IT News Africa’s editorial team proudly provides a list of the best read stories of 2013.
Key events that helped to shape the year have clearly not gone unnoticed. In addition to the anticipated release of products and gadgets (particularly Samsung), major news like the arrest of Oscar Pistorius and the Zimbabwe Elections kept readers’ attention on Africa.
These are the most popular stories of 2013, listed by headline.
The Alien franchise is one of the most-loved sci-fi creations, so much so that it spawned about seven films that focus on the Alien breed. Hollywood is no stranger to turning a film franchise into a gaming franchise – and Aliens is no exception
As the Zimbabwean elections drew to a close and vote counting started across the Southern African nation, voters and citizens waited with baited breath for the results to be made known. A number of online resources were established and availed themselves for users to stay on top of the latest news and view the election results as they were announced
While developer Naughty Dog is revelling in all the praise that has been heaped on their latest title The Last of Us (read our review here), fans will have to wait for some time before the company rolls out the planned Downloadable Content (DLC).
Samsung released their Galaxy S4 smartphone late last month and given that users are still in the process of exploring how the device works and discovering new functionalities, we have compiled a list of tips and tricks that will improve the experience for users.
If there is one thing that is different to the 2008 Zimbabwean elections, it is that the 2013 elections has a new ‘candidate’. His name is Baba Jukwa. The anonymous social media icon and commentator, portrayed as a cartoon of an old man and coined ‘the Julian Assange of Zimbabwe’, has attracted the world’s attention.
In the early hours of 14 February 2013, South Africans were rudely awakened by the buzz of non-stop online chatter. It was around the same time when most people were making their way to work, or pouring their first cup of coffee.
Undersea cable provider Seacom has experienced a number of cable cuts off the northern coast of Egypt, which affected internet connectivity in Africa, Middle East and Asia, the company said in a statement.
With the arrival of Samsung’s Galaxy S4, a number of mobile operators acrossed Africa 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).
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. IT News Africa took a look at some of the innovations and inventions that have been developed on home soil.
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Chris Tredger – Online Editor