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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 want to use this to encourage conversations about social [&hellip...

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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...

Uganda: Airtel, UGO want to boost country’s online image

February 8, 2013 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Uganda: Airtel, UGO want to boost country’s online image

The New Vision reports that a partnership between Airtel Uganda and Uganda Goes Online (UGO) will help the country manage its online content and direct its digital image to the world. According to the deal Airtel Uganda will provide free access for one year...

Kenya: online community galvanised to cover elections

February 1, 2013 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya: online community galvanised to cover elections

Online focused news agency Storyful and Google are coming together to discuss the role YouTube plays as a tool for monitoring elections around the world, as they prepare to launch a Kenyan elections channel on YouTube. Ory Okolloh, Google policy manager for...

Women tweet more during World Economic Forum

January 25, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Women tweet more during World Economic Forum

New data from KPMG International shows that women delegates are playing an increasingly prominent role in the public discussion from the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.   While about 17% of WEF delegates in Davos are women, they...

AccessKenya wants faster Internet, rolls out fiber

January 22, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on AccessKenya wants faster Internet, rolls out fiber

AccessKenya Group announced that it has begun to optimize its network in an effort to deliver faster Internet speeds to Kenyans. The new roll-out of fiber will take place over the course of this year and the company said it will increase speeds dramatically....

Zambia’s Zamtel adding 3G base stations

January 22, 2013 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Zambia’s Zamtel adding 3G base stations

Zambia’s only landline phone operator Zamtel has announced that it will roll out over 400 new 3G base stations across the country in 2013 in an effort to grow its user base.  According to the company, the new stations will help double the company’s one...

Policy change on price by ZA Central Registry

January 15, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Policy change on price by ZA Central Registry

Following an extensive consultation process with the local domain name/ ISP industry, involving the .ZA Domain Name Authority, The ZA Central Registry (UniForum SA) has announced tariff changes to domain name registrations on the Legacy System. According to...

Google Kenya launches elections info portal

January 11, 2013 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Google Kenya launches elections info portal

Google Kenya has launched an information portal dedicated to publishing information about the country’s General Elections in March. According to a report published on The Star, the portal http://www.google.co.ke/elections features aggregated content,...

Kenyan authorities looking out for social media haters

January 10, 2013 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments (1)

As Kenyans head to the polls ahead of the March General Elections, authorities have stated their intention to clamp down on social media haters. Capital FM in Nairobi reports that authorities plan on closely monitoring social media to identify and take action...

iROKO Partners opens SA office

January 8, 2013 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments (1)

iROKO Partners, an established online distributor of Nigerian movies and music, starts 2013 with news of further expansion, with the opening of a new office in Johannesburg, South Africa. The office, located in Maboneng precinct, will house a team of up to 5...

Google reveals top searches for Africa in 2012

December 12, 2012 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments (1)

Google has announced its annual Zeitgeist, a look at 2012 through the collective eyes of the world on the web, offering a unique perspective on this year’s major events and hottest trends based on searches conducted in South Africa. Topping the list for...

LinkedIn attracts two million South African users

December 11, 2012 • Online & SocialComments Off on LinkedIn attracts two million South African users

LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network with more than 187 million members globally, today announced it has signed up more than two million South African professionals. “Two million South Africa members is an important milestone for us. It...

Kenya: calls to oppose new ITU regulation

December 10, 2012 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya: calls to oppose new ITU regulation

Kenya’s The Star reports that the country’s Information PS, Bitange Ndemo, has called on the communications industry to stand against a set of new regulations as proposed by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).   According to the...