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Is Google taking over the world wide web?

By admin | OnSaturday, September 15th, 2012 - No Comments »
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The primary reason anyone uses Google is to manage the torrent of information available on the world wide web. Its search function is why we visit Google. Advertising is what keeps it going. There has never been a company with such explicit ambitions to connect individual minds with information on a global — in fact universal — scale. The scope of Google’s mission sets it apart from any company that has ever existed in any medium. It hosts e-mail for millions of users. Google Voice offers. 

Kenyan universities to feature on Google maps

By admin | OnFriday, September 14th, 2012 - No Comments »
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All Kenyan universities will soon have presence on Google maps effectively enhancing navigation in the institutions across the country. A similar project will simultaneously be carried out across 12 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Students from over 90 universities in 12 sub Saharan African countries have been brought together for a two-week mapping workshop to put their university campuses and surrounding areas on Google map. This means getting lost on campus will be a thing of the past, and it. 

Kenyan MFIs to benefit from low-cost pay-per-use banking software

By admin | OnFriday, September 14th, 2012 - No Comments »
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Kenya’s micro-finance institutions are set to access core banking software without the need for huge financial investments following launch of a model where clients can access the software on a pay-per-use basis. The launch of the cloud-based platform by Swiss-based firm Sofgen would allow micro-finance institutions – including non-bank financial institutions, credit unions, co-operative banks, building societies and smaller banks – the ability to utilise a secure core banking system on. 

Brand New computers made in China found with hidden virus

By admin | OnFriday, September 14th, 2012 - No Comments »
Warning: Malicious software and computer code could be lurking on computers before the bubble wrap even comes off.

Warning: Malicious software and computer code could be lurking on computers before the bubble wrap even comes off. A customer in Shenzhen, China, took a new laptop out of its box and booted it up for the first time. But as the screen lit up, the computer began taking on a life of its own. The machine, triggered by a virus hidden in its hard drive, began searching across the Internet for another computer. The laptop, supposedly in pristine, super-fast, direct-from-the-factory condition, had instantly. 

Seven ways mobile phones have changed lives in Africa

By admin | OnFriday, September 14th, 2012 - No Comments »
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Mobile phones have become an essential part of our everyday life. Through a special month-long series, “Our Mobile Society,” we examine how smartphones and tablets are changing the way we live. Lagos, Nigeria (CNN) – A little over a decade ago there were around 100,000 phone lines in Nigeria, mostly landlines run by the state-owned telecoms behemoth, NITEL. Today NITEL is dead, and Nigeria has close to 100 million mobile phone lines, making it Africa’s largest telecoms market. Across. 

Dealing with Web host menace in Kenya

By admin | OnFriday, September 14th, 2012 - No Comments »
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Three years ago Dennis Karema tried to change his company’s web-hosting service provider because of unreliability but found out he was tied to them, for the long haul. The chief executive of a web-hosting company, www.authenticglobal.com, had to find a solution or remain tied to the poor service. He opted to register a new domain name, transfer the files and get a new service provider. “I had to change the name from Authentic-technology.com to Authenticglobal.com because we were also hosting. 

IBM lab registers Kenya for tough investment challenge

By admin | OnFriday, September 14th, 2012 - No Comments »
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Kenya’s claim to being Africa’s leader in information and communication technology (ICT) got a boost last month, when IBM announced it would place its first African research lab in Nairobi. The announcement, on August 13, is a feather in Kenya’s cap. Like other African nations, it is looking to the private sector to pad out national spending on research and development (R&D) and boost innovation. By getting the lab, Kenya joins countries like Australia, Brazil, China, India, Ireland, Israel,. 

US mentorship moves Kenyan women

By admin | OnFriday, September 14th, 2012 - No Comments »
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Catherine Nyambala can barely contain her excitement as she prepares to travel to the US to receive the Fortune Goldman Sachs Global women leaders’ award. She is one of three distinguished ladies worldwide, who have been picked for top honours at Fortune’s most powerful women’s summit — an invite-only event that hosts big names in the corporate and entrepreneurship world. The forum, through the awards, seeks to empower 10,000 women to take up leadership positions in their communities. “We. 

