When you are robbed of your gadgets, your first worries are about your data, contacts but if you activated saving on a Cloud like google’s contacts and drive or One Drive, Dropbox and the rest, your worry levels reduce to ‘how do I access my data?’ Without insurance you are bond to dig deep into your savings to replace your stuff. I have been in that lane for so long I am done with it. I have discovered
Personal Gadgets Insurance.
Do you know that with AON Uganda you can get a Domestic Package/House insurance policy which protects your house contents against All risks, domestic workers and Personal Liability against accidental damage /loss?
According to my contact there, you can get a policy of as low as 50,000Ugshs per month for your phone and laptop. But this also depends on the value amount of your gadgets. I think its a fair deal considering the amount of money one has to incur replacing stolen phones and laptops, I have experience in this field. Though this policy is not listed on their site, you can contact them though email or call for more details.
In my attempts to have myself back online after the robbery, I walked in to Vodafone Uganda’s head office to have my SimCard replaced and also get myself onto a data plan, as I had read and reported that they had stopped their unlimited packages, so I need a new package.
Vodafone Still Has the Unlimited Fair Policy Data Package!
To my surprises, what I had read and reported about was false; Vodafone still has the Unlimited Fair Policy data as before but for those who have been on the service since it was launched. Its only new customers who can’t get this package. The new customers have to wait for the new packages to replace this one to join, which I was told were coming soon and when they do, that when the whole Unlimited Fair Policy data package will be stopped forever. Hope these new packages are favorable as this package is.
Armed with my favorite data package, catching up on the online news I land on this;
Instagram rolled out a “Save Draft” feature for stories to all users and a mute feature for other people’s stories.
According to TechCrunch, the Save Draft feature was first spotted in testing in July, when a handful of users began seeing a “Save Draft” option appeared in their app. The following month, the button rolled out more broadly, but the company at the time had only considered it an experiment. It had been running A/B tests, to see how the user base responded.
TheVerge said saving stuff you post to your stories is another feature lifted from Snapchat. I think Instagram needed to evolve from just being an album App to an interactive and engaging App, and if picking features from another App is the way to go then I say why not. Samsung and Apple have been at it for years and we all know its just for formalities and business the suits they dish out to each other. Maybe we are about to see Apps battling infringement on copyrights in courts, but its all good for the Tech ecosystem.
Anyway to activate the new features on Instagram, you just tap the gear icon in the stories camera interface and flip the “Save Shared Photos” button. You can either save your stories wholesale or, when viewing your story, save the individual photos or videos by tapping the three dots in the lower right corner.
Looking in to Apps, I found this foodie app;
It promises to satisfy your appetite and not leave you tired after preparation. It continues to promise to answer most of your food dreams. But its a South Africans based App meaning not yet popular in Uganda – that lets you order a meal from someone who lives close to you and pay with the tap of a screen.
I found Lance Baum, CEO of Wazupa ‘s description of the app on itnewsafrica where he says his inspiration for this local innovation was his wife who had a baby and their friends used to drop off home cooked meals for them.
“I found it so exciting to try someone else’s delicious food in my own home. I realized that it’s also a tremendous opportunity to help people to do what they love and be able to earn a secondary income from it. People want to eat healthier, and we can help remove the guilt of junk takeaways, as many of us are just too busy. Wazupa can help get families around the table at meal times again.”
Silicon (Valley) Is the Hot New Commodity in Africa
Do you know that almost half of foreign direct investment projects in Africa last year (2015) were in technology, telecommunications, financial services and consumer products according to EY, a consultancy firm?
The titans of Silicon Valley are undeterred by the economic slump afflicting much of Africa. Facebook Inc., Google, Oracle Corp. and Uber Technologies Inc. are at the leading edge of turning the world’s frontier markets digital. As the commodity crash buffets the continent’s biggest economies, the interest and investments couldn’t come at a better time.
Investors have adapted by focusing more on the continent’s young population and rising middle class as harbingers of opportunity. Countries less exposed to commodities are reaping the benefits. The number of foreign direct investment projects carried out by private-sector companies in Kenya rose to 95 in 2015 from 62 the previous year, the biggest increase among African nations, according to EY.
Uber Has Changed it Fares.
According to the App, my fare estimates as before have expired and new ones are yet to come, but for the meantime I can order for a Uber and find out the charge when I arrive at my destination . Also I saw the picture below on @ckamusic ‘s instagram and I asked around what it meant. I got a response on #256_io that it means the taxis are on demand in the area Charity was in, so the one that comes to pick her might surge the fare.
Tech Events this week;
Zimba Women – Technology Business Summit. Hope you reserved your seat for this.
Cipesa Forum while here you can looked out for the Creative Commons team and interact with them on what they do.
Until next week, that is it for this week’s #PKTechweekly .