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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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Nigeria regulator says innovation key to telecom growth

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Innovation is key to Nigeria’s continued growth in the telecommunications sector, the country’s regulator said this week. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), said in a report that the industry’s growth “was a result of innovation in the industry.”

It comes after years of concerns over the sector, where users have often complained of the poor level of service and connectivity, although companies have sought to rectify these issues in order to deliver better overall service for their customers. 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

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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According to ghana.gov.gh, Ghana has launched an e-registrar portal. The portal is aimed at streamlining business registrations in the country. According to the media release, the Portal will be integrated with the Ghana E-Payments Portal (GEPP) and the Ghana Revenue Authority e-Tax Portal and make use of the Tax Identification Number (TIN) to identify portal users. Users can access the portal viawww.rgd.gov.gh orwww.rgdservices.com.

According to the statement, the Minister for Communications, Dr Edward Omane-Boamah, stated that: “The portal was a strong statement of commitment by government to Ghanaians as the online community was an emerging digital economy.”

The portal, Dr Omane-Boamah said, would enhance efficiency and effectiveness in securing business and company registration, estate administration and marriage registration through prior booking, particularly as it came with an electronic payment facility. Read more

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According to a report by ngrguardiannews.com, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Tuesday said that active lines in the nation’s telecommunications industry increased to 142,589,775 in February.

The commission made this known in the Monthly Subscribers Data, published on its website.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the lines increased by 1,766,938 on the 140,275,599 numbers recorded in the month of January.

According to the data, of the 142,589,775 active numbers, the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) networks service 140,275,599 subscribers, as against the 138,530,830 customers recorded in January, hence, having an increase of 1,744,769. Read more