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Video app to let Africans watch Nollywood movies free
The VysilHq Network, an African start-up, has released the BETA version of its Nollywood video streaming app “Video Moja.” According to the developers of the app it is expected to: “Change the way individuals stream Nollywood videos online.” Read More.

Egypt: Social Media reacts to EgyptAir hijacking
Earlier this week an Egypt Air passenger plane, which was heading from Alexandria to Cairo, had recently been reported as hijacked. Read More.

MEA mobile wallet market expected to grow globally by 2020
The growth in smartphone and mobile internet users, and greater convenience and accessibility are the key growth drivers for the global mobile wallet market. Read More.

Samsung launches Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in Nigeria
Samsung has launched its latest devices, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in Nigeria. According to Samsung the devices will be available in black onyx, gold platinum and silver titanium from various mobile network providers within the country. Read More.

Ethiopia to transform education through technology
Students, teachers and learning institutions in Ethiopia will according to Microsoft, soon be transforming the way they learn and teach through ICT. This is due to Microsoft and the Ministry of Education in Ethiopia having signed an Education Transformation Agreement. Read More.

Xiaomi hit by Court Injunction in Nigeria
The Federal High Court in Lagos has issued an interim injunction against Xiaomi – a mobile phone manufacturer whose Mi branded mobile devices are currently on sale across Nigeria. Read More.

MTN Business launches converged SME ICT offers
MTN Business has introduced a range of converged business offers for small and medium businesses (SMEs). The offers seek to provide SMEs with affordable and easy to understand Information Communications Technology (ICT) services and solutions to enable them to lower their costs, improve productivity, produce higher quality products, increase customer satisfaction and focus on core areas. Read More.

Microsoft outlines new innovations for Windows 10
At Build 2016, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Windows and Devices Group, talked to thousands of developers about the work Microsoft Corp. is doing to help them embrace the new era of conversational intelligence and create more personal computing for every customer, industry and business. Read More.

Top Opinions & Features

Optimising mobile data usage in Africa is key
With the majority of consumers in Africa accessing the internet via mobile devices, the issue of how to optimise data usage to effectively manage costs has become a major topic of discussion. Read More.

Top 5 IT headaches solved by the cloud
Companies across Africa and the world are discovering that cloud computing is a pretty neat way to procure the services necessary to do business. Cost consistently comes up as the primary advantage of cloud solutions – but they have many benefits beyond the price tag. Read More.

You’ve downloaded a digital wallet, now what?
Around 86% of adults have access to banking in one form or another and, according to On Device Research, mobile penetration is at 133%. So why is it that South Africans are so reluctant to delve into digital? Read More.

Rethinking and Retooling MVNOs in Africa
The experience of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) in Africa is not a happy one. According to the GSMA as of the end of 2015, the world’s Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) hosted 1038 MVNOs and 277 MNO sub-brands. Read More.

Gadgets and Gaming

Quantum Break Review
Developed by Remedy Entertainment and published by Microsoft, Quantum Break is the latest exclusive to hit Xbox One consoles and PCs worldwide. While the title is set only to release on 5 April 2016, we have stepped into the shoes of Jack Joyce, manipulated time, and dropped our review – which can be found below – ahead of the release date. Read the Review.

SEGA Mega Drive Classic Game Console Review
The SEGA Mega Drive Classic Game Console, also known as the Sega Genesis in North America and the Super Aladdin Boy in South Korea, has made its way back to the South African market. Now for those of you who grew up in the late 80s and early 90s will know the original SEGA Mega Drive featured some rather iconic video games titles, which included the likes of: Sonic the Hedgehog, Streets of Rage, Golden Axe, Crack Down, Altered Beast, and Mortal Kombat 1, 2, and 3. Read the Review.

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 Review
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is the latest third-person shooter from developer PopCap Games, and publisher Electronic Arts. The latest title from the team is a direct sequel to the popular title Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. When it comes to new content, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 title is jam-packed. The game offers players 14 classes to choose from as well as a multitude of playable characters. Read the Review.

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