South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that the flu vaccine will begin to be rationed, this is according to Business Insider. The flu vaccine is designed to combat multiple strains of the ever-mutating common influenza virus and is updated annually to keep up with the latest strains. In terms of the novel coronavirus, […]

Continue Reading The Surprising Way Flu Vaccines Can Help Fight COVID-19

The Surprising Way Flu Vaccines Can Help Fight COVID-19

As South Africa endures a three-week shutdown to contain the spread of COVID-19, the National Department of Health (NDoH) has launched its COVID-19 Connect Whatsapp Helpline in four new languages. The WhatsApp helpline is available in Sotho, Zulu, Afrikaans and Xhosa, in addition to English. This means that people in South Africa will be able […]

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COVID-19 Whatsapp Helpline is Available in 5 South African Languages

Medical diagnostics distributor, Redbird has launched a COVID-19 Daily Check-in App and Symptom Tracker in its bid to counter the spread of Coronavirus across the African continent. Accessible as a browser-based app via covid19.redbird.co, Redbird’s COVID-19 check-in app is a way for every person to self-report symptoms without needing to visit a healthcare facility and […]

Continue Reading Ghanaian Startup Launches COVID-19 Symptom Tracker App

Ghanaian Startup Launches COVID-19 Symptom Tracker App

Launched in November 2014, Cape Town-based Disrupt Africa is a one-stop-shop for all news, information and commentary pertaining to the continent’s tech startup – and investment – ecosystem. The company’s Research arm also releases in-depth reports on various aspects of the African tech startup ecosystem, from funding to fintech. While undertaking this vital and detailed […]

Continue Reading Disrupt Africa Connects Corporates and Investors with Innovative Tech Startups

Disrupt Africa Connects Corporates and Investors with Innovative Tech Startups

QBS has joined forces with Pipol to enable partners to assign and engage in international opportunities. With over 160 offices in more than 85 countries, Pipol is said to be the largest international provider of consulting and implementation services based on Microsoft Dynamics. The agreement is a broad strategic partnership with great mutual opportunities for […]

Continue Reading QBS and Pipol Partner Up for International ERP Deals

QBS and Pipol Partner Up for International ERP Deals

A hacker has reportedly stolen the AMD graphics source code that the Xbox Series X runs on its next-generation GPUs and is asking for a $1-million ransom or else they’ll leak the information online, reports Comicbook. Apparently the hacker obtained source codes from a few AMD devices, namely the Navi 10 and Navi 21, as […]

Continue Reading Xbox Series X Source Code Stolen and Held for $1-Million Ransom

Xbox Series X Source Code Stolen and Held for $1-Million Ransom

Facebook-owned Instagram is taking a few extra steps (six to be exact) to ensure that it’s users are well-informed, connected and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. This move comes hot-on-the-heels of the company’s decision to join Google, Twitter, Reddit and others in an attempt to protect their users from coronavirus-related misinformation. Instagram says that it […]

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6 Instagram Updates to Keep Users Safe and Connected

Every day various sectors across the continent are adjusting and finding new ways to deal with challenges brought about by the current coronavirus pandemic. Given the MultiChoice Group’s position in Africa’s video entertainment sector, the group is acutely aware of the challenges its partners in the industry are facing. At this time MultiChoice will be […]

Continue Reading 3 Ways MultiChoice is Supporting the Local Entertainment Industry

3 Ways MultiChoice is Supporting the Local Entertainment Industry

Apple is preparing a possible delay of the launch of its first 5G enabled iPhones – the iPhone 12. This is, of course, due to the global coronavirus pandemic that is threatening international demand and has crippled the company’s development schedule, reports Tech Weez. Allegedly, Apple is considering delaying the launch by several months and […]

Continue Reading COVID-19 News: Apple Considers Delaying iPhone 12 Launch

COVID-19 News: Apple Considers Delaying iPhone 12 Launch

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues across the world, malicious cyber-attackers are seeking to take advantage of the situation by launching new coronavirus-related attacks. And according to the World Health Organization (WHO) CISO, Flavio Aggio, those attacks have more than doubled amid the crisis. “Cybercriminals have long used crisis situations to further their own agendas, and […]

