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FUTA Undergrads Launch Open Data Portal To Help Provide Datasets to Businesses

The business community in Africa is beginning to take interest in big data via social analytics platforms, gathering insights on how their products and services are performing or being talked about by customers. Today, emerging markets in the continent prove challenging to data scientists as verifying and authenticating data, a lack of entrenched collection of

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CcHUB launches new EdTech programme, expands operations to Abuja

Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB), a leading Lagos-based incubator and accelerator, has announced the consolidation of its education programme into re:learn, an open living lab focused on learning and the smart application of technology in schools. re:learn will now serve as the new umbrella for all education initiatives at CcHUB, which has been operating in the Education

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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

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16 million Nigerians visit Facebook every month on their mobiles

California-based social networking giant, Facebook has announced that 16 million Nigerians visit Facebook every month with 100% of them doing so through their mobile phones. A further breakdown of this figure shows 7.2 million people visit Facebook each day while 6.9 million of the daily active people access Facebook on mobile. Head of Africa for

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Millennials Spent The Most During 2015 Black Friday, says Kaymu

Black Friday, arguably the biggest shopping event in the world, has come and gone but no one seem to be asking who wore the crown. Was it the online platforms who outdid themselves with pre-Black Friday propaganda or the millennials who actually did the bulk of the shopping in Nigeria? Kaymu, Nigeria’s leading online shopping

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16 million Nigerians visit Facebook every month on their mobiles

California-based social networking giant, Facebook has announced that 16 million Nigerians visit Facebook every month with 100% of them doing so through their mobile phones. A further breakdown of this figure shows 7.2 million people visit Facebook each day while 6.9 million of the daily active people access Facebook on mobile. Head of Africa for

Entertainment

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YouTube Red to premiere its first Originals on February 10

YouTube Red, an ad-free, paid video-subscription service offered by YouTube, will be premièring the first of its YouTube Red Originals on February 10, 2016. The first Originals – four in number – are described below: A Trip to Unicorn Island: From the team at Astronauts Wanted, this feature-length movie gives fans an extraordinary look inside

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Gameloft opens office in Nigeria

Gameloft, an international publisher and developer of digitally-distributed video games has opened an office in Nigeria, according to a report from Game Industry. The launch of the office will allow Gameloft take advantage of the considerable potential of Africa – revenues has increased to about 536 per cent over the last four years – which

YouTube prepping to begin streaming original movies and TV shows – report

YouTube may soon secure original shows streaming rights for its newly launched Red subscription service, a report from the Wall Street Journal suggests. According to the report, the search company-owned video website has started talks with studios in Hollywood and production firms to license movies and TV shows to be available on its service. YouTube

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Apple launches on-the-go music creation app, updates Garageband for iOS

Cupertino-based Apple has announced the launch of a music creation app for people to tap into their musical potential and create incredible music irrespective of where they are. The app – Music Memos – lets musicians and songwriters to quickly capture, organize and develop their musical ideas right on their iPhone. With Music Memos, you

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Facebook launches sports stadium, fans to experience sports in real-time

There are over 650 million sports fans on Facebook (that makes Facebook the world’s largest stadium). These sports fans turn to Facebook to celebrate, commiserate, and talk trash with their friends and other fans. To make the sporting experience more fun and engaging, Facebook has announced the launch of Facebook Sports Stadium, a dedicated place

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American singer, Keri Hilson to mentor Season 2 winner of Airtel Trace Music Star competition

Airtel, a leading telecommunications service provider in Africa has announced that American singer and songwriter, Keri Hilson will mentor the winner of Airtel Trace Music Star (ATMS) Season 2. The competition, claimed to be the biggest pan-African talent search competition, will see Niger join Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania,

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You can now discover stories and conversations on Twitter without signing in

Popular microblogging platform, Twitter has announced that it is rolling out a new home timeline which will enable users to discover stories and conversations on Twitter when they are not signed in. With this new feature, users can check out a news story as it unfolds, dive into the play-by-play discussions around a game, and

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Attend Facebook’s event on How to Leverage Social for Android

If you’re an Android developer, then you should attend Facebook’s half-day event comprising of tech-talks and hands-on code labs that will show you how to effectively leverage social in the design and implementation of Android apps. During the event, the following topics will be covered: Improving user engagement on my android app; Getting a better

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Truecaller app reaches 100 million downloads on Google Play Store

Truecaller, a Sweden–based leading search technology company, has announced that its Truecaller app has been downloaded 100 million times on the Google Play Store. This milestone means Truecaller app is now part of the 109 apps that have been downloaded 100 million times in Google Play history. The Truecaller app was first available on the

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Kenya Power launches Telegram Bot to assist customers with their accounts

Kenya Power, Kenya’s national electric utility company, has announced the launch of a bot on WhatsApp Telegram, a cloud-based instant messaging service. The purpose of the bot is to assist customers with issues relating to their prepaid or postpaid accounts – helps them check statements, delayed tokens and bills. For example, the bot allows customers

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Spice up your conversations with Afro Emoji

These days, conversations on WhatsApp, Wechat, Viber and all the other messaging platforms we use aren’t complete if we don’t add one or two smiley or emoji to express ourselves. Emojis come in various shapes and sizes and are used to express varying emotions or serve different purposes. There’s an emoji to express feelings such

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YouTube Red to premiere its first Originals on February 10

YouTube Red, an ad-free, paid video-subscription service offered by YouTube, will be premièring the first of its YouTube Red Originals on February 10, 2016. The first Originals – four in number – are described below: A Trip to Unicorn Island: From the team at Astronauts Wanted, this feature-length movie gives fans an extraordinary look inside

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Truecaller app reaches 100 million downloads on Google Play Store

Truecaller, a Sweden–based leading search technology company, has announced that its Truecaller app has been downloaded 100 million times on the Google Play Store. This milestone means Truecaller app is now part of the 109 apps that have been downloaded 100 million times in Google Play history. The Truecaller app was first available on the

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Online travel agency, Travelstart rakes in US$40million from Amadeus & MTN

Travelstart, a leading online travel agency in Africa, has raked in US$40 million in investment from Amadeus, the global technology investor and MTN, Africa’s leading telecommunication telecom services operator. The investment will support the expansion of Travelstart into key markets and the growth of its team and product offering, at the same time as the

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Online travel agency, Travelstart rakes in US$40million from Amadeus & MTN

Travelstart, a leading online travel agency in Africa, has raked in US$40 million in investment from Amadeus, the global technology investor and MTN, Africa’s leading telecommunication telecom services operator. The investment will support the expansion of Travelstart into key markets and the growth of its team and product offering, at the same time as the

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Powerhive raises US$20 million from group of investors

Powerhive, an energy solutions provider for emerging markets, has announced it has raised US$20 million from a group of investors in a series A funding round. The investment will support Powerhive’s global expansion and continued growth in East Africa, where the company has operated rural micro-grids since 2012. Powerhive leverages its proprietary technology platform to

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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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