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On Tuesday 5 August 2014, residents in Johannesburg experienced a massive earth tremor that shook Johannesburg and surrounding areas. The tremor could be felt from the IT News Africa office building in Houghton Estate, and all across Boksburg, Pretoria, Rosebank, Fourways and even as far as Bloemfontein. While no official...
Lamudi, founded by Africa Internet Holding (AIH), has established itself as Kenya’s leading online real estate platform, recently exceeding 15,000 listings. The site offers Kenyans a wide range of different properties to rent and buy in different parts of Kenya including Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and Nakuru. Lamudi Kenya started its...
Technology giant Microsoft last week announced a partnership with the South African government’s Jobs Fund - an alliance that will provide assistance to small technology businesses. Microsoft South Africa’s Managing Director Mteto Nyati sat down with ITNewsAfrica to discuss why Microsoft has invested so heavily in Africa. Nyati explained that although Microsoft is indeed...
Majority of the South Africans currently prefer the ability to watch their favourite programs and movies on their TV, Smartphones or Tablets from wherever and whenever they want. This has caused the rise of streaming services in South Africa which offers the flexibility and comfort that cannot be offered...
Google has launched an online portal (http://www.google.ng/elections/) where voters can keep an eye on the latest news about Nigerian politics in the run-up to the general elections in February. According to Google’s Communications and Public Affairs Manager for Nigeria, Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, the portal is a one-stop resource containing voting information...
Rubric, a global language service provider (LSP), has donated its translation services to make Mozilla’s Firefox Web browser available in isiXhosa – South Africa’s second most spoken language. Françoise Henderson, CEO of Rubric, says the company completed the translation of 30 000 words into isiXhosa, and will continue to support Mozilla in...
Twitter is a great source of news and information, but it should be noted that the content users consume is directly influenced by the people they follow. Consequently, Twitter users with a vast number of followers are referred to as influencers. It therefore goes without saying that in order...
Online transactions make up less than 1% of the overall retail market in South Africa according to Enst & Young. Although this is extremely low when compared with the UK where online shopping constitutes 14% of retail sector purchases, this number is escalating at an impressive year-on-year rate according...
Specialist online marketing research agency Columinate yesterday released its third annual ‘Internet Banking SITEisfaction in South Africa’ survey. Launched in 2012, the survey is a measure of customer satisfaction with online banking services in South Africa and is the only one of its kind to focus exclusively on internet...
Internet giant Google is calling entrepreneurs, creatives, innovators and web-lovers across Africa to share their stories of how the web has transformed their lives and work.  Whether a photographer, an entrepreneur, a fashion designer or a community activist, if the Internet and Google tools have played an important role in success, Google wants to...
Africa is growing rapidly and so is internet penetration on the continent. The use of mobile phones and increasing availability of Wifi has enabled users across Africa to become more active on social media platforms such as Facebook. Recently, the founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg paid a visit to Nigeria, the country...
According to reports social media giant, Facebook, is in advanced talks with Avanti, a UK-based satellite operator regarding a project that will essentially provide free internet services in Africa. The project is part of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's Internet.org initiative, as reported by The Telegraph. The deal is expected to...
The world’s largest brands have been among the first to acquire domain names ending with the new extension .africa.com. “In the first few weeks since we started offering domains, trademark and brand owners have quickly picked up their domains including twitter.africa.com, starbucks.africa.com, ibm.africa.com, evian.africa.com, standardbank.africa.com, lego.africa.com, marksandspencer.africa.com, emirates.africa.com, philips.africa.com, miele.africa.com,...
The wait is finally over – South Africans can now access and enjoy FREE TV like never before. With over 100 channels of quality diverse content, TV2GO offers an extraordinary user experience to watch their favorite programs anywhere, anytime and on any device. And the best part is that...
In an increasingly digital world, more and more of our time is spent online. The internet provides a wide range of information and possibilities, but it may also create difficulties, especially with regard to filtering out key information from websites. This is why UNICAF has created the UNICAF mobile...
Podcasts are becoming more and more popular as a medium of entertainment. "What are podcasts," you ask. Podcasts are a series of audio files made available online. Reminiscent of old radio, they have all the appeal of a talk show or a television series without the visual element, but...
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