Mobile Apps in Africa News: #12

Say hello to the 40 startups selected for DEMO Africa 2013

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Held in Nairobi Kenya from 24 to 25 October this year, the DEMO Africa conference will feature 40 entrepreneurs hailing from Cape Town to Cairo presenting their innovative technologies. They’ll be pitching to a mix of everyone from investors and fellow entrepreneurs to the tech media. So, what can we expect to see?

The 40 startups listed below are the ones that have made it through a series of screening processes out of a total of 300 submitted applications this year. The five categories for the conference are Mobile Technology, Social Media, Consumer Products, Cloud Services and Enterprise Technologies. MORE…

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Apps come long way since iStone Age in Africa

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HE term “app” was the Word of the Year in 2010 and preceded the first Apple App which was called the iStone Age. Since the launch of the Apple App Store in 2008, it has had over 50-billion downloads … and counting.

With the increase of smartphone penetration in Africa, the app is not only a cool tool, but a generator of revenue. According to Pyramid Research — an international communications market analysis and consulting service company — spending on mobile apps in South Africa will multiply as much as sevenfold from $33m now to $220m in 2017. MORE…

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