First look at Samsung’s sleek Galaxy Watch Active

It was easy to miss amid all the foldable phone hype, but Samsung revealed its latest smartwatch Wednesday at its Unpacked event: the $199 Galaxy Watch Active. But just because it didn’t have much time in the spotlight doesn’t mean the Galaxy Watch Active  isn’t worth checking out. While Samsung’s prior smartwatches have tended to […]

Facebook reportedly plans to merge WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger chats

The New York Times is reporting that Facebook plans to combine messaging services across its applications, merging chats from WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger. A WhatsApp user would be able to start a chat with an Instagram user, breaking down barriers between Facebook’s social platforms. A Messenger user would be able to send an end-to-end encrypted conversation […]

Nas Pockets $340 Million After Viacom Makes a Huge Deal With His Pluto TV Streaming Service

On Wednesday, Jan. 2, Nas posted a photo of himself posing with Jay-Z and Sean “Diddy” Combs and wrote that he wanted to be in their financial neck of the woods. “What better than two billionaires?” he asked, quoting Jay’s line from the song “Family Feud.” “Three, ‘specially if the third one gonna be me.” Instagram Well, Mr. Jones may be well […]

[Interview] Daniel Murithi, Director, Starling Technologies Limited, Kenya

Dan Murithi is the Director, of Starling Technologies Limited, a web development and software solution company located in Nairobi, Kenya. Can you please introduce your company? Starling Technologies Limited is a proficient web development and software Solution Company based in Nairobi Kenya. We offer an extensive range of services that includes Web application development, Website designing, E-commerce […]

Zimbabweans turn to VPNs following social media shutdown and internet black out

Zimbabweans are turning Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology to circumvent an apparent government internet shutdown according to leading VPN comparison site BestVPN.com. The restrictions have resulted in a spike of interest in VPNs among Zimbabwean internet users, according to internal data from BestVPN.com. The comparison site recorded a 1,560 percent increase on Monday and Tuesday, […]

[Kenya] Victoria Commercial Bank targets tech savvy corporate clients with new solution

Victoria Commercial Bank (VCB), Kenya has gone live with an Appzillon-based omni-channel corporate banking solution to cater to the ever dynamic needs of their tech savvy corporate clients. VCB selected i-exceed over several other vendors due to its proven expertise in delivering digital banking solutions globally and strong technical capabilities. The application will be made […]

[Column] Dominique Collett: South African fintech in 2019 – what can we expect?

Here are my fintech predictions for 2019 based on what we are seeing with our members at AlphaCode which closely track international trends in this space. AlphaCode is the Rand Merchant Investments  (RMI) incubation, acceleration and investment initiative that identifies, partners and grows early stage financial service ventures.  Digital banks  The introduction of TymeBank, BankZero […]

[South Africa] Entelect to acquire a majority stake in Netherlands-based Fixx iT

Entelect, South Africa’s leading software engineering and solutions company, has entered into an agreement to purchase a majority stake in Fixx iT, a software engineering and professional services company headquartered in Zeist, Netherlands. Along with Entelect New Zealand, this investment into Fixx iT continues the international expansion of the company and opens further opportunities for […]

[South Africa] Airlink embraces cloud software solution to boost operations

South Africa based Airlink has been on a modernization strategy. It recently completed its implementation of the TRAX eMRO cloud software solution. eMRO caters to every aspect of aircraft maintenance management. It is deployed via any web browser and allows users to stay connected from any work location. With true offline capability, eMRO automatically synchronizes when […]

African Innovators Shine during Zayed Sustainability Prize’s 2019 Awards Ceremony

African innovators excelled at this year’s Zayed Sustainability Prize annual awards ceremony on January 14 2019, winning in three out of five categories including Energy, Food and Global High Schools. The 2019 Zayed Sustainability Prize, which is the UAE’s pioneering global award in sustainability, honoured leaders whose work and spirit of enterprise has resulted in […]

Pesapal onboards Airline payments for low cost carriers in Kenya

Pesapal has this year started processing payments for low-cost carriers in Kenya. Jetways Airlines, Silverstone Air and Skyward Express will from now on use Pesapal’s integrated payment system to process Mpesa, Visa, mVisa, MasterCard and American Express payments on their respective websites. This not only gives travellers the freedom to pay conveniently for their flights but also makes it […]

