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SA anti-piracy startup, Custos Media raises US$420,000 from TIA

Custos Media Technologies, a South African startup that combats media piracy by using the bitcoin blockchain, has announced it has raised US$420,000 from SA company, Technology Innovation Agency (TIA). The funds, which will be injected into the startup over the next two years, will be used to accelerate product development and marketing to bring the product

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In Nigeria, Small-Scale Solar Plants Are Letting The Sunshine In

Until recently, small-scale rooftop solar projects have been under-utilised in the country, with diesel generators a far more common source of primary energy supply to these locations. Now, advances in solar technology are making this clean energy more affordable.

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British Airways, Safaricom Launch Emerging Enterprise Initiative For Kenyan SMEs

British Airways, the UK’s largest international airline and Safaricom, a leading mobile network operator in Kenya have announced the Emerging Enterprise Initiative aimed at providing international exposure for business owners in Kenya’s Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sector. Through the initiative, five business owners in the SME sector will be provided with access to international

Mobile

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Lifestage Is Facebook’s Social Network For Teens

Facebook recently launched just another software to lure teenagers into thinking its products are cooler than SnapChat. The new iOS app which is soon to be rolled out on Android, called Lifestage, is a kind of video diary where you answer biographical questions about yourself. Instead of filling in answers with text, you record a

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700 MHz Spectrum: A Sale That Went Awry

A deal that was initially explained as a means to raise cash to enable Nigeria meet the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) deadline for the Digital Switchover (DSO) is beginning to go awry.

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Entertainment

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Intelsat launches new satellite to increase DSTV service delivery

Intelsat has announced the successful launch of the Intelsat 36 satellite that will be used in part by DStv parent company, MultiChoice to provide direct-to-home satellite pay-television services to consumers in Africa. The Intelsat 36 satellite was launched from French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle. It is the 58th Intelsat satellite launched by Arianespace. Liftoff was at 00:16

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Orange is the New Black to have three additional seasons on Netflix

Netflix, the world’s leading Internet television network with over 75 million members in over 190 countries and Lionsgate, a premier next generation film production/distribution studio, have announced that the original series, Orange is the New Black has been renewed for three additional seasons on Netflix. Season four of the series will premiere on June 17,

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Ethan & Harriet to launch range of educational toys and Nigerian-themed puzzles

Nigeria’s leading educational toy company, Ethan & Harriet, has announced it will launch a range of educational toys and Nigerian-themed puzzles at an event in Lagos. The company seeks to champion the preservation of the country’s cultural heritage through fun and games. Among the toys to be launched is the Nigerian-themed jigsaw puzzles, which is

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ShowMax now available in 36 countries across sub-Saharan Africa

South African subscription-based video-on-demand service, ShowMax is now available in 36 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. Launched in 2015, Naspers-owned ShowMax has the largest video entertainment catalogue in Africa with over 20,000 episodes of hit TV shows and movies. These countries can now access this humongous catalogue – which includes approximately fifteen thousand TV show episodes and

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Econet Media signs agreement to bring NFL content to Africans

If you’re a lover of the National Football League, this one’s for you. Econet Media, a subsidiary of the Econet Group, has signed an agreement to broadcast NFL content in a number of markets in sub-Saharan Africa [1]. The agreement, which was brokered by ESPN Media Distribution, sees Econet Media become the exclusive linear TV

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Intelsat launches new satellite to increase DSTV service delivery

Intelsat has announced the successful launch of the Intelsat 36 satellite that will be used in part by DStv parent company, MultiChoice to provide direct-to-home satellite pay-television services to consumers in Africa. The Intelsat 36 satellite was launched from French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle. It is the 58th Intelsat satellite launched by Arianespace. Liftoff was at 00:16

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WhatsApp to start sharing users information with Facebook

This post was updated on August 26, 2016. Back in 2014 when Facebook acquired WhatsApp, the founders stated that nothing was going to change about the messaging app. In their words, they said “Here’s what will change for you, our users: nothing.” By nothing, they meant, among other things, WhatsApp will not share users’ information,

