Safaricom simplifies M-PESA access to businesses

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Kenya is an undisputed global leader when it comes to mobile money services. In 2007, the telecom operator Safaricom launched its mobile money service M-Pesa as a simple way to text small payments between users. A decade later, M-Pesa has become the world’s most successful money transfer service. Safaricom, a major Mobile service provider in Kenya has announced a release of a feature-rich M-PESA Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) portal to businesses in the country.  Dubbed Daraja, the portal will enable businesses to easily integrate with the platform drastically cutting down…

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Qualcomm seeks Apple iPhone sales ban

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Qualcomm, the world’s biggest producer of mobile phone chips, has appealed for the sale of some iPhones in the US to be blocked claiming that iPhones using chips by rivals, such as Intel, infringe six of its patents. The company said it had asked the US International Trade Commission (ITC) to investigate and impose an import block. It is the latest move in a series of disputes and lawsuits between Apple and Qualcomm BBC reports. In January, Apple filed two lawsuits against Qualcomm, claiming it had abused its dominant market…

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Samsung now allows users to unlock Windows 10 PC using a Galaxy S8’s fingerprint reader

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Samsung Flow has received an update that makes it compatible with almost all Windows 10-based PCs, laptops, and tablets. All you need is a compatible Galaxy smartphone. Users can now unlock their Windows 10 devices using the fingerprint sensor on their Galaxy smartphone, sync texts, transfer files, automatically connect to the phone’s Wi-Fi hotspot, and more. The Tech giant first introduced the ability to unlock its Windows 10-powered Galaxy TabPro S with a Samsung Flow app for Android last year, and this expansion means any Windows 10 PC is now…

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Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook is no longer a just for friends’ Platform

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Facebook has always made sure that its audience know what their friends are having for lunch and how the new borns in the family look like. Now the Facebook CEO is acknowledging that connecting people online isn’t enough. Facebook is unveiling a new mission: “To give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.” It’s a culmination of months, perhaps years, of apparent soul-searching on Zuckerberg’s part and strategic directional changes for Facebook as a product. The social network has been moving in this direction for…

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Report: Smartphone owners use 9 apps per day

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Mobile’s continued global growth is evident when looking at market-level data.  In 2016, smartphone users downloaded over 90 billion apps on the iOS App Store and Google Play, and they spent nearly 900 billion hours in apps. Now a report shows that smartphone users are spending more time in apps than in years past, and now access over 30 apps on a monthly basis. At first, news that users are accessing nearly 10 apps daily sounds like a notable increase from a report from a couple of years ago, which had…

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Is Africa’s new smartphone a game changer?

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Whether the Onyx phone will actually be the first smartphone manufactured in Africa depends on how you define manufacturing . A South African start-up will next month begin mass producing a $30 smartphone, which it describes as the first of its kind to be manufactured in Africa. According to CNN,  Onyx Connect is gearing up to launch a four-inch entry-level smartphone for about $30 that includes front and rear cameras, 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM, 1.3GHz quad core processor and runs the latest Android 7 Nougat. While most low-cost smartphones come…

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Galaxy J7 2017 features appears at GFXBench

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The Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) which received Bluetooth certification last month with version 4.1 from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has now been spotted on GFXBench benchmarking website the model number SM-J730. The smartphone also received certification from Indonesian certification agency P3DN. It is also to be noted that Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) with model number SM-J727VL was also spotted on the same benchmarking website in February. Now it has ben spotted with a different model number and an even different set of specifications. Since the beginning of the…

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Apple looking to put broadband-beaming satellites into orbit

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Apple Inc. is testing self-driving cars and exploring augmented reality. Recent hires suggest the company is now also looking to the skies. The tech giant is getting involved in launching satellites that would beam down broadband Internet access. Recently, Apple poached two Google satellite executives to form a new hardware team within the company. John Fenwick led Google’s spacecraft operations and Michael Trela was head of satellite engineering. Google on the other hand has tempered its own broadband plans as of late. In 2015, the company was simultaneously laying high-speed fiber…

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New Screen Protectors For Samsung Galaxy S8 Launched

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Tech Armor, the leading screen protector and mobile accessory brand, today launched a new screen protection line for the newly released Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. With its curved edges, the 3D Curved Ballistic Glass Screen Protector for Samsung Galaxy S8 perfectly matches the rounded shape of the Galaxy S8 to cover the full front display for complete edge-to-edge coverage. The Tech Armor HD FlexiClear Film Screen Protector for Samsung Galaxy S8, a more cost-effective solution, offers edge-to-edge protection as well as flexible shock absorption. To align with…

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Apple planning an iPhone overhaul

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Ten years after Steve Jobs held up the original iPhone to a gushing San Francisco crowd, Apple Inc. is planning its most extensive iPhone lineup to date. The tech giant is preparing three iPhones for launch as soon as this fall, including upgraded versions of the current two iPhone models and a new top-of-the-line handset with an overhauled look to commemorate its iPhone’s 10th anniversary in grand fashion, according to a new report. The technology giant is working on three iPhone models this year, including one that will deliver an…

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