Author Nafisa Akabor

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Banks scramble to replace Windows XP

It’s the end of an era. This week Tuesday, 8 April, Microsoft is putting Windows XP out to pasture. It will stop pushing out public updates for the more than 12-year-old operating system, which once dominated desktop computing. Despite this, many banks worldwide, including those in South Africa, still make extensive

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Microsoft kicks it up a gear at Build

Don’t look now, but Microsoft has started doing some pretty nifty stuff. It kicked off its 2014 Build Developer Conference in San Francisco this week with a bang, with newly appointed CEO Satya Nadella taking the wraps off a range of new products and services that look … cool. There were a slew of announcements

World

Rwanda gets tech incubator

Sweden-headquartered telecommunications and media company Millicom is building a technology incubator in Rwanda to develop digital solutions. The incubator, called “think”, will be located in the capital, Kigali, and will be used to develop “innovative and scalable” businesses in which Millicom will take an equity stake. Potential

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Africa’s M-Pesa makes its way to Europe

Mobile money system M-Pesa, a service that originated in Kenya through Safaricom, in which Vodafone has a 40% stake, is making its way to Europe for the first time. The service is be introduced in Romania, reportedly the first time a mainstream mobile money service has made

Gadgets & Reviews

iPad mini with Retina display reviewed

Apple’s iPad mini with Retina display is the second-generation in the line-up of smaller iPads. The main difference over the first iPad mini is the new high-resolution “Retina” display, which really should have been the screen used when the original device was unveiled in October 2012. Apple has become somewhat predictable with its

Start-ups

Springlab leaps into SA’s start-up scene

Cape Town is home to another start-up incubator, this one called Springlab, which wants to help nurture entrepreneurs across the sub-Saharan Africa region. The company’s two founders, Sheraan Amod and Eugen Peterson, bring a wealth of experience from the US and Germany respectively. “We bring two major

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MTN seeks to claw back users

MTN South Africa, which has lost market share in prepaid telecommunications to rivals in the past year, is attempting to claw back those losses. It is offering prepaid users with dormant Sims with airtime to induce them to use the network again. Chief marketing

Nafisa Akabor

Are our cars getting too smart?

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to speak to your car, to ask it to navigate you to a point of interest without knowing the address, or asking for restaurants by cuisine type that are closest to your current location? How about just telling your vehicle “I’m hungry”, and it bringing up a list of restaurants

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Little taste in SA for Raspberry Pi

The focus of the low-cost microcomputer Raspberry Pi, which costs as little as R349, has not hit its intended target market in South Africa, says RS Components, one of two global distributors of Raspberry Pi. RS Components GM Brian Andrews says it’s more South African hobbyists and designers that have taken an interest in the

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Yookos: Africa’s Facebook?

Yookos, a newish social networking site aimed at people across Africa, has signed up 10m users in the three years since its commercial launch and appears set for further strong growth. The network, which began in Nigeria as a Christian-focused site, is now headquartered in Johannesburg and is targeting a broader audience interested in what its founders

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