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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MTN has launched a new music streaming service in South Africa

MTN has launched a fully inclusive time-based music streaming service through Simfy Africa, a local music streaming service in South Africa. Known as MusicTime!, the launch comes just a month after MTN announced that it had acquired Simfy Africa. MusicTime! is a fully inclusive time-based music streaming service, offering users premium trending and locally relevant […]

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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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Cellulant is building a single payments API for Africa’s fintech companies

Cellulant has announced plans to build an application programming interface (API) for Africa’s payments companies to solve payment problems in Africa. The interface according to the Pan-African payments company is also expected to grow eCommerce and improve cross-border remittances in the region. Speaking at the CIO 100 Symposium held in Naivasha Kenya last week, Felix […]

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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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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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Korea Invests $9 Million to Support Development of Science and Technology Skills Across Sub-Saharan Africa

The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) has signed an initial US$ 3.8 million grant agreement with the World Bank to support the development of science and technology skills across Sub-Saharan Africa. The grant is part of a larger US$ 9 million grant by the Government of Korea to support the Regional Scholarship […]

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Watching Made Smarter Through LG’s ThinQ AI TVs

It is 2018 and televisions are more advanced and better than ever. Televisions have rapidly evolved over the last couple of years.  Not long ago, terms like 4K and Ultra HD sounded like technology that was only suited to wealthy early adopters. Fast forward to the present times and Ultra HD is slowly becoming the […]

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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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Jumia Black Friday Ultimate Battle – iPhone X + Samsung Galaxy Note 9

We have previously told you about the Jumia Ultimate Black Friday 2018 deals which will begin on the 23rd of November 2018 at 9 am. On this day, customers will enjoy huge discounts on products like Unga for Ksh. 20, groceries, and even tech products like TVs and phones. And now Jumia has also announced […]

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Cellulant patners with Facebook to launch Augmented Reality (AR) powered try-on experiences on Messenger

Pan-African Payments company, Cellulant, has built Africa’s first Augmented Reality (AR) powered try-on experiences in Facebook Messenger. As part of the roll-out programme, Kenyan brand Huddah Cosmetics, has been selected as the first social commerce merchant on Mula to launch the platform; leveraging on Facebook to provide a unique product discovery shopping experience for their […]

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Mitsubish and Nissan shares fall after chairman arrest

Few hours after the arrest of chairman Carlos Ghosn yesterday, Mitsubishi and Nissan motor companies have recorded a decline in their shares at the Tokyo trade. Mr. Ghosn has been at the apex of the Japanese French alliance, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and was detained over allegations of undervaluing his annual income. Prosecutors have also indicated that Ghosn […]

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Jumia Ultimate Black Friday 2018 deals revealed: Groceries, TVs, Phones — and Unga for Ksh.20 bob

The Jumia Ultimate Black Friday 2018 deals have been revealed and there are some good ones which online shoppers in Kenya can take advantage off. The online retailer’s sale begins on the 23rd of November 2018 at 9 a.m but will be officially launched on 22nd at exactly 11:59 pm. Its circular highlights a bunch of […]

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Liquid Telecom Kenya reveals sustainability gains that have driven 20% sales growth

Liquid Telecom Kenya has published its second annual Sustainability Report revealing the internal reorganisation and value initiatives that have helped drive the company’s rapid revenue and profit growth. Liquid Telecom Kenya has invested heavily in its countrywide infrastructure and product offering to achieve consistently strong sales growth of 20% a year. The sharpest growth was […]

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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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Cellulant announces partnership with 2018 Pwani Innovation Week

Cellulant today announced its partnership and title sponsorship of the inaugural Pwani Innovation Week in conjunction with Swahilipot Hub. To be hosted in Mombasa County, the first Pwani Innovation Week will take place from 3-7 December 2018  at the Kenya Coastal Polytechnic.   The highlight of this partnership will include a Concept Hack where youth from […]

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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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Samsung reveals breakthroughs in Intelligence, IoT and Mobile UX

Samsung Electronics has unveiled powerful new developer tools for its Bixby and SmartThings platforms, as well as new, powerful mobile experiences with One UI and Infinity Flex Display at the ongoing Samsung Developer Conference 2018. To make connected living a reality, Samsung is making it easier for developers and partners to quickly build, launch and […]

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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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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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Safaricom takes M-Pesa Global Through A New partnership with Western Union

Safaricom has entered into a partnership with Western Union to launch M-PESA Global, a new service will allow anyone from virtually anywhere in the world to send money to any M-PESA customer in Kenya. In a first of its kind, all M-PESA customers can now send money to almost any individual across the world through […]

