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Billionaire Elon Musk calls this a ‘powerful, powerful way of thinking’—but is ‘hard to do.’ Here’s how it works

From building PayPal and SpaceX to running one of the world’s most disruptive automobile companies, Elon Musk has a number of impressive accomplishments under his belt. The billionaire entrepreneur revealed his “secret sauce” to achieving extraordinary things.

Op-Ed: How data can unlock the future of Africa

As our society becomes more technologically driven, a new resource has taken oil’s place as the world’s most important commodity, and this is how Africa can take advantage of it.

Fintech innovations offer alternative to credit traps

South Africans are desperate for innovative payment solutions that don’t involve credit traps. what is available for online shoppers and is there a way to avoid credit in all its disguises entirely?

Op-Ed: Why I dumped my smartphone

In search of the Human Me.

Why Twitter’s co-founder Jack Dorsey and other major tech figures are suddenly interested in Africa

“Africa similarly presents some fundamental leapfrog opportunities that have been unlocked through the use of mobile phones and other technology platforms,”, says Jim Breyer, an early Facebook investor.

Why this East African country is failing to integrate technology into secondary schools

The East African’s education ministry has proposed that information and communication technology (ICT) – such as computers, laptops, tablets and cameras – be used to help teach certain subjects and improve how students learn.

Here’s how the price of bandwidth can be cut in African countries

African countries are listed among those with the lowest internet speed yet with the most expensive communication and internet cost in the world.

Bill Gates: This book was so good, ‘I stayed up with it until 3 a.m.’—then gifted it to 50 friends

The holiday season is a perfect time to focus on gratitude and giving, but choosing what to give your loved ones can be stressful. But you can’t really go wrong with books — especially the ones recommended by Bill Gates

Op-ed: Why China’s video surveillance should be viewed as a cautionary tale for democracies around the world

Thanks to a burgeoning electronic surveillance industry, a grim high-tech future is slowly unfolding that could’ve been written by George Orwell himself

What you need to know about Kenya’s tax on digital trade and services

Kenya will start levying new tax on digital markets under a new law signed by the president early in November. The Finance Act seeks to broaden the Income Tax Act net to include income accruing through a digital market place.

Jumia closes e-commerce business in Tanzania two weeks after shutting down in Cameroon

Online retailer Jumia Technologies, often called “the Amazon of Africa,” has closed its e-commerce business in Tanzania less than two weeks after shutting down in Cameroon.

Lagos Tech Fair: Zenith Bank’s Onyeagwu: Funding is critical for the 4IR

Zenith Bank says it is prepared to support Nigeria’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and creative ecosystems with funding, which the bank calls a critical tool for participating in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). GMD and CEO of the bank, Ebenezer Onyeagwu discussed this with CNBC Africa’s Christy Cole at the bank’s Tech Fair in Lagos.

Lagos Tech Fair: Zenith Bank’s Jim Ovia on how digitisation is helping solve local problems

Chairman and Founder of Zenith Bank, Jim Ovia says Nigeria's economy is becoming digitised as many Nigerian youth are creating solutions to solve local problems. CNBC Africa's Christy Cole caught up with him at the Zenith Bank’s Tech Fair in Lagos.

Here’s why smartphone gambling is on the rise among African millennials

Smartphones are affecting different facets of young people’s lives. One area is the ever-growing community of sports betting in Africa.

Op-Ed: Entrepreneur Strive Masiyiwa on how Africa can benefit from a defining moment in the Digital Age

How best can governments, business, and civil society ensure the extraordinary power of digital technologies is marshaled to grow prosperous economies that uplifts lives for all citizens?

Why Billionaire Jack Ma says he’d never get a job at Alibaba today

Billionaire entrepreneur Jack Ma founded Alibaba — one of China’s most successful technology companies. But even he would have a tough time securing a job there today, he said.

Billionaire Mark Cuban: This is the ‘biggest mistake’ people make when starting a business

Tech billionaire Mark Cuban, who told Ryan Seacrest the “biggest mistake” an entrepreneur can make when launching a new business.

Uber launches boat service in Nigeria’s megacity Lagos, what you need to know

Global ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies Inc on Friday launched a pilot test of a boat service in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos to attract commuters seeking to avoid the megacity’s notoriously congested roads.

Climate explained: how much of climate change is natural? How much is man-made?

Successive reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – mandated by the United Nations to assess scientific evidence on climate change – have evaluated the causes of climate change. The most recent special report on global warming of 1.5 degrees confirms that the observed changes in global and regional climate over the last 50 or so years are almost entirely due to human influence on the climate system and not due to natural causes.

Bill Gates has a brilliant method for making decisions—and he says it’s ‘similar to Warren Buffett’s’

Bill Gates takes risks that very few people in this world will. He took a risk in 1975, when he dropped out of Harvard to build Microsoft. In 2008, he took a risk in leaving Microsoft to work full-time at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

How can South Africa harness technology in a way that helps fix its problems?

The South African government has shifted its focus and resources to the 4IR. And it’s been prioritised over more mundane, but essential, policy interventions aimed at ensuring the more equitable inclusion of the populace into a modern, digital economy.

What you need to know about Rwanda’s launch of the first ‘Made in Africa’ smartphones

Rwanda's Mara Group launched two smartphones on Monday, describing them as the first "Made in Africa" models and giving a boost to the country's ambitions to become a regional technology hub.

Steve Jobs: ‘Technology is nothing’—here’s what he said it really takes to achieve great success

It’s been eight years since Steve Jobs passed away on Oct. 5, 2011, but his lessons about life, work and success still live on today. In a 1994, the Apple co-founder sat down for an interview with Rolling Stone. Here’s what he said it really takes to achieve great success.

Productivity tips from billionaires Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs and more

Everyone has the same amount of time in a day. So how do such busy billionaire founders like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos manage their days? Here are Musk’s, Bezos’ and other successful business leaders’ tips on maximizing productivity.

‘Digital colonialism’: Here’s why some countries are considering taking control of their people’s data from Big Tech companies

There is a global standoff going on about who stores your data. At the close of June’s G20 summit in Japan, a number of developing countries refused to sign an international declaration on data flows – the so-called Osaka Track. Part of the reason why countries such as India, Indonesia and South Africa boycotted the declaration was because they had no opportunity to put their own interests about data into the document.

These are Bill Gates’ 13 favorite TED talks—and they’ll make you feel smarter, wiser and more hopeful

TED Talks are one of the best online resources for anyone who loves learning. Bill Gates whittled down his favorites to 13 essentials.

Digital technologies are transforming African businesses, but what are the obstacles that remain?

Digital technology has created new opportunities for businesses in sub-Saharan Africa to compete on a more equal footing. However, these businesses have yet to enjoy the full benefits because of a difficult operating environment.

The most important feature of the new iPhone 11 is its price

The company launched new iPhones a few months ahead of the critical holiday season, as it has done every fall since 2011. The new iPhone 11 models feature faster chips, better cameras, and longer-lasting batteries than the 2018 models — solid improvements, but not a revolution.

This is how Bill Gates’ brain works

In a upcoming three-part documentary “Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates", Netflix aims to find out what goes on inside the mind of the second richest man in the world.

Billionaire Elon Musk: Computers will surpass us ‘in every single way’

Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Wednesday said that computers are getting smarter than humans in more and more spheres and that the trend will continue.

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