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IT News Africa: Top Tech Stories of the Week

Top Tech Stories of the WeekDrawing in a large number of senior executives, the African Innovator Round Table: Financial Innovation Summit addressed the theme – “Advancing Financial Services Through Technology.”

Sponsored by Telkom and Hitachi Data Systems, the Financial Innovation Summit was held at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg on the 28th of October, 2015.

During the course of the Summit, IT News Africa caught up with a number of delegates in order to find out what they thought of the event.

The team at IT News Africa hopes you have a fantastic weekend. The top tech stories for the week can be found below:


MTN Nigeria fined USD $5.2 billion by NCC
MTN Nigeria has been fined USD $5.2 billion by Nigeria’s Communications Commission (NCC). .

Vodacom to scale up M-Health in South Africa
Eye sight screening, hearing tests, proper heart checks, patient care and round-the-clock pregnancy monitoring – these are just some of the functions that can now be done with a smart phone. These next generation health solutions were launched at GovTech, SITA’s pre-eminent South African ICT conference, and are powered by Vodacom Business’ fixed and mobile infrastructure. .

MTN claims exclusive CallerTunez rights for Adele’s new single
According to MTN, it has clinched a landmark deal that gives it the global exclusive rights to caller ring back (CRBT) to Adele’s latest single titled “Hello.” .

Student launches solar backpack for Kenyan school children
Former Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, student Salima Visram has become a social entrepreneur even as she studies as an undergraduate in Canada, with the launch of a crowd-funded Kenyan business producing school students’ backpacks that create solar lighting for pupils to do their homework. .

Parents under pressure to protect both young and old online
New research by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International reveals that 28% of parents in South Africa feel they have no control over what their children see or do online, with 41% concerned that their children’s Internet-dependency is becoming an addiction. Added to this, many adults worry that their own, digitally-active parents and grandparents could be equally vulnerable. .

Mkhize investigates the creation of an ICT research council
The creation of an ICT research council in South Africa to drive integrated ICT research and development was put back on the table at the GovTech 2015 conference. .

Top Opinions

Disaster recovery: The tough questions to ask and answer
In a market driven by data and the need to source, store and retrieve information in realtime, the ability to audit and control this data is paramount. .

The Application Evolution: Are you ready to evolve?
Bespoke application development, delivery and hosting have never been more important. Historically, it has not been possible to get the flexibility, speed to market and cost reduction on app development that we enjoy today. .

Featured Editorial

Almost 60% of data stored by South African organisations is ‘Dark’
Veritas Technologies has revealed the results of its Databerg Report 2015, which looked at how public and private sector organisations across Europe, the Middle East and Africa manage their data. .

Is it time to find a new home for your data?
CIOs can’t stay away from the cloud anymore. The cloud enables businesses to create new business models and accelerate innovation. The cloud also represents a new type of data management, as more and more companies are leveraging the cloud to implement new IT services for increased availability of their applications and to make the backup process more efficient. .


Halo 5 Guardians Review
Developer 343 Industries and publisher Microsoft have finally released the latest title in the Halo series… Halo 5: Guardians, which comes in as an exclusive on the Xbox One console – and will officially release on the 27th of October, 2015. .

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate Review
The Assassin’s Creed series had some how lost its way with Assassin’s Creed: Unity’s weak story, unrefined stealth mechanics, and its version of the over crowded streets of Paris. However, developer Ubisoft is now looking to turn things around with its latest title – Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. .

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