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30 March 2017 » Juu Chini

Alternative Circle, a Kenyan Mobile FinTech innovator has signed an agreement with the international credit risk management company – Creditinfo Group, that has seen the local company secure $1.1 Million in seed capital; money that will help Alternative Circle gain a wider geographical footprint, and in turn open doors for greater opportunities for the mobile [...]

30 March 2017 » Juu Chini

Kenyan Fintech innovators had the chance to learn from each other and network with other Fintech innovators from across the continent at the 2017 Africa Fintech Unconference in Ghana. The first-of-its-kind two-day event kicked off on March 23 and brought together financial technology innovators, thought-leaders, banks and other established financial players in the emerging Fintech [...]

08 February 2017 » Juu Chini

Sophos has announced that Gartner, Inc., has once again positioned Sophos as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms1 (EPP). With the recently launched next-generation anti-exploit product Sophos Intercept X and the continued enhancement of the cloud-based management platform Sophos Central,  Sophos offers a broad portfolio of endpoint security products that [...]

07 February 2017 » Juu Chini

What is Ransomware? Ransomware is a special kind of malware that works by limiting or effectively preventing users from gaining access to their computer system by either locking access to important files or locking a user’s computer screen [by changing login details] until a certain pre-defined ransom amount is paid. In the past, you’d have [...]

21 December 2016 » Juu Chini

In light of the huge Yahoo hack that has reportedly affected 1 BILLION User accounts, these following “best practices” have been developed to help guide people who think they may be affected on how to create and maintain a good password: 1. Beware of Phishing scame – Consumers need to be aware of targeted phishing [...]

21 December 2016 » Juu Chini

2016 saw a huge number and variety of cyber-attacks, ranging from a high-profile DDoS [Distributed Denial of Service] using hijacked Internet-facing security cameras to the alleged hacking of party officials during the US election. The year also saw a rising tide of data breaches, from organizations big and small, and significant losses of people’s personal [...]

24 November 2016 » Juu Chini

Black Friday is upon us once again! Instead of creating the traditional ‘top tips to protect yourself from cyber-criminals this Black Friday’, Sophos has turned it on its head to create the Black Friday security checklist which will highlight the top 10 consumer traits that leave you vulnerable to cyber-criminals. 1. Use a password that’s easy to remember, like [...]

28 October 2016 » Juu Chini

Sophos has been positioned as a ‘Leader’ in Forrester Research, Inc.’s new report, The Forrester Wave™: Endpoint Security Suites, Q4 2016.  The organization received the highest scores in the Strategy category for delivering the most enterprise-friendly SaaS endpoint security suite in Endpoint Protection. The report cites that buyers appreciate Sophos intuitive administrative interface along with the [...]

09 September 2016 » Juu Chini

Sophos has announced that it has once again been positioned in the “Leaders” quadrant of Gartner, Inc.’s Aug. 30, 2016, “Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management.” The quadrant, based on an assessment of a company’s ability to execute and completeness of vision, places Sophos as one of 3 vendors to be placed in the Leaders [...]

30 June 2016 » Juu Chini

Sophos a leader in network and endpoint security today announced that Gartner, Inc. has named Sophos a Visionary in the Magic Quadrant Report for Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) Suites for the 3rd year in row. With its Sophos Mobile Control product, Sophos is the only endpoint and network security-focused vendor placed in this year’s EMM [...]

21 June 2016 » Juu Chini

Data is the new age currency and extremely valuable to organizations. But there is somebody else who also has an eye on this data – the cyber-criminal. While you leverage the potential of your organizational data to drive business growth, the cyber-criminal sees your data as a money making opportunity. He wants to grab your [...]

04 May 2016 » Juu Chini

SimbaPay is working to revolutionize the remittance space. How are they doing this? By officially raising the single transaction limit to a whopping $45,000 (Approx. KES 4.635M) which is 15 times higher than the previous transaction limit of $3,000 (Approx. KES 309,000) set previously. Victor Karanja, Head of Operations at SimbaPay, reckons this will make [...]

19 April 2016 » Juu Chini

If you have ever lost important data on your iPhone or iPad then you’ll know very well how it can change the way your day works out. The possibility of losing all your data is a real threat and one needs to be sure that this risk is mitigated against alongside having a solid backup [...]

06 April 2016 » Juu Chini

Orange just announced the acquisition of a 75 Million Euro equity interest now joining AXA, Goldman Sachs and MTN Group, Millicom and Rocket Internet as the owners of the Africa Internet Group. Through this investment which will be accompanied by a series of strategic partnerships between the subsidiaries of the two groups, Orange will help [...]

