3 African startups selected to take part in Google for Startups Accelerator on SDGs

Alongside eight other startups, African startups—mDoc, Flare and Solar Freeze—have been selected to participate in Google for Startups Accelerator programme on Sustainable Development Goals which begins on April 21.

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Lockdown: Some items Nigerians are currently ordering online will surprise you

During the lockdown in some major Nigerian cities, we discovered that asides groceries and health essentials ordered online, some products are also experiencing their fair share of increased demand. We explore why

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What’s next for other African countries as Kenya finally lifts ban on drones?

After a drawn-out process that began early in 2019, Kenya’s regulation on unmanned aircraft systems has been signed into law, meaning the purchase and use of drones is no longer illegal. A look at the bigger picture.

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Semi-soft “flexoskeleton” robots inspired by insects

Soft-bodied robots have numerous desirable qualities, such as the ability to squeeze through gaps. And so far, they've typically been manually assembled on a one-off basis. That could be about to change, though, thanks to a new manufacturing method.

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Optical guitar pickup can be programmed with a smartphone app

Rather than use magnets and coils to convert string motion into an analog voltage for amplified output, the ōPik uses infrared light to capture the vibrations of the strings above it. This versatile optical pickup has now launched on Kickstarter.

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Mobile money service, M-Pesa, is now owned by Vodacom and Safaricom

M-Pesa has dominated Africa’s mobile money space for a long time under the control of the UK’s Vodafone. Safaricom and Vodacom will be hoping to take the service to new heights after acquiring it from Vodafone.

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How Nigerian crowdfunding startups can survive new SEC regulations

Given the heavy requirements present in the SEC’s new regulations for crowdfunding in Nigeria, we have a chat with some experts on how these platforms can keep afloat as well as some regulatory recommendations.

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Boeing’s Loyal Wingman drone puts weight on wheels for the first time

Boeing Australia's's Loyal Wingman combat drone has achieved two more development milestones by taking its weight on its wheels for the first time and having aircraft power switched on.

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Sprayable sensors make any surface interactive

Imagine touching the armrest of your sofa to change the channel on your television, or pressing against a lightbulb stencil on the wall to turn on your smart light – these functions and many more like them are now possible thanks to new research.

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Yamaha and Japan Airlines trial same-day seafood delivery by drone

While it's important to get fresh seafood from fishing boats to restaurants ASAP, using a full-size crewed aircraft to do so isn't always cost-effective. That's why Yamaha and Japan Airlines are now looking at using a drone for part of the journey.

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