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Facebook stored up to 600 million user passwords in plain text

By now you have probably heard of the scary news of how Facebook stored millions of user’s passwords in plain text. The news was broken by Brian Krebs, who noted that the up to 600 million passwords were stored insecurely and accessible by Facebook employees. According to a senior employee who spoke to Krebs, the […]

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Huawei Y6 Prime 2019 Quick Thoughts

The Huawei Y6 Prime 2019 officially went on sale this month. Huawei is selling the device at Ksh.13,499 and you can grab one on Kilimall or other offline stores across the country. The Y6 Prime 2019 is actually the second device in the Y Series Huawei has launched in 2019. We have already told you […]

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TECNO SPARK 2

TECNO SPARK 3 Launching Soon; Here’s What We Know

TECNO Mobile is set to unveil its next device in the SPARK series, the SPARK 3. The company has started sending out teasers for the device although it does not say when exactly it will unveil it in the market. Remember TECNO first introduced the SPARK series in August 2017 targeted for the mid-range smartphone […]

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Google Launchpad Accelerator Program

List of African Startups taking part in the third Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme

Google has announced the 12 African startups that will take part in its third class of its Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme. This class which starts on 1 April 2019, involves startups from six African countries – Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda. Of these 12 startups, 6 have female co-founders and 9 are […]

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Infinix HOT 7

Infinix HOT 7 officially goes on sale in Kenya

The Infinix HOT 7 was spotted on Infinix’s e-commerce site X-Mall last week. Infinix had opened pre-orders for the device and now the device has officially gone on sale today. The Infinix HOT 7 according to Infinix Mobile is an upgraded smartphone for optimized performance and will be available for purchase on X-Mall and Infinix retail […]

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Ampion Ventures

Ampion and Plutos Ventures launch new venture to invest in African startups

Africa-focused Ampion and Berlin-based Plutos Ventures Holding have announced the founding of Ampion Ventures to support African startups. The goal of the new project is to build scalable digital business models in selected African countries by providing seed capital and strategic expertise support. Plutos Ventures will provide Ampion Ventures with its first seed financing. Ampion […]

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Youtube’s Music Streaming Service, YouTube Premium launches in South Africa

In May 2018, Google announced that it was launching a new music streaming service known as YouTube Premium. The company said the reimagined mobile app and brand new desktop player will feature thousands of playlists, the official versions of millions of songs, albums, artist radio and more, in addition to all the music videos people […]

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Gray Matters Capital

Two African Startups – Kenya’s MumsVillage and Sierra Leone’s Mosabi make it to Gray Matters Capital Calibrator program

Two African startups, Kenya’s MumsVillage and Sierra Leone’s Mosabi have made it to the second cohort of Gray Matters Capital’s Calibrator program – GMC Calibrator. The GMC Calibrator is a Digital Self-learning to Earning Accelerator launched by Gray Matters Capital in April 2018 with an aim to make the mobile phone a device to promote […]

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Standard Chartered

Standard Chartered Bank launches its Mobile Digital Platform in Kenya

In February 2018, Standard Chartered announced that it will launch its digital solution in four key markets during the first quarter of 2019. The bank said it will first launch the services in Uganda in January, followed by Tanzania in February, with Ghana and Kenya to follow.  Yesterday, the service was officially launched in Kenya. […]

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M-Pesa AliExpress partnership

Kenyans can now pay for purchases on Alibaba’s AliExpress via M-Pesa

Kenyans shopping on AliExpress will from today be able to pay for their purchases using M-Pesa. Safaricom has entered into a partnership with Ant Financial Services to provide this option, a move the two partners say targets micro-traders in the country who source for goods and other supplies from manufacturers in China. “Our more than […]

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Huawei Y6 Prime 2019

Huawei Y6 Prime 2019 launched in Kenya, pre-orders open

Huawei has unveiled yet another device in the Y series, the Huawei Y6 Prime 2019. The device will be available from pre-orders starting today (March 12) and the company is selling it at Kshs 13,499. The pre-orders open from March 12th to and March 15th online and in select retail stores across the country. The […]

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Jumia White Paper 2019 launch

Affordable entry-level devices key driver of smartphone adoption in Kenya

Jumia has released its 2019 White Paper report ahead of its Mobile Week scheduled to run from the 22nd to 31st of March. The report takes a look at the country’s mobile market and key drivers driving smartphone adoption in the market. The white paper now in its 5th edition and notes continuous decrease in […]

