Blog entries from: Official Google Africa Blog

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

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November 10 2014

From Official Google Africa Blog Mon Nov 10 2014, 08:50:00

At the core of an efficient online learning experience is a robust infrastructure. Through our Education Go Digital program, we partner with universities and schools to address the infrastructure challenge through an Infrastructure Collaboration Agreement (ICA), a one time co-investment geared at rolling out new infrastructure or improving existing one.

In Africa, the Infrastructure Collaboration Agreement is offered to schools and universities in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda that have successfully deployed and adopted Google Apps for Education. Through the Education Go Digital program we have supported International University of Professional Studies, Strathmore University, Daystar University and St.Paul's University in their infrastructure build out.

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November 5 2014

From Official Google Africa Blog Wed Nov 5 2014, 05:38:00

Running a successful small business is about finding and connecting with the right customers.

Business users are increasingly using their smartphones, so today we're making it easier with some enhancements to the Google My Business Android app (iOS update soon). We hope that this makes it easier to find the right customers, whether they're looking for you at their desktop computers or on their phones when they're out and about.

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October 30 2014

From Official Google Africa Blog Thu Oct 30 2014, 10:55:00

In July 1960, Dr. Jane Goodall stepped off the boat in what is now Gombe National Park, Tanzania with a pair of second-hand binoculars and a notepad. She was 26 years old, and was there to observe and record the behavior of chimpanzees in the wild. This summer, after four planes and a boat ride, I took my first (wobbly) steps onto the shores of Lake Tanganyika. I was about to walk the same paths that Dr. Goodall tread to do her groundbreaking research into the lives of chimpanzees. And now--thanks to a Google Maps partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute and Tanzania National Parks--so can you.

We were invited to Gombe National Park to capture a record of this historic place, where today the Jane Goodall Institute manages the longest-running chimpanzee research study in the world. It was ...

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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 Cheki.ng. 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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