IT News Africa: Top Stories of the Week

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

There was quite a bit happening in the world of technology this week. One of the major highlights included the 2015 Intel Solutions Summit (ISS 2015), which took place in Abu Dhabi. At the summit, Intel unveiled a vast amount of technology, including the very promising Intel Compute Stick.

Also making the headlines this week was Airtel Nigeria CEO, Segun Ogunsanya, who stated that the country’s telecoms market offers multiple growth opportunities.

Be sure not to miss the upcoming CIO Roadmap 2015, which will feature cutting-edge demos, engaging keynotes, lively panel discussions, noted local and international speakers, along with an amazing technology exhibition area. The team at IT News Africa hopes you have a wonderful weekend. The top stories of the week can be found below:


Nigeria: Telecoms market offers multiple growth opportunities
Airtel Nigeria CEO, Segun Ogunsanya, has stated that the country’s telecoms market offers multiple growth opportunities, stating that with 78 percent mobile penetration in December 2014, there is massive untapped market potential. Read More.

Cloud drives growth in EMEA IT infrastructure spending
According to the newly introduced EMEA data portion of the International Data Corporation (IDC) Quarterly Cloud Infrastructure Tracker, IT infrastructure spending (server, disk storage, and ethernet switch) for public and private cloud in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) grew by 27% to reach $1.1 billion in revenue in 4Q14 and totaled around $4.1 billion for the whole year, with 28% growth over 2013. Read More.

Facebook unveils free VOiP video calls
Facebook has announced the launch of free video calling via its Messenger VOiP app in the US, Canada, UK, Nigeria and 14 other countries. The new feature allows users to start a video call within an existing Messenger conversation by tapping the video icon in the corner of the screen. Read More.

South Africa: Huawei holds Safe City Africa Summit
Huawei held its Safe City Africa Summit in Cape Town as a platform for more than 400 industry members to share insights, development trends and global success stories on public safety in cities and discuss ways to reduce crimes and reinforce city safety through establishing innovative ICT safe city solution. Read More.

Intel reveals improvements to member benefit programme
At the Intel Solutions Summit 2015, which is currently being held in Abu Dhabi, Intel has revealed improvements to its member benefits programme in 2015. Read More.

Alcatel-Lucent appoints new MD for Ghana
Alcatel-Lucent has revealed the appointment of Ramy Hashem as country senior officer and MD for Ghana. Read More.

South Africa: Govt. unveils app to counter xenophobic violence
South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, has unveiled a mobile app, which is set to support the government’s efforts against attacks on foreign nationals. 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.

What are the biggest challenges facing start-ups in Africa?
Starting a new business within the continent of Africa can be as terrifying as it is exciting. At any given time, a fledgling company can come up against a number of common challenges. 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

In Pictures: Intel Solutions Summit 2015 – Abu Dhabi
The Intel Solutions Summit 2015 (ISS 2015), which was held at the Yas Marina Formula 1 Circuit in Abu Dhabi, showcased an impressive amount of technology under one roof. Not only was the Oculus Rift on show, but Intel showcased one of it’s upcoming, as well as most promising devices, the Intel Compute Stick. Read More.

ISS 2015: Intel Compute Stick has great potential in Africa
Smartphones and tablets have boomed in Africa; however, the standard desktop PC has been left behind. At the Intel Solutions Summit 2015, Intel unveiled its latest innovation – the Intel Compute Stick. 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.

Darryl Linington