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Visa Everywhere Initiative

Visa to reward $100,000 To Women Entrepreneurs in Global Competition

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Visa has announced the launch of the first Visa Everywhere Initiative: Women’s Global Edition. The global program invites women entrepreneurs from around the world to tackle FinTech and Social Impact challenges for a chance to win $100,000 in each of the two challenges. To participate, companies with at least […]

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Nigeria's OneFi secures $5M Debt Facility from Nairobi-based Lendable

Nigeria’s OneFi secures $5M Debt Facility from Nairobi-based Lendable

Nigeria’s fintech startup Finance Limited (OneFi) has today announced that it has secured a $5M debt facility for its consumer-facing facing platform, Paylater. The facility comes from New York and Nairobi-based Lendable, a technology-enabled funding provider to African consumer and SME lenders. The news comes just two months after the company secured Africa’s first credit […]

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Skype for web gets new features including HD video calling and call recording

Skype has added some new features to its web app including HD video calling and the ability to record calls. Microsft rolled out these new Skype features on Thursday and users can access them from any desktop (Windows 10 and Mac OSX10.12 or higher) with the latest versions of Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge. The […]

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Mobile content consumption in Kenya on the rise, Nendo report

Data consumption in Kenya is expected to hit the 1 billion gigabyte mark by 2022 with more Kenyans now consuming mobile content. This is according to Nendo’s State of Mobile Data 2019 report released recently. The report notes that in 2018 Kenyans consumed 269 million Gigabytes of data with mobile subscriptions accounting for the majority […]

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Funtrench partners with BTA to offer certified blockchain-related courses in Kenya

Funtrench has announced a new partnership with US-based blockchain certification company, Blockchain Training Alliance (BTA) to offer certified blockchain-related courses in Kenya. This partnership puts Kenya as one of the African countries besides South Africa and Nigeria where BTA accredited blockchain courses are offered. Funtrench is the first blockchain educational institution in Eastern Africa.The collaboration with BTA according […]

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Beyond Baling Innovation Challenge looking for solutions to manage plastic waste

Coca-Cola, Trash Thread Textile and PETCO have launched the Beyond Baling Innovation Challenge (BBIC) for University students, SMEs and the Jua Kali sector to come up with solutions that will help mitigate plastic waste management.  Through The Beyond Baling Innovation Challenge aims to provide innovative solutions to bale post-consumer PET plastic in order to ease […]

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Regional partners for Jack Ma’s Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative named

A few weeks after announcing that it will officially call for applications starting from the 27th of March 2019, Jack Ma’s Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) has now named partners for the prize.  NINE from Nigeria, RiseUp from Egypt, and 22 On Sloane from South Africa as the official Western, Northern, and Southern Africa regional […]

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Understanding Zuri, Safaricom’s AI Chatbot and Why it’s Important

In December 2018, Safaricom introduced Zuri, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Chatbot to help customers perform a wide range of tasks. What this basically means is that with Zuri, the over 17 million Safaricom mobile data customers are able to perform tasks like manage subscription services including viewing subscriptions and unsubscribing from chargeable SMS services. Other […]

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Oppo unveils its new 10x Lossless Zoom Smartphone Camera Tech at MWC 2019

Lots of interesting smartphone tech came out of MWC 2019 with the major highlights being, of course, foldable smartphones. The phones received a fair share of criticism from smartphone users but again, it points at how smartphones are changing this year.  So we got foldable smartphones, 5G smartphones then OPPO also made some interesting announcement. […]

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Safaricom Deploys 400G Network Link To Support Increasing Demand For Mobile Data and Fibre On Its Network

Safaricom has today announced the deployment of a 400G network link to cater for the increasing demand for mobile data and fibre across its network. The deployment Safaricom among the first in the world to commercially deploy the solution.  The new 400G link will enable Safaricom to support increasing video consumption alongside demand for higher video quality […]

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MultiChoice launches self-service app for its Kenyan customers

MultiChoice has unveiled a new mobile app for its Kenyan consumers to help them manage their customer service queries. The company says the app, known as MyDStv, has been specifically tailored to the Kenyan market to ensure minimal data consumption and ease of use “In this ever-growing digital environment, it’s our mission to a stay […]

