TECHNOBYTE for 3 July 2015

Facebook has opened its first office in Africa. The new office based in Johannesburg will be used to accelerate Facebook’s growth on the African continent and grow business and advertising relationships - 52% of Facebook’s total ad revenue comes from outside the US. Facebook’s active user population in Africa has grown 20% to 120 million in June 2015 from 100 million in September 2014. More than 80% of people across Africa access Facebook from mobile phones. Facebook’s initial focus will be on growing its business in anchor countries in the major regions of Sub Saharan Africa: Kenya (East Africa), Nigeria (West Africa), and South Africa (Southern Africa). Other supported territories include Senegal, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Mozambique and Ethiopia. Facebook will partner with governments, telecom operators, agencies and other stakeholders to deliver localised solutions to advertisers and users continent-wide. Nunu Ntshingila-Njeke who is currently the chairlady of Ogilvy & Mather SA, will be Facebook’s new Head of Africa, when she joins the team in September.

Project Isizwe believes that the best means of addressing inequality is the deployment of government-funded Free WiFi throughout public spaces in low-income communities. Each citizen should be within walking distance of Free WiFi.

The social impact of free WiFi in lower income areas has been well documented; indicating on average that every 10% increase in broadband penetration increases a country’s GDP per capita by 1.28%, employment by 0.28% and facilitates the growth of small and medium sized enterprises.

The P8 embodies classic yet inspiring design, class-leading technology and ease of use that is bound to amaze and inspire its users. The Huawei P8 is undoubtedly the smart phone of choice for the fashion-conscious, visually stimulated modern user. The P8 will be available in South African stores and through all network operators from the second week of July. The P8’s outward appeal lies in its sleek, classical design that reflects its users’ sense of style and appreciation of performance and usability. Combining elegance, craftsmanship and durability, the P8 is manufactured using the latest Nano-injection moldings technology to deliver a one-piece aluminum body. The sleek design combines comfort and ease of use, with the beveled body measuring a mere 6,4mm in height and weighing only 144g. Catering to the fashion conscious consumer who delights in choice, the Huawei P8 is available in silver, gold, black and grey. The P8’s 5.2’’ full HD display with a 1080p resolution completes the design of a handset that redefines elegance and a fully immersive experience.

This article first appeared on 702 : TECHNOBYTE for 3 July 2015



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