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Insurance: The threat of tech

No insurer wants to see new innovators encroaching on their territory. To outflank them, some are working with these fintech companies to help pursue their own technological projects, reach the continent’s large uninsured populations, develop new products and cut costs.

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Artificial Intelligence hits African companies

Fear not, robots will not be stealing Africa’s jobs any time soon. It has been a mantra of capitalism since the beginning: using a tractor boosts your yield compared to using a spade. Your factory can multiply your output. Technology boosts productivity. 

 

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Wildlife and food security as drones keep watch

A hexacopter drone is flown during a drone demonstration at a farm and winery on potential use for board members of the National Corn Growers, Thursday, June 11, 2015 in Cordova, Md, U.S. Photo© Alex Brandon/AP/SIPADrones are being used in Africa today to track poachers, to gather vital agricultural information to help farmers with their crops, and as an intelligence tool to help the military anticipate and prepare against danger.

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Energy: Zambia shortlists bidders to build solar plants

Photo©AP/SIPAZambia has shortlisted bidders to build two large-scale 50 megawatt (MW) solar power generation plants as the nation battles a power deficit which threatens industrial output.

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Television: Netflix doesn't hold all the aces

Photo©NetflixThe video-streaming behemoth launched its services in every African country in January. Are local providers running scared? Not in the least.

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Ghana: 9 unlicensed TV channels shutdown

File photo©ReutersGhana's communications regulator – the National Communication Authority (NCA) – has closed down nine cable television channels broadcasting without requisite licences for years and churning out content deemed inappropriate for viewers.

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Zimbabwe creates fund for technology innovation

Information Technology minister Supa Mandiwanzira. Photo©ScreenShotZimbabwe has set up a $25 million fund supported by all registered telecommunications companies to promote technological innovation.

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