Technology News & Developments | World

  • Some 24 civil servants and engineers from the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication, Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority, Tanzania Telecommunications Corporation and ICT Commission, received certificates of completion of a 9-day 5G technology and application training that was organised by Huawei Tanzania Company in Dodoma City, recently.
  • Airtel Rwanda has announced a smartphone acquisition campaign that will see the telecom offer every new handset on the Airtel network double data for the next three months.
  • Google just released the official update to Gmail, allowing it to be set as the default email application for iOS 14 devices. iOS 14 — which was released by Apple last week — added the option for users to set third-party email applications as the default for iPhone and iPad devices running the latest version of Apple’s operating system. But it still fell to developers to actually add support for the feature, which the latest Gmail update does.
  • Microsoft may be known as a business software giant, powering most of the world’s PCs and building backroom technology and tools. But it’s also spent more than $10 billion buying development studios behind some of the most popular video games in the world. To Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, it’s all about the future of software.
  • When Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S video game consoles hit store shelves in November, the companies will be talking up all the new technologies that power them. New storage systems that load games more quickly, new graphics chips to give games even more detailed visuals and support for immersive surround sound.
  • WhatsApp is seen working on a new feature called Expiring Media that would make media files such as images, videos, and GIFs sent to the recipient’s phone disappear once the recipient leaves the chat. The new development appears to be an extension to the Expiring Messages feature that is in the works by the instant messaging app for some time. With Expiring Media, WhatsApp users would be able to send photos and videos on a temporary basis. The new feature is yet to be a part of WhatsApp beta releases.
  • Nokia licensee HMD Global is set to host a launch event today, September 22. Today’s event will be livestreamed via the company’s YouTube channel. Although HMD has remained tight-lipped on which products are expected to be launched, the recent teasers posted by the company suggests the unveiling of two new Nokia smartphones at today’s virtual event. It is being speculated that the two models may be the Nokia 3.4 and the Nokia 2.4. Specifications of both the smartphones have been tipped on several occasions in the past.