SqwidNet launches second round of its IoT SA University Challenge

SqwidNet has launched the second round of its IoT SA University Challenge. The nationwide technology competition is aimed at getting university students in South Africa to solve real-world challenges using the Internet of Things (IoT). “We developed this initiative in partnership with Sigfox as we believe that young people have a very different view of the […]

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Warner Music licenses Boomplay to distribute its music in ten African countries

Africa’s music streaming and download service Boomplay has signed a direct licensing agreement with Warner Music to bring the record company’s diverse global roster of music in ten African countries. The terms of the partnership will allow Boomplay to distribute Warner Music’sextensive catalogue of more than one million songs to its community of listeners in […]

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Ampion Ventures

Ampion and Plutos Ventures launch new venture to invest in African startups

Africa-focused Ampion and Berlin-based Plutos Ventures Holding have announced the founding of Ampion Ventures to support African startups. The goal of the new project is to build scalable digital business models in selected African countries by providing seed capital and strategic expertise support. Plutos Ventures will provide Ampion Ventures with its first seed financing. Ampion […]

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Kenyan Blockchain Startup CapAgri selected into æternity Ventures’s 2nd Starfleet Accelerator Program

Kenyan startup CapAGRI Africa is among the blockchain startups from around the world selected to take part in æternity Venture’s ‘Starfleet’ Accelerator Programme. CapAGRI Africa is a last-mile mobile financing platform for Smallholder farmers across African Agricultural Markets CapAGRI aims to provide smallholder farmers more favourable, affordable and below-market interest rates on cash advances and […]

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Youtube’s Music Streaming Service, YouTube Premium launches in South Africa

In May 2018, Google announced that it was launching a new music streaming service known as YouTube Premium. The company said the reimagined mobile app and brand new desktop player will feature thousands of playlists, the official versions of millions of songs, albums, artist radio and more, in addition to all the music videos people […]

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Twitter

Swipe for a Snap – Twitter newest update

Nowadays everything social needs a photo or video. Twitter’s newest update is going back to what we knew as TwitPic. It’s not new, just more relevant today than then. On top of it, retweets and likes may be hidden for the platform to be more ‘friendly’. This has erupted reactions to the ever viral tweets […]

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Africa’s Smartphone Market Sees First Growth Since 2015, IDC Report

Africa’s smartphone market grew 2.3% in 2018 to total 88.2 million units, according to the latest figures announced by IDC.

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Two African Startups – Kenya’s MumsVillage and Sierra Leone’s Mosabi make it to Gray Matters Capital Calibrator program

Two African startups, Kenya’s MumsVillage and Sierra Leone’s Mosabi have made it to the second cohort of Gray Matters Capital’s Calibrator program – GMC Calibrator. The GMC Calibrator is a Digital Self-learning to Earning Accelerator launched by Gray Matters Capital in April 2018 with an aim to make the mobile phone a device to promote […]

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Standard Chartered

Standard Chartered Bank launches its Mobile Digital Platform in Kenya

In February 2018, Standard Chartered announced that it will launch its digital solution in four key markets during the first quarter of 2019. The bank said it will first launch the services in Uganda in January, followed by Tanzania in February, with Ghana and Kenya to follow.  Yesterday, the service was officially launched in Kenya. […]

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M-Pesa AliExpress partnership

Kenyans can now pay for purchases on Alibaba’s AliExpress via M-Pesa

Kenyans shopping on AliExpress will from today be able to pay for their purchases using M-Pesa. Safaricom has entered into a partnership with Ant Financial Services to provide this option, a move the two partners say targets micro-traders in the country who source for goods and other supplies from manufacturers in China. “Our more than […]

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Jumia White Paper 2019 launch

Affordable entry-level devices key driver of smartphone adoption in Kenya

Jumia has released its 2019 White Paper report ahead of its Mobile Week scheduled to run from the 22nd to 31st of March. The report takes a look at the country’s mobile market and key drivers driving smartphone adoption in the market. The white paper now in its 5th edition and notes continuous decrease in […]

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Visa Everywhere Initiative

Visa to reward $100,000 To Women Entrepreneurs in Global Competition

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Visa has announced the launch of the first Visa Everywhere Initiative: Women’s Global Edition. The global program invites women entrepreneurs from around the world to tackle FinTech and Social Impact challenges for a chance to win $100,000 in each of the two challenges. To participate, companies with at least […]

