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  • Facebook Announces Developer Circles In South Africa

    Facebook By Staff, 8:08 am

    Social media giant, Facebook, announced on September 6, 2017, that the company has begun the roll-out of Developer Circles in South African cities; Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria. The project, which was launched at Facebooks Developer Conference (F8) in April 2017, now comprises of over 70 initiatives around the world, the four South African circles join other African countries in Cairo, Casablanca, Dakar, Harare, Lagos, Nairobi and Tunis.

  • Forget Silicon Valley, Female Tech Founders In Africa Are Closing Gender Gap

    Female Tech Founders By Staff, 8:57 am

    The latest high-profile scandals in Silicon Valley highlight that the battle for gender equity in the United States is far from won. Despite the tech industry’s progressive reputation, its track record for hiring, promoting and funding women is bleak: Only 17 % of American startups have female founders. But, halfway across the globe in tech hubs like Lagos, Nigeria, and Nairobi, Kenya, 46 percent of African ventures have a female founder and prospects for closing the gender gap there are high.

  • eBay Expands To Africa

    eBay By Staff, 8:31 am

    eBay opened up its U.S. platform to Africa through its partnership with MallforAfrica.com. Americans can now buy products on eBay from select vendors in six African countries, starting with merchandise in fashion, art, jewelry, and clothing. MallforAfrica selects the sellers and handles payments. DHL is the shipping. Online shoppers can browse the entire collection on eBay’s Mall for Africa Store. The new online channel expands an existing relationship between the two e-commerce companies.

  • DNA Barcoding Tech Helps With Identification Of Endangered Sharks And Rays

    DNA barcoding By Mongabay, 10:26 am

    Researchers using DNA barcoding technology found that over 70 percent of shark fins and ray gill plates, collected from sellers in multiple countries, came from threatened species. They determined the species of 129 dried commercial fin and gill samples. The study’s findings support the use of DNA barcoding as a tool to help enforcement agencies determine whether processed specimens derive from legal or illegal species.

  • Facebook’s Developer Circles Initiative Launching In Four South African Cities

    Developer Circles - Facebook Africa office. Photo - Twitter By Peter Pedroncelli, 7:05 am

    Facebook plans to roll out its Developer Circles initiative in four cities across South Africa, which serves to allow members to interact and learn about developing on the social media platform. The free community-driven initiative will now be available to developers in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria. Developer Circles members meet up on a regular basis to discuss projects that they are working on and assist each other in solving problems.

  • Google’s Emerging Markets Startup Accelerator Expands To More African Countries

    Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the availability of YouTube Go for Nigerians during his visit to the country. Photo - TechDemi By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:02 am

    Google’s emerging markets startup accelerator, Launchpad, has expanded to seven additional African countries from the original three eligible for the program since May of this year. This means that growth stage startups in Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Morocco, Tanzania, Tunisia, and Uganda can now apply to be part of the accelerator program. Previously the only three African countries considered for applications were South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria.

  • 10 Ways In Which Drones Are Positively Impacting Industries Across Africa

    pioneering digital media projects By Peter Pedroncelli, 8:25 am AFKI Original

    There are a number of ways in which drone technology is positively impacting industries in Africa, with numerous sectors benefiting from the advantages that drone tech provides. Previously associated with warfare and destruction, drones of all shapes and sizes are now being developed to tackle everyday issues and empower communities across the continent. From agriculture to safety in shark-infested waters, drones have found their place in a modern African context.

  • South Africa And Russia Sign Cybersecurity Cooperation Agreement

    cybersecurity cooperation agreement By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:50 am

    South Africa and Russia have reportedly signed a cybersecurity cooperation agreement that will see the two BRICS nations working closer together in an effort to strengthen their defenses against cyber threats. The deal was officially signed at the BRICS summit in Xiamen, with high level diplomats from both countries, Sergey Lavrov of Russia and Maite Nkoana-Mashsbane of South Africa, putting pen to paper on the agreement.

  • Kenyan Taxi-Hailing App To Take On Uber And Taxify In Nigeria

    Taxi-Hailing App By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:33 am

    A Kenyan taxi-hailing app called Little Cab is set to take on the Nigerian market from October, moving on to turf currently dominated by more established players in Uber and Taxify. Kenyan tech firm Craft Silicon’s on-demand ride service, which is backed by leading East African mobile operator Safaricom, will launch operations in the Nigerian city of Lagos from October 8.

  • 10 Challenges For Mobile Operators In Sub-Saharan Africa To Negotiate

    Mobile operators - Africa set to be the fastest growing mobile userbase in the coming years. Photo - Answers Africa By Peter Pedroncelli, 1:03 pm AFKI Original

    Mobile operators in sub-Saharan Africa have a unique set of challenges that they face in the region, but if they manage to overcome these obstacles, success awaits. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many mobile operators who have dominated their markets, from Vodacom in South Africa to Safaricom in Kenya, but that dominance has not come easy. Now a fresh set of issues stand in the way of further success on the continent.

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