#CitiTrends Episode 30: Encryption in Ghana vrs Africa Technology Summit

When the technology world calls, #CitiTrends responds and we have done it again this week.

The focus this week was on encryption which is a method of distorting data so that it can only be understood by someone with the correct key or password, and is considered standard practice in safeguarding sensitive data. But, what is the situation in Ghana regarding encryption? Are we taking it serious at all? I sat with Daniel Sowah, who with his friends have developed an app called ‘CRYPT’ which they hope will help Ghanaians get more serious about encryption.

The show also features the first in many reports about the Africa Technology Summit, which was hosted by the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology or MEST. The show today featured a session that focused on global technology leaders. The speakers included Estelle Akofio-Sowah, Country Director for Google Ghana; Mitchell Elegbe, CEO of Interswitch; Haris Broumidis, CEO of Vodafone Ghana; and Country General Manager for IBM Ghana, Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh.

Nana Boakye-Yiadom and Awo Apaloo serve you with the Trending and Apps segments on the show respectively.

It was a delightful show. Press play and find out for yourself.

#CitiTrends Episode 28: Apple News & Instant Articles vrs African Mobile App developers

apple-newsIt has been a very interesting week within the technology world and #CitiTrends cannot help but keep you updated.

On the show this week, we ask: How do you get access to news on your phone or tablet? Does it take a lot of data? With Facebook developing instant articles and Apple releasing Apple News and Twitter playing around with Moments publishers need to take a second look at what they are doing. Maximus Ametorgoh joined me as we looked at what the prospects were.

With global mobile application downloads currently standing at around 87 billion dollars as at last year, how much of this revenue is enjoyed by African or Ghanaian mobile app developers? I sat with MTN Ghana’s, Abdul-Latif Issahaku and he shared some insight with me.

Mawuli Tsikata joins the conversation with the Trending segment of the show and we also check out the ZERO App, the LIST App and the CHUBBLE app.

Press play and enjoy.

#CitiTrends Episode 25: Apple and Samsung share spoils vrs Christianity’s battle with technology

Source: talkandroid.com

Source: talkandroid.com

A very lively conversation on #CitiTrends this week with every minute being full of amazing revelations.

On the show this week, we look back the announcements from Samsung who unveiled the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and Note 5 devices at an event in Accra. Speaking with Tetteh Akornor who is the product manager for Samsung, we find out some more about the technology driving the news phone.

Maximus Ametorgoh who is a Digital Marketing Strategist and an avid Apple user joins us as we review the latest product announcements by Apple. The review includes mentions about the new iPhones, the new and larger iPad Pro, the new Apple Watch and then of course to Apple TV.

Dr Yaw Ansong Jnr., co-founder of loverealm, a community of young people who are trying to connect Christians both locally and internationally by using technology, also has some rather interesting views on how technology is affecting the Christian faith and what the future looks like.

Nana Ama Agyemang Asante shares Mutual, Minute Video Discovery and The Best Song app in the Apps segment of the show while Nathan has some interesting news from the world of technology for you.

There is a lot more in the audio so enjoy.

#CitiTrends Episode 24: The Future of News vs Solving the online payment problem in Ghana

Source: Mashable.com

Source: Mashable.com

This week has been great on the technology front and a lot of things have happened that could change the way we view our world.

On #CitiTrends this week we speak to three young tech entrepreneurs in Ghana who want to use the power of money money to solve the headaches of online payments. They are Kofi Genfi, Nii Osae Osae Dade and David Letsa of Mazzuma. Their average age is 21.

We also have a conversation about the future of news. We hear from Dan Gillmor, internationally recognized author and leader in new media and citizen-based journalism; Ethan Zuckerman, world acclaimed media scholar, blogger, and Internet activist and also the director of the MIT Center for Civic Media and  Nnenna Nwakanma, a free and open source software expert and leading advocate for affordable Internet in Africa. They were all speakers at an event organised by penplusbytes on the future of news.

Awo Apaloo shares Simply Piano, Level and Next Keyboard and the new apps for the week and Nathan Quao also bring you up to date on the latest happenings in the world of technology.

#CitiTrends Episode 23: AIX 2015 in details vrs Debate on Internet Governance

Exciting things are happening in the technology space around the world and they are having an impact on Ghana.

In this week’s episode of #CitiTrends, we head back to Ashesi University and get some more details about the Ashesi Innovations Experience 2015. Faculty members and students of the Accra based education institution take senior high school children through lessons in robotics, engineering and entrepreneurship.

Also on the show this week is the Centre for International Governance Innovation which launched the Global Commission on Internet Governance; a two-year initiative that has been mandated to produce a comprehensive stand on the future of multi-stakeholder Internet governance. We hear from Dorothy Gordon, director-general of the Accra-based Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT; chair of the Global Commission on Internet Governance, Carl Bildt; Nii Quaynor, chairman of the Board of Directors at the Accra-based National Information Technology Agency and Anriette Esterhuysen, executive director of the South Africa-based Association for Progressive Communications.

Mawuli Tsikata serves the latest bit of news from the world of technology while Awo Apaloo shares three apps of choice.

Enjoy.