Digital Digest- 20th Oct 2017

In this week’s issue, we look at:

-How are you watching TV?

-Comparison of various TV streaming packages?

-Computer life hacks…

 

Digital Digest 20th Oct 2017

 

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Digital Digest – 13th Oct 2017

In this week’s edition of DIGITAL DIGEST,we look at cyber security and how fake news has changed how we consume news forever…

 

Digital Digest- 13th Oct

Digital Digest- 29 Sept 2017

digital digest- 29 Sept

  1. Samsung X…the leaked details
  2. Did You Know …
  3. DigiTalk Interview

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Hold your breath for Samsung X ‘Folding Phone’

By Norah Spie 29 Sept, 2017
Are you a Samsung person like me? We all have been in some discussion which usually ends up with iPhone users being upset…well here is something that will make them not put their phones on top of the table again!

Samsung has been working for years on a smartphone that you can fold, effectively melding the old days of flip phones with today’s technology.

Samsung has already done everything the X is doing. Despite Apple claiming they’re changing the smartphone world, Samsung has already gone miles ahead. The Samsung X already has facial recognition technology, already has OLED screens, glass bodies and wireless charging. TheSamsung X is intended as a statement that will literally change the game.

While little specifics are known for the phone, it has already been registered in Korea and has passed bluetooth and radio certification – which are both crucial steps required for the sale of smartphones.

We also know it’s destined for a 2018 release, but beyond that Samsung has kept leaks to a minimum. Will this be the device of the future? It remains to be seen… but Samsung is gunning for Apple like never before and we can’t wait to find out more about the upcoming Samsung X.


Technology weird facts…

In 2012, at least 17 newborn girls were named Siri. ( iPhone;s voice assistant)

The word robot comes from the Czech“robota.” In English, robota translates to “forced labor.”

The first VCR was created in 1956 and was the size of a piano.

The world’s first camera took eight hours to snap a photo. Lifebuzz.com

About 1 out of 8 married couples actually met each other on the Internet.


DigiTalk

We caught up with a vibrant start up Afritorch Digital  which is the brain child of Michel M. Katuta and Thabo Mphate; who are doing amazing things in the digital space in Africa.

Afritorch is the first dedicated digital transformation firm with a mission to empower market research in Africa by helping insights’ players harness the power of digital technology in order to streamline and automate processes, cut down operating costs, improve flexibility and reach a wider consumer audience.

.DD: What are you trying to achieve with Afritorch Digital?

AD: We want to enable companies to act big, think smart, and move at the speed of light through the limitless possibilities digital transformation

DD: How do you classify  yourselves ?

AD : We are a digital market research company

DD: Who are your main clients?

AD: Our main target markets are market research agencies operating in Africa.

DD: What made you decide to start Afritorch Digital?

AD: There is a gap within the market research industry in Africa in utilizing and implementing digital technologies to cut down research operating costs while providing opportunity for innovation.

 DD: What is unique about Afritorch Digital ?

AD: Our value proposition is that we provide an Africa-focus digital solution, not just the technology. We are a digital transformation startup, helping market research suppliers to integrate the digital space through technology and processes built to support innovation.

DD: What advise do you have for other young entrepreneurs who want to get into digital transformation?

AD: A piece of advice for those who would like to move into digital transformation: is to pick an industry in which you have an extensive knowledge and expertise.

DD: Do you plan on expanding around the continent? And if so, which countries?AD: Yes, we do. We’ve already done some work in countries like; Nigeria, Kenya, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Tanzania.

Our goal is to reach African countries where research demand is showing growth.  ©

http://www.afritorchdigital.com

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Digital Digest- 22 Sept 2017

Digital Digest- 22 Sept 2017

Issue 2

Online safety for kids…

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Are you worried about internet safety? Here are some tips to help today’s parent

by Norah Spie on September 22

  1. Use Virtual Private Network If you want to prevent your location from being tracked and protect your family on any network, the best thing to do is to get a Virtual Private Network. It connects your device to an offsite secure server and uses an encrypted connection to keep your data safe on that connection and your kids cannot be tracked online.