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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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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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Uber and Suzuki to expand UberCHAPCHAP vehicles across Sub-Saharan Africa

Uber and Suzuki Motor Corporation have entered into a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) to expand the fuel-efficient UberCHAPCHAP vehicle option across Sub-Saharan Africa. The move, according to the two partners is to allow for thousands more economic opportunities for driver-partners and more choice for riders when it comes to affordable transportation options across the […]

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Nokia 7 Plus serves first slice of Android 9 Pie

HMD Global has announced the rollout of Android 9 Pie on the Nokia 7 plus. Packed with Google’s intuitive software, and only the most essential apps loaded, HMG Global says the Nokia 7 plus serves Android 9 Pie with no bloatware, skins UI changes or hidden processes eating up your battery life. This upgrade, it […]

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Report: Remittance income will drive economic growth for Africa

Despite an economic slowdown, most African countries are reported to have a positive economic outlook. This is according to ICAEW’s (the institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) latest report. In Economic Insight: Africa Q3 2018 launched this month, the accountancy body provides GDP growth forecasts for various regions including East Africa which is […]

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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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Uber launches Safety Toolkit for riders and drivers

Uber has launched a Safety Toolkit for its riders and drivers across 38 countries, including Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda. Announced this week the new Uber Safety Toolkit will be rolled out to the millions of riders, drivers and delivery-partners using the app across Europe, Middle East and Africa. The toolkit will introduce new […]

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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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Internet Solutions introduces consumption-based bandwidth service

Internet Solutions has launched a consumption-based billing service that will now let enterprises pay for internet connectivity based on their monthly usage. Last month, the company announced that it was piloting the service to cater for the increased demand for bandwidth in the country.  Dubbed IS Open Network (ISON) by Internet Solutions, the service is […]

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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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536 East Africa companies compete for the coveted 2018 CIO100 Awards

With entries coming to an end, 536 East Africa companies participated for the analysis as 200 companies make it for final screening. According to the CIO100 technical team, the data was collected for the last four months ending 30th September, 2018. The team will therefore proceed to sieve out from the bunch of 200 companies to […]

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DHL Express awarded most Top Employer certifications on the continent

DHL Express has been awarded most Top Employer in Africa for the fifth consecutive year, at the prestigious Top Employer Africa 2019 certification ceremony, held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Hennie Heymans, CEO, DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa said that receiving this recognition from the Top Employers Institute for the fifth consecutive year is […]

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Cross-network money transfer between Safaricom and Telkom goes live

Cross-network mobile money transfer between Safaricom and Telkom went live in Kenya on Thursday.  This came as the country’s main telcos come together to roll out mobile money transfer interoperability that commenced in March this year. Yesterday, the operators announced that the service will finally go live for Safaricom and Telkom subscribers adding that mobile […]

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Kenya wins Bid to host the International Open Data Conference in 2020

Kenya has won the bid to host the 6th edition of the International Open Data Conference (IODC) in 2020. This will be the first time the conference is held in Africa. The Announcement was made at the closing ceremony of the 5th IODC 2018 held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from September 27 – 28, 2018 […]

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The Rising Tide of Tax Disputes

By JJ van der Walt, Candidate Attorney, and Arnaaz Camay, Tax Executive, Tax Practice, Baker McKenzie Johannesburg New research from Baker McKenzie, The Shape of Water: Tax Disputes in the Age of Intangible Value, shows that the amount of tax under dispute in Fortune 500 companies is equal to more than half of the profit […]

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MEST unveils its fourth African tech hub in Nairobi

The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) has unveiled its fourth incubator and tech hub in Nairobi. The pan-African entrepreneurial training program, seed fund and tech incubator new hub will also serve as its flagship East African space. The Nairobi space will also host the new East African office of its parent brand, global leader […]

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Safaricom named UN Global Compact LEAD company

Safaricom has been recognized as a UN Global Compact LEAD company for its ongoing commitment to the United Nations Global Compact and its Ten Principles for responsible business. Announced at UN Headquarters in New York during the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2018, Safaricom was identified as being among the highest-engaged participants of the world’s […]

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South Africa’s data management firm Redstor expands to Kenya

Redstor, a leading South Africa-based cloud data management SaaS business, is expanding its operations in Kenya. This expansion comes after the company’s market share grew by around 50% annually in the last four years. The company is not only looking to strengthen its presence in the Kenyan market but also its partnership with Internet Solutions. […]

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Google 20 years on!

