IT News Africa: Top Tech Stories of the Week

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Top African Tech News
Top African Tech News.

Hosted by IT News Africa, and sponsored by Telkom and Hitachi Data Systems, the Financial Innovation Summit was held at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg.

The Summit which was held on 28 October 2015 addressed the theme – “Advancing Financial Services.”

During the course of the Summit, IT News Africa recorded each round table discussion. The third video in the round table series covers: “Transforming Financial Services with the Power of Analytics.”

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


Nigerian entrepreneur wins Anzisha 2015 grand prize
Chris Kwekowe (22), founder of Slatecube has been revealed as the 2015 winner of the $25,000 Grand Prize in the 5th year of Africa’s premier award for youth entrepreneurship. Kwekowe’s platform offers a job-relevant skills learning platform and job placement services. Read More.

Winners of the AfricaCom Awards 2015 Revealed
Three of the big winners on the night were Huawei, Project Isizwe and FNB Connect, who both won two awards each. Read More.

MTN takes another blow with $622,000 fine
MTN Uganda has been ordered by the commercial court to pay the sum of Shs 2.3 billion (about $662,000 depending on the exchange rate) in damages to EzeeMoney Limited for, according to the report, “sabotaging its business.” Read More.

Huawei wins big at AfricaCom 2015 with LampSite solution
At Informa’s 8th AfricaCom awards dinner held at The Waterfront Lookout, Granger Bay Cape Town, Huawei walked away with two of the most prestigious awards, namely:- Best Network Improvement award and Breakthrough LTE Development award. Read More.

17 African countries to receive free services from Facebook & Airtel
Bharti Airtel Africa has revealed a partnership with Facebook which will see the launch of Free Basics in Africa. Read More.

Sub-Saharan Africa expected to see 100% mobile penetration by 2021
Ericsson has officially unveiled its latest Mobility Report, which according to the company provides insight into the future of 5G networks, including a forecast of 150 million 5G mobile subscriptions by 2021. 5G networks, based on standards that meet ITU IMT-2020 requirements, are expected to be deployed commercially from 2020. Read More.

Top Opinions

e-Commerce: Vital tips for consumers when purchasing gifts online
In the lead up to the festive season, consumers are increasingly turning to online shopping portals instead of visiting physical stores due the convenience that these platforms offer. Read More.

Big data analytics can help drive improved energy efficiency
The world we live in has become increasingly digital and connected, and we now have the ability to collect data from many new sources. Read More.

Featured Editorial

Thinking of Building an App?
We chat with Craig Terblanche, Regional Director of OutSystems SA, to find out exactly what developers and business owners need to know before dipping their toes into the choppy waters of the app development world. Read More.

Gadgets and Gaming

Fallout 4 Review
Developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks, Fallout 4 is the latest title in the Fallout series to launch on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Fallout 4 is essentially the 5th major installment in the series, and was official launched on November 10, 2015. Read More.

Rise of the Tomb Raider Review
In 2013 we were introduced to the Tomb Raider series, once again, when the team at Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix released a reboot of the series – which was simply titled “Tomb Raider.” The reboot was essentially the reconstructed origins of the culturally influential lead character Lara Croft. Fast forward to 2015, and we now continue Lara Croft’s journey of becoming the Tomb Raider in the latest title to grace the series “Rise of the Tomb Raider.” Read More.

Halo 5 Guardians Review
Developer 343 Industries and publisher Microsoft have finally released the latest title in the Halo series… Halo 5: Guardians, which comes in as an exclusive on the Xbox One console – and will officially release on the 27th of October, 2015. Read More.

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate Review
The Assassin’s Creed series had some how lost its way with Assassin’s Creed: Unity’s weak story, unrefined stealth mechanics, and its version of the over crowded streets of Paris. However, developer Ubisoft is now looking to turn things around with its latest title – Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. Read More.

Darryl Linington