Blog entries from: Official Google Africa Blog

Google in Sub-Saharan Africa: news, stories and thoughts.

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October 24 2014

From Official Google Africa Blog Fri Oct 24 2014, 04:18:00

If you're a news publisher, your website has probably evolved and changed over time -- just like your stories. But in the past, when you made changes to the structure of your site, we might not have discovered your new content. That meant a lost opportunity for your readers, and for you. Unless you regularly checked Webmaster Tools, you might not even have realized that your new content wasn't showing up in Google News. To prevent this from happening, we are letting you make changes to our record of your news site using the just launched Google News Publisher Center.

With the Publisher Center, your potential readers can be more informed about the articles they're clicking on and you benefit from better discovery and classification of your news content. After verifying ownership of ...

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September 4 2014

From Official Google Africa Blog Thu Sep 4 2014, 03:29:00

Are you intrigued by the rapidly-growing world of user experience design? Do you wonder how good design can gain users for your technology/software products? Are you passionate about giving your users the experience they deserve? Are you looking to meet and connect with other design enthusiasts? Yes? Then please read on.

At Google, user experience is central to everything we do. Indeed the top thing on our list of ten things we know to be true is: "Focus on the user and all else will follow." This is a principle we embrace in product design as we look to build products and services that appeal to users all over the world.

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September 2 2014

From Official Google Africa Blog Tue Sep 2 2014, 05:27:00

Cross-posted from the Google Research Blog

Twice a year, Google's Faculty Research Awards program seeks and reviews proposals in 23 research areas, assigning to each area a group of experienced Googlers who assess and deliberate over which proposals we should and can fund. With each call for proposals, we receive a wide array of research ideas in fields that fall within the realm of Internet policy.

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August 27 2014

From Official Google Africa Blog Wed Aug 27 2014, 03:40:00

Technology has the power to change the world for the better, but today far too few have access to the education and support they need to become creators, not just consumers. We know that pre-university exposure to Computer Science education is critically important for inspiring kids to pursue a career in computing.

That's why Google offers the RISE Awards -- grants of $15,000 to $50,000 USD -- to organizations across the globe working to promote access to Computer Science education for girls and underrepresented minorities. Our RISE partners are changemakers: they engage, educate, and excite students about computing through extracurricular outreach.

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July 30 2014

From Official Google Africa Blog Wed Jul 30 2014, 05:43:00

Sharpen your pencils, spark your imagination and reveal your artistic talent in the first Doodle 4 Google competition in South Africa!

We're inviting school students between the ages of 6 and 17 to create a Google Doodle depicting the "South Africa of My Dreams". From today, you can register to take part and have a chance to win fantastic prizes for you and your school, as well as the chance to see your doodle displayed on the home page of Google.

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July 23 2014

From Official Google Africa Blog Wed Jul 23 2014, 06:18:00

Accelerator programs have become essential to the continued expansion of Africa's tech startup ecosystem in recent years. They have provided the platform for the nurturing of some of the continent's most successful start-ups like Jobberman and In addition to improving access to capital and funding, accelerator programs have provided Africa's aspiring tech entrepreneurs with access to the mentoring and training required for successfully launching new businesses.

This is why we have supported the launch of 440, a new accelerator program aimed at creating an early stage fund and accelerator for mobile web startups in Nigeria. 440, an initiative of 88MPH and L5Lab, will provide a platform for Nigeria's startup community to get access to early stage funding, mentoring, and other forms ...

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July 8 2014

From Official Google Africa Blog Tue Jul 8 2014, 04:52:00

No matter where you're from, language shouldn't be a barrier when it comes to keeping in touch with the people you care about. Gmail is already available in 58 languages, including Amharic and Swahili, and we're now bringing that total to 71--covering 94 percent of the world's Internet population.

Starting today, 13 new languages are joining the Gmail family: Afrikaans, Zulu, Armenian, Azerbaijani (Azeri), Chinese (Hong Kong), French (Canada), Galician, Georgian, Khmer, Lao, Mongolian, Nepali, and Sinhala.

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June 12 2014

From Official Google Africa Blog Thu Jun 12 2014, 14:42:00

There's one thing that lies at the heart of every business: customers. Customers are the reason why businesses flourish, and their shared passion for your craft is what makes running a business so rewarding. For many business owners, customers are more than just patrons - they're your regulars, your advocates and your friends. In other words, they're your people.

The Internet is connecting more businesses with their people every day. However, our users tell us that finding these loyal customers can be complex and time-consuming. We believe it shouldn't be. That's why we are happy to introduce Google My Business - a free and easy way to find and connect with your people, wherever you are.

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June 6 2014

From Official Google Africa Blog Fri Jun 6 2014, 06:35:00

A growing number of people in emerging economies are using the Internet for the first time on a mobile device. Despite the pre-paid options and a vast array of choices in Internet credit purchases, mobile data remains expensive. In the African context, we wanted to understand how price transparency can reduce barriers to technology usage and help millions of new and existing users experience a safer, more manageable, and less erratic Internet.

In a recent study by McKinsey, over 20% of mobile data non-users in major African cities said that the key barriers to using the Internet were lack of pricing information and lack of control over monthly expenses. While there are a few ways to monitor airtime expenditure, mobile data use is difficult to understand -- what is the cost to load a "web ...

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April 16 2014

From Official Google Africa Blog Wed Apr 16 2014, 06:16:00

The Internet is changing the way Africans engage with politics, as we recently saw during national elections in countries such as Kenya and Zimbabwe. In next month's elections, South Africans will celebrate 20 years of Democracy when they step out to vote, reflecting on how far their nation has come since the first free and fair elections in 1994, as well as considering the most pressing issues affecting their lives. That's why today we're launching the South African Elections Hub, a portal where you can follow the latest elections news, videos and information.

Voters are already turning to the Internet for information, searching for the latest news and views from parties, candidates, the media and friends. Earlier this year we saw an increase in search topics such as how to register to ...

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