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  • Techweez: You can now use Hangouts without requiring a Google+ account in Google Apps for Business
    31 Jul 2014 - Starting today, businesses that have deployed the use of Google Apps will find it easier to have video conferences with just about anyone with a Google account. This is because Google has made Hangouts a (standalone) part of its Google Apps suite meaning that one does...
  • TechMoran: 88mph-backed Bus Ticketing Platform BookNow Closes Funding Round from 10 Angel Investors
    31 Jul 2014 - 88mph-backed BookNow, a bus booking platform has closed the round from 10 angels including businessmen Mahendra K.D. Shah, Ravi Shah, Ritesh Doshi and four of 88mph’s investors and team who went in personally as well. BookNow says it will the undisclosed amount to...
  • HumanIPO: Equity Bank cleared to launch MVNO normal SIM cards
    31 Jul 2014 - According to the Business Daily, the CAK maintains Equity will only be able to use the ultra-thin SIM cards after a ruling on the case brought by Safaricom, which says the special SIM cards will pose a security threat to users in the form of fraud and intercepted...
  • IT News Africa: MTN strengthens leadership structures
    31 Jul 2014 - In order to respond adequately to challenges and opportunities in our markets, we continue to take appropriate steps to enhance our competitive position, and to ensure the long-term sustainability of our business. MTN today announced the appointment of Zunaid Bulbulia...
  • TechMoran: Airtel Zambia Subscribers to Access Free Basic Services from the new Internet.org App
    31 Jul 2014 - By Guy Rosen, Product Management Director Over 85% of the world’s population lives in areas with existing cellular coverage, yet only about 30% of the total population accesses the internet. Affordability and awareness are significant barriers to internet adoption for...
  • Kachwanya: Is free Google Search helpful to anyone?
    31 Jul 2014 - Would you love to perform Google Search for free? Then head to Zambia or hope that Internet.org’s App lands in Kenya as soon as possible. I hope you remember Internet.org. If not, then check out these two articles: Facebook and others avail Internet for next 5 billion...
  • TechMoran: LynkMii Wants to be the Biggest Mobile Business Directory in the World
    31 Jul 2014 - As smartphones eat the world, LynkMii, is a new mobile business directory that aims to enable businesses to take advantage of them and drive their growth  internationally. LynkMii aims to help users find Businesses, Special Offers, events, Jobs, latest news and blogs...
  • HumanIPO: GoMetro wins Get in the Ring competition
    31 Jul 2014 - Get in the Ring was hosted at on July 22, and saw eight of the most promising Cape Town startups competing. During the battle each of the startups were paired, with two contestants facing off through five rounds with different pitching topics. The Get in the Ring...
  • HumanIPO: RLG launches Uhuru Classic smartphone in Ghana
    31 Jul 2014 - The Uhuru Classic, according to the company, has a lightweight size and a heavyweight style. It has an Android 4.2.1 operating system, front 2.0MP and rear 8.0MP cameras, as well as a 4.7 HD LCD 09 display, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS connectivity, 10.4GB ROM, and 1GB RAM....
  • HumanIPO: Rwanda undergoes 3rd phase of digital migration process
    31 Jul 2014 - The New Times Rwanda reports the 2010 census reported over 192,800 homes in the country having television sets. The digital migration process is a four-phase affair that started in January this year. On January 31 the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA)...
  • IT News Africa: MultiChoice & Eutelsat to expand DStv
    31 Jul 2014 - MultiChoice Africa will take advantage of the entire payload of 15 Ku-band transponders connected to the African service area of the Eutelsat 36C satellite. Eutelsat Communications and MultiChoice Africa have signed an agreement that is expected to ensure the...
  • IT News Africa: Data Scientists and Chief Data Officers – fact or fad?
    31 Jul 2014 - Davide Hanan, MD Qlikview South Africa. When a new job title is created and introduced to an organisation, the immediate response is typically a combination of apprehension, confusion and sometimes rejection. It’s not unusual for people to scrutinise the role,...
  • TechMoran: Malawi & NEPAD Partner To Launch Internet Governance Forum
    31 Jul 2014 - E-Government Principal Secretary Olive Chikankheni said government appreciate the need to govern internet because as a global network of networks that consists of millions of private, public, academic, business and government networks, linked by a broad array of...
  • Techweez: Samsung Galaxy Alpha Tops AnTuTu Benchmarks; Reveals New Exynos Processor
    31 Jul 2014 - Samsung‘s new device, Galaxy Alpha seems like it will be an impressive device, going by the specs sheet and performance at the benchmarks. This is adding to the fact that the design and aesthetics will be greatly improved to reflect premium. The new details have a 38,...
  • TechMoran: Be Prepared For New Nokia X update
    31 Jul 2014 -   All users of Nokia X series of mobile phones will soon be seeing some brand new features and enhancements. The new features include an app switcher, which is a new platform that will help users to see which apps are running. You get the app switcher by swiping down...
