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Meet the entrepreneurs bringing Founder2be to Africa

Published by on Jul 16th, 2013, No Comments

L to R: Chinedu Onyeaso and Emeka Akano

L to R: Chinedu Onyeaso and Emeka Akano

Last week we reported that Finland-based Founder2be, that matches entrepreneurs looking for c0-founders for their startups, will be launching in Africa allowing those living on the continent to be accepted.

Now, meet the two men responsible for bringing this innovative project to an African city near you.

Nigerian-born Chinedu Onyeaso and Emeka Akano, that both studied engineering at the University of Nottingham in the UK, returned to Nigeria after gaining some work experience after their studies.

They then founded Entarado Technologies,  a web development company that aims to empower small businesses utilising web and mobile solutions that services small, medium and large scale businesses in Africa.

Having also noticed a gap in the education sector, Entarado Technologies offers services/products WebBlis and Schoolboard. WebBlis, helps businesses to establish an online presence and Schoolboard, provides a way for schools to organise and send results to students.

Founder2be will be holding its first African networking event in Lagos, Nigeria.

Source: TechLoy

Microsoft Surface team working on smartwatch

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While Microsoft’s Xbox accessories team was hard at work designing and testing a smartwatch prototype, reports have now emerged that reveal that the smartwatch will now be tested under the company’s Surface team.

The information comes from people close to the matter reports The Verge that also claims the original version of the device was set to come with a heart-rate monitor.

Among Tech has also recently reported that the prototype, that is currently being worn  and tested by employees, will be made from Oxynitride Aluminum and available in different colours – red, yellow, blue, grey, black and white. While Oxynitride is 80% transparent it’s also about 4 times harder than glass giving us a clearer idea of the look and strength of the device.

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Apple investigating death after iPhone 5 electrocution

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Last week a 23 year old Chinese female died after allegedly being electrocuted by her iPhone 5. Apple has confirmed that it has started an investigation into the case to confirm or deny whether their product was responsible for the tragic accident.

According to Reuters she was electrocuted when she answered her iPhone while it was being charged. China’s official news agency confirmed the accident and subsequent death. Since the story broke, Apple has made the following statement: “We are deeply saddened to learn of this tragic incident and offer our condolences to the Ma family. We will fully investigate and cooperate with authorities in this matter.” (more…)

HTC targets Galaxy Note 3 with One Max

Published by on Jul 16th, 2013, 3 Comments

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Samsung started a new market for smartphones with the introduction of the Galaxy Note, and it has been wildly successful. Competitors soon followed to compete in the ‘phablet’ market, with LG launching the Optimus Vu which never took hold of any market share and Sony will be launching the Xperia Z Ultra in the months to come. Now there is rumoured to be another competitor on its way, the HTC One Max.

The new 6-inch smartphone from HTC will not be sporting more or less the same internals as the HTC One (as Samsung does with the Galaxy S range and the Galaxy Note), but will house a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip with 2GB of RAM, 64GB storage and a 3200mAh battery. It is expected to launch in September according to sources familiar with HTC’s plans. (more…)

2013 Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, Cape Town

Published by on Jul 15th, 2013, No Comments

SymposiumWorldwideThe Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Africa 2013, that will be held  in Cape Town, will once again bring together top IT leaders for a chance to catch up with the latest global thinking, network, share ideas with over 1200 peers, and gain new insights into technology.

“The theme this year is Leading in a Digital World,” says Tom Scholtz, conference chair and research vice president at Gartner. “In the past, the CIO’s role was primarily to run the IT organisation. But in the future the challenge will be to ensure the enterprise as a whole achieves strategic value from the use of evolving technologies and the explosion in information volume, variety and velocity.

The agenda at this year’s Symposium will help senior IT executives take a look at the personal and technology leadership required to steer the business towards a competitive advantage through IT,” says Scholtz.

John Mahoney and Ken McGee will lead the CIO track with presentations on moving from an IT to a digital business strategy, the CIO’s future, as well as management issues including advice on how to transform culture conflicts. Jeffrey Mann will be back with his popular mobile and social collaboration insights and Richard Marshall will discuss mobility and mobile apps.

The guest speaker this year is Lewis Pugh, environmental campaigner, maritime lawyer, pioneer swimmer and expert on how to achieve the impossible. His recently published book, 21 Yaks and a Speedo, is already a best seller.

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African apps win at Microsoft Imagine Cup competition

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Two African-made apps have been announced as winners at this year’s Microsoft Imagine Cup held in Russia.

The competition, of which the final ceremony hosted almost 1000 students, judges, Russian dignitaries and members of the global media, is according to the site “the world’s premier student technology competition” and  helps students break new ground in the industry, be part of creating the next wave of games and applications and learn new technological skills.

The winning apps made up 87 student teams from 71 countries that competed in the finals after winning local and online competitions around the world.

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Google’s LA studio now available for YouTube content creators

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According to an article published by the Financial Times, Google has now made a studio space in Los Angeles exclusively available for YouTube content creators to use. For free.

The hangar space, all 41,000-square-feet of it that once belonged to billionaire industrialist Howard Hughes is part of a film making complex in the city and has seen the filming of blockbusters such as The Aviator biopic, Titanic, Avatar and Iron Man. Hollywood has certainly made its mark here and now its Google’s turn.

The studio, for which Google has spent millions of dollars refurbishing and has leased since 2012, comes equipped with green screens, visual effects stations, make-up and sets all of which aims to assist YouTube content creators to make quality videos for the site, generating more views and increasing ad revenue.

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Leaked video reveals Moto X to launch in August

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Leaked photos and videos aren’t that uncommon in the day and age where everything can be uploaded online in almost an instant. The main thing we’ve been concerned about has been more so the quality of the photos and videos, which when bad, almost adds a mystique around the content. Thankfully, this time around we’ve got a highly polished production video of the Moto X from Rogers and it confirms a few things that we were wondering about. We just hope that some poor sap from Rogers isn’t going to lose their job to this being leaked way ahead of any official announcement.
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