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 […]

[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 […]

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 […]

[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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Spotify records net loss of €169m after first quarterly report

Streaming company Spotify Technology SA released its first quarterly report this week since the company began operating in 2008. Spotify’s user base increased to about 170 million while it registered €1.14bn in revenue. However, the streaming services stock prices took a plunge after it released the report. As of 2 May, when the report was released, Spotify had 75 million […]

Amazon is finally cashing in on Alexa

Amazon is making its play to monetize its virtual personal assistant, Alexa, while it still dominates the category’s market share. A series of new features announced this week pivot Alexa from a personal virtual assistant to a more capable salesperson for brands looking to sell services and products via voice. Developers will be able to charge customers for […]

An IIT-Delhi graduate may be in the running to become WhatsApp’s CEO

WhatsApp, the world’s largest messaging service, is currently looking for a new CEO, and there could be an Indian in the running for the corner office. On April 30, WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum resigned from Facebook, which owns the messaging app, following disagreements over the privacy of user data. Among the frontrunners to take over […]

How India’s smartphone mania fuelled Xiaomi’s spectacular rise

Xiaomi is bringing the biggest public listing the world has seen in four years, and the Chinese phone-maker has India to thank for it in some ways. The world’s fourth-largest smartphone maker is looking to raise $10 billion from an initial public offering (IPO) that would value the company at up to $100 billion, much of it built on […]

Facebook says it has a tool to detect bias in its artificial intelligence

Tech companies relying on artificial intelligence that allows them to serve billions of users are slowly acknowledging that those same algorithms can be biased against those who aren’t white, wealthy, or male. Facebook announced Wednesday (May 2) that it’s testing a tool called Fairness Flow, an internal project that allegedly can determine whether a machine […]

WhatsApp Group Video Call and Instagram Video Chat Are Coming Soon

Facebook announced a whole lot of new features at its 2018 Facebook F8 developers conference, including Dating on Facebook, letting users clear their web browsing history, real-time language translation within Messenger, and many more. Besides announcing exciting features for its social media platform, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also gave us a quick look at the […]

Twitter is telling all of its users to change their passwords

If you came to this article from Twitter—stop reading. Go to your settings and change your password. (And then come back.) Twitter announced today (May 3), that the passwords of every account—all 336 million of them—had been exposed in an internal log. There’s no indication that anyone’s passwords have been stolen or misused, but in […]

7 Security Tips You Can Learn From the Avengers

The Avengers: Earth’s mightiest heroes. You can learn a lot from this team. Iron Man teaches us to recognize the consequences of our actions. The Vision shows that there is great humanity in all of us. It’s time to consider what else these heroes can teach us—about technology, security, and privacy. (Minor spoilers for Marvel […]

Facebook wants to measure the cost of internet shutdowns on Africa’s informal economy

Government-ordered internet shutdowns are becoming longer and more frequent across Africa, undermining productivity and costing nations jobs and much-needed income. Yet despite the costly nature of these disruptions, it has been hard to accurately estimate the impact blackouts have on citizens and economies in general. A new study, backed by Facebook, wants to go beyond […]

WhatsApp CEO’s Early Facebook Exit Could Cost Him $1 Billion

Jan Koum’s exit from Facebook Inc. could prove costly. A speedy departure may prevent him from collecting as much as $1 billion in stock awards. The chief executive officer of messaging unit WhatsApp confirmed in a Facebook post-Monday afternoon that he was leaving the company. The announcement comes before the final three vesting dates of restricted […]

Amazon Launches ‘Internet,’ A Light Web Browser Designed For Android Users In India

In its effort to capitalise on the huge market potential in India, Amazon has launched ‘Internet,’ a light-weight mobile web browser for Android phones.  India is the country with the second-largest group of internet users in the world, and tech companies are working hard to find ways to reach those users with their apps and […]

You Can Now Upload Multiple Photos And Videos At Once On Instagram Stories

Instagram is introducing a few updates that will make it easier and faster to share more in Stories – one of these is the ability to upload multiple photos and videos at once. Starting today, you can now upload multiple photos and videos to your Instagram Stories – all at once. This update will make it […]

