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The install base of connected appliances is expected to pass the 10 million mark by 2017. Currently smart home devices stand at 4 million although consumers don’t view these appliances as an attractive purchase. Juniper Research however states that there is a gradual increase in awareness among consumers as to the benefits of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. High...

One of the benefits given by the fibreglass is its ability to withstand adverse weather conditions, it is also cheaper to maintain. This has driven Kenya Power to favor fibreglass poles over wood, although the original cost of the new material may be high. Resistance to rot and pests raises the maintenance cost for wooden poles, on average this gives them a life-span...

The difference between e-commerce and offline commerce is the reliance of technology to link up the seller and the buyer. Just that, the trade is the same as offline only that you don’t walk in to a shop and do window shopping to decide what you want to purchase before making the move. But we would all agree the priceless value technology brings by expanding...

Building a company website has turned out to be a mandate prerequisite for setting up any business. Today’s internet world has transformed customer’s perspective of choosing the service providers. Now, the emphasis is majorly on online promotion. In such a scenario, it would not be wrong to say that if you want your business to flourish, you surely need a website. Post...

Facebook has introduced a new optional feature named “Nearby Friends” for its Android and iPhone mobile users. Launching the feature 4 days ago, Facebook product manager Andrea Vaccari says the “Nearby Friends” feature helps you discover which friends are nearby or see when your friends are travelling. The feature allows one to see the city or neighborhood...

Twitter allows for the creation of parody accounts, but this must be stated clearly in the account bio. Failure to do this can lead to the account being suspended. But there are more dire consequences that could befall the account operator as was recently witnessed in Illinois. Law enforcement officers in the state’s Peoria town raided a house following investigations...

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...

(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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) places the amount of published works available to the visually impaired at 5%. This data includes published works in all formats. Kenya’s largest mobile carrier has moved to bridge this gap by making its corporate website available to visually impaired persons. Safaricom, which currently boasts a subscriber base...

The act of taking a “selfie” is now considered a mental disorder. “Selfitis” according to the American Psychiatric Association (APA) is the obsessive compulsive desire to take photos of oneself and publish them onto social media like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other media. The declaration made in Chicago 4 days ago, in an annual APA...

It took over 3 years for the Pan African Network Group to build their digital signal broadcasting infrastructure. PANG’s signal now covers 80% of the country. That could be counted as at least one milestone in Kenya’s digital migration. But the Appeals Court last week revoked PANG’s digital license, called for a reconstitution of the CAK (Communications...

It is a hard job hacking into Tor, even for state sponsored parties. There’s at least one way to do it – some form of correlation attack but that is still rather unpredictable. So how would the US government pursue criminal using the anonymizer? The answer lies in malware. A document proposing greater warrant powers in this respect has been submitted...

One of the effects of 3D printing is that you can find design of just about anything (mostly hardware) you want to build on the internet and rapidly prototype it – no hassles. This was what happended with the Liberator back last year, most guns printed this way ended up not shooting at all. At least one large company came out with a working gun – Solid...

Statehouse Digital Director Dennis Itumbi (Center) with Kisumu County Governor Jack Ranguma (right) and other county officials Kisumu becomes the second Kenyan town to receive free Wi-Fi from the Jubilee government’s free Wi-Fi city project. State House Digital director, Dennis Itumbi said the launch of the Kisumu WiFi project, set for May 11 2014,  will leverage...

XSCAPE, the late Michael Jackson’s posthumous album released by his estate and Epic Records goes public on May 13th to millions of the late pop icon’s fans fans the world over. Among those lucky to get their hands (or phones) on the latest from the fallen King of Pop are owners of Sony’s most recent flagship devices, the Xperia Z1 and the Xperia...

Technology is such a prominent part of our everyday lives that it’s easy to forget how much it can change the way we conduct business and run organizations. Some industries are more prone to operational shifts with new technology than others. While your local coffee roaster isn’t likely to need anything newer than a nice digital temperature gauge, other...

Two web developers from the Netherlands have developed a webapp called Google Naps that helps you find the best locations for a nap. The smart little tool developed by two gentlemen called Kakhile and Venour, is a comic imitation of the Google Maps which lets users share the best places in towns and cities around the globe. Google Naps instead points out to users...