African Tech News Tidbits – Week of August 12th 2012

As usual don’t forget to check out the podcast of the African Tech Weekly over at Coders4Africa Radio. We are now available on iTunes and soon in the Zune store. If you are doing something interesting in technology in Africa and you want the world to know about it, reach out! What is Google’s gameContinue reading “African Tech News Tidbits – Week of August 12th 2012”

The African Tech News Tidbits Week of June 7th

How are we all doing? Here are your ATN Tidbits for this week. By the way, I hope to count you as one of our listeners in my new weekly radio show at Coders4Africa Radio starting June 24th 2012. We will be discussing of course your weekly ATN Tidbits, discovering Coders4Africa and getting to knowContinue reading “The African Tech News Tidbits Week of June 7th”

African Tech News Tidbits: Week of April 17th

A lot happening and since my schedule cleared up a bit, let’s do a quick round of what’s been happening in the world of AfricaTech. First, this is a must read by Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo, titled “Will Europe Underdevelop Africa Again?“, on the inequities of the new Economic Partnership Agreements or EPAs being negotiatedContinue reading “African Tech News Tidbits: Week of April 17th”

E-Book: App Design help for design-averse developers from Afriapps

Afriapps developer Andrew Mugoya is back at it again with a new book offering some designing help to app developers. Titled  “Help! I am a developer with no clue about design”, the book aims to help developers integrate minimal design elements to make their apps acceptable not only to the Afriapps app store but alsoContinue reading “E-Book: App Design help for design-averse developers from Afriapps”

Have you heard about Konza City?

When it comes to ICTs, Kenya has demonstrated that it is deservedly one of the leaders in the new Africa. I was recently directed to learn about Konza City by Amadou Daffe of Coders4Africa, who came back impressed with the Kenya and its ICT community from a recent trip to Kenya for a conference. WhatContinue reading “Have you heard about Konza City?”

Mobile: Comparative View Between Kenya and South Africa.

I’d like to direct you to this article by Mariska Du Preez titled “Mobile Technology: a comparative view between Kenya and South Africa“. Some hard numbers are given from research on the mobile market in both coutries, as well the state of the developer communities. With populations roughly equal (42 M Kenyans to 50M SouthContinue reading “Mobile: Comparative View Between Kenya and South Africa.”

An overview of the App and Mobile Market in Africa

Two good reads for you about the mobile market in Africa today. First we start with “The Numbers That Lure Telecom Firms to Africa”, good nuggets in the stats cited there, let’s see: 620 million cell phone connections in Africa corresponding to six out of 10 of the continent’s inhabitants. Africa is home to oneContinue reading “An overview of the App and Mobile Market in Africa”

System D or how informal economy profits the mobile market

The website How We Made it in Africa is a must read if you want to keep tracks of tech and other interesting news that are happening in Africa and would otherwise fly under the radar. In a recent article title “How MTN is profiting from Nigeria’s informal economy“, correspondant Robert Neuwirth examines how AfricanContinue reading “System D or how informal economy profits the mobile market”

U-Mo another mobile money solution in Nigeria

According to Nigeria’s Business Day, another mobile money solution has been launched, directly competing with Paga, the startup i wrote about earlier. Dubbed U-Mo, this initiative is a joint venture between United Bank for Africa and AfriPay and targets Nigeria’s 90 million mobile phone subscribers. The Central Bank of Nigeria recent push for a CashlessContinue reading “U-Mo another mobile money solution in Nigeria”

“Why Africa May Never Produce a Facebook” – A Valid Argument?

I came up on this article by Mfonobong Nsehe who also wrote the article that inspired my previous blog post and it created a good Facebook conversation with a couple of friends of mine. From the comment section, you can also see that this has stirred up some passions. Nsehe’s question that serves as theContinue reading ““Why Africa May Never Produce a Facebook” – A Valid Argument?”