This week in tech: Standard Chartered video services rolled out and other weekly tech trends


    This week, we have seen awesome things happen in the tech world. As usual, we choose the top trends.

    This weeks tech trends:

    1. Standard chartered raises the bar with video and chat services

    The financial institution has rolled out video and chat services to allow customers access to customer care services via video and chat.

    This is definitely a life-changing feature since it saves customers the trouble of visiting physical branches and also comes with information sharing capabilities.

    Customers can now upload and download documents to and from the new platform.

    2. Google Go is announced

    Android Go is designed to run on entry-level Android devices specifically those that come with 1GB of memory or less.

    The platform was announced during the Google I/O and targets people in emerging and developing markets such as those in India, Africa, and Indonesia.

    Google has called Go a ‘lighter’ version of Android O, which is set to be launched later this year.

    3. HTC U11, the world’s first squeezable smartphone is here

    The handset was unveiled in Taiwan and it comes with awesome features, among them the Edge Sense, which can be configured to perform a variety of functions including taking photos.

    Other features include a 5.5-inch display, 4GB RAM, 2.45GHz Octa-core processor, 12MP main camera, and 3,000mAh battery with quick-charge.

    The price tag is $650 which is okay for a handset with such features.

    Sounds like a desirable handset to me.

    4. OPPO F3 now available in Kenya

    The wait if finally over!

    OPPO F3 with a dual selfie camera is finally in Kenya. The handset retails at Ksh. 33,000, which is a bit high if you ask me but hey, maybe that’s just me.

    The handset comes with okay features such as a 5.5-inch screen, 13MP camera, octa-core processor, 4GB RAM, and 3,200mAh non-removable battery.

    5. Ransomware cyber-attack updates

    Last week, we talked about ransomware and what it’s all about. This week, we give you updates on what is we know so far.

    Latest statistics show that ransomware hit 300,000 victims in 150 countries.

    In the US, the government is under pressure to take precautionary measure after the Department of Homeland Security was hit.

    In the UK, the National Health Service was hit. In Russia, Megafon, Interior Ministry, Russian Railways, and Russian Central Bank have been hit.

    Global companies that have been hit include FedEx and Nissan.

    Companies and governments have, and still are, taking precautions to prevent further and future attacks.

    6. Tecno DroiPad 7D first impressions

    It’s gorgeous despite its unusual name.

    It is an entry level tablet retailing at Ksh. 10,000, which, if you ask me, is quite fair for a device in its category.

    The tablet runs on Android 7.0 Nougat, 7.0-inch display, a 600×1024 resolution, Kids Zone meaning you can control what the tots can access, and a 3,000mAh battery capacity.

    The resolution is not that impressive but I guess it’s good enough for gaming and watching videos. The keyword is ‘I guess’.

    7. Hello Siri, Google assistant now available to iOS

    We can now confirm the rumors, and it’s such a relief. Google assistant will now be available on iOS. The announcement was made during Google I/O.

    Question is, will Google assistant be seen as a better option, to Siri that is? That we will have to wait and see.

    8. Key announcements made at Google I/O 2017

    Google used the opportunity to announce new features and improvements on their products and services.

    Key announcements include:
     There are over 2 billion devices running on Android
     Google’s second generation Tensor Processing Units (TPUs)
     Google Lens which will use your smartphone camera to understand what you are pointing at.
     Google Assistant to be available on more platforms e.g. iOS
     Several Updates to Google Home
     Standalone VR headsets
     Android Go for smartphones with basic specifications coming your way soon

    9. Instagram copies Snapchat, Again!

    First, it was stories, and now face (selfie) filters, Instagram seems to be publicly sneaking up on Snapchat. In broad daylight.

    The social media platform never shies away from copying Snapchat.

    I really don’t think there is much to this story except that Instagram has copied Snapchat’s best feature.

    10. Twitter now tracking you beyond its app and website, just like Facebook

    Twitter is looking to make more money through targeted ads and as expected, you come in.

    The social platform has updated its Privacy Policy and advertising settings to allow users to choose who gets to access their data.

    11. Finally, Google CSquared to be headquartered in Nairobi

    The giant search giant has injected millions into CSquared for lower broadband costs for both carriers and customers.

    Googe has partnered with Mitsui & CO. ltd., Convergence Partners, and International Finance Corporation (IFC) in this project.

    Twitter is seeking to ensure that the right ads are shown to right users for higher conversions.

    The new “Your Twitter Data” section will show your basic information that may be shared with advertisers.

    Such information includes your username, places you have visited, phone number, and email address.

    That’s it for this week. Enjoy your weekend.

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