Twitter Stickers Here to Liven up your Photos

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Introducing on Twitter

Twitter introduced their very own Stickers, a few days ago and we . It is a fun new way to add creativity to your photos and connect them to followers. Use these twitter stickers to share what you’re doing or how you’re feeling, to show support for a cause, or to just add some flair you know.

Social media’s newest obsession is  definitely stickers. Mostly associated with large, animated ’emoticons’ that have the ability to convey an array of emotions and actions. It is a digital phenomenon that has largely taken over the way people communicate in Asia.

You can use multiple stickers on a photo, resize and rotate them and place them anywhere on your picture.You can browse twitter’s sets of stickers to join in on real-time conversations.  Select from the library of hundreds of accessories, emojis, and props to make your photos more fun. Millions of photo Tweets are sent every day, capturing moments  big and small that the world is talking about.

When you Tweet a photo with stickers on it, your photo becomes searchable in a new, visual spin on the hashtag. Tapping on a sticker in a Tweet takes you to a new timeline, where you can see how people all over the world use that sticker in different ways.

The ability to add stickers to your photos will be rolling out over the next few weeks for people using Twitter for iOS and Android. You will also be able to view and click stickers on Twitter.com. Stickers joins the suite of photo editing features on Twitter, including filters, tags, cropping, and accessibility options. Learn more about how to use all our photo features, including Stickers on twitter  Help Center.

Explore the world of twitter stickers, so much more than you could expect.

Cameroon: Unidentified Mobile Subscribers will be Deactivated after June 30

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The minister of Posts and Telecommunication has frowned bitterly with unidentified mobile subscribers that are in the data base of all the operating companies in the country. In her communique made to the public on June 14, 2016, Mme. Minette Libom Li Likeng stressed that it was a matter “of a serious nature”.

The minister has therefore reiterated that all activated and unidentified mobile subscribers will be deactivated after the deadline of June 30, 2016, which corresponds to the deadline some mobile operators had given their subscribers to regularize the status.

It should be recalled that in April the Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ART) served mobile operating companies with an injunction to disconnect all mobile subscribers with false identifications. In respect of the injunction, MTN alone disconnected 120, 000  mobile subscribers.

During the period from 2014 – 2015 Mobile operating companies in the country have suspended about 6 million unidentified chips and even those with unclear information about subscribers.

 

It is believed that the series of mobile user identification campaigns these past months have experienced in the country have been intensified by many and reckless terrorist attacks Cameroon has suffered from the hands of the Nigerian Islamist sect, Boko Haram. It is known that mobile phones are used in the activation of some of the explosives.

Every now and then citizens are required to identify themselves with mobile operators in the country. There are a number of questions one keeps asking. Some of the questions are;

Where are SIM cards sold?

Who is authorized to sell the chips?

Should mobile chips be registered with other peoples’ information before being sold?

How many times will one have to keep identifying him or herself?

And many other questions you can possibly ask.

Take a situation of someone who has been using a mobile SIM card for over 10 years now. Such a person should have registered and made known his identity about four times now. Where do the mobile operating companies keep their data base?

Is it not logical to avoid causing so much worry to the people by just deactivating unidentified numbers and have the people go to their offices and get themselves identified?

For how long shall the government of Cameroon keep doing this? Or there is a hidden agenda behind such maneuvers? One can only wonder

 

Yenigun Wins AFCON 2019 Project in Cameroon

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AFCON 2019 Project

The Turkish company, Yenigün Construction Industry, has won an AFCON 2019 project in Cameroon. This contract is to construct the future Omnisports stadium of Douala-Japoma. The stadium is situated in the suburb of the economic capital of the country.

The company was expected to have set up earlier this week as learnt  at the end of a mission sent by the government to Douala at the end of the previous week.

This stadium is said to contain 50,000 seats. The costs for the works of this sports infrastructure are estimated at FCFA 166 billion. This project is said to be financed by Eximbank Turquie. The Japoma stadium will also have two training pitches with bleachers, an open gymnasium of 2000 seats, an Olympic swimming pool of 8 lanes and 1000 seats etc.

