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2020-02-14 - NetOne’s Hourly Data Bundle; A Good Deal?

GIPO observatory - Fri, 14/02/2020 - 18:25
Expiring data bundles have always been pretty controversial. Whilst subscribers complain that sometimes they can’t use up their data during the 24 hour period, mobile networks claim these expiry dates allow them to squeeze out as much value as possible. NetOne has taken the idea of an expiring... Economic

2020-02-14 - [Podcast] Our Experience Working Without An Office

GIPO observatory - Fri, 14/02/2020 - 18:25
At the beginning of 2019, most of the Techzim team stopped coming to the office to work and eventually the office was closed. On this episode of the Techzim podcast, we share what our experience has been like working from home, a cafe or pretty much anywhere. Quick NetOne, Telecel, Africom,... Economic

2020-02-14 - Rockstar Joins Other Publishers In Misusing Copyright Law To Go After Cheat Developers For GTA5

GIPO observatory - Fri, 14/02/2020 - 18:25
For some time now, we've noted a troubling trend in the video games industry. That trend would be publishers trying to twist copyright law into a pretzel that allows them sue makers of cheat software for copyright infringement. This novel application of copyright law has been piloted by... Economic Legal

2020-02-13 - Anti-social media: reducing the spread of harmful content on social media networks

GIPO observatory - Thu, 13/02/2020 - 18:25
2019-05-01 00:00:00 | Report Claire Mason, Katherine Errington Helen Clark Foundation [field_teaser] Communication, Social issues Security

2020-02-13 - Sainsbury’s uses digital and data to deliver a new generation of convenience stores

GIPO observatory - Thu, 13/02/2020 - 18:25
Sainsbury’s has brought data and analytics to bear in designing its new digital-driven convenience store format. The first On the Go shop has just opened in London’s Square Mile Economic

2020-02-13 - Online retailer Studio Retail calls on Lancashire MPs to take action to counter a local skills drain

GIPO observatory - Thu, 13/02/2020 - 18:25
Accrington online retailer Studio Retail has called on Lancashire MPs and local businesses to lead action to counter a skills drain that it says sees 800,000 people commute out of the county for work, at a cost of £4.3bn to the local economy Economic

2020-02-13 - #TBT: Waiting for the wireless data ‘hockey stick’; handset sales surge; Lucent struggles … this week in 2001

GIPO observatory - Thu, 13/02/2020 - 18:25
Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories! Once upon a time … the wireless data ‘hockey... Development

2020-02-13 - Court Allows Chooseco's Lawsuit Against Netflix Over 'Bandersnatch' To Move Forward

GIPO observatory - Thu, 13/02/2020 - 18:25
You will recall our previous posts about Chooseco, the company behind those Choose Your Own Adventure books from the 80s, and its lawsuit against Netflix. At issue is Netflix's Black Mirror iteration entitled Bandersnatch. The episode essentially runs a choose your own adventure scenario in... Economic Legal

2020-02-13 - Can New York City Fix What Ails American Broadband?; GSMA Cancels Mobile World Congress Over Coronavirus; + more news -

GIPO observatory - Thu, 13/02/2020 - 18:25
Can New York City fix what ails American broadband? protocol.com GSMA says it has canceled Mobile World Congress after the coronavirus made it impossible to hold the event theverge.com Altice USA upgrades broadband with Smart WiFi lightreading.com AT%26T Keeps Pretending It Wants Real... Infrastructure and Standardisation Development Legal

2020-02-13 - TikTok: How retailers are making use of the social media sensation

GIPO observatory - Thu, 13/02/2020 - 18:25
It’s frequented by Justin Bieber, Will Smith and Liverpool Football Club. But is there space on TikTok for retailers? With over a billion downloads and around 800 million monthly active users, the social media app has proven it has the scale to offer an effective marketing channel. Economic

2020-02-13 - Bank Foreign Currency Exchange Rates Today – 13 February 2020

GIPO observatory - Thu, 13/02/2020 - 18:25
Here are the foreign currency exchange rates for the US$, ZW$ and Rand on the interbank and black market… Interbank rate USD to ZWL$: 17.6769 ZWL$ to RAND: 0.8459 Data according to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Black Market rates OMIR40.62USD / ZWL$ zimrates.com27.6USD / ZWL$ zwl365.... Economic

2020-02-13 - Nearly 8000 Cyber Attacks In Africa Disguised As Dating Apps

GIPO observatory - Thu, 13/02/2020 - 18:25
With Valentine’s Day approaching, singles and couples alike are under intensifying pressure to solidify their plans for this Friday. While choosing the right partner is a matter of paramount importance, there is another matter that should be treated with care.  SECURITY. Kaspersky’s analysis has... Economic Security Legal

2020-02-12 - Where do the major US carriers stand in deploying cellular IoT?

GIPO observatory - Wed, 12/02/2020 - 18:24
Major US carriers are busy establishing their nationwide LTE-M and NB-IoT networks The cellular IoT market was valued at $1,145.2 million in 2017, and is expected to register a compound annual growth rate of of 26.7%25 through 2026, according to a report by Persistence Market Research. The release... Infrastructure and Standardisation

2020-02-12 - Private LTE and 5G market to triple by 2025: Report

GIPO observatory - Wed, 12/02/2020 - 18:24
Mobile Experts: “The private LTE/5G market will continue its overall upward trend” Mobile Experts released a detailed analysis of future private LTE and 5G use by the oil and gas, mining, utilities, transportation, government (including public safety) and manufacturing industries, concluding that... Infrastructure and Standardisation Development

2020-02-12 - Mthuli Ncube: This Is How Zimbabwe’s Economy Will Overcome It’s Hurdles

GIPO observatory - Wed, 12/02/2020 - 18:24
Below is a write up from Zimbabwe’s Minister of Finance, Mthuli Ncube: 12 February 2020This is how Zimbabwe’s economy will overcome its hurdlesZimbabwe’s economy will overcome the numerous hurdles which lay before us on the path towards prosperity.  These obstacles are patent, and in some cases... Economic Legal

2020-02-12 - Aw, look. The UK is still trying really hard to be the 'safest place to be online in the world'

GIPO observatory - Wed, 12/02/2020 - 18:24
Ofcom awarded powers to police harmful content on social media – because the pr0n block went so well UK comms watchdog Ofcom is to be handed new powers to police social media's handling of harmful content.… Security

2020-02-12 - Econet’s Augmented Reality Treasure Hunt: Fun But Rough Around The Edges

GIPO observatory - Wed, 12/02/2020 - 18:24
Econet’s Yo Play Treasure Hunt is a pretty intriguing way to giveaway prizes. Whilst I won’t get ahead of myself and call it the most interactive giveaway we’ve seen locally, from a tech perspective it can be argued to be exactly that. The idea of using just your smartphone and a web browser to... Economic

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