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COVID-19: Avoid unnecessary video calls, limit browsing – Telcos Chamber to Ghanaians

The Telecommunications Chamber is urging Ghanaians to be guided by the way they use mobile internet data as they stay home in compliance to lockdown directives due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Among other specific appeals, the Chamber said citizens must avoid unnecessary video calls and also limit the amount of data they use within digital […]

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Coronavirus: Mercedes F1 to make breathing aid

A breathing aid that can help keep coronavirus patients out of intensive care has been created in under a week. University College London engineers worked with clinicians at UCLH and Mercedes Formula One to build the device, which delivers oxygen to the lungs without needing a ventilator. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices are already […]

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Data usage rises as COVID-19 forces more people to stay at home – MTN Ghana CEO

The Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana, Selorm Adadevoh, says data consumption in Ghana has gone up by about 20 percent after the country recorded cases of the coronavirus outbreak. Following the pandemic, government has closed down all schools and banned public gatherings including religious activities, while several organizations have asked their staff to work […]

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COVID-19: Reducing data cost will increase traffic and slow internet speed – MTN Ghana CEO

The Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana, Selorm Adadevoh, says reducing the cost of data to boost communication amidst the coronavirus pandemic, could increase traffic that will affect internet speed. In order to stay safe and avoid the spread of the COVID-19, several organizations have asked their staff to work from home, and with schools […]

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Coronavirus: How can we stay in virtual touch with older relatives?

As the government encourages “social distancing” in the fight against coronavirus, older people are facing the prospect of being told to stay at home for weeks. But what if a parent or older person in your life, doesn’t already have access to video calling tech? “You might want to consider getting a specialised device to […]

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Containing COVID-19: BoG removes charges for some momo transfers, adjusts limits

The Bank of Ghana has announced that electronic transfer of money of up to GH¢100 will not attract any charge from March 20, 2020. In a statement, the Central bank said the decision however excludes cash out transactions on the same network or to different networks. According to the Bank of Ghana, the move is […]

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US wants to track phone location data to help limit spread of coronavirus

With more than 6,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 registered in the US, the government is thinking about new ways to control the outbreak. To that end, the White House is exploring solutions that help people maintain a safe distance from each other — by teaming up with tech companies to monitor your location data. A report by the […]

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Telecoms Chamber contemplates possible reduction in MoMo charges to boost digital transactions

The Ghana Chamber of Telecoms says it is holding emergency discussions with relevant stakeholders, to possibly reduce mobile money charges across all networks, to improve the usage of such platforms for transactions as against the use of cash. This follows concerns that the continuous use of cash by the general public could aid in spreading […]

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Coronavirus: UniGeek challenge, Digital fair called off

Leann Consult, Organisers of UniGeek Challenge, has called off its planned challenge and digital fair. According to the company, this is in line with the President’s directive for all Universities to close down as the nation deals with the coronavirus outbreak. “This is in line with the President’s directive to have all Universities closed and […]

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Microsoft is holding an office-related event on March 30 online

Today, Microsoft sent journalists invites for a digital event taking place on March 30. In this age of coronavirus, Microsoft isn’t hosting a physical event but will produce it online. It’s slated to begin at 11 AM ET. In case you are wondering, this does not appear to be a Surface-related event, or one focusing […]

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Apple Stores to avoid Watch and AirPod try-ons due to coronavirus

Coronavirus has deeply affected the tech industry, but it’s also making its impact in more subtle ways. Case in point: According to Business Insider, Apple has told Apple Store employees to stop encouraging customers to try on products like the Apple Watch and AirPods. Business Insider cites “sources familiar with the matter.” Though Apple Stores will […]

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GhIPSS’ role in payment system space must be properly defined – MTN Mobile Money Manager

The General Manager of Mobile Money Limited, a subsidiary of MTN Ghana, Eli Hini, says the role of the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems, GhiPSS in the country’s payment system has to be properly defined. According to Mr. Hini, there is a lack of clarity regarding what functions GhIPSS performs especially with the passage […]

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Ivy Barley becomes second Ghanaian to land top Microsoft role in March

Ghanaian steminist and digital entrepreneur Ivy Barley has joined technology giant, Microsoft as a program manager.   Ivy is the co-founder and CEO of Developer in Vogue, a homegrown technology community paving the way for more African women to take up opportunities in the tech industry. Before joining Microsoft Ivy Barley who is a self-thought programmer […]

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BoG extends minimum capital requirement deadline for providers of payment services to Dec. 2020

BoG requirements The central bank last year raised the minimum capital requirements for payment service providers from GH¢5 million to GH¢20 million. Justifying the decision, the central bank said, “The emergence of new payment streams, institutions such as financial technology companies and the general acceptance of electronic money have necessitated the enactment of the Payment […]

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Ghanaian digital entrepreneur Ivy Barley joins Microsoft

