Staff, 8:59 am
Angola is taking the world by surprise. With the recent explosion of advancements in healthcare, technology, and transportation the continent is seeing a major shift in the way of life. Luanda even now takes the number one spot for the most expensive city in the world for expats. Becoming one of the world’s most expensive cities isn’t always perceived as a positive. This is especially true for the native people of Luanda who are also affected and not yet adjusted to the big change in economy.
Staff, 12:21 pm
Anyona is among a growing army of farmers changing the East African nation’s agriculture sector, giving it a new face. Millions of youth are now venturing into it. Armed with a smart phone, laptop and the internet, the new crop of farmers have engineered a revolution that has not only changed the perception towards farming but is also contributing to the country’s efforts in achieving food security. “This is my third year in farming. Technology has made it easier to navigate,” Anyona said.
Staff, 10:44 am
Retrenchment, recession and reduced spending – signs of an economy under pressure, but, it would seem from research that SA companies are fighting back! Local ICT managed services provider Integr8 says there is clear evidence of growth across multiple sectors, based on increased investment in mobile commerce technologies. Frost & Sullivan’s analysis of the retail sector notes that cloud-based services, managed services and cellular connectivity will represent the baseline of IT spend in retail.
Staff, 10:15 am
Artificial intelligence (AI) was first coined in 1956 by the scientist John McCarthy at Dartmouth. Nearly 60 years later, it is enjoying a major resurgence thanks to the exponential increases in computing power, the development of more sophisticated algorithms and the vast availability of data. The convergence of these technological developments has fueled AI’s rapid progress. Today the hype around the AI is at its peak and many believe that we stand at the edge of a technological revolution.
Staff, 7:58 am
Is tech killing indigenous African languages? Prof. Leketi Makalela of the Wits School of Education talks back. Discussions on the status of African languages portray a dim view. For centuries, African languages have been under threat as one conqueror after another has imposed their preferred language on various nations on the continent. Subsequently, African languages have low status in our institutions and continue to be marginalized in all spheres of power, including government quarters.
Staff, 7:26 am
The Kalahari is a semi-arid sandy savanna that stretches across huge areas of Botswana, South Africa, and Namibia. It is home to a wide variety of large mammals including giraffes, ostriches, gnus, and various species of gazelle. Food resources constantly change in the savanna as rainfall changes, from grazing pressure and as bush fires spread across the land. Enter Nicolas Rey at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne who have trained a machine-vision drones to do the job instead.
Staff, 7:16 am
Led by serial entrepreneur Jorn Lyseggen, Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), is a Pan-African entrepreneurial training program, seed fund, and incubator that was created for the purpose of realizing talent and merging it with opportunity. MEST has been the backbone of a number of world-class African tech and software companies. Leading the pack with inspiring examples of African startup exits such as medical claim handling company ClaimSync and mobile chat app Saya Mobile.
Staff, 8:52 am
The IFC is investing $6M into Africa’s Talking, an African mobile tech provider. The Nairobi-based start-up offers bulk SMS, short code and premium SMS, in addition to customized mobile messaging solutions for its customers. The IFC is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries. The funds have been earmarked for the expansion of Africa’s Talking, with the IFC aiming to help it utilize more markets than the current seven countries.
Staff, 8:25 am
For a young Youssri Helmy, it was a Tandy Radio Shack 80 that first piqued his curiosity in technology. For Wael Amin, it was the Commodore 64 that he received when he was four years old. Youssri and Wael developed a passion for using technology to solve some of the world’s toughest problems, and put that passion to work by founding an Egyptian technology company called ITWORX, a firm that would grow to employ over 800 people with 8 offices. For Youssef Aly, it was an MSX computer he programmed.
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.