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MEA Governments Reeling Under Pressure over ’3rd Platform’ Technologies- IDC
Thursday, August 21st, 2014

A new research from International Data Corporation (IDC) shows that Middle East and African (MEA) government organizations are increasingly grappling with the need to gain executive-level support and funding for technology investments amid increasing end-user expectations and service delivery requirements. "MEA government IT departments are increasingly being asked not only to ‘do more with less’ but also to ‘do new with less'," ...  [Read more]

Google to Launch  YouTube and Gmail for Minors
Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Technology giant, Google, is reportedly planning to introduce Gmail and YouTube versions made specifically for children below the age of 13. According to reports, the firm’s executives are sensitive to the fact that most parents are cautious about allowing their children access YouTube due to fears that they will be faced with expletive-laden comments or X-rated pop videos. According to a report given by the Wall Street Journal, a new ...  [Read more]

B&N, Samsung Launch Co-branded Tablet
Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Digital media retailer, Barnes & Noble and tech giants, Samsung have unveiled a new co-branded tablet called the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook that will replace B&N's own Nook tablets. The 18cm (7-inch) tablet will sell for $179 after a $20 instant rebate, the same entry price of the non-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. The move had been expected, since Barnes & Noble said in June it would team up with Samsung to develop Nook ...  [Read more]

Airtel Signs Partnership Agreement with Tramigo in Congo
Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Vehicle tracking service firm, Tramigo, has signed a partnership agreement with Airtel for its Congo Brazzaville operations. The partnership is intended to offer real time vehicle tracking to Airtel Congo Brazzaville customers. Designed in Finland with over ten years and four product generations worth of experience in vehicle tracking from every continent in the world, Tramigo believes it is tracker made from the highest quality ...  [Read more]

Airtel Ghana Engages Media on Data Services in Kumasi
Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Leading telecommunication service provider, Airtel, has engaged the media in the Ashanti Region on its data services and operations through the nationwide educational tour dubbed “Knowledge Series on Network and Data”. The event which took place in “Osei Krom’ Kumasi,  the capital city of the Ashanti Region was undertaken to provide journalists with the needed information to make informed choices on managing their mobile data ...  [Read more]

Unitel Angola Valued at $7bn as Brazil’s Oi Prepares to Merge with Portugal Telecom
Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Angola’s leading telco, Unitel, has been valued at USD7 billion, and Portugal Telecom’s (PT’s) minority stake at $1.31 billion, according to a report released by Brazilian operator Oi, which is in the process of merging with PT. Oi noted that the Angolan asset is being prepared for sale (while recent Portuguese newspaper reports claimed that Oi/PT are in negotiations with unnamed parties on how to divest the Unitel shareholding). PT ...  [Read more]

Sony’s Patnership Boosts Jumia Egypt’s Sales by 15 percent
Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Leading African online store, Jumia, has sealed a partnership deal with Sony on its Egyptian website. According to the company, Sony’s online store on Jumia has increased as well as boosted its sales in Egypt by 15% after its launch two months ago. Mattia Perroni, CEO of Jumia Egypt, stated, “Jumia has benefited from the shift in consumer buying behavior and has worked on delivering a highly efficient service for both consumers and ...  [Read more]

SA’s Takealot Revamps Mobile Store
Thursday, August 21st, 2014

South African online store, Takealot has announced the launch of its new mobile website. According to Takealot, the mobile site features a redesigned user interface and an improved user experience. Speaking on the redesigned mobile website, Takealot, CO-CEO Willem Van Biljon, said, “We are a customer obsessed company and our new mobile website significantly raises the bar of our user’s experience on web. We focused on two key areas ...  [Read more]

SA Gets First Bitcoin Vending Machine in Africa
Thursday, August 21st, 2014

South Africa has installed its first Bitcoin vending machine, making it the first African country to do so. The vending machine gives users the ability to receive Bitcoin in exchange for rand. The Bitcoin vending machine is located in Kyalami, north of Johannesburg at a business center called Metroman, which opened on June 1, 2014. Rolf Deppe and his business partner, Monre Botes decided in February to bring a Bitcoin vending machine ...  [Read more]

Rwanda Set to Host  AMPION Venture Bus East Africa Conference
Thursday, August 21st, 2014

This year’s AMPION Venture Bus conference will be held in Kigali Rwanda on October 19 this year bringing together (ICT) entrepreneurs, developers to network with the region’s best ICT brains. At the conference entrepreneurs will also get the opportunity to pitch in front of investors. The conference will mark the culmination of the inaugural AMPION ICT bus tour that will start in Dar es Salaam on October 11 and go through the other ...  [Read more]

Lenovo’s Yoga Tablet Now Available in Nigeria
Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Smartphone manufacturer, Lenovo, has announced the introduction of its YOGA Tablet 10 HD+ device to the Nigerian market. According to the firm, the device is available at Microstation outlets and Slots in Nigeria. The multimode Android, available in silver and gold has an incredible battery that lasts for 18 hours. It is also infused with the most recent technologies, which include a Full HD screen, sharp high-resolution camera as well as ...  [Read more]

Kirusa Acquires Ghana’s Saya Mobile
Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Leading mobile social media and value added service provider in Africa, Kirusa, has acquired Ghanaian instant messaging (IM) app provider, Saya Mobile, which provides services specifically for African consumers. The deal means, Kirusa has acquired the technology, intellectual property and workforce of Saya, which will now be working on Kirusa’s mobile applications. “Africa remains a top priority for our business. While there has been ...  [Read more]

Airtel Africa Partners VeriFone to Drive Mobile Money Evolution in Africa
Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Leading telecoms operator, Bharti Airtel, has inked an agreement with VeriFone Mobile Money to offer VeriFone Mobile Money’s merchant enablement applications for mobile ‘Tap n Pay’ across its 17 operating countries in Africa. According to the company, VeriFone Mobile Money’s Tap n Pay applications are a smart, secure and fast way for customers to pay, buy, bank and remit money with their mobile phone at the point of sale. “Airtel ...  [Read more]