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ASUS announces new detachable laptop

ASUS has announced Transformer Book T101, the latest addition to its series of 2-in-1 detachable laptops. The 10.1-inch Transformer Book T101 has a metallic design and is light and compact, weighing only 580g as a tablet or just 1.08kg with the keyboard attached. It features a reversible magnetic hinge that allows its display to be flipped over, giving the convenience of four versatile modes: a conventional lightweight laptop, a handy tablet, tent mode for easy screen-sharing, and stand mode as a personal movie theatre. With its incredibly long up to 11-hour…

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Africa Business 

From Wall Street to e-commerce in Nigeria

“To scale through the start-up phase is very difficult. It requires a lot of tenacity and, like I always say, it requires experience.” So says Nigerian Olatorera Oniru. Last year, she left a corporate career spanning years of experience at the Fortune 500 companies Bank of America (Merrill Lynch) and General Electric, as well as Ericsson, the Central Bank of Nigeria and MTN. Why? To head into the less-predictable world of online shopping in Nigeria. “And I haven’t been happier.” Oniru’s venture is Dressmeoutlet.com, a fashion, beauty and homeware e-commerce platform…

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East Africa’s second-tier cities hold untapped potential

Retail in Kenya is dominated by informal sellers, but recent years have seen a boom in modern trade, with home-grown supermarket chains expanding their footprint and international brands (such as Carrefour and Massmart’s Game banner) entering the market. This has gone hand in hand with the construction of numerous new shopping malls. However, most of these retail developments are concentrated in the capital Nairobi. Similarly, in other east African countries, growth in modern trade has focused mostly on major commercial hubs such as Dar es Salaam, Addis Ababa, Kampala and Kigali. While…

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innovateAFRICA Fund to Invest $1 Million into Digital Media Startups

Code for Africa (CfAfrica) through its innovateAFRICA Fund is offering media pioneers in Africa $1 million in support for leapfrog technologies or digital innovation. innovateAFRICAFund will be a combination of seed funding, technology support and expert mentorship and is open to both mainstream media organisations and individual innovators. According to Code for Africa’s (CfAfrica) direector, Justin Arenstein, “African media are experimenting with digital journalism, but the steadily worsening market situation facing mainstream media often has a chilling influence on the really big ideas. innovateAFRICA is meant to help newsrooms leapfrog obstacles, by giving the…

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Aggreko brings 100 MW of ADDGAS-Generated Power to Benin

Aggreko has won a bid to supply 100 MW of ADDGAS-generated power to Benin. The one year contract will support the country’s national grid with energy generated from ADDGAS – an add-on technology, which substitutes a significant portion of diesel fuel with natural gas. With an annual GDP growth of nearly 6% and a rapidly expanding industrial sector, power demands across Benin are increasing exponentially. In its role as the national power utility and system operator in Benin, Société Béninoise d’Energie Electrique (SBEE) is working to bring high quality electricity…

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African Development Bank engages with African civil society at Dakar meeting

Three of the five priorities set by the African Development Bank (AfDB) as part of its Ten Year Strategy were at the centre of discussions between representatives of the institution and members of West African civil society. High-priority issues including access to energy, transforming African agriculture and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa through job creation for youth, in addition to the industrialization and integration of Africa, were the subject of a presentation and lively debates between representatives of West African civil society and the AfDB…

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Africa Business 

APO launches MENA Wire®, the press release distribution and monitoring service dedicated to the Middle East and North Africa

APO, a press release wire service in Africa and media relations company on 5 September 2016, announced the launch of MENA Wire, the first press release distribution and monitoring service dedicated to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Founded in 2007, APO has established itself as a leading press release distribution service, distributing press releases on behalf of companies, PR agencies, institutions and organisations, including Facebook, Uber, Samsung, Visa, General Electric (GE), DHL, L’Oréal, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, PwC, Yahsat, Orange, The…

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Developments in Africa’s tech infrastructure environment means it’s all to play for

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 05 September 2016,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/-The potential gains to be made from the rapid growth of the African digital economy cannot be overstated. An estimated 360 million mobile devices, $75billion in annual e-commerce sales and a $300billion internet-driven boost to GDP is forecast by 2025. Yet conventional wisdom would dictate that the current lack of legacy Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure in Africa is a barrier to realising this enormous digital growth. While mobile internet access on the continent has been increasing rapidly, a recent report…

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Abuja City Basketball League Season 3 Ends on a High

The third season of the Abuja City Basketball League which started on the 28th day of May, 2016 came to an end on 3rd September, 2016 with the defending champions NSCDC Defenders retaining the championship after defeating the Abuja All Stars in a fierce battle by 72-52 points. The Third place of the League was keenly contested between the FCT Hard Rockers and the Suleja Hornets with the Hard Rockers taking the day by 81-65 points. Efe Adota of the Defenders won the most valuable player award,  Emmanuel Ndumezie won …

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Mark Zuckerberg is having a blast in Nigeria

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is visiting Lagos, Nigeria, on his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa, and it looks as if he’s having a blast. So far he’s visited a camp that teaches kids how to code, gone on a run through the city, and hosted a Q&A with local entrepreneurs. He even crashed a Nigerian hip-hop music video. Here’s everything Zuckerberg has been up to in Lagos: Zuckerberg landed in Lagos on Tuesday and visited a kids coding camp called CcHub in Yaba, a suburb of Lagos that’s considered to…

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