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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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YouTube adds live streaming to mobile

YouTube has announced that it is adding a live streaming option to its mobile platforms that will allow users to broadcast live video from their mobile devices — initially limited to web only. The video-sharing site which has been offering live streaming since 2011, including the streaming of the Royal Wedding of Britain’s Prince William

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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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YouTube adds live streaming to mobile

YouTube has announced that it is adding a live streaming option to its mobile platforms that will allow users to broadcast live video from their mobile devices — initially limited to web only. The video-sharing site which has been offering live streaming since 2011, including the streaming of the Royal Wedding of Britain’s Prince William

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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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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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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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SociaLiga Members Can Now Pay Using Paga

Members and fans of the SociaLiga, Nigeria’s fastest growing social football league, can now pay for games using Paga, a leading mobile payment platform, as both companies have announced a partnership. The partnership will allow Social Liga fans and members use Paga for events as well as for their daily transactions. Paga offers not only a fast

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YouTube adds live streaming to mobile

YouTube has announced that it is adding a live streaming option to its mobile platforms that will allow users to broadcast live video from their mobile devices — initially limited to web only. The video-sharing site which has been offering live streaming since 2011, including the streaming of the Royal Wedding of Britain’s Prince William

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Wits University offers MOOCs on edX to enhance access to higher education

Wits University, a multi-campus South African public research university situated in the northern areas of central Johannesburg, has announced it now offering a suite of online courses on edX, an online learning platform. The online courses include massive open online courses (MOOCs), short online courses, and full online degree programmes. Within the next three months,

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Users Can Now Send SMSes Right Inside Messenger

Messenger has joined the bandwagon of apps that are reducing toggling between apps – Google’s Gboard and Microsoft Garage’s Hub Keyboard are one of those apps. Its users can now send SMSes right inside the app! This functionality means users don’t need to toggle between Messenger and their phone’s text message app to read text

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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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Group voice & video calls now possible on Wechat for Windows

The PC version of WeChat, a leading social communication platform, has been upgraded, bringing with it some new features. Two of the new features – Group voice and video calls – makes it possible for users to talk with a group of people all at once and make video calls with friends and family. “Sometimes

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Facebook rolls out self-harm & injury resources globally

Facebook Inc., the social network company, has announced the global rollout of its self-harm and self-injury resources. The resources/tools offer support to people around the world who may be experiencing self-injury or suicidal thoughts, as well as their concerned friends and family members. With the tools, anyone can reach out directly to persons who have

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Instagram Gets New Look That Reflects Its Growing Community

Facebook-owned online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service, Instagram now has a look which reflects its growing community. The new look is an updated icon, which was inspired by the previous app icon, and an app design. The new icon represents a simpler camera, and the rainbow lives on in gradient form. Also, icons for its other creative apps: Layout,

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Furniture marketplace, Furnish.ng wins Radar Startup Competition

Furnish.ng, an online furniture marketplace, has won the Radar Startup Competition, a pitch contest where the winner was determined by votes of the members of the community. The contest required startup founders to pitch their startups in less than 100 words in a pre-defined format to the community who then vote for their favourite startup.

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MTN to sell-off controlling stake in Afrihost

MTN, Africa’s leading telecommunications company, has announced its intention to sell-off its controlling stake of 50.02% in Afrihost, a South African Internet services provider. The sale is planned so as to enable the telco focus on core business, and pursue opportunities in relevant adjacent businesses. “The deal is in line with MTN’s strategy of focusing on core business

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Off-grid solar company, PEG raises US$4.3 million to expand across West Africa

PEG, the leading off-grid solar company in Ghana, has announced it has raised US$4.3million in a Series A funding round. The funding will be used by PEG to expand its operations in Ghana, build out its management team, and commence operations in Ivory Coast. In a press release, CEO of PEG, Hugh Whalan said, “We

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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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