Nigeria is a huge market made up of incredibly talented entrepreneurs. With a growing, urbanising population of nearly 170 million people and GDP growth predicted at more than 6.5% per annum for the next four years, the potential growth of Nigeria in tech sector is set to be high particularly considering the current gaps in the market. The arrival of four large fibre-optic cables, including the huge Main One and Glo-1 cables that connect Nigeria’s coast to global communications infrastructure is changing the connectivity in the country. The dramatic increase in bandwidth could, analysts say, release the latent potential in Nigerian technology. Some global companies are already positioning themselves to take part in the country's growth. IBM has created innovation hubs in the Lagos
Facebook Messenger app is set to stop working on a number of older smartphones. The social networking site has already started sending out notification emails to those still using the app on devices set to be hit by the change. While owners of recent iPhone and Android models need not panic, the popular messaging app will be ending support for 3 apps across Microsoft’s platforms, which include the Facebook for Windows Phone, Messenger for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 and Facebook for Windows 8 and 8.1 PCs Affected users will receive an e-mail and in-app messages notifying them that they will need to upgrade OS or device to continue using Facebook and Messenger, as the current apps will stop working. By the end of March, the company will have completely ended support on the affected devices.
The app stores are more competitive every day and app publishers are looking for more intelligence and organic advantages in order to build a sustainable mobile business. The Google play store specifically is suffering from an epidemic of fake reviews as numerous top-downloaded apps – including Gmail, Chrome, Messenger, WhatsApp, Firefox and more – are getting inundated with heaps of what appears to be spammy five-star ratings. While the total magnitude of the fake reviews remains unclear, one peculiar detail they share is that all of them wrongly refer to ‘games’ and other game-related features like winning bonuses and so on. Apps like Gmail, Chrome, Messenger and Firefox have all received close to 5,000 suspicious positive reviews referencing ‘games’ since February 2017. What makes th
How is innovation in Africa different from innovation in Silicon Valley? How can this kind of innovation in Africa be encouraged? The Africa Tech Summit is fast becoming the marquee technology event on the continent. It brings together more than 200 tech leaders, investors, entrepreneurs, governments, trade bodies, media and leading ventures to drive investment and business between Africa and Europe. Organised by Appsafrica, the summit aims to bring together leading tech companies, investors, and entrepreneurs to explore key sectors in the continent to drive investment and business between itself and the rest of the world. The fact that the African continent will have 700 million smartphones within five years is going to be game changing. From edu-tech to health-tech to ag-tech,...
Visa has partnered with Nest Africa to start a boot camp that will power collaboration opportunities between early stage technology companies, Visa and financial institutions from across Africa. The Visa Bootcamp aims to facilitate collaboration opportunities between early stage technology companies and financial institutions from across Africa for potential integration. Standard digital reports that ten participants were selected from a pool of 122 applicants from 12 countries including Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Ghana, South Africa, Cameroon, Nigeria, Belgium, Switzerland, UK, France and the US, who pitched their fin-tech solutions to an expert panel for a spot at Visa’s first innovation boot camp in Africa. Visa Country Manager for East Africa Sunny Walia said the finalists