2017 proved to be another year where the rate of technological disruption increased, yet again, as major headlines all around Africa and the rest of the world were dominated by tech-related stories.
Data prices and deals gained a lot of attention in South Africa as the #datamustfall campaign raged on.
While stories of Bitcoin dominated headlines around the world, in Nigeria the government was quick to come out and warn Nigerians of the potential dangers. Also making headlines in the West African country was the poor health of the President, Muhammadu Buhari, who spent an extended period of time in England receiving treatment. This grabbed the attention and imagination of many Nigerians who often took to social media to express their opinions.
This year the team at IT News Africa again produced compelling features such as; 15 Best Countries for Business in Africa. In gadgets and gaming in 2017, the launch of the Huawei P10 and Moto Z2 peaked the interest of many Africans, so naturally, we reviewed them for you.
From all of us at IT News Africa, have a great festive period. The most read stories of 2017 can be found below.
MTN slashes out-of-bundle and data prices
On Thursday 30 November 2017, South African telecommunications company, MTN, announced two major developments which according to the company addresses the data price problem in South Africa. Read More.
MTN and 16 SA firms warned to vacate Nigeria
Nigerian militant groups on Wednesday, threatened to bomb South African companies in retaliation for the Xenophobic attacks that have occurred in Johannesburg and Pretoria over the past couple of weeks. Nigeria Communications Week reports that Niger Delta militants have given South African firms a month to vacate the country. Read More.
The Death of 3D TV’s
The year is 2009, and all anyone can talk about is… 3D entertainment. The movie Avatar is the biggest movie of the year, 3D entertainment is all the rage and everyone is spending their hard earned cash to bring that experience into their homes. Read More.
MTN extends Black Friday deals
On Thursday 23 November 2017, South African telecommunications company, MTN announced a new array of Black Friday deals which will be running from this Friday 24 November 2017 through to Cyber Monday 27 November 2017. MTN revealed that customers can walk away with free devices, televisions and data deals of up to 100Gigs. Read More.
Nigerians warned against digital currencies like Bitcoin
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Nigeria has issued a warning to all Nigerians about the danger of investing their money into cryptocurrencies (digital currencies) such as Bitcoin. Read More.
Opinion and features
15 Best Countries For Business in Africa
The African continent is buzzing with potential. Rich in natural resources, a hardworking population, and huge gaps and opportunities for anyone who wants to succeed in business. Read More.
Nigerian President death rumours- how twitter reacted
Over the past week, sparked by a report in Metro.co.uk, social media has been agog with rumours and chatter about the wellbeing of President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria. Read More.
Were you with Buhari in London?
Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, is yet to return to his country from a reported holiday in the UK. Over the past week the Senate president, Bukola Saraki and the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, visited the president in the UK. To reassure the Nigerian public of their president’s wellbeing, photos of this meeting were posted online. Read More.
How online stores can take steps to stop the Grinch from stealing Christmas
The Christmas rush has started. The postal service warned South African residents that if they want their Christmas parcels sent abroad to arrive on time, they must have been sent by October – so they may already be too late. Read More.
Nigerian fashion company tapping into social retailing
The Style Group, a contemporary lifestyle retail group in Nigeria, is looking to take advantage of the booming social media and e-commerce market in Nigeria and overtake traditional retail stores by focusing on offering their products via modern social-commerce. Read More.
Gadgets and Gaming
What’s the deal with the newest expansion pack ARK: Aberration?
ARK: Survival Evolved’s newest and unreleased expansion puts players in a damaged, malfunctioning ARK. With its internal atmosphere gone, most of its life forms fled to the underground, away from the now intensely radioactive sun. In the dark depths of the ARK, the creatures either adapted or mutated through the intense radiation. It features new creatures to defeat or tame, a whole new environment to explore and discover, and a handful of new items that you can craft. Here’s what we know from the developer’s announcements. Read More.
FIFA 18 Tips: Three easy ways to make coins in the game
So you’re playing FIFA 18, and need some easy ways to make coins. Without coins, you cannot add quality players to your team, and you can’t buy a variety of other goodies that could help your cause in FIFA Ultimate Team. So how can you earn a lot of coins in the game without breaking your back in the process, and without having to spend any real money on coin-selling sites that might be dodgy all along? We’ve got three basic ways for you below, and we’re going to explain them in full detail; read on if you need to earn more coins with as little difficulty as possible! Read More.
New Dell XPS 15 – The Powerhouse Machine without the bulk
Dell’s highly anticipated XPS 15 (9560) laptop is now available from official distributor Drive Control Corporation (DCC). The XPS 15 is packed with the newest Intel Kaby Lake 7th generation processors up to i7 Quad Core and up to 32GB memory which easily powers through intensive tasks. Read More.
LG unveils 4K OLED range in South Africa
LG Electronics on Tuesday unveiled the new LG 4K television range which include LG OLED and Super HUD, both feature active HDR and support for Dolby vision. This rage won 58 awards at this years CES. Read More.
Motorola Moto Z2 Play Review
The slim and sleek Motorola Moto Z2 Play has a thin and light design and makes handling effortless. It is an impressive 5.2mm thick, and arguably the thinnest smartphone in the market. Under Lenovo, Motorola has been producing quality phones and the Motorola Moto Z2 Play is no exception. With a 2600mAh battery, at one charge the phone is enough to get you through the day. Read More.
Huawei P10 Plus Review
The Huawei P series has been the company’s flagship phone for years now, and the P10 Plus really reiterates this fact. Unveiled at the annual Mobile World Congress, which was held in Barcelona in February 2017, this beautiful phone has now officially hit South Africa’s shores. And boy what an impression it has made. Read More.