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Nigeria's OneFi secures $5M Debt Facility from Nairobi-based Lendable

Nigeria’s OneFi secures $5M Debt Facility from Nairobi-based Lendable

Nigeria’s fintech startup Finance Limited (OneFi) has today announced that it has secured a $5M debt facility for its consumer-facing facing platform, Paylater. The facility comes from New York and Nairobi-based Lendable, a technology-enabled funding provider to African consumer and SME lenders. The news comes just two months after the company secured Africa’s first credit […]

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Skype for web gets new features including HD video calling and call recording

Skype has added some new features to its web app including HD video calling and the ability to record calls. Microsft rolled out these new Skype features on Thursday and users can access them from any desktop (Windows 10 and Mac OSX10.12 or higher) with the latest versions of Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge. The […]

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Mobile content consumption in Kenya on the rise, Nendo report

Data consumption in Kenya is expected to hit the 1 billion gigabyte mark by 2022 with more Kenyans now consuming mobile content. This is according to Nendo’s State of Mobile Data 2019 report released recently. The report notes that in 2018 Kenyans consumed 269 million Gigabytes of data with mobile subscriptions accounting for the majority […]

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KERB App in Kenya

Australian Parking App Kerb Now Available in Kenya

Australian Parking App Kerb has launched in Kenya to help homeowners rent out their car park spaces. Kerb offers a car management solution that lets churches, schools, shopping malls, and even learning institutions to better manage their parking spaces. It also enables businesses to put their car parking spaces to work helping them generate extra […]

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Funtrench partners with BTA to offer certified blockchain-related courses in Kenya

Funtrench has announced a new partnership with US-based blockchain certification company, Blockchain Training Alliance (BTA) to offer certified blockchain-related courses in Kenya. This partnership puts Kenya as one of the African countries besides South Africa and Nigeria where BTA accredited blockchain courses are offered. Funtrench is the first blockchain educational institution in Eastern Africa.The collaboration with BTA according […]

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Building a Raspberry Pi Security Camera

The Raspberry Pi, although it may feel like it’s been around forever, it’s only been within the public subconscious for the last seven years. Bursting on to the scene in 2012, these single board computers have since hit the 25 million sales mark. Originally created to teach basic computer science in schools and developing counties, […]

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Microsoft opens its Africa’s first data centres in South Africa

Microsoft has announced the opening of its first datacentres in Africa, with the general availability of Azure from the new cloud regions in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. This makes Microsoft the first global provider to deliver cloud services from datacentres on the continent, which will help companies securely and reliably move their businesses […]

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Beyond Baling Innovation Challenge looking for solutions to manage plastic waste

Coca-Cola, Trash Thread Textile and PETCO have launched the Beyond Baling Innovation Challenge (BBIC) for University students, SMEs and the Jua Kali sector to come up with solutions that will help mitigate plastic waste management.  Through The Beyond Baling Innovation Challenge aims to provide innovative solutions to bale post-consumer PET plastic in order to ease […]

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3 Kenyan Startups Selected To Pitch At The ‘Next Billion’ EdTech Prize In Dubai

Next Billion EdTech Prize was founded in 2018 by Indian billionaire Sunny Varkey’s Varkey Foundation, to recognize innovation in education in low income and emerging markets.

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Regional partners for Jack Ma’s Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative named

A few weeks after announcing that it will officially call for applications starting from the 27th of March 2019, Jack Ma’s Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) has now named partners for the prize.  NINE from Nigeria, RiseUp from Egypt, and 22 On Sloane from South Africa as the official Western, Northern, and Southern Africa regional […]

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Understanding Zuri, Safaricom’s AI Chatbot and Why it’s Important

In December 2018, Safaricom introduced Zuri, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Chatbot to help customers perform a wide range of tasks. What this basically means is that with Zuri, the over 17 million Safaricom mobile data customers are able to perform tasks like manage subscription services including viewing subscriptions and unsubscribing from chargeable SMS services. Other […]

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Oppo unveils its new 10x Lossless Zoom Smartphone Camera Tech at MWC 2019

Lots of interesting smartphone tech came out of MWC 2019 with the major highlights being, of course, foldable smartphones. The phones received a fair share of criticism from smartphone users but again, it points at how smartphones are changing this year.  So we got foldable smartphones, 5G smartphones then OPPO also made some interesting announcement. […]

