IT News Africa: Top Stories of the Week

August 15, 2014 • Top Stories

IT News Africa

Top stories from IT News Africa. (Image Source: Darryl Linington).

This week in technology has been a rather busy one. Not only was Google Glass announced in South Africa, but it also came with a price tag that was just as newsworthy. Also making headlines this week, Vodacom Business is now set to cater for SMBs with its latest LTE offering.

Samsung also made the headlines this week as the company recently launched a solar-powered internet school in Ghana. Also making waves this week, the Nigerian Government is set to terminate over 12 Million counterfeit mobile devices across the country.

Additionally, Africa made its voice heard over Twitter. Thousands of Africans took to Social Media to express their thoughts, feelings, and opinons on the recent passing of American actor and comedian Robin Williams.

May your weekend be filled with great experiences.


Google Glass lands in SA with R26,999 price tag
Takealot has revealed that it is the first online store in South Africa to stock Google’s controversial specs, Google Glass. According to the website, Google Glass will retail at a staggering R26,999 ($2,557 USD). Read More.

Africa bids farewell to Robin Williams via Social Media

American actor Robin Williams was found dead on Monday 11th August at his home in Northern California. According to authorities the death was an apparent suicide.

Williams, who was 63 at the time of his death, starred in a vast variety of films which aired on multiple stations across the continent. Read More.

Vodacom to cater for SMBs with LTE offering
Vodacom Business has recently extended its Long Term Evolution (LTE) offering to cater for small businesses with Vodacom Broadband Connect LTE. Read More.

Samsung launches solar-powered internet school
Samsung has launched a solar-powered internet school. The move is part of Samsung’s citizenship programme, which seeks to bring educational content and classrooms to towns based in rural areas. Read More.

MTN launches prepaid LTE SIM cards
MTN South Africa has launched LTE pay as you go SIM cards for its prepaid customers. The move has been designed to give customers access to high-speed internet access that is ideal for a range of applications including online gaming, high definition television, and video conferencing. According to MTN, customers can now enjoy doing the things they love doing online faster. Read More.

Jovago & SimplePay ink online booking partnership
Jovago has signed a partnership with SimplePay, a web and mobile financial services company based in Abuja. The partnership will enable Jovago customers pay for their hotel booking through the SimplePay mobile application. Read More.

TTCL upgrading network in 202 villages
Tanzania Telecommunications Company (TTCL) has revealed that is expecting to invest over USD 6 million in order to upgrade telecom equipment for over 300,000 people living in 202 villages. The project is expected to commence soon and will cover 16 regions in Tanzania. Read More.

Telecom Namibia set to fix WACS undersea cable
Telecom Namibia has revealed that it will commence the repair of the West Africa Cable System (WACS), which is off Namibia’s coast, on 16 August 2014. Read More.


Infrastructure & connectivity key to Africa’s smart cities
Globally, the pressure is on for cities to become ‘smart’. There is a strong need to invest in information communication technology (ICT) and socio-economic development, while still effectively managing budgets and scarce natural resources. All of this, with the intention to provide quality working and living conditions for citizens. The essence of the cities of the future however, lies in their infrastructure. Read More.

Does SSL enable surveillance?
Millennials grew up with the internet and expect the internet to be there all the time. In addition to this, they expect all of their activity online to be secured and private and they commonly use encryption protocols like secure socket layers (SSL) to ward off prying eyes. Read More.

Top List

10 Must have Gadgets & Gear when travelling in Africa
Africa has a variety of beautiful go to destinations to visit. These include the beautiful Masai Mara in Kenya, which is home to some of Africa’s most popular wildlife. There is also nothing like viewing the spectacle that is Victoria Falls located near the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. for those who seek adventure, Africa is also home to Mount Kilimanjaro Africa’s highest peak. Mount Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania, and stands at an impressive 19,340 feet (5896m). Read More.

Top Feature

Top execs weigh in on the future of technology
Technology is evolving at a rapid rate across Africa. However, with Big Data, Cloud Technology and Enterprise Mobility making its mark across Africa, a few simply questions still remain unanswered – what does the future hold and where do we go to next?

Hamilton Ratshefola (IBM), Cobus Burgers (NETCB), Dr Brian Armstrong (Telkom), and Mark McChlery (Seartec) weigh in on what the future of technology holds in Africa. Read More.

Gadgets and Gaming

TomTom launches Runner Cardio GPS sport watch
TomTom has launched the Runner Cardio GPS sport watch. Tom Tom also revealed that the device has been equipped with built-in Heart Rate Monitor, eliminating the need for a separate chest strap. Read More.

Review: The Last of Us Remastered
Back in 2013, The Last of Us graced PlayStation 3 consoles worldwide. Step into 2014, and one of gaming’s most talked about titles has made its way to the PlayStation 4. However, is The Last of Us Remastered just a feeble attempt to port this wondrous title to the PlayStation 4? Or has Naughty Dog simply polished it to perfection? Well, it’s time to find out. Read More.

Review: Huawei Ascend P7 smartphone
Over the past few months we have seen smartphones and devices popping out of the woodwork left, right, and center. One of the latest devices to pop out of the woodwork is the Huawei Ascend P7 smartphone. While the Huawei Ascend P7 smartphone most definitely looks sleek and stylish on the outside… it is also what’s on the inside that counts. Read More.

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