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The new machine that could one day replace anesthesiologists sat quietly next to a hospital gurney occupied by Nancy Youssef-Ringle. She was nervous. In a few minutes, a machine — not a doctor — would sedate the 59-year-old for a colon cancer screening called a colonoscopy.

But she had done her research. She had even asked a family friend, an anesthesiologist, what he thought of the device. He was blunt: “That’s going to replace me.” Read more

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Ooredoo Qatar has announced that its Mobile Money service will give 20 free international minutes, with all international transfers to selected African countries, until 25 July 2015.

According to the company, the offer will be valid in: Cameroon, Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya. For Hala customers, the 20 international minutes will be credited to their Hala balance instantly after the transaction. Read more

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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

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According to online portal Everjobs, it has now launched Cameroon’s latest online job portal. During a press conference, Co-founder and Managing Director for Africa, Eric Lauer introduced the company officially to the public.

According to Lauer, Everjobs’s mission is to simplify the job search and hiring process by connecting job seekers with employers in a matter of clicks. The website is intended to offer helpful tools and features, such as a CV creation tool. 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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Standard Bank launched two incubators on the 16 April 2015 with the aim to educate, create, empower and develop entrepreneurs. According to the company the new incubators are Standard Bank-owned brick-and-mortar facilities where entrepreneurs can test, develop, and deploy their innovations with personal guidance from the bank’s innovation and enterprise development partners. The support provided includes business development, acceleration and help with design and prototyping of products, which is normally a major barrier to entry for entrepreneurs.

Jayshree Naidoo, Standard Banks’s Incubator Head, stated that “the two incubators in Johannesburg, virtual incubators in Cape Town, Free State, Limpopo, and KwaZulu-Natal are a tangible expression of the bank’s strategic objective to help entrepreneurs grow. Read more

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Liquid Telecom has revealed the latest expansion of its FTTH network in Zimbabwe. Liquid Telecom has already laid fibre rings around Victoria Falls, which provide multiple routes of redundancy.

It is now starting to lay fibre to homes and businesses in the town over which the Fibroniks service will be offered by ZOL Zimbabwe, which is part of The Liquid Telecom Group. Fibroniks is already available in Harare. Unlimited data packages with speeds of up to 100Mbps will be offered at a fixed monthly price, including landlines.

Outside Zimbabwe, Liquid Telecom has launched its FTTH service in Zambia; however, plans are now underway to launch FTTH in Kenya, Rwanda and two undisclosed countries shortly. Read more

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STATE-owned Telecommunications company, TelOne has rebranded and introduced Metro Wifi Service and Fibre to the Home (FTTH) services.

The new product will see the price of 100 megabits per second (Mbps) of data tumbling by 90%.

FTTH, also called fibre to the premises, is the installation and use of optic fibre from a central point directly to individual buildings such as residences, apartment buildings and businesses to provide unprecedented high-speed internet access. Metro Wifi service is a public service that is currently available at several sites in Harare and will be rolled-out to 60 more sites, including Bulawayo.

Speaking at the TelOne rebranding launch in Harare on Thursday, TelOne managing director Chipo Mutasa said the new logo and services indicated the new direction taken by the company towards becoming a one-stop shop of choice for all communication services in Zimbabwe.

“This ceremony marks the start of many milestones ahead for TelOne as we embark on the journey to evolve telecommunication services in Zimbabwe,” Mutasa said.

“To our clients, I would like to assure you of cost-effective and quality service through TelOne. We are committed to delivering a world-class service and to provide tailor-made communication solutions for business, social interaction or entertainment anywhere in Zimbabwe.”

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