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Photos & Links Will No Longer Count As Characters Within Tweets – Twitter

Photos & Links Will No Longer Count As Characters Within Tweets – Twitter

Reports have been flying on the Internet that photos and links in tweets will no longer be counted as part of the 140-character limit. Today, Twitter has announced that the reports are true, and that it will roll out even more changes in a bid to let users express themselves more than ever. Aside photos


Microsoft grants Ekovolt seed funds to deliver affordable Internet and cloud solutions in Nigeria

Microsoft has announced it has granted Ekovolt, a Nigerian telecommunications and Information Technology company, seed funds to deliver affordable Internet and cloud solutions in the country. Using the fund, granted through Microsoft’s Affordable Access Initiative, Ekovolt will roll out a series of solutions that will give currently underserved communities and markets access to the Internet


SolarNow Receives US$2 million Loan To Accelerate Distribution of Solar Home Systems in Uganda

SolarNow, a solar distributor in Uganda, has announced it has received a loan of US$2 million from SunFunder, a solar energy finance business. The funds will be used to accelerate distribution of solar home systems in Uganda. “With this financing in place, the board and management believe our business is now well placed to accelerate


YouTube outs VR app to give users truly immersive video experience

Google’s video-sharing platform, YouTube has announced the launch of a virtual reality (VR) app to give users a truly immersive video experience. Known as YouTube VR, the app will allow users experience events they ordinarily wouldn’t engage in such as swimming with sharks, or events they don’t have the opportunity of participating in such as riding


CcHUB to officially launch re:learn in Abuja on May 27

Co-Creation Hub (CcHub), a social innovation centre and open living lab and pre-incubation space, will officially launch re:learn in Abuja on May 27, 2016. Re:learn, which is CcHUB’s first home outside of Lagos, is an open living lab focused on learning and smart application of technology in schools. Through a combination of projects targeted at


Jobberman’s Founder, Opeyemi Awoyemi Launches A Student Innovation Fund

Opeyemi Awoyemi, the founder of Nigeria’s finest online career portal, Jobberman has announced the launch of a fund to support innovators in Nigerian higher institutions of learning. Known as FastForward Student Innovation Fund, the fund seeks to invest in INNOVATIONS started by current students and recently graduated students (up to 3 years). Innovation is highlighted


Skype To Give US$20,000 To The Winner of Its Shoot The Future Competition

Skype in Media has announced it will be giving out US$20,000 to the winner of Shoot The Future, a competition designed to discover new entertainment concepts that are truly innovative and inclusive. Not only must these concepts/ideas be creative, innovative and inclusive, – all the values that Skype embodies – they must also incorporate the power


10 startups selected to pitch at Seedstars Cape Town

Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, has selected 10 startups to pitch at Seedstars Cape Town. In no particular order, the startups are described below. The Student Hub is an EdTech company that delivers tailored content, tools and systems for students to get homework done and preps them


TechnoVera wins #Hack.Jozi Challenge

Medical startup, TechnoVera has been crowned winner of the #Hack.Jozi Challenge, a competition which seeks to reward entrepreneurs with great digital ideas that can transform their communities. TechnoVera, alongside 9 other startups, was selected to compete in the finals of the competition. The judges were impressed with its idea. TechnoVera seeks to reduce the average


Angel Adelaja Is A Finalist In The Venture And She Needs Your Votes To Get A Share of US$250,000

Angel Adelaja from Nigeria is the CEO/Founder of Fresh Direct Produce and Agro-Allied Services, an agricultural production and processing company. Her startup manufactures equipment to improve agricultural yields and provide exquisitely grown organic fruits, vegetables and meat using advanced technologies. The company promotes inclusion of technology for small farmers to boost their yield and income.

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Uber Riders Will Now Pay A Fee If They Cancel Their Rides After 5 Minutes Of Request

Uber riders in Nigeria, this one’s for YOU! From now henceforth, thou hath condemned to pay a fee if, after five minutes of requesting a ride, you decide to cancel the ride. The fee will be added to your next ride. You will be made aware of this! If you eventually complete the next trip,


HiiL Is Accepting Applications For Its Justice Innovations Challenge

HiiL, a worldwide pioneer in building and scaling up innovative justice ecosystems, has announced it is accepting applications for the 2016 edition of its Justice Innovations Challenge. Last year, HiiL hosted the SME Empowerment Challenge East & West Africa, which seeks to promote justice solutions that empower SMEs across Africa. The competition was won by


Nomanini records 1,500% growth in transactions, scales mPoS platform

Nomanini, a South Africa-based payments platform provider, has announced it achieved 1,500 percent growth in transactions over 20 months. The company, which also announced the successful scaling of its mobile point-of-sale (PoS) platform for informal markets, hit one million transactions in August 2014, and since then has seen growth of 1,500 percent. It recently saw


Google I/O 2016: Google launches Allo – a highly intelligent messaging app

Google has announced the launch of Allo, a highly smart and intelligent messaging, at its annual software developer-focused conference, Google I/O which comes to an end today. The messaging app seeks to help users share moments with friends and family the instant they happen, whether it’s the naming ceremony of a bouncing baby boy or


A new, unusually stylish tech hub is launching in Abuja next month

Unlike Lagos, when you think of Abuja, all that quickly comes to mind is Aso Rock, Government, Politics, Senate, House of Reps et al. Yes…at a time the place was just about that. All that is changing though. A lot of innovations and innovative people are taking over the city, and technology is not just


South Africa’s Easy Blue Energy Selected To Join The S Factory’s 3rd Generation

Easy Blue Energy, a South Africa-based energy startup, has been selected to join the third generation of The S Factory, a pre-acceleration program aimed at supporting first time female entrepreneurs in building high impact startups. Easy Blue Energy develops bio-gas equipment for small to medium scale bio-gas producers to allow for this renewable energy source

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Nokia-branded phones & tablets running Android OS to become available worldwide soon

Baring any unforeseen circumstances, the Nokia brand (that ruled the world of mobile phones at a time) will be returning to the consumer market soon but this time with phones & tablets running Android OS. The new set of devices, which will be created by Helsinki-headquartered HMD Global, a new private venture, might become available


MIT Media Lab partners Google to launch Scratch Blocks – next gen programming blocks for kids

MIT Media Lab, an interdisciplinary research lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has announced a partnership with Google to assist developers create high quality coding experiences for kids. The partnership will see both organization launch a new generation of graphical programming blocks called Scratch Blocks. Scratch Blocks, built on Google’s Blockly technology and informed