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(PRESS RELEASE) Meet The 10 Most Promising Startups Selected To Pitch At Seedstars Harare 2017

(PRESS RELEASE) Meet The 10 Most Promising Startups Selected To Pitch At Seedstars Harare 2017

Breaking News, News, Start Ups
On October 27th, 10 of Zimbabwe’s most promising seed-stage startups will compete to represent the country at the Regional and Global Seedstars Summits and to win up to USD 1 million in equity investments and other prizes. Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes has brought its pre-selection rounds to an end and selected 10 promising tech startups to pitch at the Seedstars Harare pitching event on October 27th at 2 PM at Impact Hub Harare.The top startups selected to advance to the pitching event are: Commonground is a peer-networking app that connects university students to share projects, ideas, and opportunities. Badala helps online businesses to receive payments using a Direct Mobile
TV Is The Primary Source Of Information In Africa

TV Is The Primary Source Of Information In Africa

Gizmos, News
A recent study by the Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) has revealed that TV is the most popular news medium in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. When asked about how they stay informed about the latest news in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates, more than 75% of nationals reported watching television each day rather than relying on online sources . Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and CEO of APO Group says: “The study confirms what we’ve been observing for some time, not only in MENA region but also in Sub-Saharan Africa. Disparities in literacy, including digital literacy, and education greatly influence news platforms choices. And despite internet penetration and the rise of social media, it’s also important to tak
Download the POTRAZ Second Quarter (Q2) 2017 report

Download the POTRAZ Second Quarter (Q2) 2017 report

News, Telecomms
Some interesting stats on the report, just to highlight a few: In Q2 2017, our Mobile Internet data usage increased by 15.8% from 2,688,410GB  (Q1) to 3,112,416GB. It also seems people are now interested in Voice calls again, excluding calls on Over The Top (OTT) services such as WhatsApp, total voice traffic increased by 6.3% to i.e. from 993,582,256 minutes to 1,055,844,283 minutes in Q2. Active fixed telephone lines increased by 3.7% from Q1 to Q2, though interestingly the fixed telephone revenues declined by 2.2%. The mobile penetration rate increased by 2.5% to reach 97% from 94.5% recorded in the previous quarter because of a 2.6% increase in active mobile subscriptions. Click on the link to download the complete report. Abridged_Sector_Perfomance_re
Smartphones Are Killing Americans, But Nobody’s Counting

Smartphones Are Killing Americans, But Nobody’s Counting

News
Amid a historic spike in U.S. traffic fatalities, federal data on the danger of distracted driving are getting worse. Jennifer Smith doesn’t like the term “accident.” It implies too much chance and too little culpability.  A “crash” killed her mother in 2008, she insists, when her car was broadsided by another vehicle while on her way to pick up cat food. The other driver, a 20-year-old college student, ran a red light while talking on his mobile phone, a distraction that he immediately admitted and cited as the catalyst of the fatal event. “He was remorseful,” Smith, now 43, said. “He never changed his story.” Yet in federal records, the death isn’t attributed to distraction or mobile-phone use. It’s just another line item on the grim annual toll taken by the Natio
Conservancy Rangers Turn To Tech To Save Africa’s Wildlife

Conservancy Rangers Turn To Tech To Save Africa’s Wildlife

News, Security
 Josephine Ekiru is not nostalgic for the past. Growing up in northern Kenya in an impoverished home, she was surrounded by violence and loss. People regularly killed the wildlife she loved, and they killed each other. Tribal clashes stoked by resource scarcity and decades-long vendettas were the norm.   “The only thing I was seeing was death,” Ekiru recalls. “I grew up thinking, ‘One day, I’ll tell my people that conflict is not good, that it only takes us in a circle of poverty.’” Luckily in 2011, when Ekiru was 24 years old, she discovered the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), an organization composed of community conservancies in Kenya. Those animal conservancies reject violence in favor of peace, sustainability and responsible, shared management of land and wildlife. R
Swedish Mobile App Truecaller Expanding Operations In Africa

Swedish Mobile App Truecaller Expanding Operations In Africa

Applications, News
 The Scandinavian firm will be hiring key African personnel, and it will also decide on a location, either in South Africa or Nigeria, where its African headquarters will be set up, according to ITNewsAfrica. Truecaller is the world’s largest verified mobile phone community dedicated to helping users to avoid and block spam calls and messages through the use of a mobile app. Expansion plans in Africa include the hiring of two African directors, with a business development director and a sales director expected to join the company. Where they will be based is still undecided, however, as Truecaller executives will visit both Nigeria and South Africa at the beginning of November to consider locations for their African headquarters before a final decision is made. Truecaller’s
Mastercard and PayPal Expand Digital Partnership Globally

Mastercard and PayPal Expand Digital Partnership Globally

Breaking News, FinTech, News
Mastercard and PayPal has announced a significant expansion of their longstanding partnership into Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East and Africa to enhance customer choice, optimize the consumer experience and make Mastercard a clear payment option within PayPal across the globe. With the addition of these markets – and following the recent expansion of their partnership into the U.S. and Asia Pacific – Mastercard and PayPal have now reached a global agreement. Similar to previous agreements, the global expansion will create a number of joint growth opportunities that will advance Mastercard and PayPal’s shared vision to offer consumers greater choice and flexibility to manage and move their money: Mastercard will be presented as a clear and equal pay
Wirecard Facilitates Online Sales of Webasto Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Wirecard Facilitates Online Sales of Webasto Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Breaking News, FinTech, News
The payment expert Wirecard supports payment processing for the new online shop of Webasto, a global systems partner for virtually all automotive manufacturers. Electric vehicle charging solutions have recently been made available to buy from the Webasto online shop. As part of the collaboration, the leading global payment service provider Wirecard is integrating four payment types – Visa/Mastercard, iDeal, SOFORT transfers and PayPal – into the web shop, thereby covering the major national and international payment methods. The trend towards using renewable energy and alternative drivetrains in the automotive sector is growing: According to the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (German Federal Motor Vehicle and Transport Authority; KBA), the number of electric cars in Germany increased to 34,000 in
Countering the Social Media Hack

Countering the Social Media Hack

Applications, News, Social Media
The first step in building a social media security program is making sure the corporate accounts themselves are protected. To do this, treat social media just like you do the corporate website: closely audit who has access and mandate robust security settings. In an age where social media has become the top business platform for many marketing and sales teams, companies have to grapple with the dual definition of “exposure.” To anyone on the go-to-market side of the house, the connotation is undoubtedly positive; social media has been a godsend. More followers yield more engagement, more engagement yields more conversions, more conversions yield more sales and customers. However, “exposure” is also the age-old enemy of security teams, who struggle to keep up with a quickly eroding s
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