Tech Africa

  • - Global streaming service company, Prime Video has said that it has increased investment in Nigeria’s entertainment industry to enable customers to sign up for the streaming service in local currency. Josh McIvor, director of International Expansion, Prime Video, said the company was delighted to be…
  • - Jumia is marking its 10th Anniversary by celebrating consumers, and supporting sellers, as well as communities. Themed ‘10 years with You’ the company’s anniversary will celebrate customers who have played a key role in changing the e-commerce scene in Kenya. “I would like to especially thank all…
  • - The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has granted an operational license to Starlink, a satellite internet constellation operated by SpaceX, providing satellite internet access coverage to 32 countries. The licence came after the company’s staff visited Nigeria in May of last year. Elon Musk…
  • - With the influx of innovation hubs across Africa, there is a need for capacity building, benchmarking and other supportive initiatives. As a result, AfriLabs is launching an academy to accelerate support for hub managers and staff. An umbrella body that has enlisted more than 340 innovation centres…
  • - Mastercard and OPay have announced a strategic partnership, marking a significant boost for wider financial inclusion and economic prosperity by opening up digital commerce to millions of people across Middle East and Africa. The collaboration enables OPay consumers and merchants in the region –…
  • - At least 30,000 aspiring and professional developers from across Africa will benefit from the Android and Google Cloud training opportunities. A continuation of Google’s investment in the continent, the program is aimed at imparting skills, creating job opportunities and meeting the rising demand…
  • - Apple has announced that it is discontinuing its music player, the iPod Touch, ending an era of a device widely known for revolutionizing how people listen to music. When it was first launched in 2001, the device could store 1,000 tracks. Today, there are more than 90 million songs on Apple’s…
  • - Google has announced plans to scrap about 900,000 apps from Play Store by November 1st, 2022. The affected apps are those that have not received any update since 2020. Google says such apps pose a risk to users since they don’t take advantage of the latest security features and updates on Play…
  • - As a Human Resources (HR) leader in the tech space, I often find myself engaged in conversations where I’m asked to share my thoughts and opinions about what I think the Future of Work  (FoW) might look like for HR professionals in the post-pandemic technology-driven era. I’ve shared some of these…
  • - Apple, Google and Microsoft have joined forces to expand support for passwordless logins across mobile, desktop and browsers, in a rare display of alliance. The tech giants announced last week that they are expanding support for a password-free sign-in standard from the FIDO Alliance and the World…
  • - The lite version of YouTube that was introduced in 2016 will be discontinued in August, the company has announced. YouTube Go was designed for markets where connectivity is poor and expensive, giving users more control of their data. Users were able to preview videos, change MB usage and have more…
  • - Facebook is shutting down its podcast platform less than a year after it launched. This means that creators will no longer be able to upload new shows to the platform starting this week. The company is re-evaluating its audio products and is also shuttering its Soundbites and Audio hubs, and…
  • - Ride-hailing company, Bolt could be forced to stop its services in Tanzania following a controversial 15% fee service order that took effect in April. The Estonian company is disputing the fee introduced by Tanzania’s Land Transport Regulatory Authority (LATRA), an entity that regulates the taxi…
  • - In collaboration with Google, the technology innovation centre, Co-creation Hub (CcHUB), the Ministry of ICT and Innovation Rwanda, and Mojaloop Foundation have announced the nine startups selected for the Fintech Incubation Programme it launched last year. The Fintech Innovation Project, which…
  • - Google has announced that its second Africa Equiano undersea cable has landed in Lagos, Nigeria. This comes a month after the first cable landed in Togo. It was the first in a series of landings on the continent for the subsea cable, which will run from Portugal along Africa’s west coast to South…
  • - Infinix has partnered up with PalmPay to launch Infinix Wallet – a digital wallet app to build a multi-dimensional digital life ecology for Infinix smartphone users that integrates financial services and various payment scenarios into a simple and secure ecosystem. With the latest move, Infinix…
  • - Google has opened applications for numerous open roles at its new product development centre in Nairobi. Aspiring Engineering Managers, Product Managers, Software Engineers, Senior UX Designers or UX Researchers are free to apply. The effort is geared towards creating transformative products and…
  • - Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) and its partners INX-ZA, ZACR and ZADNA are hosting regional events across South Africa throughout 2022. These events aim to attract new members and create opportunities within the local Internet industry. The series of events aim to provide an…
  • - The African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) 2022 will take place on 23 – 25 August in Kigali, Rwanda. This event will be held as a hybrid – with participants present in Rwanda; and others online. AfPIF aims to promote the development of national and cross border interconnection and offers…
  • - Consumer spending on mobile apps reached $170 billion in 2021, according to App Annie’s newly released “State of Mobile 2022″ report, seeing 230 billion apps downloaded worldwide in 2021, setting another record. As phones become more accessible and data costs decrease in Africa, smart devices…
  • - The .ng domain registry, Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) has updated its domain name policy and categorised the .net.ng domain zone as an open Second Level Domain (SLD). All domain name registrations on the .net.ng zone will no longer require supporting documents that show the…