[Nigeria] CDC announces new investment to support high-growth SMEs

CDC, the UK’s development finance institution, has announced a new investment designed to support high-growth SMEs in Nigeria. CDC has made a US$15 million commitment to CardinalStone Capital Advisors Growth Fund (“CCA”). CCA is a first-time, Nigeria-focused fund that targets SMEs across six sectors: agriculture, industrials, FMCG, healthcare, education and financial services. CCA will use […]

[Kenya] Andela Secures $100M Series D to build distributed engineering teams and power the future of work

Andela, the company building distributed engineering teams with Africa’s top software developers, today announced the completion of a $100M Series D funding. The round was led by Generation Investment Management with participation from existing investors including Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, GV, Spark Capital, and CRE Venture Capital. The most recent financing brings Andela’s total venture funding […]

[Column] Ian Fogg: Understanding mobile experience in the growth continent of Africa

Across Africa, the download speeds experienced by smartphone users vary greatly, even for countries with similar 4G availability. While users in South Africa, Morocco, Senegal and Kenya connect to 4G signals on average between 72% and 75% of the time, download speeds vary from just 4.4 Mbps in Senegal to 14.4 Mbps in South Africa. […]

Susan Mulikita appointed CEO of Liquid Telecom Zambia

Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has appointed Susan M’kandawire Mulikita as CEO of Liquid Telecom Zambia to accelerate growth and market penetration across the country. Based in Zambia, Susan joined the company on 14 January 2019 and becomes the first female to join Liquid Telecom’s Southern Africa regional executive leadership team as CEO. Susan is […]

Nokia 7.1 announced and promises new camera and screen technology

The Nokia 7.1 has been officially unveiled at a launch even in London, promising a new Zeiss imaging solution, innovation when it comes to the viewing experience and a new generation of Nokia design. On the rear you’ll find two Zeiss tuned cameras, with a 12MP primary camera alongside a 5MP depth sensing camera. It […]

Galaxy S8 has received the AR Emoji and Super Slow-Motion update

Samsung released a new firmware update for the Galaxy Note 8 last week amid reports that it could be porting the AR Emoji feature to last year’s phablet. That’s precisely what this firmware update did. It also brought the Super Slow-Motion video mode in addition to the security patch for the month of September 2018. We […]

How to become a successful beauty blogger

Have you always thought about becoming a beauty blogger? Have you always had passion for beauty but you never really knew how or where to start? Here are some tips on how to become a successful beauty blogger. 1. Find your niche Find something that is unique about you and something that you are good […]

4 Simple Ways to Become an Instagram Influencer

Becoming an Instagram Influencer is not that challenging as it seems, if you follow certain basic rules and principles. There are thousands of people in every segment competing to be an influencer on Instagram. Here are few tips that will help you become an influencer on Instagram: Focus on Rich content Rich content will help […]

Microsoft Finally Agrees to Replace Surface Pro 4s With Horrible Screen Flickering That Can’t Be Patched

Microsoft has finally called a mulligan and will just replace Surface Pro 4 models that are experiencing screen flickering that makes the tablet-laptop hybrids unusable, Ars Technica reported. According to a Microsoft blog post, the company has determined that flickering issues that plagued numerous users—some of who resorted to drastic and ill-advised solutions like throwing […]

African startups go beyond “find a tutor” model to improve educational outcomes

Ed-tech startups connecting learners with tutors are increasingly prevalent across Africa, but these platforms are adding additional components to their models to increase impact. Disrupt Africa’s recently-released Future of Work: Exploring the African Digital Work Landscape 2018 report found Nigeria was a leader in the space, hosting almost half of the continent’s on-demand tutoring startups, with South […]

Google Pixel 3 XL Spotted Left Behind in a Lyft Cab; FCC Listings of Both Models Surface

Google Pixel 3 XL, the successor to last year’s Pixel 2 XL, last week appeared on public transit in Canada. But now, it has been alleged that someone left a pre-production unit of the Pixel 3 XL in a Lyft cab. The latest revelation shows the back of the upcoming handset along with a Google […]

Apple expected to unveil new iPhone models on Sept 12

Apple Inc said it will host an event on Sept 12 at the Steve Jobs Theater in the company’s Cupertino, California, campus, where it is widely expected to unveil new iPhone models. Analysts believe Apple plans to release three new smartphones this year, including one with a larger display than previous models. Analysts also expect […]

iPhone X outperforms Samsung’s brand new 6.4-inch Galaxy Note 9

Earlier yesterday, Samsung officially unveiled its brand new (and oft-leaked) Galaxy Note 9 with a 6.4-inch display. While Samsung touts the device’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset and 6GB or 8GB of RAM under-the-hood, but earlier benchmarks show the device is still outperformed by the iPhone X… As highlighted by Tom’s Guide, who tested the Galaxy […]

