Kwesé launches Kwesé Play, its VOD streaming service in Kenya

Kwesé has announced the launch of video-on-demand (VOD) streaming service in Kenya. Known as Kwesé Play, the Econet subsidiary says the service is the centrepiece in its new Kenyan broadcasting strategy and a first in Kenya. The new VoD service will deliver the fastest streaming services in Africa, offering diverse VOD content from global video-on-demand […]

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Canon unveils its full-frame EOS R Mirrorless Camera in Nairobi

Canon has unveiled its full-frame Canon EOS R Mirrorless Camera System in East Africa at a press event held in Nairobi. Over thirty years on from the original, era-defining EOS launch, the bold, new EOS R Full Frame Mirrorless Camera that expands photographic possibilities in countless ways. According to Canon, the new RF lens mount […]

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Safaricom Introduces ZURI, an AI Chatbot to manage customer queries

Safaricom has introduced an artificial intelligence (AI) Chatbot to manage customers’ queries. Known as Zuri, the chatbot is currently available on Telegram and Facebook Messenger and will enable over 17 million Safaricom mobile data users to perform a wide range of tasks like manage subscription services including viewing subscriptions and unsubscribing from chargeable SMS services. […]

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Treasury CS Henry Rotich roots for technology-enabled procurement systems to curb corruption

Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury Mr Henry Rotich has called on East Africa Community member states to deploy IT-enabled procurement systems to curb corruption.  He made the call when he officially opened the 11th East Africa Regional Procurement Forum (EAPF) opened in Nairobi yesterday The conference is being held under the theme Strengthening Integrity […]

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Family Bank partners with SimbaPay to launch instant money transfers to WeChat

Family Bank has partnered with London-based financial technology firm SimbaPay to launch an instant money transfer service from Kenya to China through WeChat. Over seven million customers and businesses in Kenya will now access SimbaPay’s international money transfer service to send money to China’s WeChat Pay from Family Bank’s PesaPap mobile banking application and USSD […]

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Equity Bank unveils EazzyFX, its online forex trading platform

Equity Bank has unveiled an innovative online forex trading platform in a move that seeks to harness the potential of the financial markets in Kenya. Dubbed “EazzyFX” the platform offers a seamless experience in buying and selling foreign currency digitally eliminating the need for face-to-face or over-the-phone transactions. It also allows access to competitive prices on both emerging […]

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Orange and MTN launch mobile money interoperability across Africa

Orange and MTN Group have announced a joint venture, Mowali (mobile wallet interoperability), to enable interoperable payments across the continent. Mowali will make it possible to send money between mobile money accounts issued by any mobile money provider, in real time and at low cost. Mowali will immediately benefit from the reach of MTN Mobile […]

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TECNO Camon 11 Unboxing and First Impressions

TECNO Camon 11 Unboxing TECNO unveiled its latest device in the Camon series, the Camon 11 last week at an event held at the Serena hotel in Nairobi. The company actually released two devices, the Camon 11 itself and its PRO version, the Camon 11 Pro. Remember the Tecno Camon series smartphones are usually camera-centric […]

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Nokia 5.1 Plus Specs, Price and Availability in Kenya

HMD Global has announced the availability of Nokia 5.1 Plus in the Kenyan market. The phone comes with a 5.86-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1520 pixels. Nokia 5.1 Plus price in Kenya starts from Ksh 24,000 from selected retailers across the country. ‘’With the Nokia 5.1 Plus we wanted to […]

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Safaricom will refund customers All Mobile Data they use this weekend

Safaricom customers will get a refund of all the data they use on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th November 2018. Through a promotion dubbed “Asante Data Sunday,” Safaricom says Customers will receive the free data bonus on Sunday 25th November 2018 for use the entire day starting midnight to 11:59 PM. According to Charles Kare, […]

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Everything You Need To Know About The Safaricom “Asante Data Sunday” Promotion

As part of its 18th-anniversary campaign, Safaricom has recently been throwing a number of goodies to its customers. The company recently announced a promotion where customers can call for KES. 1 per minute. Customers will similarly benefit from a free 1 GB data bundle and a special KES. 1 per minute call rate during their […]

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TECNO Camon 11 Pro & Camon 11 with AI officially launched in Kenya

TECNO Mobile has today officially unveiled its new smartphones in the Camon series, the Camon 11 and the Camon 11 PRO in Kenya. The phones were unveiled at an event held at the Serena Hotel, in Nairobi. Featuring improved AI technology for selfie photography in addition to many more AI-powered operational features, the devices will […]

