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WhatsApp to charge iPhone users every year for service

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iphonesPOPULAR messaging service WhatsApp is to begin charging an annual subscription fee for users of its iPhone app, as the business looks to ramp its revenues.

The service, which is used as an app for iPhone, Android and other smartphones will become free to download instead of the 99c it costs at the moment, but it will then charge users 99c a year for the service.

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The move brings its iPhone service in line with its Android business model.

The change will only affect new users of the service. People who bought the app for 99c will not be hit with the subscription rate.

WhatsApp has quickly become one of the most popular apps on smartphones with more than 250 million users worldwide.

Unlike a regular text messaging service, it allows people to send photos and messages to large numbers of people at the same time without being charged for every individual message

“We are updating our business model for new iPhone users going forward. As you know, we used to charge iPhone users a 99c one-time payment, while Android and other platforms had free service for the first year and paid 99c a year after that,” the company said in a blog post.

“From now on, we’ve simplified our business model so that all users on all platforms will enjoy their first year of WhatsApp service for free, and only pay 99c per year after that.

“We feel that this model will allow us to become the communications service of the 21st Century, and provide you the best way to stay in touch with your friends and family with no ads getting in the way,” WhatsApp added.

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Global Internet Organization calls for Africans to claim their voice on the internet

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Pierre Dandjinou, ICANN VP of GSE in Africa, stresses a point during the media roundtable.

Pierre Dandjinou, ICANN VP of GSE in Africa, stresses a point during the media roundtable.

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A media roundtable brought together leaders of regional and global Internet organizations to share perspectives on African representation in the Internet ecosystem, and participation in shaping the Internet’s future.

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Led by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and attended by the Internet Society’s Uganda Chapter, and AfRegistrar, the media roundtable took place during the Africa Internet Summit (AIS) at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel.

ICANN has been actively seeking to help raise awareness and build capacities around the domain name system, and the Internet in general across Africa. As part of this, it has been supporting and holding several workshops in the region.

“Africa’s digital potential is rising, which makes it imperative for the continent to claim its voice in the global Internet governance and protect its interests” stressed Pierre Dandjinou, ICANN VP of GSE in Africa. “With this in mind, ICANN is committed to providing equal opportunities to inform the region’s different communities about the domain name industry, and working with them on how best to not only strengthen Africa’s online presence, but also improve their participation within ICANN. Uganda is no exception.”

ICANN helps people connect to each other online. This happens through its coordination of parts of the Domain Name System (DNS), which is at the very root of the Internet functions. It translates computer host names into IP addresses, as well as the Internet Protocol addressing system used to route Internet traffic. Thus, ICANN plays a specific, technical role, acting in the global public interest as the trusted steward of these unique identifier systems of the Internet. With every email, video chat, or online purchase, ICANN is touched in one way or another. Also, ICANN helps protect the resiliency and security of the DNS and of Internet at large.

“We need to have this dialogue about the Internet now, and not later; as Africa is not outside the realms of the Internet. Every policy made about the future of the Internet concerns us, too. So, we need to join the decision-makers, and not stay as bystanders” said Lillian Nalwoga, the President of ISOC Uganda Chapter.

The Internet penetration in Africa is around 37%, still lagging behind with respect to the global penetration rate which is at 57%.  Internet access is among the many other obstacles Africa has to overcome with respect to its integration into the global digital economy, including the domain name business.

“AfRegistrar will work closely with African Regulators, African Union and Private Sector to enable the emergency of a vibrant Internet Environment for the African Economy, with a good and active Internet Governance, in an active and harmonized Broadband Policy and Regulation for African countries” reiterated Mouhamet Diop, Chair of AfRegistrar.

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Tycoon Hamis Kiggundu’s Book Will Now Feature on Uganda School Syllabus

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Hamis Kiggundu aka Ham is one of the few Ugandan businessmen who’ve written books. His book titled; “Success and Failure based on Reason and Reality” has been selected by the National Curriculum Development Centre.

It will now be one of the recommended readings for Secondary School Students in the field of Literature, and Entrepreneurship.

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This is a big win for Ham despite the lag on his Nakivubo Stadium project. Well done

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Ugandan Millenials are Ghosting out of Relationships

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Gone are the days when boyfriends and girlfriends would sit down and agree to end a relationship. Now, Ugandan millenials have changed the trends. They are just ghosting.

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According to research, Ugandan couples no longer suffer with breakup lines. “He simply stops talking to you. He stops replying your messages. Then you just figure out that the relationship is done,” says one of the victims of ghosting.

According to older generations, ghosting is a cowardly way of ending relationships. But it turns out millenials are also ghosting at jobs. “You employ them, they work for some months then they just stop showing up. Next thing you know they moved on to another job. It is unprofessional,” says a human resource director.

Let us hear from you. Have you been ghosted? Have you ghosted before?

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