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software-developmentSouth Africa, Johannesburg: MTN is challenging the developer community from around the world to come forward with innovative apps which are inspired by the realities of Africa and the Middle East.

By launching the apps competition, MTN is opening its innovative scope to the wider developer community in a bid to speed up the adoption of data-enabled technologies - especially those that feature digital content developed with the African and Middle Eastern user in mind.

nokiaWith smartphone sales dwindling and both Apple and Samsung now selling more smartphone devices worldwide, Nokia has announced that it has reconsidered how it names its devices and will now label each of its devices with a numerical model, dropping the one-letter prefixes completely.

Previously, Nokia has prefixed its devices with C, N and X (to name a few) in an attempt to explain to the consumer what they would be able to expect from the device.

twitterTwitter has landed a major influx of cash to help it expand: The five-year-old social media company said Monday that it has just wrapped up a "significant" funding round led by venture firm DST Global.

Twitter didn't disclose how much it raised. However, Twitter amended its certificate of incorporation forms late last week to authorize the issuance of up to 25 million new shares, priced at just over $16 per share.

Google Africa today announced the "iteration 2.0 of G|Uganda" and G|Kenya, due early next month.

In a blogpost on Google Africa Blog, Brigetter Sexton explained that it is their goal to provide the right people with the necessary skills to make the web better.

"Our goal is to make the web better by giving the right people the skills to improve it. Students, techies, entrepreneurs and businesses are the engine behind what drives the applications, information and content that people in Africa want and use. As Google, we provide just the products and tools to help you get there; G-days are about training you directly," reads the blog.

motribeSouth African mobile social networking platform Motribe launched about a year ago but already it has more than 1.5 million users.

Founded by Nic Haralambous and Vincent Maher, the platform is like Ning for mobile and aims to empower brands to set up mobile web communities.

ABSALogo_Stacked_RedSouth Africa's Absa Bank has extended its service reach with the launch of an innovative application for Android-based smartphones and tablet devices that allows its sales consultants to open accounts and issue debit cards to new customers in under 10 minutes.

The on-device "app" scans a prospective customer's ID book to identify and verify details, captures all the relevant information and enables the imaging of supporting documents. It then interfaces with Absa's systems to conduct the relevant screening processes and complete the opening of the account.

motorolaMotorola Mobility announced their Q2 financial results - their predictions of breaking even didn’t come to pass, but net revenue went up as did the number of phone shipments.

The Home segment of Motorola Mobility posted small earnings but those weren’t enough to offset the losses of the Mobile Devices department.

cancerIn the battle of the cellphone cancer studies, now we can chalk one up for the scientists who say there is no relationship between cellphones and cancer in children.

A 1,000-participant study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute researched the effects of cellphones on children and adolescents, comparing cellphone usage of a group diagnosed with brain tumors against a control group of cellphone-using individuals who were in good health.

verizonVerizon Wireless Yesterday, said it will pay a dividend of $10 billion in January to its owners, Verizon Communications Inc. and Vodafone Group PLC, ending a strategy of reducing debt that has frustrated Vodafone.

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