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Tecno Camon 11 and Camon 11 Pro specs, price and availability in Kenya

Tecno Mobile is launching the Tecno Camon 11, the successor of the Camon X in Kenya this month.  Pre-orders for the device started on 12th November in selected Tecno and Telkom outlets across the country. You will be getting two variants of the Tecno Camon 11. The Camon 11 itself and Camon 11 Pro. We’re […]

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You can now Lipa Na M-PESA without showing your message or give out your phone number

Safaricom has now made it possible for M-Pesa customer to pay with Lipa Na M-Pesa without having to show their message or even give out their phone number. The company has announced that it has deployed a faster and more private cashless payments at over 2,500 Lipa Na M-Pesa merchants, a move that is set […]

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Communications Authority approves Loon and Telkom Kenya’s balloon-powered Internet project

Loon has announced that it has received the necessary regulatory approvals from The Communications Authority to launch balloon-powered Internet on Telkom’s network in 2019. The company says it has already begun importing and installing ground infrastructure in Kenya. With this progress, Loon and Telkom expect to begin conducting initial tests with balloons over the country […]

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Nokia partners with rain to roll out 5G in South Africa

Nokia has deployed its 5G site for the South African operator rain in time for the operator to launch 5G services ahead of AfricaCom 2018. The launch and subsequent rollout are well aligned with the government’s strategy to connect the unconnected and improve the lives of citizens, and match rain’s main objective to provide affordable […]

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OPPO F9 Pro launched in Kenya: Specs, Price and Availability

OPPO has launched the OPPO F9 Pro with 6GB RAM and VOOC Flash Charger in Kenya. The OPPO F9 Pro was actually one of the devices the company talked about when it launched the OPPO F9 back in September. Just like what we saw on the OPPO F9 model, the F9 Pro brings what the […]

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Two Kenyan startups among Google’s Launchpad Accelerator Africa program graduates

Two Kenyan startups, Cloud9xp and PayGo Energy were among the second class of  11 startups who graduated yesterday from Google’s Launchpad Accelerator Africa program in Lagos.  Over the course of the 3-month program, the 11 startups comprising Launchpad Accelerator Africa Class 2 engaged with 48 mentors from 9 countries – Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, UAE, […]

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Tecno Mobile is teasing its next Camon, the Camon 11

Tecno Mobile has started sending out teasers for its next device in the Camon Series, and it is calling it Tecno Camon. According to sources pre-orders for the device might start as soon as next week, 12th November in selected Tecno and Telkom outlets across the country. Little is being said about the device although […]

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Johnson & Johnson has Launched a US$50,000 Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0

Johnson & Johnson has launched the Champions of Science Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0, a continent-wide competition calling on African innovators to submit ideas for innovative technologies, products and solutions that have the potential to create positive impact for African communities. Now in its second year, the 2018 Africa Innovation Challenge is open to innovators and entrepreneurs from Kenya, […]

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Huawei Y9 (2019) Quick Thoughts: More than just the cameras

 Huawei did a media launch for its latest device in the Y Series, the Huawei Y9 2019 on the 18th of October. At the launch, Huawei Head of Eastern Africa Mobile Steven Li during said the company believes that the Huawei Y9 2019  will be a favourite, mainly amongst Kenyan youth due to its favourable […]

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Jumia Black Friday 2018: Understanding the Jumia Flash Sales and Treasure Hunts

Jumia Black Friday is here and most of you have probably been saving for this time of the month to get your favourite smartphone, that smart tv you have been eyeing for long or even just get an early Christmas gift for your loved ones. The Black Friday started on 2nd November and runs for […]

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Safaricom New Home Fibre Plus Package Now Combines Mobile Data, Calls and Home Insurance

Safaricom has unveiled new Home Fibre packages that will combine mobile voice, mobile data, SMS and Home Fibre as well as home insurance in one package.  Known as Home Fibre Plus, the new packages come at a time consumer preferences are shifting to a single solution that meets all their communication needs both at home […]

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The Nokia 7.1 officially goes on sale in Kenya for Ksh. 30,000

The Nokia 7.1 is now available in Kenya, a month after being launched globally. HMD Global has today announced that the availability of the device through selected retailers from Ksh 30,000. According to HMG Global, the device’s HDR display lies within a masterfully crafted, gorgeous design and offers an advanced imaging experience powered by a […]

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Several Government websites shut down over unsettled web-hosting bills

