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Latest events from all over the African tech eco-system

The new NIPOST charges on Delivery Businesses
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The new NIPOST charges on Delivery Businesses

NIPOST, the managers of our good old "Post Office" recently released a memo that might change how delivery businesses run. The memo list new license fees that logistic companies must pay in order to run their businesses legally. The Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) is a unit under the Federal Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy. NIPOST has offices in almost every city in the country and is where locals usually go to send mail and receive parcels. According to the memo, international courier services like DHL, FEDEX and UPS are required to pay a fee of 20m Naira for a new license and 8m annually for renewal. The next category…

6E the New Super Fast WiFi Rolling out in 2020
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6E the New Super Fast WiFi Rolling out in 2020

Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to open up a plot of spectrum in 6GHz band for unlicensed use. Current WiFi broadcasts at 2.4GHz and 5GHz. With WiFi 6E, devices will broadcast at 6GHz and that will translate to more speed and reliability. 6E is expected to start rolling out by the end of 2020. When there is a very long list of available WiFi connections in your location, on the current standards, that could lead to less speed and reliability in connection as devices compete for signal. Getting a new 6E router will give you an advantage as your device will not be competing for the current 2.4GHz…

Meet the young Benue hardware Developers that Built a Solar powered Ventilator to support COVID-19 Fight
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Meet the young Benue hardware Developers that Built a Solar powered Ventilator to support COVID-19 Fight

Joseph Orya, Joshua Ichor and Jude Iorfa built a solar-powered ventilator from their room in Makurdi, the Benue State capital. Their mission is to design a ventilator that can be built with common components and materials that can be easily sourced in communities where high-tech equipment like 3D printers are not present. Ventilators help COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms breathe. It pumps oxygen into the lungs and removes carbon dioxide. A ventilator is a major equipment for managing COVID-19 cases. The S-Vent ventilator made in Benue could help prevent a shortage of ventilators in the state and other places. Being solar powered means it can be used in places without…

Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) Grant 2020 Cancelled
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Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) Grant 2020 Cancelled

Just as the title says, the 2020 (6th edition) Tony Elumelu Foundation grant, TEF 2020 has been cancelled. The cancellation is not unrelated to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. TEF grant provides 1000 African entrepreneurs with a non-refundable seed capital of $5,000. The 2020 edition of the grant has been placed on hold. according to a mail sent out by the TEF team, this year's grant has been moved to 2021 and instead of the usual 1000 entrepreneurs, they will be supporting 2000 businesses next year. TEF applicants who registered and were notified about moving to the next stage don't need to re-register next year (according to the mail). Here is…

Coronal Virus (COVID-19) Getting the Right Info and Avoiding Fake News
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Coronal Virus (COVID-19) Getting the Right Info and Avoiding Fake News

Cases of the Coronal Virus (COVID-19) has been reported in over 20 African countries including Nigeria and South Africa. The outbreak started in Wuham, China a few months ago and the disease has spread to many countries. One very good thing the internet and modern technology brings is an easy, cheap and fast channel for people to send/receive information. However, there is a lot of fake information out there. From fake news about new cases of COVID-19 to people claiming local African acholic drinks cure COVID-19. It is important that people get the right info and stay safe. And that is why we at TownCryer are sharing these very simple…

TownCryer: Why we are here
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TownCryer: Why we are here

Welcome to TownCryer. In this post, we will try to introduce us, why we are here and what to expect from us. Who we are TownCryer will be a hotspot for all things African tech, startups and more. We are people with a great passion for making technology and we aim to tell technology stories via this platform. Why we are here We want people to get the African tech story through a truly African source. We are not saying we are the first African tech news platform. However, we have seen the need to tell our story in a new way. What to expect from us We will share…