September 4, 2015

Reason the going won’t be smooth for Android

HomeTechnology Technology   Share Bookmark Print Email Rating Photo/FILE A T-Mobile G1 Google phone running Android. Google bought Android in 2005, shared it with a large number of device manufacturers and is listed as the project leader.   Last week, I wrote about the challenges that Android was facing. The responses that came pouring in were quite harsh. (READ: Android is doomed to fail unless…) So, this week, I have elected to clarify my position as it would appear that many people did not quite appreciate the facts as they were. Indeed, and also to my surprise, being a BlackBerry…

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No need for nuclear energy, says committee

HomeTechnology Technology   Share Bookmark Print Email Rating Venturing into nuclear energy for Kenya is a waste of money since the country can produce enough energy for itself, the parliamentary committee on energy and Communication has said, putting in doubt the possibility of the country having nuclear energy by 2017. According to Mr Cyprian Omolo, MP for Uriri constitunecy and member of the committee, the Nuclear Electricity Project committee has done nothing since it was formed in 2010, “other than attend international conferences and swindle public funds in allowances.” “It is waste of money, we have already established that we…

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Use open data to solve issues Kenyans told

HomeTechnology Technology   Share Bookmark Print Email Rating PHOTO | PHOEBE OKALL World Bank MD Caroline Anstey addresses guests during the Kenya open data meeting at Strathmore University on February 20, 2012.   In Summary Kenyans should use government data now available to the public, so as to find solutions to challenges in education, health and other industries, the World Bank has said. Managing director Caroline Anstey who is on a four-day visit to Kenya, said this when she addressed an informal public meeting on how Kenya can foster development through open data. The meeting was held at Strathmore University…

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Safaricom clashes with CCK over call termination rates

HomeTechnology Technology   Share Bookmark Print Email Rating Communications Commission of Kenya offices along Waiyaki Way in Nairobi. FILE  The Communications Commission of Kenya has rejected appeals by Safaricom and Telkom Kenya for an increase in termination charges — the amount an operator pays rivals if its subscribers call another network. The regulator says the appeals by the two firms will hinder competition in the mobile telephony market, a position that was supported by Airtel and Essar, opening a new battlefront in the voice segment. Telkom has asked the CCK to increase the termination rates to Sh4.42 per minute from…

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Airtel launches 3G services to step up revenue

HomeTechnology Technology   Share Bookmark Print Email Rating Photo/FILE The service, which is supported by a 3.75G network, will allow customers to access fast Internet speeds of 21Mbps megabytes per second.  Bharti Airtel has launched 3G services — a faster Internet connection platform, for subscribers on its network. Users are expected to enjoy fast Internet speeds that can support video calls to other subscribers, watch live TV, and download multimedia content such as music and video. The service, which is supported by a 3.75G network, will allow customers to access fast Internet speeds of 21Mbps megabytes per second. “The technology…

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How to make money through blogging

HomeTechnology Technology   Share Bookmark Print Email Rating The Thika road blog. Photo/FILE  There is a growing population of bloggers all over the wide world web. Some blog for the love and fulfilment they get by writing and sharing ideas. Others blog to inform readers about a service, or act as a megaphone for thoughts and opinions. Because free blogging platforms provide anyone with a computer and internet access the ability to set up a blog and begin writing within minutes, new blogs are constantly popping up on a variety of subjects and for a number of reasons. Increasingly, people…

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For start-ups, tech hub anytime, not Konza city

HomeTechnology Technology   Share Bookmark Print Email Rating PHOTO/FILE An impression of the Konza Tochnopolis Park in Malili, Machakos.   There has been a lot of talk about Konza City, identified as the possible future Silicon Valley of East Africa and maybe even of Africa. Tanzania is following up with Raphta City, which more or less follows the Konza City Model. I would imagine there would be more coming up across the region – one in Uganda and another in Rwanda. But Konza City does not seem aimed at appealing to the younger developers. It is modelled to attract only…

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M-Pesa tightens grip on Sh1.2 trillion mobile money market

HomeTechnology Technology   Share Bookmark Print Email Rating Central Bank of Kenya Governor Njuguna Ndungu and Tangaza Managing Director Oscar Ikinu try out the monet transfer service during the launch of the Mobile Pay Tangaza E- commerce and money transfer at the Sankara Hotel on January 24 2011. FILE  Money transfers through mobile phones crossed the Sh1 trillion mark in 2011 with Tangaza shocking its more established rivals to lie behind Safaricom’s M-Pesa in market share, reviving debate on whether Kenya should adopt seamless mobile money remittance platforms. Read: Firm launches service linking bank accounts to handsets Data from the…

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Western Union, Ericsson in deal to boost mobile money services

HomeTechnology Technology   Share Bookmark Print Email Rating A patron receives money in a Western Union money transfer service outlet in Nairobi. Western Union has entered into a partnership with Ericsson which is expected to boost volumes of transactions on its money transfer service network, allowing it headroom to compete with Safaricom on price.   Western Union has entered into a partnership with Ericsson, which is expected to boost volumes of transactions on its money transfer service network and allow headroom to compete with Safaricom on price. The alliance announced at the Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, Spain promises…

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Airtel could drop low-cost strategy

HomeTechnology Technology   Share Bookmark Print Email Rating PHOTO | AFP Men speak on their mobile phones during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 27, 2012. The 2012 Mobile World Congress, the world’s biggest mobile fair, will be held from February 27 to March 1 in Barcelona.  In Summary Bharti Airtel is going back to the drawing board to chart a new strategy for the African market, following what it termed as an unexpected and surprising response to its low-cost model from the continent. The Indian telecom company told participants at the Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona,…

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