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The Bank of Tanzania (BoT) revealed that, in conjunction with government and other stakeholders, it is in the final stages of preparing new legislation against cyber-crimes in the country. To date, Tanzania has no laws governing cyber-crimes. The bank is co-operating with government officials and stakeholders to drive forward three bills of legislation that...
Today FNB Commercial and RMB Corporate Bank announced the launch of Online Banking Enterprise on the FNB Banking Tablet App. This new platform will enable business and corporate clients to securely manage their business’ financial affairs anytime and from anywhere in the world. “We are delighted to introduce an innovative solution...
Google has created a special Doodle on its homepages across Sub Sahara Africa to mark the 73rd birthday of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Wangari Maathai.  In the doodle, a figure of a smiling Wangari replaces the second "o" in the Google logo.   It was created by the Google Doodle team,...
Telecel pre-paid subscribers with data-enabled handsets can now browse on Facebook for free, even when they have no airtime, utilising the Facebook Zero web-site. Facebook Zero is a mobile web-site that includes all the key features of Facebook but is optimised for speed with zero data charges. It can be accessed...
It's Christmas time, and what's not to like about Christmas. Time off work, time with family, time to completely unwind and refresh yourself for the new year ahead are all aspects of the festive period we are about to enter. But let's not forget what Christmas is really all...
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) plans to launch some 1900 new Generic Top Level Domains (gTLD’s). This new system will allow for the registration of generic words, geographic names and brand names as top level names, for example .lawyer, .africa, .zulu, .google and .clothing, and ICANN has...
Amazon has revealed its current list of best-selling books in South Africa. The top ten best-selling books takes into account Kindle editions purchased by South African customers between June 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014. The list features some great reads with Inferno by Dan Brown topping the list. In...
The arrival of Netflix in South Africa promises an alternative to current and expensive TV services on offer – that of being able to stream hundreds of popular movies and TV shows in real time, on demand, whether it be from your smartphone, tablet or computer. While this is good...
The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has announced a strategic partnership with the private sector to deliver e-learning programmes in Kenya to thousands of marginalised girls. Project iMlango is an e-learning partnership, led by satellite operator Avanti Communications and its partners: sQuid, the smartcard and digital payments system provider;...
Takealot has revealed that it is the first online store in South Africa to stock Google's controversial specs, Google Glass. According to the website, Google Glass will retail at a staggering R26,999 ($2,557 USD). Takealot’s Co-CEO Willem Van Biljon has high expectations for it. He stated that, “We expect to...
Today Nigeria’s JUMIA, an online shopping destination in Africa, is extending its services to Uganda. The East African country will now have access to Jumia's wide range of products including: fashion, electronics, home appliances, mobile devices and beauty at www.jumia.ug. Co-founder of JUMIA, Jeremy Hodara: “We want to offer all...
Google has revealed the launch of its Play Movie service in South Africa. The service, which is now live, allows South Africans to rent or purchase movies for watching on their phones, tablets, computers and smart TVs. Full-length movies are available from all the major Hollywood studios. According to Google,...
Technology giant Apple has acquired HopStop.com, the startup venture established by Nigerian entrepreneur Chinedu Echeruo, for an undisclosed amount, according to Mashable and Bloomberg. HopStop is a mobile application that provides an online city transit guide for over 100 metropolitan areas worldwide. The move comes hot on the heels of Apple’s acquisition of Israeli...
Google today launched the South African Elections Hub, an online portal where voters, journalists and campaigners can easily track all the latest news, trends and information related to the 2014 elections, set to take place on 7 May, marking 20 years of democracy in South Africa. The Internet is playing...
E-commerce models nowadays often take on an American style; however, this is not the case for Egypt. As a start up investing in the Arab world, Jumia Egypt has adopted the values and qualities of e-commerce in the Middle East and Africa. By utilising different payment and delivery methods...
FNB’s cashless branch, dotFNB, has become the first bank in South Africa to launch interactive gesture technology in its flagship Canal Walk store. The introduction of this technology into the store front serves as yet another digital touch point for the bank to communicate with both FNB and non-FNB...
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