The construction of the Douala-Japoma stadium is the second major contract, since the beginning of the year 2016. Most of the big ongoing projects being carried out in Cameroon are by the Chinese. Indeed before the above-mentioned stadium, the Cameroonian government revealed in March 2016 having chosen the Italian company, Piccini. They are to build a 60,000 seat stadium in Olembé, in the suburbs of the capital also for AfCON 2019. This contract is estimated at FCFA 163billion.

The Italian and Turkish companies have actually won the biggest construction contracts in Cameroon for AFCON 2019.

Rehabilitation contracts of Garoua and Douala stadiums are still pending. Sodevi International, a Canadian consortium, has already expressed its interest in this last project. At the same time, Cameroon has already received offers of services from Brazilian and Algerian companies.  They all have an eye on these lucrative projects which are geared towards Africa’s biggest football competition.

The Turkish and Italian companies seem to be big players in the business.With the experience they have both nationally and internationally, we hope to get great results for the AFCON 2019 project.

500 Startups Raising 25M Dollar Microfund

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500 Startups Raising 25M Dollar Microfund

500 Startups is raising a 25M dollar Microfund to invest in Black and Latino Founders. This microfund aims at investing in over 100 companies. It will grant them the necessary capital, networks, and expertise to boost their businesses. Over the years 500 startups has invested in over 500 startups including Walker & Co., AllDay Media, and Mayvenn.

They invest in all kinds of companies such as consumer commerce, family tech and education, design etc.  500 Startups funds companies through investments that range from $50-500k. Black Founders is a national community of entrepreneurs. Their  mission is to increase the number of successful black entrepreneurs in tech. Monique Woodard, venture partner at 500 Startups and co-founder of Black Founders will lead the fund.

With her broad network, experience, and best market deals, she is best to lead the fund. “This is a two-sided investing strategy”, said Woodard. “ On one side you have Black Latino founders who are undercapitalized and there are great deals to be made. On the other side, you have a population that over-indexes. In many areas of technology, consumption  increased consumer purchasing power and an increase in the US Spanish-speaking population. This is making Black and Latino consumers a market that investors should be paying attention to.”

500 Startups has also announced its next Geeks on a Plane () trip which will visit the continent of Africa. This tour will be based on invites. It will give startups, investors, and executives an opportunity to learn about high-growth technology markets worldwide. It will allow invitees to connect with African entrepreneurs in startup hubs across the continent. GOAP has made 17 trips to 30 countries. This includes Asia, South America, Latin America, India, Eastern Europe, New Zealand, US, Middle East, and North Africa.

This 25M dollar Microfund will enable 500 Startups to be more targeted in its investment strategy and also to fulfill its vision to be the most active US investor in Black and Latino founders.

Charles Ndongo named new CRTV manager

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Charles Ndongo has been named new CRTV  manager according to a presidential decree on 29th June 2016. He replaces Ahmadou Valmouke, who is believed to be in a tight spot with the government.

The appointment of Charles Ndongo came while the Board of Directors of CRTV was deliberating during the last session of a board meeting that began on Tuesday 28th, June 2016 at the CRTV Production Centre  at Mballa II.

Charles Ndongo is a Senoir Journalist and graduate of the Superior School of Science and Information and Communication Technologies, ESSTIC – Yaounde (formerly ESIJY). 

The newly appointed CRTV manager has worked with close friends and former classmates like Alain Belibi, Michel Ndjock Abanda, Dénise Epoté, Moussa Adamou, Thomas Babi Koussana Emmanuel Monyambock and many others.

Charles Ndongo rises to the helm of the CRTV at a time when a digital transition is imminent and raises eyebrows as to whether Cameroon’s national television will deliver its promises of creating various digital Tv stations. It is the hope of many Cameroonians that this change in power does not affect the quality of service rendered by the CRTV to its millions of viewers.

