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Intercontinental Bank Activates I-Mobile Cards in Ghana

Intercontinental Bank Plc has launched the I-Mobile card that will enable both its account holders and non-account holders to use its ATMs in both Ghana and Nigeria. It is in…

SA SCARED OF MOBILE BANKING

Although South African customers now embrace Internet banking, mobile banking is still a concern. This is according to BMI-TechKnowledge analysts, who gave a South African banking briefing in Sandton on…

USING TEXTS TO SAVE KENYA'S ELEPHANTS

A group of conservationists are hoping to keep a track on the elephants in the Samburu National Park in northern Kenya, by using mobile phones, so they can send SMS…

African Web News - In Brief

http://www.splmtoday.com/ - Despite the slow-down in growth of online retail in South Africa, the number of retail web sites has exploded: from 215 at the end of 2001 to more…

Kenya: Chief Tweets His Way to Reducing Crime

Using 140 characters or less, Chief Francis Kariuki in Kenya, has tweeted his way to reducing crime in his and surrounding villages."I have brought crime and illicit brewing under control…

Ugandan Women Show Tech Isn't Just for Boys

As East Africa's technology sector takes off, one group in Uganda is working to erase gender stereotypes and ensure that women are not left behind. In Kampala, the gender gap…

GULU HOST FIRST ONLINE MEETING IN UGANDA

Gulu has been the first rural town in Africa to host an online community conference. The conference convened by Omidyar.net, an international humanitarian organisation brings donors face-to-face with the people…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- A new business to consumers (B2C & B2B) portal has been unveiled to create a meeting point between consumers and providers of services with products. The portal www.eclemo.com is…

ONLINE PURCHASE OF LOCAL MUSIC NOW POSSIBLE IN UGANDA

From the website that brought you Uganda's first web to cell phone SMS service comes another innovation; one that will ensure musicians reap from what they produced through sweat of…

Twitter's role in revolutionary Egypt - isolation or connection?

The role of the internet and social media in the January 25 Revolution is undeniable; despite this, some observers believe that Twitter is isolated from the mainstream of Egyptian society…

COMESA DESIGNS $8 MILLION WEBSITE ON AGRICULTURE

COMESA has developed a website aimed at improving agricultural marketing and trade in the 20-member countries. The website, called Food and Agricultural Marketing Information System is being funded by the…

RACIST RINGTONE URGES VIOLENCE AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN SOUTH AFRICA

A derogatory and racist cellphone ring tone is being passed around Cape Town, vocally depicting violent actions against black people. The lyrics of the song describe how one should tie…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The courageous young cyber-dissident, Zouhair Yahyaoui, has died from a heart attack. He was aged just 36. Using the pseudonym "Ettounsi," which means Tunisian in Arabic, Yahyaoui founded the…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The campaign organisation of former President of the Nigeria Labour Congress. NLC and governorship aspirant in Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, has launched a website geared at ensuring the dissemination…

ONLINE ICT SHOP OPENS IN UGANDA

An online shop for Information and Communication Technologies has been opened in Uganda by Comtel Integrators Africa, an ICT firm, to improve service delivery. This is the first of its…

Uganda: Convenient Online and Phone Betting Goes Global

Sports betting is the in-thing today but when one travels, it is almost impossible for them to find a betting terminal. Now Global Bets East Africa have given the perfect…

Twitter's latest deal points to ambitions in emerging markets

The social network is expanding its service for feature phone users, following Facebook's lead in trying to expand its userbase in the developing worldTwitter has signed an agreement with a…

MORE TURN TO THE INTERNET FOR NEWS IN SOUTH AFRICA

The number of people reading the news online is continuing to rise month by month, with traditional media titles steadily pushing up their online readership. More than 2,6-million South Africans…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- An international development agency launched an online game to highlight the tough transport challenges faced by health workers delivering medical supplies to remote African villages. Players of the Transaid…

Time to Stop Misleading SMS Polls in South Africa

Knee-jerk SMS polls such as those fired at viewers during e.tv's news bulletins are nothing short of misleading and mischievous. They are completely out of touch with reality, with no…

Cheap Android phones selling fast in Kenya

When Huawei assistant director for African expansion, Wang Liu, talked about developing a cheap Android phone for the African market, he knew it would be successful. But after the Chinese…

Malawi-based entrepreneur has big plans for property listing site Pakwathu

Gonjetso Chinyama is a young entrepreneur based in Malawi. His advice to other budding entrepreneurs is to not be afraid of failure.At the age of 21, Chinyama is the founder…

Lesotho: Women Farmers Get Mobile Phone Know-How

Access to mobiles phones has transformed the lives of rural women farmers boosting income and expanding knowledge, a pilot study in Lesotho has found. Three years ago, Evodia Matobo, then…

EASTERN CAPE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH GOES ONLINE

The Department of Health in the Eastern Cape has launched a new innovative website to provide members of the public with easy access to government programmes and services. The website…

South Africa 'Strongest Affinity Brands' Online

Nielsen//NetRatings and the South African Online Publishers Association (OPA) today, Tuesday, 7 August 2007, released various online trend figures for South Africa which show clearly the difference between what men…

Nigeria: Software Firm Introduces Mobile Application for Churches

Software Development Company, eKnowvate Solutions Limited, a mobile applications development company, has introduced a new mobile application into the Nigerian market for churches to effectively manage discipleship and create interactive…

Uganda: MTN Unveils Mobile Money Transfer Service

How much will it cost you to send UShs1 million (US$512) from Kampala to Arua in northern Uganda? Only UShs1, 500 ($0.76) on the new MTN money transfer service, unveiled…

26 UGANDAN DISTRICTS TO GET OFFICIAL WEBSITES THROUGH UCC PROGRAMME

About 26 districts are set to get official websites under the Rural Communication Development Programme. This programme is the brainchild of Uganda Communications Commission [UCC]. The new websites and Internet…

Africa Virtual Job Fair 2009 launched

Zebrajobs.com and the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) are launching the first Africa-wide Virtual Job Fair on September 30th 2009, which will run for three consecutive months (Oct 1- Dec…

South Sudan Soon to Launch Tele-Education and Medicine

South Sudan will soon benefit from tele-education and tele-medicine projects funded by the Government of India as part of a capacity building programme.Equipment for the project have already been dispatched…

Bombshell Election Rigging Allegations Make #EkitiGate a Trending Topic in Nigeria

Sahara Reporters, a Nigerian online news portal based in New York, has released audio recordings purported to show how politicians in connivance with soldiers rigged the 2014 governorship elections in…

African Web News - In Brief

www.iconnectghana.org developers@africaservice.com - Pambazuka News database is now available on line. Pambazuka News is a weekly electronic newsletter covering news, commentary, and analysis, and a range of other resources on…

African Web News - In Brief

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Helix Wind To Begin Testing Wind Turbines To Power Cell Phone Towers in Nigeria

Helix Wind Corporation has announced that it is intending to have test sites for its novel wind power generators installed in the U.S. and West Africa by November 2009. The…

Eat Out extends hands to Google, Wazi Wi-Fi for connected restuarants

Just like napkins and packets of tomato sauce, WI-FI hotspot connections are becoming standard fare in several restaurants in Kenya. Google, Eat Out and Wazi Wi-Fi have inked an agreement…

DSTV’s Mobile TV App now available for Windows Phone 7.5

Software giant Microsoft and Multichoice, the South Africa-based satellite television services provider, yesterday announced that the Drifta viewer app for Windows Phone is now available for Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5…

InMobi Reaches Over One Billion Mobile Devices

Inmobi Mobile advertising platform InMobi has announced over one billion unique mobile devices on its network in Q4 2014, making it the only mobile-first advertising platform to reach this landmark…

E-Tranzact to Launch ATM Mobile Cardless in Nigeria

A simple, but high level technology that is new in the world and patented only to E-Tranzact, a switching payment company in Nigeria, is due for launch in October 28,…

SOUTH AFRICA NETWORK LAUNCHES MOBILE WEB OFFERING

Local online network, 24.com, has launched a mobile platform targeting the burgeoning number of locals accessing the Internet via Web-enabled phones. Accessible directly at http://m.24.com or by SMS’ing 'Go’ to…

Nigerians Pay Frequently On Mobile Apps Than Mobile Sites

According to a research by Africa’s largest independent mobile ad network, InMobi Nigerians currently appreciate mobile apps more than mobile websites, with three out of five users recorded to have…

Tanzania: Demo Africa - Kivuko Brings Online Shopping to Tanzanians

Kivuko is an online shopping gateway that enables vendors to sell and deliver products directly to customers throughout Tanzania.How it began: "We Began by ordering products online and delivering to…

‘Photoblogging Is My Sustenance', Says Ugandan Photographer Edward Echwalu

The name Edward Echwalu is quickly becoming synonymous with photography and blogging in Uganda. In an exclusive interview, the amazing photoblogger spoke to Global Voices about his love for photography…

Rural Wireless Network Success in Tanzania

The first evaluation of a pilot in Tanzania to provide affordable Internet access to rural communities through a shared wireless (mesh) community network has been completed, and the results look…

Rwandatel's Upgraded GSM to Support E-Betting

Rwandatel is to provide the infrastructure that will enable Lotto Rwanda sell lottery tickets using a mobile handset. The agreement signed between Rwandatel, Lotto Rwanda, and Tilia Games will also…

ANONYMITY IN THE BLOGOSPHERE A RIGHT, NOT A PRIVILEGE

Even though mystery "rent boy" Skye recently removed the list of his alleged clients from a web log (blog) which threatened the reputations of a number of high-profile South Africans,…

SMS ELECTION MONITORING IN NIGERIA

The Election Monitoring Report compiled by the Network of Mobile Election Monitors (NMEM) on the Nigerian presidential elections held on 21 April 2007. The idea of using mobile phones to…

Nigeria: FRSC Acquires Toll-Free Emergency Line

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) says it has acquired "122" from Airtel as its toll-free emergency line for public use.In a statement on Friday in Abuja, the commission's Deputy…

Ugandan App for Pain-Free Malaria Test

Kampala — In his 21 years Brian Gitta has had malaria too many times to count. And over the years, because of the numerous times he has had to have…

Goodluck Jonathan Launches Nyenet.com to fund startups & win the youth vote

We won’t discuss politics here because we know your vote is your right but we think President Goodluck Jonathan’s new Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy (YES) and the Nigeria Youth Entrepreneurship Network…

South Africa’s Cosatu Website gets Google Warning

MyBroadband recently reported that the Cosatu website needed some attention, including the removal of malicious files from the website which can harm a visitor’s computer. It also contacted Cosatu about…

Online fundraising project kicks off in South Africa

The worldwide growth in Internet use and fundraising by NGOs has been phenomenal. Funds raised online have increased from $250 million in 2000 to more than $5 billion in 2006.…

LAUNCH OF A WEB SITE EMPOWERING THE DISABLED IN TUNISIA

People with specific needs in Tunisia will henceforth be able to access a new website allowing them better integration in society. Thanks to a website launched by the Ministry of…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The Gauteng Tourism Authority (GTA) has unveiled the VisitGauteng.net portal as part of its marketing strategy at the Tourism Indaba currently underway. _____________________________________________________________________

South Africa: Mobile Transport App Launches in SA

US technology company Uber has launched its mobile transport application in South Africa's largest city, Johannesburg, promising to provide an efficient transportation service and to make the city more accessible…

MSN gains new Maghreb portal

Microsoft has launched a new French-language Maghreb portal for its MSN service, which will provide up-to-the-minute news and entertainment for its users in Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. The new portal's…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The Government of South Africa has launched a web site www.sa2010.gov.za which aims to provide information on government's preparations for the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup.

BAT LAUNCHES REGIONAL WEBSITE IN UGANDA

BritishAmerican Tobacco has launched a regional website known as BAT East Africa Community website. The website, www.bateac.com, launched by the Executive Director of the Uganda Investment Authority, Ms Maggie Kigozi…

SA CRIME WEB SITE GARNERS 24,000 HITS IN FIRST WEEK TO COUNTER GOVT BAN

A web site launched in response to government’s ban on crime statistics has generated 450 entries, and received over 24,000 hits in its first week of operation. Crimestats.co.za was developed…

South Africa: SA Census App to Improve Planning

South African mapping firm mapIT has released a location-based business intelligence application, MarketScope, based on Statistics South Africa's census 2011 data, as a tool to improve government and business planning.The…

ALGERIAN MOBILIS WAP PORTAL SUPPLIED WITH APS NEWS SHORTLY

Under an agreement to be concluded in the next few days, Algerian news agency 'Algérie Presse Service' (APS) will supply with news the WAP portal of mobile telephony operator Mobilis,…

SMS DIRECTORY SERVICE COMING

An instant SMS directory enquiry service, iFind, which offers users access to information about where to find businesses or services, will launch in SA this month. The listing service will…

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION INSTITUTE SLAMS SA'S TELKOM OVER HELLKOM SUIT

The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) says Telkom is “lying” in its letter and statements against parody site Hellkom, in which Telkom accuses it of trademark infringement and encouraging hate…

African Web News - In Brief

* A market information system for Kenya’s dairy industry was launched last week. Aimed at the country’s more than 630,000 smallholder and large-scale dairy farmers, up-to-date the market information will…

Kenya: UAP Insurance Launches Mobile APP

UAP Insurance has started the process of moving its product range into the digital realm by developing a mobile application for individual medical insurance customers. Known as AfyaImara the mobile…

Digital Surveillance in Angola and Other “Less Important” African Countries

A recent report from the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab traces the use of surveillance malware developed by the Italian company Hacking Team and deployed in Ethiopia, Morocco, Nigeria, Sudan…

Africa to get its own web encyclopedia

As a fourth-generation clan chief of a village in rural Cameroon, Gaston Donnat Bappa’s daily life is steeped in tradition.The 200 residents of the village have little if any access…

GLOBAL SOFTWARE UNVEILS SMS

Global Software Solutions Limited, is showcasing a Windows based application designed to enable users send bulk or multiple recipient SMS messages using the GSS gateway engine. The product christened Global…

African Web News - In Brief

- A Swedish-based Ethiopian company, Media A2, will officially launch at the end of this month a website "Go-Ethio.Com" with the aim of taking Ethiopian tourism one-step further, according to…

Rwanda: Facebook Partners With Rwanda Govt to Boost Social Education

Facebook has announced its partnership with Rwanda government to carry out a pilot in the country that will provide students with access to collaborative online education experience for free.The partnership…

Hype around NGO-funded apps is stifling Africa's innovation

The Silicon Savannah brings to mind a hyper-tech innovation zone, a mini-city of mirrored buildings ringed by sandy sub-Saharan scrub. Closer to the truth is a handful of industrial-style offices…

NEW ONLINE RESOURCE FOR SMES

Microsoft has launched a small business Web site to help owners of small companies in South Africa to improve their business operations. “The Web site is aimed at helping small…

Kenyans are more Mobile Savvy Than their Neighbours

Kenyans replace their mobile phone handsets more often than their counterparts in Uganda and Tanzania, a new survey by TNS International shows, signalling that East Africa's biggest economy could be…

Eritrea: Postal Service offering Internet services

Along with the introduction of new information technology system to deliver and receive messages and packages, the National Postal Service is providing standard and speedy service, according to the Acting…

South Africa: Whatsapp Takes SA Mobile Phones By Storm

More than half of South Africa's urban adult mobile phone users are using instant messaging service WhatsApp, according to researchers World Wide Worx and Fuseware.Releasing an update of their South…

Satellites, drones, or balloons…

Google has plans to invest at least $1 billion (more likely a few billion) on low-orbit satellites that will provide Internet access to underserved areas. The news comes after news…

FREE BLOG PLATFORM RELEASED IN ALGERIA

The first Algerian free blog platform, DzBlog.com, was launched last Monday in Algiers at "Al Djazaïr Dzblog Day' 2006". This symposium on weblogs, organized by "Actions technologiques," is in keeping…

GSM LOWERS SENEGALESE FISHERMEN INSURANCE PREMIUMS

The Senegalese fishermen equipped with GIS, the Manobi GSM based, location-based and rescue system will now, be covered by the insurance companies. The Federation of Senegalese Insurance Companies (FSSA) and…

Algerian youths aspire to e-revolution

A growing number of Algerian youths are mobilising online to call for political change. In reality, however, these outspoken cyber-activists are acting in a far more reticent manner. The outcome…

Uganda: Warid launches mobile money (WaridPesa)

Warid telecom has launched its own money transfer service, adding to the revolution of transacting money in Uganda. The mobile firm launched its WaridPesa product, and, unlike its competitors’, customers…

From city streets to the savanna, high-tech system listens for gunshots

ShotSpotter is based on networks of acoustic sensors that are installed across the subscribing towns. The sensors and their associated electronics are housed in small, unassuming metal boxes that don't…

ICI forum: a kick-start for young Ivoirian entrepreneurs

The 2014 edition of the forum Investir en Côte d’Ivoire (ICI) ended optimistically for several young Ivoirians who received funding to launch their projects. However, many young entrepreneurs regard self-financing…

Partnership between web developers and payment services key to e-commerce success

The quality of the relationship between a web developer and a payment services provider is one of the key ingredients of a successful e-commerce website, says Michael Richards of SiteMeUp…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- African countries will now be better able to guard against invasive pests that threaten their forests, sometimes from as far afield as North America, thanks to a new United…

NIGERIAN 419ERS SURFACE IN BAGHDAD

Nigerian 419ers are now masquerading as coalition troops stationed in Baghdad who claim to have unearthed one of Saddam’s treasure hordes. It’s sort of like "Kelly’s Heroes" but relocated to…

Rwanda: Over Rwf60 Million Moved in 'Mobile Money' Transfers

About Rwf60 million has been moved in daily transactions, with the use of the 'Mobile Money' facility, a month after it was launched, MTN Rwanda officials said last week. Andrew…

Police Use M-Pesa to Trace Student's Killer

An M-Pesa transaction has helped detectives solve the puzzle of a college student murdered three months ago. Twenty-year-old Jane Wairimu went missing on May 20, and her remains were found…

TMG Apps: Apps to transform everyday life

The duo of Omosa Muyiwa and Bolade Okeowo teamed up to form Me-Naissance Group Limited, the company responsible for TMG, a platform of applications specifically designed for the Nigerian user.It…

Evidence lacking on mHealth effectiveness in poor countries

Mobile phone technology is frequently heralded as a solution to many health challenges facing the developing world, but two systematic reviews have found that evidence to back such claims is…

Mahindra Comviva Partners with Gondwana-City Productions for Mobile Content

Mahindra Comviva has announced that it has partnered with Gondwana-City Productions (GCP), one of the leading content aggregators in Africa. This tie-up with GCP will further strengthen Mahindra Comviva’s digital…

East Africa: Microsoft, Homeboyz Launch Tukoworks Portal to Help Youth Access Jobs

Microsoft and Homeboyz Foundation have launched an online portal that will help youths acquire entrepreneurial and employability skills.Dubbed "TukoWorks", the portal aims at providing Kenyan youth with free resources, training,…

StarAfrica Sounds 2015: what if you were the new Star?

Orange launches the 4th edition of the music contest in Africa, on StarAfrica.com, in partnership with Deezer, Believe Digital, Zimbalam, Africa n°1 and SoonvibesIn order to promote new African music…

South Africa: Mobile a Serious Challenge for Internet Publishers

It was bad enough for web publishing when the challenge was to persuade marketers to move money from 'old fashioned' magazines and radio to the 'new and trendy' Internet. Now…

SEEN AND HEARD AT VoIP WORLD

* Both Sasol and Standard Bank have installed VoIP networks. The latter has been the target of several unsuccessful “denial-of-service” attacks. Standard Bank has rolled out VoIP to its offices…

MALI: USING SMS TO FIGHT HIV/AIDS

Mali has a new tool to help it curb the spread of HIV/AIDS - the cellphone. The international NGO, Population Services International (PSI), has launched a campaign using cellular technology…

CAMEROON’S AES-SONEL OPENS ITS SHOP-WINDOW TO WEB USERS

Caemeroon’s newest energy utility company Aes-Sonel has launched its new web site. Founded in 1981 and based in Arlington, Virginia (USA) the company is one of the biggest independent energy…

African Web News - In Brief

http://thepeaceafricablog.typepad.com/ * With interconnection the big issue in Nigeria MTN’s boss there, Adrian Wood was in upbeat mood on the issue when he spoke at a recent ICT event. Here…

Tanzania to Track Supply of Malaria Drugs Via SMS

A pilot drugs supply management project called "SMS for Life" has Tanzania authorities excited over its potential. The project, which brings together IBM, Novartis, Vodafone and the Roll Back Malaria…

Kenya: Taking the risk out of farming via your mobile phone

Just as purchasers of electronic goods can buy extended warranties in case their TV goes wrong, farmers in parts of Kenya can now mitigate the risk of weather shocks by…

Uganda: New Mobile Service Could Boost Farming

A new information platform for farmers could boost food productivity and improve sales in the agricultural sector where at least three out of four Ugandans depend for a living.According to…

Match-Making Network For Co-founders, Founder2be To Launch In Africa Soon

Founder2be, which launched its skill-matching network for co-founders back in 2011, is now apparently the biggest such dedicated network. Its own co-founder, Oliver Bremer, tells TechCrunch it now has more…

Facebook knocks Mxit from its perch

Until now the largest social network in South Africa, Mxit, which claims to have 7,4m active monthly users, has been knocked from the top spot by Facebook, with an estimated…

Ugandan lawyer revolutionises access to justice with just an iPhone and Facebook

Two years ago, Gerald Abila, while still at Kampala International University, wasn't paying attention to what his teachers were saying all of the time. “I’d be in class, but at…

Trevor Noah: Fans rally after backlash over old jokes

Within 24 hours, as writer Dave Weigel noted, new Daily Show host Trevor Noah went from "progressive icon to villain".The cause? A social media record that showed Noah cracking jokes…

Federal Government to Launch SMS-Based Public Enquiry Service in Nigeria

The Federal Government in a bid to ensure adequate and responsive service delivery to Nigerians, is set to launch an SMS based public enquiry, comment and polling service that will…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- SANGONeT has been engaged in developing a new website for the Development Institute for Training, Support and Labour (Ditsela). Ditsela's main objective is to help the labour movement build…

WORLD BANK’S DAKAR OFFICE PUTS UP A WEB SITE

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Demand for Mobile Phone Skills Surges in Kenya

The growing mobile communications industry is pushing demand for the training of specialised skills as the sector moves to the next level of value added services. eMobilis, for instance, is…

Mali: 'Til Death!' Say North Youth

Youth in northern Mali are exasperated by the politics plaguing their homeland. Since Islamist rebels and Tuaregs took over, the internet has provided a place for them to congregate, seeking…

Cote d'Ivoire: Beating Abidjan's Traffic By Sending an SMS

Sick of Monday morning traffic? Or, for that matter, gridlock any other day? Thanks to CivRoute, a project initiated by four tech-savvy Ivorians, driving has become a more efficient, less…

Independent African Publishers Go Global Via App Stores

ndependent African publishers and authors face a unique set of challenges and limitations; on a continent where even school textbooks necessary for basic education do not ever reach their destination,…

South African research body launches wildfire info app

South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Meraka Institute has launched a mobile application to predict, detect and monitor wild fires across Southern Africa, ITWeb reported. The Advanced…

#Nigeriadecides: how Buhari's election played out on Twitter

Most hotly contested campaign in country’s history was also the first to reach such levels of excitement on social media. Here’s how it unfoldedFinally, Nigeria has a new president. Muhammadu…

African Web News - In Brief

- Opening an Internet channel has paid off for account payment service SA’s EasyPay, which is experiencing payment volume growth every month. The Web site was launched in 1998 as…

Google announces the finalists for the Android developer challenge in Africa

Google received hundreds of applications from 19 African countries. 28 semi-finalists have been selected and they are listed below by category and countries:Entertainment / Media / Games- Human Droid, Kenya…

Mobile phone boom in developing world could boost e-learning

A study of young people in Ghana, Morocco, Uganda and Maharashtra aims to encourage networks to improve education through mobile technologyGlobalisation, as defined by the rich, is a very nice…

Farming app opens its API for other developers

In a rare case witnessed in Kenya, a farming app has opened its API to invite other developers to build different applications. Ukulima.net is one of its kind. The application that…

YouTube to broadcast AFCON opening ceremony

Google has announced that YouTube will broadcast the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) opening ceremony and highlights through a dedicated channel.The announcement was made on the Google Africa Twitter account,…

Private Egypt initiative offers free online education

A year after its launch, the Nafham (We Understand) online educational platform continues its efforts to enhance the educational system, according to the project's organisers.The initiative, launched by a group…

Why digital publishers are targeting Africa

The quick adoption of mobile technology in Africa has not only realised new opportunities in telecommunication but in how content is delivered.In particular, book publishing in Africa is an expensive…

Gumaho digitizes milk sales

Gumaho milk app also commonly known as Milk Collection and Distribution System is a web-mobile application that empowers dairy cooperatives with data that provides them with support and inputs they…

South Africa: Gov’t turns to Mxit to reach youngsters

Government has launched a youth app on Mxit meant to empower young people to interact with government on its upcoming national youth policy. Deputy minister in the presidency Buti Manamela…

Minafet Launches New E-Government Web Portal in Rwanda

The ministry of foreign affairs last week presented its new web portal, in line with the e-Government program. Rosemary Museminali, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, said that the…

MEDICS TO USE CELL-PHONES IN DISEASE CONTROL

Health workers are soon to start using their cell phones to track and control the spread of HIV/Aids and other diseases countrywide.This is due to a mobile phone application that…

UGANDA - HOTUGANDANS.COM + RED PEPPER = CONTROVERSY

The spread of the internet has opened Uganda to a vast array of trends and influences that would have had little effect in previous years. However, a good many citizens…

WEBSITE LAUNCHED TO SHOWCASE EAST AFRICA OPPORTUNITIES

A new website, www.EastAfricasBest.Biz, was launched last week to serve the region's companies. The website by Channels Concepts Ltd aims to deliver the best of East Africa's products to the…

SURVEY SHOWS HOW MUCH BENINESE DIASPORA MAKES USE OF ONLINE MEDIA

According to a survey carried out on the diaspora between August and October last year by the Research Group on the African Media (GREMA), 37% of Beninese living abroad read…

MTN Rwanda Launches Free Facebook Platform On Mobile Phones

MTN has launched an application that allows its mobile clients free browsing on the new mobile social networking website referred to as '0.facebook.com'.Officials at Nyarutarama said on Tuesday that '0.facebook.com'…

Kenya: After Success in Online Shop Abroad, Investor Now Eyes Local Market

Not many entrepreneurs owe their success in business to a hobby, but for the few who do, it is always a pleasure to tell their story. Mr Segeni Ng'ethe, is…

Hoping to Help Curb Corruption in Morocco by Mapping It Online

By the time protests began in December 2010, Nesh-Nash, now 34, was already both technologically apt and politically active. The son of a human rights activist, he had also already…

Kenya: Safaricom's APP Store Goes Live Next Month

Local developers will soon be able to market their applications on Safaricom's App store set to go live next month. Safaricom Director of Corporate Affairs Nzioka Waita says the app…

FootballZone releases its first football app: AFCON 2013

Footballzone Afcon AppLocal Football updates startup, FootballZone, has announced the launch of its Afcon 2013 mobile app that went live in the Nokia Ovi Store last week. According to FootballZone…

Ma3route invited by Ugandan authorities to develop concept for Kampala

Ma3Route, a mobile, web and SMS platform providing Nairobi commuters with information about transport and traffic conditions, has been approached by the authorities in Kampala to develop a service for…

Firefox launches Xhosa browser

Firefox has launched a Xhosa version of its browser for South Africans, adopting translation services from global language service provider (LSP) Rubric.iFirefox will cater for South Africa’s Xhosa population of…

Homeless of Nairobi: Facebook project gives rough sleepers a voice

Sham Patel gave little thought to people living on the streets of Kenya’s capital until a chance encounter. Now, he gathers photos and stories to help shine a light on…

Orange announces ‘new vision and brand campaign’ in Africa - Project « Galilée »

Orange-France Telecom (FT) announced that from 18 May 2009, Orange will be launching a pan-African brand campaign across the majority of African countries where the brand is present. To better…

BIAO of Cote d'Ivoire Set to Deploy e-Tranzact Solutions

Officials of Bank BIAO of Cote D' Ivoire last week visited e-Tranzact, an online switching payment company in Lagos to understudy the company's e-payment banking software solutions, with the intention…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The newspaper, les Dépêches de Brazaville reported that the Congolese Ministry of Post and Telecommunications has launched its website. At www.postelntic.gouv.cg Congolese can find information regarding the telecommunication sector…

CAMEROON - POLITICAL ALLIANCE PUTS UP WEB SITE

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African Web News - In Brief

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Kenya: For Some Phone Users, their handset brand is only a Name

Competition in the mobile phone handset market is heating up with non-branded phones slowly gaining acceptance in the Kenyan telecoms industry. Already established brands are feeling the heat prompting their…

Thousands Sign Up to Mobile Banking in Nigeria

A pilot scheme to bring mobile banking and payments services to Nigeria has signed up over 6,000 people since it was launched in March 2011. Monitise, the UK based company…

Citizen journalism project becomes the world's eyes & ears in Sudan

A new citizen journalism project, Eyes & Ears Nuba, plans to give voice to the people affected by the ongoing violence in southern Sudan. The project trains locals in journalism…

Mxit to become a full-fledged social platform

Mxit, arguably the largest mobile social network in Africa, is considering altering its business from an instant messaging (IM) platform to a full-fledged social platform. This revelation comes even as…

In Kenya, Using Tech To Put An 'Invisible' Slum On The Map

If you were to do a search for the Nairobi city slum of Mathare on , you'd find little more than gray spaces between unmarked roads.Slums by nature are unplanned,…

Africa changes its tune to genuine digital downloads

For years, pirate distributors at the Alabo international market in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, dominated the music distribution business. These fraudsters had the means to cheaply reproduce music. More importantly,…

It’s official: Netflix is coming to South Africa

Netflix has confirmed that it will be coming to South Africa as part of its global expansion plansSouth Africa will be among the countries that Netflix expands to in the…

Globacom Nigeria under new fake website treat

A few months after Globacom detected a fake website developed by fraudsters and alerted subscribers, another fake website had been developed by fraudsters who are out to rip off people’s…

African Web News - In Brief

http://www.wict.org.za - One of three major gay lifestyle portals in SA, mambaonline.com now claims around 40,000 unique visitors a month, each of whom spends an average of 21 minutes on…

FCT Judiciary to Begin E-Court System Jan 2011

Justice administration within the Federal Capital Territory has assumed a new dimension as FCT Judiciary said last week that it had put in place plans to commence electronic-Court system from…

Uganda: Tablets to Detect Fake Permits

Face Technologies, the company contracted to print and issue computerised driving permits, has provided a new solution to eliminate forged driving permits.The company has acquired and equipped the traffic police…

Ugandans Launch Hashtag Campaign Against Telecom Giant

Eight million people use MTN Uganda, making it the country's undisputed mobile telecom giant. According to Chimpreports.com, customers have grumbled for years about unreasonable extra charges and unexplained reductions in…

Digital Content – In brief

Kenyans have hit upon a novel way to vent their anger about the tear-gassing of children trying to protect their playground from development. There have been allegations on social media…

Mixed Reactions As Celtel prepares to change to Zain in Uganda

Yesse Oenga, the head of Celtel Uganda hands over a house key to one of the recent winners of a promotion which featured the prominent red and yellow colours, but…

NIPOST Introduces Home Delivery, VSAT Services in Kano

Kano — The Kano territory of the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) has introduced a new value-added service called Home delivery and VSAT services in major post offices in the state,…

South Africa: HIVSA Reaches Two Million People Via Cellphone Messaging This World Aids Day

HIVSA in partnership with the Provincial Department of Health, Gauteng, will be sending out two million health-related mobile phone messages to the general public, in support of this year’s WAD…

Nyanga residents march against man who posted nude pictures of woman on Facebook

A group of women marched to a house in Mau-Mau, Nyanga, to confront a man they accuse of posting nude pictures of a woman, his girlfriend, on Facebook.The woman’s face…

Wolof 2.0: Spoken Languages in a Digital Age

In Senegal, French was traditionally the language of writing, Wolof the language of speaking. But, helped by mobile phones and the web, that is fast changing.At her three-storey family home…

In Cameroon, New Tool for Pregnancy Planning

Cameroon has become the seventh African country to begin using the Calculator 28, a program that calculates female ovulation to help women avoid unwanted pregnancies.  The Calculator 28 can be…

IPTV before digital broadcasting in Africa

South Africa's telecommunications companies could well take advantage of IPTV, especially if it is implemented before the digital terrestrial television migration (DTT) expected in November. Speaking at the TM Forum…

Nigeria joins international online B2B community

This week sees Nigerian companies joining global online business community as it reaches out to international markets to expand exports while improving efficiencies at home through eProcurement. Nigeria has become…

WEBSITE FOR KENYA'S BANANA CAMPAIGN FOR YES VOTE ON CONSTITUTION

The Yes team on the Kenyan constitutional changes launched its website, www.visionyes.com.The launch came two weeks after the No team started its campaign website, www.orangenocampaign.com . Last week's new web…

Nigeria: Team University of Lagos Wins Google Application Contest

Three University of Lagos (UNILAG) students, have won the Google Apps Developer Challenge for the Enterprise/Small Business Solutions category in sub-Saharan Africa.The students: Bolutife Ogunsola, Michael Adeyeri and Willie Aniebiet,…

Musicians Aim Fighting Words at the Gambia's Hardliner President

A popular music video featuring a group of artists taking aim at the president of the Gambia's tightening grip on the West African country is making the rounds among Gambians…

SA reseller in dispute with Apple

Apple has demanded a South African reseller, The Notebook Company, hand over a handful of website domains in its use.The Pretoria-based company currently owns a number of domains including iPad.co.za,…

AfriLeaks - Africa's answer to Wikileaks?

AfriLeaks, an anonymous whistleblowing platform for Africa, is set to launch at the end of November. DW takes a look at how the platform will work and the push for…

Meditel launches real time mobile multimedia in Morocco

Customer care is increasingly important in the booming Moroccan mobile market and Meditel recognised the need to deliver its clients with the best possible end-user experience and customer service. Indeed,…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- South Africa's three cellular network operators have signed a code of conduct to protect users from junk mail on their cellphones and to try to prevent children from accessing…

MAROC HOST OFFERS TO SPONSOR YOUNG CONTENT PROJECTS

Moroccan web-hosting company Maroc Host has launched a sponsorship programme aimed at helping young people put their projects up on the web. It hopes that the programme will help enrich…

Winners of the Africa News Innovation Challenge announced

Countries around the African continent have a chance to do something really special when it comes to news innovation. With a highly mobile literate population and growing middle classes, these…

Real Time Wine app a first for South African wine drinkers

A wine advisory app aimed at the average wine drinker has recorded more than 20,000 visits to its mobile platform in eight months.One of its popular selling points is “sweaty…

Rwanda: Using Mobile Applications to Ease Business Processes

With technological advancement, businesses no longer have to spend huge sums of money on adverts to reach out to clients. ICT firms are now able to build and avail mobile…

Technology could empower Africans to hold their governments to account

Mobile phones are almost ubiquitous across Africa but can citizens use this technology to better participate in democracy?Next year, South African citizens will take part in their fifth democratic election.…

Namibians to cast e-votes in African first

In a first for Africa, Namibians will cast their ballots electronically in this month’s presidential and legislative polls, the election commission said Friday.Over a million voters, or just about half…

NIGERIA - OCENAIC, ACCELON PARTNER ON E-EDUCATION PROJECT

Driven by a passion to effectively enhance the knowledge of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) of secondary schools students in Nigeria, Oceanic Bank is partnering with Accelon to introduce an…

CYBERSQUATTING: BUSINESS PARKS OF MAURITIUS SUFFERS ATTACK

The cybersquatting of the site Cybercité d’Ebène has caused Business Parks of Mauritius enormous embarassement. No longer holding the legal right to its web site address since the beginning of…

SA GOVT TARGETS CHAT ROOM PAEDOPHILES

SA’s Internet watchdogs, much like their counterparts elsewhere, are planning a campaign to educate parents and children about the dangers of paedophiles who lurk in Internet chat rooms.The growing threat…

African Media Initiative’s Code4Kenya Launches GotToVote!

GotToVote! a project of Code4Kenya is a concrete example of how open data can contribute towards enhancing the quality of life of ordinary citizens.Code4Kenya was launched in July 2012 by…

Meditel launches phone account management app

Moroccan operator Meditel has released a locally-developed app called Meditel et Moi, available for Android and iOS smartphones, to allow customers to manage their Meditel account and optimise the use…

South Africa Parliament gets tech savvy with an app

Parliament has created a phone and tablet application to allow South Africans to keep track of legislation and events in Parliament. The legislative arm of government has recently launched a…

Teenagers develop mobile app to ease math learning

Listening to  17-year-old Feleile Naberwa pitching mobile games developed by Code Clubbers, you want to stop and ask her what her master’s degree thesis was all about. This high school…

Election Campaigns Go Hi-Tech in Zimbabwe

Savvy text messaging and cheeky ring tones are the new face of cost-effective political campaigning in Zimbabwe in the run up to the 29 March election, despite the creakiness of…

NEW GLOBAL FORUM FOR MOBILE ONLINE USERS

An industry forum working to improve the take-up of Internet services on mobile devices has opened its membership to any company in the sector. The dotMobi advisory group is inviting…

GAMBIA GCCI LAUNCHES DATABASE, WEBSITE

In its drive to be more responsive to the needs of its members and play a better role in the development of the country, The Gambia Chamber of Commerce and…

THE ZAMBIAN SEEKS TO HELP ORGANISATIONS USE THE INTERNET

In 1999 there were only a handful of websites on Zambia and most of the sites lacked the aura of being able to attract potential visitors and investors to the…

African Web Site News - In Brief

- Cote D’Ivoire’s secondhand car sales people see themselves under attack from those selling cars on the internet, according to Fraternité Matin. Web host Abidjan.net has been offering cars for…

EVOKE now operational! Play it!

