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YOTV Channels app review: Enjoying TV in your palm!

YOTV Channels app review: Enjoying TV in your palm!

We have already reviewed the Airtel TV app, and this is where we talked about the transition of television. From a sit-at-home business, to a get-to-you-anywhere form of entertainment. You can read the review here and find out why you should (or shouldn’t) download the app.

Before Airtel unveiled its live TV and video-on-demand app, MTN Uganda had just penned a partnership with YOTV Channels to do something similar – or even bigger, as some say. Basically the YOTV Channels app is a mobile television, radio, and VOD depository where users get to enjoy their entertainment while on the move.

Getting started

You can download the YOTV Channels App from Play store for Android or iOS for iPhone, enter your phone number through which you will receive an OTP SMS that you enter for confirmation. Like for the Airtel TV app, you have to ensure that you have an active data bundle that will let you stream and watch all channels available on the App.

First Impressions

I personally found the app very easy to use, interesting, and quite rich in content. Without a doubt, the only bill you have to pay is the data bundles to use because without a stable connection, you stand to miss out on a lot.

The key content available on the app is Series, movies, radio and TV.

The Good about YOTV Channels App:

I struggle to listen to radio without earphones. YOTV Channels app just saved my day. When am at home, and need to have that loud music off my favourite station play as I write the articles, I just have to tune in and get the groove on.

Besides enjoying live TV on the go, you can also get to view the day’s programming through the clearly output guide in the menu. A lot of the local network is well bred in, with select international news channels also part of the deal.

The video-on-demand section is equally good for starters. Have I told you that you can actually record content on the app? There’s a whole 300 minutes of memory for you to utilize. There’s also the ability to keep tabs on live shows that you are likely to miss out on watching.

The Bad about YOTV Channels App:

The movie section is very limited. Just a few movies to watch, with majority in translation. I watched everything on the app in under a day and still wanted more, but couldn’t get. One would also expect all the radio stations to be captured, but it is not the case. Just a few are available.

There is no Ugandan content in the video-on-demand category. I watched a couple of these on the Airtel TV app, but YOTV seems to have opted for international films in this phase.

No premium content – though, still, one would not expect premium content on a free app.

Conclusion

I would recommend it for those that love listening to radio, without having to plug in the earphones. As well as lovers of translated movies and series. YOTV Channels app got you fully covered.

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MWC 2020 postponed over coronavirus concerns

MWC 2020 postponed over coronavirus concerns

The coronavirus is not just affecting health and relations, it’s impacting on tech too. The MWC, arguably the biggest smartphone trade show of every other year, has been postponed for this year. Reason? The safety and health of attendees is at risk, something that has resulted in numerous stakeholders and manufacturers pulling out of the event weeks prior.

GSMA, the organization that hosts the show in Barcelona annually, says it’s cancelling MWC 2020 over coronavirus-related concerns. The event was slated to run between February 24th and 27th.

“With due regard to the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and the host country today, the GSMA has cancelled MWC Barcelona 2020 because the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, make it impossible for the GSMA to hold the event.”

Statistics indicate that over 100,000 people attended last year’s MWC with a huge portion registered to be from China as well as being Chinese company employees. Now that the country is still healing from the epidemic blow that is still recording infections and deaths, the likelihood of this year’s event happening was very slim.

The announcement comes after several large companies, including Amazon, LG, Sony, NVIDIA, Nokia, and even Samsung said they plan to skip the conference to keep their employees safe from the virus.

Full statement from the GSMA:

Since the first edition of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in 2006, the GSMA has convened the industry, governments, ministers, policymakers, operators and industry leaders across the broader ecosystem. 

With due regard to the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and the host country today, the GSMA has cancelled MWC Barcelona 2020 because the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, make it impossible for the GSMA to hold the event.

The Host City Parties respect and understand this decision.

The GSMA and the Host City Parties will continue to be working in unison and supporting each other for MWC Barcelona 2021 and future editions.

Our sympathies at this time are with those affected in China, and all around the world.

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WhatsApp hits the 2 billion user mark

WhatsApp hits the 2 billion user mark

WhatsApp has announced that it now supports more than two billion users globally. This is the first time in two years that the company is revealing its users’ numbers, while being the second in the Facebook family of apps to achieve the feat.

The company published a blog post on the achievement and used it to boast of its outstanding privacy and security features.

“Private conversations that once were only possible face-to-face can now take place across great distances through instant chats and video calling. There are so many significant and special moments that take place over WhatsApp and we are humbled and honored to reach this milestone.”

WhatsApp affirms that it shall continue to operate largely independent of Facebook and continue to defend providing its encrypted messaging service.

“Strong encryption acts like an unbreakable digital lock that keeps the information you send over WhatsApp secure, helping protect you from hackers and criminals. Messages are only kept on your phone, and no one in between can read your messages or listen to your calls, not even us. Your private conversations stay between you.”

