Technology News and Updates This Week

  • The Ministry of Science and Higher Education in partnership with Ethio Telecom has launched a digital library aimed to enable teachers and students of higher education institutions access online materials with zero-rating. The digital library is intended to ensure the continuity of the teaching-learning process.
  • Ghana Tech Lab is calling for applicants to apply to take part in the first cohort if its Africa AI Accelerator programme. The six-month acceleration programme, run in partnership with GIZ and IBM, aims to promote local innovations in the field of artificial intelligence, machine learning and data usage.
  • The rise of 3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, has been a major driver of the growth of industries in a global environment where automation is becoming inevitable. Though the 3D printing industry is still at its infancy in Kenya, there has been notable growth in the use of the innovation to solve industrial challenges, especially in maintaining smooth cash flow in a period of commercial disruption. Local experts are betting on the technology to help mould the future of industries in the country, by offering faster, low-cost and high-quality production of general equipment that are bought for millions of shillings from developed countries.
  • Microsoft will work to improve the lives of African Americans by pushing for a better justice system, focusing on its own hiring, donating funds to groups tackling racial inequality and buying from more-diverse suppliers, Chief Executive Satya Nadella said in an all-employee email the company published late Friday. And Nadella is looking more closely at his own attitudes and behavior, he said.
  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday said he would consider changes to the policy that led the company to leave up controversial posts by President Donald Trump during recent demonstrations protesting the death of an unarmed black man while in police custody, a partial concession to critics. Zuckerberg did not promise specific policy changes in a Facebook post, days after staff members walked off the job, some claiming he kept finding new excuses not to challenge Trump.
  • Apple has just been granted a patent for software that would generate “synthetic group selfies,” which as Protocol points out, could be a way to take group selfies for social media even if you’re trying to stay socially distant from your friends.