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Bob Collymore (Right), CEO, Safaricom. Safaricom launched Uber rival Little Cabs earlier this month. Credit: techcrunch.com

In Kenya, Safaricom's Little Cabs app goes head to head with Uber

Even as a deal is imminent between Uber and its closest competitor Didi Chuxing in the immense Chinese market, competition in ride-sharing continues to intensify around the globe.

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The African Future Is Digital: Victor Asemota

WhatsApp? What is That? A couple of years ago, one of our Managing Consultants was in South Africa. She had decided to buy a local SIM instead to save cost on roaming.

Taxify's driver app, putting the driver first. Credit: Taxify/qz.com

Uber's rivals in Africa think they can win with happier drivers, traffic jam deals and even price haggling

Wherever there is a car, a decent road and a reliable GPS connection, there is Uber.

Issam Darwish, Founder, Singularity Investments. Credit: forbes.com

Singularity invests in mobile advertising startup Sliide Airtime

Singularity Investments announced on Wednesday that it had invested an undisclosed sum into Sliide Airtime, a mobile advertising technology start-up that gives consumers free airtime in return for engaging with news and branded content delivered to the lock screen of their mobile devices.

iROKOtv hopes to chill Netflix Africa plans (Infographic)

When Netflix announced its launch in Africa earlier this year, many assumed the $30 billion streaming juggernaut would steamroller local competitors on its path to global domination.

AG Mobile launches mobile phones and tablets in Nigeria

AG Mobile launches its mobile devices in Nigeria

African mobile technology brand AG Mobile has launched in Nigeria. AG Mobile is one of Africa’s first original design manufacturers and was the first South African company to build a mobile device in 2007.

Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKOtv

Jason Njoku's iROKOtv raises $19M in series D financing

iROKOtv, an online entertainment platform that targets audiences in Sub-Saharan African countries, plans to strike more deals in Nigeria’s booming movie industry after securing $19 million in funding from French premium cable company Canal+ and Kinnevik, a returning investor.

Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKOtv

Jason Njoku sees huge potential for iROKOtv in Sub-Saharan Africa (Video)

With over 5,000 movie titles available, iROKOtv is the world’s leading provider of Nigerian movies, also referred to as Nollywood, online.

Media companies finally understand: The future of African TV is mobile. Credit: qz.com

Media companies finally understand: The future of African TV is mobile

For a while now, media companies in Africa have been betting that the continent’s growing consumer class will pay for their premium pay-TV services.

Tayo Oviosu, CEO, Paga

Nigerian mobile payments company Paga attracts foreign backers

When Tayo Oviosu quit his job in the US technology sector to return to Nigeria in 2008, he was a man in search of an idea.

Nigeria money transfer company Paga raises $13M in series B financing

Nigeria money transfer company Paga raises $13M in series B financing

Paga, Nigeria’s leading mobile payment company, announced this week the completion of a $13 million Series B financing led by Adlevo Capital.

Here are the 5 startups chosen at DEMO Africa to pitch in Silicon Valley

Here are the 5 startups chosen at DEMO Africa to pitch in Silicon Valley

One of the continent’s most-talked about startup events, DEMO Africa 2015, recently concluded with five startups chosen to pitch in Silicon Valley.

SimbaPay wins DEMO Africa 2015

SimbaPay wins DEMO Africa 2015. Next stop: Silicon Valley

At DEMO Africa 2015, SimbaPay showcased a new app that enables the opening of bank accounts in Africa from outside the continent.

Alec Oxenford, Founder, Letgo

South Africa's Naspers invests $100M in smartphone start-up Letgo

The world of online marketplaces may already seem crowded with the likes of Amazon.com and the Alibaba Group.

Mobile connectivity and technology in Africa: Ahead of the global game.

Mobile connectivity and technology in Africa: Ahead of the global game?

Mobile internet adoption in Africa is taking place at almost double the global rate, a trend that has sparked debate among development and tech enthusiasts as to whether this marks a radical shift in the way the internet of the future will be used and accessed.