Google just marked its second decade! Twenty years ago, Google started with an ambitious goal to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. At the heart, the giant search engine wanted to build technology that would help as many people as possible across the world access information. The company that was […]

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“Africa is the Silicon Valley of banking”, say co-founders of TagPay

The rise of fintechs might be shaking up the banking sector in developed countries, but African banks are taking full advantage of this technological revolution. So argue the co-founders of TagPay, Yves Eonnet and Hervé Manceron, in their new analysis of the digital revolution, Fintech: The Banks Counter-attack. The book was presented at a press […]

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Internet Society Partners with Facebook to Expand Internet Connectivity in Africa

The Internet Society is partnering with Facebook to develop Internet Exchange Points (IXP) throughout Africa. An Internet Exchange Point is where multiple local and international networks, ISPs and content providers interconnect their networks together to efficiently exchange Internet traffic through an arrangement commonly referred to as Peering. Currently, 42% of countries in Africa lack IXPs, […]

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22.4 million smartphones shipped to Africa during second quarter of 2018

A total of 22.4 million smartphones were shipped to Africa during the second quarter of this year (Q2 2018), this is according to the latest insights from International Data Corporation (IDC). The global technology research and consulting firm’s Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker shows that Africa’s smartphone shipments increased 9.8% quarter on quarter (QoQ) and 6.0% […]

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Samsung Electronics Wins 49 IDEA Design Awards

Samsung Electronics announced today that it won 49 IDEA Design Awards, including one Gold, six Silvers and two Bronzes, at the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) 2018. It is the most IDEA prizes the company has won in a single year. “With consumer-focused innovation, we will continue to strive for design that can create meaningful […]

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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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Create A Logo In No Time Using LogoAi

Need a logo design right now for your online business? With the right tool, you can create a professional looking logo in just an hour. With its built-in artificial intelligence, LogoAi generates logo designs for you to select from. Simply enter your business name at the beginning. Once you’ve chosen a design, you can easily […]

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Nairobi Garage to host ALU and MEST Kenyan operations

The African Leadership University (ALU) and the Meltwater School of Entrepreneurial Technology (MEST) are launching their operations in Kenya. The two organisations have chosen Nairobi Garage as their centre of operation as they seek to reach more Kenyans. “With the increased supply of offices in Nairobi, businesses have a lot of choice when it comes […]

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Taxify rolls out new feature to help boost driver earnings

Cab-hailing app Taxify has unveiled a new feature to enable its drivers to maximize their daily earning potential. The new feature, known as Driver Destinations will allow drivers to indicate where they’re going and then synchronize it with the Taxify app for them to find and connect with trips that are on their way. “We […]

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Here’s how you can stream today’s Apple’s iPhone launch event

It’s Wednesday, September 12, 2018, and this is the day we expect Apple to unveil a new iPhone. Actually, we are expecting three new notched iPhone models to come out of today’s event; the iPhone 9, the 5.8in iPhone XS and the 6.5in iPhone XS Max. We are also expecting to see the Apple Watch Series […]

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Loon successfully sends test internet connection 1000km across seven balloons

Loon, the Alphabet company that is planning to launch balloon-powered internet connectivity in Kenya next year, has successfully sent a test internet connection 1,000 kilometers across seven balloons. That represents a distance that would span the entire of Kenya from the port city of Mombasa to the Kenya-Uganda border. The test, which was carried out […]

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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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Google’s Art Selfie feature goes live in Kenya

Google’s Art Selfie feature has gone live in Kenya and other countries across the globe. The new tool that connects art lovers with thousands of art pieces that resemble their face from art galleries across the world went live yesterday. Experiments for the tool started in the US in January before it was rolled out […]

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Report: Africans spent more than 4 million hours reading online in 2018

African mobile users have spent more than 4 million hours reading books on their mobile phones in 2018. This is according to Opera and Worldreader, a global non-profit organization that provides people in the developing world with free access to a library of digital books via e-readers and mobile phones This milestone represents an increase […]

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Kenya is hosting first Google Web Rangers Africa Summit

Google Kenya is hosting the first Web Rangers summit in Africa aimed at spreading awareness about internet safety and promoting responsible digital citizenship on the continent. 26 Web Rangers from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa are attending the summit to meet and share ideas on how they can make the Internet a safer place for […]

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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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Sports betting, Kobi Kihara and Riparian Land among the most Google searched items in August

