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October 2014 has drawn to close; however, it has been an exceptionally busy month in the technology scene. During the course of the month we reported on a large array of topics. For those who missed out on all the news you can view all the top stories, for the first three weeks of October 2014, here.

This week in technology we saw AccessKenya depart from the home internet market. Also making waves across the headlines this week was online money transfer service, Azimo. According to the company, they have introduced an instant M-PESA transfer service.


Microsoft also made the headlines this week. The tech giant has concluded its restructuring process by cutting an estimated 3000 positions. On the social media front, Rwanda’s President, Paul Kagame has been tweeting up a storm. Kagame is extremely popular on the social media site Twitter. Kagame currently has a mass following of over 628,684 total followers.

Also on the social media front, Africa paid tribute to beloved football star – Senzo Meyiwa. Meyiwa was an African role model, whose life was unfortunately cut short.

The team at IT News Africa hopes you have a splendid weekend and a happy Halloween! Our top stories of the week can be found below.

News

AccessKenya departs from home internet market
AccessKenya has departed from the home internet market. The company has revealed that the move is a strategic one as it will be looking to venture into Uganda. Read More.

Tanzania set to switch to digital TV by 2015
Tanzania is expected to complete its migration from analogue to digital TV broadcasting by June 2015. ICT Minister, Makame Mbarawa, told the ITU 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference that digital broadcasting covered 70 percent of the country. Mbarawa was also insistent that the government was expecting to cover the whole country well before the set deadline. Read More.

Azimo unveils instant M-PESA transfer service
Azimo, an online money transfer service, has revealed that customers across Europe can now send money instantly to the mobile “eWallets” of M-PESA’s 19 million subscribers in Kenya. Read More.

Microsoft finalises job cuts with another 3000 layoffs
Back in July 2014, Microsoft was expected to cut up to 18000 jobs. According to a press statement, the company revealed that the cuts were part of a restructuring plan to simplify the organisation as well as align the recently acquired Nokia Devices and Services business with the company’s overall strategy. Read More.

Rwanda’s President Tweeting up a storm
Rwanda’s President, Paul Kagame, is described by the International Telecommunications Union as the “Digital President.” Social media analysts say Kagame is Africa’s most conversational president. Kagame has the biggest following on Twitter than any other African leader. Read More. Read More.

Social Media pays tribute to Senzo Meyiwa
According to police reports, Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead after armed assailants entered his girlfriend’s house in Vosloorus, south of Johannesburg. Read More.

Airtel Kenya to offer free mobile access to Twitter
Airtel Kenya has revealed that it will be offering its prepaid mobile users the ability to access social media network, Twitter, free of charge until 15 January 2015. According to Airtel, the limited-time offer will allow customers to enjoy free access to Twitter through web browsers and the official Twitter Android or Windows Phone apps. Read More.

IBM & Airtel to launch Ebola containment initiatives in Africa
Airtel, IBM Research Africa and Kenya’s Echo Mobile have joined forces to launch several initiatives to help curb the spread of Ebola in West Africa. Read More.

Opinions

The changing role of the CIO – driving innovation
Considering that IT touches almost every aspect of business operations, the CIO and his/her leadership team are in the unique position to identify innovation opportunities across the enterprise and develop rapid and aggressive ‘digitalisation’ strategies. Read More.

Africa’s emerging markets offer high growth for e-Commerce
Africa offers enormous growth potential for e-retailers given that online shopping is in its infancy in the region. This is according to Sumesh Rahavendra, head of marketing for DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa (SSA), who says the recently released ‘Shop the World!’ report reveals that emerging markets offer the highest growth potential for the eCommerce industry. Read More.

Interviews

Video Interview: Simple supply chain into complex supply chain – SYSPRO
Meryl Malcomess is the Marketing Director at SYSPRO. She has been with SYSPRO for over 18 years and is involved in determining the strategic direction of its marketing activities. Watch the interview here.

Video Interview: Top 5 software challenges faced by SA companies – HP
As a veteran employee at HP, Lorna Hardie, in an exclusive interview with IT News Africa, details the top 5 software challenges faced by South African companies. Watch the interview here.

Top Feature

Rwanda accelerates plans for cashless economy
The Government of Rwanda has moved to accelerate its plans to transform Rwanda into a cashless economy and achieve 80 percent financial inclusion by 2017. Read More.

Top List

Top 5 apps to ease exam stress across Africa
Various students from a multitude educational institutions, across the continent, will preparing to hit the books, internet and other forms of educational resources in order to gain knowledge as well as prepare for their upcoming exams. Read More.

10 African tech start-ups to look out for
Africa is bursting with potential, especially when it comes to the tech start-up scene. A great number of companies have entered the African tech scene recently; however, 10 of these start-ups have shined, much like the glorious African sun, in the eyes of IT News Africa. Read More.

Gadgets and Gaming

BlackBerry Passport lands in Nigeria
BlackBerry is in the process of rolling out its new qwerty keyboard smartphone, the BlackBerry Passport. According to the company, the device has now landed in Nigeria. Read More.

Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Last week Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 4 at a rather prestigious event held in Cape Town, South Africa. At the event, IT News Africa had the opportunity to get some hands-on time with the Galaxy Note 4. Read More.

PS4: Major 2.0 update incoming
Sony PlayStation is setting up to roll out a rather major update to PlayStation 4 consoles across the globe. According to PlayStation, the update will offer up Share Play, YouTube and a host of other features. Read More.

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