Technology

Rwandan tech firms pitch to global markets in France

President Paul Kagame ended his two-day working visit to Paris yesterday by attending the Viva Tech Summit, a technology summit which opened in France Thursday, bringing together top global tech firms and startups from across the world. The summit was opened by French President Emmanuel Macron and...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 5:50pm

Korea to share tech, industrial revolution experience with Africa

Korean President Moon Jae-in has committed to sharing Korea’s technological and industrial experience with Africa and to help it compete in the 4th Industrial Revolution. His message came at the opening ceremony of the 53rd Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank). “Africa is...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 4:37am

African countries have the resources to finance their development – JICA chief

With much anticipation on the impact of ICT in the continent’s development, much is still unclear on what approaches are ideal in the process, considering the limited resources and deep social economic challenges. For insights on the increased ICT interest, The New Times Collins Mwai spoke...

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 4:42am

If we end up sitting around in self-driving cars watching ads, Google is going to make billions

While producing cars and components is still expected to be a good business once cars are autonomous, providing the driving experience is seen to be the biggest and best opportunity. New research from UBS predicts that US autonomous-vehicle revenue will reach $2.3 trillion by 2030—and 70% of...

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 4:12am

Rwanda to host continental innovation summit

Rwanda will host this year’s edition of the ‘Innovation Prize for Africa’, an annual Pan-African event. According to the event’s organisers, this will be the 7th edition of the prestigious Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) and will be aimed at showcasing African ingenuity...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 7:11pm

Regional countries moot sustainable e-waste management

Experts from various entities in regional countries are meeting in Kigali to discuss ways of how e-waste can be sustainably managed across the East African Community (EAC). E-waste, which includes anything with a plug or a battery, includes such items as refrigerators, televisions, solar panels,...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 4:59pm

Give us laptops, teachers tell govt

Teachers have appealed to the Government to give them laptops. They say this would allow them to use the gadgets both at and out of school and help them better prepare for classes and carry out research on the subjects they teach. The proposal came up last week during a meeting in Nyabihu...

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 1:12am

Google starts program that can pass as a human on the phone

Google’s artificial-intelligence assistant sounds almost exactly like a human when it calls the salon to book a woman’s hair appointment. It responds to questions, negotiates timing and thanks the receptionist for her help. It even says “um” and “mm-hmm.” What...

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 11:33pm

Blockchain technology tipped to boost healthcare delivery in Africa

Blockchain technology is a novel tool that can boost health care on the African continent, an expert told The New Times on Tuesday. A blockchain is a decentralised, distributed and public digital ledger that is used to record transactions across many computers so that the record cannot be altered...

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 3:49pm

Rwanda, Japan sign deal to share technology expertise

Japan has renewed its commitment to Rwanda’s technological transformation through an agreement aimed at promoting cooperation in the field of ICT. The Memorandum of Cooperation, signed on Tuesday between the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan (MIC) and Rwanda’s...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 12:48am

Good, the youth are disrupting the digital status quo

Judging from nearly every speaker at the ongoing Transform Africa Summit, there is a lot of optimism in the air as far as embracing digital technology as a tool for economic advancement is concerned. The fourth edition of the summit, being held under the theme, “Accelerating Africa’s...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 12:32am

AI: Will they or will they not?

This is the million franc question. Do we see a nearby future in which machines, such as programmed computers, take over the jobs of educators? With all the advancement in technology, most especially in the area of artificial intelligence, this phenomenon is worthy of further exploration, don...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:18pm

The reach of West Africa’s mobile money sector is 13 times wider than local banks

Rapid mobile adoption in West Africa since the turn of the decade has been a boon for the local mobile money industry. As the West Africa mobile economy report by GSMA shows, mobile adoption in West Africa has nearly doubled from 28% at the turn of the decade to 47% last year. Indeed, by the end...

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 12:46am

Global tech firms team up to eliminate wildlife sales

A coalition of companies in technology industry has agreed to render online platforms and apps inoperable for wildlife traffickers to trade in endangered species. A group of e-commerce, technology and social media firms globally, will work with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Traffic International and...

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 11:01pm