In 2010, Yahoo! chose to let users sign in to their services via Facebook and Google, a move made under then CEO Carol Bartz. But the web giant is currently under new management, and there’s all this ad money waiting somewhere. Why, Marissa Mayer may be asking, should they share user data with anyone? Can’t Yahoo mine this data and profit from it themselves?...

Back at MWC, there were two announcements that of interest now that messaging apps are the in-thing after Facebook splashed $19 billion in cash and stock options for Whatsapp: that Blackberry Messenger would come to Windows Phone and that Facebook’s Messenger app would make the journey to the Windows Phone Store. While we still await Blackberry to avail BBM,...

Samsung announced its 2013 flagship, the Galaxy S5, at the Mobile World Congress and while there have been mixed reactions to the device, Samsung’s marketing efforts know no boundaries. For someone who still had doubts on whether the S5 was worth its salt, there’s a 3.45 minute video showcasing the Galaxy S5 in a way that you’ll just want to own...

There’s this bug hitting the mobile industry right now. The dual-device bug and no, I’m nit talking about a phone with two displays like that Yota phone. Rather, a single model with two variants. That is what we expected of the Galaxy S 5 at launch but with that not happening (may still happen later with rumours of that Galaxy F not going anywhere), we’re...

The monthly stats from Google for Android version distribution are out and as a result of various OEMs finally rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat to their devices several months after it first showed up, KitKat is now running on at least 2.5% of all devices that accessed the Google Play Store during the 7 day period ending yesterday. Jelly Bean accounts for 62% of all...

The 86th Academy Awards were yesterday. Despite the ceremony being three-and-a-half hours long, host Ellen Degeneres livened up the Dolby Theater. Here are the best GIFs from the night. (Note: It may take time for some to load.) Pharrell got Meryl Streep to shimmy during his performance of Oscar-nominated song “Happy.” A lot of them involved host Ellen...

The Samsung Galaxy Tablet is headed for the leader position in the tablet worldwide market, a new Gartner report shows. The report, released yesterday 3 March 2014, indicates Samsung sold a total number of 37,411,921 units worldwide in 2013, a 336% increase from the 8,583,146 units sold in 2012. “In 2013, tablets became a mainstream phenomenon, with a choice...

A mobile phone poll survey conducted for Fast Company by GeoPoll in Kenya and Ghana reveal that 42% of Kenyan and 40% of Ghanaian respondents  use the internet daily. Among those who use the internet, about half i.e 49% of Kenyan and 52% of Ghanaian respondents use online education resources such as MOOCs, Khan Academy or university websites. 87% of Kenyans and 90%...

At least 1% of Twitter users were locked out of their accounts yesterday after an unintentional password reset. Some of these users got emails on their account to the effect that the microblogging service had been compromised. Official sources at the website however confirm that the event was unprecedented and occured as the result of a system error. “We unintentionally...

Nokia has already had its fair share of telling the world how its Lumia devices would’ve done so much better if Academy Awards host Ellen De Generes and her selfie loving friends including Bradley Cooper had used them instead of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 that Ellen brought with her to the stage and red carpet of the world’s most prestigious film awards ceremony.Now...

Trend 1: Getting the whole world connected Mark Zuckerberg used his keynote address to wax lyrical about Internet.org, “a global partnership dedicated to making internet access available to the two-thirds of the world not yet connected.” By striking deals with telecommunications companies in emerging markets, Internet.org plans to get basic web services...

Windows Phone 8.1 update will include a personal assistant code named Cortana. The intelligent software is set to replace Bing on the Windows Phone for search and any information it collects from the phonebook, reminders and location data will be saved to create a better picture of the phone user. All these information will be accessible to the personal assistant...

Kickstarter launched back in April 2009 with a backing of $10 million from angel investors. On the day of its launch, 7 projects were posted on the site with the collective amount of pledges totalling $1,048. Today the crowd-funding site has hit the $1 billion mark having supported projects such as Pebble (which has been the highest funded project on Kickstarter...

Singapore – Wi-Fi in aircraft, hobbled in the past by slow speeds, could soon take off as new technology enables passengers to surf the web as if they were in a coffee shop, internet executives say. More airlines are rolling out new and improved services thanks to satellite technology, industry leaders said at the recent Singapore Airshow, with the public increasingly...

Yes, you heard me right. A 50 megapixel camera. The keyword, however, is “may”. Oppo has been teasing its upcoming Find 7 smartphone for a while now and with the launch event of the device drawing close (March 19th), we’re bound to see specs of the device leak. The Galaxy S5 was laid bare hours before the Unpacked 5 event where it was to be made...

According to a new mobile phone forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, Windows Phone stands to grow fastest among the leading smartphone operating systems worldwide all through till 2018. The forecast report released on 26 February 2014, placed the Windows Phone first beating Android, iOS and Blackberry in...

The Oscars were on last night (for the majority of you, for us in East Africa, that was this morning) and as you all continue pouring your congratulations to Kenyan wonder girl Lupita, something for us interested in mobile tech took place noticeably: If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars pic.twitter.com/C9U5NOtGap — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow)...

Late in the night and throughout early morning, there was this video posted by one Jamkatel that revealed everything about HTC’s upcoming high end flagship. In a rare move, a senior HTC executive took to Twitter to find the culprit and warn him of dire consequences. The video was subsequently pulled down by the uploader but in this world where even the slightest...

Here’s how to check the just released 2013 KCSE results: To check your results online go to KNEC Website: www.knec.ac.ke and enter your index number. To check your results via SMS, send an SMS with your Index Number to  22252 for Safaricom, Airtel and Orange networks. Here’s summary of the  just released KCSE results: Top 10 Candidates in Kenya KCSE...

A British opthamologist, Andrew Bastawrous, is piloting the Portable Eye Examination Kit (Peek) in Kenya – an optical technology aimed at reducing eye problems and avoidable blindness in low-income countries. Of the 385 million visually impaired people globally, it’s estimated that 90% live in developing countries. Effective diagnosis and follow-up of...

The last time Acer made a Windows Phone device was back in 2011 when the company released the W4, a device running Windows Phone 7. It has since kept off the Microsoft-owned Wiundows Phone platform without coming out clean like Sony has. Thanks to some remarks by an Acer executive to The Inquirer, now we know why. Acer is concerned about the lack of “apps...