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Facebook Chief to visit Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal | | IT News Africa – Africa's Technology News Leader

February 28, 2017 • Online & Social, Top Stories, West Africa<p>Facebook’s Chief Product Officer in Nigeria to speak at Social Media Week and meet local …

M-Pesa: Kenya's mobile money success story turns 10

<b>(CNN) —</b> Smartphone payments are gaining ground in the US, but mobile money is old news in Kenya.<p>The majority of the East African country's population is subscribed to a mobile payment service, and the most popular choice is M-Pesa, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in March 2017.<p>M-Pesa -- …

Google coding champion whose Cameroon hometown is cut off from the internet

<b>The first African winner in Google's annual coding competition is 370km (230 miles) from home, sitting outside his cousins' house in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde, because the government has cut off his hometown from the internet.</b><p>As cocks crow in the background, 17-year-old Nji Collins Gbah …

The tiny digital camera on every smartphone has had real impact on African lives

<b></b>The selfie has become a cultural symbol of mobile phones. But this fun pastime has been made possible because of path-breaking engineering inventions in digital image sensors.<p>The inventors—Eric Fossum (USA), George Smith (USA), Nobukazu Teranishi (Japan) and Michael Tompsett (UK)—were awarded the …

2017: the year fintech shifts its focus to Africa

2017: the year fintech shifts its focus to Africa<p>In many cases, fintech’s rapid growth can be attributed to the industry’s widespread adoption and …

6 African Tech Influencers to follow on Twitter

Twitter is a great source of news and information, but it should be noted that the content users consume is directly influenced by the people they …

Kenya’s mobile phone ownership is lower than we thought

Mobile phone ownership in Kenya, home of the world’s largest mobile money platform and one of Africa’s most mobile friendly economies, is a little lower than previously thought.<p>The Communications Authority of Kenya, which releases quarterly data on the sector, has revised its data collection method …

This is how to create inclusive growth for an Aspiring Africa

The “Africa Rising” narrative is increasingly giving way to that of “Aspiring Africa”, as the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) shrinks and the new middle …

Innovation

Medical smart jacket tackles misdiagnosis of pneumonia

Jacket would distinguish pneumonia’s symptoms up to four times faster than a doctor, in battle against illness that kills half a million children under five in sub-Saharan Africa every year<p>Ugandan graduate Brian Turyabagye was studying engineering when his friend’s grandmother fell seriously ill. …

Could waves become the next big renewable energy source?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The force of crashing waves can generate huge amounts of energy.<p>But there's a catch: how do you develop technology that can withstand the sea's harsh environment with minimum disruption to the ecosystem?<p>One Israeli-based company, Yam Pro Energy -- believes it can offer the ideal solution …

3 things we heard at the 2016 African Technology Summit

On December 6 and 7, 2016, some of the brightest minds in the African tech ecosystem convened at the Intercontinental Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos …

Made In Africa: Johannesburg Startup To Make First Smartphones In Africa

Written by Kevin Mwanza <br>Dec 07, 2016<p>Johannesburg-based startup, Onyx Connect, is set to become the first firm in Africa to manufacture smartphones …

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Africa’s tech hubs

Jake Bright Contributor<p>Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Africa Roundup: Uber says it’s staying, Konga could be epic startup fail<br>• Harley Davidson’s EV debut could electrify the motorcycle industry<p>Innovation hubs …

This startup wants to create one million jobs in Africa

<i>“Before now we used to outsource in our agency in London but when I came here and I actually outsourced to some people, I discovered that there was a</i> …

East Africa: Safaricom's Technology Internship Program to Recruit 40 Women in a Bid to Grow Women in It

Safaricom has announced plans to recruit 62 interns by January 2017 as it progresses its agenda to woo more women to the technology field.<p>The …

Long-lost ancient Egyptian city dating back 7,000 years discovered near Abydos

A lost Egyptian city, predating Egypt's early dynastic era, has been uncovered south of Abydos city, Egypt's Antiquity Ministry has announced. A …

Desert 'fog catchers' make water out of thin air

<b>Marrakech, Morocco (CNN) —</b> On the edge of the Sahara, in southwest Morocco, giant nets catch moisture from the air, turning fog into drinking water.<p>The technique involves a fine mesh on which tiny fog droplets -- typically 1 to 40 millionths of a meter -- gather and merge until they have enough …

Teenage girls to launch Africa's first private space satellite

<b>(CNN) —</b> They may be teenagers, but 17-year-old Brittany Bull and 16-year-old Sesam Mngqengqiswa have grand ambitions -- to launch Africa's first private satellite into space.<p>They are part of a team of high school girls from Cape Town, South Africa, who have designed and built payloads for a …

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The most diverse people in the world will finally get medicine made for them with a new genetic chip

<i>Correction: This story previously said the chronic kidney disease rate was 40%, it is in fact 14%.</i><p>A chip containing millions of genetic variations that are common in Africa could help scientists bring the benefits of precision medicine to the continent.<p>The chip could lead to new insights into human …

The Togolese techie whose Palo Alto coding school has no teachers

To set up a college, where there are no teachers, and a curriculum like a video game, must mean you really hated school. Kwame Yamgnane, founder of …

A new tech hub is hoping to inspire an ecosystem in northern Nigeria

Over the last seven years, northern Nigeria, particularly the northeast, has been mired in a devastating insurgency dominated by militant sect, Boko Haram.<p>For a region already playing catch-up with the rest of the country on major indices particularly education and literacy, the danger of slipping …

U.S. tech firms turn to Africa-based developers

Tech companies founded in the United States are setting up software development centers in Nigeria and Kenya, where a number of young developers has led to growing tech communities.<p>Microsoft has launched its Microsoft 4 Afrika initiative, aiming to help empower African youth, entrepreneurs, …

Meet the finalists for the 2016 AppsAfrica Innovation Awards

Leading pan-African technology news portal and advisory service, AppsAfrica.com has announced the finalists for its 2016 Innovation Awards. This …

South Africa

A new game styled after "Temple Run" depicts the hard lives of Angola’s peddler women

In Angola, the peddler women known as zungueira are a feature in every city, carrying a large plastic bowl of goods on their heads, often with a baby strapped to their backs, trying to survive the country’s difficult economy. And now there is a video game that draws on their reality.<p>Zungueira Run …

Investors in Africa’s tech sector will win by solving real world problems, not just the digital ones

Technology investments are usually viewed through the lens of disruption where new ways of using data or delivering services are introduced and create new markets and/or displace existing businesses.<p>But what if there was no real existing service and that which existed was both inefficient and …

The MIT grad building Nigeria's first STEM campus

<b>(CNN) —</b> Most graduates of the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston have their choice of six-figure-salary jobs after graduation.<p>But for one graduate, a different calling has meant he's sacrificed a comfortable life and taken a big risk to follow his dream: to open …

Why African E-health Companies Are Becoming World Leaders

Written by Tom Jackson <br>Oct 06, 2016<p>Last month’s Frost & Sullivan report, Enabling eHealth Technology in South Africa, Kenya and Ghana, painted a …

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Aviation Pioneer Rwanda Expands Airline Fleet While Others Cut Back

Written by Dana Sanchez <br>Oct 04, 2016<p>Rwanda, with the world’s first drone port under construction, also has a new international airport planned and …

Ghana: UN recognises birth registration app | | IT News Africa – Africa's Technology News Leader

October 3, 2016 • Healthcare, Top Stories, West Africa<p>Tigo, UNICEF Ghana and Births and Deaths Registry were recognised at the 71st annual session of …