Muni University to host the Inaugural Uganda-Germany Investment Symposium; by Atwine Jasmine

MUNI University in Arua City, West Nile will host the Inaugural Uganda-Germany Investment Symposium from 24th to 26th July 2019 under the theme “Transformation of Africa’s Upper Nile Valley through Pan African Peace Building & Holistic Development”

The UGIS offers a strategic window of opportunity for regional integration. The primary objective of the Symposium is to rebrand Africa’s Upper Nile Valley from an area known for the vicious cycle of conflict, forced migration to a virtuous cycle of peace building, flourishing cross border trade, investment and infrastructure development. This vision for this region aligns with Uganda’s Vision 2040 and AU Agenda 2063.

The UGIS 2019 is the ultimate investment symposium to experience a comprehensive display of national and international companies, high-level government officials, business leaders, from various African nations under one roof. The summit delegates and speakers will be unparalleled in their level of seniority, relevance and influence. 

The highly-focused gathering provides the ideal platform to meet directly with Investment Promotion Agencies from Africa’s Upper Nile countries whose purpose is to attract inward investment to their respective countries, regions or cities and also Trade Promotion Organizations from the same whose purpose is to promote external trade to their respective country, region or city.

The West Nile Symposium is the first of its kind that will draw entrepreneurs, academia and investors from across the spectrum to the West Nile region with the aim of shining the spotlight on West Nile and the entire Upper Nile Valley of Africa which takes in North Eastern DR Congo, South Sudan and Central African Republic

Facebook introduces Avatars; by Nabitali Victoria Bbosa

The need for humans to expressively represent themselves on the internet is only growing as we shift from text-based to image-based communication. Whether for privacy, creativity, or convenience, there’s a wide range of use cases for having a parallel virtual likeness.

It could protect the user’s real face from needless exposure to the rougher sides of the web. Facebook now has the foundation of a digital identity layer that could travel with users alongside the data, personalizing every online interaction.

Facebook’s new Avatars feature lets you customize a virtual lookalike of yourself for use as stickers in chat and comments. Once you personalize your Avatar’s face, hair, and clothes, they’ll star in a range of frequently updated stickers conveying common emotions and phrases. From Likes to Reactions to Avatars, you could see this as the natural progression of self-expression on Faceboo.

Facebook Avatars launched one month ago in Australia for use in Messenger and News Feed comments before coming to the rest of the world in late 2019 or early 2020.

The feature could make Facebook feel more fun, youthful, and visually communicative.  Avatars could still become a popular way to add some flare to replies without resorting to cookie-cutter emoticons or cliche GIFs.

There’s been a ton of work put into this; from the product and design perspective to find out, with how many people on Facebook, how to make this as representative as possible. Facebook Avatars communication manager Jimmy Raimo says, Avatars will be offering religious clothing like hijabs , rainbow of skin colors and hair styles. Facebook didn’t want any demographic left out, they are  a bit more realistic so they can be the users’ personal avatar.

MTN Uganda To Reward Customers in a Mobile Money promotion “MTN MoMo Nyabo Neera”  by Tusiime Edward 

The second season of “MTN MoMo Nyabo,” promotion is aimed at appreciating and rewarding customers for their continued support and loyalty towards the Country’s biggest company.

The prizes and items to be won in the 8-Week long promotion include 24 brand new Toyota Wishes, 32 Motor cycles, 160 Mtn Kamunye smart phones and instant Mobile Money among others.

While officiating the MTN MoMo Nyabo promotion launch at Brovad Hotel in Masaka, the Ag. GM  Risk & Compliance of MTN Uganda, Samuel Gitta, said, “Due to the overwhelming support from its customers, MTN is the largest telecom company in Uganda and its due incumbent upon us to give back to them, thank them for making us who we are.”

He added,” This will be a double win for our customers. First of all, they will be sending Money at half price and in the process; they will be entered into a draw to win one of the exciting prizes. All our customers will therefore be winners.”

To participate,  one needs to send money by dialing *165*1# to win many prizes and instant Mobile Money among others. Launched in 2009, MTN Mobile money was greatly used as a send and receive platform and was considered as a mechanism by the Company to phase out scratch cards, but has now made customer’s lives easy and simple as they get to send &receive Money and make numerous payments such as utility bills; TV, Yaka, NSSF, URA, School fees and NWSC among others at the convenience of one’s sitting room. 

Recently, the Company slashed mobile money sending rates by more than a half of the normal rates, a reward only MTN customers enjoy Country wide. MTN Uganda has over the years supported technological innovations and developments. Being the biggest Mobile Money service in Uganda, the company has since 2009, been at the forefront of financial inclusion and tax compliant in the Country.

It has over the years helped in improving people’s standards of living and mostly with emphasis in Education and the Health sectors under its MTN Care and Global Leadership Gathering (GLG) among others.

Customers are cautioned to be aware of fraudsters during this period as winners will be contacted by only 0393002010.They are also encouraged to keep their MTN numbers on so as to be in the look out in case they win. The weekly draws will be aired on Bukedde and NBS TV.

Instagram announced on its press site recently  that the company is testing out new user profile layouts. “Over the next several weeks, you may see features re-arranged at the top of your profile including changes to icons, buttons and the way you navigate between tabs,” the blog post explains. Your photo grids will be safe, though, so you can breathe easy.

Examples of potential changes can be seen above. The most notable part of the redesign is that follower counts appear to be de-emphasized, as they’re no longer at the top of your profile and are in a much smaller font. Twitter recently made a similar change to its iOS as the company thinks about how to prioritize “meaningful” conversation on the platform rather than focusing on numbers. Instagram is no doubt thinking about authenticity on its platform as well, as the company also recently started cracking down on fake followers, comments, and likes.

The “Follow” and “Message” buttons sit next to each other, and you would be able to see your mutual followers when you tap on a user’s Following tab. The grid, posts, and tagged photos icons are now written out, and it appears IGTV might be getting its own tab. For business accounts, there’s a Shop tab, in addition to buttons like “Directions,” “Call,” and “Start Order.”

Instagram says it’s working on these changes, and will be testing out different combinations in phases over the next few weeks. The company says it’ll keep experimenting with profiles based on