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Kenyan soccer clubs take to ICT

By admin | OnTuesday, September 25th, 2012 - No Comments »

As Kenyan soccer continues to grow, local clubs are embracing information communication technology (ICT) to market themselves, their products, and inform followers. At least five of the 16 Kenyan Premier League clubs have set up websites, which are constantly updated, something that was unheard of just three years ago. Tusker FC, the third most successful club in the country after Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards, is in the process of setting up a website to reach its fans. The clubs believe that. 

Kenyan Farmers milk benefits of technology through iCow

By admin | OnTuesday, September 25th, 2012 - No Comments »

iCow, a voice-based WAP enabled application, helps farmers track livestock while giving them tips on breeding In the hilly red soil that is prone to mudslides, 50-year-old Peter Muhuri admires his five well-built Friesian cows in two different sheds eating chopped Napier grass. The apple of his eye is one of the expectant heifers that will give him his first pedigree in November. Mr Muhuri, who says he has embraced modern technology farming, is reaping big from a mobile phone application called. 

New software firm arrives in Kenya

By admin | OnTuesday, September 25th, 2012 - No Comments »

A South African business process software company specialising in risk management is in Kenya and eyeing opportunities in the East African region. Metrix Software Solutions said it has entered into a deal with Nairobi-based Bluekey Information Systems to supply its flagship IsoMetrix software. IsoMetrix, a web-based integrated risk management system software, assists businesses to gather, manage, and share relevant information on safety, health, environment, and quality and report on performance.. 

Mining ‘catalyst’ to boost Kenya

By admin | OnMonday, September 24th, 2012 - No Comments »

Heavy-duty machines pounding mounds of red earth into cavernous mines might be nothing new across much of Africa, but they are an unprecedented sight in Kenya. When the Kwale Mineral Sands Project goes into production on the coast next year, it will bring Kenya’s first large-scale mine into existence. The output from that mine alone is set to overtake coffee as the country’s fourth biggest export earner and contribute close to 1 per cent to GDP. “This is a flagship mine; it’s a real opportunity. 

Nigeria aviation: A new low

By admin | OnMonday, September 24th, 2012 - No Comments »
(FILES) File photo dated on September 11

And then there were two. A fortnight after Air Nigeria folded, and three months after Dana Air was grounded following a crashin Lagos that killed 153 passengers and crew, Nigeria’s biggest airline Arik Air suspended all domestic flights on Thursday “until further notice”. Thousands of people were left stranded at airports across the country. The only commercial carriers left in the sky are Aero, which has a dozen or so planes, and IRS, with six aircraft and a website that inspires little confidence.. 

Africa’s bond markets – on the rise

By admin | OnMonday, September 24th, 2012 - No Comments »
Traders At Nairobi Stock Exchange

Sub-Saharan Africa’s local bond markets are for the most part small and rudimentary and lack transparency. In some cases even yields are difficult to find. But many have made significant progress in recent years, potentially offering succour to companies starved of institutional funding. These markets – where the debt securities are priced in Nigerian naira, Kenyan shillings, Zambian kwacha or Botswana pula, as opposed to US dollars – are mostly dominated by government bonds. For companies. 

This is how you build a tech community

By admin | OnMonday, September 24th, 2012 - No Comments »

You can’t help being overwhelmed by the natural beauty and Swiss-village-like charm of Boulder, Colorado. With a population of just under 99,000, you wouldn’t expect it to be the home of a Silicon Valley-style tech center complete with hundreds of Internet and software startups. I was certainly impressed with the vibrancy of its tech community when I visited Boulder in March 2010. The local cafés were as much a beehive of entrepreneurial activity as those San Francisco or Palo Alto, and the. 

