Upcoming Worldwide Technology Trends for 2019

We have come a long way, from using button phones, going to internet cafés to chat with people across the world, buying airtime to make international calls, those were the days where we send letters that get delivered after 7 to even 2 weeks. Technology has been advancing daily, with new inventions that simplify our way of living, now we have apps (WhatsApp, Viber, Skype) that can make international calls, video calls, messages that get delivered in an instant.
We can make payment transactions by simply using our mobile phones. Technology has revolutionized our world. Technology has and still is creating amazing tools and resources, putting useful information at our fingertips. The future of technology is even more fascinating than what is happening currently. In a few years, we will be talking about driver-less cars and robots working in factories.
Here are a few technology trends you should watch for in 2019 and the years to come;

1. 5G Mobile Network

I know in our part of Africa we still getting the hang of 4G network, but there have been speculations on introducing the 5G mobile network since last year. The 5G mobile network will be faster than other networks behind it.

5G is the next generation of mobile broadband that will eventually replace, or at least augment, your 4G connection. With 5G, you’ll see exponentially faster download and upload speeds, the time it takes devices to communicate with each other wireless networks, will also drastically decrease. 5G for us consumers means not just faster mobile internet, but mainly internet connectivity in many more objects than what you see today in 2019.

2. Internet of Things

The “Internet of things” (IoT) is turning into an undeniably developing point of discussion both in the work environment and outside of it. It’s an idea that not just can possibly affect how additionally function as well. So, what precisely is the “Internet of things” and what effect is it going to have on you. There are a ton of complexities around the “Internet of things” So let explain the basics of it

Basically, this is the idea of essentially connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet. This incorporates everything from mobile phones, coffee makers, washing machines, earphones, lights, wearable gadgets and nearly whatever else you can consider. The IoT is a huge system of associated things to it.

So how about we put a straightforward case of how IoT functions and how it is advancing “What if your alarm clock wakes you up at 7 a.m. and then notifies your coffee maker to start preparing coffee for you, that will make life easy won’t it? Or you are on your way to meet a friend, your car could have access to your calendar and already know the best route to take, if there is heavy traffic your vehicle might send a text to your friend informing them that you will be running late, that will be how IoT work.

3. Chatbot

Let’s start by defining what a bot is because most of us know the meaning of chat, so basically, a bot is an artificial intelligence software designed to perform a number of tasks by itself and without Human intervention. So a chatbot is basically an artificial intelligence that you interact with via chat interface.
Let me provide a simple example of how chatbots will work “If you wanted to buy pizza from Pizza Hut online, you would go to their website, look around until you find the type of pizza you wanted, and then you would purchase it. If Pizza Hut makes a bot, you would simply be able to message Pizza Hut on Facebook. The bot would ask you what you’re looking for and you would simply tell it, so instead of browsing a website, you will have a conversation with the Pizza Hut bot, providing you with the same customer experience you would get when you go into the Pizza Hut restaurant but via chat.

4. Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality

In the past, when we went to movie cinemas we watched normal 2D movies but now we have 3D movies that give you an experience of you being in the movie, some movie cinemas have gone far more than 3D glasses, they have designed movie theatres that when you sit and watch a movie you have a virtual experience of actually being in the movie this upgrade hasn’t only being implemented in the movie sector but other sectors as well as things like AR, VR and MR are becoming more advanced.

So how will it be more advanced in 2019, It allows you to preview modelled products in real-world environments through your smartphone. Say you want to buy a couch for your living room, you can simply search for a couch you like and you can actually use your phone and you can actually visualize how the couch will look like in your living room by simply pointing your phone to where the couch should be, this won’t only work on products but also on social media interactions, work engagements, and other activities.

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MORE ABOUT E-COMMERCE?

E-commerce is perving its way in Tanzania despite being a new concept for many people in the country. This concept as it makes its way into society yet faces a number of challenges-ranging from delivery and payment logistics. However, e-commerce popularity and profitability continue to increase in Tanzania due to a number of online shopping benefits that buyers have discovered in recent days.

