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SA anti-piracy startup, Custos Media raises US$420,000 from TIA

SA anti-piracy startup, Custos Media raises US$420,000 from TIA

Custos Media Technologies, a South African startup that combats media piracy by using the bitcoin blockchain, has announced it has raised US$420,000 from SA company, Technology Innovation Agency (TIA). The funds, which will be injected into the startup over the next two years, will be used to accelerate product development and marketing to bring the product


Ìmísí 3D Is Organising A Virtual Reality Hackathon This October In Lagos

Now, I gotta give props to Ìmísí 3D, a Virtual Reality (VR) creation lab that came onto the scene not quite long. Their mission is growing a community of VR developers in Nigeria, and growing they’re doing. First, they invited Nigerians to a Virtual Reality Showcase on July 17 at the Co-Creation Hub in Yaba. Those


Applications open for Seedstars Addis Ababa

Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, is accepting applications for the Ethiopian leg of its startup competition. Aptly tagged Seedstars Addis Ababa, the event will see 10 of the most promising startups in the country selected to pitch in front of a jury to emerge winner. The


Starta is organizing a conference to teach African entrepreneurs how to build high growth businesses

Starta, a business support platform for startup and SME entrepreneurs in Africa, has announced it is organizing a conference for African entrepreneurs willing to learn how to build high growth businesses. Tagged High Growth Africa Summit 2016, the two 2-day conference will see the attendees learn how to build, scale and fund high growth businesses


WhatsApp to start sharing users information with Facebook

This post was updated on August 26, 2016. Back in 2014 when Facebook acquired WhatsApp, the founders stated that nothing was going to change about the messaging app. In their words, they said “Here’s what will change for you, our users: nothing.” By nothing, they meant, among other things, WhatsApp will not share users’ information,


Intelsat launches new satellite to increase DSTV service delivery

Intelsat has announced the successful launch of the Intelsat 36 satellite that will be used in part by DStv parent company, MultiChoice to provide direct-to-home satellite pay-television services to consumers in Africa. The Intelsat 36 satellite was launched from French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle. It is the 58th Intelsat satellite launched by Arianespace. Liftoff was at 00:16


aKoma Media launches media and content creation program for Africans

aKoma Media, a content platform and storytelling company focused on Africa, has announced the launch of a media and content creation program for Africans. Known as Amplify, the program seeks young, dynamic multimedia content creators who will write compelling stories about Africa. For six months, these creators will be immersed in the holistic and individualized


Impact Hub Accra to host Health Hack Accra from August 26 – 28

Health Hack Accra, a health innovation hackathon seeking to improve health outcomes throughout Ghana, will be taking place at Impact Hub Accra from August 26 – 28, 2016. The 48-hour hackathon will bring together a diverse group of health entrepreneurs ranging from students to surgeons to develop solutions for improving health. These entrepreneurs, who will


LaunchLab, ATTACQ launch US$7,000 retail innovation challenge

LaunchLab, a business incubator housed at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and ATTACQ, a leading capital growth fund in the Real Estate sector, have launched a retail innovation challenge. Known as Breakthrough Innovation Platform, the challenge seeks to capture new ideas and business models that may create the next breakthrough innovation in the retail industry. These

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Reserve Bank of South Africa is open to blockchain and cryptocurrency, says Governor

The Governor of the Reserve Bank of South Africa, Lesetja Kganyago has announced the bank is very much open to blockchain and cryptocurrency. He revealed, while delivering a speech at a cybersecurity conference held in Johannesburg recently, that the bank is exploring the technology and interested in innovations that may stem from its development. “As a central


Opera’s feature-rich VPN app now available for Android devices

Opera Software, a Norwegian software company best known for its web browsers, has announced its free and unlimited VPN app is now available for Android devices. Known as Opera VPN, the app lets people enhance their online privacy, block ad-tracking cookies, access more online content, extend the geographical reach of apps. At the moment, users can choose


Mobile payments company, Paga now has 5 million users

Paga, Nigeria’s leading mobile payments company, has just achieved a major milestone: it now has 5 million users In a Medium post announcing this development, Tayo Oviosu, co-founder of Paga, stated the journey to this point wasn’t an easy one. “It’s been a long journey, and success is still not guaranteed, but it has been


American Automaker, Ford to begin shipping self-driving cars from 2021

If someone had told you 10 years ago —  even five years ago — that a major American car company would announce the mass production of a vehicle with no steering wheel, you would have said they were crazy. Yeah, as crazy as it seems, renowned automaker, Ford says it’s going to deliver self-driving cars


Lifestage Is Facebook’s Social Network For Teens

Facebook recently launched just another software to lure teenagers into thinking its products are cooler than SnapChat. The new iOS app which is soon to be rolled out on Android, called Lifestage, is a kind of video diary where you answer biographical questions about yourself. Instead of filling in answers with text, you record a


Lenovo plans to pre-load Microsoft services on its Android devices

Lenovo and Microsoft have signed a new patent cross-licensing agreement that covers both Lenovo and Motorola devices. The agreement would now see Lenovo’s Andriod devices come pre-installed with Microsoft products like Microsoft Office, OneDrive, and Skype. Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President OEM Division, Nick Parker while making the announcement said: “Microsoft’s thrilled that our productivity apps will be

IMG_20160824_150637_226 Is Going Out Of Business At Month End, Nigeria’s premier online showroom for furniture and interior decor, will be putting up a sign that reads “Out of Business” at the entrance of its “door” at the end of the month. Launched in February of 2015,’s mission was to furnish Nigerian homes and make millionaires of 100,000 carpenters by 2020. The startup