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Harmony OS Can Rival Google and Apple, Huawei Exec Says

Last year after the US banned Chinese OEM Huawei from freely trading with US-based companies, the company went ahead and launched its own OS....

US President Donald Trump Extends Huawei Ban Till 2021

US President Donald Trump has extended the country’s ban on companies deemed as a threat to national security from doing business with US-based companies. The...

24Bit Podcast Episode 21: Our Experience with the Huawei Y7p (No Google Apps)

In this latest episode of our 24Bit podcast Emmanuel Chenze, Nick Kanali and Dickson Otieno discuss the Huawei Y7p which is Huawei first device...
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Apple and Google Ban Location-Based Tracking in Contact Tracing Apps

Two tech giants – Apple and Google – have recently announced unanimously that they are banning location-based tracking in contact tracing apps. The two...
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Google Plans To Remove Spammy Add-ons from Chrome’s Web Store

Google is taking matters in its hands by retiring spammy chrome add-ons available on the web-store. Since its inception in 2011, Chrome's Webstore has...
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Android Vendors Are Making Tangible Progress in Issuance of Security Patches

Android devices, especially non-premium ones, have long been left out of the cold from critical security patches, but that has been changing. Thanks for...
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Safaricom to Launch Lipa Mdogo Mdogo, A Cheap Device Financing Product With Flexible Payment

Amidst the financial year results announcement today, Safaricom has revealed plans to launch a smartphone financing product dubbed Lipa Mdogo Mdogo. The telco has partnered...
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Google Joins Other Organizations In Banning Zoom Over Security Concerns

Zoom is a security mess, and that has been proved over and over in the past few weeks. Last week, the company’s CEO, Eric...

Huawei’s 2019 Expenditure With US firms Went Up Despite Trade Ban

Despite being faced with sanctions in the US, Huawei still saw increased spending with US suppliers in 2019, according to Huawei’s Chairman, Eric Xu. In...
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Google and Facebook: Coronavirus Outbreak To Result In Less Content Moderation

The ongoing pandemic has had its adverse effects on the human population as well as the economy. More people have shifted to work from...
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More than one billion Android devices at risk of hacking attacks

Security updates in the android smartphone world are quite limited. Most smartphone companies have rarely been updating their devices once they hit the consumer...
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Huawei Expects Smartphone Sales To Plunge In 2020

Chinese smartphone maker and largest telco equipment maker Huawei had a good year in 2019, despite the US Ban. The firm was added to...
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Google Warns Against Sideloading Its Apps On “Uncertified” Huawei Phones

Since Huawei was listed on the so-called entity list in the US, which barred the company from trading with its close US allies, Google...

Google Removes Nearly 600 Apps from the Play Store over Annoying Ads

Google has removed nearly 600 apps from the Play Store for breaking what it calls the disruptive ads policy and disallowed interstitial policy. The company defines disruptive ads...
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Google Deletes Hundreds Of Chrome Extensions Involved In Malvertising

Google has axed a slew of Chrome browser extensions that were part of a malicious advertising network. The malicious extensions were uncovered by an...
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Google Chrome To Start Blocking Insecure Downloads Soon

At times, we assume the small but very critical warnings shown by browsers. Warnings about visiting sites with no secure protocols, to downloading files...

Strangers Might Have Downloaded Your Private Videos On Google Photos, Google Warns

Cloud storage services are a must have service in this time and age. Many people rely on these services to store their files including...
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Google Chrome Will Start Blocking Intrusive Video Ads In August

Google Chrome will start cracking down on intrusive video ads starting August as they try to become compliant with the new rules put forward...
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Here Is How Much Revenue Google Makes From YouTube

For the first time since Google acquired YouTube in 2006, we have the real figures that the company makes from the platform. Google’s parent...
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2020 is set to be the year of RCS, says mGage

The interaction between organisations and consumers is set to become revolutionised with all-new Rich Communications Services (RCS), the latest development in the evolution of...
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Google launches its first Developers Space for African startups and developers in Nigeria

Google has launched its first Google Developers Space for African developers, entrepreneurs and startups in Lagos, Nigeria.  Google CEO Sundar Pichai made a commitment to...
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Google Will Now Charge Law Enforcement Agencies For User Data Requests

User data requests by government agencies have increased immensely in the past. Google now believes it is time that the agencies started paying for...
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Your iPhone Can Now Be Used As A 2FA Security Key For Google Accounts

Google has announced that it now supports iPhones to be used as a security key for securing Google accounts. Which means that you can...
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Google Urged To Kill Android Bloatware Over Privacy And Security Concerns

Google has been urged in an open letter signed by several dozens of privacy activists – including those from DuckDuckGo and the Tor project...
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Like Firefox, Chrome will also help you dodge irritating website notifications

Recently, Mozilla announced a new version of its browser – version 72. Firefox brought new features, including a way to help you dodge those...