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MWC 2019: LG unveils the LG V50 ThinQ 5G, alongside the new LG G8 ThinQ

LG Electronics unveiled its newest G and V series flagship smartphones at the Mobile World Conference 2019 in Barcelona. The company introduced the LG V50 ThinQ 5G, alongside the new LG G8 ThinQ. The LG V50 ThinQ is actually the South Korean electronics giant’s first 5G device that should give consumers the ability to enjoy […]

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Nokia 9 PureView Kenya

MWC 2019: HMD Global unveils the Nokia 9 PureView with 5 cameras and four other Nokia devices

HMD Global, the makers of Nokia phones, has announced five new Android smartphones, at the Mobile World Conference (MWC 2019), including the Nokia 9 PureView targeting smartphone photography enthusiasts. The Nokia 9 PureView is actually the world’s first smartphone with a unique five camera array.  The five 12MP cameras according to HMD capture images simultaneously, […]

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Infinix ZERO 6 PRO Now Available in Kenya For Ksh. 31,999, Pre-orders open from today

You have probably seen Infinix Mobile sending out teasers about their next device in their ZERO High-end series, the ZERO 6 PRO from as early as January 2019. Well, it looks like the device is finally here featuring dual cameras with AI technology. The device is already available for pre-order on Jumia and Kilimall starting […]

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MEST Africa Challenge

List of 50 tech startups selected for the second annual MEST Africa Challenge

MEST Africa has announced the 50 startups that have been selected to take part in the second annual MEST Africa Challenge. The challenge will take place on February 27 and 28 in Accra, Lagos, Nairobi, Cape Town and Abidjan. Finalists from each country will attend the MEST Africa Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, June 10-12, 2019, […]

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Huawei Y7 Prime 2019 Quick Thoughts

Huawei unveiled the Huawei Y7 Prime 2019 in Kenya a few weeks ago. There was a media launch which we covered here. Pre-orders were then opened until February 13th before the device officially went on Sale in the country. I have been using the Huawei Y7 Prime 2019 for around two weeks now. We did […]

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How and where to live-stream the Galaxy S10 launch event today

We have not written much about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 but we’re sure you have read so much about it already. By now probably know everything about what to expect considering the leaks that have been shared all over by tech websites around the world from as early as last year. The phone is […]

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Safaricom launches ‘Shukrani KochoKocho’ promo to reward its customers

Safaricom has today unveiled a new promotion to reward its customers. Dubbed “ Shukrani Kocho Kocho Kenya Nzima”, the ten-week campaign will reward more than 5 million Safaricom customers across the country with more than KES 250 million in prizes. In addition, more than 100 Safaricom customers will walk away with a KES 1 million […]

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Applications for the Sanofi VivaTech challenge extended to February 22nd

Global pharmaceutical company Sanofi has announced the extension of the registration period for the call for proposals for this year’s VivaTech, an annual technology conference, dedicated to innovation and startups to February 22nd 2019. According to Sanofi Kenya Country Chair and General Manager Peter Munyasi, the extension will allow more start-ups to register for the […]

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BRCK acquires local public WiFi provider Surf

Hardware and connectivity startup BRCK has announced that it has acquired local public WiFi provider Surf and parent company EveryLayer. The Kenyan startup made the announcement at Africa Tech Summit Kigali as it seeks to become one of the largest public WiFi networks in Sub-Saharan Africa. Surf has been accelerating and expanding high-speed access across […]

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Jack Ma’s Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative applications open in March 2019

The Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) will officially call for applications starting from the 27th of March 2019. ANPI is a  US$10 million Prize competition for African entrepreneurs, founded by the Jack Ma Foundation in August 2018. Each year for the next ten years, the Prize will host a pitch competition in Africa where ten […]

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MTN Uganda CEO deported over national security concerns

MTN Uganda Chief Executive Officer, Win Wim Vanhelleputte has been deported from the country over what the government is describing as national security concerns, Media reports from Uganda indicate that Vanhelleputte was deported yesterday evening aboard Brussels Airlines on the orders of the country’s  Internal Affairs minister Gen Jeje Odongo. He becomes the fourth employee […]

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The Huawei Y7 Prime 2019 officially goes on sale in Kenya today

The Huawei Y7 Prime 2019 officially goes on sale starting today a two weeks after it was launched. The device was launched towards the end of January and has been available for pre-order until February 13th. From today, 14th February however, customers will now be able to purchase the Huawei Y7 Prime 2019 from Huawei […]