Continue Reading Cyberattacks Aimed at WHO Double Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Cyberattacks Aimed at WHO Double Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Nigerian health and biotech startup 54Gene has raised $500,000 for a fund aimed at improving Nigeria’s capacity to carry out tests fro COVID-19. Known as the Nigeria COVID-19 Testing Support Fund – this fund will enable the ramping up of for the testing of the virus by up to 1000 additional tests a day, says […]

Continue Reading Nigerian Biotech Startup Raises $500,000 to Boost COVID-19 Testing

Nigerian Biotech Startup Raises $500,000 to Boost COVID-19 Testing

The COVID-19 pandemic has been cause for alarm across the world in recent months – from disrupting global economies and international trade relations to perpetuating the largest work-from-home migration. In the wake of this outbreak, fake news has wreaked havoc as people try to decipher what’s real and what’s fiction. Unsurprisingly, a number of fraudsters […]

Continue Reading NITDA is Shutting Down Fake COVID-19 Websites in Nigeria

NITDA is Shutting Down Fake COVID-19 Websites in Nigeria

Huawei has revealed their new flagship series of smartphones, the P40 series known for its impressive camera mastery. The three devices released in this series are the Huawei P40, the Huawei P40 Pro and the Huawei P40 Pro+. Huawei has revealed their new flagship series of smartphones, the P40 series known for its impressive camera […]

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New Huawei P40 Flagship Series Revealed

WhatsApp has seen unprecedented growth in the last few months as average usage has risen by more than 40%. Uptake in the popular messaging platform can be widely attributed to the COVID-19 outbreak across the globe – reports data researcher Kantar. Since initially coming in to play in late December 2019, the coronavirus has forced […]

Continue Reading COVID-19 News: WhatsApp Usage Grows by 40%

COVID-19 News: WhatsApp Usage Grows by 40%

‘Business as usual’ is no longer an option. As the COVID-19 pandemic has aggressively spread across the world, and across Africa, we are all attempting to adapt and adjust to what is a continually evolving situation. While schools and places of work shut and self-isolation becomes preferred, continuing operations is challenging yet necessary to power […]

Continue Reading Getting your workforce up and running remotely, quickly and securely

Getting your workforce up and running remotely, quickly and securely

The global COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted world economies, international travel relations and even forced entire countries into lockdown in order to curb the spread. This means that people from all over have been looking for ways to keep themselves connected and entertained despite living in lawful isolation. To ensure you’re prepared, here is a list of […]

Continue Reading COVID-19 Lockdown Survival Guide: 9 Tech Tools You’ll Need

COVID-19 Lockdown Survival Guide: 9 Tech Tools You’ll Need

The GSMA has unveiled the annual ‘State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money’, offering a view of the mobile money landscape and highlighting the impact that greater financial inclusion has on lives, economies and innovation, especially in emerging markets. This year’s report looks at what one billion registered accounts means for the mobile money […]

Continue Reading Mobile Money Industry Reaches 1 Billion User Milestone

Mobile Money Industry Reaches 1 Billion User Milestone

Qode Health Solutions (Qode) has configured their existing Lynx, Insight and Knowledge Center solutions used by various USAID and CDC-funded partners from several countries, including South Africa, in the fight against HIV/AIDS to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The solutions are ready for deployment and can assist in dispensing Facility Readiness Assessments to cope with the […]

Continue Reading COVID-19 News: HIV/AIDS Detection Tech Adapted to Fight Coronavirus

COVID-19 News: HIV/AIDS Detection Tech Adapted to Fight Coronavirus

Is artificial intelligence reinventing insurance? This was the question posed by Bill Hoggarth, national sales manager at Datacentrix. He was speaking at the recent ‘Robotics, Drones and AI in Insurance Conference’, held in Rosebank, Johannesburg. In answer to the question, Hoggarth clarified that no, he did not believe that artificial intelligence (AI) was changing the […]

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Is Artificial Intelligence Reinventing Insurance?

Around the world, about 35 companies and institutions are racing to craft the much-needed vaccine for COVID-19, and The Guardian reports, that at least four of them have candidates ready for human trials. At the forefront of these candidates is a proposed vaccine from Boston-based biotech Moderna, which is expected to enter trials very soon. […]

Continue Reading COVID-19 News: A Vaccine is being Tested on Humans, but when will it be Ready?

