Safaricom Launches Lipa Na M-Pesa promotion

Safaricom

Safaricom has launched an eight week Lipa Na M-Pesa promotion that will reward both customers and merchants for making and receiving payments through the service. Buyers and sellers will receive 1 point for every KES 100 payment with customers standing to win one of 6 houses in weekly draws. The promotion runs until March 5th 2020 and will reward both customers and merchants in 8 regions across the country. In the grand finale, customers across the 8 regions will win one of 8 tractors each equipped with a plough and…

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Malicious Trojan app terrorizes users with fake reviews

Trojan

Kaspersky researchers detected a Trojan application that terrorizes users with unsolicited ads and boosts installations of online shopping applications. This malicious app visits smartphone app stores, downloads and launches applications and leaves fake reviews on behalf of the user, all while hiding itself from the device owner.  As sales are hitting the stores, both users and brands need to be wary. When choosing shops, users rely heavily on reviews, while retailers increase their promotion and advertising budgets. As it turns out, neither can fully trust what they see online, as…

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Orange opens new Digital center in Senegal

Orange

In Dakar, Senegal, Orange has inaugurated its new concept of a place entirely dedicated to innovation, an “Orange Digital Center”. Several personalities attended the launch, including: Ms Ndèye Tické Ndiaye Diop, Minister for the Digital Economy and Telecommunications; Mr Dame Diop, Minister for Employment, Professional Training and Craftsmanship; Mr Alioune Ndiaye, CEO of Orange Africa and Middle-East; Ms Christine Albanel, Head of CSR, Diversity, Partnerships and Philanthropy for Orange, Deputy Chair of the Orange Foundation and former Minister; and Mr Sékou Dramé, CEO of Sonatel. Following on from Tunisia, Senegal will…

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Facebook and Instagram to show fewer political ads

Facebook

Facebook announced it will show fewer political ads to people on its platform and Instagram, starting with the US which faces Presidential elections this year, but won’t ban or limit those as Twitter has already done and Google to some extent. Targeting both Twitter and Google, the social networking platform said that while Twitter has chosen to block political ads and Google has chosen to limit the targeting of political ads, “we are choosing to expand transparency and give more controls to people when it comes to political ads”. “Seeing…

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Uganda new Electric Buses to run on electric batteries

Electric bus

Uganda has moved closer to domestic vehicle manufacturing with the shipping in of a fully built unit and the assembling of a 90-seater bus by Kiira Motors Corporation in Nakasongola, 150 kilometres north of Kampala. According to officials at Kiira, technicians started building the Kayoola Electric Buses, which came as a semi-knocked down unit, on October 30, and hope to be done by end of December 2019. The bus’s components were supplied by Kiira Motor’s technology transfer partner, CHTC Motors of China. It is one of two market validation vehicles,…

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Airlines acquire new aircraft with latest technology

Airlines

Airlines are acquiring new aircraft with the latest technology to operate more efficiently and economically as well as more environmentally. The majority of players in Africa’s growing aviation industry have signed agreements to prioritise the protection of the environment. Rolls-Royce, which powers all Airbus A350s and A330neos aircraft, and whose customers in Africa include Ethiopian Airlines, SAA, Air Mauritius, EgyptAir, Air Senegal, Uganda, Rwandair, and Air Tanzania, will be a key partner on this journey. The Business Daily spoke to Paul Stein, Rolls-Royce’s chief technology officer, on how Africa’s aviation…

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twttr app making threaded conversations easier to read

twttr

At last year’s Consumer Electric Show (CES), Twitter  introduced its first public prototype app, twttr dubbed “little T” internally at Twitter. The app allows Twitter to develop and experiment with new features in the public, to see what works and what does not. The app’s main focus, to date, has been on making threaded conversations easier to read. Now, the company is ready to graduate the best of twttr to the main Twitter app. “We’re taking all the different branches all the different parts of the conversation and we’re making…

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WhatsApp users will soon have a major update

WhatsApp

Millions of phones will soon no longer support WhatsApp due to a major update with the popular messaging app. Older versions of Android and iOS devices will no longer be able to access the Facebook-owned app from 1 February, while certain Windows phones have already lost support. WhatsApp said the call was necessary in order to ensure the security of its users, who are advised to update to the most recent mobile operating system their smartphone supports. After 31 January, WhatsApp said “some features might stop functioning at any time” because it is no longer actively…

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Little shuttle suspends their shuttle service indefinitely

Little shuttle

Little, the ride hailing service in Kenya has today announced that they are suspending their Shuttle service again for an indefinite period. “We deeply regret to announce that the Little Shuttle service has been temporarily suspended effective immediately,” they said in the communique. “We apologize profusely for the inconvenience but the service will be back with a bang very soon.” They did not state the reason why they were suspending the service or give a definite timeline of when the service is yet to be back. Little Shuttle has not had…

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Innovators create App to assist with Cancer awareness

Cancer

Late cancer diagnosis due to lack of adequate information has been cited as some of the drawbacks in the fight against the disease. However this may now become a thing of the past thanks to a new innovation. A group of three youths in Eldoret have developed a mobile platform to assist cancer patients obtain proper and correct information on the disease. Salim Bakari, one of the developers of the app dubbed Cancer and Chronic Diseases Focus, says they found that there is a widespread lack of information on cancer…

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