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ZACR’s dotAfrica bid passes first test

July 15, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on ZACR’s dotAfrica bid passes first test

Africa is firmly on its way to having its own .africa (“dotAfrica”) generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) after Internet governing body ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers) ruled over the weekend of the 12 July that the ZA Central Registry (ZACR) bid for dotAfrica has passed “Initial Evaluation”. According to...

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Durban all set for domain deliberation

July 12, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Durban all set for domain deliberation

The .ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) is pleased to announce the 47th ICANN conference that will take place at the Durban International Convention Centre from 13 to 18 July 2013. ZADNA is the host of the event in partnership with the ZA Central Registry...

Kenya, South Africa lead Africa App Quest pack

July 8, 2013 • East Africa, Online & Social, Southern AfricaComments Off on Kenya, South Africa lead Africa App Quest pack

Visa and South African Tourism’s quest to find the continent’s best travel app continues with more than 50 companies and individuals having registered so far for the Africa App Quest competition. To date the majority of the entries have come from Kenya...

Microsoft’s 4Afrika offers internships for Obama’s YALI Fellows

July 2, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Microsoft’s 4Afrika offers internships for Obama’s YALI Fellows

One of the core missions of the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative is to actively engage in Africa’s economic development to improve its global competitiveness. Over the weekend, Microsoft took new steps to deliver on that commitment. While visiting Africa,...

Twitter’s Vine users honour Nelson Mandela

July 2, 2013 • Online & SocialComments (1)

With former South African President Nelson Mandela still in hospital for a recurring lung infection, users of Twitter’s video sharing site Vine have created clips honouring the former statesman. Some users have bypassed traditional channels of posting...

Cloud taking big data analytics to new heights

July 2, 2013 • Enterprise IT, Online & SocialComments Off on Cloud taking big data analytics to new heights

ICT industry experts agree that big data is a reality and that big data analytics could be used strategically to reinforce business operations across Africa, particularly in terms of customer services and marketing. Being able to analyse data and use this...

Google updates Maps and Earth with 800,000 megapixels

June 26, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Google updates Maps and Earth with 800,000 megapixels

Google announced today that they have updated their popular Google Maps and Google Earth with 800,000 megapixels of new imagery. “We’re unveiling new satellite imagery for all Google mapping products today. This stunning new imagery of the earth from...

South Africa: renewed call for audit of radio spectrum use

June 26, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on South Africa: renewed call for audit of radio spectrum use

The Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) is once again calling on the Department of Communications to release information relating to progress made in auditing the use of radio frequency spectrum in South Africa. “Spectrum is a resource that...

Google launches balloon-powered Internet access

June 17, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Google launches balloon-powered Internet access

Google announced today a first step toward a new, experimental method of providing Internet access to rural, remote and underserved areas: balloon-powered Internet access. Project Loon is experimental technology that uses balloons, carried by the wind at...

Facebook adds hashtag support

June 13, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Facebook adds hashtag support

Social media website Facebook announced on Wednesday that the popular communication site will now support hashtags from its users. Sites like Instagram and Twitter have been hashtag-supportive for many years, but rumours first started to emerge in May that...

AdFu, Yookos to offer advertisers deeper reach into Africa

June 12, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on AdFu, Yookos to offer advertisers deeper reach into Africa

AdFu, the premium audience and display inventory network of sites owned by Kagiso Media, has extended its reach into the African online market by adding the Africa-born social network, Yookos, to its portfolio. This adds even more quality inventory to...

Nigeria’s iROKO enters SA’s DVD market

June 10, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Nigeria’s iROKO enters SA’s DVD market

iROKO Partners, Africa’s largest source of Nigerian entertainment with its platforms iROKOtv and iROKING, announces a major strategic development via its entry into the South African DVD market and the launch of 10,000 new Nigerian movie DVDs. Nigeria’s...

Google might buy Waze for $1.3-billion to spite Facebook

June 10, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Google might buy Waze for $1.3-billion to spite Facebook

Rumours started to circulate in May that search powerhouse Google was weighing up the option to buy Israeli navigation service Waze for $1-billion. Apple has also been rumoured to be in talks with the company about a possible buy-out for $500 million, but...

Telkom SA explains internet outage

June 10, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Telkom SA explains internet outage

South African internet users last week Friday fell victim to a wide-spread internet service outage and experienced very slow connections – or no connections at all. Fixed-line provider Telkom managed to rectify the issue late on Friday afternoon and...

Youtube turns eight-years-old

May 21, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Youtube turns eight-years-old

The largest video sharing platform worldwide, YouTube, turns 8 this week. YouTube, which was acquired by Google in 2006, has become the go-to destination to find video content on almost every subject possible – from the latest viral harlem shake video...

Yahoo! to acquire Tumblr for $1.1-billion

May 20, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Yahoo! to acquire Tumblr for $1.1-billion

In a deal that is yet to be formally announced by Yahoo! officials, the board of the popular search engine approved a deal to acquire blogging site Tumblr. According to The Wall Street Journal, the deal is reportedly worth $1.1 billion. “Breaking: The Yahoo...