New guidebooks are being released this year that profile some of Africa's most innovative and impactful startups. Covering start-ups in Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa, Egypt, and Kenya. These startup guide books shine a spotlight on companies tackling overarching socio-economic issues, the people behind them and the communities backing...
As societies around the globe shift to accommodate the changes in routines and behaviour caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and the education systems of many countries creep to a halt to spare learners from infection, countries are left to decide how this time spent at home will be made...
In the wake of coronavirus outbreaks across Africa, a Kenyan man has been charged with spreading misleading and alarming information - essentially fake news - on social media. Taking to Twitter, 23-year-old Elijah Muthui Kitonyo published a tweet where he (1) claimed to be working at the International Airport where...
Safaricom has revamped it's My Safaricom App for Android, reports TechWeez. The update (version 1.5.0.7) - which was pushed on Thursday, 12 March 2020 - includes minor features like a new splash screen and refreshed MPESA Global User Interface. The newer splash screen simply includes Safaricom's tagline whereas the MPESA...
Facebook has announced the launch of the Community Accelerator programme, available in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. The Accelerator will be a six-month programme that aims to provide training, mentorship and funding to help community leaders grow their communities. Selected leaders will spend up to three months learning from experts,...
Just recently Kenya suffered the worst locust outbreak in 70 years. With fears of a second wave of the winged scourge blotting the sky over farmer’s crops, scientists are turning to a new tracking programme in the hopes of preventing another surge, reports The Guardian. The UN has described the...
According to Mastercard, giving people the ability to pay only for what they use, as they need it, can lift millions of people across Africa out of poverty and make prosperity possible. A new white paper titled Pay on Demand: The Digital Path to Financial Inclusion, from Mastercard, explores how...
Amazon Web Services (AWS), the largest cloud computing platform on Earth, has been planning to set up an Edge location in Kenya for some time now. However new developments in Nairobi between Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and AWS execs have seen the signing of a strategic agreement between the...
Econet Global is interested in purchasing a telecommunications licence in Ethiopia, reports TechCentral. The company, founded by Zimbabwean billionaire Strive Masiyiwa, could be one of the first foreign investors to do so since the industry opened up. According to the report, the "Horn of African nation has announced plans to...
Liquid Telecom Rwanda announced that it has officially launched 'Liquid Home' - which is, according to the company, super-fast and affordable broadband. This announcement coincides with the company’s re-brand of its retail arm from Hai to Liquid Home. “With Liquid Home, users get unlimited high-speed Internet, significant price reductions and free...
Africa stands on the precipice of emerging technologies and innovation in response to decades of hardship and frustration. Amongst those innovations are those in the AI sphere, with African developers and innovators finding unique and lucrative ways to make the lives of clients and customers easier. Here are 5 ways AI...
For all the highly publicized ills that the African continent seems to be suffering from – corrupt politics and shortcomings in infrastructure to poor socioeconomic systems, African technology seems to be a shining bright spot. Kay Ugwuede of Tech Cabal writes that African innovation rises to meet the continent’s dire...
The Kenyan App market is unique as most of the very popular Kenyan apps are diverted to banking and financing, with a lean towards money loaning apps. There is one interesting surprise within the list, which is possibly one of the most unique apps in Kenya. Here are the Top...
African countries, including Botswana, Kenya, and South Africa, were surveyed in 2019 to determine their preparedness to face threats from cybercrime by KnowBe4, an international security awareness training company. The study found that 53% of all Africans surveyed think that trusting emails from people they know is good enough to...
In another effort to curb negativity in social media Ethiopia’s parliament has passed a law on Thursday that imposes a jail term and a fine for people whose internet posts “stir unrest,” reports Techweez via Reuters. It is evident that this is a move by the government to prevent violence...
Smartphone giant, Samsung has officially unveiled its latest devices at the Unpacked event in San Francisco earlier this week. A major highlight included the launch of three new 5G smartphones as part of the Galaxy S20 series; Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra. Samsung President and Head of Mobile Communications...
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