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This week in tech has been a rather turbulent. MTN has denied reports of a Xenophobic attack on its offices in Abuja. Also gracing the headlines this week was Samsung. Samsung Electronics South Africa unveiled its latest product offering – the Samsung SUHD TV range.

To add to the headlines, this week, Business Connexion unveiled its second annual, MyWorld of Tomorrow Africa 2015 Conference and Exhibition. The team at IT News Africa hopes you have a wonderful weekend.

The top tech stories of the week can be found below:


Fortumo acquires Google veteran as new CRO
Mobile payments company Fortumo has revealed the appointment of Tim Carter as its Chief Revenue Officer, based in the company’s London office. Read More.

Kenya: CA approves mobile operators to test 4G technology
Airtel Kenya and Orange Kenya have received regulatory approval to begin testing 4G technology on their networks. The authorisation by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) means they can begin to launch the service commercially. Read More.

Safaricom’s Nzioka Waita joins Kenyan civil service
Safaricom’s, Nzioka Waita has been called to the Civil Service by Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta. Nzioka is currently the mobile operator’s Head of Corporate Affairs. Read More.

MTN denies Abuja attack
According to various reports, MTN’s regional office in Abuja ceased operations on Wednesday 22 April 2015, following alleged attacks by irate youths protesting the on-going xenophobic attacks in South Africa; however, the operator has now denied these reports. Read More.

BCX donates computer lab to The League Of Friends of the Blind
As part of their Corporate Social Responsibility letmelearn initiative, Business Connexion (BCX) has donated a computer laboratory to The League Of Friends of the Blind (LOFOB), to align with the South African government’s goals of education for all and furthermore, to advance the lives of those less fortunate through information technology. Read More.

New online job portal launches in Cameroon
According to online portal Everjobs, it has now launched Cameroon’s latest online job portal. During a press conference, Co-founder and Managing Director for Africa, Eric Lauer introduced the company officially to the public. Read More.


Do plug-in devices pose a threat to IT security?
Plugging in peripheral devices into work computers and other assets like printers is pretty commonplace in today’s businesses, even across Africa. Read More.

How safe is eCommerce globally and in Africa?
Check Point Software Technologies has revealed that its Malware and Vulnerability Research Group recently discovered a critical remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability in eBay’s Magento web eCommerce platform, affecting nearly 200 000 online shops around the world. Read More.


Video Interview: Isaac Mophatlane discusses the future of BCX
IT News Africa’s Managing Director, Abe Wakama interviews Business Connexion (BCX) CEO, Isaac Mophatlane. During the interview, Mophatlane discusses the origins of BCX, the looming Telkom deal, as well as the future of BCX. Watch the Interview Here.

Top Features

Rwandan girls urged to take up studies and careers in ICT
The Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, has called on Rwandan girls to take up studies and careers in ICT as these offer a chance for them to enhance their skills and tackle unemployment challenges. Read More.

Top List

Top 5 reasons to use licensed business software
If you’re running a small business in Africa, which is on a tight budget, you might be tempted to think of pirating your accounting, ERP software, or image editing software as a harmless way to save a bit of money. Read More.

Top 10 tips to keep data safe in the cloud
If you choose a credible cloud software provider, it will essentially host your payroll applications and data in a secure data centre underpinned by world-class technology. This will free you from doing backups, buying and installing new versions of the software, and fencing your data behind high security software. Read More.

Gadgets and Gaming

Mortal Kombat X Review
Mortal Kombat has changed quite a bit over the past few years. The original title graced the traditional arcade; however, the franchise slowly moved away from the arcade and took a much larger step into the living rooms of console and PC gamers. From the moment Mortal Kombat moved away from from the arcade, the franchise has produced some great titles, but equally some rather unimpressive spinoffs. Read the Review.

HTC One M9 Review
Back in July 2014, IT News Africa reviewed the HTC One M8. The device scored rather high during the review process. Fast forward to 2015, and we have now set our sights the latest smartphone offering from HTC – the HTC One M9. Read the Review.

Mad Max gets official gameplay trailer
Since its announcement, Mad Max has not received an actual extended gameplay reveal; however, things have just changed. The game’s official YouTube channel has revealed the “Official Mad Max Gameplay Overview Trailer.” Overall, this is looking to be a pretty promising title. Watch the Gameplay Trailer Here.

Samsung unveils SUHD TV range for South Africa
At an exclusive launch event in Bryanston, Johannesburg, Samsung Electronics South Africa unveiled its latest product offering – the Samsung SUHD TV range. While the latest offering from Samsung comes across as a leap forward in technology, it doesn’t come cheap. Read More.

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