Last year, it became clear that there are plans to integrate WhatsApp with Instagram and Facebook Messenger, to effect seamless interaction and sharing of files while offering “fast, simple, reliable and private” messaging services that are also secure.

Facebook has also unveiled plans to generate more revenue from WhatsApp with the option of selling ads, but called off the plans. The biggest concern was that a commercial messaging feature would force the messaging app to weaken its end-to-end encryption.

Now the focus shall be on building out money-making features that let “businesses communicate with customers and better manage those interactions”.

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Over 7,700 attacks by threats disguised as dating apps in Africa

Over 7,700 attacks by threats disguised as dating apps in Africa

The advancement in technology has made it easy to do almost everything with just an app. This, interestingly, includes finding a partner – to date and even marry. Much as the entire process of choosing a partner online requires keen consideration, you also need to prioritise your personal information when using these resources.

Popular dating apps used worldwide, such as Tinder, Bumble or Zoosk, often become a bait used to spread mobile malware or retrieve personal data to later bombard the users with unwanted ads or even spend their money on expensive paid subscriptions. Such files have nothing to do with legitimate apps, as they only use a name and sometimes copy a design of authentic dating services.

Security software maker Kaspersky analysed popular dating apps in 2019 within Africa and discovered a circulation of 1,486 threats under the guise of over 20 apps. Of these, a total of 7,734 attacks on 2,548 users were detected. The countries attacked most often were South Africa, accounting for 58% of all attacks in the region, Kenya (10%) and Nigeria (4%).

The danger these malicious files bring varies from file to file, ranging from Trojans that can download other malware to ones that send an expensive SMS, to adware, making it likely that every ping a user gets is some sort of annoying ad notification rather than a message from a potential date.

For instance, one of the applications that at first glance looks like Tinder is, in fact, a banking Trojan that constantly requests Accessibility service rights, and upon getting them, grants itself all rights necessary to steal money from the user. Another names itself as ‘Settings’ right after installation, shows a fake ‘error’ message and later disappears, with a high likelihood it will return with unwanted ads a few days later.

Cybercriminals who specialise in phishing also do not miss the chance to feed on those seeking to find love. Fake copies of popular dating applications and websites, such as Match.com and Tinder, flood the internet. Users are required to leave their personal data or connect to the applications via their social media account. The result is not surprising: the data will later be used or sold by cybercriminals, while the user will be left with nothing.

Recommendations to avoid cyber threats with dating apps

Always check application permissions to see what your installed apps are allowed to do. Do not install applications from untrusted sources, even if they are actively advertised, and block the installation of programs from unknown sources in your smartphone’s settings.

Find out more information about the dating website you are planning to visit: look into its reputation on the internet and try to find user feedback. Use a reliable security solution like Kaspersky Security Cloud that delivers advanced protection on Mac, as well as on PC and mobile devices

Also, avoid sharing too much personal information with strangers and make sure that the person you are meeting is real, as fraudsters often use fake profiles for scams.

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Facebook partners with 9 African agencies for a safer Internet

Facebook partners with 9 African agencies for a safer Internet

Facebook has partnered with nine non-profit organisations and government agencies throughout sub-Saharan Africa to raise awareness about Internet safety and security for Safer Internet Day, celebrated on the 11th of February with the theme “Together for a better Internet”.

The partners Facebook is working with include:

  • Digify Africa from South Africa
  • Phambano Technology Development Centre NPC  from South Africa
  • Diana Schwarz Attorneys from South Africa
  • Watoto Watch Network from Kenya
  • Paradigm Initiative from Nigeria
  • Child Online Africa from Ghana
  • Youth First Madagascar from Madagascar
  • Computing and Information Association from Tanzania
  • Asikana Network from Zambia

“We’re committed to ensuring Facebook and Instagram are places for everyone, especially the youth,” says Jocelyne Muhutu-Rémy: Strategic Media Partnerships Manager for Facebook in sub-Saharan Africa. “That’s why we offer a range of tools on our platforms to give people full control over their experience, and work with our partners to drive awareness about the practices, resources and tools people can use to protect their online wellbeing.”

Young people can benefit from the following Facebook and Instagram safety tools and resources:

  • New tools on Instagram that filter comments that may be inappropriate, offensive or bullying – including keyword filtering, sensitivity screens, offensive comment and bullying filters.
  • On Instagram we’ve created new ways to help stop bullying before it happens. If someone writes a comment or caption for a feed post that our AI detects as potentially offensive, they will receive a prompt that the language used is similar to language that has been reported for bullying. They will then have an opportunity to edit the caption or comment before posting.
  • The Instagram Safety Centre is a place where you can learn more about the safety features on Instagram.
  • The Youth Portal, which is a central place for teens to get a better understanding of Facebook’s products, hear from other peers, and get tips and advice on controlling their experience. This is part of  the safety centre, a resource for topics like suicide prevention, social resolution and bullying prevention.
  • Use of artificial intelligence, to help identify when someone might be expressing thoughts of suicide, including on Facebook Live and Instagram Live.