In last month's NUANCE newsletter (February NUANCE), they brought to you an article about the online game, EVOKE which the World Bank was launching. “The online game was launched on…

IOL Launches Shopping Portal in South Africa

Independent Online (IOL) recently launched a shopping portal enabling access to over 600 South African e-retail sites at the click of the mouse. Hosted and maintained by Jump Shopping, one…

Namibia endorses ZACR bid for .africa

Namibia has become the fortieth African country to formally endorse the ZA Central Registry (ZACR) bid for the rights to administer the proposed .africa generic Top Level Domain (gTLD).South Africa’s…

Why Kenyan farmers want to sow with M-Pesa

“M-Pesa Foundation is bridging the digital divide between agricultural sector and the ICT sector by partnering with M-Farm Limited to support agribusiness. We are about transforming lives and we believe…

Orange Unveils Its Radio App In South Africa

Orange has launched its Orange Radio application in South Africa. The App is compatible with  iOS and Android devices, acts as an aggregator (integrated with Deezer), providing users with free…

Songs of Web 2.0 Collaboration in South Africa

IBM is inviting professional and amateur musicians from all over the world to use its Internet collaboration tools to compose songs about South Africa. The initiative, called Songs of Good…

BLOGGING AFRICA - A REVIEW OF AFRICAN BLOGS

The following is a summary review of African blogs from around the globe. African Bullets & Honey (http://bulletsandhoney.blogspot.com/2006/09/is-digital-indaba-internet-berlin.html) takes issue with the Digital Indaba on Blogging taking place in Johannesburg…

UGANDA GETS NEW COUNTRY WEBSITE

A new website,www.Ugandaonline.net, has been developed to promote Uganda abroad and locally. It targets advertisers with an easy way to use an advanced system. Access to the website is free…

African Web News - In Brief

http://www.africinfo.org http://www.schoolnetafrica.net/IAS2003 http://www.papwecsolutions.com http://www.id21.org/education http://www.scidev.net http://www.fahamu.org/ http://www.art-telecom-senegal.org/

Kenya: Glaring Errors Blight Government Websites

How up-to-date is your company's website? Is it as good as it should be? These are the question that begged for answers after Saturday Nation decided to do a random…

Phone Software to Save Users Who Lose Handsets in Uganda

SimpleSoft, a local software solutions company has introduced an electronic service that enables mobile phone users to keep a copy of information stored in their phones on a remote server.…

CREDITPIPE BECOMES FIRST M-COMMERCE SWITCH TO EARN VISA CERTIFICATION IN SA

CreditPipe's m-commerce service, MobileCredit, has become the first mobile transaction-processing switch to complete Visa International certification in South Africa. The certification means that Creditpipe's switch has been reviewed by Visa…

Nairobi Council to Roll Out E-Payments

Payments to the City Council of Nairobi will soon be made electronically as a way of curbing corruption.Head of the ICT department at the council Tim Wanyonyi said that the…

CELLSMART MESSAGING SOLUTION HELPS SMMES SLASH COSTS

Cellsmart, a Cape Town-based wireless application service provider, has launched SMS Exchange Pro, which aims to assist small businesses with their text messaging needs. According to Ahmed Kajee, Cellsmart's marketing…

FNB launches ATM cash withdrawal by cellphone in South Africa

 First National Bank (FNB) today announced its Cash Withdrawal solution using Cellphone Banking. Cash Withdrawal will allow FNB Cellphone Banking customers to withdraw cash directly from their FNB transactional account…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Fusion Reactor has implemented a Web-based river information system for the Komati River Basin Water Authority (Kobwa) to assist water users in the region with their usage planning. The…

Google Kenya launches SMS search service for phone users

Internet firm Google Kenya has launched an SMS search service, hoping to cash in on the rising number of mobile phone users. Google SMS Search gives access to information through…

SA’S SOFTWARE FUTURES IMPLEMENTS ONLINE BOOK CLUB FOR KALAHARI.NET

Software Futures has implemented the kickbackclub, said to be SA’s first online book club within a virtual mall, for Kalahari.net. Sean O’Connell, Software Futures Cape regional GM, says that N-Direct,…

South Africa's online shopping habits

According to the latest survey on online shopping habits from MasterCard Worldwide, 51% of South Africans who have access to the Internet are shopping online and 75% of those have…

Defeating Drug Counterfeiters With SMS in Ghana

Pharmaceutical drug counterfeiters can foil even the most sophisticated technology if consumers cannot personally verify their medication's safety, according to Ghanaian entrepreneurs who will soon introduce in West Africa verification…

African Web News - In Brief

www.meraka - According to Nhalanhla Mabaso, Centre Manager, Open Source Centre, CSIR in his presentation on open source in South Africa, Mozilla has been translated into Zulu and Open Office…

Uganda’s Judiciary Gets New Website

The Chief Justice, Benjamin Odoki, on Tuesday launched the Judiciary website during a function at Grand Imperial Hotel in Kampala. He said the website would enable the judiciary challenge corruption…

Uganda: Citizens to Check Voting Status On Phone

Ugandans can now check their voting status via their mobile phones, at a cheap cost, across all networks, thanks to the new Electoral Commission service.The simple sms sent to 8683…

Nokia Set for Mobile Money Services in East Africa

Mobile phone company Nokia is expected to roll out its money transfer services in the East African region next year according to the firm's regional spokesperson. The global mobile phone…

MobiPay Now Officially Open in Namibia

Namibia's first mobile payment solution company, Mobicash Payment Solutions, received its certificate this week in the presence of Deputy Minister of Finance, Calle Schlettwein, as well as the Assistant Governor…

Walking direction for Google Maps Africa launched

Google has today announced the release of walking directions for Africa, although in Beta. This comes after it released the driving direction on Google Maps in 2010 in Africa.This is…

Text Messages accepted as evidence in Tanzania’s court case

Kisutu Court principal resident magistrate Addy Lyamuya ordered Zain (formerly Celtel) country director to produce before the court a printout of alleged threat messages sent to the editor of MwanaHalisi…

MORE TRANSACTIONAL FUNCTIONNALITIES ON MOBILES

Kineto Mobile offers mobile commerce solutions, enabling transactional functionality of business through the use of mobile technology. Kineto Mobile Pre-paid is one of our new products focused on bringing mobile…

MOBILE PHONES BOOST KENYA'S SMALL BUSINESSES

The mobile phone has become the most essential work item for small businessman who, like so many others in the East African nation, makes a living from various different jobs…

Tanzania Firm Touts E-Marketing

Tanzania's business fraternity was on Wednesday challenged to utilise fully information technogy (IT) services by marketing their products online. SoukTrade.com Public Relations Officer Priya Patel told the 'Daily News' that…

Radiologists have telecommuting solution in East Africa

Radiologists in East Africa are now able to read and report on x-rays and scans for many physicians with quicker turn around.  They can accomplish their readings and report from…

4-part Ebola Response webinar series, starting on 21 October

More than 15 international health organizations,  led by mPowering Frontline Health Workers and IntraHealth International, are coming together to share information related to this response, through webinar discussions and via…

Uganda’s Kasese Maize Marketed Globally

Kasese farmers have started marketing maize grain globally using computers. Starting this month, the farmers were directly linked to the buyers. With the Government's assistance, Nyakatonzi Growers Co-operative Union constructed…

South Africa’s Minister to Put HIV Data Online

Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang yesterday promised to "crack the whip" and get her officials to post the latest antenatal HIV survey online. The annual survey is one of the government's…

SMS MESSENGER SIMPLIFIES THE SENDING OF SMS IN KENYA

Until now, sending bulk SMS messages has been clumsy and a big hassle to the extent it is almost impractical. That is not so anymore, thanks to SMS Messenger, a…

UCT’S BUSINESS SCHOOL OFFERS FIRST COURSE ON SHARING BUSINESS INFO ONLINE

Many South Africans have only a vague notion of what wikis, blogs, internet-based social networks and cellphone applications are, but these technologies are changing the way people communicate.A few South…

Zimbabwe ICT Firm Unveils Laptop Tracking System

As the country continues to record an increase in the number of laptops stolen from vehicles, offices and homes, a local information and communication technology (ICT) company, Electronic Systems, has…

South Africa startup to publish Arabic ebooks in deal with major regional online player

Snapplify, a service that transform PDFs into company branded mobile applications, has signed a deal with Kotobarabia, an online e-book store that specialises in Arabic content.The deal with the South…

BBC launches Ebola information service on WhatsApp

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has launched an Ebola information service on the popular multimedia instant communication platform WhatsApp.The corporation said the service is in English and French languages. It…

South Africa’s mobile UGC market to double in 3 years

South Africa’s User Generated Content (UCG) market is expected to double within the next 3 years reaching $476 million; this is according to report released today by JBB Research. The…

MXit goes big in South Africa

Mobile instant messaging (IM) service MXit, which is 30% owned by media company Naspers, is not taking its homegrown success lightly and is working hard to remain South Africa's largest…

UGANDA GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES ORPHANS' WEBSITE

The government has launched a website on orphans and other vulnerable children in Uganda. Syda Bbumba, the gender and social development minister, said www.mglsd.go.ug/ovc would provide up-to-date information on orphans…

'NATION' TO OFFER NEWS THROUGH MOBILE PHONE

Nation Media Group has launched a service to deliver news alerts to subscribers' mobile phones. The new service, to be known as nationMOBILE, will allow cellphone subscribers in Kenya and…

SENEGALESE WEB SITE LOOKS AT ISLAM IN WEST AFRICA

Created by a group of Senegalese preachers and teachers, a site called "Islam in West Africa" proposes to popularise Islamic thought, philosophy and civilization. Among its creators is Khadim Mbacké…

ZIMBABWEAN EXILES TURN TO THE WEB

Inflation in Zimbabwe is soaring, and its citizens abroad are pitching in to help relatives at home -- giving part of their earnings in South Africa, for example, to Zimbabwean…

Mobile Technology to Improve Maternal Health

The Government together with the Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, Makerere University and Afro Mama, an NGO, have launched a mobile phonebased technology to improve maternal health in Uganda…

Tunisia: Online Platform to Monitor Police Abuse

Yezzi [translated as “enough” from Tunisian dialect], is a “cop watch map in Tunisia” which seeks to document and report police abuse ranging from taking bribes, physical or sexual abuse…

From drones to floating smartphones: how technology is helping African journalists investigate

Data journalist Raymond Joseph reports on how low-cost technology is helping African newsrooms get hold of information that they couldn't previously trackPutting old smartphones in plastic bottles in rivers to…

New mobile communication platform launched in Uganda

A communication platform that uses SMS and voice broadcast to channel information to mobile phones has been launched by Solutions for Business, writes Vision Reporter. Dubbed Be Mobile, the innovative…

SOUTH AFRICAN MP DE LILLE URGES ACTION ON BLOGS, MXIT

ID leader Patricia de Lille has urged the government to regulate internet blog sites and the popular Mxit text message service. De Lille also indicated that the ID will ask…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Business Council for Sustainable Development Zimbabwe has launched its new website, which contains information on the background to and overview of the BCSDZ, most notably its objectives and activities.…

African Web News - In Brief

- Two South African companies today launched an interactive, home-based HIV awareness site for families. The purpose of the site, ActionAIDS, is to educate subscribers about the HIV/AIDS threat, and…

ZIMBABWEAN GOVT ARRESTS 14 FOR SENDING CRITICAL E-MAILS ON ECONOMY

Reporters Without Borders has urged the Zimbabwean authorities to drop charges against 14 people who were arrested for circulating an email message criticising President Mugabe’s economic policies and calling for…

Namibia: Wifi Hotspots Bring Convenience to City's Mobile Web Users

Africa Online, formerly MWeb Namibia, is rolling out WiFi hotspots in Windhoek, with more centres to follow. Marc Gregan, General Manager of AfricaOnline, said the massive increase in users of…

Digital Content Africa launches this week – subscribe now

This week Balancing Act’s web TV channel Smart Monkey TV launches a new e-letter called Digital Content Africa. On a fortnightly basis, it will cover online film, music, publishing and…

Africans design audible guides for blind people

Two African inventors have independently produced devices designed to help blind people navigate. One of the devices could cost just US$150, raising the prospect of such technologies becoming a realistic…

Mobile Phones Help Divine Water Supplies in Angola Slums

Ana Paulino, a 40-year-old street vendor in Luanda, balances plastic cans of water four times as heavy as a bowling ball on top of her head every morning and night…

MOBILE PHONES REVOLUTIONIZE AFRICAN BANKING

Mobile phone banking is expanding across the region from South Africa to Kenya and is putting the poor directly in control of their own finances like never before. In Africa,…

LACK OF SECURITY FEARS SLOWS UPTAKE OF E-COMMERCE IN KENYA

A perceived lack of security has slowed down efforts to promote online shopping in Kenya, but the banks, product and service providers running websites are optimistic that with rising awareness…

Police, NigComSat Partner to Deploy Satellite to Fight Crime

NigComSat Ltd said it is working with the Nigerian police to put in place a modernised public safety network with the use satellite to combat crime in the country.Managing Director…

Kenya: New Refugee Search System to Be Launched

Safaricom subscribers can now search for and reconnect with their loved ones using their mobile phone via an application provided by Ericsson and Refugees United. The system enables refugees to…

BeMyApp Winner Announced

The BeMyApp Startup Weekend, has announced the winner, a mobile app “Taxi Counter,” from Morocco has won this BeMyApp World Cup.Every registered idea generator has 1 minute to pitch a…

Worldreader Launches Worldreader Mobile

Worldreader (worldreader.org), the nonprofit aiming to boost literacy by providing digital books to children and families throughout Africa and the rest of the developing world, has announced a new method…

African Artists, Lifted by the Promises of Democracy and the Web

They built their reputation with wild music videos featuring a flying animated turtle and a campy urban hero often considered Kenya’s first Internet sensation.But when it came time to choose…

Connect Uganda, a Rural Library Project for Local Farmers

In Uganda, most of the population lives and works rurally – may lack literacy skills. How – and what – can these famers gain from an internet connection?The Connect Uganda…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Information on government services is now available in all 11 official languages, from Afrikaans to isiZulu on www.services.gov.za . - In line with other African countries, Gabon’s administration has…

African Web News - In Brief

www.cyberimagegh.com - Community Information Network for Southern Africa (CINSA) portal/website is now live and online. This is to be the virtual meeting-place for the network members and any ICT practitioners.…

KWS Goes Digital in Tracking, Protecting Lions

The Kenya Wildlife Service has introduced a digital animal tracking system, in a bid to reduce human-wildlife conflict. By last week, KWS in partnership with the University of the Netherlands…

Ghana, others to benefit from Google, WIPO copyright registry project

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has announced a project to build a common digital platform which will help streamline the identification of protected musical works across 11 West African…

Africa: Researchers Design 'Smart' Waterpumps for Rural Africa

Nairobi — Researchers hope to harness mobile phone technology to improve water supplies in rural parts of Africa.A team from the University of Oxford, in the United Kingdom, proposes installing…

Solar developers power up Africa's off-grid market

Solar companies are scaling up their operations in Africa as they seek to cash in on the expanding off-grid market, while also cutting fuel bills for thousands of families.South African…

UN shows how mobile-phone data can map human need

Tracking people’s movements after the Haiti earthquake, mapping malaria spread in Kenya, evaluating Mexico’s government policies on flu outbreak, improving national census surveys in Latin America and Africa… These are…

Access to information: bridging the digital divide in Africa

With all the excitement about the role of technology in contributing to social change and improved development outcomes across Africa, it is easy to forget that only 7% of the…

Econet Zero in early glitch as some customers report being charged on free sites

Econet yesterday announced a ground-breaking product called Econet Zero which gives all Econet Broadband subscribers free access to more than 50 educational websites. Amid all the fan fare of the…

Rwanda’s mobile developers rewarded

For instance, the Broadband Commission meeting that took place on 8-9 September, 2011, focused on the role of youth in defining new ICT services and driving take-up.Rwanda has an exceptionally…

Uhuru joins Africa’s top 10 tweeting politicians

No sooner had Uhuru Kenyatta been declared winner of last month’s General Election than he updated his @UKenyatta Twitter handle to read: President-Elect, The Republic of Kenya.When the Supreme Court…

Geeking Out: Uganda’s Women are Creating the Next Generation of Girl Geeks

Young women are learning to program computers far from Silicon Valley, developing apps that will help their neighbors—and themselves.If not for a view of the ornate Uganda National Mosque or…

Bloggers in Ghana move closer to establishing a Social Media Hub

The blogging and social media scene in Ghana has improved in the last five years. The West African country has seen the number of bloggers in the country grow from…

Mobile technology improves water access in Rwanda

A smartphone-sized device is being used to monitor water pumps across Rwanda, making it easier to locate broken pumps and quicker to fix them. Developed by Portland State University in the…

After genocide, Rwanda looks to tech

BUSOGO, Rwanda — The Rwandan genocide still shadows Immaculee Mukamusoni’s life. Ethnic Hutu militias killed her mother, father and siblings, and for the next two decades, she had little support.…

MWEB ONLINE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING UP BY 800% IN TWO YEARS

South Africans are shopping up a storm online, and particularly over the Christmas season. Figures from MWEB's 320 SafeShop-enabled Web sites show that for the period 1 November to 31…

RADIO ON: TRRAACE WEBSITE OFFERS A WIDE RANGE OF STREAMED STATIONS

Trraace web site offers a full listing of community and education-based radio stations including: Radio Zibonele (South Africa), Fotouni (Cameroon), Diamono (Sénégal),L’écho des cotonniers (Burkina Faso), La Voix de l’Islam (Bénin),…

INTERNET RECRUITING TAKES OFF IN SOUTH AFRICA

The internet is transforming recruiting and selection practices, says Don Gray, chairman of Graylink."The recruitment industry in SA is a billion rand-plus business and employers are often reluctant to pay…

Nigeria: Elections Set New Records in Use of Social Media

In 2008, then US presidential candidate Barack Obama broke new ground by using social media in ways never seen before. Yet it was Goodluck Jonathan, the recently elected president of…

Africa: Low-Cost Wireless Tech Can Help African Development

Low-cost wireless communications offer a practical alternative to traditional wired systems in Africa, and further development of such communications can help overcome research challenges on the continent, a workshop has…

Mobile app eases loan application and access for smallholder farmers

An innovative social enterprise firm empowering smallholder farmers in the country has developed a messaging mobile application in a bid to stem shortage of agricultural extension officers who link up…

FNB banking app uptake greatest among youth

South Africa’s First National Bank (FNB) has revealed the youth market, aged 18 to 25, has shown the greatest growth in the uptake of its mobile banking app.The bank said…

How One Start-Up is Revolutionizing Egypt’s Food Scene

Sometimes it seems that any news you hear out of Egypt is bad news. Whether it’s about an increasing budget deficit, a new wave of violent clashes or another government…

ReloadNG Launches E-commerce platform in Nigeria

ReloadNG , a web-based application, which provides a one-stop shop to all solutions regarding simplifying the process by which corporate bodies manage and distribute airtime (vouchers/credit) to their members of…

'MADE FOR MOBILE' MOVIES GET SPONSORSHIP FROM ROAMWARE

A project to develop short films specifically for viewing on a cellphone has won the sponsorship of Roamware, a global leader in mobile roaming technology. Roamware will finance the short…

Web News - In Brief

An Internet-based land registry geared towards helping Nigerians access information relating to genuine ownership claims on landed properties, has been launched in Lagos. The on-line registry, owned by Centre for…

SIERRE LEONE - WEB SITE TO TRACK LOCAL GOVT ELECTIONS

www.elections-sl.org "These elections are the first to be held in Sierra Leone in over thirty years. Many Sierra Leoneans both at home and abroad are eagerly looking forward to the…

EGYPTIAN GOVT AND IBM TAKE PYRAMIDS ONLINE FOR TOURISM DRIVE

Egypt can now be seen in the virtual world of Eternal Egypt, an interactive website launched last Tuesday by Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and IBM The project…

Safaricom Move to Cash in on Data Services

Competition in the mobile sector appears to have formally shifted from voice to data following revelations by market leader Safaricom and latest entrant Essar that their operations were now targeted…

Water monitoring 'easier' with free mobile phone app

A mobile phone application that enables users of low-cost phones to submit water quality results quickly and easily is having a positive impact among users.The Water Quality Reporter (WQR) application…

Announcement: Top 10 entrepreneurs selected for VC4Africa’s September Cohort

Africa’s venture capital community VC4Africa announced its new cohort of 10 top fundraising entrepreneurs: The Able Wireless Company, FastCashier, Kiro’o Games, LPM/L’Espace, Mellowcabs, MMABON’, Mobile Charging Kiosk, My eCampus, Rethink…

The market for apps in DRC can only get bigger

Carlo Lekea, a nattily dressed 22-year-old res- ident of Kinshasa, has just created the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) first mobile phone application.I would take computers apart and figure out…

E-Tendering One Good Way to Curb Procurement Corruption in Africa

Tendering and awarding bids is the most sensitive and critical step in public sector procurement. Tendering is basically the process where a buying institution publishes its intention to purchase some…

KENYAN MUSIC FANS TAP INTO THE POWER OF THE NET

The scene is a familiar one all over Nairobi radio stations at around 10am - an artiste walks into the station, waits patiently in line before dropping his album at…

ONLINE MARKET PLACE LAUNCHES OPERATIONS IN EGYPT

Tejari, the region’s leading online marketplace, last week announced the launch of Tejari Egypt, a major new operation and gateway into the North Africa market.  In partnership with Al Ahly…

TABOO PACKAGE BACKFIRES ON M-WEB

Internet service provider M-Web has come under fire for including abortion in a package of "taboo" subjects that include Satanism and pornography for young web surfers. The Women's Legal Centre,…

African Web News - In Brief

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Yu' joins in the race for mobile payment services in Kenya

Kenya's fourth telecoms service provider, Yu, has rolled out an electronic money transfer service, which is expected to intensify the battle for control of the mobile cash market that has…

Vodafone implements M-PESA in South Africa

Vodafone has brought M-PESA, a mobile money transfer service, to South Africa. The service will be deployed by Vodafone`s division, Vodacom South Africa and its South African banking partner. M-PESA…

Uganda Securities Exchange Automated Trading Nears

After 11years of paper share certificates, the Uganda Securities Exchange (USE) is gleaming with success as it moves closer to the automated system of trading. Effective June 28, all shares…

Online Gambling Banned in South Africa

According to the Gauteng Gambling Board which has fought a long-running battle with online casinos, it is now illegal to gamble using digital products inside South Africa. That's after a…

Techpreneurs to benefit as M:Lab gets Sh1.31 billion financial boost

The Finnish government and Nokia have partnered through infoDev, a programme within the World Bank Group which works to promote technological innovation and entrepreneurship to create opportunities for growth, job…

Websense opens data centre in SA

Websense last week announced a strategic expansion of the company's global footprint in offering cloud-based security as a service (SaaS) solutions to South African companies. This new facility supports cloud…

Kenya to host Vodafone Appstar challenge

Kenya has been selected to play host to the second edition of the Vodafone Appstar Challenge, an international contest targeting mobile app developers from South Africa, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania and…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company (NWSC) has launched its website. Water consumers will now be able to check their bills online at www.nairobiwater.co.ke. They will also be able…

ONLINE PUBLISHING IS THE DEATH OF NEWSPAPERS

Newspapers are facing the greatest threat in their 400-year history. The rise of the Internet as a publishing medium is undermining, and could ultimately destroy, print as a news medium.…

AUTOPAGE SEES A GAP IN MOBILE MUSIC THE MARKET

Anyone too lazy or too technically illiterate to download music from the internet to their cellphone is being offered a shortcut by Autopage Cellular. Autopage reckons there is a gap…

NEW MEDIUM, SAME OLD TEST FOR GOOD JOURNALISM

Johncom's new website -- www.reporter.co.za -- highlights the potential and limitations of the new craze for citizen journalism. The site invites members of the public to play at being journalists…

MOBILE PHONES TO BRING BOLLYWOOD TO SOUTH AFRICA

A boom in Bollywood content on South African mobile phones appears likely with local network operators evincing a keen interest in making such content available. Ali Hoosein, business development manager…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The Sports Guild, an Internet sport portal, has announced the launch of Sports Information Radio (SIR), the first SA-based satellite radio station. Providing commercial-free music and sports programming to…

SEEN AND HEARD AT AFNOG 2004

Sign of the times: Nigerian Sunday Folayan of Skannet making a mammoth four-hour presentation on IP telephony. While explaining the sizes of different CODECs:"GSM uses 13K. We discovered that the…

Huge Media launches Goodyz Mobile Advertising in South Africa

Huge Media has announced the launch of its new mobile phone application, named Goodyz. Huge Media aims to enter the rapidly emerging digital media arena through Goodyz, positioning itself as…

KCB to Roll Out Software Technology

Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) will in the coming two months roll out its T24 software technology in Tanzania in efforts to modernize its service to the growing clientele in the…

BMTL Launches Electronic Devices for Efficiency Management

Business Machines Tanzania Limited (BMTL) has launched three electronic devices which help to store data transactions in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday.The Director of BMTL, Ramakrishnan Kirubakaran, said that the…

North Africa: UNHCR Launches New Global Arabic Website

Dubai, United Arab Emirates — The UN refugee agency has launched a new website to inform a global audience about UNHCR's operations in the Middle East and North Africa and…

Eskimi overtakes Google, Yahoo, BBC as most visited site in Nigeria and Namibia

Social networking site Eskimi has overtaken Internet giants Google, Yahoo, BBC and Goal.com, to become second most visited site after Facebook in Nigeria and Namibia, according to Opera Software monthly…

Nigerian Senate approves ‘spying’ bill

Despite opposition from civil and human rights groups, members of the Nigerian Senate have unanimously approved the bill seeking to empower relevant security agencies in the country to intercept communications…

Govt launches a "We are Africa" mobile app

Pretoria - The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, has launched a mobile application to support government's efforts against attacks on foreign nationals.Launched on Friday in Pretoria, the "We…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- According to the latest OPA statistics, Ananzi remains the most popular search engine in South Africa, but its poor search results means that it is fast losing ground against…

CELLPHONE WEATHER DATA COULD AID S.AFRICA'S FARMERS

Cellphones telling African farmers when to irrigate their crops could help them boost production and save water, South African sugar growers say, as a pilot project helps small emerging farmers.…

NASFAT PARTNERS WITH MTECH TO LAUNCH DAILY AYAAT SERVICE ON MTN NETWORK

Nasrul-Lahi-il-Fathi Society of Nigeria (NASFAT) has partnered with MTech, the nation’s leading mobile Value Added Services (VAS) provider, to provide Muslim brethren with the Daily Ayaat Mobile Download Service available…

Internet Growth Sparks Rush for Digital Marketing in Kenya

Competition in the digital marketing field is heating up as firms scramble to gain a larger share of the budding sector. Over five firms are now jostling for a share…

Vodacom Tanzania Vodacom Tanzania Unveils a New Competition for App Developers

App developers in Tanzania have a reason to smile as Vodacom looks to better their lives even before Safaricom employ the same in Kenya. It is just not clear if…

Wiki Africa placing SA on the map

Cape Town - Wikipedia is today what the encyclopedia was about 20 years ago. But when it comes to the South African story, there are still many digital pieces missing.In…

Zain South Sudan rewards app developers in UNESCO tie-up

Young people from South Sudan have developed mobile application during the second YouthMobile training event. Three students were awarded smartphones and 3 GB internet modems, loaded with mobile data by…

Etisalat, MTN, Zain in Pay-Buy-Mobile Handsets Trials in Nigeria

Etisalat, MTN, Zain and 42 other global GSM network operators are currently carrying out trials that will lead to the commercial use of mobile phones to buy and pay for…

WEBSITES BECOME LUCRATIVE IN SA

Some South African websites are finally becoming an effective way of generating revenue for a business by attracting enough local and international consumers to make them viable. The latest internet…

SMS TECHNOLOGY AIMS TO CUT HEALTH COSTS

The Healthcare industry, like most industries, is beginning to realise the benefits that SMS technology can bring in terms of reducing costs, increasing productivity and simplifying management burden. “Presently, the…

Rwanda: Registration for driver’s license exams goes mobile

The traffic police department has introduced online registration to ease the process of applying for a driver’s license. Chief Supt. Vincent Sano, head of traffic police, confirmed this last week…

Ethiopia: World Bank Kicks-Off Online Consultations On Its New Country Partnership Strategy

The World Bank is in the process of developing the next Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) FY13-FY16 for Ethiopia. As part of the CPS preparation process and in order to gain…

AfDB funds US$1.2 million agricultural online project

African farming online portal 1.2mn Africa RenewalThe Association for Strengthening Research in Agriculture in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) is set to carry out a US$1.2mn project to establish an…

ElWafeyat: Online Obituaries

ElWafeyat is a new online service that aims to help you during the most difficult times in life. Dealing with the passing of a loved one is never easy, and…

Kenya: Music Platform for Rising Artistes Launched

Music recording firm Candy Records has launched an online channel that seeks to offer exposure and boost upcoming and underground talent.During its first day after the official launch on Monday,…

We Are Working To Prevent Explosions: Spoken Word in East Africa

The sun hangs low as the hosts of Fatuma’s Voice step on stage at a crowded venue in Nairobi. Words make the space hum. English mixed with Swahili and Sheng…

South Africa campaigns adopt online social media

South Africa made history as the first country in Africa to hold political debate on Twitter, Facebook and blogs, as well as on interactive Web sites that allowed improved interaction…

Standard Chartered Starts Mobile Banking With Pomp

It's new, it's exciting and it's anywhere and at anytime; but to enjoy it you must be banked with Standard Chartered Bank. This is the new age of mobile telephony…

WEBSITE TO PROVIDE TRANSPORT ON-LINE

Freight Africa.com is an internet-based freight matching service designed to improve the efficiencies and therefore increase viability for the Third World transport services. The site will provide a competitive environment…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Funnel has launched a search engine: http://www.funnel.co.za, and claims by using it, local Internet users will be able to get faster, more accurate and more relevant results, as the…

South Africa will give more money for digital TV

National treasury has allocated a significant budget to the department of communications over the next three years to assist in the country’s migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television. The…

South Africa: Dedicated Golf Travel Ipad Application Launched

Giltedge Golf & Sport has launched a dedicated South African golf travel iPad App, which enables travellers to find the best golf locations, together with all the necessary information on…

First In-flight Wi-Fi fails due to “budget constraints”

Mobile operator Vodacom, South African budget airline Mango and Internet service provider Wireless-G teamed up last week to bring the country and the Southern Hemisphere one step further to in-flight…

We can improve climate information for Africa

A collaborative project in Ethiopia that has created climate data and tools can be applied in much of Africa, says climate scientist Tufa Dinku.Famine in the Horn of Africa is…

Meet The Mobile Apps Streaming Music To Africa

Africa’s mobile telecom market is second only to Asia in scale, and it’s growing almost as fast, Quartz reports. In sub-Saharan Africa alone, mobile penetration is expected to reach 75%…

Nigerian Startup To Make Money By Paying You To Go To School

Talent accelerator, Andela has marked its official launch with a seed round of funding to train another set of developers in Africa.The bright developers chosen by the startup for the…

Technology to tame Africa's deadly transport chaos

Cars, lavishly decorated buses, reckless matatu minibus taxis, and daredevil motorbike riders intermingle with the odd herd of cows to create a gridlocked maze, and a nightmare for the commuter…

Cyber criminals target newly launched eTranzact in Ghana

The electronic payment system which was only launched on Friday March 27, 2009 by market leaders eTrazanct to boost online commerce and money transfer through the mobile phone in Ghana…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Vodacom, South Africa’s largest cellco by subscribers, has signed a three-year deal with Openwave Systems for the management and maintenance of its mobile access gateway, MMS services centre and…

Football Debates Move to the Internet in Egypt

About 12 million internet users in Egypt spend most of their working hours chatting about football on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo and Google.Once they threw chairs at each…

South Africa - Neotel trialing LTE

Neotel is currently trialing various broadband technologies with the aim of improving their broadband offerings, including LTE and fibre.“We are trialing various technologies including LTE, both fibre and wireless, as…

World Health Organization Reports Conundrum for eHealth Evaluation

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released their May 2012 Bulletin chronicling many such innovations in global health, under the theme of "eHealth".While there is celebration in order for the…

The Dark Side of the Internet – Digital thuggery rears its ugly head in Nigeria

In our series of letters from African journalists, writer and novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani looks at the online battle hotting up ahead of next year's elections in Nigeria.When it comes…

New app for managing HIV treatment failure

[KAMPALA] A health informatics specialist in Rwanda has developed a computer-based application to help clinicians reduce medical errors in managing HIV treatment failure. According to Aimable Mbituyumuremyi, the developer, the application…

Mobile Social Networks are New Advertising Medium for South Africa

A MXIT subscriber frantically punches some text before sending a message to a friend, who replies obligingly. Another acquaintance, chipping in on the conversation, introduces a new friend to the…

MALAGASY CULTURAL PORTAL OFFERS MP3 MUSIC DOWNLOADS

Mora Mora is a Malagasy cultural portal that has been running for four years and attracts 10,000 page views a day, writes Olivia Marsaud of Afrik.com. The site has a…

New Police Device to Put Kidnappers Out of Business in Kenya

A mobile phone tracking technology that the police have acquired is promising to put kidnappers out of business. With the assistance of mobile service providers, detectives are now easily busting…

Lagos traffic takes Nigerian to New York

Gidi Traffic, Lagos motorists’ favourite traffic guide, received a nomination for a Shorty Award which honours the best short format content creators on Twitter.Gidi Traffic helping Lagos' traffic in Nigeria…

An Initiative for Sudanese Knowledge -Based Society

I had the honor of attending on Saturday 21-April 2012; a meeting organized by some Sudanese academicians and youth aiming at establishing an organization for promoting a Knowledge-based Society in…

Samsung adds SuperSport app to Smart Hub

Samsung Electronics South Africa has announced that it will be adding the SuperSport app to its Smart Hub solution on Samsung Smart TVs. This will allow users to stream and…

Digital Content - In Brief

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…

South Africans are offered online payments by cellphone

Internet Solutions (IS), together with FNB, have launched a service where hotspot access-time payments can be made using a cell phone. Cell Pay Point is the new online payment solution…

WEB SITES FIRST POINT OF CONTACT WITH COMPANIES FOR INVESTORS, SAYS SA STUDY

Web sites are often the first point of contact for an investor when dealing with big corporations. However, some of the biggest companies on the JSE are still lagging behind…

Ghana's Saya Mobile is the latest mobile chat app out of Africa

Ghana's Saya Mobile is the latest mobile chat app out of Africa. IM and chat messaging clients are incredibly popular on the continent. Applications such as 2go and mobile social…

Millicom unveils digital music initiatives for Africa

Millicom has also formed a partnership with one of Africa’s digital music companies, Africori, to fund, acquire and manage music rights through “Africa Music Rights” (AMR) to which Millicom will…

Launch of Online News Service in Zimbabwe

Veteran Zimbabwean journalist, Geoffrey Nyarota, has announced the launch of the country's newest Internet publication, The Zimbabwe Times.com, which goes online tomorrow. Nyarota, the founder and editor of the banned…

UGANDA’S INFOMANIA LAUNCHES BUSINESS E-DIRECTORY

A Ugandan company has built what is claimed to be its first ever electronic business directory. The compact disc (CD) directory, with 30,000 listings, is a brainchild of Infomania and…

EGYPT USES WEB TO SNARE SUSPECTED G*YS

Egypt is using Internet chat rooms to entrap and punish men who are suspected of being g*y. On Jan. 16, a Lebanese man named Wissam Abyad was entrapped on a…

African Web News - In Brief

- Small horticulture exporters will benefit from a CD-ROM that was launched in Harare last week by a British company involved in horticulture processing. The CD-ROM, launched by Tropical Wholefoods,…

Online Newspaper Editor's Libel Trial Turning Into Farce After Second Postponement in Tunisia

Reporters Without Borders said the trial of Omar Mestiri, the editor of the online newspaper "Kalima", for libel was turning into a "farce" after a Tunis criminal court on 16…

Over 6,000 tender announcements downloaded from Eastern African tender websites

The websites www.tender.co.tz; www.tender.co.ug and www.tender.co.ke were launched on 15th September, 2006. They are niche websites that consolidate all tender announcements in East Africa in print and other media in…

High Website Costs Hurt Organic Dealers in Uganda

Exorbitant charges levied by local firms that build websites have limited marketing of local produce globally, organic products dealers have said. The dealers said this during a workshop on the…

COTE D'IVOIRE: A SITE FOR THOSE SEARCHING FOR INVESTMENT PARTNERS

Financiers and private sector promotors now have a site that they can use to find investment partners. The NGO Union pour le progrès (UPP),which specialises in the promotion of the…

KENYAN JOBSEEKERS SITE AIMS TO REDUCE COST OF LOOKING FOR WORK

A website which links Kenyan job-seekers to local opportunities has been launched. The site, myjobsEye.com, will list job opportunities in organisations which sign up as well as deposit the curriculum…

African Web News - In Brief

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Website for Job Seekers Launched in Ghana

A state of the art online career website that will offer millions of jobseekers around the world an equal opportunity to search for jobs in Ghana, has been launched in…

Atcon Plans Summit On Local Content in Nigeria

Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), would in the coming weeks host stakeholders to a summit on local content. President, ATCON, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem gave this indication while briefing…

Funafric Launches music and video website in Lagos

A website known as funafric, one of the first African music and video download service, has been launched in Lagos. The site will provide a unique platform for African music…

Cellicium implements Sonatel Mobiles’ USSD browsing solution

Cellicium, a wholly owned subsidiary of Switzerland-based Esmertec, says it has successfully implemented its Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) Browsing solution for Senegalese mobile operator Sonatel Mobiles (Alizé). The new…

ONLINE VOLUNTEERS SUPPORT REFUGEE COMMUNITY IN UGANDA

In the northern Ugandan district of Kitgum, nearly two decades of ongoing civil and tribal conflicts have devastated the region's population. Many people have been killed, abducted, or forced into…

ITXC'S NEWLY APPOINTED NDI TOWO ON NEW MARKETS

Who have you already signed up in the region? It’s a region we’ve been very active in. Publicly announced customers include TeleOne in Zimbabwe and Telkom in South Africa. Others…

“R U Ok 2day?" SMS Check-Up Takes Off in Kenya

Phoebe Mapelu's job as a community health worker in Kenya's Kajiado District always meant going from door to door - sometimes with long distances between homes - to check up…

South Africa launches first online audience measurement panel

The Digital Media and Marketing Association (DMMA) is launching South Africa's first online audience measurement panel.Implemented by Effective Measure, the DMMA's measurement supplier, the panel will be a recruited sample…

iBurst takes aim at online gaming in South Africa

iBurst recently launched its own online gaming portal and says that they see a lot of potential in this market. iBurst recently launched its iGame online gaming platform in partnership…

Feedelix launches Ethiopian agricultural pricing system

Feedelix Wireless Inc., a provider of SMS/Mobile IM solutions for non-Latin scripts last week announced results from its recently deployed BoonaNET project in five locations in Ethiopia using an integrated…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Telkom Directory Services (TDS) has upgraded its Yellow Pages online business directory, replacing the search engine with a 'find engine' by i411. http://www.itu.int/wsis/newsroom/2/pc2/highlights/23feb.html

Mobile Payment and Micro Finance Investment safari. Launched in Nigeria

According to the MicroFinance Group, there are approximately 12 million micro and small businesses in Nigeria with an estimated 2.3 million micro and small enterprises in Lagos State alone.Micro Finance…

Kenyan shoppers embrace online stores to beat runaway inflation

Violet Njeri's shopping experience has become unbearable as trips to the local supermarket become more costly. The price of sugar, for instance, has hit the all-time high of Sh200 per…

Benin’s Beatzaddiction Wants To Help Artists Sell their music to the online global audience

Everyone loves music and they want them on their devices wherever they go, but getting African music online can be so cumbersome.Now, Benin’s Beatzaddiction is looking to satisfy the increasing…

DIRECTOR OF EGYPTIAN OPPOSITION SITE DETAINED BY STATE SECURITY

Ahmed Mahmoud Abdallah, Editor-in-Chief of Egyptian web site Al-Shaab which was suspended last week has been arrested in Cairo on the night of 5 December by state security agents from…

Stage play spoofs Tunisians' internet addiction

"Tounisi.com", a new one-man show starring Tunisian actor Jaafar Guesmi, has left its audience questioning the balance between their real and virtual lives. "The show, comic as it is, left…

West Africa's own Ebola anthem

Band Aid 30 is the most famous song raising awareness about Ebola, with millions of online views and downloads. But in West Africa, where the epidemic is concentrated, a different…

Most popular mobile phones and websites in South Africa in April 2011

Opera's State of the Mobile Web for April 2011 report revealed interesting results about social media website usage in South AfricaOpera releases their State of the Mobile Web report every…

Pathgather Raises Looks To Bring Social Networking To Learning Management

Companies feeling they aren’t getting enough out of their learning management systems now have a new tool that may help with the recent financing and launch of Pathgather.In the learning…

Writers Get New Website in Nigeria

A new website exclusively dedicated to Nigerian writers and their writings has been launched. The site, www.writerslodge-ng.com, which will contain news about writers, books, and new releases among other things,…

ONLINE MEDIA SHOWS SOLID SIGNS OF GROWTH IN SOUTH AFRICA

Online media usage continued to show solid growth, according to the latest web traffic figures of South African sites, reported by members of the Online Publishers Association (OPA). Business in…

MOROCCO - NEW WEBSITE FOR RABAT AND KENITRA REGIONS

Enigma Communication has just set up a web site dedicated to the Rabat and Kenitra regions (including Khemisset and Bouznika). Rabat Info www.rabatinfo.ma is an information and analysis site open…

M-WEB PROVIDES FIRST AFRICAN MICRO-BILLING SYSTEM

M-Web is launching a new micro-billing service that will allow subscribers to add the cost of their online purchases to their monthly M-Web bill, so paying only one account monthly.…

Africa: Ta Telecom Launches Nafsi, a Big Data Analysis Project in Egypt, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa

Egypt's TA Telecom has announced that the beta trials for Nafsi, Africa's most ambitious big data analysis project, are now underway in Egypt, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa.The Nafsi anthropological…

Kenya’s Totohealth raises $60k to fund expansion

Kenyan startup Totohealth, which uses SMS technology to help reduce maternal and child mortality, has raised US$60,000 from a number of investors in order to expand its operations in Kenya…

New gaming website launched in South Africa

A new gaming website, MyGaming was launched this week. The new website aims to serve the South African gaming community with news, reviews and multimedia, as well as a forum…

DEVELOPMENT GATEWAY REPAIRS RWANDA'S AGRICULTURE MINISTRY WEBSITE

The Ministry of Agriculture's website is being revamped by Rwanda Development Gateway (RDG) to provide better and clear information about the day today Ministry activities. This follows the Ministry website…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- South African cellco Vodacom has launched the country’s first TV service for 3G mobile handsets under the Vodafone live! banner. Vodacom UMTS subscribers can access a number of TV…

African Web News And Useful Sites - In Brief

- AfriCam said its appeal for donations in February had brought in $32 000 from the AfriCam community, which had been sufficient to keep the site running until November. However,…

South Africa’s Government plans to integrate hotlines

As more government departments set up their own hotlines, the Presidency says plans are under way to integrate these into one. Following announcements by the Department of Labour that it…

Kenya: Sanofi's Mommy's APP to Help Mothers' Track Their Babies' Health As They Grow

Sanofi has partnered with Kenya Paediatric association (KPA) to launch an app for mothers to help them keep track their babies' health as they grow.The app dubbed Mommy's App will…

#Iam76 Honors South African Students Killed During Apartheid-Era Soweto Uprising

The hashtags #Iam76 and #June16 trended in South Africa this week as many South Africans remembered the Soweto Uprising of June 16, 1976.Makhubo carrying and 12-year-old Hector Pieterson after he…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The National Virtual Library is now live and available for the use of Nigerian universities. The (purpose-built) facility in its take-off form, has over 1.3 million international collections with…

FIRST ONLINE TRAVEL AGENCY LAUNCHED IN TUNISIA

www.traveltodo.com) The site offers over 800 tourism offers including: hotels, airlines, car-hire companies, etc and more than 55,000 others from across the world. The site allows you to make online…

SA WEB SITES START TO CHARGE FEES TO OVERSEAS USERS FOR PREMIUM CONTENT

Major news publishers News24 and Mail & Guardian Online have joined forces to charge foreign readers for access to premium areas of their websites. The M-Web initiative will provide video-on-demand…

OPENLINK USES MONO TO ENABLE CROSS PLATFORM INTEGRATION OF .NET

Ximian, Inc., the leading open source desktop company, today announced that OpenLink Software, Inc., an industry leader in the development and deployment of secure, high-performance Universal Data Access and Web…

Social Networking attracts South Africans

Over the last few years social networking has made a significant impact on the online landscape. Platforms such as MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have altered the way in which…

Digital warriors battle to get African games on phones

Safari the warrior crouches in the bush - a digitised heroine from the new mobile phone game "Afro Fighters" that its Nigerian creator hopes will soon rival the likes of…

Can A Mobile Phone Help Stop Ebola?

