Everyone from Apple to Samsung may be clamouring for a slice of the mobile payments market, but being a tech giant isn't always a guarantee of success - as Google's recent experience in Africa shows.
The latest enterprise IT news from the tech hotspots of the African continent.
Hilary is an itinerant print and radio journalist who originally hails from Southern California. In recent years her travels have taken her to Europe, Asia and Africa, where she has reported on everything from techie innovations to antique riverboats. She is currently based in Kampala, Uganda, where she's busy swatting mosquitoes and keeping an eye on the ways technology can impact society.
Adam Oxford is the editor-in-chief of Hypertext Media, a South Africa publishing house that specialises in technology issues from across the continent and produces daily news at htxt.co.za daily. Based in Johannesburg but originally from the UK, he's written for most of the major technology publishers over the last 17 years, covering everything from PC gaming to photography to Linux to open data and emerging tech markets. He anyone who can wield a soldering iron without burning themselves and thinks the reinvention of dangerous downtown Joburg as an up-and-coming tech cluster is the coolest thing ever.
Big Blue's second research centre on the continent, and its thirteenth in the world, will be based in Johannesburg.
The first commercial broadband network in Africa has gone live - and students are the first to use it.
When African startups are looking for a fresh injection of funding, they often to have to look beyond their own borders. But could the situation be about to change?
Despite security concerns, the province of Gauteng is hoping a scheme to give all students tablets will lead to paperless classrooms and savings on books.
The tens of tech hubs dotted across the continent are helping its startups attract capital and skill up.
With Africa poised to adopt smartphones on a large scale for the first time, are local developers able to capitalise on the trend?
Browser maker goes mobile in Africa with buyout of a South African ad company.
And you thought the Apple SIM was disruptive...
Ongoing debate over who pays for what sees mobile operators and Facebook clash at AfricaCom.
The Mozilla Foundation has signed deals with three new operators to bring Firefox OS to the continent.
Senate passes broad bill which criminalises child pornography, cyberstalking, identity theft, and hacking government computers.
Many of its African neighbours already have LTE networks - so what's the hold up in Kenya?
4Afrika invests in competition to improve pan-continental collaboration and help improve lifespan of African innovation centres.
13 million person pilot of national identity card combines both biometric verification for state services and a prepayment wallet aimed at bringing financial services to the poorest.
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