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Nokia’s HERE Maps Gets Major Updates For Android And Windows Phone In 10 African Nations

Nokia’s HERE Maps Gets Major Updates For Android And Windows Phone In 10 African Nations

Nokia has started rolling out updates for its Windows Phone and Android Here mapping apps with “significant improvements” in about ten African countries and island nations. According to the company, it is bringing support for turn-by-turn navigation in Mayotte and Zimbabwe, while adding significant improvements to the maps for Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Gambia, Liberia, Madagascar,


Soweto To Host Its First-Ever Technology and Digital Conference In April

Johannesburg’s south western township, Soweto, will be hosting its first-ever technology and digital conference — Soweto Innovation Week 2015 — as a platform for an exciting new generation of entrepreneurs, thinkers and leaders at the cross section of technology and innovation. The 3-day conference, scheduled to hold from April 8 – 10, 2015 at the


Rwanda Launches First Utility-Scale Solar Energy Project In East Africa

Rwanda is now home to the first utility-scale solar energy project in the whole of East Africa — thanks to Gigawatt Global’s 8.5 megawatt (MW) solar project located at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, a residential community in rural Rwanda. The $23.7 million solar energy project which was completed in early February is expected to boost

FirstBank partners MoneyGram to launch outbound money transfer service from Nigeria

Since money transfers began in Nigeria in 1998, consumers in the country have only been able to receive funds via MoneyGram’s money transfer services. Today, First Bank of Nigeria Limited and MoneyGram International announced the launch of outbound remittance service in Nigeria that would enable customers to send funds to family and friends around the globe

Facebook launches Safety Check

Facebook has launched Safety Check, a useful tool that people can use when major disasters strike to say tell their loved ones they’re safe as well as check on others. The service is much like Ushahidi’s recently launched group messaging service, Ping that help users quickly find out whether their families, friends, and teams are safe anywhere

Somalia’s first-ever cash withdrawal machine installed in Mogadishu

Somalia has installed its first-ever cash withdrawal machine in the capital city of Mogadishu, according to the BBC. The machine, which was installed by Salaam Somali Bank in an upmarket hotel, allows customers to withdraw US dollars, in a country where many people rely on remittances from friends and relatives living abroad. The country’s capital city has

Samsung introduces global enterprise services to accelerate business innovation

South Korean electronics giant, Samsung on Tuesday unveiled Samsung 360 Services for Business, a one-stop shop for enterprise customers who need technical help as more of their employees bring their own devices to work and as the company supports more technology vendors. “We’ve listened closely to our customers when they talk about their pain points.

Nitel, Mtel ready for privatisation, says BPE

The Nigeria Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE) has revealed confirmation for the appointment of a guided liquidator for the privatisation of Nigeria Telecommunications (Nitel) as well as its mobile counter-part, MTel. According to ITNewsAfrica, the Director General of the BPE, Benjamin Dikki revealed that the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) had approved the appointment of

IBM partners Wharton School to launch Big Data programme

IBM today announced a partnership with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania to deliver a first-of-a-kind executive education programme for Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) and Chief Customer Officers (CCOs). The two-week course, titled “The CMO Advantage: Evolving Beyond the Digital Revolution,” will explore the increasing importance of the CMO in the C-Suite. The

Microsoft announces new Office 365 business plans

Microsoft today announced three new Office 365 plans for small and mid-size businesses, namely Office 365 Business, Office 365 Business Essentials, and Office 365 Business Premium. The Office 365 Business package will feature the full Office applications, including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher and OneDrive for Business cloud storage, which makes it easy to