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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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Airtel Nigeria partners Ericsson to expand mobile broadband access

Airtel Nigeria, a leading telecoms operator, has announced a partnership with Swedish multinational telecommunication company, Ericsson to increase access to affordable mobile broadband Internet service in the country. The partnership will see Ericsson roll out its award-winning Ericsson Radio System (ERS) in sites across the country. ERS’s multi-standard platform will enable Airtel Nigeria to cost-effectively leverage

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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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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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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 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 outs VR app to give users truly immersive video experience

Google’s video-sharing platform, YouTube has announced the launch of a virtual reality (VR) app to give users a truly immersive video experience. Known as YouTube VR, the app will allow users experience events they ordinarily wouldn’t engage in such as swimming with sharks, or events they don’t have the opportunity of participating in such as riding

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Ugandan entrepreneur, Chris Menya launches online payments platform

Chris Menya, a Ugandan entrepreneur who co-founded Mobicash America in 2012, has launched a new online peer-to-peer payments, remittance and messaging platform. Known as Kwiksy, the service helps customers make quick and easy payments both locally and internationally via the app, and lets users interact in the process. International monetary transfers can be incredibly expensive and

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Ugandan entrepreneur, Chris Menya launches online payments platform

Chris Menya, a Ugandan entrepreneur who co-founded Mobicash America in 2012, has launched a new online peer-to-peer payments, remittance and messaging platform. Known as Kwiksy, the service helps customers make quick and easy payments both locally and internationally via the app, and lets users interact in the process. International monetary transfers can be incredibly expensive and

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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

Google launches Spaces to make group sharing less cumbersome

In a bid to make group sharing less cumbersome, Mountain View-based Google has announced the launch of Spaces. With Spaces, group sharing is simplified and easy, and hopping between apps to copy and paste links is limited, if not totally eliminated. Spaces allows you to find and share articles, videos and images without leaving the

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Ugandan entrepreneur, Chris Menya launches online payments platform

Chris Menya, a Ugandan entrepreneur who co-founded Mobicash America in 2012, has launched a new online peer-to-peer payments, remittance and messaging platform. Known as Kwiksy, the service helps customers make quick and easy payments both locally and internationally via the app, and lets users interact in the process. International monetary transfers can be incredibly expensive and

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SimplePay now lets social media and offline merchants receive payments with a link

SimplePay, an innovative payment platform, has announced it is set to launch SimpleLink, a payment solution that allows you to receive payment with a link. SimpleLink is designed to make it easy for small businesses to receive payment for their goods and services with a link. The payment link can be sent to customers as SMS,

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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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Uber Kenya partners Sidian Bank to launch vehicle solutions programme

Taxi hailing service, Uber Kenya has announced a partnership with Kenyan commercial bank, Sidian Bank to launch its innovative Vehicle Solutions Programme. Through the programme, existing and prospective driver-partners and investors will be able to easily drive steady business growth. The partnership will see the creation of a financing solution through Sidian Bank, who will

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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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Marketing Research Startup, delvv.io Raises R2 million To Accelerate Development

delvv.io, a Jo’burg-based technology startup, has raised R2 million (about US$127,000) from global business executive and investor, Kevin Gaskell. The startup, which leverages crowd­sourcing to revolutionise the way brands and agencies facilitate feedback and develop campaigns throughout Africa, will use the funds to accelerate its development. “delvv.io is addressing a market which is ripe for

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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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