Google has released top trending searches for the month of  2018. Sports betting platforms such as Sportpesa, betpawa, betika, betin and others dominated the list of search items by Kenyans once again showing how betting is becoming a national past time. Football has now been relegated to the second position in the most searched items […]

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Community Networks Key to Connecting Africa, says Internet Society

As Internet access continues to grow in Africa, with over 450 million people now connected to the Internet, more than 60 percent of the population still remains offline. Community Networks are a key way to address this connectivity gap, says the Internet Society, a global non-profit dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution, and use […]

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Nopia Ride, the first ever full-electric cab hailing service now in Kenya

Nopia Ride, the first ever full electric mobility service in East Africa has launched its cab services in Kenya by Finnish firm EkoRent Africa. In the first phase of the investment program,  the company has kick-started operations set to see the number of electric vehicles increase to several hundred by the end of the year This […]

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LG unveils its first B2B business innovation center in Nairobi

LG Electronics has today launched its first LG B2B showroom in Nairobi to give business owners, integrators, and contractors a chance to engage and learn about how LG’s products and solutions. Located at 14 Riverside, the center will also display the vast array of LG’s leading B2B products and solutions. According to the company the […]

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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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Google Search now gives Swahili users more detailed results of things they care about

Google Search has now made it possible for Swahili users to get more intelligent and contextualized results of people, things, and entities that Google already knows about. Swahili is one of the most spoken African languages and Google has now made it much easier for the over 100 million Swahili speakers to search for things […]

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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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LG OLED TVs and other diverse portfolio of products

If you have been a keen follower of LG Electronics you will agree with me that the company has been so successful when it comes to OLED Display, especially with its TVs (Forget the phones).  In fact, most of the reviews I have read especially on the new line-up of OLED TVs the company unveiled […]

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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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How YouTube is helping reclaim the lost art of apprenticeship

We live in a fast-paced century. Half the time at work is spent keeping up with and adapting to new technologies and the demands of an increasingly digital economy. A consequence of this hurriedness is that we have less time for reflection and growth of skills relevant to one’s job requirements. This sense of urgency […]

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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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Alibaba’s Jack Ma Launches US$10 Million Africa Entrepreneur Prize

Alibaba Group founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma has launched a $10 million ‘Netpreneur’ Prize for African entrepreneurs. He made this announcement at the “Netpreneurs: The Rise of Africa’s Digital Lions” conference held in South Africa yesterday. The money will be donated through his Jack Ma Foundation to support entrepreneurs working to address Africa’s most […]

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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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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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Greek firm introduces recovery software for Kenya’s banking sector

Greek financial solutions software firm Relational has launched a new solution, AroTRON Collections & Recoveries, targeted at Kenya’s banking industry. The firm unveiled the new solution to bank executives and patners at an event held in Nairobi. Focusing on non-performing loans (NPLs), presentations and discussions at the event also explored the rising trend of NPLs […]

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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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Infinix is Teasing The Infinix HOT S3X, And It Comes With a Notch

Infinix Mobile is teasing its next device of 2018, and it’s calling it the Infinix HOT S3X. Little is being said about the device, but what we know for sure is that the phone will come with a notch. The Infinix HOT S3X is being teased a few months after Infinix unveiled a range of […]

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mSurvey, Safaricom partner to enable merchants collect customer feedback via Lipa Na M-Pesa

Kenyan SaaS Mobile Consumer Feedback Company mSurvey has announced a new partnership with Safaricom’s M-Pesa. The partnership, announced today, will enable merchants across the country to access customer feedback via Lipa Na M-Pesa through mSurvey’s platform. The company says merchants using this service will be able to obtain actionable customer insights to inform their strategy […]

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Croatia President and Lunar eclipse among top trending Google searches in July

Google has released top trending Google search trends for the month of July 2018 in Kenya. The World Cup dominated the first half of July, with the most searched matches during this period being: France vs Belgium, Russia vs Croatia, Brazil vs Belgium, England vs Croatia and the Final match in which France beat Croatia […]

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Invest in Africa Now! : eLearning Africa conference set for 26-28 September in Kigali

“From the perspectives of both learning and private sector development, it is time for Africa to leapfrog to technology for skills development in businesses” this is how M’Hamed Cherif, the founder & general director of Invest in Africa Now! describes the use of new technologies for professional training in businesses, the theme of the session that will […]

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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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Avic International, Education ministry partner to launch Season 5 of Africa Tech Challenge

AVIC International in partnership with the Ministry of Education today launched the 5th edition of the Africa Tech Challenge which aims to empower the youth in technical training institutions with practical skills. Unlike the previous contests, this year’s contest will also include contestants from countries such as Gabon, Zambia, Ivory Coast and Ghana with the […]

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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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Mobile calling rates are three times higher in developing countries than in developed countries.

