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13 April 2017 » Tech Mtaa

As we all become increasingly comfortable with sharing every aspect of our lives on social media, we face the risk whereby that publicly shared information may be used against us in our moments of weakness, like when relationships break down or we become involved in Family Court proceedings. Popular Perth blogger Constance Hall is like many family law litigants, save for the fact her story is one on a significantly larger scale but nevertheless, the impact social media can have on parties is...

13 April 2017 » Tech Mtaa

Only one hour on social media a day is enough to reduce the happiness of children, with the effect worse for girls than boys, a new study suggests. Researchers found the longer children spend chatting on Facebook, Snapchat, WhatsApp and Instagram, the less happy they feel about a number of aspects of their lives. These include school work, their school in general, their appearance, their family and their life overall. Girls were more adversely affected, with a larger impact on how they felt...

13 April 2017 » Tech Mtaa

Vietnam has joined the chorus of outrage against United Airlines after news spread that a passenger forcibly removed from a plane this week is Vietnamese American. Reuters reports that social-media users in Vietnam are calling for a boycott of the airline after video footage of David Dao, a 69-year-old doctor, went viral in the country. “Watching this makes my blood boil, I’ll never fly United Airlines,” one social-media user, cited by Reuters, commented on Facebook. Another reportedly wrote: “...

13 April 2017 » Tech Mtaa

As if being mercilessly pilloried on social media and by talk show host Jimmy Kimmel wasn’t enough, now legislators are lining up against United Airlines. CEO Oscar Munoz, despite making a belated public apology Tuesday, should buckle up for more turbulence, including possible political, regulatory and business fallout. What this tumult ultimately means for Munoz will depend on how well he manages through the rest of this crisis. So far, his response has been slow, wanting and a textbook...

13 April 2017 » Tech Mtaa

In the fantastic Netflix series Black Mirror, there is an episode called Nosedive that perfectly chronicles how social media controls its participants, not the other way around. The main character, Lacie, lives in a world eerily similar to ours, where people can use their smartphones to rate all of their social interactions from one to five, simply by pointing their phone at the person and scoring them. Naturally, everyone wants to be as close to five as possible. Lacie goes so far as to hire a...

07 March 2017 » Tech Mtaa

The US government believes that leading global mobile money service like M-Pesa are encouraging cross border criminals to use the platforms without proper checks. The US Department of State report (pdf, pg.116) indicates that the mobile money services have impacted on the lives of citizens positively but allowing the cross border transfer without strict checks, is allowing the money launderers” to operate their trade within the region unhindered. The report seems to specifically target the...

25 February 2014 » Tech Mtaa

Uganda has organised a two and half training for its 386 MPs on how to use iPads. But only 3 MPs have attended the initial stages of training as most MPs were reported to have joined President Museveni in State House Entebbe during the signing of the Anti Homosexuality Bill into Law. The 3 MPs who attended the training were Wamakuyu Mudiimi (Bulamburi County), Angellina Osege (Soroti district) and Sarah Mwebaza (Kibuku district). According to Uganda’s Parliament Director of Corporate Affairs...

25 February 2014 » Tech Mtaa

Facebook has in a very quit manner, shut down its unpopular email system claiming that “most people haven’t been using their Facebook email address.” The system launched in 2010, gave all Facebook users @facebook.com email addresses. The social network was criticised by tech pundits when it changed its @facebook.com email address as the default email address for all Facebook users. The email address was generated from the vanity url which users gets by visiting www.facebook.com/username. With...

06 February 2014 » Tech Mtaa

Japanese electronics giant, SONY has sounded a profit warning indicating that it is booking a $1.08 billion annual loss as it cuts 5,000 jobs and sell off its overpriced but stagnant PC unit. The maker projects that it will save about $5 million through the jobs cuts starting in early 2015. The VAIO units have not  managed to register much success despite SONY being a giant in many verticals of the electronics market. SONY is selling the PC unit to Japanese Investment Partners for between $400...

