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...

If there’s something that has always piqued my interest in Windows 8 tablets then it is Microsoft’s Office Suite. While there are very many alternatives to Microsoft’s Office from various startups, indie developers and small and large companies, still, Office remains far superior. Even Apple’s iWorks has always played catch up to it. Yet Microsoft...

After its unveiling in September, Microsoft Surface 2 is now official and the tablet comes with LTE connectivity. The device is currently available at Microsoft retail and online stores at a cost of $679. It comes with internal storage of 64 GB, 10.6″ 1080 HD touchscreen, 1.7 GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, 2GB memory, and 5MP rear camera. The Surface...

As the internet continues to play a large part in the day to day life, more personal data is shared online. This has driven trends such as big data and business analytics as enterprise service providers move in to exploit this data for competitive advantage. But the adoption of sharing services such as social media and image hosting services blurs the line between...

Most of the internet services termed revolutionary in the free world are blocked in the Middle Kingdom. As the Chinese Communist Party would have it, this places some form of control on the political rhetoric in the country. This has created an environment for the growth of internet companies which specifically target the Chinese population, and the immensity of the...

Nokia’s beautiful design language lives on. One of my favourite designs lie in the Lumia 925 which stands to date as the most beautiful Lumia available to me. The other one, currently not selling in my region is the Verizon exclusive Lumia 929 Icon. Lumia Icon was announced sometime in February and availed in the US on Verizon the same month.Now for design lovers...

Microsoft has put deadline to the Windows XP support set to end on April 8th 2014. Among those hardest hit by this move are the major banks in the US and UK and their global subsidiaries whose ATMs are still running on the 12 year-old operating system. Around 95 percent of ATMs in the world are still running on Windows XP according to ATM machine maker NCR but only...

A competition called The Flying Donkey Challenge 2014 is inviting applications worldwide to develop drones in Africa that will be affordable as motorbikes which will be used to carry goods  to the market. Kenya is hosting the first round of the challenge to develop the drones set to start on November 2014. “We feel that if drones are going to be used to transport...

Nokia Asha 503 was unveiled late last year in Abu Dhabi at Nokia World and hit the Kenya market on the last week of January. This is one of the three devices announced then running the version 2 Asha Platform OS that is a blend of Series 40 and Smarterphone OS that was bought by Nokia sometime back to improve on the low end Nokia experience. Now the Asha 503 is the...

Despite getting consistent reports from carriers and through leaks that the Galaxy S III is among the devices Samsung plans to upgrade to the latest Android version, 4.4.2 KitKat, there has always been that shadow of doubt in us. If you haboured any doubts then news that Samsung Arabia has unofficially confirmed the update should you warm you up a little. Through...

The European Union on Thursday updated its radio equipment laws by introducing a common charger specification for mobile phones. Consumers spend a lot on branded accessories including mobile phone chargers, the EU’s efforts aim at reducing this cost as well as creating interoperability between different brands of radio equipment. “The draft directive lays...

Are you a person who spends most of their work day juggling between black and white screens? You know, silently or loudly tapping your life away in endless terminals? There’s something about those terminals and Android. It is the only mobile platform that offers you great flexibility on how you can remotely access and make changes to your system servers on...

MediaTek has a new proximity technology, Hotknot, which should be seen in Chinese smartphones soon enough. Hotknot requires no RF communication chip to work, utuilizing capacitor touch driver ICs which have been designed for touch screens. This gives it the same functionality as NFC. To verify the proximity of objects, Hotknot uses a touch sensor for communication...

ZTE’s handset business is mainly dependent on operator channels, devices supplied through this channels are therefore built according to operator specifications. But the manufacturer has taken a new direction with its Nubia brand. Nubia’s flagship device, the Z5 hit the market in 2013 but Nubia CEO, Ni Fei says the sales volumes were not up to expectations....

The date of the switchover from analogue to digital TV signal will be determined on 28 March 2014, the Court of Appeal has ruled today. The verdict on the case challenging the digital migration filed by 3 media houses, was to be delivered today, Friday 14th March, but the court of appeal has postponed the ruling to the 28th of this month. Three media houses namely,...

The Indian firm at the centre of the laptops tender controversy has come out clean in its defense against claims and reports that it is unable to handle the Sh. 24.6 billion contract. In a statement released yesterday, Olive Telecommunications described itself as a reputable company which met all requirements as outlined in the tender documents, and blames politics...

Nokia’s newest offering for the budget conscious buyer and the millions in emerging markets who won’t go for the likes of Lumia 925 is the Nokia X. Running on Android the device has already been launched in India and Kenya and it will be going to China on the 25th of March and it will be going in a big way. According to Nokia’s Weibo account, 1...

Huawei is creating a dual boot smartphone to give customers choice between Windows Phone and Android OS. The manufacturer currently holds the 3rd spot in smartphone production and according to its chief marketign officer, if their devices ran on Windows only, this would affect people’s decision to buy Huawei smartphones. “If they have the Android and...