vivo Mobile has announced that it will be extending its offering in South Africa with the introduction of two new handsets. The Y12 and Y30, both evolutions in the Y-series will enter ahead of 5G towards the end of 2020. vivo CEO, Jeff Cao says that the company plans to sit rank the top tier […]

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vivo to Launch Two New Devices in South Africa

Despite a challenging business environment in many sectors across the globe, Zambia’s wealth of natural resources continues to open the door for new investors and opportunities. As the world begins its recovery and gradual reopening in the face of the pandemic, traditional industries require energy, innovation and reinvention. ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc. – the mining […]

Continue Reading Mining Sector Set to Lead Economic Recovery in Zambia

Mining Sector Set to Lead Economic Recovery in Zambia

In an interesting twist in emerging technologies and the energy sector, a team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has created a device called the Shadow-Effect Energy Generator. The device is able to create an electrical charge using the contrast between shadow and light. It sounds like something out of a science-fiction […]

Continue Reading New Device Uses Shadows to Generate Electricity

New Device Uses Shadows to Generate Electricity

Technology has the potential to fundamentally transform societies. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and broadband are becoming central to the societal developments around the world – enabling rapid improvements to industrial production and societal services, positively influencing the way we live and interact with our environment. Africa is home to over a billion people and […]

Continue Reading Is Technology Africa’s Biggest Undiscovered Gold Mine?

Is Technology Africa’s Biggest Undiscovered Gold Mine?

In honour of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Google is adding a long-overdue feature to its Maps app that puts details about a location’s accessibility facilities front and centre. With the “Accessible Places” feature enabled, business and points of interest with wheelchair-accessible entrances are marked with a wheelchair icon along with information about whether accessible seating, […]

Continue Reading Google Maps is Making Wheelchair-Accessible Locations Easier to Spot

Google Maps is Making Wheelchair-Accessible Locations Easier to Spot

Over the last few years, more and more consumers have opted to engage with brands and businesses digitally. This technological evolution — while very beneficial for consumers —  is extremely valuable for organisations, and it has only been fast-tracked by the impact of COVID-19 on social and economic activity.  In these uncertain times, potential clients […]

Continue Reading Free Webinar: How to Sell Faster and More To Your Digital Customer

Free Webinar: How to Sell Faster and More To Your Digital Customer

As many companies in South Africa scramble to keep their employees working from home, the reality of connectivity costs, control and flexibility is becoming more important than ever. In the traditional office environment, managing connectivity and data use was not such a serious issue for IT managers, as data costs were essentially a part of […]

Continue Reading Mobile Connectivity: Staying Flexible is Key During Uncertain Times

Mobile Connectivity: Staying Flexible is Key During Uncertain Times

Konnect Africa, a subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications, is offering its services to the South African authorities to help them manage the COVID-19 health crisis. Konnect Africa, a subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications, is offering its services to the South African authorities to help them manage the COVID-19 health crisis.Click To Tweet The communications company says that […]

Continue Reading Konnect Africa Offers Free Internet to Clinics in South Africa during Pandemic

Konnect Africa Offers Free Internet to Clinics in South Africa during Pandemic

Netflix says it will begin to ask customers who have not watched anything on the on-demand video streaming service in a year or more if they wish to maintain their subscription — and will cancel their membership if it does not hear back. The company says it has started to notify customers who haven’t watched […]

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Netflix to Start Cancelling Inactive Customer Subscriptions

Samsung and Google have reached a new level in their collaborative efforts to bring a fresh user experience design that fits the innovative form factor of the Galaxy Z Flip. Samsung says that with the Galaxy Z Flip’s unique folding system, users can set the device on any surface and watch their favourite YouTube channel […]

Continue Reading YouTube Supports New Optimisation Mode for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

YouTube Supports New Optimisation Mode for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

