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IT News Africa: Top Tech Stories of the Week

July 10, 2015 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West Africa

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Get all the latest tech related news from IT News Africa.

Making waves in the headlines this week was Bharti Airtel. According to the company, it has now launched a cross-border money transfer service for its customer’s in Niger. Staying with telcos, the Olleh Rwanda network (ORn) has inaugurated 4G Square in Kigali City. According to ORn CEO, Patrick Yoon, the company wanted to create a state-of-the-art facility where anyone can explore 4G LTE benefits beyond what people are used to.

To add to the latest PlayStation Plus Free Game Lineup announcement – which dropped this 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.

IT News Africa conducted an array of interviews. These interviews can be found below. The team at IT News Africa hopes you have a great weekend. The top tech stories for the week can be found below.

News

Scatec Solar to build first large scale solar plant in West Africa
An historic agreement to Build-Own-and Operate West Africa’s first utility-scale solar power plant was signed here today by Norwegian company Scatec Solar and its partners, the Malian Ministry of Energy and Water and Electricité du Mali (EDM), the electricity utility of Mali. Read More.

4G LTE Square inaugurated in Rwanda
Olleh Rwanda network (ORn) has inaugurated 4G Square in Kigali City which accommodates all 4G LTE internet providers. Read More.

South African Govt. steps up ICT investments
Departments across the public sector are planning to introduce eGovernment services with the objective of improving information and communication technologies (ICT) infrastructure in South Africa. Read More.

Liquid Telecom to deliver faster Internet speeds in Africa
Liquid Telecom has revealed that it has successfully migrated its customers to the Anycast Domain Name System (DNS). According to the company this guarantees near 100 per cent server uptime at much faster speeds than any other ISP in Africa. Read More.

Airtel introduces cross-border money transfers in Niger
Bharti Airtel has revealed the launch of a cross-border money transfer service for its customer’s in Niger. Read More.

Ghana: Mobile money licence required by telcos
Mobile Money has become an extremely popular service within Africa; however, the service has taken a heavy blows recently. In Uganda, the service was deemed illegal. While not deemed illegal in Ghana, as of yet, Ghana’s central bank (BoG) has now introduced a new set of guidelines for telecommunication companies engaged in mobile money services. Read More.

SAP and CFG take “The Beautiful Game” into the Cloud
SAP SE and City Football Group (CFG) announced a global, multiyear marketing and technology partnership that will transform the way the ownership group and its football teams operate and perform, from the boardroom to the pitch. Read More.

Opinions

“Mobile is changing everything” – Qualcomm VP
In many developing regions, including large parts of Africa, mobile connectivity is more prevalent than electricity or running water. According to the GSMA Mobile Economy sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) report, in the last five years SSA has been the fastest growing in terms of both unique subscribers and connections. Read More.

Calculating the real cost of IT
The initial cost of a company laptop represents less than 30 percent of the total cost of owning and using it. The remaining 70 percent is often ignored by companies because these costs form part of the ‘background’ cost of IT. This is according to OutSystems SA director, Craig Terblanche. Read More.

How to tell if your Smartphone is the real deal
Counterfeit goods have become an increasingly worrying problem in Africa. Not only is the clothing industry suffering under the scourge of counterfeit goods, but the Electronics industry has also been under fire. Read More.

Securing the cloud: The factors that need to be considered
Security has typically been, and continues to be, one of the major areas of concern for organisations contemplating a move into the cloud, and for good reason. Security breaches can have far-reaching consequences that could cripple a business, and legislative compliance issues add further complications. However, security challenges, particularly regarding the public cloud, have led to a misconception that a private cloud is the most secure offering. Read More.

Organisations need to support the BYOD trend
Organisations in Africa and globally are faced with the challenge of dealing with a highly mobile, tech-savvy workforce that demands to use devices of their choice. 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

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.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Review
To say that the Witcher 3 is a typical Role-Playing-Game (RPG) is an understatement. The Witcher 3 is a genre re-defining game that has changed the expectations of gamers for years to come. For those who have never experienced a Witcher title, now is the time to play one of the greatest titles to grace the world of gaming. Read More.

Borderlands – The Handsome Collection Review
The Borderlands series is possibly one of the most colourful, crazy and hilarious game series to grace the First-Person Shooter genre. Since it inception in 2009, it’s spawned three titles which have provided gamers with hours of fun, humour and fast-paced action. Recently Borderlands: The Handsome Collection has been released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, which contains Borderlands 2 with all its released DLC. Read More.

Farming Simulator 2015 Review
Most console titles tend to focus on modern warfare, tactical espionage, or a mix of the two; however, there are few titles on the market that focus on farming and agriculture. To change this, developer Giants Software and publisher Focus Home Interactive have now introduced Farming Simulator 2015 to home consoles. Read More.

Sony reveals the 1TB PlayStation 4
PlayStation 4 owners will know that a 500GB hard drive is just not enough in this technology driven day and age. PlayStation 4 titles are growing in size, with some titles taking up at least 50GB of space – once installed. Read More.

Darryl Linington

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