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Nigeria’s Fintech Startup TeamApt closes $5.5M Series A Round To Scale Into Additional Markets

TeamApt, a Nigerian startup that provides digital solutions and payment infrastructure for Africa, has closed on a $5.5M Series A round, led by Quantum Capital Partners. The Lagos-based company is a leader in the development of Digital Banking, Digital Business solutions and running Payment Infrastructure for Africa. The new funding will see the company scale […]

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rain and Nokia launch first commercial-ready 5G network in South Africa

South African operator rain and Nokia have announced the launch of the country’s first commercial-ready 5G network in Cape Town, following the deployment of the first 5G site last November. The achievement supports rain’s goal to introduce 5G services at the earliest possible time in line with South Africa’s vision to ensure a seamless information […]

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[Column] Kenya’s ISP market ripe for usage-based bandwidth service

It’s is difficult to imagine a world without internet connectivity, let alone a business that is not connected. The internet has become a very vital part of our lives and has transformed how we live, work, play and learn. As the fourth industrial revolution dawns, it is largely characterised by digital technologies, powered by the […]

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Mastercard and Angaza partnership

Mastercard and Angaza partner to roll out digital payment solution in emerging markets

Mastercard entered into a new partnership with last-mile distribution technology leader Angaza to roll out a digital payment solution for emerging markets. The solution is expected to increase access to affordable necessities, like solar home systems and water pumps, for people and businesses in these markets across the globe. The partnership with leverage Angaza’s pay-as-you-go (PAYG) […]

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[Column] Building the Intelligent Telco Enterprise – Growth opportunities for African telecoms operators

While the telco industry may have seen its traditional revenue streams decline further in 2018, thanks in part to the popularity of over-the-top (OTT) services such as WhatsApp that offer low-cost alternatives to messaging and voice calling, the industry is still set for growth. According to the Africa Digital Outlook 2019 report by Ovum, mobile […]

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Safaricom Deploys 400G Network Link To Support Increasing Demand For Mobile Data and Fibre On Its Network

Safaricom has today announced the deployment of a 400G network link to cater for the increasing demand for mobile data and fibre across its network. The deployment Safaricom among the first in the world to commercially deploy the solution.  The new 400G link will enable Safaricom to support increasing video consumption alongside demand for higher video quality […]

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MultiChoice launches self-service app for its Kenyan customers

MultiChoice has unveiled a new mobile app for its Kenyan consumers to help them manage their customer service queries. The company says the app, known as MyDStv, has been specifically tailored to the Kenyan market to ensure minimal data consumption and ease of use “In this ever-growing digital environment, it’s our mission to a stay […]

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Liquid Telecom deploys IoT network in Western and Nyanza to monitor fish ponds

Liquid Telecom Kenya has deployed an Internet of Things (IoT) network in Western Kenya and Nyanza to monitor and protect freshwater fish populations. The company has connected ten pilot-phase sensors that monitor water temperature and pH values in ponds. The sensors send information and feeding instructions to farmers through an Android and iOS app called […]

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SMEs

SMEs at risk of digital exclusion, says ICAEW

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has warned that smaller businesses could be excluded from world government’s plans to make business transactions digital. This is according to new research in which they have compared the success and failure of global attempts to digitalize tax. This is on the back of recent […]

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MEST Africa Challenge

List of 50 tech startups selected for the second annual MEST Africa Challenge

MEST Africa has announced the 50 startups that have been selected to take part in the second annual MEST Africa Challenge. The challenge will take place on February 27 and 28 in Accra, Lagos, Nairobi, Cape Town and Abidjan. Finalists from each country will attend the MEST Africa Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, June 10-12, 2019, […]

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GSMA 2019 Mobile Gender Gap Report

80% of women in low- and middle-income countries are now mobile owner, GSMA Report

80 per cent of women in low- and middle-income countries are now mobile owners. This is according to the GSMA’s 2019 Mobile Gender Gap Report released today. The report further notes that mobile is the primary means of internet access in these markets, where 48 per cent of women use mobile to get online. Despite […]

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Mobile Data for Social Impact forum

Government and Private Sector to collaborate on Mobile Phone Data Protection & Privacy Framework

