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Intel releases its 6th generation Intel Core processor family

Intel has released the 6th generation Intel Core processor family, saying that its latest processors support the broadest range of device designs and offer enhanced performance and new immersive experiences at the lowest power levels ever. The chip maker estimates that there are more than 500 million computers in use today that are 4-5 years

Online shopping portal, PayPorte provides Nigerians with free mobile internet access

Online shopping portal, PayPorte is giving away free internet access to hundreds of thousands of Nigerians on the Airtel network, thanks to Opera’s Sponsored Web Pass, which enables brands to sponsor zero cost internet access through mobile operators to customers. The deal is similar to what online news portal, Naij.com did back in June, in

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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,

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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

Nigeria’s government signs $237 million World Bank electricity deal

Nigeria’s Federal Government has completed the signing of the World Bank Partial Risk Guarantees (PRGs) in support of the 450 megawatts Azura-Edo Independent Power Plant (IPP) in Benin City, Edo State. The deal, which was concluded on August 21, serves to leverage a total investment in the Azura power plant of more than $900 million

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Naspers officially launches its VOD service, ShowMax

Naspers has launched ShowMax today, its video-on-demand service that will rival online streaming service, Netflix which is expected to launch before the end of 2016. According to Fin24, the service which will feature TV series like Game of Thrones, Sherlock and African content as well as movies at a premium subscription cost of R99 per

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Naspers reportedly in talks with Vodacom to bring its VOD service to mobile devices

Africa’s largest company by market value, Naspers is said to be in talks with South African mobile operator, Vodacom to deliver video content to mobile devices across Africa, reports Bloomberg. The deal, if it goes through, would give Naspers additional distribution for its soon-to-be-launched video-on-demand service, called ShowMax, according to Bloomberg sources. The service initially

Qualcomm introduces latest visual processing technology for better mobile camera experience

Qualcomm today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, has introduced its next-generation visual processing technology with new versions of its graphics processing unit (GPU) and image signal processing (ISP) unit, to deliver significant advancements in performance, power efficiency and user experience to Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. The new Qualcomm Adreno 5xx GPU architecture delivers increased speed

WorldRemit introduces mobile money transfers to Burundi

Online money transfer service WorldRemit today launched instant Mobile Money transfers to Burundi, making it possible for customers in over 50 countries to send money direct to EcoCash mobile wallets – just like an instant message. WorldRemit’s mobile-to-mobile remittance service already enables people to send funds direct to Mobile Money wallets in countries across Africa,

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Facebook hosts Developer Day in Kenya to help developers create services that integrate with Internet.org

Facebook hosted a Developer Day at Kenya’s iHub in Nairobi today as it marks the one year anniversary of the introduction of the Internet.org app in the country. At the event, the Facebook team gave an overview of Internet.org and the opportunities for developers to build and grow their services on the Internet.org and Facebook Platforms. Through its Internet.org Platform,

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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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French telecoms giant, Orange in talks to acquire Airtel subsidiaries in Africa

French telecom giant, Orange has entered exclusive talks with Indian telecom giant, Bharti Airtel to explore the possible acquisition of its operations in Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo Brazzaville and Sierra Leone, according to a statement made available to TechLoy. Although both operators say “there is no certainty of any binding agreement as a result of

Nigeria’s FirstBank sponsors 3rd Digital Africa Conference & Exhibition 2015

Nigeria’s most valuable bank brand, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, has partnered with Digital Africa Global Consult Limited to host the 3rd Digital Africa Conference & Exhibition in Abuja. The event will gather renowned ICT experts to discuss the development of Africa’s ICT sector and proffer solutions to the challenges limiting the continent’s advancement to

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South Africa’s Naspers invests into Bitcoin start-up, BitX

According to a report from TechCentral, Naspers is leading a $4million USD funding round in Bitcoin start-up, BitX. The Singapore-based startup, with operations in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore, is used by people worldwide for money transfers, online buying and trading and storing the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. BitX co-founder and CEO Marcus

Kenya launches electronic visa application service

The Kenyan government has moved its visa application process from the tedious and time-consuming visits to the embassy to the more convenient and cashless e-Visa application under the Department of Migration. With the launch of its e-Citizen platform, Kenyan visitors can now apply for their Kenyan Visa Online, an online portal that enables Kenyan citizens

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