At least six government websites hosted by Microsoft’s Azure were on Monday shutdown over what is believed to be due to unsettled debts. The affected websites include those of the Ministry of Lands, Labour, Ministry of Energy, Mining and Petroleum, and that of the Ministry of East Africa Community among others. The websites are said to have […]

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Andela is hosting a 24-Hour Hackathon to fight “Fake News” in partnership with BBC

Andela is partnering with BBC News to host a two-day hackathon which will see participants spend 24 hours working in teams to prototype solutions to solve an element of the fake news ecosystem. Dubbed “Fighting Fake News” Hackathon, the event will take place at the Andela Kenya office in Nairobi from Friday 9th to Saturday […]

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Kilimall Black Friday 2018: Here is what to expect

Its November, that month of the year when everyone is always waiting to grab Black Friday deals from different retailers and e-commerce websites. The Kilimall Black Friday 2018, for example, began on November 1 and will run until November 30th. According to Kilimall, this year’s Black Friday will undoubtedly be the biggest online shopping event […]

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Naspers Sets Up A $9m Fund To Support South African Tech Startups

South African media company Naspers has set up a R1.4bn ($96m) Naspers Foundry fund to invest into South African technology startups. The money will fund and support startups seeking to address big societal needs. The group announced the move at the inaugural South Africa Investment Conference 2018 in Johannesburg to help talented and ambitious South […]

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Redington officially unveils the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max in Kenya

Apple unveiled the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max to the world in September this year. The unveiling took take place at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park premises in Cupertino. And now, Redington Kenya Ltd – Telecom Distribution has officially introduced the two iPhones in Kenya. The new iPhones will retail from […]

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Samsung makes an addition to the J-series with the introduction of the Galaxy J6+ and Galaxy J4+

Samsung Electronics has extended the J-series 2018 line-up in the country with the introduction of the Galaxy J4 Plus and Galaxy J6 Plus. The company is calling them mass market smartphones and according to Charles Kimari, Head of Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics East Africa, these devices will help in growing digital inclusion across all parts of […]

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Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2018 Nominees Unveiled

Bizna Kenya has unveiled thirty-two shortlisted nominees for the Inaugural Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2018 (YEA Awards) The prestigious Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2018 designed to recognize, celebrate and encourage upcoming and industrious young entrepreneurs aged 18 – 35 years to improve how they operate and manage business for increased profitability. In its first edition, the YEA Awards […]

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OPPO F9 Starry Purple colour variant now available in Kenya

More than a month after unveiling the OPPO F9 in Kenya, OPPO has now announced the availability of a new OPPO F9 Starry Purple colour variant in the country.  The OPPO F9 Starry Purple comes after the recently launched OPPO F9 Sunrise Red and Twilight Blue. We haven’t got a chance to interact with the […]

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After Nairobi, TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa competition now heads to Lagos

TechCrunch Startup Battlefield in partnership with Facebook is returning to Africa. This time around the startup competition will be held in Lagos, Nigeria following the breakout success of last year’s Startup Battlefield Africa in Nairobi. The event will feature panels and keynotes with high-powered industry leaders such as Omobola Johnson, senior partner at TLcom Capital, […]

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Twitter has suspended KTN News (@KTNNews) account

If you’re an active Twitter user you are probably aware that the company has over the last few months been suspending accounts as it seeks to reduce the flow of misinformation on the platform. Millions of fake and suspicious accounts have so far been deleted and some of your favourite tweeps even fell victim to […]

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Safaricom Neon Kicka 4: Kenya’s Cheapest Android Go Smartphone

Safaricom Neon Kicka 4: In August this year at the GSMA ‘Mobile 360 – Africa’ event held in Kigali. GSMA unveiled its Mobile Economy report for Africa. The report noted that more than half of the population of Sub-Saharan Africa will be connected to mobile service by 2025.  This means there will be 634 million […]

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SIM swap fraud is now global threat, says Myriad Connect

SIM swap fraud has plagued mobile users across Africa for years, with Myriad Connect’s recent survey in Kenya revealing that over 90% of Kenyan banking leaders see it as an issue for their organisations. The survey also shows that over 25% of respondents had been victims of SIM swap fraud. While in South Africa, the […]

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 512GB model is now in Kenya

Samsung has announced the availability of the Galaxy Note 9 512GB model in Kenya.  Samsung, however, says only a limited number of units of the Galaxy Note 9 8GB RAM + 512GB ROM device will be available for purchase. Charles Kimari, Head of Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics said that limited storage was one of the […]