COVID-19 News: A Vaccine is being Tested on Humans, but when will it be Ready?

Known as ‘Kamiti Boys’, these criminals are taking advantage of Kenya’s blistering adoption of digital banking, reports The Nation. They do this by rushing callers with information and words in order to keep them on the line long enough to buy their story and gain their trust. They then trick victims into providing mobile banking […]

Continue Reading Kenyan ‘Kamiti Boys’ Fraudsters are Cleaning Out Mobile Cash Wallets

Kenyan ‘Kamiti Boys’ Fraudsters are Cleaning Out Mobile Cash Wallets

While significant measures have been put in place to combat the spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), South African banks are turning to cashless transactions. Mobile money transfers, online, debit and credit card transactions are being encouraged as opposed to cash, which is a possible source of transmission. Clayton Hayward, the co-founder of Ukheshe, a microtransaction […]

Continue Reading Ukheshe is Transforming Africa’s Cashless Environment

Ukheshe is Transforming Africa’s Cashless Environment

Researchers at Check Point have identified an auto-clicker malware family operating within Google’s Play Store, via BetaNews. The malware known as Tekya commits mobile ad fraud by imitating the actions of a user, clicking ads and banners from ad agencies like Google’s AdMob, AppLovin, Facebook and Unity. It was found disguised in over 56 apps […]

Continue Reading Click-Fraud Malware Found in More than 50 Play Store Apps

Click-Fraud Malware Found in More than 50 Play Store Apps

Facebook is struggling under a massive spike in usage across the globe due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, says the company in a blog post on Tuesday. The majority of this new usage is concentrated on private messaging and video calling, tools that Facebook manages but does not monetize. The social media giant says it […]

Continue Reading COVID-19 News: Facebook is Suffering Amidst Huge Spike in Traffic

COVID-19 News: Facebook is Suffering Amidst Huge Spike in Traffic

With thousands of disparate voices in the media all reporting simultaneously from all across the world, it can be difficult to find a singular all-informative source when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic that has so shocked societies across the Earth. Especially now as countries call for closures and lockdowns, seeing information that is trustworthy […]

Continue Reading COVID-19 News: New Website Allows Users to Track Pandemic in Real-Time

COVID-19 News: New Website Allows Users to Track Pandemic in Real-Time

Fiam Wifi, a new telecommunication company has launched its services in Nigeria to provide affordable and reliable Internet connectivity to people, especially in high-demand, low-income and rural communities, says Vanguard. Fiam Wifi, a new telecommunication company has launched its services in Nigeria to provide affordable and reliable internet connectivity to people especially in high-demand, low-income […]

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Fiam WiFi Plans to Bring Affordable, Reliable Internet to Lagos

Ride-hailing service Bolt, previously known as Taxify, has partnered with Meridian Hygiene to help drivers and passengers keep sanitised and safe by offering a free fogging service at its driver centre in Charles Crescent Johannesburg, with immediate effect. The service will be rolled out to drivers in other cities in the coming days. Later in […]

Continue Reading Bolt Offers Vehicle Sanitation to Protect Drivers and Passengers

Bolt Offers Vehicle Sanitation to Protect Drivers and Passengers

The importance of education for further career development cannot be underestimated. Intelligent and educated youth is fundamental for economic and social stability and growth. This statement is true for any country in the world. But it especially applies to Africa, where 20% of the total population are young people. However, getting an education in Africa […]

Continue Reading How Blockchain Is Revolutionizing the Educational Sector in Africa

How Blockchain Is Revolutionizing the Educational Sector in Africa

The current work from home measures to curb the spread of the Coronavirus is a blessing in disguise for those who prefer having a mix of working from home and in the office. Employers will be able to confirm that indeed this concept is practical and doable and probably more productive than anyone had imagined […]

Continue Reading 3 ICT Solutions That are Critical for Remote Working

3 ICT Solutions That are Critical for Remote Working

As governments around the world embrace the digital journey, their IT and security professionals are challenged to ensure that sensitive government and citizen data remains protected, while remaining open and transparent to stakeholders. This is according to a blog written by RSA Product and Solution Strategist, Tim Norris, who says, “As agencies and their partners […]

Continue Reading How is digital transformation impacting the public sector?