Facebook has various resources about online safety easily available – learn more by checking out:

  • Facebook Safety Page
  • Safety policies
  • Tools
  • Resources
  • Bullying Prevention Hub
  • Online Wellbeing
  • Help Centre
  • Community Standards
  • How to report something

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3 Makerere University students qualify for the Huawei ICT competition global finals

3 Makerere University students qualify for the Huawei ICT competition global finals

3 Makerere University Students have been chosen to represent Uganda in the Huawei ICT global competition which is at its regional final stage in South Africa. These top three students including Magola Kenneth, Okello Stephen and Mudulo Gerald, were chosen on merit as they excelled in the preliminary and national final exams of the competition which was carried between October and December 2019.

This is the second edition of the Huawei ICT Competition in Uganda with over 2500 students who registered to participate and out of those 100 excelled to the national final exam.

With the theme “Connection, Glory, Future”, the Huawei 2019-2020 Global ICT competition aims to provide a platform for global ICT talents to showcase their ability, compete and communicate, encouraging ICT-related study and drive the growth of a robust ICT talent ecosystem.

The 2500 competition participants from Makerere, Kyambogo, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Nkozi, Mbarara, Kabale, Lira, Gulu, Muni, UCU and MUBS accessed learning material free of charge on the Huawei online learning platform in the various courses such as Network and Cloud track.

The network track consists of Router & Switch, Security and Wireless Lan while Cloud track consists of Artificial intelligence, Big Data, Cloud Computing and Storage. These studied and were subjected to preliminary and national exams of which the top three students emerged all coming from Makerere University.

These are expected to go to South Africa on 22nd March 2020 to participate in the regional final with other African countries and later in May to China, Shenzhen in the global final amongst the rest of the world.

Mr. Liaoshuangquan, the Huawei Uganda Human Resource Director noted that the competition is very relevant to every ICT student and professional because it’s a comprehensive approach of skills development for employment, enhanced productivity and growth.

“The Huawei ICT Competition and Academy is a comprehensive approach of skills development for employment, enhanced productivity and growth. Training contents in this program has been aligned with skills requirements in the job market. That is why we re-dedicate ourselves to working even more closely with universities across the country to better equip students with the next generation of technologies and create the platform for the Ugandan students to demonstrate they are capable of maturing into world-class experts.”  

The second edition of this skilling competition began in October 2019 with several roadshows in the earlier mentioned universities and also a boot camp training to prepare the competition participants to do the exams.

Mr. Liaoshuangquan, The Huawei Human Resource Director continued to note that the top 11 students among the 100 national finalists shall be awarded in a ceremony to happen in March, with Huawei Professional certificates, Huawei gift devices and job/internship opportunities at Huawei.

Through the continued initiative to bridge the ICT skills gap and fostering ICT talent pool needed for national social economic development, Huawei Uganda has been working with government and academic partners since May 2019 to open up its academies in the various universities of Uganda.

So far, six academies have been opened in Makerere, MUBS, Soroti, Muni, Nkozi, Mbarara and Kabale university.

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Eversend charges when buying Yaka

Eversend charges when buying Yaka

Buying Yaka on Eversend is one of those unique innovations that have graced us in the new decade. You won’t have to cram the codes anymore, not even the meter number(s). Plus, you can pay for literally every electricity bill in just a single round of swipes and confirmations.

But then, the other question that comes up is – how much am I charged?

Well, like we told you with the entire buying process, among the key requirements is that you should have a balance available on your account. This shall allow you to buy the units as well as clear the charges involved.

Eversend charges when buying Yaka

Eversend only allows Yaka payments of UGX 2,500 and above. The minimum charge for buying units is UGX 1,150 and this applies for payments up to UGX 15,000. If you are paying between UGX 15,001 and 30,000, you will be charged UGX 1,725; payments between UGX 30,001 and 45,000 are charged UGX 2,300; while those between 45,001 and 125,000 are levied UGX 3,795.

For Yaka payments between UGX 125,001 and 250,000, be sure to pay an extra UGX 4,370 charged; UGX 250,001 to 500,000 calls for a charge of 6,900; while payments from UGX 500,001 to 4,000,000 are charged UGX 13,800.

WE haven’t tried this yet, but anything above the UGX 4,000,000 mark is charged UGX 23,000.

