Top 20 Tech Stories of 2015

December 11, 2015 • East Africa, Enterprise, Lists, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West Africa

Top tech news 2015

Top tech news 2015.

2015 has been a great year for the technology sector within Africa, as well as across the globe. This year alone we IT News Africa had listed the Top 10 Richest countries in Africa as well as revealed some of the top most innovative companies in Africa.

IT News Africa also revealed Africa’s leading women in tech for 2015. The list included included the likes of Yasmin Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei who are the co-founders of She Leads Africa. Additionally, the list paid tribute to Annette Muller who is the founder of DotNxt and Stella Rotich who is a graduate from the University of Eldoret.

Also making the top headlines in 2015 were the top 10 security trends for 2015, which can be found below. The team at IT News Africa wishes all our distinguished reader’s a merry Christmas as well as a happy and prosperous New Year. The top stories for 2015 can be found below:

Top 10 richest countries in Africa rated
Africa is home to some of the richest countries in the world, in part due to its oil-rich soil and human capital. With GDPs going up as high as $594.257 Billion.

According to statistics provided by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), these are currently, according to the figures provided at the time, the Top 10 richest countries in Africa. View the Top 10 list here.

Ranked: Top 10 most innovative companies in Africa
Africa is full of innovation. Whether it is a startup, or a multinational company, Africa is bursting with potential when it comes to innovation in the fields of technology, applications, education and the ICT sector. According to, the latest list of the top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Africa has been revealed. View the Top 10 list here.

Top 10 Cyber Security Trends for 2015
Paladion Networks has highlighted the top 10 cyber security trends that will impact global digital security in 2015, and beyond. These trends can have long-term impact on the enterprises in Middle East and Africa. Find out what the 2015 trends were here.

Nigeria: Top 10 most viewed YouTube music videos of all time
With connectivity on the rise in Nigeria, Google Nigeria has released the top 10 most watched YouTube music videos in order to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of YouTube. The top 10 most viewed YouTube music videos can be viewed here.

Windows 10: Top voice commands to use with Cortana
Windows 10 has been released, and along with it users will find a new digital personal assistant application, which has been dubbed “Cortana.”

The application is essentially controlled by voice commands and allows you to check the weather forecast, latest news, traffic as well as perform other tasks. Get all the top voice commands here.

Africa’s leading women in tech 2015
On 9 August 1956, more than 20 000[South African women of all races staged a march on the Union Buildings in protest against the proposed amendments to the Urban Areas Act of 1950, commonly referred to as the “pass laws”. The march was led by Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophia Williams. To celebrate, IT News Africa has listed Africa’s Leading Women in Tech for 2015. View the full list here.

Top mobile apps made in Africa
In Africa, the mobile phone plays a crucial role. Not only do Africans use their device’s to call, send text messages, or connect to the internet… but they also use their device’s to access mobile money services as well as locate healthcare facilities. Get all the apps here.

Study reveals African mobile phone usage stats
A survey of mobile phone usage in five African countries has delivered startling findings on the rise of Internet access via phones, the potential demise of Nokia and the continued appeal of BlackBerry.

The Mobile Africa 2015 study, conducted by mobile surveying company GeoPoll and World Wide Worx, surveyed 3 500 mobile phone users in five of Africa’s major markets, namely South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Uganda. Read the study here.

Study reveals that E-commerce is on the rise in South Africa
A study conducted in South Africa by global market research company Ipsos, on behalf of PayPal and FNB, has revealed a growing interest by South African internet users to shop online. The study reveals that 22 percent of South African internet users have said they have made purchases online, and 48 percent expect to do so in the future. Read the study here.

Mobile Money operations ruled as illegal in Uganda
Mobile Money has become an extremely popular service within Africa; However, the service has taken a heavy blow and been declared illegal within the borders of Uganda. Read the full story here.

New WhatsApp scam on the warpath
As Africa is becoming more mobile focused, connecting via social media platforms such as WhatsApp, BBM, Facebook and Twitter is becoming more of a necessity. We, as Africans, use these platforms daily to not only converse with our peers, but to also conduct business, advertise brands as well as publish and share breaking news articles. Read More.

PlayStation Plus Free Game Lineup May 2015
The PlayStation Plus Free Game Lineup for May 2015 has been revealed. This month, PlayStation has offered up the likes of Ether One on the PlayStation 4 as well as Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition. Read the Top lineup for 2015.

Whatsapp makes a move to PC
Popular messaging service “WhatsApp” made its way to PC browsers across the African continent in 2015. The reveal was made public by the firm’s CEO Jan Koum – on the company’s Facebook page. Read the full story here.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Tactical Abilities Overview
Call of Duty: Black Ops III is most certainly a game to pickup in 2015/2016. Developer Treyarch and publisher Activision had released a video that covers the various tactical abilities featured throughout the game. These included live grenade warnings, enhanced vision, locating heavy fire areas, and deciphering enemy types. Watch the video here.

Top 5 reasons why you should be playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
With a large amount of lasting appeal and a visually stunning world to explore, click here to view the top 5 reasons why you should be playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Taking a closer look at Apple’s new Macbook
According to Apple, the new MacBook delivers a full-size experience in the lightest and most compact Mac notebook ever. The company stated that, every element, from the new keyboard and Force Touch trackpad to the 12-inch Retina display, USB-C port, battery and logic board, has been completely re-imagined to make it not only thinner, but also better. Read More.

Kenya: Orange launches Kaduda dual SIM handset
In 2015 Orange Kenya had launched an entry level dual SIM handset, which had been dubbed “Kaduda.” According to Orange, the device features a 1.3MP camera, Bluetooth, micro SD slot, and is also data-enabled. The device is set to retail at KES 999. It will have one of the SIMs locked to Orange, with the second open to other networks. Find out more about it here.

Star Wars Battlefront – Gameplay Launch Trailer
In 2015 Star Wars Battlefront was released… and along with it, a launch trailer that prepared players to be transported to a galaxy far, far away and fight in epic multiplayer battles and intense Missions on Hoth, Endor, Tatooine and the previously unexplored planet, Sullust. Watch the epic trailer here.

Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab S2
In 2015 Samsung South Africa had revealed the global launch of the Galaxy Tab S2. According to the company, the latest Galaxy Tablet has been optimised for reading and viewing any type of digital content. Find out more about the device here.

Huawei unveils P8 smartphone in South Africa
In 2015 Huawei unveiled its latest device, the P8 Smartphone. According to the company, Johannesburg is the latest stop in a worldwide tour that has included stops in Bangkok, Singapore, New York and London. Find out more here.

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