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Africa Tech Trends: Taxi app wars

Africa’s taxi-hailing app industry is getting far too busy. Initially South Africa gained all the attention, with Uber taking on local incumbents Snappcab and Zapacab for customers. Uber won, Snappcab clung on, and Zapacab died. The taxi wars are now spreading across the continent. In Kenya, Uber has arrived to battle Easy Taxi, and the much-smaller Maramoja has picked the worst possible moment to join them. The same is happening in Nigeria. continue reading »

Africa should not miss out on the open data revolution

In today’s Africa, farmers are unable to get access to the vast agricultural knowledge-base that should be available to them. They cannot decide on such simple, yet important questions as to what crops to plant, when to plant them or which fertilizer they should use. They cannot even gain access to such basic information as reliable weather forecasts or market prices, according to Stephane Boyera, Chief Executive Officer of SB Consulting (SBC4D).

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Inter-African research links rare below the Sahara

Most research in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is produced alongside scientists from outside the region, with collaborations within Africa sorely lacking, says a report, which also found that the region’s research capacity is too small to keep up with development ambitions.

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I built Celtel when no investor believed Africa was a lucrative place for telecoms

As a native of Sudan who has spent most of my adult life in the West, I’ve always been aware of how ignorant Westerners can be about Africa. But every so often someone says something that manages to surprise me.

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Côte d’Ivoire to revive pan-African technology magazine

The African Regional Centre for Technology (ARCT), a research agency headquartered in Senegal, plans to revive a magazine geared towards disseminating scientific research to communities across Africa. TechnoDev, a pan-African magazine on technological innovation, will be launched by the end of the year.  ARCT stopped publishing the magazine in 2010 for financial reasons.

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Ghana: toxic electronic waste contaminates surrounding area

UXBRIDGE, Canada – Mountains of hazardous waste grow by about 40 million tons every year. This waste, mostly from Europe and North America, is burned in developing countries like Ghana in a hazardous effort to recover valuable metals.

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