Khula App Provides boosts for Farmers in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA — Khula, an award-winning mobile application helps farmers in South Africa connect with supermarkets by making it easier for them to market, sell and transport their produce. The app which was created by young entrepreneurs Karidas Tshintsholo and Matthew Piper — allows businesses to order fresh, organic vegetables straight from the ground. “We…

Alibaba Sets Singles’ Day Sales Record With $24.3 billion

SHANGHAI, China — Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. surpassed their 2017 e-commerce sales numbers, with 168.3 billion yuan ($24.3 billion) in sales in 16 hours for a record day during its annual Singles’ Day extravaganza. “Alibaba is making use of all of its platforms to make Singles’ Day a holiday that also includes dining and entertainment,”…

Samsung Wins 30 CES 2019 Innovation Awards for Outstanding Design and Engineering

NEVADA, Las Vegas — Samsung Electronics, a global leader in technology, announced that 30 of its new product innovations have been recognized as CES® 2019 Innovation Awards winners, including two Best of Innovations accolades. This prestigious program honors devices and services that display outstanding design and engineering in cutting-edge technology. The awards highlight Samsung’s heritage…

Talend to Acquire Stitch for $60 million

REDWOOD CITY, California — In a move designed to accelerate its cloud momentum, Talend announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Stitch, a leader in the fast-growing, self-service data integration market. Stitch offers an easy-to-use service for moving data from popular sources to leading cloud data warehouse platforms. The acquisition gives Talend…

Amazon Announces Launch of Amazon Music for Mexico

MEXICO CITY, Mexico  — Amazon Mexico announced the launch of Amazon Music, Amazon’s music streaming service offering customers a variety of ways to listen to and discover music, from chart-topping releases by today’s top artists including Natalia Lafourcade, Ariana Grande, Reik, Calvin Harris, J Balvin, and Shakira, as well as an immense selection of locally-curated playlists and stations,…

Hyundai Invests Additional US$250 Million in Grab

SINGAPORE — Hyundai Motor Group and Grab Holdings Inc. (Grab), Southeast Asia’s leading O2O (online to offline) mobile platform, today announced an agreement under which Hyundai Motor Company (“Hyundai”) and Kia Motors Corporation (“Kia”) will invest an additional US$250 million into Grab and establish a partnership to pilot EV programs across Southeast Asia. Under the…

Universal Music Group partners with Boomplay, African streaming and download platform

AFRICA — Universal Music Group (UMG) has signed a landmark licensing agreement with Boomplay, Africa’s leading music streaming and download service. Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, Boomplay will distribute music from UMG’s world-renowned labels through its streaming and download platform in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. Users will now have…

Meet Betelhem Dessie, 19-year-old tech genius coding at Ethiopia’s first AI lab

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Betelhem Dessie has emerged as one of the youngest tech pioneers in Ethiopia’s ‘Sheba Valley.’ The 19-years-old, is coordinating a number of nationwide programs run by robotics lab iCog, the Addis Ababa based artificial intelligence (AI) lab that was involved in developing the world famous Sophia the robot. Betelhem Dessie, currently…

Video: How Does China’s Largest Automated Warehouse Work?

WUXI, China — Located in Cainiao’s Future Park logistics complex in Wuxi, China, take a close look at how the warehouse uses 700 robots to streamline and speed up the order-fulfillment process. Cainiao recently opened the biggest automated warehouse in China, in the eastern city of Wuxi. It is part of the company’s first Future…