This week in the #PKTechWeekly;

Apples Announced a Malware in its Gadgets.

Apple sent out an emergency security update for iPhones, iPads and iPods after super sophisticated spyware was found exploiting three iOS vulnerabilities.

The iOS 9.3.5 upgrade plugs three holes that, according to researchers, are being used right now by the Pegasus surveillance kit – a powerful commercial malware package sold to governments for snooping on dissidents and journalists.

The three vulnerabilities exploited by the spy kit are:

  • CVE-2016-4655: An input validation flaw that could potentially allow iOS kernel memory contents to be viewed by an installed app.
  • CVE-2016-4656: A remote code execution from memory corruption flaw in iOS kernel that can be exploited by an installed app.
  • CVE-2016-4657: A remote code execution flaw in WebKit that would allow an attacker to “jailbreak” and install malware on an iOS device by way of a specially crafted webpage.

Hope you already upgraded,  and if not I ask you do it now.

Back here in Uganda,

The Zimba Women Technology Business Summit was announced,

And as a woman in business using technology, I registered to attend. The Annual Zimba Women Technology for Business Summit brings together women-owned and/or women-led Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME’s) is due 28th -29th September 2016, and will discuss and exchange ideas on the potential of entrepreneurship and innovation as well as the use of information and communication technology to access regional and international markets. The registration to attend ended on 25th August – sorry – but I will share updates during the summit on Twitter and maybe a blog post after, that is if I am invited.

But for now, do you know that you can

Park a BMW 7 with a Remote Control?

BMW unveiled the BMW 7 Series with a remote control parking system in South Africa last week, reported BusinessTech.  It is said that the car enables owners to manoeuvre in or out of forward-parking spaces or garages without anyone at the wheel.

The driver initiates the car’s progress forward into or in reverse out of a space using the BMW Display Key. While the car is carrying out the semi-automated manoeuvre, the driver watches out for obstacles.

Watch the YouTube video below for more details.

Technology has been known to disrupt a number of functionalities like the one above but researchers are saying

Don’t count on technology to save you in a disaster; planning is better.

This was reviewed in the annual World Risk Report by the United Nations University (UNU), highlighting the growing interest in new technologies to improve emergency response — from drones that can survey crisis-hit areas to social media networks that allow survivors to communicate with the wider world.

But Matthias Garschagen, a risk management expert with the UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), said it could not substitute for the basic infrastructure some countries have lacked for decades.

Yet an opinion in The Citizen says

Technology is Needed in Tackling Non-Communicable Diseases

in East Africa and the world at large. Not only non communicable diseases but even communicable one like the technology a

Tanzanian Institute Developed.

According to the Daily News, Ifakara Health Institute created insecticide-laden tubes, known as “Eave Tubes,” that attract and kill female Anopheles mosquitoes that transmit malaria.

The tubes, locally referred to as tungulizibomba, are placed in common mosquito pathways, such as windows, roofs, doors, and attics.

With the growing need for Technology to disrupt more systems and functionalities, investment and support is being availed from all directions;

Japan is to Offer Technology Support to Kenya

while

Nigeria’s first financial technology bank was unveiled.

But to grow Africa’s technology sector, the continent needs is pick branches from other tech successes or just study them and identify the best possible ways that work for them.

Tech Entrepreneur Success stories like Pokemon Go.

But with caution, Africa should study the success stories because even if they are as juicy as the WhatsApp one, the need for money is always poking its head out to poach and milk users. There is no free thing in the world, reason why

Whatsapp now Shares Your Personal Information with Facebook 

for better targeted adverts, on your timeline.

There are success stories like the

Tigo Rwanda Digital Changemakers Award which Enables 131 African Tech Start-Ups to Transform Communities and Children’s Lives.

The 2015 Impact Report shows that a total of 131 social entrepreneurs who were supported through the Tigo Digital Changemakers Award and its Accelerator and Incubator Programs provided in partnership with non-profit foundation, Reach for Change. Millicom and Reach for Change held five social innovation competitions throughout 2015 that attracted over 1,300 applicants across Africa.

Let me close this #pktechweekly with this question,

Can drone technology help Africa overcome developmental challenges?

Patricia Kahill

is a Social Media, Content Creator and Marketer at Kahill Insights. A Development Practitioner who has no self talent but is driven by curiosity and passion; in a nutshell she is a Multipotentialite. She believes in God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit which makes her a Christian.

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