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Nearly 200 patent families for the creation of Android devices are held by Microsoft. Android OEM’s are need to pay for the licensing of these patents from Redmond in order to avoid lawsuits. Several Android manufacturers have already paid up, namely, HTC, LG, ZTE and Samsung. Motorola Solutions has now closed a deal to license these patents as it creates devices...

Over The Top companies like Skype, Whatsapp and Viber are one of the biggest threats to traditional telcos and players in the mobile telephony business. That we know and even came out quite vividly at last year’s Mobile World Congress where two telco heads from Germany and South Korea expressed their discontent over the OTT ways of riding over the already established...

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...

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...

SX10 Quickset – Cisco’s New video and collaboration endpoints 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...

Kunle Awosika, Microsoft Country Manager speaking at the launch of Kenya’s cloud computing report What is the status of cloud computing in Kenya? The University of Nairobi interviewed 54 organizations to establish issues surrounding cloud computing in the country. 70% of these organizations deploy some form of cloud solution, leading adopters of the cloud hail...

100,000 smartphones are sold each month in Kenya, making it a leading market for smartphones in Sub-Saharan Africa. This can be attributed to the infrastructure setup, cheap internet costs and low cost of entry level smartphones. We have seen prices go as low as $50 for smartphones in the region. This of course reflects on the mobile carrier revenues who see increased...

Between 2008 and 2012, the Kenyan government engaged on massive infrastructure projects. This was part of the government’s first medium term plan (of Vision 2030) and one of the factors that contributed to the country’s steady economic growth during the period. The second MTP (2013-2017) is based on the gains on this economic gains as the government devolves...

Samsung has completed the setup and installation of a pilot of a Solar Powered Internet School as demoed at Samsung Africa Forum last year in Cape Town. The Solar school which is set up in Kajiado County  will have the full setup and was shipped with a 24 seater capacity. The container that was shipped with preset parts has the following: A Smartboard 24 laptops...

The working environment has shifted dramatically towards online services in recent years, giving businesses all over the world a headache when it comes to email security, storage and management. More and more organizations are now starting to embrace the ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) culture, and are taking advantage of online services to promote remote...

Microsoft underwent a serious re-organization last year and with a new CEO taking over several months later, key changes in the company’s leadership structure were expected. Obvious appointments like Nokia’s Stephen Elop and others were expected to be announced anytime. Among the changes announced yesterday by Nadella in an internal email to employees, Scott...

In his first keynote as Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella clearly articulated that Microsoft is on path to ensure that its Services that “empower people to be more productive, and do more across all devices” was not just lip service. He announced that, effective immediately, Microsoft’s most popular productivity software, Office would be available for the iPad. These...

iHub Nairobi will be holding a CryptoParty on the 15th of April. The event opens up the details of secure communication and safe data storage to its attendees. CryptoParty arose out of a Twitter conversation in 2012 after the Australian government had passed a 2-year data retention law. It has been labelled the most important civil project in cryptography today. The...

The long awaited Galaxy S5 pre-orders through Safaricom are now open. Coming hours after rivals Airtel announced their pre-order, Safaricom’s deal involves the network operator giving you the Galaxy S5, the Gear Fit and 3 GB of data at just Ksh 74,999. This is a huge contrast to the Ksh 89,999 that Airtel will be charging those who’ll pre-order the device...

We’ve seen online retailers like Jumia and Duka1 open pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S5, the carriers are joining the party too and as was the case with the Galaxy S4 last year, they have accompanying goodies for those who will be interested in purchasing Samsung’s latest smartphone from them. Airtel Kenya has opened its pre-orders for the device and...

Launched on the 26th of February in Barcelona at Samsung Unpacked5 around the same time Mobile World Congress was happening, the Galaxy S5 is expected to hit many markets concurrently on 11th of April. This is one of the world’s most anticipated smartphones and is expectet to break the seams in sales. Samsung has always outsold the previous flagship of the year...

Infinix have today launched the Alpha Marvel X502 in Kenya. The phone company which is positioning itself as a premium brand mobile phone company has it’s first stab at mid range market in Kenya with the Alpha Marvel X502.The Alpha Marvel X502 quite rightly differentiates itself from many other small smartphone brands in that there is quite enough work put into...

Wananchi Group, the company that owns the product that is Zuku TV and Internet has been keen on dropping the WIMAX service that was introduced several years back. Since they introduced the fiber based Zuku Triple Play, they stopped new installations of WIMAX and where customers could not get Zuku’s cable service they had an option of going with other service...

Samsung Electronics East Africa Office now has two extra feathers in it’s cap. Two of the leaders got promoted and starting this month they wear the big titles in the region. Previously heading several countries in the Eastern Africa region, both Robert Ngeru, Chief Commercial Officer Samsung Electronics East Africa and Manoj Changarampatt, HHP Business Lead...

A data breach at South Korea’s KT corp allowed hackers to access data from 12 million customers. Details accessed in the leak include bank account information, names and registration numbers. The operation had gone ahead undetected for a whole year with 300,000 records accessed each day. South Korea’s telecoms ministry is now investigating the data breach....

Privacy Lawyers in the US have asked the US trade regulator, Federal Trade Commission, to halt Facebook $19 billion acquisition of Whatsapp. Filing the complaint yesterday, the Privacy lawyers stated there is no clear understanding of how Facebook intends to use the personal data of  450 million Whatsapp users. Facebook has responded saying Whatsapp will remain an...