31 March 2016 » Juu Chini

Nairobi and San Francisco-based mobile micro-finance company Branch has secured 9.6 Million US Dollars in its Series A equity funding round from Venture Capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Impact, and Formation 8, to fund its expansion across Africa and other new markets. This round of funding will allow Branch to scale its operations, hire new [...]

10 March 2016 » Juu Chini

It is a common occurrence that computer users nowadays would still think that in order to have backup in relation to files and information, you have to secure a flash or thumb drive on USB just so you can have an effective storage of files. This is a practice that is slowly being replaced by [...]

09 March 2016 » Juu Chini

Sophos has announced that its Sophos Email Appliance now includes Sophos Sandstorm, an advanced, next-generation sandboxing technology that quickly and accurately detects, blocks and responds to sophisticated, constantly-changing cyber threats. Sophos Sandstorm is an advanced persistent threat (APT) and zero day malware security technology.   To combat elusive threats that target email accounts on multiple platforms [...]

23 February 2016 » Juu Chini

Orange has announced a new partnership with Google that aims to bring mobile internet across its full African and Middle Eastern footprint by combining the strength of Orange’s mobile network and mobile expertise with Google’s mobile applications. This move will offer customers the best of both partners in terms of access and content through an [...]

08 February 2016 » Juu Chini

In an interesting turn of events that saw Orange France exit the Kenyan market and selling off 70% stake in Orange Kenya to Helios, Orange has now signed a contract with Millicom, that will see Orange take over the Mobile services provider as part of its underlines strategy for expansion into Africa. The mobile market [...]

03 February 2016 » Juu Chini

SOPHOS has just announced the availability of SOPHOS Mobile Control 6.0, which now includes Sophos Secure Email, a container solution which isolates and secures business data from personal information on devices. Sophos Mobile Control 6.0 also has a feature that enhances data protection capabilities and allows IT managers to oversee devices used throughout their organization [...]

28 January 2016 » Juu Chini

More than 50,000 websites with the .ke domain name will now have their businesses connected globally, quickly and securely following a partnership between Kenya Network Information Centre (KeNIC) and the East Africa Data Center (EADC) in Nairobi, Kenya that has seen Kenya’s registry, KeNIC, move its servers to East Africa Data Centre in order to [...]

28 January 2016 » Juu Chini

There’s a new TV in town – The StarTimes 40″ Digital 3-In-1 LED TV that comes with 2 months free subscription and features High Definition resolution and 2 built-in decoders that allow you to connect to the stations you love seamlessly and enjoy TV content like you’re used to. The StarTimes TV, featuring a 40 [...]

21 January 2016 » Juu Chini

If you’re a German football league fan, then you must be aware that Bundesliga action has been off for about 5 weeks now on the hugely popular StarTimes Media Pay TV. StarTimes, with coverage in many parts of Kenya, recently released an Android App that can be used to check what the scheduled content is [...]

19 January 2016 » Juu Chini

Kenya Power, the company that supplies electricity throughout Kenya has come up with a new way of giving serving customers in one of their most frequent queries oldest – issues on power bills, all using messaging client Telegram. How? Well, now you can query your power bill from a Telegram bot,an online robot, that has [...]

18 January 2016 » Juu Chini

Lovers of the Italian football league, Serie A, definitely have something to smile about this year. Mediamax network limited through its hugely popular TV broadcast channel K24 and Pay TV Company StarTimes Media have entered into a media rights agreement that will see the K24 air selected Italian Serie A league games, previews and highlight shows per match [...]

11 January 2016 » Juu Chini

#DidYouKnow that you can now withdraw your money from your PayPal balance to your Kenyan Equity Bank account? Yes, You can. But how can you do this? Well, to assist PayPal customers, like myself, to withdraw their funds from their PayPal account to your Kenyan bank account, PayPal, which also has an Android App available [...]

08 January 2016 » Juu Chini

Tennis Lovers are in for a treat as StarTimes has announced that it will broadcast all 39 matches of the Hopman Cup, live from Perth from Sunday 3rd January to Saturday 9th January 2016.StarTimes will also broadcast the World Tennis Cup running on the 12th, 13th, and 14th of January as well as Fast Tennis [...]

07 January 2016 » Juu Chini

Have you ever encountered such a problem where your Hard Drive suddenly shows that it is in RAW format and you as the user is unable to access the data stored on it? It has happened to the best of us and more-so if you’re an IT Guy. Well now there’s a simple way to [...]

