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  • Stellenbosch University launches Smart Mobility Lab to develop traffic solutions

    There's a lot of room left for R&D in the field of South Africa's transport industry. With a step in the right direction, Stellenbosch University has recently launched its Smart Mobility Laboratory (SSML) that's seeking to establish a platform for the development of innovative, cost-effective solutions within the field of Intelligent Transport Systems. The laboratory will set out to provide outcome-based research which means it's gearing up to develop applications within developing countries that will help understand and remedy issues within the field of intelligent transport. Think new technologies that can be used to help understand and manage congestion...

  • Nigerian hotel booking startup Jovago partners with TripAdvisor

    The Nigerian hotel booking startup, Jovago, has recently partnered up with global travel service TripAdvisor. This partnership will help leverage the massive traffic seen on TripAdvisor while making the travelling options more comprehensive, if not simpler, for those using the service. "TripAdvisor is delighted to partner with Jovago to offer travellers a diverse selection of hotels across Africa," said Adrian Hands, Senior Director, Account Management, EMEA at TripAdvisor. "The partnership helps make booking these hotels as easy as clicking a button, whether travellers are on their desktop or mobile." This partnership means that travellers visiting TripAdvisor's site will gain direct access...

  • 12-year old whiz kid impresses Sanlam competition despite being underage

    Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year seeks out talented entrepreneurs who are striving to become leaders in their respective fields. This year's competition has discovered Sam Berger, a 12-year old computer whiz kid that is developing apps for businesses, among other impressive feats. One such app that Berger has created is a patented geyser app designed for home insurance companies in South Africa. The app uses QR codes to confirm whether geysers are in or out of guarantee. The app, according to the Berger family, could potentially save insurers 25-30-million rand a year. "The app results in the client...

  • MoboFree hits 3.3 million African users, credits success to ‘social first’ approach

    MoboFree, a mobile social marketplace that allows African customers to buy, sell, rent and swap stuff with trusted parties has officially reached 3.3 million registered users after just two years since launch. The bulk of its users are based in Nigeria, followed by Ghana and Zimbabwe. "From the get-go we are a person oriented marketplace. Instead of adding in a social element to our service as an afterthought, we have focused on the social aspect of selling and purchasing from the very beginning and have made it an integral part of the MoboFree experience." – said Neringa Kudarauskiene, CEO and co-founder...

  • Amadeus announces partnership with SAP to improve customer experience

    Global travel distribution system, Amadeus, announced a strategic technological agreement with SAP, which seeks to deliver a cloud-based corporate travel solution, including online booking, expense and mobile capabilities. The new technology partnership will see the integration of SAP Cloud for Travel and Expense solution with Amadeus e-Travel Management. This allows SAP to create a unified user interface with a single end-to-end offering for corporate direct clients and resellers. "We are delighted to be partnering with Amadeus for our first Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) agreement in the travel sector,” said Chris Willcocks, Director of Cloud and Line of Business at...

  • She Leads Africa launches competition to empower tech savvy ladies

    She Leads Africa, an initiative empowering women in the continent's entrepreneurial tech scene, is launching a business pitch competition seeking talented women in West Africa. The platform seeks to connect promising individuals to mentors, business funding and new market opportunities. This is one of many She Leads Africa's programmes that aims to help female entrepreneurs gain business fundamentals, connect to an active business network, and increase their access to financing. With a special focus on -- but not limited to -- tech, the competition will take place in September when it will screen applications across West Africa to identify the top...

  • Evernote competition looks to Africa for new in-house app dev

    African developers, listen up. Popular productivity app Evernote, in partnership with The African Technology Foundations (ATF), has announced that it is searching for talented app developers and designers in Africa who are building amazing products with Evernote API through its Evernote Platform Awards competition. For South African developers, Evernote and ATF will be hosting a Developer Engagement Event on 8 July at the Bandwidth Barn to brief applicants on the competition and selection criteria. The event will also include a presentation from the Evernote team on the Evernote API -- as applicants have to integrate the Evernote platform and open...

  • Lamudi puts a real estate agent in your pocket as it launches Android app

    Africa Internet Holding-backed real estate startup, Lamudi, has launched an Android version of its mobile app. People looking to buy, rent or sell real estate on-the-go in over 28 markets around the globe, now have access to over 400 000 property listings in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. The news follows the roll out of the iOS app which launched last week which is available in a handful of countries. The apps are said to be designed to meet the growing demand for mobile services in developing markets. In Africa and Asia, mobile accounts for more than...

  • Samsung showcases Solar Powered Internet Schools in Senegal

    Less than 25% of Africa's rural areas have access to reliable electricity supplies, says Samsung Electronics. This affects many individual's access to basic services such as education and healthcare. In this light Samsung has launched its Solar Powered Internet Schools Initiative (SPIS) -- independent classrooms that aim to increase accessibility to education and connectivity in remote areas of Africa -- at The Dakar Financing Summit for Africa's Infrastructure, held in Senegal. These SPIS classrooms were actually first launched in 2011 with installations in five African countries namely: SA, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan. The announcement at the summit aimed to...

  • PayPal finally extends services to Nigeria, 9 other emerging markets

    Online payments have picked up steam across the world, but certain countries, mostly due to lack of telecommunications infrastructure and the threat of fraud, have seen the rollout of such services slow to non-existent. This week though, PayPal, one of the world's leading internet payment companies, has officially opened up its services in Nigeria and nine other countries -- markets that according to Reuters, are often fraught with fraud. The full list of countries PayPal is expanding to offers up potentially 80-million new users for the payments giant. The full list includes: Nigeria Cameroon Ivory Coast Zimbabwe Belarus Macedonia Moldova Montenegro Monoco Paraguay Nigeria's 170-million plus population has an estimated 60-million internet...

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