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Get all the latest tech related news from IT News Africa.This week in technology we take a look at the Top 3 translator apps to use when travelling in Africa. Also gracing the headlines this week was Microsoft. The software giant has officially launched its highly anticipated operating system, Windows 10.

This week we also saw the launch of Airbnb in South Africa. To add to the headlines, we interview Emmanuel Adegboye – Founder of Bus Stop. The team at IT News Africa hopes you have a great weekend. The top tech stories for the week can be found below.

News

Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab S2
Samsung South Africa has revealed the global launch of the Galaxy Tab S2. According to the company, the latest Galaxy Tablet has been optimised for reading and viewing any type of digital content. .

Windows 10 launches, available in 190 countries
Microsoft official launched Windows 10 this week. According to the company, Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade on existing Windows powered devices or with new PCs and tablets devices. .

Nigeria: Drone Club wins Tech+ 2015 award
The Drone Club has won the MTN/Mahindra Comviva Most Innovative Exhibitor Award at the Tech+ conference. The conference was held at Eko Hotels and Suites in Lagos. The award was received by DJ Tee and James Amuta, whose companies are pioneer members of the Club. .

Social media lashes out at death of Cecil the Lion
Cecil the lion – the most famous creature in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park – was killed by an American hunter according to a report via the Telegraph. .

African skills initiative receives USD 60 mln investment
IBM has invested a sum of USD 60 million over three years to develop the next generation of technical talent in Africa. As part of the initiative, IBM is expanding the Africa Technical Academy and the company’s Africa University Programme to over 20 African countries. .

Airbnb to focus on expanding in South Africa
Airbnb CEO, Brian Chesky visited Johannesburg, South Africa this week. According to Chesky, the reason behind the visit was to launch Airbnb’s platform in South Africa. .

South Africa: Vodacom CFO quits
South African mobile network, Vodacom, has revealed that its Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Ivan Dittrich has resigned from the company. .

Top Opinions

Why South Africa will rapidly adopt mobile money
There’s an understanding by some that mobile money has no place in the developed world and only those countries that are far less advanced can this be of use. South Africa is, evidently so, a developing country as we carry the title of being the most unequal society in the world. .

Cloud backups: The difference between life and death of data
Over the past two years the uptake of pure cloud backup by smaller businesses has burgeoned as the idea of saving company data to the cloud has become easier for companies to digest, and bandwidth has become faster and cheaper. .

Is South Africa ready for smart cities?
The concept of the ‘smart city’ is growing in popularity as more and more connected technologies emerge. The term has many definitions, however, at its most basic level, a smart city is one in which the municipal authority is able to properly measure and manage the various services they are delivering within their environment, in real time, and with a high level of accuracy. .

Top List

Top 3 translator apps to use when travelling in Africa
The English language is the most spoken language in Nigeria; however, learning a new language is not easy. It can take years of practice to become fluent but sometimes you need the knowledge of a foreign language to help you make the next career move or survive in a new country. .

Interviews

Exclusive Interview: Emmanuel Adegboye – Founder of Bus Stop
IT News Africa caught up with Adegboye to find out who he is and gain some insight into his startup. In July 2015, IT News Africa also interviewed who is the Co-founder of the Slatecube startup. Read Emmanuel Adegboye’s .

Gadgets and Gaming

Battleborn hands-on preview
Battleborn may look like Borderlands; however, it is an entirely new monster which is estimated to be released on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC sometime in the fourth quarter of 2015 or the first quarter of 2016. .

Until Dawn Hands-On Preview
Video game titles have evolved dramatically over the years; however, there is not much out there that really stands out. To be honest, titles are beginning to seem generic as the traditional shooter comes out once a year and racing games have now become a dime a dozen. .

Lego: Jurassic World Review
The Lego titles have always been great. Established in 1995, developer Traveller’s Tales has introduced us to a plethora of Lego titles – which included Lego: The Hobbit, Lego: Batman, and The Lego Movie Video Game. With these titles being great success, Traveller’s Tales and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive have now released Lego: Jurassic World. .

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