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How does a city get to be 'smart'? This is how Tel Aviv did it
How does a city get to be 'smart'? This is how Tel Aviv did it

Smart cities, digital cities, virtual cities, connected cities. Are these just trendy buzzwords?

By Christine Steinmetz 8 hours ago

Sierra Leone: De Beers gem traders launch app to source clean diamonds
Sierra Leone: De Beers gem traders launch app to source clean diamonds

De Beers has taken another step towards ridding the trade of its "blood diamond" tag with a mobile tracking app for miners in Sierra Leone. While Gemfair may be useful, more needs to be done to ensure safety...

By Jane Mcintosh 9 hours ago

Vodacom dominates 4G coverage in South Africa
Vodacom dominates 4G coverage in South Africa

Despite the ongoing spectrum constraints, Vodacom now provides 80.12% 4G coverage in South Africa, with 99.78% of the population covered by 3G and 99.97% covered by 2G...

13 hours ago

Nick Saunders, cyber resilience expert, Mimecast Africa and Middle East
Five important things to remember about GDPR

With the large quantities of personal data financial services providers handle, they have had their hands full preparing for the Protection of Personal Information Act (PoPI)...

15 hours ago

Embracing a more connected South African retail environment
Embracing a more connected South African retail environment

The increased connectedness of consumers is contributing to a more dynamic environment - one where expectations on what the buying experience must entail are evolving...

By Leon Coetzer 1 day ago

Kenya's Twiga Foods partners IBM for blockchain-based microfinancing
Kenya's Twiga Foods partners IBM for blockchain-based microfinancing

Kenyan agri-tech startup Twiga Foods has partnered IBM Research to extend access to microloans to 220 food stall retailers across Kenya using a blockchain-based financing system...

By Tom Jackson 1 day ago

CIOs get AI reality check
CIOs get AI reality check

Forrester's recent predictions for CIOs working on data and analytics initiatives warn that the capabilities of new technologies, like artificial intelligence (AI), require the redesign of operating models...

1 day ago

Closing the gender gap in SA by just 10% could achieve higher economic growth - report
Closing the gender gap in SA by just 10% could achieve higher economic growth - report

Women currently hold 19% of tech-related jobs at the top 10 global tech companies...

1 day ago

Disrupt Africa to host live pitching competition in Nairobi
Disrupt Africa to host live pitching competition in Nairobi

Disrupt Africa will host its first live startup pitching competition at the AHUB East event in Nairobi next month, with the best startup winning a trip to pitch at AfricaCom in Cape Town in November, alongside other prizes...

1 day ago

14-18 May 2018 is Business Continuity Awareness Week
14-18 May 2018 is Business Continuity Awareness Week

The annual Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW), taking place from 14 to 18 May 2018, is a global event facilitated by the Business Continuity Institute to raise awareness of the latest trends in business continuity...

1 day ago

CoinAfrique app makes its mark in francophone Africa
CoinAfrique app makes its mark in francophone Africa

Tech startup, CoinAfrique, which claims to be the most downloaded classifieds app in francophone Africa, has garnered €2.5m from several investors in its first round of venture capital financing...

1 day ago

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VW to set up software development centre in Lisbon

Volkswagen Group is creating a software development centre for Volkswagen Group IT and Mand Truck and Bus AG in Lisbon, Portugal...

2 days ago

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With smart cities, your every step will be recorded

Modern cities are brimming with objects that receive, collect and transmit data...

By Sara Degli-Esposti and Siraj Ahmed Shaikh 2 days ago

New Cape Town/Brazil subsea cable to boost SA broadband
New Cape Town/Brazil subsea cable to boost SA broadband

Did you know that 98% of your global data travels under the ocean on subsea fibre optic cables, not via satellites?

By Ilse van den Berg 2 days ago

This is how AI will change the way you drive
This is how AI will change the way you drive

While there have been some recent setbacks (and there will doubtless be more) it appears that, with the massive investments in R&D, driverless cars will one day become a reality...

By Sherry Zameer 2 days ago

Neil Palmer (CIAT) via
East Africa: Technology helping East Africa unlock agriculture potential

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Information technology is being utilised more than ever to improve agriculture in East Africa...

By Ruari Phillips 3 days ago

Dustin Homer, director: client solutions for Fraym
Africa's growing healthcare insurance market

Rising levels of education, improving salaries and rapid urbanisation mean that health insurers and the private healthcare facilities they work with are commanding an increasing share of health services in Africa...

By Dustin Homer 3 days ago

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Theories on the Sagarmatha JSE listing that never was

NEWSWATCH: The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has confirmed that it will not be investing in Sagarmatha Technologies...

3 days ago

Innovo Networks launches 'business in a box'
Innovo Networks launches 'business in a box'

Cape Town-based ICT provider, Innovo Networks, has launched a 'business in a box' product toolkit (#Bizzbox) for small businesses...

3 days ago

Jumia identifies five trends in Ghanaian mobile industry
Jumia identifies five trends in Ghanaian mobile industry

Jumia's recent Ghana Mobile Report highlights some key elements in the country's mobile industry as well as a few challenges and ways to solve them...

3 days ago

Cisco, Comsol, NIL partnership to accelerate IoT adoption
Cisco, Comsol, NIL partnership to accelerate IoT adoption

A new partnership between Cisco, Comsol, and NIL is set to help accelerate the adoption of IoT-enabled devices and networks with applications such as 'intelligent farming' and smart city technologies...

16 Apr 2018

SMME Incubation Centre launches in Mitchells Plain
SMME Incubation Centre launches in Mitchells Plain

Silulo Ulutho Technologies, in partnership with Vodacom Business, launched the Silulo Business Incubation Centre in Mitchells Plain on Friday, 13 April 2018...

16 Apr 2018

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Developing next-gen hospitality solutions

A group of hoteliers and hospitality consultants decided to create a system of standards that worked together and had new functionality that would be adopted by the industry - 'next-generation solutions', they call it...

16 Apr 2018

IT Leaders Africa Summit to focus on the evolution of the CIO
IT Leaders Africa Summit to focus on the evolution of the CIO

The ninth Annual IT Leaders Africa Summit, which is taking place from 9-10 May 2018 in Cape Town, will zoom in on the evolution of the African CIO...

16 Apr 2018

Compliance requires an evolved availability approach
Compliance requires an evolved availability approach

Let's face it, data compliance is hardly a new thing. But given the extent at which the reliance of organisations on data has grown in recent years, its level of importance has increased exponentially...

By Claude Schuck 16 Apr 2018

Sheraan Amod, founder of RecoMed
Powering the future of healthcare bookings

A health services online booking system developed by a local tech entrepreneur has got the thumbs up from Discovery for its inhouse wellness programme...

By Nicci Botha 16 Apr 2018

How devices can improve business travel
How devices can improve business travel

Technology has made business communication and business travel easier than ever, but it's still possible to have a minor disaster involving your indispensable devices...

By Dawn Weir 16 Apr 2018

Kenya: Mobile commerce deals pass $10bn mark
Kenya: Mobile commerce deals pass $10bn mark

The value of mobile commerce transactions in Kenya has passed the Ksh1 trillion ($10 billion) mark for the first time...

16 Apr 2018

Flu shots on the go with Discovery Health and Uber
Flu shots on the go with Discovery Health and Uber

With winter and the dreaded flu season around the corner, Discovery Health has teamed up with Uber to provide flu shots on-demand...

16 Apr 2018

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