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Samsung opens its largest retail store in Africa at Two Rivers Mall

Samsung Electronics has opened a new interactive store at Two Rivers Mall bringing to 29, the total number of Samsung Experience Stores across the country. The store is also the largest Samsung Experience Store in Africa and will offer new and existing customers an immersive tour of the firm’s mobile and consumer electronics product portfolio. […]

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Google announces Ksh 100m grant to train Kenyan farmers

Google has announced a Sh100 million grant to train more than 100,000 Kenyan smallholder farmers on digital skills. The announcement was made at the first  Google for Kenya event held in Nairobi, where the company outlined its long-term strategy and commitment to contribute to the country’s economic and social growth. To help farmers increase their yields and […]

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The Huawei Y9 (2019) unveiled in Kenya for Kshs 24,990

Huawei has today unveiled its latest device in the Y series, the Huawei Y9 2019. The device was launched today an event held at the Sarova Stanley Hotel in Nairobi. “We are delighted to announce the arrival of the Huawei Y9 2019 into this market’’ said  Huawei Head of Eastern Africa Mobile Steven Li during the phone launch. ‘’We […]

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Safaricom Voice, Data, SMS Cost go up after recent taxes

Kenyans will from today start paying more for Safaricom voice calls and data. Safaricom in a statement sent out yesterday said this was as a result of the increased taxes passed in the Finance Act 2018. With this new review, Safaricom says its headline price for voice calls and data will now increase by 30 cents […]

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Nokia 6.1 Plus starts selling in Kenya for Ksh. 31,900

HMD Global has announced the availability of the Nokia 6.1 Plus in Kenya. The Nokia 6.1 Plus joins the Android One family of Nokia smartphones and will be available for Ksh. 31,900.  “In China this year we introduced the Nokia X6, our first smartphone with an all-screen design and our fans around the world made […]

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MYDAWA leverages on fintech solution iPay to scale up service delivery

Kenya’s leading e-health platform, MYDAWA, has signed a partnership deal with iPay Limited, an innovative payment processing solution and payment gateway for Africa. The move is intended to scale up its service delivery in line with achieving better health outcomes through the increase of payment options for customers who buy their health and wellness products […]

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Galaxy A7 (2018), Samsung’s triple lens smartphone starts selling in Kenya

Samsung Electronics today announced the launch of its latest mid-range smartphone, Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)  in Kenya. The Galaxy A7 (2018) is the first phone from the company to be released with a triple rear camera setup. Some of the other highlights of the device include a 6-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display, Dolby Atmos […]

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Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) Specs, Price and Availability in Kenya

Samsung thinks we need a phone with 4 back cameras. Well, the company has unveiled its latest device, the Galaxy A9 (2018), that debuts the world’s first rear quad camera. The phone is expected to be available in the country around mid-November and is definitely expected to attract some attention from smartphone consumers. Samsung says […]

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Featured Image: Jumia MD, Sam Chappatte, PS, State Department of Trade, Dr. Chris Kiptoo (Ministry of Industrialization, Trade & Cooperatives) and Florence Kimata - SMEs Advisor - (Ministry of Industrialization, Trade & Cooperatives) addressing the media during the event. 

Jumia Black Friday sales event officially unveiled

Its that time of the year where every retailer hosts a Black Friday sales event. During this time retailers are always bringing their vendors together in preparation for this event and this is exactly what Jumia did on Thursday 11 when it hosted its Jumia Black Friday Vendor Event at Movenpick Hotel in Westlands. Jumia […]

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Nokia 3.1 Review: Nokia could have done better

The Nokia 3.1 started selling in the country in June this year. HMD Global is selling it at Ksh.15,999 and the device is a complete upgrade, especially in terms of design from the earlier Nokia 3. Remember the Nokia 3 was Nokia’s flagship ‘’budget’ device when Nokia relaunched as an Android smartphone brand back in […]

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Facebook launches its fact-checking tool in Kenya to fight fake news

Facebook has announced a new partnership with Africa Check; Africa’s first independent fact-checking organisation and AFP, to launch its first Africa Fact-Checking programme in Kenya.  The programme will help asses the accuracy of news in the country and also help reduce the spread of misinformation, whilst improving the quality of news people find on its […]

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Video: Safaricom Neon Kicka 4 Unboxing

Unboxing the Safaricom Neon Kicka 4. Read more about the specs here. We have a full review coming up in the coming week. Have anything to add to this story? Leave us a comment in the comments section below. In the meantime, follow or subscribe to our newsletter to ensure you don’t miss out on any future updates. 

