IT News Africa: Top Stories of the Week

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


Etisalat Nigeria sets up ‘Fight Malaria’ Clubs in Schools
As part of activities to mark World Malaria Day (WMD) 2016, held on April 25,  Etisalat revealed plans to commemorate this day by setting up ‘Fight Malaria Clubs’ across Secondary schools in Nigeria which forms part of its commitment in the fight against the scourge of malaria. Read More.

Coventry University unveils £1 million scholarship offer to African students
Coventry University has unveiled a £500,000 scholarship offer for international students and announced the establishment of the Africa Institute for Transformational Entrepreneurship (AITE), which aims to boost socio-economic development across the African continent. Read More.

Cell C launches LTE-Advanced in South Africa
Cell C has revealed the commercial availability of its next generation broadband technology, LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town. Read More.

Veeam gets enterprises Nimble with Availability Suite Version 9.5
At the 2016 VeeamON Forum, which was held at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai, Veeam Software – the innovative provider of solutions that deliver Availability for the Always-On Enterprise – revealed that the company will expand existing storage integration to include Nimble Storage as part of the new Veeam Availability Suite version 9.5, to be released later this year. Read More.

South Africa: Mall of Africa goes wireless
VAST Networks and Ruckus Wireless have, according to both parties, successfully deployed the continent’s largest mall Wi-Fi installation in order to provide consumers and retailers with Wi-Fi throughout the Mall of Africa. Read More.

Nelson Mandela Bay Tech Entrepreneurs and Start-ups get R&D Lab
SEDA Nelson Mandela Bay ICT Incubator (SNII) revealed the opening of a new technology research and development (R&D) centre, located on-site at its Newton Park technology office business park in Port Elizabeth. Read More.

Cisco encourages gender inclusion through Girls Power Tech initiative
In a global effort to raise awareness around the necessity for girls to consider a career in ICT, Cisco will be once again supporting Girls in ICT Daythrough their Girls Power Tech initiative. Read More.

Panasonic investing heavily in South Africa
According to Panasonic the company has strengthened its foothold in the South African market in the past year, Panasonic South Africa began trading as an independent PTY Ltd company on 1st of April 2016. Read More.

Top Opinions & Features

“Business downtime costs businesses millions” – Gregg Petersen: Veeam
IT News Africa caught up with Gregg Peterson at the 2016 VeeamOn Forum, which was held at Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai. In the interview below, Gregg Petersen gives an overview of the forum as well as discusses how downtime can cost companies millions in revenue. Watch The Interview Here.

In Pictures: VeaamOn Forum 2016
Take a look at this year’s 2016 VeeamOn Forum, which was held at Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai. View the image gallery here.

Could Cryptocurrencies be the next big thing in Africa?
Mobile money is booming in Africa, and digital currencies are at a close second, due to the same reason: 30% of Africans lack access to traditional financial services such as bank accounts and credit cards. Read More.

Security Hardening of Windows by Reducing Privileged Access
As I tour the world helping Active Directory administrators, security professionals, and auditors secure their Windows environment, I often get questions about privileged access. Read More.

Making supply chains digital in Africa
Different to the tourism or marketing environments where digital integration has been absorbed organically, supply chain and manufacturing professionals have been sluggish to phase out what is a deeply entrenched traditional mentality. Read More.

What is the difference between whaling and phishing?
One of the largest online security threats to individuals and businesses today doesn’t come from new sophisticated malware tools, but rather from distinctly low-tech phishing and whaling campaigns. Read More.

Forget the Smart City, time to think about the smart Smart Citizen
By 2050, it’s expected that nearly 80% of South Africans will be living in urban areas. This massive acceleration in rural-to-urban migration was highlighted recently by Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Andries Nel. Read More.

SA online retail to pass 1% of total retail in 2016
For the first time since the dawn of e-commerce in South Africa, online retail in this country will reach 1% of overall retail during 2016. This is the most significant finding of the Online Retail in South Africa 2016 report, released today by World Wide Worx. Read More.

Gadgets and Gaming

Ratchet and Clank Review – PlayStation 4
The latest title from developer Insomniac Games comes as a PlayStation 4 exclusive. This time around, the development team brings to life – on Sony’s latest console – two of gaming’s most iconic characters, Ratchet and Clank. That’s right, the dynamic duo has made a triumphant return in one of the most charming and visually stunning adventures yet. Read the Review.

Mafia III set to launch October 7 2016
2K and Hangar 13 have announced that Mafia III, the next installment in the game series, will launch on October 7, 2016. The title will be launching on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC. Read More.

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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