Peter Pedroncelli, 6:08 am
At a Google for Nigeria event that was held last week, the American mega-company revealed that it would be working with Japanese mobile manufacturer Freetel to provide $40 smartphones for Nigerians. Google will look to launch the affordable Ice 2 smartphone in September, with their Android operating system embedded in order to provide them with an advantage in the fast-growing Nigerian mobile market.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:20 am
Google chief executive Sundar Pichai and his team visited Nigeria to unveil a selection of products designed specifically for people in the West African nation, including a YouTube version built for Nigerians with slow internet speeds. Google Street View will also be coming to Lagos, while the company has committed to extending their training to five million young Africans over the next five years, including 100,000 app developers.
Peter Pedroncelli, 12:40 pm AFKI Original
Online shopping is a growing trend on the continent, with numerous African e-commerce companies providing local and international buyers with a way to give gifts to friends, family and loved ones. Whether purchasing gifts for birthdays or other special occasions such as Christmas or to celebrate a personal milestone, online shopping sites are making the most of growing internet penetration in Africa. Here’s a list of e-commerce companies that enable gift-giving across the continent.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:27 am
Five Kenyan girls have been invited to take part in the 2017 Google Technovation after they impressed with their mobile app, which aims to put a stop to female genital mutilation in the East African country. The girls, aged between 15 and 17 years old, are the only Africans selected to be part of this year’s event at Google’s headquarters in California, where their app will be in contention to win a $15,000 prize.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:07 pm AFKI Original
The internet continues to be a driver of business and economies the world over, and the internet contribution to GDP is an interesting barometer of growth. Africa’s average internet contribution to GDP was only 1.1 percent in 2012, or about half the level seen in other emerging economies. This has positive implications for the potential growth of e-commerce and internet-based businesses on the continent.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:29 am
South African farmers in the Western Cape have found valuable ways to use drone technology to boost their agricultural output and methods, leading to an upskilled workforce and general cost cutting. Elsenburg farmers are using drones to conduct general monitoring flyovers, assess vegetation health, track and monitor animals which may need assistance, as well as to assess stressed zones among crops that require watering and fertilisation.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:13 am
In preparation for Africa Code Week 2017, which will take place throughout the continent in October, hundreds of teachers in Botswana have learned basic coding skills. Thanks to a partnership between the Ministry of Basic Education in Botswana and software development group SAP, over 400 teachers within the country now have a basic level understanding of how to code. In 2016, 426,000 youngsters across 30 countries learned to code over a nine-day period.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:22 am
Global management consulting and professional services firm Accenture has opened a new innovation studio in South Africa, selecting Johannesburg as the venue that will see disruptive technologies used for the benefit of businesses. The studio will make disruptive technologies, such as mixed reality, artificial intelligence, blockchain and cloud architectures, available for clients to experiment with, while it will also work with Accenture Labs.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:52 am
Chinese e-commerce tycoon Jack Ma has been impressed with his two-day visit to Kenya, and the Alibaba founder admits that he will be considering making investments in the country. Asia’s richest man traveled to the country on his first visit to Africa, along with a delegation of China’s richest billionaires. He was thoroughly impressed by the calibre of entrepreneur that he came across in Kenya, while the broadband infrastructure and speeds also surprised the e-commerce tycoon, so much so, that he is considering investing in the country.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:17 pm AFKI Original
Cyber attacks are more prevalent these days, and it is important for countries to have a strategy to defend against these kinds of online attacks. Africa is no different, and strategies and organizations need to be in place in order to defend against hackers looking to penetrate key systems or networks that need to remain secure for the public good. Some African countries have considered this threat, and are fairly well-prepared to defend against such attacks.