Free calls and data for Safaricom customers as it celebrates 20 years anniversary

Telecommunication giant Safaricom has announced to give away free calls and data for its loyal customers on its 20 years birthday celebrations at the Serena Hotel, Nairobi. Safaricom which enjoys about 35 million subscribers in Kenya said all its customers will be enjoying one free call of up to 20 minutes within the next 30 days as they celebrate 20 years of service. The 20 free minutes offer is a gift from Safaricom which is celebrating 20 years since its establishment in Kenya in 2000. Customers also turning 20 years…

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Jobs for the future: Jobs to look out for in the coming years.

Technology is day by day becoming the way of life for each an every one of us. We cannot simply dare to ignore or avoid its existence as its growth and interruption in our daily lives is bound to increase. This applies to our sources of income, our daily jobs which have been fully revolutionized by technology. Most jobs which were manually done by hands have been replaced by machines reducing the man power required. Interestingly new jobs have also been created by technology, a good example the taxi hailing…

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Key highlights of the World Statistics Day

As Kenya celebrated Mashujaa Day on 20th October the World at large was celebrating the World Statistics Day. This an international day to celebrate statistics. According to the Standard media, the day was created by the United Nations Statistical Commission and was first celebrated on 20 October 2010. The day is celebrated every five years making it the 2nd celebration. Here are some of the key interesting statistics that you would like to know. The latest global Covid-19 statistics, total cases now stand at 40,664,529 (40.7M); Deaths: 1,123,217 (1.12M) and…

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Facebook reinforces its presence in Africa

Facebook is in Africa’s good books yet again and this time, the tech giant  hopes to develop products made by Africans, for Africans and the rest of the world. In 2016, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg visited Nigeria in what was his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa. While the attraction to the budding tech ecosystem which was already producing some of Africa’s best known startups was obvious, there was also the underlying influence of Facebook’s pool of high-ranking Nigerian-American executives. Four years later, that influence may be yielding more results as Facebook is…

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Kenya’s Central Bank Proposes law to combat predatory lending by mobile loan apps

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Digital app lending companies operating in Kenya are set up for a shake-up after the country’s central bank proposed new laws to regulate monthly interest rates levied on loans by digital lenders in a bid to stamp out what it deems predatory practices. If approved, digital lenders will require approval from the central bank to increase lending rates or launch new products. The move comes in the wake of mounting concern about the scale of predatory lending given the proliferation of startups offering online, collateral-free loans in Kenya. Unlike traditional…

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Toshiba Quits Laptop Business, Sells Remaining Stake To Sharp

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Japanese tech giant Toshiba, once well-known for its satellite range of laptops meant for heavy use, has finally decided to quit the laptop business. Toshiba has quietly sold its remaining 19.9 percent stake in its Dynabook laptop brand to Sharp, officially exiting the laptop business. The company earlier sold the 80.1 percent stake to Sharp in 2018. “Toshiba Corporation hereby announces that it has transferred the 19.9 percent of the outstanding shares in Dynabook that it held to Sharp Corporation. As a result of this transfer, Dynabook has become a…

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Airtel Kenya launches a TV app service to tap into the streaming services market

Airtel Kenya has launched a TV app service to tap into streaming services market

Telecom firm Airtel Kenya has launched a TV app service in the market as it moves to tap the growing demand for movie streaming services and rev up data consumption on its network. The free service dubbed Airtel TV will allow users to watch movies, documentaries, music, and cartoons, seeking a piece in a market dominated by giants Netflix, Amazon, and Showmax– which provide videos on demand. The service will be free for now, a pointer that seeks to earn money from the consumption of data by its subscribers. The…

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Telkom Kenya pulls the plug on merger with Bharti Airtel

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Telkom Kenya said on Wednesday it was no longer looking to merge its business with the Kenyan unit of India’s Bharti Airtel, citing challenges of securing the required regulatory approvals for the deal reports Reuters. Bharti Airtel had said in February 2019 its Airtel Networks Kenya unit had agreed to buy Telkom Kenya, the East African nation’s smallest operator in which the state still has a 40% shareholding, after a majority stake was sold in 2007. The deal, whose terms have never been disclosed, would have created a stronger challenger…

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Microsoft will continue discussions on potential TikTok purchase

Tiktok experiences brief outage, launches new Ad Platform amidst calls for ban

Last Friday, reports emerged that Microsoft was in talks to purchase TikTok from the Beijing-based company ByteDance. The same day, Trump mentioned plans to ban the social media platform from operating in the U.S. This Sunday, Microsoft said in a statement that it is moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after speaking with President Trump, who has threatened to ban the popular video app in the U.S. “Microsoft fully appreciates the importance of addressing the President’s concerns. It is committed to acquiring TikTok subject to a complete security review…

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Google to waive commission fees on products sold via the ‘Buy on Google’ checkout option

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Google is making it free for retailers to sell products in search results by waiving fees for sales made via the ‘Buy on Google’ option. ‘Buy on Google’ is a payment option that lets customers buy products without leaving Google search results. The option to buy products directly on Google is made available to customers when they click on shopping listings in search results. Like other online payment providers, Google has always charged a commission fee for sales made through its platform. Now, in a pilot launch, Google is charging…

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