Kika Tech is partnering with mobile phone-makers and using artificial intelligence to allow users in India to communicate in their native languages. It's part of Kika's growing commitment to language variance around the world, with current support for more than 200 languages and several non-QWERTY keyboards.
Users of the M-Pesa mobile wallet will have a wider range of money transfer possibilities as parent company Safaricom extends its partnership with Western Union. The new service allows users to transfer money to Western Union accounts or to recipients across the more than 200 territories and countries where Western Union is present.
Rwanda's Mara Group is planning to get into the global smartphone market with manufacturing plants in South Africa and Rwanda. More plants are planned for Africa's five regions, with the goal of developing phone models that offer both quality and affordability.
Cryptocurrencies appear to be legally permissible for use in contractual obligations in Argentina, writes Mario Eduardo Castro Sammartino. "In relation to cryptocurrencies in contracts, the issues to take into account are very few and concrete, and, at least currently and in Argentina, its legality as an object of legal acts and contracts cannot be doubted," he writes.
A quickly resolved routing mistake Monday sent some traffic intended for Google through China and Russia, interrupting service. Google is promising an internal investigation to determine the origin of the problem, but believes it was external and non-malicious.
Voice-activated devices are adding impetus to audio as the next big thing in marketing after video. Now, there's a simple space-buying solution for marketers: audiology, a programmatic platform that produces solutions for streaming radio audiences such as those which similar platforms have created for display and video.
Makers of components for Apple's iPhones are citing weak demand and raising concerns that the devices may face flagging sales in several major markets. India provides a strong case in point, with sharply falling iPhone purchases there attributed to excessive reliance on Apple's brand name alone.
Facebook's new Lasso app mimics Vine and TikTok, with looped videos designated by hashtags. Video creators are showing some interest, but they express more enthusiasm for Byte, a forthcoming video app telegraphed by Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann.
Facebook shared the data of hundreds of millions of users with device maker partners and then failed to provide effective oversight, a previously unreported disclosure to Congress notes. Most of the users whose data were shared did not give their consent.
Agency executives report that Snapchat's $50 "Snap Ads to AR" unit is resulting in more brands experimenting with augmented reality on the platform, which previously was only accessible via national carousel slots that cost $500,000. "It allows us to sell marketing plans and ideas to our clients who before might have ignored Snap because of price," said Paper Triangles' Frank Shi.