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I know you are ready for the African Tech News Roundup. Let’s get to the business of the day, the Africa Tech News Roundup!
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Smallholder farmers in Uganda are about to get digitally CONNECTED!
Mastercard, CIAT and USADF has partnered to expand Mastercard Farmers Network to Uganda. This service will connect smallholder farmers with potential farmers, provide access to loans and a digitized payment platforms. Read More Here
orried about Cyberbullying? Instagram is taking action!
Instagram is fully set to test-run Restrict. Wait, allow me walk you through it! Restrict is a feature that will allow Instagram users to approve comments they wish to without the commenter’s knowledge. This simply means users have the freewill to cut off hateful comments from their page. Read More Here
Tunisia is about to be digitally transformed!
The World Bank recently approved the sum of $175 million to aid the digitization of Tunisia. Through this fund the Tunisia Innovative Startups and SMEs Project will be executed, 280 startups, SMEs and entrepreneurs will access non collateral loans and grants. Click Here For More
Dear South African Parent, LocTransie is here for you
LocTransie, a new app released in South Africa will help South African parents track their children on board scholar transport vehicles. The app will provide parents with; real time tracking of their wards, SMS notifications on transit and scholar transport vehicle pricing. See How Here
Hello African Music Lovers, this is for you!
Earlier in the week, Swedish popular music streaming platform Spotify, launched a lite version for the Asian, Latin American, the Middle East and African market. Spotify Lite will be ideal for areas low in data coverage, and people with older devices. See Full Details
Are you an Egyptian Farmer? This will interest you!
The Egyptian government is partnering the UN’s FAO to digitize Agriculture in a two-year project. The country will leverage this project to boost local food production and farmers access to digitally enabled data and information. To see full details, Click Here
YouTube Clears the air on its sports offering!
YouTube retracted its announcement to live stream sports event last week with full clarification. The company has however returned this week to clarify the announcement, notifying the public that they are not in any live distribution agreement with SuperSport. See More Here
Nigerian Banks authorized to Operate Mobile Money
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has approved mobile money for all Deposit Money Banks in Nigeria. This means the banks can operate the service without seeking prior approval from the CBN. This will boost financial inclusion in Nigeria; don’t you think so? See Details Here
This will make Techies in Nigeria Proud!
The GSMA Accelerator Program and Briter Bridges has mapped Nigeria a the most advanced technology ecosystem in Africa through a survey the duo carried out. Read More Here
Audi is moving on a VR train!
Audi has launched a VR-enabled customer Private Lounge for buyers in Africa. Through the CPL, buyers will be able to customize and test-drive the vehicles before making a purchase decision. Read More Here
And there you have it on this week’s edition. Follow us on all social media platforms @techgistafrica for the latest tech gists in Africa. Also check the blog for our celebration of the Forbes 30 under 30 Part 2.
Have a super-duper weekend.
Team TechGist Africa.
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