The Scariest Thing About Facebook Isn’t Even How It Treats Your Data

Its power to influence users makes Facebook a tool for “mass population control,” and Mark Zuckerberg’s utopian goals only increase the danger. Mark Zuckerberg’s marathon date with Congress is over. It might as well never have happened. For two days, Facebook’s CEO stuck to his bland talking points, claimed a degree of ignorance about his company’s operations that strains credulity, […]

Drone technology is now dangerous enough to kill for

There are certain classes of technology that, by their nature, put those who possess their secrets in danger: Nuclear weapons. Ballistic missiles. Advanced encryption software. Now, add unmanned aerial vehicles—drones—to that list. A Palestinian electrical engineer who had published research on drones was assassinated in Malaysia, the Wall Street Journal reported(paywall). A helmeted person on a […]

After years of skepticism, Ferrari is testing an electric supercar

Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of Ferrari and Fiat Chrysler, has been famously skeptical, even scathing, about electric cars in the past. But it looks like he had a change of heart after he told Bloomberg Televisionthat Ferrari has been testing a new gasoline-battery hybrid at its track near Maranello, Italy. Marchionne had said in October that if electricity […]

This Is What The New Gmail Looks Like

Google is about to launch a new Gmail design in the coming weeks. The new look, largely inspired by the recent update to its mobile app, will come with more Google Calendar integrations. Gmail for the web is getting a fresh redesign that will bring it closer to what its most recent Gmail for mobile […]

Instagram Will Soon Let You Download Your Data

In response to the European GDPR privacy legislation coming into effect next month, Instagram is building a “data portability” tool that will allow you to download a copy of what you’ve shared on the platform. In a recent TechCrunch post, Josh Constine talked about how Instagram lacked “data portability” – the ability of users to […]

MTN to invest over three million cedis in Sports for 2018

Chief Executive Officer of Ghana’s largest telecommunication network MTN, Ebenezer Twum-Asante, has promised that the telecommunication giant will spend over three million cedis on sports development in Ghana in 2018. He said the amount does not only cover the FA Cup competition but also covers other clubs that MTN sponsors. He explained that MTN is […]

IBM Research’s shift from Indian back-office to frontline innovation hub

In the early 1990s, IBM, one of the world’s largest technology companies, launched its research arm in India just to provide back-end support to its global business. Two decades on, IBM Research is at the heart of innovation that the New York-based firm is working on. At its offices in Bengaluru and New Delhi, IBM […]

“English not Swahili”: The ill-placed call from a US senator on rewriting Facebook’s user terms

For two days, Facebook’s chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg faced tough questions from US lawmakers in the wake of revelations that data firm Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed the information of 87 million Facebook users. During a joint hearing of the Senate judiciary and commerce committees, senator John Kennedy of Louisiana criticized Facebook’s user agreement saying it “sucks.” Kennedy lamented […]

Apple is facing its toughest fight since the 1980s

Apple has done pretty well for itself these last few years. It’s got cash in the bank, healthy revenue, and it still sets the bar for what a modern smartphone should look like. But while the iPhone is singularly important, both to Apple and to the category of devices it’s inspired over the last decade, technology companies are now jockeying […]

YouTube to release kids’ app

YouTube plans to release a non-algorithmic, whitelisted version of its YouTube Kids app sometime in the near future as a way to avoid inadvertently suggesting questionable or graphic content to children, according to a report this evening from BuzzFeed News. The modified version of the app will also be restricted to videos from hand-selected channels […]

Top 6 Digital Coins That May Be Worth More Than Bitcoin Some Day

If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about.  Or if you have not heard about Bitcoin or other digital coins in the news or from a friend, it’s time to WAKE UP!  Digital currencies look like they may be the next evolution of how we pay for things, so it may be a good […]

