IT News Africa: Top Stories of the Week

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This week in technology we take a look at the top mobile apps made in Africa. Also gracing the headlines this week was Bharti Airtel. Bharti Airtel has unveiled a new application challenge for startup developers.

This week we also saw some great opinion pieces come in, which ranged from Can Technology Drive the Future of Mining as well as the Top 10 SAP implementation mistakes to avoid.

To add to the latest PlayStation Plus Free Game Lineup announcement – which dropped last week – IT News Africa and PlayStation South Africa will be giving away a 365-Day PlayStation Plus Voucher to one lucky winner. Scroll down to the gadgets and gaming section to find out more.

The team at IT News Africa hopes you have a great weekend. The top tech stories for the week can be found below.

News

Ghana: USD 15 mln Ethernet expansion set for Accra
Internet solutions, has unveiled a metro-fibre Ethernet network infrastructure expansion project in the capital city of Ghana, Accra. Read More.

Nigeria: NCC approves online SIM replacements
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has approved Online SIM Replacement (OSR) in the new draft of its SIM Replacement Guidelines. Read More.

Mediatech 2015: Jasco unveils broadcast solution for Africa
Jasco Broadcast Solutions showcased a variety of solutions for African broadcasters of all sizes at Mediatech 2015, which is being held at the Ticket Pro Dome (known previously as the Coca-Cola Dome), in Johannesburg from 15-17 July 2015. At the event, one of the product highlights was the Avid ISIS|1000 shared storage solution. Read More.

Nigeria: Airtel unveils 3-in-1 SIM card
According to Airtel Nigeria, the 3-in-1 SIM card is intended to give smartphone users the freedom to switch devices and retain the same SIM card. Read More.

Airtel unveils App challenge for startup developers
Bharti Airtel has revealed a new application challenge for startup developers. According to the company, the drive behind the challenge is to attract the ‘next big app developers’ into the Airtel group of companies. Read More.

SnapnSave app launched in South Africa
SnapnSave, a free web and mobile shopping app developed in Cape Town, has been launched in South Africa. According to the development company, the app allows South African shoppers to get cash back, on everyday grocery items, wherever they shop in-store simply by snapping their till slip. Read More.

In Pictures: Mediatech Africa 2015
Mediatech Africa 2015, a media and entertainment technology trade show for southern Africa, is currently being held from 15 – 17 July 2015 at the Dome in Northgate, Johannesburg. Read More.

Opinions

Can technology drive the future of mining?
Mining may be a highly industrial endeavour that hasn’t changed dramatically over the decades, but sophisticated new technologies are starting to play ever-greater roles in improving productivity and miner safety. Read More.

Top 10 SAP implementation mistakes to avoid
Implementing effective Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, such as SAP is fundamental to any company’s efficient operation and underpins its growth strategy. Read More.

Cloud-based backup strategy can be implemented in 15 minutes
Cloud-based backup services are an easy way for IT service providers to help clients achieve availability of their data, says Warren Olivier, Southern Africa Regional Manager at Veeam Software – as well as an excellent first step into becoming a cloud provider. Read More.

Top List

Top mobile apps made in Africa
IT News Africa has compiled a list of the top mobile apps made in Africa, over the past few years. These apps have developed in Africa, by Africans and are either available of Android or iOS devices. Read More.

Interviews

Video Interview: Ebi Atawodi discusses Uber in Nigeria
Ebi Atawodi, GM for Uber Nigeria, discusses her presentation at Mondato Summit 2015 as well as how Uber has taken off in Nigeria. Watch the Interview.

Video Interview: Software defines quality of service – Paul Muller VP HP Software
In the video, Muller recaps on his presentation at the HP Software Performance Tour 2015, which was held in Johannesburg. Watch the Interview.

Video Interview: Digitisation and the impact it has on enterprises – Sukhi Gill CT HP
In the interview Gill discusses his keynote session at the HP Software Performance Tour 2015, which covered digitisation of the industry and the impact it has on enterprises. Watch the Interview.

Gadgets and Gaming

Until Dawn Hands-On Preview
Video game titles have evolved dramatically over the years; however, there is not much out there that really stands out. To be honest, titles are beginning to seem generic as the traditional shooter comes out once a year and racing games have now become a dime a dozen. Read More.

Lego: Jurassic World Review
The Lego titles have always been great. Established in 1995, developer Traveller’s Tales has introduced us to a plethora of Lego titles – which included Lego: The Hobbit, Lego: Batman, and The Lego Movie Video Game. With these titles being great success, Traveller’s Tales and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive have now released Lego: Jurassic World. Read More.

PlayStation Plus Free Game Lineup July 2015
To add to the latest PlayStation Plus Free Game Lineup announcement, IT News Africa and PlayStation South Africa will be giving away a 365-Day PlayStation Plus Voucher to one lucky winner. Enter Here.

Review: Payday 2 – Crimewave Edition
The original Payday 2 was launched on the Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3 in August 2013; however, developer Overkill Software and publisher 505 Games have finally brought Payday 2 to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in the form of the Crimewave Edition. While Payday 2: Crimewave Edition is every bit as addictive as the original… it still suffers from some of the same old issues seen in the original title. Read More.

BlackBerry Leap Review
BlackBerry has launched its latest smartphone, the BlackBerry Leap, in Nigeria and South Africa. However, does the latest device from BlackBerry stand out in the crowd, or is it just another generic smartphone? IT News Africa has spent some time with the device, and our full review can be found below. Read More.

Darryl Linington