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Gauteng’s Innovation Hub – a critical pit-stop on Africa’s IT superhighway

March 23, 2013 • Online & SocialComments (1)

The concept to establish a centralised, technology-focused entrepreneurial community in South Africa’s Gauteng Province was first discussed in 2001. Four years later the foundations for a Science and Technology Park, the Innovation Hub, were put in place and the idea of an area dedicated to applied innovation in trade and industry to benefit provincial,...

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Microsoft unveils strategic cooperation with iHub and m:lab

March 22, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Microsoft unveils strategic cooperation with iHub and m:lab

As part of the recently launched Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative, Microsoft has announced a strategic cooperation with business incubator iHub and the m:lab East Africa consortium to enable startups, innovators and the developer community of East Africa to grow...

New online hub to help African businesses

March 14, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on New online hub to help African businesses

Microsoft has used the National Small Business Chamber’s (NSBC) myBusinessExpo in Midrand to unveil several initiatives to support and create small businesses in South Africa, including an SME online hub that will provide free support and resources and an...

Solar Powered Internet Schools making tangible progress in South Africa

March 13, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Solar Powered Internet Schools making tangible progress in South Africa

Having launched the Samsung Solar Powered Internet Schools (SPIS) in October 2011, the impact and results that such innovation has had on community development has started to surface. Says Ntutule Tshenye, B2G and Corporate Citizenship Lead at Samsung...

Internet Corporation President: “Africa will not wait”

March 13, 2013 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Internet Corporation President: “Africa will not wait”

The President of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) said he is moving ahead immediately with plans to have six new ICANN representatives on the African continent. “ICANN used to say if you want to participate in Internet...

SEACOM upgrades submarine network capacity to turbo-boost African Internet

March 11, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on SEACOM upgrades submarine network capacity to turbo-boost African Internet

The privately owned communications service provider SEACOM has selected Ciena Corporation’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform and OneControl Unified Management System for the upgrade of its submarine network across the Southern and Eastern African coastlines....

Kenya: authorities call for calm as election results go online

March 5, 2013 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya: authorities call for calm as election results go online

The Star in Kenya reports that the results of Kenya’s General Election can be accessed online at vote.iebc.or.ke and that electoral authorities have called for voters and political leaders to remain calm as the process of counting and transmission of...

Harnessing the value of big data, the Internet of Things for Africa

March 4, 2013 • Internet of Things, Online & SocialComments Off on Harnessing the value of big data, the Internet of Things for Africa

The bulk of data out there is mostly unstructured, very valuable and if big data is the new oil, then analytics is the refinery. The impact of the variety, volume and velocity of big data was brought into discussion at the Cisco Expo 2013 being held at Sun...

Data critical, must be shared as Internet evolves – Cisco

March 4, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Data critical, must be shared as Internet evolves – Cisco

It is not about the data, it is about how this is correlated and learned from that matters. From education to healthcare, realtime data and the Internet of everything represents a new dawn of opportunity for Africa –  so says executive management at...

Creating mobile apps now easier

February 26, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Creating mobile apps now easier

Once of the many applications to launch at this year’s Mobile World Congress aims to make app development even easier. Dutch company AppMachine launched their offering to the world, providing internet users with an easier way to create apps....

Egypt: mobile app directs developers to first prize

February 22, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Egypt: mobile app directs developers to first prize

A popular mobile phone application that assists Egyptian drivers with road assistance and car maintenance has received $3,000 at the first ever Cairo Transport App Challenge. Users of the application tell Bikyanews.com that it has helped them find new routes...

Kenya: Internet users surpass 17 million

February 21, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Kenya: Internet users surpass 17 million

A new report published in Kenya by the International Data Corporation (IDC) has revealed that the overall number of Internet users in the East African country has risen to 17.38 million. This is a dramatic rise from less than 10 million in 2011, said the...

Mxit to premier full-length feature film

February 18, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Mxit to premier full-length feature film

Social network chat application Mxit will become the first social network to premier a full-length feature film on its service. The film A Lucky Man will be made available as a download when Mxit launches its new Cinemo app. “We know the power of video and...

Tanzania facing Internet shortages

February 18, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Tanzania facing Internet shortages

Tanzania is facing Internet shortages in the country after two submarine cables were hit by technical issues recently, the country’s regulator said in a statement. The Tanzania Telecommunication Company (TTCL) CEO Kamugisha Kazaura said that the...

Twitter, American Express unite in e-Commerce initiative

February 14, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Twitter, American Express unite in e-Commerce initiative

Microblogging site Twitter and banking institution American Express have joined forces to add an e-Commerce component to the social media website. Both companies have been working on a system that will allow American Express users to pay for goods over...

Microsoft aims to spark skills drive in Africa

February 13, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Microsoft aims to spark skills drive in Africa

Unemployment remains rife on the African continent. With almost 200 million people aged between 15 and 24 in Africa today, the youth community represents more than 60 per cent of the continent’s total population and accounts for 45 per cent of its growing...