Technology

Google tunes search for prescience and pictures

Google unveiled changes this week aimed at making the leading search engine more visual and intuitive to the point that it can answer questions before being asked. Google Images was redesigned to weave in “Lens” technology that enables queries based on what is pointed out in pictures...

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 11:25pm

Windows 10 passes 700 million devices, 1 billion still far off

Windows 10 is now on 700 million devices, according to executives speaking at the Ignite conference this week, reports Neowin. Windows 10 has been the fastest-growing version of Windows, hitting 700 million in about three years on the market, but this nonetheless represents a big shortfall from...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 11:48pm

East Africa mulls science, technology policy to improve competitiveness

  The East African Community (EAC) bloc is developing a regional Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy to boost its competitiveness, officials said on Tuesday. Gertrude Ngabirano, Executive Secretary of the East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO), told a...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 11:05pm

New push to remove barriers to digital accessibility for PWDs

Software developers have been urged to promote digital inclusiveness by mainstreaming special needs of people with disability (PWDs) in applications they develop. The Minister for ICT, Jean de Dieu Rurangirwa, said digital applications can also be designed to specifically address the needs of PWDs...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 12:38am

How artificial intelligencea is reprogramming fashion

Who do you turn to when you can’t decide what to wear? Your best friend, maybe. Instagram, probably. People like me and magazines like this one (hopefully). But soon, perhaps, it will be none of the above. Instead, you will try on an outfit, turn to a wall-mounted, five megapixel camera with...

Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 12:06am

Fly me to the Moon? A look at the space-tourism race

SpaceX is among a handful of companies racing to propel tourists into space. Here are the top projects in the works, and what they involve. The California-based company headed by tycoon Elon Musk announced plans Thursday to send a passenger into lunar orbit aboard a monster rocket, called the Big...

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 11:04pm

New technology tells us which animal bones were used to make ancient tools

Animals played an important role in prehistoric societies. They were a source of food, raw material, and, sometimes, reverence. Their bones were also used to create tools – for instance, arrowheads. The use of animal bone as raw material for tools dates back at least 1.8 million years. In...

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 10:38pm

Could new platform transform national savings culture?

All across the country, Rwandans are being mobilised and sensitised to improve their savings patterns and methods which would improve their financial security as well as the national economy. A Kacyiru based firm, Exuus, which is in software development, has introduced 'SAVE' a digital...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 11:41am

Mutuelle subscribers with online issues urged to update their biodata

Beneficiaries of the community-based health insurance, Mutuelle de Santé, who failed to get registered under the online system should take their concerns to their local authorities, said Dr Alivera Mukabaramba, Minister of State in charge of Social Affairs and Social Protection. She claims that...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:36am

Call for investments in technology as conservation forum concludes

This year’s edition of the “Conversation on Conservation” that took place in Kigali this week ended with a call from participants to invest more in technology innovations to sustain the country’s conservation efforts. The forum, the fourth of its kind, brought together over...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 12:36am

New startup accelerator to nurture technology innovations in tourism

A new startup accelerator, ‘HuzaX’, has debuted in Rwanda and is aiming at accelerating digital tourism in the country through mentoring and investing in students and early stage startups. Yan Kwizera, a Rwandan technology entrepreneur behind the accelerator, said that they have a...

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 10:46pm

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

Taxi-moto riders should be encouraged to go digital

The impact the motorcycle has had in Africa is a remarkable tale of many threads told all over the continent. It bears recalling as the current digital technology-driven chapter unfolds.    In one thread, it is recounted how it has played a role in politics such as in mobilising...

Friday, August 31, 2018 - 10:39pm

Know your rights: Mobile phones are not allowed at school

Based on the premise that the use of mobile phones incites distraction from studies, Ministerial Instructions N°001/MINEDUC/2018 of 11/07/2018 prohibiting students from using mobile telephones were instituted. The students concerned in this case are those in nursery, primary and secondary...

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 10:07pm

Rwanda, Uganda favourites for tech investors

Rwanda and Uganda are emerging favourite destinations in Africa for investment in information and communications technology. However, the leading investor destinations in the ICT sector in sub Saharan Africa — Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa — have recorded a decline in investment...

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 10:50pm

AfDB chief calls for emerging agriculture technologies to optimise output

The President of the African Development Bank Group, Akinwumi Adesina, has made an urgent call to give farmers across the continent new technologies with the potential to transform agricultural production. Adesina said the technology transfer was needed immediately and that evidence from countries...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 1:17am

Rwanda’s mobile phone subscriptions grow by 1%

The number of Rwandans using mobile phones increased marginally at the end of July, the latest mobile telephone subscriptions report shows. The report was released by Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA), the sector’s regulator. The quarterly report indicates that the total number...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 1:14am

Smart technology is key to Rwanda’s future

Buzzwords such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and robotics are smart technologies changing the face of industrial processes and production globally. The question is, how are African countries positioning themselves to harness the opportunities and benefits of acquiring and adopting new...

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 10:22pm

Innovation as a catalyst of growth

Policy makers all over the world are now emphasising on innovation as one of drivers of economic growth in an economy.  Innovation as driver of economic growth already proved its credibility in developed countries and now it’s time for developing countries to follow suit. Based on...

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 10:05pm

Over 400 university students in cyber security competition

As part of the implementation of National Cyber Security Capacity Building Program and responding to the identified skills gap, a workshop dubbed CyberStars was held in Kigali, where over 400 students engaged in a competition to come up with different solutions to bolster cyber security...

Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 12:17am