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In brief: Your WhatsApp unsafe; unpaid Nira staff; new Bolt Uganda rates; Huawei ICT Academy in Uganda and more

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Good evening, SautiTech readers!

This is your Tuesday evening briefing through which you will learn about the latest developments in the tech world in and out of Uganda. The information presented below is gathered from different media outlets. We present it briefly so that you can get the full story from the original publisher by clicking on the blue links (this is so that the original publisher can also benefit from our audience).

WhatsApp hacked, update your app

WhatsApp, the messaging service that has more than 1.5 billion users across the globe, was compromised by a software sold by an Israel-based cyber company, putting multiple accounts of users at risk of being hacked.

Now, though the company has plugged the vulnerabilities, it has asked users to update their apps to avoid putting their privacy at risk.

Below is how you can update your WhatsApp if you didn’t do so today:

On an iPhone

— Open the App Store and select updates.

— Select “WhatsApp” and Update.

On an Android device

— Open the Play Store and tap on the 3 lines in the upper left corner.

— Select “My apps & games” from the menu.

— Select “WhatsApp” and select Update.

Read more about the WhatsApp hack here.

Nira accused of not paying workers

NIRA, the government agency charged with the registration of Ugandan nationals, has been accused of not paying its workers in the recently concluded national ID registration exercise.

In the 3 months that exercise was carried out, according to an NBS TV report, the workers who were conducting the registration exercise — were to get Shs30,000 per day and an undisclosed (in the report) allowance for transport. But the exercise ended this past Friday and the workers hadn’t received the funds.

NIRA, in a statement, said these workers were going to be paid by May 15, tomorrow. The Authority also poked holes in the report.

Microsoft rolls out $100m dev centers in Africa

Microsoft has committed more $100 million to the African innovation ecosystem by launching a Development Centre with offices in Kenya and Nigeria.

According to Forbes, 100 full-time engineers will be recruited by the end of 2019 and 500 by the end of 2023.

The technology giant will partner with local universities to improve talent in the tech and innovation space on the continent.

Read more here.

Huawei ICT Academy

Consumer electronics manufacturer Huawei has closed a deal with Makerere University to introduce an ICT Academy in Uganda.

The launch of the Academy, which will enhance skilling of students in ICT, was graced by ICT and National Guidance Minister Frank Tumwebaze.

At the event, Tumwebaze also flagged off 10 Makerere University students who will travel to China for Seed for the Future, a project funded by Huawei.

Bolt Uganda new rates

Bolt Uganda, formerly Taxify, has introduced 15% discounts on Boda Boda riders to add to the different promotions ride-hailing companies are currently offering.

This means, where you’ve been paying Shs2,000, you’ll now pay Shs1700.

SafeBoda gives a discount of 20% on cashless rides. You can also check out the offers of Uber and Dial Jack in the tweets below.

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