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IT News Africa: Top Stories of the Week

December 19, 2014 • Top Stories

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

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

Christmas is literally just around the corner now. With the festive season in full swing, it’s time to brave shopping malls as well as endure the wait for packages that should be arriving from online retailers just before Christmas day.

To inspire gift ideas this festive season, IT News Africa has not only listed the Top Gadgets of 2014, but we have also listed the Top 25 Games of 2014. To add to this, we have also highlighted the Top 20 stories that hit the headlines during the course of 2014.

The team at IT News Africa wishes you and your family a very merry Christmas, and an extremely prosperous new year.

The top stories of the week can be found below:

News

Nairobi: Traffic jams set to drive consumers online
The fear of getting stuck in traffic jams dotted with thousands of stationary vehicles in a bottleneck entry into Kenya’s capital is what has led to the shift in consumer trends as residents move to shop online, this is according to online retailer Jumia. Read More.

Nigeria planning to protect ICT infrastructure
Nigeria’s ICT minister Omobola Johnson, who spoke during an appraisal of her ministry’s 2014 score card in Abuja, has stated that a draft legislation, which will help protect critical national ICT infrastructure from wanton destruction by vandals will soon be presented to the National Assembly. Read More.

Kenya: Safaricom promotes fuel payments over M-Pesa
Kenyan operator, Safaricom, has revealed an instant rewards system to incentivise customers who pay for fuel using the Lipa Na M-Pesa platform. Read More.

Nigeria: ICT attracts USD 6 Billion in FDI
ICT Minister, Omobola Johnson, has revealed that Nigeria’s ICT sector has attracted more than USD 6 Billion in Foreign Direct Investments over the last three years. Read More.

Top Google Searches of 2014 in Africa
Google has released a list of the Top 10 Global Trending Searches throughout 2014. Each year, Google releases a list of the topics that individuals have searched for the most over the past 12 months. Read More.

IDC reveals Top 10 ICT Predictions for 2015
With 2014 coming to a close, the International Data Corporation (IDC) has released the Top 10 ICT predictions for Africa in 2015. Read More.

Opinions & Interviews

The quest for service provider collaboration – Cisco CTO
T News Africa caught up with Campoli at AfricaCom 2014, for an exclusive interview. The interview covers Campoli’s initial thoughts of AfricaCom 2014. Additionally, Campoli discusses how network providers should collaborate rather than lean towards a cannibalisation play. Furthermore, Campoli discusses the benefits of The Internet of Everything. Watch the interview here.

Delivering carrier class Wi-Fi across the V&A Waterfront – Cisco
T News Africa caught up with Kian Ellens, Sales Business Development Manager for Cisco South Africa at AfricaCom 2014. In the interview, Ellens explains how Cisco and Dimension Data have delivered carrier class Wi-Fi across the V&A Waterfront, located in Cape Town, to support the Volvo Ocean Race. Watch the interview here.

East Africa: 2015 Predictions for Businesses
2015 looks to be a great year for growth and innovation within the East African business community. Along with significant increases in tourism and advances in technology (for example, more robust mobile and Internet connections), we are seeing a much higher consumer usage rate of credit cards, mobile money, cell phones, and eCommerce sites. These conveniences and technological improvements all point toward greater overall prosperity for East Africans. Read More.

Big Data: Where do you start?
Big Data is currently a buzz word in the industry with many organisations pondering its value, virtues and implementing strategies to harness the benefits. Countless organisations’ understanding is that this data, when tapped into correctly, can provide a host of benefits including market intelligence and competitive advantage. However, one challenge many organisations still face is understanding what big data really is and where to start to take advantage of it. Read More.

2015 IT Trend Predictions
n a few short weeks, 2015 will be upon is. Our technology future is bright and there’s much to look forward to in the New Year, including a desire for endpoint protection that goes above and beyond protection inside your organisation’s four walls, an increased emphasis on analytics and pressure to calm the growing Bring Your Own Application (BYOA) storm. Read More.

2014 The Year E-commerce Grew Up
Online shopping hit the mainstream in South Africa during 2014, says e-commerce payment services provider PayGate – and the growth is set to continue during 2015. Read More.

Gadgets and Gaming

Top 20 Gadgets to check out this Christmas
Christmas is upon us once again. While the festive season is a great time to spend with family and friends it can be a bit of a stressful time when it comes to purchasing the perfect gift. Throughout 2014, IT News Africa has reviewed as well as tested out a host of mobile devices, gadgets, and other devices. Read More.

Top 25 Games of 2014
2014 has been a great year for the gaming industry. We have witnessed the power of the Xbox One as well as the PlayStation 4. Additionally, Nintendo is starting to become “The Comeback Kid”, due to the amount of fantastic exclusives that it has released over the past year. Read More.

Darryl Linington

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