22 December 2015 » Juu Chini

2015 has been an impressive year for e-commerce in Kenya. More and more consumers this year alone chose to turn to the online space for the 3 vital components in the purchasing funnel that influenced their purchase decisions: Product information Price comparison recommendations before making purchase decisions (blogs and general reviews) Individuals, local and international [...]

14 December 2015 » Juu Chini

In the recent past of Kenya’s history, we as a country have faced instances where rains do not come as expected and our food baskets fail to fill as a result of this. While most in urban and semi-urban areas may not feel the full effect of the lack of rains apart from the smaller [...]

03 December 2015 » Juu Chini

Samsung Electronics today announced the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch in the Nairobi office geared towards providing users with the next evolution in wearable technology that allows them to interact with mobile content through the wearable device. The Gear S2 has been created with the aim of also providing users with the feel of a classical [...]

03 December 2015 » Juu Chini

Sophos, on 3rd December 2015, met with its local Kenyan partners to educate them on new security features in their portfolio as part of the multi-city partner forums scheduled for African partners in Kenya, Nigeria, and Tanzania. The event dubbed “Discover Sophos” was used to introduce partners to the entire range of Sophos security products [...]

01 December 2015 » Juu Chini

StarTimes Media has just rolled out a new and extremely aggressive campaign with the aim of growing its subscriber base. Consumers in Kenya will now get a free full High Definition decoder when they subscribe to the KES 2,499 bouquet that will offer consumers with existing bouquets either: 1 full month of Super Bouquet 2 [...]

30 November 2015 » Juu Chini

On this blog, we recently told you about who Interswitch is, their rebrand, and what they have brought into the East African digital payments’ space; specifically Kenya and Uganda. In a meet up with Justin Larby, Product Manager at Interswitch East Africa, we were exposed to some benefits of using their products over other products [...]

25 November 2015 » Juu Chini

In a recent move to bring the iPhone and Macintosh experience and related products that premium customers have come to love in the Kenyan market, Apple in partnership with Netsol, a local electronics distributor has officially launched the first Apple Experience Centre in East Africa. The new exclusively Apple products’ experience center is located in [...]

23 November 2015 » Juu Chini

Interswitch, in the earlier part of 2015, acquired a controlling stake in The Paynet Group, a Kenyan-grown company that was deep into the ATM space – specifically the PesaPoint ATM Space like the one that was located in the lobby of Nakumatt Lifestyle on Monrovia Street. This acquisition was something people would ordinarily call a [...]

20 November 2015 » Juu Chini

Nakuru, a small market town with a population of 307,000, is a beneficiary of an initiative by Liquid Telecom and the Kenyan government whereby residents have been enjoying access to free internet via WiFi for about 9 months now. It was officially launched on 14th March 2015. This free WiFi project dubbed ‘Bilawaya‘ has impacted [...]

20 November 2015 » Juu Chini

At this year’s AfricaCom awards in Cape Town, Liquid Telecom, in a joint effort with the Kenyan Office of the President, won the top award in the Changing Lives category for providing free wireless internet (WiFi) to homes and businesses in Kenya’s Nakuru County; a county with a 307K population. What this award recognizes is [...]

17 November 2015 » Juu Chini

Free Basics Platform is now live with over 60 new services available across the 29 countries where Free Basic services are available. This includes 14 countries in Africa and will be run in a new partnership between the Praekelt Foundation and Facebook that which aims to accelerate the impact of Internet and more organizations to [...]

10 November 2015 » Juu Chini

StarTimes Media has now launched its digital television service to cover regions as far off from Nairobi as Machakos County and its environs following a successful activation of its digital signal transmitter located at Mua Hills. Residents across Kasaini, Kasinga, Tumba, Mumbuni, Kyanguli, Machakos Town, Katelemba and other surrounding areas of Machakos County will now [...]

10 November 2015 » Juu Chini

Sophos, has just introduced the market’s first synchronized security protection against today’s sophisticated threats with the Sophos Security Heartbeat capability of the Sophos XG series of next-generation firewalls and Unified Threat Management. This new technology links next-generation firewalls and UTMs with next-gen endpoint security to share threat intelligence that enables faster detection of threats, automatic [...]

08 November 2015 » Juu Chini

Interswitch, the African digital payments and e-commerce enabling integration company that recently re-branded from Paynet has now launched its Ugandan subsidiary; Interswitch Uganda to unveil new Automated Teller Machines, popularlyl known as ATMs as well as Point of Sale terminals to serve customers in the Ugandan market. During the auspicious unveiling of this new Brand [...]

