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  • Tech Startup Andela Secures $40M In Funding To Connect African Coders With US Firms

    African startups - connect African coders By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:51 am

    Andela, a startup that trains and outsources African coders to work for global firms, has secured a Series C round of funding to continue the company’s expansion. The Lagos and Nairobi-based startup that recruits Africa’s best software developers has successfully raised $40 million in the most recent round of funding. The substantial investment was led by Pan-African venture firm CRE Venture Capital, while other investors include DBL Partners, Amplo, Salesforce Ventures, and Africa-focused TLcom Capital.

  • Lion Guardians Hope To Protect The Species With Facial Recognition Technology

    I am Cecil the Lion By Dana Sanchez, 8:39 am

    In the past, lions could only be identified through photos taken with high-quality cameras focusing on specific areas such as whisker spots. It’s hoped that facial recognition of lions will open the door to millions of lion photogs taken by the public and provide a platform to share that information, increasing knowledge of lion populations. On their current course, lions could be extinct by 2050.

  • U.S. Lifts Software, ICT Program Importation Ban For Sudan

    By Makula Dunbar, 6:01 pm

    The U.S. recently lifted sanctions which now allow the importation of software and ICT products to Sudan, CCTV Africa reported. Activists have been opposed to the bans which forced many to find illegal copies of often-used programs like Microsoft Office. Officials say that the lifting of the ICT importation ban is a step in the right direction to ease other communications-related sanctions.

  • Demand Grows For Automated Payroll, HR In Africa

    By Dana Sanchez, 11:48 am

    Against a backdrop of growing regulatory complexity, some companies and organisations in sub-Saharan Africa are finding that manual methods of handling payroll and HR are no longer meeting their needs, a stakeholder told VenturesAfrica. “HR has come into its own as a strategic priority for African organisations,” according to the report. “For many African businesses, the cloud is a way to save operational and capital costs in their IT… including payroll.”

  • South Africa’s Unlicensed Software Comes With $385 Million Price Tag

    By Makula Dunbar, 5:58 pm

    A global software survey conducted by Business Software Alliance (BSA), in partnership with International Data Corporation (IDC), revealed that unlicensed software was installed on more than 43% of global PCs in 2013 rounding off to a commercial value of $62.7 billion. BSA’s global software survey found that the unlicensed software rate in South Africa was at 34%, which is 1% down from the 35% recorded in 2011.

  • Privacy Laws Needed In Africa To Boost Cloud Adoption, SAP Chief Says

    By Dana Sanchez, 2:43 pm

    Software companies like SAP want to have one or two data centers serving customers in Africa, but they’re not going to build 51 centers in 51 countries, an SAP chief said. And therein lies the challenge. “If legislation then doesn’t allow data from Zimbabwe or Botswana to be stored in Nigeria, it’s going to really slow down the growth…stifle innovation … and slow down development.”

  • Microsoft Partners in Learning Program to ‘Transform Learning’ in Rwanda

    By Makula Dunbar, 2:27 pm

    Global software firm Microsoft has joined forces with Rwanda’s ministry of education to help transform learning, further innovation and develop employment skills among students and educators in that country. The partnership, which is planned to be carried out by Microsoft’s signature education initiative ‘Partners in Learning’ and the education ministry

  • Africa Set To Benefit From Microsoft Cybercrime Centre

    By Kevin Mwanza, 4:19 am

    Technology giant Microsoft recently opened a Cybercrime centre at the Company’s headquarters in Redmond, US and while the centre is based abroad, it will also monitor cyber security issues across Africa.

  • Cameroonian Gov. Officials Heighten Efficiency With Mobile Software

    By Makula Dunbar, 12:12 pm

    The Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation (MINATD) in Cameroon has installed mobile software for its staff as part of its efforts to improve service provision.

  • Hospitality Industry in Senegal Gets Software, Mobile App Boost

    By Makula Dunbar, 5:12 pm

    Xtreme Design and Engineering, an IT solutions firm based in Atlanta, GA and Senegal has taken software and app development a step further by identifying a need within the African hospitality industry.

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