Mobile phones have been essential for spreading important information about the Ebola virus outbreak that has devastated Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, but they could do much more to halt…

Women can now rate SA men with this app

Cape Town - A new application that encourages women to rate men launches in South Africa on Thursday.The application dubbed Lulu is heavily focused on women who are allowed to…

Combating the Full Threat Lifecycle of the Internet

Being connected to the Internet brings risks -- computers are at risk of infection, data is at risk of theft, employees are at risk of having their identities stolen, and…

African Web News - In Brief

www.thisday.co.za http://www.unesco.org/wsisdirectory - Last wee saw the launch of the first open source collaboration platform in Ghana. The new website is called Twinux.org ‘Twinux’ is a combination of Twi the…

FOLA ODUFUWA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ESHEKELS, ON THE TELECOMS WORLD CONGRESS 2003

According to Tim Kelly, Head of Strategy & Policy, ITU, Africa is the first region in the World where mobile phones outnumbered fixed lines. Several countries including Nigeria, Morocco, Cameroun…

Nigeria's Indigenous Online Shopping Portal Debuts

Ryte Internet Technology Limited, has unveiled its online shopping portal, Ryte, a website, which operate as an online showroom for items on sale at different brick and mortar stores in…

Dead floppy drive: Kenyan company recycles global e-waste; lawmakers debate new e-waste law

MACHAKOS, Kenya (AP) — In an industrial area outside Kenya's capital city, workers in hard hats and white masks take shiny new power drills to computer parts. This assembly line…

Parliament Watchdog Connects Ugandans to Women MPs Through Twitter

Ugandans are taking advantage of social media to bridge the gap between citizens and legislators, thanks to Parliament Watch Uganda, a virtual tracker that monitors the Parliament of Uganda on…

4 Cool Tech Things For Ramadan

Ramadan is here and with technology touching every sphere of our lives, it’s only natural something is out there created to super-charge the Ramadan experience.Here are four cool tech tools…

TradeNet changes its name to Esoko and looks for investors

While attending the Gasscom conference on July 22-23 2009, Balancing Act’s Sylvain Beletre interviewed entrepreneur Mark Davies of BusyInternet in Accra. He set up TradeNet back in 2005 with the…

Mweb Business Launches New Online Campaign in South Africa

MWeb Business has broken new ground with an online advertising campaign using video banners in the style of the well-known TV series, "The Office". The brainchild of Ogilvy Cape Town,…

Orange Roll Out Telemedicine

Orange Botswana and the Ministry of Health (MoH) have signed a three- year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to roll out M-health services to more than 19 villages across the country.In…

Tunisia's first video games boss's global ambition

For someone who started playing computer games as a three-year old, and launched his first business when he was 12, Walid Sultan Midani was perhaps destined to set up Tunisia's…

Deadline for the switchover from analogue to digital broadcasting in the UHF Band remains 17 June 2015

Despite reports in the Kenyan media to the contrary, the deadline for the switchover from analogue to digital broadcasting in the UHF Band remains 17 June 2015, and this includes…

Demand for online video soars in SA

South Africans are racing to adopt video and are watching more and longer rich media clips on smartphones, new research shows.According to research from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), locals…

SMS Media Introduces Bulk SMS Advertising for businesses in Rwanda

SMS Media, an SMS content and wireless application service provider has introduced bulk SMS advertising to facilitate businesses in the country. "This service will help improve the way the business…

Poor segmentation the bane of Nigerian Mobile Marketing

I just got a promotional marketing SMS from my mobile operator asking me to sign on for daily live football scores via SMS. Great product but am I not signing.…

CELLPHONE BECOMES NEW TOOL OF TRADE IN M-COMMERCE ERA

Cellphones are rapidly replacing wallets, as banks, card operators, retailers and communications companies provide alternatives to cash as a means of payment. M-commerce, where cellphones are used to pay for…

South Africa: New Award for Best Food Blog Announced as Part of Annual Awards

Keeping things local is what the 2012 Eat In DStv Food Network Produce Awards is all about. Against this background, Eat In - the ultimate foodie shopping guide that takes…

Tanzania: Farmers Enabled to Access Agriculture Information Easily

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Cooperatives in a joint venture with Zantel Tanzania and Sibesonke Limited has launched mobile phone services to reach the 33 million Tanzanian farmers with…

Uber Enters Nigeria, Launches Low Cost Taxi Service in Lagos

VENTURES AFRICA – Uber – the technology company that connects riders with drivers through a smartphone application – recently launched its low cost option, uberX as a safe, reliable and…

Hackers Target the Financial Gazette Website in Zimbabwe

A new 'cyber-war' has been declared on Zimbabwean newspapers as hackers attacked the website of the Financial Gazette, barely two days after Zimbabwe's Herald newspaper's website was also hacked. The…

ETTHIOPIA'S ELECTORAL BOARD SAYS ITS WEBSITE VISITED 900 MILLION TIMES AROUND THE WORLD

The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia said its website was visited 900 million times around the world between March and July, 2005. Press and Information Section with the Board told…

Angola: Airline Company to Launch Electronic Service for Luggage Control

The state-owned Angola Airline Company (TAAG) will launch this year an electronic service that enables customers to locate their luggage by inserting a number on the system, ANGOP has learnt.This…

Giza Library offers tech space for entrepreneurs

Google for Entrepreneurs announced Wednesday its support for The Giza Library, a new co-working space set up to cater to entrepreneurs.The Giza Library will boast a device library for start-up…

M-Kazi shuts down

Kenyan mobile job listing service M-kazi has terminated its operations after billing issues with Safaricom, leading to unfounded embezzlement accusations.The company made use of USSD codes that allowed users to…

GHANAINFO DATABASE LAUNCHED

Ghanainfo, a database system that helps to organise and present data on social development indicators, was on Tuesday launched in Accra. Ghanainfo would help to improve the availability and timely…

INVENTORS GET THEIR OWN SITE IN SENEGAL

l’Association Sénégalaise pour la promotion des inventions et innovations (Aspi) has launched a new website with an "Investor space". It is aimed at brining together inventors and innovators directly with…

Africa: Software Apps for Farmers Win Prizes

The increasing use of software applications (widely known as apps) in solving Africans' problems has been highlighted by the three winning entries of the Apps4Africa: Climate Challenge contest.The regional competition…

How Kenyan startup SOKO built an Etsy for entrepreneurs who don't have Internet

Imagine trying to build Etsy without its shop-owners having an Internet connection and you would get SOKO, an African e-commerce startup that shows how entrepreneurs in the developing world aren’t…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

www.scidev.net - The Ugandan Electoral Commission looks like having pulled a first when it sent short text messages (SMS) to people's mobile phones to remind potential voters of last week's…

ETHIOMARKET OFFERS ONLINE TENDERING SERVICE

http://www.ethiomarket.com/ http://www.ethiomarket.com/ecua http://www.ethiomarket.com/market_info.htm

TANZANIA DEVELOPMENT GATEWAY OFFERS SPACE FOR SMALL EXPORTERS

Lack of an information and communication technology infrastructure and electronic commerce platform with reliable business information contributes to difficulties in successful participation small and medium size producers in global markets.…

COURT REFUSE JUDGE’S REQUEST TO BLOCK WEBSITE IN EGYPT

There have been promising developments in the case against judge Abdel Fatah Murad, who has filed multiple fabricated charges against the Hisham Mubarak Law Center and HRinfo, as well as…

eTranzact Partners Banks to Deploy ATMCardlexcash Solution

In a bid to provide secured and convenient electronic payment solution to Nigerians, eTranzact International has partnered with four banks to deploy ATMCardlexCash solution. The banks include First Bank, Skye…

Kenya: Local Firm to Map Out Somalia Crisis

A Kenyan-based non-profit software development firm has teamed up with Al Jazeera media to use its technology to assess the impact of the conflict in Somalia on the citizens.Ushahidi and…

Cameroon: The Cardiopad - an African Invention to Save Lives

A young Cameroonian engineer has built the first fully touch screen medical tablet that could soon save many African lives. He first has to find the necessary funding to mass-produce…

Ghana: MTN Ghana Connects Subscribers to Deutsche Welle Radio

MTN Ghana subscribers can now learn while on the go with Deutsche Welle's Learning by Ear. The innovative program is now on the MTN Radio (mRadio) platform and available for…

dotAfrica domains delayed until September 2014

The general availability of the .africa Top Level Domain (TLD) is expected to commence in September 2014, following the expiry of the Sunrise and Land Rush periods which are scheduled…

Nigeria: All Africa Music Awards Launches 'AFRIMA Mobile App'

In a bid to provide first hand information to African music lovers and enthusiasts, All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) on Friday, October 24, launched its mobile application tagged 'AFRIMA APP'…

WASPA SET UP TO GUARD AGAINST RIP-OFF SMS SERVICES

A watchdog body has been set up to guard the mobile industry against unscrupulous SMS services that rip off consumers. The Wireless Application Service Providers Association (WASPA) has been established…

African Web News - In Brief

www.statehouse.go.tz www.mamamikes.com/uchumi - RSA-Overseas, which runs a Web portal for expatriate South Africans and visitors to SA, has been acquired by Los Angeles-based Mindsgate Media.

FIRMS PUT WEB TOOLS ON CELLPHONES IN SOUTH AFRICA

Local companies Fontera and Jump are adapting internet-based technologies for the small screen as cellphones continue to massively outstrip computer usage.Cape Town's Fontera believes the social networking phenomenon of Facebook…

Nigeria to Establish E-Waste Recycling Plants

The National Environment Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) yesterday said the Federal Government had concluded plans to introduce electronic waste recycling plants across the country. NESREA's Lagos office co-ordinator,…

Senegal, births are reported by telephone

Village leaders in the Kolda region, assisted by the Sonatel Foundation and the NGO Aide et Action, are to promote a new initiative aimed at helping parents to register births…

How much will technology boom change Kenya?

Nairobi City Council recently piloted a scheme to allow motorists to pay parking fees - and fines - on their mobile phones. By eliminating cash payments, the government hopes to…

South Africa focuses on digital

A new study aims to establish South African industry benchmarks on digital media costs and performance metrics across categories and channels.The DigiDex SA study, announced by two trade bodies –…

South African brothers launch Ebola Care app

Two South African brothers have launched the Ebola Care app to aid the fight against Ebola. The app has already been deployed in Liberia by More Than Me, a not-for-profit…

NEW MOBILE DATABASE AND IMAGE GALLERY GOES LIVE

On 1st January, kiwanja.net launched two new website services - an online mobile database and a gallery of images. The mobile database is a resource designed to provide information on…

SOUTH AFRICA SITE OFFERS GLIMPSE OF CRIME

  South Africans outraged at high levels of violent crime launched a new Web site last week dedicated to giving visitors "a preview of death and violence" in the country…

MANOBI WANTS TO OPEN SOUTH AFRICAN OPERATION FOR RURAL SERVICES

When it comes to mobile and Internet solutions, too much time is spent trying to adapt European models to Africa, when what is needed is a cost-effective African-designed solution. This…

IN BRIEF:

- SangoTech is an online portal for connecting NGOs with ICT companies wishing to make donations or offer discounts on hardware and software. The programme is seeking local companies to…

New Initiative Provides Open Data for the Mobile Industry in the Developing World

The GSMA has launched the Mobile and Development Intelligence (MDI) project in conjunction with Omidyar Network the philanthropic investment firm established by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Through an open access…

Tanzania: World Food Program, Vodacom Partner to Support Mothers

Vodacom Tanzania and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) announced a partnership that will encourage vulnerable, food insecure communities in Mtwara region to take advantage of nutrition and health education…

Kenya: CCTV to Replace Traffic Police in Nairobi From March 2014

Nairobi roads and roundabouts will no longer be manned by traffic police as has been the case over the years following the installation of CCTV cameras on traffic lights that…

In Mali, village elders’ wisdom soon to be delivered via smartphone

New technologies and ancestral traditions may seem like two completely different worlds. And yet, our Observer is aiming to change that through his new blog through which Malians can share…

C-Com antennas to protect rhinos in Africa

C-Com Satellite Systems announced that its antennas are being used in The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park located in Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe to monitor and prevent the poaching of…

CMA Reviewing Proposals on Online Trading in Kenya

The Capital Markets Authority (CMA) is reviewing the proposals by the Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE) on the implementation of remote trading through a wide area network. The authority confirmed that…

KENYAN PUPILS GET SCHOOL RESULTS THROUGH THE INTERNET AND  MOBILE PHONES

For the first time in KCPE history, candidates and their parents yesterday received details of their results directly on their cellphones and through the Internet. The results were accessible through…

RWANDA GATEWAY DESIGNS NEW MINEDUC WEBSITE

A new dynamic website for the Ministry of Education that is being designed by Rwanda Development Gateway (RDG) is scheduled to be up and operational within one month. "It is…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Botswana has a talent search web site: www.maduowebtalent.com - South Africa's Department of Home Affairs will launch an online child registration system in KwaZulu-Natal last week. The system is…

South Africa: Cellphone Novel a 'Best-Celler'

South Africa's first bilingual "m-novel" - a novel written for publication via cellphones - was so successful that sequels would be released this year, the Shuttleworth Foundation, which published the…

Glo Launches Dstv Mobile

Subscribers of major West African mobile service provider, Globacom, can now watch DStv programmes on their mobile phones as the company rolls out the DStvMobile service on Glo for subscribers…

Ugandan techies walk away with awards at PivotEast

At the recent Pivot East competition, an event in which developers pitch their mobile apps to possible investors, Uganda was represented by 4 startups. The contestants included Easy Order, Story…

Zimbabwe: Passport Office Goes Digital

The Registrar-General's Office will now send SMS messages to passport applicants to collect their documents, while the applicants will now also be able to download application forms on the Internet.Registrar-General…

Can Mobile Digital Music Help African Musicians?

In the recent past, most African musicians had limited ways to distribute their music. If not through the sales of their CDs, it was through airplay, which was hard to…

Seychelles: Seychellois Music Available Online - 'Kreol Wave' A New Website to Sell Music From Seychelles

Victoria — Music produced by Seychellois musicians will be available to a much wider market soon following the launch of a new website called 'Kreol Wave', where Seychellois artists will…

Health Tips on the Internet

A leading web resource for HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria 'GlobalHealthReporting.org' has launched a new video library providing television reporters and filmmakers with AIDS-related, rights-free, cover footage of Africa, Asia, the…

YOUTUBE SITE BLOCKED FOR MAROC TELECOM SUBSCRIBERS

Reporters Without Borders has voiced concern about the blocking of access to video-sharing website YouTube by the Moroccan Internet server (ISP) Maroc Telecom since May 25 2007. The ISP failed…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Nokia users can access Egypt Yellow Pages through Nokia Mobile Search, after the mobile phone maker released a search plug-in. The device connects users to yellowpages.com.eg. It can be…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Intoegypt.com, Egypt’s first internet booking engine and travel portal, has been selected as a model for e-commerce companies in the Middle East region following a series of studies on…

NEW CELLPHONE PRICING SERVICE FOR KENYAN FARMERS

An NGO has started services enabling farmers access to prices of various commodities through cellphones. The farmers, using the Safaricom Short Message Services, can now get in touch with various…

Gistcaster: Nigeria’s version of Twitter

Ademola Morebise is a young Nigerian software developer on a mission. He recently founded a new, exciting privately funded startup called Gistcaster. We got in touch with him and asked…

Systemspecs Introduces Remita Pension E-Payment in Nigeria

Lagos — Nigeria leading software house, SystemSpecs Limited, has introduced Remita electronic payment (e-payment) solution to Pension Fund Administrators (PFA) and Pension Fund Custodians (PFC).Addressing more than 100 pension-related professionals…

Africa: Improving Governance and Accountability with New Media

Kwami Ahiabenu, II, is a team leader of International Institute for ICT Journalism, the co-ordination organisation for African Elections Project (AEP). With over nine years of experience in management, marketing,…

MTN, PriceCheck set sights on Nigeria

PriceCheck and MTN are exploring other African markets where the South African group has a presence to expand their co-branded app that enables mobile network users to access the online…

SOUTH AFRICAN BLOGGERS TO MEET PEERS IN REST OF AFRICA

Proof that blogging is going mainstream comes with a decision by 25 South Africans to attend the African leg of an international conference. The Technology Entertainment Design conference will be…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

  - Ghana's Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has improved its services to the nation through the establishment of a customer oriented Internet website to enhance voluntary tax compliance and lower…

First money transfer service for Morocco

Maroc telecom has launched Mobicash, Morocco's first trials of mobile debit payment service. This first service of money transfer and payment by cell phone has been the object of an…

Kairouan Equips Its Buses With GPS System in Tunisia

Similar to other major towns in Tunisia, the Kairouan Regional Transportation Company has started outfitting its bus fleet with the latest cutting edge global satellite positioning (GSP) system. This system…

Tunisia: Internet Censors Move Into Top Gear in Response to Widespread Unrest

Reporters Without Borders condemns the reinforcement of online censorship amid a wave of protests and rioting in Tunisia that began two weeks when a young man set himself on fire…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Nigerian company Gold-Sphinx Technologies, an Information Technology services provider has introduced a professional directory, the largest online locator of real estate properties and professionals nationwide. - Algeria mobile operator…

28 YEAR OLD NIGERIAN ARRESTED IN BERLIN OVER 419 SCAM

A 29 year old Nigerian has been arrested in Berlin as part of an international gang of 419 scammers, local police announced last Thursday. The young man, suspected of having…

PEARSON AND DAX DATA PUT TOGETHER ONLINE GRAPHIC DESIGN COMPETITION

Pearson Education SA, THOS and DaxData / MacroMedia, have partnered to present a online Graphic Design competition: "return-by-design". They would like to invite all creative minds to design a unique…

Mozambique Makes online gambling legal

The president of Mozambique has signed into law revisions to its gambling legislation that legalise online gambling, along with new land measures to permit slot machines in non-casino areas and…

Kenya’s Mobile Operators sharpen up their content offering strategy

Mobile phone operators are targeting county governments in the race for the rural market to grow their data businesses. And e-health and e-learning value-added services will be the next battlefront…

#WhereIsTheBomb warns Egyptians of violence-related traffic

Egypt's long-suffering drivers, worn down by decades of jams and crashes, are turning to social media to stave off a new, even more pressing threat -- the traffic chaos caused…

SMS company to expand in Africa

Mobile instant messaging service Mxit is to expand aggressively into Africa and Asia, as its growing subscriber base and financial stability allows it to flex its marketing muscle, founder and…

LAUNCH OF A FREE ONLINE MARKET PLACE FOR SECOND-HAND TELECOM EQUIPMENTS

Allforsite has recently launched a market place where telecom operators and contractors can buy and sell second-hand telecom equipment (products that have already been used and dismantled, but that are…

ZIMBABWE’S DAILY NEWS OWNER LAUNCHES SA-BASED WEBSITE

This week, six defiant words - "The Daily News will be back" - appeared at the top of The Daily News’ new Website, promising readers the battle is far from…

ANANZI LAUNCHES IN MAURITIUS

Ananzi has announced its first venture outside Southern Africa, Ananzi.mu, in Mauritius. The future of business in Africa lies in partnerships, says Mark Buwalda, Managing Director of Ananzi. Ananzi is…

Uganda: Robusta Coffee to Be Marketed Online

Uganda Coffee Producers and traders can now market their fine coffee online using a Q system web portal developed by the Coffee Quality Institute, Uganda Coffee Development Authority has said.David…

Kenya: Mobile Advertising Needs APPs to Grow

Relevant local information that can drive more people into the Internet is what is required to spur mobile advertising in the country, according to industry experts.Moses Kemibaro, the regional manager…

Kenya's music buying service 'Mdundo' featured on BBC’s Click

Kenya’s new scratch card buying service dubbed Mdundo was featured on Click, BBC's flagship TV show, for introducing innovative means of selling music downloads in Africa.Hailed for giving artists more…

UN partnership struck to protect Zambian children online

The Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) and the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) have partnered on cyber security matters including creating awareness among Zambian children about the optimal…

New Minister Threatens to Shut Down Zambian Independent News Site

Zambia's newly-appointed minister of information, Chishimba Kambwili, has pledged to close down Zambian Watchdog, one of the country's few independent online news sources focused on political and investigative reporting.Kambwili, who…

MTN Ghana launches mobile TV

MTN Ghana has launched its DSTV mobile at an impressive ceremony at Rhapsody’s in the Accra Mall. DSTV mobile from MTN will make it possible for MTN customers to tune…

Zain to expand reach with mobile cash transfer service in Kenya

A new race for supremacy is shaping up among Kenya’s mobile service providers as they seek to boost revenues through mobile money transfers. Following on the successes of Safaricom’s M-Pesa,…

CAREERJUNCTION LAUNCHES CV2RESUME ONLINE

CareerJunction says that it has launched a technology that will transform the face of local online recruitment.  CV2Resume is designed to convert CVs from a variety of formats into a…

ZENITH BANK'S WEB SITE RATED BEST IN NIGERIA

Zenith Bank has been adjudged the overall winner of the web jurist award, an annual rating of bank sites in Nigeria, conducted by Phillips Consulting. The bank achieved the feat…

African Web News - In Brief

- The governor of the Niger delta state of Bayelsa, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, has donated N2 million to the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) for the establishment of its web site.…

African Web News - In Brief

- Seven international organisations have jointly launched Dgroups, an online community platform for groups working in development and human rights around the world. Designed for low bandwidth users in the…

Technology Revolution Hits HIV Testing and Treatment

Delayed test results often mean HIV patients in Mozambique fail to get timely treatment, but new technology is reducing the need to send tests to far away laboratories, and speeding…

MTN launches mobile advertising service

Ghana's leading Telecommunications Company, MTN, has created an innovative channel of advertising for its subscribers known as MTN Mobile Advertising service.The service, which has generated excitement in the market, was…

Angola: Writers Union to Sell Books Through Website

Lovers of literature have the opportunity, anywhere they live in the world, to buy books by Angolan authors, through the site of the Angolan Writers Union (UEA), which contains the…

Kenya: New Technology Helps Small Farmers Attract 'Big' Business

Small-scale farmers in Kenya can now store and manage data on the pesticide content in their crops before exporting them, thanks to a cloud-based mobile platform that keeps track of…

South Africa: Parly Jamming Case Postponed

Cape Town — An urgent application to prohibit the use of mobile network blocking devices in Parliament was postponed in the High Court in Cape Town on Tuesday afternoon.The postponement…

Barclays links up with Safaricom to offer m-banking in Kenya

Barclays Bank of Kenya has joined the mobile banking race as the number of commercial banks seeking to leverage on the fast penetration of mobile phones in the country increases.…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- A new Internet site in South Africa offers HIV singles the chance to share secrets and become a couple again. Johannesburg has the greater percentage of members on Positive…

FINDING NEW INCENTIVES FOR TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVES - SA SURVEY RESULTS

South Africa’s IT organisations need to review their incentive scheme designs as many current schemes driven by the industry’s almost exclusive focus on share price and financial performance - are…

SA’S MEDIA24 SEEKS TO WRESTLE DOMAIN NAME FROM HOST24.COM

South African ISP host24.com finds itself in a position where its name could be outlawed. The Naspers-owned Media24 Group is in the process of registering "24.com" as a trade mark…

African Scientific Database Will 'Tap Global Knowledge'

African researchers are developing a database of where to find scientific information on the Internet. Preparatory work has begun on the online information source, known as Access to Scientific Knowledge…

Creation of a Banana Wiki to give reliable spatial information

Soon all information on banana in Africa including the banana growing areas, yield, socio-economic status of the farmers and spread of pests and diseases will be available at the click…

Tanzania: TMA Bankrolls Mobile Weather Services

The Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) has officially started offering mobile weather services, which among other things assist fishermen monitor weather conditions in the water bodies, the House heard.The deputy minister…

South Africa's Vodacom Starts Offering Mobile Heath Services

South Africa's Vodacom Business division has announced the launch of a number of mHealth initiatives together with its partner Mezzanineware.Based on a centralised mobile/cloud environment, Vodacom's Mezzanine mHealth services allow…

Congo-Brazzaville: Mapping logging activities in the forest

A new mobile software may help local communities in the region of Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, manage their natural resources and monitor logging activities in the forest.The Extreme Citizen Science…

Startups chosen for Savannah Fund accelerator class

The Savannah Fund launched its next cohort of startups for its accelerator, beginning work at the m:lab office space in Nairobi, Kenya.The four startups come from four countries and were…

#BBCtrending: Celebrities defend gay rights in Ghana

Ghanaian celebrities have taken to social media to condemn the beating of a suspected gay man, opening a rare window for debate on homosexuality in a country where gay sex…

Dial Up a Local Tune With MTN in South Africa

MTN is aiming to boost the local music scene by helping musicians prepare professional recordings for downloading to a cellphone. Unsigned artists will be given studio facilities to capture their…

GHANA’S  MINISTRY TO REGULATE ONLINE BUSINESSES

The Ministry of Communications is to introduce an Electronic Transaction Law to regulate the activities of Internet users. The Law would regulate electronic signatures, use of credit card and Internet…

JAMBOWEB.COM LAUNCHES CLAMING UNPRECEDENTED INFORMATION ACCESS

Tree Life Solutions LLC has launched a website targeted toward Africans and friends of Africa called Jamboweb.com, that will for the first time bring comprehensive access to African focused articles,…

SA’S MAIL AND GUARDIAN AND ANANZI FORM ONLINE ALLIANCE

The Mail & Guardian Online and Ananzi have formed a strategic online content and advertising alliance. M&G Online will provide Ananzi with a breaking news and feature news feed for…

South African company launches Facebook for business people

What Facebook is to individuals, the Biznetwork Web site is aiming to become for entrepreneurs - a Web of like-minded profiles interacting online, with one goal in common: working for…

Nigeria Punch News to launch mobile site version

One of Nigeria's largest news site Punch News readies to launch its mobile Web version with the help of Twinpine Network, a mobile advertising company, the site announced.Technology-africa.com, tech news…

Rwanda: More Companies Adopt .rw Domain

Within a period of four months since Rwanda's Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), ".rw" was formally re-delegated from Belgium, more companies/individuals have started registering their websites under the '.rw'…

Uganda: Health Care Now On Your Phone

The Medical Concierge Group (TMCG), a partnership comprising doctors and entrepreneurs recently launched Uganda's first ever 24/7 health call centre.The centre is a platform where any one who needs medical…

Sudan: The Revolution Will not be Televised, It Will be Tweeted

In a recent African Futures article about the protests that erupted in Sudan this September, Alex de Waal concludes that the "immediate challenge for the opposition is intellectual." In his…

Citizens monitor Nigeria’s elections using mobiles

Nigeria’s elections, which were scheduled for 14 February, have been postponed for six weeks, with the government citing security concerns posed by insurgent group Boko Haram. But civil society groups…

10% of world demand for Mobile phone cameras to be made in Morocco

American Tessera Technologies will create in Morocco an industrial unite with a capacity of producing up to 100 million mobile phone cameras, that is 10% of world demand. “We are…

BLOG AGGREGATOR OUTED IN SOUTH AFRICA

The Mail and Guardian's latest online project, a South Africa-specific blog aggregator called Amatomu has gone live. Built to provide a platform to expose local bloggers to a more mainstream…

FEEDELIX WIRELESS LAUNCHES FIRST NON-LATIN SCRIPT FOR SMS/MOBILE IM

Feedelix Wireless Inc last week announced the release of FeedelSMS, its first mobile software product for Ethiopic languages. Feedelix provides the first and only existing solution in the market to…

IMESSAGE LAUNCHES SMS-DRIVEN SERVICE

With SMS-driven promotions and campaigns becoming prevalent today, a new service has been developed by iMessage that makes this facility affordable to everyone. “It has long been the case that…

NEW ZIMBABWEAN ONLINE PUBLICATION LAUNCHES THIS WEEK

The Zimbabwe Online Messenger (zim-messenger.com )will launch this coming week on Thursday. According to Kotsanai Mangwana, one of those behind the launch:"Zimbabwe Messenger On-line is comprised of voluntary employees that…

Kenyan learners get mobile maths lessons

Nokia is piloting its mobile education application at ten schools in Kenya.The application, used to deliver mathematics content for upper primary schools, has been successfully rolled out in several other…

Referendum crowdmap live in Zimbabwe

A crowdmap is live in Zimbabwe allowing citizens to report on cases of intimidation and corruption in tomorrow’s constitutional referendum, in spite of government attempts to crack down on monitoring.The…

Vodacom chairman linked to new e-commerce start-up

Vodacom Group chairman, Peter Moyo is one of the executives behind a new online venture in South Africa, Going.co.za, which sells assorted products at heavily discounted prices.South African born Paul…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Popular UAE-based expat blog Secret Dubai Diary has won the Middle East and Africa prize of this year’s Bloggies 2007 Weblog Awards.

COTE D’IVOIRE’S PROCIM LAUNCHES WEB SITE

It may not be a great time for Cote d”Ivoire but Procim (Promotion de la Côte d'Ivoire au mondial 2006) decided that this week would be a good time to…

MTN PUSHES ITS BLACKBERRY

MTN, which launched its commercial BlackBerry service recently, is promoting BlackBerry to its business customers as a powerful business tool. BlackBerry is a mobile solution that combines telephony with push…

African Web News - In Brief

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Nelson Mandela's grandsons start social network for change

Two of Nelson Mandela’s grandsons have set up a social network in honour of their grandfather. Mandela.is will reportedly allow its users, called citizens, to connect, share inspirational photos, stories…

Seedstars World coins cinema booking site Moovi Mozambique’s top startup

Global seed-stage competition for startups Seedstars World has kicked off its African tour in Maputo, Mozambique this week where cinema booking site Moovi walked away as the winning company.The inaugural…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The European Commission and the l’Institut méditerranéen last week held a symposium to discuss the Medina (Mediterranean by Internet Access) project. With EU funding, the aim is to produce…

NEW GENDER AND ICT POLICY WEBSITE HELPS WOMEN MAKE ICT POLICY A PRIORITY

Gender and technology activists, the APC WNSP, have launched GenderIT.org, a new information and communications technology (ICT) policy portal for women and policy-makers. GenderIT.org promotes the need for gender advocacy…

Africa's digital capacity under spotlight in August

The attention of Africa's software engineers, academics, technology enthusiasts and innovators will move to Johannesburg, South Africa in August 2015 as the country hosts the second Africa and Middle East…

90 Percent Internet Fraud in Nigeria targeted at the financial sector

Kalu Ndukwe of the Nigerian Internet registration Association, NIRA has stated that over 90% of internet scams in the country is targeted at the financial sector. Ndukwe who made the…

BOTSWANA: E-COMMERCE TO PROMOTE ARTISTS VIA NEW WEBSITE

An arts and craft website, ArtBantu.com is set to open a link between art producers in the country and international buyers paving the way for the first arts and crafts…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The Information For Development Program (infoDev) has announced the launch of their new, substantially revised external website at www.infodev.org. The new site contains detailed information about infoDev's new strategy…

Nigerian teens develop “Crocodile Browser Lite”

The duo of Osine Ikhianosime and Anesi Ikhianosime have rekindled hope in the future of Nigeria as they entered their names in the catalogue of application developers when they built…

Why You Should Switch Off Your Bluetooth?

Your Bluetooth could land you into a lot of problems if left unattended. While a Bluetooth offers a number of interesting features that can simplify our daily lives, savvy blue…

Botswana: Youth Launches Job-Search Website aimed at locals and diaspora

Having spent years in Australia and finding that Batswana graduates abroad find it difficult to get information about employment opportunities in Botswana, Jerry Mooketsi and his friends in Australia conceptualised…

UGANDA GETS FIRST ONLINE MARKET PLACE

Ugandans no longer have to worry about getting time to go shopping. It is now possible to buy and sell over the Internet 24 hours, 7 days a week. Akatale.Com,…

VETERAN BULAWAYO JOURNALIST RUKUNI LAUNCHES ZIM NEWS WEBSITE TO AVOID PRESS LAWS

Exploiting the unregulated publishing platform of the Internet, another Zimbabwe news site has been launched to meet the demand for independent, non-government affiliated news. Based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest…

HelloFood app wins “Best Mobile App of the Year” at Ghana’s ICT-based industry awards

Online food ordering and delivery platform, HelloFood has been awarded the Best Mobile App Company of the Year at the 5th edition of the Ghana Telecom Awards, ahead of OLX,…

LIBERIA: CEMESP LAUNCHES MEDIA DEV. WEBSITE

A new website to showcase issues relevant to the media and peace building in Liberia, www.liberianmedia.org has been lit up by the Center for Media Studies & Peace Building (CEMESP)…

African Web News - In Brief

http://imfundo.digitalbrain.com/imfundo/frontpage/linkresources/?verb=view - Uganda’s Infomania, operators of an electronic business directory, have embarked on a Shs 58 million programme to sensitise the public on how the e-directory works. The compact disc…

Nigeria: NAFDAC, Drugmakers Want SMS Charges Down

Nigeria's agency against fake drugs is seeking help from communications technology ministry to bring down the cost of text messaging, the platform for its newest anti-counterfeiting technology in time for…

Ugandan Student Wins Nomination for Mobile Premier Awards in Barcelona

Christine Ampeire, a second-year student of Software Engineering at Makerere University, was beaming with delight after her mobile app, Mafuta GO was announced winner of the AppCircus competition at Protea…

Ashish J. Thakkar Launches Mara Online

Founder/CEO of Mara Group and Mara Foundation, Ashish J. Thakkar today announced the launch of Mara Online during his keynote address at TiEcon entrepreneur’s conference..Mara Online is an online and…

AccessKenya adds leisure content to boost Internet use

AccessKenya is diversifying its revenue model to entice more consumers to use the Internet for leisurely pursuits. The listed ISP unveiled a Sh10 million information portal that it is banking…

BIBLE NOW AVAILABLE ON SOUTH AFRICAN MOBILE PHONES

South African Christians seeking a quick spiritual boost will be able to download the entire bible on to their mobile telephones phones from Wednesday as part of a drive to…

Uganda: Nation Will Not Beat Digital Migration Deadline, Says Government

The government has said it is not certain of beating the December 31, 2012 deadline that requires East Africa member states to have switched from analogue to digital broadcasting.A delay…

Twitter link puts smiles on the faces of Narok’s Irish potato farmers

Tired of being fleeced by middlemen who offer them poor prices, the Irish potato farmers have signed up to the social media site where they tweet to engage hotel owners…

Zimbabwe: Global Fund Project in Zimbabwe Uses Technology to Improve Data Collection

A project being implemented under a Global Fund grant will improve Zimbabwe's health information systems by providing Internet connection infrastructure for 82 urban and rural sites. The Zimbabwe project is…

Mobile Web surges 93% in South Africa

The number of Opera Mini users climbed more than 90% over the course of 2008. Mobile web use in South Africa surged 93% between January 2008 and January 2009 with…

TUNISIAN JOURNALIST FROM WEBSITE WWW.BAKCHICH.INFO EXPELLED

http://www.Bakchich.info "This expulsion demonstrates once again that journalists who criticise President Ben Ali are not welcome in the country," the worldwide press freedom organisation said. "It recalls the banning of…

BIBLIOTHECA ALEXANDRINA AND DEVELOPMENT GATEWAY LAUNCH ARABIC LANGUAGE PORTAL ON DEVELOPMENT

Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) and the Development Gateway Foundation today unveiled plans for a new Arabic language web portal on development. The portal, a preview of which was presented at the…

Africa: 84 million mobile devices are Internet enabled

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)said the rapid increase in mobile phone deployment in Zimbabwe has created business opportunities for small and medium-scale entrepreneurs in the country.According…

New mobile app aimed at teaching children Yoruba

Abake Adenle is a quantitative analyst who lived alternatively between the US and Nigeria whilst growing up. Now based in London, Adenle has developed a mobile app, SpeakYoruba, aimed at…

Uganda: Makerere University Students Win Microsoft Grant

An application called 'Winsenga' that performs ultrasounds on pregnant women and detects problems such as ectopic pregnancies or abnormal fetal heart beats has earned three students from Makerere University's College…

Beliaa wins Cairo Transport App challenge

Beliaa, a mobile road assistance app, has won the Cairo Transport App challenge.The challenge sought solutions to traffic problems in Cairo, offering prizes of cash and a trip to the…

ANC turns to Mxit for votes

The ANC in the Western Cape is turning to mobile social media network Mxit in an effort to attract voters in the province, which is controlled by the Democratic Alliance.The…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Microsoft owners of the email portals, Hotmail, has appointed a Lagos based Media and Marketing firm - Seed Media Limited - as their Online Sales Representative in West Africa.

KENYA: STANDARD GROUP LAUNCHES SMS NEWS SERVICE

The Standard Group last week launched a subscription based short messaging service (SMS) so the public can receive news headlines through their mobile phones. Dubbed the Standard SMSDirect, subscribers will…

VMOBILE LAUNCHES VACTIVE AND VOFFICE

Vmobile Nigeria has launched Vactive and Voffice as value-added mobile products. While Vactive offers multiple entertainment and information options to suit the individual needs, preferences and lifestyles of Vmobile subscribers,…

EAST AFRICAN HOME PAGES STARTS OFFERING PAY-FOR CONTENT

East African Home Pages' Eberhard Blocher recently wrote to inform users of some changes in the web site which involve the introduction of pay-for content:"We need to implement some subtle,…

Kampala Leads in Internet Use

Uganda's capital city Kampala leads in use of the Internet which stands at 53 per cent. Nairobi and Arusha in Tanzania tie at 49 per cent followed by Dar-es-Salaam also…

Africa: Activists Use Infomation Technology to Dodge Oppressors, Official Says

Democracy activists in some repressive countries are protecting themselves from harassment with technology training they received from the U.S. Department of State. The U.S. assistant secretary of state for democracy,…

mSwali anticipates Tanzanian expansion next year

Kenya’s mSwali will expand into Tanzania early next year, allowing users to easily survey clients via SMS texts.mSwali is a web-based tool that uses mobile technology to survey clients and…

New generation of economy apps arrives in SA

Following in the footstep's of programs like WhatsApp is a new generation of apps aimed at South African's wanting to save money. For instance, DialMedia refunds users when they make…

SA Taxi app Afta-Robot to launch in March

Afta-robot, a South African taxi app providing a two-way solution to South African taxi drivers and commuters, will be launched by developer Sowertech next month.Whereas most similar services only offer…

IMImobile and Content Connect Africa sign pan-African strategic content partnership agreement

IMImobile, a leading global specialist provider of mobile data platform and services to telecom operators, enterprises and media companies, announced a strategic partnership with Content Connect Africa (CCA) to provide…

In Ethiopia, Protecting Yourself Online Is a Crime

Six Ethiopian bloggers were formally charged with terrorism in Ethiopia's Lideta High Court last week, a move provoking deep concern for hackers and human rights activists in Ethiopia and around…

FREE ONLINE "OPEN CONTENT" INITIATIVES ANNOUNCED

A new Web initiative launched at the World Summit on theInformation Society (WSIS), will connect anyone with Internet access and the desire to learn to a world of free, high-quality…

KILOSA RURAL SERVICES LAUNCHES WEBSITE

Kilosa Rural Services announced today that it has launched its website for the first rural cybercafe/telecentre in Tanzania. The website - www.kilosaruralservices.com - is designed to inform tourists, backpackers and…

African Web News - In Brief

- Africa Alive Uganda, a regional anti-HIV/AIDS organisation has developed a website that contains positive adolescent reproductive health messages on behavioural change. www.intersoft.co.za www.findleighmatthews.co.za http://www.panos.org.uk/resources/reportdetails.asp?id=1069

Minister's SMS Call to Target Cape Town Delivery

South Africa’s Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs is circulating an SMS calling on people to report "water cut-offs and other poor municipal services in Cape Town". Co-operative Governance…

Kenya sees bandwidth surge

Kenya's available international bandwidth increased 25-fold between March and June this year, leaving the country using less than 1% of it, according to new figures from the Communications Commission of…

Sematime Wins Startup World: Kenya

Nairobi-based startup Sematime beat off five other technology startups to emerge as winner of The Next Web’s Startup World: Kenya last week. To cater to the growing mobile market in…

South Africa: 16 Voices - Blogging Against Abuse

In a bid to raise awareness about the negative impact of abuse and empower young people to tackle the scourge, loveLife - an HIV prevention programme for young South Africans…

WHO identifies main barriers to m-health

Despite the successful pilot of m-health programmes in developing countries, especially in Africa, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says m-health implementation is still being hampered by competing health system priorities,…

Cote D’viore adopts Ghana’s e-agric technology

Prep-eez Tech Ltd, the developer & implementing consulting partners of Ghana’s e-agriculture and extension technology, has being awarded a contract by the Cote D’viore government to deploy an effective enterprise…

Tourism gets tech savvy in Southern and Eastern Africa

Pristine beaches, wild animals and vibrantly colourful cities - Africa has something for everyone.No wonder more than 40 million people visit Africa every year, according to the World Bank, and…

Young Entrepreneur Launches Online Networking Village in Africa

Martin T. Mombeshora is announcing the launch of Afropreneur (www.afropreneur.com), a free access social networking site that caters exclusively for entrepreneurs. Afropreneur is a unique web combination of community and…

THE WORD'S OUT....AT THE ITU'S GLOBAL SYMPOSIUM OF REGULATORS, YASMINE HAMMAMET

* Telecel will install a CDMA network in Burundi starting in 2006. * Zimbabwe’s regulator POTRAZ has started the discussions that will lead to some kind of legalisation of VoIP…Guinea…

TRADE MINISTRY WEBSITE SELLS BOTSWANA

The Ministry of Trade and Industry website has attracted 1,000 subscribers. Minister Neo Moroka, who launched the website, www.mti.gov.bw, on Monday, described it as Botswana's window to the global business…

BLACKBERRY GOES COMMERCIAL IN SA

Vodacom last week announced what it claims to be the first commercial launch of the BlackBerry wireless solution in SA, aimed at both the consumer and corporate markets.  BlackBerry is…

Uganda wins Global Mobile Communications Award

Mr Alex Nyika, a Ugandan software developer based in Kenya, on Monday scooped the top prize at one of Europe's most prestigious mobile communication innovation awards.Mr Nyika, the chief executive…

Libya Telecoms & Technology did not intentionally shut down Facebook

When Facebook stopped working in large parts of Libya on Wednesday evening, rumours quickly abounded that the state internet service provider had intentionally shut down what is arguably the most…

Africa: Mobile Masts Could Help Measure Rain and Chill Vaccines

Mobile-phone masts in Africa could be used for other development initiatives, such as filling gaps in rainfall data and providing electricity to refrigerate vaccines, experts say.For example, masts could be…

Young Kenyans Build Mobile Apps For Local Use

You're out navigating the jammed sidewalks of Kenya's capital city when you suddenly realize you're in desperate need of a toilet. You crane your neck over the crowds, vainly seeking…

UberX uptake in Cape Town “incredible”

Uptake of the UberX low-cost taxi hailing app in Cape Town has been “incredible”, while drivers “love” the work model as it provides flexibility and removes shift-based work, according to…

Unicef Uses Text Messages to Spread the Word About Polio in Zambia

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) will be sending text messages to millions of Zambian parents this week as part of a new initiative to harness modern technology in the…

Clicks Replace Bricks as Cellphone, Internet Banking Ring the Changes in South Africa

Every one of the big four banks has said in the past month that electronic banking channels are growing fast and, while they have yet to make a significant contribution…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Researcher Peter Phillipson of Missouri Botanical Garden is in Madagascar to create an online database of all the flora and fauna of that island that will be completed in…

ZIMPOST LAUNCHES 20 MOBILE POST OFFICE AND WEBSITE

ZIMPOST last officially launched its website and 20 mobile post offices to cater for remote rural and resettlement areas, countrywide. This is in support of the country's agrarian reform programme…

NCC Unveils Technology to Track Down Kidnappers

The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has unveiled technology that can be used to track the location of kidnappers when such crime occurs.The Acting Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Commission, Dr…

South Africa: Mobile TV Gets Licence to Test Technology

Black-owned consortium Mobile TV, which took the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) to court over the mobile TV licence selection process, has been awarded a trial broadcast service licence…

Google Street View causes stir in Botswana

Opposition paper in Botswana, the second African nation to get Street View, says images of military bases compromise securityIn cities around the world it has provoked grumbles about invasion of…

Crowdfunding service SliceBiz wins Apps4Africa cash prize

A Ghanaian start-up planning to popularise crowdfunding in Africa has been selected as one of the winners of this year's Apps4Africa competition.SliceBiz plans to develop a service that will deliver…

Web-connected libraries for Africa: the dream of digital knowledge for all

New venture Librii is seeking to set up self-sustaining libraries with internet access in poor and isolated communitiesA decade ago, Brewster Kahle, philanthropist and founder of the Internet Archive, created…

Some Communities in Sub-Saharan Africa Have No Online Presence. ‘Kumusha Takes Wiki’ Wants to Help Change That

People in Sub-Saharan Africa face hurdles to get online. Despite some progress, the region lags behind in Internet connectivity due to the high costs of service and poor infrastructure, according…

Visafone, Nokia To Launch Dual Band CDMA

Visafone, and Nokia have entered into an agreement to introduce dual band mobile CDMA handsets for consumers through its over 3000 authorized dealer outlets nationwide, Visafone shops and kiosks, as…

BANKING VIA SMS

First National Bank (FNB) has extended mobile phone banking to the widest market by basing its new cellphone banking service on the lowest common level of technology. “FNB‘s new mobile…

SA’S KALAHARI SEES HOPE FOR SA E-TAILING

Business-to-consumer e-commerce is still growing and has room to grow in SA despite news of the country’s falling position due to its highly regulated telecommunications environment, says e-tailer Kalahari.net. Hein…

NetApp Introduces Storage Management Integration in Nigeria

As part of its commitment to support the IT industry with innovative products, NetApp exclusive distributor in Nigeria, has announced new storage management integration for greater performance and scalability of…

Kenya: New Incubation Centre to Focus On Social Media Applications

Another technology incubation centre will open its doors to software developers in May, signaling desire to tap latent potential in Kenya. The Nairobi incubation Lab (NaiLab) becomes the fourth centre…

Rwanda: Architects Welcome Online Permit Application System

The Kigali City Council on Monday launched the Online Construction Permit Management Information System that will make obtaining the permits simpler and faster.Mayor Fidele Ndayisaba called the initiative, which involves…

Nigerian fashion brand Mmabon launches e-commerce app and store, and raises capital to expand

Nigerian fashion brand Mmabon is launching a mobile app for all devices, enabling customers to buy its products much easier over the internet. The company has been selected to be…

JumpStart Africa makes crowdfunding available to African entrepreneurs

JumpStart Africa is the first crowdfunding platform to revolutionize the way the world supports Africa by backing innovative projects developed by African entrepreneurs. Simply put, JumpStart Africa is Africa’s Kickstarter.All…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Soul Beat Africa has launched a new feature on the website (http://www.comminit.com/africa/community-radio/) - a Community Radio Window - focusing on experiences, strategic thinking, materials, evaluations and other information related…

SA’S MPUMALANGA PRVINCE CREATES WEB SITE

The Mpumalanga government has launched a new Web site to help it keep in touch with the people of the province as well as provide some of government’s services online.…

African Web News - In Brief

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Tanzania: Citibank Eyes Phone Banking

Citibank Tanzania is looking into possibility of hooking mobile-phone banking into its system to ease financial transactions to bank-less society, most in remotest areas. At the moment, the bank said,…

Namibia: Namcol Launches E-Learning Portal

The Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL) has launched Notesmaster Namibia, a freely accessible e-learning platform, designed specially to facilitate the development of a global education network for secondary learners.Notesmaster…

Digital music in South Africa

New research finds that digital music sales will account for just 14% of South African recorded music retail sales by 2017.This is according to the Fourth South African edition of…

Is Algeria ready for an online supermarket?