  • TechMoran: New Social Advertising Network to be launched
    31 Jul 2014 - A new social video advertising network called Skits seeks to reward users for attracting customers to view videos of favorite brands. Skits’s new strategy allows brands to engage customers by rewarding them with mobile airtime to view targeted video ads. To Skits,...
  • TechMoran: US Payment Firm to Acquire South Africa’s Gyft for Around $50m
    31 Jul 2014 - US based payment technology and services solutions firm First Data, has acquired Gyft Inc., a gift card startup founded by South African entrepreneur Vinny Lingham for around $50 million according to reports. The move aims at enabling consumers to buy, send, manage...
  • TechMoran: Epson honoured at BLI’s Summer 2014 Pick Awards
    31 Jul 2014 - Buyers Laboratory LLC, an independent tester of document imaging products, has announced its prestigious Summer 2014 Pick awards in the scanner category, recognising Epson’s WorkForce DS-860 high-quality performance and honoring it as the Outstanding A4 Departmental...
  • TechMoran: EcoCash & MasterCard to Distribute Over 3 Million Mobile Money Companion Debit Cards in Zimbabwe
    31 Jul 2014 - Zimbabwe’s EcoCash has partnered with MasterCard in a move that will see more than three million MasterCard debit cards being issued to mobile money provider EcoCash’s customers in the next five years. “The EcoCash MasterCard debit card is a milestone towards...
  • Capital Tech: Microsoft Windows Phone ad pokes fun at Apple’s Siri
    31 Jul 2014 - Ad wars, don’t we love those, and the latest brands to square off are Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana and Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri. The Siri vs. Cortana – Happy Anniversary commercial, produced by Windows, showcases how Cortana will remind you to leave...
  • TechMoran: Airtel Nigeria introduces internet Bundles specifically For Android Devices
    31 Jul 2014 -   Airtel Nigeria has launched internet bundles specifically designed for Android devices, becoming a first of a kind product for Android devices in Nigeria’s telco market. Airtel Nigeria, which is the second largest telecommunications company in Nigeria, said the move...
  • TechMoran: Kenyans to Get Cheaper Electricity as KenGen Adds 140MW to the National Grid
    31 Jul 2014 - Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has announced today that it has added 140MW to the national grid from the 280 MW Olkaria geothermal project. Therefore Kenyans should expect to see the cost of electricity starting to decline in the coming months as...
  • TechMoran: Nigeria’s President Unveils e-Passport
    31 Jul 2014 -   Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has unveiled the West African nation’s first ever 64-page e-passport. The president and his vice Namadi Sambo later took turns to be captured in order to be issued with the new traveling document. Goodluck Jonathan insisted that...
  • IT News Africa: Facebook launches new App in Zambia
    31 Jul 2014 - According to the company, over 85% of the world’s population lives in areas with existing cellular coverage; however, 30% of the total population accesses the internet. Facebook has launched a new mobile app that allows users in Zambia to gain free access to a handful...
  • TechMoran: Equity Bank SIM-Cards to bring more “choice and freedom”
    31 Jul 2014 - Finserve, Equity Bank’s telcos subsidiary, has been designated the task of distributing the recently licensed MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operations) and is now looking to roll out SIM-cards that have the prefix “0763xx”. Equity Bank hopes that the rollout of the new...
  • Duwaa: This is the Reason Why Equity Bank's Mobile Network is Going to Disrupt the whole Sector
    31 Jul 2014 - Almost three months have passed since Equity Bank first revealed their intentions to go into the mobile sector by partnering with Airtel Kenya and launching their own mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) under their subsidiary Finserve.
  • iHub: Announcing Barcamp Nairobi 2014!
    31 Jul 2014 - BARCAMP NAIROBI 2014 – Who’s Your Data’s Daddy? Nairobi’s premier technology event is back for 2014! The 8th Barcamp Nairobi will be held on Saturday, 30th August, 2014. Barcamp is produced by Skunkworks Kenya – a disruptive collective of Kenya’s best looking and best...
  • Techweez: China’s Xiaomi Ousts LG Out Of Global Top 5 Smartphone Vendors List
    31 Jul 2014 - It’s raining smartphone sales figures in China. Xiaomi is top among those making it rain. This is bad for the incumbents like LG and Samsung. It’s the turn of LG to feel the heat. This is after Strategy Analytics reported that Xiaomi recently edited the list of top 5...
  • IT News Africa: Flytxt rolls out NEON
    31 Jul 2014 - Vinod Vasudevan, CEO Flytxt. (Image Source: economictimes.indiatimes.com) Flytxt has announced that it has gone live within 3 MTN markets in Africa. Flytxt has signed a group-level partnership with MTN to deploy its real-time on-trigger decisioning and customer...
  • IT News Africa: Vodacom Business unveils new data centre
    31 Jul 2014 - Ermano Quartero, Managing Executive at Vodacom Business South Africa. (Image Source: Vodacom Business) Vodacom Business has opened a new data centre in Midrand, which is in line with Vodacom’s new cloud strategy. The facility is designed to meet the increased demand...

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