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Microsoft is set to introduce text predictions for Word. This new feature is expected to help users write "more efficiently" by reducing spelling and grammar errors. According to Neowin, text predictions uses a Machine Learning model to "make suggestions based on the text typed by the user". How Word Text Predictions...
Microsoft has revealed it would add Optical Character Recognition (OCR) support for two of South Africa’s official languages, Afrikaans and Zulu. “Adding support for these languages is part of Microsoft’s mission to build meaningful cognitive products and services that improve local engagement,” says Rory Preddy, Senior Cloud Advocate at Microsoft South...
Google has announced the second Google News Initiative Innovation Challenge in Africa, with an "open call for projects that increase reader engagement and explore new business models for media". The first GNI Innovation Challenge saw 21 projects in 13 countries receive funding last year. Awardees were from Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana,...
Uber has launched its low-cost ride-hailing service UberGo in South Africa. "Due to the successful launch of UberGo in Port Elizabeth in 2017, we have decided to change the name of UberNam to UberGo, in order to follow the global Uber standard and to easily expand this option across South...
Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) is set to expand its advertising business across the MEA (Middle East, Africa, and Pakistan) region. Huawei Ads is a supply-side and demand-side, real-time advertising marketplace where media companies transact ad impressions with accountability. These ads reach users of Huawei devices, third-party apps, and Huawei apps such...
Tarsus Technology Group (TTG) has appointed Anton Herbst as its new CEO with effect from 1 March 2021. He replaces Miles Crisp who resigned to pursue new interests. Herbst brings to the role more than two decades of leadership experience in the ICT distribution industry, starting his career at...
Rectron has added NZXT software-powered hardware solutions for PC gaming to its portfolio. According to the company, NZXT is dedicated to providing "premium PC gaming products and services that combine affordability, functionality, engineering and design to achieve extraordinary gaming experiences". Through this partnership, Rectron will distribute the complete range of NZXT products...
King Price and Secura have introduced an app-based emergency response service, code red, in South Africa. In an emergency situation, app users can hit the panic button and the nearest armed response or emergency service vehicle will be dispatched. Code red taps into a network of more than 280 armed...
Microsoft Kenya, Stanbic Kenya Foundation and the Kenyan Government have partnered to impart digital skills to 50,000 entrepreneurs. According to TechWeez, this move will see private sector players "address a digital skills gap within the market" through digital learning and skilling initiative. “The digital landscape is transforming rapidly, and Kenya...
Commvault has appointed Kate Mollett as its Regional Director for its newly expanded Africa organisation. She is expected to focus on Commvault’s partner network across the region while looking for new partnerships to realise the huge market opportunity in many African markets for SaaS-based solutions and utility pricing options. With...
In recent years, Africa’s younger generation has begun to associate farming with bare sustenance and discard it as a viable career path. Despite farming being a fundamental part of society, training and education on sustainable agriculture in school curriculums is neglected and underfunded at government level.  To unpack this further,...
Last year, Tik Tok's parent company ByteDance and Oracle reached a “technical partnership” for the social media platform's US operations. The deal was expected to address the national security concerns surrounding TikTok, raised by the Trump Administration. But now, it would seem that these efforts have been 'shelved indefinitely' while US...
Mastercard is preparing for the future of transactions by planning to support cryptocurrency transactions across its network. This comes at a time when these digital assets are becoming a more important part of the payments world, especially during Bitcoin's recent surge in value. In a blog post, Mastercard says, "We...
Ericsson has appointed Sena Erten as Vice President and Head of People of Ericsson Middle East and Africa. In her new role, Erten is expected to guide the business towards a world-class employee experience that is people-centred, adopting the latest digital technologies, and leading the way in driving company culture. In...
Nutanix has appointed James Sturrock as Systems Engineering Director for Western Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa (WEURSSA). He will be responsible for all technical resources in the WEURSSA region as they engage with end-users and channel and OEM partners. Commenting on his appointment, Sturrock says “I am thrilled to be taking on...
Satellite internet service, Starlink is now available for pre-order in South Africa. The SpaceX subsidiary is offering a limited number of subscribers the chance to experience its high-speed, low-latency broadband beta service - said to be suited for areas where connectivity has been unreliable or completely unavailable. Starlink uses satellites...
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