Scotiabank and Visa team up on regional digital payments project

Scotiabank and Visa have announced the signing of a seven-year agreement to support the development of innovative payment solutions and enhancing the customer experience for Visa cardholders in Central America and the Caribbean.

According to an official statement, the relationship will leverage Visa’s technology solutions and know-how to support Scotiabank’s digital transformation across different markets in Central America and the Caribbean.

Facebook to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger

While all three will remain stand-alone apps, at a much deeper level they will be linked so messages can travel between the different services.

Facebook told the BBC it was at the start of a "long process".

The plan was first reported in the New York Times and is believed to be a personal project of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Once complete, the merger would mean that a Facebook user could communicate directly with someone who only has a WhatsApp account.

This is currently impossible as the applications have no common core.

Bmobile displays robot to girls of three Laventille schools to celebrate International Girls in ICT Day

Sixty girls from the Russell Latapy, Success/Laventille and Morvant/Laventille Secondary Schools got a special treat from Bmobile when they met and interacted with Sheldon, a talking beam or robot. 

The occasion was the launch of the Information Communications Technology (ICT) Event and Mini Expo hosted by CANTO and the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad & Tobago (TATT) at TATT's head office in Barataria on April 26th. 

Report places T&T as 3rd best-improved country for mobile download speeds

The report on mobile download speeds around the world, shows Trinidad and Tobago as the country with the third best improvements in download speeds in the last year.

The latest Speedtest Global Index report comes from Ookla, a Washington State-headquartered broadband testing, network diagnostic applications and data company.

It reports that mobile download speeds achieved in Laos were increased by 249.5 percent, the best improvement of any country on earth.

Technology: Twitter doubles tweets to 280 characters

Twitter’s trial of a 280-character limit has been expanded to users globally, the social media site has announced.

The company announced an experiment in September to test the larger character limit to help users reduce “cramming” and better express themselves on the site.

Now the expanded limit will be rolled out to users in all languages except Chinese, Japanese and Korean - languages where cramming in tweets is not an issue, the company said.

Huawei sends UTT students to China

From October 31st to November 16th, four students of the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) will visit Huawei’s headquarters in China to train in the latest in ICT.

The Fortune 500 company says it aims to share knowledge and expertise with the next generation of ICT and telecoms students and develop the top talent in T&T to ready them for the digital transformation.

Technology: Facebook's profit soars, closing in on 2 billion monthly users

Facebook on Wednesday reported that its quarterly profit surged as its ranks of monthly users closed in on two billion, but warned of rising expenses and slowing revenue growth.

The leading social network said it made a profit of $3.06 billion on $8.03 billion in revenue in the first three months of this year, posting increases of 76 percent and 49 percent, respectively, compared to the same period last year.

Meanwhile, the number of people using Facebook monthly increased 17 percent to 1.94 billion, according to the earnings report.

Technology: Facebook to hire 3,000 people around the world to monitor posts for violence

Facebook Inc. will hire 3,000 people around the world to monitor videos and posts for violent or criminal acts, and potentially prevent tragedies from occurring.

The social-media site has faced calls to do more, and respond faster, after a murder and a suicide were recently shown live. The new employees, who will be added over the next year, will join 4,500 people already on Facebook’s content moderation force.

Technology: WhatsApp goes down worldwide

WhatsApp has gone down across the world causing problems for thousands of users as the message service crashes.

People across the world are reporting the app has crashed – with thousands taking to social media to complain about the outage.

According to website, outages are impacting users in Europe, South America, Africa and the US.

The service also has a recorder for people to report problems with the app – with thousands flagging up issues within the past few minutes.