The COVID-19 worldwide pandemic has had and could continue to have long-lasting devastating effects on all social and economic sectors. For Nigeria, the pandemic can be seen as an eye-opener and a rude awakening to a new normal-knowledge economy. Apart from certain ingenious initiatives in Lagos and a few other states, Nigeria’s overall response to […]

Continue Reading How Telecoms Can Rebuild Nigeria in the Wake of COVID-19

How Telecoms Can Rebuild Nigeria in the Wake of COVID-19

The Competition Commission announced that the proposed acquisition of Cell C assets by Gatsby SPV has been conditionally approved. “The Commission has recommended to the Competition Tribunal to conditionally approve the proposed transaction in which Gatsby SPV intends to acquire certain assets of the mobile network operator, Cell C,” the Commission in an official statement. […]

Continue Reading Competition Commission Approves Cell C Recapitalisation

Competition Commission Approves Cell C Recapitalisation

Windows search is getting a massive upgrade in the guise of Mac’s Spotlight search function with a tool called PowerToys Run. Launched this past Tuesday and still in a very early stage. CNN calls the new feature “promising”, a search box that could put the Start Menu and Windows key-R shortcuts out of business. The […]

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Windows is Getting A New Apple-Like Upgrade

The Global System for Mobile Telecommunications Association (GSMA) has stated that about 28-million devices in Sub-Saharan Africa – representing a total of 2.7% of total mobile connections – will be connected to a 5G network by 2025. Akinwale Goodluck, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa for the GSMA said this during a Huawei online interview. He explained […]

Continue Reading 5G Connections in Sub-Saharan Africa will Reach 28-Million by 2025, Says GSMA

5G Connections in Sub-Saharan Africa will Reach 28-Million by 2025, Says GSMA

One of the most common forms of cyberthreats designed to collect personal information from a user’s device is mobile adware. This is because roughly 4 billion people are connected to the Internet via their smartphone. Despite the adoption of mobile devices, companies rarely prioritize mobile security. Check Point’s Cyber Security Report 2020 shows that in […]

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5 Ways to Protect Your Business from Mobile Adware

FNB has been harnessing artificial intelligence (AI) to reimagine risk management and forensic due diligence processes. The result is the ability to review profiles for various financial crimes holistically, more rapidly, and more consistently, and free up the time of analysts to perform the functions that they remain better suited to than AI. FNB claims […]

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FNB is Leveraging AI to Redefine Risk Management

DHL Global Forwarding – an international provider of air, sea and road freight services – has launched its digital road freight platform Saloodo! to shippers and transport providers in Uganda, connecting the country to its growing digital network on the African continent. With a total road network of over 129 000 kilometres, it is no […]

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DHL Debuts Digital Road Freight Platform in Uganda

California-based tech giant Apple may delay its iPhone 12 announcement event, expected for September, due to the global coronavirus pandemic. The company had delayed the launch of its new iPhone 12 by over a year into 2021 when the pandemic first began affecting tech companies across the globe. Now, Apple is considering pushing the announcement […]

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Apple May Delay its iPhone 12 Announcements Even Further

Twitter is testing a new feature that will allow users to choose who can reply to their tweets. Essentially, before posting a tweet, users will be able to select one of three options: everyone (standard Twitter, and the default setting), only people you follow, or only people you mention – thereby controlling who can (or […]

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Twitter is Testing a New Tweet Reply Feature

Good marketing relies on a thorough understanding of your target market, but when much of what you knew about your customers is suddenly no longer relevant, a major shift is needed. With the onset of the coronavirus, almost every aspect of what was considered typical daily life was upended literally overnight – people confined to […]

Continue Reading How to Adapt your Marketing Strategy for the COVID Era

How to Adapt your Marketing Strategy for the COVID Era

Syafunda, an educational platform that provides access to digital content through mobile technology, has received investment funding from SME-enabler Edge Growth which will allow them to scale their platform to meet the surging need for online learning in South Africa. Syafunda, which means “we are learning” in Zulu, was the inspiration of entrepreneur Zakheni Ngubo. […]