Operator brings 10,000 wi-fi hotspots to Lagos for broadband

Facilities-based telecommunications firm, Swift Networks, will bring 10, 000 wi-fi hotspots to Lagos between now and the next six months. To achieve this, Swift Network will partner with leading global brands to offer the service, which is going to be free, at designated places in the state. With 500 hotspots already activated, the Chief Executive […]

Facebook data scandal widens to include Canadian company

A scandal engulfing Facebook over the use of its data by political consultants widened Tuesday when a whistleblower said Canadian company AggregateIQ had developed a program to target Republican voters in the 2016 U.S. election. Christopher Wylie, who previously revealed that consultancy Cambridge Analytica had accessed the data of 50 million Facebook users to build […]

NITA gets new Director-General Ministry of Communications

Mr. David K. Gyewu has been appointed Acting Director-General of the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) with immediate effect. A statement issued by the Ministry of Communications holds that Mr. Gyewu is an experienced business operations strategist and technology specialist with experience at a high and senior level in both the private sector and governmental […]

Zambia: Will digital migration project cost president his job?

Zambia’s main opposition party, the United Party for National Development (UPND) has tabled a motion in the country’s parliament to have president Edgar Lungu impeached. They accuse the leader of presiding over a cabinet that made illegal procurement decisions related to the national digital migration project. UPND parliamentary chief whip Garry Nkombo confirmed the development. […]

Zimbabwe’s startups and tech hubs are betting they’ll start to get funding

Despite restricting cyber freedoms and cracking down on social media users, former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe’s cash-strapped government had been prepared to play its part in empowering the country’s tech entrepreneurs. In 2017, the national telecoms regulator, Potraz, unveiled a $25 million ICT innovation fund to support innovators and tech startups in Zimbabwe. Entrepreneurs applied to the fund […]

Africa’s newest startup hubs are expanding beyond its legacy tech markets

Almost 130 tech hubs have opened across Africa in under two years, showcasing a maturing entrepreneurial ecosystem and a rising interest in the potential of local markets. A total of 442 active incubators, accelerators, and co-working spaces were recorded on the continent as of early March by the global telecoms industry body GSM Association. That’s a jump from 2016 […]

MTN Launches First 5G Technology In Africa

MTN says it has achieved download speeds of more than 20 gigabits per second in its first trial of fifth- generation (5G) technology. “This is the highest achieved on a mobile network in Africa‚” the service provider said in a statement on Monday. It said it was ready to deploy the technology commercially but could […]

YouTube restricts gun videos

YouTube is getting tougher on gun videos. The video platform published new guidelines on Monday that ban videos showing how to assemble a firearm or install certain accessories such as high-capacity magazines. The new regulations, first reported by Bloomberg, come as the Google-owned platform has come under criticism for lax policies regarding what content users can post. […]

How hackers can access your MacBook without password

Hackers now have a new way to easily access your Mac. A new bug has been discovered in the Mac version of the Google Chrome Remote Desktop app. It allows hackers to access an admin account on Apple Macs via the Google extension, bypassing the need for a password. The security flaw was unearthed by […]

Mark Zuckerberg Started this January 2018 with $4Billion

As at just 10-days into the new year and according to Bloomberg‘s billionaires list, Facebook founder Mark Zucckerberg had already made $4 Billion. The report says, ‘major market indices are up 2% year-to-date, continuing the major stock gains of last year. Among those profiting from the continued stock surge is Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The […]

How to easily create VPN account and Install it on Windows

PureVPN offers some great features, including a “Virtual Router” within Windows, that allows you to convert your Windows-based desktop or laptop into a virtual router and use it to connect up to 10 devices. They also offer 500 servers with unlimited switching, and unlimited data transfers, all at a reasonable price. We recommend reading our […]

UK PM seeks ‘safe and ethical’ artificial intelligence

The prime minister says she wants the UK to lead the world in deciding how artificial intelligence can be deployed in a safe and ethical manner. In a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Theresa May said a new advisory body, previously announced in the Autumn Budget, will co-ordinate efforts with other countries. In […]

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