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WhatsApp to start sharing users information with Facebook

This post was updated on August 26, 2016. Back in 2014 when Facebook acquired WhatsApp, the founders stated that nothing was going to change about the messaging app. In their words, they said “Here’s what will change for you, our users: nothing.” By nothing, they meant, among other things, WhatsApp will not share users’ information,

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BlackBerry Ask Users To “let them know how you feel” Using #ILoveBB10Apps

I know you must wondering who the “them” are! A couple of weeks back, WhatsApp Inc announced that WhatsApp Messenger will no longer work on BlackBerry – including BlackBerry 10 and BBOS– by the end of 2016. As if that wasn’t a big enough blow, Facebook has also announced it will discontinue support of its essential APIs

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Riders can now request a Little via USSD

Riders of Little, a Kenyan taxi hailing service launched by Safaricom and Craft Silicon, can now request a ride via USSD. They can do this by simply dialling *826# from their smart or dumb phones. It works same way as the ride hailing app. “The idea behind Little powered by Safaricom is to provide affordable

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WhatsApp to start sharing users information with Facebook

This post was updated on August 26, 2016. Back in 2014 when Facebook acquired WhatsApp, the founders stated that nothing was going to change about the messaging app. In their words, they said “Here’s what will change for you, our users: nothing.” By nothing, they meant, among other things, WhatsApp will not share users’ information,

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Riders can now request a Little via USSD

Riders of Little, a Kenyan taxi hailing service launched by Safaricom and Craft Silicon, can now request a ride via USSD. They can do this by simply dialling *826# from their smart or dumb phones. It works same way as the ride hailing app. “The idea behind Little powered by Safaricom is to provide affordable

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Safaricom finally launches Little Cab to rival Uber in Kenya

Some few weeks back, there were reports that Safaricom, the largest integrated telecommunication service provider in Kenya, plans to launch a taxi hailing service to rival Uber, a renowned taxi hailing service. According to reports, the telco has launched the service yesterday in Nairobi, Kenya. Known as Little Cab, the service aims to stamp its

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SA anti-piracy startup, Custos Media raises US$420,000 from TIA

Custos Media Technologies, a South African startup that combats media piracy by using the bitcoin blockchain, has announced it has raised US$420,000 from SA company, Technology Innovation Agency (TIA). The funds, which will be injected into the startup over the next two years, will be used to accelerate product development and marketing to bring the product

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Lenovo plans to pre-load Microsoft services on its Android devices

Lenovo and Microsoft have signed a new patent cross-licensing agreement that covers both Lenovo and Motorola devices. The agreement would now see Lenovo’s Andriod devices come pre-installed with Microsoft products like Microsoft Office, OneDrive, and Skype. Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President OEM Division, Nick Parker while making the announcement said: “Microsoft’s thrilled that our productivity apps will be

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SA anti-piracy startup, Custos Media raises US$420,000 from TIA

Custos Media Technologies, a South African startup that combats media piracy by using the bitcoin blockchain, has announced it has raised US$420,000 from SA company, Technology Innovation Agency (TIA). The funds, which will be injected into the startup over the next two years, will be used to accelerate product development and marketing to bring the product

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MTN Nigeria set to list shares on the NSE next year

MTN Nigeria, the “everywhere you go” telecom operator, will be listing its shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange next year, according to reports. The planned listing is part of an agreement the telco reached with the Federal Government of Nigeria as it concerns the fine it got slapped with over unregistered sim cards. The board

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Africa Internet Group, Alongside Its Subsidiaries, Rebrands To Jumia

In a move that can best be described as unexpected, Africa Internet Group, a leading Internet platform in Africa, together with its other subsidiaries, has been rebranded to Jumia. The rebrand, which will leverage Jumia’s massive success on the continent, will ensure the group operates under the same brand name that will be trusted and

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