How is digital transformation impacting the public sector?

Spanning 54 countries, Africa is a powerhouse in the world of natural resources and innovation. And despite the social and political issues the continent faces, there’s no doubt that it’s on track to see an abundance of opportunities to grow in the coming years. Here is a quick look at the richest countries in Africa […]

Continue Reading Africa’s Top 10 wealthiest countries ranked by GDP

Africa’s Top 10 wealthiest countries ranked by GDP

On the ides of March, following the declaration of National State of Disaster by the government of South Africa and subsequent announcements about the implementation of travel restrictions and public gathering limitation – among other measures to be put in place to counteract the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in South Africa – IT […]

Continue Reading IoT Forum Africa Postponed Due to COVID-19

IoT Forum Africa Postponed Due to COVID-19

In February, it was learned that DionWired stores were bleeding money for their parent company, Massmart – this came just weeks after Massmart’s January announcement that the stores would be closing. The initial statement from Massmart read “the Massmart Group has recently conducted a store optimisation project that highlighted a number of underperforming stores in […]

Continue Reading DionWired is Officially Closed for Business

DionWired is Officially Closed for Business

New guidebooks are being released this year that profile some of Africa’s most innovative and impactful startups. Covering start-ups in Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa, Egypt, and Kenya. These startup guide books shine a spotlight on companies tackling overarching socio-economic issues, the people behind them and the communities backing them, via TechCabal. 30 of these […]

Continue Reading These Guidebooks Profile Africa’s Most Important Startups

These Guidebooks Profile Africa’s Most Important Startups

Just a couple of days ago, South Africa’s National Department of Health (NDoH) launched COVID-19 Connect – a WhatsApp-based helpline to deliver accurate, up-to-date information to South African citizens during the current COVID-19 global pandemic. Since then, the service has already engaged with over 1.5 million users and has served over fifteen 15 million messages. […]

Continue Reading Over 1.5 million South Africans engage with COVID-19 WhatsApp Helpline

Over 1.5 million South Africans engage with COVID-19 WhatsApp Helpline

As societies around the globe shift to accommodate the changes in routines and behaviour caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and the education systems of many countries creep to a halt to spare learners from infection, countries are left to decide how this time spent at home will be made up. In South Africa, the postponement […]

Continue Reading Kenyan Education Ministry to Use Youtube, Education Cloud as Tools for Remote Learning

Kenyan Education Ministry to Use Youtube, Education Cloud as Tools for Remote Learning

A Cape Town start-up has come up with a new and innovative way to make townships safe by building affordable smart alarm that sends notifications to communities on an app, reports Business Insider. Jonga, in isiXhosa, means “to watch” and was conceived by Ntsako Mgiba in 2016 when – at the time a student at […]

Continue Reading Cape Town Start-Up Invents New Radical Way to Make Townships Safer

Cape Town Start-Up Invents New Radical Way to Make Townships Safer

The outbreak of COVID-19 has caused significant disruption to businesses and a degree of panic within the employee community. Companies across the globe are activating contingency and business continuity plans and are allowing employees to work from home to limit the spread of the virus. In a new reality where millions of people are working […]

Continue Reading 3 Ways to Secure Your Company’s Remote Working Network

3 Ways to Secure Your Company’s Remote Working Network

The global COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted world economies and international travel relations, leaving thousands of people practising self-isolation and social distancing. Amidst all the uncertainty, a number of industries have turned the worldwide disaster into a time of unprecedented growth. Here’s a quick look at three industries benefiting from the coronavirus outbreak: 1. Robots and […]

Continue Reading 3 Industries that will Thrive Amidst the Coronavirus Chaos

3 Industries that will Thrive Amidst the Coronavirus Chaos

We’re living in uncertain times. In the span of a few months, huge events have been cancelled, businesses have had to re-plan to survive, there are masks in the streets and panic in the shops. Perhaps a reminder on what a fragile precipice society somehow stands. It is also a reminder to keep your friends […]

