Technology

Africa is Mobile – Is that a Good thing?

Africa boasts of some 700 million people on the continent having at least one mobile device (smart or feature phone). Africa has taken not only the prime position as the leading mobile continent, but is also a mobile first region. We hear many analysts throw this fact around as though it is an accolade worthy of celebration. The fact that only about 7% …

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Google Play Music Rolling Out to Ghana?

Update: Google does not indicate any of this access on their support page at the moment for Ghana: Country Availability Could it be possible that, Google Play Music will be next to open up for access in Ghana, after Google Play Books and Google Play Store for Apps? For years, one is greeted by the screenshot below, anytime an attempt …

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FarmConnecta wins 2015 Orange AMEA Developers Challenge

Orange presented the 2015 Orange AMEA Developers Challenge prize to FarmConnecta on December 15, 2015 during the Cairo ICT event. FarmConnecta, a Botswana-based start-up that has developed an information sharing and billing system designed for the agricultural community, received a prize valued at 10,000 euros. The 2015 Orange AMEA Developers Challenge was launched in August in France and 11 other countries in …

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Cisco believes Rwanda’s Kagame really gets I.T. relevance

Cisco believes Africa’s first smart city could be in Rwanda. Cisco executive chairman John Chambers told ITWeb on the side-lines of the Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWF), in Dubai, that he is bullish about the growth potential for the Internet of things (IOT) in Africa. “If you look at Rwanda, what president Paul Kagame is doing there is amazing. …

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Grant Shapps of the UK visits PEG in Ghana

TL:DR; The Honorable Minister Grant Shapps from the United Kingdom (UK) on Wednesday November 11, 2015, visited the PEG Ghana Solar facilities at East Legon, a subburb of Ghana’s capital city — Accra. PEG Ghana Solar is a local firm pioneering the provision of affordable solar energy solutions, and quality after purchase service to thousands of customers around Ghana. According to …

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Technology start-ups to boost African tourism

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Technology start-ups are flourishing across Africa which is helping to boost the economy and offer a fresh image to international tourists, reveals the World Travel Market (WTM) Global Trends Report 2015, in association with Euromonitor International, released in London early November. According to the World Bank, over half of the countries in Africa now have at least one tech hub with investments …

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Upgrade from 15.04 to 15.10 Ubuntu via Bootable Medium

Canonical announced a new Ubuntu yesterday, and many have or are planning to pick up their upgrading hammers to put things in place, all aimed at grabbing the new ending .10 values next to their OS version. I have been using Ubuntu since the days of 6.06, and its always been a joy taking the path. There has been less troubles …

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Rwanda to get world’s first DronePort from Foster + Partners

British architect Lord Foster has revealed plans to launch the world’s first Droneport project in Rwanda, Africa, to transport urgent supplies including medical aides and electronic equipments to remote areas in large scales. Architecture firm Foster + Partners is collaborating with technology company Afrotech and Lausanne-based University École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) on the project. The specialist drones are expected to …

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Fingerprint and facial recognition ATMs coming to South Africa

Forgetting a bank card PIN number could be a problem of the past as first-of-its-kind technology is being tested in South Africa. A person’s fingerprints, palms, voice, iris and facial biometrics form part of new specifications for chip-card transactions for global payment technology company Visa. Visa said that the first-of-its kind technology framework is also designed to work with the EMV (Europay, MasterCard, …

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40% of Dell PCs Sold in China are Ubuntu-Powered

After Windows XP reached its ‘End of Life’, many in the Chinese market have had to adjust. And fortunately for Dell – a company that ships some of its PCs with Ubuntu pre-installed – the market adjustment and want for an alternative operating system is heading in their direction positvely. Ubuntu Kylin happens to be officially supported by the Chinese authorities, …

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