Thinking about it where is e-commerce today in Tanzania? It is clear to say, developed countries have truly harnessed the adoption of E-commerce. While as for developing countries we are still grasping the full adoption of e-commerce. But first, let’s understand the concept of e-commerce.

Information and communication technology (ICT) has drastically changed the way people, companies, governments, and even organizations work. Whereas in this century internet has become an essential channel which is used for dissemination of services, products and even  information.

There are many factors impacting e-commerce, facts such as Trust ( Giving a literal meaning is simply firm belief in reliability.), security, fraud, hacking ( it is safe to say they’re a major obstacle to the growth of e-commerce. For developing countries, it’s clear that the risk of the above is higher compered to a developed country.

We still lack the resources to tackle such a situation should one occur). Role of government (government plays an essential role in the development of e-commerce especially to the developing countries role such as providing secure means of online payment, build up awareness through media and educational institutions).

Implications for E-commerce in developing countries, developing countries that want to develop its e-commerce may consider the following key things (Developing strategy by defining its goals, Assessing readiness before taking any complexities, Integrating solution by fussing e-commerce with business and lastly measuring effectiveness.

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MOBILE SOLUTIONS WE USE EVERY DAY BUT DON’T KNOW

Have you ever wondered about the mobile services you use but don’t know the name and the importance of it? Well, I am here to explain some of the mobile solutions that we use on our daily basis but don’t actually know the importance or the origin of it.

1. BULK SMS

I am sure you receive sms every day with sender ID written Vodacom, Tigo, Dawasco, reminding you to complete a particular bill or promoting on a new internet service, those are bulk sms send to a large number of people at once.

So basically, SMS stands for Short Message Service, this is a text message sent from one mobile device to another. Bulk SMS is, therefore, sending an SMS to a large number of receivers at once.

What separates bulk SMS from sending SMS from your mobile phone is the capacity to customize the sender ID. A sender ID is a name or number that appears on the phone of the receiver as the person who sent the SMS.

Messages that are purchased in bulk are considerably cheaper than regular SMS from your mobile phone. To add up on this, Bulk SMS is a much everyday method of mass communication than other methods of marketing such as advertising or email marketing.

2. MOBILE MONEY

Mobile money is an electronic wallet service. Mobile money simply allows users to store, send, and receive money using their mobile phones.

For us, we normally call them as Mpesa, Tigo Pesa, Airtel Money or HaloPesa but all of these are mobile money providers and act as your electronic wallet service on your day to day activities.

The good thing about mobile money is that it stores funds in a secure electronic account linked to your mobile phone number. In some cases, the wallet number will be the same as the phone number in which users can send money to other people, pay bills, and purchase many things, including mobile airtime by every day clicking on your phone.

3. USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) 

For Vodacom is *150*00#, for Tigo is *150*01#, we use ussd codes every day but we actually don’t know what they are or the function of it, if you ask someone near you what’s Mpesa ussd code they will say they don’t know or have never heard of such thing but ask them Mpesa number for sending or buying bills and will instantly tell you the code.

USSD is used to send and receive information between a mobile phone and an application on a network. USSD will allow you to request information in shortcodes starting with * and ending with #, the same way we key in *150*00# for Mpesa to send money, check balances or pay our bills.

Are there other mobile solutions or services you use every day but don’t know there functions or importance but want to know? Just drop your message in the comment section.

TOP 10 MOBILE APPLICATION IN TANZANIA THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW AND HAVE IN YOUR MOBILE DEVICE

TOP 10 MOBILE APPLICATION IN TANZANIA THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW AND HAVE IN YOUR MOBILE DEVICE



Tanzania is now adapting to the use of applications, but not all application’s neither gain recognition nor get used a lot. But there are some applications that have gained a massive recognition in Tanzania.

