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  • South Africa’s Eskom asks McKinsey, Trillian to return $117MN

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/10/17 South Africa’s Eskom has asked consultancy firms McKinsey and Trillian to pay it back 1.6 billion rand ($117 million), saying that an internal inquiry had found that the national power utility’s decisions to make the payments were unlawful. “The interim findings from Eskom investigations into the circumstances surrounding payments made to both the companies point to certain decisions by Eskom, and resultant payments, as being unlawful,” Eskom said on Thursday.
  • CAMTEL, Orange Cameroon in tug of war

    CAMEROON, 2017/10/16 Cameroon Telecommunications company, CAMTEL is accusing Orange Cameroon of refusing to refund the FCFA 1.6 Billion they owe. Enlightening reporters in Yaounde on Tuesday on the accusation, Philemon Zo’o Zame, Managing Director of the Cameroons Telecommunication Regulatory Agency said, CAMTEL which has monopoly of the optical fibre, had deprived Orange Cameroon from the optical fibre on October 6. This according to Director had provoked perturbations on the Orange network operation for 24 hours.
  • Mobile banking apps now cater for non-Koreans

    SOUTH KOREA, 2017/10/15 As online-only banking proliferates across the Korean finance industry, additional and additional non-citizens living in Korea have been facing technical difficulties registering their apps and devices. Online-only banking services started their newest phase this year with the launch of the “K Bank” app on April 3. Again, the “Kakao Bank” app, which has drawn an astronomical number of customers in a short period of time, building off the base laid by the Kakao Talk chatting app, was unveiled on July 27.
  • 阿联酋推出无现金交易应用程序

    阿联酋, 2017/10/15 由阿联酋16家顶级银行机构支持的阿联酋数字钱包(Emirate Digital Wallet)平台推出一款新的应用程序Klip。该程序旨在取代日常经济活动中的现金交易,在阿联酋生活和工作的任何人可以通过该程序完成无现金支付,资金转移和储蓄。 阿联酋数字钱包总经理Maki Vekinis表示,纵观全世界,几乎每个礼拜都会推出一个新的无现金支付系统。但这些系统中没有一个坚定地将实现无现金交易设为其发展目标,没有一个能得到国内顶级银行机构支持,也没有一个能得到政府机构的强力支持。
  • Chinese messaging app error sees n-word used in translation

    CHINA, 2017/10/14 Chinese messaging app WeChat has reportedly apologised next an AI error resulted in it translating a neutral Chinese phrase into the n-word .WeChat is blaming machine learning for erroneously converting a neutral phrase meaning ‘black foreigner’ into something far more offensive The WeChat error was reported by Shanghai-based theatre producer and actor Ann James, a black American. In a post on the service’s Twitter-like Moments feature, she wrote that it had translated hei laowai – a neutral phrase which literally means “black foreigner” – as the n-word. “We’re very sorry for the inappropriate translation,” a WeChat spokesperson told Chinese news site Sixth Tone. “Next receiving users’ feedback, we instantly fixed the problem.”
  • Yahoo, All three billion accounts hacked in 2013 data thef

    UNITED STATES, 2017/10/04 Yahoo on Tuesday said that all 3 billion of its accounts were hacked in a 2013 data theft, tripling its before estimate of the size of the major breach in history, in a disclosure that attorneys said sharply increased the legal exposure of its new owner, Verizon Communications Inc. The news expands the likely number and claims of class action lawsuits by shareholders and Yahoo account holders, they said. Yahoo, the early face of the internet for a lot of in the world, by presently faced at least 41 consumer class-action lawsuits in U.S. federal and national courts, according to company securities filing in May.
  • Digital IQ for African companies track global averages – but South Africa is at risk of falling behind

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/04 Most organisations around the world have not done enough to keep up with the digital era – and leadership is falling short, with a lot of chief executives not from presently on fully engaged in the initiatives of digital transformation. African companies match their world peers in a lot of measures of Digital IQ: just over half (52%) rate their organisation’s Digital IQ as strong – a score of 70% or better. However, South African companies stand at risk, with less than half (47%) rating their organisation’s IQ over 70%. These are some of the highlights from the 10th edition of PwC’s World Digital IQ survey (http://APO.af/FZSmmw), with a focus on Africa. “Digital IQ has a different meaning today than it had at the same time as PwC (www.PwC.com) started this research a decade ago. Tielman Botha, Digital Lead for PwC South Africa, says: “Today, the scope and scale of digital-driven change has grown significantly, and organisations have invested a lot of time and money to keep up.
  • Kenya, Nigeria & S. Africa: biggest winners of Google's Africa tech training

    KENYA, 2017/09/09 Alphabet Inc’s Google aims to train 10 million people in Africa in online skills over the next five years in an effort to make them additional employable, its chief executive said on Thursday. The U.S. technology giant as well hopes to train 100,000 software developers in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, a company spokeswoman said. Google’s pledge marked an expansion of an initiative it launched in April 2016 to train young Africans in digital skills. It announced in March it had reached its initial target of training one million people.
  • Submarine cable deployed in Angola to link Africa to South America

    ANGOLA, 2017/09/09 The project of deploying the initial submarine telecommunication cable in the South Atlantic ocean linking Africa to South America has been launched in Angola’s capital Luanda. The launch of the fibre-optic South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) follows months of marine survey that was completed by multinational telecommunications company Angola Cables in April.
  • Kenya awards major contract for construction of core infrastructure for smart city

    KENYA, 2017/09/06 In early July the government contracted Italian construction firm ICM to build roads, water and sewerage systems for the $14.5bn smart city project, which is under way 60 km south of Nairobi. The KSh40bn ($390m) transaction covers engineering, procurement, construction and financing. Work has by presently begun on the sewer system and access road, inclunding internet, power and water infrastructure, according to Victor Kyalo, principal secretary at the Ministry of ICT. Government plans to establish Kenya as the “silicon savannah” received a boost with the awarding of a $390m arrangement to build key infrastructure for Konza Technopolis, a master-planned property development targeting Kenya’s ICT sector.