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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 …

Banking

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 …

Africa

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

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 …

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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 …

FinTech

6 African Tech Influencers to follow on Twitter

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 …

Africa
Mobile

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 …

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 …

Renewable Energy

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 …

Startups

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

Photo: businessdailyafrica.com<p>Johannesburg-based startup, Onyx Connect, is set to become the first firm in Africa to manufacture smartphones when its …

Africa’s tech hubs

Innovation hubs have become a mainstay of Africa’s emerging technology ecosystem. Scratch the surface of the continent’s information and communication building blocks and you’ll likely find connections to a tech space.<p>More than 150 startups have launched out of Kenya’s iHub. MEST’s Incubator seed …

Innovation

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> …

Startups

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 …

East Africa

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 …

Africa

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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DNA

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 …

Nigeria

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, …

Startups

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 …

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Innovation
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Why African E-health Companies Are Becoming World Leaders

healthenterprisefund.org<p>Last month’s Frost & Sullivan report, Enabling eHealth Technology in South Africa, Kenya and Ghana, painted a glowing picture …

Aviation Pioneer Rwanda Expands Airline Fleet While Others Cut Back

RwandAir Airbus A330-200 at Entebbe. Photo: umuseke.rw<p>Rwanda, with the world’s first drone port under construction, also has a new international …

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 …

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