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San Francisco crowdfunder Kiva sets up Sierra Leone credit database

(Reuters) - Kiva, a San Francisco-based tech nonprofit organisation, is using blockchain to create an online ID database in Sierra Leone allowing people who struggle to get loans to prove their credit history. Kiva and President Julius Maada Bio officially launched the system in the...

Apple reportedly plans to launch two ‘Pro’ iPhones within weeks

Apple is planning to release a bevy of new products in the fall, including three new iPhone models in September, Bloomberg reported. Two new “Pro” models are said to be in the works,...

Apple Card launches for all US customers

The launch follows a “preview” earlier this month that allowed only limited customers to apply. The company also announced it was extending the card’s 3% “Daily Cash” policy to more merchants and apps,...

EcobankPay Hits N1 Billion in Transactions Value

EcobankPay, the lifestyle digital payments and collections service of Ecobank Nigeria has recorded a cumulative transaction value of over N1 billion. EcobankPay offers customers a multi-channel payment experience including: Mobile QR Payment at merchant stores (mCash, Masterpass and mVisa), Merchant QR is set...

Google targets more Nigerian users with local accent, ‘informal’ transit routes

Libby George LAGOS, July 24 - Commuters making their way through Nigeria can now hear travel advice in a local voice on Google Maps under new features aimed at attracting more users in Africa that were unveiled by the company on Wednesday. The local accents...

Apple is shutting down iTunes

Pour one out for your high school mix tapes: Apple announced Monday at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) that it’s shutting down iTunes, its 18-year-old digital media software. In its place, Mac users will have three individual, dedicated apps for music, podcasts and...

m-naira App hits mobile payment, money transfer market

BeepTool, an indigenous tech start-up based in Lagos, Nigeria, has unveiled m-naira App, a mobile app designed to bridge the gap in financial inclusion, mobile payment and remittance space. The revolutionary Financial Technology (Fintech) app, unveiled during the weekend, was seen by industry watchers and...

Melinda Gates: Nigeria can use data to hold political leaders accountable, if…

Co Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda Gates has called on the Nigerian government to invest in youths if it is interested in addressing problems around data gathering in the country. She said Nigeria’s young population has the biggest stake in good...

Apple’s New Smartwatch Can Only Monitor Your Heart in the U.S, not Abroad

Nate Lanxon (Bloomberg) -- Shoppers queuing up to buy Apple Inc.’s latest smartwatch anywhere but the U.S. face an uncertain wait before they can use the product’s headline-grabbing electrocardiogram feature. Only American customers are being told the functionality will be enabled for them later this year....

Zenith Bank upgrades its mobile app, Introduces QWERTY Banking

Foremost Nigerian financial institution, Zenith Bank Plc has upgraded its Mobile App to include QWERTY Banking, a new feature that enables users perform banking transactions while chatting on any social messaging platform. Sources at the financial institution confirmed that Zenith Bank is committed to...
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