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Old December 1st, 2017, 09:09 AM   #1301
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Twitter Lite with lower data usage becomes available in 24 new countries

Twitter is rolling out its “Lite” version, after a successful trial in the Philippines. The Android app will become available in two dozen countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.

Not too different from Facebook Lite, Twitter has also built a version of its app that’s optimized for developing countries. Twitter Lite minimizes data usage, which makes it more accessible in regions where data plans are too expensive.

The app is able to load faster on a slow connection. Twitter says it is “more resilient on unreliable mobile networks,” like 2G and 3G. Twitter additionally reduced the size of the app to under 3MB, so that it doesn’t take up too much space on a phone.

The full list of countries where Twitter Lite is being made available is Algeria, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Israel, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Malaysia, Nigeria, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Serbia, El Salvador, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, Tanzania and Venezuela.

Twitter says its experiment in the Philippines has led to a greater than 50% increase in tweets.

https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/30/tw...mobilenavtrend
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Old December 2nd, 2017, 03:54 PM   #1302
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Twitter Lite releases in 24 more countries
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Twitter has launched its Twitter Lite app for Android in 24 countries around the world, including Algeria, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Israel, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Malaysia, Nigeria, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Serbia, El Salvador, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, Tanzania, and Venezuela.

Twitter Lite is a mobile app for Android that is a scaled back version of the full app. It is optimized for low bandwidth connections with data saving features. The app itself is only 3MB, making it quick and easy to download even on 2G connections.

Twitter Lite originally started life as a mobile site (lite.twitter.com) and was turned into an app in September and launched in Philippines. After some testing and feedback, Twitter decided to launch it in other countries.
Currently, the app is only available on Android.

https://www.gsmarena.com/twitter_lit...news-28533.php
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Old December 4th, 2017, 04:46 AM   #1303
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Inside Uber's financial boom for SA

The arrival of app-based taxi company Uber has created a financial boom for thousands of people in South Africa.

“It’s the good times for me‚” said Johannesburg Uber owner and driver‚ Khalid Mohammed.

He and other owners run a 15-car fleet that earns them each‚ after deductions‚ upwards of R40‚000 a month.

Lameck‚ who asked for his surname to be withheld‚ owns six cars that earn him at least R20‚000 a week.

“This is definitely the way to go. I work my own hours. I have a set amount that I ask from my drivers‚ who get good salaries. After all my payments‚ which include salaries‚ car repayments‚ fuel and other overheads‚ I am still making very good money‚” he said.

Signs of how lucrative Uber can be‚ especially for owners‚ can be seen by the cost of vehicle slots. On Gumtree on Friday‚ a Johannesburg slot was being sold for R25‚000 while one in Port Elizabeth went for R7‚000. In Stellenbosch a partner slot was on sale for R2‚000.

Economist Daniel Silke said: “Uber is filling an employment gap‚ and is clearly helping to create entrepreneurs who are developing small empires‚ especially for those who own multiple vehicles.

“The barriers are low to getting into Uber and you become not just another taxi driver‚ but an Uber branded driver which carries a lot of weight‚” said Silke.

https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/busine...l-boom-for-sa/
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Old December 6th, 2017, 02:55 AM   #1304
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Bitcoin Can Pay Your Traffic Fines in South Africa



A traffic fines administrator in South Africa has opened up the opportunity for their clients to pay outstanding fines in Bitcoin. The decision by Cornelia van Niekerk has been sparked by the massive mainstream drive Bitcoin recently felt, sparking many businesses into action to adopt.

However, her company, Fines4U, are not adopting Bitcoin in the more traditional sense which has been seen in Japan in the likes, there is no POS system or direct QR payments, rather, this is an attempt by a business to accumulate Bitcoin without direct investment.

Van Niekerk’s company represents a new wave of individual adoption where users are thinking out of the box in order to be a part of the cryptocurrency flood, hoping not to be left behind.

Fines4U operates as an intermediary which helps companies and individuals pay fines, accepting the money for the fine and making the payment to the government agency involved. Van Niekerk says she manages traffic fines for about 500 companies and about 8,000 individuals.

Van Niekerk decided, after entering the Bitcoin market in her personal capacity in June, to try and up the ante in order to accumulate more Bitcoin, allowing it to be a payment method for her services.

https://cointelegraph.com/news/bitco...n-south-africa
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Old December 6th, 2017, 02:56 AM   #1305
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South Africa Prime For Crypto Revolution: Economist



Cryptocurrencies have taken the world by storm in the past few years and that has led to larger countries like Russia and China imposing bans on their trade.

While those superpowers flex their muscles to the detriment of various virtual currencies, emerging markets are starting to catch on to the wave and their governments and financial institutions seem slow on the uptake.

As a relatively young democracy, South Africa is one of those countries. Ongoing political dramas have hammered the South African rand and have led to recent credit downgrades- which has seen wealthy South Africans look to take their money out of the country.

Economist Dawie Roodt has warned other South African’s to do just that amid the recent political and economic instability in the country. Speaking to Cointelegraph, Roodt believes Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies could be an easy way for South African’s to do just that.

“Most authorities globally simply do not understand this and in the case of South Africa, the politicians don’t have a clue. There are a few bureaucrats that know a little bit, like at the Reserve Bank. That is traditionally an institution that is well informed but even they are behind the curve. I don’t think the bureaucrats and politicians realize the shitstorm that is about to hit them. They are going to get caught with their pants down; they haven’t got a clue about the power of this technology and how it will change the way we live. SA is ideally positioned to capitalize and implement this sort of technology which will eventually put the power where it should be - and that is in the hands of the individual.”

