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

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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. 

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Brand New computers made in China found with hidden virus

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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. 

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Seven ways mobile phones have changed lives in Africa

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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. 

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Dealing with Web host menace in Kenya

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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. 

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IBM lab registers Kenya for tough investment challenge

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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. 

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US mentorship moves Kenyan women

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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. 

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Vodafone set to lower M-Pesa fees for Safaricom

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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.. 

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Nissan integrates tablet as dashboard in new concept car

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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. 

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Al-Jazeera SMS service attacked by pro-Syrian hackers

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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. 

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Cybersquatters hit e-commerce in Kenya

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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. 

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Companies unveil events to boost apps developers in kenya

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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. 

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Kenyan Shoe company goes online as battle for customers intensifies

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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. 

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

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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. 

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Kenyan Young innovator excels in making security systems

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When Elijah Kupata enrolled at Mount Kenya University for an engineering programme, his sole aim was to fulfil his childhood dream of making security gadgets to curb crime, in his home village, which had given his parents sleepless nights for years. After graduating from the university in 2006, Kupata promised himself that the next move would be to explore the world of innovations and come. 

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Safaricom seeks freeze of CCK’s rural tech fund

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Safaricom has asked the industry regulator to defer implementation of the Universal Service Fund (USF) until those contributing to the kitty are put on the management board. Mobile operators, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and broadcasters are expected to   start contributing 0.5 per cent of their gross revenue to the USF — which is aimed at accelerating the provision of ICT services.