Most satellite internet and data services are from satellites in geosynchronous orbit – a little over 22,000 miles above the Earth’s surface. That distance increases the time it takes for data signals to travel. O3b’s satellites, on the other hand, are only about 5000 miles above the Earth’s surface. That decreases the latency to a […]

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Dan Evans visited Hive Colab last year while I was in Uganda: Based on the maturity and business viability of many of the small tech firms that we have met with over our data collection visits, and the modification of many incubators’ business models, we completely understand the thought-process behind this “pivot” in strategy. For […]

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Google’s reported plans to roll out a fleet of satellites likely won’t make its efforts with drones or balloons obsolete. Tim Farrar, a consultant who worked for a company that tried to offer satellite-based internet access in the 1990s before its $9 billion project was halted, told the WSJ that the technologies complemented each other, […]

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I got this question in my email and thought the answer would make for a good post: I’m curious though, why hasn’t VC taken as strong of a hold in Africa? The last two decades it’s stretched to India, but I was curious to your opinion about it not completely taking off in Africa. A […]

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Shane Cole reports for Apple Insider: The Parliament of Kenya is set to join a growing trend toward paperless governance with the purchase of some 450 iPads to be used by representatives and staff in the East African nation’s National Assembly and Senate. Wonder how long before the East African Community (EAC) standardizes on iOS […]

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Interesting tidbit from The Verge, covering Jacob Applebaum’s latest NSA revelations in Der Spiegel: The brochure in question dates from 2007, suggesting capabilities may have advanced even further since then — but Appelbaum left little doubt that he believes these tactics are still in use, and offered several instances in which he’s seen them in […]

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Untitled from druga stefania on Vimeo. Afrimakers is an initiative that wants to enable African makers to use digital fabrication for solving local challenges like access to clean water, energy, information. The idea is to plant the seed of local change through social entrepreneurship, digital fabrication and regional collaboration. We want to kickstart maker workshops […]

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Apple, Inc. today released its Report on Government Information Requests. A quick scan shows most of the countries that requested user data were Western, with USA requesting more than just a truckload of personal data. Missing from the list are any countries from continental Africa. Like many companies, Apple receives requests from law enforcement agencies to provide […]

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