Despite significant challenges for e-commerce sites in Algeria – including the fact that only 14% of Algerians are internet users – two young entrepreneurs want to believe that Algeria is…

Moneybox Africa to Deploy Mobile Financial Platform in Nigeria

MoneyBoxAfrica is partnering Paybox, the German based mobile payment enterprise solutions, aimed at developing a mobile banking product for everyone in Africa. A statement made available to This Day, said…

GHANAIAN GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES TOURISM WEB-SITE

The Government of Ghana is developing a website to market the country as a tourist destination. With assistance from the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Ghana tourism website will be launched within…

LAUNCH OF SOUTH AFRICAN SECRET SERVICE'S WEBSITE

The South African Secret Service (SASS) will tonight at 20:00 launch its official website as part of an ongoing effort to keep the public informed of their role, developments and…

African Web News - In Brief

- Another book on how ICT is being used by people in the developing world, including Mexico, Costa Rica and Uganda: ftp://ftp.fao.org/docrep/fao/006/y5106e/y5106e00.pdf http://mgovlab.iuj.ac.jp/ http://www.bungetz.org -If you happen to be in…

POSTCARD FROM SOUTH AFRICA - STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND

How come the largest and most sophisticated voice and data market on the continent is also currently amongst the most closed? Once the proverbial "man from Mars" had got his…

ANTI-MUGABE HACK ON CHRONICLE’S WEBSITE

Management at the government’s Chronicle newspaper has ordered Internet service provider, M-Web, to investigate how a hacker broke into its website and posted ‘unpalatable’ stories that denigrated or criticised President…

Cellfind partners with mapIT to expand into new markets

South Africa’s foremost location-based mobile and wireless application service provider, Cellfind, has formed a strategic alliance with mapIT, leading international digital mapping partner throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. The alliance will enable…

Al-Shabab Twitter Accounts Suspended

The social media site Twitter has again suspended the account of militant group al-Shabab, after the group posted messages about the deadly mall attack in Nairobi.Twitter first shut down the…

Nokia launches mobile mathematics in South Africa

Nokia and South Africa's Department of Science and Technology have announced the availability of Nokia Mobile Mathematics, a service that helps learners from grades 10-12 better understand mathematics. Any person…

WhatsApp Accounts for a Quarter of Mobile Data Usage at Zimbabwean Network

A Zimbabwean mobile network is reporting that WhatsApp usage now accounts for nearly a quarter of its entire mobile data traffic.In February, Econet Wireless launched an unlimited WhatsApp bundle, using…

Easy FM Pioneers Reverse Auction service to Kenyan mobile users

Easy FM has partnered with a mobile phone service provider to offer its listeners a chance to participate in the first ever reverse bidding auction on phone. The service will…

Web News - In Brief

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Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The President of Cameroon was announced dead on a web site last year and had to leave the country he was visiting to return home to prove he was…

Kenya's Momentum Core fight HIV/ AIDS with new game, Pamoja Mtaani

A Kenyan gaming startup Momentum Core, known for a 2D casual game Mosquito Hood, that talks about malaria prevention has launched another health related game on HIV/AIDS awareness game dubbed…

When There's No Emergency Phone Number, Kenya Tweets For Help

When al-Shabab gunmen attacked Nairobi's Westgate Mall, Philip Ogola jumped to action – with a tweet.Ogola runs the Kenya Red Cross's social media command center, a cluster of computer screens…

Easy Taxi The World's Largest Taxi App Arrives to Egypt with an Initial Investment of 200 Million EGP in Funding

Easy Taxi, the international taxi booking mobile application backed by the German startup incubator Rocket Internet has officially kicked off its operations in Egypt at the beginning of this month.…

Nigeria: Mobile Phone-Based Mapping Tool for Health Debuts in Northern Nigeria

The pilot roll out of Safe Space Youth Clubs (SSYCs) of the Community Space for Adolescent Girls' Empowerment (CSGAE) that will use age specific curricula to build health, education, and…

FIT ZIMBABWE PRODUCES INTERACTIVE WEBSITE FOR LOCAL SMEs

Fit Zimbabwe, a local small enterprise development and research company, has launched an improved, interactive website to provide emerging businesses with access to information on Zimbabwean products, according to company…

Rwanda: Teachers to Receive Salaries via Mobile Money

In a move aimed at paying teachers on time, the Teachers' Credit and Savings Cooperative - Umwalimu SACCO - will start mobile money transfer services to pay members who are…

Nigeria: Airtel Introduces 'WhatsApp' - Plan

Lagos — Airtel Nigeria has introduced "WhatsApp" data application packages to its subscribers.This follows a cross-promotion agreement with "WhatsApp Inc." that secured for Airtel Nigeria the exclusive right to launch…

Digital Content – In Brief

- Kenya has developed an electronic reporting system to speed up the tracking of adverse drug effects and substandard medicinal products. The Pharmacovigilance Electronic Reporting System — believed to be…

Ping: a Tool for Families and Groups to Check-in During Emergencies

It’s been a hectic 4 days in Nairobi. The Westgate siege is now over, so the President tells us, though there will be a lot of cleanup and forensics to…

#MeetSouthAfrica through Instagram

Johannesburg - South African Tourism has launched its #MeetSouthAfrica campaign on Instagram, aiming to share the experience of our country through the eyes of all local South Africans. Everyday people…

Botswana Assesses Open Data Readiness

The Botswana Innovation Hub, in conjunction with the e-Government Unit in the Office of the President, have agreed to conduct a diagnostic study to assess the capability of Botswana, inside…

African Web News - In Brief

http://aida.developmentgateway.org - infoDev is pleased to announce a series of studies that will examine current important topics in ICT for Development. The studies are slated to be finished and available…

Kenyan Firms Wins with Health Application

MedKenya, a product by Shimba Technologies Limited emerged the winner of the inaugural Pivot25 competition, beating 25 competitors in the mobile application and services in a show of relevance, sustainability…

Fibre investment on the way in Algeria

With a fixed-line penetration of around 8% and mobile penetration close to 100%, Algeria has one of the highest teledensities in Africa, according to Research & Markets. Its relatively well…

Kenya: Technology Revolutionises Tuberculosis Management

The use of technology is revolutionising the way Kenya manages tuberculosis. Through a computer- and mobile-phone based programme called Tibu, health facilities are able to request TB drugs in real-time…

Yookos Launch Mobile Website For Non-Smartphones

Africa’s innovative social media company, Yookos, have launched a mobile website that can be accessed by any handset globally – including cell phones.The website (m.yookos.com) is a free social utility…

The apps changing South Africa's transport services

Getting around without your own car in South Africa can drive you crazy, pardon the pun.But a new range of cab hailing applications for smartphones, which use GPS positioning to…

Kenya: Technology Could Bridge Healthcare Gap

Nairobi, Kenya — The government has been urged to scale up use of E-health in provision of healthcare.World Bank Lead Health Specialist Khama Rogo said with technological advancements, provision of…

Senegal: Competition Designed to Spread Basic Technologies

At a school in a rundown suburb of Dakar, Senegal, the students had nowhere to go to the bathroom. The boys urinated against the outside walls, the girls headed behind…

Airtel, Wikimedia Foundation to Bring Free Access to Wikipedia to 70 M people

Airtel, and the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that operates Wikipedia have announced a strategic partnership to provide Airtel’s customers access to the knowledge and information available on Wikipedia through their…

Book Reading Gets Even More Mobile with Cape Town company Cellbook

CellBook, a Cape Town-based mobile applications developer, has recently developed technology enabling book publishers to publish and distribute books on mobile phone handsets. It is also in the process of…

E-Education in the Pipeline for Tanzania

Dar Es Salaam — The government is finalising an intensive e-education programme which would ensure that information communication technology (ICT) is integrated in the teaching and learning processes.This was revealed…

Rwanda: Smartphones to the Rescue in Disaster Management

Rwanda's Ministry of Disaster and Refugee Management (Midimar) last week launched an ambitious campaign of distributing internet-equipped cell phones to all sector leaders with the aim to enhance communication on…

Gambia: Pura Prohibits Company Use of VOIP, Dating Services At Internet Cafes

The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority has announced a ban on the usage of dating sites in the country, and the commercial usage of local and international calling services such as…

South Africa’s Plea to Put Educational Tools Online

Internet entrepreneurs Mark Shuttleworth and Jimmy Wales launched a formal declaration yesterday urging governments and publishers to make publicly funded educational materials freely available on the internet, a move that…

Local Firm to Unveil Social Media Monitoring System in East Africa

Nairobi — Globetrack International will launch a social media monitoring service, following the rising uptake of social media and the Internet in Kenya.Established mid this year, GTI -- a local…

Rwanda: Smartphones to the Rescue in Disaster Management

Rwanda's Ministry of Disaster and Refugee Management (Midimar) last week launched an ambitious campaign of distributing internet-equipped cell phones to all sector leaders with the aim to enhance communication on…

Al Qaeda offshoot in Mali takes to Twitter to mount a charm offensive

Battered by a French-led military campaign in Mali, al Qaeda's North African arm is trying something new to stay relevant: Twitter. The PR campaign by the terror network seeks to…

What Amazon, Uber, and iTunes might look like if they were invented in Mali

The road leading up to the University of Bamako is lined with little improvements. Shacks overflow with old Xerox machines on which anything can be printed, copied or laminated for…

SOFTWARE ON THE WEB SET TO REVOLUTIONISE IT SECTOR

Hi-Tech companies seeking the next big thing in the IT sector to enliven their sluggish revenues finally seem to have found it: the ability for customers to access the software…

JABBERAFRICA.ORG TO CLOSE DOWN

African instant messaging server JabberAfrica.org will be closing down at the end of June, three years after first opening the service.  Jabber is an open source instant messaging platform that…

FIRST ATLANTIC BANK PROVES SMS BANKING GAINING GROUNDS

SMS Banking may not be making the headlines but it is certainly growing and fast too as one of Nigeria’s pioneer of Internet banking First Atlantic Bank has found out.…

Code.rw: The website helping students to be innovative

Usually, students wait until they are at university to figure out what career they want to pursue. This means nation building and entrepreneurship is largely left in the hands of…

Reading on Mobile Phones? mLiteracy Opportunities and Challenges

Recently, the Goethe Institute of Johannesburg hosted an mLiteracy Networking Meeting to examine the opportunities and challenges for mobiles to increase literacy development, especially in Africa. It was an incredibly…

The British High Commission gets Online Visa Application for Nigeria

With online visa application process becoming popular among embassies across the globe, the British High Commission, Abuja has assured prospective Nigerian visa applicants of robust IT infrastructure for effective online…

WORLD BANK GIVES $56M FOR KIBOGA WEBSITE

Kiboga district will go online following a $56m (sh98b) World Bank grant for creation of websites, Paddy Galabuzi, the district planner, has said. Galabuzi said this recently during the launch…

NIGERIAN STOCK EXCHANGE LAUNCHES ONLINE TRADING

Stockbrokers began full remote on-line system of trading on the Nigerian Stock Exchange last, thus placing the Exchange ahead of its peers in Africa in terms of technological development. The…

Get your Africa facts right: websites seek to stem flow of misinformation

A lack of transparency, accountability and media resources can make sorting truth from fiction especially difficult across the continent. Now, fact-checkers are seeking to change that.What do these statements about…

How technology eased Buhari's path to power in Nigeria

Technology played a decisive role in helping Muhammadu Buhari become the first Nigerian to oust a sitting president at the ballot box, from social media campaigning to biometric machines preventing…

Dashen Bank and iVeri introduce Mobile Commerce to Ethiopia

iVeri Payment Technologies, a provider of multi-channel e-payment solutions, has licensed its Payment Gateway and MiCard e-payment processing solution to Dashen Bank SC, a private commercial bank in Ethiopia. iVeri's…

Waspa Tightens Cellphone Rules in South Africa

An association governing the provision of content and advertisements to cellphones has beefed up its code of conduct to enforce ethical behaviour and to protect consumers better. The Wireless Application…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Tupperware Southern Africa has concluded an agreement with CreditPipe and service partner MTN to use MobileCredit, a service that enables credit card payments to be processed securely via a…

SA'S OFFICIAL PORTAL BEATS CYBERSQUATTERS AND GROWS TENFOLD

www.southafrica.info www.southafrica.info The Web portal has been the platform for many successful online campaigns. Earlier this year, it was the official online "Madiba birthday site", with South Africans and other…

African Web News - In Brief

http://www.congo-mai-mai.net/index.html - As of last week, bunge.or.tz and bunge.go.tz are now Fully Qualified Domain Names. http://www.itu.int/ibs/wsis/pc2/ http://www.wougnet.org/Events/wougnetmeeting1.html http://www.yahoogroups.com/group/aids-africa

NATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION FORUM LAUNCHES PORTAL IN MOZAMBIQUE

Mozambique's National Anti-Corruption Forum (FNAC) launched its Internet portal in Maputo on Monday, at a ceremony held on the premises of the Ministry of Science and Technology.The new portal -…

Mobile Banking Usage Jumps in South Africa

Cellphone banking has surged in the past year, as South African consumers gain confidence in their handheld devices as a tool for both communications and efficiency.Among urban cellphone users, 44%…

Egyptian Entrepreneurs Hope Technology, Google Funding, Will Spur Economy

The Egyptian revolution sent the country’s economy into a tailspin. Egypt was already plagued by high unemployment, particularly among those under the age of 30. Amid ongoing unrest, foreign investors…

Digitising maps of malaria hotspots to save lives

[CAPE TOWN] Malaria is one of the world’s biggest killers. In 2010, an estimated 660,000 people lost their lives to the disease — most of them children in Africa, where…

Je Suis Kenyan #147notjustanumber is the hashtag that gives life to each person slain in the Kenya attack

After Islamist militants attacked Garissa University College in Kenya, headlines around the world spoke of “147 killed Kenyan students.” A viral social media campaign shows the individuals behind that statistic,…

Mobile phone looks set to become the new frontier for Uganda’s farmers

An initiative in two districts of Uganda has community workers sending text messages to farmers. The information may include how to arrest diseases and where to buy uncontaminated seeds. Mobile…

WEB MARKETER HAS ITS CLIENTS QUEUING IN CAPE TOWN

One of South Africa's fastest-growing internet specialists will soon have to turn away business unless it can recruit at least 20 more website developers. Cape-based incuBeta has already recruited some…

BURKINA FASO BANK LAUNCHES INTERNET BANKING PRODUCT

www.BICIABNet.net Acoording to BICIA B’s Jean-Pierre Bajon-Arnal, these new strategies are part of the bank’s aspiration to offer qualitatively better services and to maintain its lead in the banking sector.…

INTERNET SECOND HOME FOR 'SILVER SURFERS' IN SOUTH AFRICA

'Silver surfers' are becoming the fastest growing demographic group, according to Online Publishers Association (OPA). "Eschewing their technophobic tendencies, and coaxed online by their grandchildren, over 65 year-old wired seniors…

Cut Transfer Costs, Central Bank Tells Mobile Phone Firms in Kenya

Mobile phone firms offering money transfer services will be required to lower their charges as a pre-condition for being allowed to send higher amounts in a single transaction, the banking…

Kenya Vision 2030 ICT innovation awards

A distance radiology solution has won this year’s Kenya Vision 2030 ICT Innovation Award.The solution by Medisoft East Africa Limited, the brainchild of two medical doctors and an IT professional,…

Kruger National Park is getting drones to boost rhino protection

While Amazon has just received permission to test drone-delivery in the States, the Kruger National Park in South Africa is getting more aerial power of its own in an effort…

Sam Wilson King of the Novel Idea in South Africa

Sam Wilson is South Africa's first award-winning mobilist with a clear majority: 38.5% of the readers' votes. Wilson's story Prestige Animals kept Novel Idea readers hooked to their phones for…

COMPANIES REWARDED IN CAMEROON FOR GOOD WEBSITE MANAGEMENT BUT MORE HAS TO BE DONE

Companies that have websites and whose names do not appear on the result board of the WEB'AWARDS, 2007 should really be disturbed. The publication of the results is a wonderful…

UGANDA'S TRUE AFRICAN LAUNCHES MUSIC DOWNLOADS FOR US$1.2 PER SONG

Ugandan producers will have one more avenue to make money from their efforts following the launch of Internet sales of their music. "We have compiled various artistes' songs on our…

African Web News - In Brief

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GIFEC launches ICT device for James Town fishermen

The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), has launched “Eco-finder,” Information and Communication Technology (ICT) device, to improve fishing activities, in Accra on Wednesday.The mechanism that would facilitate the…

Kenyan tech innovators chosen for BBC digital pilot

Two groups of Kenyan tech innovators have been selected to help the BBC reach young African audiences through social and digital platforms.The young digital specialists from Go Sheng Services and…

Crooked Police Go Hi-Tech in Hunt for Bribes in Kenya

Corrupt policemen are keeping abreast with technology, and turning to mobile phone transactions and brokers to avoid arrest. Indeed, reputable organisations have since 2001 reported that police are the most…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- A website that will link the Ugandan community in the diaspora has been launched. Robert Kalugo, the executive director of Ugandanlink.com, said the website will bridge the information gap.…

MTN LAUNCHES BIGGEST FOOTBALL SITE EVER

Africa's biggest football website, MTNfootball.com, went live on Friday, heralding yet another innovation for the continent's most popular sport from the largest mobile telecommunications company on the African continent. The…

SOUTH AFRICAN INTERNET MARKET; LATEST FINDINGS FROM WORLD WIDE WORX

South Africans who've been watching the Internet industry for the past decade would be forgiven for thinking it feels like 1994 all over again, writes Arthur Goldstuck. Suddenly, there are…

Nigeria to boost social technology

Nigeria’s first technology innovation hub, Co-Creation Hub, last week announced that it has partnered with the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF).The partnership is aimed at encouraging innovative ideas that could help…

Kenyan presidential candidate uses Twitter to raise funds

A leading presidential candidate in Kenya is using Twitter and mobile transfer service M-Pesa to raise funds for her campaign ahead of the March 4 general elections.Martha Karua, the leading…

Benin agri market launches ICT project

Benin has launched a project that will collect and disseminate food market prices by SMS.Aiming to revolutionise the market information system, the project will see market information collected, analysed and…

Google launches SA elections hub

Google has launched an online South African Elections Hub as the country gears up to go to the polls.Google has launched an online South African Elections Hub as the country…

Online learning inspires refugees

Sanky Kabeya, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has spent half of his 24 years in Dzaleka refugee camp in central Malawi. He attended primary and secondary…

German Spotify clone Simfy to expand into South Africa

Music streaming service Simfy is expanding its international presence, with a South African version of the offering set to launch later this month.The German-based company boasts over 18-million songs in…

utd. by content taps into the African film market with new partnership

Newly launched utd. by content today announced its further global expansion through a recent deal with WB Cape Media*, a company spearheading the secure distribution of digital media throughout Africa.…

#BBCtrending: Lessons from Nigeria on social media activism

It's sometimes said that social media lobbying is the ultimate in armchair activism, but are there lessons to be learnt from Nigeria?Nigeria is right now in the grip of a…

BATTLE FOR STATE HOUSE IN KENYA GOES ON THE WEB

Flair and elegance will mark this years' presidential campaigns as candidates prepare for the epic race to State House battle. The internet, mobile phones, FM radio, public relation firms and…

BT supports Infinite Family computer lab in South Africa

BT announced the opening of Infinite Family's mentoring laboratory in Johannesburg, allowing township teenagers to interact with role models who teach, discuss, challenge and encourage. Infinite Family's volunteer video mentors…

NHIF plans phone platform to grow members, revenue

The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) is turning to mobile phone users to grow its membership and increase collections from the informal sector.The healthcare provider is implementing a system that…

Nigeria: Customs Develops Web Based Application to Guide Import, Export

IN an apparent attempt to consolidate on its modernization efforts for eventual take-over from the Service providers in June, the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, has developed a web-based application to…

Taxi Tracker, African application that addresses the insecurity in public transport

Regis Bamba is a young Ivorian entrepreneur and engineer who spent 27 years in the IT department at the American University in Towson , Maryland. He is now the founder…

Web2forDev Conference: Audioblogging to spread knowledge to farmers

This week saw the Web2forDev conference take place in Rome. One speaker from India highlighted the innovative approach of audioblogs for farmers to spread knowledge and overcome literacy issues, reports…

ONLINE BOOKING FAILURES SHUT DOWN UGANDA’S VICTORIA INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES

Victoria International Airlines (VIA) Uganda said last week that it had been forced to suspend its flight operations until further notice because of the poor performance of its on-line booking…

SOFTWARE ON THE WEB SET TO REVOLUTIONISE IT SECTOR

Hi-Tech companies seeking the next big thing in the IT sector to enliven their sluggish revenues finally seem to have found it: the ability for customers to access the software…

New Cash Transfer for Diaspora Launched

A new mobile money transfer platform targeting Kenyans in the diaspora has been launched. The new system involves Heart of the City, a Christian organisation, in partnership with yu.The payment…

Nigeria: eHealth - INTEL to Bail Out Nigeria's Health Services With Digital Training

Apparently worried by recent world health report which rated the Nigerian health care delivery system 187th out of its 192 member countries, global technology giant, Intel corporation Nigeria has provided…

FootballZone releases its first football app: AFCON 2013

Footballzone Afcon AppLocal Football updates startup, FootballZone, has announced the launch of its Afcon 2013 mobile app that went live in the Nokia Ovi Store last week. According to FootballZone…

Safaricom Launches Phone Book Back-Up Service

Kenya's Safaricom has launched a back-up service for phonebook contacts in customers handsets. The service is being provided by Gemalto.Gemalto's LinqUs Cloud Backup combines both SIM and handset phonebook backup…

Nigeria seeks to conquer African video games market

It’s a common enough scenario in Nigeria and across Africa: how to get rid of pesky mosquitoes whose buzzing disturbs sleep and whose bites can carry malaria and other diseases.Two…

Google Sees Cellphone As Ticket Into Africa

Google, the world's most popular search engine, had to tailor its offerings to work better on cellphones if it was to make real headway in Africa, the group said last…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Egypt Yellow Pages Ltd., the official publisher of Yellow Pages branded products in Egypt, today announced the global release of the Egypt Yellow Pages search plugin for Nokia Mobile…

APCON WEBSITE SET TO TAKE OFF

The Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) is now set to open its own website. Hitherto, information on APCON had been available on the net only via the Federal Government's…

Local Firms Embrace Facebook to Market Themselves And Brands

A growing number of businesses are making Facebook a vital part of their enterprises in a bid to find new customers, build online communities and tap into information relevant to…

iBurst shakes up SA’s data prices

South Africa based wireless data provider, iBurst has presented the South African public with new competitive data packages, available on a month-to-month or contract package.iBurst’s new data packages range from…

Senegal: invasion of the foreign sex sites

Pornographic websites are gradually taking over Senegalese cyberspace. The African Association for the Defence of Children’s Rights is calling for a law banning access to adult website. The initiative has…

Intersec technologies support pan-European mobile public alerting initiatives

Following the natural disaster that struck the North American eastern coast and the Caribbean recently, Intersec, a leading provider of VAS software for telecoms operators reaffirms its engagement in the…

‘Thinking Big': Gambian IT Teacher Talks Moving the Classroom Online

Ousman Faal, a young computer instructor and IT professional from The Gambia, has traded the classroom for a blog.Faal is the man behind the Faal Academy, a website that offers…

Jo’burg most active on Twitter

Johannesburg was the most active Twitter city in Africa in the last three months of 2013, according to a new study called How Africa Tweets.Johannesburg had 344 215 geo-located tweets,…

Mother Tongue Interference On the Internet

In a continent where almost all languages are absent in cyber space, 23-year-old Kiganira Deogracious Kijambu has a dream that one day he will access the Internet in Lusoga, his…

NEW RWANDAN WEBSITE FOR THE BLIND

A new website is to be launched this month for blind people, according to Gastone Rusiha, the city vice mayor in charge of social welfares. The website is to create…

Mobile Devices Help Monitor Access to Healthcare in Ghana

SEND Ghana has launched a project to use mobile devices to collect data to assess if the poor are benefiting from the government’s National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). IICD will…

Team Delivers Development Aid Via Cell Phone Animations

A farmer in Niger learns how to protect his crops from insects. A resident of Port-au-Prince or a rural Haitian village learns how to avoid exposure to cholera. An entrepreneur…

Djibouti: Police Arrest News Website Reporter, Looking for Colleague

Reporters Without Borders has learned that Houssein Ahmed Farah, a reporter for the opposition news website La Voix de Djibouti, was arrested last week in the capital, Djibouti-Ville, and is…

Intel to invest in African startups to spur app development

Intel mobile appIntel Corporation is planning to intensify its engagement in Africa by investing in local start-ups to encourage development of local applications and software. Intel’s Christian Morales, Vice President…

'Most-followed' Africans on Twitter: Presidents don't rule here, its musicians, comedians, models and sports stars

You would think that, given Africa’s high-stakes, cutthroat political arena, where a portrait of the president – as a symbol of his power – still adorns business premises and public…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- As the last event in its Internet Week, Burkina Faso held a web night on 14 May. A distinguished jury awarded prizes called "Gambrés" to six different types of…

Rwanda’s Lottery goes Mobile

Rwanda Gaming Corporation (RGC), a charity business organisation is set to introduce mobile lottery, the company's CEO, Philippe Brizoua revealed. Mobile lottery will allow mobile telephony users play lottery games…

South Africa: Free website to stop Cipro fraud

Online search company WinDeed has come up with what it thinks is a solution, at least in part, to the fraud problems plaguing the Companies & Intellectual Property Registration Office…

Mobile App's Creator Seeks to Preserve African Folk Tales

Elizabeth Kperrun says she learned life lessons from the folk stories she heard as a child, a tradition she says should be kept alive. Her AfroTalez app for children offers…

Zain dials up mobile banking in Africa with Zap

Leading mobile telecommunications provider Zain today announced plans to bring mobile banking to over 100 million people in East Africa with the launch of its new service, Zap. Zap will…

PREPARE FOR ADVERTISING AND FLOOD OF SPAM ON YOUR CELL

The money-grabbing cellphone industry is plotting its revenge on ungrateful consumers. Customers have blithely ignored fancy services like television, video conferencing and internet access on their handsets despite the operators,…

BlackBerry is ‘da sh*t’, says South Africa’s youth

Sunday Times Generation Next 2011 Brand Survey reveals the coolest cellular and tech brands in South Africa. The Sunday Times Generation Next 2011 Brand Survey results were released recently, revealing…

Fuel alert app FillApp hits South Africa

The app has designed for the person on the go, and according to the company, is easy to setup and use.According to application developer TouchFoundry its latest application dubbed “FillApp”…

French Company to launch voice activated mobile payment in Nigeria

Tagattitude France, multiple award winners at the international (GSMA) Global System for Mobile Communication Association event, is set to launch its payment solution in Nigeria. The chief operating officer of…

PHONES BOOST WAR AGAINST CRIME IN KENYA

The use of cell phones to track down criminals in the country is a fairly new system which has paid dividends. While many assume that cell phones are private, what…

ZIMBABWE: MDC FACTIONS IN DIRTY CYBER-WAR

Rival Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) camps have started a cyber-war and ratcheted up their campaigns to demonise each other ahead of parallel congresses this month and in March. The…

FNB cellphone banking for Zambia

First National Bank (FNB) is taking advantage of the growth of cellphone banking across the continent and has introduced the service for its clients in Zambia. In line with trends…

Kuyu Project to steer social change In Kenya

An innovative Kenyan social network project, which combines crowd sourced stories and citizen reporting, is set to be rolled out in a few weeks. The Kuyu Project is aimed to…

Mi-Fone Launches Lowest Cost Android Devices Range launched Into Africa

Mi-Fone, one of Africa's fastest growing mobile device brands, has done it again. Listening to their target audience and keeping up with demand, Mi-Fone has released a range of low-cost,…

Ghana: Mobile Phone - an Effective Tool for Enhancing Community Health Systems

The OXFAM/ISODEC mobile phone distribution initiative forms part of a maternal and child health care project known as the Top Project which is funded by OXFAM and implemented by ISODEC…

Yes, we can (code)! Girls in Tech wants to build a girls tech community in Egypt

Many don’t believe that women can be as successful as men in fields related to math and science. Coding and computer programming have particularly been male-dominated fields, in the West…

Meet the entrepreneur who created Algeria's online advertising sector

Few countries can boast that their number of internet users has gone from 1.5 million to 15 million in eight years, that they reached eight million 3G users in just…

NASTY CYBER WARS AS KALONZO WEBSITE IS HACKED IN KENYA

Kalonzo backs Raila for President", said Kalonzo Musyoka's official website on Thursday as all visitors were automatically redirected to Raila Odinga's official campaign website for this year's General Election. The…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Developing Telecoms (www.developingtelecoms.com ) is the new web site for the developing world launched at WSIS. We are building a practical resource for telecom managers and engineers in emerging…

Jinny Software trials VoiceSMS across Africa

Jinny Software, a supplier of messaging and media platforms to mobile network operators, is trialling its VoiceSMS service with several Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in countries across Africa, including Kenya,…

Mobile Subscribers Loyal to Networks, Prefer Nokia Handsets - Nielsen's Mobile Insights Study

South Africa's mobile phone consumers are overwhelmingly loyal to their network providers, with 95 percent having been with their current provider for an average of 4.2 years.What's more, 81 percent…

ICT hitches hamper efficiency at border

ICT hiccups remain among the biggest challenges as the East African Community (EAC) eyes a full-fledged trans-boundary business in utilising the common market protocol.At least customs officers at Mutukula border…

UN agency appoints first lady of Nigeria to champion child online protection

The First Lady of Nigeria, Dame Patience Jonathan, has been appointed as the UN International Telecommunication Unionís (ITU) Child Online Protection Champion.ìDame Patience Jonathan has demonstrated deep interest in activities…

How Online Platforms Are Working to Save Angola's Languages

“On average, a language disappears every two weeks, and Africa is the continent most at risk”, wrote the author José Eduardo Agualusa in a 2011 article on the evolution of…

'SwaziLeaks' looks to shake up jet-setting monarchy

As WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange prepares to end a two-year forced stay at Ecuador's London embassy, he may take comfort in knowing he inspired resistance to secrecy in places as…

Google launches portal to call out Nigerians to vote

Everyone talks about politics in Africa whether offline or online but only a few end up doing the real voting.Google today launched an online portal expected to encourage eligible voters…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The Cabinet in South Africa has expressed concern over recent hoax e-mails and SMS text messages concerning the health of former President Nelson Mandela and has called on the…

ILLEGAL INTERNET PHARMACY RAIDED IN SOUTH AFRICA

The Department of Health has confirmed that a criminal investigation is under way against a Tableview man who allegedly sold drugs for two or three times their SA value on…

South Africa: New Technology Created for Climate Change

NGOs will soon have the data capability that allows them to anticipate the climate changes taking place. The Group on Earth Observation is a global organisation that will allow data,…

Her Zimbabwe goes live

iZimbabwe’s Fungai Machirori, has launched  a website dedicated to discussing and articulating Zimbabwean women’s issues and experiences. Being one of Zimbabwe’s most insightful writers and one who’s already been already…

Google launches search tool to help firms retrieve data in Kenya

Google has launched a tool that will help companies search for information stored in their computers for a fee as the tech giant seeks to diversify its revenues away from…

A new ‘video introduction’ mobile app simplifies recruitment in South Africa

Byte Orbit, a bespoke software development company based in Cape Town, South Africa, has developed a new mobile application that could “revolutionize the face of recruitment.”Impress Me is a video-based…

Facebook releases Lite app in emerging markets, chasing mobile users

Facebook quietly launched a new stand-alone app over the weekend in a handful of test markets in Africa and Asia, according to TechCrunch.Facebook Lite, a simplified version of the company's…

iROKOtv Is Rethinking Its Mobile Strategy For African Consumers (Hint: It Will Focus On Android)

In what appears to, largely, be an experiment of sorts, iROKOtv is on the verge of killing off its streaming service in Africa and focus on a mobile download experience…

ONLINE TENDER SERVICE IN TANZANIA

www.tender.co.tz is a service launched by ALTECH (Alternative Technologies) in Tanzania. The service was launched in October, 2006, and has since attracted over 450 registered users. www.tender.co.tz is essentially a…

KENYA AIG TRAVEL INSURANCE COVER AVAILABLE ONLINE

Agents can now buy AIG Kenya travel insurance cover online. Travel agents and brokers can buy the product through an interactive website launched on Thursday. "We are committed to being…

KENYA’S POLICE DEPARTMENT GOES ONLINE

The police department has set up a website to enhance service delivery and combat crime. According to Police headquarters, the website, www.kenyapolice.go.ke, is yet to be officially launched. It is,…

UGANDA HOMEPAGES LAUNCHES FIRST OFFICIAL NATIONAL PORTAL

Uganda has opened its first official national portal offering comprehensive information about Uganda, the ugandaweb.co.ug, writes Balancing Act's Uganda correspondent Esther Nakkazi. The portal can also be found at domain…

CONFÉDÉRATION AFRICAINE DE FOOTBALL PUTS UP ITS NEW WEBSITE

The Confédération africaine de football (CAF) has opened its web site and hopes that it will become the reference point for those interested in football. It provides a calender, a…

African Web News - In Brief

- Senegal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Union of Africans and Senegalese Overseas (MAEUASE):http://www.diplomatie.sn/ Plenty of pictures of politicians but nothing so useful as a navigation bar. info@wougnet.org -…

Kenya: Orange Launches Facebook for Non-Data Handsets

Orange, has launched a Facebook dial service, that offers mobile access to the world's biggest social networking site to entry level customers who were not previously mobile data users.The service,…

HIV drug resistance test to slash costs by 80 per cent

Researchers in South Africa have developed a low-cost tool to test for HIV drug resistance, potentially opening the door to improved treatment for users of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs).The researchers, based…

Surprising Europe, an Open Archive of Stories About Migration

There are millions of them. They live scattered across our continent, Europe. They are all categorised as immigrants. Despite this, none of them have the same story. Each one is…

Nigeria: Boko Haram Launches PR Campaign, Opens Twitter Account

Insurgent group, Jama'atu AhlisSunnah Lidda'awati Waljahad, popularly known as Boko Haram has launched a new Public Relation campaign via twitter meant to win people over to its side.The twitter handle,Alurwa…

Namibia: Team Namibia's Smartphone APP to Identify Local Products

Team Namibia, the non-profit organisation which has been tasked with advancing the country's economically sustainable future by promoting the use of local products and services, yesterday announced its own smartphone…

Nigerian Newspapers to charge fees for online news by 2010

Access to online news content on Nigerian news websites will no longer be free of charge by end of 2010, Jeremy Weate of the School of Media and Communications, Pan-African…

Mobile Health Initiative Expands to Over 20 Countries in Africa

The United Nations Foundation and Vodafone Foundation’s Technology Partnership (Technology Partnership) announced today the expansion of its mobile health (mHealth) program in Africa. Working with the World Health Organization (WHO)…

CELLPHONES AS AN EDUCATIONAL TOOL

The Meraka Institute, the Helsinki University of Art and Design in Finland and the University of Pretoria have, over the past 18 months, been working on a project dubbed MobilED,…

GHANA LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE PORTAL

Speaking at the launch of eMartghana.com in Accra, the Deputy Minister of Communications, Dr. Benjamin Aggrey Ntim was happy with the introduction of e-commerce in Ghana and called for awareness…

EAST AFRICA COMMERCE BODY ACQUIRES WEBSITE

The recently-launched East African Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (EACCIA) has gone another step forward by acquiring a website that will provide the latest information and papers on East…

SA'S CELLPHONE BANK WIZZIT AIMS TO BREAK-EVEN WITH 300,000 CUSTOMERS MID NEXT YEAR

SA's cellphone bank Wizzit hopes to break even by the middle of next year and aims to have about 300,000 customers within three years, the bank said. Wizzit, which went…

African Web News - In Brief

• South African professionals in the UK have a Web site that provides them with a support network for essential services. Since going live last month, www.afinityplus.co.uk has had thousands…

TISCALI’S NATALIE THAYER ON GROWING INTO A COMMUNICATIONS BUSINESS

Nathalie Thayer, General Manager:Portal talks to News Update Tiscali’s position in the South African market and how it is now expanding beyond its internet origins. How did the company start?…

Rancard picks Squires tech for mobile voice app service

Ghanaian company Rancard has deployed a voice application service for mobile users, using media gateways supplied by Squire Technologies. It uses the Rancard Mobility Content Server (RMCS) and Rendezvous technologies…

Uganda: Students Win U.S. $12,000 From Microsoft for Malaria APPs

A team of Ugandan students who took part in the 11th annual Microsoft Imagine Cup for young technologists, developers and aspiring entrepreneurs, won in the women's empowerment category.Brian Gitta, Joshua…

New app Nal’ibali brings books to Mxit to help tackle SA’s literacy problems

One of the lesser appreciated problems in South Africa which, if tackled correctly, could have a knock on effect for everything from business acumen to social understanding to basic education…

Nigeria – Online - The anger over money for politicians' clothes

Nigerians online are criticising an alleged "wardrobe allowance" proposal for MPsNigerians are venting their frustration online after reports of an alleged proposal to pay huge wardrobe allowances to lawmakers.Politicians's salaries…

Google now speaks Afrikaans and Swahili

Google has announced the launch a full suite of translation tools in Afrikaans and Swahili. This announcement means that Afrikaans-speaking users will be able to find and view search results…

South African Website to Launch in Brazil

A locally developed website offering free classified adverts is expanding into Brazil today in a venture backed by Internet entrepreneur Ronnie Apteker. The Vottle.co.za website lets anybody buy and sell…

STRUGGLE HISTORY NOW ON NAMIBIAN WEBSITE

Extensive documentation of Namibian history can be accessed on the Internet through the recently launched Aluka project, an international online digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa. This…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

-   Mobile phones will allow texts to be sent out telling people about HIV/AIDS. Nine million young people in Nigeria are to be sent text messages to raise awareness about…

KENYA: PARLIAMENT WEBSITE SHUT AFTER MEDIA REPORTS

The Kenyan Parliament has shut down its website amid reports that the The Standard’s exclusive report of well-guarded secrets embarrassed some MPs. Last weekend, http://www.parliament.go.ke was blank after the two-day…

WEBSITE LAUNCHED TO CELEBRATE KENYAN SPORTS SUCCESS

The Kenya Sports Hall of Fame site: www.KSHF.co.ke, will include information on Kenya's past and present sports heroes and a news section on latest developments featuring Kenya's sports celebrities, Sara…

Company to Launch Mobile Payment System for Zimbabwe’s diaspora

Zimbabweans in the Diaspora are set to benefit from the country's first mobile payment system to be launched next month by local firm Mikemusa (Pvt) Ltd. The mobile money transfer/payment…

Solar Powered Open Education Library in a Box for Schools in Sierra Leone

We want to put thousands of open education materials available on the internet and those developed by trained local teachers in Sierra Leone base on their curriculum in the hands…

Zambia: Bloggers Protest Watchdog, Zambia Reports Blocking

A sizeable group of people calling themselves Zambian bloggers yesterday converged at the Freedom Statute in Lusaka to protest the blocking of two critical website - Zambian Watchdog and Zambia…

Unyazi IV Electronic Music Festival reveals final line-up

NewMusic SA has announced the complete schedule of Unyazi IV Electronic Music Festival, which takes place as part of the Fak’ugesi: Digital Africa Festival line-up, at Wits and the Goethe…

Safaricom sues blogger over posts

Safaricom has sued a local blogger claiming that he has defamed the company by authoring and posting a number of unsubstantiated and unsupported claims on his blog about the telco.Through…

ZENITH PLANS NIGERIA'S FIRST ONLINE SHOPPING CARD FOR THE USA

Zenith Bank Plc in partnership with MasterCard International and PUSA Systems Nigeria Limited has concluded arrangement for the introduction of an on-line shopping card that will allow Nigerians buy products…

BA INTRODUCES ON-LINE PAYMENT IN KENYA

Kenyans can now buy British Airways tickets on a secure on-line booking and payment website, the ba.com. The on-line payment is available to anyone with an international credit card and…

HACKERS WREAK HAVOC IN GUINEA AND SOUTH AFRICA

It has not been a good week for African web site owners. Sites as far apart as Guinea and South Africa have been badly affected by hacker attacks. "Team Evil",…

KEEPING TRACK OF KIDS VIA CELL, WEB

A Cape Town-based black empowerment company, Mobile Locate Africa, has launched a location-based service, ChildLocate, on the MTN network. The service allows users to locate their children via cellphone or…

AFRICAN COTTON PRICES SITE LAUNCHED WITH ASSISTANCE FROM AID

 Launched in June by the American programme for assistance to agricultural business, Rates, CottonAfrica has laid out its ambition: to be the best market place for the buying and selling…

Orange Rides On Internet, Data Services in Uganda

Internet and data services are the new forces behind Orange's penetration into the Ugandan market. This informs the firm's strategy as it strives for market dominance amid raging price competition.MTN…

Uganda Achieves 80 Percent Tax Collections Online

About 80% of Uganda's domestic tax collections is currently collected electronically, Ms Allen Kagina, Uganda Revenue Authority's (URA) Commissioner General has said.She was speaking at the Sixth URA Appreciation Awards…

Adhoc Networking in the Sahel

The Sahel, the belt of parched earth that lies between the Sahara and the tropical Africa is a vast region that practically goes unnoticed, bookended by two massive and more…

Kenya: Publishers Want to Develop Digital Content for Schools

Curriculum publishers have asked the government to engage them in developing digitised content for schools' syllabus.Their appeal comes amid complaints that the ministry of Education is reluctant to involve them…

Nigeria’s favourite satirist goes global after ambushing Robert Mugabe

Following her sharp questions for Zimbabwe’s president, Adeola Fayehun is being hailed as part of a new generation of African journalists holding leaders to account. Daily Maverick reportsAdeola Fayehun’s ambush…

Uganda’s District Web portals soon available in local language

In an effort to popularise Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in rural areas, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) through the Rural Communications Development Fund (RCDF) has decided to provide translated…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- In a bid to promote public awareness on issues relating to environment, the National Environment Agency of Gambia has launched its website. One can get access to the website…

INTERNET INFORMATION FAILS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF UGANDA'S SMALL FARMERS

A paper written by researchers at the Dutch International Institute for Communication and Development says that although the Internet has "drastically changed" the information landscape in the field of agriculture…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

Uganda's Dehezi International Ltd has started an online job recruitment service to bridge the gap between job seekers and employers. The venture called e-jobsuganda.com will enable organisations to carry out…

African Web News - In Brief

-   The Central Bank of Nigeria has issued its Guidelines for Electronic Banking in Nigeria. A copy of the Guidelines can be found at: http://www.cenbank.org/OUT/PUBLICATIONS/BSD/2003/E-BANKING.PDF -   South Africa's job portal…

PINK AVIATION’S WEBSITE STILL PUTTING ITS CASE DESPITE MUCH PUFFING FROM GHANAIAN GOVT

www.ghanairforce.com According the the Ghanaian Chronicle the Deputy Information Minister promised the nation that the Government would immediately use all means including the courts to disable the website. However this…

NEW AGOA WEBSITE REACHES OUT TO AFRICAN AND AMERICAN BUSINESSPEOPLE

AGOA Africa.com, a new website linking Africans and Americans to information about the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) has been launched. This website is for African businesspeople that want…

Safaricom and Equity Bank launch M-Kesho

Last week, Kenya telecoms company, Safaricom and Equity Bank launched a service, M-Kesho. The service will make it possible for Safaricom's mobile money clients to directly access their Equity bank…

Ubuntu Linux coming to phones, tablets

Ubuntu Linux, the free and open-source operating system, will power tablet computers, cellular phones, TVs and smart screens in cars and elsewhere, Mark Shuttleworth, the South African behind the software…

Tanzania: Farmers Benefit From New Zantel Service

Lack of timely information on how to access markets, get better seeds and improve their farming methods are among the serious challenges holding back smallholder farmers in Tanzania.According to Ministry…

How Nigerian Bloggers, Writers, Activists Wrote a Book in Five Days

Barbara Ruehling, a filmmaker and Book Sprint facilitator, talks to us about a Book Sprint in Nigeria, which brought together Nigerian bloggers, writers and activists to write a book in…

Digital Content – In Brief

#BeingGhanaianHasTaughtMe is a trending Twitter hashtag for humorous descriptions of lessons learned from being a Ghanaian.

