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Smartphones and tablets have boomed in Africa; however, the standard desktop PC has been left behind. At the Intel Solutions Summit 2015, Intel unveiled its latest innovation – the Intel Compute Stick.

Laura Crone, Intel’s VP of the Client Computing Group (CCG) and general manager of Channel Platforms and Operations at Intel Corporation unveiled the device. According to Crone, the Intel Compute Stick can be plugged into any device, which features an HDMI port, and essentially be used as an entry level PC. Read more

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Facebook has announced the launch of free video calling via its Messenger VOiP app in the US, Canada, UK, Nigeria and 14 other countries. The new feature allows users to start a video call within an existing Messenger conversation by tapping the video icon in the corner of the screen.

Video calling in Messenger is now available for iOS and Android users in Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, the UK, the US and Uruguay, with more regions to be added in the coming months. Messenger has more than 600 million monthly users worldwide and, according to Facebook, accounts for around 10 percent of mobile VOiP calls worldwide. Read more

ZNews Africa

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Founded Alpha Bah Founder, ZNews Africa aims to be the go-to place for the latest news content across Africa from vital markets such as Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Guinea, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Cote D’Ivoire.

Now available on the Google Play, ZNews Africa is beautifully build with an attractive visual design that presents headlines, snippets and images to provide a rich content experience for users, as they stay current on global matters and local stories. Read more

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Starting a new business within the continent of Africa can be as terrifying as it is exciting. At any given time, a fledgling company can come up against a number of common challenges.

From hiring the right people to defining your brand… start-ups must overcome these obstacles to ensure success. This is according to Dan Karua, Managing Director, Lamudi, Kenya.

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Uber for Business

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Cab hailing technology platform Uber Nairobi has announced the kickoff of Uber for Business, its exciting corporate offering to allow business travelers to get around with ease and as well help companies save money and manage their travel budgets.

Just like the personal Uber account, firms create an Uber corporate account to allow them to save on travel cost per employee every year, centralise their billing for all employees on one account and get insights into what’s being spent, by whom, and where. Read more

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Microsoft today launched an online hub for Kenyan small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to access locally relevant information and resources to  promote SMEs and improve trade.

Dubbed Biz4Afrika, the portal is aimed at helping SME’s get the resources they need and as well connect with the community of entrepreneurs that will have a meaningful impact on job creation, global competitiveness and wealth creation in the long run. Biz4Afrika is part of Microsoft 4Afrika’s iniative and will be rolled out in other countries steadily.

Delivering a keynote at the annual Connected Kenya conference, Kunle Awosika, Country Manager of Microsoft Kenya- the title sponsor of the Summit, focused on the importance of the SME sector to boost intra-African trade. “ Read more

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The Middle East and Africa (MEA) tablet market recorded a significant growth in the final quarter of 2014, with holiday purchases and aggressive end-of-year promotions spurring a particularly strong performance in the consumer segment. This is according to the latest figures from the IDC.

According to the IDC, the overall MEA tablet market grew 26.1 percent year-on-year in the fourth quarter to total 4.43 million units, with the activities of several Far East manufacturers spurring significant annual growth in shipments of Android (33%) and Windows (131%) tablets. Read more

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Gilat Satcom has unveiled the launch of its ‘Village Island’ portfolio, which according to the company enables rural villages and remote communities in Africa where ARPUs are low to take control of their digital futures. According to the company, the Village Island will be launched at the Innovation Access Digital Africa summit, which is set to take place during 14th-16th April at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

The company revealed that Village Island has been developed to provide internet, VoIP and IP video over a private satellite network. According to Gilat Satcom, this will allow connectivity for individual villagers starting from USD 1 a month. Read more

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ZTE Corporation has selected Mitsumi Distribution as its strategic distribution partner for the continent. The agreement is expected to cover Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Mauritius, Namibia, Tunisia, Cameroon, Madagascar, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Botswana.

The companies have agreed to co-invest in technical support staff, sales, and market development activities to enable the adoption of ZTE’s products; including switches/routers, video conferencing, data centre, WLAN, CCTV and CPE.

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The companies have agreed to co-invest in technical support staff, sales, and market development activities to enable the adoption of ZTE’s products. (Image Source: pctechmag.com)

Hong Chuangye, Marketing Director of MEA Region , ZTE said, “ZTE can leverage Mitsumi’s capabilities and strong presence in Africa to further strengthen our reach within this region. Mitsumi’s service centre, logistics and credit facilities, and market know-how give us the confidence to achieve our business objectives. We are extremely pleased with the partnership and look forward to a fruitful, long-term collaboration.”

Jagat Shah, Chairman and CEO, Mitsumi Distribution said, “Mitsumi is proud to cooperate with ZTE as its strategic distribution partner in Africa. ZTE is ranked as the top vendor for its networking and telecommunication products and will help boost our growing product portfolio. ZTE’s award winning solutions and Mitusmi’s reach of more than 3,000 resellers offers a perfect combination to target customers in this dynamic market.”

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FTTH Council Africa

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52 African countries are now connected to submarine cables, either directly or by terrestrial cross-border fibre optic networks. 44% of Africans live within a 25-km reach of a fibre node.

The key question now is which cities and suburbs are taking the lead in building access networks? In an attempt to answer this question theFTTH Council Africa, in collaboration with Africa Bandwidth Maps are undertaking research to determine network reach and identify Africa’s most connected cities.

Africa’s inventory of terrestrial transmission networks has more than doubled in the last five years. According to the latest research by Africa Bandwidth Maps, Africa’s total inventory of transmission network edges towards 1 million route kilometres, the continent had a total of 586,707-km of operational fibre optic network by December 2014. This comprises of long-haul, metropolitan and FTTH/B (fibre-to-the-home/building) terrestrial fibre optic networks. Read more