The Government has committed to work with telecommunications companies and civil society advocates to develop a data privacy and protection framework that will help ensure that data from mobile phone use can be shared for positive social impact. The measures were announced at a regional forum on ‘Mobile Data for Social Impact’ held in Nairobi […]

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Jumia Super Brand Day

Jumia and Unilever Super Brand Day to offer massive discounts on consumer goods for online shoppers

Jumia Kenya will from Monday 25th February 2019 run the first ever-ever Jumia Super Brand Day, a one-day shopping event for online shoppers. The company has teamed up with consumer goods company Unilever East Africa in building up this online retail experience that will see customer enjoy huge discounts on Unilever products. During the campaign, […]

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Utimaco and Astel sign distribution partnership for HSMs in the Africa region

Astel, a leading provider for IT infrastructure and office automation solutions on the African continent, and Utimaco, the global number two in Hardware Security Modules (HSMs), have announced a distribution partnership for the Africa region. HSMs by Utimaco provide the ‘Root of Trust’ to a wide range of industries, encompassing financial and payment services, the automotive […]

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Safaricom launches ‘Shukrani KochoKocho’ promo to reward its customers

Safaricom has today unveiled a new promotion to reward its customers. Dubbed “ Shukrani Kocho Kocho Kenya Nzima”, the ten-week campaign will reward more than 5 million Safaricom customers across the country with more than KES 250 million in prizes. In addition, more than 100 Safaricom customers will walk away with a KES 1 million […]

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Applications for the Sanofi VivaTech challenge extended to February 22nd

Global pharmaceutical company Sanofi has announced the extension of the registration period for the call for proposals for this year’s VivaTech, an annual technology conference, dedicated to innovation and startups to February 22nd 2019. According to Sanofi Kenya Country Chair and General Manager Peter Munyasi, the extension will allow more start-ups to register for the […]

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Mastercard and Angaza partnership

The Mastercard Love Index shows rising e-commerce spending in Kenya

The annual Mastercard Love Index indicates that Kenyans are willing to dig deeper into their pockets to make their partners happy and that they are going online to do it, there has been a 152% increase in the number of e-commerce transactions between 2016 and 2018. The Mastercard Love Index, which is created by analyzing […]

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BRCK acquires local public WiFi provider Surf

Hardware and connectivity startup BRCK has announced that it has acquired local public WiFi provider Surf and parent company EveryLayer. The Kenyan startup made the announcement at Africa Tech Summit Kigali as it seeks to become one of the largest public WiFi networks in Sub-Saharan Africa. Surf has been accelerating and expanding high-speed access across […]

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Jack Ma’s Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative applications open in March 2019

The Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) will officially call for applications starting from the 27th of March 2019. ANPI is a  US$10 million Prize competition for African entrepreneurs, founded by the Jack Ma Foundation in August 2018. Each year for the next ten years, the Prize will host a pitch competition in Africa where ten […]

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MTN Uganda CEO deported over national security concerns

MTN Uganda Chief Executive Officer, Win Wim Vanhelleputte has been deported from the country over what the government is describing as national security concerns, Media reports from Uganda indicate that Vanhelleputte was deported yesterday evening aboard Brussels Airlines on the orders of the country’s  Internal Affairs minister Gen Jeje Odongo. He becomes the fourth employee […]

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Vodacom and Facebook partner to launch Facebook Flex in Lesotho

Vodacom has announced a new partnership with Facebook to launch Facebook Flex, a connectivity service that allows peoples to stay connected with news updates all free of charge. With Facebook Flex, customers will be able to switch between free and date modes where users will still be able to like, comment, share content all without […]

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Loon sets up new Ground Stations in Nyeri ahead of commercial launch in Kenya

Loon has announced the installation of a new set of ground stations in Nyeri, marking another step on the road towards the commercial launch of services in Kenya. The Nyeri site adds to similar ones in Nairobi and Nakuru. According to the company, this is a key step towards the deployment of commercial service in […]

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MTN selects Oracle Cloud Applications to drive digital transformation

South Africa based mobile telecommunications major; MTN has chosen Oracle Cloud Applications to drive one of the largest digital transformations in the global telecom industry across all its core business operations. The implementation will help MTN drive efficiency, scale operations and integration across its local and regional operations. “MTN and Oracle partnered in 2018 to […]

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Freeze your perfect love over with this unconventional LG Valentine’s tech gift

