Technology

Mobile banking inevitable but ATM card will remain useful

During a wide-ranging interview with The New Times at a recent GSMA M360 Africa Series in Kigali, Mr Akinwale Goodluck, Head of the Global Mobile Operators’ organisation in sub-Saharan, sought to dispel the myth that mobile money would cannibalise banks. He pointed to the fintech synergy...

Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 12:52am

Comesa region lags behind in robotics, artificial intelligence

Countries in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) are lagging behind with respect to robotics, artificial intelligence and technology infrastructure and skills acquisition. Jean-Baptiste Mutabazi, the regional bloc’s Director of Infrastructure, noted this during...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 9:05am

Cyberbullying, sharing of nudes to be criminalised

Internet users who enjoy spreading malicious rumours will soon have to think twice before they do so online or face jail time and hefty fines, thanks to a new law preventing and fighting cyber-crime. Before it was unanimously passed by the Lower House yesterday, the chairperson of the...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 10:12am

e-Waste management should be top priority at EAC Council of Ministers’ meeting – expert

Dr Alice A Kaudia, the Environment Secretary in Kenya’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry, says a structure should be set up to enable e-Waste data collection and that regional countries should incentivize or pay people bringing the e-Waste some money. In an interview with Sunday Times...

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 4:36am

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

BK TecHouse supports Rwamagana pupil who fabricated a radio

TecHouse Ltd, a subsidiary of Bank of Kigali (BK) Group, has donated Rwf1m to 16 year-old Isaie Turikumana, a primary school finalist, to support his secondary studies.Turikumana, who hails from Rubona Sector, Rwamagana District, caught the firm’s attention when he made a radio by recycling...

Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 12:55am

What is Bank of Kigali's TecHouse up to? CEO Rugemanshuro explains

In the face of disruptive technology, banking as a sector is staring at an unpredictable future; a future where banking services would be needed but perhaps not banks.To stay ahead and safeguard its market leadership, Bank of Kigali decided to invest in a tech company whose key mandate would be to...

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 12:00am

Horyou-proof that social good is possible

Over the past 21 years, Dr George Bwelle, a Cameroonian surgeon and his non-profit organisation, ASCOVIME, has provided free medical care to more than 125,000 patients in Cameroon. Bwelle and 220,000 other people with good deeds belong to a non-profit social network for social good called, Horyou...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 12:00am

EssentialTech: Addressing Africa’s essential health needs

Early June, I was in Switzerland for an exchange programme with a number of journalists from across the world. The trip was organized by EQDA, and sponsored by SDC among others While in Switzerland, a country  which like Rwanda is referred to as the land of 1000 hills, I visited many...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 12:00am

[ADVERTISEMENT] Finally a phone with a real professional camera

After such a successful launch of the Boom J8 “All about Beats” speculations are that Tecno Mobile is yet again to Wow its customers around the globe with yet another amazing device from its Camon C series. Ladies and gentlemen the “Camon C9” and rumor is that it’s just a shipment away.   Leaked...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 12:00am

How addicted are you to your phone?

At this point in time, a good friend is one whose phone charger is compatible to yours. There is no greater distress than that little lightning shaped bolt that indicates low battery for most smart phone users. The joy of finding someone to aid you at such peril times either by letting you charge...

Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 12:00am

Govt steps up campaign to promote e-payments

The Minister for Youth and ICT, Jean-Philbert Nsengimana, has urged residents of Rubavu District to adopt advanced ways of paying for services. The minister was speaking on Friday evening during a two-day public awareness campaign on e-payment in the on-going nationwide Information and...

Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 12:00am

Incentivise e-payments systems for speedy uptake

The words ‘cash-less economy’ are increasingly featuring in conversations around the financial sector development. They are not only used by gurus and top brains in the financial sector, banks use them in marketing while experts invoke often them in their analyses. In practice,...

Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 12:00am

Emojis: Evolution of a wordless language

There is no question that communication means have evolved and innovated over the years. The form of expression taking center stage today the world over is the use of emojis.  These emoticons and emojis are an evolution of communication into a wordless language that people from all walks of life...

Sunday, March 27, 2016 - 12:00am

What does the roll out of wireless internet in public transport mean?

Last year, the Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT), in conjunction with Kigali City public transport operators and Olleh Rwanda Networks, rolled out an initiative to provide wireless internet in public transport. The initiative, which began at the end of February, started with its trial phase with...

Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 12:00am

Netflix adds 130 new countries, now available in 190 worldwide -- including Rwanda

Netflix has begun streaming its Internet video service in 130 more countries, including Rwanda, nearly completing its expansion a year ahead of schedule. CEO Reed Hastings made the surprise announcement at the end of a presentation Wednesday in Las Vegas at CES, a showcase for gadgets and...

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - 12:00am

Skype introduces a Share button for the Web

Soon you might start seeing a new ‘share’ button on websites to join common ones like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest; Skype is announcing its own share button today. Once you click on the button, a window will pop up asking you to sign in to your Skype account, pick a friend or two to...

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 12:00am

Google's Inbox email app gets intelligent quick replies

Google today announced a new feature coming to its Inbox email app that will automatically suggest short replies for incoming messages. Dubbed Smart Reply, the new feature is designed to make it easier to reply to email while on a mobile device. Google says that Smart Reply will present three...

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 12:00am

Twitter is redesigning its follow and tweet buttons for the first time in years

After years of the familiar Twitter follow and tweet buttons scattered around the Web, the company is redesigning them to be flatter, attractive and work better. The new icons remove the share count displayed next to the button and flatten its overall look. As part of the update Twitter will be...

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 12:00am

Block annoying people with Gmail's new feature

Google wants to help you clean up your inbox with two new features: “Block Sender” and “Unsubscribe.” The block function is currently available via Gmail for web, and allows you to block people from sending you emails. It works by automatically sending emails from blocked...

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 12:00am