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Peter Pedroncelli, 6:15 am
While wearable tech is all the rage across the globe, Africa is not being left behind, with first quarter data showing impressive growth for the African region, alongside the Middle East. Wearable devices such as the Samsung Gear and Apple iWatch have gained traction in Africa, and the latest figures compiled by the International Data Corporation show an upward trend for the fashionable and functional accessories. The International Data Corporation’s Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker for the first three months of 2017 illustrates that shipments of wearables were up 30.2 percent year-on-year.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:00 am AFKI Original
African tech innovators create jobs while finding solutions to modern African problems, and they deserve to be celebrated for the important role they play in society. Twitter has become a popular short-message platform in which to connect with the masses, and African innovators, along with the wider audience on the continent, have adopted the social media platform via mobile and desktop. Here are 12 African tech innovators who are worth following on Twitter.
Kurt Davis Jr., 12:06 pm AFKI Original
The African continent will continue to experience major urban development in the coming decades. Such urban development requires improved mass transport and freight-moving systems to support the population growth. Some urban planners even argue that mass transport networks are central to cities’ ability to control the expansion and better manage property development, while reducing travel times and boosting land values.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:47 am
The new dotAafrca top-level internet domain appears to be very popular among trademark owners, as it has attracted just short of a thousand registrations during the initial registrations period, known as the sunrise phase. The top-level domain has been through its sunrise phase, is now in its landrush phase, and will be available to the general public from July 4, but already dotAfrica is showing why it has been much-anticipated. The heavy initial interest in the dotAfrica domain places it in the top 10 worldwide for the number of domain name reservations during the sunrise phase of a launch process.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:17 am
Mobile phone sales across the African continent fell during in the first quarter of 2017 in comparison with the fourth quarter of last year, but East Africa still remained in positive growth territory. Overall shipments of mobile phones to Africa in the first quarter amounted to around 54,5 million units, which represents a decrease of 8,2 percent versus fourth quarter data for 2016. A sharp decline in smartphone sales, which were previously growing consistently, contributed to the first quarter growth negativity, with a staggering 17,6 percent decline in the smartphone segment for the first three months of the year
Tom Jackson, 1:41 am AFKI Original
Microsoft has partnered with the Nigerian government to digitally transform service delivery to the country’s investor community. It’s important to look at this in the wider context of Microsoft’s growing involvement in the region. Promoting business and supporting the growth of cloud services are key to Microsoft’s strategy in Africa, as the company eyes the last unsaturated market on earth. Just as Google and Facebook are increasingly involved on the continent, Microsoft too is making a play to establish a long-term customer base there.
Staff, 5:26 pm
Silicon Valley’s days leading the tech revolution may be coming to an end, according to one optimistic observer who believes the future of technology lies much further abroad. The future of tech “will be written in Legos, Nairobi, Kampala, and cities across Africa,” Jeremy Johnson, CEO/ founder of Andela. “We believe that Africa is going to emerge as a significant player in the global tech scene,” he said. Andela connects Africa’s top 2 percent of developers with jobs at companies globally.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:42 am AFKI Original
Africa has embraced mobile like few other regions of the world have, with some of the highest mobile penetration rates and the majority of internet users accessing content online via their mobiles. Whether one considers online banking, apps for healthcare, connecting through social media or voting for a political party, Africans have fully embraced mobile technology and all of its possibilities. Here are the 12 things you didn’t know about how Africans have embraced mobile.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:32 am
African fintech startups continue to be an example to similar entities in other sectors, attracting substantial investment while disrupting the financial services market on the continent. The innovative solutions that fintech enterprises are producing have attracted the attention of banks and investors, in the hope that these financial disruptors become the next PayPal or similar concept in Africa. The last two years have seen a sharp increase in the number of businesses created in this sector, with 301 African fintech startups identified across 20 countries on the continent.
DotAfrica Goes Public July 4: Will Africans Embrace It Or Continue To ‘Be Guests On Someone Else’s Web’?By Tom Jackson, 6:41 pm AFKI Original
After years of red tape, the much-hyped DotAfrica domain will soon be available to the public. The psychological impact cannot be underestimated, said Lucky Masilela, CEO of the ZA Central Registry — the company charged in 2012 with giving Africa its own first geographic TLD. DotAfrica is not just about African pride. It’s about business. “We believe that it will increasingly make an appearance in corporate marketing communication with all the associated benefits including feet in stores and clicks on sites,” Masilela said.
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