05 November 2015 » Juu Chini

In the run-up to create the perfect health accessory that will correspond to needs of the Kenyan tech and health-savvy consumer, Car & General has announced that they’ve introduced the new Fēnix 3; a fully-fledged smartwatch and fitness tracker to Kenyan health and fitness market, to add to its current line of Garmin fitness gadgets. [...]

04 November 2015 » Juu Chini

Safaricom, Kenya’s leading telecom company, has today announced that they have invested in Sendy, a Kenyan package-delivery startup that was in the 2014 list of PIVOT EAST semi-finalists as the very first beneficiary of the Safaricom Spark Fund; a 1 Million Dollar fund launched in November 2014 to invest in promising startups and companies in [...]

03 November 2015 » Juu Chini

A message by Engineer Victory Kyalo, ICT Authority Chief Executive Officer for Q4 2015. Two years ago, when the ICT Authority was formed our vision was that of consolidation of ICT functions across government. This was necessitated by the fact that the management, support and acquisition of ICT goods and services was often fragmented and [...]

02 November 2015 » Juu Chini

The world over is facing a tough time as far as economic conditions are concerned. In light this, MainOne and Microsoft have called for the adoption of data center co-location and enterprise cloud solutions with a key advantage selling point that stresses benefits that include cost savings and high availability to their customers. Speaking during [...]

28 October 2015 » Juu Chini

Interswitch was launched back in 2002 and the most optimistic growth projections would have ventured into three-figure year-on-year growth percentages. For a startup tech company in the uniquely challenging and promising environment of Nigeria, such figures would represent an almost flawlessly successful strategy. The top executives at Interswitch are all seemingly happy as everything would [...]

28 October 2015 » Juu Chini

In a new report on Cyber Crime in Kenya, it has been revealed that in excess of 80% of Kenyans connected to the Internet are vulnerable to cyber crime and online criminal attacks. The study, titled The State of Cyber Security in Kenya was carried out by Serianu, a cyber security consulting firm in partnership [...]

21 October 2015 » Juu Chini

If you’ve been searching for a clone software, then your search may have just ended. EaseUS Todo Backup Free is considered to be the best backup software for windows 7; and here’s why; It is easily the world’s most popular clone software with more than 6 million home users currently using its features because it [...]

16 October 2015 » Juu Chini

Samsung has announced the Samsung Z3; an advanced Tizen-based smartphone that offers powerful performance and easy customization via exclusive, localized features including a “My Galaxy” for easy access to nearby rewards and benefits. Featuring a crisp 5-inch HD (High Definition) resolution display, the Samsung Z3 delivers a great media consumption experience with its SUPER AMOLED [...]

14 October 2015 » Juu Chini

Sophos, a global company that deals with network and endpoint security technology has announced the appointment of Harish Chib as the new Vice-President for its Middle East & Africa, commonly known as MEA, region. This new strategic leadership position will focus on strengthening the company’s sales and channel strategy for that region. A brief background [...]

13 October 2015 » Juu Chini

Following the launch of several Rise initiatives already underway in Africa, i.e. the Tech Lab Africa programme and the Barclays Africa Supply Chain Challenge, applications to participate in Barclays Accelerator are now open to companies and start-ups wanting to participate in the Barclays Accelerator. This program offers innovators and entrepreneurs an unprecedented access to thinkers [...]

12 October 2015 » Juu Chini

Rise, a new physical and virtual community that facilitates collaboration and Financial Technology (commonly known as Fintech) innovation, has been launched by Barclays Africa Group in a bid to see Africa’s innovators and startups secure the ability to scale their ideas to new markets. The initiative has been positioned to take advantage of technology solutions [...]

07 October 2015 » Juu Chini

People are adopting a mobile-based online ‘way-of-life’ at a staggering rate in emerging markets such as Kenya, Nigeria, Egypt, and South Africa as juuchini reported a couple of weeks ago. In most cases, these people in emerging markets are doing so on mobile via 2G and EDGE connections – this is just a band lower [...]

03 October 2015 » Juu Chini

Who is WorkInAfrica? Well, WorkinAfrica is an effective recruitment platform that specializes in finding, growing and connecting the right people with their dream jobs, considering all relevant factors from the company’s organizational culture fit, to the expected skills match, right timing and motivation. Who does the website benefit? WorkinAfrica is For Job Seekers – The [...]

03 October 2015 » Juu Chini

Samsung has yet again unveiled a new device in its stable of successful consumer devices in the Kenyan market; The Samsung Galaxy Note 5, in partnership with Safaricom for the distribution of these devices. The Galaxy Note 5, the latest high-end Samsung device to be released into the market features a 5.7 inch Quad High [...]

