Technology

TikTok submits proposal to U.S. authorities to resolve security concerns

Video-sharing social networking company TikTok said on Monday that it had submitted a proposal to the U.S. administration to resolve its "security concerns." "We can confirm that we've submitted a proposal to the Treasury Department which we believe would resolve the...

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 11:17am

Japanese flying car successfully completes first test flight

A Japanese company has announced the successful test drive of a flying car. The public demonstration for a flying car, which was the first of its kind in Japanese history was conducted on August 25 at the Toyota Test Field, one of the largest in Japan and also home to the car company’s...

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 2:12pm

Zoom outage affects remote schooling, work

Zoom's video chat services suffered a mass outage on Monday, resulting in a disruption of schooling and work for many who are dependent on the company for learning and working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic. The company said it deployed a fix within hours after the first reports of...

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 12:24pm

Twitter lets everyone limit replies to their tweets

Twitter is making its reply-limiting feature available to all users starting today, and it’s for real this time: You can finally say goodbye to the reply guys. The company’s director of product management, Suzanne Xie, writes in a blog post published Tuesday that the feature is part...

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 6:30am

Trump issues order banning U.S. transactions with TikTok

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday issued an executive order banning any U.S. transactions with Chinese tech firm ByteDance, owner of popular video-sharing app TikTok, starting in 45 days, a controversial move widely criticized by experts. The app has been...

Friday, August 7, 2020 - 8:36am

Who is the accused mastermind behind Twitter hack?

When VIP Twitter accounts were posting the infamous Bitcoin scam on July 15, everyone wondered who might be behind that coordinated attack. It was until two weeks later when US law enforcement arrested a high school student, setting in an extra shock all over the world. The teen, accused of...

Monday, August 3, 2020 - 11:49am

Barack Obama, Apple, and others hacked in unprecedented Twitter attack

The Twitter accounts of major companies and individuals have been compromised in one of the most widespread and confounding hacks the platform has ever seen, all in service of promoting a bitcoin scam that appears to be earning its creators quite a bit of money. We don’t know how the hack...

Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 10:32am

Rwandan businessman seeks to reunite relatives through DNA tracing app

Many Rwandans lost touch, communication and connection with their relatives after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. For about 26 years, some people are still conjecturing whether their relatives are still alive or dead. It is through this, that Deexon Muhizi was impelled to seek means of...

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 3:04pm

Rwandan app gets top ranking on Google Play Store

Nokanda application on Monday, June 2 became the first Rwandan mobile application to receive #1 ranking on Google Play Store. The mobile application aims at easing and shortening cashless transactions processes. With Nokanda, users can send money, pay bills and access MTN and Airtel...

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 12:59pm

Rwandan startup wins over Rwf3 billion Covid-19 hackathon

Digital Umuganda, a local artificial intelligence startup has been selected among nine winners of Smart Development Hack, a European Commission-led hackathon designed to produce digital solutions to tackle the effects of coronavirus pandemic in developing countries around the world. Dubbed '...

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 11:20am

WhatsApp doubles number of participants in video calls

The world's most popular messaging app has announced that it will multiply the number of simultaneous callers on its built-in video call feature, as more people use video calls during the lock-down to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic across the globe. Currently, more than one...

Monday, April 27, 2020 - 5:52pm

Facebook launches COVID-19 information centers in Rwanda, other African countries

Facebook has expanded its Coronavirus Information Centre to 24 more countries in sub-Saharan Africa, this time including Rwanda, two weeks after announcing presence in 17 more.  The information centres are part of the tech firm’s effort in the global fight against COVID-19 by...

Monday, April 27, 2020 - 12:18pm

Apple services now available in Rwanda

Apple officially extended its service offerings to dozens of new countries on Tuesday, making the App Store, iCloud, Apple Podcasts, Apple Music and Apple Arcade available in Rwanda. This means that more Apple users are able to access some of key features of its devices such as downloading and...

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 3:26pm

Rwanda warns against the use of Zoom over security concerns

Rwanda Information Society Authority (RISA) has advised against the use of ZOOM software and instructed the public institutions to stop using the video conferencing software. According to Innocent Bagamba Muhizi, Chief Executive Officer at RISA, the platform is believed to be having security...

Friday, April 10, 2020 - 12:11am

Zoom video conferencing service under scrutiny over privacy concerns

As the corporate industry continues to rely heavily on Zoom video conferencing service after many countries, including Rwanda announced a lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic, safety concerns have been raised over this facility. Being one of the most used teleconferencing platforms in Rwanda...

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 8:02pm

COVID-19: Facebook to invest $100m to tackle misinformation

Facebook has pledged to invest $100 million in the news industry at a time when the ongoing coronavirus pandemic means that accurate reporting is more important than ever. According to a blog post from the American firm, $25 million will be provided in grant funding for local news through the...

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 12:15pm

How to keep your devices safe from hackers while working from home

The coronavirus outbreak has forced Rwanda into complete lockdown. Studying, praying and working from home are becoming the new normal. But working from home is shipped with its own trojans. Some private computers run old antivirus software or a cheap (or even free) VPN. Home internet, if any,...

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 10:32pm

The App Store is expanding to Rwanda

American tech giant, Apple on Monday announced its virtual platform App Store will be launched in 20 new countries this year, Rwanda inclusive. In a statement published on its website, the firm said that this was part of its strategy to expand to as many markets to serve better Apple users...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 1:28pm

WhatsApp to stop working on millions of phones

Messaging service WhatsApp will no longer work on millions of smartphones from 1 February. Android and iPhone devices which only support outdated operating systems will no longer be able to run the Facebook-owned app. WhatsApp said the move was necessary in order to protect the security of...

Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 6:58pm

Rwanda launches drive to connect all households with a smartphone

On Friday evening, a short social media video was posted on the MTN Rwanda Twitter account featuring MTN Rwanda’s Chief Executive Mitwa Ng’ambi pledging 1000 Smart Phones on behalf of her firm and 100 phones in her personal capacity. Thread: end: Let’s #ConnectRwanda @...

Monday, December 23, 2019 - 12:22am

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