Another week has gone by where technology news has been dominating the headlines both across Africa and around the world.
This week Yoco and Mastercard announced that they will partner to expand the companies mPOS services in South Africa.
Facebook announced that the company has launched the first ever SME council in Nigeria.
This week also saw a number of interesting reports released which looked into cyber security landscape of South Africa.
From all of us at IT News Africa, have a great weekend. The top stories of the week can be found below.
Yoco and Mastercard partner for mPOS expansion in South Africa
Mastercard, on Wednesday 25 October 2017, announced that the company will be collaborating with South African fintech company Yoco to roll out 15,000 mobile Point of Sale (mPOS) devices to small and medium-sized businesses across South Africa by the end of 2017. During the roll out the companies will look to educate SME owners on the benefits of going cashless. Read More.
Facebook launches Africa’s first SME council in Nigeria
Facebook has revealed that the company has launched its Nigerian SME Council, the first of its kind to launch on the continent. The council forms part of Facebook’s ongoing commitment to help support small and medium-sized businesses throughout Africa. Read More.
FNB set to give away millions of Gigabytes of data
FNB Connect will kick-off this festive season by giving away millions of Gigabytes of data to reward customers who use the bank’s integrated digital and telco ecosystem over the festive season period, starting from 1 November 2017 all the way to 31 January 2018. Read More.
South Africa: Startup Campus set to launch in Johannesburg
The launch date for the startup campus, 22 On Sloane, has been revealed. The campus which will be in Bryanston, Johannesburg, will open its doors on November 10, 2017, and will aim to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs with its “360-degree turnkey solution. Read More.
South Africa: Drone company raises $499,000 in funding
A Cape Town-based drone operator, UAV Industries, announced on Tuesday 24 October that the company has raised ZAR6.84 million (US$499,000) in funding from Glenheim Venture Capital Company, in what was the first direct investment made by Glenheim’s Section 12J fund. Read More.
Top Opinions & Features
Fortinet- South Africa’s cyber security has caught up
On Thursday 26 October 2017, cybersecurity company, Fortinet, revealed the findings of the company’s 2017 Global Enterprise Security Survey. The survey aimed to uncover the attitudes of companies around the world towards cybersecurity. Read More.
Which technologies will reshape business in 2018
Dimension Data released a list of the company’s top IT predictions for 2018. Blockchain, together with artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, and virtual and augmented reality, have the potential to deliver disruptive outcomes and reshape digital business in 2018 according to the report. Dimension Data also pointed out that companies that have not started the digital investment cycle are at high risk of being disrupted. Read More.
Report: The African digital revolution is gaining pace
On Tuesday 25 October 2017 Orange Business Service released the company’s 2017 Africa Digital Transformation Survey of enterprises across several sectors in Africa. Read More.
South African data breach: How to protect yourself
It was revealed on Tuesday 17 October 2017 that South Africa had been hit by the worst data breach in its history. The personal information of more than 30 million South Africans – more than half of the total population – was leaked online, potentially causing identity theft for each one of the affected individuals. The leaked data includes names, ID numbers, income information, employment history, phone numbers and home addresses of everyone on the list. Read More.
Top 8 worst online security breaches in history revealed
No matter how well guarded a website and database is there will always be some hackers who will find a way to breach through the system. These online security breaches happen on a daily basis. However, for the most part, these regular offences happen on a small scale. Read More.
Gadgets and Gaming
South Park: The Fractured But Whole Review
Developed and published by Ubisoft, in collaboration with South Park Digital Studios, South Park: The Fractured But Whole has finally launched on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The title is the sequel to the 2014 hit, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and is based on the hit animated show, South Park. Read More.
Tecno Mobile launches Phantom 8 smartphone
Tecno, a mobile phone brand under Transsion Holdings, launched its newest smartphone the “Phantom 8” in the Middle-East and Africa region on the 22nd of October 2017 at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai. Read More.
First portable micro-projector for Nintendo Switch launched
Gaming gadgets company, OJO, has unveiled the world’s first portable micro-projector for the Nintendo Switch. The projector will be available on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform at $269. OJO will be available for shipping worldwide from December and will be in the hands of gamers by Christmas 2017. Read More.
Apple leads the way in the 2017 SAcsi for mobile handsets
The latest South African Customer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi) for Mobile Handsets, conducted by Consulta, indicates that local mobile handset users are most satisfied with Apple iPhone, despite the brand’s high prices. With an overall SAcsi score of 84, Apple is well above the industry average of 79.7 and 0.5 points ahead of its 2016 score of 83.5. Read More.
Assassin’s Creed Origins: Cinematic Launch Trailer
Set in mysterious ancient Egypt, Assassin’s Creed Origins is a new beginning. Experience a new way to fight while exploring the great pyramids and hidden tombs across the country of ancient Egypt, and encounter many memorable storylines along your journey as well as discover the origin story of the Assassin’s Brotherhood. Read More.