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

Another week has gone by where technology news has been dominating the headlines both across Africa and around the world.

This past week was the annual AfricaCom conference in Cape Town, South Africa, where the who’s who is African ITC converged on the CTICC and a number of stories emerged from the conference.

In South Africa, the launch of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro grabbed the headlines.

It emerged in Nigeria that the country has lost N127 billion at the first Legislative Stakeholders Conference on ICT and Security in Abuja.

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


Nigeria announces N127 billion loss to cybercrime
Dr Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate, on Monday 6 November 2017 revealed that Nigeria has lost about N127 billion to cybercrime. He made the revelation at Nigeria’s first Legislative Stakeholders Conference on ICT and Cyber security in Abuja. Read More.

AfricaCom 2017: Tizeti and Facebook to expand Wi-Fi express in Nigeria
On Wednesday 8 November 2017, wireless internet service provider, Tizeti, announced a partnership to expand Express Wi-Fi through Facebook in Nigeria, with plans to roll out hundreds of hotspots over the coming months. The announcement was made at AfricaCom 2017 in Cape Town South Africa. According to the companies, this initiative supports Facebook’s and Tizeti’s shared goal of connecting more people to the internet in a cost-efficient way. Read More.

South Africa: MTN and Ericsson to trial 5G in early 2018
Ericsson and MTN announced on Thursday 9 November 2017 that the first 5G trial in South Africa is set to start to start in the first quarter of 2018. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at AfricaCom 2017 in Cape Town which will see the two companies collaborate on the rollout of 5G technologies in South Africa, making it one of the first in Africa to have the network. Read More.

South Africa: Uber to charge late passengers extra
There has been a lot of controversies in South Africa surrounding the e-hailing taxi service, Uber, in 2017. The majority of which have come from violent clashes between Uber drivers and drivers who work for metered taxi companies. This forced the company to rethink their procedures as they announced new updates and features to the app at the end of October 2017 in an attempt to keep both drivers and passengers safe. The company has now announced, on 8 November 2017, that they will be adding another new feature which will see the drivers get paid extra if they are left waiting for a passenger. Read More.

AfricaCom 2017: Konnect Africa aiming to bring WiFi to rural areas
Konnect Africa, a Eutelsat-owned satellite broadband service provider, on Thursday 9 November 2017 at AfricaCom in Cape Town South Africa, unveiled SmartWIFI… a new hotspot service. According to the company, this new service will form part of its ongoing commitment to bring digital opportunities to Africans. Read More.

Top Opinions & Features

Hetzner breach exposes the need for cyber insurance
This week, one of SA’s largest hosting companies, Hetzner, was hacked, exposing hundreds of thousands of FTP passwords, domain names and bank account details, with the exception of credit card information. This has left SA organisations vulnerable to bad actors who could now control the Web sites of customers, says MyCyberCare’s Simon Campbell-Young. Read More.

South Africa: BCX launches a free digital learning platform
On Monday 6 November 2017 BCX, a member of the Telkom group, announced that the company has launched a digital learning platform which according to the company is designed to propel South African education into the digital future through free access to online educational content. Read More.

Twitter expands character cap to 280
Twitter announced on Tuesday 7 November 2017 that the platform would double the limit for tweets from 140 to 280 characters. According to the company, the move has been put in motion to try and draw in more users and boost engagement of the social network. Read More.

Digital transformation: A theory of change that frequently changes
The development sector could learn a lot from the approaches being used in instructive digital organisations. Read More.

The Internet of Things holds great promise but also massive threats
While the Internet of Things (IoT) held great promise for a utopian future in which everything was connected to everything else, there were also huge security risks. Read More.

Gadgets and Gaming

Need for Speed Payback launch trailer
Set in the underworld of Fortune Valley, you and your crew are reunited by a search for vengeance against The House, a nefarious cartel that rules the city’s casinos, criminals, and cops. In this corrupt gambler’s paradise, the stakes are high and The House always wins. Read More.

Forza Motorsport 7 Review
The latest edition in the Forza Motorsport series was released towards the back end of 2017. Developed by Turn10 and published by Microsoft as an Xbox One exclusive, the seventh game of the series sets a new benchmark for racing games across a variety of fields including graphics, car collection, sound, and a plethora of tracks, race modes, weather conditions and driving atmosphere. If you speak to many fans of the series, Forza Motorsport 4, is likely to be their favourite game, however, with the addition of Forza Motorsport 7 that is likely to change. Read More.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro launches in South Africa
On Monday 6 October 2017 in a glitzy event in Cape Town, South Africa, Chinese technology company, Huawei unveiled their latest flagship device to the South African public, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. Despite having launched globally in Germany on the 16th of October 2017, this was the first time that South Africans could have an up-close look at the device which according to the company is “built for AI.” Read More.

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