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Startupbootcamp extends application to African startups for its accelerator programme in London

Startupbootcamp, a global network of industry focused startup accelerators founded in Copenhagen, Denmark invites startups to apply for its insurance-themed London accelerator programme taking place in 2016. To qualify for the Startupbootcamp, mini-pitches will take place in 12 countries where startups are expected to pitch their insurance-related business idea for five minutes to a panel

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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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Nigeria’s Online Retailer For Audio Books, TalkingBookz Receives Seed Investment

TalkingBookz, a Nigerian-based startup that makes audio books available online for sale has received seed investment from Marek Zmyslowski, the co-founder and managing director of Jovago, a leading hotel booking portal in Africa. The Lagos-based startup, which offers access to unique African content and international bestsellers boasting more than 3000 of these on its site, allows

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InnJoo set to launch two new smartphones with larger batteries

After two launch events held over past few months in Nigeria, Dubai-based mobile phone manufacturing company, InnJoo is set to launch two new devices at the University of Lagos in a bid to target the younger generation. During the launch event, which is centered around providing solutions to improve the power issues in the country,

In this Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, photo, Filipino Catholics prepare to take photos, using their mobile phones and tablets, of Pope Francis aboard his Popemobile in Manila, Philippines. Pope Francis is here on a five-day apostolic visit in this predominantly Catholic nation in Asia. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

How Millennials Are Growing Africa’s Mobile Economy

Taiwo Otiti, Country General Manager for IBM West Africa writes on how organizations can unlock new ways to solve business challenges, enhance productivity and better define the needs and strategic interests of the corporation in the future of the marketplace by tapping into the digital wisdom of millennials.

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Samsung dominates South Africa’s smartphone and tablet market – report

According to a new research by International Data Corporation (IDC), South Korean phone manufacturer, Samsung has consolidated its position at the top of the South African market in the second quarter of 2015. The report revealed that Samsung’s smartphone market share increased from 40.9% in 2014 to 45.2% in 2015, well ahead of second placed

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YouTube Gaming goes live today

Google’s YouTube Gaming, which was introduced couple of months ago will be launching today in the US and UK. YouTube Gaming, according to the search engine company will be available on the Web and on mobile platforms including Android and iOS. The gaming service around 10AM Pacific Time (5 PM GMT) should go live. Run

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YouTube Gaming goes live today

Google’s YouTube Gaming, which was introduced couple of months ago will be launching today in the US and UK. YouTube Gaming, according to the search engine company will be available on the Web and on mobile platforms including Android and iOS. The gaming service around 10AM Pacific Time (5 PM GMT) should go live. Run

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Full trailer of James Bond movie, Spectre released online [video]

“So what’s going on, James? They say you’re finished. I think you’re just getting started. The first full-length trailer for the 24th official James Bond film, Spectre, has just been released online via YouTube. The two-and-a-half minute clip, which sees Daniel Craig reprise his role as the superspy for a fourth time, gives a closer

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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South Africa’s Naspers to launch Video-on-Demand service

Naspers, Africa’s biggest publicly traded company by market value, is set to launch a video-on-demand service. According to a report from TechCentral, Naspers planned launch of its video-on-demand service is to compete with Netflix, a US-based company that provides on-demand streaming service as Netflix prepares to hit the South African market with its service. The

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BotswanaPost launches electricity payment app

BotswanaPost, the company responsible for postal services in Botswana, has officially released a mobile app for payment of electricity bills. The highly-secured mobile app, which is currently available to Android powered devices, allows users to purchase prepaid electricity from the comfort of their mobile devices. Speaking on the release of the app, Lebogang Bok, Head

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BotswanaPost launches electricity payment app

BotswanaPost, the company responsible for postal services in Botswana, has officially released a mobile app for payment of electricity bills. The highly-secured mobile app, which is currently available to Android powered devices, allows users to purchase prepaid electricity from the comfort of their mobile devices. Speaking on the release of the app, Lebogang Bok, Head

Windows 10 is already installed on 14 million computers – Microsoft

In less than 24 hours after Microsoft released the full version of Windows 10 globally, a blog post by the tech firm today notes that over 14 million machines have Windows 10 now running on them. Owing to Microsoft shipping Windows 10 to customers in phases (users who reserved the update) in its bids to

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Gamein30, a sweet marriage between instant gaming and messaging

You might be traveling in a bus right now, waiting for the ‘ugwu’ seller to cut the ugwu you bought and package it for you, waiting for the next lecturer to hit the classroom or just home alone. At those waiting and lonely moments, you might just be itching to do something real fun and

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Windows 10 is already installed on 14 million computers – Microsoft

In less than 24 hours after Microsoft released the full version of Windows 10 globally, a blog post by the tech firm today notes that over 14 million machines have Windows 10 now running on them. Owing to Microsoft shipping Windows 10 to customers in phases (users who reserved the update) in its bids to

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Nokia agrees joint venture creation with Chinese-based Huaxin

Following a proposed takeover of Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia has agreed on a joint venture with China’s Huaxin, Reuters reports. According to the report, citing a MOU, the Finnish-based firm will hold a 50 percent plus one share in the deal, Huaxin with the remaining. It’s worthy to note that Alcatel-Lucent and Huaxin are presently in a

Nokia agrees joint venture creation with Chinese-based Huaxin

Following a proposed takeover of Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia has agreed on a joint venture with China’s Huaxin, Reuters reports. According to the report, citing a MOU, the Finnish-based firm will hold a 50 percent plus one share in the deal, Huaxin with the remaining. It’s worthy to note that Alcatel-Lucent and Huaxin are presently in a

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Egypt-based online recruitment site, Wuzzuf raises $1.7 million in Series A funding round

Egypt-based Wuzzuf, an online recruitment platform, has raised $1.7 million USD in a series A funding round led by London-based Piton Capital and Stockholm-based Vostok New Ventures Ltd. Wuzzuf, founded in 2012 by Ameer Sherif, intelligently match people and jobs by simulating how human recruiters work, thereby making the whole process very efficient. In 2014,

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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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