That 21-century refrigerators come with so many dazzling features makes it easier to forget what their main job has always been – to simply chill your food. Internet connectivity, temperature regulation, unique sensor technology and user-friendliness are just but a few of the impressive feature you can expect to come across in recent fridge designs. […]

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Infor Lands $1.5 Billion Investment Ahead of Potential IPO

Infor, a New York-based cloud software specialised by industry, has landed a massive $1.5 billion investment from its existing shareholders Koch Equity Development, LLC (KED) and Golden Gate Capital. This investment builds on KED’s investment of more than $2 billion in early 2017, and it represents an important milestone as Infor considers a potential IPO […]

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Safaricom Announces New Bundles That Offer Both Calls and Data

Safaricom has today announced new “All in One Monthly Bundles” that will see customers enjoy discounted data and calling rates in one package. The bundles offer customers a choice of five price options including KES 1,000, KES 2,000, KES 3,000, KES 5,000 and KES 10,000 for a 30-day bundle. Based on their needs, customers have […]

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Facebooks opening its first Sub-Saharan Africa Content Review Centre in Kenya

Facebook is opening its first content review centre in Sub-Saharan Africa in Nairobi Kenya. The company has partnered with Samasource – one of the largest digital employers in East Africa and a leading social enterprise to open the center. It will employ approximately 100 reviewers by the end of the year, who will support a […]

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Startups: Why you should apply for the Sanofi VivaTech 2019 challenge

Viva Technology (Vivatech), an annual technology conference, dedicated to innovation and startups takes place in less than three months. The conference will be held in  Paris, France from May 16th to 18th, 2019.  Pharmaceutical company Sanofi recently launched three challenges for African healthcare startups to find innovative solutions that can help improve access to healthcare […]

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Google and Kenya Scouts Association launch 2019 edition of Web Rangers programme

The Kenya Scouts Association, with the support of Google yesterday launched the 2019 edition of Web Rangers, a youth programme for online safety at an event to mark Safer Internet Day. The initiative has been implemented in over 15 countries and was launched in Kenya in 2015. This year, Web Rangers is expanding its reach […]

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Nairobi Garage opens third business hub in Karen

Nairobi Garage, a premium business hub for innovative and growing businesses has launched new premises in Karen, now offering three state-of-the-art hubs creating an interlinking coworking network spanning the whole of Nairobi. The new space in Karen offers 14,000 sq ft of workspace, making the total workspace provided by Nairobi Garage across its three locations […]

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Facebook partners with African NGOs for Safer Internet Day 2019

Tomorrow, on 5th February the world will be celebrating Safer Internet Day (SID) 2019, a day set aside to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology especially among children and young people. To support this day, Facebook has announced that it has partnered with more than 20 African NGOs and government agencies in […]

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Samsung is working on industry’s First 1TB memory chip for smartphones

Samsung now says it has begun production of industry’s first one-terabyte (TB) embedded UFS, for use in next-generation mobile applications.

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icolo.io starts construction of its Nairobi Data Center

icolo.io, a leading provider of carrier-neutral colocation services in Africa has commenced the construction of its new data centre in Kenya. The new Data Center called NBO1 is located in Karen Nairobi and will be second data centre from the company following the construction of the first data center in Mombasa. Construction of the data […]

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Startups: Here’s how to qualify and apply for the Sanofi VivaTech challenge

Pharmaceutical company Sanofi recently launched three challenges for African healthcare startups to find innovative solutions that can help improve access to healthcare and transform the health ecosystem throughout the continent. The challenge was launched in partnership with VivaTech, an annual technology conference, dedicated to innovation and startups. Technology is transforming how healthcare is delivered in […]

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Updated: You have until 13th Feb to Pre-order the Huawei Y7 Prime 2019 on Jumia

Huawei unveiled the Huawei Y7 Prime 2019 in Kenya this week. The device is Huawei’s latest mid-range device in the Y series featuring  6.26-inch Dewdrop display, 13MP AI Camera with a f/1.8 wide aperture lens, and an octa-core Qualcomm SoC Snapdragon 450. It also comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage and […]

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Smart viewing with LG 8K AI television

You’re all geared up for Africa cup of nations –or, if football isn’t your thing, maybe you’re anticipating the IAAF world championships. Either way, you have your pizza, your beer, or you’re brand-new, beautiful OLED TV. But is that OLED giving your ultimate immersive experience? This year, LG will be upscaling their experience on the […]