Africa’s smartphone market is on the rise as affordable handsets spur growth. (Reuters/Yannis Behrakis)

Africa's smartphone market is on the rise as affordable handsets spur growth (Infographic)

As Africa closes in on 1 billion mobile subscriptions, affordable smartphones are contributing significantly in bringing more people online across the continent.

Flapp - New App Makes Flight Bookings On SA's Busiest Air Route Easy

Travelstart's new Flapp app makes flight bookings on South Africa's busiest air route easy

Travelstart, the leading travel booking site, today announced the launch of a brand new app for Android and iOS. Flapp, dubbed the ‘the two tap booking app’, is available to download for free from the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store.

How Nigeria became the world's dual SIM-card superpower

Fact of the Day: Nigeria is the largest market in the world for multi-SIM phone use

It’s the juggle of every Nigerian professional: all those mobile handsets. And then comes the struggle: For consistent phone reception. There’s little consumers can do about the state of their network’s coverage but there is a market solution to the inconvenience of carrying more than one phone: dual-SIM phones.

Facebook

Facebook launches "Facebook Lite" in 8 emerging markets, including Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan & Zimbabwe

Facebook has launched a new simplified version of its mobile app called Facebook Lite, and it’s targeted toward Android users in developing countries.

Uber, Nairobi, Kenya

Uber launches in Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi, the “Green City in the Sun” is East Africa’s economic powerhouse. Locals tear into meat in restaurants squeezed between car parks and casinos, or overlooking the misty green hills that fall into the Great Rift Valley on the edge of the city.

iHub, Nairobi, Kenya

East Africa's burgeoning tech hubs (Video)

In Kenya, East Africa’s largest economy, 1 in 5 people access the web using a smart phone.

Arik Air

Nigeria's Arik Air now accepting international mobile payments powered by SlimTrader

Arik Air has activated international payments on its mobile platform. Customers from anywhere in the world can now access Arik Air’s mobile site, search for tickets, select flights, and pay using credit and debit cards from Visa and MasterCard.

BlackBerry Passport

Given BlackBerry's strong popularity in Nigeria and South Africa, will the newly-launched BlackBerry Passport be a hit on the continent?

BlackBerry released its new Passport phone today, a keyboard smartphone with a 4.5-inch​ screen aimed at corporate users.

BlackBerry Z3

Robust BlackBerry Z3 sales in emerging markets, including Nigeria and South Africa, may bring early return to profitability

Late last month, International Data Corporation (IDC) forecast that the growth of smartphone sales in mature markets in 2014 would slow to a low single digit of 4.9% with emerging markets continuing to soar at 32.4%. The exponential growth rate in emerging markets is now 6.5 times of that in developed countries.

Facebook

Facebook Hits 100M Users In Africa, Half The Continent's Internet-Connected Population

The developing world wants Facebook, and its accessibility initiative Internet.org could pay huge dividends. Those are the takeaways from Facebook’s announcement that it now has 100 million active users in Africa, and 80% of those come on mobile.

Demola Ogundele, founder of Notjustok.com

Leading Music Site, Notjustok.com, Launches SoundCloud-Styled Music Platform

Leading music site, Notjustok.com is launching a SoundCloud-styled music platform today that allows artists to upload songs and share with their friends, fans and followers as well as link these up with iTunes so that listeners can purchase their music.

Karl-Johan Sturesson, Head of Business Development, Carmudi Africa

Online auto marketplace Carmudi broadens Africa footprint

It’s been a busy year for Carmudi, a developing-world used-car start-up, and it’s about to get busier.

Easy Taxi

Easy Taxi, which operates in 32 countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Egypt, secures additional $40M in series D fund raising

Easy Taxi, a leading mobile taxi app in Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Asia, secured USD 40m in Series D funding led by the Russian Phenomen Ventures with participation of Tengelmann Ventures, the investment company of Germany’s multi-sector retailer Tengelmann Group.

BlackBerry Z3

Android-compatible BlackBerry Z3 launched in Nigeria

BlackBerry has unveiled its Z3 smartphone in Nigeria, offering users who buy the device this month free application downloads valued at NGN8,000 (US$50).

Carmudi

Online car marketplace Carmudi launches Google Android app

Since it launched mid-2013, Carmudi has shown to be one of Rocket Internet’s fastest expanding startups.