#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.

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#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.

#CitiTrends Episode 22: Crowdsourcing and Funding vrs AIX 2015: An introduction

aix_2015Another week and another great episode of #CitiTrends.

This week was great because of the announcement that #CitiTrends has been nominated in the 2015 World Summit Awards as the best and most innovative solution in Media & News from Ghana.

On the show however, we looked at the phenomenon called Crowdsourcing which is basically a process of getting work or funding, usually online, from a community of people. There are many kinds of crowdsourcing but for the benefit of the show we made a lot of references to crowdfunding which involves asking a crowd of people to donate money to your project. The conversation was with Jonathan Baldage, Digital Manager of TIGO Ghana and he has been working with tech entrepreneurs in Ghana, France and Latin America for some years in areas of digital marketing.

We also took a trip to Ashesi University for the Ashesi Innovations Experience 2015 (AIX) which is an intense and exciting two-week enrichment program developed by faculty at Ashesi for senior high school students between the ages of 15 and 20. AIX according to Ashesi, expands the vision and broadens the aims of students, inspires them, challenges them, and equips them with concrete skills for innovation in the 21st Century: skills in leadership, design thinking, entrepreneurship, robotics programming and engineering.

Awo Apaloo, after her holiday, comes back with Snowball, Wildcard, Walk Me Up and Microsoft Translator as the apps for the week. Mawuli Tsikata is also on hand to bring you up to date with the latest technology news stories from across the world.

Enjoy.