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|Connect-World's Digest - Issue 46 - December 2015||20th January, 2016|
Editorial Manager’s Eye, By Anthony Weaver, Editorial Manager Connect-World publications
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Tuesday 22 December
Napster: Here Comes the Sun: The Beatles Catalogue Now Streaming on Napster
Here Comes the Sun: The Beatles Catalogue Now Streaming on Napster Napster fans rejoice! Stream the Fab Four catalogue now SEATTLE, Dec. 23, 2015 - Napster announced today that The Beatles' entire original U.K. catalogue of 13 studio albums, along with essential collections like Past Masters and 1, will be available for members on Dec. 24. The best-selling band in history, The Beatles, has never been available to stream until now. "The Beatles are the most iconic band in music history and their catalogue is the #1 request from our subscribers around the world," said Ethan Rudin, Chief Financial Officer,…
Monday 21 December
MoneyGram Launches Account Deposit into Nigeria¹s $21 Billion Annual Remittance Market
MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI) (http://Global.MoneyGram.com) today announced it is the first money transfer company to offer customers in France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Spain a way to send money to most personal Nigerian Naira bank accounts within minutes*.
“This is a significant milestone for us. With the addition of Nigeria, MoneyGram now offers bank account deposits through our network into five of the world's largest remittance receive markets — Nigeria, China, India, Mexico and the Philippines,” says Herve Chomel, MoneyGram’s regional vice president for Africa. “Account deposit is a fast and secure way to send and receive funds between loved ones and we are proud to offer the service for our customers in Europe and Nigeria.”
Samsung Africa: Upskilling to reduce unemployment and enhance economic growth
Upskilling to reduce unemployment and enhance economic growth With a high unemployment rate, Africa is sitting on a largely untapped pool of resources that has the potential to drive economic growth JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, December 21, 2015 - With a high unemployment rate, Africa is sitting on a largely untapped pool of resources that has the potential to drive economic growth. The problem, says Pitso Kekana, Head of Public Affairs and Corporate Citizenship for Samsung Africa RHQ (http://www.Samsung.com/za/home), lies in both the lack of relevant skills and the availability of existing jobs for an ever-growing working-age population.
Thursday 17 December
Jumia Gets APO to Voice its Activities in Africa
Jumia Gets APO to Voice its Activities in Africa Jumia’s press releases will be distributed via Africa Wire®, the newswire service for press release distribution and monitoring in Africa DAKAR, Senegal, December 17, 2015 - APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.APO-opa.com), the sole press release newswire in Africa and the global leader in media relations relating to Africa, today announced it has been selected as supplier for press release wire distribution in Africa by Jumia Nigeria (www.Jumia.com.ng), Africa’s leading online shopping destination.
Expert group identifies emerging demands of '5G' to fuel ITU standardization
Expert group identifies emerging demands of ‘5G’ to fuel ITU standardization Open-source communities to join ITU study of networking innovations Geneva, 17 December – The ITU-T Focus Group on network aspects of IMT-2020 (‘5G’) has received an extension to its lifetime, with a mandate to undertake in-depth studies into areas such as ‘network softwarization’ and slicing, emerging networking technologies, mobile backhaul and fronthaul, and end-to-end quality of service (QoS). New Terms of Reference call for the group to engage open-source communities, influencing and taking advantage of their work by introducing them to the challenges that telecoms players must overcome...
Schools, iPhones and the IoT: WatchGuard Predicts New Hunting Grounds for Hackers in 2016
From spear phishing to IoT and malvertising, security threats to plan for in the coming year
WatchGuard Technologies, a leader in multi-function firewalls, today revealed its full list of 10 new information security predictions for 2016. WatchGuard's security research highlights new and emerging threat trends that include: advanced ransomware moving on to alternate platforms; an increase in targeted iOS attacks; and a new hunting ground for criminals to find data that leads to identity theft.
"The security threat landscape is constantly changing, as cyber criminals deploy old and new methods to expand their reach, exploit users, and gain access to valuable data," said Corey Nachreiner, chief technology officer at WatchGuard. "To play better defence, we recommend following security best practices; training employees about threats and targeted social engineering techniques; and deploying the latest network security technologies so organisations identify security issues in real-time to address the majority of attacks we anticipate in 2016."
Wednesday 16 December
ITU, Georgia Tech execute agreement to cooperate on Internet of Things standards, applications
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) have executed an agreement to monitor global Internet of Things (IoT) activities and collaborate on developing standards.
The memorandum of understanding recognizes the importance of standards and the effective management of the associated applications through which value is clearly identified and captured for this fast-growing industry.
“ITU welcomes the participation of academic institutions like Georgia Tech in creating an enabling environment for leading edge technologies,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. “This agreement is an important step as we address the coming Age of the Internet of Things.”