Vodafone set to lower M-Pesa fees for Safaricom

By admin | OnFriday, September 14th, 2012 - No Comments »
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Vodafone Group Plc is set to lower the fees it charges Safaricom for the M-Pesa money transfer service by 2014, in what looks set to lift the earnings outlook for the mobile telecoms operator. Michael Joseph, a director of Safaricom and Vodafone’s Mobile Money, said the UK firm will lower the rates once the M-Pesa IT platform is migrated from Germany to Kenya. “The rates will come down. The new rates will be known after negotiations between Safaricom and Vodafone,” Mr Joseph said. “The current. 

Nissan integrates tablet as dashboard in new concept car

By admin | OnThursday, September 13th, 2012 - No Comments »
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Nissan is using a tablet as an instrumental panel inside its new Terra SUV concept car, which is due to debut at the Paris Motor Show on September 27. The innovative concept car bears a striking resemblance to the Nissan Juke but uses three electric motors to drive the wheels and offers a hydrogen fuel cell stack to generate electricity. Keeping with the forward-thinking design and Nissan has equipped the car with a removable tablet. Drivers have to dock the tablet in the car so that the vehicle. 

Al-Jazeera SMS service attacked by pro-Syrian hackers

By admin | OnThursday, September 13th, 2012 - No Comments »
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The mobile service of Qatar-based news network al-Jazeera Arabic has been hacked. Three texts with fake news alerts were sent via the broadcaster’s SMS service. A breaking news statement on the site said “the message claiming that [Qatar]‘s prime minister has been the target of an assassination attempt… is false and was a result of a hack”. A pro-Syrian group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) claimed responsibility for the attack. “We’d like. 

Cybersquatters hit e-commerce in Kenya

By admin | OnThursday, September 13th, 2012 - No Comments »
Register your domain name immediately to avoid cyber-squatters

Register your domain name immediately to avoid cyber-squatters Insight Kenya Limited delayed to renew the domain name of one of its clients and in a couple of days it had been grabbed by another company. The client’s, an Australian firm, domain is on auction because of its brand value. Insight Kenya, an online company, is currently in a bidding war to get the name back or lose it to other bidders. “When you don’t renew the address upon its expiry you cease to have a legal backing, as far. 

Companies unveil events to boost apps developers in kenya

By admin | OnThursday, September 13th, 2012 - No Comments »
Developers residing in Egypt / Lesotho / South Africa / Tanzania / Qatar / Kenya

Developers residing in Egypt / Lesotho / South Africa / Tanzania / Qatar / Kenya Budding mobile application developers find it difficult to market their products. However, two initiatives, one by Safaricom in partnership with Vodafone Group PLC and another by Demo Africa could reverse the situation. Through a competition dubbed AppStar launched late last week, Safaricom and Vodafone will host applications from the competition on their respective stores for use by customers. This will increase. 

Kenyan Shoe company goes online as battle for customers intensifies

By admin | OnThursday, September 13th, 2012 - No Comments »
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Kenyan shoppers are set to enjoy convenience as more local and international retailers choose online shopping to reduce running costs and tap into the growing number of Intern et customers. Shoemaker, Bata, and Nakumatt Supermarkerts are the most recent retailers to set up online portals that allow their consumers to get access to their merchandise from the convenience of their homes or offices 24 hours a day. Bata has made the new service available to customers in Nairobi, Nakuru, Mombasa,. 

Twitter link puts smiles on the faces of Irish potato farmers in Narok, Kenya

By admin | OnThursday, September 13th, 2012 - No Comments »
Stephen Kamiri, a developer of the SokoShambani application, explains how the Twitter-based solution links potato farmers in Narok to restaurants in Nairobi

Stephen Kamiri, a developer of the SokoShambani application, explains how the Twitter-based solution links potato farmers in Narok to restaurants in Nairobi A group of Narok farmers has taken to Twitter to market their produce, highlighting the potential of IT solutions in agriculture. Tired of being fleeced by middlemen who offer them poor prices, the Irish potato farmers have signed up to the social media site where they tweet to engage hotel owners — mainly in Nairobi — access daily commodity. 

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