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Top Tech News of the Week.

During the course of October 2015, IT News Africa highlighted the top 10 richest individuals in Tech. The list consists of the richest individuals, within Africa, in the technology and telecoms sector. The full list can be found below.

Moving on to the top tech news of the week, some of this week’s highlights included the reveal of the 2015 Appsafrica Innovation Awards finalists. To add to the highlights, World Wide Worx revealed that social apps have taken over South Africa smartphones.

Be sure to watch our exclusive video interview with Yasmina McCarty, Head of Mobile for Development for the GSMA. In the interview McCarty discusses Mobile for Development in Africa, Mobile Money in Africa, and Barriers Preventing Women in Africa Going Online.

The video interview can be viewed below:

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


Nigeria: Etisalat empowers girls at Government College with new tech
Etisalat Nigeria has completed the renovation of several educational facilities at the Girls Government College, which is located in North West Nigeria. Read More.

Finalists revealed for 2015 Appsafrica Innovation Awards
The Appsafrica Innovation Awards 2015, according to the organiser, has attracted over 200 entries from 21 countries, across 3 continents in Africa. Read More.

Social apps take over South African smartphones
For the second consecutive year, social media apps have dominated free downloads on all three major app stores in South Africa, namely Google Play for Android, the Apple App Store for iOS, and the Windows Store. Read More.

BlackBerry appoints new board member
BlackBerry Limited has appointed Wayne G. Wouters, PC, to the Company’s Board of Directors. Wouters will also serve as a member of the audit and risk management committee of the Board of Directors. Read More.

Kenya receives digitised national archives
The Google Cultural Institute – in collaboration with the Kenya National Archives – has launched a digitised version of the country’s National Archives. The report reveals that the initiative celebrates and promotes Kenyan history, Africa’s heroes and cultural heritage. Read More.

ESET unveils Smart Security 9 and NOD32 Antivirus 9
ESET has revealed the availability of its new security solutions for Windows home users: ESET Smart Security 9 and ESET NOD32 Antivirus 9. According to the company, both have a completely re-engineered user interface and ESET Smart Security 9 features a new tool to protect customers’ banking transactions and online payments. Read More.

Experience innovation at MyWorld of Tomorrow 2015
With less than a week to go before the start of MyWorld of Tomorrow, Business Connexion is pleased to announce that a host of sponsors and exhibitors will be present at the second annual technology and lifestyle expo. Read More.

Top Opinions

The Internet of Things is the Land of Opportunity
The worldwide web most of us are familiar with is a place populated by about 2.5 billion people who go online to find information, entertainment and shopping, or to stay in touch with friends and share ideas with colleagues. The internet was made by people, for people. Read More.

Managing the common risks in cyber security
Cybercrime is hitting epidemic proportions. 2015 has already seen a large increase in the volume of global cyber security incidents with the likes of Sony and amongst the high profile victims. Read More.

Mobile technology to address Africa’s healthcare challenges
Mobile technology can address some of the biggest health challenges in Africa, says Vuyani Jarana at Vodacom Business. Read More.

Featured Editorial

Africa’s Top 10 Richest in Tech
While Dangote may be the richest man in Africa, IT News Africa will now introduce you to Africa’s Top 10 Richest in Tech, according to the latest list revealed by Forbes. Read More.

What do CEOs really want from CIOs?
The chief information officer (CIO) of a company is no longer just the company’s IT leader, traditionally seen as the ‘chief techie in the back office.’ Read More.

John Kotsaftis discusses South African VOD service “ShowMax”
Video on Demand (VOD) services have boomed in South Africa. In mid August 2015, the country saw the launch of a new, exclusive VOD service dubbed “ShowMax.” Read More.

Taking a closer look at Nigeria’s connectivity evolution
Recent research from the World Bank identified broadband and connectivity as key drivers for economic growth. Therefore, it is not surprising to see many countries and governments around the world investing significantly in their communication infrastructures. Read More.

Carrier WiFi in Africa: Key considerations for Mobile Operators
While many Carriers will continue to pursue technological advancements to handle demand, they maybe reticent about Carrier WiFi in their RAN portfolio because of high cost of integration, OaM and apparent lack of business case. At the same time, long-term spectrum availability, spectrum efficiency, LTE Femto cells and continued back haul improvements are likely to be a key focus to assure continued mobile broadband momentum. Read More.

Video Interview: Roger Lin discusses alternative grid energy for Africa
At the XON-NEC Summit, which was held at Sun City in South Africa, IT News Africa interviewed Roger Lin: Director for Product Management at NEC Energy Solutions. Read More.

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