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ITNewsAfrica’s top ten stories of the week

July 6, 2013 • Top Stories

This week there has been a great deal of emphasis on consumer product and the rollout of devices by mobile service providers and technology retailers across Africa.

ITNewsAfrica's Top Ten Stories of the week. (Image source: news via Shutterstock.com)

There is a lot of interest in the activities of technology suppliers and impact on products and services.

At the same time, issues like cloud, business intelligence, security and big data remain prevalent in the news.

We have listed our top ten most read stories of the week.

We hope you enjoy!

1. Review: Canon EOS 6D

Users looking for a camera that can produce high quality photos without the need to engage complicated settings will not go wrong with Canon’s EOS 6D. The SLR will not make the user feel intimidated by its size, yet is has the heart and soul to make an amateur photographer seem like a professional.

2. BlackBerry Q5 launches in South Africa

On Monday 01 July BlackBerry announced that the new BlackBerry Q5 smartphone is expected to be available from authorized carriers and retailers in South Africa beginning in July. The all new BlackBerry Q5 smartphone features a QWERTY keyboard in a stunning, youthful design that is confident and makes it easy for customers to have fun, create, share and stay connected.

3. Review: Deadpool

The character of Deadpool is like the frat boy that everybody expects to pitch up at a party, uninvited with a case of beer and two girls hanging on his arms. He is the forgotten hero of the comic book world, but that is alright – as he will quickly remind you why he is the best.

4. Injustice: Gods Among Us DLC released

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has released the General Zod downloadable content (DLC) character for the DC Comics fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us.

5. South Africa: Cell C extends data promotions

Thanks to the popularity of Cell C’s data promotion, the company has decided to extend the promotional pricing of selected products. In April, Cell C introduced promotions with effective per MB rates of between 1c and 8c, and an out-of-bundle rate of 15c per MB. These promotional offers were due to expire at the end of June.

6. Africa: hard work – but worth it

Africa’s massive growth potential has not gone unnoticed by companies around the world. In many regions, thriving telecoms, technology, power, infrastructure and finance sectors are delivering exceptional growth for multinational investors. In fact, 70% of the world’s fastest-growing economies are in Africa. Naturally, scores of companies are looking to benefit from this growth. However, many early investors have also had their fingers burnt.

7. MTN SA, CSG International unite in routing solution rollout

MTN SA this week announced that the company has joined forces with CSG International, a leading global provider of software- and services-based business support solutions, to bring optimized routing solutions to the South African market for the very first time. The new offering helps clients generate revenue and maximize customer relationships.

8. HP to re-enter the smartphone market

Technology manufacturer HP is best known for producing laptops, tablets and other computer peripherals, but other than a disastrous Palm launch, the company has steered clear of smartphones.

9. Epsilon connects Angola Cables across Europe

Epsilon Telecommunications, a global telecoms network exchange, has signed an agreement with Angola Cables, an Angolan telecommunications provider dedicated to international wholesale and the submarine fibre market, to deliver international connectivity across Europe.

10. Cloud taking big data analytics to new heights

ICT industry experts agree that big data is a reality and that big data analytics could be used strategically to reinforce business operations across Africa, particularly in terms of customer services and marketing. Being able to analyse data and use this insight proactively could result in a competitive advantage.

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Chris Tredger, Online Editor

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