This week ITNewsAfrica’s Charlie Fripp is attending Acer’s Global Product review in New York and we encourage readers to check the website to review the latest news on Ace’r's product and technology.
Given the increased interest in the take up of mobile money and related technology across Africa, we have also explored the growth of this space across the continent and solicited comment from industry analysts about the dynamics involved.
We have compiled a list of stories, from across the continent, that have grabbed the attention of readers this week. From interviews to company announcements to features, it has been a busy week for Africa’s ICT sector.
These have been listed in order of the level of interest by readers measured by the number of hits generated. These stories have also featured on ITNewsAfrica’s ‘most read’ feature.
Africa is filled with innovative solutions, from making life just a little bit easier in rural areas, to actually saving lives in the most dire of situations through science. While Africa is slowly catching up to the technological marvels of Westerns nations, there is definitely no shortage of creative and aspiring minds on the continent. ITNewsAfrica has reviewed some of the innovations and inventions that have been developed on home soil.
As Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is about to hit the African market, a number of mobile operator have announced their pricing structures ahead of the release to consumers. The Galaxy S4 runs the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS and has a 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen, 13MP Auto Focus camera with Flash, 3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps), 2GB RAM, 1.6GHz Quad + 1.2GHz Quad and 32GB Memory and microSD card (up to 64GB).
Horror fans will soon be able to get a taste of Resident Evil Revelations with the upcoming release of a downloadable demo for Xbox LIVE, PSN, Nintendo eShop and Steam. Exact release dates to be confirmed shortly
Gamers can now take advantage of a special arrangement between Kaspersky Lab and Blizzard Entertainment. The two companies are working together to offer a software bundle that includes Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 (KIS) and World of Warcraft, the world’s number one subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game – both for the regular KIS 2013 retail price of R399.00 (for 1 user). This package is available from major retail chains in South Africa.
The East African Business Week reports that the Bharti Airtel takeover of Warid Telecom has been met with mixed response from Warid customers. There is reportedly concern amongst customers about maintaining numbers and missing out on products available on the Warid network.
The latest iteration of Microsoft Office for the small enterprise, Microsoft Office 365 for small business, is according to value-added distributor Comztek, fast levelling the playing field in applications as a service and cloud computing.
With the pervasive power of mobile technology, continuous rollout of solutions and undeniable influence of broadband connectivity in commerce, it is unsurprising that the finance sector has emerged as a strong example of just how far technology has transformed traditional processes and procedures. Today, the convergence of mobile technology and personal finance has resulted in the high-growth industry that is mobile money service – and Africa, it seems, has taken to the technology and concept rather well.
Blizzard has announced that select retailers around the world have now begun taking preorders for the upcoming PlayStation 3 system version of Diablo III. Fully reimagined for couch-based gaming, Diablo III for PS3 will go on sale later this year for a suggested retail price of €59.99. Further release details, including region-specific availability, will be announced at a later date
Nigerian-based mobile operator Globacom has started an upgrading drive of its current network, and announced that they have signed a $750m contract with Chinese ICT solutions provider Huawei Technologies
Alcatel-Lucent and the West Africa Cable System (WACS) consortium have signed a contract for the maintenance of more than 9,000km of the WACS system linking Africa to Portugal. In commercial service since May 2012, WACS interconnects 13 African countries, unleashing a new wave of broadband capacity on the continent and enhancing international connectivity.
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Chris Tredger, Online Editor