Continue Reading South African EduTech Supports Online Learning for Students in Rural Communities

South African EduTech Supports Online Learning for Students in Rural Communities

Nigeria’s lockdown triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the usage of SMSs – the quintessential short message service used all across the world – as subscribers were discovered to have sent over 1-billion messages within the last month. Though this mass of messages was largely free, checks on some operators revealed the rate of […]

Continue Reading Over 1 Billion SMSs Sent since the Beginning of Lockdown in Nigeria

Over 1 Billion SMSs Sent since the Beginning of Lockdown in Nigeria

Apple and Google have officially launched their Exposure Notification system – previously debuted as contact-tracing software – which is designed to alert users of possible contact with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. “Starting today, our Exposure Notifications technology is available to public health agencies on both iOS and Android. What we’ve built is […]

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Apple and Google Launch COVID-19 Exposure Alert Tool

Thirty-eight per cent (38%) of South African consumers say they are happy for the government to monitor their social media activity to keep its citizens safe – this is according to Kaspersky’s latest report, Social credits and security: Embracing the world of ratings. At the same time, 67% of local respondents were ready to reveal […]

Continue Reading South Africans Ready to Disclose Their Online Activity to the Government

South Africans Ready to Disclose Their Online Activity to the Government

In the second quarter of 2018, youth unemployment peaked at 38% in Nigeria. Although there are no recent statistics, experts in the labour sector say the figure has surged year-on-year. Now with the worldwide reaching effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation has become direr as various sectors of the economy and industries stand greatly […]

Continue Reading How Technology Can Help Youth Unemployment in Nigeria

How Technology Can Help Youth Unemployment in Nigeria

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has announced the appointment of Stephen Taylor as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Taylor brings with him almost 30 years’ experience in sales and marketing across some of the world’s best-known brands including PayPal and Samsung. HMD Global, the home of #Nokia phones, has announced the appointment of Stephen […]

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HMD Global Appoints Former PayPal CMO

While digital transformation has ostensibly been on top of the CIO’s agenda for years, the reality is that many businesses have been slow on the uptake. Recent events like the lockdown in South Africa and across the world have forced their hand, and those that were on the back foot are now scrambling to keep […]

Continue Reading Is Your Business Ready for the New Pace of Digital Transformation?

Is Your Business Ready for the New Pace of Digital Transformation?

MTN Zambia has announced that it will be investing $9.8 million to boost network capacity and enable high-speed data services on 337 3G and 4G (LTE) network sites across Zambia. #MTNZambia has announced that it will be investing $9.8 million to boost #network capacity and enable high-speed data services across #Zambia.Click To Tweet The site-by-site […]

Continue Reading MTN Zambia Invests $9.8 Million in Network Upgrade Operation

MTN Zambia Invests $9.8 Million in Network Upgrade Operation

Facebook has launched its latest eCommerce feature – Shops – which will enable businesses to set up an online store for customers to access across Facebook and Instagram. The company says that it is investing in features that inspire people to shop and make buying and selling online easier. This comes at a time when […]

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Facebook Unveils Shops – its New eCommerce Feature

According to a new report by Luno and Arcane Research, the economic landscape across the continent augurs well for cryptocurrency adoption in Africa. The economic landscape across the continent augurs well for #cryptocurrency adoption in Africa.Click To Tweet The State of Crypto: Africa report says that rapid adoption of cryptocurrencies is likely in Africa in the […]

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Africa – The Most Promising Region for Cryptocurrency Adoption says Report

Samsung has officially introduced the new addition to the Galaxy A series – the A31. According to the smartphone giant, this device has been designed for a generation that wants to express themselves to the world and look good doing it. “The Galaxy A Series has always stood for value. The Galaxy A31 embodies this […]

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Samsung Introduces the New Galaxy A31

