IT News Africa: Top Tech Stories of the Week

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IT News Africa: Top Tech 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.


Riverbed helps Engen accelerate application performance
Riverbed Technology has revealed that global energy company Engen is using its solutions to centralize Remote and Branch Office (ROBO) IT, and improve productivity, back-up and data security across its multi-national organization. Read More.

SimbaPay to allow money transfers of up to $45000 USD to Africa
SimbaPay has revealed that it has “Revolutionised the remittance space” by allowing its customers to transfer up to $45,000 USD to countries in Africa. This is substantially higher than the previous transaction limit of $3,000. Read More.

SAP opens new office in Morocco
SAP Africa has revealed the official opening of its new office in Casablanca, Morocco. The office opening coincided with the 2016 SAP Africa Francophone Partner Forum event in Casablanca where approximately 100 SAP partners attended. The news follows the announcement in December 2015 of the opening of an SAP office in Luanda, Angola. Read More.

Hack Jozi Challenge selects top ten digital ideas
The top ten of the 2016 #Hack.Jozi Challenge has been announced. The varied ideas include ways for parents to reduce screen time for their children, a free pick up and drop off laundry service and an online platform to upload or download building plans for quicker approval by local authorities. Read More.

Nigeria: Airtel and Lagos City Mall partner on free Wi-Fi
Airtel Nigeria has inked a partnership with Lagos City Mall in order to provide free Wi-Fi services to tenants and consumers at the mall. Read More.

MTN Group unpacks its Sustainability Report for 2015
MTN Group continues to make strides in achieving its sustainability vision of protecting and creating economic value for the company and its stakeholders, through responsible environmental and social core business practices. Read More.

Africa leads the way with mobile data
There has been a significant shift in the telecommunications landscape over the last 15 years, and the fast evolution of connectivity has brought us from the screeching tones of a dial up connection to ADSL, fibre, WiFi and 2,3 and 4G connections. Read More.

Top Opinions & Features

Spearphishing – the prelude to bigger things
Spearphishing can be the start of a bigger attack and difficult to defend against, but by encouraging customers to employ robust security training and policies MSPs can help companies become more secure, says Ian Trump. Read More.

10 LinkedIn tips for the African professional
Most recruiters these days will take a look at your LinkedIn profile to learn more about you. If your CV captures their eye and they’re interested in interviewing you, you may be on the fast-track to a new career. Read More.

ICT Investment can help fuel South Africa’s GDP growth
Large-scale Information Communication Technology (ICT) investment can play a crucial role in fuelling the growth of South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) through increased economic activity, innovation and productivity. Read More.

Why connecting women globally is vital
Without question, mobile has transformed our lives, altering the world’s social and economic landscape, boosting the global economy and supporting millions of jobs. Mobile is becoming increasingly entrenched in our everyday lives, fundamentally changing the way that we go shopping, make payments, listen to music, access social media, watch videos, do business and so much more. Read More.

“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.

Gadgets and Gaming

Overwatch Beta Impressions & Gameplay
The Overwatch beta, which has been scheduled to run up until May 9 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One has finally arrived. Players can now prepare to clash on the battlefields of tomorrow with a Overwatch – a legendary force made up of soldiers, scientists, adventurers, and oddballs. Read More.

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.

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