IT News Africa: Top Tech Stories of the Week

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

Telkom has lit up the headlines this week. According to the telecom giant, it is still being plagued by a persistent recruitment scam. While Telkom deals with this, MTN South Africa has been struck down by strike action. According to recent reports, more than 2,000 MTN employees have downed tools.

Staying with telecommunications, South Africa’s Cell C has shaken up the industry with its latest “risky promotion,” which, according to Cell C, gives potential customers up to R10, 000 ($850 USD) in order to buy themselves out of their current contracts with rival networks.

Here  are the top stories of the week:


Kenya’s BitPesa launches remittance service for Tanzania
BitPesa, the Kenyan digital currency exchange start-up, has launched a new service which is expected to improve the overall  experience of sending money back to Tanzania. Read More.

New scam uses Windows Live ID to capture information
According to Kaspersky Lab, experts are warning of a new scam that uses Windows Live ID as bait to steal personal information stored in user profiles on services like Xbox LIVE, Zune, Hotmail, Outlook, MSN, Messenger and OneDrive. Read More.

EMEA accounts for 26 percent of Lenovo’s worldwide revenue
The Lenovo Group has revealed its fourth fiscal quarter and full-year ended March 31, 2015 results. In a seasonally slow quarter with significant currency impacts, revenue was US$11.3 billion, up 21 percent year-over-year. Read More.

Telkom plagued by persistent recruitment scam
A recruitment scam offering paid “Telkom internships” at the company upon payment of a “booking fee” of R90 is currently still in operation. The scam first came to light in February 2015, according to a statement issued by Telkom. Read More.

MTN South Africa struck down by strike action
Mobile service provider MTN has revealed that its call and service centres, as well as its distribution offices have been impacted by the latest strike. According to recent reports, the strike is being led by the Communication Workers Union (CWU). Read More.

Cell C shakes up telecom market with risky promo
Cell C, a South Africa-based mobile operator, has shaken up the telecom market within the country with its latest promotional offer. The mobile operator it is now offering potential customers up to R10, 000 (about USD 850) in order to buy themselves out of their current contracts with rival networks. Read More.


Technology is not the silver bullet for cyber security threats
In Africa as well as globally Cyber security is no longer an IT problem, but rather a priority of the highest levels at a majority of organisations. Read More.

Top execs weigh in on challenges faced by African contact centres
As customer experience becomes the primary competitive advantage in business, the role of the contact centre is changing significantly. But whether it becomes the heart of the business or a component of the bigger machine depends on the business, say African contact centre experts. Read More.

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 array 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 50 tracking apps for smartphones
In Africa, smartphone adoption has boomed over the past few years. According to a study conducted by GeoPoll and World Wide Worx, Internet browsing via phones now stands at 40 per cent across key African markets, with 51% of respondents in Ghana and 47% in Nigeria reporting that they use their phones to access the internet. South Africa lags behind at 40%, and Kenya (34%) and Uganda (29%) are slowest on the uptake. Read More.

Gadgets and Gaming

Top 5 reasons why you should be playing The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has officially launched in South Africa. While die hard fans may already have copies of the game, there may be some that are a little weary of picking up CD Projekt RED’s latest title. Read More.

Taking a closer look at Apple’s New MacBook
During an exclusive media reveal hosted by Core Group in Johannesburg, Apple unveiled its latest device – the New Apple MacBook. Read More.

Darryl Linington