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Huawei Reveals an Excellent Watch for 2020; Watch Fit Review

Huawei Reveals an Excellent Watch for 2020; Watch Fit Review

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It's 2020. Depending on where you live in the world, you might be working from home, you might be stuck at home, and local gyms may be closed. One thing is for sure; you've been affected in some way by the COVID-19 pandemic, and if you're like me, you've gained some weight. Being a technology journalist, one of the things that interests me is technology that can help people to get proactive about their health, especially now. That's why the Huawei Watch Fit caught my eye. I already appreciate Huawei's LiteOS smartwatches and how good they are with fitness tracking, but this device adds guided workouts. With guided workouts, the device offers an array of workouts that vary in their degree of difficulty. Most importantly, you don't need for your gym to be open to do it, and you do...
Samsung Galaxy S21 Leaked, Reveal New Camera setup and More

Samsung Galaxy S21 Leaked, Reveal New Camera setup and More

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As we get closer to the official announcement of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S21, the leaks are starting to pick up. The leaked renders, courtesy of leaker @OnLeaks, showcase how the phone might look like when it is released next year. Since the information isn't official, it is possible that the actual phone may look different, however, this sheds some light as to what to expect when the phone officially arrives early next year. Steve HmMcFly, the name behind @OnLeaks, noted that the phone's unique rear camera housing design makes it different from its predecessors, as it extends from the metal frame of the device. All three cameras have been placed vertically on top of each other, with the flash added right next to the housing, similar to what Samsung did with the Galaxy No...
Chinese Spying in Africa through Infrastructure Projects

Chinese Spying in Africa through Infrastructure Projects

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By Keefa Nuwahereza A new report shows how Beijing is using infrastructure to expand its surveillance network on the continent, making U.S. officials vulnerable. China’s Expands Spy Ambitions in Africa In 2018, the African Union accused China of infiltrating the computer network in its glitzy new headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to steal sensitive data—a task made easier by the fact that China itself built the headquarters. But it likely didn’t stop there. In recent years, China has quietly embarked on government building projects across Africa that add up to a counterintelligence nightmare for the United States and its partners on the continent, according to new research from the Heritage Foundation. China has constructed or renovated nearly 200 govern...
Trump, ‘Get your hands off Somali refugees!’

Trump, ‘Get your hands off Somali refugees!’

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Before being admitted to the hospital for coronavirus infection, Donald Trump spent the last two weeks on yet another vile anti-immigrant tirade. Both in a policy statement to Congress and on a campaign stop in Minnesota, Trump veered to his campaign cornerstone to send yet another message to his racist base that immigrants are not welcome in this country.  But it is more dangerous than that.  Trump went after Rep. Ilhan Omar in her very own home state and screamed to the crowd, “She tells us how to run our country, can you believe it? How the hell did Minnesota elect her? What the hell is wrong with you people?” (NYTimes, Oct. 1) Rep. Omar’s background is Somali. She is the first Somali American, the first naturalized citizen of African birth and the first woman of ...
EPHWOR  Launches App  To Bridge Family Planning  Communication Gaps Between Women And Health Workers

EPHWOR Launches App To Bridge Family Planning Communication Gaps Between Women And Health Workers

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By Our Reporter A team of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) experts have developed an app that enables women and mothers seeking family planning methods communicate directly with service providers, especially professional medical personnel. The app, known as ‘Talk To Me/Gamba Nanye’,  is aimed at bridging the gap  between women seeking Family Planning and Contraception solutions with service providers at accredited medical health facilities. SOme of the community leaders who participated in the launch of the Talk To Me/Gamba Nanye App Working under local Nongovernmental Organisation (NGO) Enforcement of Patients and Health Workers’ Rights (EPHWOR), the IT experts have since rolled out the  ‘Talk To Me / Gamba Nanye’ app  at health centres in th...
Ugandan Doctor Develops Life-saving Blood Oxygen Monitor For Apple

