Technology

Rwanda keen on accelerating development of blockchain

A portion of Rwanda’s ICT budget in the next fiscal year, which begins on July 1, 2020, will be used to support emerging technologies, among them, blockchain. The plan is contained in the “Emerging Tech Policy and Strategy” of the Ministry of ICT and Innovation. The strategy...

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 12:23pm

Africa lags behind in global ICT goods trade, UNCTAD

Africa lags behind in the international trade of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) goods earning just a small percentage from the lucrative sector. The continent’s share of the USD 2.1 trillion in 2017 remained negligible despite the demand for electronic components used in...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 10:25pm

It’s about to get more expensive to make your smartphone

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo)—the world’s largest producer of cobalt—has slammed a three-fold increase on royalties paid for the mineral. A government decree has declared cobalt, coltan and germanium—all used in producing smartphones—as “strategic...

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 10:46pm

Race to dominate Africa’s mobile hardware market gathers pace

Over the last few years, entrepreneurs, multinationals, governments, and telecom companies have waded into the mobile market with the aim of building African-made handsets that will challenge for market share with the likes of Transsion, Apple and Samsung. Countries including Egypt and Kenya,...

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 10:05pm

Samsung aims for 10% African growth

Samsung Electronics is targeting an annual 10 percent increase in revenue from Africa over the next decade, even as competition from cheaper consumer devices intensifies. The South Korean company will concentrate on key markets including South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal, according...

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 12:04am

China inches closer to launching gravitational wave-detecting satellite

China is preparing to launch the first of three satellites that will help researchers in their mission to detect gravitational waves. The new spacecraft, which is expected to be blasted into space by the end of 2019, is part of China's Tianqin program that focuses its efforts on detecting...

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 9:18am

YouTube goes down for many users worldwide, company working to resolve issues

The popular video-sharing website YouTube has gone down for many around the world with users experiencing problems accessing the site's services. The Google-owned website failed to load for many users around the world on Wednesday. People on Twitter have reported trouble accessing YouTube,...

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 9:12am

Facebook bans voting misinformation ahead of November midterms

The social media giant will ban false information concerning voting requirements and fake reports about violence in the lines at polling stations leading up to the US’ midterm elections, a senior company official said. The ban on false and misleading information, announced by Facebook...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 9:18am

China to launch first satellite for space-based gravitational wave detection next year

China plans to launch its first satellite to test the technologies of the space-based gravitational wave detection program "Tianqin" by the end of 2019. The program Tianqin, meaning "harp in sky," was initiated by Sun Yat-sen University in south China's Guangdong Province...

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 10:29am

Failure to adopt data analytics hurts Africa

Give me a one-handed economist,” an irritated US President Harry Truman once said. “All my economists say, ‘on the one hand...on the other’”. To this day, economists have failed to take bold steps and make conclusive decisions especially in this era of Information and...

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 1:00am

Venezuela hopes petro cryptocurrency to negate US economic blockade

CARACAS (Sputnik) - Venezuela expects its petro cryptocurrency to break the economic blockade imposed by the United States on the republic, the country’s minister for higher education, science and technology, Hugbel Roa, told Sputnik. On Monday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 10:30am

Rwandan youth develop software to track housemaids

Four Rwandan youth are seeking to provide solutions in different sectors using software through their company IDA (Information Data Analysis) Technology Ltd. The founders Télesphore Tuganimana, 25, Emmanuel Nzabaregerimana, Pathos Nshimiyimana and Djuma Kubwimana all aged 26, are graduates of...

Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 12:49am

How Rwanda plans to leapfrog straight to the fourth industrial revolution

What is the fourth industrial revolution? This has always been the first question that comes to the minds of people not just in Rwanda but in other parts of the world as well, especially in the developed countries. Think about the drones you have seen in Rwanda supplying blood to rural hospitals...

Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 12:02am

E-certificates to ease services delivery

You have probably experienced the inconvenience of having to walk from office to office to either get that marriage or birth certificate required to apply for certain services like visa, scholarship, or that dream job. This could change following the Government’s efforts to avail these...

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 9:14am

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

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