Out of Africa: Tech’s Next Big Thing

Out of Africa: Tech’s Next Big Thing

Maybe African tech startups aren’t new news, but things are starting to stir in Africa. While Western blogs haven’t covered many African tech startups, there are more than a handful of startup competitions in Africa – and plenty of innovative companies emerging.

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Synology DiskStation DS204se

Synology DiskStation DS204se

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The problem: you need an affordable NAS server. The solution: the Synology Disk Station DS204se. It’s a great solution for someone on a budget who doesn’t want to compromise speed.Take a look at our review.

Verizon inks paid peering deal with Netflix

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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings may really hate the peering deal he signed with Comcast, (S CMCSK) but that didn’t stop him from entering a similar partnership with another ISP: Verizon and (S VZ) Netflix have also agreed on a paid peering relationship.

News of that pact was first broken Monday afternoon on by BTIG Research’s Walter Piecyk, who tweeted Monday afternoon that Verizon CEO Lowell C. McAdam had confirmed the commercial relationship between the two companies.

Netflix has since confirmed the agreement,with a spokesperson telling us via email:

We have reached an interconnect arrangement with Verizon that we hope will improve performance for our joint  customers over the coming months.

A Verizon spokesperson also confirmed to Gigaom that both parties have reached a deal, but wasn’t able to offer any further details.

Netflix entered a paid peering deal with Comcast in February after Netflix subscribers saw average streaming…

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Samsung SmartCam HD Pro

Samsung SmartCam HD Pro [Click on the link to read more]

If you’re in the market for a decent IP camera, check out the Samsung SmartCam HD Pro. It is highly customizable and features less lag time than its competitor, the Dropcam Pro, as well as offering SD card storage.

Samsung SmartCam HD Pro

The New Twitter Website Cards

The New Twitter Website Cards

Twitter told the world that it would soon be displaying new types of ads in Twitter feeds. Well, the company has made good on that promise today. Across the globe, Twitter users will now see advertisements directly in a feed. 

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R-Drive Image 5.3.5302

We  just  released  a  new  build  of R-Drive Image, our advanced disk imaging,  backup, and cloning utility. It includes several bugfixes in

its   Windows   and   startup  versions,  including  fixed  BIOS  RAID

initialization. http://forum.r-tt.com/r-drive-image-5-3-5302-t8639.html

We  just  released  a  new  build  of R-Drive Image, our advanced disk imaging,  backup, and cloning utility. It includes several bugfixes in its   Windows   and   startup  versions,  including  fixed  BIOS  RAID initialization. http://forum.r-tt.com/r-drive-image-5-3-5302-t8639.html #r-driveimage #softwareupdates

Facebook Purchases Move App

Facebook Purchases Move App

The latest tech trend is fitness and fitness devices. So, it’s no wonder, really, that Facebook is trying to get in on this trend. The company has just purchased the “Moves” activity tracking app, in the hopes that you’ll keep using the app, or start using it if you don’t already. 

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Nokia is officially part of Microsoft

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Eight months after Microsoft(s MSFT) bought Nokia’s Devices and Services division for $7.17 billion, it’s official: Microsoft is no longer only a software giant but is also one of the world’s largest handset makers, after shareholders and regulatory agencies approved the deal. Nokia sold over 30 million handsets in 2013, and this deal immediately makes Microsoft the hardware supplier for 90 percent of the Windows Mobile market.

The Nokia acquisition “brings key capabilities around supply chain, distribution, operational processes and systems and skill in managing hardware margins to Microsoft,” Microsoft said in a blog post Friday morning.

Nokia spokeswoman Tiina Jaatinen said, “As Microsoft, we will continue to produce, sell and support the phones and devices you have come to love, including our award-winning Lumia and Asha ranges, feature phones and the Nokia X family of devices.”

As noted earlier this week, the Nokia division will retain separate offices and will be renamed

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