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Lava enters the Kenyan phone market, unveils a number of smart and feature phones

Indian phone maker Lava international has finally launched in Kenya. The company yesterday unveiled its low-cost feature phones and smartphones at an event held at the Intercontinental Hotel, in Nairobi. The company said their launch in Kenya is part of its aggressive business expansion in international markets with plans to also expand to Nigeria, Ghana […]

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Standard Chartered

Standard Chartered to launch digital-only retail banks in Kenya, Uganda and Ghana

In response to the growing consumer demand for innovative banking services, Standard Chartered has announced that it will launch its digital solution in four key markets during the first quarter of 2019. The bank will first launch the services in Uganda in January, followed by Tanzania in February, with Ghana and Kenya to follow Standard […]

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Huawei unveils the Huawei Y7 Prime 2019 in Kenya for Ksh. 17,999

Huawei Mobile Kenya has today unveiled its latest device in the Y Series, the Huawei Y7 Prime 2019. The device was launched at an event held at the New Stanley Hotel and will retail at Kshs 17,999. Pre-orders for the phone also kicked off today until 7th February and Huawei says consumers who pre-order will […]

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Taxify partners with Stanbic Bank and Renault Kenya to roll vehicle financing for drivers

Taxify has entered into a new partnership with Stanbic Bank and Renault Kenya, to offer vehicle financing for Taxify drivers. Under this partnership, Renault Kenya, a sub-brand of Simba Corporation, will provide Renault KWIDS with engine capacity of 800cc and fuel efficiency of 24km/litre to Taxify drivers. Individual drivers are expected to benefit 100% financing […]

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Kalon Venture Partners leads a $1.5M round investment into SA startup Flow

South African venture capital firm Kalon Venture Partners has announced a lead investment of $1,465,400 in local proptech platform Flow, an app that rewards tenants for good behaviour. With Flow, the first app of its kind in the world, tenants in South Africa get rewarded for registering, adding their property details, paying their rent on time, […]

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Nokia 3.1 Plus, Specs, Price and availability in Kenya

The Nokia 3.1 Plus comes in Baltic and Charcoal colours and is already available in the market -selling for an estimated Ksh 17,500.

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Safaricom’s M-PESA Global nominated for Global Mobile Awards 2019

Safaricom’s M-PESA Global has been shortlisted for the Global Mobile Awards 2019 (GLOMO Awards). The service which was launched in November last year has been nominated under the Best Mobile Innovation for Commerce. M-PESA global allows all M-PESA customers to send money to any individual across the world through a variety of channels including directly […]

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Sanofi VivaTech challenge calling on African startups to innovate health, here’s how to apply

Sanofi Kenya has launched three challenges for African startups in partnership with VivaTech. The challenges are for the startups to find innovative solutions to improve access to healthcare and transform the health ecosystem throughout the continent. These solutions will then be pitched at VivaTech, an annual technology conference, dedicated to innovation and startups, to be […]

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HP names Elisabeth Moreno VP & Managing Director for HP Africa

HP has announced the appointment of Elisabeth Moreno as the new Managing Director for HP Inc. Africa effective immediately. Based in Johannesburg, Elisabeth Moreno takes over from David Rozzio who will move to another leadership position at HP, leading its Central Europe cluster. In this new role, Moreno will be responsible for providing country leadership […]

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SMEs

CDC announces new investment to support high-growth SMEs in Nigeria

CDC, the UK’s development finance institution, has announced a new investment designed to support high-growth SMEs in Nigeria. CDC has made a US$15 million commitment to CardinalStone Capital Advisors Growth Fund (“CCA”), a first-time, Nigeria-focused fund that targets SMEs across six sectors: agriculture, industrials, FMCG, healthcare, education and financial services. CCA will use CDC’s capital […]

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Andela raises a further $100M in new round of funding

Andela has today announced the completion of a $100M Series D funding led by Generation Investment Management with participation from existing investors including Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, GV, Spark Capital, and CRE Venture Capital. The most recent financing brings Andela’s total venture funding to $180M. Andela was founded in 2014 to connect Africa’s engineering talent with […]

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‘Collection #1’ data breach leaks more than 700M email addresses

