Technology News Highlights | Global Updates

  • Microsoft is preventing a large number of devices from updating to the Windows 10 May 2020 Update. While the software company released the update last week, Microsoft has quietly acknowledged that there are a number of known issues preventing the update from being installed on a variety of PCs.
  • Facebook employees are staging a rare protest against the company for leaving up a post from President Donald Trump they say could incite violence. The employees, who began publicly criticizing the social network on Twitter over the weekend, have escalated their disapproval by staging a virtual walkout and symbolically changing their workplace profile pictures.
  • Zoom is working on end-to-end encryption to protect privacy on its increasingly popular video chat service, but the company will make it a premium feature not available to free accounts. Alex Stamos, a Zoom security consultant and former chief security officer for Yahoo, told Reuters the company could include exceptions like nonprofits or political dissidents, though.
  • As Egyptians have been under partial lockdown since March and schools and university students have since relied on E-learning due to the coronavirus pandemic, the usage of telecommunication services and internet consumption saw a heavy increase in May, Egypt’s National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) said. The NTRA attributed the high traffic to the considerable increase in the online streaming of TV shows during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. According to the NTRA’s monthly report, international voice calls increased by four percent during Ramadan and 19 percent since the beginning of curfew in Egypt last March.
  • Ugandan warehousing tech platform operator Logistics AI is eyeing entry into the Kenyan market to provide a one-stop import-export solution to companies selling across East Africa. Founder and chief executive Daniel Emaasit said Kenya was best suited for the year-old platform that facilitates transport logistics and warehousing services for companies exporting products to Uganda.
  • Kenya’s health fintech company, Mama Prime is among 11 startups selected for possible funding at this year’s AfricaTech Challenge organised by global drugmaker, Sanofi. The event, taking place virtually on 11 June 2020 is aimed at giving Kenya and other African innovators an opportunity to create homegrown tech-based platforms that solve four identified local health challenges.
  • Airtel Rwanda has unveiled a support package for taxi-moto operators in Kigali, including a cashless digital payment platform and brand new reflective jackets, ahead of the latter’s highly anticipated return to the roads on 1 June 2020. Commercial motorcycles, popularly known as taxi-motos, have been out of business for more than two months now – except when providing delivery services – due to Covid-19 preventive measures.