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Microsoft teams up with DEMO Africa to empower African startups

Microsoft has teamed up with the Lions@frica initiative of the African Technology Foundation to empower the startups finalists that will be pitching at DEMO Africa 2018. Microsoft will provide the finalists with a variety of venture creation and technology support services through its Microsoft 4Afrika program. Since launching in 2013, Microsoft 4Afrika has brought over 700,000 small […]

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Safaricom’s Android Go Neon Kicka 4 specs, price and availability

The Safaricom Neon Kicka 4 started going on sale just recently and you have probably seen the ads running on your tv screens. The device is the cheapest Android Go smartphone in the market right now and with it, Safaricom is trying to pull away from people from the feature phone space. Safaricom is selling […]

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Six Kenyans selected for Facebook Community Leadership Program

Six Kenyans are among the 116 people worldwide who have been selected to join the Facebook Community Leadership Program. Unveiled in February this year, the program is a global initiative that invests in people building communities. The Kenyans include Felista Wangari, through her 52-Week Savings Challenge Facebook group, Pamellah Oduor, with her Let’s Cook Kenyan […]

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Android Go Galaxy J2 Core specs, price and availability in Kenya

Samsung has unveiled its first Android Go device, the Galaxy J2 Core in Kenya. The device started going on sale in the country yesterday and according to Charles Kimari, Head of Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics East Africa the new device is in line with the firm’s commitment to provide customers with inspiring technology and […]

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Safaricom introduces optional Internet Plus Package for its Home Fiber customers

Safaricom has introduced new packages for its Home Fiber customers. The company is calling it Internet Plus and is describing it as a converged service that will give customers access to Fiber, mobile data, voice minutes and unlimited SMS. Basically, this is an additional service that customers can subscribe to in addition to the existing […]

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2018 Connected Kenya Summit awards officially unveiled

ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has today officially unveiled the 2018 Connected Kenya Summit Innovation Awards.The awards will this time round be held in Nairobi at the Bomas of Kenya from 22nd to 24th October. All previous awards have always been held in Diani, at the Coast. The annual Connected Kenya Summit is a platform […]

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2018 LG OLED TVs: Best TVs we have seen this year?

In a previous article published here, we told you everything you need to know about 2018 lineup of LG OLED TVs that were unveiled at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. The line-up included the LG AI OLED TV C8 and the LG SIGNATURE AI OLED TV W8. This year’s lineup of OLED TVs from LG Electronics […]

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The Itel S13 now in Kenya: Specs, Price and Availability

Itel one of the phone brands under TRANSSION HOLDINGS has unveiled the Itel S13 smartphone in the Kenyan market. The Itel S13 is the brands latest device in the S series commonly known for their selfie cameras. The Itel S13 is the successor of the  Itel S12 and comes with a bigger screen, a better […]

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OPPO F9 with 6.3-inch display and VOOC fast charge officially unveiled in Kenya

OPPO has today launched its next flagship phones, the OPPO F9 in the Kenyan market.  The phone will start going on sale on 24th September with pre-orders which started on 10th September ending on the 23rd. OPPO launched two variants of the OPPO F9: 4GBRAM/64GB ROM and 6GB/64GB ROM. All the other specs are the […]

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Vodacom customers in Tanzania can now buy apps on Google Play Store using their airtime

Vodacom Tanzania customers can now pay for content on Google Play Store using their airtime balance. This after the operator signed a partnership deal with Google that will allow the customers to do so. The service which is available to all customers using Android devices integrates Google Play Store apps purchases with Vodacom Airtime mode […]

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Mastercard unveils Mastercard Track, a global trade platform for businesses

Mastercard has partnered with Microsoft to introduce Mastercard Track, a  global trade platform that will simplify and enhance how companies around the world do business with each other. While parts of the B2B process have been digitized, large and costly gaps still remain – an estimated $500 billion in annual administrative costs and rising. These costs are added to the inefficiency […]

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Hashmart, the new online retailer in town is betting big on electronics

You will agree with me that the internet has revolutionized how most of us shop. Because of the numerous advantages and benefits, more and more Kenyans these days prefer buying things online over the conventional method of going into stores on Luthuli or Moi Avenue. Kenya boasts of a number of these e-commerce sites; from […]

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Everything you need to know about the new LG B2B showroom in Nairobi

The experiences brands gain from when they interact with their consumer is key to the success of their business. Most of the time, these businesses end up not recording zero sales simply because they either did not position their brand well or did not give the consumers time to interact and learn a few things […]