Avoid These 100 Malicious Apps Listed On Google Play

New Android malware has been spotted online and has infected over 100 apps available on the Google Play Store. This is according to a...

Apple, Google And Amazon Team Up To Bring Compatibility To Smart Home Devices

In a rare and unexpected move, Apple, Google and Amazon have announced pooling their resources together to bring compatibility between smart home devices. Even...

Google Removes Avast And AVG Extensions From Chrome Web Store

Google has kicked Avast and AVG browser extensions out of the Chrome Web store. The two were found guilty of uploading user data which...
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Google Halts Chrome 79 Rollout On Android, Here Is Why

Chrome 79 rollout has been paused by Google after it was discovered that the update deleted data from other apps on Android. The issue, as...

Google Play Merchant Account Now Available In 13 more African Countries

Google has now opened its developer and merchant registration on the Play Console for 13 more African countries. Developers in these countries can now...
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Chrome Now Alerts You When Your Password is Stolen

Google’s latest Chrome version now alerts you when your password is stolen in a data breach. The new feature is available in Chrome version...

From How To Hack WIFI To BirdBox; Here Is What Kenyans Searched For The...

Google’s year in search report for this year is out. Since most people use Google to search for answers they seek, this is a...

Loon Signs Overflight Agreement With Uganda

Loon, the company that is preparing to launch balloon-powered internet connectivity in Kenya has announced that it has reached an agreement Uganda to operate in the stratosphere...
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Google’s RCS Messaging is Good, but there’s a dark side too

RCS messaging is the future of messaging on Android. Well, maybe not the future since you can use RCS messaging even right now. But...

Huawei feels optimistic about the future even without Google

Recent months have not been kind to Huawei. But at least the company has been recording sales growth in its smartphone business despite being...
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Make use of your phone while charging via this new Google Assistant feature

After first teasing about the feature in September, Google has provided new and more details on the new Assistant ambient Mode. In a video,...

Web Rangers Africa Summit in Nairobi explores new ways to tackle online threats

The three-day Web Rangers Africa Summit came to an end in Nairobi on Saturday with organisers seeking to explore new ways of tackling the...

Amazon beats Google in Q3 smart speaker market

Although smartphone sales have been dipping quarter after quarter, except in Q3, the smart speaker market has been in the boom. Canalysis shows that smart...

Google is partnering with security companies to crack down on malicious apps before they...

Android is messed up, not entirely, but there is a never-ending threat to malicious apps being harbored in the official store. While it is not...
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Google Acquires Wearables Company Fitbit for $2.1 Billion

After some rumors that Google was in talks with Fitbit for a possible purchase, both companies have come clear yesterday disclosing the matter. Google...
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List of Manufacturers To Ship Android 10 To Their Devices This Year

Android 10 Google’s latest Android version officially debuted on September 10. So far, only a handful of devices have been updated to the newest...
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Google Hardware Event: All the Highlights | Pixel 4, Pixel Buds 2 and More...

As planned, the Google Hardware Event went down yesterday in New York. We anticipated many announcements on the company's hardware side. No disappointments, Google...
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Google, Xiaomi and Huawei Devices Fall Victim of a Zero-Day Flaw

Researchers from Googles' Elite bug hunting group, Project Zero, have reported the existence of a bug in Pixel, Xiaomi, and Huawei devices. The vulnerability was...

4 Essential Things to do Before Updating your Android Phone

So, Google’s next major Android update is here, and from what we know, the new Android version (Android 10) has put security on the...

Google Pulls down Android Apps overcharging users for basic features

Google Playstore – Android’s official application store has been up for bashing, especially on the security-related side of it. Well, much has been said,...
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Google Announces Security-focused Android 10 based Go Edition

After the official release of Android 10 – the latest version of Android – earlier this month, Google has announced a lightweight version of...

Remove these VPN apps from your Android phone immediately

By now, you are pretty much familiar with the pattern. Google keeps fighting malicious actors on the Playstore, but still, the platform remains a...
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Google Chrome Now Lets you share Tabs to your other Devices

Google Chrome version 77 was released officially last week packing in the ability to share your tabs to your other devices. The feature has...
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Android 10 Rolling Out on Google Pixel, Essential Phone, OnePlus 7 Series and Xiaomi...

