Almost all Facebook users in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa access it through mobile devices

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Facebook has shared new statistics revealing that 2.2 million Kenyans use Facebook every day and 4.5 million each month, while 7.1 million Nigerians use Facebook daily and 15 million are active every month.  Almost all these people are coming to Facebook on a mobile device: 100% of Nigerian monthly users are active on mobile as are 95% of Kenya’s monthly users.

This follows the recent announcement that Facebook’s active user population in Africa has grown 20% to 120 million in June 2015 from 100 million in September 2014. More than 80% of these people access Facebook from their mobile phones. Now, 60% of all Internet users in Africa are active on Facebook.

Nunu Ntshingila, newly appointed Head of Africa at Facebook, said: “At Facebook, we have a saying that we’re only 1% done, and this couldn’t be truer for Facebook in Africa. I’m only beginning this journey, and I’m already incredibly inspired by the power of connection – from the smallest moments to fostering global conversations. Everyone on Facebook has a story, and I can’t wait to hear the stories from Kenya and Nigeria firsthand.”

Ntshingila continued: “Mobile is not a trend; it’s the fastest adoption of disruptive technology in history of communication. It’s also an incredibly personal device regardless of where a person lives or how they connect, and businesses need to reach people where they are, not where they were, in an authentic, personal and relevant way. I look forward to spending time with businesses across Africa to understand how we can work together.”

Facebook recently opened its first office in Africa to further the company’s commitment to help businesses connect with people and grow locally and regionally. The new office is the next step in furthering Facebook’s investment in Africa and its people. The team in Africa will focus initially on Kenya (East Africa), Nigeria (West Africa), and South Africa (Southern Africa).

Ari Kesisoglu, Facebook’s Regional Director for MEA, said: “We are committed to creating solutions tailored to people and businesses in Africa. We continue to spend time with businesses to learn about how we can work together to create better, more flexible and less fragmented ways for businesses to reach people in Africa.”

KEY STATS

Global: Q2 2015

Facebook’s usage and engagement continues to grow:

•          Daily active users (DAUs) – DAUs were 968 million on average for June 2015, an increase of 17% year-over-year. Now 65% of monthly active users are also daily active users.

•          Mobile DAUs – Mobile DAUs were 844 million on average for June 2015, an increase of 29% year-over-year.

•          Monthly active users (MAUs) – MAUs were 1.49 billion as of June 30, 2015, an increase of 13% year-over-year. (This is half of the world’s internet population of 3B)

•          Mobile MAUs – Mobile MAUs were 1.31 billion as of June 30, 2015, an increase of 23% year- over-year.

•          Time spent: Across Facebook, Messenger and Instagram, people are now spending more than 46 minutes per day on average.

•          65% of people who use Facebook come back every day.

Kenya: Q2 2015

•          2.2 million total daily active users (DAUs)

•          2.1  million mobile DAU

•          4.5 million total monthly active users (MAUs)

•          4.3 million mobile MAU (95% of MAUs)

Nigeria: Q2 2015

•          7.1 million total daily active users (DAUs)

•          6.9 million mobile DAU

•          15 million total monthly active users (MAUs)

•          15 million mobile MAU (100% of MAUs)

South Africa: Q2 2015

•          7.3 million total daily active users (DAUs)

•          7 million mobile DAU

•          12 million total monthly active users (MAUs)

•          12 million mobile MAU (100% of MAUs)

 

Distributed by APO

Vacancy: 36,000 Job Openings In Africa’s Aviation Industry

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Opportunities exist for 36,000 Africans in the aviation industry in the next 20 years, a new report has suggested.

According to the report by American aircraft maker, Boeing , Africa will be needing 17,000 commercial airline pilots and 19,000 maintenance technicians between now and 2033, as the global aviation industry continue to experience strong growth.

The world, according to the 2014 Pilot and Technician Outlook by the company, will be needing the services of 533,000 new pilots and 584,000 new technicians.

“The challenge of meeting the global demand for airline professionals cannot be solved by one company or in one region of the world,” said Sherry Carbary, vice president, Boeing Flight Services.

She added that the increasing demand is a global issue that can only be solved by all stakeholders in the industry.

The Boeing 2014 outlook projects continued increases in pilot demand, which is up approximately 7 percent compared to 2013; and in maintenance training, which increased just over 5 percent, the report said.

A steady increase in airplane deliveries is driving the global demand, with wide-body airplanes the most patronised, according to the report, representing a global requirement for about 27,000 new pilots and 29,000 new technicians annually.

According to the report, Asia Pacific will require 216,000 pilots and 224,000 technicians; Europe – 94,000 pilots and 102,000 technicians; North America – 88,000 pilots and 109,000 technicians; Latin America – 45,000 pilots and 44,000 technicians; Middle East – 55,000 pilots and 62,000 technicians; Russia and CIS – 18,000 pilots and 24,000 technicians.