Passport Applicants to Benefit From SMS Tracker in Kenya

Kenyans seeking passports will be spared unnecessary trips to the Immigration offices to check their application status once an SMS tracking facility becomes operational. An Immigration official said the tool…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- In Uganda, a new communications company, Infoline 189 Ltd, has launched an online telephone directory through which information about companies can be accessed by people.Infoline's Managing Director, Edward Ssendikadiwa,…

African Web News - In Brief

- To access the Uganda National ICT for Development Directory online version, use the following URL http://www.ugabytes.org/ug_ict4d_directory.html

African Web News - In Brief

www.africa2005.com/en www.wits.ac.za/saiia www.manual-de-fisica.net

AFRICA_NET: NEW FRENCH LANGUAGE DISCUSSION FORUM ON ICT

Africa_net is a unique discussion list aimed at those in francophone countries interested in ICT in Africa last week it launched a web presence. Operating since last year, it is…

Rwandan innovators attend Geneva ICT Telecom expo

Two Rwandan young innovators participated in this year’s ICT Telecom World 2011 held Geneva, Switzerland.According to the NewTimes, Joseph Gatete who presented Quickisms in Secondary School Projects and Robert Katabarwa…

Ghana: MTN Ghana Connects Subscribers to Deutsche Welle Radio

Above: Members of the Deutsche Welle team present at Discop 2014. MTN Ghana subscribers can now learn while on the go with Deutsche Welle's Learning by Ear. The innovative program is…

Ugandan govt to launch SMS alerts for budget spending

Uganda's finance ministry says it has finalised plans to set up mobile phone alerts for the public, civil society and the media to monitor public expenditure in the next financial…

Startups bring education to African students’ fingertips

A growing group of entrepreneurs is capitalising on Africa’s lack of access to laptops and computers. These entrepreneurs are banking on the fact that this population does have cellphones and…

The battle for Kenya – Uber vs. Easy Taxi

Africa Internet Group (AIG)-owned taxi hailing app launched in Kenya in April 2014, following successful roll outs in Nigeria, Ghana and Egypt.  Queue the entry of Uber to Kenya in…

5FM, KALAHARI SIGN E-TAIL PARTNERSHIP TO SELL MUSIC

National radio station 5fm and e-tailer Kalahari.net have launched a service to sell 5fm's Top 40 music collection online. The partnership will allow 5fm listeners to buy CDs featured in…

AFRICA LOXO: NEW WEB SITE FOR AFRICAN ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS

Africa Loxo wants to spread African art works across the world. It Senegalese, Beninois and Sierre Leonian are amongst those on this new site promoting their work in forms as…

UTL's M-Sente Joins School Fees Platform

Competition in the mobile money business continues to bring better services to mobile phone users as Uganda Telecom's (UTL) M-sente joined the school fees platform. This comes just over a…

App and music store licensing in SA: Copyright and licensing

What is holding back digital stores, such as Apple’s iTunes, in South Africa?Getting the license agreements in place to sell content such as music and apps seems to be the…

How much will technology boom change Kenya?

Nairobi City Council recently piloted a scheme to allow motorists to pay parking fees - and fines - on their mobile phones. By eliminating cash payments, the government hopes to…

Kenya’s health management software ZiDi bags ICT innovation award

Kenya’s ICT Authority has named health management software ZiDi as a 2014 Innovation Award Winner in the Health Care Delivery sector. ZiDi is a monitor service that automates a range…

iROKOtv.com announces free movie download service

Nollywood VOD service, iRokotv.com has today announced a movie download feature to allow subscribers get their movies to watch them later offline.The firm annouced, “Movie downloads have arrived. You can…

African Web News - In Brief

www.icsu.org http://www.fao.org/dimitra/

Kenyans online angry over use of the word ‘primitive’ in Korean Air web ad

A notice on Korean Air’s website announcing the start of non-stop flights from Korea to Kenya sparked a flurry of angry Tweets and Facebook postings Monday over the description of…

Tanzania: World Food Program, Vodacom Partner to Support Mothers

Vodacom Tanzania and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) announced a partnership that will encourage vulnerable, food insecure communities in Mtwara region to take advantage of nutrition and health education…

Kenyan President unveils new website

President Uhuru Kenyatta has unveiled a new website that allows members of the public to communicate directly to him.Incorporated in the website is a platform for the public to report…

Jovago Begins East African Expansion

AIH’s online hotel booking service Jovago.com, has began its rapid East African expansion with over 5000 hotels signed up on Jovago.com and over 130 in Uganda, over 158 in Tanzania…

Nigerian Writers, Publishers Debate Future of Publishing in Age of Social Media

Nigeria ranks 35th worldwide in number of Facebook users and is the third-largest generator of tweets in Africa. Meanwhile, the Nigerian publishing industry struggles to find readers. Nigerian publishers and…

Esoko: Mobile e-marketing for Africa

In sixteen countries across Africa, including Nigeria, farmers are gradually overcoming the problem of information failure through a mobile platform called Esoko. In the past, they accepted whatever prices middlemen…

Zimbabwe: Passport Office Goes Digital

The Registrar-General's Office will now send SMS messages to passport applicants to collect their documents, while the applicants will now also be able to download application forms on the Internet.Registrar-General…

Wikipedia Will Start Texting Info To Users In Kenya Who Lack Internet

Wikipedia Zero is an experiment in bringing the Internet's encyclopedia to anyone who owns a cell phone, through text messages.Wikipedia is probably a regular part of your online life. And…

Malawi vote counting system collapses

Malawi election officials have had to resort to fax and email to tally votes from this week's election after the electronic system broke down, delaying the release of any results,…

Angry South Africa’s Teens Plan Mass Kissing Online Protest

Teenagers are planning to defy the government's ban on under-16 kissing, touching and rubbing up against each other in public, hatching a "kissing protest" on Facebook. The new law, passed…

Mobile Technology Doubles HIV Treatment Rate in Babies

Kampala — HIV-infected babies have had their diagnosis time cut from three months to two weeks thanks to a mobile phone-based technology.Infants with HIV need to begin medication as soon…

Ethiopia: Government to Ban Skype, Other Online Tools

To protect the state-owned telecom provider, the Ethiopian government has introduced legislation that will make using online communication tools such as Skype punishable by up to 15 years in jail,…

FNB launches Share Investing on the FNB app

If you are an FNB customer with many investments to keep track of – here is something that is sure to make your life a little easier.The new function is…

Moov Togo launches new ‘Sports Connect’ platform for mobile users

Mobile operator Moov Togo has selected leading voice messaging and media mobile apps developer Kirusa to supply it with its social media messaging service – ‘Sports Connect’ – enabling Moov…

Racially Diverse Emoji Are Finally Coming to Your iPhone

The first black Emoji will come June 2015There are 59 different types of food Emoji, but the pictorial smartphone language has been severely lacking in other areas—specifically when it comes…

#ISurvivedEbola Mobile App Launched For the Testimonies of Ebola Survivors

A West African multimedia campaign, #ISurvivedEbola, has launched an interactive mobile application that allows Ebola survivors to connect with each other, share public health advice, and update the world on…

A Bank in Every African Pocket?

Ann Wanjiku walks up to a green-and-white booth with an "M-Pesa agent" sign on it. There she shows the agent her identity card and her cell phone, which displays a…

sing E- Business Potentials to Reduce Internet Fraud

The need to expose Nigerians to legitimate job opportunities on Internet has been stressed by Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) at its maiden exhibition of business proposals on Internet for Jobs…

IBM leads agencies in combating cervical cancer in Kenya

The Kenyan government’s health department, the Ministry of Health (MoH), and the United States Embassy have partnered in a project focused on pulling down the increasing cases of cervical cancer…

Senegalese entrepreneurs introduce tech solutions to hospitality industry

When Senegalese brothers Alioune and Moustapha Ndoye completed their engineering studies in the US they chose to move back to Africa to run their own technology company.“We went to the…

Zimbabwe Startup Weekend crowns winner: Kwese Music

Zimbabwe’s first Startup Weekend was hosted by the local tech hub Hypercube recently and saw a three-day event full of mentors, judges and pitches. Out of all the entrepreneurs who…

Facebook adds “donate to Ebola” button

Facebook is stepping up its efforts to fight Ebola by adding a button designed to make it easier for its users to donate to charities battling the disease.The social media…

Meet Tracking the Wild: the social tool using crowdsourcing to help Africa’s wildlife

One of the biggest tourist attractions in South Africa — and Africa as a whole — is its sprawling wildlife. However valuable this attraction may be, its sustainability is questionable.…

BLUEPRINT BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES CHOOSES C3 LTD FOR VALUE-ADDED MOBILE SERVICES IN NIGERIA

Blueprint Business Technologies in Lagos has chosen the Communicate Kit from C3 Ltd to run its new value-added mobile services across all of the Nigerian mobile phone networks. The system…

Kenya: You Can Now Track Your Stolen Vehicle Via SMS

Imagine tracking down your stolen car using the SMS (short message service) and immobilising it. Yes, that is now happening. With the rising uptake of mobile value added services, the…

YouTube Launches Face-Blurring Feature to Protect Protesters

During the Arab Spring, a lot of the footage coming out of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya wasn’t taken by the major news networks but rather ordinary citizens armed with cellphone…

Malawi: Voter verification: MEC launches SMS and online service

As the voter verification exercise progresses in Malawi ahead of the May 20 polls, eligible voters will now be able to verify their details online and through mobile phones.The Malawi…

Violence-forecasting model offers peacekeeping hope

A statistical model that can accurately predict where violence will occur in Liberia has been developed. The advance raises the possibility that developing countries could use similar models to target…

Ghana: MTN gives free access to Wikipedia

MTN Ghana, with the support of the Ministry of Education, has become the country’s first mobile operator to offer free access to Wikipedia. According to MTN, this forms as part…

Liberian farmers use SMS to get better prices

Farmers in Liberia can now access market pricing information through SMS on their mobile phones. Agricultural Market Information and Linkage System (AMILS) was launched this week by Agro, Inc., a…

HI-TECH CELL PHONES HELP AFRICANS TRADE CROPS

Daniel Mashva heaves his sack of cabbages and sweet potatoes into a rickety shared taxi and travels nine hours under the scorching sun to the market in Johannesburg. By the…

Microsoft launches OneApp/Mibli for mobile Internet in South Africa with Blue Label Telecoms

Blue Label Telecoms is touting its partnership with Microsoft as a potentially lucrative source of income, with them jointly launching a service that lets people with low-end cellphones use Internet…

Rwanda: E-Soko Wins Continental Award

The E-Soko project on Monday won an African award for the promotion of ICT in Rwanda during the third Technology in Government in Africa (TIGA) Awards held in Addis Ababa,…

Tanzania: Device to Recover Lost Phones

Security for mobile phones and laptops in the country will be enhanced after the introduction of a technology that will track the gadgets when lost or stolen. The technology uses…

Mapping Africa: readers fill in the gaps

Map coverage across Africa has improved dramatically since the days when cartographers used elephants to fill in the gaps in their knowledge. Google alone has increased its representation of roads…

Mobile Phone Towers to Monitor African Weather

A new partnership has been announced that will place weather monitoring stations on up to 5,000 mobile phone towers operated by Zain, and other mobile networks, across the African continent.…

Waspa tightens mobile regulations in South Africa

Mobile content service providers will now be required to explicitly notify customers once their service bill exceeds its limit. The Wireless Application Service Providers' Association (Waspa) has amended its code…

SENEGAL MIGRANT SONG HITS THE NET

Young Senegalese have given up all hope at home, DJ Awadi says. A hard-hitting song accusing Senegal's government of forcing young people to risk their lives to seek their fortunes…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- More than 26.4 million people from around the world sent text messages on Saturday in support of the Live 8 campaign to cancel the debts of the poorest countries,…

THE DMOZ ROUTE TO BETTER PROFILE FOR AFRICAN WEB SITES

African web sites are not as well listed as they might be, argues our e-commerce correspondent Cordelia Salter-Nour" "A while back I volunteered to be the editor for the Africa…

Google kicks off the work to launch Street View in South Africa in 2010

The local arm of Google and Toyota will start taking snapshots of South Africa’'s suburban streets for the coming version of Google Street View in the country. Street View is…

Google Launches Gmail SMS in Africa

Although there has been phenomenal growth in cellphone ownership and use in Africa, not everybody has a smartphone and mobile broadband access through 3G or Wi-Fi remains patchy. Google is…

SAP launches mobile birth registration app in Kenya

SAP Africa has announced the launch of a mobile application prototype to simplify the birth registration process in Kenya, saving costs and time and easing access to education, healthcare and…

Facebook Swahili version launched

The social-networking website Facebook has launched in Swahili, targeting more than 110m speakers of the language. A group of Swahili scholars launched the new version with the permission of the…

NEW EAST AFRICAN INTERNET FORUM

Tafuta.Net offers a non-commercial platform for information, promotion and Contacts concerning East Africa. Everybody can take part from all over the world. The main language is English. But it offers…

African Web News - In Brief

www.noseweek.co.za http://www.fondationolivier.com/ - flysaa.com has opened an African web site that allows people in other African countries to book tickets on the airline. - Zimbabwe’s Anstey Global has launched its…

TSC Unveils Text Message Service for Teachers in Kenya

Teachers will no longer be required to travel to Nairobi over job-related matters.The Teachers Service Commission has unveiled a new mobile phone short text message (SMS) service, through which its…

'Mobile reading revolution' takes off in developing world

Unesco is pointing to a "mobile reading revolution" in developing countries after a year-long study found that adults and children are increasingly reading multiple books and stories on their phones.Nearly…

BCR Brings Online, SMS Banking to Rwanda

Banking with Commercial Bank of Rwanda (bcr) has been made easier with the introduction of Internet and Short Message Service (SMS) banking facilities. SMS banking is a service that allows…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The Senegalese government has launched a new portal www.demarches.gouv.sn to enable citizen to access online forms and submit applications for about 100 procedures. The government plans to increase this…

Local Government Services to Go Online in Rwanda

The Ministry of Local Government has unveiled a plan to have all its documented information, service delivery and conference proceedings online. Minister Protais Musoni said the online facility of e-document,…

Africa: Communications Boost for Non-Profits

The Internet is changing, and the greatest impact may be felt in Africa. With the exploding use of the web globally and the planned 2012 expansion of the top-level domain…

Few requests for Facebook, Google user information from African governments in 2013

Relatively few African governments ' 8 to be exact ' requested user information or content removal from Facebook or Google last year.Despite all the talk of online censorship in African…

University of Djibouti Launches Virtual Platform to Deliver Education to the Masses

The University of Djibouti has launched an e-campus to help it deliver tertiary education to students in countries on the horn of Africa.Sponsored by the Ministry of Higher Education, the…

Global Campaigners Against HIV Increasingly Turning to Digital Media

The 17th International AIDS Conference this week highlighted a host of innovative ways that digital media is being used to get the attention of young people and help protect them…

Tanzania: Mobile Phones Help Mothers Avoid Passing HIV On to Their Children

Pumwani Maternity Hospital, in the impoverished Nairobi neighbourhood of Eastlands, is the site of a trial project using mobile phones to help HIV-positive mothers avoid passing the virus on to…

Will Eastern Congo see the first app to win a war?

Bienvenu, my motorbike driver, negotiated the gargantuan potholes and filthy water tankers to reach what was then the front line. The Congolese army had been fighting a rebellion in the…

Mxit active users down by almost 2 million

Popular South African instant messaging service Mxit has seen a sharp decline in the number of active users in the last year, said CEO Francois Swart.According to a story on…

CRIMINALS TARGET ONLINE BANKING IN SOUTH AFRICA

Criminals are making such concerted attacks on SA's online banking industry that the major banks and Internet service providers may co-operate to standardise their technologies to keep the thieves at…

South Africa thieves hit traffic lights for Sim cards

Traffic lights have become attractive targets for thieves in Johannesburg. Some 400 high-tech South African traffic lights are out of action after thieves in Johannesburg stole the mobile phone Sim…

FG moves to safeguard vital private data of Nigerians

Lagos. November 21, 2013: Nigerians that can prove they suffered damage from “an unlawful processing operation” of their private data by an organisation may soon heave a sigh of relief…

Operator participation vital to African digital music industry

Mobile operators must participate if Africa’s digital music industry is to become a viable market by introducing attractive value propositions to customers, as the current model of the music industry…

FNB IN MASSIVE CELLPHONE BANKING ROLLOUT IN NAMIBIA

First National Bank (FNB) has extended its wings to encompass cellphone banking to accord its customers mobile banking via secure SMS. Launched on Monday, the bank says this will pave…

START-UP GIVES COAST ITS FIRST ONLINE SHOP IN KENYA

As more people turn to the Internet to transact business, the upsurge in online shops has spread to the Kenya’s Coast. Pwanitech, a company based in Mombasa, has launched onlinebiashara.com,…

Mozambique: Mobile helps migrant workers send food back home to family

Mariana Diouh, is a Mozambican migrant domestic worker in Johannesburg. She has just received a phone call from her elderly grandmother in a village close to Xai Xai, Mozambique. Their…

Algeria - Kada Zaoui, elected Algerian Setif best blogger for 2012

The Medallion author blogs best cultural Algeria during the year 2012 was awarded Tuesday night at Setif, Kada Zaoui creator of the blog "Qara'tou laka" (I read to you), at…

Joel Mwale - bringing 'Facebook' education to Kenya

A young social entrepreneur from Kenya might have solved one of the conundrums of the Facebook generation - how to stop social media getting in the way of studying.Joel Mwale,…

Tanzania: Facebook, Tigo Partnership Gives Tanzanians Free Access

Tigo Tanzania has announced a partnership with Facebook in which all its customers in the country will get free access to Facebook services in English and a new Kiswahili version…

Nokia captures the spirit of Ramadan

Nokia’s latest phone selection -Nokia N73 Special Edition, Nokia 6300, and Nokia 3110 Classic – all come pre-loaded with Islamic applications. The selection of applications available in the Nokia devices…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Ethiopian Airlines announced this week that it now offers online (Internet) booking and electronic-ticketing services in all its 49 destinations as of this month.

ONLINE MEDIA COMES OF AGE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Local online advertising revenue is expected to reach R183m in 2006, and to pass the R200m mark in 2007, according to a survey from World Wide Worx. “Online Media in…

Monitoring software may help stabilise food prices

Price-monitoring computer software that will produce monthly updates of staple food prices is being developed for East and Central African countries. The tool is under development at the Association for…

Ivory Coast’s 'iPad Government' Embraces New Media

Social networking sites and online innovation are changing the face of government, activism and business in Ivory Coast and throughout Africa. They are called the iPad government.  Ivory Coast's ministers…

'Nigerian iTunes' dances to the mobile phone beat

Founded by three university friends, MyMusic.com.ng is an ambitious startup aiming to be the major online distribution channel for Nigerian music. The new digital service is focused on providing an…

Africa: 'Not Ghosts but Human Beings - ' UN Rights Office Launches Website On Albinism

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) launched today a website dedicated to the issue of albinism aimed at debunking the myths of the rare condition…

Bicycle Phone Charger Launched in Uganda

The locally designed charging system is aimed at mostly helping people in villages, where there is no electricity, to have easy access to charging services. This is another innovation that…

HOTEL OWNERS SUE FRENCH OWNER OF PLANETE SENEGAL FOR LIBEL

The Tribunal régional of Ziguinchor cited a Frenchman called Christian Cousteaux, the oener of the web site Senegalaisement.com (also known as Planete Senegal) for contempt of court. He has been…

Facebook on basic phones for Africa

While Facebook access has been the preserve of those with Internet access or a data plan, France Telecom Orange plans to bring a simple version of the social network to…

Empowering Artists after the Tunisian Revolution: eArtvolution

Innovative art exhibitions and events (some of them breathtaking) have begun invading Tunisian cities. Yet local artists faced several challenges, however: a huge lack of funding, difficulty accessing the local…

Google tailors products to African markets

In developed economies, most people began using the internet on their computers. However, in Africa, online usage is being propelled forward by mobile phones.“Africa is special because we are leapfrogging,…

Stanbic Botswana turns to tablets to boost sales

Stanbic Bank Botswana, a subsidiary of South African headquartered Standard Bank Group, has launched sales application tablet technology, through Apple’s iOS software platform, to help sign up new customers.Lerato Chana…

Getting Africa's jobseekers online and into employment

Computer says yes: Online recruitment platforms are changing the way people in Africa find work"Throughout my four years at university, my friend and I used to go dropping off application…

Mobile advertising in Africa: a threat or an opportunity!

We carry it around with us wherever we go, it holds some of our most crucial and valuable information, it is our lifeline to the conveniences of constant connectivity --…

African Web News - In Brief

http://www.internet.org.za) info@mkapa.com http://www.thezambian.com/technology/ - Mauritian web site Tangaza.com has updated its contents.

E-Soko Boosts Marketing of Agricultural Products in Rwanda

Farmers in Rwanda have got a boost with the introduction of the e-market to help them market their agricultural produce and get premium prices. The e-market was mainly introduced to…

Demand for Nokia slumps among early adopters in South Africa

BlackBerry’s popularity in SA is showing signs of waning, while consumer predilection towards Apple and HTC is skyrocketing. This is according to new research by BMI-TechKnowledge, which surveyed early adopters…

US military behind Africa news websites

The website's headlines trumpet al-Shabab's imminent demise and describe an American jihadist fretting over insurgent infighting. At first glance it appears to be a sleek, Horn of Africa news site.…

Uganda: Makerere Students Win Huawei Android Applications Challenge

A team of six students from the department of electrical and computer engineering at the College of Engineering, Design and Technology (CEDAT) in Makerere University have won this year's Huawei…

Africa: Mobile Texts to Give Sexual and Reproductive Health Information to Young People

Pathfinder International is exploiting mobile technology to address youth sexual and reproductive health in Mozambique and Ethiopia.Text messages and stories are being used to provide young people with information about…

Smart app to help fight Malaria

Capitalizing on the penetration and massive growth of Android-based smartphone and tablet devices throughout Africa, Mobilium Global has announced the launch of its Smart Health application in seven African countries…

Filling in the blanks: Students map Niger using GPS

For the past year, a group of university students in Niger have spent most of their free time mapping their country using GPS technology. And in a country with very…

ORASCOM TELECOM AND RIM TO BRING BLACKBERRY TO AFRICA

Orascom Telecom Holding and Research In Motion on Tuesday announced plans to offer the BlackBerry(R) wireless communications solution to mobile customers in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. BlackBerry…

Internet Marriage Agency Booms in Cameroon

The marriage of 22-year-old Abiba, who has spent weary years searching for a dream husband, was certified last weekend at the New Bell neighbourhood in Douala. The youngster is married…

Top Ten Opera Mini users in Africa

The “State of the Mobile Web Report” by web browser company Opera Software puts a spotlight on the African region. Here are the top trends in Africa for mobile handsets…

Spotify, Deezer or Spinlet? Africa's music streaming choice

Internet and mobile music platforms are targeting the African market, which should benefit both musicians and listeners.To the frustration of fans, the pioneering music streaming service Spotify is unavailable in…

GAVI partners with Vodacom to improve health through mobile tech in Africa

Telecoms operator Vodacom has partnered with public-private health group GAVI Alliance in a move expected to ensure health initiatives in Africa are integrated with mobile technology, especially the use of…

How to spread Rwandan propaganda, and intimidate opponents? Twitter, of course.

Last week, a few unfortunate clicks revealed to the world that the Twitter account of Rwandan President Paul Kagame is run by the same person who spews pro-Rwanda propaganda under…

Swaziland: Users bypass censored media with Social Media

Social MediaTech savvy individuals have turned to social media websites like Facebook and Twitter in order to access news that is not censored or governed in any way.Individuals also utilise…

Mobile social network MXit gains momentum in Africa

Instant messaging giant MXit cements its place as Africa’s most powerful youth mobile social network by exceeding 11 million users and becoming the number one method of communicating with youth.…

ETHIOPIANS USE TEXTING IN ELECTION CAMPAIGN

Strapped for cash, Ethiopians in the capital Addis Ababa have discovered a new way of campaigning for Sunday's elections -- the text message. Mobile phones are a recent phenomenon in…

ANGOLAN BUDGET PROPOSALS TO BE PRESENTED IN THE INTERNET

Budget proposals will be available on the Internet as from this year, aiming at contributing to the elaboration of the State’s General Budget, according to an announcement last week by…

South African Government Using SMS to Distribute Free Electricity Vouchers

Sybase 365 says that it is providing the messaging platform for an SMS based electricity voucher scheme being rolled out in South Africa. The initial service provides real-time electricity pre-pay…

Africa: Millions of Poor People Will Have Mobile Phone Numbers Under UN-Backed Scheme

Three million poor people in Africa and South Asia, the majority of them women, will gain access to low-cost mobile phone numbers as part of technology firm Movirtu's partnership with…

State Department Partners with biNu To Bring English Language Content to Mobile Phone Users

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces a partnership with biNu to provide increased English language content to people around the world. Under the partnership,…

Google snubs South Africa with Movies & TV update

Search giant Google has rolled out an update to its Google Play Movies & TV app. This recent update includes support for over 40 new countries – including Burkina Faso,…

Thwarting Senegal’s cattle rustlers using mobile phones

Abdoul Ba is a farmer. He has lived here in Djilor, the tiny village where he was born, for all of his 56 years. Like 70% of the population of…

Ethiopian Firm Develops New Mobile Directory

A privately owned local mobile software solution company on Thursday announced it developed a new comprehensive mobile directory plus another 11 mobile softwares for use by Mobile users in Ethiopia.…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Cape Town Routes Unlimited (CTRU) - the official tourism marketing organisation for Cape Town and the Western Cape - has adopted a global platform for its tourism Web site.…

KULULA FLIES INTO STORM OVER PROTEST ON ONLINE OFFER

www.kulula.com However, logging on to the site proved impossible and calling through to the booking line elicited a long wait, followed by the apology that the special was only valid…

CYBERETHIOPIA.COM GETS NEW DESIGN AND ETHIOPIC FEATURES

CyberEthiopia.com has had a design make-over and is offering a range of new Ethiopic features. According to the company:"In our continuous effort to push the fidel technology forward and provide…

Google Earth Comes to Uganda

Google Earth, a software application that enables people and organisations to map their own surroundings and to beam to the world issues that affect them has been launched in Uganda.…

Kenyan company rolls out social media monitoring tool ahead of elections

Kenya-based new media company African Laughter has launched a social media monitoring phone app to help politicians monitor their reputations online.Named Track-All, the app delivers “every media and social media…

Rwanda Bans Internet Marketing Company

Rwanda has banned PLI Telexfree Rwanda Ltd, a multi-level internet marketing service company, after investigations linked it to alleged money laundering in the country.A Brazilian court of Acre State has…

Online investment vehicle that fights poverty in Africa

A salon in Nairobi: MyC4.com helps raise capital for small and medium sized businesses. February 12, 2009: When Nancy Gathua was looking for capital to invest in her printing business…

PANAFRICA: AFRICA: BLOG GIVES HIV-POSITIVE PORTUGUESE WOMEN A VOICE

The Portuguese service of the HIV/AIDS news agency PlusNews is providing a space for HIV-positive women in Africa's five Lusophone countries to tell of their experiences. Launched during International Women's…

Islamic Social Networking Website Test Runs In Egypt

Salamworld, the new social network site created to compete with Zuckerberg’s Facebook, while providing a morally safe platform for Muslims around the world to interact, is currently running a trial…

BROTHERS LAUNCH TEXT MESSAGE CONTENDER IN SOUTH AFRICA

Brothers Sean and Donovan Bergsma, 20-somethings and owners of the R60m-a-year ComIT Technologies and Elite Mobile companies, have been catapulted into the mobile technology industry with the launch of their…

Sudan - ANHRI Condemns the Blocking of 'Youtube' By the Sudanese Authorities

ANHRI condemns the blocking of the "You Tube" by the Sudanese authorities without giving reasons of why "National Authority of Communication" blocked it.On September 16, 2012 the Sudanese Ministry of…

NEW WEBSITE AFRICANHERITAGETRAVEL.COM PROVIDES FREE INFORMATION FOR TRAVELERS TO AFRICA

The new website AfricanHeritageTravel.com (www.africanheritagetravel.com) is the essential travel toolbox for travelers to Africa and the world. It is essentially a portal for world travel with hyper-links to travel information…

DEHEZI STARTS UGANDAN SCHOOLS WEBSITE

Ugandan Dehezi International Limited, a computer accessories company has launched a new website where schools could avail information about themselves to the public. www.educationuganda.com was launched last week at Hotel…

Uganda: Judges Warned Over Facebook, Twitter

Judges and magistrates have been warned over the dangers of using social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, with a call that their messages could jeopardise the cases that they…

Solar Phone-Power Launched in Kenya

The world's first solar charged phone was unveiled in Kenya last week by telecommunications provider Safaricom. Officials said the innovation is in line with the company's policy of going green…

Sophisticated Mobile Solutions for Kenyan Telecoms

Timothy Mbugua is the CEO of Symbiotic Media Consortium. He started the company to provide a “one-stop shop” for promotions and campaigns, using a full suite of media products to…

ONLINE DATING GENERATES MILLIONS IN SA

Almost a quarter of a million South Africans have used online dating services and the market is worth at least R20 million annually, according to a study on online dating…

Translation app wins Kenya Hackathon

The Hackathon was staged at five m:Labs around the world. In Kenya, participants came up with 10 ideas, forming 10 teams. The teams concentrated on developing their ideas to prototypes…

'Parlons-en!': free speech for all in DRC

With almost 17,000 members, the Facebook group Parlons-en! (‘Let’s talk!’) gives young Congolese a platform to enjoy their freedom of expression and contribute to democracy in the DRC (Democratic Republic…

African Universities 'Face Fresh Internet Challenges'

Africa's access to digital research resources has improved but the continent faces new challenges in its use of these resources, a report finds. "With infrastructure and facilities steadily improving ...…

More Locals to Access the Internet in Namibia

Information and Communication Technology Minister, Joel Kaapanda, has asked for a speedy distribution of Internet to the people, saying this is important for the development of business and communities in…

MAKERERE UNIVERSITY'S LIBRARY GOES DIGITAL

Makerere University Library is undergoing a digital revolution with the new Digital Library Project. According to Elly Amani Gamukama-the Systems Administrator of the main Library, the University has created a…

Web News - In Brief

- SADC has launched a new website which has a capacity to allow access to six hundred million people to information on trade in the SADC region.

NON-PROFIT NIGERIA INTERNET GROUP WILL HOST .NG DOMAIN

www.nig.org.ng) The NIG is a non-governmental and non-profit organisation, licensed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to administer the domain name. The chief executive of Zenith International Bank Jim Ovia…

Safaricom strikes global M-PESA deal with Western Union

Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom has announced an agreement with global money transfer firm Western Union to introduce international mobile remittance services to the 13.5 million users of its M-PESA mobile…

Nearly 250% rise in ad impressions for InMobi in North Africa

InMobi, the world’s largest independent mobile ad network, has reported a triple digit growth for its ad impressions in North Africa and the Middle East.InMobi’s second quarter resultsfor the 2012…

Mango Airlines Launches iPad, iPhone App

Following the launch of an airline mobi-site with a booking functionality last October; South African low cost airlines, Mango, has become the first domestic carrier to offer an App on…

Kenya: Farmers to Know Market Prices Via SMS

A new technological invention aimed at helping farmers to access information on markets has been launched in Laikipia. The Sokopepe marketing system will enable farmers and other producers meet buyers…

WEBSITE WITH DETAILED BUSINESS NEWS LAUNCHED IN UGANDA

A website with comprehensive business information about Uganda has been launched, writes Vision Reporter.  “We shall provide reliable information on www.iknowuganda.com to enable people decide in confidence. Clients should therefore…

NETTRACKER HELPS GTA BECOME A TOURISM LEADER

As the key marketer and driver of tourism in Gauteng, the Gauteng Tourism Authority (GTA) understands just how crucial it is to understand the Web usage patterns of its clients…

Web News - In Brief

- The World Bank and partners have a new web portal called the AIDS Media Center (AMC). The AMC features: breaking and embargoed news (as available); links to partner content…

HACKERS BREAK INTO THE ANGOP WEBSITE

Angola’s Press Agency has a serious technical failure last week which it believes was caused by hackers, disturbing the posting and flow of information. According to ANGOP:" Judging from the…

 ALLAFRICA OFFERS CORE TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM THROUGH iNETWORKING PROJECT

US-based content company AllAfrica Global Media has launched a new project. The iNetworking Project is attacking that problem through an Internet operating system designed to facilitate effectiveness and accountability in…

Kenya Commercial Bank to Introduce Visa Debit Cards

Kenya Commercial Bank-Rwanda, a subsidiary of Kenya's KCB Group said it will introduce Quick Serve Visa Eelectron Debit Cards, a simple and convenient way to pay for goods and services.KCB…

Kenyan police deploy text message service to track crimes

Kenya's National Police Service Commission on Wednesday (January 30th) deployed a new mobile phone application that will allow people to report crimes by text message, Kenya's Daily Nation reported.Citizens can…

Airtel Africa signs MOU with UN WOMEN on initiatives to promote the empowerment of women and girls

Airtel will establish a Farmer’s Information System which will provide real time information to women farmers through its network in AfricaWomen farmers in the East and Horn of Africa region…

Registry calls on African countries to apply for domain names

The ZA Central Registry is calling on African governments to apply for certain internet domain names reserved for national interests before the general registrations are opened.In 2011, the Internet Corporation…

Internet provides unofficial real-time feed of war crimes trial of former Liberian President

Liberians and Sierra Leoneans are taking a close interest in the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor through a mixture of radio programmes and blogs, writes Shelby Grossman from…

HOW WEB 2.0 MAKES BUSINESS EASIER IN SOUTH AFRICA

The First Tuesday group is hosting an event to explore the technology waved dubbed Web 2.0, as the internet evolves from a predominantly business platform into a more inclusive and…

MTN MOBILE BANKING DISAPPOINTS

MTN Banking, the joint venture between MTN and Standard Bank, which hoped to put a bank branch into everyone’s pocket, has not been the success its owners had hoped. Faced…

ONLINE MAPPING FOR SOUTH AFRICA

BrabysMaps, a division of AC Braby (Pty) Ltd, in collaboration with Durban-based technical partner Always Active Technologies (AAT) and the GIS division of Business Connexion, has launched an online mapping…

FIRST RAND GROUP’S eBUCK’S CLAIMS STRONG SUCCESS

The FirstRand Group’s e-commerce venture, eBucks.com, last week was claiming success as the Internet banking portal for First National Bank, Origin, WesBank and Ansbacher as well as establishing itself as…

Uganda: Google to Offer Localised Data

Google is set to localise its content to fit the desires and needs of the Ugandan public. Through its latest search feature, Google Knowledge graphs, Google intends to give the…

Intel, iHub target mobile app development in Africa

Intel has entered into an agreement with business incubator iHub to foster and grow the developer community in Africa through targeted investments in mobile app development, online developer resources, university…

Google to add more African languages to Google Translate

Search engine giant Google already has 71 languages in their highly-successful Google Translate service, and it seems that a number of African languages are gearing up to be added to…

Blueworld Launches Mobile Platform in South Africa

Blueworld.co.za Blueworld is a community built around the local nightlife scene and a major market penetration of 18 - 28 is expected this year. According to Blueworld, over 40,000 South…

PHONE IN FOR FREE ELECTRICITY

Prism Holdings has piloted a project that allows prepaid electricity consumers to access their free basic electricity entitlement using a mobile phone. The pilot was carried out in Atlantis in…

CÔTE D'IVOIRE: FRATMAT.NET, SHOP SITE LAUNCHES

The Ivorian group Fraternité Matin has identified a number of areas of web information that it thinks are "saleable". Its "shopping without shops" (commerces sans boutique) uses special coupons and…

African Web News - In Brief

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FolUp Digital Healthcare Platform Launches In South Africa

As technology continues to play a major role in Africa’s healthcare system, mobile and web-based health communication platform, FolUp, was officially launched in South Africa to provide patients with a…

Etisalat Group Offers Low-Cost Access to Social Media and Email via USSD to Emerging Markets

Millions of mobile users owning basic mobile phones across Africa and Asia are now able to join the online community using a new low-cost USSD messaging service from Etisalat. This…

Optician's clinic that fits a pocket

The World Health Organization says 285 million people are blind or visually impaired.The reason is often simple and easy to treat. A pair of glasses or cataract surgery can transform…

NOW TOURISTS CAN SURF THE CAPE

Cape Town tourist guide magazine, The Other Guide, has launched an Internet tourism portal to provide visitors to SA with helpful information. The Other Guide is an independent publication launched…

African Web News - In Brief

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MTN Swazi launches Tawk2me social media voice tool

Swazi MTN has launched Tawk2me, which allows social network members to engage with and talk to clients, staff, supporters, the media and others. MTN Product and Innovative Manager Nomathamsanqa Shabalala…

Africa: Ushahidi Receives Ksh. 64.575 Million Macarthur Award

In early 2008, villages and cities across Kenya were ravaged with violence following a disputed election. The election controversy became the pretext for ethnic clashes that displaced hundreds of thousands…

ANGOLA'S NATIONAL CUSTOMS LAUNCHES INTERNET PORTAL

Angola's National Department of Customs (DNA) last week inaugurated in Luanda its Internet Portal. The website www.alfandegasdeangola.com is aimed at providing its customers with a wide range of information on…

GLO BEGINS MOBILE BANKING WITH 23 BANKS

Subscribers of Glo-mobile will from February 28 benefit from electronic banking as the telephone company commences trials of its mobile banking service which will network with 23 banks. This service…

I4D DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS

AFRICA MOBILE PHONE USERS RALLY FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS Campaigning organisation Fahamu is using SMS text messages to collect support for the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples'…

African Web News - In Brief

http://www.gtz.de/fgm - South African-based Business Day’s small business supplement Real Business has launched a web site to give small business owners the opportunity to become part of its network for…

Online Collaboration Software Set To Revolutionise The Property Transfer Process

Buying a property is something that most consumers will only go through a few times in their lives. As a result, would-be homeowners have come to grudgingly accept the arduous…

2go and iROKING Bring Music to Millions - Nigeria’s biggest social network brings Afrobeats to its users

2go and iROKING are joining forces to bring instant free Nigerian music downloads to the more than 9 million active 2go users across Nigeria. The fully-integrated music site will bring…

READERS' RESPONSES: ISSUE 274 - GUINEA: 4TH GSM LICENCE FINALLY AWARDED TO INVESTCOM HOLDING SA

Reference your article on Guinea, kindly note that Investcom owns and operates 8 GSM networks in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. Our operations are in: Benin, Liberia, Guinea Bissau,…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Zanet Internet Service who registered and hosts AfrISPA.org have enhanced their website with more features and content, which can be seen at www.afrispa.org. On the resource section of the…

DRTS Nigeria Commences E-Encoding of Vehicles

The Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) has commenced the electronic encoding of information-based chips inside vehicles plying the roads of the Federal Capital Territory for electronic enforcement and regulation…

Tech firm takes business listing hassle off clients

Registering a business has always been a daunting task, especially for those in upcountry since they not only have to travel to Nairobi but at times engage the services of…

NATA WEBSITE MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN BOTSWANA

A website initiative that started off introducing Nata village to the rest of the world has made a difference in the lives of the ordinary residents. Nata made history this…

E-GOVERNMENT ENABLES ONLINE EFFICIENCY IN MOZAMBIQUE

The Government of Mozambique has successfully implemented an e-government pilot project connecting 15 national public administration entities in Maputo. The initiative was funded through the Development Gateway Foundation's e-Government Grants…

2010 Rally Will Be Aired On Web TV

In a communiqué recently released, it was announced that the 29th edition of Tunisia's Rally, the 1st round of the NPO Desert Trophy, which is due to be held from…

Aero Offers ATM Payment Option in West Africa

One of the leaders in e - ticketing in West Africa, Aero Contractor has launched a facility that will enable bookings-on-hold payment to be made on ATM machines.This new innovative…

Yes, we can (code)! Girls in Tech wants to build a girls tech community in Egypt

Many don’t believe that women can be as successful as men in fields related to math and science. Coding and computer programming have particularly been male-dominated fields, in the West…

Jump Shopping Goes Mobile in South Africa

South African online shopping search engine Jump Shopping has recently launched a mobile offering of its popular search engine Jump.co.za. Jump Shopping Mobile enables users who are not in front…