In what has been described as one of the largest data breach in history, the Troy Hunt owned Have I Been Pwned? (HIBP) website last week revealed another huge cache of breached email addresses and passwords. Known as Collection #1, the data breach is said to have leaked more than 700 million emails and passwords. […]

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Huawei has officially unveiled the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro in Kenya

Huawei has unveiled the Huawei Mate 20 series which include the Mate 20 and the Mate 20 Pro in Kenya. The two devices were launched globally in October 2018. Remember the Mate 20 series is traditionally Huawei’s highest-end offering, featuring the year’s latest technology. The Huawei Mate 20 will retail at Ksh.74,999 while the Huawei […]

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Featured Image: Jumia MD, Sam Chappatte, PS, State Department of Trade, Dr. Chris Kiptoo (Ministry of Industrialization, Trade & Cooperatives) and Florence Kimata - SMEs Advisor - (Ministry of Industrialization, Trade & Cooperatives) addressing the media during the event. 

Jumia wants to grow its products offering to 10 million in 2019

Jumia wants to cross 10 million products offering on its e-commerce platform in 2019, with new brands exclusive on the platform. The e-commerce leader also plans to grow its market place and vendors on the Jumia platform. This is according to Jumia MD Sam Chappatte. Sam was speaking during an interview with TechTrendsKE to share the company’s […]

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Safaricom Introduces I.T Security Solutions For its Enterprise Customers

The services include Managed Security Solutions, Security Assurance and Advisory services as well as Managed Security Operations Center solutions and will enable the customers to access a wide range of security solutions to protect their information technology (I.T) systems.

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Nokia 5.1 Plus is getting hot slice of Android Pie

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has announced that the Nokia 5.1 Plus will now begin receiving the latest Android operating system, Android 9 Pie. With Android 9 Pie upgrade arriving on the Nokia 5.1 Plus, a total of seven Nokia smartphones would be running the latest Android OS, giving users access to the […]

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Zimbabweans turn to VPNs following internet shutdown by government

Zimbabweans are turning to Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology to circumvent an apparent government internet shutdown according to leading VPN comparison site BestVPN.com. The restrictions have resulted in a spike of interest in VPNs among Zimbabwean internet users, according to internal data from BestVPN.com. The comparison site recorded a 1,560 percent increase on Monday and […]

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MEST Africa Challenge

MEST opens applications for its $50 MEST Africa startup Challenge

MEST Africa has opened applications for its second annual MEST Africa Challenge, a Pan-African pitch competition for tech scale-ups based in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa or Cote d’Ivoire who are ready to expand into new markets. This year’s finalists from each country will attend the MEST Africa Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, June 10-12, 2019, […]

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WorldRemit has launched low-cost digital money transfers from South Africa

Digital money transfer service WorldRemit has launched its low-cost digital money transfer service from South Africa to over 145 destinations worldwide. Using the WorldRemit app or website, customers can now send money as easily as sending an instant message to global destinations including Zimbabwe, Mozambique, the United Kingdom, India and Pakistan. According to the World Bank, South […]

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Microsoft South Africa appoints Lillian Barnard as new Managing Director

Barnard, the current Director for Public Sector at Microsoft, will replace Zoaib Hoosen who has resigned after nearly five years at the helm.

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Branch raises Ksh 500M arranged by Centum-owned advisory firm, Barium Capital​

All commercial paper issuances have been arranged by the Centum-owned advisory firm, Barium Capital. This latest investment will be used to expand Branch’s services in Kenya.

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Editorial: What Will the Next Phase of Smartphone Innovation Bring?

By Hark-sang Kim, Senior Vice President, Head of Visual R&D Team, Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics In light of modest global sales recently, some observers say that smartphone innovation has hit a bottleneck, as new devices bear more iterative upgrades instead of groundbreaking features. Others even predict that the smartphone era may be coming to an […]

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The Need To Explore Space: Tunapanda Institute Plans to Open A Space Exploration Facility in Kibera

Tunapanda Institute was started 6 years ago by Jay Larson and Mick Larson, two globally nomadic brothers from the US with the aim of spreading digital skills globally, starting with Africa. The institution’s model of training young people for three months in practical skills in the fields of technology, design, and business has proven to […]

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Fuliza M-Pesa Overdraft Facility is finally here: Everything you need to know