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Loon sets up new Ground Stations in Nyeri ahead of commercial launch in Kenya

Loon has announced the installation of a new set of ground stations in Nyeri, marking another step on the road towards the commercial launch of services in Kenya. The Nyeri site adds to similar ones in Nairobi and Nakuru. According to the company, this is a key step towards the deployment of commercial service in […]

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Startups: Why you should apply for the Sanofi VivaTech 2019 challenge

Viva Technology (Vivatech), an annual technology conference, dedicated to innovation and startups takes place in less than three months. The conference will be held in  Paris, France from May 16th to 18th, 2019.  Pharmaceutical company Sanofi recently launched three challenges for African healthcare startups to find innovative solutions that can help improve access to healthcare […]

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South African AI Startup, Cortex Logic, Secures Investment To Grow Business Beyond Africa

South African based Artificial Intelligence Software & Solutions provider Cortex Logic has secured growth investment to expand it’s reach to new clients in Europe and USA. Cortex Logic is an African Artificial Intelligence (AI) software and solutions company that helps businesses solve complex business problems using the power of AI.  Cortex Logic leverage their unique […]

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Samsung is working on industry’s First 1TB memory chip for smartphones

Samsung now says it has begun production of industry’s first one-terabyte (TB) embedded UFS, for use in next-generation mobile applications.

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icolo.io starts construction of its Nairobi Data Center

icolo.io, a leading provider of carrier-neutral colocation services in Africa has commenced the construction of its new data centre in Kenya. The new Data Center called NBO1 is located in Karen Nairobi and will be second data centre from the company following the construction of the first data center in Mombasa. Construction of the data […]

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Startups: Here’s how to qualify and apply for the Sanofi VivaTech challenge

Pharmaceutical company Sanofi recently launched three challenges for African healthcare startups to find innovative solutions that can help improve access to healthcare and transform the health ecosystem throughout the continent. The challenge was launched in partnership with VivaTech, an annual technology conference, dedicated to innovation and startups. Technology is transforming how healthcare is delivered in […]

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Updated: You have until 13th Feb to Pre-order the Huawei Y7 Prime 2019 on Jumia

Huawei unveiled the Huawei Y7 Prime 2019 in Kenya this week. The device is Huawei’s latest mid-range device in the Y series featuring  6.26-inch Dewdrop display, 13MP AI Camera with a f/1.8 wide aperture lens, and an octa-core Qualcomm SoC Snapdragon 450. It also comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage and […]

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Lava enters the Kenyan phone market, unveils a number of smart and feature phones

Indian phone maker Lava international has finally launched in Kenya. The company yesterday unveiled its low-cost feature phones and smartphones at an event held at the Intercontinental Hotel, in Nairobi. The company said their launch in Kenya is part of its aggressive business expansion in international markets with plans to also expand to Nigeria, Ghana […]

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Standard Chartered

Standard Chartered to launch digital-only retail banks in Kenya, Uganda and Ghana

In response to the growing consumer demand for innovative banking services, Standard Chartered has announced that it will launch its digital solution in four key markets during the first quarter of 2019. The bank will first launch the services in Uganda in January, followed by Tanzania in February, with Ghana and Kenya to follow Standard […]

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Taxify partners with Stanbic Bank and Renault Kenya to roll vehicle financing for drivers

Taxify has entered into a new partnership with Stanbic Bank and Renault Kenya, to offer vehicle financing for Taxify drivers. Under this partnership, Renault Kenya, a sub-brand of Simba Corporation, will provide Renault KWIDS with engine capacity of 800cc and fuel efficiency of 24km/litre to Taxify drivers. Individual drivers are expected to benefit 100% financing […]

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Sanofi VivaTech challenge calling on African startups to innovate health, here’s how to apply

Sanofi Kenya has launched three challenges for African startups in partnership with VivaTech. The challenges are for the startups to find innovative solutions to improve access to healthcare and transform the health ecosystem throughout the continent. These solutions will then be pitched at VivaTech, an annual technology conference, dedicated to innovation and startups, to be […]

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Huawei has officially unveiled the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro in Kenya

Huawei has unveiled the Huawei Mate 20 series which include the Mate 20 and the Mate 20 Pro in Kenya. The two devices were launched globally in October 2018. Remember the Mate 20 series is traditionally Huawei’s highest-end offering, featuring the year’s latest technology. The Huawei Mate 20 will retail at Ksh.74,999 while the Huawei […]

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Safaricom Introduces I.T Security Solutions For its Enterprise Customers

The services include Managed Security Solutions, Security Assurance and Advisory services as well as Managed Security Operations Center solutions and will enable the customers to access a wide range of security solutions to protect their information technology (I.T) systems.