UGANDA'S ONLINE SHOPPING STAGGERS

Computer illiteracy coupled with inadequate Internet connectivity is a major roadblock to web-based business, where consumers purchase products or services over the Internet. Websites that are involved in online purchasing…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- GhanaWeb now offers a comprehensive business telephone directory which includes over 15,000 phone numbers from businesses, NGO's and government institutions. The online telephone directory is derived from yellowpages.gh which…

MTN records subscriber gain across all of its region

MTN has shrugged off the effects of the SIM card registration law, and has recorded subscriber gains across all of its regions.However, the average revenue per user (ARPU) has slowed…

How Online Platforms Are Working to Save Angola's Languages

“On average, a language disappears every two weeks, and Africa is the continent most at risk”, wrote the author José Eduardo Agualusa in a 2011 article on the evolution of…

Kibaki Makes Use of Websites to 'Woo' Voters in Kenya

Kenya's president and presidential candidate, Mwai Kibaki has released his campaign website to improve his chances of re-election. Kibaki is fighting for re-election and his website includes comprehensive reports and…

NAMIBIA GOVERNMENT  WEBSITES INACCURATE, SOME UNCHANGED SINCE 1999

Judging by the outdated information on the Namibian Government's website, Namibia seems not to have made it into the new millennium yet. The Internet address - www.grnnet.gov.na - takes the…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The Egyptian Tourism Authority has revealed that its official Web site www.egypt.travel has attracted 1, 596, 096 visits since its launch in March 2006. Created to provide travellers with…

Ugandan Firm to Put Face to Virtual Networking

For most people, on-line social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Linked-in or Beebo remain virtual networks. That is now changing, thanks to a new networking initiative called the 360° network, launched…

Social Media Is Playing A Role In Ghana’s Election 2012

I have no doubt that social media would play and is playing a significant role in Ghana’s Election 2012. As a keen follower of political debates and analysis on various…

Taxman to Track Via E-System in Kenya

ELECTRONIC tax registers will soon be connected to a central server at Kenya Revenue Authority headquarters to help in real time monitoring of transactions for fraud detection.KRA commissioner general John…

Zimbabwe: Track election results online

As the Zimbabwean elections draw to a close and vote counting starts across the Southern African nation, voters and citizens will be waiting with baited breath for the results to…

Music Streaming Service, Deezer To Launch In South Africa On Vodacom Network

It seems that earlier talks between Vodacom and Spotify to launch in South Africa have fallen apart, as latest reports from Bloomberg suggests that Deezer may have agreed a deal…

Ugandan Ministry of Health introduces telemedicine

The ministries of health and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) are introducing telemedicine to extend quality health care services to rural areas. "Telemedicine is an important tool for providing healthcare…

‘WHITE ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT’ WEBSITE LAUNCHED

A new website, formed to assist white people in business to ‘take action to survive economically’, was recently launched. The White Economic Forum ( http://www.blankeekonomieseforum.org/Englishindex.html ), a website for white…

Ghanaians to pay water bills on mobile phones

Aqua Vitens Rand Limited (AVRL), in collaboration with eTransact, on Wednesday introduced the first ever mobile utility bill payment system in the country. The system, developed by eTransact, an electronic…

Startups to ‘Ignite’ Tech4Africa 2011

Tech4Africa, one of the continent’s most prominent web and emerging technology conferences, has launched an initiative called Ignite, which will provide leading African startups with the opportunity to pitch their…

Ethiopia community tourism goes online

Ethiopia’s tourism authorities have launched a new website to showcase sustainable community tourism opportunities in the country.The new site, aims to inform tourists and highlight business opportunities for Ethiopian communities.…

Cameroon to fight power cuts with cell phones, Internet

Cameroon plans to send daily emails and text messages to electricity customers asking if they have experienced power cuts, in a bid to get a handle on its crippling blackouts,…

Vodafone Egypt assures security of its “tracking” technology

Vodafone announced it is capable of providing users Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) tracking services with the highest available level of security to protect both their data and privacy.A representative for…

Submission of events open for SMW Lagos 2015

Submission of events for Social Media Week Lagos (SMW Lagos) has official begun today October 8 according to the producers of SMW Lagos Dragon Africa and AFRIKA21.From October 8 to…

Mobile Shopping Set to Boost Digital Mall in South Africa

Online shopping portal Digital Mall aims to increase turnover fivefold in the next two years as mobile shopping becomes a reality in SA and on the continent. Yaron Assabi, CEO…

Ghana Commercial Bank to Introduce Mobile Banking This Year

Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB) said last Monday it will introduce mobile banking services this year to enable its customers to transact banking businesses outside the banking halls. This new service…

WEB MAPS SHOW OLD VIEWS OF AFRICA 

A collection of rare maps of Africa, dating from 1530 to 1915, has been made freely available on the internet by Northwestern University in the US. Curator David Easterbrook says…

VOODOO GOES ONLINE AS PART OF BENINOIS TRADITIONAL RELIGIOUS FESTIVAL

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NEW SA TRAVEL SITE LAUNCHED

www.satravelguide.com They believe that internationally, the internet has become one of the primary ways for researching and planning travel, but holidaymakers are increasingly wanting depth of information beyond a mere…

BlackBerry uber alles for South Africa’s youth

BlackBerry is the most desirable handset among teenagers and tertiary-level students in SA, but they aren’t using the devices to make voice calls.A new study from London-based research firm MobileYouth…

Online Auto Shops Set to Eclipse Car Markets in Nigeria

EVERYBODY is wondering what is happening in the Nigerian internet market. Surprising, more than 40 million Nigerians are on the internet and most of them use mobile applications. A lot…

Using technology to conquer harassment in Egypt: A look at HarassMap

When we see major social problems around us continue to grow, we can either ignore them, deny them, or face them head on to find solutions using whatever resources we…

Internet Solutions acquires stake in Antfarm

South Africa’s Internet Solutions (IS) has enhanced its audio and video streaming capabilities following the acquisition of a significant stake in Antfarm, a local streaming media service provider, for an…

Nigeria: Etisalat launches Kirusa entertainment services

Kirusa has unveiled the launch of its Celeb Connect and Sports Connect services with Etisalat Nigeria. According to both entities, customers can now stay in touch with their favourite celebrities…

US ONLINE STORE IN PACT WITH KENYA’S UCHUMI FOR DIASPORA BUYS

A US virtual on-line store has entered into a pact with Uchumi Supermarkets to allow Kenyans abroad to shop for their friends at home. US-based MamaMike.com makes shopping easy through…

EGYPT DAILY.COM OFFERS KEY NEWS SOURCE

http://www.egyptdaily.com/ Scout Report via TAD Consortium

E-Cargo Tracking System Starts in Tanzania

Dar es Salaam — The much awaited Electronic Cargo Tracking System (ECTS) that is aimed at ensuring and monitoring the movements and safety of cargo started operations on July 1…

Sudan army spokesman ready to fight Facebook impostor

Sudan’s military spokesman is ready to battle a Facebook imposter who has been making online comments about the country’s armed forces, official media say.Somebody has been using an account on…

Tech Wizard Launches New Sudan in TED World

A 36-year-old computer engineer established TEDx Khartoum - a vibrant international platform of conferences and lively debates about a new Sudan three years ago. Anwar Dafa-Alla introduced Sudan, its people and…

NollyLand Now Available on Roku in USA & Canada |Releases Chromecast-Ready Android App

Launched in November last year, the African movie platform NollyLand has announced the availability of its Roku channel to audiences in the United States and Canada.The Roku Channel had been…

Celtel Targets Rural Kenyan Market with subsidised mobile handset

Mobile telephone service providers look set to extend their turf battles to the rural areas, where the cost factor is the only lure for consumers. On Monday, Celtel Kenya unveiled…

African Web News - In Brief

- Microsoft founder Bill Gates has inaugurated the Egyptian government’s first web portal. He said Microsoft was involved in providing low-cost computers in Egypt and working on e-government to create…

African Web News - In Brief

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Zimbabwean regulator 'blocks' bulk SMS as election nears

Authorities in Zimbabwe have allegedly blocked an organisation, which distributes civil society and human rights information, from sending bulk SMS messages in the country.The Kubatana Trust of Zimbabwe, which incorporates…

African videogames level up

New Nigerian companies are setting thumbs twitching across the continent with experiences that are uniquely African.On a hot day in central Lagos, there's only one way to cut through the…

Ghana’s BoxBuzz to launch in Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, SA and China

Plans are underway to introduce Ghana’s BoxBuzz, an SMS alert system that informs owners of Post Office Box addresses when they receive a letter, to Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa…

Nigeria gets localised website that helps you locate leisure spots

Several months ago, Oyewole Kayode was in Ibadan, the ancient yet trend-setting Nigerian city located in the Yoruba-dominated southwestern part of the country. While he was there, a female friend…

Online Memorial Wall Keeps the Departed a Click Away in South Africa

A small hi-tech company that develops technologies for community use has set up a memorial website so that people can commemorate their loved ones. The online "memorial wall" allows people…

SATELLIFE PIONEERS A NATIONWIDE WIRELESS NETWORK FOR HEALTH-CARE

A Boston nonprofit has ambitious plans to build a nationwide, wireless computing network for Uganda’s impoverished health-care system. The project will be built "on the cheap" using the country’s existing…

World’s first digital laser unveiled in South Africa

Researchers at South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have unveiled the world's first digital laser.The innovation is regarded as a milestone in laser technology and could spur…

Vodacom launches vouchercloud app

Vodacom South Africa has announced the launch of vouchercloud, a geo-location app that seeks out the best local deals and displays them via smartphone. Through vouchercloud, Vodacom has partnered with…

African superheroes take flight in video games

The fantasy for Eyram Tawia began, as it has for millions of children before him, thumbing through comic books."When I saw Superman fly, I'm like: 'How can I see myself…

Zimbabwe: Government Legalises Spying on Zim Citizens

A government spy program will now monitor phone calls, text, email and the details will be kept in a national database for use on demand by the state security agencies.Under…

Ndemo calls on Kenyan telcos to collect data

Data collected from mobile phones in Kenya could be used by telecom companies to help predict trends, said Dr. Bitange Ndemo speaking at the Mobile East Africa 2014 in Nairobi.Ndemo,…

Africa: Ericsson to Unveil New Mobile Radio Technology, Radio Dot System

With at least 75% of households in Africa having access to radio both in urban and rural areas, Ericsson is set to launch a cellular radio that is small enough…

Online Newspaper Editions Increase Sales

Kenyan newspapers have embraced the internet and increased their sales with innovations such as sending headlines by SMS to readers. Nairobi has also become the hub of an ambitious project…

BBC WAP USE FLOURISHING IN AFRICA

Africa, in particular Nigeria, is dominating international mobile phone access to the BBC's website. According to July's statistics, 61% of the BBC's international Wap users came from Nigeria and 19%…

Zim startup launches mobile money management desktop app, Capu

A local startup has launched a desktop based mobile money management tool called Capu (short for Cash Application: Universal). Universal in that the tool can be used to manage transactions…

The potential of data vending in Kenya

The poor penetration of Internet services coupled with low levels of computer literacy in Kenya are holding back the country’s emerging data vending industry. The data vendors, who sell and…

UGANDA LOCAL BUSINESSES TAKE ON ONLINE MARKETING

Ugandan businesses can exploit opportunities beyond local borders if they utilise opportunities in Information and Communication Technology has to offer, the Minister of ICT, Dr Ham Mulira, has said. Mulira…

ACADEMICS AT WORK ON ONLINE MULTILINGUAL SA WEB DICTIONARY

An online Northern Sotho-English dictionary has been launched by a group of academics called TshwaneDJe to promote interest in the official indigenous languages of South Africa, writes Stephen Whitford of…

Senegal: Water Shortage? There is an app for that!

The city of Dakar, Senegal, has been devoid of water for the past two weeks, after a pipe has burst.While the government has been busy trying to fix the issue,…

New technology podcast launched in South Africa

A new local technology podcast, hosted by a group of high profile tech journalists, was launched recently. A group of well-known technology journalists have started what they believe will become…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The Open Higher School (ESA), belonging to the Higher Politechnic and University Institute (ISPU), launched in Maputo the first virtual library in the country. In a first stage, the…

African Web News - In Brief

- Kompyuta ne Yuganda is a Luganda translation project to enable any literate Luganda speaker (and probably speakers of some other bantu languages) make use of the power of electronic…

SMS Feedback Platform launched for patients in Nigeria

Federal Government has said henceforth, patients attending Federal Government Hospitals can now report on the quality of services through SMS. With the support of MTN and Glo GSM Networks, who…

M-farm to launch price information mobile apps in June

M-farm Limited will launch its brand new mobile applications for agricultural commodity price information on 5th June 2012 at Ole Sereni Hotel, Nairobi. The launch which will be officiated by…

How to map wealth in Africa using nothing but mobile-phone minutes

A group of Belgian researchers has come up with a novel way of mapping the distribution of wealth in Côte d’Ivoire—by looking at purchases of mobile airtime minutes. After combing…

Tour guide of Table Mountain and more… on your mobile phone

Visitors to South Africa, or those of trying to re-acquaint themselves with historical highlights, could find the newly launched Mobiguide particularly helpful: short video tour guides that can be downloaded…

CÔTE D'IVOIRE LAUNCHES ITS FIRST CLASSIFIED ADS SITE: ANNONÇONS.NET

The new classified ads site - Annonçons.net - is the work of Eureka Communication Multimédia. Speaking at its launch last Monday at the Hôtel Sofitel au Plateau D-G Eric Yao…

Over a Million Tanzanian Join Vodacom's M-Pesa

Over a million people have registered with Vodacom's M-Pesa mobile phone-based money transfer service in the past 18 months, senior Vodacom officials said last week. Addressing journalists in Dar es…

African Churches Use Mobile Phones to Ring up Growth in Members

A mobile phone suspended on a belt round the waist, or from the neck, is a common sight among members of church congregations in Africa. Now, church leaders are heaping…

South Africa: Lack of Exhibitors Leads to Expo's Cancellation

As the number and variety of exhibitors secured for the proposed DigitalLife Expo was not sufficient to guarantee a successful event, its organisers, ITWeb, have cancelled the show, scheduled for…

Uganda: Students Develop Software to Monitor Unborn Babies

Three students at Makerere University in Uganda have designed mobile phone software that can monitor foetal movements and heartbeats.The innovation won Josiah Kavuma, Aaron Tushabe and Joshua Okello of Makarere's…

In Morocco, Internet May Lead Children to Books Says Publisher

Yanbow Al KitabAmina Alaoui Hachimi from the Moroccan publishing house Yanbow Al Kitab is no luddite when it comes to the impact digital publishing might have on children in North…

Zain launches multimedia drive in South Sudan

Dubbed, ‘I am’, the campaign reportedly conjures up the sense of optimism and hope that many of the older and younger generation in the country hold for their future, with…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Zimbabwe's www.kubatana.net has been updated. Over 150 new articles, reports, opinion pieces have been added since March 1st.

Facebook profile of former President Obasanjo sparks identity theft posers

Facebook users are trying to unravel if former President Olusegun Obasanjo was the one that set up his profile or he has fallen victim of identity theft on the popular…

Kenya - ’Skype’ offers local cybercafes operators a new lifeline

The young woman sitting before a computer at a cybercafé in Nairobi, Kenya laughed heartily and gestured with her right hand, seemingly talking to herself.She then produced a photo from…

Senegal: SunuCause, a Blogger-Driven Humanitarian Project

The Senegalese presidential elections in March 2012 were hailed as an overall success despite some confrontations during the campaign. One of the contributing factors to this assessment was the level…

On World Press Freedom Day, UN Officials Issue Call to Protect Journalists' Safety

United Nations officials today issued a call to action to ensure the safety of journalists in every country, echoing Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who declared; "When it is safe to speak,…

Madagascar's new cybercrime law punishes defamation with up to 5 years imprisonment

Madagascar's National Assembly has quietly adopted a cybercrime law that provides for prison sentences for anyone insulting or defaming a state representative online.Debated and passed without anyone knowing, the law…

MTN Uganda soon to launch Mobile Money service in partnership With Stanbic

MTN agents who are providing the Mobile Money service are supposed to have accounts with Stanbic Bank, the MTN chief executive, Noel Meier, has said. "MTN has also appointed Oscillyte…

THE NEW TIMES ONLINE GETS FACELIFT IN RWANDA

The New Times Online has improved its interface to serve online readers better.The websites' interface was changed recently to give readers in the diaspora more opportunity to explore with more…

NIGERIAN WEB SCAM RIPS OFF RHODES UNIVERSITY

A Nigerian college is using material from the Rhodes University website in South Africa to promote itself. The so-called Sefcody’s International College of Nigeria has even used campus pictures of…

Zimbabwe: Zanu PF Abuse Cell Phone Text Messages for 'Sanctions' War

Not content with violently invading farms and other businesses, ZANU PF has now begun invading the privacy of Net One mobile phone subscribers, by sending messages telling them to sign…

Science Blogging in Sub-Saharan Africa

Blogging has become an integral part of popular culture in Sub-Saharan Africa but blogging about science is still lagging behind. Many initiatives have been launched to increase the culture of…

Sudan complains of unregulated web journalism

A Sudanese official has expressed dissatisfaction with the existence of virtual newspapers and media outlets operating without regulation from the state, warning that they represent “a challenge to journalism”.Samia Mohammed…

Vlogging African fashion: Online the new trend?

Established and emerging African designers are showcasing their work at this year's Africa Fashion Week London. But in an era where vloggers are increasingly setting fashion trends, BBC Africa's Alexis…

The search is on for the Nigerian Mobileking

As Mobile Operators roll out futuristic and Innovative Technologies like the 3G,there had been no corresponding developments in the mobile Value added services with real life Benefits. Mobile Challenge is…

ONLINE JOB-HUNTING ON THE RISE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Online job-seekers are more experienced and older than is traditionally believed, and visitors to online job boards spend more time engaging with the Web site than in other information-only Web…

TECTONIC OFFERS TOP SOURCE FOR AFRICAN LINUX COMMUNITY

Tectonic is a news site focusing on the use of open source software(OSS) in Africa. Although physically based in South Africa, the site coverage ands its contributors come from all…

Nigeria: Jonathan Solicits Votes Through Voice Messages

As the battle to occupy the Presidential Villa continues among the Presidential candidates, one of the leading Presidential candidates for the elections, President Goodluck Jonathan has added a new dimension…

South Africa - Google to offer free online workshops

Google is set to run a series of workshops in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban with the aim of helping travel and tourism small businesses get connected and succeed online.The…

Nigeria Using Facebook, Twitter to Inform People About Ebola

The Nigerian government says communication is its first line of defense against Ebola.  With no known cure and new fears about a potentially infected corpse found at a mortuary, health…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The Algerian Interior Ministry has launched a website www.legislatives2007.dz to offer a complete panel of information to electors. This site, in Arabic and French, "provides news in details about…

SMS DATING SERVICE WINS LOVERS IN KENYA

Muthuu Kagio is not as flirty as you would expect. The proprietor of Narob Systems, a city-based Short Message Service (SMS) dating services company, says he is simply a businessman.…

NIGERIAN FG LAUNCHES N40M NATIONAL WEBSITE

www.nigeria.gov.ng Launching the national web portal in Abuja, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mr. Chukwuemeka Chikelu, said "it is our country's information gateway and it seeks to provide…

African Web News - In Brief

- Ugandan company Watuwetu has launched an online shopping service for Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. The online store provides products such as mobile phones, gift vouchers and certificates, flowers and…

Gaming in Africa growing with Kuluya landing $250K funding

In a span of a few months, we have seen Africans taking gaming seriously. Whether is on mobile or on the desktop or even on consoles. Nigeria’s Kuluya is the…

Facebook expands Africa push

It's the new frontier for the internet - connecting billions of people in Africa and Asia who have yet to sample the delights of the digital world. Through an organisation…

Twitter signs up Hill+Knowlton to handle its communication matters in Kenya

Social media platform Twitter has signed up Hill and Knowlton Strategies Kenya (H+K) to handle its communication needs in the country and help with its engagement with media as well…

Ethiopia's imprisoned bloggers have not been forgotten

In April 2014 BBC Trending covered the arrest of six bloggers and three journalists in Ethiopia. The bloggers are part of a group known as Zone 9, and are well…

New General Classifieds platform for fast growing markets: Vendito starts in Africa & Asia

Vendito.com, the new classified ads platform for frontier markets, rolls-out in Africa and Asia with big expansion plans in the pipeline. The company’s mission is to simplify C2C business by…

SA FIRM EVICTS ITS ‘CYBER SQUATTER’

After months of legal wrangling, a South African property group finally managed to evict the cyber squatter who occupied their prime internet property. In May this year Broll Property Group…

SPECIAL BRIEFING - THE BENEFITS FOR AFRICA FROM CONVERGENCE

Teresa Peters of Bridges.org looks at convergence can affect lives in Africa and how positive changes can be made to affect the this part of the balance of the digital…

New online initiative allows Egypt to report power cuts

A new online initiative has been created to assist Egyptians in reporting and monitoring electricity cuts throughout the country.The Kahrabtak.com website, which translates as “Your Electricity” hopes to give Egypt…

Rwanda: 'Microsoft 4Afrika' Launched in Kigali

Microsoft Corporation, one of the world's leading software companies, last week launched its new initiative, dubbed '4Afrika' in Kigali.The goal of the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative is to disseminate affordable smart…

Mugabe's tumble mocked in memes

When Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe stumbled at an event in the capital Harare, security personnel rushed to his side.They're also reported to have asked photographers to delete the images of…

Alcoblow Watch Developer takes it down to save lives

Brian Osoro was all happy after developing an App which assisted people evade alcoblow rated road blocks in Kenya.The app, dubbed Alcoblow Watch was a hit, he says. It got…

TaxTim Partners PriceWaterHouseCoopers for Expansion into Namibia

South African-based startup, TaxTim, has revealed its partnership with Price WaterHouse Coopers (PWC), a tax and advisory firm and its plan to launch its services in Namibia, Disrupt Africa reports.TaxTim…

Nokia and DMTV Partner On Mobile TV in Nigeria

Mobile telecommunications Giant, Nokia and Digital Mobile Television (DMTV), a subsidiary of Multichoice last week signed a memoranda of understanding (MOU) on mobile TV services. With the partnership, consumers can…

South Africa’s OSS news provider,Tectonic, goes mobile

Always on the move? Well now you can get Tectonic on your mobile phone (beta) so you’ve always got something to hand to read. The mobile site includes all the…

PINK AVIATION FIGHTS GHANAIAN AIR FORCE DEAL GONE BAD WITH A WEB SITE

Pink Aviation, a European skydiving company rues the day that it got involved in a deal with the Ghanaian Air Force over four scrapped Skyvans. It’s paid its money and…

NEW WEB SITE OFFERS NEWS TO KENYAN DIASPORA

Designed as a streaming media hub for Kenyan nationals living abroad, the site provides Kenyan.TV provides video content on Kenyan news, political documentaries, historic events, business, and entertainment including local…

WikiAfrica project welcomes and trains Cameroonians to contribute to Wikimedia sites

The WikiAfrica space was inaugurated today in Doual’art, a centre for contemporary art located in Douala, Cameroon.For the first time, a computer room with high-speed internet is available for people…

How a Ghanaian messaging app got acquired by a US-based tech firm

At a technology event in Nairobi earlier this year Ghanaian entrepreneur Robert Lamptey wowed the audience as he narrated how his chat application Saya Mobile had gained millions of users…

Web poet's society: African poetry goes mobile

African Voices is a weekly show that highlights Africa's most engaging personalities, exploring the lives and passions of people who rarely open themselves up to the camera. Follow the team…

One Woman Challenges Perceptions of Somalia One Instagram Post at a Time

This article and radio report by Bradley Campbell for The World as part of the Across Women's Lives project originally appeared on PRI.org on February 18, 2015, and is republished…

SA Startup offers free guide to the stock market

The latest startup to grace the African continent, stockshop.co.za, is offering a free guide to the stock market, which will allow individuals to learn, trade and invest.Founder and CEO, Annabel…

A Plea for African Digital Libraries

African countries are falling behind in building digital libraries and archives to provide continent-wide access to local knowledge - and the poorest are likely to bear the brunt of this,…

Internet Solutions launches new gaming portal

IS Labs, an Internet Solutions (IS) initiative, has announced the launch of a new gaming portal for Internet Solutions. According to IS Labs gamers complained about the delay or lag…

SA’S CYBERHOST GHOST TO WOO INVESTORS

The ghost of Cyberhost seems set to rise from the grave. The once-defunct Internet service provider (ISP) today applied for the lifting of the suspension of its JSE shares and…

African Web News - In Brief

- MIT’s bold experiment of posting free course content on the Web, including video lectures, class notes, tests and course outlines, has proved asuccess. In September, MIT will officially launch…

Uganda: Rural Population to Benefit From Bicycle Powered Phone Charger

Handset manufacturer, Nokia, is set to launch a bicycle- charger that will help people in rural areas to harness energy from bicycles to charge mobile phones. In an interview with…

Kenya: Citizens 'Tweet' Their Budget Views

Kenyans for the first time in line with the new Constitution presented their views on the Budget through social media.Finance minister Uhuru Kenyatta, in efforts to meet the requisite civic…

Egyptian Hashtag Takes on Homophobia!

A recent social media call to fight homophobia stirred a lively and heated discussion. In Egypt, it's still taboo to have public debates on sexuality related topics, whether on or…

Goodluck Jonathan reacts to controversial slogan

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has asked his supporters to stop using an adapted version of the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag to campaign for his re-election.In one sense you can understand what the…

Vigitabs Allow OAU’s Online Distance Learning Students Learn On-The-Go

Last week, the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) officially welcomed the pioneer set of students for its Online Distance Learning Programme at its main campus in Ile-Ife, an ancient Yoruba city…

Smartphone App that Diagnoses Diseases in Livestock in Ethiopia

The output of an independent clinical study in Ethiopia evaluating the effectiveness of VetAfrica shows the strength of the mobile health application designed for farmers and vets in Africa. The…

Web News - In Brief

- As of October 2004, members of SA's leading rewards programme will be rewarded for spending online. In March this year, eBucks joined forces with kalahari.net by providing members with…

African Web News - In Brief

- South African online retailer Kalahari.net has teamed up with international model Minkie van der Westhuizen and You/Huisgenoot magazines to allow people to donate books to needy schools online.The campaign…

Mobile apps growth in Kenya Catches Tech Investors' Eyes

Mobile application development in Kenya is gaining speed as players rush to tap into the vast pool of young tech entrepreneurs by offering training. Experts predict that mobile applications will…

DStv eyes mass market for mobile TV

MultiChoice wants to use its DStv Mobile platform to extend television services into markets where people don’t subscribe to or can’t afford traditional pay-TV services.DStv Mobile, which uses the digital…

Tanzania health app records 100,000 users in 15 weeks

An app to help expectant mothers in Tanzania has reached a subscription of 100,000 users in 15 weeks and accumulated four million text messages. The mHealth Tanzania Public Private Partnership is…

Facebook Has 100 Million Users in Africa

Facebook now has 100 million users across Africa, the company announced on Monday.This figure is half of all the Internet users in Africa, which sits at 200 million people. More…

Yoruba101: The Lagos-Based Yoruba Learning App

Last month, Lagos-based mobile app company Genii Games Limited released an update for their Yoruba language teaching app, Yoruba101. Included in their Asa (“culture” in Yoruba) collection of apps and…

Wunderman Kenya Bags Google Online Advertising Account in Kenya

Wunderman Kenya, a direct and digital marketing agency division of Ayton Young and Rubicam (AY&R) Group has signed an advertising deal with Google that will see the company place local…

U.S. EMBASSY GETS NEW WEBSITE IN SIERRA LEONE

www.usembassy.gov The website which is user-friendly will commence a new window into the activities of the United States Embassy in Freetown and will give access to useful US government information.…

CELLSMART TAPS MOBILE MARKET

CellSmart Technologies, a mobile messaging applications development company, has signed a deal with Yarona FM, a youth commercial radio station based in Botswana, to provide its listeners with interactive radio…

PINK AVIATION SAYS SITE'S ACCUSATIONS AGAINST GHANAIAN AIR FORCE ARE ALL TRUE

www.ghanaairforce.com According to Thomas Lewetz, he asked them to solve the problem which caused the establishment of the site. "They could not tell me that anything on the website was…

Angola: Microsoft Launches Microsoft Youthspark" Programme

Microsoft World Learning Angola launched on Wednesday at Lusiada University in Luanda a programme dubbed "Microsoft youthspark".Speaking to Angop, the director general of Microsoft Angola, Sezar Pinheiro said that the…

Sudan looking into ways to control Facebook and Whatsapp

Sudan’s National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) is conducting technical studies on social networking sites, particularly Facebook and Whatsapp, in a bid to find ways to control their use in the country.NTC…

Kenya - Samsung launches Blogger Challenge to support local online content

Samsung has launched a blogger challenge that will go a long way into ensuring locally relevant content by supporting upcoming and accomplished bloggers given that Kenya’s digital community growth leads…

PIVOT East announces 50 semi-finalists for startup pitching competition

East African mobile startups pitching competition PIVOT East has announced the 50 semi-finalists, with the selected companies now set to be further whittled down to pitch at the event on…

Marketing Potential in Social Online Media in South Africa

Social-oriented internet media present "massive" opportunities for brands, advertisers and marketers if embraced properly, says Universal McCann Europe, Middle East and Africa's third comparative study on social media trends. Social…

CAMEROON: DOUALA STOCK EXCHANGE ON THE WEB

The website of the stock exchange of Douala went live this week. www.douala-stock-exchange.com is a step forward for those interested in reading information on the Douala stock exchange activity. Pierre…

SOUTH AFRICA ETHEKWINI LAUNCH NEW PORTAL BUILT ON OPEN SOURCE

The movement towards open source software and standards in South Africa has received another boost from a government project, with the eThekwini municipality basing its Intranet and Internet portal (www.durban.gov.za)…

African Web News - In Brief

- Three Blind Mice Communications (TBM), a 75% black controlled media and IT company, received the Runner Up Award in the "Organisations: SMME" category of the National Science & Technology…

US Peace Corps help develop Zambian translation app

United States Peace Corps volunteers together with Zambian software developers have developed a mobile application that is planned to translate English words and phrases into any of the seven major…

The Slums Of Liberia Spring To Life In These Animated GIFs

François Beaurain explores life in the capitol of Liberia through a series of beautiful GIFs.What makes an animated GIF so compelling isn't just that it's an image in motion; it's…

Nigeria Hits Over 1.2 Million Mark On Facebook

Nigeria's population on Face book has hit over 1.2 million marks as at March 2010. Disclosing this recently during the launch of Facebook in Nigeria, the Managing Director and Chief…

Ethiopia Denies Banning Skype and Other Internet Communication Services

The Ethiopian government has dismissed allegations that it has banned Skype and other use of Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) services that offer audio and video related communications over the internet.Reporters Without Borders…

Google at odds with African ministers and musicians over internet regulation

The Google chief executive, Eric Schmidt, has been on a lobbying tour of India, in an attempt to convince the country not to regulate the internet."Now is the moment for…

Tanzania’s new online music platform Mkito.com wants to reach a million users in a year’s time

 Launched at the end of April, Mkito.com is Africa’s newest online music platform. Founder Sune Mushendwa spoke to Digital Content Africa about how the idea came about and his ambitions…

Stanbic Uganda to Pay Shareholders Through Mobile Phones

Stanbic Bank shareholders will receive their dividend payments via the mobile phone money transfer service. This follows a resolution passed by shareholders to amend the company's Articles of Association to…

Developer wins Nokia award for 'Skinswap' app

A Kenyan developer has won Ksh1million for his mobile application “Skinswap” - which allows users to receive wallpapers easily and create a hybrid of animals and skins.With the application users…

Kenya: Online portal targets cooperatives

The government has started a campaign to increase the use of technology by cooperative societies.  In a circular to county cooperative commissioners, the national deputy Cooperatives Commissioner Philip Gichuki said…

Tunisia’s rubbish selfie trend

A Facebook page in Tunisia is harnessing the power of the selfie to draw attention to piles of rubbish littering the nation's streets.A selfie is usually designed to portray its…

Figure 1: Instagram for doctors launched in SA

A medical application that allows healthcare professionals to share photos of cases and get input from their colleagues worldwide has been launched in South A medical application that allows healthcare…

SOUTH AFRICAN B&BS NEED A WEB-LIFT FOR 2010

Last year, in addition to the already buzzing internal tourism industry, 7,3-million foreigners visited South Africa. For the most part, our tourism industry operates efficiently, with the result that a…

 SAFARICOM IN CONTENT DEAL WITH BBC

   Kenyans connected to mobile phones through Safaricom can now get breaking news alerts from BBC World Service on their handsets. The two organizations jointly announced that they had signed…

Mobile Project Launched to Reunite Refugees

Arrangements to help thousands of refugees who fled from conflict and disaster areas to reunite with families and friends through the use of mobile technology have been finalised. The pilot…

Google plans cheap smartphones for Africa

Technology company, Google, plans to reduce the cost of smart phones in Africa to an affordable range in order to boost the use of the internet.The company intends to sell…

SeeAm Mobile App Wants To Help You Locate ATMs In Nigeria

Have you ever been in a situation where you’re in need to use the closest ATM within your location? Or perhaps you’re looking for a particular bank’s ATM within that…

Innovative CocoaLink Mobile Technology Program Expands to Cote d’Ivoire

The Hershey Company (HSY) announced today that its innovative mobile phone program, CocoaLink, is expanding to Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), which is the world’s largest producer of cocoa. CocoaLink helps…

Street style fashion offers opportunities for South Africa's entrepreneurs

Ask the average European what they brought home from their safari trip to South Africa and they're likely to show you a beaded cuff, a pair of salad tongs or…

Infographic: how data is helping to stop violence against girls

To tackle rising HIV infections, countries in sub-Sahara Africa have devised six tech innovations to stop violence against girls In 2007, the government of Swaziland, Unicef, and the US Centres for…

CAMEROON NORTH WEST PROVINCE ARTISTS ON THE NET

"Art is all about seeing"was the opening sentence of Till Forster at the launching of the North West Province artists website at the German Cultural Center last Wednesday, October 25th…

NGO DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP LAUNCHES ON-LINE LIBRARY IN ANGOLA

The Canadian NGO Development Workshop (DW-Angola) launched an online library Wednesday. The library aims at improving the access to information on the development process of Angola and is part of…

  POLICE BACK OFF EBAY CLAIMS

  After nearly two weeks of silence over allegations that a Nigerian 419 fraud syndicate had "hacked" into American internet giant eBay's database, the South African police eventually reacted on Wednesday.…

KULULA.COM ALLOWS PASSENGERS TO CHANGE FLIGHT TIMES ON WEB

Budget airline Kulula.com claims to be the first in the world to introduce an online service to let customers change their flight times over the internet. The airline already sees…

E-Zwich Roll Out Plan Revised in Ghana

The Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement System (GhIPSS) has revised its approach in the deployment of e-zwich point-of sale machines and the issuance of the biometric smart cards. Officials say…

New Technology to Fast-Track Gerji Road Construction

A new road construction technology from Israel, which involves changing the soil density by treating it with an enzyme, and which costs around 650,000 Br, is to be used for…

South Africa: Vodacom takes customer service to social networks

Social media has moved incredibly quickly from a specialist tool to a must-have channel of engagement with customers.Building on the unique one on one conversation that social media makes possible,…

Tunisia's MobiSpot serves up video advertising to users without smartphones

In 2012, the Middle East and North Africa had the second largest number of YouTube videos views worldwide. Saudi Arabia led the region, boasting the highest number of YouTube video…

eLearning Africa’s Response to ICTAU on Conference Fees

his week, Uganda ICT Association released a statement in which it urged the organisers of the eLearning Africa Conference – happening at Speke Resort, Munyonyo, Kampala, starting Wednesday – to…

Kenya breaks 'Chinese-run cyber crime network'

Kenyan police say they have cracked a cyber crime centre run by 77 Chinese nationals from upmarket homes in the capital, Nairobi.Police believe they were involved in hacking and money…

Kenya Takes Public Job Applications Online

People can now apply for Public Service Commission jobs online. The commission launched automated recruitment to improve service delivery. The Head of Public Service, Francis Muthaura, said the move is…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

-   Dave Gale of South Africa’s Storm is writing a very informative blog called the Digital Pilgrim: http://www.hittingthewire.co.za/ -   Alkatek, Inc. has announced the launch of Phase 2 of its…

GOOGLE SA ‘A GOOD SIGN' SAYS LOCAL SEARCH ENGINE ANANZI

International search engine Google's new South African focus is a good sign for an online SA, says local search engine Ananzi.The new-look Google.co.za domain, which was launched last week, features…

African Web News - In Brief

www.hellkom.co.za   Advertisment:   Sky 2 Net LTD providing A-Z solution for Internet & VOIP via satellite (C-Band) that covers all Africa and Asia. The solutions including end-to-end Equipment of V-sat,…

SENEGAL’S ONLINE DAILY WAL FADJRI RELAUNCHES

The online daily Wal Fadjri has relaunched itself. Part of Sonatel Multimedia, it claims that the new version is qualitatively better than the old version. It is now possible to…

Recycling Plant to Tackle Electronic Waste Threat

amara Education, a non-profit organisation, has announced plans to open an electronic waste recycling plant in Mombasa by year-end, in a move that adds impetus to e-waste management.The move comes…

Tanzania to Adopt Electronic Inventory Tracking Technology

Inventory management through electronic inventory tracking systems could be the most effective and relatively less costly option and one of the key strategies to be adopted by both public and…

Global Hack for Good to connect refugees, families

To raise awareness of the plight of refugees, and find new ways to reconnect refugee families in some of the most remote areas in the world, Ericsson and Refugees United…

British Council, Airtel target 500,000 learners through digital hubs located in nine Sub-Saharan Africa States

NAIROBI, KENYA: Over half a million teachers and learners in nine countries in Sub-Saharan Africa would benefit from increased access to digital education resources in their schools, thanks to a…

Bourse News to Be Accessed From Mobile Phones in Uganda

Mobile phone users can now get instant stock prices following the launch of an initiative by the Uganda Securities Exchange (USE) and SMS Media. Simon Rutega, the USE chief executive…

MOROCCO HAS ONE OF HIGHEST SMS RATES IN THE WORLD

Only 56% of Arab cellular operators provide the MMS service, while Morocco and Lebanon have the highest SMS rates in the Arab World. New research from the Arab Advisors Group…

ANGOLA’S ANGOP WILL LAUNCH NEW SERVICE IN JUNE 2004

In June 2004 Angola Press Agency (ANGOP) will launch a new portal-based service, according to Manuel Miguel de Carvalho "Wadijimbi", the agency’s Director-General. Speaking on occasion of ANGOP’s 28th anniversary…

African Web News - In Brief

- SA’s Getaways website has undergone a revamp that not only reflects the visual changes in its magazine counterpart but also offers both visitors and advertisers a more user-friendly and…

MTN Mobile TV on its way

MultiChoice believes ICASA will issue a broadcast licence before the end of 2009 MultiChoice and MTN last week expanded on their plans to release a mobile television offering in South…

Offsite ATMs - ATMC Quickcash Commences Processing for UBA ATMs

Nigeria's premier and largest Independent ATM Deployer (IAD) and operator of the QuickCash ATM network, ATM Consortium (ATMC) has commenced the processing of UBA's off-banking location ATMs on its Postilion…

Kenya: Olivine Technology, Web Tribe, Iridium and Duma Win Connected Kenya Innovation Awards

Olivine Technology, with a solution that offers Automated System Inventory Manager(ASiM), is the winner of the Google Innovation Awards at the 2013 Connected Kenya conference. The Innovation awards are awarded…

Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Face the Limits of International Law

In April of this year, the government of Ethiopia arrested six members of Zone9 along with three affiliated journalists in Addis Ababa. They were held for months without a formal…

Rwanda Adopts Phones for Health Initiative

The Ministry of Health has unveiled a new technology of using mobile phones to support public health, starting with support for Community Health Workers in mother and child health interventions.…

Safaricom to roll-out utilities payment service in Kenya

Kenyan operator Safaricom will launch a mobile service later this year to enable subscribers to pay for electricity and water bills. The company is in talks with Kenya Power and…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The Lagos Resource Center is partnering with some Catholic professionals known as Lumen Vitae Communications to launch a new web portal called Luvit-ng.com. This is designed to answer questions…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) announced today the launch of a new service on the CCA website offering companies easy access to resources; on-the-ground technical support; and funding…

AIDS CONCERT TO GO OUT LIVE OVER INTERNET

Technology will play its part in supporting a World AIDS Day concert initiated by Nelson Mandela and international musicians by broadcasting the concert live over the internet. Internet service provider…

IS E-MAIL A THREAT TO POSTA UGANDA?

