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You might be irked with the interface of Windows 8 and may no longer find many of its features at ease of usage, especially when if you purchased or upgraded to Windows 8 and then to Windows 8.1 to attain higher security for your business-critical data. You might not be in a mood to compromise with the ease of usage and user-interactivity with the ‘so-called’...

The Salesforce1 platform launch last year saw the integration of Force.com, Heroku and ExactTarget services. This attracted developers to the platform increasing the Salesforce’s developer community to 1.5 mn. Following this, Salesforce has decided to create a central point for its developer community where documentation and resources can be accessed. Developers...

Unless you’ve been living under a cave then you are aware that Google is readying the biggest redesign to the Android operating system since 2011 when Ice Cream Sandwich was announced. We’ve seen screenshot after screenshot from unofficial sources leak in the last few weeks like its the end of the world (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Here’s another one that...

Businesses are moving more of their IT functions to the cloud as the understanding for this services continues to grow. This has the effect of reducing the spending on capital investments made in the enterprise. Since IT is plays the part of an enabler rather than the core operation in most organizations, it makes financial sense to handover these functions to managed...

Microsoft, Oracle and IBM are the top companies benefitting from the enterprise software market. Among the top 10 providers in this sector is a new entrant, Salesforce.com, an SaaS vendor. Functioning on a subscription pricing model, Salesforce profits by charging customers money to support their software installations. At $3.8 bn in sales for 2013, Salesforce products...

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....

You must be bored of your old PowerPC-based Mac and want to upgrade to a brand new MacBook or an Intel-based PC. However, it is quite hard to decide what to do with the older machine. In fact, you might get hundreds of reasons to purchase a new Mac, but not even one to get rid of your older Mac machine. Why not just keep your old Mac as the backup machine. Not even...

Support for Windows XP and Office 2003 has ended, Microsoft announced yesterday. In a statement in its blog, Microsoft said as from April 8th 2014, it will no longer release security updates for the 12 year-old operating system and the Office 2003 product. Yesterday was set to be the last Patch Tuesday for both products. Consequently, Microsoft is warning users...

Samsung’s wearable device, the Gear Fit, goes on sale this Friday the 11th when the Galaxy S5 goes on sale worldwide. There has been one hiccup with the Gear Fit though thanks to its design. The Gear Fit is not designed as a conventional watch like the Gear 2 and Gear Neo are so it displays time and other activities in a landscape orientation which is quite...

Asus notebooks are now eligiblle for a 2-year warranty. Through local Asus partners – Ensure services and Repair Junction – customers can replace the product or defective parts of the product based on diagnosis. By extending its warranty period, Asus surpasses the industry average which is currently at one year. This addition to Asus’ warranty comes...

GDC 2014 brought a new entrant in virtual reality headsets in the name of Project Morpheus. Oculus VR had up to that point received some good support from game developers. As they had more or less dominated the VR platform for a while, Oculus was seen to have found its match in Sony’s prototype headset. Facebook in all their meddling pomposity decided to buy...

MTN Business Kenya has been rolling out its own fibre optic network in the country, its metro fibre network covers a radius of 100 km in Nairobi and its environs. Back in 2013, the service provider leased lines from Kenya Data Network (KDN), Telkom Kenya, Jamii Telecoms and Wananchi Group. MTN decided to drop some of these carriers due to poor quality of service,...

The cloud is sometimes painted out to be a mysterious technology, but it’s really no different than Wi-Fi. When Wi-Fi was first implemented, businesses worried that data would be free for hijacking and that customer data would be insecure. These organizations figured out ways to protect their networks, like password protection and antivirus software, as time went...

Microsoft’s Office suite has been available on its Windows Phone devices ever since they came to the market and just last year came to the iPhone and Android smartphones. There was a catch though. You needed an Office 365 subscription to use it. Not any more. Microsoft has now dropped pricing of its popular productivity software and is offering it for free...

It has come to pass. Though it was always coming, the unveiling of Microsoft’s Office suite to the Apple iPad represents a significant shift in the company’s general thinking and approach towards the changing times and its changing face. At an event that also served to introduce him to the world as the head of one of the largest technology companies on...

Applications for Google I/O 2014 open up between the 8th and 10th of April. Selection will be done randomly after this window, successful applicants should receive confirmation emails shortly after this. This is different from earlier events when applicants were registered on a first come, first served basis. For those who won’t be able to attend the event,...

Facebook’s investment into Instagram and WhatsApp was in an area where the company already has experience, messaging. Much as the company’s interest in Oculus is may seem alien to its business and can be compared to Google’s acquisition of Android in 2005. Both form investments into future platforms – Android represents mobile platform and...

Early versions of MS-DOS and Word for Windows have been contributed to the Computer History Museum who will make the source code available to the public. Microsoft hopes that by making the source code available (distributed under a research license), future technologists will better understand the origins of personal computing. MS-DOS 1.1 and 2.0 were the product...

Microsoft Build Developer Conference 2014 primed for the 2nd to 4th of April is a Microsoft event, but since Nokia is now virtually under Microsoft as the acquisition is now about to be sealed come end of April, Build is also a Nokia event. This is where developers will get to experience what Microsoft has coming for 2014 in the Windows Phone platform. This is expected...

Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence team is using deep learning to create a software that will perform facial verification. DeepFace can identify whether unfamiliar faces in 2 different photos belong to the same person, scoring 97.25% on the test compared to humans who score 97.53% on average. The new software is still at the research stage, but Facebook could...

Towards the end of last year, Microsoft Kenya partnered with Kenya’s copyright watchdog – KECOBO in a bid to discourage the public against using counterfeit software. The software giant has enlisted the help of authorities worldwide to defend its biggest revenue source. Consequences to those implicated by the hunt for software pirates include jail time...