The Galaxy Note 9 Has Been Officially Unveiled

The Galaxy Note 9 is official, along with the unveiling of the long-rumored Samsung smart speaker, the Galaxy Home. At its annual Unpacked event in New York City today, the company finally confirmed details of the various hardware that had been leaked leading up to the announcement. The Note 9 looks… pretty much like any […]

Apple’s aesthetics-driven technological revolution sees them become world’s first trillion dollar company 

Apple’s stock market value is now more than a third of the size of the UK economy. As of Friday 3 August, the technology giant saw its shares rise to a record high of $207.39, making it the first public company to be valued at $1 trillion. Apple has seen its share price rise by […]

Young Nigerian, Chimdindu Aneke Joins Facebook As Head Of Startups, Developers

Facebook (FB) has snatched a young Nigerian by name Chimdindu Aneke as Developer and Startup Programs Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa. Though no official statement has been released by Facebook, however, the excited Aneke took to his page to announce the development, adding that Africa’s journey is just 1% finished. His post: “I am highly adrenalized […]

Piggybank.ng Secures $1.1M Seed Funding

Founded in 2016 by Somto Ifezue, Odunayo Eweniyi and Joshua Chibueze, graduates of Covenant University, Nigeria, Piggybank.ng is positioned to fill a void for tens of millions of Nigerians, who have no access to credit, in a country where up to two years’ rent is often required upfront to secure a home. Targeting low-middle income savers in Nigeria, of which there are 26.5M with a market size of $2.2Bn, the fintech start-up is an automated savings platform where savers manage their finances by depositing small amounts of money [starting from as little as USD$1/day] on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, depending on their saving target, free of charge. Savers can expect to earn on average 6% per annum on automated savings or 10.95% per annum on the fixed deposit product, Safelock and can withdraw funds once per quarter. Piggybank.ng generates its revenues through asset management, which currently stands at 5 – 7%.  

Google’s Loon brings internet-by-balloon to Kenya

A network of giant balloons will soon bring internet access to remote regions of rural Kenya. Google’s sister-company Loon has announced its first commercial deal: partnering with Telkom Kenya to deliver connectivity to the region. The firm’s antennae-dangling fleet will ride the wind high above parts of the African country. But experts have warned that […]

Selorm Adadevoh Is MTN Ghana’s New Chief Executive

MTN has appointed Mr. Selorm Adadevoh as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MTN Ghana. He takes over from Ebenezer Asante who is now the Vice President of the MTN Group. Mr. Adadevoh’s appointment is to take effect on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Adadevor was the CEO of Digicel […]

Email Phishers Using A Simple Way to Bypass MS Office 365 Protection

Security researchers have been warning about a simple technique that cyber criminals and email scammers are using in the wild to bypass most AI-powered phishing detection mechanisms implemented by widely used email services and web security scanners. Dubbed ZeroFont, the technique involves inserting hidden words with a font size of zero within the actual content […]

Ghana to host Google AI Research Center in Africa

Search engine giant is set to launch its latest AI research center in Accra, Ghana sometime later this year. The center will see world-class marching learning researchers and engineers stream into Ghana for research purposed. “Today, we’re announcing a Google AI research center in Africa, which will open later this year in Accra, Ghana. We’ll […]

Microsoft and WhatsApp may be working together on a new UWP app for Windows 10

pp for Windows Phone is one of the few apps on Windows 10 Mobile today that continues to receive frequent updates from its developer. Unfortunately, the app itself is one based on Silverlight, which is what apps built for Windows Phone 8.1 used back in 2014. This means the app isn’t a Universal Windows Platform […]

Twitter Launching Personalized News Features, More Robust Search and Revamped Moments Section

Twitter today announced several changes to the desktop and mobile Twitter experience to make relevant breaking news, events, and stories easier to discover. Going forward, the Explore section of Twitter will be organized using topic tags so users can more quickly see what’s happening in news and entertainment and what’s most relevant to them. Twitter is also […]

Netflix is currently having issues with logging in on iOS 11.4

“I come home to Netflix on my iPad not being auto logged in anymore. A restart, closing the app, and power cycle on the iPad later I get ahold of Netflix support and they are aware of the issue. Any device on 11.4 will have issues logging in” says a friend chatting with me last […]