How many letters did you post last year? What about seven years back? Most respondents to the two questions in a recent survey by Business Vision indicated they were posting…

South Africa: Ring Tone Firms Given Ultimatum to Pay Royalties

South Africa’s largest association of music publishers and composers is giving reticent ring tone suppliers an ultimatum to pay royalties or face the music. Musicians are resentful that they receive…

Facebook character stirs up Zimbabwe

Is it a practical joke? A laughable ego trip? A crude piece of opposition propaganda? Or the first real insight that Zimbabweans have been offered into the inner-workings of the…

MXit launches Africa’s first mobile book

Mobile social networking company MXit, with 13 million subscribers worldwide, has introduced Africa’s first Mobile Book (MBook), in a bid to promote literacy and reading among its majority youth audience.…

AfricaNews.com launches mobile website

AfricaNews.com has launched a mobile news website: http://m.africanews.com. This latest innovation follows an unprecedented mobile phone revolution in Africa in the past years. The mobile version of AfricaNews.com makes the…

FASHION TV TO HIT CELLPHONES

Mobile content supplier InnoVeda Mobile Solutions has secured the rights to supply Fashion TV content to mobile phones in SA. During the past year, the Cape Town-based firm has gathered…

African Web News - In Brief

- New content on aggressive driving has been added to the South African Arrive Alive Web site to assist drivers over the holiday season.Free State-based attorney Johan Jonck, who started…

ONE WORLD TO USE MOBILES TO DELIVER INFORMATION - PILOT TESTING

The Vodafone Group Foundation has announced support for OneWorld’s pioneering work using mobile phones in Africa for sharing local knowledge. The system to be piloted in Kenya and South Africa…

South Africa - MVNO Chatting up a storm

John Holdsworth, the businessman who took on the mobile operators over high wholesale call charges and won, has launched a new business that will take advantage of falling prices and…

MOBILE COMMERCE STILL LAGGING

South Africans have yet to fully embrace mobile commerce – the use of phones for transactions with financial value – although some sectors are booming. This was one of the…

NIGERIA’S N100 MILLION VIRTUAL LIBRARY TO LAUNCH IN OCTOBER

Barring any last minute hitches, Nigeria’s proposed National Virtual Library Project (NVLP) will come on stream in October. Peter Okebukola, Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), who gave…

Google launches Web-to-phone SMS service

Google has announced a service which would enable Gmail users to communicate with mobile phone subscribers on MTN, Globacom, Airtel, Visafone and Starcomms networks through Short Messaging Service (SMS).At the…

Getting Bank Statements By SMS in Rwanda

BCR customers will no longer have to spend time travelling to the bank to get information about their accounts. Instead, they can use their mobile phone or PC. According to…

HACKERS BLITZ SA SITES

Hackers claim to have defaced about 700 South African Web sites over the past week. Hackers, named “oldschool” and “eMP3R0r TEAM”, claimed on a hacking “brag site”, http://www.zone-h.org/, to have…

NEW STUDY OUT ASSESSING IMPACT OF MOBILE TECHNOLOGY ON HEALTHCARE

A study of a pilot project using mobile phones for healthcare in Africa has found that technology works, but implementation, management and human factors are real hurdles Bridges.org conducted an…

DAX CREATES DIGITAL ARCHIVE FOR PRESIDENT OF EGYPT

DAX Archiving Solutions creates digital archive for the President of Egypt This month, Egypt’s largest digital archive will be opened officially by the chairman of the technical committee of the…

Ghana: EC Takes Armed Forces Through Biometric Registration Process

The Electoral Commission has demonstrated the Biometric Registration process to personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces. Officers and men from the Army, the Navy and Air Force watched the demonstration…

Social networks booming in Africa

Social network users growing rapidly, Facebook tops list for first time The popularity of social networking sites is growing faster than ever, according to a new report by analysts Comscore.…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- In the most-recent edition of a rating of Nigerian Bank websites by Phillips Consulting, Zenith Bank's website has topped the charts again with a comfortable lead of 96%, winning…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Digital Solutions is a software company based in Uganda who have been driving a project to implement a fully Open Source Multimedia Messaging Gateway for operators. This project is…

African Web News - In Brief

- The Afars are in the main a nomadic Islamic people who can be found in Eritrea, Ethiopia and Djibouti. A new web site Arhotaba.com gives the background to their…

EXAM RESULTS TO BE AVAILABLE BY SMS IN NAMIBIA

For the first time, Namibian exam candidates will this year be able to obtain their results by SMS, the Ministry of Education has announced. The new service will be available…

UGANDA GETS SMS, INTERNET BANKING

Ducont, a Dubai-based information technology service provider, has teamed up with Uganda's Solutions For Business to support financial institutions in the country. Officials said during a presentation on October 4…

Vodacom to Boost Data Revenue With Music Download Service

Vodacom expects a fillip to its data revenues when it becomes the world's fourth operator to launch a new music download service. MusicStation is a more sophisticated version of the…

VOTE FOR SA'S BEST E-COMMERCE SITES

Nominations for the South African e-commerce Awards closed at the end of November and the shortlist of nominees has been announced. The awards have been spearheaded by Albert Bredenhann of…

CELL PHONES ENTER CYBERSPACE WITH .MOBI

The mobile web is about to receive a major shake-up with the start of open registration for cell phone-specific website addresses. The general public can now register websites ending with…

Free Website to Promote African Businesses

A new website, www.africaopportunityfund.com, has been created to attract investment trade and business into the Africa and to equally promote African trade and business both internally and internationally. Supported by…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The IT Policy Compliance Group says that it has launched a Web site - www.ITPolicyCompliance.com. The Web site is said to feature research findings, guidance, and contributions from compliance…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Algerian news agency "Algérie Presse Service" has launched Sunday its photo website where users can find a wide range of photos on national political, economic, cultural and social events.…

South Africa: MTN Traveller in global partnership

MTN Traveller and Hotels.com have entered into a global content interface partnership, to provide a mobile travel-planning solution, while also promoting local tourism.MTN Traveller was launched in November last year,…

Maroc Telecom Blocks Skype

The Moroccan telephone operator, Maroc Telecom, has blocked  access to several sites that provide free VoIP telephone service to its users.The ban has affected the Skype service that is used…

Free MTN Wikipedia access fine print

MTN recently announced that it will provide free Wikipedia access to all its subscribers, but the fine print revealed that it will only be free when using Opera Mini.MTN’s free…

FAHAMU PUBLISHES ONLINE TRAINING MANUAL FOR HONING WRITING SKILLS

A major training resource designed to help those working in the not-for-profit sector hone their writing skills has been just been published free of charge on the internet. It argues…

Vodacom Tanzania launches mobile TV service

Tanzanians can now access news or entertainment channels using their mobile phones following the launch of  a Vodacom Tanzania-DSTV mobile facility.Speaking during the inauguration of the facility recently in Dar…

Angola: Health Service Includes Mobile Phones On System

A project of indicators of the health quality through mobile phone, even without using the Internet, was presented has recently been presented in Luanda by the National Department of Public…

Zimbabwe: Baba Jukwa page still live despite closure threat

The Facebook page of Zimbabwean online whistleblower Baba Jukwa remains live in spite of the anonymous poster saying over the weekend he would close the page due to having been…

Tigo Tanzania tunes into needs of music lovers

East African telco Tigo Tanzania has announced the launch of a music streaming service that will provide Tigo customers access to over 36 million songs.According to a statement Tigo Music…

Nigeria’s AfroTalez to launch 2nd episode

AfroTalez, a Nigerian-developed episodic storytelling app for children, is set to launch its second episode this quarter, looking to follow up on the success of the first, which has so…

African Web Site News - In Brief

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Malawi firms to start advertising vacancies online

In Malawi, companies have for so long relied on radio and newspapers, and lately television to advertise employment opportunities to job seekers. But in this era when the internet is…

Kenya: Phone Money Transfer traps criminal

An M-Pesa transaction was the key piece of evidence that nailed a suspect in a robbery with violence case. A court said the fact that cash was transferred from the…

Solving BIG problems using little technology in Ghana

In January, the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) in partnership with UNICEF Ghana launched the MEST-UNICEF Hackathon, a three-day product development competition to find new technologies to serve the…

“Click Rights” Campaign for Digital Rights in Middle East and North Africa

Following Edward Snowden's revelations about the US National Security Agency, the international community has been abuzz with discussion over new models for Internet governance. But are Arab citizens taking part…

GoMetro Mini launches in 11 official languages

South African transport mapping start-up GoMetro has introduced a new version of its mobile transport application site GoMetro Mini, equipped with all eleven official South African languages. GoMetro Mini is…

MTN Launches an M2M SIM Card & IoT Platform in South Africa

Just a day after Samsung announced its IoT platform dubbed Artik, MTN has announced an Internet of Things (IoT) platform and machine to machine (M2M) SIM card in a move…

Mobile Phones to Be Used in Aids Fight in Uganda

An innovative programme that uses cell phone text messages as an interactive tool in improving HIV/Aids sensitisation and education has been introduced in Uganda. The programme is a joint effort…

UK Mobile Phone Experts Hook Up with Ugandan University

UK mobile phone experts are visiting Uganda to work with staff and students from Makere University, in order to improve mobile phone innovation in the developing world. Academics from Makerere…

New Portal for Couples about to Wed in Nigeria

As technology is permeating every sector of life, creating unimaginable transformations, the marriage institution should not be left out. And that could be why a frontline internet services provider, iWay…

Ghana: Airtel Fights SIM Box Fraudsters

In curbing the growing SIM Box fraud in the telecommunications industry, which adversely affects the industry's revenue, Airtel Ghana has introduced a short code - 919- for customers to report…

Maroc Telecom adds Berber voicemail interface

Maroc Telecom has added voicemail service in the Amazigh language, spoken by North Africa's Berber people, to complement its current provision of French and Arabic. Users can choose the language…

Media: Sudan seeks to block ‘negative’ websites

Sudanese officials plan to step up efforts to block "negative" websites, state-linked media reported Tuesday, in a country already labeled an "enemy of the Internet" by watchdogs."In coming days, the…

Digital security company Gemalto expands operations to Ivory Coast

One of the world’s leading digital security companies Gemalto has announced further operational expansion in Africa with the commencement of operations in Abidjan, Côte d’IvoireThe company said with the expansion,…

Game on: Africa’s education techies compete in hackathon for social good

A first of its kind hackathon will bring together edtech (education technology) entrepreneurs from throughout Africa to explore and develop new paths and methods for sustainable change in social systems.Taking…

South Africa blog awards open for nominations

The annual SA blog awards yesterday opened nominations for the 2008 awards. This year, following the fallout from last year’s awards, the judges have put in place a new set…

M-WEB PLEDGES TO INCREASE CHAT ROOM SAFETY

Internet chat rooms operated by M-Web, the largest consumer internet access provider in South Africa, will not be closing down despite the risk that they are haunted by paedophiles and…

Jobberman Is A Nigerian Job Search Engine With Promise

Jobberman is a Nigerian search job engine which recently launched in the competitive world of Nigerian job boards and job search engines. Jobberman has a clean, easy to browse interface…

Twitter translates tweets from leading Egyptians

Tweets from leading Egyptians are being automatically translated as part of a new Twitter service for non-Arabic speakers.As Egypt's military ousted President Mohammed Morsi on Wednesday, non-Egyptians were able to…

South Africa MG free 2014 elections app

The Mail & Guardian has launched a new smartphone app, which aims to “keep the South African voting public informed in the run-up to the 2014 national elections on May…

MTN Debuts 2015 ‘Better Me’ Campaign In Nigeria

MTN has unveiled its Betterme App to urge Nigerians to maximise their Internet usage.“In the past, the focus was on voice – that is the ability to connect people so…

Algeria: Vazii, Algerian Application to Compete With Viber and Tango

Algiers — An Algerian application that allows calling and sending free written, audio and video messages via internet was launched Tuesday in Algiers under the commercial name of "Vazii."Designed by…

Pick n Pay makes Ukash vouchers available in South Africa

UK voucher-based prepaid online payments provider Ukash has partnered with South African retailer Pick n Pay to make the Ukash vouchers available at the latter's 750 outlets across the region.…

African Web News - In Brief

- L’administration fiscale Tunisienne’s web site went live this week (http : //www.cimpftest.nat.tn) It offers both free and subscription-based services. The free services include: financial receipts and tax regulations. www.sky2net.net

Building Bridges launches Peace initiative website in Kenya

Building Bridges aims to encourage and reward Kenyans to reach out to others to overcome conflict. It is aimed at those who want to find solutions to existing problems and…

YouTube launches in Nigeria

YouTube, the platform where anyone with a video camera and an internet connection can share their life, art and voice with the world, has announced the launch of YouTube in…

African publishers lag in shift to electronic books

Electronic readers are transforming the way people enjoy their books. However, there is very little African published content on the online stores. For a reader looking for a Kenyan book…

Firm launches new IT solution to link Kenyan artisans to US market

If you happen to be in New York one of these days, you might see the residents donning the popular Maasai beaded belt or other ornaments associated with the Maasai…

DW signs content deal with Tuluntulu

 Above: Members of the Deutsche Welle team present at AfricaCom 2014. German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) and Tuluntulu have teamed up to provide DW's English TV channel as streaming content for…

Hacker group publishes Sapa archive

An unidentified hacker group has made most of the South African Press Association’s (Sapa’s) archives publically available and searchable for free, violating the copyright of new owner Sekunjalo Investment Holdings.The…

Mobile advertising platform to launch in Nigeria

Advertfarm, a mobile content provider which focuses on delivering mobile content to users across Africa via sms, has branched into Nigeria. With over 200 million mobile subscribers in Africa, it…

ALCATEL TO STRENGTHEN ITS MOBILE TECHNOLOGY PROJECTS IN AFRICA

The Wi-Fi Technology Forum/- Alcatel has announced the signature of a 3-year MOU with Manobi, the leading operator of Mobile and Internet services dedicated to the rural sector of developing…

Nigerian rural communities remain disconnected from the world

There are about 76 million active mobile subscribers in Nigeria. This is only about half of the nation's population of 150 million. The digital divide is still wide even though…

Econet mobile broadband subscribers hit 1.7 million

TechZim got the opportunity to discuss a few things about Econet Broadband with Leon de Fleuriot, the Chief Commercial Officer – Broadband at Econet Wireless Zimbabwe. We talked about the…

Mobile phones to monitor Malawi water

Malawi has started new water-monitoring technology using mobile phones, which has been pioneered by an international NGO based in Blantyre called Water for People. The new form of monitoring technology…

Namibia’s one stop info shop goes live

Data usage in Namibia has taken on a different meaning with the recent launch of web solution virtually aggregating third parties information free to end users in real time.Designed by…

The Man Behind 263Chat, an Award-Winning Platform for Conversation in Zimbabwe

263Chat is an initiative that started in 2012 as a Twitter hashtag to encourage dialogue and conversations on Zimbabwe. The idea has since expanded to include other social media platforms,…

MOZAMBIQUE GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES INTERNET PORTAL

This week in Maputo, the Information Policy Commission launched the government portal, with the aim of creating a common infrastructure for executive communications. The government portal was developed by the…

TACKLING SMS PORN

Your child can be accessing porn simply by watching TV and using a cellphone to send an SMS. Viewers are asked to SMS the choice of their "hot babe" and,…

REGION SCIENTISTS LAUNCH WEBSITE

Women scientists, engineers and technologists from different African countries have launched a website to help them network. The networking was facilitated by Gender Advisory Board (GAB) East Africa sub-region. The…

Nigeria: FCT Archives to Digitalise Data

The FCT Administration (FCTA) has unveiled plans to digitalise the database of FCT Archives. FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, disclosed this yesterday during the celebration of FCT Archives and History…

Kenya: Low Income Earners Now Have Affordable Power

The estimated 3 million Kenyans who are yet to get connected to the power grid can now access affordable power for lighting and charge their phones. Safaricom has partnered with…

Mobile app links blood donors

LifeBank from Nigeria is the first mobile application that allows potential blood donors to match with those in urgent need of blood based on their location.The app is a result…

Kenya: Samsung unveils 8 new locally developed apps

Samsung has partnered with @iLab Africa in order to offer 8 locally developed mobile applications. The reveal was made at Samsung’s second edition of the “Show N’ Tell” event. According…

BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION LINKS CONCORD TIMES IN SIERRA LEONE

The Website of Concord Times (www.concordtimessl.com) has now been linked to the British High Commission website in Freetown. Readers of Concord Times can browse at www.britishhighcommission.gov.uk/sierraleone and get the latest…

NEW eBUCKS WEB SITE EVEN MORE REWARDING FOR MEMBERS

eBucks, SA's leading rewards programme in the financial sector, launched its new Web site on Tuesday. eBucks CEO Lezanne Human is delighted with the newly invigorated site. "I am thrilled…

ZIMBABWE INDEPENDENT DIGITAL EDITION GOES LIVE

In a landmark achievement in the media industry and a first in Zimbabwe , The Zimbabwe Independent's digital version system has taken the lead and now gone live and is…

Firm unveils Swahili mobile, web health application

Technology firm, Avallain Africa has unveiled second version of its mobile and web health application, iAfya Health Information.The launch of iAfya version two comes with a Kiswahili module breaking the…

Zimbabwe: New Electronic Voters' Roll Makes Inspection Easier for Zimbabweans

A group of organizations involved in the pro-democracy movement have created a website with an electronic voters' roll, after years of refusals from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to provide this…

Egypt Goes Quack Over #SpyDuck

Egypt last week announced it had arrested a “duck” – with a spying gadget attached to its feathers. The duck turned out not to be a duck, perhaps a swan…

Hashtag accountability: Social media & the political protest of Africa’s middle class

The 2011 uprisings that toppled the Tunisian and Egyptian regimes—and sparked the regional firestorm known as the Arab Spring—are commonly called “Twitter revolutions”. Protesters were not predominantly the poor and…

U.S. Copyright Suit Against Google to Benefit East AfricaToo

United States authors and publishers who filed a class action lawsuit against Google, for allegedly violating their copyrights have agreed to a landmark settlement that could significantly benefit their counterparts…

South Africa’s national Internet portal growing

South Africa’s national internet portal, SouthAfrica.info, receives almost 30-million hits a month and compares favourably with the country’s top commercial web sites, the statutory International Marketing Council (IMC) says in…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- All Nigerian Government Ministries and Departments have been directed to put up functional websites by the end of the year. President Olusegun Obasanjo said that henceforth there should be…

RAIN: A NEW AFRICAN AGRICULTURAL INFORMATION INITIATIVE GETS OFF THE GROUND

Operational since 2003, the Regional Agricultural Information Network (RAIN) is one of the 17 regional network programmes and projects (NPPs) operating under the umbrella of the Association for Strengthening Agricultural…

BROADCASTING IN SOUTH AFRICA BRINGS AN SMS REVENUE BONANZA

The use of SMS to make broadcasting more interactive is growing, generating millions in revenue, say industry players. South Africans are fast adopting premium SMS to interact with TV and…

African Web News - In Brief

- In a bid to correct the negative image ascribed to Nigeria’s Kaduna state as a religiously volatile and intolerant state, the state government has now acquired a web site…

Africa: Google's New APP May Aid Africa Businesses

Kampala, Uganda — When the idea of 'hanging out' is mooted in any discussion, very often than not, relaxing in a certain location with a group of friends just catching…

Firms urged to adopt country’s .rw domain

Local institutions have been urged to adopt the country’s .rw Internet domain to promote local content and enhance their presence online.Didier Nkurikiyimfura, the ICT director at the Ministry of Youth…

Gabon Provides .ga Domain Names for Free

The My GA Registry  has opened up registration for .GA domains. My GA - the Gabon domain name - is operated by the Agence Nationale des Infrastructures Numeriques et des…

Trending: Eritrea's 'Bob Marley' moment?

A musician from tiny Eritrea has caused a stir on YouTube, with a protest song that appears to criticise the government of President Isaias Afewerki.Eritrea is the kind of a…

Digital music in Africa: Demand for local driving growth

In Africa there is more demand for local digital content than anywhere in the world, said Rick Fant of Mozilla at AfricaCom.This is particularly true when it comes to digital…

Mobile technology for government service delivery in South Africa

Mobile technology and broadband need to be considered to latch onto "first class, real time" service delivery, KwaZulu-Natal Finance MEC Ina Cronje said on Monday Speaking at a breakfast meeting…

Equity Launches Cellphone Banking in Kenya

The next battle frontier for banks will be fought on the mobile phone, signalling a widely anticipated drop in banking transaction costs by customers. It also means that bank customers…

Book Reading Gets Even More Mobile with Cape Town company Cellbook

CellBook, a Cape Town-based mobile applications developer, has recently developed technology enabling book publishers to publish and distribute books on mobile phone handsets. It is also in the process of…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

www.electionsethiopia.org www.iog.dj - Senegal's DGCNET has launched a new website - Senjob - for those seeking work. The site has an interesting array of jobs and will be a useful…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- President George W Bush's re-election campaign said on Wednesday it had cut its website, www.georgewbush.com, off from access from certain foreign countries, "for security reasons," including South Africa. -…

CBK Licenses Another Cash Transfer Service Firm in Kenya

Competition in the mobile money transfer business is heating up with the entry of a new money transfer system which allows transactions across Safaricom, Yu, Orange and Zain.MobilePay, the information…

Tech Firm Pulls Down Cost of E-Commerce With New APP

A Kenyan technology firm has built a new e-commerce platform that is promising to change the way consumers will bank, buy goods and settle bills using their mobile phones.Known as…

The tracking technology protecting Kenyans from elephants

Save the Elephants is sposored by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) who produce leading ArcGIS software for spatial data analysis.  We have written a unique suite of software programs…

South Africa: Zuma, Tutu to get smart ID cards

The first batch of smart ID cards will be issued to a list of eminent South Africans this monthThe first batch of smart ID cards will be issued to a…

Nigeria’s growing digital music distribution market valued at N16.2bn

The growing online platform for digital music distribution in the country is now being valued at $100 million, about N16.2 billion, according to analysts with Spinlet, with iROKING and iTunes…

Ethiopia: Cell Phones Boost Access to Contraceptives in Ethiopia

Ethiopian women produce an average of five children in their lifetimes because less than 30 percent of women in Ethiopia - the second-largest population in Africa - have access to…

MTN Nigeria to unveil Online Music App in July

MTN Nigeria has perfected plans to unveil music App. which is expected to hold this July. The App when launh would be the biggest in the music industry in the…

Samuel Meyiwa and the funeral pose

An unusual meme has emerged in which people are replicating a picture of Senzo Meyiwa's father, taken at the footballer's funeral.Tens of thousands of people attended the funeral of the…

South Africa’s Plea to Put Educational Tools Online

Internet entrepreneurs Mark Shuttleworth and Jimmy Wales launched a formal declaration yesterday urging governments and publishers to make publicly funded educational materials freely available on the internet, a move that…

MOVE TO PAID-FOR WEB CONTENT? IT’S COMING BUT BUT NOT VERY QUICKLY

Earlier this year Wallace & Gromit fans rushed online to buy a new series of short movie clips involving the bungling inventor and his long-suffering dog. Maker Aardman’s latest plasticine…

Phones to Assist with World Cup Emergencies in South Africa

Eighty thousand mobile phones have been handed over to the Health and Police Ministries to enable the departments to deal effectively with emergencies during the FIFA World Cup.The phones were…

Nokia smartphones users get free traffic service in South Africa

A live traffic service is coming to South African Nokia smartphone users with the latest Nokia Maps updateNokia South Africa has launched the latest update to Nokia Maps which includes…

SMEs to benefit from Tanzania e-system

The government has adopted a web-based tool called 'eRegulations', which seek to help investors and entrepreneurs to understand the procedures of investing and doing business.The tool allows investors to obtain…

Track and Protect Animals From Poachers With This App

Conservationists are installing advanced cameras in remote parts of Africa so you can keep track of endangered animals in real time via an app and even help protect them against…

Breaking the Silence: SMS Helps Liberian Schools to Improve Education

Students and academics in schools throughout Liberia are taking advantage of a system that allows them to gather information and discuss possible solutions to problems they face in the country’s…

Ugandan App Lets Citizens Blow Whistle on Local Corruption

Until recently, spotting corruption in Uganda required intimate knowledge of a public institution’s finances. But now — in theory, at least — you need nothing more than an Internet connection.Ugandan…

Zimpapers enters the game with Sportszone

SportszoneIt’s been a long time coming but Zimpapers, in its move to a more digital approach, has finally decided to create an online sports news platform.Sportszone, which was unveiled yesterday,…

Turning your cellphone into a remote control

It is this year's science time again, and the universities and technical institutions have pitched tent at Kenyatta International Conference Centre to showcase their innovations. When the Nation team visited…

Firefox 2 speaks Afrikaans

The popular Mozilla Firefox web browser has been translated into the South African Afrikaans language. Afrikaans is one of 11 official South African languages. The Afrikaans translation is the work…

WEB SITE LAUNCHES NIGERIA'S FIRST CYBER PAGEANT

A new web site, eNowNow.com, has launched a cyber pageant on its site to help aspiring models and students gain international exposure and earn extra income. Editor/Content Manager of eNowNow.com,…

African Web News - In Brief

http://www.internet.org.za - Childsoldiers.org, a project of iEARN-Sierra Leone, has won a Cable and Wireless Childnet Award, which recognises the best Websites for children from all over the world. www.deboutcongolais.info -…

8 new startups from 88mph

88mph has welcomed 8 new startups to its accelerator program, bringing the total portfolio to 15 of investments, representing around $500k of capital investment. Nikolai Barnwell, program manager, says, “88mph…

Kenya: Gare Website Under Investigation for Role in Kenya Clan Clashes

Kenyan authorities are investigating garreonline.com, a website they say is a national security threat and foments violence among rival clans in northern Kenya.Police Inspector General David Kimaiyo has directed the…

Microsoft-backed VetAfrica app helps EA farmers in disease diagnosis

Microsoft has partnered Glasgow-based tech company Cojengo to develop software seeking to provide East African farmers with innovative diagnostic tools and disease surveillance data.The VetAfrica app aims to help farmers…

2014 AfricaCom award winners revealed

AfricaCom is still running strong at the CTICC Convention Centre, which is located in Cape Town – South Africa. The winners of the digital industry’s most anticipated Awards were announced…

MTN Nigeria Partners with DSTV for TV On the Go

Nigeria's leading mobile provider, MTN and Multichoice Nigeria recently took telecommunications partnerships to new heights with the launch of Mobile Television on the MTN network. With the launch, MTN becomes…

Science Vice Minister for Co-Operation On Government's Portal in Angola

The deputy minister of Science and Technology, Pedro Teta called Thursday, here, for a greater co-operation of government institutions towards the updating of information of the Angolan Government's Web Portal.…

LAWS ON-LINE IN BOTSWANA

The Botswana government recently posted the laws of Botswana, including the Constitution of the Republic, on the internet. This is great news for anyone with a legal problem who is…

M-WEB INTENSIFIES ANTI-SPAM MEASURES

Internet service provider M-Web says it is cracking down on spam as the flood of junk mail grows bigger. Mervyn Goliath, general manager of M-Web technology operations, says ISPs are…

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION? THE FALLACY OF LOCATION-BASED SERVICES

Big Change’s Arthur Goldstuck examines the business case for location-based services and finds it wanting. In real estate, you will have heard, there are only three rules: location, location and…

Google opens a Ghana Elections Hub ahead of December polls

Search engine giant Google has unveiled a new portal that will educate and highlight news on Ghana’s politics, ahead of the country’s December general elections.Ghana Election Hub becomes the home…

South Africa: Obami Digitizes Annual National Assessments

Locally based, social learning platform, Obami, recently launched a digitized revision paper campaign in time for the upcoming ANAs (Annual National Assessments) that are to be carried out across South…

Senegal: Mobile Phone App Helps Diabetics During Ramadan in Senegal

Senegal has become the first Francophone country to pilot a mobile phone platform, called mRamadan, which helps people with diabetes safely manage their health while fasting. Diabetics who are testing…

African Web News - In Brief

- The web site developed exclusively for civil society organizations and donor agencies in Nigerianet, was launched last week in Abuja. Nigerianet, an initiative of the British Council and with…

NIGERIA’S BUREAU OF PUBLIC ENTERPRISES RELAUNCHES SITE

www.bpeng.org The BPE sees one of the site’s main advantages as being: "Less document handling, fewer losses of documents and a reduced risk of errors. BPE staff can have access…

African Web News - In Brief

- Kall Directories which started business at the beginning of August claims to be Nigeria’s first and only electronic directory provider. Information is accessed using the national number 15-900. The…

SA ONLINE PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION SEEKS METRICS TECHNOLOGY

The Online Publishers’ Association (OPA) has issued a request for proposals for a Web analytics/metrics infrastructure for its 16 members’ Web sites, writes Iain Scott of ItWeb.iAfrica.com MD JP Farinha,…

Rwanda to introduce Phone Banking

Phone banking has finally come to Rwanda courtesy of the commercial bank of Rwanda (bcr). This was announced by the marketing and communication manager of bcr, Hannington Namara during a…

ACT 2003: SEEN AND HEARD

- BusyInternet, Accra’s cybercentre is launching a wireless hot spot that will cover its Liquid Bar. As Mark Davies of BusyInternet joked: ‘It’s free because we havn’t worked out how…

African Web News - In Brief

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Windhoek City First On E-Service in Namibia

The City of Windhoek is the first municipality in Namibia to introduce electronic services to residents, which will include electronic account enquiries, tender submissions and service applications.These will be available…

FIRST EGYPTIAN ONLINE GALLERY UNVEILED

Egyptian art is often reduced to ancient statues, sarcophagi and the wondrous riches that fill the Cairo museum. About 24 centuries after the decline of the Pharaohs, contemporary works may…

MACROMEDIA’S BREEZE SERVER FACILITATES GROUNDBREAKING ONLINE CONFERENCE

  e/merge 2004, the first online conference on educational technology held in Southern Africa, recently successfully used Macromedia’s Breeze Server to deliver presentations and live audio-visual events to nearly 200…

E-Confessions On M-Church, the Gods Must Be Crazy

Nairobi — Why go to church when you can carry it in your pocket? In the amazing world of technology, devotions, sermons, blessings, rosaries, Bibles, and numerous faith-based phone applications…

The African King Of Pinterest: Re-Visualizing The Continent Through Color

When Okayafrica came across the stunning Pinterest boards of German-Zambian luxury brander William Chitangala we quickly dubbed him “The African King of Pinterest.” When he’s not applying his marketing know-how…

NIGERIAN YOUTH ICT4D NETWORK (NYIN) LAUNCHES WEBSITE

The NYIN portal (www.nyinetwork.org) was launched at the Henrich Boll Foundation Lagos Office and has since been open to youth led ICT4D efforts in Nigeria for registration. So do you…

Web News - In Brief

- Cameroon's Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation has launched its own website: www.minatd.gov.cm - www.ado.ci, the website of the President of Cote D'Ivoire's Alassane Dramane Ouattara of the RDR,…

Gorilla Tracking Goes Online in Uganda

The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) plans to launch online gorilla tracking. According to the authority it is due to a global demand for conservation tourism and promotion of primate tourism.…

Phones to Drive KCB's Agency Banking

KCB will rely on its mobile system to roll out agency banking services launched on Wednesday, deepening telecommunication companies' linkages with financial institutions in joint ventures to reach out to…

Zambia to implement e-voucher system

The Zambian government has said the Electronic Voucher (e-voucher) system to be introduced under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) will be implemented in the 2013/2014 farming season.Agriculture and Livestock…

Google Unveils The 100K Naija Project To Mark Nigeria’s Centenary Anniversary

Google will help Nigeria mark its centenary anniversary through an initiative called 100k Naija. The initiative involves documenting the history of Nigeria in the last 1oo years through iconic pictures.The…

Digital Content - In brief

#BeingFemaleInNigeria Sparks A National Twitter Conversation- See more here:

South African Everest expedition now “live” on Internet

Using technology to stay in touch with friends and relatives on the other side of the world is nothing new. But South African mountaineers Robby Kojetin and John Black are…

Minaffet Launches Website Portal in Rwanda

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MINAFFET) Monday evening officially launched its website, www.minaffet.gov.rw, with the aim of linking all Rwandan diplomatic missions and honorary consulates overseas. The MINAFFET…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- South African politicians can now blog their campaigns. The blog site -- short for web log -- is hosted by the Mail & Guardian Online at http://electionblogs.mg.co.za. The offer…

MOROCCO PUTS US CENSORSHIP BUSTING SITE ANONYMZER.COM ON ITS BLACK LIST

The Moroccan government has blocked the US website http://www.Anonymizer.com, which allows Internet users to get around censorship, days after Reporters Without Borders recommended its use to access Sahrawi websites. These…

CONSTITUTIONAL COURT GOES ONLINE

www.constitutionalcourt.org.za The site, developed by Vivid New Media in collaboration with Big Media, allows the public to access information on human rights, as well as link to legal organisations they…

New Online Payment And Booking for Air Travellers Launched in Ghana

Amadeus Ghana and e-Tranzact Ghana Limited on Thursday launched a new online booking and payment for travellers and travel agents to make payments online, for travel reservations over a network.…

New Technology finds Landmines in Angola Using Digital Photography

Luanda — A new Israeli technology that allows the location of anti-personnel and anti-tank landmines through digital photography of the land has been used in the demining process in Angola…

Tanzania - SMS app ensures safe ferry trip

Tanzanians could soon have access to an SMS application that enables the country’s ferry passengers to confirm and ensure that the vessel they are set to board on is indeed…

Connecting the 'last mile' of market research in Africa

"One thing about data in Africa is that there's a huge lack of it," says Jasper Grosskurth, managing director of Research Solutions Africa, a pan-African research firm based in Nairobi,…

2010 boosts mobile TV in Africa

FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, predicts a cumulative global TV audience of 26.3 billion people for the 2010 World Cup, and for the first time live coverage specially produced for…

Two mobile TV licences up for grabs in South Africa

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has published an Invitation To Apply (ITA) calling for interested individual Electronic Communications Services, Broadcasting Services and Electronic Communications Network Services licensees to…

TUNISIAN GOVERNMENT BANS INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF JOURNALISTS WEB-SITE

The International Federation of Journalists today protested to the Tunisian government over the banning of the Federation?s web site. In recent weeks, following the World Summit on the Information Society…

'SMS PAYMENT SERVICES NOT JUST AVAILABLE FROM BANKS'

In South Africa SMS-based payment systems are also now available for use by customers of retailers, property management companies, direct marketers and other suppliers of goods and services. Cobus Potgieter,…

CIPESA LAUNCHES COMMENTARY AND DISCUSSION SERIES ON INTERNATIONAL ICT POLICY FOR EAST AND SOUTHERN AFRICA

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) is launching a commentary and discussion series to spark thinking and dialogue on important issues in the field.…

UNN Adopts Electronic Board for Teaching

Enugu — Traditional blackboards would soon be replaced by electronic boards in classrooms and laboratories at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), as the institution prepares for full implementation of…

Kindle's English language teaching role 're-examined'

Cancellation of a $16.5m US project to use Amazon's e-reader to teach English around the world highlights the challenges of achieving effective results from m-learningDays before US Secretary of State…

No African Governments Submitted Requests For Apple Data

Not one African government made a request to Apple for personal data of its users, according to the technology company’s latest Report on Government Information Requests.Earlier in August, African requests…

Facebook Lite targets mobile and dial-up users in emerging markets

Social networking kingpin Facebook is now trialing a new streamlined service dubbed Facebook Lite, with an emphasis on mobile and dial-up users in geographic regions where broadband services are limited,…

MTN LAUNCHES INNOVATIVE ALL-IN-ONE VOICEMAIL-EMAIL SOLUTION

MTN has launched an all-in-one mail service called i-Mail (MTN Integrated Mail), a new fully integrated and flexible web based mailbox management service.   The new i-Mail service is offered…

WSIS SECRETARIAT FREEZES WEB-PAGES FOR GENEVA, TUNIS PHASES

The Executive Secretariat of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) has announced the freezing of the web-pages of both the Geneva and Tunis phases of the summit. This…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- An Internet-based land and property information site launched in November 2004 to assist the Nigerian public access genuine ownership claims on land and properties, has received over 120,000 hits…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

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SA’S MAIL AND GUARDIAN JOINS THE RUSH TO OFFER ONLINE DATING SERVICE

South African news site the Mail & Guardian Online has joined the rush to offer online dating services, with the official launch of DatingBuzz on its site. Matthew Buckland, editor…

Frommer’s Unlimited Partners with South African Tech Start-up, Tourism Radio, to Provide Local Travel Information in Mobile Audio Guides

Frommer’s Unlimited has teamed up with South African travel technology company, Tourism Radio, in a move that is set to revolutionise the world of mobile travel guides.Frommer’s has been a…

Tech hub unveiled in Rwanda

Rwanda is set to open its first innovation incubator to promote the development of technologies by the tech and entrepreneurial community in Kigali.kLab will be based in Rwanda’s ICT Park…

Worker fired over altered photo tweet

A staff member who made comments on Twitter about an altered photograph published in the Citizen was dismissed on Thursday, according to a statement on the newspaper's website. “A disciplinary…

Rwanda: Farmers Set to Use Mobile Phones to Access Genuine Fertilizers

In a bid to protect farmers from purchasing counterfeit, expired, or unlabeled products, the International Fertilizer Development Center has introduced a new method of using mobile phones to verify product…

Mobile Money and payment Perception Survey in Nigeria ( 2009)

Nigeria with 5 Mobile Operators and 7 CDMA operators with total subscription of 62 Million under an addressable market of 140 Million people is the largest market for Mobile telephony…

FNB Launches Cellphone Business Banking services in South Africa

First National Bank (FNB) is banking on small businesses to secure its position in cellphone banking and also to provide another important revenue stream. The bank is the first in…

WEBSITE TO MARKET TEXTILES LAUNCHED IN UGANDA

In a bid to enhance Uganda's performance in the African Growth Opportunity Act, a website has been launched to provide information about the country's textile potential. http://www.uga.edu/internationalpso/ugandatextiles/ The website is…

PINGER PROJECT NEEDS AFRICAN HELP

- The PingER project at SLAC, headed by Les Cottrell, is collaborating with the ICTP to develop this monitoring aimed at better understanding and quantifying the digital divide. By January…

Etisalat Zantel, EMS to launch apps store in Tanzania

Etisalat has partnered with smartphone company EMS to develop a new mobile application store for Blackberry customers. Launching initially in Tanzania where Etisalat operates under the name of Zantel, the…

Miss Liberia Organizer Shifts Blame over SMS Voting confusion

Chris Haye Onanuga, the man at the center of the purported hijacking of the judges’ verdict for the Miss Liberia 2011/2012 crown, said he had to step in to avoid…

SA’s largest private medical scheme, Discovery Health, launches ipad app

Discovery Health has launched an iPad application called HealthID that it claims will ease the burden of paperwork and administration on SA doctors, making it easier for the medical aid…

Mobile application for cheap gas in Uganda

Almost every week, African software developers introduce new applications to the market. Two IT students in Uganda have developed an application that shows motorists the cheapest gas stations in the…

Bantu Babel – African Language Translation App, now available on Google Play

Bantu Babel is a product of a Randon Hacks of Kindness hackathon, The Peace Corps Innovation Challenge Hackathon, which was held in December 2012 at BongoHive, Lusaka’s Technology and Innovation…

iROKO could scrap its music offering – ex CEO

Drama, drama, drama. Apparently music is not working for Africa’s digital entertainment powerhouse iROKO Partners. iROKING, the company’s Spotify clone, may soon be no more.Considered one of Nigeria’s leading digital…

Cash in On Local Content urges official in Kenya

The web content market offers a great opportunity for Kenyans to make money, a government official has said. The PS in the Ministry of Information and Communication, Dr Bitange Ndemo…

African Web Site News - In Brief

- Sierra Leone’s Office of the President unveiled its own website last week, seeking to use the internet to reach out to its constituencies inside the country and abroad. Presidential…

East African Youth Spending Billions On Airtime

A new study on mobile telephone use among East African youth shows that they spend billions of shillings monthly on airtime purchase. The three week study by Kenyan based research…

Guinea Bissau: Military Junta Enforces Media Blackout in the Country

A media blackout is being enforced by the military junta in Guinea-Bissau that staged a coup d'état on April 12, 2012.The Media Foundation for West Africa's (MFWA) source in the…

RNP Launches African Women Are Gorgeous.com

Beverly Hills- River Naija Productions a division of the Nigerian Chamber of Commerce-USA launches African Women Are Gorgeous International, an online lifestyle and entertainment platform that empowers everyday women of…

Mali Music Culture Defined By The Cellphone

In Northern Mali, one of the towns where French and African troops have been trying to unseat Islamist rebels is Kidal — a small, dusty hub of trans-Saharan traffic and…

'Could the next Google come from Africa?'

In East Legon, a smart suburb of Ghana's capital, Accra, two men and a woman in their 20s stand in front of a slick ad featuring a large plane in…

MTN Music Plus launched

MTN has launched a music streaming service called MTN Music+, which it says will feature music from all over Africa, including South African favourites.Available as an Android and web application,…

Vodacom Launches Mobile Advertising in South Africa

Vodacom announced last week that it is now selling text adverts on its free callback service and banner ads on its mobile Internet portals as part of its strategy to…

Namibia: NTB Launches 'Conservation Destination' Campaign

The Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) has launched an online marketing campaign called 'Conservation Destination' to showcase remarkable conservation stories about Namibia, and inspire locals to make contributions.NTB spokesperson Maggy Mbako…

Safaricom partners with iHub on IPv6 testing

Safaricom has become the first mobile operator in Africa to open up its network for Internet Protocol version 6 testing through its partnership with iHub Nairobi, an initiative aimed at…

Zapacab to improve SA taxi services

South African taxi ordering solution Zapacab is set to launch before April this year, seeking to provide reliable and efficient taxi services on the streets of Cape Town.Zapacab aims to…

Skywire deploys over 600 Radwin radios in South Africa

Radwin announced that Skywire Technologies, a service provider in South Africa, deployed over 600 Radwin point-to-point and point-to-multipoint links in its network to support connectivity to remote areas of the…

Looking Beyond Boko Haram: Rediscovering the Ténéré Desert in Niger

The conflict with Boko Haram in southwest Niger currently monopolizes the country's news. On March 3, Boko Haram killed 19 civilians in an attack on two villages, Kiu Keleha and…

Uganda’s Investment Authority to Launch New Website

Uganda Investment Authority (UIA), a government agency responsible for investment promotion is to launch a new website aimed at providing updated information about investment opportunities in the Ugandan economy, an…

BOTSWANA'S MASCOM PLANS TO BUILD VALUE-ADDED SERVICES WITH GPRS

According to Bill Hearmon, Red Chillies Enterprises, speaking at ACT 2005, Mascom has set up a system of selling services to churches. They can send out their Sunday sermon free…

SA company unveils localised tablets

The Wise Touch tablets are manufactured in China, but are locally branded and customised, with applications and content specifically for the local market. South African company, Wise Tablets, is soon…

Ghana: K-Pad Ghana's Answer to Ipad?