Tuesday 15 December
ITU cost model to assist regulatory guidance of mobile roaming tariffs
ITU cost model to assist regulatory guidance of mobile roaming tariffs New ITU technical guide and online tool to gauge fairness of roaming charges Geneva, 15 December 2015 – A new ITU-T technical guide for National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) will assist regulators in their efforts to create an enabling environment for fair and affordable tariffs for international mobile-roaming voice services. The new technical guide is accompanied by an online tool which provides a model to calculate the costs to operators of providing mobile-roaming voice services.
Monday 14 December
Kaspersky Lab Predicts the End of the World for Advanced Persistent Threat (APTs) as We Know Them in 2016
Kaspersky Lab Predicts the End of the World for Advanced Persistent Threat (APTs) as We Know Them in 2016 Nigeria ranks number 8 for Internet Users by country*, it is the highest number among all African countries LAGOS, Nigeria, December 14, 2015 - Kaspersky Lab’s (www.Kaspersky.co.za) experts revealed their predictions for 2016, which are based on the expertise of the Global Research and Analysis Team - the company’s 43 top security experts, located all over the world. Each member contributed unique expertise and, in 2015 alone, their insight and intelligence resulted in detailed reports on 12 Advanced Persistent Threat actors…
ITU, UN Women celebrate outstanding projects and leaders using ICTs to transform women¹s lives
ITU, UN Women celebrate outstanding projects and leaders using ICTs to transform women’s lives Annual GEM-TECH Award winners highlight key role of technology in advancing women’s empowerment, health & education New York, 14 December, 2015 – Three outstanding organizations and three distinguished individuals leading projects and advocacy to boost gender equality and women’s empowerment using information and communication technologies (ICTs) will be honoured at a ceremony in New York today as recipients of the annual ITU/UN Women GEM-TECH Awards. Jointly organized by UN agencies ITU and UN Women, the awards recognize the tremendous power of ICTs to transform women’s lives…
Thursday 10 December
Kaspersky Lab has seen a strong growth in detected threats in African countries, including Nigeria
Nigeria: Kaspersky Lab has seen a strong growth in detected threats in African countries, including Nigeria For Kaspersky Lab, the overriding trend in 2015 globally has been increased complexity in cyber-attacks LAGOS, Nigeria, December 10, 2015 - In 2015, the word "cyber-security" became trendy globally. Perhaps for the first time in history, issues relating to the security of the Internet and the protection of internal networks were discussed by, and became relevant to every sector of the economy as well as everyday life: from finance, manufacturing/industrial, automotive and aircraft to wearable devices, healthcare, dating services and more.
Facebook brings its Internet.org Innovation Challenge to Africa
Facebook brings its Internet.org Innovation Challenge to Africa Recognition for African developers who are working to deliver apps, websites and services for learning/education and economic empowerment; $US150, 000 awards for winners in two categories JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, December 10, 2015 - Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) (http://www.facebook.com) is launching the Internet.org (http://Internet.org) Innovation Challenge in Africa (https://info.internet.org/en/story/innovation-challenge), with the aim of recognising developers and entrepreneurs who are using the internet to improve the standard of education and economic health in their communities. Developers across Africa are invited to enter the challenge.
Thursday 3 December
ITU releases annual global ICT data and ICT Development Index country rankings
ITU’s flagship annual Measuring the Information Society Report, released today, reveals that 3.2 billion people are now online, representing 43.4% of the global population, while mobile-cellular subscriptions have reached almost 7.1 billion worldwide, with over 95% of the global population now covered by a mobile-cellular signal.
The report also notes that all 167 economies included in the ITU’s ICT Development Index (IDI) improved their IDI values between 2010 and 2015 – meaning that levels of information and communication technology (ICT) access, use and skills continue to improve all around the world.
The Measuring the Information Society Report is widely recognized as the repository of the world’s most reliable and impartial global data and analysis on the state of global ICT development, and is extensively relied upon by governments, international organizations, development banks and private sector analysts worldwide.
Tuesday 1 December
Wikipedia in Africa: Afrique Telecom, Eutelsat and Wikimédia France to offer free access to French-language Wikipedia in Africa
Afrique Telecom, Eutelsat and Wikimédia France to offer free access to French-language Wikipedia in Africa Afrique Telecom, Eutelsat and Wikimédia France combine skills in large-scale initiative to extend free access to French-language Wikipedia in Sub-Saharan Africa via Wi-Fi hotspots PARIS, France, December 1, 2015 - Free access to Wikipedia Afrique Telecom (www.Afrique-Telecom.com) is progressively deploying Internet solutions over Sub-Saharan Africa in combination with Eutelsat’s satellite capacity. Its “TamTam” service extends access to the Internet in rural areas using Wi-Fi hotspots for collective access. In a new step announced today, “TamTam” will be used to offer free access to French-language Wikipedia…
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