App Annie’s hands have been on the pulse of the mobile app world for sometime now and a recent snapshot from the firm provides trends in the global app market. The analysts scoured through 150 countries for user downloads numbers and more importantly, the cash thrown at app developers. From the estimates, Google Play users download a lot of stuff at 45% more...

At the beginning of April, Linode introduced per hour billing for its cloud services. The provider has also been cooking up VPS products powered by SSD and double the original RAM offered for its cloud instances. This instances have now been made general available to developers with 64-bit servers being generally available to customers hosted at four of its data centers....

Samsung Galaxy S5 was launched on the 24th of February in Barcelona and top among the features it’s quite useful for is it’s battery saving prowess. Others include IP67 certification for dust and water resistance, download booster, Kids mode, great camera features like world fastest autofocus on a cameraphone among others. Now Samsung likes taking matters...

HTC is known for great work in the design of their smartphones and has been winning accolades for their all metal One series. The design and hardware is quite a great work of art. But selling doesn’t end there. It’s a commonly known fact that HTC lacks seriously in the marketing department, something they have also acknowledged. According to Chairman Cher...

Yesterday at around midday I checked my phone only to realize there’s an update from Samsung apps. Despite ‘debloating’ my phone, Samsung’s app store is one of the few Samsung apps that I have retained thanks to the knowledge that once in a while Samsung drops exclusive content there (I got BBM that way, I now read Bloomberg – full access...

Google’s Project Ara is an attempt to reinvent the cellphone as we know it. Instead of a slab of glass and metal that you have no ability to upgrade, save for buying a new device, the Project Ara is an attempt to launch a phone where all of the main components are interchangeable via modules that click in and out, attaching via electro-permanent magnets. Google’s...

(image:ereleases.com) Who prosecutes on behalf of liberty? The answer here might not be exact, but it does fall on the media to preserve freedom. And it becomes apparent whenever the activities of the media are throttled. The effect of which is, the public getting uneasy or all out hostile. So goes the case of Comins vs VanVoorhis where Florida businessman Christopher...

Although the freemium model of mobile gaming has marked the future of the platform, app titles could find themselves struggling. According to a report by app testing firm Swrve, two thirds of players will quit a free-to-play mobile phone game in just the first 24 hours of launching the app. The Swrve survey tracked the behaviour of more than 10 million players in...

Nokia has already started pushing an update to the Nokia Asha phones that will bring 7GB free OneDrive Storage among other things to user. Asha Touch phones are the devices launched running the new Asha platform. These include Asha 500, Asha 501, Asha 502 and Asha 503. The full list of features brought by this update include: 7GB Free OneDrive Storage (will require...

HTC’s new flagship, the One M8  which was announced in late March comes with two rear facing cameras. The lens for these cameras is created by Altek and according to the company president Alex Hsia, Huawei and Lenovo have contracted them to supply them with double-lens modules. Dual-camera from these 2 smartphone vendors are expected to come out by Q2/2014,...

Researchers have rubbished claims that the loss of bitcoins at MtGox was caused by transaction malleability. Christian Decker and Roger Wattenhofer from ETH Zurich examined an year’s worth of transactions on the blockchain. This was done by setting up special Bitcoin nodes that traced all transaction made in the 12 months before MtGox closed down on the 25th...

Finserve Africa Ltd (backed by Equity Bank) is among the 3 companies awarded licenses to operate as MVNO’s. At KShs 100,000 a pop, these licenses drive down the costs and time it takes to setup as a telecommunications provider. The new carriers will make use of excess capacity on existing networks to deliver their services to the market. A range of services...

Majority of meeting rooms globally are not equipped with high quality video collaboration tools. Cisco places the number of meagerly equipped meeting rooms at 93%. To capture that market, Cisco has released a series of high-quality teleconferencing solutions. This includes webcams adaptive to varying light conditions and HD video equipment built to be affordable...

Samsung Homesync was launched sometime early last year in a plan for Samsung to increase the experience of your house media. This was to be the home cloud solution that doubled up as your media streaming device. At launch it was quite a promising device and if you go by the fact that there has been no follow-up to it over a year later you can tell the uptake wasn’t...

WhatsApp’s main pull to IM users has been the promise of privacy. Ahead of the close of its deal with Facebook, both companies have received a letter from the US Federal Trade Commission urging for the protection of user data privacy. In a statement with the agency Facebook had expressed its commitment to this end. It should however be noted that Facebook has...

We are not done with first half 2014 flagships yet. We have seen the rest get announced from HTC, Samsung, Sony, Nokia and Oppo among others, but Huawei and LG are yet to show us their 2014 driver. This is going to be the Huawei Ascend P7. We fetched a date and location from from this Slovakian blog who have it that the country of love, France will host the P7 unveil....

Last year, Samsung unveiled a camera centric device bearing the name of its then flagship, the Galaxy S4. The Galaxy S4 Zoom and its 16 megapixel camera was expected to get an upgrade this year in the form of the Galaxy S5 Zoom and like before, expected to borrow the latest Samsung flagship’s name despite having little or nothing at all to do with it (of course...

Dropbox has been through several rounds of funding with its most recent valuation being $10 billion. The company has won debt funding worth $500 million in a campaign led by JP Morgan. Hiring, further acquisitions and selling to businesses are the major goals towards which this kitty will be channeled. In fact, Dropbox has been steadily expanding its services beyond...

Infinix launched their most premium smartphone yet in Kenya, the Alpha Marvel X502 some three weeks ago and this market a turn in the way we look at new entrants to the smartphone segment of the mobile industry. At least locally. Barely known in this side of the world, Infinix launched with a well designed device that had most of the things going for it. They are...

Welcome to the future. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has unveiled a bike wheel that turns a bicycle into an electric hybrid vehicle.The new innovation was designed SENSEable City lab at MIT and the project was sponsored by the Mayor of Copenhagen, Denmark, hence its name the Copenhagen Wheel. The Copenhagen Wheel is a simple and useful innovation...

Samsung Galaxy S5 hit the Nairobi shelves earlier today in what was a simulated launch happening at the same time, 11.11 am globally depending on the time zone. This follows the regional launch that happened last night at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi. The Galaxy S5 was identified by Samsung as a device that has more focus on making things you do with the phone...