When it comes to everything related to Android (be it major OS updates or the monthly security patches), Google always places its Pixel devices...
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iPhones have been Quietly Hacked by Malicious Websites for Years, says Google

In what appears to be one of the deadliest attacks ever to grace the iOS land, Google has revealed a report stating hacked websites...
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Google Issues Chrome Update to Patch This Serious Security Flaw

If you're a regular user of Google's Chrome independent of the desktop platform, it is high time that you should be updating your browser....
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Google says Huawei Mate 30 Series Will Launch Without Playstore and Google Apps

Huawei Mate 30 Series is expected to be released in September. Mate 30 Series is among one of the most anticipated devices scheduled to...

HMD Global Announces Android 10 Update Timeline for Nokia Smartphones

Google announced Android 10 officially yesterday. Apart from the fresh features packed in the new Android version, Google also formally ditched naming their OS...
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Smartphones Will Soon Help You Translate Sign Language, Thanks to Google

Researcher’s at Google have developed develop a sign language-translation tool that can be intergraded in a smartphone. This a not a new technology, Google...

Google Suspends its Mobile Insights Service for fears of Data Privacy Issues

Google has revealed they shut down their Mobile Insights service. Mobile Insights provided network coverage to wireless carriers and helped them identify weak spots...

Google Report Reveals Users Stick to Passwords that have Already been Hacked

In this digital era, secure passwords are vital in protecting your personal information, not entirely, but at least you did your part. At times...

Facebook Also Pays Contractors to Transcribe Your Messenger Voice Messages

Enough has been said about Facebook, especially paired along with privacy matters. Despite the fines and warnings, Facebook is not yet done with invading...

Huawei’s Hongmeng OS is Still Coming, First Device to Launch in Q4 2019

Huawei’s plan B OS dubbed Ark OS, or HongMeng has been the talk of the town for some time now. That is not until...
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Google Agrees to Let Rival Search Engines Bid to be Default on Android

In a bid to stay in compliance with EU's scrutiny over the company's anti-competitive practices, Google is finally letting go -not fully though. The...
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Google Chrome Version 76 Now Available for Windows, Linux, and Mac; All you need...

Google's Chrome 76 update is now available and what this entail is no significant UI changes as you would expect. The new chrome version...

Huawei was Working on a Google Assistant Powered Smart Speaker before Trump’s Ban

Google’s ties with Huawei may be far more reaching than anticipated. The Information has revealed that the two companies had been storming on a...

Apple is no Different! They also Hire Contractors to Listen to Your Siri Recordings

After German Google Assistant audios were leaked, it became clear that Google employs people to listen to your recordings. But for them, that is...

Big Tech Companies to Be Reviewed By the US over Anti-Competitive Practices

The US Department of Justice yesterday launched a probe to investigate big tech companies on whether they engage in anti-competitive practices. The review will investigate...
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Whatsapp Now Available on KaiOS; a Feature Phone Operating System

KaiOS is a feature phone OS that has been a Google side mobile OS for a while now. KaiOS features minimalistic design and UI...
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Google Chrome Update Will Shut Down A ‘Loophole’ That Exposed You When Running Incognito...

Incognito mode is a life savior, especially if you have cheeky browsing behaviour. However, did you know websites can also tell if you’re running...
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NSO Group’s Malware Now Capable of Spying on Data Stored in iCloud, Reports

The NSO Group, a famous Israel security firm has reportedly developed tools which can be able to scrape data from cloud services. This could...
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Google is Redesigning the News Tab on Desktop Searches

Google has issued a sneak peek on their upcoming update to the News Tab in desktop searches. In a tweet, Google stated the news...

Google Workers Listen to Your Google Assistant Recordings, It’s Allowed

Well, if you thought Google Assistant is your best friend and you can share anything with her, then you’re wrong. Google workers listen to...
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You can now set Google to delete your location tracking data automatically

Google last year run into problems after it was discovered that the company still tracks its user’s data despite turning off Location History setting....