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This is why you MUST update your WhatsApp Desktop version

This is why you MUST update your WhatsApp Desktop version

If you use the WhatsApp desktop version for your chats and calls, you should consider making an update to it. This is because of a flaw existent, that could allow an attacker read the files on your MacOS or Windows PC by using a specially crafted text message.

According to Facebook, which issued a warning to users, the flaw affects the app’s Desktop versions 0.3.9309 and earlier, for whoever has paired the desktop app with WhatsApp for iPhone versions prior to 2.20.10.

Apparently, the affected versions of WhatsApp Desktop had been developed using Chrome 69, an outdated and yet vulnerable version of Google’s browser engine. The code would go on to spread to even more recent versions of the Chromium engine.

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Details of the WhatsApp desktop flaw

The flaw was discovered by researcher Gal Weizman at PerimeterX, who confirmed that it is a result of a weakness in how WhatsApp’s desktop was implemented using the Electron software framework. Electron allows developers to create cross-platform applications based on Web and browser technologies but is said to have had significant security issues in the past.

Weizman’s findings with the WhatsApp client indicated to him that an attacker can inject JavaScript code into messages that run within WhatsApp Desktop—and then gain access to the local file system using the JavaScript Fetch API.

Facebook says they have shipped new versions of the client that use updated browser components.

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How to reply to your friends’ Instagram stories using GIFs

How to reply to your friends’ Instagram stories using GIFs

When your friend has a status update and you wish to respond to it without the use of words or images, you might want to reply with a GIF of your own. Active Instagram users have, in the past, been able to fetch GIFs from Giphy and use these as animated stickers in Stories. Now the experience has been realised.

With the app’s latest update, users can reply to friends’ stories using Giphy GIFs.

There’s basically a large library of Giphy animations to choose from to help you find that perfect GIF to use to reply to a friend’s story. Not to forget early, Instagram brought Giphy integration to direct messages in 2018 too, but the latest update gives you easy access to GIFs.

There’s quite a lot you can do on Insta: You can activate Instagram dark mode for your phone, tag and re-share someone’s Instagram story as your own, see false information shared on Instagram, as well as download all your Instagram photos, videos and stories.

Facebook also recently rolled out a new feature on Instagram that notifies people when their captions on a photo or video may be considered offensive, and gives them a chance to pause and reconsider their words before posting.

When someone writes a caption for a feed post and the Instagram AI detects the caption as potentially offensive, they will receive a prompt informing them that their caption is similar to those reported for bullying. They will have the opportunity to edit their caption before it’s posted.

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You can now pick Jumia orders from Bata and Total outlets

You can now pick Jumia orders from Bata and Total outlets

Jumia Uganda recently penned a partnership with global shoe retailer Bata and oil company Total to increase the number of pick up stations that consumers can pick their Jumia orders from.

This initiative is a part of Jumia’s strategy to reach more customers outside Kampala, where the demand for product variety and affordable product pricing is high.

According to the company’s CEO Ron Kawamara, Jumia continues to dominate the Ugandan online shopping space with 76% of Ugandan online shoppers relying on the platform as of 2019.

We have also seen demand for our services in upcountry locations like Masaka, Fort Portal, Mbarara Gulu, and Lira. Therefore, our expanded pick up station network with Total and Bata will enhance customer confidence and the adoption of e-commerce in 2020 countrywide.”

Upon shopping on Jumia, customers from upcountry now have an option to pick their orders from the nearest Bata store during the checkout process, and the products will be dispatched to the selected office for collection. This is the same for customers in Kampala who have an option to pick their orders from the closest Total service station.

The new Bata pick up stations in the upcountry locations will also allow customers to pay cash as they pick up. Previously, cash payment for upcountry orders was restricted. This new cash on pick up payment for upcountry orders will enable customers to save on the delivery fee.

The Bata stores to pick Jumia orders from

  • Bata Industrial Area
  • Bata Acacia Mall
  • Bata Batarama
  • Bata Equatoria
  • Bata Oasis Mall
  • Bata Quality Shoppers
  • Bata Luwuum Street
  • Bata Capital Shoppers
  • Bata Kireka
  • Bata Victoria Mall
  • Bata Freedom City
  • Bata Lubowa
  • Bata Platinum
  • Bata Nakivubo
  • Bata Africa House
  • Bata Money Center
  • Bata Mukono
  • BataTororo
  • Bata Hoima
  • Bata Soroti
  • Bata Mbale
  • Bata Mityana
  • Bata Iganga
  • Bata Kasese
  • Bata Lira
  • Bata Gulu
  • Bata FortPortal
  • Bata Masaka
  • Bata Mbarara
  • Bata Jinja

Total fuel stations to pick orders from

  • Total Bukesa
  • Total Mengo
  • Total Ntinda
  • Total Kyanja
  • Total Kyaliwajala
  • Total Bwoyogerere
  • Total Kintintale
  • Total Kibuye
  • Total City Center

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