Young Ghanaian digital entrepreneur Ivy Barley has joined Tech-giant, Microsoft as a program manager. Barley is the co-founder and CEO of Developers in Vogue, an organization helping women embrace the tech industry. Her organization which she would still continue to manage has trained and equipped thousands of women in Africa with digital skills. Developers in […]

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Telcos commend BoG’s efforts in driving digitalization agenda

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, Engineer Ken Ashigbey, says the Payment System Advisory Committee recently inaugurated by the Bank of Ghana will contribute significantly to the government’s digitalization agenda. Speaking on the sidelines of the Committee’s inauguration, Ing. Ashigbey touted the efforts by the central bank to provide a leadership […]

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BoG commits to strengthen oversight of payment systems to drive financial inclusion

Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr. Ernest Addison, says the central bank will continue to strengthen its regulatory oversight on digital payment playforms in its bid to drive financial inclusion. Dr. Addison, speaking at the inauguration of the Payment Systems Advisory Committee, said the bank is committed to enhancing the gains made in the […]

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Check out 5 top global business events cancelled over Coronavirus fears

The outbreak of the deadly coronavirus since late last year has sent the business community into a state of panic with major business events gatherings canceled over health and safety concerns for participants and more importantly host countries. At the last count, there are 88 countries or territories that have reported cases of the novel […]

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Tesco sends security warning to 600,000 Clubcard holders

Tesco is issuing new cards to 600,000 Clubcard account holders after unearthing a security issue. The supermarket giant said it believed a database of stolen usernames and passwords from other platforms had been tried out on its websites and may have worked in some cases. No financial data was accessed and its systems have not […]

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Smart camera and baby monitor warning given by UK’s cyber-defender

Smart cameras and baby monitors can be watched by criminals over the internet by default, security chiefs warn. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is advising people to tweak the settings after buying them. Easy-to-guess default passwords might let a hacker secretly observe a home through connected devices, it said. The NCSC’s technical director, Dr […]

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Coronavirus: Amazon removes overpriced goods and fake cures

Amazon has banned more than one million products which claim to protect against the coronavirus – or even cure it. The online retailer told Reuters it had also removed “tens of thousands” of overpriced health products from unscrupulous sellers. The World Health Organisation (WHO) expressed concern about some misleading Amazon listings earlier this month, including […]

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Stanchart rewards winners of SC Mobile App campaign

Standard Chartered Bank, Ghana, has awarded three customers who emerged winners of its SC Mobile Anfield Experience campaign. Two of the winners were rewarded with all-expense paid tickets to the UK with an opportunity to watch a home match at Anfield. The third winner was rewarded with a curved 65-inch television set and a customised […]

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Tim Cook says Apple’s first Indian store to open 2021

Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook said the company would open its first physical stores in India in 2021 and an online outlet later this year. Apple had to seek special approval from the Indian government to open a store without a local partner. The announcement was made at the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting. Investors at […]

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Accra to host major digital financial services conference next month

The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications (GCT) and the Financial Inclusion Forum Africa (FIF Africa), have announced a partnership to organize the Mobile Technology for Development Conference (MT4D) 2020 to be held in Accra at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel on 10th and 11th of March 2020. The MT4D Conference will provide a platform for stakeholders […]

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Pin Code verification feature now available for all Uber riders in Ghana

This week Uber users in Ghana will have the option of receiving a four-digit PIN code to provide to their driver before starting a trip. This added layer of verification can help ensure users get in the right car and drivers are picking up the correct rider. From today February 25, 2020, most users will be […]

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HUB 500 launched in Bolgatanga to support entrepreneurs

HUB 500, an entrepreneurial solutions-focused non-profit organization has been launched in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region to support local entrepreneurs. HUB 500 is a social innovation ecosystem geared at connecting entrepreneurs focused on solutions to expand their businesses and also support upcoming ones to start-up their own businesses. The centre will also provide workspace […]

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‘Mad’ Mike Hughes dies after crash-landing homemade rocket

A US daredevil pilot has been killed during an attempted launch of a homemade rocket in the Californian desert. “Mad” Mike Hughes, 64, crash-landed his steam-powered rocket shortly after take-off near Barstow on Saturday. A video on social media shows a rocket being fired into the sky before plummeting to the ground nearby. Hughes was […]

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SIM box fraud syndicate busted in Tema, over $1.9m lost in revenue and taxes

A SIM Box syndicate operating at Community 11 in Tema in the Greater Accra Region was on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, busted in a combined operation by officials of the National Communications Authority (NCA), Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), KelniGVG and the Ghana Police Service. The team retrieved a total of 11 SIM Box equipment with […]

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‘If you’re in your 20s and 30s, Work now, Save, Invest, Defer consumption, 40s & beyond are not forgiving’- Shagaya

Nigerian business mogul and techpreneur, Sim Shagaya has narrated how a friend he helped in the past told him not to call him again because he couldn’t give him $10,000. Shagaya who advised those in their 20s and 30s to work, save, invest and defer consumption, recounted having same opportunity with his friend and making […]

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