Microsoft 4Afrika and Andela have partnered to implement the ALCwithMicrosoft Azure Training 2020 to up-skill developers in Kenya and Nigeria through an immersive program where selected developers will work to learn basic skills in Azure, via the LinkedIn Learning platform. The program is focused on training software engineers in learning the basics of Azure, a […]

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Andela Partners with Microsoft to Launch Azure Training Program

The ‘business of business’ is not always easy on the ‘business of telecommunications’. Mergers, acquisitions, consolidations, closures, new applications and new business needs – which are all staples of the corporate world – can make designing and managing an enterprise wide area network (WAN) into a never-ending, complicated task.  So says Duane Henigin, Senior Systems […]

Continue Reading Silver Peak SD-WAN: as Simple or Complex as Required to Maximise Business

Silver Peak SD-WAN: as Simple or Complex as Required to Maximise Business

While Microsoft Office is still the vastly popular and ubiquitous choice for word processing, slideshow presentations, spreadsheet calculations and a bounty of many more digital tasks, steep subscription costs can lead to some users turning instead to ad-riddled freeware or ‘free’ apps that lock most of their features behind hidden paywalls. If this sounds like […]

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The 6 Best Free Microsoft Office Alternatives

Since the onset of COVID-19 and the consequential lockdown, reliable and fast Internet connectivity has become a vital requirement for businesses and individuals working and learning from home. Expansion in the digital economy and the resultant exponential growth in demand for connectivity is driving the laying of underground fibre-optic cable to feed internet-hungry homes and […]

Continue Reading Vumatel and Dark Fibre Africa Prepare for Massive Demand in Data Services

Vumatel and Dark Fibre Africa Prepare for Massive Demand in Data Services

Despite being 11 years old, Minecraft sales have officially topped 200-million copies, with a total of 126-million people playing the game monthly. Microsoft is detailing the latest sales figures just as Mojang Studios celebrates 11 years since the first Minecraft alpha build was originally released. Microsoft has also seen a big increase in Minecraft usage […]

Continue Reading Minecraft Maintains its Incredible Popularity as Sales Top 200-Million

Minecraft Maintains its Incredible Popularity as Sales Top 200-Million

Traditional models of business funding need a re-think if South Africa’s small businesses and entrepreneurs are to emerge from the financially crippling “winter of coronavirus” into a spring of growth and rejuvenation. Accepting that downturns, recessions and economic crises are inevitable, one needs to shift the focus into building “Zebra” companies – sustainable businesses with […]

Continue Reading To Emerge from COVID-19 Businesses Will have to “Re-Think” Traditional Models

To Emerge from COVID-19 Businesses Will have to “Re-Think” Traditional Models

Chinese smartphone manufacturer, Huawei has recently launched the Y7p smartphone to the South African market. The Huawei Y7p is available in Midnight Black and Aurora Blue from around R3,995 and is available through most major retailers. Thoughts on the Huawei Y7p The device is sleek and stylish. In classic smartphone fashion, the Huawei Y7p is […]

Continue Reading Huawei Y7p – South Africa’s 1st HMS Device

Huawei Y7p – South Africa’s 1st HMS Device

As South Africans continue to adjust to new ways of living and working, MultiChoice South Africa has expanded its content selection, value and reach. The multimedia producer is opening up a world of online learning, series and movies to its DStv customers from 19 May 2020. “As the nationwide lockdown continues, MultiChoice continues to provide […]

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MultiChoice to Provide Free Online Learning and Entertainment

Johannesburg-based Cassava Fintech International (CFI), a subsidiary of Econet Global, has announced the release of ‘Sasai TeamTalk’, a voice and video conferencing service that takes up to 20 people on one call. The service, coming at a time when many countries have imposed restrictions on movement to curb the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, will […]

Continue Reading Johannesburg Fintech to Launch an All-in-One Video Conferencing App

Johannesburg Fintech to Launch an All-in-One Video Conferencing App

Beating Corona Nigeria, the country’s leading virtual intervention database has restructured its model to help disadvantaged Nigerians in need of interventions connect with the relevant non-profits. The platform itself kicked off last month, 9 April, and has recorded a massive amount of data. It continues to actively connect interveners to the people who need access […]

