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Alosab lets you rent an Apartment, Office Space and even Shops in Nigeria

Alosab lets you rent an Apartment, Office Space and even Shops in Nigeria

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Alosab a recently launched startup in Nigeria has made it easy for anyone looking to rent a place to live, run and operate a business and even rent a space in a shop. As it is cumbersome and time consuming to move around looking for the right apartments to live, Nigerians can now rent their desired houses at the comfort of wherever they are. Students can rent the neighbourhood of their choice through the company’s website which has been made possible with the partnerships Alosab has established with landlords and property owners. Students can therefore book houses that are close to their campuses and save a good sum of money with the costs coming with having to commute to campus premises from a far neighbourhood. Entrepreneurs and seasoned professions will also enjoy the benefits Alo

57 million customer Uber data breach didn’t affect Africa

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Taxi-hailing company Uber has told ITWeb Africa that a recently surfaced data breach, which the company experienced last year affecting 57 million customers and drivers, only affected the US. The company would not comment or disclose details of measures it is currently taking to ensure the integrity of its systems and security of drivers or riders in Africa. Bloomberg reported that Uber not only kept the security breach secret from the victims, but also paid the hackers US$100,000 to "delete the data [and] keep quiet." Bloomberg quotes Uber as follows: "Compromised data from the October 2016 attack included names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders around the world...The personal information of about 7 million drivers was accessed as well, including some 6...
Healthbase launches to advance medical research through blockchain & tokenize patient records

Healthbase launches to advance medical research through blockchain & tokenize patient records

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With its headquarters in Bonn, Germany, Healthbase is a blockchain tool set to revolutionize healthcare sector by helping digitize patient medical records and ensuring that medical researchers, care providers, as well as patients are given the best care by increasing access to their patient history and other related health data. The current infrastructure handling patient medical records and supporting therapies is composed of legacy systems that are no longer sufficient to meet the growing demands of the burgeoning medical industry in today’s age. “Health data is currently scattered across a myriad of platforms, thereby preventing holistic care while raising serious privacy and security concerns,” said Chris Meitner, CEO and co-founder of Healthbase. “We aim to leverage modern inf
South Africa’s Slide Financial, making payment as easy as sending a message

South Africa’s Slide Financial, making payment as easy as sending a message

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South Africa’s Slide Financial founded by three young South Africans who recently returned from living in the States is simplifying the way South Africans pay each other by making payment as easy as sending a message. Inspired by PayPal-owned Venmo, the Slide app is a safe, simple and free way of sending money from one person to another using a mobile phone. Making a payment is as easy as sending a message. “Standard payments are often expensive and inconvenient, while cash is unsafe and not everyone has easy access to an ATM. This opened up the opportunity for Slide,” said co-founder Irshad Kathrada. Mobile phone penetration is growing quickly across South Africa, with more than 90% of adults having access to their own mobile phone, the slide team expects rapid growth as it helps low
LaLa World, Blockchain startup, aims for financial services for all

LaLa World, Blockchain startup, aims for financial services for all

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LaLa World, a blockchain financial system has launched to counter the inherent shortcomings and apprehensions of the traditional financial system to bring the underbanked and underserved population of the world into the financial mainstream. According to the firm, it aims to venture where “no banker has gone before” with its plans to touch the lives of the vast population of the world whose lives haven’t been affected by the global financial system. Photo Credits: LaLa World has LaLa Wallet, a peer-to-peer ecosystem that aims to revolutionize the way in which people and micro and small businesses make transactions, payments and borrow money. It also aims to change how people buy insurance, remit money, perform daily transactions through cards (both virtual and physical) and buy bankin