Author Archives: TechLoy Reporter

Samsung unveils smartwatch that can make calls

Samsung has announced the first smartwatch capable of making and receiving calls without a mobile phone nearby. The smart watch, Gear S running on the Tizen OS, instead of Android, has a 2-inch Super AMOLED curved display, powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, and has an internal storage of 4GB with support for bluetooth,

Nigeria starts rolling out smart national ID cards powered by MasterCard

Nigeria has officially began roll out of a national smart identity (ID) card powered by international electronics payment company, MasterCard. According to Daniel Monehin, division president for sub-Saharan Africa at MasterCard, national ID card holders will be able to transact and receive payments from government and individuals. The pilot phase of the project would see 13

News24 Mobile emerges the top mobile website in South Africa

The IAB SA and Effective Measure have released their July 2014 website statistics, which showed that News24 Mobile is the top mobile website in South Africa. According to the July 2014 Effective Measure statistics, News24 Mobile attracted 1,674,738 unique mobile browsers, while SuperSport Mobile came second with 627,325 unique browsers, and Kick Off Mobile came third

WhatsApp reaches 600 million active users worldwide

WhatsApp has surpassed 600 million monthly active users, according to CEO and founder Jan Koum. In Twitter update on Monday, Koum said: “Now serving 600,000,000 monthly active users. Yes, active and registered are very different types of numbers.” The messaging service, which crossed the half a billion user milestone in April this year, was acquired by

PayPal reaches 1 million active users in South Africa

PayPal has revealed that over a million South African consumers now have active PayPal accounts across the country, thanks to a deal signed with SA’s First National Bank four years ago, reports ITNewsAfrica. The payment company now has over 152 million active accounts in 203 markets around the world.

MTN is reportedly cutting jobs in South Africa

Leading telecommunications company, MTN is said to be cutting jobs which may affect more than 840 management staff in South Africa in a move to cut costs in a market that has become significantly more competitive, reports TechCentral, citing unnamed sources.

JUMIA expands into Cameroon

Following its recent successful launches in Uganda and Ghana, leading online retailer Jumia today announced its expansion to Cameroon. This brings the number of countries in which the e-commerce site is active to nine and marks the start of its expansion in Central Africa.

Apple iStore in South Africa gets robbed

An authorized reseller of Apple Inc.’s products located at the Centurion Mall in Pretoria, South Africa was reportedly robbed on Friday, according to TechCentral, citing a Warrant officer Hero Gumbu who confirmed the robbery but did not give further details on what had happened. The news comes less than a month after another iStore outlet

Africa’s first Bitcoin exchange, BitX launches in Kenya

Africa’s first Bitcoin exchange, BitX has launched in Kenya. In an interview, Timothy Stranex of BitX told HumanIPO that the company customizes its service for the local audience when launching in new markets to ensure the service can be used efficiently. This could mean supporting the most popular local payment systems in each country, which for Kenya