Facebook has hit a major milestone as it crosses 100 million active users in India, with 84 percent of those accessing the social network via mobile. But despite Facebook’s huge growth in India, it still faces strong competition from rival messaging apps like WeChat and Line. The news comes after it recently acquired WhatsApp which reportedly…
Rocket Internet’s hotel booking site Jovago, which launched about a year ago in Nigeria and recently in Kenya and Senegal, has launched in Pakistan. The service currently has 50 hotels in Karachi and Lahore, while hotels in Islamabad would be added to the site soon, according to Zoha Sohail, Jovago Pakistan’s business development manager. With this…
Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade and Industry is planning to impose a 20 percent luxury good sales tax on imported smartphones, in a bid to protect the local handset manufacturers from the onslaught of overseas brands flooding the country. According to Tech In Asia, the proposed tax will affect either phones priced above IDR 5 million…
Samsung Electronics announced today the commercial availability of the new Galaxy S5, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit in 125 countries including the US, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, most Asian markets and some African markets, including Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. The Galaxy S5 currently sells for N110,000 in the Nigerian market…
Dimension Data, the global technology solutions and services provider, has opened an office in Ghana as a move to deepen its presence in West Africa.
The Angolan government has created the Information and Communication Technologies offices in all ministerial departments and private networks in a move to ensure development of various services. [Angola Press]
Airtel’s free insurance product now has more than 100,000 customers registered on the service, since its launch in January 2014. The product was launch in partnership with MicroEnsure and Enterprise Life exclusively for Airtel customers in Ghana.
Hotel booking site, Hotels.ng announced today that it has teamed up with mobile payment service, Paga to let users pay for their hotel bookings online via their Paga account.
Samsung has updated its messaging service, ChatON to version 3.5, which will offer enhanced features including recalling sent messages and large file sharing up to 1GB.
Swedish investment firm, Kinnevik says Lorenzo Grabau would take over as its chief executive as the company deepens its push into technology and e-commerce. [Source: Reuters]
Qualcomm is working on a future high-end smartphone chip which would include faster download speeds as well as 64-bit technology.
Four employees of telecommunication giant, MTN, were reportedly arraigned last week in Abeokuta for allegedly stealing cables valued at N300,000. [Source: Premium Times]
Globacom has introduced a new search service called SMS WIKI that allows mobile phone users to get comprehensive information on any topic through the Short Messaging Service (SMS) without any Internet connection.
With less than a week to go before Microsoft pulls the plug on general support for Windows XP, it remains the second most popular operating system in the world in terms of internet usage, according to the latest data from StatCounter, the independent website analytics company. In Africa, the operating system has a 30.5% share,…
Oracle has overtaken rival IBM as the world’s second-largest software vendor by pulling in US$29.6 billion in software revenue during 2013, according to analyst firm Gartner. [Via: PC World]
Kenya’s government is set to adopt paperless payment system in order to stop revenue leakages in its system in a move that is expected to improve accountability, efficiency and transparency in public sector transactions and prevent revenue leaks, according to local media reports.
The Nigerian government has said that it plans to reduce the cost of Internet-enabled mobile phones, in a bid to help more Nigerians have access to the Internet, according to lcoal media reports, citing Omobola Johnson, the country’s Minister of Communications Technology. But just how the Ministry plans to do that remains to be seen.
Africa’s largest mobile money service, M-Pesa has launched in Romania through the Vodafone network in order to offer SMS-based financial transactions to millions of customers for the first time in Europe.
South African media giant, Naspers has named Jim Volkwyn, head of Multichoice, its pay-television business as the company pushes the lucrative segment into more homes on the African continent. [Source: Reuters]
The Rockefeller Foundation has announced a $3.8 million grant to the Ghanaian government in partnership with the World Bank to support the establishment of world class facilities that will attract IT and IT enabled firms, including Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) firms to Ghana and create jobs for Ghanaian youth. The grant complements the World Bank’s…