10th December 2019

Last week’s major tech stories

Here are the stories that caught our attention last week:

  • MTN’s 21 Days of Y’ello Care kicked off:
    the staff volunteer project aimed at providing entrepreneurship and ICT access in schools. The 21 day initiative was launched on the 1st and will run for 21 days (plus an extra week this year) to enable MTN’s staff do their part in giving back to the communities they operate in. Read more.
  • Airtel also donated shoes and other goodies:
    Airtel Networks PLC also gave back to their community by donating shoes and other groceries worth K15. 000 to Village of Hope School and Orphanage in Chisamba District. Mr. Petros Banda, Airtel Money Retail Manager, said the donation was in line with Airtel’s focus of improving the welfare of vulnerable children in Zambia. “Airtel is pleased to donate school shoes and assorted groceries to the Village of Hope especially that the school caters for over 400 vulnerable children who have to walk quite some distance to get to the school.” Read more.
  • Kaymu announced its iOS shopping app:
    Online marketplace Kaymu launched an iOS app in addition to its Android one to enable easier access to their shopping platform for both buyers and sellers in all the countries they operate in, including Zambia. John Paul Makilya, Kaymu Zambia Country Manager said, “As a long time iPhone user, I’m quite excited about the launch of the new Kaymu iOS app. I’ve already uploaded some items for sale with my iPhone and I’m sure sellers and buyers with iOS devices will definitely enjoy using the new app.” Read more.
  • Facebook opened a 3rd AI Research Centre in Paris:
    In order to carry out more research on artificial intelligence (AI), Facebook opened another research centre in Paris, aside from its other two in New York and Park. The aim of the expansion of the project is to increase the amount of efficiency with which the organization receives information about the apps and services it provides to users all over the world. Facebook also believes France has some of the best researchers in the world and Facebook believes this project, which is a joint working agreement with the INRIA, a leading research institute in will open up new study opportunities for talented research professionals, PhD students, and postdoctoral researchers. See more.
  • Microsoft released a $20 Nokia 105 phone: it’s actually $20 before local taxes but this new Nokia smartphone might be a hit in developing countries. Read all about its features here.
  • Facebook launched its Facebook Lite Android app version:
    made specifically for developing countries that have poor network connectivity and/or expensive data bundle rates, Facebook created the Lite version of its app. It uses less storage space, uses less data and loads quicker. Users will have access to their newsfeed, status updates, photos, notifications and more. For now it is only available in Asia, and Facebook said in its blog that ‘over the coming weeks Facebook Lite will be available in parts of Latin America, Africa and Europe’. See more here.

We also gave you some tips on how to create a LinkedIn profile/account for yourself and make it work for you in the professional networking scene. You can read more on that here.

Sandi

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