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...

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...

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...

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...

Google Glass has created a lot of airwaves since it came up on the tech scene. But a quiet war takes place between the tech colossus and the US trademark office. The latter does not see the reason for Google to trademark the word “Glass”. One of the objections raised by the trademark office is that Google’s product mainly consists of titanium and...

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...

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...

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...

A 2010 email by Steve Jobs tabled in the Apple Vs Samsung patent lawsuit on April 4th 2014 at a California Court revealed Apple’s strategy plans then to launch a “Holy war” with the Android maker Google. In the email addressed to Apple’s 100 most senior employees, Steve Jobs notes that Android had surpassed iOS and the company really had to...

Just 5 days before the Galaxy S5 hits the shelves which is expected to be in 150 countries concurrently, Samsung today announced the Dual-SIM Galaxy S5 for China. China is a market that can afford to have their own custom device without needing for market scale of the same sue to the huge market it is. Now this Galaxy S5 is Dual SIM with one SIM card carrying support...

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...

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...

With Nokia clearly dominating the Windows Phone sales charts and said to account for upto 90% of all Windows Phone devices according to AdDuplex, there’s been speculation that most of the other players may find it difficult to stick with Microsoft’s mobile platform. However, with complaints like licencing fees that several OEMs (eeer Huawei & co)...

At the announcement filled Microsoft Build 2014 conference, Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop launched the Nokia Lumia 630 (in both single and dual SIM variants), the Lumia 635 and the global variant of the Verizon exclusive Icon, the Nokia Lumia 930. These three devices is the start of a busy year for Nokia, not only from the device release cycle, but with the pending integration...

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...

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...

As expected, Microsoft has made official the long-awaited update to its mobile platform by announcing Windows Phone 8.1. The update brings about much needed improvements and features to the mobile operating system. Part of what is coming to Windows Phone devices with the 8.1 update is: Action Centre/Notification Centre Well, Windows Phone fans can finally stop fiddling...

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...

As previously rumoured and leaked, the new Lumias we all expected were unveiled at Build 2014 not necessarily at the #moreLumia event but at Microsoft’s Build keynote. Nokia CEO and incoming Microsoft Executive Vice President for the Microsoft Devices Group, Steven Elop, took the stage to announce the three devices: one high end model and two mid-range models. The...

Of the many stubborn smartphone apps that users refuse to part with, there is Google Now for Android, Siri for Apple and now Microsoft’s Cortana. Cortana is still in the beta stage and Microsoft is not letting the AI run wild just yet. So, they take the app to the backroom and overwhelm her with numerous voice samples. But not before they show off, that’s...