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IT News Africa: top stories of the week

July 11, 2014 • Top Stories

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IT News Africa weekly news wrap-up. (Image Source: Darryl Linington)

Yet another week has flown by in the world of tech; however, it has been an extremely busy one. In this week’s top stories we see Telkom rejecting allegations that race will result in retrenchments. FNB also graced the headlines this week as the company’s online services were crippled by apparent duplicate transactions.

While we all tend to use our mobile devices for almost everything and anything, Samsung suffered a R380 Million loss as its Brazil based plant was hit in what could only be described as a movie style heist.

News

Telkom rejects allegations that race will result in retrenchment
Trade union Solidarity and the South African Communications Union (Sacu) launched a campaign against Telkom, accusing the group of attempting to carry out large-scale retrenchments where race was to be used as a criteria. Read More.

MTN unveils another first for Africa
MTN has reaffirmed its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint by unveiling Africa’s first Concentrating Solar Cooling System that will power its energy-hungry data centres. Read More.

Could Zim become Africa’s first cashless economy?
Strive Masiyiwa, founder and chairman of Econet Wireless, wants to turn the company’s mobile wallet technology, known as EcoCash, into Zimbabwe’s primary method of payment. Read More.

FNB services crippled by duplicate transactions
During the course of Saturday 5 July 2014, First National Bank customers could not access a majority of functions made available by the bank. Read More.

Wi-Fi paving the way for E-learning
According to research conducted by Ambient Insight, South Africa is said to be one of the most dynamic e-Learning markets in Africa, where over the last two years, many countries across Africa have embarked on new initiatives to integrate learning technology into education and training. Read More.

Zambia focusing on protecting youth online
The drafting process of Zambia’s national child online protection strategy has commenced. The strategy, put together by the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA), is expected to avoid exposing youths to dangerous and potentially harmful websites. Read More.

Liquid Telecom seals Far South Networks distribution deal
Liquid Telecom has recently partnered with Far South Networks in order to form a distribution agreement to resell its products. Read More.

Kaspersky Lab: Connected cars a reality, but are they secure?
Connected vehicles are now a reality; however, what are the risks involved when owning one? Privacy, software updates and car-oriented mobile apps in connected cars are three areas where cyber criminals could potentially launch attacks. Read More.

Samsung suffers R380 Million loss in Brazil heist
The Samsung plant, located in Brazil, was hit hard in one of the largest tech heists to date. According to reports, more than 40,000 smartphones, tablet devices, laptops and electronic devices were stolen. Read More.

Could Yookos be Africa’s next Facebook?
Facebook is growing at an exponential rate, along with the likes of Twitter. However, a new social media platform has arisen, and has set its sights on Africa. Yookos is a social networking site that allows users to meet friends online, play online games and keep up to date with the latest news from around the world. Read More.

Opinion

Using social media in a crisis: 7 best practices
There’s a gas explosion at your main manufacturing plant: lives are at risk and production is likely to be affected…. Your call centre has been hit by an outbreak of food poisoning after a team party and is running at 20 percent capacity… Your products are contaminated and you need to perform a large scale product recall. Read More.

SMS outpaces other direct channels
The relatively low penetration of smartphones in Africa, paired with high data costs, means that the humble SMS remains the best way for organisations to reach a mass market with targeted marketing messages, alerts, statements, and other information. Read More.

Gadgets & Gaming

Review: Canon Speedlite 320EX
The Canon Speedlite 320EX is one flash that has always caught my attention. While Canon has always supplied a great range of accessories and tools for the modern day photographer… does the 320EX fall inline with the rest of Canon’s quality products? Read More.

Top 10 Games Made in Africa
Africa is full of talented mobile app and game developers, which means that you don’t entirely have to reach out to international developers every time you are looking for something new. While some developers may be unknown to some, others have sky rocketed to success with some of their titles. Read More.

Darryl Linington

 

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