Boeing says Airlines, aircraft and training equipment manufacturers, training delivery organizations, regulatory agencies and educational institutions are key to ensuring the global demand is met.

Poll: How Has Social Media Impacted Business In Africa?

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Social Media has become an integral part of our lives. From Facebook to Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, et al., almost all areas of our existence has felt the impact of social media one way or the other.

But how do you think it has impacted businesses In Africa? Companies,  start-ups and entrepreneurs alike, have been known to leverage on the wide reach of Social Media to grow their enterprise. Do you think it has had the desired impact so far?

 

BBM Now Available On Android, iOS

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The BBM Android app will be available as a free download and allow users to chat for free with follow BBM users across all platforms. The first time BBM will have been made available to none BlackBerry handset users, the BBM Android app will precede the BBM iOS app by a matter of hours, with the iPhone bound iteration to be rolled out just after midnight.

A launch that is likely to be clouded by other goings on at the company, the BBM Android app release comes in the wake of a fresh round of losses and job cuts at the Canadian based BlackBerry. Having reported anticipated Q2 losses of almost $1 billion, BlackBerry has confirmed that it is to cut 4,500 jobs globally, an announcement which has seen a 17 per cent drop in its share prices, in a single.

“We are implementing the difficult, but necessary operational changes announced today to address our position in a maturing and more competitive industry, and to drive the company toward profitability,” a statement from BlackBerry CEO Thorstein Heins stated yesterday. He added: “Going forward, we plan to refocus our offering on our end-to-end solution of hardware, software and services for enterprises and the productive, professional end user.”

Despite the hard times the Canadian company is currently in, opinions in several quarters have lauded its initiative at offering BBM on other platforms, noting that chat applications like Whatsapp were already phasing BBM out. It’s emergence on the now reigning android OS, they say, would mean Blackberry does not lose out totally on its customers, and yet still have a fair share of those who wouldn’t use a Blackberry smartphone on a good day but would use the BBM since it’s available at no extra cost.

World’s First Toilet-shaped Museum Flush With Success in Korea

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A toilet has been dubbed the world’s first theme park, dedicated to the humble restroom – a monument to one South Korean man’s vision.

The park, located about an hour outside of Seoul in the city of Suwon – otherwise known as the home of Samsung Electronics – centers around a toilet-shaped museum building that was once the home of Sim Jae-duck, founder and first president of the World Toilet Association.

Legend has it that Sim, a former Suwon mayor who made his fortune with a metal products business and was dubbed “Mr Toilet,” was born in his impoverished grandmother’s outhouse.

“He is a man whose life literally began in a toilet and ended at a commode-shaped house,” said Lee Yeun-sook, manager of planning at the “Mr Toilet Sim Jae-duck Foundation”.

Sim, who died in 2009 at the age of 70, shot to fame in South Korea when he provided loos for soccer fans when the country hosted the 2002 World Cup.

The organization he founded has as its mission spreading the benefits of hygienic toilets around the world, joining the like-minded World Toilet Organization based in Singapore.

Before Mr.Toilet’s house was donated to Suwon city, visitors could book it for an overnight stay, but at the cost of $50,000 a night – the charge to raise money for a toilet building charity. There were no takers.

Other exhibits at the park include Korean traditional squat toilets, European bedpans, and Marcel Duchamp’s sculpture “Fountain,” a porcelain urinal.

Suwon has since dubbed itself the mecca of toilet culture and has pushed to get toilets recognized as a central part of everyday life. It has funded toilet building programs in developing countries such as the Philippines.

At home, toilet conditions have rapidly improved as South Korean living standards shot from poverty to riches in a generation.

“For our generation, a toilet was a very dirty and smelly place where you never wanted to go,” said Kim Gye-soon, a 52-year-old tourist at the theme park. “But now it is totally different.”

Suwon will continue the life-work of one of its most famous sons by constructing a toilet culture center in 2014 near the current park, which has attracted about 40,000 visitors since it opened in July.

Like many of the best things in life, the toilet museum is free.

“Going to the restroom is as vital as eating. In a sense, nations and governments should work to make sure everyone has an equal access to toilets and feels happiness in there,” said Lee.

 

4D Scan Show Foetuses Yawn In The Womb

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Growing into a fully formed human being is a long process, and scientists have found that unborn babies not only hiccup, swallow and stretch in the womb, they yawn too.

Researchers who studied 4D scans of 15 healthy foetuses also said they think yawning is a developmental process which could potentially give doctors a new way to check on a baby’s health.

While some scientists have previously suggested that foetuses yawn, others disagree and say it is nothing more than a developing baby opening and stretching its mouth.

But writing in the journal PLOS ONE on Wednesday, British researchers said their study was able to clearly distinguish yawning from “non-yawn mouth opening” based on how long the mouth was open.

The researchers did this by using 4D video footage to examine all the times when fetuses opened their mouths.

Nadja Reissland of Durham University’s department of Psychology, who led the study, said the function and importance of yawning in foetuses is still unknown, but the findings suggest it may be linked to foetal development and could provide a further indication of the health of the unborn baby.

