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Nigeria’s Online Hotel Booking Service Raises $1.2 Million

Nigeria’s online hotel booking service, Hotels.ng, has raised $1.2 million from the Omidyar Network, the investment vehicle of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, and EchoVC Pan-Africa Fund, a seed-stage technology fund, reports Forbes. The funds, according to the company, would be used to invest further in its technology capacity and in pursuing expansion into Ghana and

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The 10 Best Innovations in Africa To Watch in 2015

From an environmentally-friendly minicab to a fire alert detector, these ten innovations out of Africa, have been nominated for the Innovation Prize for Africa award this year, and are now being considered for the grand share prize of US$150 000.

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AIG Express Wants To Be The Logistics Network For Logistics Services in Africa

It has been said that one of the key factors, perhaps the most important in building successful e-commerce ecosystems in any market boils down to one word: Logistics. That’s why e-commerce players in Africa such as Konga’s KExpress and ACE (founded by former Rocket Internet directors) have begun keying into that area in order to

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Opera releases report on the most popular Android phones in Africa

According to a recent report by Opera, Samsung, Tecno and Huawei phones are the most widely used Android devices by Opera browser users in Africa. The web and mobile browser recently released the new Opera Mini for Android, which is now one of the top-featured apps in the Google Play store in several countries and

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iROKOtv’s new TV channels now available via Eutelsat’s 5WA satellite

Online video-on-demand service, iROKOtv has partnered with Slovenia-based Satellite Telecommunications Network (STN) to provide playout and distribution services for its Nollywood entertainment channels — iROKO Play and iROKO Plus — via Eutelsat’s 5WA satellite with coverage over Africa.

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P Swear, Basket Month, Others Feature In Leaked Images Of Celebrity Parodies

When leaked images from a soon-to-be-launched celebrity ratings and parody site was made available to Techloy, we couldn’t help but applaud the creative thinking that the team put into the project, which apparently depicts a humourous caricature of some notable Nigerian celebrities in music, movies, comedy, sports and media.

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iROKOtv Now Lets You Download Movies And Watch Them Later

If you’ve always wanted to download Nollywood movies, TV series, etc and watch them later offline, today’s announcement from iROKOtv should make you smile as the online movie streaming service now lets you do so starting from today.

Manchester United bans iPads and other ‘large electronic devices’ during matches at Old Trafford

English football club, Manchester United has revealed amendments to its club policy that will see fans banned from bringing ‘large electronic devices’ to matches at Old Trafford, citing security issues. According to the club’s official website, “large electronic devices including laptops and tablets will be added to the existing list of prohibited items for matchdays at

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iROKOtv’s new TV channels now available via Eutelsat’s 5WA satellite

Online video-on-demand service, iROKOtv has partnered with Slovenia-based Satellite Telecommunications Network (STN) to provide playout and distribution services for its Nollywood entertainment channels — iROKO Play and iROKO Plus — via Eutelsat’s 5WA satellite with coverage over Africa.

Apps

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EXCLUSIVE: PriceCheck App Shortlisted For Blackberry App Of The Year Award

Blackberry users around the world have selected PriceCheck’s Blackberry 10 app as one of the apps that demonstrate the most innovative use of the BlackBerry technology in this year’s Blackberry Achievement Awards. The app, which was built using HTML5 and JavaScript source code and wrapped with Cascades and some feature plug-ins, takes shopping to a whole

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Fueled With New Funding, Gaming Start-up KULUYA Set To Launch A Hybrid Commerce Platform

African casual gaming start-up KULUYA is set to launch a hybrid commerce platform that would allow its growing players to make money through competitive cash games. The company which launched in August 2012 with $250,000 in seed funding has recently raised another undisclosed seed round that is said to value the company at $2 million.

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SceneFlix Launches Africa’s Premier Cinema App on Android & iPhone

Movie lovers need not miss their favorite movies any longer as Africa’s premier cinema app, SceneFlix today announced its launch on Android & iOS platforms. Sceneflix, in a bid to bring the cinema closer to movie lovers, through their mobile phones, has introduced a first of its kind, mobile application, which will enable its users

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HutBay Releases Real Estate Windows 8 App On The Windows Store

Remember Hutbay? The online real estate listing startup beta launched in August 2013 that claims to make property search fun and less stressful. Although it didn’t launch fully to the public until June this year, it seems to be doing well in a space that really needs a lot of disruption.

Money

Twitter reportedly in talks to buy Flipboard for more than $1 billion

Twitter has been in talks since the beginning of this year to buy article-sharing app Flipboard, according to a report from Re/code, citing unnamed sources. Flipboard, which launched a full web app in February, has 50 million monthly active readers who have created 15 million public magazines to share content. Founded in 2010, the company

Twitter reportedly in talks to buy Flipboard for more than $1 billion

Twitter has been in talks since the beginning of this year to buy article-sharing app Flipboard, according to a report from Re/code, citing unnamed sources. Flipboard, which launched a full web app in February, has 50 million monthly active readers who have created 15 million public magazines to share content. Founded in 2010, the company

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Nigeria’s Online Hotel Booking Service Raises $1.2 Million

Nigeria’s online hotel booking service, Hotels.ng, has raised $1.2 million from the Omidyar Network, the investment vehicle of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, and EchoVC Pan-Africa Fund, a seed-stage technology fund, reports Forbes. The funds, according to the company, would be used to invest further in its technology capacity and in pursuing expansion into Ghana and

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Startup Stock Exchange Opens On June 10 To Help African Startups Sell Shares To Investors

Startups looking to raise money from global investors by selling ownership shares in their companies can now do so through the Startup Stock Exchange, a regulated global public marketplace for startup investing pre-launched last July. The world’s first online stock exchange for startup investing and funding will open its marketplace on June 10, 2013 allowing

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