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African Tech News Tidbits – Week of August 5th 2012

Nigerian Game Studio Maliyo Games

Here are your tidbits for this week.Enjoy!

  • VC4Africa does a feature on Maliyo Games, an interesting company based in Nigeria who produces games based on the “representation of the everyday lives and experiences of Africans”. I am curious to see how it turns out!

     

  • A good write up on what VCs are for all you budding entrepreneurs. If you don’t know what VC stands for, and are thinking of starting your own business, then you need to read all the more.
  • As part of its aggressive campaign to capture a larger data market share, Orange has opened up its 42 Mbps network in Nairobi, Kenya which will see internet users experience faster speeds on their e-mails, social media platforms and general browsing.
  • A good read on social traffic apps in Nigeria, led by the popularity of the Gidi Traffic twitter user, who is a human source of traffic information around Lagos.
  • AfriqueITNews,ca  good source of IT News (now if they would only provide a RSS feed) specially in French speaking countries is launching in Senegal its 30 day app challlenge called Ianota Startup Challenge. Developers have 30 days to come up with a web or mobile app based on 50 preselected projects and they will get to present on August 31st.
 
  • August 11 2012, the Dakar LUG (Linux User Group) is holding a Break-The-Fast/Open Source party with an open mike format.
  • This weekend in Cape Town, South Africa a team of hackers will compete for R25,000 ($3,500) in the first-ever Code4Democracy Hackathon.
  • One of Nigeria’s rising job sites Jobberman has revealed its intentions to be a force to reckon with throughout Africa.
  • Effiwe.net, an academic resource site for African medical personnel, now boasts of a vast database of free online resources for download by registered subscribers. The site is presently stirring the spectre of clinical practice in Nigeria with a number of medical trainees and practitioners logging in for health information resources.
  • Ghanaian startup NandiMobile is moving into the next phase of business.
  • The imminent arrival of a .africa gTLD will go a long way to boosting Africa’s expansion online, says Mohamed El Bashir of UniForum.
  • The biggest failure of Africa after half a century of independence, is the complete collapse of its educational system. No African university, college, or school is listed in the World Top 100, or Top 500 [...] while waiting for better schools in Africa, I could only advise students and parents looking for universities abroad to do a little bit of homework.
  • Pierre Ouedraogo, Technical Leader from Africa, Receives 2012 Jonathan B. Postel Service Award.
  • The amount of people that are using the Opera Mini browser for  mobile phones has increased significantly in the last year, most notably in Africa.
  • Kenya: Why It’s So Hard for Software Developers to Get Loans? If headlines, white noise on social media and venture capital competitions are anything to go by, Nairobi’s belly should have burst open by now, Alien-style, and spawned lots and lots of baby ICT enterprises. That hasn’t happened yet. And I am not that surprised…
  • Social networking site Eskimi has overtaken Internet giants Google, Yahoo, BBC and Goal.com, to become second most visited site after Facebook in Nigeria and Namibia, according to Opera Software monthly report.