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Nokia 6.1 Plus review: You cannot go wrong with this one

The Nokia 6.1 Plus became available in Kenya in October 2018. The device is the international version of the Nokia X6 which was launched globally,  in August last year. The Nokia 6.1 Plus was actually one of the favourite budget smartphones of 2018. The XL version offers some improved features, upgraded specs and a larger […]

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Fuliza M-Pesa Overdraft Facility is finally here: Everything you need to know

Safaricom has now made it possible for M-Pesa customers to send money or pay for goods and services even when they have insufficient funds in their accounts after the company rolled out Fuliza to all subscribers on its mobile money platform. This is not actually the first time we’re hearing of Fuliza. The service was […]

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Safaricom has opened applications for its 2019 technology internship program

Safaricom has opened applications for its 2019 technology internship program. The Safaricom Technology Academy is a 3-month internship program that is targeted to Ongoing Kenyan Degree Students. The internship positions are within the Technology Division and report to various designated supervisors. Students will undergo an internship program which includes a combination of job and functional exposure, work assignments […]

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Africa’s 50 most funded tech startups in 2018 raised a total of $618M, Digest Africa

Africa’s 50 most funded tech companies in 2018 raised a total of $618M. This is according to the Digest Africa INDEX, an annual report that summarises Africa’s technology investment landscape set to be released on Thursday 9. The report tracked 448 funding and M&A deals of which 344 were disclosed. These generated $1.2 billion in […]

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Government wants police officers to undergo compulsory ICT training

The Kenyan government wants all police officers to undergo a compulsory six-month training on Information and Communication Technology (ICT). According to Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i the training is aimed at equipping the officers with basic knowledge and skills to handle the newly launched automated information management system which will be rolled-out across the country. […]

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The LG Signature OLED TV R, the world’s first rollable TV is finally going on sale

At CES, LG Electronics outlined its entire TV lineup for 2019. One notable TV, the LG Signature OLED TV R (65R9) with a display that can roll up and disappear into the base is one of these TVs that are expected to go on sale this year. The 65-inch display LG Signature OLED TV R (65R9) […]

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Huawei Y5 Lite (2018) Specs, Price and Availability in Kenya

Huawei launched the Huawei Y5 Lite (2018) in the country early last week featuring some entry-level specifications. Huawei is selling the device at Ksh.9,999 making it one of the least expensive phones in Huawei’s Y series. During the launch, Steven Li, Head of Eastern Africa Mobile at Huawei said the market is growing and consumers […]

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Africa eCommerce Week: Africa had 21 million online shoppers in 2017

Africa had 21 million online shoppers in 2017 according to a report by UNCTAD, the United Nations body that oversees trade for development. The report notes that mobile connectivity is fueling e-commerce in countries like Madagascar, Uganda and Zambia, priming them to better engage with the digital economy. The report was released at the ongoing […]

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LG HomeBrew, LG’s home beer making machine to Debut at CES 2019

LG Electronics (LG) will debut a capsule-based craft beer making machine, LG HomeBrew, at CES 2019. A winner of a 2019 CES Innovation Award, the state-of-the-art device makes the brewing process incredibly easy thanks to its single-use capsules, optimized fermentation algorithm and convenient self-cleaning feature, the ideal product for anyone seeking the satisfaction of creating […]

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Review: All About The TECNO Camon 11 Camera

If you bought a new phone in 2018, it’s likely that a good camera ranked high on your list of must-have features. Camera phones have been a real game changer not just for updating your social media accounts but also producing professional shots and video footage of really high standard But how do you know […]

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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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TECNO Camon 11 Review: More than just the cameras

TECNO Camon 11 Review TECNO unveiled its latest device in the Camon series, the Camon 11 last month. The device was launched alongside its sibling, the TECNO Camon 11 Pro which features some upgraded features and also comes at a higher price. We managed to get our hands on the Camon 11 which we have […]

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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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