Alltel Limited's flagship product, K-Pad tablet, is gaining worldwide attention due to its increased patronage, affordability and locally developed free web applications for users, according to its manufacturers.It runs on…

Ghana - National Web-Based Gallery Launched

The Ministry of Trade and Industry yesterday launched a National Web Based Product Gallery  in Accra aimed at enhancing the businesses of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in the…

GNA lands on biNu

Ghana News Agency (GNA) is now available through the free mobile application biNu as it bids to reach the large mobile audience. biNu is compatible with low-end web connected devices as…

Google navigation eases travel for Kenyans

Owners of smart phones in Kenya will now be able to enjoy an advanced version of Google Maps following the launch of the application’s turn-by-turn navigation feature.The turn-by-turn navigation feature,…

Dobox now on Etisalat Nigeria

After MTN subscribers, Etisalat Nigeria subscribers are the latest to be able to rent movies and pay with airtime among other services Dobox is now on the Etisalat network and…

SOUTH AFRICA WEBSITE IS ANSWER TO TEACHERS DREAMS

Teachers unable to include exciting activities in their curriculum due to limited resources can now rely on a new website to help them liven up learning. The Teachers Dream website,…

ZTE, Vodacom Introduce Commercial IVAS Solution in Congo

ZTE says that it has deployed a value-added platform solution (iVAS) in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, with Vodacom DRC.The iVAS system provides SMS services and aims to launch USSD…

Namibian Films Available Online

With the shelf life of local films expiring some time after a glitzy debut night and some cracks at international film festivals, Namibian film directors have been looking for a…

RICTA to register 5,000 web domain names by 2016

The Rwanda Information Communication Technology Association (RICTA) targets to register about 5000 web domain names by 2016, following the re-delegation of Rwanda’s Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), “.rw” from…

Nepad launches web-based African development tracker

The New Partnership for Africa Development (Nepad) has launched a web-based portal called Virtual PIDA Information Centre (VPiC) to disseminate information about the AU’s regional infrastructure programmes.VPiC will allow easy…

West Africa: Garmin Satellite Technology Targets West African

Garmin Satellite technology has announced that it is looking for prospective business partners in West Africa as it seeks to enter the West African market.According to the company its partners…

ACT 2005 - SCENE AND HEARD IN JOHANNESBURG

* Call centre consultant Rod Jones told us that Botswana now has 8 call centres with 256 seats and has got to the point of having sufficient capacity to be…

26% Growth in African Mobile Advertising Market

Mobile advertising agency, InMobi says that mobile impressions grew by 26% over the past quarter across the African continent.This means that Inmobi now serves 15.4 billion quarterly impressions, up from…

Cameroon: Phone Texts Fail to Boost Adherence to HIV Therapy

Mobile phone text messaging does not considerably enhance HIV/AIDS patients' adherence to treatment, a study conducted in Cameroon reveals. The study, which was published in PLoS ONE last month (6…

Google ads fuelling ivory trade: conservation group

A conservation group claims that Google is helping fuel a dramatic surge in ivory demand in Asia that is killing African elephants at record levels.A conservation group claims that Google…

SpryAds Wants To Be The Online Advertising Platform For Africa

SpryAds is a self-serve online advertising network for targeted ads in Africa built for website owners, individuals, companies and advertising,Accordingt o Richard Nyasha Kaseke of Spryads, “We are currently inviting…

Most Nigerian job sites are not mobile friendly – Tayo Olufuwa

The co-founder of the Jobs In Nigeria website and apps, Tayo Olufuwa, has told HumanIPO most job sites in the country are not well optimised for mobile users. Olufuwa said this…

Nigeria's app hotline to God

In Nigeria, it's not uncommon to see people with a leather-bound Bible in one hand and a mobile phone in the other. But the Good Book's days could be numbered…

GOVERNMENT TENDERS TO GO ONLINE IN RWANDA

The government will start advertising public tenders on the internet beginning next year, Finance and Economic Planning minister, James Musoni, has said. Musoni said this was in line with the…

Uganda: President’s party gets SMS platform to reach out to the entire country

President Yoweri Museveni has launched the NRM communication bureau. The bureau will manage the website where the party news updates, articles, photos, speeches, documents such as the constitution and manifesto,…

Smartphone usage stats in SA

Search giant Google revealed South African smartphone statistics from survey results that were recently published online. Google recently unveiled the results of a new global survey on smartphone usage and…

Kenya: Google Rolls Out Kenya Elections Hub

The country's litany of technology issues might not be featured directly on most of Kenya's presidential candidates' promises but tech will indeed play a big role in the upcoming 2013…

Platform for Angolan Slang

The Plataform KALLUN  (meaning slang), founded by Leocarpo Mário, is a recent collaborative project with the ultimate goal of gathering in just one place all the slang with Angolan origins.…

Google asks Nigerians to upload more local content

The Country Manager, Google Nigeria, Juliet Chiazor, on Tuesday urged Nigerian Internet users to upload more local content that would be useful and beneficial to business growth.Chiazor made the call…

Munnovation aims to promote positive African news

A new digitally-based platform has been launched in Johannesburg to promote positive news in South Africa, Africa and beyond.Speaking on SA FM AM live on Wednesday morning founder of Munnovation,…

New Website Offers Career Advice to Young Africans

Africacareerguidance.com was set up with support from the Commonwealth Connects Programme and the Commonwealth Business Council A new website aimed at providing career guidance to African youth and helping to…

NEW WEB SITE OFFERS TOOLS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF RIGHT TO FOOD

FAO last week announced the launch of an interactive web site on the right to food, providing practical information for policy-makers, legal practitioners, civil society members, UN staff, academics and…

NASHUA MOBILE'S MMS PORTAL GIVES COMPANIES MARKETING TOOL

Nashua Mobile has launched a multimedia messaging services (MMS) portal that aims to give companies of all sizes the ability to easily communicate with their customers using MMS as a…

Kenya to run SMS campaign to educate on Common Market

Kenya is seeking the services of leading mobile phone companies in an ambitious campaign to market the East African Community Common Market. In an Obama-inspired campaign -- where ICT played…

Ghana: School Dropouts to Access Free Online Vocational Courses

The Minister for Education, Hon. Alex Tettey- Enyo, has said that the National Democratic Congress government has instituted a long distance education programme, the Technical Vocational Educational Training (TVET), in…

Technology Helps Kenyans Reveal Electoral Registration Fraud

As Kenyans gear up for the presidential elections in less than 90 days, technology is proving to be a friend and foe to the many politicians embroiled in political musical…

Afrinolly pre-installed Infinix smartphones to be released in June – FCO

Afrinolly app will now come pre-installed on Infinix smartphones, designed for a young audience. FansConnectOnline (FCO) Limited, the company behind Africa’s biggest entertainment app, announced the news last week.FCO said:…

Togo, Woelab and the e-waste 3D Printer

'Technologie Democracy', 'low high tech', these are the mantras of Sename Agboginou the founder of L'Africaine D'Architecture. His initiatives have one uniting goal: making groundbreaking technology accessible to the common…

KenTV Unveils Online Shopping Network in Kenya

Internet broadcaster, KenTV has launched an on-line shopping network for local and international shoppers visiting its website. Company executives said the service not only targets the growing number of Kenyans…

WEB 2.0 CAN BENEFIT THE WORLD'S POOR

The term 'Web 2.0' captures the transition of the worldwide web from flat websites offering static information to a new computing platform independent of earlier shackles. The applications available include…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Rancard Solutions, a provider of mobile content delivery and service management software, has released Rancard Mobility Content Server version 2.1. The main features include content forward-lock protection (digital rights…

CAREERJUNCTION.CO.ZA REPORTS RECORD MONTH OF NEW YEAR JOB SEEKERS

SA online recruitment Web site, CareerJunction.co.za, has announced a good start to 2004, breaking all previous records in terms of users online and new vacancies being submitted. In the first…

Google Analysis Reveals South Africa's Internet Favourites

Google's analysis of South African internet users in the past year revealed that Julius Malema and former Springbok Joost van der Westhuizen were among the most popular searches, as were…

Paypal Launches School Fees Payment Platform in Kenya

Long queues in banks during school opening days will soon be a thing of the past thanks to technology that has paved way for parents to pay fees through mobile…

Rwanda: Volunteers Put Kigali On Google Map

The Private Sector Federation, in partnership with several youth groups, have come up with an initiative to extend various ICT innovations to communities.The initiative dubbed e-umuganda, will embark on mapping…

Rwanda: Telemedicine Project On Track Year After Plan Was Hatched

A year ago plans to connect Rwandan hospitals through telemedicine - the use of telecommunication and information technologies to provide distant clinical healthcare - were announced.According to the plan, district…

Nigeria: Easy Taxi app to come pre-installed on Galaxy S5

Easy Taxi, one of the world's largest taxi booking apps, has teamed up with Samsung to offer its services to even more customers across Nigeria, with the Easy Taxi app…

Mi-Pay, Isys launch mobile remittances service in Sudan

UK-based provider of mobile payments services Mi-Pay has partnered with Kuwait-based provider of services for MNOs and financial institutions Isys to launch a mobile money transfer service in Sudan. Called…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The Senegalese newspaper “Sud Quotidien” has “revamped” its website. Readers in Senegal and abroad will enjoy better accessibility when logging on www.sudonline.sn/

E-LEARNING GROUP NETS A PARTNER IN ZAMBIA

Interactive University, the Edinburgh e-learning company spun out of Heriot-Watt, has entered the African market after signing its first local partnering agreement in the region. The deal with the Zambian…

Zambian and Kenya: Researchers Seek Ways to Improve Water Supply Using Mobile Phones

Researchers are working to use the mobile phone to enhance water management in Kenya. A team of experts from the University of Oxford, Rural Focus Limited (Kenya) and ZamDex in…

South Africa: Using Modern Technology to Combat Modern Slavery

Not For Sale, a California-based non-profit-organization, wants to bring again public attention to the issue of human trafficking.In partnership with Mxit, Africa's largest social networking service, it has created a…

South Africa: TUT Students Access Academic, Financial Information Via Mobile

Following a successful pilot project in December 2012, students at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) will be able to access academic and financial information on their mobile devices through…

Egyptian blogger Bassem Sabry dies

Cairo - Bassem Sabry, one of Egypt's most respected bloggers who campaigned for civil rights and against repression, has died. He was 31.Sabry was a well-known columnist and fluent in…

Handicapped women in Congo find success on Ebay

In one of Africa’s most war-torn regions, the Eastern Congo, a group of handicapped women have managed to create a sustainable business by selling their crafts on the auction site…

DFID-FUNDED E-GOVERNMENT PROJECT COMPLETED

www.egov4dev.org   Four selected topics have online case studies (including a number from South Africa ), practitioner guidance materials and training  guides: Success and Failure of eGovernment Projects; ICTs and Government…

African Web News - In Brief

- The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union web-site (www.sadtu.org.za) has been nominated as a finalist for Labour Start’s Site of the Year 2003. It is the third time that it…

Sudan: Twitter Activist Released After Two Months in Detention

The Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) launched a heavy-handed campaign in mid-June 2012, arresting thousands of protesters, activists, political party members and leaders and even law-abiding citizens from…

   FOUNDER OF SA'S WEBNET SELLS HIS STAKE TO WOMEN, INCLUDING NIECE

   Saths Moodley, a co-founder of Webnet, had decided to empower women in information and communications technology (ICT) by selling his 45 percent stake in the company for an undisclosed…

TIME TO GET ONLINE WEBSITE GOES LIVE, OFFERS LEARNING MATERIALS

Kabissa has launched a new web site for its Time to Get Online project. It is an Internet capacity-building project for West African civil society organizations that that was launched…

Zambia: Airtel, Sproxil's Seal Deal

Bharti Airtel, the owners of Airtel Zambia, has signed an agreement with Sproxil to combat the counterfeit drug market in Africa.Sproxil's Mobile Product Authentication (MPA) solution allows consumers to verify…

DStv Adds Three More Channels To Its App

The newly launched DStv app, DStv Now,has launched three bonus channels Shorts TV, Ginx TV and Eurochannel, which will be available for a limited period.This marks an unprecedented move for…

FINGAZ, ECONET LAUNCH SMS-BASED CLASSIFIEDS IN ZIMBABWE

The  Financial Gazette has, in partnership with leading mobile telephone operator, Econet, launched a hassle-free classified advertising solution called 'TXT Classifieds', which enables advertisers to place their adverts with the…

African Web News - In Brief

   -  Ugandan web site WOUGNET had a total of 4,041 unique visitors. The Top Ten Visitor Countries were: United States , Great Britain , Uganda , Canada , Belgium ,…

SARS PUSHES FOR THE USE OF ONLINE TAX FORMS

SA Revenue Services (Sars) first introduced electronic filing of tax returns in July 2001. It appointed five intermediary service providers, who provided the service to businesses and individuals and charged…

African Web News - In Brief

- South Africa’s Eating-OUT web site has now added Sleeping-Out, an accommodation guide featuring 600+ hotels, guest houses and game farms. wireless-longhaul@openict.net

Gambia: U.S.-Based Gambian Launches New Social Networking Site

A new social networking site that goes by the name 'Wegambians' has been launched by a Gambian based in the United States of America, thus serving as an alternative to…

Ericsson to deliver connected kiosk to Rwanda

Ericsson and Coca-Cola have revealed a pilot project to bring mobile connectivity to Rwanda. The Ekocenter is a solar-powered kiosk developed with German start-up company Solarkiosk. Tigo Rwanda and Ericsson…

Symbiotic launches first East African mobile social network

Symbiotic Media Consortium has released Sembuse, East Africa's first mobile social network and content platform, where users can purchase stock information, news and videos. Sembuse allows users to communicate cheaply…

24.com Launches South Africa’s Blog Survey

What is intended to be the most comprehensive survey of South Africa's blogger community has been launched today by 24.com, in association with blog aggregators Afrigator.com and Amatomu.com and online…

UNLEASH WEB TO FIGHT HIV IN AFRICA, STUDY

The Internet is already a source of information about Aids for children in Africa but could be more powerful if it were free, a US study says. About one-third of…

VODAFONE BLOCKS CHILD MATERIAL ON CELLPHONES

Children who download pornography easily and cheaply on their cellphones will have their fun cut short when Vodacom makes blocking available. This was what Alan Knott-Craig, group CEO of Vodacom,…

MEDICATION REMINDERS VIA SMS

Cape Town-based company SIMpill and telecoms partner Tellumat Communications have developed a solution for the wireless monitoring and support of patients on chronic medication. With 60% of South African patients…

I4D DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS

BOTSWANA TELEMEDICINE - NEED TO BE "IDEALISTIC AND REALISTIC"    If Telemedicine technology is properly implemented in Botswana medical services will be better accessible to the public, a Canadian expert…

GHANA BREWERIES WEBSITE FORMALLY LAUNCHED

The maiden internet website in the local brewery industry was launched at Busynet, Accra, last Thursday by Ghana Breweries Limited (GBL). It was designed by Ghanaian internet solutions provider, SOFT.…

AFRICAN UNION PLANS TO LAUNCH WEBSITE TO FIGHT DRUG TRAFFICKING

The African Union plans to launch a web site to tackle illicit drug trafficking. The web-site contents will include such vital information as how to identify and destroy cannabis plantations.…

KATE’S KIKAPU SUPPLIES ONLINE GIFTS FOR DIASPORA USERS

One incidental side benefit of Kenya’s internet exchange point is a number of new web offerings. Shopping mall the Sarit Centre launched Kate’s Kikapu (swahili for basket). Its pitch is…

The 1st Kenyan Song to Come Out of a Twitter Beef

Jemedari is back with a new track. The song is a direct result of a Twitter altercation he had with the Hits FM Twitter.After ranting about the lack of local…

ARTP gives Sonatel 48 hours to explain Viber, WhatsApp blocking

Senegal's telecoms watchdog the Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications et des Postes (ARTP) has given national PTO Sonatel 48 hours to explain why it is blocking end user access to…

Bandwidth subsidy to boost BPOs in Kenya

Business process outsourcing and call centre operators will enjoy a 20 per cent saving on their operational costs — thanks to a government subsidy on bandwidth. According to the Kenya…

Nigeria Launches DVB-H Mobile TV

Nigeria has beaten South Africa in the roll-out of the DVB-H mobile TV... Details Nigeria, MultiChoice Africa's local business partner in Nigeria, has launched Africa's first commercial mobile broadcast TV…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- A website has been launched by a group of Nigerians, to deter former military dictator, General Ibrahim Babangida from making a come-back. The website, www.againstbabangida.com, has as one of…

3FIFTEEN GOES LIVE WITH LEGIT

3fifteen - the Microsoft applications solutions division in the Dimension Data group - developed a funky Web site that effectively reflects the positioning of Legit - the latest brand in…

DOWNLOADS ZONE LAUNCHED ON AFRIDIGITAL.NET

www.afridigital.net Download 1: Isabel Neto's excellent MIT thesis Wireless Networks for the Developing World: The Regulation and Use of License-Exempt Radio Bands in Africa. It contains a useful survey of…

African Web News - In Brief

- Local learners and teachers in disadvantaged communities will soon have their own e-mail accounts and Web sites when Oracle SA launches Think.com as part of the Digital Partnership initiative.…

African Web News - In Brief

- Zouhair Yahyaoui was arrested in a cyber cafe last June and sentenced to two years imprisonment for "spreading false news". Supporters say he has been tortured and grown weak…

The World Banks launches the “Apps for Development” competition

The World Bank Group has kicked off the “Apps for Development” competition, the first global contest of its kind.  President Robert B. Zoellick challenged software developers and international experts around…

Sierra Leone: Mapping Out Real-Time Election Data

Sierra Leone holds its third national election since the end of their civil war on 17 November, 2012. A coalition of monitoring organisations in the country, National Election Watch, will…

E-Voting Not Feasible in Nigeria for 2015 – Jega

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Attahiru Jega last week said that the electronic voting system will not be used during the 2015 general elections.Jega, who spoke…

Media24 to launch news wire service

Media24's digital division, 24.com, is launching a news wire service next month, it announced on Thursday.The new service would be called News24Wire with syndication and access being handled by Gallo…

It's the Year for Online advertisement in Africa?

The challenge this year for advertisers is to really connect with their consumers in credible spaces online and learn how to become part of their personal space with an authentic…

SA GOVT CREATES EDUCATION PORTAL

www.thutong.org.za The minister launched the site during a tour of schools in the George area yesterday. She said Thutong, which means “place of learning” in seTswana, was intended to serve…

Web News - In Brief

- There was an announcement from iEntry concerning the launch of a search presence targeted towards South Africa. The search engine, called SearchZA, is claimed to be "the most comprehensive…

NAFDAC Introduces New Anti Counterfeiting Technologies in Nigeria

To put an end to activities of fakers of its regulated products, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, (NAFDAC) has reviewed its anti-counterfeiting strategies with the…

Mobile advertising sees strong growth in Kenya and Libya

According to BuzzCity Q3-2010 report, more than 15 billion banners were delivered across the entire network. This represents a Q-on-Q increase of 17% with the top 20 countries delivering 80%…

CBK rules out shared infrastructure in mobile money

The mobile banking regulator Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has spoken out against the proposed sharing of money systems between different service operators, saying it will kill innovation and competition…

Africa: New ICRC Website Reunites Dispersed Families

Geneva — "The new website will change the way people go about getting back in touch with family members they've become separated from," said Olivier Dubois, deputy head of the…

Kenyan Website Creates Invisible Girlfriend to Combat Nagging Relationship Status Questions

For those who currently are not dating or just don't wish to and are tired of answering questions about their relationship status from friends and family, you can now set…

App Makes Ebooks Available in African Languages

To many, the fact that literacy in African countries often leaves a lot to be desired comes as no surprise. A lot of organisations, however, are looking for ways to…

Didata named as Tour de France tech partner

In a major coup for a South African-based company, Dimension Data has been appointed as the official technology partner of the Tour de France for the next five years.Johannesburg-headquartered global…

Web2.0 technology to help the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Liberia

Created in collaboration with Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia, the interactive site is the first of its kind for a truth commission. Its creators hope it will play a key…

MOZAMBICAN MINISTRY LAUNCHES SINGLE COUNTER PORTAL

The Mozambican Ministry of Industry and Trade launched in Maputo on Wednesday its Internet portal for the "Single Counters" (BAU) as a means to introduce new models of providing services…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Macromedia's Contribute underpins the operational success of the Web portal of the Botswana government's Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) (www.finance.gov.bw). Contribute, available through Macromedia distributor, Dax Data,…

E-Governance Could Make Oil Business Transparent in Ghana

E-governance could help Ghana's higher authorities to deal responsibly with its new-found oil wealth, a leading scientist has said. In 2007, UK firm Tullow Oil announced the discovery of about…

Ghana-made software compared to iPhone application

A software application, Nandiclient, developed by Nandimobile Limited, a Ghanaian owned start-up has been compared to an iPhone application because of its ability to arm businesses with tools for delivering…

Alliance for Affordable Internet to lead digital policy reform in developing countries

An alliance made up of private and public sector organisations aims to drive policy and regulatory reform in order to make access to the web in developing markets more affordable.The…

Africa: New Web Platform Launched to Accelerate Green Economy Transition

A robust, state-of-the-art knowledge-sharing platform was launched today by the newly established Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP), a diverse consortium of leading institutions and organizations working in areas related to…

Built in Africa: Cipher256 is solving one of Africa’s biggest problems with an app

Built in Africa focuses on entrepreneurs, startups and technologies that hail from the continent and empower its citizens.The miracle of birth is still a miracle, considering all that can go…

Mobile marketing Innovations will drive Etisalat Nigeria’s 3G offer

Farmed out License Holder, Etisalat Nigeria sure understands how to engage the subscribers in the 3G Era. During the launch of the Network last week in Lagos, the company spokesperson…

CITY SLUM SHARES ITS STORY ON THE WEB

http://www.korogocho.org "On our web site you will find articles about life in slums, theses, comments, reflections, photos, projects, and letters from missionaries and young people living in Korogocho" Fr Daniele…

The technology modernising Kenya's matatus

Matatus - the ramshackle public minibuses seating between 14 and 24 people that zip along the streets of Kenya's capital Nairobi - carry a third of the city's residents to…

Foodstantly cuts out middlemen with online food platform

Nigerian startup Foodstantly is hoping to provide a platform for buying and selling fresh farm produce as well as pre-cooked meals on the internet, cutting out the middleman in the…

Facebook Takes A Stand With Free Access To Women’s Rights Info In Africa

No one should be denied understanding of their human rights just because they can’t afford a mobile data plan. Now women in Zambia won’t be, as Facebook and Internet.org’s new…

Tanzania: Tobacco Farmers to Access Data Through Cellphones

Tanzanian tobacco farmers can now use an Airtel line to access critical agricultural data and make critical business decisions from their phone devices.The farmers will from today be able to…

Mest start-ups pick top prizes at 1st Mobile Apps Showcase

At the first ever Mobile Application Showcase competition in Ghana, two Mest start-ups, Saya Mobile and Nandimobile picked up the 1st and 2nd prizes respectfully. Kwamena Appiah-Kubi came 3rd with…

SleepOut.com of Kenya named among the world's top 50 early stage startups

Kenya-based accommodation marketplace SleepOut.com has been named among the world's top 50 early stage startups in the run up to WebSummit 2013 to be held on October 30th and 31st…

Cape Town’s MyCiTi bus routes now on Google Maps

MyCiTiCapetonians, listen up. The Mother City’s favourite and most efficient transport system, MyCiTi, has announced that they have now fully integrated with Google Maps.The integration of MyCiTi and Google Maps…

LEADING EGYPT BLOGGER GOES OFFLINE DUE TO HARASSMENT

One of Egypt's most prominent political bloggers has decided to call it a day, citing harassment by security services as his main reason to quit. The Egypt-based blogger, known only…

Kenya: Bus Ticketing Now Goes Online

Passengers travelling from Nairobi to Mombasa or to Kisumu can now book their tickets online. Under an agreement between Sakura Sanmic Investment and bus companies Mash and Queen, prospective travellers…

SAP launches mobile apps in Nigeria

SAP has released new mobile applications onto the Nigerian market aimed at improving efficiency in communication.Speaking at the SAP World Tour of Nigeria in Lagos last week, SAP president in…

Kenya: Google Maps Navigation (beta) in Kenya

Google has introduced Google Maps Navigation (Beta) in Kenya as a new feature on Google maps for phones running Android 2.2 and iOS 5.1 technologies.Google Maps Navigation (Beta) is an…

Dateme Kenya - Online Dating for the Busy Professionals in Kenya

If you're a single professional living in Kenya looking for a little romance but too busy or shy to troll the bars, coffee shops and other cliched meeting spots for…

Intel ‘She Will Connect’ & Akirachix Initiative

Intel Kenya will celebrate the second International Day of the Girl on October 11 by launching a joint initiative targeting Kenyan girls with Akirachix.  As a direct result of findings…

Ghana’s student app startup Flippy Campus is going to DEMO Africa 2015

Flippy Campus, a made-in-Ghana product that aims to improve students’ campus experience has become one of the first startups that will be pitching to investors at the one of the…

BANK OF UGANDA LAUNCHES WEBSITE

Bank of Uganda has launched a modern website that will bring about transparency between the Central bank, commercial banks, and the general public on key financial matters. The $49,000 (Shs84…

Mali becomes first African country to give away domain for free

Its domain currently ranks 177th in the world, less than half of the country has mobile phone coverage, and only 4% of the population are online. But Mali could be…

New Nigerian music app for music and video downloads on Google Play now

iROKING, Nigeria’s number one music streaming and download service, is now on Android. Launched officially this week, the App, now in the Google Play store, has been designed to make…

Online radio in South Africa

New research finds that around 5% of South Africans now listen to the radio online, while approximately 28% listen to radio content on their phones.This is according to the Fourth…

Digital Africa Conference & Exhibition 2015 Hots Up

The 2015 edition of the Digital Africa Conference & Exhibition (DA 2015) will be held from July 20 - 23, 2015, at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, Nigeria. This annual…

Free movies, calls coming to Tshwane Wi-Fi

Project Isizwe, the nonprofit behind the roll-out of free Wi-Fi in greater Pretoria, has revealed plans to offer users free on-network phone calls and free streaming movies, including the latest…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- South Africa’s online technology publisher ITWeb is launching a website as a social hub for readers of its digital lifestyle titles. The My Digital Life website will let people…

Africa is attractive for mobile banking

Cellphone banking in Africa is seeing faster uptake rates than those experienced in South Africa (SA).This is according to First National Bank (FNB) cellphone banking CEO Len Pienaar, who says…

New online tool connects entrepreneurs in Africa with business experts from across the world

As of this week, entrepreneurs looking for advice to grow their business in Africa get direct access to a pool of dedicated mentors, while Africans living in the diaspora and…

Africa Mobile Specialist Every1Mobile partners with One.Org to mobilise 10,000+ young Africans across the Continent

Every1Mobile (E1M) announced today the initial results of their partnership with ONE, the advocacy and campaigning organization co-founded by Bono, on the issue of increased transparency in African healthcare. The…

Airtel Africa seeks regulation of free call apps

Airtel Africa has called for the regulation of companies offering free call apps, to protect the revenue of mobile phone operators. Airtel Africa CEO Christian de Faria said the over-the-top-…

NAMIBIANS TO GO HOUSE HUNTING ON LOCAL WEB

House hunting has been made easy with the launch of a property web portal 'Property.com.na'. The website allows visitors to find property of their choice to buy, rent or sell…

Uganda: Number of Banked Users Set to Rise

The number of Ugandans who will have access to formal banking platforms is expected to expand by three times by mid 2011, Roscoe Nsubuga, the managing director MapSwitch Uganda has…

Nashua Mobile helps Stats SA to dispense R1.2m of prepaid airtime to field workers

Nashua Mobile helped Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) to ensure that the Community Survey 2007 ran smoothly by providing the organisation with a solution that allowed it to dispense prepaid…

RwandAir Clients Book Via SMS

Prospective travellers with RwandAir in Rwanda and Burundi can now access the airline's flight schedule via short text messages sent directly to their mobile handsets.The service has been available since…

Kenya: APP That Helps You Confess to Paying a Bribe

Would you publicly come clean you paid a bribe to get a service? Probably not. But an app customized for Kenya is making it easier for citizens to report bribery…

Promustard Solutions launches software to address clients complaints

Promustard Solutions Ghana, an Enterprise Software Solutions provider, has launched a new software platform that gives businesses, NGOs, government and research organizations the opportunity to conduct market surveys by using…

Vehicles in Tanzania to be Registered Online

The Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has launched an electronic system that requires motor vehicle fees be paid online."Payments through mobile money will be very safe to clients and this means…

Dumsor On Instagram: Amid Chronic Power Outages, A Space For Creativity Opens In Ghana

Power outages in Ghana have become so well-recognized that they have been given a local name: dumsor (a combination of the Twi words for “off” and “on”). Since December 2014,…

ZAMBIAN STATE HOUSE WEBSITE ON LINE

The State House website is now on line, chief policy analyst for Press and public relations at State House, David Kombe, has announced. Kombe said in a statement in Lusaka…

VODAFONE LIVE! COMES TO SA

VODACOM has introduced the next phase of its third generation (3G) data services in a move designed to give cellphone users something to do with their high-priced, high-speed handsets. The…

M-banking takes root in Uganda

He used to keep his daily earnings in the house until June when he opened a mobile money account with an aim of developing a savings culture. Mr Peter Ddumba,…

Mobile internet on course to becoming top earner for firms in Kenya

Access to the internet through cell phones is set to emerge as a significant revenue opportunity for mobile operators, analysts say, adding that consumers are also benefiting immensely from the…

IT Makeover for Health Sector in Namibia

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has started the rollout of a new IT network in six regions.So far, centres in six regions in Namibia have received equipment as…

Paperless Clearance At The Port of Mombasa

Customers will soon be able to clear their goods at the port of Mombasa without using a single piece of paper. In an apparent move to put a stranglehold on…

First point-to-point research network circuit between Europe and Africa enables astronomers to create a more detailed view of the universe

Radio astronomers in Africa and across the globe will benefit from faster collaboration through a dedicated, high speed 15,000 km network link between the pan-European GÉANT and African UbuntuNet Alliance…

Hackers in Arab Cities: Fab Lab and Tech in Egypt

Sabine is a journalist, Ophelia is a photographer and a videomaker: both are former contributors to OWNI (a Global Voices media partner in France) and are currently shooting a web-documentary…

South Africa’s mobile social network giant creates multi-platform bridge between social communities

MXit’s 12 million+ worldwide users will be able to reach contacts across multiple instant messaging (IM) communities such as Yahoo, Windows Live Messenger, G Talk and ICQ, when it switches…

CELLPHONE TV SET TO REACH MASSES

About 125 million consumers will watch television on their mobile phone in five years from now, a new survey found recently. Mobile television is not yet commercially available, but trials…

WEB-BASED TRADEMAP ZIMBABWE LAUNCHED

Information on international trade is the basis on which the Government and private sector can develop effective trade expansion strategies that are responsive to the dynamics of the global village.…

UN Refugee Agency Enters Facebook Contest to Win Funds for Displaced in Somalia

The United Nations refugee agency is harnessing the ever expanding world of cyberspace to raise funds, entering a challenge on a Facebook platform that could net $50,000 to help forcibly…

World Cup Brings New Document Scanning Technology to Beitbridge

The World Cup has brought security improvements to the Beitbridge border post, with Zimbabwean authorities introducing a new scanning system to weed out suspicious travel documents.This is the first time…

Ugandan bloggers speak out about Kony2012

The ‘Kony 2012’ YouTube video was a phenomenon previously unseen in new media. Attracting over one hundred million views, it has been described as the most viral online campaign in…

AfricaCom Awards 2014 - Shortlist Announced

The digital industry’s most anticipated Awards event will take place on 12th November 2014 at The Waterfront Lookout, Cape Town. Celebrating and acknowledging leaders in digital technology, ICT, Telecommunications and…

Telkom Media was bad decision, says CEO

Telkom should never have considered providing content; rather its networks should only be used to carry content. This is according to Telkom CEO Reuben September, speaking at a media briefing…

NCC Approves Africa's First Smart Phone

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has accredited and approved the first customised Smart phones designed and manufactured for Africa. The Professional Series, which comes in ranges from PS 100s up…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Nigeria's Benue State government will soon launch its website to make information about the state available at the doorstep of every individual or nation in the world. Disclosing this…

HELLKOM READIES DEFENCE AGAINST SA'S TELKOM

Parody site Hellkom is shoring up its defence for an anticipated Telkom lawsuit by launching a premium rate SMS service, which allows people to send messages of support at a…

Nigeria: Glo Says Every Child's Dream, Now Possible With Mobile Tutor

Second national operator, Globacom says that the dream of every Nigerian child for academic success is now a reality with the introduction of its mobile-based educational application called Glo Mobile…

Texting4health Pilot Project Launched in Uganda

The UN has launched "Texting4Health," a 10-day pilot health initiative using mobile phones to spread important health information to MTN users in Jinja. "One of the most important tools in…

Google Aims to Stop 'Agency Fraud' in South Africa

Myth and misunderstanding is leading to digital mayhem in the industry, whereby agencies are being accused by digital behemoth Google of committing fraud or, at the very least, irresponsible accounting…

SEEN AND HEARD: PROMOTING BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE AND SERVICES - ITU FORA, MAPUTO

* A questioner from the floor asked what AfriNIC was and whether it had any relationship to the promotion of broadband. None of the panel seemed to have heard of…

MTN ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF A NEW LIFESTYLE

MTN today announced the launch of a completely new lifestyle portal, MTNLoaded. For the first time in South Africa, MTN prepaid cellular users will be able to surf the Web…

Inbound Sound to offer crowdsourced concerts

Desperate for your favourite international band to tour South Africa? You will soon be able to do more than just wish quietly for it to happen thanks to a new…

Farmers Use Mobile Phones to Track Deadly Cassava Diseases in Tanzania

Farmers in the Lake Zone region of Tanzania have joined in the fight to protect their cassava crop from deadly cassava diseases. Armed with mobile phones, the farmers will send…

Woolworths Uses Web to Educate Consumers in South Africa

Woolworths Financial Services has recently started using Internet broadcasting, or podcasting, as a way to help customers make their money stretch in the environment of rising prices and interest rates.…

WWW.FIBREFORAFRICA.NET LAUNCHES

This web site has been put together to provide basic information about international bandwidth in Africa, its costs and the existence of monopoly access to it. Bandwidth is the means…

African Web News - In Brief

- A Financial Mail survey of 100 South Africanwebsites that save you time and money, placed Kalahari.net above Google, which came in the second position. Kalahari.net recently introduced 24- hour…

Ugandan ICT Students Invent Pregnancy Scan Machine

Second-year students at the Makerere University College of Computing and Information Technology (CIT), in Uganda, have invented a hand-held pregnancy scan-like machine called WinSenga.The machine, which consists of a funnel-like…

Egypt’s plan for mass surveillance of social media an attack on internet privacy and freedom of expression

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as well as mobile phone applications would be systematically monitored under the proposed plans.A call for tenders to introduce a new system to carry out indiscriminate…

Using Animation to Battle Ebola

An animation that dispels myths about how Ebola is spread and promotes preventionUnited Methodist Communications collaborated with Chocolate Moose Media and iHeed to create an animation for West Africa that…

Media24 to take on Google?

Industry speculation suggests that Media24 has been garnishing support for a project which could see it going head-to-head with Google South Africa. According to an industry source Media24 is planning…

CELLPHONE BANKING MATURES

Cellphone banking is maturing rapidly, with 180 000 registrations and 1.8 million transactions valued at R200 million since March last year, says First National Bank (FNB). “Adoption of cellphone banking…

Uganda: Water Corporation to Save Billions in Mobile Payments

Piped water consumers in Uganda can expect to get better service delivery on the back of business deals signed between National Water & Sewerage Corporation and two mobile phone companies.Dr…

AIRTEL GH, Rancard deliver new innovations in Managed VAS Services

Airtel Ghana last week announced a deal for managed Value Added Services (VAS) with mobile software company, Rancard Solutions. Under the terms of this agreement, Airtel Ghana will use Rancard’s…

Botswana’s app geared up to end music piracy

A mobile developer in Botswana has come up with an app set to frustrate music piracy specially through file sharing. This move, he says, was motivated by the fact that…

How Somalia’s al-Shabab militants hone their image

A recent al-Shabab directive that all its members change their mobile phone numbers shows how tech-savvy the al-Qaeda-linked Somali Islamist group remains and how their communications strategy is key to…

Egyptian police use dating sites to hunt down gay people

Though homosexuality is not illegal in Egypt, police have been using social media and smartphone applications to hunt down and arrest gays and lesbians. Two gay Egyptians, who hide their…

think incubator selects startups from Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, Egypt

Kigali-based technology incubator think has announced the selection of 4 African startups for support. The startups are Beliaa (Egypt), Cribpark (Nigeria), PollAfrique (Ghana), and TorQue (Rwanda).In a statement, think said…

HACKER TARGETS SOUTH AFRICAN LINUX SITES

A hacker successfully hacked into 53 South African Web sites on Friday, says IT security and e-commerce attorney Reinhardt Buys.The hacker, called F3PN, hacked the sites between 8.31am and 8.59am…

Taha Jiwaji - Bongo Live! - an sms and mobile marketing firm in Tanzania

This week Africa Business Communities meet with Taha Jiwaji, Founder and CEO of Bongo Live! on bringing mobile and SMS based services to empower businesses, NGOs, government and consumers in…

Deutsche Welle and Vodacom Tanzania Ltd. offer “Learning by Ear” for mobiles

Deutsche Welle continues to expand its services in Tanzania by cooperating with Vodacom Tanzania Ltd. – the largest mobile provider in the country. Starting September 9, 2011, DW’s popular radionovela…

Nigeria - Job seekers get help from Globacom

Globacom has introduced a service that allows subscribers, especially job seekers send their Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resumes to prospective employers through Short Messaging Service (SMS).In a statement, the company…

Mdundo.com and Microsoft Partnering to Provide Free Music to Africans

Mdundo.com, Kenya’s largest mobile app for legal music downloads, and Microsoft, have teamed up, allowing consumers who buy the $200 Huawei 4Afrika phone a premium Mdundo account for six weeks.…

Kenya: Chief Kariuki's Twitter Community Policing Takes Global Stage

"A local administrator from a small town in Kenya is making a huge impact through social media." That's how @ChiefKariuki was introduced at the annual Google Ideas conference in the…

Orange Kenya Launches Mobile Self-Care Android App

Orange kenya has launched the first e-care app in the Kenyan market. The myOrange app offers Orange mobile subscribers a personalized account management experience, allowing them to check their credit…

West Africa: Online Volunteers Map Uncharted Ebola Zones to Help Save Lives

Donating to disasters used to mean writing a check to Oxfam or the Red Cross.These days in the Internet age, for the Ebola crisis, citizens from all over the world…

Rebuilding Timbuktu's Cultural Diversity, One eReader at a Time

Mali's Timbuktu region has long been a commercial and cultural crossroad. Songhai, Peul, Sorko, Tuareg, Bellah, Kunta, and Bérabich are longtime neighbors along the Niger River. The relationship between these…

BOTSWANA'S HOMELESS SAN TURN TO THE INTERNET

A new website, Iwant2gohome.org, has been launched by First People of the Kalahari, an NGO. Its aim is to draw attention to Botswana's San/Basarwa people's struggle to regain entry to…

KENYAN PARLIAMENT WEBSITE REMAINS CLOSED

Kenya is the only East African country without a website for its Parliament. The National Assembly's official website was shut down last September after The Standard published education backgrounds, hobbies,…

African Web News - In Brief

http://www.aitecafrica.com/events/2003/SouthAfrica/presentations.htm - Namibia Business Directory Resource Centre is the business intelligence site powered by NamBizDot.Com cc. This website provides a listing of over 10,000 companies, each with their own web…

South Africa: Online News Sites go After Critical Mass, Advertising Model Still Elusive

The announcement last week by News24 that in April it hit the two million mark for South African unique users is no small potatoes.When you consider that the South African…

Google Announces Winners for the Android Developer Challenge for Sub-Saharan Africa

Google has announced the winners of the Android Developer Challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa, a competition that was announced back in April, set up to encourage the development of exciting, high…

Kenya’s parking fees can now be settled via Airtel Money

The hustle for long queues to settle parking fees in Kenya could soon be reduced after Airtel and Kenya Airport Parking Services (KAPS) partnered to allow Airtel subscribers to secure…

Zambia: ISP Faces Backlash Over Blocked News Site

Zambian telecommunications company Airtel may be facing unintended consequences for allegedly having blocked access to popular citizen news website the Zambian Watchdog. For over a week, many people in the…

Senegalese Startup wins the VentureOut Challenge for Africa

Marodi.tv, an online video platform broadcasting African content, has won the Africa category at this year’s VentureOut Challenge, walking away with US$10,000 USD and six months worth of mentorship.The announcement…

Spotify and Vodacom Potential Music Deal in Africa

Spotify rumoured to be in Talks With Vodacom Over Music Deal in Africa. Spotify is rumoured to be in talks with Vodacom Group Ltd.  on a partnership that would mark…

Oscar Pistorius’ Verdict Ends the Biggest Social Media Event in South African History

Oscar Pistorius, the South African double-leg amputee runner who shot his girlfriend last year, has been found guilty of culpable homicide (manslaughter). Pistorius claims he thought his girlfriend was an…

2014 the year e-commerce grew up, says PayGate

Online shopping hit the mainstream in South Africa during 2014, says e-commerce payment services provider PayGate -- and the growth is set to continue during 2015.“The number of merchants we…

LARGEST AMERICAN EMBASSY WEB SITE IN THE WORLD LAUNCHED IN COTE D’IVOIRE

Ambassador Aubrey Hooks has officially launch the largest American embassy web site in the world, found at http://abidjan.usembassy.gov, during a press conference at the U.S. Embassy. The web site took…

NAMIBIAN SMS TRAFFIC REACHES RECORD HIGHS OF OVER 100 PERCENT

MTC Namibia has announced a significant increase in its text message (SMS) traffic over the past calendar year and especially during the peak holiday periods. The year-on-year (2004 to 2005)…

DOUALA WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS GO ONLINE

A seminar organised by the NGO, Association for the Support and Encouragement of Women Entrepreneurs (ASAFE), on Monday last week kicked-off in Douala. The seminar which brings together women entrepreneurs,…

ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK ON FOUR INTERESTING THINGS HAPPENING IN SA

On a recent visit to South Africa, we asked technology pundit Arthur Goldstuck to name five important things happening in South Africa. He actually named four. Some are obvious but…

Rwanda: MTN Mobile Money Hits Rwf590 Million

MTN Rwanda says that transactions through the mobile money service have reached Rwf590m, barely five months after the launch of the mobile operator's service that enable users to transfer money…

Kenya: Online Brand Campaigns Fail to Click With Consumers

Many local firms have failed to get their strategies right in creating brand visibility and loyalty through social media, the latest industry survey has shown.However, many companies have invested heavily…

Vodacom SA and Primedia launch a social game on radio

South Africa-based mobile network operator Vodacom has announced it has teamed up with Primedia Broadcasting to bring 94.7 Highveld Stereo and 94.5 KFM to listeners the ultimate integrated virtual and…

Africom’s Guroo: A VoIP game changer

AFRICOM, Zimbabwe’s converged telecommunications operator, has scored a first by launching the only real Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service in the country.After years of promises by mobile operators and…

Rwandapedia Could Not Have Come At a Better Time

There never could have been a better stage to showcase Africa's ICT talent at the just concluded Transform Africa 2013 Summit. And participants did not disappoint.Africa showed the rest of…

Africa’s mobile ways fit in well with us, says Twitter

Twitter seems hell-bent on pushing its business solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses, and like many big tech companies, Africa has entered its sphere of thought. Last week, the social…

Opera Buys AdVine To Expand Its Mobile Ad Network In Africa

AdVine serves ads within a variety of large and small publishers in the region, including the BBC, MTN and Opera itself. The company’s site is currently offline — being rebuilt…

GHANA'S TOTAL ECLIPSE LIVE ON INTERNET

Internet users were able to view the total eclipse of the sun in Ghana via the internet. Scientists from the University of Cape Coast in collaboration with experts from the…

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Posta Uganda this week launched a new interactive website to provide customers with a two-way interactive communication link. The website compliments our new branding and brings us to the…

NAMIBIA'S CBS TO INTRODUCE WEB-BASED GIS SYSTEM

  The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) within the National Planning Commission (NPC) intends to introduce an Internet web-based Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to all the 13 regions. The object…

African Web News - In Brief

http://fossfa.org/database/ - Claudia Zang has been named the first Miss Internet of Cameroon. She was elected from among ten finalists by internet users. http://brainstorm.itweb.co.za/online/ReadStory.asp?StoryID=135120 - The African winners of 5000…

Inside Telkom’s broadband, TV plans

Telkom is involved in a multibillion-rand project to increase the throughput of fixed-line broadband to speeds of up to 40Mbit/s. The plans also include dramatically upping the speed of entry-level…

Nigerian healers turning to Effiwe.net for health information

Nigerian healers turning to Effiwe.net for health information Effiwe.net, an academic resource site for African medical personnel, now boasts of a vast database of free online resources for download by…

Africa: Smartphone prototype device Used to Detect Parasitic Worms

A smartphone, a strip of double-sided tape and a simple glass lens could have a significant impact on the diagnosis of intestinal parasites that affect millions in remote, rural parts…

Umati Final Report Released

A project by iHub Research and Ushahidi, Umati was born out of the influence social media was seen to have had on the 2007/8 post election violence. The Umati project…

AfricaCom 2013 Awards winners announced

he AfricaCom 2013 Awards winners were announced in Cape Town on Wednesday night, recognising and celebrating the best achievers in the fields of ICT, telecommunications and media across the continent…

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