Staff, 3:24 pm
Japan is willing to invest in the cyber security sector in Zimbabwe to protect citizens and tourists from different countries.Speaking at a meeting with Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security minister Supa Mandiwanzira, Japanese ambassador to Zimbabwe,Toshiyuki Iwado promised to enhance co-operation between the countries.“The country’s message to us is just of welcome. I will try my best to promote co-operation in different fields and in this particular case, in ICT,”Iwado said.
Staff, 3:06 pm
By 2020, Africa is likely to be the fastest urbanizing continent in the world. It is currently the most rural — 40% of sub-Saharan Africa’s population live in cities. Even the sprawling heartlands of Lagos, Kinshasa and Cairo are in their relative infancy and destined for a growth spurt. One idea gaining traction is newly developed satellite “smart cities:” ambitious multi-billion dollar, hyper-livable tech cities populated with bustling, beautified boulevards, private condos and luxury cars.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:04 am
Norwegian web browser developer Opera Software has launched a web-enabled payment solution that can be accessed through their browser in Kenya. The web-enabled payment system, called OPay, has been integrated into the Opera Mini browser following a great deal of testing in Kenya. Kenyans making use of the browser will have access to mobile money payment and credit card services such as mobile credit transaction and bill payments through OPay.
Tom Jackson, 2:10 am AFKI Original
It was another landmark year in the development of the African tech sector, with major launches, big funding rounds and significant buyouts. From the increased interest in incubating African startups to massive investments in the likes of Andela, 2017 has been a positive year for African tech on many fronts, and 2018 will no doubt build on the momentum that is now present throughout the continent thanks to a successful year.
Staff, 4:10 pm
The youth demographic in sub-Saharan Africa encounter digital advertisements more frequently on a daily basis than any other form of advertisement; Coca – Cola advertisements are the most memorable due to their creativity, this is according to a recent GeoPoll Straw Poll. In June 2017, GeoPoll engaged 3,710 youth respondents aged between 15-35 years old in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:29 am AFKI Original
The tech startup landscape in South Africa is constantly evolving, with entrepreneurs working hard to take their ideas and make them into viable and successful businesses. This is not always an easy task, and funding is a major issue, as determined by a recent Ventureburn survey that was conducted among startup founders. The survey gives a great deal of insight into the startup scene, with stats that paint a picture of a growing startup culture in the country, despite challenges.
Kurt Davis Jr., 2:04 am AFKI Original
Last year’s election predictions for 2017 were pretty accurate (if a little self-indulgence can be allowed). So this year will be interesting to watch again, with countries like Egypt, DRC (hopefully), and Zimbabwe on the calendar. The elections are sure to be very exciting for the countries going to the polls and those investors and other interested parties gauging how to engage such countries. Here are the top elections to watch in Africa and predictions for 2018.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:57 am
Amazon Web Services, the cloud division of Amazon.com, is considering the possibility of constructing data centers in South Africa. The cloud computing firm may look to build its own data center infrastructure in the country, following the launch of its AWS Direct Connect service in Johannesburg and Cape Town this week. Cloud computing technology allows for storing and accessing of data and software over the internet rather than a particular computer hard drive.
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