IT News Africa: Top Stories of the Week

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IT News Africa
Get all the latest tech related stories from IT News Africa. (Image Source: Darryl Linington)

We are well into the scorching heat of October 2014, which means that the tech scene in Africa is heating up rapidly. For those based in Johannesburg South Africa, one of South Africa’s largest gaming expos is under way – rAge 2014.

Also making waves this week was the Tech4Africa un-conference. At Tech4Africa, IT News Africa had an exclusive discussion with Gareth Knight, creator of Tech4Africa, regarding the sought after $50 smartphone. Also making the headlines this week was Takealot and Kalahari. Both retailers are set to merge, which according to both parties, will be mutually beneficial.

Nigeria saw the launch of the thinnest smartphone this week, which is, according to Gionee, a record breaking device when it comes to size. We hope you have a fantastic weekend. Stay tuned for our coverage of rAge 2014 this weekend.

News

Gionee to launch thinnest smartphone in Nigeria
Nigeria has been named as one of the first markets where the Gionee ELife S5.1 smartphone will launch this month. The new smartphone will be launched in Nigeria as well as India, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Read More.

Nigeria: Nitel cleared for privatisation
The Nigeria Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE) has revealed confirmation for the appointment of a guided liquidator for the privatisation of Nigeria Telecommunications (Nitel) as well as its mobile counter-part, MTel. Read More.

Kenya: Equity Bank challenges M-Pesa’s monopoly with Smart SIM
Taisys Technologies has revealed that Kenya’s Equity Bank will be issuing a ultra-thin mobile banking smart SIM, which incorporates technology from Taisys. According to Equity Bank, customers can now transfer funds, make micro-payments and gain access to other mobile financial services that are agnostic across mobile devices, including traditional basic-feature phones using Taisys’s “mBanking” and “duoSIM.” The technology also allows the bank to extend to customers mobile telecommunication services approved by Communications Authority of Kenya. Read More.

Ghana: Mobile phone users on the rise
The National Communications Authority (NCA) has revealed that the mobile voice subscriber base has increased from 29.37 million at the end of July to 29.53 million as at the end of August 2014. Read More.

East African Telecoms rush to cut calling rates
According to reports MTN Rwanda announced on Monday, October 6, that it has cut down charges on call for its roaming subscribers ahead of Wednesday’s launch of One Network Area Agreement. MTN follows Kenya’s Safaricom who slashed their rates to Rwanda by 60%. Read More.

RingCredible app slashes African calls by 50%
Due to ease of use, a clear proposition and unbeatable rates, phone app RingCredible is rapidly conquering the international call market. After the earlier acquisition in May in Hong Kong of Yeloworld, RingCredible has now acquired African Jabbaworld. Read More.

Opinions

The Data Centre has evolved
Cloud computing has lost its status as a buzzword and become an essential tool for public sector organisations to redefine processes, improve functionality and gain control over data. According to a recent Gartner report, the cloud offers lower prices for higher usage and this has resulted in top-level improvements in efficiency. Read More.

Is Mobile Money the key to Africa’s cashless society?
As the story of the mobile phone and its contribution in bridging the digital divide in Sub-Saharan Africa unravels, the device’s revolutionary role in facilitating transactions and wealth distribution in the region is shaping up in an unprecedented way. Read More.

Top Feature

The $50 smartphone will drive mobile in Africa
The Tech4Africa “un-conference” is underway at the SciBono Discovery Center, Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, Johannesburg. IT News Africa caught up with Gareth Knight, creator of Tech4Africa in order to discuss the concept of the USD $50 smartphone as well as its impact on Africa. Read More.

Top List

Top 10 benefits of the $50 smartphone in Africa
IT News Africa caught up with Gareth Knight, creator of Tech4Africa, in order to discuss the top 10 benefits of the extremely sought after USD $50 smartphone. Read More.

Gadgets and Gaming

PlayStation Plus Free Game Lineup October 2014
The PlayStation Plus Free Game Lineup for September 2014 was rather stellar. We received titles like PlayStation Allstars Battle Royale, Velocity 2X, and host of other great titles. This month, the folks over at Sony are treating players to a rather epic lineup. While we are still battling it out in PlayStation Allstars Battle Royale, here is what you can expect to experience in the PlayStation Plus Free Game Lineup for October 2014. Read More.

10 Games that need to hit PlayStation Plus
The PlayStation Plus Free Game Lineup for October 2014 has been revealed. While the lineup is rather epic, the folks over at Sony need to start integrating some of the launch titles into the monthly PlayStation Plus Lineup. Granted, some of the indie titles have been rather amazing to experience, but players need a little more at times. Read More.

Darryl Linington