Continue Reading Platform Simplifies Access to COVID-19 Interventions in Nigeria

Platform Simplifies Access to COVID-19 Interventions in Nigeria

As businesses across South Africa start returning to work, the safety of employees and customers is of paramount importance. This means that employers will have to make extra changes to their regular operations in order to open and stay safe. Technology can play a critical role in helping businesses implement these back-to-work protocols through the […]

Continue Reading 3 Digital Solutions from Vodacom to Get South Africans Back to Work Safely

3 Digital Solutions from Vodacom to Get South Africans Back to Work Safely

Google is rolling out tabbed grouping for Google Chrome. The update aims to address the problem of working with larger numbers of tabs at once. The new feature makes it possible to group related tabs together and treat them as a single entity for ease of navigation and management. The company is already in the […]

Continue Reading Google Rolls Out Game-Changing Update to Chrome

Google Rolls Out Game-Changing Update to Chrome

Facebook, the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) and the Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) are working together to encourage people to donate blood. Starting on Monday, 18 May 2020, South Africans who are over 18 years old will have the option to sign up as blood donors on Facebook, be notified when blood donor […]

Continue Reading Facebook and SANBS Partner to Increase Blood Donations in South Africa

Facebook and SANBS Partner to Increase Blood Donations in South Africa

Microsoft has spent a good while now pushing for a single version of Windows that can run on every type of device, and while the company hasn’t managed to achieve this as well as they might have liked in the past – now the company seems to be close to finally reaching that “one Windows” […]

Continue Reading New Windows 10X OS Struggling to Perform Basic Functions

New Windows 10X OS Struggling to Perform Basic Functions

Last week US President, Donald Trump extended the national trade ban by another year – a move which a senior Huawei Technologies executive believes is “really designed to safeguard American dominance of global tech”. #Huawei executive believes US trade ban is “really designed to safeguard American dominance of global tech”.Click To Tweet Similarly, Head of […]

Continue Reading Is the US Trade Ban Purposefully Limiting China’s Tech Dominance? Huawei Thinks So

Is the US Trade Ban Purposefully Limiting China’s Tech Dominance? Huawei Thinks So

While vaccines for the world-stopping coronavirus could be months, or even years away – there are some researchers who are looking to see if they can stop people who are at high risk of getting sick in the first place. The Verge writes that this is a proven strategy and preventative drugs have been used […]

Continue Reading HIV-Fighting Strategy Could Help Against COVID-19

HIV-Fighting Strategy Could Help Against COVID-19

African remittance provider Mukuru has launched Mukuru Groceries – a service that hopes to give South African based customers the ability to send groceries to their families and communities in Zimbabwe. With this service, customers can place orders for a basket of groceries that include 21 staples such as Mealie Meal, cooking oil, sugar, salt, […]

Continue Reading Mukuru Launches Grocery Service to support Zimbabwean Families from South Africa

Mukuru Launches Grocery Service to support Zimbabwean Families from South Africa

One of Facebook’s largest and most notable acquisitions in recent memory is for a service commonly used to find reaction GIFs for funny memes. Giphy is a platform where users can create and share their own GIFs of whatever it is they want – from TV show snippets to baby’s eating lemons or cats texting. […]

Continue Reading Facebook Buys Giphy for $400-Million

Facebook Buys Giphy for $400-Million

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragile state of Nigeria’s education system. A system which the Guardian Nigeria describes as “messy,” one that “lacks information and communications technology (ICT) ingredients, leaving the system to churn out half-baked graduates.” They write that with the continued closure of schools in an attempt to contain the spread of […]

Continue Reading COVID-19 Exposes Lack of ICT Policy in Nigeria’s Education System

COVID-19 Exposes Lack of ICT Policy in Nigeria’s Education System