It is the hope of many Cameroonians that this change in power does not affect the quality of service rendered by the CRTV to its millions of viewers. CRTV is the main broadcasting station in the country and it’s to be at the centre of providing images for the upcoming football competitions to be hosted by Cameroon

CRTV is the main broadcasting station in the country and it’s to be at the centre of providing images for the upcoming football competitions to be hosted by Cameroon. Mr. Ndongo’s appointment coupled with his experience at the CRTV may just be the right move to ensure a hitch-free broadcasting when the time finally comes.

Worthy of note is that former CRTV boss Ahmadou Valmouke had been placed under interrogation since February. He is believed to have mismanaged CRTV funds in compliance with Gervais Mendo Ze, another former CRTV manager who is currently in jail (for embezzlement).

Facebook Suggestions not Based on Location

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Facebook suggestions are not based on location, despite reports from Fusion that stated otherwise . The story later changed again when it became clear that Facebook had experimented with recommending new friends based on city-wide location data to a small group of users last year but discontinued the project.

Fusion reported on the Facebook suggestion saga “Thanks to tracking the location of users’ smartphones, the social network may suggest you friend people you’ve shared a GPS data point with, meaning your friend suggestions could include someone whose face you know, but whose name you didn’t until Facebook offered it up to you.”

Facebook’s position is that the location-based recommendation experiment caused confusion on its communications team, and that’s how Fusion ended up with wrong information. There’s also this version that Facebook did use location data to make friend recommendations, then backpedaled when security experts compared the practice to NSA surveillance and pointed out that it might violate Facebook’s settlement with the FTC.

“We’re not using location data, such as device location and location information you add to your profile, to suggest people you may know,” a Facebook spokesperson reported. “We may show you people based on mutual friends, work and education information, networks you are part of, contacts you’ve imported and other factors.”

Well, no one knows what actually gets down or those factors which determine what friend recommendation to be made to users. But what we know is the location-based factor could be dangerous. Imagine people in the neighbourhood you don’t want to interact with sending you requests.

Could Facebook actually be denying this because of the negative feedback users are giving about this. Its just mysterious how you get suggestions about people you probably don’t know but because you happened to have been in the same place with them some time.

Microsoft Makes It Easier to Decline Windows 10

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Microsoft recently announced a new Windows 10 upgrade policy just weeks after losing a US$10,000 case in a small claims court.

According to court documents, the owner of TG Travel Group in Sausalito, California,won a final judgment last month after she purported that her computer was upgraded to the latest operating system without prior notification or authorization. Now you can decline windows 10.

This just goes to show the level of customer disgruntlement with the Windows 10 upgrade process. Many customers felt Windows 10 had been forced on them without their approval and they complained that the uninstall process was nearly impossible to execute.

Grab the opportunity to get it now while it’s free

“The new experience has clearer options to upgrade now, choose a time or decline the free offer,” said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group.

If the red X is selected, it will dismiss the dialog box, and the company will notify the device again in a few days, he said.

Microsoft will continue to recommend Windows 10 installation until the free upgrade period expires on July 29, Myerson added.

“Thousands of engineers have been working on making Windows 10 the most secure version of Windows, helping to protect people from viruses, phishing, identity theft and more,” he said. “We’d like our customers to upgrade and improve their experience with Windows and Microsoft.”

 

 

 

 

 

131 startups shortlisted in DEMO Africa 2016 first round

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131 startups have been shortlisted to participate in DEMO Africa 2016 first round. This features the participation of some interested startups in this year’s edition of DEMO Africa, followed by completing a DEMO Africa Innovation Tours in some African cities, and the first of which began in Kenya on the 10th of May 2016.

DEMO Africa is a platform where the most creative minds from trendy companies around Africa showcase their latest products to the world. 131 startups shortlisted for DEMO Africa and looking at the figures, there has been an increase of 30% in the number of participating countries. A total of 723 applications were drawn from 46 countries across the globe.

In this year’s contest, Nigeria tops the list with the most entries received with a total of 217 applications, followed by Kenya at 54 and South Africa at 104. Other countries with notable numbers were Cameroon at 17, Ghana 16, Zimbabwe 14, Egypt and Tanzania 12, Ivory Coast 8, Ethiopia 7, Zambia and Rwanda submitted 6 applications each.