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Kenyan solar startup Agsol among Microsoft Airband Grant Fund winners

Kenyan solar startup Agsol is among three startups that have been selected for Microsoft’s third annual Airband Grant Fund. The grant is part of the Microsoft Airband Initiative launched in 2017, whose goal is to expand the internet’s reach across the world. Agsol builds solar-powered processing machines for farming communities not yet connected to the […]

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Kenyan startups top list of 2018 MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge Africa winners

Kenyan startups have topped the list of  2018 MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge Africa winners. The startups, Lynk, WeFarm, and Solar Freeze were among the four regional winners selected to compete for the 2018 economic prize. The winning startups were selected from 9 IIC finalists and from 10 Zambezi Prize for Innovation in Financial Inclusion finalists […]

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Tanzania’s startup Nala wins 2018 Ecobank Fintech Challenge

Tanzanian startup Nala is the winner of this years’ Ecobank Fintech Challenge. Nala beat ten other finalists to emerge as the overall winner of a US$10,0000 cash prize. Nala is a mobile money application that works offline, without an internet connection. It provides a unified user experience in which multiple financial services can be connected on […]

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LG wantS to increase its OLED TV production to meet rising demand

LG Electronics is reportedly on track to ship  4 million OLED TVs this year. The Korean giant, according to reports has already shipped 1.3 million panels during the first half of 2018. According to a report by Korean news outlet News1 Korea, LG plans to roll out 3.7-3.8 million OLED TV panels in 2018, almost […]

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mkey, Finserve’s new keyboard app lets users save, borrow and connect with their friends

Finserve, an independent arm of Equity Group has launched mKey, a keyboard app that combines both financial social and lifestyle services. The keyboard app allows users to save, borrow money, connect with friends, and follow new trends. Finserve says the app is targeted at Kenya’s increasingly digital population and you can do a bunch of […]

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Safaricom’s new measures to curb SIM fraud

Over the last few months, Safaricom has been on the spot after a number of its subscribers complained about their SIM cards being swapped. The company raised alarm on this and 22 people including the telco’s staff were arrested and taken to court. Safaricom also urged its customers to liaise with it and the police […]

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The Galaxy Note 9 now in Kenya for Ksh. 104,999

The Galaxy Note 9 has finally been unveiled in the Kenyan market and will be available at a recommended retail price of Ksh. 104,999. The device was launched globally on August 9 at an event held in New York. At the local launch which took place at ShiftEye Studios, Priory Place, Argwings Kodhek road, Samsung’s […]

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Google is working on yet another podcast app

It’s barely two months since Google launched Podcast, its dedicated Android app for podcasts. Emmanuel Chenze wrote some really interesting things about it on Android Kenya a while back. And now it looks like we might just be seeing yet another podcast app coming from the company. According to a report published on The Verge, […]

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XIAOMI Redmi 6A Unboxing and Quick Thoughts

Redmi 6A Unboxing Xiaomi unveiled its budget-friendly Redmi 6A this week in Nairobi. Jumia had already started sending out teasers of the device’s availability on its website a few weeks before this launch happened. You will agree with me that to broaden its portfolio in the Kenyan market, Xiaomi has been pushing a number of […]

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OPPO Find X now in Kenya, here’s everything you need to know

The OPPO Find X was one of those devices from OPPO that smartphone lovers like me were really looking forward to. The smartphone was first unveiled to the world in June this year and last week, we finally got a chance to see it in Kenya. OPPO is calling it their futuristic phone and it […]

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Infinix Note 5 Stylus specs, price and availability in Kenya

Infinix launched the Infinix Note 5 about a month ago, and just like what we saw with the Note 4 we also expected to see an Infinix Note 5 Stylus. We loved the Note 4 Stylus apart from a few things which I hope Infinix will fix with the Note 5. Infinix plans to launch […]

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Safaricom opens new retail shop in Busia

Safaricom has today opened a new retail shop in Busia. The new shop is an addition to the retail centers in the Greater Western region. The new Safaricom retail shop in Busia will cater for the high demand of Safaricom services in the region. According to Safaricom, it is expected to serve an estimated 400 […]

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CAK’s John Omo elected new ATU Secretary General

Communications Authority of Kenya’s (CAK), Director of Legal Services Mr. John Omo has been elected the new Secretary General of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU). Mr. Omo was elected during the elections during the 5th Ordinary Session of the ATU Plenipotentiary conference held in Nairobi last week. Kenya had fronted Mr. Omo to be elected […]