Ugandan Doctor Develops Life-saving Blood Oxygen Monitor For Apple

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By Keefa Nuwahereza Uganda is increasingly producing experts in Information Communication and Technology (ICT), who are making great strides in the digital era. As you read this, Jeofrey Kibuule, a 31-year-old Ugandan doctor working with Apple, is being hailed for having co-developed a life-saving blood oxygen monitor in the latest Apple watch series 6. The software engineer has also worked in the technology hub of the world, Silicon Valley. Kibuule, is a young, reserved, inspiring, and innovative lad. He works at Apple and he recently came into the limelight after the launch of the latest Apple watch series 6 where he co-developed  the life-saving blood oxygen saturation sensor. The blood oxygen saturation monitoring sensor in the Apple watch series 6 that was l...
StanChart Goes Digital, is Closing its Branches in Uganda.

StanChart Goes Digital, is Closing its Branches in Uganda.

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Standard Chartered Bank has announced that it is in advanced stages of transforming into a fully digital bank and has since gradually started the process of closing most of its branches in Uganda.  The transition means that StanChart customers will have to rely on the SC Mobile App, Online Banking Platform, Digital Banking units, Agent Banking, Cash Deposit Machines and increasing the ATM network for all their banking needs. The bank has already published a memo communicating to customers and issued them the requisite 30 days’ notice with plans to close most of its branches on 31st October 2020. However, the bank will maintain a 3-branch model aligned to serve its client segmentations i.e Lugogo Branch for the Affluent clients, City branch for Business Banking Clients and Sp...
MTN Uses Netherlands Tax Haven to Escape African Tax Bills

MTN Uses Netherlands Tax Haven to Escape African Tax Bills

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South African telecoms giant MTN appears to have avoided paying any capital gains tax in Uganda on the lucrative sale of its investment in mobile phone masts in the country. MTN’s latest financial statements show a profit of 1.3 billion South African Rand – almost $80 million — from the sale of its interests in Uganda. Taxed at the standard 30 percent rate, this could have yielded $25 million for the hard-pressed country. According to the newspaper, MTN had a 49 percent shareholding in a Dutch joint venture company which ultimately owns the towers, and it sold its stake in this Dutch company instead of selling the towers themselves. Now look at this separate story, from Ghana Business News: Ghana could miss out on as much as GH¢400 million in capital gains tax following t...
Rwanda’s COVID-19 Response Goes High-tech

Rwanda’s COVID-19 Response Goes High-tech

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Rwanda’s government is using drones in densely populated, difficult-to-reach neighbourhoods and high-risk zones to urge compliance with COVID-19 preventive measures. Police procured drones with a capacity to broadcast sound and record high definition images. The intervention was prompted by a lack of compliance by residents to follow directives to stay home, wash hands, respect physical distancing and wear masks because of low accessibility of the affected areas by community awareness teams.  Drones were deployed to compliment radio/ TV messages and the work by community health workers and other community leaders by bringing educational messages directly to residents by air.   Head turning. Congrats Rwanda: With Covid-19 health messages all over, it's easy ...
Kiira Motors in Uganda to Start Manufacturing Electrics Vehicles in 2021

Kiira Motors in Uganda to Start Manufacturing Electrics Vehicles in 2021

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The Government of Uganda has publicized June 2021 as the date for the start of manufacture of electric cars in Uganda, however, failed to hit the deadline in 2018. Kiira Motors on social media conveyed: “Expect us to start manufacturing Ugandan made vehicles from our Vehicle Plant by June 2021.” On a further note to confirm their plans, the company declared its commitment to source most of their raw materials from local manufacturers. Kiira Motors: “We are on the move to gather all the necessary components to deliver all things Made in Uganda. Our first stop is at G Das Industrial Ltd, a company located in Jinja known for smelting Aluminium and manufacture Aluminium profiles.” Kiira Motors Director Production, Albert Akovuku and Director Product Development Richard Mad...