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Telegram, a cloud-based messaging service, has finally launched its Premium Subscription service which will go at a price of  $4.99 per month, according to TechCrunch. Premium subscribers will get improved features including fast downloads, a much larger file upload, and longer bios with a link. The social media platform recently celebrated...
Snapchat, a popular instant messaging app, is reportedly working on a paid subscription called Snapchat Plus. According to The Verge, this new subscription will give users early access to new features, as well as other services. "We’re doing early internal testing of Snapchat Plus, a new subscription service for Snapchatters....
A recent survey by Open Dialogue revealed that young unemployed South Africans were spending around R1,300 ($81,34) a month on looking for work, with over R464 ($29,03) of this on internet costs. For many, accessing information, job opportunities and learning comes at a high data cost, especially given that...
Adobe, a giant computer software company, will be releasing a free-to-use version of Photoshop that will be available on the web to everyone. The software company has started testing the free version in Canada, according to The Verge. This service that Adobe calls "freemium" will, however, have some of its...
The Nigerian government has announced new regulations for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other internet platforms operating in the country. This comes after Nigeria lifted its Twitter ban in the country. Nigeria’s National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) released the regulations five months after a six-month ban on Twitter. The giant...
This week on IT News Africa’s Digital Innovation Podcast, Luis Monzon interviews Johann van Niekerk, CEO of Outsized for Africa. Outsized is a digital freelancing platform and curator that basically functions as a middle-man between freelancers and the companies that need them most. Where Outsized differentiates itself is in the...
Meta's super-popular chat app WhatsApp is reportedly working on adding new features to its messaging, including a new "Edit" feature that is in the pipeline for an upcoming update in the near future. According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp was thinking about launching an Edit feature five years ago but at that...
The dotZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) has published draft rules aimed at further regulating the registration and operation of websites in South Africa. For local hosting companies that offer domain name registrations and registrar services, additional license conditions and fees payable via the registry may impact their ability to offer...
YouTube has announced a stellar lineup of artists hailing from five countries, who will be performing at this year’s Africa Day Concert. Like previous editions, the Africa Day Concert which is in its third year will be hosted by superstar Idris Elba. The annual concert is a musical homage...
Chat Commerce is taking the lead when it comes to helping brands convince users to complete customer journeys. In fact, a simple, safe payment link within a WhatsApp message could hold the key for many companies, especially those in financial services, struggling with customer conversion, acquisition, and even cart...
WhatsApp plans to drop support for certain Android and iOS phones on 24 October 2022. The messaging platform usually does this when it wants to introduce functionality on the app that may not work on older phone versions. This time iOS 10, iOS 11, iPhone 5, and iPhone 5C will...
Disney+, the streaming service from The Walt Disney Company, launches on Wednesday in South Africa. Standard pricing at launch is confirmed at R119 ($7.45) per month, or R1190 ($74.53) for an annual subscription, with sign-up information available at DisneyPlus.com. Disney+ offers fans over 1000 films, more than 1500 series, and a...
Netflix is reportedly considering live-streaming on its platform. According to Deadline, the company confirmed that it is in the early stages of development for unscripted shows and stand-up specials. As per Deadline, the live-streaming feature could open up the potential for unscripted shows which often air live, such as large...
A former content moderator filed a lawsuit on Tuesday over alleged poor working conditions for contracted content moderators in Kenya. According to Business Daily, the petition, also filed against Meta's local outsourcing company Sama, alleges that workers moderating Facebook posts in Kenya have been subjected to unreasonable working conditions including...
Elon Musk, the Tesla CEO, confirmed that he will restore the former US President's Twitter account should his acquisition of the social media platform successfully close later this year. Twitter announced a permanent suspension of former US President Donald Trump's account last year "due to the risk of further incitement...
Disney+, a subscription streaming service owned by The Walt Disney Company, unveils its full launch day line-up for South Africa. Launching on 18 May, subscribers will have access to Star Wars’ “The Book of Boba Fett” and both seasons of “The Mandalorian”. In addition, Disney+ will be the home of...
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