As if its rapidly dwindling fortunes in the last few years have not been enough, Blackberry could be on course to losing one of its most high profile clients: the White House (which is my way of saying US President Barack Obama). The US President is widely known for his love for the Canadian manufacturer’s devices and the White House staff being concerned about...

Ukall and Wezatele are 2 companies that have one thing in common, they are both start-ups that have been incubated at the Nailab and have scaled successfully. Both these startups are led by women – Ukall by Kate Kiguru and Wezatele by Hilda Moraa – who have understood the great potential of Kenya’s ICT industry. Over 30 startups have graduated from...

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...

Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2 has just been announced at this year’s GDC (Game Developers Conference), one year after the original product was launched. Pre-orders for the DK2 are now open with a stated price of $350. This is the last development kit as the company prepares to release consumer versions of the virtual reality (VR) headset. The DK2 features a low persistence...

Twitter today launched a tool that enables users find their very first tweet they sent out. This is in celebration of the micro-blogging site’s eighth birthday. Twitter went live in 2006 and it has gone on to become the mainstream and cool place to be at. For the longest time Twitter was the mature social media where Facebook was considered for the young adults...

Security Risk Solutions is one of the established information security services providers in Kenya. The company is making a transition into the provision of managed security services (MSS). Large IT security companies have provided this kind of service to enterprise customers but this has now been restructured to include offerings to small and medium businesses (SMBs)....

Businesses in Africa face unprecedented levels of cyber-attacks, as global security vulnerabilities and threats against systems, applications, and personal networks have reached their highest-ever recorded level. This is part of the observations made by Cisco 2014 Annual Security Report which further notes that between 2012 and 2013, total global threat alerts increased...

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...

One of the main reasons why the first generation Gear smartwatch from Samsung did not gain much traction was the pricing. Many hoped that Samsung will finally address the pricing issue with its new smartwatches, the Gears but apparently that won’t be explicitly the case for the much beefier Gear 2. Samsung had promised that the Gear won’t leave a dent...

Remember the reports making rounds that Huawei would be releasing devices that will run both Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8? Yeah those rumours are as dead as the plans. At least according to what Huawei confirmed to Fierce Wireless. …most of our products are based on Android OS, at this stage there are no plans to launch a dual-OS...

M-Pesa has played a major role in bringing financial services to Kenya’s unbanked population. Serving 56% of the population, mobile money has had a major impact on Kenya’s economy – approximately 25% of the country’s GDP flows through M-Pesa. Safaricom’s introduction of the Lipa Na Mpesa service was aimed at bringing the benefits of cashless...

We’ve heard and expected so much in the run up to today’s unveiling of Oppo’s latest flagship, the Find 7. We’ve not been disappointed. The Oppo Find 7 is all that we expected it to be. A looker. Check. Beastly specifications. Check. Oppo Find 7 is not the first smartphone in the world to pack a QHD display as many may be pointing out. That...

Infinix is a largely unknown mobile phone company that has made inroads in Nigeria and now Kenya. Following hotly in the footsteps of Tecno that has been in the market only recently converted to smartphone from dumb phones, Infinix targets the entry level and mid range markets in Kenya. These two bring an assault to the market leaders Samsung and Nokia which have...

Data centers handle a lot of traffic as the demand for internet services continues to grow. Emerging trends however promise that the capacity offered by today’s data centers shall be stretched further. Magicians at Gartner have stared at their crystal balls and they have noticed a data storm on the horizon courtesy of the Internet of Things (IoT), by 2020 there...

Most countries in the world outlaw the use of carrier-free SIM cards. The Netherlands has however turned tables on this practice, residents in the country will no longer be tied to a specific carrier. This will allow subscribers to switch their providers through a shared MNC (mobile network code), therefore mobile users can utilize the best available signal and take...

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...

At SXSW, a week and several days ago, Android boss Sundar Pichai promised us that Google will be releasing an SDK for wearables in a fortnight. That has happened with the announcement of Android Wear and a developer preview of the same today. What is Android Wear? This is Google’s platform for wearables. In short, all manufacturers out there who are working...

As if the disappointing sales of the iPhone 5c were not enough, Nokia, just decided to add some more pain on Apple’s plate; in a funny way. Through its main Twitter account (@Nokia), the company is sending Apple a polite reminder that it has had a “cheap” 8GB model for a while now. Actually for more than a year now and it has been the best selling...

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...

StarTimes Media, a PayTv provider in Kenya currently covers up-to 80% of the country, this is quite a strong position as it positions itself quite well to ensure subscribers opt for the company’s service when migrating to digital transmission from analogue. The global deadline is 17th July 2015, over a year away, but Kenya had set a deadline of late last year...