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Peter Pedroncelli, 6:40 am
South Africa’s fintech adoption rate is expected to experience a surge in the near future, with the country’s uptake of fintech services set to be greater than the global average. Africa’s most industrialised economy is forecast to enjoy a future fintech adoption rate of around 71 percent in the coming years, which is far higher than the average global growth rate of 52 percent, according to global accounting and consulting firm Ernst and Young.
Staff, 5:11 pm
Applications are open for the AppsAfrica.com Innovation Awards. The Awards celebrate the best in mobile and tech from across Africa supported by Mobile Monday South Africa and Mobile Ecosystem Forum. The third edition will take place on November 6th in Cape Town, and winners will get international recognition and publicity across multiple channels, networking with 300+ industry peers and a host of other benefits. Applications are welcome across 12 categories from mobile or technology ventures.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:39 am AFKI Original
Technology has an important role to play in African daily life, and in fact, some mobile apps that have been created contribute to saving lives. Mobile apps are easily accessible, often free or cost-effective, and can be used on the go. Whether helping to enhance healthcare, assist with security or summon law enforcement, the mobile apps on this list have been designed specifically to deal with challenges and assist African communities with crucial elements of their lives. Here are 12 mobile apps that are saving lives in Africa.
Tom Jackson, 3:26 pm AFKI Original
Startups innovate much faster than mobile operators but they lack the wide reach — and customers — that more established companies have. Mobile operators and startups in emerging markets should work together because collaboration could be mutually beneficial, according to a new GSMA report — “Opening Doors: A Start-Up’s Guide to Working With Mobile Operators in Emerging Markets.” Some mobile operators are openly listing their API documentation and integration processes, and are willing to listen to startup founders.
Dana Sanchez, 3:27 pm
In Africa, tapping into dissatisfaction with Uber seems to be the unofficial expansion strategy of the app’s competitors. More and more ride-hailing services are using Uber’s weaknesses to capitalize on their expansion in Africa. Right now, drivers rather than customers appear to be where the battle is playing out. South Africa isn’t the only country where Uber is rolling out the red carpet for its drivers. The San Francisco-based company announced a slate of new and expanded driver friendly features Monday in the U.S.
Staff, 12:02 am
A growing number of sub-Saharan African artists are realizing the importance of technology — social media, apps, websites and online platforms — focused on promoting and archiving African contemporary art. Smartphones, tablets and even satellite TV have also played a role, showing artists that despite the lack of artistic infrastructure across the region, there are still ways to reach out and get the attention of art managers, critics, collectors and gallerists around the world.
Dana Sanchez, 5:19 pm
South African casinos are expanding and upgrading their digital technology because it pays. They’re adding more Wi-Fi hotspots, which allows patrons to download casino apps and use them to order food and beverages from outside the casino for delivery directly to the playing table. Patrons who do not have a smartphone can borrow a tablet. Some casinos’ smartphone-charging stations come with a security locker that allows patrons to charge their smartphones without leaving the casino.
Dana Sanchez, 5:38 pm
One of the five most downloaded smartphone call and messaging apps, Viber claims to offer Africans “a new kind of social experience” – tapping into live conversations from celebrities, personalities, brands and organizations. Users can follow chats in key African markets with celebrities such as Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour, who joined Viber Public Chats for the regional launch. There are local conversations in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Egypt.
Dana Sanchez, 12:01 am
Yoza — it means “to wash” in Uganda’s major language — is typical of Ugandan start-ups. It’s in its early stages, uses innovative means to tackle a local problem, and has a tiny customer base by international standards. The app helps users find laundry services. Almost 140 women are signed up to do laundry, and some of them have doubled their income. It may be small and hyper local, but its commercially viable.
Staff, 2:44 pm
Every week, the U.S. tech sector uses the most advanced mobile technology in the world to create some new meaningless distraction — — Tinder for dogs, Airbnb for boats, Yo. Meanwhile, in Africa, entrepreneurs are solving the continent’s most pressing problems. In the U.S., every app is trying to become some kind of mobile PayPal. But nobody is really using them — at least not compared to Kenyans.
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