IT News Africa: Top Stories of the Week

IT News Africa: Top Stories of the Week
IT News Africa: Top Stories of the Week

IT News Africa: Top Stories of the Week
IT News Africa: Top Stories of the Week

Yet another eventful week in tech has flown by. There have been numerous developments and revelations both in Africa and across the world.

Making headlines in South Africa, SAP provided an update on the allegations of their implication in the Gupta leaks.

In Nigeria, Jumia announced the start of their Super Startup Campaign which has an N1 million prize. While in Kenya, the electoral body has selected Safaricom to transmit their election results after the first set of elections was ruled out due to interference.

The team at IT News Africa this week reviewed two new gaming titles including: NBA 2K18 and Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite.

From all of us at IT News Africa, have a great weekend. The top stories of the week can be found below.


SAP Provides update on investigation into South Africa Business
SAP has revealed that it will provide an update on the allegations of wrongdoing in its South African business during the last week of October 2017. Read More.

Afrilabs welcomes 7 new hubs into its Pan-African network
Afrilabs, a network of over 60 technology and innovation hubs across 27 African countries, has expanded by 7 new hub members, also extending its membership base to 3 new African countries – Sierra Leone, Somalia and Djibouti. Read More.

Jumia Nigeria offers N1 Million in Super Startup Campaign
Jumia Nigeria has revealed that it has launched a “Super Startup campaign,” which will run from the 20th of September 2017 to the 30th of September 2017 and will have an N1 million (USD $2802) prize. Read More.

Kenya: Electoral body selects Safaricom to transmit election results
The Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC) has selected Safaricom to transmit the poll results in the repeat presidential elections expected to take place on 26 October 2017 in Kenya. Safaricom has been requested to deploy electoral kits in all 40,883 polling stations throughout Kenya. Read More.

Namibia: PayToday launches mobile business and fuel payments
Namibian payment start-up, PayToday, announced on Monday 25 September 2017 that the company has added a variety of business payment options to its solution, which initially was just peer-to-peer payment app. Read More.

Top Opinions & Features

Top 5 ways artificial intelligence can support your business
Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) has for decades been the subject of science fiction and fantasy films. But we’ve come a long way since ‘Skynet’. Only a few months ago, Facebook deactivated a chatbot project, as the bots had developed their own language to communicate with each other, making them redundant to the human employees ‘in charge’. Read More.

Westcon-Comstor Southern Africa provides African Resellers Access to Azure
Westcon-Comstor Southern Africa is offering African customers the opportunity to purchase and leverage the full power of Azure through the company as well as from its BlueSky digital logistics platform. Read More.

How AI’s disrupting customer service in the financial services industry
Robo-advice and artificial intelligence technologies are fast-tracking new investment opportunities at a lower cost than traditional investment options – disrupting financial institutions’ approach to customer interaction. Read More.

Blockchain could make bank reconciliation easier
Blockchain is a buzz word that isn’t going away. Yet few people in the financial industry truly understand the technology and the implications thereof. Read More.

Stash: The investment app taking South Africa by storm
People want to believe in the companies they invest in. This is where Stash comes in – the investment app now available on Android. The app has seen over 17 000 South African downloads since May 2017. Good news for Apple fans – the app is also coming to iOS in October 2017. Read More.

Gadgets and Gaming

BlackBerry KeyOne Review
The BlackBerry is back! The BlackBerry KEYone is here and it is exactly what you would expect from a BlackBerry device. This time instead of trying to match the competitors in the market, BlackBerry has gone back to its roots which helped the device become so successful in 2009. This device unlike the Z3, which failed to live up to the hype, is not completely a touchscreen mobile phone, yes you heard me right the QWERTY keyboard is back and it offers waves of nostalgia to boot. Read More.

FNB launches next generation branded smartphones
On Wednesday 27 September 2017 in Johannesburg South Africa, First National Bank (FNB) unveiled the next generation of their FNB-branded smartphones, the ConeXis A2 and the flagship ConeXis X2 – which will be available from 2 October 2017. Read More.

NBA 2K18 Review
The latest edition of the NBA 2K series was released to much anticipation on the 19th of September 2017. In what is the 19th instalment in this series, NBA 2K18 didn’t fail to live up to the hype of a game series which has all but cemented itself as a fan favourite among gamers and basketball fans alike. There is one glaring issue with this game around the added focus on microtransactions, but more on that later. Read More.

Marvel VS Capcom: Infinite Review
Developed and published by Capcom, Marvel VS Capcom: Infinite is the sixth main entry in the Marvel VS Capcom series of crossover games – and is available on PC, Xbox One, and the PlayStation 4. Like previous titles in the series, players control characters from both the Marvel Comics and Capcom universes to compete in tag team battles. Read More.

New Pai tech educational games launched in South Africa
Gammatek, a distributor of technology accessories, has announced the introduction of Pai Technology educational games for children in South Africa. The company will add Pai Technology’s TJ’s Math Adventure, Stem Lab-Little Engineer, Ocean Pets and Cube Tastic to its offering for young people. Read More.

By: Dean Workman
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