30 January 2014 » Tech Mtaa

Nairobi thieves are getting high tech. First the story appeared on Standard and I dismissed it as some imagination. But my friend recently found things stolen from his car without any forced entry. The same happened to another car parked at the big parking lot opposite the Laico Regency. Through investigations, I think that I now know what really happens. The tech savvy thieves have discovered that the remote car and gate lock systems uses the 433MHz frequency. Meaning that activation of the...

29 January 2014 » Tech Mtaa

Players in Kenya’s telecommunications service industry are up in arms against a move by Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) to privatise KENIC, the dotKE domain manager without involving other stakeholders. While KENIC has two guarantors, CCK and the industry lobby group Telecommunications Service Providers Association of Kenya (TESPOK), it is the latter which has been going through the headache of  trying to manage and ensure sanity at KENIC. TESPOK managers have in many instances had to...

23 January 2014 » Tech Mtaa

Burundi has officially launched its $25 million fibre-optic cable network project to widen access to broadband Internet to its population. The country still relies on some of the slowest internet speeds on the continent . The country ranks almost 136th out of 137 countries in internet connection speeds according to CIA World Factbook. The landlocked country of 8 million might change this as President Pierre Nkurunziza told a launch ceremony that the project is  part of a plan to ensure that all...

23 January 2014 » Tech Mtaa

Airtel Kenya has just announced an offer of 25% bonus airtime to its prepaid customers who are topping up their accounts. All one needs to do to qualify is to buy and register a new Airtel SIM card from any of its shops, dealers and agents and load airtime to get going. For example one loading airtime worth Kshs.100 will get an actual value of Ksh.125 airtime credit for use. Customers may dial *133*13# to check bonus airtime balance.

21 January 2014 » Tech Mtaa

LG Electronics (LGE) has today launched its “Mosquito Away” residential air conditioner model in the Kenyan market. The ACs which are specifically designed for the local market incorporates a function that uses ultrasonic waves to combat mosquitoes. The air conditioner emits ultrasonic waves that, in a way, disrupt the mosquito’s sensory cells and cause paralysis, confusion and sometimes death. LG says that the mosquito repelling technology “is harmless to humans and represents a clean, safe...

16 January 2014 » Tech Mtaa

Screen Grab from the movie The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has banned the popular Wolf of WallStreet movie for various reason. According to Ms Redempta Amondi of the board, “the movie was banned after independent review because of explicit sexual content, profanity and abuse of drugs.” The movie is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort who rose to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and involvement in the government. It has a 8.7/10...

13 January 2014 » Tech Mtaa

South Korean phone maker Samsung has today launched an app which discourages use of smartphone while driving. The Android mobile app prevents you from texting while driving. The app which is available currently only Singapore might be rolled outside Asia as Samsung is exploring its full potential. The “Eyes on the Road” app uses your smartphone’s sensor fusion technology and GSM cell towers to measure your speed to determine if you’re driving. If you are, it hides phone calls, SMS text messages...

06 January 2014 » Tech Mtaa

StarTimes has revealed that it will allow access to at least six Free To Air channels upon the expiry of subscriber’s monthly subscription. But the catch is that the access will only be for two weeks. I smell something very wrong. Free channels must be free whether the decoder is for Pay or not. There is no reason free channels should be disconnected for non-payment of a subscription fee. Why should free channels be charged? StarTimes, through a statement, claim that they will allow a two-week...

25 December 2013 » Tech Mtaa

I know that in a moment, Samsung will launch their Twitter army on me to try to clear their name on this but I smell a stinking dog on this Jaza Keja promotion. Samsung has been running some promotion called Jaza Keja. From what I can gather, Samsung was rewarding one LUCKY shopper who bough a Samsung electronic, with a full house worth of electronics and a pick-up. This pick-up had goods worth over KES. 800,000/= including: – A Samsung 46″ SMART Tv – A Samsung BluRay 3D Home Theatre System – A...

09 December 2013 » Tech Mtaa

Nairobi is readying itself for the impending Digital TV Switch-Off on Friday 13th December 2013. Most broadcast players are well prepared for the switch-off except for the 3 major broadcasters who believe that they should only sabotage the impending migration. MultiChoice under the GOtv brand, StarTimes Media and Zuku have all been running campaigns encouraging the switch-off while Nation is leading the likes of Royal Media and Standard Group in resisting the attempt to introduce sanity in the...