Calling rates in developing countries are three times higher than in developed countries. According to the latest edition of the GSMA’s Mobile Economy report series, published at the GSMA ‘Mobile 360 – Africa’ event held in Kigali this week, this high spectrum pricing is the major roadblock to increasing mobile penetration in developing countries. The […]

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Truecaller Adds Call Recording Feature in its Android App

Caller ID and call tracking mobile app Truecaller has introduced a call recording feature for premium users of its Android application.   The new feature, according to Truecaller will help users report harassment and fraud. Truecaller says all users who do not have a Premium subscription can try Call Recording for free on a 14-day […]

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More than half of Sub-Saharan Africa to be connected to mobile by 2025

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 unique mobile subscribers across the region which is equivalent to 52 percent of the population, up from 44 million (44%) at the end of last year.   The mobile ecosystem is […]

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Myriad Connect Solutions launches in Kenya to combat mobile transaction fraud

Mobile technology solutions company Myriad Connect Solutions has launched in Kenya to combat digital transaction fraud. Unveiled yesterday, the company says it will provide out of band authentication and SIM Swap services that secure digital and mobile transactions and protect consumers and financial services alike. According to Fabien Delanaud, GM of Myriad Connect, as the […]

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Strathmore’s Dr. George Njenga’s Take on Data Management at Africa Insurance Summit 2018

On the 25th of June 2018, IIB (Insurance Information Bureau) in conjunction with Strathmore business school hosted the Africa Insurance Summit at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies. Insurance leaders from Africa convened for a two-day conference to discuss how the African Insurance Market can leverage disruptive technologies to create growth opportunities and shape the […]

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Everything you need to know about LG OLED TVs

It’s 2018 and many of the big TV manufacturers are now pushing OLED TVs as the largest and greatest flat-screen tv. OLED TV is basically a type of LCD television that uses light emitting diodes (LEDs) to backlight the display instead of the cold cathode fluorescent lights (CCFLs) used in Standard LCS tvs. One of […]

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Internet Solutions launches CloudWAN services in East Africa

Internet Solutions Kenya has announced the launch of CloudWAN, its first virtual software defined wide area network (SDWAN) solution for next-generation enterprise networking. The solution is now available in Kenya and East Africa and according to Internet Solutions, it will enable companies to reduce setup time and service costs of network solutions and applications, upgrade […]

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Young Scientists Kenya National Science and Technology Exhibition kicks off at KICC

The inaugural Young Scientists Kenya (YSK) National Science and Technology Exhibition, has kicked off today at the KICC. Over 160 secondary school students are participating in the event, with 92 projects submitted in the country’s first Science and Technology exhibition. Young Scientists Kenya is a unique platform for young people to demonstrate their innovation and […]

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Liquid Telecom named Microsoft Gold Partner for cloud productivity

Liquid Telecom has been named a Gold Partner for Cloud Productivity in Microsoft’s Partner Network programme, a prestigious accreditation achieved only by the world’s top IT and telecoms companies. The Microsoft Partner Network programme allows partner companies to provide high-level solutions for businesses as well as enterprises. “Our Microsoft Gold Partner status confirms our position at […]

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Tech Tamasha annual conference launches to celebrate Kenya’s technology space

Last week together with a number of tech enthusiasts and industry leaders we gathered at Nailab for the launch of Tech Tamasha. Tech Tamasha is an annual technology conference that will be hosted by technology blog Techweez, in partnership with leading industry stakeholders. The conference aims to celebrate Kenya’s technology space by highlighting the best […]

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Oracle hosting its Chatbot Week Africa In Kenya and Other African Countries to Showcase How the Tech can Transform African Business

Oracle has announced that it will be hosting its Chatbot Week Africa in Kenya, South Africa (Johannesburg and Cape Town), Mauritius, Nigeria (Lagos and Abuja), Senegal, Ivory Coast and Ghana this week. The Chatbot Week Africa roundtable discussions will be are set to start on July 2 and will run until 6 July 2018. The […]

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World Cup 2018, Kanze Dena Among List of Trending Kenyan Google Searches in June

In the month of June, Kenyans principally searched for information on the FIFA World Cup 2018, according to the top trending searches released by Google today. Top on the list was a search for the upcoming fixtures for the World Cup, which started on June 14 2018. Kenyans went online to find information on the […]

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