From new innovations and digital transformation, growing economies to emerging startups, it’s been an insightful week across Africa’s ICT sector.
This week, Microsoft unveiled some of the core features of its latest operating system, Windows 10. Nigerians also got flexible smartphone financing options. IT News Africa also had the chance to look at the latest tech featured inside the VW Touareg. The week also saw Gartners winners of the 2018 Gartner Eye on Innovation Award.
And in gaming, the team reviewed the highly anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2.
Here is a wrap up of all the most read articles of the week.
Nigerians get flexible smartphone financing options
PayJoy, a Silicon Valley technology company, has partnered with pan-African mobile network operator, MTN, TD Mobile, and financial institution, Sterling Bank, to offer a technology-driven financing solution that enables Nigerians to buy mobile devices on installment. Read more.
Smartphone sales down for fourth straight quarter
Global smartphone sales fell for a fourth consecutive quarter in the period through September, suggesting a challenging market for device makers awaiting catalysts to spark sales, researchers said. According to recent reports by research firm, IDC, stats showed that 355 million handsets delivered in the third quarter, a year-on-year decline of six percent. Read more.
A look at the tech featured inside the VW Touareg
As Cars.co.za‘s Consumer Experience Manager, Hannes Oosthuizen is tasked with ensuring visitors to this platform are exposed to the most useful and relevant advice and information possible. He is also the project manager for Cars.co.za’s Consumer Awards and Ownership Satisfaction projects, as well as heading its content division. He is currently one of only 2 South Africans on the World Car of the Year judging panel. Read more
South Africa: Google Impact Challenge opens public voting
Public voting has opened for the first Google Impact Challenge Africa, a competition to find the most innovative not-for-profit African organisations using technology to solve societal problems. The Google Impact Challenge opens Google’s arms to South Africa social innovators working to solve challenging social issues, and asks for their bold ideas to grow economic opportunity in the country – and beyond. Read more.
Gartner announces winners of the 2018 Gartner Eye on Innovation Award, EMEA
Gartner, Inc. has announced the winners of the 2018 Gartner Eye on Innovation Award for financial services in the EMEA region. The award recognises innovative use of digital-technology-enabled capabilities, products or services to highlight “best in class” financial industry initiatives launched within the past 12 months, and to offer insight about developments in digital innovation. Read more.
Nokia 7.1 launches in South Africa
HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has announced that the new Nokia 7.1. The device has HDR display lies within a masterfully crafted, gorgeous design and offers an advanced imaging experience powered by a dual rear depth-sensing camera with 2PD, for fast accurate autofocus and ZEISS Optics to ensure you never miss a moment. Read more.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Review
Developed and published by Rockstar Games, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel to the 2010 hit, Red Dead Redemption. A Western-themed action-adventure, Red Dead Redemption 2 follows a prominent member of the Van der Linde gang, Arthur Morgan, as he and the gang run from the law and make their way across the dying Wild West. Read more.
Consumer electronics expo to boost South Africa-China trade
Economic powerhouse China has been South Africa’s biggest trade partner for the past nine years – and the potential for growth is unbounded. The second annual International Consumer Electronics Expo South Africa (ICEE•SA 2018) will be taking place in Sandton this week, showcasing cutting-edge technology and electronics and providing opportunities to connect with some of China’s biggest technology suppliers in one place. Read more.
Deloitte reveals that South Africans are open to automated financial advice
As many South African households struggle to “get by” financially and live from pay cheque to pay cheque, they often experience high levels of financial stress. While stress levels are the highest among low-income earners, more than a quarter of households with a monthly income above R40 000 also experience high levels of financial stress. It is not surprising that many South Africans are interested in getting assistance on how to minimise their bills and create budget plans. Read more.
Standard Bank launches Chinese internet banking in Angola
Angola has a strong relationship with China, which offers diplomatic backing for the state. With that said, Standard Bank has recently launched Chinese internet banking in Angola with hopes of installing to the rest of the continent by 2019. The growing Africa-China trade by building and managing an innovative and effective Africa-China banking corridor requires an understanding of the pain points that African clients face when accessing China.