07 December 2013 » Tech Mtaa

Uganda’s parliament has bought iPads to all its 375 MPs at a cost of Ksh 32 million ($370,000), saying that the tablets will make the lawmakers more efficient by allowing them to access official documents while travelling.The total number of iPads delivered to the parliament is 384. The MPs who voted themselves more salaries (now earns Ksh 700,000) like their Kenyan counterparts are also set to receive Ksh 3.5 million ($41,000) in car loans. They can as well afford iPads but they decided to put...

05 December 2013 » Tech Mtaa

Airtel Kenya and DStv Mobile have entered into a partnership  that will make Airtel post-paid subscribers access DSTV content through Drifta mobile decorder for Android. With this deal, any Airtel customer who purchases a post-paid line will get a DStv Drifta free of charge.  The subscribers will also get to enjoy  up to 16  Channels with 3 months free subscription. How the Drifta for Android works Ø  Plug the Drifta into the micro USB port of your compatible Android device (Version 4.X and...

29 November 2013 » Tech Mtaa

StarTimes Media and Equity Bank have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will see the bank’s customers across the country access soft loans that will enable them acquire approved digital television set top boxes from StarTimes and repay through a flexible six month installment plan. Through this partnership, Equity Bank customers will have access to a soft loan of up to Ksh 5,000 enabling them acquire either a StarTimes Free to Air set top box that is currently retailing at...

29 November 2013 » Tech Mtaa

Muthui Kariuki was suppose to replace the current Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua as government parrot. That didn’t last so long as his position was abolished and functions under the office consolidated under the President’s Press Unit which is based at State House. Now that he is no-longer the government parrot, it is weird that he still uses the @SpokesmanKE on Twitter while he is neither speaking for the government nor authorised to speak as one as the role has a new head.

27 November 2013 » Tech Mtaa

Airtel Kenya has unveiled its refurbished Mombasa shop located along Moi Avenue in the coastal town. Airtel customers will enjoy great discounts on various devises at the newly opened shop and will get access to all of Airtel’s range of products and offers. Airtel has also opened a new shop at the Mombasa Airport and plans to open another at Nyali by mid December 2013. The ceremony was graced by the Mombasa Governor H.E. Ali Hassan Joho who urged more companies to emulate Airtel in offering...

26 November 2013 » Tech Mtaa

The much talked about adult comedy movie House of Lungula premiered On Thursday in Kenya. One of the actors who met his girlfriend through Facebook decided to go down on his knees and pour his heart out. Gerald Langiri who plays Harrrison Hamisi in House of Lungula popped the question to Lyne Jumba after the premier of  the movie at Century Cinemax at the Junction shopping mall. Gerald was in good company as all the cast members in the film as well as the production crew were present. Gerald...

07 November 2013 » Tech Mtaa

Disgraced CEO of former Kenya Data Networks and now Liquid Telecoms Kenya has been sacked. Though diplomatically, Shahab is being replaced by Liquid Telecom Group’s Director of Network Strategy, Mr Ben Roberts. Shahab who was brought in by the Altech Group oversaw the near death of KDN and is not credited with anything positive at the ailing former data giant. Shahab launched a very unpopular reform which saw talented Kenyans replaced by racist but incompetent South Africans. Whenever staff...

05 November 2013 » Tech Mtaa

The Cabinet Secretary for Information and Communications, Dr Fred Matiangi insists that the 13th December switch off date for the analogue TV signal in Nairobi and its environs stands. Through a statement, the Cabinet Secretary said that as per the gazette notice No 13869 of 18th October, Nairobi and its environs (Rongai, Kiambu, Ngong’, Isinya, Athi River, Parts of Machakos, Thika and Ginthunguri) will have the analogue signal switched off. The CS insist that the dates were arrived at after...