 

    1. Practice Basic Security Hygiene Your children having a safe online experience starts with you having a safe online experience. Keep updated anti-virus and malware, have strong passwords and never downloading untrustworthy materials. Train yourself and your children on how to recognize common social engineering methods such as email or social media phishing.

 

  • Know Their Skill Level If you have a better understanding of how good your children really are with computers and technology, then you will be better able to teach them about how to be safe online. If you are lacking in skills, then catch up with them!
  1. Know Who They are Talking To If your children are old enough to be talking to people online, then know who those people are. If they are classmates, relatives or neighborhood kids, it is probably fine, but strangers or someone who could be pretending to be a friend to your child in order to get close to them could mean serious danger for your children. Be on the lookout for cyberbullying or people impersonating friends and family – it unfortunately happens more often than you may think.
  2. Use Parental Blocks Parental blocks are still useful for a younger child to keep them away from illicit content and accidentally stumbling into something dangerous. Attentiveness and strategy will always trump technology when it comes to protecting your children. digitalguardian.com
  3. Write Down a Set of Rules like: I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number, parents’ work address/telephone number without my parents’ permission. I will tell my parents right away if I come across something that makes me feel uncomfortable. safekids.com

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  Back It Up!

by Staff Writer on September 22

Everyone loses data at some point in their lives. There is nothing like losing your dissertation, that annual report or family pictures. Your computer’s hard drive could fail at anytime, ransomware could hold your files hostage, or a software bug could delete your important files. If you’re not regularly backing up your computer, you could lose those files forever.

Backups don’t have to be hard or confusing, though. You’ve probably heard about countless different backup methods, but which one is right for you? And what files do you really need to back up?

 

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Let’s start with the obvious: what do you need back up? Well, first and foremost, you need to backup your personal files. You can always reinstall your operating system and redownload your programs if your hard drive fails, but your own personal data is irreplaceable. Here are some top backup options;

  1. Back Up to an External Drive (flash disk or larger drive)
  2. Back Up Over the Internet (BackBlaze)
  3. Use a Cloud Storage Service (GoogleDrive, Dropbox, OneDrive)
  4. Automate It! (activate auto backup on your machine)
  5. One Backup Isn’t Enough: Use Multiple Methods (email yourself the very important files)

 

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Digital Digest- 15th Sept 2017

Digital Digest, 15th Sept 2017

DIGITAL  Digest issue 01

 

The case of the X!

Start saving, start queuing, iPhone X is here…

‘Our vision has always been to create an iPhone that is entirely screen. One so immersive the device itself disappears into the experience. And so intelligent it can respond to a tap, your voice, and even a glance. With iPhone X, that vision is now a reality. Say hello to the future’, says Apple about their sleek new baby.

Brace yourself for the iPhone X (pronounced as 10). Apple admits it will cost more than any other handset and they assure you it is worth your money and the extra waiting time to receive an order. Apple will release it on 27 October, 2017 as a limited edition. This is Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone, and it is set to change how the handset game forever. It leaves behind the familiar physical home button and tried-and-true fingerprint sensor.

Click here to see all the iPhone X features.

 

THIS WEEK’S FUTURE TIP – INTERNET OF THINGS

Africa Prepares for IoT

IT leaders and business executives are meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa on 14-15 March 2018, at the Internet of Things Forum Africa to explore the latest developments in IoT technology. The forum will showcase technologies, platforms & devices that will power the future.

So What Is The Internet Of Things?

