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 Most jobs which were manually done by hands have been replaced by machines reducing the man power required.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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Online Taxi firm Bolt enters into food delivery business

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Taxi hailing service Bolt is venturing into the food delivery business in Kenya targeting alternative revenue streams as the market has seen reduced mobility in the wake of Covid-19 restrictions. Bolt advertised the position of Country Manager for its food delivery arm in Kenya signalling the beginning of operations towards the end of the year. “We’re already present in 30+ markets across Europe and Africa. Now, it’s time for us to bring the know-how around building a mobility platform to the food delivery industry,” read the notice by the firm…

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Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Meet affected by outage

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Thousands of users, mostly in India, parts of the U.S., Australia, Japan, and Malaysia are reporting that they are unable to access the aforementioned Google services including Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Meet. Recently Google Meet added Chromecast support to let you cast your meeting to the company’s Chromecast streaming sticks, Android TV, and smart displays. It is not known if this is the cause. Some users have reported that they are unable to log-in into their Gmail accounts, while others are saying new emails are not showing up in…

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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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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

Telkom Kenya

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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WhatsApp limits message forwading to slow the spread of fake news

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WhatsApp making more changes to slow the spread of fake news between users and that’s why earlier this year it imposed a strict new limit on message forwarding. This feature means users who plan on forwarding a message that has been identified as “highly forwarded” will only be to send it to a single contact at a time. A “highly forwarded” message is defined as media that has been sent through a chain of five or more contacts. This isn’t the first time WhatsApp has introduced a limit like this –…

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