Southern Africa technology news

(Quartz) Africa’s biggest media company will fight Netflix for control of the global streaming market

(Reuters/Mike Blake) Written by Omar Mohammed When Naspers, the South African media conglomerate, launched its video-on-demand (VOD) service Showmax earlier this year, the assumption was this was an attempt at keeping out Netflix. The US-based streaming platform aims to expand its service globally in 2016, including in Africa’s second-largest economy. But it seems like this …

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Facebook opens office in Africa

Follow us on Twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork Social Media giant, Facebook, has opened its first office in Africa to further the company’s commitment to help businesses connect with people and grow locally and regionally. According to the company the branch will be based in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, Facebook’s newest business office will be headed by Ogilvy veteran, Nunu Ntshingila, the company’s new Head …

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South Africa: Johannesburg Smart City gets boost from Microsoft

Follow us on Twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork the City of Johannesburg’s transformation drive into a Smart City received a boost on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, when the metropolitan signed a collaboration deal with Microsoft South Africa. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement between the two organisations was signed by Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Councillor Parks Tau, and Microsoft Corporate …

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Electronics for the Human Body

 follow us on twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork JAMA SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY AND THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE The human body is soft, curvilinear, and continuously evolving; modern electronic devices are rigid, planar, and physically static. Recent research has yielded a complete set of advanced materials, manufacturing approaches, and design layouts that eliminates this profound mismatch in properties. The resulting …

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South Africa: Online portal boosts business in townships

Follow us on Twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork South African township based business owners have jumped at the opportunity to join a new interactive website, designed to help them connect with their customers and grow their business. The new website, cando.sa.com, launched by Nampak Bevcan’s consumer facing brand Can Do!, at the end of last year,  provides local outlet …

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Africa’s Top 20 most connected countries by user numbers

Follow us on Twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork According to worldometers.info, the population within South Africa sits at just over 53 million individuals. To add to the figures, Nigeria currently has over 183 million individuals populating its city’s. Africa has always been viewed as a continent that isn’t very connected in terms of internet speeds and the number …

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Cargo drones in Africa: Going the last mile?

Follow us on Twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork Drones are a controversial topic when it comes to national security. However cargo drones, with their potential applications for last mile delivery in remote areas and humanitarian emergency situations, are tipped to be an exciting area of innovation for Africa. But who is behind the push for cargo drones in …

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Ghana sees 400K increase in mobile phone subscriptions

Follow us on Twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork Ghana’s mobile phone sector is booming. The country’s regulator NCA reported that the country’s mobile phone operators signed up some 400,000 subscribers during February, a sign that the sector is prime for a new round of promotions. The regulator said that the total number of customers has now reached 31.03 …

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MTN Business launches Pan African Internet of Things platform

Follow us on Twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork MTN Business today unveiled the first truly Pan African Internet of Things (IoT) platform, providing African enterprises with greater control and advanced management features for their connected devices and sim cards. The launch also sees the introduction of a global Machine-to-Machine (M2M) sim card, which gives customers the same rate …

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Microsoft opens Skype Real-time Translator preview to all Windows 8.1, 10 users

Follow us on Twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork Microsoft is broadening its Skype Translator preview to include all Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 users. Skype Translator, a real-time voice/video translation service, has been available to select testers only since late 2014. On May 12, Microsoft opened the testing program by removing the sign-up and waiting processes. To test …

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