Category Archives: Tech

TECH: Windows 11: A new era for the PC begins today

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Today marks an exciting milestone in the history of Windows. #Windows11 #Tech #Uganda #WhisperEyeNews As the day becomes October 5 in each time zone around the world, availability of Windows 11 begins through a free upgrade on eligible Windows 10 PCs and on new PCs pre-installed with Windows 11 that can be purchased beginning today.

Windows is a driving force for innovation. It’s an enduring platform for each one of us to create. And its home for over a billion people to do their jobs, live their dreams and connect with the people they love.

Breaking News: Facebook, Whatsapp & Instagram reconnected after 7 hours offline

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Facebook family, we’ve missed you! Here’s the latest on the outage that affected social media platforms for about six hours on Tuesday.

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Social media giant Facebook’s stock has closed down almost 5% after an outage meant its platforms have gone down for several hours.

BREAKING NEWS: Mark Zuckerberg Loses $7 Billion in Net Worth as Facebook Stock Falls

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Mark Zuckerberg’s personal wealth has fallen by nearly $7 billion in a few hours, knocking him down a notch on the list of the world’s richest people, after a whistleblower came forward and outages took Facebook’s flagship products offline.

A selloff sent the social-media giant’s stock plummeting around 5% on Monday, adding to a drop of about 15% since mid-September.

Offline: Facebook is totally down, along with Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger

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Offline: Facebook is totally down, along with Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger.

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The websites and apps for all of the services were responding with server errors. Reports on DownDetector.com showed the outages appear to be widespread, but it’s unclear if it impacts all users or just some locations. It’s not currently known what’s causing the outage.

All three platforms stopped working shortly before noon ET.

“We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products,” a spokesperson said. “We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.” 

In 2019, a similar outage lasted about an hour. Facebook said that outage was caused by a technical issue. Major websites can also sometimes go down if content delivery networks, or CDNs, go offline. That happened in June, when one such CDN, Fastly, was down due to technical issues. That caused major websites including Amazon, Reddit and The New York Times to go down.

This news is developing. Please check back for updates.

UCC warns Ugandans on fake news, online video advice, vows to prosecute many

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UCC warns Ugandans on fake news, online video advice, vows to prosecute many. Whisper Eye News

The Uganda communication industry regulatory body, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has warned Ugandans over circulation and publishing unauthentic information.

The commission strictly bans publication of what it termed as fake news, videos, and advice through digital platforms by any individual.

Scientists Identify Data As Vital Tool For Innovations

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Data scientists have indicated that data is one of the potential tools for innovation that can be tapped into by the young innovators to help in solving the pending challenges in communities.

Data scientists, analysts, developers and civic technology organizations believe that Africa and Uganda in particular have the potential to use the data at their disposal to come up meaningful solutions to the challenges faced by communities.

According the deputy chief of party Resilient Africa Network (RAN) Makerere University School of Public Health, Dr. Roy Mayega, Uganda is struggling with several resilience challenges yet it has an internal potential as a country to harness available resources including data to solve some of the biggest challenges affecting communities.

Lira registers 15 % reduction in Malaria prevalence by IRS

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Lira district has registered a 15 per cent reduction in Malaria prevalence, thanks to the Indoor- Residual Spray (IRS) program. IRS is the application of long-lasting insecticides in residences to either kill or repel the mosquitoes. 

It is believed to be suitable for Uganda because mosquitoes that spread malaria parasites feed and rest indoors. The government introduced IRS in Lira district in 2014 following an upsurge in malaria prevalence in the district. In 2012, malaria prevalence stood at 38% in the district. It reduced to 13.6% in the 2016/2017 financial year and 8.4% in the 2017/2018 financial year.

Unwanted witness urges govt to tax online advertisers, content promoters but not Internet

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The government has been advised to explore the possibility of taxing online advertising and content promoters instead of imposing a tax on internet data bundles.  

Early this month, Finance Minister Matia Kasaija announced twelve new measures through which the government intends to increase its revenue collections in the financial year 2012/22. One of the measures is the introduction of a 12 per cent tax on the internet.

However, Unwanted Witness Uganda, a civil society organization that advocates for internet freedoms, cautions that the proposal will instead raise the cost of the internet, and limit its usage amongst Ugandans.

Simi Registers Good Phone Sales on Local Market

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simi phoneSimi Technologies, the manufacturer of Uganda’s first mobile phones, says it has recorded high sales during the first year of its operations compared to their project. Simi technologies has been in business for 13 months following its launch late in 2019.  

David Beecham Okwere, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Simi Technologies, says that the company has managed to sell 400, 000 pieces of mobile phones since it started operations in November 2019. The company makes both feature and smartphones models, sold locally and internationally.

Breakdown: TECH Facebook suffers outage, affects Whatsapp Instagram too

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Facebook on Friday experienced an outage that interrupted its social network, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp services.

The company did not immediately say what was causing the service disruption or how many users were affected. The issues began around 1:30 p.m. Eastern.

Two Lawyers Sue Gov’t over Failure to Constitute UCC Tribunal

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Two lawyers have sued the government for failing to constitute a tribunal to resolve disputes at the Uganda Communications Commission.  The two, Gloria Linda Nagami and Arthur Junior Nsereko have filed their case before the Civil Division of High Court in Kampala.

They argue that the Uganda Communications Act provides for a Tribunal after one year from the date on which the Act is published in the gazette. The UCC Act was published in the Gazette on January 18 2013, meaning that the Tribunal should have come into force on January 18 2014.

Uganda Airlines Gets Dubai, London Slots But Airbuses Remain Grounded

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Uganda Airlines has secured slots for departures and landing at London Heathrow Airport and Dubai International Airport as it prepares for commencement of long haul flights to the UK, United Arab Emirates and China.This comes after the airline received its two Airbus A330-800Neo air crafts in December 2020 and last month. 

Roger Wamala, the Uganda Airlines Commercial Director says the two aircrafts, code named Mt Elgon and Mt. Rwenzori,  will however remain grounded because the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority-UCAA has not yet cleared them to fly. UCAA is expected to clear the planes at the end of April.

Bundibugyo Power Distribution Company Loses Contract Over Mismanagement, Debts

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Bundibugyo Energy Cooperative Society-BECS, the largest power distribution company in Bundibugyo district is in trouble for alleged gross mismanagement and incompetence. 

Electricity Regulatory authority (ERA) has suspended its operations and authorized Uganda Energy Distribution Company limited–UEDCL to take over power distribution in Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts.  

ERA licensed the cooperative in 2011 to managed and distribute electricity in Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts.   The company also extends power distribution to some parts of Fort Portal.