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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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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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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

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Africans Talked More Of Politics On Twitter In 2015

According to a report by Portland, a London-based integrated communications agency, Africans talked (or tweeted) more of politics on Twitter in 2015. Portland analysed 1.6 billion geo-located tweets and the top 5,000 hashtags¹ on the continent as part of its third “How Africa Tweets” report. The report showed that almost 1 in 10 of the

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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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Africans Talked More Of Politics On Twitter In 2015

According to a report by Portland, a London-based integrated communications agency, Africans talked (or tweeted) more of politics on Twitter in 2015. Portland analysed 1.6 billion geo-located tweets and the top 5,000 hashtags¹ on the continent as part of its third “How Africa Tweets” report. The report showed that almost 1 in 10 of the

Entertainment

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Nigerian Newspaper, The Guardian Launches Online TV Platform

The Guardian, Nigeria’s most trusted newspaper, has announced the launch of an online TV platform, Guardian TV. Guardian TV will provide exclusive video interviews, as well as up-to-the-minute videos from across the world. The platform will provide viewers the best in news entertainment and sport from partners such as Al Jazeera, AFP, Reuters, CNBC Africa,

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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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Rise of the Tomb Raider now available for Windows 10 devices

Redmond-based multinational technology giant, Microsoft has announced the release the Rise of the Tomb Raider for Windows 10 devices. Rise of the Tomb Raider comes with some nice features, including Xbox Live integration. Here are the minimum specs that are required to run the game: Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 or AMD Phenom II X4 945;

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ShowMax partners yet another store to make subscription vouchers available to customers

ShowMax, a South African subscription-based video-on-demand service, has partnered yet another another store to make its subscription vouchers available to customers, especially those who can’t pay via credit card or PayPal. The subscription vouchers will be available at all Makro stores all over South Africa. “These partnerships are a big deal for us to give

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Spotify Is The Exclusive Playback Partner of the Billboard Charts For 2016

If Spotify, a digital music service, is your favourite and you’re always checking the Billboard music charts to keep up with the hottest songs, then this piece of news might interest you. Billboard has announced Spotify as its exclusive streaming partner for 2016, a partnership that allows the streaming service to power playback of more

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Econet acquires right to air Premier League matches across Sub-Saharan Africa

The Premier League has announced that Econet has acquired the package of free-to-air broadcasting rights that it makes available in sub-Saharan Africa. Econet, through its Kwese Sports platform, will make available one Saturday afternoon Premier League match live on a free-to-air basis each weekend of the season for the next three seasons – 2016/17 to

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Nigerian Newspaper, The Guardian Launches Online TV Platform

The Guardian, Nigeria’s most trusted newspaper, has announced the launch of an online TV platform, Guardian TV. Guardian TV will provide exclusive video interviews, as well as up-to-the-minute videos from across the world. The platform will provide viewers the best in news entertainment and sport from partners such as Al Jazeera, AFP, Reuters, CNBC Africa,

Apps

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Native ad blocker finally available in Opera Mini for Android

The integrated native ad blocker, which was launched into Opera’s developer version of Opera for computers last month, is now available in the Opera Mini mobile browser for Android (and in the stable version of the desktop browser) which is used by almost 120 million users. With the launch, Opera becomes the first major browser

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Native ad blocker finally available in Opera Mini for Android

The integrated native ad blocker, which was launched into Opera’s developer version of Opera for computers last month, is now available in the Opera Mini mobile browser for Android (and in the stable version of the desktop browser) which is used by almost 120 million users. With the launch, Opera becomes the first major browser

epa03997214 (FILE) A file picture dated 24 September 2013, shows the logo outside the Blackberry campus in Kanata, Ottawa, Canada. Blackberry on 20 December 2013 reported losses worth 4.4 billion US dollars for the third quarter ending in November, sending shares plummeting by 7 per cent during pre-market trading. The struggling Canadian smarthphone maker had already posted losses totalling 965 million dollars in the second quarter. Intense competition from Apple's iPhone and Android and Windows smartphones are the source of its woes, with many Blackberry customers switching the other brands. Worldwide revenues for Blackberry in the third quarter came in at 1.2 billion dollars, compared with 2.7 billion in the same period last year, as sales in the company's focus markets of Asia shrunk by half.  EPA/STEPHEN MORRISON *** Local Caption *** 51013460

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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Microsoft launches Windows 10 update history page

Redmond-based Microsoft has announced the launch of a Windows 10 update history page, allowing users to get info about latest Windows 10 updates, including what’s new and what was fixed in each update for Windows 10. The history page was launched in response to customers’ feedback. “We’re committed to our customers and strive to incorporate

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Twitter launches Connect tab to help users easily find new accounts to follow

Microblogging platform, Twitter has announced the launch of Connect tab to help users easily find new accounts to follow. As from now on, a detailed list of people and accounts Twitter thinks users would like to follow will be presented to them in an easily accessible manner – all in one place. These recommendations –

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Twitter launches Connect tab to help users easily find new accounts to follow

Microblogging platform, Twitter has announced the launch of Connect tab to help users easily find new accounts to follow. As from now on, a detailed list of people and accounts Twitter thinks users would like to follow will be presented to them in an easily accessible manner – all in one place. These recommendations –

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Finnish company, Jongla launches instant messaging service in Africa

Jongla, an innovative company that specialises in operator-, device- and platform-independent mobile messaging, has announced the launch of an instant messaging app (also called Jongla) in Africa. Called the world’s lightest messaging app (it’s only 2.5MB), Jongla has the same features as other messaging apps like WhatsApp, Viber et al, and some extras. It enables

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SA Startup, Custos Raises US$265,000 From Local and US Investors

Custos Media Technologies, a South African startup that combats media piracy by using the bitcoin blockchain, has announced it has raised about US$265,000 from local and US investors in a seed investment round. The funds will allow the company reach the high ­risk media producers, for whom piracy can literally cut tens of millions of

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mLab Southern Africa Launches New Fund To Support Early Stage Startups

mLab Southern Africa, a technology accelerator and non-profit company (NPC), has announced the launch a new APP Fund which will be used to support early stage startups in the country. The fund will be used to assist local mobile, sensor or wearable app start-ups to develop their concepts to an early stage prototype or minimal

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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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