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How Africa is leading the innovation revolution

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Article by Saidah Nash-Carter, Head of Innovation at Thomson Reuters Africa With an estimated population of 1.2 billion people and 54 unique markets, Africa offers significant opportunities. More than just an investment destination, the continent is rapidly becoming a leader in innovation. Increasing connectivity, a young population and the impact of global trends that are […]


Expanding security beyond the virtual machine: security in the age of cloud and BYOD

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It’s no secret that organisations have been slow to warm up to the idea of cloud – and with good reason. Where digital data security was once as simple and straightforward as ring-fencing a network perimeter with a single physical gateway to control access, the cloud has changed everything. Businesses’ precious data is now very […]


South Africans lead the way in mobile banking, Avaya survey reveals

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Consumers in South Africa prefer a digital-first approach to resolving their basic banking issues, only talking to a human being if they have to, according to a new survey from Avaya. Out of nine countries surveyed, South Africans were the most likely to say they preferred to use a mobile banking app to access their […]


What’s up with your mobile apps? Identifying and mitigating digital risk

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I’ll venture to guess you’re using a mobile device to read this. In a recent Ericsson Mobility Report, the total number of mobile subscriptions at the end of 2016 was approximately 7.5 billion and growing around 4% year-on-year. Greater speed, power and storage capabilities of mobile devices means they are used more frequently for activities […]


When Androids attack: protecting against WireX botnet DDoS attacks

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Article by Mohammed Al-Moneer, Regional Director, MENA at A10 Networks It appears Mirai may have some competition. And its name is WireX. Google recently removed roughly 300 apps from its Play Store after researchers found that the apps in question were secretly hijacking Android devices to feed traffic to wide-scale distributed denial of service (DDoS) […]


The lynchpin for success in the mobile banking wars

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Article by Hemkumar Balaraman, Project Manager at Africa, Wipro Limited Recent years have seen South African banks compete in a key battleground: the mighty mobile app. Each bank is positioning mobile in slightly different way – with some emphasising contactless mobile payments, another highlighting bot-like automation and machine learning, others focusing on simplicity, or intuitive […]


Mobile Trojans steal Android users’ money through WAP-billing services

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Kaspersky Lab researchers have discovered an unusual rise in mobile Trojan clickers that are stealing money from Android users through WAP billing – a type of direct mobile payment taken without any additional registration. This trend has not been observed for a while, but in Q2 of 2017 it became surprisingly common, with thousands of […]


Go back to the classroom to get ROI out of mobile security tools

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Employees are placing a spanner in the works for companies implementing enterprise mobile device management (MDM) solutions to manage IT security risks, specifically in a bring your own device environment. They haven’t bought into the idea of enterprise mobility management solutions and are reluctant to install them. The result: mobile management solutions just aren’t working […]


TerraPay and Instant Cash launch global cross-border money transfers to mobile wallets

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TerraPay, the world’s first mobile payments switch and Instant Cash, one of the fastest-growing money transfer companies in the world, have teamed up to enable real-time cross-border money transfers to mobile wallets. Powered by TerraPay’s global clearing and settlement service for mobile wallets, the partnership will make cross-border money transfer faster and convenient for the […]


New version of Faketoken Android trojan hunts for taxi and ride-sharing app users

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Kaspersky Lab researchers have discovered a new modification of the well-known mobile banking Trojan Faketoken, which has been developed and is now able to steal credentials from popular taxi applications. The mobile app market is growing, and offering more and more services that store confidential financial data, including taxi services and ride-sharing apps that require […]


Youtap launches mobile money QR code solution and apps for smartphones in Africa

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Youtap, a global provider of contactless mobile payments and financial services software, has launched a QR code solution and smartphone apps for mobile money services in Africa and Asia. Youtap’s solution enables customer-initiated or merchant-initiated QR code payments for smartphones and smart point-of-sale devices. The solution conforms to the BharatQR industry standard developed by Bharat, […]


Azumi collaborates with MediaTek as it powers into sub-Saharan Africa

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Azumi-Mobile, a fast-growing global manufacturer of smartphones, is moving aggressively into the sub-Saharan Africa market with mobile phones that balance design, innovation and price. The company has unveiled two entry smartphones – the Kirei A45D and the Kirei A5D – both of which are based on the MediaTek MT6570 platform. Following its successful expansion in […]


MData fee fall campaign is legitimate, says South Africa’s MobileData

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The South African mobile communication services market needs more regulation to encourage competition in order to instil a free and open environment, which will then lead to better and more affordable pricing. This is according to Chris Daffy, Chief Commercial Officer at MobileData, a leading South African technology service provider focused on payment facilitation and […]


African telcos should leverage consumers’ increasing demand for mobile data

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Article by Hrusostomos Vicatos, Business Development Executive for the Telco Sector at Wipro Limited and Gavin Holme, Country Manager, Africa, Wipro Limited Africa is witnessing rapid growth in the telecommunications sector, and the use of mobile phones is at the forefront of this surge. While it was initially voice communication that drove the interest in […]


Why BYOD doesn’t have to be your tech biggest headache

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Eight best practices to protect your enterprise network By Manish Bhardwaj, Senior Marketing Manager at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company Smartphones and other personal devices can now be found in most businesses as users are staying connected to the corporate network from anywhere, any time. It’s the stuff that keeps IT and security managers […]


LinkedIn launches mobile web and Android app ‘LinkedIn Lite’ in Africa

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LinkedIn,  the world’s largest professional network, has announced the availability of its new LinkedIn Lite mobile web and Android app in more than 60 countries across the world including Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Nigeria. LinkedIn Lite is designed for markets where bandwidth is a challenge. LinkedIn Lite is a lighter, faster version of its […]


Data risks give no rewards, Kaspersky Lab warns

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Users are putting their precious and sensitive data in danger, by the way they share both their information, and their physical devices containing this information with others. Kaspersky Lab’s My Precious Data: Stranger Danger report lifts the lid on data sharing habits and reveals that people who share their data and devices, live digital lives […]


Visa helps African merchants adopt new, global specifications for QR code payments

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Visa has announced its support of the new global QR Code Payment Specifications from EMVCo, the global technical body that manages the EMV specifications. The specifications cover consumer-presented and merchant-presented QR code use cases for digital payment acceptance. QR codes are two-dimensional machine-readable barcodes, used to facilitate mobile payments at the point-of-sale. Visa and the […]


Tigo customers to enjoy high-quality services with modernised network infrastructure

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Tigo Tanzania customers are now set to continue enjoying high-tech services following the announcement of a massive drive by the telecom operator to further modernise its network infrastructure. The news of the upgrade, revealed recently in Dar es Salaam, will be music to the ears of the subscribers even as they continue to enjoy quality, […]


Syniverse enables Cable & Wireless Seychelles to improve LTE roaming user experience

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Syniverse has announced that it has signed an agreement with Cable & Wireless Seychelles to help the operator improve roaming experiences for inbound and outbound roaming customers. The agreement builds on a multiyear relationship and marks another step in Cable & Wireless Seychelles’ ability to deliver the highest level of roaming experience and maximise revenues […]