Apps & Software

News, features and insights about various desktop and mobile applications and software.

Following on from the success of the first two programmes, run in 2011 and 2012, this month Orange is launching the third Orange African Social Venture Prize. The project promotes social innovations in support of development that use Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Orange, which is present in 18 African...
If you have ever tried to convert units in your head, you already know that it’s a difficult task to perform on the spot. Thankfully, with the advancements in today’s technology, you have a powerful tool in the iPhone that can do the hard work for you. There are...
Samsung Electronics has introduced the Samsung Smart App Challenge 2013, a global app competition aimed at finding new apps to utilise Samsung’s communication function. It is the second time Samsung has hosted the global contest for android developers. A total of 10 entries will be selected as winners, receiving a...
East Africa’s premier mobile startups pitching competition, Pivot East, which is held annually has released the list of the 2013 semifinalists. The objectives of the initiative to amplify and consolidate the gains of East Africa’s Mobile developer and entrepreneurship ecosystem. The semifinalists in the respective categories are: FINANCIAL CATEGORY GO Finance Company Ltd: GO,...
Global technology solutions developer and supplier Samsung has confirmed its attendance at Africa’s premier technology showcase, Tech Demo Africa 2013. Tech Demo Africa 2013, organised by  ITNewsAfrica, is  scheduled to take place on 21 & 22 May at The Innovation Hub located in South Africa’s  administrative capital city Pretoria. Tech Demo Africa...
Team Code 8 from Makerere University Kampala  consisting of three students Joshua Busingye, Brian Gitta, and Simon Lubambo was announced the winning team of the 2013 Microsoft Uganda Imagine Cup finals. The team exhibited Matibabu which is an app, that diagnoses malaria without pricking any body part. “We were speechless. To have won this year’s Uganda...
The innovation Fund, which has been established to support innovation in developing the economy has awarded six companies over 85m/-.  Speaking at the handover ceremony at the Commission for Science and Technology offices in Dar es Salaam, the Minister for Science and Technology, Prof Makame Mbarawa, said Entrepreneurship is...
Microsoft Middle East and Africa yesterday announced that it will be partnering with Nokia for the Imagine Cup local finals across countries in the region. Microsoft's Imagine Cup is a student technology competition, bringing together young innovators from all over the world. As part of the sponsorship, Nokia will be...
As part of its encouraging Imagine Cup, Microsoft is giving young ones that are aged between 9 and 18 the chance to enter a game design challenge dubbed Kodu. With a renowned Xbox controller being used as the main interface, Kodu will allow kids and teens to create games on...
East Africa's premier Mobile Startups competition and conference Pivot East in Partnership with K:Lab Rwanda will host an outreach workshop in Kigali. The theme of the workshop is: Raising the quality of mobile startups in the region and improving their investability. It is an m:lab East Africa initiative to amplify and consolidate the gains...