Simply put, this is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet. This includes everything from cellphones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of.  The analyst firm Gartner says that by 2020 there will be over 26 billion connected devices…  The IoT is a giant network of connected “things” (which also includes people).  The relationship will be between people-people, people-things, and things-things. Forbes.com

 

Upcoming Events

Internet Summit, 15-16 Nov 2017, Raleigh, NC, USA

IoT Forum Africa, 14-15 March 2018, Sandton, RSA

 

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Role of Media Managers in the Development of Democratic Governance

Introduction

The role of media managers in modern democratic societies has been redefined and carries more responsibilities.  They have a very crucial role in making sure that information is delivered in its purest, accurate and objective form.

Their roles can help in the development of good governance and democracy in Southern Africa,  especially countries like Zimbabwe where democracy is still in its infancy.

The different explanations and understandings of the words ‘democracy’ and ‘governance’ will be given and further explored.  The main focus will be on how a media manager can contribute in shaping their country and people into better understanding and better practice of democratic governance.

A conclusion will be on how media managers can improve on their role to help achieve total democracy and good governance. Through these sections, it should be possible to illustrate the nature of the structure and relationships within media representation in the Zimbabwean context.

Media Managers

A media manager supervises and coordinates the editorial activities of a publishing house or a publication. They are sometimes referred to as ‘editor-in-chief’ or ‘managing editor’. In some states or publications, a managing editors tends to deal with the business side of the publication and staffing issues and in such cases, a deputy editor will be in charge of the editorial activities. However, most publications require a managing editor who deals with the editorial activities as well as management of staff.

Democracy

A Greek word which can simply mean ‘rule by people’ (Oxford University Press). The standard meaning of the word ‘democracy’ refers to a government by the people in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, democracy is a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” Pericles, (a democratic leader of Athens 430 BC) argues that democracy is linked with toleration but he did not make any special claims to majority rule. According to a Social Scientist (A. Mushonga), it is perhaps safe to say that there are as many definitions of democracy as there are writers on the subject.

Governance

The concept, good governance, became widely used from the 1980s, particularly by multi-lateral donor agencies who began to popularise and use it extensively as a precondition for their disbursement of funds to developing countries (UNECA Report 2004). According to the Human Development Report- Zimbabwe (2000), African academics and institutions had began to discuss the concept much earlier in attempts to refine it. The Khartoum Declaration of 1988 defining governance as:

  •         The promotion of human development
  •         Restoration of basic freedoms and human rights
  •         Overcoming political instability and intolerance, and
  •         Curtailing of over-centralisation of power.

In the 1990s, a number of social scientists were working on a definitive meaning of ‘governance’. M.Whitehead (Area 35) sees governance has a process whereby formal governing structures are no longer focused primarily on the political realms of public sector government but are increasingly incorporating a wide range of interests drawn from the private sector and civil society.

The Role of Media Managers (Zimbabwe)

By virtue of the positions they occupy, media managers play several critical roles in shaping society including the way in which it is governed. Ideally, they play a referee role keeping all parties within the democratic boundaries. This section outlines some of the major role that they play in this regard, and especially in promoting democratic governance with a specific focus on Zimbabwe.

1.Providing accurate and unbiased information

Access to information is essential to a healthy democracy. Everyone has a right to freedom of opinion and expression. This right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of  frontiers. (USAID Media Report 1999)

Media managers need to make sure that information delivered to the public is credible at all times. In Zimbabwe, one of the biggest challenges is to make sure that their publications are not controlled by the government or private interests.

Media managers have a responsibility of focusing on the facts that will help the public to make  informed decisions. They can also do this by providing a choice of plural voices within their publications and in so doing, they become objective and offer choice. By achieving this, media managers can then become  vehicles of democracy.

If the media fails to provide diverse information then this strongly undermines the development of democracy in a country like Zimbabwe, where the general public is thirsty for news and political developments.

2.Take lead in fighting for freedom of expression

Presently, media managers in Zimbabwe are fighting for editorial independence especially at state-run publications which remain mainly controlled by the government. On the other hand, private run publications are taking an extreme view on democracy and governance issues therefore creating a media field of two extremes. In order for media managers to show their support for democracy, a certain degree of editorial independence is of paramount importance.