Apple Seeds Second Beta of watchOS 4.3.2 to Developers

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming watchOS 4.3.2 update to developers, two weeks after seeding the first watchOS 4.3.2 beta and two weeks after releasing watchOS 4.3.1, a minor bug fix update that addressed a startup issue.  Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the new watchOS beta can […]

Apple Shares New iPhone X Photography Tutorial Videos With a Soccer Theme

Apple this morning shared five new iPhone X photography tutorial videos on its websiteand YouTube channel, with each taking a football (soccer in the U.S.) theme to celebrate the first day of the World Cup. Each short video walks users through a series of step-by-step instructions on how to use the special shooting modes featured on the […]

Top 5 Foldable Smartphones to Expect in 2019

The age of folding smartphones is coming. We know as patents for foldable phones are being filed in an ever-increasing number, with all the big players like Apple, Samsung, Huawei, LG, Motorola and more positioning themselves to come to market in the strongest and most innovative position possible. Smarter Living has rounded up the five […]

How Evans Wadongo Is Using Solar Lantern to Help Villagers Healthy And Cut Emissions.

In spite of the political imbroglio and social inconvenience in many parts of Africa, the black nation’s millennials are smashing records and writing their names on the sands of time for creating disruptive innovations. While there are loads of inventions that have disrupted the Africa Tech space and are really salvaging many populaces in the […]

Yahoo Messenger Is Shutting Down

After 20 years of existence, a messenger app that connects friends, family and random people from all over the world, “Yahoo Messenger” will bid farewell to its users in July. The company explains that while it constantly experiments with new services and apps, there currently isn’t a replacement product for Yahoo Messenger. Users have until […]

Instagram’s curated video hub could launch June 20th

Following a Wall Street Journal report that Instagram will support longer videos of up to an hour in length, TechCrunch has heard it’s planning a new hub for pro content. Similar to Facebook’s Watch or Snapchat’s Discover page the dedicated space would host shows and music videos in up to 4K resolution, and apparently just […]

Zambia’s eMsika helping farmers buy agricultural inputs

Zambian startup eMsika is helping farmers find, buy and receive agricultural inputs in a fast, trustworthy and convenient way, as well as access markets for their produce. Launched in 2016, eMsika is an e-commerce store for farmers, listing over 300 different products in 10 different categories of agricultural input, including poultry, crop protection chemicals and seeds. “We […]

NIGERIA TO HOST FIRST GOOGLE IMPACT CHALLENGE IN AFRICA

Technology giant, Google has launched a challenge for NGOs called “Google Impact Challenge.” This Initiative is the first of its kind in Africa, as stated by the Google Country Marketing Manager, Affiong Osuchukwu in Lagos, Nigeria. Osuchukwu said that the rationale behind the challenge was to solve Africa’s pressing challenges, maintaining that the tech company […]

Jury says Samsung must pay $539M for copying parts of iPhone

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A jury has decided Samsung must pay Apple $539 million in damages for illegally copying some of the iPhone’s features to lure people into buying its competing products. The verdict reached Thursday is the latest twist in a legal battle that began in 2011. Previous rulings had already determined that […]

iOS will soon disable USB connection if left locked for a week

In a move seemingly designed specifically to frustrate law enforcement, Apple is adding a security feature to iOS that totally disables data being sent over USB if the device isn’t unlocked for a period of 7 days. This spoils many methods for exploiting that connection to coax information out of the device without the user’s consent. […]

Review: Huawei’s P20 Pro is a shiny phone with a strong personality

t’s been a month since Huawei unveiled its latest flagship device. I’ve played with this phone for a few weeks and it’s one of the most interesting Android phones currently available. The P20 Pro is a solid successor to the P10 and a good alternative to other flagship phones, such as the iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S9. But […]

Watch: eCommerce MoneyAfrica Confex panel discussion on industry, fintech

The eCommerce MoneyAfrica Confex conference that took place recently in Cape Town was filled with many talks and discussions around e-commerce and fintech solutions in Africa. Most notably was the panel discussion on the first day, which consisted of CEO of Zando SA, Sascha Breuss; CEO at ZoobaShop, Albert Biga; MD MENA of Criteo, Dirk Henke and […]

Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [14/05/2018]

Looking to get into the South African startup scene or brush up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event […]

Logistics services marketplace Optimalogistic wins Seedstars Tunis

Logistics services marketplace Optimalogistic has been crowned the best startup in Tunisia after it won the Seedstars Tunis pitch event. Optimalogistic was one of eight startups to pitch at the event which was held at the Mediterranean School of Business last Friday (11 May). The startup was founded in 2016 and connects users to those renting out trucks and other construction […]

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