True value of IoT lies in it being the Internet of Humans

The Internet of Things (IoT) has caused unprecedented hype among technologists, software developers, futurists and industrialists. Estimates of the adoption of IoT vary from anywhere between 2.38-billion devices shipped in 2017 (Gartner) to 50.1-billion devices connected by 2020 (World Economic Forum). McKinsey projects that IoT will be a $6.2-trillion industry by 2025. The public and…

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IT infrastructure: the lifeblood of Africa's business innovation

‘Innovation’ is a word I hear a lot in business these days. Many organisations owe their success to it, while others have realised the importance of inventive thinking and are just getting started with their own forward-thinking projects. In the true spirit of innovation, every organisation approaches the process in its own unique way. But…

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African App Awards include South African finalists

These are Abalobi, Alpha Exchange, Celstra, Domestly, PeliChat, Standard Bank, VoucherCloud SA, Vodacom, Vula Mobile and Xander Apps. © Michael Simons via 123RF “South Africa’s status as the continent’s most developed mobile market, with 130% cellular penetration, is no guarantee for local wireless application service providers (WASPs) to be included in the AppsAfrica.com Innovation Awards,”…

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Kaspersky Lab and Smart Africa Alliance announce partnership

Global cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Smart Africa Alliance, which will see the two parties working together to drive improvement of protection of networks and critical systems, as well as raise cybersecurity awareness across the continent. The Alliance is responsible for bringing together organisations at both local…

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Big tech-media mergers raise fresh privacy concerns

©Brian Jackson via 123RF Privacy advocates say the prospect of firms using all that online and offline data without safeguards could be alarming. “Twenty-first century media is all about the ability to gather information on a single individual regardless of where they are – whether they are using mobile phone or watching TV or in…

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Evaluating the app-opportunity

“There’s an app for that” is one of the most common phrases exchanged amongst smartphone owners. From hailing a taxi, to checking your bank balance, there is almost an app for everything. However, as a brand or SME who has not yet jumped onto this app bandwagon, should you rush in headfirst and join in?…

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Internet.org awards African innovation

Internet.org presented six Innovation Challenge in Africa awards to what it considers leading examples of ideas, apps, websites and/or online services that provide real value in the categories of education and economic empowerment. “Across the African continent, only 28% of the population has access to the internet. To bring more people in Africa online, the…

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#GartnerSYM: Aspiring African innovators to watch

The Gartner Aspiring Innovators programme has for a second year identified early-stage tech startups from the African continent that have created interesting and unique enterprise solutions. Jeffrey Mann, Gartner Research. The successful innovators were selected by Gartner research analysts, with Jeffrey Mann – research vice president for collaboration and social software at Gartner Research –…

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