Continue Reading 5 Free Ways to Socialize during the COVID-19 Lockdown

5 Free Ways to Socialize during the COVID-19 Lockdown

Facebook, along with 6 other information-sharing goliaths, has been working hard to ensure that any misinformation surrounding the coronavirus outbreak is detected and then removed from its platform. And while this is a great way to tackle the spread of fake news, it would seem that the company is perhaps trying a bit too hard […]

Continue Reading Facebook Bug “Deletes” All Posts Relating to COVID-19

Facebook Bug “Deletes” All Posts Relating to COVID-19

Kaspersky researchers have found a new sample of stalkerware – commercial software that is usually used to secretly monitor users’ partners or colleagues – which has functionality that supersedes all previously found software. Named MonitorMinor, this software enables stalkers to covertly access any data and track activity on devices they are surveying, as well as […]

Continue Reading New Stalkerware Can Read Messages and Unlock Devices

New Stalkerware Can Read Messages and Unlock Devices

With the tough economic climate, businesses need to consider ways to optimise operations and cut costs in order to survive and thrive in a highly competitive market environment. For most companies, regardless of size, computer programmes and software are central to business operations. And depending on a company’s industry or business function, this could mean […]

Continue Reading Open-Source Software: A Tool For Business Growth & Progression?

Open-Source Software: A Tool For Business Growth & Progression?

Some of the worlds biggest social media and information sharing platforms have announced that they will be working together to protect their users from coronavirus-related misinformation. These companies include Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Reddit, Twitter, and YouTube. “We are working closely together on COVID-19 response efforts,” reads the joint industry statement from Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, […]

Continue Reading Facebook, Google, YouTube and others to Fight Against the Spread of COVID-19 Misinformation

Facebook, Google, YouTube and others to Fight Against the Spread of COVID-19 Misinformation

Ebehijie Momoh is the senior VP and GM for Mastercard West Africa. A role she has held since December 2019. Based in Nigeria, Ebehijie focuses on the advancement of the Mastercard brand presence in West Africa as well as deploying innovative payment solutions and partnering with local governments and market regulators to build, what Mastercard […]

Continue Reading INTERVIEW: Powering Women Entrepreneurship in Africa with Mastercard

INTERVIEW: Powering Women Entrepreneurship in Africa with Mastercard

Mellanox, a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, will be playing a critical role in the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts’ (ECMWF) next-generation supercomputer.  Mellanox recently announced that the ECMWF has selected the 200 GB HDR InfiniBand to accelerate its new world-leading supercomputer. As a result, […]

Continue Reading Mellanox accelerates next-gen European supercomputer

Mellanox accelerates next-gen European supercomputer

The #coronapocalypse is happening as we speak. That’s why, as citizens of the global community, we should all do our part to keep COVID-19 away from each other and ourselves. And that means staying indoors if we can help it and keeping away from any sort of large gatherings. Now, if you simply have nothing […]

Continue Reading 6 Games To Help You Forget About the #Coronapocalypse

6 Games To Help You Forget About the #Coronapocalypse

Digital transformation has quickly become one of the most talked-about disruptors across the world. In fact, Gartner reports that globally 90% of organizations are making it a priority. This means that now, more than ever before, businesses are on the lookout for innovative solutions to outdated issues.  As technology evolves, there’s little doubt that it […]

Continue Reading 3 steps to embarking on a successful digital transformation journey

3 steps to embarking on a successful digital transformation journey

YouTube is relying on AI video moderation during the COVID-19 pandemic as many of its human reviewers are being sent home to limit the spread of the maligned virus, confirms The Verge. What this means to video producers and consumers is that videos might simply be taken down simply by being flagged for a policy […]

Continue Reading YouTube Relies on AI Moderation as Human Reviewers are Sent Home

YouTube Relies on AI Moderation as Human Reviewers are Sent Home

Huawei has recently launched its first smartphone – the Y7P – that runs on Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) in South Africa. HMS is one of only three smartphone ecosystems used globally, the other’s being iOS and Android (Google Mobile Services or GMS). Prior to this, all Huawei devices used Android – however, in May 2019, […]

Continue Reading 3 things you should know about Huawei’s New Smartphone Ecosystem

3 things you should know about Huawei’s New Smartphone Ecosystem