04 November 2013 » Tech Mtaa

Wananchi Group Holdings LTD (WGH), the operators of the ZUKU pay-TV brand have announced the appointment of Mr. Richard Alden as new Group CEO of the regional media and ICT Company. Mr. Alden who has been the Group’s Chief Operating Officer takes over from Mr. Richard Bell who now takes a new role as a Non-Executive Vice Chairman of the Board. The Group Chairman of the Board of Directors will still be Mr. Ali Mufuruki. Mr. Alden has 20 years of experience in the TMT industries in emerging...

02 November 2013 » Tech Mtaa

Orange has launched a christmas promotion on devices to reward loyal customers and attract new ones during the period. The Christmas promotion that will run till January 6, 2014, will see shoppers enjoy offers on various mobile and data devices, ranging from modems to data enabled mobile phones. Amongst these devices, Orange will be introducing the new Alcatel Pixi Dual SIM smartphone at a pocket friendly price of only KSh 5,999. The Alcatel T-Pop Dual SIM that will also be on offer will retail...

01 November 2013 » Tech Mtaa

British council and Bharti Airtel have launched an initiative where they will provide broadband connectivity of 5 GB per month in a three-year deal for 127 digital hubs located in schools across nine countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The partnership with Bharti Airtel will provide full internet accessibility to British council Hubs, surrounding schools and communities. Digital hubs have already by been set up through partnerships with Microsoft in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Rwanda, Sierra...

27 October 2013 » Tech Mtaa

Kenya’s online restaurant, EatOut, has now partnered with Hellofood to offer online food ordering to its users. With the deal, EatOut users can now order food from their favourite restaurants online via Hellofood.com. Eatout has already created new buttons and banners on its restaurant pages which link seamlessly to Hellofood.co.ke. Eat Out Kenya Partner With Wazi WiFi to Offer Internet to Restaurants   EatOut recently announced a US$200,000 investment which saw Netherlands based Africa Media...

24 October 2013 » Tech Mtaa

Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission on Thursday fined South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. for paying trolls to bash Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC online. Through a notice it posted on its website, the consumer protection body said that Samsung had organized an Internet troll campaign in violation of fair trade rules to demonise HTC while praising Samsung smartphones. The FTC slapped Samsung with a fine of $340,000 or Taiwan dollars 10 million. Earlier this year the consumer body  fined Samsung...

23 October 2013 » Tech Mtaa

Airtel Kenya has announced a promotion that will see its customers stand a chance to win Kshs.10 million in the grand draw and over Kshs.1 million weekly in a promotion dubbed “Vurumisha Mamili na Airtel.” The promotion will run for 60 days with a grand prize of Kshs.5 million each for two winners. There will be 170 winners daily of cash prizes ranging from Kshs.10-500, 4 weekly winners for motorbikes and one winner for Kshs.1 million. Customers can participate in the promotion by recharging...

23 October 2013 » Tech Mtaa

Google has launched an Ad Grants programme to empower nonprofit organizations with $10,000 per month in in-kind AdWords advertising, to promote their missions and initiatives on Adwords With the Google Ad Grands, the Ad Grantees will be able to build and manage their own AdWords accounts just like paying advertisers. The grantees will have to abide by the following conditions when on the Ad Grants programme: A daily budget set to $330 USD A maximum cost-per-click (CPC) limit of $2 USD Only...

22 October 2013 » Tech Mtaa

A former KDF soldier has written a long blog post enumerating his experience in helping Al-Shbaab fighters in Somalia and Kenya. Omar Abdi through his WordPress blog has for the first time revealed more details about the Nairobi Westgate Mall attack than before. Omar has, for the first time, also connected a white woman to the planning and execution of the Westgate attack. In the blog post reveals that a friend of terror mastermind Abdi Wahid called Nassim Halima was present in the house where...

17 October 2013 » Tech Mtaa

StarTimes Media has introduced an additional 6 channels of diverse genres to its subscribers across Kenya. The exclusive channels namely NBA TV, Fine Living Network, Setanta Action, WAP TV, Triple P and Jim Jam will be accessible on Classic, Unique and Unique Plus bouquets which attract a monthly subscription rate of Ksh 999 to 2,499. New Channel Listing: NBA TV will air live matches from the NBA and WNBA everyday of the season featuring the top 30 basketball teams on earth as they compete for...

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