“Unlike us, foetuses do not yawn contagiously, nor do they yawn because they are sleepy,” she said. “Instead, the frequency of yawning in the womb may be linked to the maturing of the brain early in gestation.”

The study was carried out on eight female and seven male foetuses from 24 to 36 weeks gestation. The researchers found that yawning declined from 28 weeks and that there was no significant difference in how often boys and girls yawned. [Reuters]

Weird But Helpful Inventions… Check Here

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A suitcase that follows you around; a fishing net with built-in escape routes and a drone that delivers first aid are just some of the inventions shortlisted for this year’s International James Dyson Award.

 

More than 500 students and recent graduates entered, from 18 countries around the world. The overall winner will be announced on Thursday. The Independent on Sunday got a preview of the shortlist of 15 finalists and has chosen 10 of the best.

Sir James Dyson said: “The inventions that stand out most each year are the ones that solve big problems in the simplest ways. Last year’s winner developed a device that extracts water from air to relieve drought. It works by simply condensing water but has the potential to save lives.

“I am worried that we are focusing too much on digital technology rather than practical, tangible technology. We need hardware to export as well as software – it is profitable and exciting.”

The listening wristwatch (Singapore)

Parents with hearing problems can struggle to realise if their child requires attention. The Fil’o wristwatch connects with a baby toy that is actually a listening device. The watch lights up and vibrates if a child is shouting.

First aid by flying drone (Austria)

Bringing first aid to dangerous locations can be slow – and sometimes impossible. Smart Aid is a drone that carries a defibrillator and first-aid kit. Controlled by a smartphone, it also offers advice to those in trouble.

Humane fishing net (UK)

Smaller fish are often needlessly caught in deep-sea fishing nets that are only after much bigger ones. The Safety Net has built-in rings that give young, and unmarketable small fry escape routes lit up with LED lights.

Magic prosthesis (USA)

More than 30 million people in Africa, Asia and Latin America require prosthetic limbs, but they can be very expensive and uncomfortable. The Beth Project is an affordable limb that self-adjusts painlessly to changes in a patient’s weight and height.

Moving light (Holland)

Ever wished your ceiling light could be right above you at exactly the right brightness? ReWired uses a pulley system synchronised with a mobile phone so you can move your light around the room.

Easy sewing machine (UK)

Many sewing machines are cumbersome, fiddly and intimidating to beginners. The Alto has been designed to make it easier for novices – speed is controlled by pressing with your fingers as you sew, and threading the needle is easy.

The friendly suitcase (Spain)

Dragging a big old suitcase around an airport is enough to give anyone backache. The Hop suitcase follows obediently behind its owner by detecting signals sent from your mobile phone, staying at a fixed distance from the traveller.

Bucketless water (USA)

Some 3.4 million people die every year as a result of unclean water. The Balde a Balde is an affordable portable tap that helps prevent contamination by avoiding the need to transfer water from bucket to bucket.

Blind play mat (Australia)

Fifty years ago more than half of blind children used Braille to read. Last year this fell to fewer than one in 10. The Reach and Match is a toy designed for blind and visually impaired children to learn Braille, introducing them to symbols.

Air fuel (Australia)

As oil becomes more scarce and global warming continues, inventors have come up with a way of replacing petrol with air. The 02 Pursuit is a motorbike that is powered by air which is compressed using solar and wind energy.

About the Award

The James Dyson Award is an international student design award running in 18 countries. It’s run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s charitable trust, as part of its mission to encourage the next generation of design engineers to be creative, challenge and invent.

The brief was simple; “Design something that solves a problem”.

Just by doing that, contestants stand the chance of winning fantastic prizes.

International Winner: – £10,000 the student or student team (of up to four members) – £10,000 for their university department – James Dyson Award trophy and Certificate

Two International Runners-up: – £2,000 each – James Dyson Award Certificate

Fifteen International Finalists: – James Dyson Award Certificate

National Winners: – £1,000 each – James Dyson Award Certificate

The James Dyson Award is open to product design, industrial design and engineering university level students (or graduates within 4 years of graduation) who have studied in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, UK and USA.

The award is juddged in three stages before the winner is finally selected.

Stage 1: A panel of leading designers, engineers and design critics in each of the 18 participating countries shortlist the top ten entries and name the national winners.

Stage 2: A panel of Dyson design engineers scrutinise all national projects selecting the top 50.

Stage 3: An international judging panel of high-profile designers, engineers, academics and journalists pick 15 international finalists. Informed by the international judges, James Dyson will name the winner and two runners-up.

Projects like this give youths opportunity to explore their creativity since according to Alfred North Whitehead; “Ideas won’t keep. Something must be done about them.”

Also, “You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” – Lee Iacocca

The countries that are eligible to be part should regard themselves blessed for having an opportunity to let their youths pass their ideas across, improve on them and make something that solves problems.

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