18 February 2019

Entrepreneurs using Technology to Tackle Workplace Sexual Harassment

Spot is a blockchain powered app that aims to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace by encouraging victims to speak out. It allows those experiencing misconduct in the workplace, to record in private and all time-stamped reports are stored as evidence in a “private vault” on the users’ phone. Another social network called Blind allows employees from the same company to connect and talk secretly to each other. It was founded in 2013 by Chief Executive and Co-Founder, Sunguk Moon.

Israel Launches the “World’s First” Cyber Hotline

A 119 call-in to the Computer Emergency Response Centre (CERT) has been reported as the first to help businesses and private individuals tackle suspected hacking. The hotline will also enable callers to receive solutions in real-time.

Social Media Company, Bigo Technology Announced $100 Million Investment in India

Singapore based Bigo Technology has announced an investment of over $100 million to expand into India. This is expected to roll out with the next three years, creating nearly 1,000 jobs. The company’s live-streaming app BIGO LIVE currently has 200 million registered users worldwide.

Drone “No-Fly Zone” to be Extended around UK Airports

The UK Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced plans to extend the “no-fly zones” for areas surrounding airports by 5km. Violation of this could lead to 5 years imprisonment. The government is also working on a Drone Bill that will give UK police the right to stop and search people suspected of using drones maliciously within three miles of an airport.

Pinterest Submits Paperwork to Securities and Exchange Commission

Pinterest filed confidentially for IPO. The company refused to comment towards this information that was reported by the Wall Street Journal. Pinterest  joins a growing number of other tech companies expected to go public this year, including Uber, Lyft and Slack.

Electric SUV for Lucid Motors

Two people that are familiar with the plans of the electrical car startup Lucid Motors, confirmed that the startup has begun working on an SUV. The Chief Technology Officer, Peter Rawlinson said it’s “quite possible” that the Silicon Valley-based automaker would reveal plans for an SUV later this year.

Nike “Working to Fix” Software Update on $350 Adapt BB Smart Sneakers

Nike says that a fix is in the works for its broken Adapt BB smart sneakers, days after an Android update rendered some of them unusable. After downloading the update, many said their right or left shoe wouldn’t pair with the Adapt BB app, meaning the shoe laces can no longer auto adjust.

New Robotic Sensor Technology can Diagnose Reproductive Health Problems in Real-Time

Researchers have developed new robotic sensor technology that has the capability to diagnose women’s reproductive health problems faster than the existing methods. The new robotic sensor technology can measure hormones which affect fertility, sexual development and menstruation.

Logistics startup Flexport Raised a SoftBank-led Round at a $3.2 billion Valuation

Flexport a full service air and ocean freight forwarder in San Francisco, says it has raised $1 billion in fresh funding led by the SoftBank Vision Fund. Founders Fund,  DST Global, Cherubic Ventures, Susa Ventures and SF Express all participated in the round, which reportedly pegs the company’s post-money valuation at $3.2 billion.

Powtoon Acquires Showbox to Expand the Video Creation Platform

Powtoon an online platform that allows its users to easily create videos for digital marketing, YouTube ads or business presentations, today announced that it has acquired Tel Aviv-based Showbox.com. Showbox is a cloud-based video editing platform for amateurs. Powtoon will integrate Showbox deep video technology, making it the preferred platform for all end-to-end video creation needs.

SAP Africa Appoints Cloud Expert for Southern Africa

SAP Africa has appointed Cameron Beveridge as Regional Director for Southern Africa. SAP is the market leader in enterprise application software. Beveridge is an engineer by training, but quickly found his calling in the technology sector, where he worked in outsourcing, consulting and sales.