IT News Africa: Top Stories of the Week


Top tech newsThis week in technology, IT News Africa revealed Africa’s Leading Women in Tech for 2015. To view the entire list, click here.

Also making the headlines this week was Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS revealed that it is expanding its presence in South Africa.

To add to the headlines, MTN Business revealed the winners of the 2015 App of the Year challenge. The team at IT News Africa hopes you have a great weekend. The top tech stories for the week can be found below.

News

Amazon Web Services expands presence in South Africa
Amazon revealed that it will be expanding its presence in South Africa. According to the company, it will be opening a new office in Johannesburg, South Africa for Amazon Web Services (AWS). Read More.

Kenya to receive USD 55.6 bn for infrastructure development
Mega infrastructure projects are planned for East Africa and are set to create unique opportunities and open new markets in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia. Industry sectors expected to benefit from the planned infrastructure developments include oil and gas (O&G), mining, agriculture, and retail. Read More.

Southern African countries to cut roaming charges
Namibia, Bostwana, Zambia and Zimbabwe have agreed to a pilot project to lower mobile phone roaming charges. Read More.

MTN Business announces winners of the App of the Year challenge
Following weeks of adjudicators sifting through contending apps, MTN Business announced the top six winners of the fourth annual MTN Business App of the Year challenge at the awards ceremony that took place in Johannesburg last night. Read More.

M4JAM acquires Pondering Panda
M4JAM (Money for Jam) the microjobbing platform that provides brands and businesses with real-time insights from real customers across South Africa, has acquired digital market research company Pondering Panda. While the acquisition has been been verified, both parties did not disclose financial details of the acquisition. Read More.

Top Opinions

Leveraging tech to improve service delivery to the poor
Lower than expected economic growth and resultant fiscal constraints in South Africa have emphasised the need for government to markedly improve efficiency with which it conducts business and delivers services. Read More.

The future of the cloud is the future of business
The evolution of cloud-based technology has dramatically changed the business landscape in the past few years, and the latest developments in technology are set to create even further disruption. Read More.

Top List

Top 8 Apps to help navigate traffic in Lagos Nigeria
While sitting in traffic in Lagos, the most populous city in Nigeria, may seem like a necessary evil… several app developers have found ways to make navigating the city’s roads less agonising. Read More.

Gadgets and Gaming

PlayStation Plus Free Game Lineup August 2015
The PlayStation Plus Free Game Lineup for August 2015 has been announced. This month, PlayStation has offered quite a hot lineup. The lineup includes the likes of Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, God of War Ascension, and Limbo. Read More.

Samsung unveils Galaxy Note5 & Galaxy S6 edge+
Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5 smartphones. According to Samsung, the Galaxy S6 edge+ will feature a curved 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen. Read More.

PlayStation Plus: Vote to Play begins this week
In early August 2015, PlayStation revealed a brand new feature that is coming to PlayStation Plus. The feature, which has been dubbed “Vote to Play” gives members of the PS Plus community the ability to vote for the game they would prefer to receive with the monthly PlayStation Plus Free Game Lineup – on the PlayStation 4. The game with the highest number of votes will then be added to the lineup. Read More.

Darryl Linington