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Rakesh Bharti Mittal is the Chairman of Mahindra Comviva and a Director of Bharti Airtel (image: Comviva)

Digital music market to grow $9-billion worldwide

February 28, 2014 • Online & SocialComments Off on Digital music market to grow $9-billion worldwide

Mahindra Comviva, a global provider of mobility solutions and Ovum Consulting, today released a research study on Digital Music Market. The study encapsulates future trends on the uptake of digital music in terms of adoption rates; devices used to consume music services and segregation of listeners and suggested target approach. The research study reveals...

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The Ministry of Health has tapped IBM to provide 2 190 clinics with easier access to 200 life saving drugs.

IBM extends Mainframe Contest to South Africa

February 28, 2014 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on IBM extends Mainframe Contest to South Africa

As part of its Academic Initiative, IBM has extended the IBM Master the Mainframe Contest to South African Universities to support and build out skills in next-generation innovations on the mainframe. The competition lets students use IBM’s...

Entries to the 2014 African Blogger Awards are now open (image: file)

First African Blogger Awards now open for entries

February 27, 2014 • Online & SocialComments Off on First African Blogger Awards now open for entries

Entries for the 2014 African Blogger Awards, the continent’s very first awards program that measures online and social influencers’ reach and influence through data analysis, are open to bloggers, Instagrammers, Tweeters and YouTubers across Africa. The...

Facebook announces widespread changes to news feed

Rwanda partners with Facebook

February 26, 2014 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Rwanda partners with Facebook

Facebook has introduced SocialEDU, a pilot initiative that will provide students in Rwanda with free access to a collaborative online education experience. With SocialEDU, students in Rwanda will receive free data plans for accessing free edX MOOCs from some...

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WhatsApp takes SA by storm

February 21, 2014 • Online & SocialComments Off on WhatsApp takes SA by storm

More than half of South African adult cellphone users living in cities and towns are using WhatsApp on their phones.  This is the key finding of research conducted by World Wide Worx and Fuseware into the use of social media and instant messaging (IM) on...

Facebook are closing in on 2 billion users.
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Facebook buys WhatsApp for $16-billion

February 20, 2014 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Facebook buys WhatsApp for $16-billion

In what is seen as the biggest deal ever for a venture-capital-backed startup, social media network Facebook has announced that it has reached an agreement to purchase messaging application WhatsApp for $16-billion – which includes $4-billion in cash and...

FNB's "Bank Your Change" feature saves South Africans R1 billion

South Africa: FNB launches gesture-based banking

February 19, 2014 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on South Africa: FNB launches gesture-based banking

FNB’s cashless branch, dotFNB, has become the first bank in South Africa to launch interactive gesture technology in its flagship Canal Walk store. The introduction of this technology into the store front serves as yet another digital touch point for the...

Sim Shagaya, CEO of Konga.com. (Image source: Google/aphroden.com)

Nigeria’s Konga unveils refurbished marketplace

February 17, 2014 • Online & Social, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria’s Konga unveils refurbished marketplace

  Nigeria’s Largest Online Mall which only last year announced the launch of Konga Mall, an offering which gave select Nigerian businesses the opportunity to make their products and businesses available online to millions of Nigerian shoppers, is...

Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler (image: Kickstarter)

Kickstarter confirms security breach

February 17, 2014 • Online & Social, StartupsComments Off on Kickstarter confirms security breach

Crowd-funding platform Kickstarter over the weekend confirmed that the platform suffered a security breach last week, but reiterated that no credit card data of any kind was accessed by hackers. Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects, and...

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New CEO to direct ZA Central Registry

February 14, 2014 • Online & Social, People, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on New CEO to direct ZA Central Registry

The ZA Central Registry (ZACR) has a new CEO with a vision to accelerate transformation within the South African DNS (Domain Name System) industry while staying true to the technical core competencies that have resulted in almost 900 000 .co.za domain...

Google South Africa today joined forces with its Online Child Safety Campaign partners (Image source: Google/technesstivity.com)

Google celebrates Safer Internet Day

February 11, 2014 • Online & SocialComments Off on Google celebrates Safer Internet Day

Google South Africa today joined forces with its Online Child Safety Campaign partners to recognise the eleventh anniversary of the Safer Internet Day (SID) movement, which promotes the safe and responsible use of online technologies among young users. Hosted...

Sonia Jorge, the Executive Director of the Alliance for Affordable Internet. (Image source: A4AI)

Gathering in Ghana to tackle rising internet costs

February 11, 2014 • Online & Social, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Gathering in Ghana to tackle rising internet costs

Today in Accra, the world’s broadest technology sector coalition, the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), will host an interactive forum focused on driving down the cost of internet access in Ghana. The meeting – A4AI’s first in-country...

Minister Nsengimana addressing young people during the bi-monthly YouthConnekt Hangout. (Image source: Rwanda Ministry)

YouthConnekt Hangout offers Rwanda’s youngsters a forum

February 7, 2014 • Online & SocialComments Off on YouthConnekt Hangout offers Rwanda’s youngsters a forum

Young people in Rwanda are urged to take part in different debates by following live on Youtube, a bi-monthly YouthConnekt Hangout programme and share their views through social networks. The youth discuss different topics that are aimed at finding solutions...

Accra will be the center of the ICT park. (Image source: DS Land)

Internet alliance group in Ghana musters fresh challenge

February 7, 2014 • Online & Social, West AfricaComments Off on Internet alliance group in Ghana musters fresh challenge

The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) has reportedly announced its intention to soon launch what it describes as “a Ghanaian multi-stakeholder coalition” in a fresh bid to reduce internet costs in the country. The Chronicle reported that, according...

Rocket Internet’s Jumia  (image: Google)

JUMIA launches in Uganda

February 7, 2014 • Online & SocialComments Off on JUMIA launches in Uganda

Today Nigeria’s JUMIA, an online shopping destination in Africa, is extending its services to Uganda. The East African country will now have access to Jumia’s wide range of products including: fashion, electronics, home appliances, mobile devices and...

Google South Africa today joined forces with its Online Child Safety Campaign partners (Image source: Google/technesstivity.com)

20 semi-finalists from Africa in Google competition

February 6, 2014 • East Africa, North Africa, Online & Social, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on 20 semi-finalists from Africa in Google competition

Google has today announced the 20 innovative, entrepreneurial web adopters from across sub-Saharan Africa who have made it to the semi-finals of Google’s Africa Connected competition.  The competition was launched in August last year, calling...