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Old December 6th, 2017, 07:31 AM   #1306
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This does not explain how a highly volatile cryptocurrency is beneficial though. How will it better than transacting in rands?
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Old December 6th, 2017, 12:26 PM   #1307
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Maybe he's confusing bitcoin with the blockchain technology, blockchain is were I would put my money on. De Beers even wants to use it to track diamonds worldwide...
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Old December 10th, 2017, 07:58 AM   #1308
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Amazon Web Services to launch physical presence in South Africa
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Amazon Web Services will launch its first physical presence for customers in South Africa, according to a report by Business Times.

The report stated that AWS Direct Connect will be launched in Johannesburg and Cape Town on Tuesday.
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He said this is the first time the Amazon network has come to Africa, and the report stated the availability of the service is a “precursor to building Amazon data centres in South Africa”.

This follows the news that two data centres will be built in South Africa – in Cape Town and Johannesburg – to host Microsoft Azure servers.
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Old December 11th, 2017, 09:50 AM   #1309
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Teraco has finished building Africa’s largest commercial data centre – here’s what it looks like

Teraco has announced the completion of JB2-Bredell – Africa’s first hyperscale data centre.

Owned and operated by Teraco, the data centre facility located in features over 24 MW of power and 6,000m² of technical deployment space and is the largest commercial data centre in operation in Africa.

Bredell is the fourth facility built by Teraco, which also has locations in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg (Isando). Current power provision totals 50MW with over 18 000m2 of white space.















https://businesstech.co.za/news/clou...it-looks-like/
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Old December 11th, 2017, 10:17 PM   #1310
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Angola Is Too Small for Four Phone Operators, Africa’s Richest Woman Says



Angola’s plan to allow a fourth telecommunications company to enter the market will make life tougher for existing operators and probably lead to consolidation, according to Isabel dos Santos, Africa’s richest woman and a shareholder of local wireless carrier Unitel SA.

Four licences in a 24-million-people market is a non-sustainable scenario," Dos Santos, the former Angolan president’s oldest daughter, said in an interview during a conference in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh on Dec. 8. “It will probably lead to some mergers at the end of a five or six year period.

Angola announced plans earlier this month to auction the new license and sell a minority stake in state-owned telecommunications provider Angola Telecom. The move comes as President Joao Lourenco shakes up the business environment he inherited from his predecessor, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, whose family and allies control large sectors of the oil-producing country’s economy. He’s already fired Isabel dos Santos from her position as chairman of state-owned oil company Sonangol.

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Old December 11th, 2017, 10:26 PM   #1311
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The princess doesn't like competition, can't run her company without a market monopoly to protect her ?
WELL TOO DAM BAD not really It sucks not having all of that protection anymore eh

GTFOH...

What she forgets to mention is that Angola has one of the youngest populations in the world and a very high birth rate, in 5-6 years we'll be more than 29 million (btw we are more than 24 million already) !

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Old December 17th, 2017, 08:26 PM   #1312
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Old December 21st, 2017, 02:24 PM   #1313
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Tanzania Lays Ownership Claim to Bharti Airtel's Local Unit



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Old December 26th, 2017, 04:40 PM   #1314
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Angola’s first communications satellite ready for launch Tuesday



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Old December 28th, 2017, 11:47 PM   #1315
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Angola loses contact with first commercial satellite



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Old January 3rd, 2018, 11:46 PM   #1317
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Nigeria agrees $550 million satellite deal with China

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria has agreed a $550-million deal to buy two Chinese communications satellites and hopes to sign the contract before the end of the month, the communication minister said on Wednesday.

Adebayo Shittu said China Exim Bank and the manufacturer, China Great Wall, have agreed to pay for the new satellites after Nigeria renegotiated an earlier deal that had required it to cover 15 percent of the cost.

This is a very big business opportunity ... which is ... why they have agreed that even without our ability to contribute 15 percent they are prepared to pay the entire sum of $550 million for the procurement of the two new satellites for Nigeria,” Shittu told reporters in the capital Abuja.

He said the satellite will be launched after a two-year production period starting from when the paperwork is signed.

The minister said the funds were not a loan but the Chinese company will take an equity stake in Nigcomsat, a limited liability company owned the Nigerian government and responsible for managing satellite communications.

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Old January 5th, 2018, 04:26 PM   #1318
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Time is Money: The mobile money revolution in Zambia



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Old January 6th, 2018, 09:49 AM   #1319
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This graph shows just how popular Bitcoin is in South Africa

Bitcoin is seeing increasing popularity in South Africa and other frontier markets where it is viewed as a haven from political and economic turmoil.

It is also increasingly becoming a means of navigating financial obstacles, like the lack of conventional banking services or limited access to foreign currencies, and even a way to skirt sanctions, according to a new report by the Wall Street Journal.

Mati Greenspan, an analyst at online trading platform eToro, said there was a noticeable surge of South African Bitcoin traders on the platform amid the heightened political pressures of the last year.

“In South Africa, the number of new users trading bitcoin through eToro rose by 671% from January to the end of November last year over the same period in 2016, more than the 574% overall growth,” Greenspan said.

He said that the surge in interest began in March, when respected finance minister Pravin Gordhan was fired, increasing again in November when S&P Global Ratings downgraded South Africa’s local currency debt to junk status.

A similar increase in interest was seen in Brazil and the Czech Republic in 2017, although neither country seemed to share the same enthusiasm for Bitcoin as South Africans according to eToro’s data.

However the report noted that there are unique risks for South Africa and other frontier markets – particularly as these Bitcoin traders typically just have less money to lose than in the developed world.



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Old January 7th, 2018, 12:17 AM   #1320
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A look back at the year that the Sub-Saharan African startup scene found its stride



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