IT News Africa: Top Tech Stories of the Week

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Making the headlines this week was US President, Barack Obama. Barack Obama will be visiting Kenya shortly for the upcoming 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES). Also making waves this week was controversial website, The online infidelity website was hacked by a group, which goes by the alias of “Impact Team.”

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


US-based Cancer Expert Heads to Johannesburg for Healthcare Innovation Summit
Dr. Imoh Okon, an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University, Atlanta USA has confirmed his participation at the upcoming African Innovator Round Tables: Healthcare Innovation Summit. Read More.

Obama returns to Kenya, Twitter reacts to homecoming
United States President, Barack Obama, will be visiting Kenya shortly for the upcoming 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES). During his visit, the President will hold talks on trade and investment, security and counter-terrorism, democracy and human rights. Read More.

Kenya’s TV white spaces network to be expanded
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s Development Finance Institution, has signed a mandate letter to begin financing discussions with Mawingu Networks, a provider of solar-powered wireless Internet across rural Kenya. Read More.

SAP Africa Bolsters Leadership Team
SAP Africa has announced that after seven years of successfully leading and growing the Africa business, current CEO, Pfungwa Serima, has been promoted to the role Chairman of SAP Africa. Read More.

Connected car owners urged to update vehicle software
Researchers reported a remote control vulnerability in connected cars. The demo remote attack was said to be performed on a Jeep Cherokee onboard computer. Read More.

Telcos go to war in Africa
African telecommunication companies have hit the headlines hard this week as MTN Nigeria and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) are set to face Etisalat in a Federal High Court battle in Lagos. Read More.

Burundi Elections: Vote count underway, social media reacts
With the Burundi elections well underway, Africans have reached out to social media in order to air their opinion on the controversial elections. Read More.

Ashley Madison hacked, security expert reacts
News of the hack has reached a global audience. The data stolen in the hack includes the company’s databases of 37 million users, financial records, and other proprietary information. The site is essentially a dating website that helps married individuals cheat. Read More.


Effectively harnessing unstructured data for business benefit
The effective use of unstructured data offers organisations a genuine competitive advantage, however, it is extremely difficult to take full advantage of the enormous volumes of unstructured data out there. This is because in a typical business, only around 20% of its content is structured data, while the other 80% is of the unstructured variety. Read More.

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.


Exclusive Interview: Chris Kwekowe – Co-founder of Slatecube
The 2015 MITx Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp is set to be held between 23 & 28 August 2015. The bootcamp will be held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and will host 5 startups hailing from Nigeria. According to MITx, 50 candidates were selected from 24 countries at an acceptance rate of 0.08 per cent. Amongst the 5 is Chris Kwekowe’s startup, Slatecube. Read the Interview.

Video Interview: Guy Golan – Performanta
In the video interview, Guy gives an overview of Performanta, as well as the services that the company offers. Watch the Interview.

Exclusive: African inventor tackles visual impairment with ThinkAndZoom
Wearable technology is all the rage in the technology scene. These devices can track your movement, monitor your heart rate and even suggest how much exercise you need on a daily basis. Read the Interview.

Gadgets and Gaming

Batman: Arkham Knight Review
Developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Batman: Arkham Knight is essentially the final chapter in Rocksteady’s Arkham Trilogy. With previous titles in the trilogy being outstanding successes, does Batman: Arkham Knight live up to expectations? Read More.

Exclusive Review: Intel Compute Stick
At the Intel Solutions Summit 2015 (ISS 2015) which was held at the Yas Marina Formula One Circuit in Abu Dhabi, Intel gave IT News Africa an exclusive first look at its latest innovation – the Intel Compute Stick. After spending quite some time with the device, here is our review. Read More.

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.

Darryl Linington