The Ericson Mobility Report Reveals That The Internet of Things Will Overtake Mobile Phones By 2018

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The latest edition of the Ericson Mobility Report has been released and it reveals that Internet of Things(IoT) is expected to surpass mobile phones as the largest category of connected devices in 2018. Between 2015 and 2021, IoT is expected to increase at a compounded annual growth of 23% making up to close to 16 billion of the total forecast 28 billion connected devices by 2021. As ItNewsAfrica reports, Western Europe will lead the way in adding IoT connections as the number of IoT devices in this market is expected to…

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Kenyan Public Libraries Offering Free Internet To Over Half A Million Members

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The public libraries in Kenya will start offering free Internet to over half a million library members from June, ItNewsAfrica reports. The Internet will be provided by Liquid Telecom Kenya and the Communications Authority of Kenya who will connect 46 branches of the Kenya National Libraries Services. Mr. Ben Roberts, the CEO of Liquid Telecom Kenya said, “The demand for Internet services is growing exponentially in Kenya. Connecting the public libraries means everybody will now have access to digital and online information – including e-government services, research, education services and…

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Uber Is Expanding To Ghana, Tanzania And Uganda

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Uber is branching out to more African countries. The car-hailing company said that it plans to start operating in the capitals of Ghana, Uganda and Tanzania within a month, AP reports. With operations in Nairobi and Mombasa in Kenya, Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria and five cities in South Africa, this move will further increase their presence on the Continent. Uber’s existence in Africa has not been a smooth journey. It has been met with resistance from existing taxi drivers who deem it as competition. Incidences in Kenya of Uber drivers being…

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VC4Africa Releases Its Annual Venture Finance In Africa Report

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The 2016 Venture Finance in Africa research has been released by VC4Africa and it shows that growing investor interest in African startups is resulting in tangible investments. Data from the 2016 research shows that the total invested capital more than doubled from almost $27 million to almost $73  million, secured by 224 ventures who took part in the survey. The average amount invested per venture also increased from $200,000 to $326, 000. The data from the report showed that in terms of the number of ventures, ICT was leading with…

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The 10 Startups To Pitch at Seedstars World South Africa Have Been Announced

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It’s an interesting month for startups in South Africa as Seedstars World, a global seed-stage startup competition begins its tour this week in Cape Town. The ten startups that will pitch to a panel of judges have been selected for the event that will take place at Workshop 17 as techmoran reports. After the pitching, the top three startups out of the ten will be invited to Johannesburg where they will compete against the best startups from Durban and Soweto. After these competitions, one startup will be named the most…

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Vodacom Nigeria Trains 25 Female Students on IoT

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Vodacom Nigeria trained 25 female students on IoT as part of its support for the Girls In ICT program, Vanguard reports. The students learned how IoT is used in ensuring people’s safety and in securing the world today. The girls got a chance to tour the company’s facilities which exposed them to the importance of connectivity and data security. Vodacom hopes that by training female students in matters ICT, they will help in demystifying the myth that ICT is a male dominated field and in so doing encourage more female…

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Bill Gates To Give the 14th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

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This year, the Annual Nelson Mandela lecture will be delivered by Bill Gates, the Nelson Mandela Foundation in association with the University of Pretoria has announced. The lecture which will be delivered on July 17th, the eve of Nelson Mandela day, will focus on the theme, “Living Together”. The lecture is one of the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s programmes that seek to honor the late Nelson Mandela. In line with this, the lecture seeks to raise topical issues affecting South Africa and the rest of the world. Encouraging dialogue often about…

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The 2016 Verizon Data Breach Investigative Report (DBIR) Is Out

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10 African countries featured including Kenya and South Africa The 2016 DBIR by Verizon has been released. The report has revealed that there has been a 16% increase in ransomware attacks over the last 12 months, ItNewsAfrica reports. According to the DBIR, 89% of attacks involved financial or espionage motivations. Financial motivations were a clear catalyst. Because of the organizations that are being targeted and how prevalent ransomware has become, ransomware is a hot topic. Businesses have a higher degree of risk attached to them even though every individual is susceptible to…

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Africa Code Week: SAP To Train More Than 150,000 Youth

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SAP has said that it will train more than 150, 000 youth from 30 African countries in a bid to foster digital literacy and equip the continent’s youth through their Africa Code Week. Africa Code Week 2016 is slotted to run from October 15 to October 23rd. It will involve thousands of free coding workshops and online trainings for children between the ages of 8 to 24. The Africa Code Week kick off coincided with The World Economic Forum(WEF) on Africa that is being held in Kigali. The Minister of Youth…

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Statista analyses Sandberg’s eighth anniversary at Facebook

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In 2008, Facebook was still a startup. Early investors were excited about its user growth — Microsoft had put $240 million into the company at a crazy-seeming $15 billion valuation the year before. BusinessInsider reports Mark Zuckerberg  CEO and founder then hired Sheryl Sandberg, then the VP of global sales and operations at Google, to help run the company as its chief operating officer. Today is Sandberg’s eighth anniversary at the company, and this chart from Statista shows it all. Facebook has grown its revenue more than 65x, gone from a $56…

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