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Microlending app OKash introduces face recognition system for its borrowers

Microlending app OKash has introduced a built-in face recognition system to secure loans for its customers. The system, according to the online lender has been built to protect the identity of any OKash borrower from potential third-party fraud. “We are very happy to be the first financial technology app in the country to innovate and […]

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Alpha 9 processor seeks to modernize LG’s OLED TVs

CES 2018 was big for LG Electronics. The company used the opportunity to unveil a new version of its TV-focused Alpha 9 processor and software as it seeks to modernize its big screen offering. In its 2018 TV lineup, which we have talked about in previous articles, LG brought its webOS-based TV software into the […]

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Nigerian fintech startup Mines, secures $13M funding

Mines, a Nigerian fintech startup re-inventing credit in emerging markets secured $13M funding. The Series A round was led by The Rise Fund, a global fund managed by TPG Growth. The startup says it plans to use its investment for talent acquisition, continued growth in Africa, and expansion to South America and South-East Asia. Mines […]

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Infinix Note 5 Review: Best Infinix Device in The Note Series?

Infinix Note 5 Review: The Infinix Note 5 was launched in the country close to a month ago. The device has been rated the best Infinix phone compared to its predecessor the Note 4 which was launched last year. The Infinix Note 5 packs some amazing features like the Android One and Full HD+ infinity […]

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SamSam: The new ransomware that has raised ransom demands of almost $6 million

Network and endpoint security leader Sophos has uncovered a new ransomware which it claims has raised vastly more ransom demands of almost of $6 million. Known as SamSam, Sophos says the ransomware is used in targeted attacks by a skilled team or individual, who breaks into a victim’s network, surveils it and then runs the […]

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The Nokia 5.1 starts selling in Kenya at Kes.19,500

HMD Global has announced the availability of the Nokia 5.1 in Kenya. Starting today, HMD says you will be able to purchase the device from Nokia accredited retailers from Kes. 19,500. The Nokia 5.1 was first announced to the world in May together with two other devices with included the Nokia 3.1 and the Nokia […]

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The Huawei Honor 7A, 7S and 7C are now available on Jumia

The Huawei Honor 7A, 7S, and 7C are now available on Jumia. If you’re a keen follower of Huawei you will agree with me that the company often releases some of the best and most interesting Android phones of the year. The phones include powerful flagships and also more affordable options through its Honor sub-brand. […]

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LG W8 OLED TV: Everything you need to know including specs and features

The LG W8 OLED is one of the TVs LG  Electronics unveiled at CES 2018 early this year. In our last article, we talked about the LG C8 OLED and we will be publishing a series of other articles highlighting all the OLED TV models the South Korean electronics giant unveiled at CES. During a […]

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How to stream Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 launch event online

We’re all sure that Samsung is unveiling the much awaited Samsung Galaxy Note 9 today, Aug. 9, 2018. Well, we also know a few things on what to expect ahead of this launch especially after Samsung accidentally leaked an intro video of the device. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launch event will be held live […]

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LG C8 OLED : LG’s latest OLED TV with Google Assistant

LG C8 OLED: In a previous article we wrote about how many TV manufacturers are now pushing OLED TVs as the largest and greatest flat-screen TV in 2018. One of the companies at the forefront in adopting this technology is South Korean electronics giant LG Electronics. Early this year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) […]

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Kenya Eyeing top African Telecommunications Union seat, seeks to be re-elected to ITU council

Kenya is fronting the current Director of Legal Services at the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK), Mr. John Omo to be elected as the Secretary General’s of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU). The country is also seeking to be re-elected to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council, a key decision making organ of the UN specialized […]

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Mobile Connectivity in Sub-saharan Africa continues to record significant growth.

In much of Sub-saharan Africa, mobile phones are more common than access to even things like electricity. A decade after these devices began to spread in Africa, they have become very common even in the continent’s poorest countries. Mobile phones have become pivotal platforms for digital and financial inclusion, in particular for millions of people […]

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CAK Gives US Firm Clearance To Buy 723 Telkom Kenya Towers

American Tower Corporation (ATC) has been given a go-ahead by Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) to buy 723 Telkom Kenya towers. According to a report published by the Business Daily, the deal, the two firms expected to be completed in the first half of this year will give the American company a presence in the […]

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Visa partners with Branch to provide micro credit facilities to Visa merchants across Kenya.