Luxury minivan Toyota Alphard in Kenya

By admin | OnSunday, September 23rd, 2012 - No Comments »

The Toyota Alphard is a luxury MPV (minivan) produced by the Japanese automaker Toyota since 2002. It is available as a seven or eight-seater with 2.4 and 3.0 litre gasoline engines in 3 different model lines – Alphard G, Alphard V, and the Alphard Hybrid, which uses the 2.4 litre engine along with an electrical motor and batteries. Toyota states its “E-Four electric 4WD system that regulates a rear-mounted, rear-wheel-propelling electric motor and coordinates electric power distribution. 

Generating M-Pesa statements with new app

By admin | OnSunday, September 23rd, 2012 - No Comments »

Currently, the most developed mobile payment system in the developing world, M-Pesa, allows users to deposit, withdraw, and transfer money easily with a mobile device. That’s not all, one can redeem deposits for regular money, pay bills, purchase airtime and transfer money between the service and a bank account. This service has spread quickly and has become the most successful mobile phone-based financial service in the developing world. Five years after the service was launched, over 15. 

Kenya recycling firms set to cash in on phone’s switch off

By admin | OnSunday, September 23rd, 2012 - No Comments »

With only six days left to the planned switch-off of fake mobile phones, businesses are positioning themselves to cash in on the move that will trigger the demand for over 2.5 million handsets locally. In a campaign launched on Friday, Samsung is reaching out to subscribers to hand over their counterfeit handsets and get genuine Samsung mobile handsets at subsidised prices in return. The new campaign is a partnership with Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Centre Limited (WEEE Centre) —. 

At home and making money online in kenya

By admin | OnSaturday, September 22nd, 2012 - 3 Comments

  The need to bring the bacon home and the lack of well-paying, stable jobs, as well as the responsibility of bringing up a young family, are perhaps some of the greatest challenges today’s urban woman faces. More women are refusing to be slaves to jobs they do not like or enjoy, or that pay them at the expense of time spent with family and friends, and are looking for a work-life balance that works. Working at home is becoming an option for more women; those who are lucky enough to have. 

BlackBerry outage in Europe and Africa

By admin | OnFriday, September 21st, 2012 - No Comments »

The chief executive of struggling BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion apologized Friday after an outage in Europe and Africa interrupted service for customers on the very day Apple Inc. released its new iPhone 5. RIM announced the issues in postings on Facebook and Twitter on Friday, and later said it resolved the issue. The service disruption lasted up to three hours for some BlackBerry users. The outage brought up unpleasant memories of last year’s troubles with emails and chat messages. 

Telcos in drive to recycle counterfeit phones

By admin | OnFriday, September 21st, 2012 - No Comments »

As Kenya gears for the switching off of counterfeit mobile phones, the biting question has been on how to handle the anticipated surge in electronic-waste (e-waste). To tame the e-waste menace, mobile phone handset manufacturer Nokia has partnered with local mobile service providers and retail outlets to collect and recycle counterfeit phones, ahead of the planned switch-off  by the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK). The company, which already has several collection points at its customer. 

Kenyan Engineer develops start-up that transacts user’s airtime for money

By admin | OnFriday, September 21st, 2012 - No Comments »

While working as a creditor to young entrepreneurs two years ago, Samson Wachira received Sh6,500 as payment for a loan from one of his customers. Although the money came in as airtime top-up in his Safaricom phone line, he had no iota of doubt that on visiting the telecom’s customer care centre, the company will find a way to send the money into his Mpesa account. To his amazement, that was not to be even on visiting Safaricom’s head office. In response, the mobile service provider. 

Kenya’s financial sector at risk over terror and money laundering laws

By admin | OnThursday, September 20th, 2012 - No Comments »
central bank of kenya

Kenya could face international trade restrictions if it fails to enforce money laundering and terrorism financing laws, putting the country’s economy in jeopardy. Under recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), Kenya is said to have deficiencies in addressing issues of money laundering (AML) and terrorist financing and has not made sufficient progress in addressing the deficiencies. It now has up to October 12 to put in place mechanisms to ensure compliance or risk being.