Participation for this year’s DEMO Africa has also come from some African entrepreneurs living in the diaspora with those in the US topping the list with 15 applications and Belgium 4. Apart from countries in Africa, there were also some recorded from other countries which included South Korea, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, Costa Rica and Afghanistan.

A total of twelve judges will constitute those who will review the applications with a view of later shortlisting 50 startups that will qualify for the next round.

Feeling excited about the contest, the Executive Director of DEMO Africa, Mr Harry Hare said, “We are very excited at the response we received from the startups and startup owners. This goes to show how DEMO Africa is becoming a critical piece of the entrepreneurship development agenda in the continent”.

The adjudication process will continue until the end of June and the announcement of the final 30 is expected in the first week of July.

The first round of adjudication for DEMO Africa 2016 may have been completed, but it’s the beginning of another journey for those shortlisted startups as they head into the latter rounds of the adjudication process. They might as well hope to ride on the same luck or belief in the quality of their innovation to see them make the final shortlist.

 

Egyptian e-health startup SmartCare raises $1.2m funding

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The Egyptian e-health startup SmartCare has decided to boost the company’s tech infrastructure by raising the sum of US$1.2 million in funding from the Egyptian-American Enterprise Fund (EAEF). This will also go a long way to expand its customer base and grow its team.

SmartCare is a Health management startup that was launched in 2010. Its main objective is to manage and administer personalized corporate healthcare plans, and at the same time providing discount medical cards for those without corporate plans.

According to Amal Enan who is chief of staff and director of policy planning, the EAEF (which was launched in 2013 and invests in Egypt’s private sector to promote financial inclusion, create jobs and improve quality of life), had invested US$1.2 million in the company as it believed tech would make “huge strides” in improving the affordability and accessibility of healthcare services to Egyptian masses.

“We have high confidence in the entrepreneur and the company’s capacity to implement this change in a high priority sector in Egypt,” he said. “The entrepreneur is a neurosurgeon, assistant professor at Cairo University, and has worked in the public sector, private sector and with civil society, where his accumulated experience allowed him to identify a gap in the healthcare insurance market and build SmartCare to address the need.”

EAEF’s investment in SmartCare will go a long way in developing the company’s technology infrastructure, growing the team and expanding the customer base.

In an annual letter to shareholders, EAEF also confirmed it had made a US$10 million contribution to the new Algebra Ventures fund, as well as a US$10 million investment in Tanmiyah Ventures.

 

Orange Money Web Payment now Available!

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Orange Money Web Payment now Available!

Orange now has  an Orange Money web payment platform for  merchants to enable online payments.  This web payment service is dedicated to merchants whether they possess an e-commerce website or not.Though designed for web merchants other types of services like tax collection, donations, school fees can now benefit from it.

Over the years, there has been an increase in E-commerce in Africa with major players like Jumia, Konga, OLX, Abidjandeal.com but the only payment method has been by Cash. This has helped to slow down rates. Orange Money has hereby decided to break these barriers by extending their services to us.

This service can either be accessed on a computer or using your mobile browser. It is simple and convenient for end users. All you need do is create a One Time Password with your Orange Money USSD Service on your phone to validate your payment.

This service is now available to merchants in four countries Mali, Cameroon, Senegal and Niger. The other countries left out for now will have this service by 2017.

How to Execute Orange Money Web Payment

  1. Must have an active Orange Money account.
  2. Choose Orange Money as a payment method on the merchant’s website.
  3. Request a temporary password with your Orange Money secret code through the USSD service on your phone.
  4. Enter the password you received on the payment screen.

Advantages of Web Payments.

If your business sells products online and you are not receiving payments online then trust me you’re letting so much money go. Online shoppers have become accustomed to paying for their purchases immediately and receiving shipment quickly.

When a customer pays for his products, the customer’s payment method is authorized and money is placed in the business account immediately. This eliminates financial risk on your part.

The Orange  Web Payment is going to be quite beneficial to merchants who make good use of it.