Google to train 60 African startups in equity-free support, others

Posted by - September 15, 2019

Google says it will train 60 African startups for three years, representing over three million dollars in equity-free support, working space and access to expert advisers from Google, Silicon Valley and Africa. Mr Fola Olatunji-David, Head, Google Startup Success and Services, made this known at the commencement of Class Four Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa in

Google plans to shut down Google Hire service in 2020

Posted by - August 29, 2019

Google announced that it is shutting down its online service Google Hire. The company made this announcement on 27 August 2019 via a Google Support document. “We’ve made the difficult decision to sunset Hire by Google on September 1, 2020. While Hire has been successful, we’re focusing our resources on other products in the Google

Google Bolo app launched to educate kids, improve reading in Hindi, English

Posted by - August 1, 2019

Bolo is powered by Google’s speech recognition and text-to-speech technology and features a built-in fun and helpful reading buddy, “Diya”. The app is designed for children in primary grade and helps kids read all by themselves by explaining and encouraging them to read aloud. Just days after replacing Voice Match with Assistant lock screen access,

Google extends Street View navigation to Abuja, Ibadan, two others in Nigeria

Posted by - July 25, 2019

Technology firm, Google has extended its Street View navigation system to four more cities in Nigeria, after Lagos. The newly mapped cities are Abuja, Benin City, Enugu and Ibadan. The Street View navigation system enables people to see ground-level images of city streets, real estate, businesses and tourist attractions from the comfort of their homes,

Google’s Digital Marketing Transformation programme launches in SA

Posted by - July 23, 2019

Google has announced the launch of the Digital Marketing Transformation (DMT) programme in South Africa. Nasser Ahmed, Google Digital Academy head of emerging markets, described the programme as a partnership between a One Google team and clients, which enables business growth through providing customised digital marketing advice, including digital marketing fundamentals, best practises and a

Equiano cable system to connect Africa, Europe

Posted by - July 3, 2019

Google has announced a new private subsea cable, Equiano that will shuttle high-speed data between Africa and Europe. The Equiano cable is named for Olaudah Equiano an African writer and abolitionist, who was sold into slavery prior to buying his own freedom. The Equiano cable will start in Western Europe and run along the West

Google launchpad accelerator Africa class 3 raises $9m

Posted by - June 27, 2019

Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa Class 3 which comprised 12 startups graduated recently in Lagos, raising $9 million (N3.24 billion) and creating more than 120 jobs. This was revealed by Mr. Fola Olatunji-David, Launchpad Accelerator Africa head of startup success and services. Olatunji-David noted that the 12 startups increased the number of startups that had featured

Google Cloud looks to Looker for greater data analytics – but with the multi-cloud focus

Posted by - June 14, 2019

Late last week, Google announced its intention to acquire business intelligence platform Looker for $2.6 billion (£2.05bn) in an all-cash transaction, with Looker joining Google Cloud upon the acquisition’s close. For Google Cloud – whose bill is chump change compared to what Salesforce is outlaying for Tableau – Looker represents more options for customers looking

Google invests $670m to expand its data centre in Finland

Posted by - May 27, 2019

Google will pay about 600 million euros ($670 million) to build a data centre in Finland amid a push by its parent Alphabet Inc. to invest heavily in servers and feed demand for faster access to files and media. The new construction will add to Google’s existing data-centre complex in Hamina on the south coast

Google launchs one of the first ever drone delivery services

Posted by - April 9, 2019

A startup owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet has just secured approval for one of the first ever drone delivery services. Wing, which graduated to become its own company under the Alphabet brand last year, will launch its first commercial delivery service in Canberra, Australia. The company confirmed the move in a blog on Tuesday