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Andela Closes $10 Million “Series A” Funding Round Led By Spark Capital

Andela, an Africa-focused technology talent accelerator that trains software developers and matches them with global employers, has closed a Series A funding round, believed to be over $10 million, according to a TechCrunch report. The latest funding round, led by Spark Capital, the $2 billion fund headquartered in Boston that counts Twitter, Oculus, and Tumblr

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Ghana’s Cloud-Based Freight Tracking Startup, Vestracker Moves To Europe

Vestracker, a cloud-based software that allows freight forwarders to easily track consignments has launched offices in Uppsula, Sweden and Accra, Ghana. “These offices allow Vestracker to be closely aligned with the major shipping centers of the world,” says Osam Sarsah, the company’s co-founder and CEO. The MEST-backed startup provides freight forwarders with unique features to

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This report shows what’s driving mobile payments and banking around the world

MEF today released its annual Global Mobile Money report which reveals nine significant mobile money trends and explores how they are stimulating growth across the expanded mobile ecosystem. The report, based on a study of 15,000 mobile media users across 15 countries, shows that mobile banking continues to engage consumers – especially in mobile first

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Quickteller now allows Nigerians top-up UK mobile number

Nigerians who travel to the UK often and wish to make their staying in touch while abroad easier will now be able to top-up their UK mobile phone, thanks to a new innovation from Interswitch’s Quickteller. The service, which allows customers of any UK mobile line to top up either from their Nigerian payment cards

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This report shows what’s driving mobile payments and banking around the world

MEF today released its annual Global Mobile Money report which reveals nine significant mobile money trends and explores how they are stimulating growth across the expanded mobile ecosystem. The report, based on a study of 15,000 mobile media users across 15 countries, shows that mobile banking continues to engage consumers – especially in mobile first

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Entertainment

DStv Premium channels coming to Compact subscribers at no cost

MultiChoice is giving four of its DStv Premium TV channels — Lifetime, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and Nick Jr. — to the cheaper DStv Compact package for almost a month from 26 June at, no extra cost, reports myBroadband via Channel24. According to the company, A+E Networks UK’s Lifetime (DStv 131) and Viacom International Media Networks

Xbox exclusive games coming to Windows 10

Microsoft is finally wetting gamers appetite with Windows. In an announcement made at the E3 conference today by Head of Xbox Phil Spencer, Microsoft will be bringing support for Xbox only games to Windows 10. Just announced at the @PCGamer E3 Briefing… Gears of War: Ultimate Edition will be coming to Windows 10! #GearsPC pic.twitter.com/tv64N1VmAH

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

DStv Premium channels coming to Compact subscribers at no cost

MultiChoice is giving four of its DStv Premium TV channels — Lifetime, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and Nick Jr. — to the cheaper DStv Compact package for almost a month from 26 June at, no extra cost, reports myBroadband via Channel24. According to the company, A+E Networks UK’s Lifetime (DStv 131) and Viacom International Media Networks

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Apple Music is now live. iOS 8.4 update rolling out

Apple has just launched Apple Music. It’s foray into the streaming game. It’s going live with on-demand tracks for streaming at $9.99/month and $13.99 for a family plan ( allows sharing with up to six users). Though the service will be free for the first three months on user sign-up. Apple Music now joins the

Microsoft launches Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android phones

Microsoft has announced the general availability of the new Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for Android phones, after several weeks of test and reviews from preview users on over 1,900 different Android phone models in 83 countries. During the preview, the company says it heard from thousands of users, and over the last few weeks

Chrome’s Beta update will now pause auto-playing Flash Ads

Google today announced that in partnership with Adobe it’ll be introducing an Ad-blocking feature to Chrome that will intelligently pause flash content ads on webpages. But Flash Video will still play owing to the reason you’re on that very page. Google says its rationale behind this is to reduce power consumption, for better battery life.

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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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Microsoft releases new Preview of Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft has today released the fourth Windows 10 Mobile Preview Build (10136) with few changes – Cortana improvements, Photos and Camera, easier use of big devices with one hand and as expected, few user interface tweaks. Much like double-tapping on the Home button on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus that allows you use your

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MainOne says it has invested over $300 million in infrastructure in West Africa

West Africa’s leading telecommunications and data services company, MainOne, today celebrated five years of leadership in transforming the region’s Internet landscape. According to the company, it has invested over $300 million in infrastructure in West Africa towards improving connectivity and data center services in West Africa in the past five years. Within this period, the

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Andela Closes $10 Million “Series A” Funding Round Led By Spark Capital

Andela, an Africa-focused technology talent accelerator that trains software developers and matches them with global employers, has closed a Series A funding round, believed to be over $10 million, according to a TechCrunch report. The latest funding round, led by Spark Capital, the $2 billion fund headquartered in Boston that counts Twitter, Oculus, and Tumblr

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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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