Their efforts have been further hampered by the newly introduced Media Law. The Access to Information and Protection to Privacy Act was signed into law shortly after the controversial presidential elections in 2002. The Act makes it illegal for any media professional to practice in Zimbabwe without a licence from the Information Ministry and it also imposed a total ban on foreign media.

There was a general media outcry and media managers managed to take the case to Supreme court which ruled that parts of the new media law was in fact unconstitutional and invalid.

This has made it even more difficult for journalists and especially media managers in Zimbabwe  to make sound contributions that can contribute to the general development of democratic governance.

However, all media managers in Zimbabwe agree on one thing; the need of total freedom of speech to enable them to deliver accurate news without any fear or favour. They have tirelessly worked on achieving this by highlighting their plight and taking the necessary legal procedures. Their need for an independent media commission shows that they have a strong desire to promote good governance and democracy in this Southern African state and generally across Southern Africa.

      3. Reminding Societies of Democratic Principles

The general public need constant reminders of the fundamental principles of democracy. Media managers can help in this by publishing frequent reminders through appropriate contributions in their publications. The public needs to be made aware of any human rights abuses and whenever people’s rights are compromised. In so doing, the public will keep sharp and they will be more aware at the slight derailment from the democratic tracks.

4. Acquiring appropriate technology and increasing media products

Media managers need to make appropriate decision and choices of technology which will ensure that information reaches all members of the public on time and with the correct messaging. In this case advance technology has helped media managers to make information flow between Zimbabwe and the wider international audiences. The application of web-based news publications, online radio stations and forums has made it easier to reach people worldwide.  The engagement of a wider audience avails information to regional, continental and international watchdog bodies such as the relevant SADC, AU and UN agencies. By so doing, it encourages and forces the government to stay in a democratic path as the international community will be aware of developments in the country. This also eliminates isolation which in some cases promotes poor governance and weakens democracy.

5.   Constraints of the operating environment

As a result of the role that it plays, the media is always pitted against various interest groups including the government, political parties and interest groups. To play their roles effectively therefore, media manages need to be skilful in managing these teams to ensure their continued existence and effectiveness of their work. In order to carry out all these duties effectively, media managers need a conducive environment to work in and require enough resources to administer their activities.

Conclusion

Media managers play the critical role of ensuring that through information gathering, packaging, and dissemination, all social actors are properly positioned and equipped to contribute meaningfully to the development of a society desirable to all. They promote political participation by supplying the relevant facts and opening up to all about the reality. Members of the public take courage from them and voice out their concerns or demand their rights. This keeps under check the management of state power vis-à-vis the citizenry. It is mutual recognition and respect between the state and the citizenry which forms the clinch-pin of democratic governance.

It is clear that media managers have a very big role to play in developing democratic governance. This is because the public mostly relies on them to provide accurate reports on events, developments and news articles. In so doing, they have a huge influence on the mind-set of people in any society. The public generally uses the media to find out what exactly is going on in their community, socially and politically.

It is also important that they are available in different formats like print, online and broadcast  and have varied ‘voices’ so that a person who can only access a newspaper and not the internet will not miss out on crucial information and vice versa.

At present, the Zimbabwe media is dominated by male managers. It is very important to have a gender balance in order to achieve different lines of thought and objectiveness. This male dominance is spread across all types of media, print, broadcast and even online publications. Part of democracy and good governance is making sure institutes like media are well balanced in gender, sex, race and creed.

REFERENCES

1)   Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford University Press, United Kingdom

2)   Pericles,  Leader of Athens, Greece 430 BC

3)   Mushonga, Social Scientist, UNECA 2003

4)   United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Governance Report 2004

5)   Human Development Report- Zimbabwe (2000)

6)   M.Whitehead, Area 35

7)   USAID Media Report 1999