FedEx sues US government on Huawei trade ban

Last week, PcMag claimed that their Huawei phone delivery to the US was rejected due to the on-going US government trade ban on the...
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Google’s Third Launchpad Accelerator Africa Class Graduate in Lagos

12 African startups that that were taking part in Google's Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme have graduated in Lagos. This third class, which started on 1...
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Google News Initiative Innovation Challenge applications open in Africa

A few months after expanding Google News Initiative (GNI) Innovation Challenge to Africa, Google has now announced that accepting application submissions from news organisations in the...
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Google Reportedly Wants Huawei Ban Lifted To Keep Its Monopoly

When the United States imposed its ban on American companies doing business with Huawei, it didn't only hurt the Chinese telecom giant but it...

Google Photos and Drive about to be disintegrated to reduce confusion among users

Google photos and Drive have both been working together to provide a seamless way to backup and retrieve data across both platforms specifically photos...

Alternative to Android: Does Huawei Stand A Chance?

One of the most resounding news in the world of smartphones was the United States' ban on local companies from doing business with the...

Everything you need to know about Google Stadia including pricing, minimum requirements, and availability

Google Stadia an online gaming service by Google, which was announced in March at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) has now received an official...

Google stored plaintext passwords for a subset of G-Suite users since 2005

To say that our online data is secure on any website on the internet is a mere hoax. However, companies have at least developed...
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Google: 2FA blocks 100% of automated bot attacks

Think 2FA is a joke? This post is for you. The new research done by Google is something you should know. Google earlier this year...
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Huawei users are disposing off their devices at a high rate over uncertainty

While Google and Huawei are still working together to analyze the full situation at hand, Huawei users are still in limbo on what will...
Huawei reportedly working on Aptoide, a Google Playstore replacement

Huawei reportedly working on Aptoide, a Google Play Store replacement

The Huawei US trade blacklist has made headlines at the end of the past week and even now. Bearing to the fact that the...

Huawei set to launch IndeoenOS an alternative to Android OS later this year

Talking about last week, been one of the toughest weeks for the world second best smartphone seller, Huawei. Google had cut ties with the...
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More G-Suite apps get native dark mode

Google has announced its plans to bring dark mode to two of its G-Suite apps due to high demand from users. In a blog...
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Huawei restricted from using Google’s Android OS

Huawei has been banned by Google from using its services including software and hardware unless open source. In a report from Reuters on 20th...
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YouTube Ads are killing my user experience on the platform

YouTube has been a great deal to me since the time I started using the platform. The platform offers almost anything you want, ranging...
Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL

Google launches entry-level Pixel 3a and 3a XL devices featuring their pro pixel 3...

In the era of smartphones becoming more pricey, nobody seems interested in lowering the price of premium flagship devices. Over the years, smartphones have...
Huduma Number and Nipsey Hussle top Google searched items by Kenyans in April

Huduma Number and Nipsey Hussle top Google searched items by Kenyans in April

Huduma Number and the death of popular American hip hop artist, Nipsey Hussle were among the top Google searched items by Kenyans in April....
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Google’s News Initiative (GNI) Innovation Challenge expands to Africa

Google has announced that it is launching its Google News Initiative (GNI) Innovation Challenge in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey. The GNI Innovation Challenge...
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Safaricom introduces 3 Android Go devices in its latest Maisha Ni Digital Campaign

Safaricom has today launched three new 4G devices in the country - Neon Ray, Neon Nova and the Neon Storm under its latest Maisha...
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Applications for the 2019 Google Africa Certifications Scholarships opened

Google has opened applications for its next round of Google Africa Certifications Scholarships. In line with its commitment to provide mobile developer training to 100,000...
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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...

With the best guest post services, get the best outreach

Guest blogs are mainly used as a tool for increasing reader traffic on online platforms like websites by the blog owners. Typically, guest blogs...

Google and Kenya Scouts Association launch 2019 edition of Web Rangers programme

The Kenya Scouts Association, with the support of Google yesterday launched the 2019 edition of Web Rangers, a youth programme for online safety at...

Nokia 5.1 Plus is getting hot slice of Android Pie

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has announced that the Nokia 5.1 Plus will now begin receiving the latest Android operating system, Android...

Five things you didn’t know you could do with Google Search

Since the launch of Search 20 years ago, Google has built in several useful features and tools to help make everyday life easier. Whether...

Year in Search: What Kenyans Searched for on Google in 2018

Google yesterday released Year in Search 2018, an overview of the searches and questions that drove Kenyans online throughout the year. The trending searches in...

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...

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...

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

Vodacom Tanzania customers can now pay for content on Google Play Store using their airtime balance. This after the operator signed a partnership deal...

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...

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...

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

Google has released top trending searches for the month of  2018. Sports betting platforms such as Sportpesa, betpawa, betika, betin and others dominated the...

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