03 October 2015 » Juu Chini

In a bid to prevent potential fraud as well as encourage easier access to banking, there has been a strong interest in biometric solutions the World over and in advanced African countries like in South Africa (and other developing countries) where banking and electronic payments may still be nascent. To try and fill this gap, [...]

16 September 2015 » Juu Chini

mi-Fone has issued Legal letters to Chinese Smartphone giant Xiaomi and their African distributor objecting to their upcoming plans to distribute their smartphones across Africa. This objection is based largely on the fact that mi-Fone claims this will be an infringement of trademark in a market where they, mi-Fone, has a well-established presence via their [...]

11 September 2015 » Juu Chini

This week, Facebook released a set of statistics that confirmed how many people they have using the site either on desktop or mobile in Africa. The stats say that there are over 120 Million people now subscribed and using the site on a monthly basis. The split all over Africa’s main sites for FB show [...]

10 September 2015 » Juu Chini

Facebook has recently shared new statistics that reveal how many Kenyans are using their social networking site. According to the shared statistics, 2.2 Million Kenyans use Facebook every day and 4.5 Million each month. That is in comparison to the West African country of Nigeria where 7.1 Million Nigerians use Facebook daily and 15 Million [...]

10 September 2015 » Juu Chini

Safaricom Limited’s Corporate Social Investment arm, Safaricom Foundation, has today launched a 50 Million Shilling Fund that targets investors in the social innovation field who may need technical and entrepreneurship support to develop and deploy mobile technology solutions. This is part of the 2014-2017 Safaricom Foundation strategy which aims to scale up development and use [...]

09 September 2015 » Juu Chini

Safaricom has now suspended the increased rates introduced for Equity Bank’s ‘Equitel Mobile Money Transfer Service customers that came into effect on 1st August 2015 and has also confirmed that the revised rates will now take effect at the same time for all banks. In a letter dated 25th August 2015, Rita Okuthe – Safaricom’s [...]

28 August 2015 » Juu Chini

Safaricom has now closed submissions for the 2015 Appwiz Developer competition with over 320 participants submitting their entries for the final prize of KES 1.5 Million. These entries that have been received are currently under review by a panel of industry experts, with majority of the submissions being mobile solutions targeting the Customer Engagement & [...]

25 August 2015 » Juu Chini

About 2 months ago, Uber launched a pilot that would have its customers in Nairobi using cash instead of credit and debit cards that many of Nairobi’s folk don’t use anyway. The test phase has been running for about a month and a half and now, it is going live. Uber has seen a five [...]

25 August 2015 » Juu Chini

United States International University (USIU) Africa has partnered with Tech Republic to offer upper primary and secondary pupils aged 12 – 19 with a platform through which they can learn and expand their coding skills in a 5 day long innovation camp that started on August 24th to 28th. The teens need not have any [...]

24 August 2015 » Juu Chini

There’s some amazing news for developers and startups in the technical field – Orange SMS Web Service has been released for test and use to developers in Cameroon, Congo, Guinea, Niger, Senegal, . Through the Orange Partner developer website, enterprising start-ups from Cameroon, Congo, Guinea, Niger and Senegal will soon be able to directly access [...]

18 August 2015 » Juu Chini

Orange first launched its SMS APIs in 5 new countries Cameroon, Congo, Guinea, Niger, and Senegal and at the same time launched its largest international developer challenge to date – running across 13 countries The main aim of this competition is to spur and nurture the creation of unique and local services for Africa and [...]

05 August 2015 » Juu Chini

China’s AVIC International Holding Corporation has teamed up with Kenya’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to produce the 2nd season of their youth empowerment project, The Africa Tech Challenge. The first season of the Africa Tech Challenge was in form of a technical challenge that saw the 3 most outstanding participants walk away with [...]

03 August 2015 » Juu Chini

Safaricom has partnered with Google Kenya to launch Waze, a free GPS-based mobile app that offers motorists access to real-time traffic information, based on crowd-sourced data from other road users. Waze was acquired by Google in 2013 and is currently being used by about 4.4 million motorists in 200 countries across the globe. The app [...]

24 July 2015 » Juu Chini

General Electric alongside Gearbox have planned to start a set of what they’re calling GE Garages; an initiative to impart skills to interested individuals in the fields of advanced hardware technologies therefore supporting sustainable skills and job growth in Kenya whilst supporting the development of a manufacturing ecosystem ans skill-set locally. The initiative is being [...]