IoT (Internet of Things) is viewed as one of the trends which changes how devices will be used in every lives. Cisco is launching an IoT Security Grand Challenge with an invitation to the global security community to create intelligent cybersecurity solutions. The challenge aims to address threats which will rise as IoT proceeds to greater adoption. It is expected...

Following the high profile acquisition of WhatsApp, concerns have been raised on privacy. The mobile messaging platform authenticates its users through their phone numbers. It has been a main attraction due to its guarantee that it can protect user information. This however presents a huge risk to user data, according German data privacy activists – ULD, both...

Clearly this is the best welcome that the Microsoft services-ladden Nokia X was ever going to get in the world of the green world: complete root treatment and a Google services makeover complete with the Google Now Launcher (formerly GEL – Google Experience Launcher). The Google Now Launcher just became available for other devices other than the Nexus 5 on the...

The Cabinet Secretary for ICT Fred Matiang’i today has applauded the effort made by tech start ups in creating innovative solutions. This is yet another move that shows the confidence in incubator Nailab’s efforts of bridging the gap between ideas and money making companies that will spur growth in the ICT sector. Speaking at the Nailab start up demo today,...

Traffic. That word sounds like a four-letter swear word. There is nothing as soul-sucking as sitting in traffic. Not only is traffic served cold in the morning on your way to work but also served chilled in the evening on your way home. For a sometime now traffic was an acceptable part of daily routine of the Nairobi city commuter. But not anymore. A Commercial Office...

Can giant robots with a deep voice and massive arms be the answer to easing traffic chaos in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo? A small co-operative called Women’s Technology, which developed the novel solution and is testing two robots at key intersections, thinks so and wants to promote the concept across the country, Africa and the world. Initial...

The Jubilee Laptop Project was conceived as a pledge to address, equity and quality of education. It was forever bound to face its share of love and criticism. The tendering process itself had suppliers crying out foul, with the government being rigging the bidding process. At the end of the day the state will be set back 53 billion in making Kenyan schools digital....

March 25th is the date. We’ve all been lost as to what the HTC One’s successor, rumoured to be internally codenamed the M8, will be known as. Names as ridiculous as the HTC One 2 and obvious like the HTC One+. Now we have it direct from the horse’s mouth (though @evleaks as usual spoilt the party by suggesting the same name a week ago): the new flagship...

Kenya is a global leader in mobile money business holding a third of the world’s 61 million mobile phone-based money accounts, the GSM Association report has revealed. The association of mobile operators on Tuesday in Barcelona Spain released a statement saying the number of unbanked in emerging markets continue to benefit from the fast growth in mobile money...

Other than the patents it held on to when it sold off Motorola Mobility to Chinese company Lenovo, there’s something else that Google also held on to even though not as widely publicized as the patents: the Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) team that had gained global prominence after Motorola demoed its plan to bring to the market fully customizable...

Samsung just announced the Galaxy S5 at the Mobile World Congress that just wrapped up in Barcelona and in a quick reminder of how times have really changed, online retailer Jumia has opened pre-orders for Samsung’s latest and greatest. There was a lot of interest in the device by Kenyans on the night it launched thanks in part to the premium status most Kenyans...

Samsung KNOX 2.0 should be around in Q2/2014 thereabouts. The original release of this MDM (mobile device management) product was made at the MWC last year and its evolution has been duly outlined at MWC 2014. Visible on the list of new features is the addition of 2-factor biometric authentication, the S5 includes a fingerprint reader and will come bundled with the...

YuMobile owners, Essar Telecom will in March 2014 complete talks to sell a 30% stake to a strategic investor for $100 million (Sh.8.54 billion) in a bid to strengthen the firm’s business in Kenya. According to yuMobile’s CEO Madhur Taneja the firm needs $150 million (Sh.12.8 billion) in the short term to meet its current running cost and capital expenditure. “With...

2014 begun as the year when the Spanish Blackphone was introduced as an alternative smartphone to those who are conscious of their security. Blackphone would contain a paranoid version of Android providing anonymous phone calls and protection from malicious third parties. Boeing, the guys who manufacture those large aircrafts, announced plans for a similar project...

Western Digital’s WD Purple aims to capture the surveillance market where IP cameras produce a great amount of data. WD launched its color-branding strategy with the Red drive line built for the SMB/SOHO NAS market while the Black drives targetted enthusiast. WD Purple expands branding campaign by offering drive capacities of between 1 and 4 terabytes. A single...

Innovative design and functionality, this is what smartwatch enthusiasts anticipate upon the release of the iWatch. But all that exists in the public domain on Apple’s smartwatch plans is speculation. One designer, Creoir, has gone ahead to release a concept smartwatch flaunting its capacity to create elegant devices. With Nokia and Jolla as part of its clientele,...

Lauren Weinstein is not a happy man, not after the IETF decided to propose for an Internet that would do away with privacy. Since 1970, Lauren has spoken out for Internet responsibility, information privacy and net neutrality. After the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Draft for an Explicit Trusted Proxy in HTTP/2.0″ was published, the gains brought to...

Kenya low cost carrier Jambo Jet and mobile commerce firm Cellulant have partnered to provide a payment platform for flight bookings and ticket payments via mobile phones. Jambo Jet Customers can now pay from M-Pesa, Airtel Money and also from the banks such as Barclays, Standard Chartered, CFC Stanbic, NIC, Faulu, Bank of Africa, DTB, Ecobank, I&M and First Community...

Thanks to Orange’s 6-week ad campaign to date, it is no longer a surprise that Safaricom subscribers are paying much more than what rival telecoms are offering in cross-network calls. The all out campaign by Orange is well intended to provoke the Safaricom user to think on just how affordable it is to call across networks using Orange than it is to call within...

Intel Atom processor gets a 64-bit refresh under the LTE advanced communications platform. The chipmaker has outlined its mobile plans for 2014 at the Mobile World Congress in Catalonia this week. The first release of the Atom comes in 1H 2014, codenamed Merrifield – a dual-core SoC based on the Silvermont architecture. Second half of the year, this is updated...

It is not yet clear when the distribution of laptop computers to schools after the Parliamentary Committee on Education, Science and Technology said it was yet to receive a diligence report from the Ministry of Education in order to advice the government on the project. The committee is currently looking into the project which has been marred by claims of impropriety...