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IT News Africa: Top Stories Of The Week

October 7, 2017 • East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West Africa

IT News Africa: top stories of the week.

IT News Africa: top stories of the week.

Another week has passed where technology news has made headlines across Africa, and the world.

In South Africa, Vodacom’s rebranding into a digital company captured headline news while in Kenya, it was confirmed that six staff members from Safaricom will be investigated for possible election fraud.

Jumia made news in Nigeria with the announcement that the company has launched the country’s first eCommerce bot.

The team at IT News Africa this week reviewed two new gaming titles including CupHead and FIFA 18.

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

News

Vodacom rebrands to become a digital company
Vodacom announced on Thursday 5 October 2017 that the company is rebranding and becoming a digital company, expanding from their traditional telco model. The repositioning of its brand is in line with Vodacom’s parent company, Vodafone, global shift. Read More.

Six Safaricom staff members to be investigated for possible election fraud
Six employees of Kenyan telecom operator Safaricom will be investigated for allegedly conspiring with election board officials to rig the 08 August 2017 presidential elections. This comes after the chief prosecutor ordered an investigation which is to be completed in 21 days. A letter drafted by the public prosecutions Director, Keriako Tobiko has revealed that a team of senior prosecutors will assist in investigating six staff members. Read More.

Nigeria: Ernest Akinlola named new ntel MD/CEO
Telecoms company, ntel, Nigeria’s first 4G/LTE-advanced network, announced on Wednesday 4 October that the company has appointed Ernest Akinlola as the substantive managing director/chief executive officer of the company. Read More.

Jumia launches Nigeria’s first e-commerce bot
Nigerian online travel agency and e-commerce site, Jumia, have revealed that they have introduced the Jumia Bot, Nigeria’s first e-commerce Bot. Using Jumia Bot, shoppers can order food, find fashion or electronic items and book hotels and flights by simply having an online conversation with the bot. Read More.

iWayAfrica Kenya acquires Callkey Networks
African ISP, iWayAfrica Kenya, has secured regulatory approval to acquire the terrestrial and VSAT customer base of Callkey Networks, a Nairobi-based corporate communications service provider and a subsidiary of ImaraSat. Read More.

Top Opinions & Features

Artificial Intelligence: The new technologies powering South African business
By next year, the number of businesses around the world using artificial intelligence (AI) in some aspect of their operations is expected to increase to 62 percent. Leading this trend are the South African organisations which are adopting smart technologies to not only make their procedures more efficient, but to adapt to the changing landscape of modern business. Read More.

Top car apps for South African drivers
Mobile phones offer Africans an easy and affordable way to get connected to this ever-growing digital world. The mobile phone has been touted as the technology which can help Africans bridge the dreaded digital divide but still many of these devices can prove costly, and the ones that do come at a much lower price point can turn out to be unreliable and not very durable. Read More.

Top 5 cost-conscious mobile phones for the African consumer
Mobile phones offer Africans an easy and affordable way to get connected to this ever-growing digital world. The mobile phone has been touted as the technology which can help Africans bridge the dreaded digital divide but still many of these devices can prove costly, and the ones that do come at a much lower price point can turn out to be unreliable and not very durable. Read More.

South Africa: The battle of the online food delivery service
We put Order In, Uber Eats and Mr. Delivery to a quick lunchtime test. Which of these popular delivery services in South Africa turned out to be the best? Read More.

Top 5 affordable laptops for the South African student
Students are in constant need of a device that is affordable and can handle all the workload. There are a variety of laptops available on the market, and picking the right machine that is capable of delivering can sometimes prove to be a challenge. Read More.

Gadgets and Gaming

Xbox South Africa reveals Xbox One X price and release date
On Friday 6 October 2017 at the 2017 rAge Expo, held in Johannesburg South Africa, Microsoft announced that their latest console, the Xbox One X, will be hitting South African stores in time for Christmas. Read More.

Top 21 games to play at rAge 2017
The 2017 rAge expo, which is being held at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa has officially kicked off. The event will span from 6-8 October 2017, and will see some of the biggest players in the gaming industry showcase a variety of top-tier video games. Read More.

Cuphead Review
Developed and published by StudioMDHR Entertainment, as an exclusive on Xbox One consoles and Windows PC, run and gun indie title “Cuphead” is finally available after its initial announcement back in 2014. While we have indeed waited some time for Cuphead to release, the wait has been well worth it. Read More.

PS4 5.0 update out now
The latest PlayStation update, update 5.0, has officially been released on PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide. The latest system update weighs in at 375 MB. Read More.

FIFA 18 Review
It is that time of year again, the next edition of one of the biggest gaming series is here. It is, of course, FIFA 18 and it is available now across all platforms. This year’s version looks to build on the success of the previous FIFA titles which have made the game a household name. Read More.

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