 2, 2021

Apple’s app tracking policy reportedly cost social media platforms nearly $10 billion

An investigation by The Financial Times found that Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube lost around $9.85 billion in revenue following Apple’s changes to its privacy practices. Last year, Apple announced the App Tracking Transparency (ATT) policy that requires apps to ask permission to track users’ data. The policy went into effect in April, barring apps from tracking users if they […]

November 2, 2021

Facebook changes company name to Meta, has ambitions beyond social media

Facebook on Thursday, October 28 announced that it has changed its company name to Meta. This change of name was announced by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook’s annual Connect augmented and virtual reality conference.  The company said it chose the name “Meta” to serve as a reminder that there is always more to build. The rebrand is part […]

October 20, 2021

Google search results on mobile now forces you to scroll forever

Continuous scrolling is synonymous with social media sites seeking to keep you on their app/website. Whether it’s Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook — all of them offer continuous scrolling so that you stay on their service for as long as possible. Now, Google wants you to endlessly scroll search results on its Search page for mobile. The company […]

October 18, 2021

Intel Alder Lake leak reveals 12-core laptop chip that challenges AMD

Alder Lake is Intel’s strategy for desktop and mobile going forward, but we’ve heard a lot more about the desktop chips than the laptop ones. Now, we’re starting to see more on mobile configurations, including the 12-core Intel Core i7-1270P that’s reportedly inside an upcoming Samsung Galaxy Book revision. The leak comes via BenchLeaks, who discovered […]

October 11, 2021

Nigerian open banking startup Mono secures $15m Series A led by Tiger Global

Mono, a Nigeria-based financial data startup, on Monday said it has raised a $15 million Series A round led by Tiger Global. The venture capital firm has previously invested in Flutterwave and FairMoney this year. Existing investors Entree Capital, Lateral Capital, GPIC, Acuity VC and Ingressive Capital also participated in the round, joined by new […]

October 11, 2021

Africa Code Week initiative aims to bridge Africa’s digital divide

Africa’s biggest digital skills initiative, SAP Africa Code Week (ACW), officially launched yesterday with a strong focus on virtual learning as the continent struggles to recover after COVID-19 disruption. The launch coincided with World Teacher’s Day, which focuses this year on “teachers at the heart of education recovery”. Speaking at a virtual event to mark both World Teacher’s […]

October 8, 2021

Build The Next Big Thing In Bitcoin

Since the launch of the Lightning Network, the use cases of Bitcoin have significantly expanded which has further necessitated the need for the next “building block” in the Bitcoin and African business community to be built. At Bitnob, we are constantly looking to build (and support building) the next big thing in Bitcoin and we […]

Aderinsola Adio-Adepoju, convener, Global Mentorship Conference for African Youths and founder of I-Train Africa
October 8, 2021

I-Train Africa partners UNLEASH to upskill 50,000 youths across 36+ African countries

The Global Mentorship Conference for African Youths is a FREE initiative that will be held on the virtual networking and conferencing platform Hopin. In the current world where interconnectedness has been streamlined, a person’s network has become a more valuable asset that is priced above his or her knowledge. This much was made known by […]

October 7, 2021

Equiano by Google, making the internet cheaper and more accessible for Africans

In its continued commitment to helping every African business owner and student thrive, Google is putting connectivity at the forefront. Nitin Gajria, managing director, sub-Saharan Africa, Google said: “Research tells us that for every 10% increase in broadband penetration, GDP increases by 1.4% and in five years, 300,000,000 Africans will come online for the very […]

October 7, 2021

Nine Nigerians among 13 winners of Facebook 2021 Community Accelerator Programme

The 13 winners of the 2021 Facebook Community Accelerator Programme was recently announced by Facebook, with over half being Nigerians.

October 7, 2021

Google to invest $1 billion in Africa over the next 5 years

At the first virtual Google for Africa event on October 6, 2021, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, announced a plan to invest $1billion over 5 years to support digital transformation in Africa. The investment focuses on enabling fast, affordable internet access for more Africans; building helpful products; supporting entrepreneurship and small business; and […]

October 6, 2021

Google launches $50m equity-based investment fund for African startups

At the first-ever Google for Africa event, held virtually on Wednesday, Google announced the launch of a 50 million-dollar Africa Investment Fund, through which it plans to invest in African startups.  Selected companies will be provided with access to Google’s employees, network and technologies, to help them build products.  Targeted at early- to growth-stage startups, […]

October 6, 2021

Here’s what caused Facebooks Global outage on October 4

Facebook has revealed the cause of one of the worst service outages ever to hit the social networking site. The downtime occurred on Monday, October 4, and affected billions of users globally for around six hours. It also knocked out other Facebook-owned services such as Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp. During the outage, the company took to Twitter […]

October 6, 2021

Google just announced its Pixel 6 event for October 19th

Google has announced it’s yearly October event for 2021. This year, Google will be revealing all there is to the Pixel 5A and the Pixel 6/6 Pro. Although publicly known, the company clearly hasn’t said everything it wants to say quite yet, and the just announced virtual event for October 19th at 1PM ET / 10AM PT is […]

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