Safaricom has now made it possible for M-Pesa customers to send money or pay for goods and services even when they have insufficient funds in their accounts after the company rolled out Fuliza to all subscribers on its mobile money platform. This is not actually the first time we’re hearing of Fuliza. The service was […]

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GSMA 2019 Mobile Gender Gap Report

The 2019 trends impacting mobile on the African continent

According to the GMSA Mobile Economy 2018 report for sub-Saharan Africa, mobile subscribers rose by 44% in 2017 and this was further bolstered by an increase in smartphone penetration that rose by 75%. Mobile broadband is anticipated to comprise 87% of total connections by 2025 across 690 million smartphones.  According to Joachim Wuilmet, Head of […]

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Safaricom has opened applications for its 2019 technology internship program

Safaricom has opened applications for its 2019 technology internship program. The Safaricom Technology Academy is a 3-month internship program that is targeted to Ongoing Kenyan Degree Students. The internship positions are within the Technology Division and report to various designated supervisors. Students will undergo an internship program which includes a combination of job and functional exposure, work assignments […]

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Government wants police officers to undergo compulsory ICT training

The Kenyan government wants all police officers to undergo a compulsory six-month training on Information and Communication Technology (ICT). According to Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i the training is aimed at equipping the officers with basic knowledge and skills to handle the newly launched automated information management system which will be rolled-out across the country. […]

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The LG Signature OLED TV R, the world’s first rollable TV is finally going on sale

At CES, LG Electronics outlined its entire TV lineup for 2019. One notable TV, the LG Signature OLED TV R (65R9) with a display that can roll up and disappear into the base is one of these TVs that are expected to go on sale this year. The 65-inch display LG Signature OLED TV R (65R9) […]

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CA is warning of Emotet malware targeting local network systems

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), has warned of a new malware targeting network systems in the country. Known as ‘Emotet’, CA through the National Computer Incident Response Team Coordination Centre (National KE-CIRT/CC), says it has so far detected 11 cases targeting local institutions. Emotet is an advanced and destructive banking Trojan affecting network systems. […]

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Telkom introduces Free Zones with free calls for its pre-paid voice customers

Kenya’s third largest mobile operator Telkom has launched Free Zones for its pre-paid voice customers. The Telkom Free zones according to the operator is part of its commitment to offer more value and benefit to its customers. Telkom Free Zones are selected areas where Telkom Kenya offers free calls, all day and all night, with […]

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Facebook’s growing momentum in Africa (Infographic)

2018 saw Facebook grow its momentum and step up its investment in Africa. Today, more than 139 million people across Sub-Saharan Africa come to Facebook every month, of which nearly 98% come back on mobile. Have a look at the infographic below to see Facebook’s year in numbers, projects and highlights and learn how it […]

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LG makes the shift to 5G

Imagine a world where houses are self-cleaning and electrical grids responding automatically to fluxes in energy demands. Think about virtual reality, or even augmented reality devoid of the annoying lag that are often in today’s networks. Or should I put it as, living in a smarter and more connected world? From the very basic mobile […]

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Instagram Update That Lasted 10 Minutes!

An hour ago Instagram tried an update that was very different from what we know it and the backlash made a turnaround to old layout in a record time of 10 minutes. It’s difference was a tap on post rather than the scroll down layout. 👇🏾👇🏾 There has been no response from Instagram but on […]

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Liquid Telecom has partnered with Code for Africa to map air pollution in Kenya

Liquid Telecom Kenya has partnered with Code for Africa (CfA) to install air quality sensors in 3,000 sites across Kenya. The sensors will be installed in a phased rollout at Liquid Telecom Kenya’s towers country-wide and powered by the company’s new Internet of Things (IoT) Low Power Wide Area (Sigfox LPWAN) network. The nationwide rollout […]

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8K OLED TV is Here With Us

In the next few years, you could actually be binge-watching your favourite show in a self-driving car, or checking who is knocking at your door without actually rising from the comfort of your couch. A while back 4K filming and streaming went mainstream through making picture quality clearer. But who knew it could go to […]

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What’s Good for 2019? 5G Network

2018 has been a great year for technology.  It is the year that saw the awe-inspiring scientific and technological advances that have the potential to change our lives in dramatic ways come close to realizing their potential. IBM released its ‘Five-for-Five’ report, highlighting amazing technological advances that will have a real impact on lives in […]