Top African technology news for December 8, 2016

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11. PayGo solar firm, Azuri, has partnered with Zuku to launch a solar satellite TV package for Kenyan homes

UK-based Azuri Technologies, partnered with Kenyan home entertainment satellite provider, Zuku, to launch the solar satellite TV package and it is targeted at off-grid Kenyan households. The package includes a solar home system, 24-inch TV, satellite dish and Zuku Smart+ entertainment with 48 TV and 21 radio channels for households to enjoy affordable TV whenever they want.

Read all about it here.

 

10. Airtime transfer startup, Senditoo, has raised $327,000 to expand its operations in Africa

The UK-based startup is an API that allows users to send instant mobile phone top-ups to across the globe. Senditoo is connected to over 400 mobile operators worldwide and it will use this new round of funding to expand across the African market.

Read more about it here.

 

9. Lenovo has opened its first retail brand store in Nigeria

For this one, it partnered with electronics and smartphone retailer, Slot, to open a retail store at Computer Village in Lagos. The store will carry Lenovo laptops, desktops, All-in-Ones, smartphones and accessories and was set up to enable Lenovo customers in Nigeria buy its products under one roof.

Read all about it here.

 

8. Telecoms network, Smart, has partnered with Kirusa to launch an InstaVoice service in Uganda

The partnership will allow Smart subscribers in Uganda to send and receive voice messages easily using the new InstaVoice app. Users that do not have smartphones will get voice message alerts through SMS.

Read more about it here.

 

7. Uber Nigeria has reacted to the Lagos State Government’s attempts to regulate taxi services

The Lagos state Government recently announced that it will begin clamping down on vehicles under the Uber platform who were not registered under its Road Traffic Regulations on Taxi Operations Law which was passed in April 2015.

Uber has reacted to the news saying that the government was erroneously classifying vehicles under its platforms as taxis when Uber really operates a cab hire service. The company resolves to keep interfacing with relevant government agencies and parastatals.

More information here.

 

6. Here’s how much Apple Music subscribers in Nigeria will be paying in Naira

Nigerians were recently greeted with the news that they could now pay for their Apple music subscriptions in Naira. The exact figures are now out and a monthly subscription will set you back N900 while a family subscription (for up to six members) costs N1,400. It has been noticed that the billing system doesn’t really work and Techpoint reports that it has something to do with some Nigerian banks disabling the Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC) feature.

Read all about it here.

 

5. Register to attend Aiki Nigeria’s Ready Set Code Conference happening in Lagos this Saturday

The Ready Set Code Conference is being hosted Aiki Nigeria and will take place at the Digital Village in Lagos this Saturday, December 10. The event will feature a hackathon focused on developing solutions in health, education and the environment. Developers are encouraged to be a part of the conference as the top hackathon solution will stand a chance to receive seed funding from event partners, Microsoft and The Future Project.

Interested developers can register here.

 

4. Precurio Product Manager, Mayowa Okegbenle, just launched a new time tracking startup, Seegad

Hidden in this post about running a business optimised for profit by Mayowa Okegbenle of Precurio is the announcement that he’s launching a new startup, Seegad. Seegad is a time tracking software to help businesses manage people and profits. It’s tailored towards entrepreneurs and is used to calculate how much time they will spend on a project in order to optimise revenue and growth potential.

Mayowa previously worked with Paystack co-founder, Shola Akinlade, in an IT consulting company where they built Precurio.

Read all about it here.

 

3. Zimbabwe’s Members of Parliament will receive tablets in 2017

Techzim reports that Zimbabwean members of parliament (MPs) are getting tablets in the first quarter of 2017 courtesy of the World Bank. The news was announced during the official launch of the Parliament’s enhanced website and the tablets are expected to assist the MPs in their legislative duties.

More information here.

 

2. Kenyan recruitment startup, Fuzu, has raised $1.9 million in funding

Recruitment firm, Fuzu, has raised $1.9 million in a funding round led by Finnish firms, Finnfund, Barona and Polkuni. The money will be used to drive its expansion in Africa and Asia.

Read all about it here.

 

1. Traction camp is now accepting applications into its East African accelerator program

Traction camp launched this November and is the result of a partnership between m:lab East Africa and the World Bank Group. The program will help East African tech startups commercialise and scale innovative digital products.  Applications are open here until January 25, 2017.

Read more about it here.