Tech: Latest News
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:57 am AFKI Original
South Africa is a country where smartphone usage is high, and downloaded android mobile apps form an important part of the experience for these users. The android market is the biggest among the smartphone competitors in the country, and as such this segment of the market is an indicator of the popularity of apps in general and the types of mobile applications that South Africans are using. Here are the 10 most downloaded android mobile apps in South Africa.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:48 am
M-Pesa, Safaricom’s highly popular mobile money transfer service, has launched a new payment solution that uses near-field communication to make payments. The new system, which is called M-Pesa 1Tap, allows users to pay for goods from their mobile phones in a single step, rather than multiple steps that were previously required. M-Pesa customers will use a wristband, phone sticker or card to be able to make faster payments using this new technology.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:45 am
South Africa may host the 2018 ITU Telecom World, the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) annual telecommunications and ICT industry event. The potential for South Africa to host was made known at the 2017 ITU Telecom World in South Korea, with the 2018 telecom conference set to be the first time an African country has hosted the International Telecommunication Union’s prestigious event, subject to the conclusion of contractual arrangements.
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:20 am AFKI Original
Technology has an important role to play in Africa, and one of the most important ways that tech is improving the lives of Africans across the continent is by transforming healthcare. Advances in technology and innovative ideas are allowing for better healthcare and improved diagnostic efforts in communities throughout Africa, including in remote areas thanks to the wonders of mobile and the internet.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:02 am
Global investment fund Endeavor Catalyst has backed South African authentication and app security company Entersekt through a funding round that was realized in September. The Silicon Valley-based investment firm led a funding round for Entersekt amounting to around $5 million, with the investment being Endeavor Catalyst’s first ever in South Africa, where they have had an office since 2004.
Tom Jackson, 3:54 am AFKI Original
In a surprising but not unfathomable announcement this week, Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) confirmed that the IT infrastructure deployed during the country’s recently nullified presidential election will again be utilised in the approaching re-run on October 26. It has gambled twice on tech at elections, and lost. To gamble a third time, and with the same flawed system, could unleash forces outside of its control.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:30 am
WorldRemit, an international digital money transfer business, and Wafacash, a Morocco-based financial services firm have partnered in order to provide instant money transfers to a growing set of African markets. The Moroccan money transfer market-leader and the global remittance company already work together in Morocco and Senegal, but this extended partnership will see their combined operations expanded to serve Cameroon, Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger and Cote D’Ivoire.
Staff, 5:48 pm
Ghana will apply technology to cut down the huge foreign exchange spent on the cost of food importation, the country’s Minister for Food and Agriculture said. Ghana spent a total of $2.2 billion to import cereals consumed locally in 2016 as compared to $345 million in 2007. He said the government will engage small farmers and support them with relevant technology to enhance agricultural productivity. The strategy is to transform agriculture by introducing new technology to small-scale farmers.
Staff, 5:25 pm
Top United States investors, under the US-Nigeria Council platform, are looking at exploring market opportunities domiciled in the Nigerian economy. Their intentions were made known at the just concluded 72nd United Nations General Assembly, which convened a high powered business dinner with top US investors with interest in Nigeria, a statement by USNC on Monday indicated. The USNC is a business-to-business organization that works to promote partnerships between Nigerian and American companies.
Staff, 5:09 pm
The practice involves draping wet soil in a special kind of polythene film to conserve moisture. I visited Kathama, a tiny village in Machakos, where I discovered remarkable farming techniques. This is a novice innovation with great capacity in a water scarce area. In Kathama, I connected with one Joseph Mwanzia; an ageing farmer who uses plastic film technology. By using the technology, he had increased his maize production three-fold. The plastic film technology is an effective technology.
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