Visa has announced a new partnership with international mobile financial services firm Branch to offer custom financing to Visa merchants across Kenya. The eligible merchants will be able to access loans of up to KES 30,000  which can be repaid within 6 months. The loans which will directly be disbursed to the Visa merchants’ phones […]

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Samsung Accidentally Leaks The Galaxy Note 9 Intro Video

We have not talked so much about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Samsung’s next flagship device set be launched on 9th August. Samsung has already sent out invites to its Unpacked event (This is what Samsung usually calls its mobile launch events), complete with a close-up of a yellow/gold S Pen and button. The event […]

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4; Everything You Need To Know Including Specs

In our previous episode of 24Bit, we had a very interesting discussion on tablets. The argument we all had was that tablets are dead and this could be the reason why we have not seen most companies unveiling tablets this year. One thing we also agreed on was that tablets are still necessary despite their […]

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Remember The Iconic Nokia Snake Game? You Can Now Play it On Facebook’s Camera AR Platform.

Loved the iconic Nokia Snake game? Now you will have more reasons to love it even more. HMD Global, the company behind the Nokia brand of phones has announced that it is bringing the snake game to Facebook’s camera Augmented Reality (AR) platform. Through Augmented Reality, Nokia snake game fans will be able to transform […]

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Telcos in Rwanda want government to allow them roll out cross-network mobile money transfer

Telcos in Rwanda are seeking approval from the relevant government body in the country to roll out mobile money interoperability.  The telcos, Airtel Rwanda, MTN, and Tigo Rwanda want to be given the go-ahead to roll out the cross-network mobile money transfer service which is already being implemented in Kenya. Approval for mobile money interoperability […]

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WhatsApp latest update adds Group Calling for Voice and Video feature.

WhatsApp latest update will now allow group voice calls and video calls between up to 4 people. The update will be rolled out starting this week and callers can add friends by hitting ‘’add participant’’ button at the top right corner of the screen. The maximum number of participants callers can add is four and […]

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PSCU’s Twitter and Facebook Accounts Deleted

If you’re an active Twitter user in Kenya you probably have noticed some Twitter accounts that tweet on behalf of State House suddenly disappear. The Twitter accounts, @PSCU_Digital, and @PresidentKE were previously used to post news updates about the president and the government and were managed by the Presidential Strategic Communication Unit (PSCU). Mr. Nzioka […]

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Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service now available for Global and African Businesses

Oracle has announced the that its Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service is now generally available for businesses around the world.  Arab Jordan Investment Bank, CargoSmart, Certified Origins, Indian Oil, Intelipost, MTO, Neurosoft, Nigeria Customs, Sofbang, Solar Site Design, and TradeFin are among the many global organizations that already have adopted this blockchain platform. The Oracle Blockchain […]

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CBA Loop Upgraded to offer loans of upto Kes.3 Million

Kenya’s largest privately owned bank Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) has upgraded its CBA Loop app to offer highest mobile phone loans. According to a statement released by the bank yesterday, CBA customers will be able to access terms of up to Kes.3 million and overdraft of Kes. 100,000. This feature was not previously available […]

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Kenyan Startup Mookh Africa wins Visa Everywhere Initiative Top Prize

Kenyan Startup Mookh Africa is the overall winner of the Visa Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) Everywhere Initiative, The startup won both the “Social Business Payments” challenge as well as the overall prize for its idea taking home KES.5 million and the opportunity to work with Visa to develop the concept further. The Visa Everywhere Initiative […]

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Andela Makes Kigali its 4th African Market, launches Pan-African Tech-Hub

Last year Andela announced that it was planning to expand its footprints to other African markets. The announcement came after the global engineering organization that helps technology companies build high-performing engineering teams with Africa’s most talented softwares developers received received a $24 Million in a round led by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s […]

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Safaricom’s BLAZE Be Your Own Boss Third Edition Launched

Safaricom launched the third edition of its BLAZE Be Your Own Boss youth engagements, which will this year be held in Mombasa, Kisumu and Machakos counties. Be Your Own Boss (BYOB) will be preceded by a week of on-ground and in-campus activations and followed by a three-day creation camp, where 350 young, passionate BLAZE subscribers […]

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LG ThinQ : Everything you need to know about LG’s AI platform

In a previous article we did on LG’s OLED TVs, we mentioned how the TVs boast of advanced AI capabilities thanks to the company’s ThinQ platform. ThinQ is LG’s own artificial intelligence technology to be employed in smart, connected home appliances. With the embedded AI, viewers or consumers can interact directly to the remote control by […]

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