Staff, 9:37 am
When Tolulope Komolafe first heard the pitch, she was skeptical. A fledgling company in Lagos, Nigeria, would pay her to learn how to write modern computer code and then offer her a good job in the high-tech economy. After inquiring, Komolafe found the offer was real. Today, she is a software developer and she dreams of starting her own tech company someday. Komolafe, a 27-year-old Nigerian, is one of hundreds of young Africans who have joined Andela, a fast-growing start-up based in New York.
Staff, 9:14 am
The advent of the Internet and the exponential development of new technologies have drastically changed our lives.For the music industry, especially in Africa, the Internet has brought with it a deep and progressive change that is affecting every aspect of the sector. Are these current and future developments beneficial to all the actors in the industry, especially musicians? And what are the prospects for African music-makers,promoters, broadcasters and consumers in light of these technologies?
Staff, 8:47 am
Africa is on fire. That has nothing to do with climate change, but with investor interest and technology momentum. Life expectancy in Africa increased eight years and this burst of life is being replicated in its tech ecosystems.From Cairo to Kigali, Cape Town to Lagos, Nairobi to Accra and Kampala to Dakar, tech hubs are rising faster than the cities that contain them. African software company Andela raised $40 million to connect Africa’s engineering talent into the global technology ecosystem.
Staff, 8:08 am
A new program in Seychelles focusing on energy efficiency in state buildings and street lighting will soon launch. Called ‘Smart Energy in Public Spaces,’ the new program will include the installation of 10,000 LED streets lamps by 2020 across the three main islands of Seychelles. “The same program will also provide all the public schools with solar photovoltaic panels and other accessories for them to meet the schools’ energy needs,” said the Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change.
Staff, 7:52 am
Everyone wants a smart city. Every country in Africa is talking about getting one – from Rwanda’s Vision City to Ghana’s Hope City. Even Nigeria wants a smart city. Smart cities are great, but we are of the opinion that smart cities only work in a country that is already working. And for now, that’s not Nigeria. The Benin Republic has announced its plans to launch a new smart city, Sèmè City, aimed at fostering Africa-grown innovation as a solution to the continent’s economic challenges.
Staff, 7:24 am
The Core Group has launched Fitbit’s first smartwatch in South Africa. Fitbit Ionic, a cross-platform high-end smartwatch, is available from a variety of retailers across South Africa.Fitbit Ionic was designed to work across all of the prominent platforms making it ideal for users who want to choose their smartwatch independently of their smartphone. In addition to the usual functionality found in high-end devices, Fitbit’s smartwatch has a multi-day battery life and incorporates new technology.
Staff, 8:37 am
“Welcome to the System! Together we will change the world!” These are the words I found scrawled at the bottom of a web page, right next to a picture of Sergei Mavrodi, a convicted Russian fraudster infamous for operating Mavrodi Mundial Moneybox (or MMM), one of the world’s largest ponzi schemes. Two decades after MMM was shut down, the organization reemerged under new branding, as a technology-driven “financial mutual-aid network” that uses Bitcoin to provide its members up to 100% returns.
Staff, 7:49 am
Silicon Valley is ignoring Africa’s startup scene, passing up an opportunity to invest in creating innovative technology-based businesses on the continent, according to TechCrunch Inc. “Silicon Valley does not understand the context of Africa, so we see it as an opportunity to fill the gap,” Edward Desmond of Verizon Communications said in an interview Wednesday in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. “The outside world that is very powerful does not know the innovation and possibilities available.”
Staff, 2:40 am
Uber is committed to Egypt despite challenges presented by sweeping economic reforms and record inflation, the company said as it announced $20 million of investment in its new center in Cairo. The Egyptian pound has lost half its value and fuel prices have jumped by up to 50 percent since the North African country floated the currency in November as part of reforms demanded by the IMF in exchange for a $12 billion loan aimed at reviving the economy. Egypt has been luring back foreign investors.
Staff, 7:36 am
In this sophisticated world, the role of technology is massive. Technology allows anyone to do things, which once were unimaginable or impractical, so easily. In developing or under-developed world, technological innovations could deliver far more services to improve the lives of millions. Less well-off people in such areas have started providing adequate information about the standard of life they lead using Smartphone. They diagnose their own level of poverty in 30 minutes using the device.