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American singer, Keri Hilson to mentor Season 2 winner of Airtel Trace Music Star competition

American singer, Keri Hilson to mentor Season 2 winner of Airtel Trace Music Star competition

Airtel, a leading telecommunications service provider in Africa has announced that American singer and songwriter, Keri Hilson will mentor the winner of Airtel Trace Music Star (ATMS) Season 2. The competition, claimed to be the biggest pan-African talent search competition, will see Niger join Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania,


ShowMax’s iOS app now has a download feature

ShowMax, the Internet TV service which claims to have the largest subscription video on demand catalogue in Africa, has added a download feature to its iOS app. The download feature will help tackle the problem of cost and availability of Internet connectivity faced by South African consumers. “The Internet connection is the challenge for many


Gameloft opens office in Nigeria

Gameloft, an international publisher and developer of digitally-distributed video games has opened an office in Nigeria, according to a report from Game Industry. The launch of the office will allow Gameloft take advantage of the considerable potential of Africa – revenues has increased to about 536 per cent over the last four years – which


Facebook launches sports stadium, fans to experience sports in real-time

There are over 650 million sports fans on Facebook (that makes Facebook the world’s largest stadium). These sports fans turn to Facebook to celebrate, commiserate, and talk trash with their friends and other fans. To make the sporting experience more fun and engaging, Facebook has announced the launch of Facebook Sports Stadium, a dedicated place

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Apple launches on-the-go music creation app, updates Garageband for iOS

Cupertino-based Apple has announced the launch of a music creation app for people to tap into their musical potential and create incredible music irrespective of where they are. The app – Music Memos – lets musicians and songwriters to quickly capture, organize and develop their musical ideas right on their iPhone. With Music Memos, you


Adele’s Hello becomes fastest video to reach 1 billion views on Vevo

Hello, the chart-bursting single by MBE recipient and award-winning English singer and Songwriter, Adele is now the fastest video to reach 1 billion views on Vevo. This record-breaking news was made known by Adele’s record label, XL Recordings through its Twitter page on January 18, 2016. Hello by @Adele has just become the fastest video


ShowMax, MWEB offer customers free Internet and SVOD contents

Armed with the knowledge that cost of high-speed Internet access is a major hindrance to the adoption of Internet TV/video-on-demand services, subscription-based video-on-demand service (SVOD), ShowMax has announced a partnership with MWEB, an Internet service provider in South Africa to give customers free ADSL (Internet) and complimentary access to ShowMax. The offer is available until


Kenyan Film Board to subject Netflix contents to Kenyan rating standards

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) is set to meet representatives of Netflix to discuss their compliance with the Kenyan film rating standards. This is due to the fact that Netflix’s contents are majorly foreign and as such needs to be subjected to the Kenyan law. “Netflix will be subjected to the film classification guidelines


Tanzanian startup, Ubongo to launch edutainment radio show in East Africa

Ubongo, a Tanzanian social enterprise that creates interactive edutainment for learners, has announced it is prepping to launch an edutainment radio show across East Africa. Radio is the most popular medium of disseminating information in East Africa and Ubongo hopes to reach more people through the edutainment radio show. “92 per cent of families in


New title of Candy Crush Saga arrives on Windows 10

Candy Crush Saga, a sugary franchise developed by social games company, King Digital Entertainment PLC has a new title on Windows 10. The new title – Candy Crush Jelly Saga – adds 120 new levels, new candies, new characters and a whole new narrative to the classic matching game. The goal of course is to match candies to


Huawei, Etisalat launch 4K Ultra-HD TV service in Middle East & Africa

Chinese telecommunication and networking equipment manufacturer, Huawei has announced the launch of the first 4K Ultra-High Definition (Ultra-HD) TV service in the Middle East & Africa (MEA) in partnership with telecom service provider, Etisalat. This partnership presents viewers with a 4K experience of 3840 x 2160 pixels, approximately four times higher definition than full HD.


ShowMax launches subscription vouchers, now available at Pick n Pay Stores in South Africa

In a bid to make various payment options available to its teeming customers, ShowMax, a subscription-based video-on-demand service has announced the launch of subscription vouchers. The vouchers are priced at ZAR99, ZAR297 and ZAR594 and respectively gives subscribers one, three and six month’s access to ShowMax Internet video streaming service. “It’s been a race against


South Africa set for Digital Migration, begins delivery of digital TV decoders

In readiness for the switch of TV signals from analogue to digital, the South African Post Office (SAPO) is set to deliver over 2,000 set-top decoders to households in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) area of the Northern Cape, South Africa. This follows the launch of the first six set-top TV decoders to three households


Showmax adds download feature to its Android app

ShowMax, an Internet-based subscription video-on-demand (VOD) service has announced the launch of a download feature on its Android app. This feature allows users to download and watch TV shows and movies while offline, thereby ensuring they are entertained even in times of low or no Internet connectivity. “Adding downloads is a bigger deal than it


SA TV Channel, kykNET Partners ShowMax for International Expansion

kykNET, a South African television channel which broadcasts in Afrikaans has partnered Internet-based subscription video-on-demand service, ShowMax to launch an International service in three continents. kykNET International services will now be available to South African audiences in selected countries in North America, Europe and Australasia via the ShowMax platform. “There are a vast numbers of


Econet Group To Launch Pay TV Service In Africa

Econet Group, a South African-based diversified telecommunications group has announced it will be launching a unique Pay TV service, Kwesé TV in Africa. Kwesé TV, which will be built on Econet’s core capabilities of satellite communications, fibre optic networks and mobile services, will offer Africans exclusive sports and entertainment programming. Kwesé TV stands out from

Google’s music streaming service Play Music arrives South Africa

Google has launched its recently refreshed subscription-supported Play Music streaming service in South Africa giving users access to stream over 35million tracks catalogued on the platform. The service available on Android, iOS and the web, comes with a host of features including the ability to upload up to 50,000 songs from your local storage to

PlayStation’s dedicated messaging app arrives for Android and iOS

Off the PlayStation App’s messaging feature is born a new dedicated standalone messaging app dubbed PlayStation Messages Sony is making available on iOS and Android in its bid to ease the social connectivity experience amongst gamers. According to Sony, the new app which is already live allows users via a fluid interface, quickly send messages