Catch up with the latest news from the Tech world

  • WhatsApp: Facebook shelves plan to fill the app with ads, report claims. WhatsApp’s more-than-a-billion users will be pleased to know they won’t be confronted with endless ads on the messaging app anytime soon.
  • The upcoming Auto Expo will feature new emission technology products and act as a launchpad for some key brands entering the Indian market and unveiling new products.
  • Air connectivity was a major driver for growth in the number of tourists who visited Kenya last year with all the four Coast airports and airstrips witnessing increased traffic. Kenya recorded 163.5 million visitors in 2019 up from 157.4 million in 2018, representing a 3.9 percent growth with August recording the highest number of international visits with 213,591 tourists followed by July with 206,340.
  • Following a report by Kaspersky that security researchers have spotted thousands of notifications of attacks on major banks located in the sub-Saharan Africa region, some Nigerian experts have explained the attractiveness of the region to hackers.
  • Tanzania is going digital in its quest to attract more Chinese tourists to the country. Addressing tourism players and investors in Arusha this past week, Tanzania’s ambassador to China Mbelwa Kairuki said the country should meet Chinese tourists on their own turf, which is online.
  • Facebook Inc was sued by four potential competitors who accuse it of anticompetitive behavior and who asked a judge to order Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg to give up control of the social media behemoth.
  • Toshiba touts algorithm that’s faster than a supercomputer. Toshiba has said it needs a partner to adopt the algorithm for real-world use, and financial firms have taken notice as they grapple for an edge in markets increasingly dominated by machines.
  • Google Play Stops Showing Notifications for Apps Having Been Updated. Some users considered the lack of notifications as a temporary bug, but it was a planned initiative.
  • China is expected to help Ethiopia build a continental satellite data receiver station, a news report by China state media Xinhua quotes Dr Solomon Belay, Director General of Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute, as saying.