So we have compiled a list of 10 Mobile Apps which are popular and frequently used in Tanzania whether is for chatting, loan acquiring, video watching that you should know and use.

1. WhatsApp

WhatsApp is the most popular app used in Tanzania today, and the plus side it is FREE to download. It has great and amazing features embedded within.

Features such as texting and calling (both normal and video call to your friends for free no matter where they are as long as you and they have an internet connection.

Personally, I use this app regularly on my day to day communication because it allows me to create groups to which we can discuss any topic and the most, coolest thing about this app is that I don’t have to add people by their usernames because my regular contacts are my WhatsApp contacts.

2. Instagram

Instagram is another fascinating yet simple app to use, its practically taking Tanzania by storm.

The app does not need a complicated help page to get you up and running. By taking a picture, edit, caption with a location, comment, put a hashtag, like and share is a simple task to accomplish.

We are in the age where everyone with a smartphone has a camera that they always carry with them. Instagram provides a boundless way to simply edit and share photos taken with these cameras, documenting our lives, and discover new people, places, advertise businesses using a mobile device.

3. YouTube

YouTube is the 2nd largest search engine next to Google this tells a lot how this app is used, people upload more than 100 hours of video per minute, it is totally free to download.

There is literally nothing you cannot find inside, the app allows you to watch your favorite music, comedy shows, food recipes, there are even a how-to guides meaning you can type “how to cut a banana” and the app can guide through it.

4. Facebook

Communication was never easier than it is today because of Facebook.

It has managed to connect people from all around the world and literally gave them the power of communication in the palm of their hands. Because of this, you can connect with people you schooled together with in a primary level.

Facebook went beyond everyone’s expectations by allowing it’s users to see the life of anyone through their pictures, posts, and statuses. Moreover, it directly connects them via messenger.

5. Tala Tanzania

Tala is an app in Tanzania that offers financial services to individuals using the Tigo and Vodacom network.

This is the best app designed specifically for individuals who are seeking small loans.

The worry of qualifying for a loan is removed now individuals can acquire loans anytime and anywhere without having to submit too stressful requirements.

On top of that it provides an easy schedule for payment of the loan borrowed.

6. NMB Klik

This is a recently new developed app created by NMB Bank, a relief for NMB Bank customers. The app simplifies banking services by bringing the bank to the customers mobile phone.

This app enables Banking services like Creating bank accounts, service payments and products and many more.

7. M-pesa

The general idea behind the introduction of M-pesa app was to enable cheap and reliable money transfer between people that have mobile phones, this bridged the gap between poor, unbanked people and formal financial system uniting millions of people into a formal financial system.

It is safe to say M-pesa has grown rapidly throughout the years. With the app, a customer can deposit and withdrawal money, transfer or receive money between customers, pay utilities via a special allocated number (paybill) and perform financial transfers to other customers or mobile operators.

8. Jamii Forum

It’s a forum where anyone can register and then discuss or create different topics from politics, entertainment, economic and social issues.

The app is so popular because you get updates on a recent and current issue that have happened and anyone can easily voice out their opinion about that particular matter.

9. Linkedln

This app just began to gain recognition in Tanzania, it was mostly ignored by many individuals as it is not like Facebook and Instagram mainly because it is a business oriented application.

Whether you are a business owner or you are looking for employment, you will quickly discover that LinkedIn is extremely popular for every business aspect, and employment.

Personally using this app has given me the ability to connect with very popular business spoke persons and communicate with a variety of people and make influential friends from all over the world.

10. Taxify

Move over Uber, Tanzania now has a growing app that is mostly used for transportation and that is Taxify, Taxify has been coming up with cheap rides that anyone can afford.

In the beginning, I hesitated to use their services but now I am hooked, I normally like requesting for Bajaji or Taxify Bomba as their rates are very cheaper not to mention the discount I get just for being a loyal customer this makes the app cost-efficient and convenient.

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