August 29, 2016

Technology investments eat into airlines earnings in Africa

HomeTechnology Technology   Share Bookmark Print Email Rating Photo/FILE A KQ plane graces the sky. Kenya Airways fleet development manager Francis Musila said the national carrier is looking to partner with other airlines with superior experience, both in their areas and globally, in maintenance, repair and overhaul.  Fast-changing technology innovations and modernisation of the aviation industry are weighing heavily on the returns of most airlines in Africa, as they are forced to outsource fleet maintenance due to scarcity of equipment and well-trained personnel. On the flipside, however, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority director general Hillary Kioko says such technological advances, which…

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Mobile World Congress 2012 opens in Barcelona, Spain

HomeTechnology Technology   Share Bookmark Print Email Rating AFP PHOTO / LLUIS Delegates 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.   More than 60,000 players in the telecommunications industry are gathered in Barcelona, Spain for the Mobile World Congress 2012 where technology companies will discuss future of communications and the networked society. The annual conference, which kicked off on Monday, has attracted over 3000 chief executive officers from the telecommunications sector around the world and…

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State steps in to sharpen software developers’ global competitive edge

HomeTechnology Technology   Share Bookmark Print Email Rating Software developers at work at iHub lab situated at Bishop Magua Plaza on Ngong Road Nairobi. Software developers can now compete better globally if they pass the Chipuka certification, a new programme designed by the government and Carnegie Mellon University. File  Software developers in Kenya are poised to enjoy improved fortunes from a government-led initiative that aims to certify developers in Kenya and make them more competitive in the global market. The software certification programme dubbed Chipuka was launched last month and is a partnership between the Kenya Government through the ICT…

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Kenyan wins Sh8m in Barcelona

HomeTechnology Technology   Share Bookmark Print Email Rating Photo/COURTESY Kenyan mobile application’s developer, Mr James Mwai after winning Sh8 million at the Create for Millions Competition Awards held during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain by Nokia.  A Kenyan has won Sh8 million (75,000 euros) after his mobile application was voted the best in one of the categories at a global developers’ contest held at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Mr James Mwai beat hundreds of developers around the globe with his application dubbed ‘AroundMe’ in the Nokia Create for Millions challenge, ‘I know’, category. He also shared…

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Apple and Google most admired firms: Fortune

HomeTechnology Technology   Share Bookmark Print Email Rating AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER/FILES Apple topped the list of most admired companies for the fifth year in a row, based on a Fortune magazine survey released on March 1, 2012 showing Google as number two. Apple, which is now the largest firm based on market value, ranked first in all of Fortune’s “key attributes” in the sector including innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, quality of products and services and global competitiveness.   WASHINGTON, Friday Apple topped the list of most admired companies for the…

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Kenyan chief fights crime using twitter

HomeTechnology Technology   Share Bookmark Print Email Rating Photo/SULEIMAN MBATIAH/NATION Chief Francis Kariuki in Nakuru during the interview on February 21, 2012.   Francis Kariuki is the simple chief of the dusty Lanet Umoja location in Nakuru County. His name may not ring a bell to many Kenyans. The fact that he is now one of the most sought after civil servants by the international press, due to his innovative use of information technology, may surprise many. The 47-year-old chief has moved from addressing small village barazas to addressing the international press that has been making a beeline to his…

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How to zoom into a good camera phone

HomeTechnology Technology   Share Bookmark Print Email Rating A shopper taps the touch screen of a Samsung Omnia. PHOTO/FILE  Everywhere you go these days, there are people with camera phones – many of us record, document, and upload the minutiae of our lives and what we find exciting around us. While these cameras won’t replace a dedicated, stand alone digital camera, they are more than handy to have in your pocket to capture that precious moment. After all, carrying around a dedicated camera at all times is anything but convenient, whereas everyone has a phone of some kind resting in…

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Mobile industry champions paying with phones

HomeTechnology Technology   Share Bookmark Print Email Rating Photo/FILE US credit card giants Visa and Mastercard have meanwhile chosen to invest in both methods of payment — NFC and its sophisticated telephones as well as mobile payments with basic telephones, which would be better adapted for developing countries.  BARCELONA, Sunday Paying with a mobile phone is gradually become a reality for consumers, with banks, telecommunications operators and Internet players all jumping in to offer payment options. But while one group is pushing for a system of payment through an electronic wallet hosted on the web, another is investing in an…

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Five arrested over US hacking conspiracy

HomeTechnology Technology   Share Bookmark Print Email Rating Photo/FILE According to Fox News, a leader of Anonymous-affiliated hacking group Lulz Security has been secretly cooperating with the US authorities.  NEW YORK, Tuesday Five members of Anonymous and an offshoot hacking group have been charged in the United States with taking part in a computer hacking conspiracy, a US law enforcement official said. “They are part of Anonymous or members of associated groups,” the official said, adding that one of the five charged has pleaded guilty. According to Fox News, two men from Britain, two from Ireland and an American would…

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Apps for Africa Competition: Afrosilicon team named winner

HomeTechnology Technology   Share Bookmark Print Email Rating Photo/FILE A T-Mobile G1 Google phone running Android. Afrisilicone team is the winner of the regional “Apps for Africa 2012” competition, sponsored by Ericsson in partnership with former joint venture Sony Ericsson (now Sony) and Google.  In Summary Sony Ericsson unveiled the regional competition in a move aimed at driving sales of its smartphones by customising the applications to meet African needs. The drive by mobile handsets manufactures to localise the applications stems from the growing usage of handsets in electronic commerce such as insurance and bills payments and the enthusiasm by…

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