Articles about africa

Cost of Africa's internet shutdowns? $1m a day – quarter of a billion total

A new report estimates the cost to African countries routinely pulling the plug on their citizens' internet access is around $1m a day. In the past two years, 12 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have imposed a range of internet shutdowns from full national blackouts of connectivity, to regional takedowns, to social media …
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Public Cloud makes it to Africa for the first time

Microsoft has announced that it will offer Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 from data centres in the South African cities Cape Town and Johannesburg next year. We won't go to deep into Microsoft's typically ShinyHappy™ announcement, because more interesting than its thrust that Redmond is about to, yet again, Make …
Simon Sharwood, 22 May 2017

Africa poses for 7,000 snap mosaic

Boffins have used 7,000 images from Europe's Sentinel-2A Earth-watching satellite to construct a fine mosaic of Africa, shown entirely cloud-free in all its continental glory. The Sentinel 2-A mosaic of Africa Clear skies over Africa Most of the images - totalling 32 TB of data - were snapped between December 2015 and …
Lester Haines, 19 May 2016

ICANN knifes Africa's internet: New top-level domains terminated

Domain-name overseer ICANN has killed off the majority of Africa's new internet. California-based ICANN, which has faced repeated criticism for its failure to reach beyond a North American audience, saw just 17 applications from Africa out of just over 1,900 applications for new dot-word domains back in 2012. Of those 17, …
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Facebook, French sat operator in SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA

Facebook has inked a deal with Eutelsat Communications to beam internet access to parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. Financial terms of the agreement were kept secret. Eutelsat said this morning that the companies had signed a "multi-year" pact with Spacecom to "utilise the entire broadband payload on the future AMOS-6 satellite", …
Kelly Fiveash, 5 Oct 2015
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Mobile phones are the greatest poverty-reducing tech EVER

Worstall on Wednesday I have mentioned before around here that the mobile phone seems to be, in terms of reducing poverty, the finest invention humanity has ever come up with. Details of exactly how it does so are here, talking about sardine fishermen off Kerala, and my discussion of the overall economic effect is here, just to revisit that overall …
Tim Worstall, 23 Sep 2015

Unredacted: ICANN's hidden role in fierce battle over .Africa rights

Domain-name overseer ICANN's pivotal role in a controversial fight over .africa is today revealed in full for the first time. An independent review into the .africa saga, which was two years in the making, concluded that ICANN had broken its own bylaws: the organization had failed to properly investigate claims made by one of …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Jul 2015
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Virtual Africa is the logical target for IP address colonists

Regrettable incidents like Microsoft's address reassignment are a reminder that IPv4 address exhaustion is becoming so acute it's impacting real operations. In Microsoft's case, as El Reg reported last week, Redmond occasionally cashes in the jar full of unloved IP addresses it brought back from abroad to find some it can use …
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IBM to invest $100m and a decade into using Watson in Africa

IBM is planning to invest $100m and 10 years on getting Africa hooked on its Watson supercomputer system. Big Blue said that it wants to use the system in "Project Lucy", named after the earliest known human ancestor, to help the continent in key areas like healthcare, education, sanitation and agriculture. "In the last …

Increased cell phone coverage tied to uptick in African violence

The increasing availability of cell phone coverage in Africa is contributing to an increase of violence on that continent, a recent study contends. "Utilizing novel, spatially disaggregated data on cell phone coverage and the location of organized violent events in Africa," the abstract of the findings published in the …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Jun 2013

Revealed: Google's plan to float BLIMP NETWORK over Africa, Asia

Google is poised to flood Africa with uncontrolled connectivity via TV White Space frequencies, according the Wall Street Journal, though other wireless technologies will contribute to the mix. The report, citing the usual "people familiar", doesn't say how much Mountain View will be investing in the project, only that it will …
Bill Ray, 29 May 2013
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Nokia Life touches down in Kenya, jingles pocketful of Microsoft money

Nokia Life, the life services mobile app suite for the developing world, is launching the 18-pence-a-year service in Kenya, while Nokia throws another $250m into "the mobile ecosystem" elsewhere. The money goes to Nokia Growth Partners, Nokia's investment arm which has already made money out of Morpho, Inside Secure, Swype and …
Bill Ray, 8 Apr 2013
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Microsoft sails into Africa with White Spaces and Huawei phones

Microsoft is going large into Africa, pushing White Space networks out to the most rural of locations and getting Huawei to launch an Africa-only handset pushing Windows Phone into the continent. The handset is a rebranded Ascend W1 which was demonstrated last month at CES, with a "4Afrika" logo stuck on the front and a …
Bill Ray, 7 Feb 2013

New monkey species with massive blue arse found in Africa

A species of monkey previously unknown to science has been discovered in Africa: and boffins say that it has an "extensive" bright blue bottom which rivals that of the largest and most colourful known monkeys on Earth. The lesula monkey. Credit: PLoS ONE Feeling blue The new monkey was first sighted by scientists in 2007, …
Lewis Page, 13 Sep 2012
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Google HARVESTS African mobile numbers with Gmail SMS

Google has created a not-exactly-secure Gmail-over-text-message service for use on old mobiles in parts of Africa. The advertising colossus said Gmail SMS will be made available to punters in Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya for the time being. Users of Google's webmail service in these countries can allow their inbound emails to be …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Jul 2012
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Zimbabwe's Mugabe welcomes Chinese tech investment

China’s technology industry received an unexpected, and possibly unwelcome, piece of publicity on Thursday when Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe hailed the success of the “technology transfer” between the two countries. The Hitler moustache-fancying tyrant apparently thanked outgoing Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe, Xin …
Phil Muncaster, 11 May 2012
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Cisco enlists NCR in Middle East, Africa server push

Hoping to get a bigger slice of the server racket in the Middle East and Africa – you know, the part of EMEA that is still showing some signs of life – Cisco Systems has tapped The Cash to peddle its Unified Computing System blade and rack servers. The Cash, of course, refers to National Cash Register, the provider of ATM, …
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World Bank, Intel pump dosh into developing world's IT

Intel is teaming up with the World Bank to work on joint IT investments in developing countries. The World Bank's private-sector lender – the International Finance Corporation – and Intel Capital – Intel's global investment organisation – will be handing out cash together "to accelerate innovation and nurture entrepreneurship …

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