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West African tech startup launches app in Gabon

West African tech startup Gozem has announced the launch of 'Super App' taxi booking service in Libreville, Gabon. Cecilia Kouna, Deputy Country Manager of Gozem Gabon comments on the launch of the service in Libreville. "Were very excited to start our operations in Gabon with a simplified, safer, and more convenient taxi booking solution. Were confident that this innovation will create real value for passengers and drivers in the Gabonese market. And very soon afterwar

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Nigerian startup Ladda in top five to win Seedstars competition

Nigerian investment platform Ladda is one of five startups that will face off in the final round of the Seedstars World Competition. The annual contest revealed the five finalists on 4 May. This announcment follows the completion of the regional finals where the Lagos-based startup proved victorious. Seedstars looks for next big startup Seedstars, an entrepreneurial company based in Switzerland, launched the competition in 2013. In 2020, the

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Kenyan e-mobility startup Ecobodaa secures funding

Nairobi-based tech startup Ecobodaa has secured an undisclosed amount of funding from Persistent , Zurich-based venture capital and private equity firm that focuses on investing in the off-grid energy sector. Not only has Persistent invested an undisclosed amount of funding into the innovative tech startup but it has also entered a strategic partnership with Ecobodaa. Mia von Koschitzky-Kimani, Cheif Venture Builder at Persistent comments on the partnership and investme

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Confusing the What with the How

Imagine you are building a house. You get all your tools, lay out the lumber, and start constructing the first room. As you are building the room, you decide if its a living room, or a kitchen, or a bathroom. When you finish the first room you start on the second, again deciding, as you build, what kind of room it will be. Lets face it, no one would do that. A rational person would first figure out what the house should look like, the number of rooms it needs to contain, how the rooms are connec

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Google celebrates World Password Day 2021 with hope for a passwordless future

Today is World Password Day 2021, and while companies are touting the best password management practices, Google is hoping someday we wont have to worry about them at all. According to the company, even the strongest passwords can be compromised. You may not realize it, but passwords are the single biggest threat to your online security theyre easy to steal, theyre hard to remember, and managing them is tedious. Many people believe that a password should be as long and complicated as possible bu

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Saudi's Sary raises $30.5 million Series B for its B2B ecommerce marketplace, hits $500 million in annualized GMV

Saudi B2B ecommerce marketplace Sary has raised $30.5 million in a Series B round led by VentureSouq, it announced today. The round was also joined by Silicon Valley's Rocketship.vc, STV, and returning investors Raed Ventures, MSA Capital, and Derayah VC. It takes Sary's total investment raised so far to over $37 million , making it one of the best funded startups in Saudi and the best B2B ecommerce marketplace in the region. Founded in early 2018 by former Carteem GM Mohammed Aldoss

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SD Times news digest: Visual Studio 1.56 released, Contrast Security adds Go support, and SmartBear supports Simulink for peer code review

The April 2021 release of Visual Studio Code includes improved hover feedback to help users quickly find clickable editor actions, terminal profile improvements, and debugger inline values. Developers can also now temporarily toggle the line numbers of a cell in the current sessions from the cell toolbar or change the visibility of line numbers for all notebooks through the notebook.lineNumbers setting. The team explained the release continues to improve its support for the upcoming TypeScript 4

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Red Hat announced Developer Sandbox and new solutions to help get started with Kubernetes

Red Hat unveiled its Developer Sandbox for Red Hat OpenShift to make it easier for developers to get started with building Kubernetes-based applications using the same infrastructure and tools that they run in their application environments. The new solution provides a private OpenShift environment in a shared, multi-tenant cluster that is pre-configured with a set of developer tools. The tight integrations between the infrastructure and tools provide a safe environment for prototyping or buildi

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Kotlin 1.5 available with JVM records, sealed interfaces, and more

The first major Kotlin release of 2021 is now here. Kotlin 1.5 adds JVM records, sealed interfaces, inline classes, and the new JVM IR compiler. JVM records are classes that carry a fixed set of values. Kotlin developers can now use a Kotlin class as a record in Java by making it a data class and marking it with the @JvmRecord annotation. Sealed interfaces provide more control over inheritance. According to Kotlins documentation, once a module containing a sealed interface is compiled, no new im

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SD Times news digest: Android Studio 4.2 released, dotData Py Lite, and ThoughtSpot Everywhere

Android Studio 4.2 focuses on upgrading the IntelliJ platform and adding a handful of new features that are centered around improving productivity as an Android app developer. The new app project upgrade assistant in Android 4.2 makes it easier to migrate a project and to utilize Android Gradle Plugin APIs. The release also contains enhancements to existing features such as Database Inspector, System Trace, SafeArgs support, Apply Changes and more. The full list of improvements is available here

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Agile at 20: Where it's been and where it's going

It has been 20 years since the Manifesto for Agile Software Development was published, and even longer since the idea was first formed, and yet there still isnt a clear understanding in the industry of what Agile really is. Far too many teams that claim to be Agile are not. Ive had people with a straight face tell me they are Agile because they do a few Scrum practices and use a ticketing tool. There is an awful lot of misunderstanding about Agile, said Andy Hunt, one of the authors of the manif

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Uganda fintech raises US$1M in seed investment from FCA Investments

runs a proprietary microfinance platform developed through SACCOs and saving groups. Ensibuuko and FCA Investments will run an ambitious target that increases financial inclusion through scaling the rural banking infrastructure and digital financial services towards millions of customers in Sub-saharan Africa. Ensibuuko launched in 2014 by offering digital products and services to SACCOs by building the infrastructure connecting them to the wider financial service ecosystem comprisin

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